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The Christians Chastisement

By Chette Nichols Jr – November 29, 2012

Introduction
Chastisement of the Christian does not seem to be as active as Paul saw in his day.  Yet the word of God is clear that we will be and are supposed to suffer chastisement.  If we will look at Chastisement as a privilege instead of punishment we may learn a greater spiritual blessing than we have come to know in our lives today.

Let’s look at the four points found in our Scriptures today I) The Example of our Chastisement, II) The people of Chastisement, III) The duty of Chastisement and IV) The Purpose of Chastisement.

Vv 1-4 The Example of Chastisement

Heb 12:1-4 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Christ the example of Chastisement
Here we see that it instructs us to consider him, that is Jesus Christ as an example of endurance lest we be weary and faint in our minds and hearts.  Having Jesus as our roll model and the fact he lives in us we can and will by the Holy Ghost have victory over any trial, tribulation and affliction that may come our way and they will.  

While this is true that we go through the chastening of the Lord many of us have not resisted unto the giving of our life for what we believe, yet many others have and will.

First we understand Isa 53:4, 5  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  Jesus bore the chastisement of our peace.  That is he endured to the giving of his blood, the death on the cross so that we could have peace with God.  As you know this peace is made for all men but only those who accept this peace treaty made by Christ on the cross will actually have this applied to their lives.

Vv 5-8 The People of Chastisement

Heb 12:5-8 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Two people groups partake of Chastisement of the Lord
God did chastise Israel by scattering them abroad upon the earth.  And will pick that chastisement back up in the tribulation.  But a quick study of who it is that the Lord chastises is very interesting.  It is only the people of God both in the Israel and the church today that have chastisement.  Here e have twofold application of Chastisement one for Israel and another for the church, the body of Christ.
    
Now “chastisement/chastise/chastening” is an interesting English word. The root of this English word is “chaste” which means pure.  I think that is a little naive anyone to interpret it “Punishment or Discipline”.  Even though it is a form of punishment and discipline.  Follow the cross references in the Av text for Punishment and almost every one is in reference to the unsaved.  It is almost never used in reference to a believer.

But lets understand this, you can punish a criminal and it will not make him pure, and you can discipline a dog or horse but there is no purifying going on to or in them.

In almost every use of the word Chastise or any of its different forms it is only used when dealing with the children of God, either Israel or Christians of the Body of Christ.  The first usages of this word or its forms is in Duet.  This tells us that the whole point of Chastisement is to purify the Children of God’s life in this world.   

Deut 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, [so] the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
 Job 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
 Pr 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
 Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

There are only two verses that are specifically limited to the body of Christ the are found in 1Cor 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
 2Cor 6:9 As unknown, and [yet] well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; and here we see also there is no resistance to death either.

So by using the word punishment in a new English interpretation they inadvertently condemn the believers of the church age and the remnant of believing remnant of Israel with the punishment of the inhabitants of the earth.   Isa 26:21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.   
Jer 9:25 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;

Vs 9 The Duty of Chastisement

Heb 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

The Father’s Duty
The duty actually falls unto the head of the house which is to be the husband and father.  I know that in some places the home is run in more of a matriarchal way where the mother or woman is running the house.  But God word is clear that this duty is the fathers or the man.  That makes this one of the supporting verses for the doctrine of the Chastisement of our children we also have some other verses that support this.

Prov 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Prov 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

This is the duty of the father who is to be he head of the household.  God’s word for all men that are God’s children is that we need to chasten our children.  Some homes are getting a form of chastisement but it is not recognized because of this portion of Gods word not being obeyed.  It will take the power of God for the man/father to stand up and take his rightful place as the head of the home and to do his duty for his children’s and wife’s sake.

So if our earthly fathers corrected us with chastisement and we respect them for doing so how much more we should reverence God when he chastens us today.  It is the father’s/man’s duty of his house to chasten his children, just as it is God’s duty to do so with his children.

Vv 10-11 The Purpose of Chastisement

Heb 12:10, 11 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

1) First Purpose to partake of his holiness. Now our earthly fathers chastise us for their own purposes.  God does the same thing but in a more rewarding way. That we might partake in his holiness.   Holiness is a separation from those things profane and worldly, and it gives us an inclination toward the things of God.

2) Second Purpose is to yield the peaceable fruit of His righteousness
We saw how it is so we can partake in his holiness, we can also see the purpose is that it may produce righteousness in our lives.   When God chastens any of us for any purpose for the moment we are grieved and sorrowful but in the end God’s purpose is to perfect outwardly the Righteousness we already have in Christ inwardly or spiritually.

In Conclusion
We need to see God’s purpose in chastening for us his children.  We need to look to God’s Chastening as a purifying work that is on going in our life and not as just a punishment for doing wrong.  We need to see that it’s purpose is to bring forth the fruits of Righteousness and holiness in out lives here on earth as we wait the day we go to Him.

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Biblical Prayer

By Chette Nichols Jr – October 23, 2012

Prayer is probably the most important doctrine for the church today and is the most neglected of all. I too am negligent in prayer. But I praise my God that he is merciful and gracious unto us even when we fall short in prayer.

In the writings of Paul he makes mention of the terms of prayers 28 among the 13 books he wrote that is an average of 2.1 times in each book he penned. He gives instruction to pray or makes mention of his prayer or the prayer of others or a prayer request at least once in each of the books he was inspired to pen. That makes it a doctrine for the body of Christ.

One thing I learned about prayer is this. Nowhere in all of the Holy Bible is prayer ever mandated. It is never commanded or forced upon Israel or the Christian church, the body of Christ, the fulness of Him, or anyone else. This marks a major difference between the God of the Bible and all other so called gods in every world religion.  In each of the major and sub major religions of the world their god or gods require their followers to pray unto them.  But the God of the Bible never makes prayer a requirement, mandate or a command.

Why is that?

Because real true prayer is a heart condition, it must be of a free and willful heart that is desiring God to hear and to help. Mandated prayers become ritualistic and routine. Here is what Jesus Said about this type of prayer. Matt 6:7, 8 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. You see the true and living God already knows what you have need of and what your situation is. What he wants is a person whose heart is turned to him in sincerity and truth, broken and humble willing to come to him in faith. Psalm 34:17, 18 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. God is not near them who offer mandated and commanded prayers he is near them that are broken heart and contrite spirit. So a man can be commanded to pray many times a day but the true and living God is not the one that commanded that it would be a doctrine of man but it is not a requirement of the Holy and Righteous God.

An interesting note is that prayer or any of its terms are only used 3 times in the books of the law of Moses and only in Numbers just making mention of Moses praying. I would tend to guess that the reason prayer is not mentioned in the law is that prayer cannot be commanded. It must be voluntary, it must be from the heart, it must be from a person wanting to communicate with God. God will hear the prayer of a lost person to be saved, and once that takes place then they through Christ are given direct access to heaven to pray but a lost person is not limited to just the prayer of salvation, see the word study below as it indicates that anyone can pray unto God if their heart is in the right place. And even then I would think by my own experience that prayer must be in God’s will, one should be spiritually willing to hear and be under conviction of the word of God, and ones prayer should be Biblical. So right heart, right motive, right desire, and his will all play a part in God hearing and answering our prayers.

I. How to pray

A. Physical Position

1) Standing

 Mt 6:5 ¶ And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Lu 18:10-13 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner

1Kings 8:22 ¶ And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: . . 1Ki 8:54 ¶ And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. Solomon went from a standing position to kneeling during this prayer.

2Chron 6:12 ¶ And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:. . . 2Ch 7:1 ¶ Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.

Mr 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

2) Kneeling with hands spread

1Ki 8:54 ¶ And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. Started his prayer standing and ended on his knees but his hands were spread the whole time.

2Ch 6:13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven,

Ezr 9:5 ¶ And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God

3) Sitting

1Ch 17:16 ¶ And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? . . . 1Ch 17:25 For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee. David was sitting before the Lord when he prayed

4) On Ones Face

Mt 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

5) Facing a Wall

Isa 38:2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD

6) Lying Down

Isa 38:2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD Hezekiah was sick in bed when he turned to the wall and made his prayer unto God so he was lying down.

7) Facing Jerusalem or Israel (the Land), the Temple in Jerusalem, this house

 Da 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

2Ch 6:20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place.

2Ch 6:34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name;

2Ch 6:38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:

 1Ki 8:29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, [even] toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.

 1Ki 8:38 What prayer and supplication soever be [made] by any man, [or] by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:

8) Alone

 Mt 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone

9) In a Group

 Ac 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

Acts 12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

10) Face between ones knees

1Ki 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

11) Using repetition or repeated prayers

 Mt 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

B. Heart Condition

1) a good heart

1Sam1:9-18 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. Hannah’s prayer was answered and not only did she get a man child but she god three more sons and two daughters. Because God looks upon the heart.

2) a bad heart

 Mt 6:5 ¶ And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Mt 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation

Luke 18:10-14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Here too God looks upon the heart of the person praying. He does not look at the rituals man has added to it. He does not look at the way they do it, he does not care even about when they do it, But he does care if it is from the heart and that is what the true and living God looks at.
II. Where to Pray

1. A River side

Acts 16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

2. In a Prison

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

3. A House / House top

Da 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Acts 12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

Acts 10:9 ¶ On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

4. The Sea Shore

Acts 21:5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.

5. The Temple

Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

 Ac 3:1 ¶ Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, [being] the ninth [hour].

2Ch 6:24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house;

 2Ch 6:29 [Then] what prayer [or] what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house:

 2Ch 6:32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name’s sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house

 2Ch 6:40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and [let] thine ears [be] attent unto the prayer [that is made] in this place.

 2Ch 7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer [that is made] in this place.

Acts 22:17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;

Mr 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

6. In a Whale’s Belly

Jonah 2:1 ¶ Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,

7. A Mountain

1Ki 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

 Mt 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone

Lu 6:12 ¶ And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, andcontinued all night in prayer to God.

6. A Garden

Mt 26:36 ¶ Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

7. A Closet

 Mt 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

8. A Chamber / Room

.2Ki 4:33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD

Acts 1:13, 14 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

9) A Cave

Ps 142:1 ¶ <<Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave.>> I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.

10) Synagogue

Mt 6:5 ¶ And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

11) Street Corners

Mt 6:5 ¶ And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

12) Everywhere

1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

13. A Solitary Place

 Mr 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

14. The wilderness

Lu 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

III. What time to Pray

Ne 1:6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.

Ps 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

 Ps 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.

Ps 42:8 [Yet] the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song [shall be] with me, [and] my prayer unto the God of my life.

Da 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

 Lu 18:1 ¶ And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Lu 6:12 ¶ And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

 Ac 3:1 ¶ Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, [being] the ninth [hour].

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Ro 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 2Ti 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from [my] forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing  I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

IV. Other Terms for Prayer

Petitions, requests, supplication, prayers. All the terms of pray and it s forms are found 156 times in the OT and 124 times in the NT. This does not include the terms like “Call, called, calleth” or “cry, crys, cryeth” which are terms associated with prayer.

I will address only this one use of Called that many term a prayer. There is a rule that one should never forget and it is “things that are different are not the same” because of this rule one should meditate deeply upon the differences and the context.

 1Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep [me] from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. Not all callings or called were necessarily prayer while this one may be you will notice and few things concerning this request.

One, the context is Israel is going astray has forsaken God and is worshiping the gods of the Canaanite and the nations around her. Many in Israel are forsaking the Almighty God and turned to Baal, Asteroth and other false gods ad idols. The Second part of the context is that this is a lineage listing of Judah. The Tribe in which Jesus Christ comes from. While we are told God granted his request, and please take note God does not call this a prayer, and it would be because God called him more honourable than his brethren. We never here again about Jabez ever again and how it all worked out for him. I would venture to guess that the reason for God to place this in his word is so that Israel will learn that if she will be honourable and upright before him he will here their call.

While God is one who answers those who call upon him this is an Israelite not a Gentile and though nay of us today may want a blessing similar to that of Jabez we have no guarantee God will ever answer our calling. 

V. Types and Reasons for Prayer

A) Types

1. Imprecatory: a prayer for evil to befall a person

2. Petitions: Asking for something on behalf of others generally a list

3. Request: something asked for a specific desire

4. Supplications: Some thing asked for in a very humble manner

5. Beseechment -a form of begging

 2Ch 6:40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and [let] thine ears [be] attent unto the prayer [that is made] in this place.
B) Reasons

6. Salvation – Open doors for Ministry

 Ro 10:1 ¶ Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

 Col 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds

7. Forgiveness

 Mr 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

8. That you fall not into temptation

Mt 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.

 Mr 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak

9. For thanksgiving

 Ne 11:17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, [was] the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

VI. Prayers God call s sin and an abomination and will not hear

1) Prayers that are sin

 Ps 109:7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

2) A prayer that is an abomination

 Pr 28:9 ¶ He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.

3) Prayer God will not hear

Jer 7:16 ¶ Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.

VII. Who should pray

Godly and righteous men are the one to pray. While it is said that the only prayer an unsaved man can make and be heard of God is one of Salvation through faith on Jesus Christ finished work of the Cross. This would not seem the case in scripture.

2Ch 6:29 [Then] what prayer [or] what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house:

 Ps 32:6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

Lu 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

1Th 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.

 1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

1Ti 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

 Jas 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

 Jas 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

 Jas 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
VIII. Examples of Prayers

1. Deliverance from devils

 Mt 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting

 Mr 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

2. To have children

 1Sa 1:27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

Lu 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

3. God’s will be done or God’s Direction

Ne 2:4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

 Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

4. Delivery from Prison, death or destruction

De 9:20 And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.

 De 9:26 I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

2Ki 4:32, 33 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.

5. Forgiveness

1Ki 8:30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive. 

6. For your enemy and those that despitefully use you

 Mt 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 Lu 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

7. Pray for Peace of Jerusalem

 Ps 122:6 ¶ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

8. Pray for kings, governors, magistrates, leaders

1Ti 2:1-3 ¶ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

9. That you or another may see

2Ki 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

10. In Distress

 Ps 4:1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.>> Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me [when I was] in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

11. Over Your food

1Ti 4:4, 5 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

12. For children

 Mt 19:13 ¶ Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put [his] hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Conclusion

God never commanded or mandated that Israel or the church Pray.  It has always been part of the practices since both began.  We never have to pray to be filled with the spirit seeing Paul teaches in Eph 5 if we want to be filed with the spirit then we should not walk in the flesh.

God never mandated or commanded a time in which men were to pray.  From what we saw we could pray at any time.  Nor did he command that we pray in any particular place we are free to pray from anywhere on earth.  We are never told to use repetitious prayers, prayer beads, there are no such things as praying down blessings, prayer labyrinths, prayer candles, prayer walks (though one could pray while walking), prayer vigils (though a person could be vigilant in prayer), prayer circles or prayer chains. 

All of these are mans attempts to coheres or convince men to pray.  While the teachers of such things may have good intentions they make prayer a heretical practice rather than the free form humble heart by which one can truly communicate with the True and Mighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

God only wants a person with a pure heart with no pride or arrogance to pray and he will hear.  He gives no promise to answer but he will hear.

COMMENTS

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Biblical Fasting  – October 9, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr

I had a lot of emails asking about how to fast according to the Bible after I posted the Word Study on Fasting.  This is a good question and on top of the heart reason for fasting this may be the second most important point of fasting.  Both will be addressed in this study along with some other subjects as well.

We want to see how people in the Bible fasted but at the same time we will have to answer why they were fasting as well.  To understand the reason why persons in the Bile fasted will help us to understand their purpose in fasting.  The purpose of fasting is more important than the fast itself.  True fasting in the Bible is of a true heart condition and not for any physical benefit.

Because there are connecting and interlacing teachings of men we will look at the following during this study.

I.       Cleansing of the Body Temple
II.      What Constitutes a Fast
III.      Fasting to be Filled with the Spirit
IV.      Defiling of your Physical Body
V.    Diet and The Body
        A)   Did men live longer before the flood because of their diet?
        B)   Daniel’s Diet
VI.    Fasts In the Bible
        A)   Affliction of the Soul
        B)   Grief
            1. Sickness or Illness
            2.  For Safety of ones life and/or the life of others
            3.  For Expelling a Devil
        C.   Hearing the word of God or getting an answer from God        
            1. Hearing to turn from their sinfulness
            2. Hearing God’s decision and/or purpose
                

I.  Cleansing The Body Temple
                                                
I was involved in modern forms of Hinduism, Buddhism and the New Age movement from 1979-1991 when I got saved.  And I had a lot of spiritual garbage to throw out.  And over the years as I my self sought to find the Biblical fasting I soon discovered this one truth.  Fasting for cleansing the Body is not found in the Bible.

Does that mean I am against fasting to cleans ones body of toxin and chemicals that have accumulated via the processed food, medications and alcoholic beverages we take in?  No.  I would consider that under good stewardship of your body.  We should all care for our health by not putting it at risk of medical problems by the things we put into our bodies.

Having said that I will reiterate, The Bible does not teach fasting for cleansing the body.  And I would like to state that if anyone claims that we need to fast to cleans our “Body Temple” they should first  that this is promoted in the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and the New Age movement.  The term and its teaching are strongly connected with the practices of the New Age meditation’s and chanting techniques where one can achieve a place where they can receive a spirit guide, and attain their christ consciousness, this teachings is by and large promoted and taught by the Church Universal and Triumphant cult, under the teaching of the self proclaimed prophetess Elizabeth Clair Prophet and her adherents.  I was deeply involved with this group in the 1980’s visiting and having some various experiences at their facility in Malibu California during that time.  I had read, practiced and believed at that time the teachings of this group. I met weekly in a group in Riverside California with others for meditations, chanting and teaching.  I mention this only as proof of my knowledge of what I am talking of.  At that time I tried to practice many of their dietary and spiritual exercises to achieve oneness with my inner self and my christ consciousness.

These so called spirit guides are what the Bible refers to as Devils.  So a Christian does not want to start out fasting for the purpose of cleansing ones Body Temple so that you may achieve a deeper relationship with Jesus through the spirit.  Mainly because it is not Biblical.  As mentioned in my  study Fasting/Fast/Fasted there is nothing a Christian can do to get closer to Jesus than he has brought you via his blood  Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  The Holy Ghost dwells in us but not on a condition of body health or even the body itself.   The Holy Ghost indwells us not because of the condition of our body, nor because of any work we do.  The indwelling of the Holy Ghost is solely on the condition of what Christ did for us and our personal choice to make him our saviour.

Also, the whole body temple issues is a misunderstanding of a few scriptures that need to be looked at so that we can simply understand them correctly.

1Cor 3:16, Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. This scriptures is often abused to make eating, drinking and taking medications defilement of the body as defiling the temple and in so doing the spirit is hindered or quenched.  That is because it is somewhat disconnected from the main body teaching that one will face judgement for how he builds on the foundation of Christ.  But it is actually not disconnected.  For the temple of God is your soul that resides in your physical body and if you are taught by someone a false teaching and follow their heretical practices therefor building on the foundation of Christ with the wrong materials, then God would be the one to judge and destroy that man.  See below for further understanding of what defiles a man.
 
1Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  Again this is part of the doctrine of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost in the believer.  We are not our own because he bought us with his own blood.   Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. See also Eph 1:14 below.

2Cor 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.   The context of these two verses is obvious and has to do with two things physical fornication and spiritual fornication.  Here the temple is defiled by spiritual and physical actions.  These physical actions represented their spiritual condition those actions were immoral sexual and eating of foods sacrificed to idols both of them first take place in ones soul, mind or heart.

The real purpose behind all the verses above is to establish the doctrine of the indwelling of God the Holy Ghost (1John 5:7 AV, NKJV) in the believer.  And that a believer though having liberty should be aware of his actions as they affect the testimony of God who lives in them. It simply means that God lives in the believer.  He comes to live in us when we first believed on the Gospel of Christ Eph 1:13, 14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.  The indwelling is the seal and has nothing to do with our fleshly bodies. Except to guarantee that we are redeemed.

The temple of the body is not an issue of physical defilement that hinders communion with the Holy Ghost but rather one of a spiritual condition represented in physical actions.  So fasting to purify the body is not a Christian doctrine, it is not found in the Old Testament for Israel, and no one pre or post flood before Israel ever practice fasting that we know of for the scriptures are silent.

II. What Constitutes a Fast

At this point I would like to address some other issues.  The first being, if one is going without food and water it does not always mean they are fasting.  Some men will see in scripture where it says some one went without eating or that they had not food for a certain time period, as a fast but this is looking at the scriptures with fasting colored glasses so they can see fasting in places it is not taught. This is incorrect and erroneous understanding of Scripture because it is called pretexting the scriptures or in other words coming to the scriptures with a preconceived idea seeking to prove that idea as Biblical.  This is a major practice of all cult groups and churches today.  I will give one example of this  Exodus 34:27, 28 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.   And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water.  And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.  When a person is trying to promote fasting for forty days and nights they will often use this one as proof that Moses did it in the Old Testament.  However the word fast is nowhere 30 verse in each direction.  It simply means he did not eat or drink.  Now if you try and make it fasting you would be wrong because as we will see later what the purpose of fasting is for and how it was to be done as according to God’s own word.  It is better to believe that God supernaturally sustained him during that time than to believe he fasted.

Here is something that further proves that not eating is not necessarily a fast.  Under the testimony of Paul he lists out some things that he suffered and it is interesting to look at because if God by inspiration of the Word of God, via the Holy Ghost separates things we should not wrongly join them.  Look here at this verse 2Cor 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.  Now let me give you the context of this verse.  Paul is questioned by some that he is not a true apostle and that he is taking advantage of the people he is ministering too.  This chapter is some what of a defense of himself explaning that there are those who are not of Christ deceiving the church, and also gives his testimony.  In this testimony God has given us an understanding that hunger or going with out food is separate from fasting by mentioning them separately.  So when a person is said not to eat or drink it does not mean they were fasting it meas they are not eating or drinking.

III. Fasting to be filled with the Spirit

Another point is the error that if someone wants to be filled with the Spirit they need to fast.  Again anyone would be hard pressed to prove that fasting will cause anyone to be filled with the Spirit as a practice for the church because there are no scriptures to support it.  So that would mean it is the doctrine of man.  It is clear in chapter five of Ephesians how to be filled with the Spirit.  Eph 5:17, 18 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; What we see here is we can know what the will of the Lord is, it is being filled with the Spirit.  But how do we determine how to achieve his will that we may have the product of that filling which is Eph 5:19, 20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;  It is clear and easy, if you want to be filled then follow this, go to Eph 5:1-4 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  Yep, you got it,  if you want to be filled with the Spirit don’t walk in your flesh.  By not walking in the flesh you will not only walk in the Spirit but you will be filled with the Spirit.  Fasting for any amount of time will not fill you with the Spirit, only by not walking in your flesh will you be filled with the Spirit.  

I would like to include at this time that NO WHERE in the Bible does it teach that fasting is for receiving a Spiritual Gift or for receiving a position in the Body of Christ.  Beware for many false teachers are already teaching this and it is not found in the Holy Bible.

IV.  Defiling of your Physical Body

Lastly, some teach that what you put into your body will defile your body temple and that would grieve or hinder the Spirit.  But again the Bible does not teach such.  As a matter of fact Jesus said,  Mt 15:11, 18-20 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. . . But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.  Now line that up with what Galatians 5 teaches on the works of the flesh and you can get a better idea on what to deny so that you may be filled with the Spirit. Gal 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  It is not food, drink or any other consumables that defiles a mans body, it is what proceeds from the mans heart that defiles him.  Your diet does not regulate the Holy Ghosts activity unless it causes someone to stumble.  But what clearly will hinder the Spirit is walking in your flesh not the physical body flesh but the fleshly mind.

V.  Diet and The Body
                                    
My study on this topic has led me to find that there were a few specific reasons for fasting and they can be found in our previous word study Fasting/Fast/Fasted verse lists.  And it is those reasons we will look at and in them we will see what a Biblical Fast is.  Before I go on lets address the issue of diets.  

There are some Christian resources that are available to people on nutrition promoting responsible eating but when those resources begin to promote that the eating of meat is something that should be avoided one should remember two important Biblical facts.  1) God ordained the eating of animals and insects for mankind after the flood. Genesis 9:3, 4 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.  But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.  A condition is placed on when man eats animal meat no raw blood is to be in it.   And 2) those who teach such are said to be teaching that of seducing spirits and doctrine of devils.  1Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.  Meat was ok’ed by God as food for men if anyone teaches other than that it is not of God.

A)  Did men live longer before the flood because of their diet?

This is an erroneous teaching of the Seventh Day Adventist, a Christian cult.  They teach and claim that men before the flood lived longer because they ate only vegetables.  The problem is no one was living longer they were living shorter and shorter lives as time progressed.  A simple reading of the lineages listed out in Genesis 5 will reveal this truth.  There was occasionally one who lived longer than his predecessor but on the average they were living shorter and shorter lives and their diet had nothing to do with it.  I will just list out the names in Genesis Five and their ages

Adam 935    Seth 912    Enos 905    Cainan 910    Mahalaleel 895    Jared 962
Enoch lived 365 years and God took him into heaven.  Methuselah 969    Lemech 777    
Noah was born before the flood and died after and lived to be  950

So it is easy to see men were living shorter lives and not longer while being commanded to eat only herbs, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables.  To teach that they lived longer because of their diet is a pretext or a preconceived idea for their teaching of abstaining from meats.  There is no proof that the record of men who lived before the flood’s diet had anything to do with the length of their lives.  This is a false teaching and an heretical practice of the Seventh Day Adventist.

B)   Daniels Diet

There are two teachings that come out of the story of Daniel and his companions when they were taken into captivity.  One, that Daniel and his friends were on a special fasting diet. And Two, that Daniel was a vegetarian all the days of his life.  Neither of these two teachings can be proven from scripture however both ideas use the same Bible text as proof what they teach is Biblical.  But in reality they are both incorrect.

Let’s look at the scripture and see why if was Daniel wanted to have a certain diet during that time.  Daniel 1:8-16 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.   God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.  And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.  Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.  Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.  So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.  And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.  Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.

First, this is not a physical defilement that Daniel is worried about it is a spiritual defilement.  The meat was sacrificed and the wine an offering to the king’s idols before it was given.  Jews were forbidden to eat of foods offered to idols and in so doing it would defile them spiritually.  Second this is not a legume and water fast.  This was a simple diet that Daniel knew he could get for them to eat.  By trying to get them to bring him Kosher foods he would be rejected because he would be saying the King’s food was impure and they would either be killed or placed in prison.  So requesting commoner food was the best thing for him to ask for.  It was truly wisdom from God but it was not a special vegetarian diet they kept too all their days of their lives nor was it any type of Fast.  

The reason Daniel requests this food is that they may not be defiled spiritually so they can stay right before God and have his favor by keeping his word.  That was promised to the Jews if they kept Gods word he would bless them.

VI.   Fasts In the Bible

Fasting in the Bible was not for the purpose of cleansing the body.  Fasting was not for the purpose of getting more or filled with the Spirit.  Gods word is fairly clear on who was to fast and what was the purpose.

Fasting was for the people of Israel to afflict their souls because of their sins.  The fast was to be done on the day they were to make a sacrifice.

 So let’s look at God’s word s Fasting.

A)   Affliction of the Soul

Fasting was for the purpose of afflicting one soul.  It was not for any physical benefit it was done for a spiritual benefit and that only for Israel or any stranger within her boarders.

In Leviticus the term “afflict” is what God used when he commanded a time of Fasting.  Fasting is an affliction of ones SOUL, this is not ones body.  The soul is what the body houses.  And it was done to bring about a condition whereby they, that is Israel, could then be sanctified, atoned and for spiritual cleansing temporarily.  During the fast there was to be no work or labour performed.   You will notice that the word soul is used and not person.  Well first the soul is the person, the soul is the spirit in the body, it is who you are in essence but not in the body.  It is this soul that had judgement laid on it when God said,  Eze 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.  This should clearly lay the teaching of gnostic as a error to scriptures as they claimed physical sin does not hurt the soul or spirit.  But God’s word is clear it is the soul the person inside the body not the outward body.  Today Christ work of the cross keeps a Christian’s sin from affecting their soul because he bore the judgement of death because of their sin for them on the cross.  1Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.  No man who is saved is to sin because of this wonderful grace given us in Christ, he is to live unto righteousness.

Lev 16:29-31 ¶ And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.  It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.

Lev 23:27-32 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.  And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.  For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.  And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.  Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.  It would seem here that any person not afflicting their soul was to be cut off from Israel.

Num 29:7-11 And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls: ye shall not do any work therein:  But ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD for a sweet savour; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year; they shall be unto you without blemish: And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals to a bullock, and two tenth deals to one ram, A several tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs: One kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the sin offering of atonement, and the continual burnt offering, and the meat offering of it, and their drink offerings.

This is a one day fast.  The average fast commanded of God was one day from sun up to sun up to sun down. They were not to eat or work that day.  But in the evening they were to eat of the sacrifice.  Which consisted of meat, bread and wine.  To afflict the soul was to bring hardship or a punishment to their soul for their sin.  This is why God calls it “to afflict your souls”

Now I hear some of you saying how do we know that the affliction of their soul was a fast.  Well again we can go to the word of God.

Isa 58:3-6 ¶ Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.  Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.  Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?  Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?   

It would seem the people knew and connected fasting with the affliction of their soul.  But in the context of this verse it would seem they were being outwardly religious by Fasting but inward they were not afflicting their souls.  

Fasting in the Bible is for afflicting the soul.  Placing hardship upon ones self is far better than God to do it.  And in doing it, it comes down to the heart.  Is that person truly grieved for their sinfulness they have done?  When one is truly grieved and sorry for ones sin then the atonement sacrifice made would cover them until judgement day, where upon they would receive the grace of God because of their faith in his word through the work performed through the fast.

B) Grief

Some fasting was done because of Grief from fear of death, or the sickness or death of a family member or child.  Fasting is often accompanied in grieving over a persons physical condition.  This fast is done for two reasons one because of great sorrow and two, to possibly get favor of God to saved those that are stricken.

1. Sickness or Illness

This fast is for one to be preserved unto life and not die from the illness.

2Sam 12:15-20 ¶ And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.  David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.  And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.  Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.  This was a seven day fast laying on the ground.  By the wording he may have drank water but it is clear he ate no food.  We can conclude this by the fact that we are never told anything about drink.  The minimum of drink during a fast was water only.

This Fast was done in order to get favor from God on behalf of the one who is sick.

2.  For Safety of ones life and/or the life of others

Acts 27:21-38 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.  And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.  For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.  Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.  Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.  But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.  Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.  And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,  Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.  Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.  And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.  Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.  And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.  Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.  And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.  And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.

Paul fasted alone but it is clear they all fasted for fourteen days.  Paul received assurance from God via and angel and he reassured the shipmates and crew they shall all be saved.  It is clear again and can be assumed based on the fact that food was all that was required for these who fasted.  They were on a fourteen day water fast.  This is one of the longest fasted taken by man found in Scriptures next to that of Jesus Christ.

3.  For Expelling a Devil

Mr 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.  Here the fasting is done with prayer for the casting out of a certain type of devil.  You will notice that God’s word is actually silent as to which type of devil it is.

4.  Prayer   

Not sure this is for a answered prayer I would assume it is  But fasting and prayer are connected together.  While Jesus said a certain devil can only come out through prayer and fasting.  But the order is reversed in Paul’s only guideline to a member in the church concerning fasting, but in their practice to ordain elders the prayer with fasting.  So it is not clear but seems they are separated in purpose as it one was done at different times than the other.  Here the fasting is done to get a favor from God for the prayer.  Where in expelling a Devil both were necessary for the task.

1Cor7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed

Prayer and fasting are connected throughout scripture but in different ways and means.

5.  For a Child

1Sam 1:8-18 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?  So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.  And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.  And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.  And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.  Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.  And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.  And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.  Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.  And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

Hannah did not eat though she sat at the table.  We know this because she asks the Lord to look on her affliction and the fact that she ate after she got back from praying.  Hannah got the petition or answered prayer from God.

6.  Heart Motive

A correct heart is needed for fasting to be of any benefit for favor from God.  There are couple examples of this.

One, is seen above in 1 Samuel 1:13-16 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.  And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.  And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

Obviously God wont hear a prayer form a drunk woman or Eli would not have rebuked her.  Maybe you are wondering why Eli, the High Priest did not discern the truth.  It is because he was in sin by not rebuking and correcting the wickedness of his sons.  But Hannah explains herself and reveals a true and pure heart motive in the fast (affliciton) and her prayer before God.  God answers a prayer that fulfilled his will and is from a pure motive.

The second example of from motive is found in Zec 7:1-7 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu; When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD, And to speak unto the priests which were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?  Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying, Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?  And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?  Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?

First it would seem they added an additional fast of the fifth month.  Men having their own fasts in not uncommon in scriptures we can find both kings, queens, priests and prophets all proclaiming fasts at different times for different reasons these are to numerous to list out here but can be observed in my word study Fast/Fasting/Fasted.

Second, as God revealed they did not do these fast for the sake of seeking God but for their own reasons which are not revealed other than to say, “For yourselves”.  They did not have the right heart motive for fasting which for God was so they could hear the word of God.  But they did not.

Here is another person who fasted for the wrong reason Luke 18:10-14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

Here is how the Lord teaches we should fast Mt 6:16 ¶ Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;  18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.  When we fast we need the right heart not one that boasts but one that is humble.  Then the Lord will bless that man and his fast openly.

C. Hearing the word of God or getting an answer from God

Fasting helps us to hear the word of God.

1. Hearing to turn from their sinfulness

God alluded to this truth when he rebuked those who had come seeking him on whether they should continue to fast at certain time (see Hear Motive).  Zec 7:7 Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?  You may look to the section above to see the full conversation but it seemed that the purpose of the fast while they were in captivity was for them to hear the word of God.  Hearing the word of God will bring about a conviction resulting in fasting to afflict their soul for th sorrow of their sin.  In Jeremiah as fast was proclaimed and at that time the word was spoken for them to hear.

Jer 36:4-10 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.  And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot go into the house of the LORD:  Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD’S house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.  It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people.  And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD’S house.  And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto JerusalemThen read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD’S house, in the ears of all the people.

So God connected the people hearing the word of God with Fasting.  And if they be convicted they would afflict themselves and turn from their wicked ways.  

2. Hearing God’s decision and/or purpose.

There was fasting in conjunction with the sending calling out of Saul for the work of the ministry both at the time of his salvation and later in Antioch.

Acts 9:9-19 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.  And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.  And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.  Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.  But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.  And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.  And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.  And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

This was a three day fast with no food or water in this case it is a fast.  Saul later called Paul is the only one ever said to go three days and nights without water.  This was an afflicting fast as he had lost his sight and one of the reasons for the coming of Ananias was for him to receive his sight.  This is the first of a few fasts Paul did during his time on earth as the apostle to the Gentiles.

And then we find fasting in connection with Paul and Barnabas being sent to the Gentiles

Acts 13:1-3 ¶ Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away

Fasting was also a practice when Paul and the brethren ordained elders in every church.  It would seem they wanted God’s guidance on those they were to put hands on and fasting was one way they could hear God’s direction or purpose.

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

Under God’s leading through fasting they ordained elders in every church.  They heard God’s will as to who these elders to be were that they ordained after prayer with fasting.

Conclusion

This is not an exhaustive study on fasting but done to give the Christiam clear understanding on what Biblical fasting was about, what it was for and what it should produce if done with a right heart and according to God’ will.

We learned that the Bible does not have a teaching that fasting is for cleansing the body.

Also we learned that Fasting was not to draw closer to God nor was it to be done to be filled with the Spirit or receive a spiritual gift.

Fasting is to be done with a right motive at certain times of ones life.  During times of trouble and grief, or when one needs to hear the word of God for obedience and direction.

Prayer:

Lord my prayer for those Christians who read this study is that they will grow in knowledge and wisdom of your word and your will.  That not every teaching of fasting is for you.  I pray that those who would fast will have a pure motive and heart for you and your word that they not only will grow but will be a blessing to others.

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray,  Amen!

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words – July 14, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr

You have heard it said a Picture is worth a thousands word but what if the picture is only “half true” in its depiction?

As I teach I often remind people that a half truth is a whole lie.

Take the picture above for example.  You can find this on numerous blog spots and web pages but what none of them tell you is that it has been taken out of the context of the book of which they took the Bible verses from for the depiction.  Now I don’t know the original artist intentions or his heart or the heart of all those who used this picture but this I do know they are promoting a half truth and a half truth is a whole lie.   The large title at the bottom of the pictures states “Biblical Family Law” and again I don’t know the artist heart but one thing is clear this statement is totally 100% inaccurate and un-Biblical.

First let’s take the picture as a whole and then we will dissect it into its four parts and explain the whole truth about each of them.  As a whole picture what is being portrayed here is that God and his word, the Holy Bible, approves of some acts of men but disapproves on one in particular.  That being the one with the red “X” across it, Homosexuality and in that it is also the issue of same sex marriage.  I want to make a comment before we move into the individual four parts.

No where in the Bible has God delegated “marriage” to the institutions of man or his governments.  No man, religion or government set up Biblical marriage and as such none of these has God’s approval of instituting it.  Matthew 19:4-6 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?   Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

By this we can determine that God is the author of True Biblical Marriage and it is only to be between one man and one woman.  This is a work of God by faith for those who are Christian and they are joined together forever by God’s power and not by any human institution of Government.

Now I want to recognize Secular Society and it’s governments have set up laws that require marriage contracts and duly appointed officers or men are to ordain these marriages.  Beware of thinking that this is Biblical Marriage it is not it is secular marriage, and it is done for the purposes of taxes and other monetary gain.  But remember God gave no government, man or institution this authority.  Christian the next time you want to argue about same sex marriage with them over the issue of secular marriage keep that in mind.  You are not talking about the same thing.

BIGAMY

Ok let’s start with the upper left hand section called “Bigamy” I Kings 11:3.  I want to place it is context of both the Book if I Kings and the Holy Bible as a whole.  Remember context is everything when trying to understand any portion of Scripture.

1Kings 11:1-5  But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.  And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.  For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.  For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

The Cartoonist took a verse from the center of its context and presented it in a way and without words that God approved of this actions of Solomon’s.  But as we can see by the verse that followed it God most obviously is not pleased.  Not only is there a prohibition against multiple wives, which the artist did not know about, but it also prohibits a person from multiplying riches.  The following verse supports what is recorded in I Kings 11:4 is found here:

Deut 17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

Both of these Solomon did and both of these were not permitted by God as found in his word the Holy Bible.  Again it is a law for Israel.  so this portion of the Picture should of had a big red X across it for God did not approve of Bigamy.

INCEST

Now let us move on to the second section of the four prat picture in titles “Incest” Genesis 19, 30-38 Please take note of the underlined verses.

Genesis 19:30-38  And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.  And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.  And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.  And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.  And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.  Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.  And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.  And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

Okay, let’s look at this.  First of all it was not Lot who came up with the idea of having sex with his daughters, it was his oldest daughter and she lied to the younger.  Almost always you will find sin and lies going together and it has been this way from the first lie told by a serpent (not a snake) to Eve in Gen 3.  Not only that but many a young woman has lost her innocence at the insistence of a older woman she trusted.

Their plan was to make Lot drunk and take advantage of his drunkenness to conceive children.  The Younger had a chance not to go through with it but most likely out of fear of man, her sister in this case, she chose to follow her sister actions. 

Now at this time we have no recording of God’s Law for Gentiles which Lot was.  Remember Lot and Abraham are not Jews or Israel.  However we know there was some sort of law of God they knew because God said of Abraham, Gen 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. This indicates that God had communicated some types of Law known as “the way of the LORD”.  Psalm 119 uses the term way of the LORD in reference to his words, the Holy scriptures.  Even Job, a contemporary of Abraham and Lot, knew God had a law that was to be followed  Job 22:22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.  And here Job 21:14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.  Indicating that wicked men did not want to practice the ways of God.  those ways had to be made know for them to chose to follow them or reject them.

But then later when God gives the Law to Israel he says this about incest.  Leviticus 18:6  None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.   The context of that verse is to have sex with.

You see, it is not God who approves of incest it is man.  Again we see a partial picture being painted that only presents a half truth and a half truth is a whole lie.  this section also should have a big red X through it for God did not approve of Incest.

CHILD SACRIFICE

Let us move on to the third portion “Child Sacrifice” Judges 11:30-40 And again context is everything.

Judges 11:30-40 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.  So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.  And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.  And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.  And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back.  And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.  And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.  And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.  And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel, That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year

God never commanded any child sacrifices from Israel as a matter of fact he was not against it.  He only asked one man to sacrifice his son as a test and never let that man go through with it and that was Abraham.  Child sacrifice did not come out of the mouth of God.  Here is what God commanded Israel   Deut 18:10 There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. . . Look up “pass through the fire” in your AV Bible and you will learn it was not a way of God but of pagan gods, and that many in the land of Canaan sacrificed their children by fire.

Now concerning Jephthah the man spoke foolishly, for a dog or a chicken or his daughter were not acceptable sacrifices to God as laid out in Leviticus for any reason.  And for violating God’s law in Duet 18:10 Jephthah should have been put to death.  God did not command Israel that a man was to keep his vow of which he made to God if it violated his law he gave to Israel.  And I am sure God did not accept it, and I am equally sure if Jephthah would have gone to the priest and they to God as they are to do, he would have been told what to do and it more than likely it would not have been his daughter to be offered as a burnt offering but a sin and trespass offering according to the Law of Moses.

This section like all the previous should have a big red X through it for god did not approve of Child Sacrifice.

HOMOSEXUALITY

Finally, let’s look at the last section “Homosexuality” Leviticus 18:22.  there is no term “homosexuality” in the Holy Bible, and there are actually two specific verses that prohibit its practice in Israel Lev  18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination and Lev 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.  And there is one section of scripture where God speaks as to homosexuality as kind of judgement or a giving over.  Romans 1:19-32 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them

Here in Romans if we are to understand it properly, it would seem that because men and women would not retain God in their thoughts, even though God made himself known to them and in them, God gave them over to practice of what God calls “Vile Affection” with each other and it is clear that those vile affections were what people today call homosexuality.

These laws were pretty much for all Israel.  God never gave these laws to a Gentile nation nor require that outside Israel Gentiles were to be subjected to these laws.  Christians tend to go to these scriptures to condemn its practice as if these verses apply to Gentiles.  What needs to be understood is God considered homosexual activity as an abomination.  And when it comes to same sex marriage don’t argue with those that practice it from the Bible seeing their secular marriage is not Biblical marriage.  So if the government authorizes it let them be it is not authorized of God anyway.

CONCLUSION

The artist was deceptive in his depiction, the picture he made conveyed God in a wicked light and made many think that God approved of wickedness and gave provision for it in his word when God did not.  God does not permit any of the four sections in the picture above.

In all honesty the Artist should of had a red “X” through each section not just the last but then again he had an agenda.  One where he portrays to people that God accepted Bigamy, Incest, and Child  Sacrifice but not Homosexuality.  Presenting a picture where God condemned all those sections would not work for his purposes, which was that people should accept homosexuality and same sex marriage and not condemn it just because the Bible does, seeing the Bible ok’d other types of families such as bigamist families, Incestuous families and child sacrifice.  This was an unfair picture to say the least and at best it is a half a Bible truth.

But while secular society will accept there wickedness as normal and acceptable behaviour we as true Christians do not.  And we reject the picture portrayed by the Artist that God accepted the wickedness of men and women while ONLY condemning homosexuality.

The Artist at best gave us only a half truth concerning God and the Holy Bible but a half truth is WHOLE LIE.

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How Old is the Earth? – July 5, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr.

In order to get a true Idea of how old the Earth is we must compare spiritual things with spiritual. God’s word shows us a creation of the earth where the morning stars sang at it’s creation.

Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Now this would put the creation of Angelic beings like arch-angels, angles, cherubims, seraphim and cherubs before the earth’s creation. There are some who puts the creation of these during the six days work of God which is after the second beginning of Proverbs 8:23 during the time of Genesis 1:3-31.

Proverbs 8:22-24 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.  When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

I believe Proverbs 8:22 – 24 gives us the Chronology of the creation of the Earth, depths and Fountains of Water.  There is one creation and two beginnings, One that is the Beginning of God’s way and the other is the beginning of his creation process prior to Gen 1:2 & 3 which could have taken place far before the Gen 1:2 events because what ever it was it took place after the Fountains of Water were created and as these fountains contained the water prior to some Judgement event which I link to Lucifer, a cherub who was a morning star and a son of God who was created before the earth was. Because in Gen 1:2 we find the water not in fountains but covering the face of the deep.

Both beginnings link together but what is unique in Proverbs there is no firmament mentioned only depths (heaven) which describes the vastness and quality not the quantity.

Also, The morning stars, in the context of Job, have a connection with the original creation of the earth in second beginning point of Proverbs 8:23 and not Genesis 1:3-31 and in order for them to be there at that creation they had to be made or created before the earth and not after. You will also see in verse 8 of Job that Job is asked,

Job 38:8-11 who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?  When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling-band for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,  And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

Which puts this portion if it is chronologically preserved sometime after Gen1:2 but before Gen1:3. Now remember the some want to connect this with Genesis 1:3-31 not before. the some want to make day one start at verse one of Genesis and not after the light appeared and a 23hr.56min day was established. Please don’t get this wrong I don’t believe in Evolution, or a pre-Adamic race of humanoids, I believe the fossil record is that of Noah’s flood and not before.

Now we need to ask a question what is a swaddeling band?  A swaddling-band is something that absorbs the water of a birth it is placed round about the birthing stool to keep the water from going everywhere (context of verse 8). Verse 10 holds a key look closely, and “brake up IT my decreed place” the it is the word of God a creation of something that was broken, it was a decreed place. I believe it was the fountains abounding with water found in Proverbs 8:24. Something caused God’s decreed place for water (in fountains) to be broken, something that would not go against Gods nature or his Holiness. that something I believe was his justice and execution of his judgement upon Lucifer and the his angels all of which falls under God’s wisdom. Once they were dealt with, God turned to the deep and we find him moving upon the face of the waters in Genesis 1:2. but to be fair thick darkness being made for it could also allude to the firmament But I think it refers to the darkness that went forth at his justice and judgement of Lucifer’s sin. But the Morning stars in Job 38:7are not connected to this event of water that breaks forth, but to the creation of the Earth in its original form before the breaking forth of Gods Decreed place and a thick darkness a swaddling band is made.

You see when I kept the context of Job 38:7-10 and rightly divided I was able to show that the Morning stars were connected to the earth’s original creation as chronologically laid out in Proverbs 8:22-24, before the breaking forth of God’s decreed place, this breaking God’s decreed place is representative of two things 1) the release of water from the fountains of which they were first contained in Prov 8:24(a decreed place) and 2) the angles that left their first estate also broke God’s decreed place for them.

So having considered the spiritual with the spiritual it is safe to say the earth is older than 6,000 years. But I would not label it millions of years before the six day work of God found in Gen1:3-31. It would be hard to say how long for the 24/7 we are used to was not established until Gen 1:3-5. Measurement of time before that was connected with eternity not our 23hr.56min seven day week 365 day year or the 28 day moon cycle. Our minds do not understand nor comprehend eternity or from everlasting as a time measurement but if I had to guess I would say no more than one general dispensation of our Bible which would be 1,000 years, and no less than a day according to the time measurement God established for man in Gen 1:3-5 2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Exodus 20:11 is speaking of God making the earth habitable for man after a flood of judgement had left it uninhabitable this was the six day work of God which starts at Genesis 1:3-31. The key there to understand the Exodus 20:11 verse is the words “six days” these are six 23hr 56 min days, no days existed as we know days until after the first day established in Gen1:3-5. Even a casual reading of Gen 1 will tell you that the heaven and earth were created before the establishment of Days, and the grammar both of Hebrew and English does not indicated that Gen1:1, 2 were part of the first day.

Remember IF the earth was created void and dark and incomplete what were the morning stars singing about? This is key to understanding that the heaven and the earth were created from sometime from everlasting,. Days were set up after Gen 1:2 the heaven and earth were already created, the six days that follow were to make the earth habitable for man whom God created on the sixth day.  By this we know that the earth is older than 6,000 and that the system of man setup in Genesis 1 is no more that 6,000 year old.

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Deception – Subtle and Unknown – June 30, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr

How do we know the heart of a man except by the word of God and he says  Jer 17:9 The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?

If this verse be true, and it is, then the deception of a mans heart is so deep into his subconscious that he rarely without the help of God would ever know if he is deceived.

You can do a search of the internet and find literally a thousand site dedicated to exposing false teaching and heresy in and among the many denominations of the Body of Christ.  Yet each of these groups in and of themselves has some major flaw in their own doctrine and practice while pointing fingers at another.  I am reminded of Gal 5:14, 15 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  There is an obedience to Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.   The whole point of the dividing of the body of Christ into divisions was in and of itself carnality according to Paul.  And today what has led to some of this dividing was either a lack of love on how one confronted another on their false teaching.  Keep in mind it was not a one sided affair the receiving party also was unable to receive and search the scriptures and see if these thing were so.  And because of the introduction of so many new versions of the Bible out there, it seems to leave each man to his conscious to decided what teachings and doctrines are false and which were not, and they had somehow left out one main ingredient in the whole mix, the Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost would have us all in unity not division.

I have talked to many a man about some of the questionable things they teach.  There are many we would consider propagators of false teachings, yet they would never consider themselves false teachers or a deceivers yet they are and do so oh so subtly that not even they know they are deceived or deceiving.  I have read of many a report from the heretic hunters of our day that expose supposed false teachings.  I have tried to gain understanding of the false teachers mind and reasoning.  Many a time I find it clear, they have no idea they are deceiving or are deceived.  In this age of the church where we see what few would call apostasy we see that those who are at the forefront of this don’t even believe their are in error.  2Tim 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

I wouldn’t call these persons evil men, at best I would call them godly.  They seem to love the Lord and his word but at the same time they love themselves.  They give just as much attention to themselves as they do the Lord and his word.  On par with their study of God’s word is not just their Bible version but their modern education complete with is secular humanistic teaching and sophist reasoning.  They have not allowed themselves to become new creatures in which the Lord via the Holy Ghost replaces themselves with Himself.   2Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

They have not developed the Mind of Christ at least not by the power of the Holy Ghost.  What they have is their own idea on what the mind of Christ is that they were taught or learned with their own mind.  Php 2:1-5  If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.   Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

It is not entirely their fault mind you many a teacher before them were students of others who were exactly the same as they.  They have changed in some degrees from outward sin but they have not changed on the inward with the renewing of their mind and dropped their humanistic and sophist reasoning that has been promoted in religious and secular society.  There is levels of Garbage and Baggage of which we all carry.  But the Holy Ghost is needed to engage properly with ones heart and God. Romans 12:1, 2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

So the false teaching that permeate Christianity today from supposed Christian groups like Roman Catholics, to the mainstream Evangelicals, to the extreme Covenant Keepers groups all have one thing in common.  They don’t have a solid belief in a Bible that is whole, complete, without error and holds all the word of God.  Nothing they can base their faith on for the final authority in their lives.  What they have is their own logic and reasoning being in control of what it is they are to learn to understand, they are to have the mind of Christ.  Their minds are their own and they refuse to give up that last bastion of the old man, not even God is allowed to mess with that.  That is where the real battle for the truth lay, in their heart and mind.

Unless the inner man makes the real progress of Godliness there is no way he will stand strong in grace and truth.  He will have no real peace and be tossed about by every wind of Doctrine, Eph 4:14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  of which tickles the ears but brings about no real change in the heart and mind.  The need of God’s peace is important with peace comes stability Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  He has no peace because he does not let God keep his heart and mind through Christ Jesus.  Each of us must understand that our minds are not the full expression of a saved man but Christ’s mind is.  We must realize our herats and minds are still just as evil continually as they were before salvation.   Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.  this is where the battle lay and even Paul confessed this battle was onging in his own life.  Romans 7:18, 19 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.   For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

This is why the next logical step in our spiritual development after belief on Christ finished work comes by realizing our Hearts are deceived and have been since we were born into the sinful world.  We must see our hearts as God see them and then resolve through the Holy Ghost help to change our minds, for the mind of Christ.  A mind which is already ours as part of our faith in his finished work.  1Cor 2:14-16 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.  As long as we use our own minds and hearts that have been deceived by sin we will never know the real things of God.  We will not be able to make right judgments on doctrine and practice as Christians.  We will not be able to submit to husbands, each other or to God’s word.  We will be deceived and eventually unknowingly deceiving others as well.  We must allow God access to our minds and thinking to changes us into the person of God he wants, to know the things of God and not the things of man.

I believe that God has preserved his word for us today and that word can be held in our hands, it is whole and complete without errors of any kind, and it is by that word we will grow not just outwardly but inward as well.  We are in an age that after generations of subtle and unknowing deception has produced churches full of men and women that are equally deceived, and the pernicious ways of them are unknown to them because these ways, thoughts and ideas are in the heart that continues to keep them in deception.   

We must ask God for his guidance each day to reveal to us the errors of our hearts and to replace it with the pure word of Truth as it says, Ps 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].
1Cor 2:9, 10 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
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