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2011 in review

Happy New Year 2012 to All and Special Thanks to All Who Visited this Blog this Past Year.

The WordPress.com stats helpers prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog, that you are welcome to review to see statistics on what other viewers like yourself visited here too.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Watch the 1968 Apollo 8 Mission crew reading Genesis and Wishing all a Merry Christmas.

Learn more about the Bible Genesis Creation Account by viewing this presentation:

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Three Guides Characteristics of Success and Favor

The Bible wisely advises Christians to:

  • apply & acknowledge the Wisdom of God over their own understanding to make their paths straight and to turn away from evil
  • embrace Steadfast Love and Faithfulness deep in one’s heart & character as they trust & follow Jesus intimately like the early apostles

This leads to success & favor with both God and people when lived out properly.

  • What does this success & favor look like?
  • What worldly views of success & favor are not meant here?

The Three Guide Characteristics of Success and Favor are:

  1. Wisdom of God
  2. Steadfast Love
  3. Faithfulness

Next Steps:

View The Three Guides Presentation on Wisdom, Faith, and Love:

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Proverbs 3:3-7 (ESV):

3 Let not  steadfast love and  faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will  find favor and  good success in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways  acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Hebrews 1:1-4 (ESV):

1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

3 John 1:11 (ESV):

11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

2 Chronicles 15:1-4 (ESV):

1 The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded, 2 and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. 3 For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, 4 but when in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them.

2 Chronicles 17:3-5 (ESV):

3 The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. 5 Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand. And all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor. 6 His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord. And furthermore, he took the high places and the Asherim out of Judah.

1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV):

11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

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Seek Glory from the Only God

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Seek God’s righteousness and then ‘seek the glory that comes from the only God’.

* What does it look like to ‘seek the glory that comes from the only God’?
* How does that compare to seeking glory elsewhere?

John 5:44 (ESV):

44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

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Sacrificed for Adam & Eve?

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The Genesis account of humankind’s’ fall from the freedom to do good into the devastating slavery to sin shows Adam and Eve hiding from God after they sinned, followed by sewing together fig leaves to make themselves clothes. God later gave Adam & Eve skins which are much higher quality garments, supporting their insight to cover themselves.

(1) Did God kill animals to make these clothes?

(a) While the answer could be yes, the Bible is silent on this point.

(b) God could also have taken skins from animals that died naturally.

(c) Another possibility is God making skins scientifically, like scientists envision growing organs using cells and applied genetics knowledge.

(d) Copying skins already on animals is yet another way too. To understand this point, see the Bible Genesis Creation Account presentation at http://creationopia.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/bible-genesis-creation-account-universe-tool-paradigm-comparisons-literal-creator-days/

(2) Did God kill the animals as a sacrifice for the sins of Adam & Eve?

(a) A surface reading of scriptures infers the sacrifice of animals is needed to forgive needs, implying yes.

(b) A deeper reading into scriptures shows that only Jesus’ sacrifice can forgive sins, implying such an animal sacrifice was unnecessary.

(c) The focus on a need for a sacrifice takes the focus away from the promises of God to send a Savior after humankind’s fall, where the real & true forgiveness of sins originates for those with a remaining faith.

Genesis 3:15 (ESV): … “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

(d) Likewise, the Bible further informs it was not the sacrifices of Abraham on which the future salvation resides, yet rather faith in God’s promises. Therefore the most important point from the Genesis Account of the Fall of Humankind are God’s promises.

(e) Scripture itself testifies to the impossibility of animal sacrifices themselves taking away anyone’s sins. It is by faith in the coming Savior Jesus Christ that forgiveness of sins is granted on credit for Jesus’ future crucifixion. Once Jesus came and died on the cross and resurrected back to life, there was no longer any need for animal sacrifices reminders.

(f) God did not immediately setup an animal sacrificial system. Instead the system of animal sacrifices was setup later to remind people of their sins’ severity, which they continued to downplay to support their tendencies to disobey. Adam and Eve were already ashamed and sorry for their sins, realizing Satan tricked them, and hence no need to be reminded yet again of their sins by performing animal sacrifices.

(g) As God takes no pleasure in the animal sacrificial system, there was no reason for God to offer any animals sacrifices to further induce his own displeasure in an already horrendously disappointing situation.

Hebrews 10:3-4 (ESV):

3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.
4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Hebrews 10:8-9 (ESV):

8 When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings”(these are offered according to the law),
9 then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.”He does away with the first in order to establish the second.

Genesis 3:6-7 (ESV):

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Genesis 3:14-15 (ESV):

14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,  cursed are you above all livestock  and above all beasts of the field;  on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat  all the days of your life.
15  I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Genesis 3:21 (ESV):

21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

Genesis 5:21-24 (ESV):

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah.
22 Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.
23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years.
24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not,  for God took him.

Roman 4:13-14 (ESV):

13 Forthe promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.

Romans 6:23 (ESV):

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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God’s Direct Instructions

God directly instructs Moses on the Words to tell the people, which foreshadows God the Father directly giving Jesus the Son of God the Words to Preach and Teach for Each to destroy the Breach caused by Satan.

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Exodus 25:20-22 (ESV):
20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. 21 And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. 22 There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from  between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.
John 12:48-50 (ESV):
48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

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God’s Divine Black Box

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God has on numerous occasions allowed people to see him in a physical embodiment, like viewing a black box exterior, with mysterious inner workings hidden by its’ outer shell. Jesus, who is God and is the Son of God, knows God’s character, and reveals glimpses of God’s  inner workings, inside God’s divine black box, figuratively speaking.

Exodus 24:9 (ESV): 9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.

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