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Shine Like The Stars Forever!

Daniel 10-12

StarWe read the final three chapters of Daniel today thereby concluding our time together in this incredible book. I wish I could share with you the many things I read about this prophecy and how it correlates with documented history, but it would require more time and space than is appropriate for what I try to do here every day. Suffice it to say that most of what we read in chapter’s 10 and 11 has already come to pass. Daniel 11:36 through 12:4 is hotly debated to this day. Has that which is prophesied in this section already taken place, or is it yet to come? I’ve read a compelling case for seeing these verses as dealing with the end times, but as I’ve said this is hotly debated. I like, however, how Dr. James Montgomery Boice concludes his commentary on this segment of Scripture and share that with you below.

“I realize that the interpretation of Daniel 11:36–12:4 that I have given here may be wrong and that some will disagree with it. But in a sense, it does not matter a great deal who these factions are or how this great final battle will turn out—if there is a final battle. I say that because in one sense all we have here is a description of an intensifying of that distress and persecution that Christians have known in all ages and that they have been called upon to endure for the sake of their love for and commitment to Jesus Christ. Even Calvin approaches the passage like this at one point, saying that the church is to be “subject to most numerous and grievous calamities until the advent of Christ, but yet it should feel God’s propitious disposition, enduring its own safety under his aid and protection.”

The bearing of these things on our lives is that we are to live for the Lord Jesus Christ and honor him regardless of the circumstances.

Years ago someone preached a sermon on Psalm 11:3, which asks the probing question: “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The preacher asked the question and then answered, “Why, go on being righteous, of course.” That is what Daniel is saying in the middle of this chapter in one of my favorite Bible verses, though I prefer it in the King James Version. “The people who know their God will firmly resist him” (Dan. 11:32). Or as the King James Version has it, “The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Daniel is saying that there is always going to be wickedness in this world. There will always be wars and rumors of wars, famine, trouble, persecutions, and distress. He had them in his day. We have them in ours, and they will be present even at the end of this age. Nevertheless, those who know God are to stand firm, live righteous lives, resist evil, and do exploits, as God prospers them.”

Boice, J. M. (2003). Daniel: an expositional commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

I long ago came to a similar conclusion about the debatable issues of the Bible. God doesn’t always tell us what we want to know; He always tells us what we need to know. To chase our tails in endless debate would seem to me to be proof that we are focusing on the wrong point. How God does something is really His business. We may want to know how or why He does things, or will do things, but that is not what we need to know. What we need to know is how we should act. The point of this prophecy is to tell us that trouble will come, but we are to stand firm in right relationship with God, and so doing we will be delivered. Look at what will happen for those who stand firm.

Daniel 12:3 ESV

“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

Not only shall those who belong to God shine like the brightness of the sky above, but those who call others to right relationship with God will shine like the stars forever! Oh friend, it is a noble task our Lord and Savior has given us, and the reward is great. Turn others to righteousness. Shine like the stars forever!

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

Alternate Plans
Bible Order: Hosea 5–8
Old Testament Only: Proverbs 5–6
New Testament Only: 2 Corinthians 2
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A Kingdom Worth Pursuing

Daniel 7-9

HeavenWe open today’s passage with a dream, or vision, that Daniel had during the first year of the reign of the Babylonian King Belshazzar. It is referred to as “Daniel’s vision of the Four Beasts”. This is a foretelling of the major empires that will exist until the time the Messiah is born. I felt that Dr. James Montgomery Boice’s commentary on this prophecy of great interest and share it with you below.

“The first vision of Daniel 7 is the foundation for what follows. So it is important to have it firmly in mind as we proceed. Daniel saw four wild animals that later we are told represent “four kingdoms that will rise from the earth” (v. 17). The first was like a lion, although it had eagle’s wings. It had its wings torn off and then was lifted up from the ground so that it stood on two feet. Daniel says that the heart of a man was given to it. The second animal looked like a bear. The distinguishing feature of this animal was that it had three ribs in its mouth and that it was told, “Get up and eat your fill of flesh.” The third animal was like a leopard, but it had four wings like the wings of a bird. It also had four heads and was given authority to rule. The fourth beast was the most terrifying of all. It is not even compared to a known animal. Daniel says only that it had large iron teeth and ten horns. It crushed and devoured its victims and trampled everything underfoot.

While Daniel was thinking about this last beast, particularly about the significance of the ten horns, another horn appeared that uprooted three of the beast’s ten horns. This last horn is said to have had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.

At this point a judgment unfolded. Thrones were set up in heaven, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. The Ancient of Days is God. Thousands worshiped him. The court convened, the books were opened, and the beasts were judged, particularly the last one whose body was destroyed and thrown into a river of fire that flowed from God’s throne. The vision ends by the statement that “one like a son of man” approached the Ancient of Days and was given “authority, glory and sovereign power.” “All peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed” (vv. 13–14).

The most obvious thing to be said about this vision is that it is parallel to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great statue made up of various kinds of metals—although this vision adds significant new details.

The beast that was like a lion corresponds to the golden portion of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue: the head. This was a representation of the Babylonian empire itself, as Daniel explained to the emperor (Dan. 2:26–28). However, in this second vision details are added that seem particularly apt as a description of Nebuchadnezzar himself. In view of what we have already been told about Nebuchadnezzar, the tearing off of the animal’s wings seems to symbolize Nebuchadnezzar’s humbling and the reducing of his glory during the years of his insanity. When it is said that the lion-like animal was raised up on two feet and given the heart of a man, it is hard not to think of the restoration of the proud king’s reason. These details help fix our earlier interpretation of the first vision and establish a pattern for understanding the parts of the vision that follow.

The second animal, which was like a bear, corresponds to the silver portions of the statue: the arms, shoulders, and upper parts of the body. This represents the kingdom of the Medes and Persians. Incidentally, it also shows that these two kingdoms are to be taken together, not divided as has been done by the more liberal scholars. Nothing in the history of the Median Empire corresponds to the detail of the three ribs held between the second beast’s teeth. But if the kingdom is that of the Medes and Persians (considered together), then the history fits quite well. Cyrus, the Median-Persian king, and his son Cambyses conquered (1) the Lydian kingdom in Asia Minor, which fell to Cyrus in 546 b.c.; (2) the Chaldean Empire, which he overthrew in 539 b.c.; and (3) the kingdom of Egypt, which fell to Cambyses in 525.

The third beast corresponds to the middle portion of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, the part made of bronze, and represents the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great. Two things particularly characterized this empire: the speed with which it was achieved and the speed with which it divided into four separate kingdoms after its founder’s death. Like a swiftly running leopard, Alexander won his vast empire in one extended campaign. But within a few years of his death in 323 b.c., the kingdom fractured into four parts: (1) the region of Greece and Macedonia under Antipater, (2) Thrace and Asia Minor under Lysimachus, (3) Asia (except Asia Minor and Palestine) under Seleucus, and (4) Egypt and Palestine under Ptolemy.

There is no way this fourfold division can be projected onto the Persian Empire, as the liberal view must do to be consistent. The Persian Empire remained intact until its sudden collapse to Alexander in 334–332 b.c.

The final beast of Daniel’s dream, the terrible one unlike any known animal, corresponds to the legs, feet, and toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue and represents Rome. Several details of the visions tie the statue and beast together. The legs of the statue are iron; so are the teeth of the animal. The animal has ten horns; these find a parallel in the ten toes of the statue, presumably representing ten confederated kingdoms. However, a new feature is introduced in the vision of the four beasts that was not present in the vision of the statue: the appearance of “another horn, a little one,” which replaced three of the horns of the last and terrible beast. The horns (and toes) would seem to be kingdoms. But this horn has characteristics of an individual ruler. This seems to be the first biblical reference to the individual later described in the Bible as the Antichrist. He appears in 2 Thessalonians 2 as “the man of lawlessness … doomed for destruction” (v. 3) and is seen again in Revelation.

At this point, we are reminded of the stone uncut by human hands that came and struck the great statue of Nebuchadnezzar so that it fell and was broken in pieces and then was scattered by the wind. The stone then grew to become a great mountain that filled the earth. In this second vision the judgment of God is passed upon the world’s kingdom, and all “authority, glory and sovereign power” are given to the “son of man,” whom we recognize as Jesus.”

Boice, J. M. (2003). Daniel: an expositional commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

The kingdoms of man will all fall and in the end leave nothing but misery. The only kingdom worth praising and pursuing is the Kingdom of God.

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

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Bible Order: Hosea 1–4
Old Testament Only: Proverbs 3–4
New Testament Only: 2 Corinthians1
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Weighed In The Balances

Daniel 4-6

BalanceWe had several well-known stories in yesterday’s passage and we have a couple more today – “Handwriting on the Wall” & “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”. At the end of yesterday’s passage King Nebuchadnezzar had witnessed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walking around unhurt in the fire into which he had cast them. When they came out he realized that the God they worshipped was unlike any other. Chapter 4 of today’s reading continues in that vein of Nebuchadnezzar’s acknowledgment of the One True God.

Daniel 4:1-3 ESV

“[1] King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! [2] It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me. [3] How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.”

That sounds like a great convert doesn’t it? The very next passage of Scripture is delivered in first person prose from Nebuchadnezzar himself, and we see that his rich and lavish lifestyle quickly led him back to where he was, worshipping a multitude of gods. In fact he had a second dream, and when others were unable to interpret the dream, he called for Daniel in whom he said “is the spirit of the holy gods”. In the verse above we see that he referred to God as the “Most High God”. Evidently he still believed there were many gods that had some kind of power, but that Daniel’s was more powerful than the rest. He confused the spirit within Daniel as being that of several gods rather than the One True God.

This is an important distinction. Nebuchadnezzar had heard and seen the truth, but he did not fully grasp it, and, as today’s reading shows, there were negative consequences for him because of this. God humbled him in a dramatic and lengthy fashion, at the end of which Nebuchadnezzar once again acknowledged the One True God. Unfortunately his son did not learn the lesson of humility from his father’s experience and so his life was commanded of him. This came in the form of fingers mysteriously writing something on the wall in the king’s palace.

Have you ever heard someone say “I can read the handwriting on the wall”? This saying is used to suggest that the speaker sees their time as being up, that there is some kind of separating of the ways about to take place. This saying comes from one of the biblical stories in today’s passage. That is because of what the fingers wrote. They foretold of the imminent death of the brash king who died that very night. One of the words written on the wall, Tekel, actually stood for a phrase that has also become a standard saying still used to this day – “you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting”.

Now a person who truly has submitted their life to Christ does not have to worry about losing their salvation. Because they are now a child of the Living God, however, they do have to worry about God’s discipline which is intended to help His children mature. I’m not too worried about the child of the Living God; He will get this person where He intends them to be. No, I worry about the person who went through the motions of submitting their life to Christ, but never truly gave up authority over their life to Him; they never really had the change of heart required to be saved; they did not truly become a new creature in Him.

You see this person is in the most dangerous place of all, thinking he is saved and therefore not open to receiving salvation. This person can tend to be rather proud and arrogant since what he really thinks he’s done is made a deal with God that requires nothing of him and yet gives him everything. In his mind God owes him blessings and he owes God nothing. It is this person who should worry about seeing the handwriting on the wall, of being weighed in the balances and being found wanting. We can deceive ourselves but we cannot deceive God.

Still, knowing I am saved doesn’t prevent me from wondering about the idea of being weighed in the balances. As a new creature in Christ, I have been re-born for a purpose. Am I living up to that purpose? If I were to be weighed in the balances of God given purpose would I be found wanting? The word growing implies a process. If we are growing in Christ we are in the midst of a process; we will not be tomorrow what we are today. The balance doesn’t compare you against who you will be one day, but who you are supposed to be today. So the question is this, today will you be found wanting?

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

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Bible Order: Daniel 8–12
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Daniel, An Object Lesson For Us All

Daniel 1-3

Daniel in the lions denThe book of Daniel is truly an amazing work of God. I guess that can be said of every book of the Bible. While this book is full of fascinating stories and prophecies, it also is an object lesson for all of us living in the world today. Daniel was a godly man living in a godless world. Even in the face of trouble and persecution he remained faithful to his God and his faith. We Christian men also attempt to live as godly men in a godless world – at least I hope we do. Perhaps reading of how Daniel stood tall and faithful will encourage us as we face our own challenges.

I found the preface to Dr. James Montgomery Boice’s commentary on Daniel to be instructive in this vein and so I am sharing an expert below.

“One spring a number of years ago when the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology was meeting in five separate cities, I assigned the subject “God and History” to five different speakers to see what they would do with this theme. Each approached the theme well and in his own way. But I was particularly impressed with one speaker who addressed the subject by a study of the Book of Daniel. His point was that Daniel gives the meaning of history more clearly than any other portion of the Bible and, what is more, it tells us how to live for God in ungodly times—like our own.

Do many people regard Daniel as a clear revelation of the meaning of history—or of anything else for that matter? I doubt it! Yet that is what it is.

Some approach this book as if it were a puzzle given to stretch our minds and put us through our paces as students called to “compare Scripture with Scripture” to figure things out. There is an evangelical version of this that focuses on prophetic portions of the book. It tries to explain the time frame in which Messiah was to come, be cut off, and then come again in glory. There is also a liberal version in which the traditional authorship of Daniel is denied and the chief emphasis is placed on answering questions like: Who wrote Daniel actually? When was it written actually? And why did the writer pretend to be foretelling future events when he was actually only recording history?

No one can doubt that there are puzzling elements to this prophecy. At one point Daniel himself was puzzled, and there are parts of his book that have never (in my opinion) been conclusively explained. But to think of Daniel chiefly as a puzzle is to miss its extraordinary relevance, which is why my friend who spoke at the Philadelphia Conference of Reformed Theology was so eager to examine this book for its illuminating insights into history. Consider these facts:

  1. Daniel was a godly man sent to live in ungodly Babylon at a time when God’s blessing upon the Jewish nation seemed to have been withdrawn or postponed. This means that his position was much like that of believers trying to live in secular society today.

  2. The Babylon of Daniel’s day was a type of all kingdoms that do not acknowledge God or think they can dispense with him. This is an apt description of most of the world in our time, including so-called “Christian” America.

  3. Daniel (and his three friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) was under tremendous pressure to conform. That is, his religion was tolerated, even respected, as long as he did not allow it to intrude into public life or “rock the ship” of state. That is our situation also. We can practice our religion so long as it is not in the schools, at work, or in any public place. We have to keep it “on the reservation.”

  4. The world seemed to be winning. Nebuchadnezzar (and after him Belshazzar) reigned. Nebuchadnezzar believed himself to be above having to answer to anybody.

  5. Nevertheless, in spite of these things, God told Daniel that it is he, God, who is in control of history and that his purposes are being accomplished, even in the overthrow and captivity of his people. Moreover, in the end God will establish a kingdom that will endure forever. The destiny of the people of God is wrapped up in that eternal kingdom.

I do not know of any message that is so timely and valuable for Christians living in our own secular and materialistic times as that message is. Indeed, in Daniel we have a stirring and helpful example of one who not only lived through such times and survived them but who actually triumphed in them and excelled in public life to the glory of God. Daniel did not compromise. He did not bow to this world’s idols. He was hated and plotted against. But he triumphed because he knew God and trusted him to do with his life whatever was best. One of my favorite quotations in all the Bible is from this book, and it makes precisely that point. It is from the scene in which Daniel’s friends have been summoned before King Nebuchadnezzar for their refusal to bow before the golden statue and explain why they will not bow down.

Daniel 3:16–18

O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

We need people like that today—people who are aware of the dangers of trying to serve God in this world but who trust God in spite of the danger and who will not compromise. They are the only ones who really triumph, regardless of appearances, and in the last analysis, they are the ones who make a difference.”

Boice, J. M. (2003). Daniel: an expositional commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

So brothers, let’s enjoy our time together in this book and let us further take inspiration in Daniel’s example. Let us endeavor to grow as the men God re-created us to be.

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

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Bible Order: Daniel 5–7
Old Testament Only: Psalms 145–150
New Testament Only: 1 Corinthians 15:35–58
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Let Us Get Prepared

Ezekiel 45-48

Ready_RegIn today’s passage we read of a “prince”. Some may think that this is a prophecy about Jesus Christ. The general scholastic consensus is that this prophecy is not about Jesus. This prince worships God and offers sacrifice to Him. Jesus wouldn’t worship Himself or sacrifice to Himself. Sacrifice is the act of spilling animal blood to cover ones sins. Jesus is sinless and therefore would not require a sin sacrifice. He is also God, the one to whom a sacrifice and worship is owed.

A few weeks ago I was flipping channels and came across a PBS show about four Muslims from around the world who were going on the Hajj to Mecca. One of the people going was an American woman who had formerly been a Christian – or at least she claims that she had been a Christian. She was an educated woman. She said that she had been listening to a talk radio show when someone called in and said “if Jesus was God why did He pray to Himself?” To her this was such a brilliant, unanswerable question that she evidently came to the conclusion that Jesus could not be God because He prayed to God and therefore she looked for another faith system that she found more credible. Her “search” brought her to Islam.

Now her profession is such that there could be no question that this is an educated woman, but the idea that such a foolish question could seem profound to her, and cause her to walk away from Christianity, makes me wonder. But then again, many allegedly intelligent people pose all kinds of questions that they feel undermine the Gospel. In every instance just a moment of quiet contemplation would show that these in fact are not brilliant questions but rather foolish questions.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry he prayed to the “Father”. This may be seen as praying to Himself but one must think about why God had come down to Earth in human form to begin with. He came to model how we are to live. Since the entire purpose for our existence is right relationship with God, it seems rather obvious that one of the things He would model for us is prayer. He showed by how He lived how important prayer is and how to pray properly. Part of people’s confusion on this issue revolves around their confusion of how a being could separate themselves into three unified and yet separate entities. Still the issue of Jesus “praying to Himself” is not hard to understand or explain. How an intelligent person could so easily and thoughtlessly be swayed by such an obviously silly question is beyond me.

Then again, I remember a few years ago when I was discussing issues of faith with an atheist co-worker. She too was an intelligent, educated woman. In her world view you couldn’t be intelligent and believe there was a God. She must not think Albert Einstein was all that smart. Anyway, she kept trying to show me how foolish I was by posing what she viewed as brilliant questions that would show me that my faith was illogical. One such question was this: “If the Bible is how God communicates with His creation, then why has nothing been added to the Bible in 2,000 years?”

Well, I must admit that the question had never occurred to me and I was suddenly stumped. I was nonplussed for a moment and mumbled in my moment of confusion “that’s a good question”. She grinned at me in triumph, turned and left me sitting by myself. Five minutes later I slapped my forehead and realized I truly was an idiot. I was an idiot because I had said that was a good question. I was an idiot because it took me five whole minutes to realize that in fact her question was foolish. Why didn’t Tom Clancy add more to his breakout novel “The Hunt For Red October”? He didn’t add to it because the story was told; there was nothing more to add. That is why God hasn’t added any more to His Holy Word, it is complete, there is nothing more to say.

My point here is that the Lost believe they have brilliant questions that tear the heart out of the Gospel message. Even immature Christians can be stumped and mislead by these questions. For the sake of the Lost as well as our own sake we need to continually increase our knowledge of the Bible and our faith. When we are uneducated about our faith we hurt the cause of Christ. Look at what the Apostle Peter had to say about being prepared to share our faith.

1 Peter 3:14-15 ESV

“[14] But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, [15] but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect”

It does us no good to get angry when others are disrespectful and even hateful toward us as Christians. For the sake of the Gospel, however, we must be prepared to make a defense of our faith, and we must offer that defense with gentleness and respect. Are you prepared to make a defense of your faith? A place to start might be to write down the kind of questions the Lost or ill-informed might ask and then search out answers. When that woman changed from Christianity to Islam there clearly was no one available to her who could give her an answer that showed her the truth. When that woman challenged me about the Bible I was not prepared to give a simple answer. For the sake of the Gospel brother, let us get prepared!

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

Alternate Plans
Bible Order: Daniel 3–4
Old Testament Only: Psalms 140–144
New Testament Only: 1 Corinthians15:12–34
(Current Plan is Chronological)

Differing Views

Ezekiel 41-44

Yelling fatherBeginning with Ezekiel 40, which we read yesterday, and continuing through chapter 42 in today’s reading, we read of a vision Ezekiel had concerning the temple in Jerusalem. There is a lot of debate about this temple. Some believe this refers to a rebuilding of Solomon’s temple after the Babylonian Captivity. Others believe Ezekiel was prophesying about the Church in a figurative sense. A third view is that this is a reference to a “Millennial Temple”. Each view is argued vigorously for and against by its supporters and detractors. Some of these arguments are persuasive and some are not.

This Scripture, however, reminds me of many debates we have had on this blog about this very issue. One thing I want to point out is that whatever this temple is, it will not be in operation when we live in eternity with Jesus Christ. I take as my authority for that statement the following verse from the Apostle John as written in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 21:22 ESV

“And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.”

John is describing the “New Jerusalem” which is found on a “New Earth”. If you believe there will be a millennial reign of Jesus Christ on the “Old Earth” this verse does not necessarily mean that there will be no temple or temple sacrifice during those 1,000 years. What I found interesting in that verse though is the statement that God and Jesus (the Lamb) would be the temple of the New Jerusalem. The problem that I have with the idea that there will be temple sacrifice during a millennial reign of Jesus on Earth is that the sacrificial system was instituted to cleans away the sins of those who did not have access to the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus’ blood on the cross. If we don’t need animal sacrifice when He is absent, why do we need it when He is here?

Now some have suggested in response to some of my previous posts that the sacrificial system will be reconstituted as a memorial for Christ’s sacrifice, but my question still stands. If we don’t need a memorial now, why would we need one when He is present? We won’t need to remember Him, He will be with us. Someday my earthly father will pass away. While he is still with me I don’t “memorialize” him but once he passes on I will memorialize him; I will remember him. You don’t need to remember someone when they are with you.

Some may say that I am missing the point, that we aren’t remembering Him but what He did. Again, if this is important why aren’t we doing that now? We remember what He did now and we don’t have animal sacrifice. Why would there be a greater need to remember what He did when He is with us? I can’t think of any greater reminder of what He did than that He is present with us.

I can almost sense those that disagree with me shaking their heads. Some are uncomfortable accepting the idea that we just won’t know for sure until Christ returns. I, on the other hand, am comfortable accepting that. When I get to live in the presence of my Lord and Savior, I just won’t care what I got right and what I got wrong. He is my Sovereign and however He wants to do things is perfectly fine with me. So I guess the real point of my post here today is that we shouldn’t let our differing views about such things cause a division in the Body of Christ. We are family. We may disagree but let us not allow our disagreements to cause anger or enmity. Let us be respectful and peaceful even as we disagree.

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!