Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, July 26, 2015
The Lamedh file - l what is known as an Ox goad = has a smooth top and a sharp bottom.
PRO 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes [rebound and recovery] them will find compassion.
1JO 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just or righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.
The smooth part of the Ox goad is learning the easy way which is rebound and recover.
2. The other end of the Ox goad is pointed which means you can, or rather, you will learn the hard way.
ISA 29:24 "And those who err in mind will know the truth, And those who criticize will accept instruction.
In the N.T., you will learn the other end of the Ox goad - the hard way.
Repent = aorist active imperative of metanoia which is a command to change the way you're thinking and the direction you have been going in.
1. Rebound and recover (the smooth end of the Ox goad.2. The faithfulness of God will discipline us or teach us the hard way, the pointed end of the Ox goad.
Just as the Ox goad keeps the Ox moving so "confessing and forsaking" sin keeps the believer moving - PRO 28:13.
Divine discipline gives the believer the motivation to keep moving in the spiritual life; REV 3:19-20.
God pushes us along with the smooth side of the Ox goad with His matchless and marvelous grace.
He puts us back on the narrow road that leads us to life, MAT 7:14; through divine discipline.
The point of the ox goad was stuck in TLJC on the Cross when He died for our sins.
We begin with the first phrase in the sentence which is the noun La'owlaam <lˆ*oul - time beyond the past or future, eternity; or eternal past and eternal future.
When you see the word forever or eternal, it means that what is being said applies to eternity past and eternity future.
"Forever" means that from eternity past to the present or to eternity future the word of God has never and will never change.
LUK 16:17 "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke [one dotting of an i or crossing of a t] of a letter of the Law to fail.
Lador - rdö)l = "throughout all or every" generations.
The Bible claims that at one time the entire earth was covered with water in Genesis 1:9.
As the mountain ranges were raised and the ocean beds deepened, dry land appeared as islands and continents surrounded by seas and oceans.
GEN 1:11 - as soon as the dry land appeared, all the different kinds of plants, grass, shrubs and trees, also began to appear.
GEN 1:14-16, the Bible states, thousands of years before telescopes, the purpose of the sun, the moon and the stars.
GEN 1:20, the Bible states that the sea would be full of fish which God created according to their species and the air would be filled with the birds that He created as well.
The Bible claims that man's body is made out of the dust or the elements found in the dirt of the ground, in GEN 2:7.
In GEN 15:5, God promised Abraham that his seed would be without number to the human mind, just as the stars.
In JOB 26:7, God claims that the earth is suspended in space.
In JOB 28:25, God claims that the air has weight.
JOB 28:25 "He imparted weight to the wind, and meted out the waters by measure."
In JOB 38:30, God claims that there are regions where the surface of the sea is frozen.
God's faithfulness holds the universe together.
There is no such thing as scientific laws because science has no way of enforcing them or guaranteeing them.
All science really reveals is the faithfulness of God.
Miracles are simply science not remaining true.
Those who live as though the word is settled forever or those who live as though the world is settled forever.
HEB 1:3 says And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.
The same word which establishes and preserves the heavens and the earth also preserves the people of God in time of trouble.
Precepts = B.D. presented and learned categorically.
God's categorical doctrines were spirit and life to him when he was in a disaster situation.
LUK 24:32 Were not our hearts burning within us when he was explaining the scriptures to us.
It is a great virtue to do God the honor of resting in contentment as others conspire to destroy you.
This is a Hebrew idiom meaning - I have been disillusioned about people and things considered to be right prosperous.
Doctrine teaches us how to appreciate and enjoy people rather than depend on them, JER 17:5.
1. Contentment in the soul.
2. Stability of mentality.
3. Composure marked by self assurance.
4. Being grace oriented and adjustment to life.
5. Good decision making from a position of strength.
6. Personal control of one's life.
7. Continuance in the plan of God.
8. A personal sense of visions and goals.
9. Capacity for divine blessing.
George Wishart was the Bishop of Edinburgh in the 17th century who was condemned to death and would have been executed.
But when he was on the scaffold he made use of a custom that allowed the condemned person to choose one psalm to be sung or read aloud before his execution, and he chose Psalms 119:1-176.
Before two-thirds of the psalm was sung, his pardon arrived and his life was spared.
What is the shortest chapter in the Bible? (Answer - Psalms 117:1-2.
What is the longest chapter in the Bible? (Answer - Psalms 119).
Which chapter is in the center of the Bible (Answer - Psalms 118)
Add these numbers up and you get 1188
What is the center verse in the Bible? (Answer - Psalms 118:8)
Psalms 118:8 "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." Now isn't that odd how this worked out (or was God in the center of it)?