Biblical Truths — Page 01
By David J. Stewart
2nd Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
I've been listening to the King James Bible narrated by Alexander Scourby. As I've been listening I've been writing down truths that God's lays them upon my heart to share with others. I love the audio Bible. I have the entire King James Bible on one DVD. Technology has brought the world both good and evil. Like everything else, it's a double-edged sword. I thank God for the Bible on DVD. Here are some truths from the Bible that I am confident will burn your heart for the Lord. I have also included some things that I just find very interesting, or often overlooked by most Bible students...
- HOW MANY WISE MEN CAME TO SEE JESUS? The Bible doesn't tell us how many wise men there were. However, the Bible mentions three gifts which they brought to Jesus and his parents, which may indicate that there were three wise men. Matthew 2:11, “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
- THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEBODY WHO'S LISTENING. Somebody is always listening when you speak about the Lord. The apostle Paul preached and the Bible says some people mocked, others procrastinated, but there were some who clave to Paul's Word. Acts 17:32-34, “And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.”
- HEROD KILLS SOLDIERS WHEN PETER IS MISSING. Acts 12:19, “And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.” I notice things that most people probably wouldn't pay attention to. The Bible says that Herod had the guards killed when Peter was gone. This was standard Roman practice. This is true of many cultures throughout history as well. I have been told that in South Korea, the military trains their men so intensely that trainers are permitted to kill one soldier during training. I haven't been able to verify that.
Albeit, as you just read in Acts 12:19, if you failed to do your job as a Roman soldier, you risked being executed. This is often done to strike fear into the other soldiers, to keep them on their toes and alert. I think in this case Herod was just really angry that he couldn't kill Peter like he did James. Herod reminds me of the deadly ogre, despair, in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. Acts 12:23 says that God struck Herod and he was eaten by worms.
“When the last helper has fainted, the last cure has failed, faith's last leaf has withered and your last friend has faltered, there is a God in Heaven Who answers prayer Who will care for you and provide for your needs.”
SOURCE: Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the book, EXPLORING PRAYER WITH JACK HYLES, chapter 50
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