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"This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could
only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being."
Today's Memory Verse"But
we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities,
like the wind, have taken us away."
SIR ISAAC NEWTON
"Doesn't the Big Bang
theory disprove the Genesis account of creation?"
Try to think of any explosion that has produced order.
Does a terrorist bomb create harmony? Big bangs cause chaos. How could a Big Bang produce a rose, apple trees, fish, sunsets,
the seasons, hummingbirds, polar bears-thousands of birds and animals, each with its own eyes, nose, and mouth? A child can
see that there is "grand design" in creation.
Here is an interesting experiment: Empty your garage of every
piece of metal, wood, paint, rubber, and plastic. Make sure there is nothing there. Nothing. Then wait for ten years and see
if a Mercedes evolves. If it doesn't appear, leave it for 20 years. If that doesn't work, try it for 100 years. Then try leaving
it for 10,000 years.
Here's what will produce the necessary blind faith to make the evolutionary process believable:
leave it for 250 million years.
Cameron, K., & Comfort, R. (2004). The school of biblical evangelism: 101
lessons: How to share your faith simply, effectively, biblically-the way Jesus did (418). Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.
Point to Ponder
doe stands with its foal and drinks cool water from a mountain stream. The sun sparkles off the dew on deep green leaves of
native tree branches. The mother gently caresses her offspring as it begins to drink from the brook. The scene is one of incredible
serenity ... the picture of innocence. What more could optimize the beauty of God's creation?
Suddenly a mountain lion
leaps from a tree and digs its sharp claws deep into the mother's neck, dragging the helpless creature to the ground. As it
holds its terrified prey in a death grip, its powerful jaws bite into the jugular vein, turning the mountain stream crimson
with the creature's blood.
It is a strong consolation to know that this isn't the way God planned it in the beginning.
Animals were not created to devour each other; they were created to be vegetarian (Genesis 1:29, 30). The original creation
was "good" and was not filled with violence and bloodshed. We live in a fallen creation (Romans 8:20-23). As a result
of Adam's sin, the perfect creation was cursed and death was introduced into the world (Romans 5:12). The day will come when
the entire creation will be delivered from the "bondage of corruption" and there will be no more curse. In the new
heaven and new earth, "the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock ... They
shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain" (Isaiah 65:25; see also Isaiah 11:6-9).
Day by Day by Grace
More on God Dwelling with the Humble and Contrite
The LORD is high above all nations, and His glory above
the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, who dwells on high, who humbles
Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth? He raises
the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the
ash heap. (Psalm 113:4-7)
In our previous meditation, we considered the Lord's loftiness, coupled
with His interest in man's lowliness. "I dwell in the high and holy place,
with him who has a contrite and humble spirit" (Isaiah 57:15). In our present verses, we again see the Lord's desire to dwell with the humble and contrite.
Our great God dwells in the heaven of heavens, ruling over all the nations of the world.
"The LORD is high above all nations." His glory is even more majestic than the galaxies
which He hung throughout the stellar heavens: "His glory above the heavens."
There is no one in all the universe who could be likened unto Him. "Who is like the LORD our God?" Nevertheless,
though He rightly inhabits the highest realms of existence, He is willing to consider our lowly estate and become involved
in the affairs of humanity: "who dwells on high, who humbles Himself
to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth."
From His high and lofty position, the Lord observes the family of man. He is not
looking for the boastful and the arrogant. He is looking for the humble
and the contrite. "Though the LORD is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the
proud He knows from afar" (Psalm 138:6). Although our God is the creator of all the universe, He is looking for the spiritually bankrupt and those whose hearts
are crushed. "'For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,' says the LORD. 'But on this one
will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles
at My word'" (Isaiah 66:2). This last phrase gives a key characteristic of those who are truly humble and contrite. They respond with reverence when
hearing God's word.
What does the Lord desire to do for the humble and
contrite? He wants to bring spiritual restoration: "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will
revive me" (Psalm 138:7). Our great God is a God of compassion. He wants to restore the crushed heart. "The LORD is near
to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit...He
heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds"
(Psalm 34:18 and 147:3). Our mighty, compassionate Lord "raises the poor out of the dust,
and lifts the needy out of the ash heap."
Creator of heaven and earth, I am amazed that You are interested in me. I want to be numbered among
the humble and contrite. I have nothing by which to commend myself to You. I only bring a heart that is broken by a multitude
of agonies and impossibilities. Please revive me by Your grace, through Jesus Christ, my Lord, Amen.
One of the secrets of happy and beautiful life!
"As your days--so shall your strength be!" Deuteronomy 33:25
One of the secrets of happy and beautiful life, is to live one day at
a time. Really, we never have anything to do any day--but the bit of God's will for that day. If we do that well--we
have absolutely nothing else to do.
Time is given to us in days.
It was so from the beginning. This breaking up of time into little daily portions means a great deal more than we
are accustomed to think. For one thing, it illustrates the gentleness and goodness of God. It would have made life intolerably
burdensome if a year, instead of a day--had been the unit of division. It would have been hard to carry
a heavy load, to endure a great sorrow, or to keep on at a hard duty--for such a long stretch of time. How dreary our common
task-work would be--if there were no breaks in it, if we had to keep our hand to the plough for a whole year! We never could
go on with our struggles, our battles, our suffering--if night did not mercifully settle down with its darkness,
and bid us rest and renew our strength.
We do not understand how great a mercy there is
for us in the briefness of our short days. If they were even twice as long as they are--life would be intolerable!
Many a time when the sun goes down--we feel that we could scarcely have gone another step. We would have fainted in defeat--if
the summons to rest had not come just when it did.
We see the graciousness of
the divine thoughtfulness in giving us time in periods of little days, which we can easily get through with--and
not in great years, in which we would faint and fall by the way. It makes it possible for us to go on through all the long
years and not to be overwrought, for we never have given to us at any one time--more than we can do between the morning and
If we learn well the lesson of living just one day at a time, without
anxiety for either yesterday or tomorrow, we shall have found one of the great secrets of Christian peace. That is the way
God teaches us to live. That is the lesson both of the Bible and of nature. If we learn it, it will cure us of all anxiety;
it will save us from all feverish haste; it will enable us to live sweetly in any experience.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Word of the Day
Greek proskollaō (G4347) is a graphic word in the NT. It's used, for example, three times in the context of
marriage, and surely no other word better describes what God meant marriage to be.
Quoting Gen_2:24, our Lord Himself declares in Mat_19:4-5, "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?" He adds in Mar_10:5-9 that this was always God's design "from
the beginning of the creation."
Joined is proskollaō,
a beautiful word that means "to glue or cement together" and pictures the most intimate union possible. When
we glue or cement things together, is it not our intention that they stay together? That truly underscores the tragedy of
divorce, which is the ripping apart of what has been glued together.
same basic concept is true of the Hebrew behind the word cleave in Gen_2:24 (proskollaō in
the Septuagint). Cleave translates dēbaq (H1692), which means to cling to, join with, stay with. It's
used, for example, in Job_41:17 of the great sea creature Leviathan, whose scales are tightly fastened together, and
of clods of earth being stuck together in Job_38:38. Most significant is that it's also used in Num_36:7 for
someone holding on to an inheritance. How vivid that is! As we would hold on to an inheritance and never let it go, we hold
on to our marriages as if they are our very life, which in a sense is exactly what they are. So, God's design is for marriage
to be permanent.
Proskollaō is also used, however, for
every Christian in his or her relationship with God. Act_11:23 declares that each of us is to "cleave unto the
Lord." The imagery is again right out of the OT. Most notable is Deu_30:20: "That thou mayest love the Lord
thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of
thy days" (cf. Deu_10:20; Jos_22:5; Jos_23:8).
us, indeed, be "glued" to our Lord and His Word.
for Study: What is the key principle of marriage, according to Mal_2:14? (See tomorrow's reading.) What
does true love for the Lord imply (Mat_16:24-25)?
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"Country is deeply ingrafted upon Christianity & not upon the doctrines or worship of those impostors
... Mahomet or ... Grand Lama"-Chancellor James Kent, NY, 1811
hief Justice James Kent explained in People v. Ruggles, 1811, what made OATHS effective: "In
Taylor's case ... the court ... said, that Christianity was parcel of the law, and to cast contumelious
reproaches upon it, tended to weaken the foundation of moral obligation, and the efficacy of OATHS."
This view was held by President and Commander-in-Chief George
Washington, who stated in his Farewell Address, September 19, 1796: "Let it simply be asked where is the security
for prosperity, for reputation, for life, if the sense of RELIGIOUS obligations desert the OATHS, which are
the instruments of investigation in the Courts of Justice?"
Yet this is exactly what Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James announced September 17, 2014, that the U.S.
Air Force OATH need no longer include the mention of GOD.
James Kent was appointed Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Court by New York
Governor John Jay in 1804.
At that time in early U.S. history, the New York Supreme
Court was more influential than the United States Supreme Court.
James Kent was was the first professor of law at Columbia College,
He is considered the premier jurist in the development of the
legal practice in the United States, known for compiling Commentaries on American Law, 1826-1830.
Earlier in his career, 1796-1797, James Kent was as a member of New York's Legislature where
he opposed a regulation requiring African Americans own property before they could vote.
Kent was responsible for enunciating what would become the Cherokee
doctrine, where American Indian peoples were considered sovereign nations.
After his death,
James Kent was elected to the American Hall of Fame, 1900.
Named for him
are: Kent County, Michigan; Kent City, Michigan; Chicago-Kent College of Law;
Columbia Law School's Kent Hall; Chancellor Kent Professorship at Columbia Law School; Chancellor
Kent Professorship at Yale Law School.
A bronze statutes of Chancellor
James Kent is in the Library of Congress' Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building.
Chief Justice James Kent wrote in People v. Ruggles,
1811: "In the case of Rex v. Woolston ... the court said ... whatever strikes at the root of Christianity,
tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government. The same doctrine was laid down in the late case of The
King v. Williams ... The authorities show that blasphemy against God, and contumelious reproaches and profane
ridicule of Christ or the Holy Scriptures ... are offenses punishable at common law ... because
it tends to corrupt the morals of the people, and to destroy good order ... They are treated as affecting
the essential interests of civil society ... ... We stand equally in need, now as formerly, of all the moral discipline, and
of those principles of virtue, which help to bind society together. The people of this state, in common with
the people of this country, profess the general doctrines of Christianity, as the rule of their faith and practice;
and to scandalize the author of these doctrines is not only, in a religious point of view, extremely impious, but, even in
respect to the obligations due to society, is a gross violation of decency and good order ..."
Chief Justice Kent continued: "Nothing could be more offensive to the virtuous
part of the community, or more injurious to the tender morals of the young, than to declare such profanity lawful. To use
the words of one of the greatest oracles of human wisdom (Lord Bacon), 'profane scoffing doth by little and little
deface the reverence for religion;' and who adds, in another place, 'two principal causes have I ever known of atheism--curious
controversies and profane scoffing' ... Things which corrupt moral sentiment, as obscene actions, prints and writings, and
even gross instances of seduction, have, upon the same principle, been held indictable ...
... The free, equal, and undisturbed, enjoyment of religious opinion ... is granted ... but to revile, with malicious and
blasphemous contempt, the religion professed by almost the whole community, is an abuse of that right. Nor
are we bound ... to punish indiscriminately the like attacks upon the religion of Mahomet or of the grand
Lama ... for this plain reason ... that we are a Christian people, and the morality of the country
is deeply ingrafted upon Christianity, and not upon the doctrines or worship of those impostors ..."
Chief Justice Kent stated further:
"It is sufficient that the common law checks upon words and actions, dangerous to the public welfare ... whose morals
have been elevated and inspired with a more enlarged benevolence, by means of the Christian religion. Though
the constitution has discarded religious establishments, it does not forbid judicial cognizance of those offenses against
religion and morality ... punishable because they strike at the root of moral obligation, and weaken the security of the social
ties ... ... The (New York) Constitution ... declaring that 'the free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship,
without discrimination or preference, should for ever thereafter be allowed within this state, to all mankind' ... (was) never
meant to withdraw religion in general, and with it the best sanctions of moral and social obligation from all consideration
and notice of the law ... To construe it as breaking down the common law barriers against licentious, wanton, and
impious attacks upon Christianity itself, would be an enormous perversion of its meaning. ... The proviso guards
the article from such dangerous latitude of construction, when it declares, the 'the liberty of conscience
hereby granted, shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness (sexual immorality)
Chief Justice Kent added: "Christianity,
in its enlarged sense, as a religion revealed and taught in the Bible, is not unknown to our law. The statute
for preventing immorality (Laws, vol. 1. 224. R. S. 675, s. 69, et seq.) consecrates the first day of the week, as holy time,
and considers the violation of it as immoral. This was only the continuation, in substance, of a law of the colony which declared,
that the profanation of the Lord's day was 'the great scandal of the Christian faith.' The act concerning OATHS,
(Laws, vol. 1. p. 405., 2 R. S. 407, s. 82) recognizes the common law mode of administering an OATH, 'by
laying the hand on and kissing the Gospels ...'"
Justice Kent concluded: "Surely, then, we are bound to conclude, that wicked and malicious words, writings and
actions which go to vilify those Gospels, continue, as at common law, to be an offense against the public
peace and safety. They are inconsistent with the reverence due to the administration of an OATH, and among
their other evil consequences, they tend to lessen, in the public mind, its religious sanction."
Addressing the topic of oaths, President Calvin Coolidge told the Holy
Name Society in Washington, D.C., SEPTEMBER 21, 1924: "More than six centuries ago ... there was much ignorance,
much wickedness...the common people appeared to be sunk in hopelessness ... The speech of men was too often profane and vulgar,
until the earth rang with the tumult of those who took the name of the Lord in vain ... The foundation of this day was laid
in the formation of the Holy Name Society ... It sought to rededicate the minds of the people to a true conception of the
sacredness of the name of the Supreme Being. It was an effort to save all reference to the Deity from curses and
blasphemy, and to restore the lips of men to reverence and praise ..."
Coolidge continued: "This is the beginning of a proper conception of ourselves, of our relationship
to each other, and our relationship to our Creator. Human nature cannot develop very far without it. The
mind does not unfold, the creative faculty does not mature, the spirit does not expand, save under the influence of reverence
... It is only by a correct attitude of mind begun early in youth and carried through maturity that these desired results
are likely to be secured. It is along the path of reverence and obedience that the race has reached the goal of freedom, of
self-government, of a higher morality, and a more abundant spiritual life ... He who gives license to his tongue only discloses
the contents of his own mind. By the excess of his words he proclaims his lack of discipline ..."
Coolidge added: "The worst evil that could be
inflicted upon the youth of the land would be to leave them without restraint and completely
at the mercy of their own uncontrolled inclinations. Under such conditions education would be impossible, and all orderly
development intellectually or morally would be hopeless. I do not need to picture the result. We know too well what weakness
and depravity follow when the ordinary processes of discipline are neglected ..."
President Coolidge continued: "The very first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence
asserted that they proposed 'to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of
nature and of nature's God entitle them.' And as they closed that noble document ... they again revealed
what they believed to be the ultimate source of authority by stating that they were also 'appealing to the Supreme
Judge of the World for the rectitude of' ... their 'intentions.' When finally our Constitution was adopted, it contained
specific provision that the President and members of the Congress and of state legislatures, and all executive and judicial
officials, should be qualified for the discharge of their office by OATH or affirmation. By the statute law
of the United States ... such OATHS are administered by a solemn appeal to God for help
in the keeping of their covenants ..."
added: "I scarcely need to refer to the fact that the Houses of Congress, and so as I know the state legislatures, open
their daily sessions with prayer. The foundation of our independence and our Government rests upon basic
religious convictions. Back of the authority of our laws is the authority of the Supreme Judge of
the World, to whom we still appeal for their final justification ..."
Coolidge stated further: "All liberty is individual liberty ... The principle
of equality is recognized. It follows inevitably from belief in the brotherhood of man through the fatherhood
of God. When once the right of the individual to liberty and equality is admitted, there is no escape from the conclusion
that he alone is entitled to the rewards of his own industry ..."
Coolidge concluded:"It seems to me perfectly plain that the authority of law, the right to equality,
liberty and property, under American institutions, have for their foundation reverence for God. If we could imagine that to
be swept away, these institutions of our American government could not long survive."
Famous Last Words: Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587)
prayed fervently for peace in the world and for cruel Queen Elizabeth. Before the death stroke beheaded her, she exclaimed:
"Like as Thy arms, Lord Jesus Christ, were stretched out upon
the cross, even so receive me with the outstretched arms of Thy mercy."
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