Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
- never [3368 * medepote; mede-not even; pote-at any time, ever.] [Zodhiates: not even ever.]
Sunday, March 23, 2008
If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.
But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.
a. In my view there is no doubt after looking at all the evidence that these defendants were worthy of the death penalty.
1.In January 2001, two dogs killed Diane Whipple of San Francisco as she tried to enter her apartment. In the year that followed, shocking details emerged about the case, and criminal charges ranging all the way to murder were filed against the owners of the dogs, Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel. The guilty verdicts that were rendered in March 2002 did not finish the case. They rather were the start of its appellate phase, focusing upon the circumstances under which a dog owner should be found guilty of murder when her dog kills a person. In May 2007, the California Supreme Court sent the case back to the trial court for a new decision that most likely will start a fresh round of appeals. (To read about the latest decision, click here.) Attorney Kenneth Phillips, the author of Dog Bite Law, appeared regularly on CNN, CourtTV, and network television, giving extensive commentaries on the criminal prosecution as it took place. This section of Dog Bite Law was referred to as "the bible of the trial" and is the most comprehensive source of information about it, containing summaries of trial testimony, names of witnesses, legal analysis of the charges, clarification of the appellate case, and much more.
a. The crime: On January 26, 2001, shortly after 4:00 PM, San Francisco police and paramedics responded to calls from a Pacific Heights apartment building. They found a naked woman lying in blood, barely alive, her body bitten everywhere, bloody handprints covering the walls, and blood extending 4 feet up the walls and 30 feet own the hallway. Bits of clothing littered the floor, and a blood-soaked green nylon leash for a dog was lying nearby. A large dog was running loose, causing the officers to draw their guns. Nobody else could be seen.
b. The victim of this crime was Diane Whipple. She was a lacrosse coach, and lived in an apartment 50 feet from where the dogs lived. Whipple died that night at 8:55 p.m. at San Francisco General Hospital.
c. Bane and Hera were the Presa Canario dogs that savagely killed Whipple. Presa Canarios were originally bred for fighting, guarding and some herding in Spain's Canary Islands. The breed was near extinction by the 1950s and was brought back when it was mixed with mastiffs and others. Introduced in the United States in 1990, there are now more than 1,000.
d. The dogs were obtained for eventual sale through a web site called "Dog-o'-War." Seven such dogs first lived on a Trinity County farm, where they were not trained to fight, attack or kill. Then Bane and Hera lived for a couple of months in Los Angeles, and following that, inside the San Francisco apartment of Robert Edward Noel and Marjorie F. Knoller. The "Dog-o'-War" operation was shut down by prison authorities in April 2000.
e. Bane was euthanized the day of the attack. Following a dangerous dog hearing, Hera was ordered euthanized and was put down in January 2002. (From the website:www.dogbitelaw.com/PAGES/Whipple.html)
f. Testimony: “Nearly 60 witnesses testified…These witnesses, collectively, testified that there were about 30 occassions in which they or others had aggressive encounters with the dogs. Some also testified about incidents which showed the defendants lack of control over Bane and Hera. For example, several witnesses said they saw either Noel or Knoller being dragged by the dogs. A veterinarian, Donald Martin who examined the dogs while they were at Coumbs’ farm, testified that months prior to the mauling he had sent the defendants a letter warning them that Bane and Hera “would be liabilities in any household.” Several others testified about the warnings they gave the defendants; for example, the need to have the dogs muzzled.” (From the website: www.sanfranciscodogmauling.com)
And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.
I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.
By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.
And I will set thy bounds from the Red Sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.
Thou shalt make no covenant with them, not with their gods.
They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.
1.There are two spiritual principles that are revealed in this passage, that are applicable to us in the New Covenant.
a. The first is the co-laboring of God and Israel in the conquering of their enemies. In verse 28, 29 and 30 the LORD clearly says that He would drive out their enemies. Then in verse 31 the LORD says, “…for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.”
1). The failure to fully understand and be obedient to this was at the heart of the failure of the ten spies that Moses sent to spy out the land, in Numbers 13 and 14. God will do His part, but we have to be faithful and obedient to Him in order for us to believe we can do our part with his help.
a). Numbers 33:50-56 “And the LORD spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan;
Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places:
And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it.
And ye shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families: and to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer ye shall give the less inheritance: every man’s inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falleth; according to the tribes of your fathers ye shall inherit.
But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them.”
2). It is the same with the New Covenant; there is a co-laboring between God and us in order for us to receive our inheritance.
a). 2 Corinthians 6:1 “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”
b. The second principle is spiritual growth.
1). Ephesians 4:8-15 “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
a). We are to grow up spiritually, and it takes time, it does not happen overnight.
2). Mark 4:26-29 “And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up, he knoweth not how.
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.”
And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
a. The commandment included also stealing a fellow Israelite.
1). Deuteronomy 24:7 “If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put away evil from among you.”
b. Although I believe that America was founded on Christian principles, one of the horrible sins where we came up dreadfully short was the enslavement of the black man. Then on top of that came the slowness of changing it. I am fully persuaded that many of the problems we are facing today as a nation are because we are reaping on those very seeds. This is also New Testament doctrine.
1). 1 Timothy 1:8-11 “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be amy other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”
c. Although on paper the 180 degree change has come, in many hearts black and white the change has not come, but bitterness and enmity still exist. Hence, many of the problems we have today in our nation.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, not the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
a. During the 1000 year reign of Jesus, every house in Mt. Zion will have the pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
1). Isaiah 4:5 “And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shinning of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.”
2). Isaiah 4:5, 6 [NRSV] “Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over its places of assembly a cloud by day and smoke and the shinning of a flaming fire by night. Indeed over all the glory there will be a canopy.
It will serve as a pavilion, a shade by day from the heat, and a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.”
Exodus 32:25-29 “And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)
Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and Said, Who is on the LORD’S side? Let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his
And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD
Side, and go in and out from gate to gate
Throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.
And the children of Levi did according to the
Word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves to day to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.”
a. It appears from verse 29 that Moses was saying to the Levites, that as they were slaying their sons and brothers that they were consecrating them selves to the Lord. The Amplified Bible translation definitely says it exactly that way.
1). Amplified Bible: Exodus 32:29“And Moses said [to the Levites, By your obedience to God’s command] you have consecrated yourselves today as priests to the LORD, each man [at the cost of being] against His own brother, that the LORD may restore and bestow His blessing upon you this day.”
2). Exodus 32:29 [NRSV] “Moses said, Today you have ordained yourselves for the service of the LORD, each one at the cost of a son or a brother, and so have brought blessing on yourselves this day.”
b. Now don’t think for a minute that I am advocating killing relatives that are not Christians, God forbid! I am saying nothing of the kind. What I am saying is that one of the principal components of a relationship with God is God has to come first. This is clearly laid out in the Scriptures.
1). Matthew 10:37 “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or doughter more than me is not worthy or me.”
c. In fact, within the context of the verse in Matthew Jesus says that sometimes, a true relationship with God will cause division within and between family members.
1). Matthew 10:34-40 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy or me.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.”
d. It happened to Jeremiah
1). Jeremiah 12:6 “For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.”
e. The prophet Micah warned of it.
1). Micah 7:5-7 “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”
a). In Matthew 10:36 Jesus was quoting this passage.
f. But another nugget of truth within the passage of Exodus is that when we are obeying the word of God, as we obey we are consecrating ourselves to Him. This principle is repeated elsewhere in Scripture.
1). Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield youselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.”
2). John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
g. We have all heard the proverb, “Blood is thicker than water.” We also know that it is referring to the fact, relationships within family are closer than mere friendships. Well, spirit is thicker than blood.
Exodus 14:21, 22
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
1.”…and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.”
a. They were literally walking through a corridor or hallway of water, standing upright. Another verse in the next chapter gives more information on this hallway.
1). Exodus 15:8 “And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.”
a). congealed [7087 * qapha] [Strongs: to shrink, thicken, curdled milk,…frozen water, congeal.] [Gesenius: congelation]
b). congeal [Webster: to solidify or thicken by cooling or freezing, to thicken; coagulate; jell.]
Exodus 4:25, 26
Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
a. It does not sound like Zipporah was very happy with the circumstances. It has been said that her response makes it appear that she was not a very spiritual mate, that she was a reluctant believer.
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
1.”…the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.”
a. This is a fascinating passage. All the sources I checked were in agreement that it was Moses failure to circumcise his son that brought this on.
1). Genesis 17:14 “And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.”
But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
1.”But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them…”
a. feared [3374 * yare] [ Strongs: a primitive root; to fear, to revere, cause to frighten, be had in reverence.
1). The fear of the LORD caused the midwives to obey God and disobey the king of Egypt.
a). Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way…”
b). Proverbs 14:27 “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”
c). Proverbs 16:6 “…by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”
b. There is an interesting verse in Hebrews that speaks of the attitude of Moses parents after he was born.
1). Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.”
c. The fear of the LORD will cause us to disobey the flesh, sin and the devil and obey the Word and the Spirit of God.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Exodus 1:15, 16
And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwifes,
of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:
And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
a. kill [4191 * muwth] [Strongs: to kill, (put to, worthy of )death, destroy.
b. This word is translated “kill” 24 times in the Old Testament. It is also translated “slew” 38 times. Including in Jeremiah 20:14-17.
1). Jeremiah 20:14-17 “Cursed be the day where in I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed.
Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad.
And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide;
Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me.”
2). These two verses show that whether in the womb or out of the womb, if an infant’s live is purposely ended, they have been “killed” or “slain.”
c. Another witness is found in Job.
1). Job 3:11 “Why died I not from the womb?...”
2). Here, Job lamenting his circumstances, clearly regards the end of his live in his mother’s womb as a “death”.