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BIBLE STUDY

FLAWS AND GREATNESS OF BIBLE LEGENDS


I like the Bible for many reasons, one of which is that it tells the truth all the time.

There is no attempt in the Bible to make flawed men look perfect. It does not tell us the good side of the story only and leave out the bad side.

It tells us that Abraham was the father of faith and a friend of God who trusted God so much that he agreed to kill his son in obedience to God, and other great things about him.

It tells us the great qualities of the man and also his blindspots: Abraham was a pagan steeped in idolatry when God called him out; out of fear and to save his head, he lied that his wife was his sister (which was half-true); and he succumbed to the pressure and suggestion of his wife to sleep with their housemaid in order to get a son, an heir, a step that changed the world forever.

The Bible tells us that Moses had a great and unique relationship with God; he obeyed God in everything; he was a great intercessor and the meekest man on earth.

It also tells us that he tried to excuse himself from the job, and he had an anger problem: The good old Moses came down from the mountain after forty days alone with God and got so mad about the people’s backsliding that he smashed the tablet of the law God carved out and wrote with his fingers and gave him, then he ground it and forced them to drink it like tea. God told him to speak to a rock; he struck it hard in anger – and missed out on the Promise Land.

The Bible tells us that God called David “the man after my heart” who loved God so much and feared him, and was a type of Jesus, the King of righteousness (Jesus will sit on the throne of David).

David had opportunities to kill off King Saul who had made himself an enemy of David, but he wouldn’t touch the Lord’s anointed. As the king, he administered justice and righteousness in the land. The Bible also tells us that David got careless and self-indulgent one time, committed adultery, covered it up with murder, then took the woman as his wife. His family would never remain the same afterwards. He also carried out a census inadvisably and brought calamity on Israel.

The Bible tells us that Elijah was so zealous for
God and had great authority to speak truth to power; he had power with God in prayer and had faith to shut up heaven that there be no rain for three and a half years, and to open it. He could call down fire from heaven and was mighty to slay over four hundred prophets of Baal.

The Bible also tells us that a woman threatened him and the mighty man of God cowered and ran away in fear, got depressed and so low that he complained and told God to end it all.

The Bible contains the story of a deceiving and cheating Jacob; a prostitute called Rahab; an impetuous and impulsive Peter who spoke and acted before he thought; a fearful and doubting Thomas; and a murderous Paul. The list is endless.

And, thankfully, it talks about and tells us about One Perfect Man who would perfect all men.

Because this Book, the Bible, is not about perfect men, but imperfect and flawed men and a perfect God dealing with them to perfect them. It is about weak men who out of weakness were made strong. It talks about the Perfect Man who would perfect imperfect men. It talks about sinful men and a sinless Man who came to save them. It talks about the revelation of the grace and mercy of God. It talks about Jesus, his cross and his blood that washes clean.

A scarlet cord runs through the pages of the Bible – an expressway to God. It’s all about Jesus the Saviour, the Perfect Man and the Perfecter of our faith.

One of the greatest words in the Bible is “come” – the call of God to sinful, weak, rebellious, imperfect men. The other equally important part is the response of men to God. The Bible is full of stories of people who dared to come to God, people who dared to believe God – how God’s grace justified and saved them. Thank God I responded to God’s call through Jesus. And now, I belong to Jesus and the kingdom of God. I am a citizen of heaven. Hallelujah! Glory to God!

What about you, my friend? Have you responded to God’s call?

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are like crimson,
they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18.

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.” Isaiah 55:1-3

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”, Jesus calls out. Matthew 11:28.

“The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” Revelation 22:17.

Now you can come – flawed, dirty, sinful, imperfect as you are. Dare to come back home to God. Do not reject the grace of God. “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”

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A Black Virginia Pastor Arrested For Calling White Cops…..


A black church pastor from Virginia has said that he was arrested after calling 911 to report that five white individuals were verbally and physically attacking him.

Pastor Leon McCray of Lighthouse Church and Marketplace Ministries International in Woodstock has said that he was forced to brandish a gun to scare off the attackers, who set upon him after he tried to prevent them from dumping waste on his property.

However, to his shock the police officers who arrived at the incident, placed him under arrest.

Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter has since issued an apology to the pastor for his arrest, and has confirmed that the five people involved in the attack had now been arrested. There were three male and two female suspects.

In addition, two department supervisors have now been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending a full review of the incident.

Pastor McCray spoke about his experience during his online sermon broadcast, saying: “Very traumatic experience. I don’t know if you have ever been through anything like that. I never have. Very trying.”

He described the ordeal, which began earlier this month when he witnessed two people trying to dump a large refrigerator on his property. He stepped forward and asked them to stop, however, the men turned on him with one immediately starting to verbally attack him, while the other went to call their three other friends.

Pastor McCray said, “I informed these individuals that they were trespassing and that they couldn’t dump their refrigerator on my property, and I asked them to leave. They became irate and verbally attacked me.”

He explained that “these same individuals were threatening my life, telling me that my black life, and black lives matter stuff” were not welcome in the town.

“Being threatened and being in fear for my life, I took and felt compelled to pull my concealed weapon — legal concealed weapon — to save my life. And when I did that, finally, these individuals backed up long enough for me to call 911,” he said.

However, when he called 911, the operator did not seem interested in the threats or whether he was ok, but focused their attention only on the person with the gun. The pastor pleaded with the operator to send help.

Soon after, about 10 police officers arrived at the scene, and immediately confiscated the pastor’s gun. They went and spoke to the five individuals who had been threatening him.

He described: “They went and talked to them. They were still hollering racial epithets. They were still threatening my life. They were still telling me what they were going to do to me.”

“What did the sheriff do?” the pastor asked. “I was really never given the opportunity to tell what was going on.”

Following their chat with the five trespassers, the police immediately returned to the pastor and arrested him in front of his attackers.

Pastor McCray was released from custody later that same night, however, it wasn’t until two days later that he finally had the opportunity to sit down and report what had happened with Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter.

A review was then conducted into the incident, and later all charges were dropped against the pastor.

Sheriff Carter has said, “I have apologized to Mr. McCray, and I appreciate his patience as I have worked through these matters. I do listen to citizen complaints and I take them seriously.”

The five individuals who allegedly assaulted Pastor McCray have now also been arrested, charged with assault by a mob, as well as a hate crime assault. Four of the accused were also charged with felony abduction.

A court date has been set for July 17.

Blacks lives matters.

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