Crawford's Kingsmen Kommentary

Jul 11 | Posted by: Kingsmen Quartet

Read Your Bible - READ IT!

 
We need to be in the Word. Reading, studying, memorizing, absorbing, digesting, hungering, thirsting, LONGING for the Word of God! When we neglect His holy Word we subject ourselves to attack and false belief. We need the Word. When Jesus was tempted in the desert after 40 days of fasting, he fought Satan himself with the Word. Matthew 4:1-4, “Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Not only did Jesus fight back with the Word, He used scripture that told how man should live and subsist – by the very Word of God!

That being said, here are a few examples of how man and misconception have deceived us by attributing things to God’s Word that simply aren’t there.

Adam and Eve

Contrary to popular belief, Adam and Eve were expelled from Eden not because they ate the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but in order to prevent them from eating from the tree of life (both forbidden trees are in Genesis 2:9) which would have made them eternal. God doesn’t like competition! Here is the verse (Genesis 3:22-23): “And he said: Behold Adam is become as one of us, knowing good and evil: now, therefore, lest perhaps he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever. [23] And the Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure, to till the earth from which he was taken.”

The Wise Men

There weren’t three and they didn’t visit Jesus in a manger. The Bible gives neither the number of men (but does the number of gifts as three, which is probably where this misconception stems from). Additionally, Herod demanded the death of all boys under two, making it probable that Christ had been born up to two years prior. Also, the wise men visited Jesus when he lived in a house according to the Biblical account in Matthew 2:11.

God Helps Those

“God helps those who help themselves” – a wise and good quote that everyone knows is from the Bible. But, in fact, it isn’t. It was a man, not God who coined the well-known (and overused) proverb. It was Benjamin Franklin in his Poor Richard’s almanac.

2 by 2

All the animals did NOT go 2 by 2 into the Noah’s ark. The clean animals entered in groups of 7 and the unclean entered 2 by 2 (male and female) Genesis 7:1-3  “Then the LORD said to Noah, "Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time. You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth.…”

Angel of Death

This one is long . . .

There is no being named the "angel of death" in the Bible. Those who believe in an angel of death typically point to three passages. First, there is the claim that Exodus 11:4-5 speaks of an angel of death: "About midnight I will go out in the midst of Egypt, and every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the cattle." This foreboding is soon fulfilled: "At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock" (Exodus 12:29).  However, there is no angel mentioned in the above verses. It is the LORD HIMSELF who performs this judgment, not an angel. Exodus 11:4 says, "I will go out." Exodus 12:29 says, "The LORD stuck down."

 A second passage that some use to support the idea of an angel of death is 2 Kings 19:35, "And that night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies." The "angel of the LORD" performs this act, not an "angel of death."

 The third passage also associates death with an angel. Second Samuel 24:15-16 says, "So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel from the morning until the appointed time. And there died of the people from Dan to Beersheba 70,000 men. And when the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who was working destruction among the people, 'It is enough; now stay your hand.' And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite." Here, as in 2 Kings 19:35, the "angel of the LORD" causes the deaths. He is not an "angel of death." In fact, many theologians view the "angel of the LORD" as a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ (see Judges 6:22-24).

 Revelation 9 speaks of angels or "messengers" who will kill many in the last days. Again, none of these angels are called an "angel of death." The Bible supports the idea that God can use angels to carry out His judgments, including death. But this is a far cry from a special "angel of death" whose only task is to take life. In short, the concept of an angel of death is not explicitly taught in the Bible.

Life is not fair, NEITHER is God

There is a misconception that God deals the same way with everyone; that He is fair. This is simply not the case. Firstly, Romans 9:15-18: “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then [it is] not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will [have mercy], and whom he will he hardeneth.” He deals with people as He sees fit, period.   Second, fairness would mean that everyone receives exactly what he or she deserves. In many people’s minds, fairness is everyone being treated the same. If God were completely fair, we would all spend eternity in hell paying for our sin, which is exactly what we deserve. We have all sinned against God (Romans 3:23) and are therefore worthy of eternal death (Romans 6:23). If we received what we deserve, we would end up in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14-15). Ultimately, God is not fair; instead, He is just, merciful, and good, so He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve (2 Corinthians 5:21). All we have to do is believe in Him and we will be saved, forgiven, and we will receive an eternal home in heaven (John 3:16).

More than you can bear

The bible never says you will not be burdened more than you can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13 actually refers to dealing with temptation, not burdens: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” This is why Christ tells us in Matthew 11:28-30, ”Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We will be burdened, and heavily. But Christ wants us to give those to Him.

The simple fact is this - Always remember to READ your bible and not just take the opinion, misconception, or folklore sayings as true scripture. God speaks to us through His word - speaks DIRECTLY to us through His word. He uses other vessels as well. But the bible is His letter of love and direction to His people, and the best way to know what it says…IS TO READ IT! 

 

He’s a good, good God!

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