I listen to a fair amount of Bible teachings online and on You Tube. Most of which greatly blesses me. I read a fair amount in commentaries as well. I respect and admire many of these men that I listen to and read after. But at some point along the way, one or more of these perspectives is rejected and, at times, attacked. All of a sudden I find myself in: The Realm of The Fringe.
Every time I read or hear this I am immediately transported back to second grade. Each morning before class we said the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge to the American Flag. At some point in the year, though, we stopped saying the Lord’s Prayer. There was no explanation, we just sort of … stopped. I was seven years old, 1961.
I was outside with my grandsons at their house. My oldest grandson is 11 and the youngest is 6. For whatever reason, we got running which led into a race. I had no doubt that I would be able to outrun them. I’m in “good” shape. I ride my 12 speed bike several days a week on my Indoor Bike Trainer Exercise Stand … thingy. I’ll show them what a 63 year old young guy can do.
So much is paraded and displayed in the lifestyles of people today, that I would venture to say not many people even know what it means to feel shame. Why is that? How does it get to this point in a society? Are we losing the capacity to experience shame? Should we even care?
I don’t want to be scattered among the heathen any longer. I want to be in my land, Israel. It’s mine because I’ve been, through the new birth, grafted into the true Israel of God by means of the shed blood of Messiah. It’s my land because of my union in Messiah Yeshua.
Man tends to think he is the be-all and end-all of his self-existence. However God, through His creation, endeavors to get man’s focus off of himself and on to His creative handiwork. Man is to look around him and conclude that there has to be a Creator.
Yes, I did go off to Bible college. Soon I became aware of the world of commentaries and the many opinions that goes with it all. But I found I got more confused and less blessed. Why? Because commentators don’t always agree with each other. At times, they disagree in huge ways. So, instead of getting clarification I got more uncertainty. Who is correct? Who should I latch onto?? What commentary sets should I buy???