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A change of pace?

Well, in the big scheme of things, this is probably not a big change of pace. However, for the sake of the most recent blogs, it will certainly bring a change of pace. So, exactly when did people, in the big sense, go completely stupid? OK, I know that sounds like a strong word for people's actions but come on how can people be that naive?

I would think that people would not want to have their intelligence being suspect. Because we all know that everybody wants to be right and they will be happy to tell you they are. As I am sure you do, I try to stay on top of what is going on around us. We were talking about this recently. We could not, for the life of us, come to a rational conclusion as to why people believe and thus accept some of the stuff that is out there.

As I pause today in thinking about this, I am reminded that people do exactly the same thing with God. Even His chosen people Israel, throughout Scripture, questioned Him and His ways. Reading in Exodus He has provided 430 years of safety in Egypt. The provision in good times and certainly in the bad times. You know famine, drought, etc and He said it would happen. Yet He gave Joseph time to make a plan to keep them and the people of Egypt safe when the famine came.

Of course, as it is with life things change. New leadership in Egypt and things have become extremely rough for His children. Enter Moses as the man chosen by God to lead them from the land. God says it is time to leave Egypt and head to the land He had promised Abraham. Pharaoh won’t let them go and as the story unfolds he and Egypt pay a dear price. Israel is allowed to leave and begin its journey.

You probably know the story and if not then read the Book of Exodus and dust up on all that happens. Because you will find that it will be a very short time that they will rebel against God. They will accuse Moses of bringing them out to the desert to die. All they need to do is follow Moses and the commands of God, but when they don’t like something they blame Moses, typical.

As I watch and listen today, I sense that the differences are more extreme than ever. The distance between right and wrong is greater. The belief that one is right, even when they are wrong, has reached the point of dogma. It is not because it is right but rather because one refuses to consider they may be wrong.

We are seeing this daily on the political front and this same insanity is reaching into the church and into denominations. God’s Word never changes. Man cannot change God’s word. Even though he will try to meet his own

agenda, man cannot change God’s word. An agenda that leads away from God into the hands of the evil one. Make no mistake about it, this is all spiritual warfare. A quest to damn as many as possible to hell Is Satan’s goal.

We as believers are the only ones who can stand up for Scripture. There will be and are interpretive differences. Yet on this, the one and most important part, it is always Jesus Christ the hope of Glory.

In Acts 4 Peter and John are before the Council and we read the following:

…11 This Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’

13 When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they marveled and took note that these men had been with Jesus.…

Tell all about Jesus because that is the only hope we have.

A thought to ponder,

Elbert Nasworthy

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