Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
May 30, 2011
If you're a regular readers of this site -
I got a phone call Friday -
Next step -
Then I see the problem.
It's been infected with a virus that makes all the files read only and hidden.
Hit with a virus.
How can this be?
I know this system has anti-
I'm sure it also has all the updates -
And yet -
What I didn't do is go back and verify that it was actually working.
And the owner of the notebook just assumed that everything was working and didn't see any reason to check -
What's that got to do with this site?
Even if we are sure that everything's OK -
The Book of the Law Found
2Ki 22:1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-
2Ki 22:3 In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the LORD. He said: “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest and have him get ready the money that has been brought into the temple of the LORD, which the doorkeepers have collected from the people. Have them entrust it to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. And have these men pay the workers who repair the temple of the LORD— the carpenters, the builders and the masons. Also have them purchase timber and dressed stone to repair the temple. But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are acting faithfully.”
2Ki 22:8 Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the LORD.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: “Your officials have paid out the money that was in the temple of the LORD and have entrusted it to the workers and supervisors at the temple.” Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.
2Ki 22:11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes. He gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s attendant: “Go and inquire of the LORD for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the LORD'S anger that burns against us because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.”
Even the title of this section gives some idea of how far things have gotten away from following the Law of the Lord.
The Book of the Law found!
That means it was lost!
We both thought this notebook was up to date -
And it can be that way with our lives too.
If we don't check -
I lead a class on Sunday mornings, and this past week we were talking about faith -
The highs and lows along the way -
Sometimes the more "dangerous" part is when we've reached the part of the hype cycle chart called the "plateau of productivity" -
It's important to have a support community then too.
In Luke 12:1-
Warnings and Encouragements
Lk 12:1 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
Lk 12:4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies ? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Lk 12:8 “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
Lk 12:11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
So yes -
More importantly -
If the computer is destroyed -
If the soul is destroyed -
But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell.
Don't be caught by surprise.
In a group -
How is your computer?
How is your soul?