Canaanite King Had It Coming

Interestingly enough, this Canaanite king does not say “Now my gods have paid me back for what I did to them.” No he says “Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.”

The man hits total rock bottom in his life and comes to grips God has repaid him for his cruelty. The Scripture does not say this or tell us how this man responded to his awareness of his sin in his last hours of life. Yet it is possible he repented and maybe perhabs turned in faith to Israel’s God and found mercy from Him.

God was incredibly merciful even in the Old Testament times to a soul who humbled itself before him. We do not know what happens though with this man and can only really wonder. Yet the timeless truth is God is rich in mercy even when we sink to our lowest and darkest moments- if we humble ourselves. No matter how deep the sin is, God’s grace is deeper for them who will humbly acknowledge their sins and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Jesus is able to cleanse even the worst offender who is willing to be cleansed and have their guilt removed. Yet the arrogant will not let themselves be cleansed, they say “But I am a decent good person!” And “But how could God punish me for my sins? I am not that horrible!”

This attitude keeps a person truly from God’s free gift. The Lord’s generous offer to cleanse us. Some may fear coming to grips and facing their guilt, so they in fear of truly facing the fact God sees them as a sinner. Yet, this is fear that keeps one from God’s mercy and generous forgiveness!

Surely all our sins are putrid and odious to a Holy God! Surely we all have reasons God could eternally condemn every one of us! Yet listen, God may be saying of some who read this now something like He said of his people of old

Only acknowledge your guilt— you have rebelled against the Lord your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not obeyed me,’” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 3:13 –

God’s mercy is a free gift and when we by faith turn from sin to Jesus Christ we are saved!

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Appreciating The Season Of Life You Are In

Life seems to have it’s unique seasons just like the weather. There is an element of beauty in each season of weather- yet we can find the beauty in the unique seasons and situations God has us in.

Many people associate autumn and fall with the leaves turning beautiful colors before they fall off for winter. We associate winter with snow and the beautiful white it covers the earth in. Spring is known as flower season and summer we are seeing lots of green and doing many outdoor activities.

Yet there are downsides to each season too, especially winter with it’s extreme cold and summer with it’s scorching heat. Yet in every season there is some beauty unique to itself. Each season has something that makes it neat.

Yet life is like that. Many are discontent with where God has them and what season they are in. Sometimes God may leave us in a season so we can learn some important lesson before he moves us on to the next season of life.

Yet “God has made everything beautiful in it’s time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Some get so worked up about wanting a different situation in life that they miss out on the enjoyment of the here and now. There are singles who wish they were married and on the other hand married people who miss having the time and flexibility when they were single. There are blessings and downsides to any situation in life we can find ourselves in. Some complain about the job they have, while others complain they are unemployed. The truth is life is never here picture perfect like these photos.

In the photos you can see the snow yet do not feel it’s biting chilling cold. In the photo of the summer, you see the green and lush leaves but do not feel the mosquitos biting you or the heat.

We often picture something in our mind and see only the “good to it” without knowing the challenges it has to it. So with that being said, how can we go wrong when we let God be God and move us into the season he sees best when he decides to do so and learn to enjoy where we are presently at

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:12-13 –

Parasitic Bitterness

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Bitterness is alot like a parasite I learned about from someone years ago. I read more on the parasite. The parasite will eat the tongue of a catfish and then feed itself with what the catfish tries to eat. Yet sin unchecked in our lives can take control of us and live it’s life out of the actions of our hands and words of our mouth.

Jesus taught in Mark 7 that the words of our mouths reveal what truly is in our hearts.

Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.) He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7:14-23)

When our hearts become infested with evil things, wrong thinking and poisoned attitudes, our words will come out and reveal what is growing on the inside.

You can tell a lot about someone by the words they speak. Often you can tell a person is bitter or resentful when they use profane words often or gossip.

Jesus Christ came to free us from sin and pay the penalty of our sin so we could walk out of newness of life.

Facets Of The Emotion Of Anger

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Human anger has various facets. There is quickness to anger, excessive display of anger and unresolved anger. This video will try to unpack these today.

We must understand God’s anger is not like ours. In Psalm 86:15, Psalm 103:8, Jonah 4:2, Nahum 1:3, Psalm 145:8, Numbers 14:18 and Joel 2:13, we see God is slow to anger and often relents to bring disaster.

This is too all our benefit. For God does not often treat us as we would others who anger us and he is more patient then we are often with others

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:3-9 –

A Few Barrier To Answered Prayer

Each of these verses deal with provision from the Lord, we need new strength, comfort, wisdom, material provisions and all types pf different needs we may have. All these can be truly met in Jesus Christ.

Starting off in the book of James it says we should ask believing and not doubting.

James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

A significant barrier to receiving from the Lord is being in doubt about what we ask for. There are a few reasons we may doubt, but let’s use this as an example: can we truly have faith God will give us something Scripture clearly frowns upon? Obviously, we should have doubts in praying for something we know the Bible clearly says dishonors God.

Yet, even something good, such as wisdom, if we do not trust God to provide it and doubt Him, we see here God won’t honor a prayer for even something He would delight to give.

To understand the first part of James where it uses “double minded” it may be helpful to see that the term double minded is later used in James.

If we go to James chapter 4, we encounter a passage again dealing with “Asking” of God.

James 4:1-9 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Look at another barrier to prayer and receiving: “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,

1.) Failure to ask

2.) Wrong motives

It then in this passage uses the term “double minded” yet again. Now look at how it is used in context.

He uses terms such as

• “that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. ”

• “friendship with the world”

Don’t these two things contradict the Christian life? Being self centered? Fitting in with sinful secular society? These are against Christ. For Jesus Christ calls us to be like him –

Mark 10:42-45 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Does Jesus Christ call us to seek the world’s approval and be like the world? Certainly not!

We are called to be “holy” which means “Set apart”—

In Jesus’s prayer in John chapter 17 we see him say:

John 17:14-19 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

So when it comes to having prayer answered we must always ask, does my prayer focus on the good of others, the body of Christ, the glory of God? Or is my prayer tainted with self centeredness that hinges on myself? If God was to answer my prayer would it make me more like Jesus Christ or the world around me.

Think about it, if God gave you success, more money, or this or that, then how would you use it? To honor Him, seek His kingdom and seek to advance his goals? Or would you just use the blessing to spoil yourself?

Do you want a new house, better car, or whatever it is, to compete and keep up with the “Jones” family. Are you trying to make others envious? Will you puff up with pride and feel like you are all that? Then, your motivation is worldly!

Yet if we can say “I want this to serve God better with and help me better live for Him.” For example wisdom or strength to live a godly life. Then if you can have no doubts God will answer.

Another thing, it is not wrong to desire things that are not prohibited in Scripture as wrong in and of themselves. Example, a godly wife if your a single man, or a godly husband if your a single woman. Or suppose you are married and praying for a child. All good gifts of God. Perhaps it is an open door for greater service and ministry, and that is a decent request. Then it often is a matter of waiting on the Lord till he decides we are ready.

This does not mean God blesses everyone with marriage or kids yet more likely then not, He does so often and may delay in providing.

The same is also true when it comes to open doors in greater service. The Lord often bids us to wait for seasons as He purifies us and prepares us to handle well such gifts he gives.

Yet, we should never seek any of His blessings to “complete us” or compete with others! Inferiority may drive people to grab for this or that to feel like a “somebody” or feel valuable and worthy.

These are never healthy reasons to want more “Blessings” or “This” or “that”! If we seek God’s blessings and gifts like they make us worthy, significant, or have purpose- then these become idols.

God also is not inclined to bless us with XYZ if it leads to us growing proud, arrogant or self indulgent.

Teamwork

When it comes down to the Body of Christ, the Bible speaks of how we each have been given spiritual gifts to help build up the Body of believers.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

1 Corinthians 12:12-20 –

Think of it this way, imagine running a company and having only one department, for example “Sales department.” If there was only sales representatives in a business, then where would the finance and accounting department be? A company needs managers and supervisors too. A company or business needs a Human Resource department. Not everyone can be supervisor and manager. Not everyone can be sales associates. Not everyone works in payroll or accounting and not everyone is Human resources.

No organization or business can operate if every employee does the exact same thing.

Or imagine a an auto-mechanic who only has one type of tool in his equipment? What if all he had was a socket wrench and only a certain size socket. He would not be able to fix much if he only had one kind of tool.

What if a man wanted to build a house and only had boards? He would need more then just a hammer and nails. He would need a drill, screws, concrete, and plenty of other tools to successfully build a house.

That house would need an architect t to draw a design and the architect would need a professional contractor to build the house. The contractor building the house would need other help too, other people to help him build the house. Otherwise it take him forever to build it. There would need to be a plumber. There would need to be also a skilled electrician to wire things properly and other steps taken to meet the code of law to ensure the house is safe.

We are as believers God’s house, the temple of the Holy Spirit. His Church is His greatest building project, and we all are called to play our role in building the kingdom of Christ together.

We are not in competition but co-laborers. We should work hand in hand and we all have a valuable role to play in this.

In chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians, Paul writes about how believers all have a role to play and have a spiritual gift. Lets go back to the third chapter of 1 Corinthians. It says:

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:10-11 –

What is Paul speaking of? What does he mean by saying “I laid a foundation as a wise builder.”? Well Paul had been commissioned (Sent) by Jesus Christ to bring the message of salvation (The Gospel) to the Gentiles (Non Jews, Non Israelite people)

Many responded and believed the Gospel and in this particular letter became the early church in Corinth. These Corinthian believers though needed to grow and mature. The Apostle Paul who often traveled much could not often just stay in one place and do all the work in helping these believers grow. God had sent Paul to preach the Gospel, He moved him often from one place to another.

So God used “Apollos” to help build up the believers there. Yet unfortunately the early church of Corinth had believers arguing about who their favorite “leader was”

Paul wrote the letter to remind them:

“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly —mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:1-9)

The truth the Apostle Paul conveys is that Jesus is Lord and the one who has established them. He reminds them, that Paul and his fellow Apollos are just Christ’s servants-

So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future —all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God. (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)

“All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas” let’s focus mainly here and unpack this. Paul is writing and explaining that he, Apollos, and Cephas (Peter) are all there for these people’s growth and spiritual thriving. Paul basically says “We all belong to you for your good, no need to boast of one of us over the other, Jesus has appointed us all to all of you for your good. So stop arguing among yourselves and picking favorite leaders to brag about. We are all yours!”

And as believers we all belong to one another- as a body of people who make up the People of God.

Put Your Faith In Christ, Not Merely His Followers

King Joash seemingly had a great start to following the Lord in his reign, but finished his reign in wicked unfaithfulness to the Lord.

We see in [2 Chronicles 24:17- 20]

After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. They abandoned the temple of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God’s anger came on Judah and Jerusalem. Although the Lord sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen. Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the Lord , he has forsaken you.’”

God’s presence departed from Joash because he forsook and turned his back on God. As long as Jehoiada was there to mentor him and instruct Him, Joash walked faithfully before God.

It says: “Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest.” (2 Chronicles 24:2)

However, when Jehoiada died, Joash shows his true colors and listens to ungodly counselors and officials and turns away from the Lord.

We hear many people say things like “I once was a Christian” and they may then give you some explanation as to why they left the faith. Faith is rooted in Christ, not someone who follows Christ. As we see, when Jehoaida a godly man dies, Joash abandons the fear of the Lord and becomes faithless.

So true it will also be for anyone who does not have personal faith in Jesus Christ as their own, but hitches a ride on someone elses faith. Many say, “Well I do not believe because Christians let me down.” Yet we can never be so foolish to put our ultimate hope and trust in another human being. Human beings, no matter how upright or solid they seem, can still die or let us down.

If King Joash’s faith had been truly in God, he would have stayed true to the Lord even after Jehoaida died.

Psalm 107 Sermon, “Each Redeemed Soul Has A Story.”

Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Psalm 107:4-9 –

The Psalm talks of some wandering in desert wastelands, then transitions into,

Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. (Psalm 107:10-16)

Then we see: Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy. (Psalm 107:17-22)

Then lastly: Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders. He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there. He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish. (Psalm 107:23-38)

Each section of the Psalm gives a different scenario of the people in Israel who throughout time God used certain means to turn their hearts to Himself.

We have the “some wandered in desert wastelands,” and then “Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,” then after the other group, it says “Then we see: Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.” Lastly it says of the last cluster “Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end.”

Yet each scenario concludes with hope for each set of people described. It concludes each section saying “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”

God has a way of getting each of us where we are and often uses storms, afflictions, or wastelands of restlessness to get our attention. The moment where a sinner is at “their wits end” is often the moment God does His amazing work to get the attention of such a person. Then when we turn to the Lord and humble ourselves, repent of our sins and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are transformed! The Lord turns our barren wrestles dry hearts into lush vegetation, “He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle.”

He brings us into His family and we now have fellowship with Jesus Christ and the people of God!

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

John 7:37-39 –

Hay! Overhear.

These are hay bales. We often see these kind of things driving through Kansas or other places but they have a important use. These are food for livestock such as cows, horses, sheep and other types of large animals to feed from.

Yet there is something about these that made me start thinking one day. People who teach the Word of God often will bring forth a message, lay it out there and let those who come to feed on spiritual food and truth.

We see a good farmer or someone who tends sheep or cows does his hard work to make sure food is there for the animals to eat.

Now people are not livestock, we are not goats, cows or horses. Jesus often refers to us though as “sheep.”

Shepherds were very common in the days of Scripture and both in the old and new Testament the sheep analogy was used to illustrate people.

For example in 1 Chronicles 21 vs 17, after David sinned by taking the census pleads with the Lord to spare the “sheep” that God had made him king over.

David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Lord my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.”

1 Chronicles 21:17 –

The role of the king and the priests in the Old Testament was to be a human leaders with supreme authority to direct the subjects he ruled over to follow the Lord God and point them to Him. Some kings, in Israel, though, unfortunately used their power to be self centered and do wrong.

The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end? (Jeremiah 5:31)

In modern terms the king was the executive power and priests had more of a legislative role. So there was things a king could do that priests could not and likewise roles that priests had that even a king could not usurp. We see a prime example in the story of King Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:16-19)

Ideally God did not have in mind the people asking for a human king and it gave them trouble years down the road. He finally consented and Israel then had their first king, Saul. Saul failed at doing what God had designated him to do. So God raised up David who became a great king and standard that kings were compared to when it came to being a good king.

Though ultimately, the true King came from the line of David. Jesus Christ is the perfect King, he is also the “Great High Priest” and “Sacrificial lamb” who shed His blood to bring forgiveness of sin and abolish the need for animal sacrifice.

Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. Hebrews 7:22-28 –

The New Testament book of Hebrews was written to a largely Jewish audience who had a understanding of Old Testament Law and customs. To truly understand this book of the Bible, it is helpful to know some of the Old Testament to shed light on what is being spoken of.

Jesus came to put an end to the need to offer sacrifice and through faith in Him we can be forgiven of sin and saved through His blood! We then turn our lives over to Him to live for Him.

Now days we do not have literal priests who offer sacrifices or teach the law. We do have preachers and Bible teachers that in a way are there to help us understand the way of God and inspire us to live for Him. They often present their message like a farmer puts out a hay bale. Yet the farmer cannot force any of the sheep or cows or horses to eat. He makes the food available. He does his job to roll up the hay and bundle it- then places it there for the animals to feed.

Yet this is kind of a metaphor for the teaching of the Word or evangelism. No one can be forced into eating what they do not want. Yet to teach and preach carries a responsibility to do the work in properly putting the message and truth out so that they that will come have an opportunity to do so!