Fri 4 Apr 2014
Fred Phelps represented the wrong side of Christianity. Phelp’s reputation as a hater is well documented through the antic’s of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Phelps died on March 19th.
As long as the Bible is used without reference to the time and culture in which it was written, it will be used for any kind of hatred, prejudice and wrong-headed thinking. This is especially true of the Old Testament, or, as it is, the Hebrew Bible.
Few if any modern Jews, reformed or orthodox, follow the ridged rules of the law of Moses. They see them as necessary for the time, but not for all time. A good example of this can be seen in the difference between the Hebrews during the exodus and after they settled in the promised land.
As soon as Joshua dies, the book of Judges indicates that the people turned to idols and wickedness. The book itself does not contain any mention of law, or the Law of Moses.
The book of Ruth introduces two Hebrew men marrying Moabite women, which was forbidden in Deuteronomy 23:3.
David has an adulterous affair with a married woman and neither one of them are killed as the Law of Moses demanded. David’s son, Absalom shows disrespect for his father, and is not killed as the Law of Moses required.
In Deuteronomy 17:14-20 Moses (God?) Gives instructions for the king they will appoint over them in the promised land. Among the instructions are prohibitions against collecting horses and wives, as well as large amounts of silver and gold. The greatest kings, David, Solomon and others did that and there was no prophet who condemned them for it.
The Passover feast was to be done annually, but in II Kings 23 it says, “Not since the days of the judges who led Israel, nor throughout the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah had any such Passover been observed.” In II Chronicles 35:18 that story is repeated. The Levitical priesthood existed during that time but apparently had no knowledge or concern about the Passover. That would mean they had lost touch with the written law of Moses. Why? How could that happen when God so plainly spoke to those prophets (God-speakers) of the time of the kings?
If you get a concordance and look at the books of Kings and Chronicles you will find an abundance of “God said” and “The Lord said.” And yet nothing is said about the purity laws, marriage laws, the things “the Lord (God) said were to be done in the books of the law of Moses. Another example is when Amnon raped his half-sister, Tamar II Samuel 13:1-5. This was a clear violation of Leviticus 18:11. Yet she says if asked, David will give her to him. None of those who were God’s voice said anything about the law of Moses.
My point is this, when we talk about the “word of God,” we need to realize that term does not imply that God’s voice is actually heard. It means that the one speaking is speaking for God, based on the need for Godly guidance at the moment. That moment in time is just that, a moment in time. It does not always relate to other moments or situations under different circumstances, as can be seen by closely reading the Bible.
For example, what about circumcision? Where does God say the mark of the covenant with Abraham was null and void? Where did Jesus, who was circumcised, say it was no longer valid? When did Jesus or God tell Paul “Circumcision has no value” Gal. 5:6? How did Paul and others like him come to this conclusion? There was no “Thus says the Lord.” It came about because it actually never had any value, except in the mind of those who saw it as a covenant with God. And yet, in Gen. 17:9-14 it says, “God said to Abraham…” V. 10 says, “This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant that you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised.” In V. 13 it says, My covenant in your flesh must be an everlasting covenant.” (Italics mine)
Paul and the other New Testament writers should be a model for us as we do not let one-time solutions be used for current problems. Having the “Spirit” of Christ should help with that.
CONCERNS: Marie Barnett’s mother is very near death and Marie asks for prayers for she and her family. Martha Foy’s aunt, Sue Huels is suffering from a broken hip and other problems. Also for Sandra Anderson and Gil Richardson. Jim Hunter has been told the cancer has returned. He is also suffering back and neck pain as the result of an unresolved accident a few years back. Garrett Lee Williams friend, Hannah, is recovering from leukemia. Continue to pray for Rich Crites, Rich is to start a new treatment on the 15th. His sister is back in the nursing home for awhile. Rich and Connie are leaving Monday to go see her. Leena Bolin’s brother, Nick, and her mother Helen, and Leena as she care for her mother. Also Deena McRoy, Gary Overstreet, Stephanie Rigney, Marge Greenwood, Jenni Cullum, Tim Elder, Mary Smith, Sharon, a friend of Del Bolin’s and
Mrs Marta, the mother of a friend of Jim Hunter’s.
OUR DAILY BREAD: APRIL 7-12
Monday: Isaiah 6:1-13
Tuesday: Matthew 13:1-23
Wednesday: John 6:1-15
Thursday: Luke 15:11-32
Friday: Genesis 39:1-23
Saturday: Psalm 66:1-20
OUR DAILY BREAD: APRIL 14-19
Monday: Hebrews 4:14 – 5:10
Tuesday: Matthew 5:17-48
Wednesday: Genesis 1:1-31
Thursday: II Samuel 12:1-15
Friday: Ephesians 6:10-20
Saturday: Psalm 104:1-35
Mike Branch had an environmental check made on the upstairs restroom to check for asbestos problems. Everything is cleared to go and as soon as the estimates are all in it will be started.
IN THE WORKS
Martha Albert has spent many years as a hospice worked for Carilion Hospital. Recently she viewed a DVD on the last stages of life and how those dealing with it can better understand what is happening. She suggested that we might show this to those in the community as a public service. The Wednesday evening class viewed it and saw a real need for what it says. So we are planning a viewing sometime in late May, if possible. We want as many of our health care workers to be there and be available for their views and to help answer questions.
It will be shown in the annex and we hope to improve the acoustics and the lighting by that time
OUR WORK WITH THE TROOPS
Thanks to all of you who brought in the breakfast items for the troops remaining in Afghanistan. The unit we have been helping will be leaving soon, and for that we can be thankful. You were able to make a very hard situation a little more bearable by what you have done. Our thanks to Susan and Wayne Phlegar and others who packed and mailed what you contributed.
Easter is April 20. As before, we will have an Easter Egg Hunt in the annex yard for the children. The next bulletin will be Easter Sunday’s. The age for the children is third grade and younger. Holly Wagner will be in charge. Se her for help with the candy-filed eggs.
With the weather changing we will need to schedule a work day around the building. Much of this will be inside work, such as replacing bad ceiling tiles and some other problems with some areas in the restrooms, especially the women’s downstairs restroom. A list will be compiled and a date set soon. If you see other areas of need, let the steering committee know.