The Geologist

The Geologist L. Lyons 03.21.2013

The study and reading of the WORD of God is a lot like being a geologist. For the novice or uninitiated, rocks can pretty much all look alike. They can be so ordinary and common one may pass right by them, and not giving them a second thought.

For someone who has never read the WORD, and has no interest whatsoever, their mind is made up. Old books like rocks are boring, dead things! This is totally unlike the geologist. That person keenly looks at rocks and minerals. To them they are the building blocks of the universe. They are clues that unlock mysteries of how things were formed. Through the magnifying glass, the eyeball sees the ancient past and how it fits into the geomorphology of the present day.

To repeat, for someone who has never read the WORD, and has no interest whatsoever to do so, their mind is made up. So they never bother to look and observe such things. They continue on with life, for that is a much more noble pursuit. Dead words, historical fantasies, and dusty self Bibles do not have much application to the present day.

But the geologist and the Bible student, they find an endless variety in what they are observing and reading. The geologist may find a mineral out in the field. They will hurriedly bring it back to the gem lab. They cut a thin section of the mineral with a band-saw. They are then able to see the crystalline structure through a stereoscope. The colors, the formations and designs begin to come into view.

But to someone who has no interest in reading the Bible, it appears like a thunder egg. It is a rock that is dull, ordinary and plain looking. Nothing to suggest it has any value whatsoever!. But to the geologist this is only the skin that covers a beautiful mineral. The Bible student reads the WORD in the same anticipation. They are like rock-hounds. They prepare to search for gems out in the field. They set the coordinates for their search patterns. They strap on hiking boots. They carry a mineral hammer.

Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which when a man has found it, he hides it, and for the joy of it goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field”. Mat 13:44. For what is written in the Bible may appear on the surface to be rather common. But the Bible student knows underneath that print there is a vast beautiful treasure. It contains wisdom, truth and love. A treasure so valuable, it is priceless. To find the key to unlock it, is like looking at a prism reflecting light into a visible stream of endless colors.

When the geologist is back in the lab, they can then compare their finds with known references. These are constants that will help identify the subject they have found in the field. Instruments like polarized light microscopes can identify such properties as refractive index, birefringence, interference colors and extinction angles. Further analysis with a transmission electron microscope has the capabilities to identify chemical composition. All these tools can classify a mineral to it’s basic identity.

Such is the study of the WORD to a serious Bible student. We have known reference materials we can use to aid us in our studies. Bible commentaries, dictionaries, interpretations, and encyclopedias. This is foundation work done by previous masters and lifelong scholars. As the saying goes..”Do not forget the floor we walk on is the ceiling of those who have went before us”.

And as the geologist uses the transmission electron microscope to see 10 million times beyond human eyesight, the Bible student must depend on the Spirit of God to give them illumination upon the mind to see the inner meanings of the WORD. “For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”. Heb 4:12. “..the Word of God is living. The Bible is a spiritual book.

So, the person who has no time to look at rocks, much less an historical book is missing the point. The geologist and the Bible student both know how to find gems and treasures contained within seemingly dull subjects.

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The WORD is Like a Campfire (Repost of 05.26.2008)

“The Burning Campfire”  Posted May 26th 2008, 09:56

Joh 1:14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled

fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory

(His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father,

full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. [Isa. 40:5.]

 

The Light of the Campfire

Just about everyone has experienced sitting near a campfire. Whether camping in the

outdoors or perhaps at a church camp. You have a fire burning in a pit

surrounded by rocks. You are sitting in the darkness of night, while the fire burns.

Staring into the fire while singing songs or just enjoying the peace and tranquility

of the moment.

The Bible (Word) is like a campfire. The first thing you notice about a campfire is that it

produces light. It produces illumination that allows you to see during the darkness. The

farther you are away from the fire, the dimmer the light becomes, until you are not directly

receiving light, but you can still see the fire. As you move further away from the campfire,

it eventually becomes lost to the sight also. So is our perception and reception of the Lord

through the Word.

Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so

darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going”.

(Joh 12:35) MSG. If we are standing in the light of the fire, we are absorbing the Word, and

seeing and doing it’s truths. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the

light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (Joh 1:4-5) KJV.

The light from the campfire also draws and invites the lost who are in darkness, and

gives them illumination. “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them

which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up”. (Mat 4:16) KJV.

Consequentially, those who prefer to dwell in the darkness, and reject the light of the fire…

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness

rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the

light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth

truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought

in God”. (Joh 3:19-21) “But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him”.

(Joh 11:10) “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe

not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine

unto them”. (2Co 4:4)

As we walk toward and press closer to the campfire, the light and illumination of the Word

becomes brighter. “If then your entire body is illuminated, having no part dark, it will be

wholly bright [with light], as when a lamp with its bright rays gives you light”. (Luk 11:36) AMP.

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your

praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your

Father Who is in heaven”. (Mat 5:16) AMP. “For God, who commanded the light to shine

out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of

God in the face of Jesus Christ”. (2Co 4:6)

 

The Heat of the Campfire

As we are standing or sitting in this bright illumination of the Word of truth, we begin to

notice something else… the heat of the campfire. It is warming and comforting. This is the

love of God emulating from the fire. “But after that the kindness and love of God our

Savior toward man appeared”, (Tit 3:4) KJV.

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten

Son into the world, that we might live through him”. (1Jn 4:9)

Truly, this is.. “the kindness and love of God our Savior toward men…” This heat is

transforming. We begin to love people. We have an unsearchable love and hunger for God.

The brethren become the most beloved people in our lives.

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that

ye also love one another”. (Joh 13:34) KJV “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil

the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2)

“And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience)

and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is

love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God

dwells and continues in him”. (1Jn 4:16) AMP.  As we stand or sit in the light and warmth

of the campfire, we are at peace. We can stare into the essence of the fire, and feel secure.

He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know

Him], for God is love. (1Jn 4:8) AMP.

So conversely, the heat of the fire does not comfort those who do not desire the love of God

In, it produces a burn. Which produces an anger. The church reads so much into the wrath

and anger of God.. but God is not capable of wrath and anger. It is not one of His attributes

“People were severely burned (scorched) by the fiery heat, and they reviled and

blasphemed the name of God, Who has control of these plagues, and they did not repent of

their sins [felt no regret, contrition, and compunction for their waywardness, refusing to a

mend their ways] to give Him glory”. (Rev 16:9)

Ever try to talk with someone about the love of God and the cross, and receive a bitter

rebuttal about hearing such things? This is the searing, burning of conscious that occurs

with the rejection of God’s generous call to His Kingdom. God allows this rejection, and

the burning of hell’s fire to enter into the individual because we are moral free agents. This

is alsocalled the “fuel of the fire” in the Word; “Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the

fire consumes both ends of it and the middle of it is charred. Is it suitable or profitable for

any work? Notice, even when it was whole, it was good for no work; how much less shall it

be useful and profitable when the fire has devoured it and it is charred? Therefore thus

says the Lord God: Like the wood of the grapevine among the trees of the forest, which I

have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem”.

(Eze 15:4-6) AMP.

“Yet he will perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, Where is

he?” (Job 20:7) AMP.

“If anyone hears My teachings and fails to observe them [does not keep them, but

disregards them], it is not I who judges him. For I have not come to judge and to condemn

and to pass sentence and to inflict penalty on the world, but to save the world”

(Joh 12:47) AMP.

The fire of the Word that is burning is only pure love along with pure righteousness and

wisdom. This is not God’s anger and wrath, but man’s response to the heat of the fire.

 

The Essence of the Campfire

As we gaze into the campfire, we see the fire of the Word itself. This is the very essence,

the existence, the very being of God. “No man has ever seen God at any time; the only

unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of

the Father, He has declared Him” [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He

can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known]. (Joh 1:18) AMP. We

can see this fire because God took on a human form, and glorified it so we can see the

essence of Him more clearly to our understanding. More clearly revealed than any of the

human race since antiquity. It is like the sun of our solar system. We can see it, perceive it,

and feel it’s heat. It provides us with life. But we cannot know or see the true essence or

make up of it. If we got to close to our sun, our very existence would perish. Our atomic

makeup would explode into oblivion. Such is seeing the face of God. Even the angels do

not see such things.

 

But thanks be to God that through the projection of Jesus we can see and comprehend the

fire of the Word… “And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold

[in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured

into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to

another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit” (2Co 3:18) AMP.

 

Dwell In the Light of the Campfire

As we sit or stand in the light of the campfire, we are able to meditate peacefully on the fire

of the Word and obey it’s precepts and to contemplate it’s great truths;

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night”.

(Psa 1:2) KJV.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day

and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you

shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success”.

(Jos 1:8)

“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of

our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only

Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the

light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be

honour and  power everlasting. Amen” (1Ti 6:14-16) KJV.

The open campfire is a remarkable representative of the Word of God. The essence of the

fire is the Lord Himself, emulating from it is the light which is the truth, the heat from it is

the love.

We are then able to follow the first commandment… “And he answering said, Thou shalt

love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength,

and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself” (Luk 10:27) KJV

Perhaps the greatest truth the campfire holds is that the Father, the Son and the Holy

Ghost are not three distinct persons we call upon… “For there are three that bear record in

heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one“. (1Jn 5:7)

 

 

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Judge and Judgment – Does Man Judge Himself?

“And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of His glory, you also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel”. Mat 19:28.  It would appear on the surface that the apostles or perhaps all the saints are promised that they will one day judge.  But this is not the case.

If the twelve had been told that Jesus was not referring to them personally, but all of the believers who belonged to the Body of Christ.  We will only partake and share in the glory of His Kingdom. No one, except God Himself can effect judgement on others.  Not even an angel.  Scripture clearly teaches that only God is worthy and qualified to sit on a throne and judge.  “And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book and to loosen its seals?  “And no one in Heaven, nor on the earth, nor under the earth, was able to open the book or to look at it.  And I wept very much, because no one was found worthy to open and to read the book, nor to look at it. And one of the elders said to me, Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals of it”. Rev 5:2-5

Again Jesus proclaimed and spoke very clearly; “For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son”, Joh 5:22  Does Rev 5:2-5 and John 5:22 contradict one another? No.  The “Father” who is the Lord of Heaven and Earth, The Creator and giver of life “judges no man”.  He, the “Father” has assigned that task to “the Son”.  In this case, the Son means the WORD;  “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. Joh 1:14  This is the true revelation, the knowledge of and purpose of the Creator God, the WORD.  Therefore, mankind judges themselves.  The universal principles of God’s creation and His kingdom cannot be violated or overruled.

“And if it seems evil to you to serve Jehovah, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served Beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah” Jos 24:15.  A human being always has eternity staring at them in the face.  It is inescapable.  It requires a decision.

“And if any one hears My Words and does not believe, I do not judge him, for I do not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me and does not receive My Words has one who judges him; the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of Myself, but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say, and what I should speak. Joh 12:47-49

Is it a contradiction of terms when Jesus said; “I do not Judge”?.  Is it a contradiction of terms Jesus said; “For the Father Judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son”?.  So if the Father nor the Son judge, then by what terms does judgment take place with a human being after they die, and pass into the next realm?

There is only one plausible reason.  That is that the human judges himself.  During the time they have lived in the world, they have had the opportunity to accept Creator God, or reject the notion of Creator God.  It all boils down to that.  The laws of the universe, the moral laws, the gospel presentation, and other witnesses of the existence of a living Creator God.  As the Apostle Paul explained; “For the unseen things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being realized by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, for them to be without excuse”. Rom 1:20.  We are accountable.  We cannot blame the goofy televangelist on television asking for money.  We cannot blame the hypcritical professed Christians we encounter in every day life.  Because then, we are looking horizontal.  We are not looking vertical, UP to behold the glory of our Creator.  We refuse to see the love and mercy He has toward us.  We shut it out like a jail cell door slamming shut!  If anyone tries to open that jail cell, we become enraged at the intrusion.  How dare you come into my personal space!.

The Word goes on to say; “Because, knowing God, they did not glorify Him as God, neither were thankful. But they became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things. and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. For they changed the truth of God into a lie, and they worshiped and served the created thing more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen”. Rom 1:21-25.

“But speaking boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, It was necessary for the Word of God to be spoken to you first. But since indeed you put it far from you and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the nations”.  Amen and Amen.

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“A Covenant of Peace and Tranquility” (From God)

Precious Promises

The Law of the Peace Offering:
The peace offerings indicated right relations with God, expressing good-fellowship, gratitude and obligation. The common altars were fitted for their use (Exo 20:24), as feasts had been thus celebrated from time immemorial. At the feast before God on the Mount, peace offerings provided the food (Exo 24:5); also before the golden bull (Exo 32:6). The wave offerings and heave offerings were portions of these. ISBE Dictionary

“And I will make a covenant of peace with them, and will send the evil beasts out of the land. And they shall dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. And I will make them, and the places around My hill, a blessing; and I will bring down the shower in its season. There shall be showers of blessing. And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. And they shall be safe in their land, and they shall know that I am Jehovah, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and have delivered them out of the hands of those who enslaved them. And no more shall they be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beast of the land eat them. But they shall dwell safely, and none shall terrify them”.
Eze 34:25-28

“He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me; for there were many with me”. Psa 55:18

“The mountains (God’ Love) shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills (God’s Truth) by righteousness”. Psa 72:3

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. Joh 14:27

“In His days the righteous shall flourish; and abundance of peace, until the moon is not”. Psa 72:7

“There is no end of the increase of His government and peace on the throne of David, and on His kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on, even forever. The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts will do this”. Isa 9:7

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You; because he trusts in You”. Isa 26:3

“But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the overflowing of peace”. Psa 37:11

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