The World Health Organization says that 50% of all abortions in this w

The World Health Organization says that 50% of all abortions in this world are dangerous

April 30, 2014

A recent report by the World Health Organization says that abortions worldwide are putting women’s health at risk with one half of all abortions unsafe, even dangerous, and abortion is one of the main reasons for maternal death worldwide.

This data reveals that women who wish to terminate unwanted pregnancies will seek abortion at any cost and thus these women will continue to die in significant numbers.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

The number of maternal deaths related to unsafe abortion is on the increase, a disturbing statistic for the World Health Organization but it’s blasphemy according to the Bible and abortion is a precursor to the end of times scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy.

WHO, World Health Organization, in a recent report, revealed the increase in maternal deaths, a result of unsafe abortions. They say now 50% of all worldwide abortions are unsafe and a major cause for these maternal deaths. This number goes as high as 95% in Latin American countries and 97% in Africa. However, what about the death rate among the children that are aborted. That would be at 100% of all abortions of unwanted pregnancies end in death to the babies – and that’s the real sin.

Abortion is very dangerous for all unborn children, and I say children because life does not begin at birth. In fact, it does not begin at conception. Life begins in the mind of God in eternity past. In Jeremiah 1:5, the Lord told Jeremiah that he had been chosen to be the prophet to the nations of the world not at birth, not even at conception, but Jeremiah was chosen before he was formed in his mother’s womb in eternity past. All of life began in the mind of God before the creation of the world.

Abortion is murder according to Exodus 21:22-23. If someone takes another life, Genesis 9:6, then they must give their life in return. That’s capital punishment which is called for in the Bible. Abortion is most dangerous for the unborn with a 100% mortality rate and murders through abortions will increase in the last days (Revelation 22:15).



By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Apr 28, 2014 i

A couple of weeks back here at Apprising Ministries I pointed out that Rob Bell is Set to Tour with Oprah Winfrey.You may also recall I told you that it was back in 2008 I would feel led to write Rob Bell And Christian Universalism.

Therein I began to show you that, even then, Rob Bell was already leaning toward, as well as beginning to teach, a form of universalism where—after a time in some type of a purgatory—eventually everyone will end up being saved.1

A few years later, in 2011, Bell released his most controversial book Love Wins where he came out of the closet advancing the argument for a form of Christian Universalism.2 Keep in mind here that the Emerging Church, with which Bell was aligned, morphed into the Emerging Church 2.0 with its own postmodern Progressive Christian theology.

Well, now it looks as though we’re getting a little clearer picture as to why Rob Bell has become so chummy with his fellow apostate Oprah Winfrey; it seems Bell is going to have how own show on Oprah’s OWN network. The other day he would tweet:


The link takes us to Rob Bell Show tickets: (source)

So, it would appear that a very real bond has formed between Oprah Winfrey and Rob Bell, which seems rather obvious by their rapport below. The clip following below is from last November 3 when Bell appeared on something Winfrey calls Super Soul Sunday on OWN. The fact is, at the time Bell’s:

latest book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, [had] been listed as the first recommended title in “Oprah’s Super Soulful Book of the Month” club. (source)

Winfrey was so taken with Bell’s book What We Talk About When We Talk About God (WWTA) that the segment of Super Soul Sunday they did together was also called by the same name. It seems this section was particularly special to Oprah Winfrey:

Bell states in What We Talk About When We Talk About God (Harper Collins) that he wrote the book because “there’s a growing sense that when it comes to God, we’re at the end of one era and the start of another, an entire mode of understanding and talking about God is dying as something new is being birthed.”


Yes, indeed Rob and Oprah; there’s a new One World Religion being birthed alright, but it isn’t coming from God. As we might expect, Winfrey really enjoyed her ears being scratched (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3-4) as we find out:

In her praise of the book, Winfrey said Bell was “shaking up the way we think about God and religion.” She added, “When I first started reading it, I was highlighting my favorite passages, but then I realized — what’s the point? I’ve marked every page! It just wowed me. In the book, Bell explains that God is and always has been with us, for us, and ahead of us — and then explores how we can really absorb this knowledge into our everyday lives to become more connected to spirit.”


Winfrey, whose beliefs about God are akin to the New Age Movement, would delight in this, of course. However, as Christians, we will agree with:

Dr. Michael Kruger, president and professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, wrote that he found [COLOR=Green]Bell’s book to be “really just spiritualism with a Christian veneer” and not about the “God of Christianity.” Kruger concluded in his May review of What We Talk About When We Talk About God, “It’s a book that would fit quite well on Oprah’s list of favorite books.”[/COLOR]


The point being, as usual, Rob Bell’s writings about God are so nebulous that even someone like Oprah Winfrey could get so much out of it. Notice how she especially likes Bell’s man-centered mythology that “God is for us.” Years ago I talked about this e.g. in Everyone’s Going to be Saved Eventually…aren’t they? (Part Two). I explained that—contra so many false teachers today—if you’re not a regenerated Christian, the great 16th century Church Reformer John Calvin was exactly right when he said: “We are taught by Scripture to perceive that apart from Christ, God is—so to speak—hostile to us, and His hand is armed for our destruction.” And not even an apostate as revered as Rob Bell can make that go away:

While I don’t know him, Craig Miller, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Cedarville, Ohio shares my thoughts exactly on the apostasy of Rob Bell when he says:

Through his speaking and writing gifts, he has gained a platform that few coming from the evangelical world have attained–the opportunity to speak to the large [COLOR=Green]“popular culture” about matters of utmost importance.

He has made a conscious decision to use that platform for non-confrontational, generalized, spirituality, not biblical Christianity. Deepak Chopra, Hinduism’s earlier “Rob Bell” (I say that because many Hindu teachers find him stealing their “good stuff” and mashing it up in ways that they abhor) could have said everything Rob Bell said–except maybe thinking about “flesh and blood” people in heaven that make it a place you want to go (I thought of Mitch Albom’s book The Five People You Meet in Heaven during that particular part of the interview).

Whether intentional or not (and Rob is much too smart for me to truly believe it isn’t), Rob deflected every opportunity to exalt Jesus Christ toward an optimistic, generalized, everyone is going to be fine” spirituality that, if embraced, will send you to Hell. In the picture he painted, Jesus is not the greatest joy of Heaven, instead it is seeing relatives you never met. God isn’t a person who makes himself known to those who seek and has given a Word to be heard, but rather “like a song you hear in another room” but you can’t hear clearly, so you keep trying to hear it more and more. No one is evil in need of repentance–everyone just needs to “wake up.” Death isn’t a great divider and time of judgment (Hebrews 9:27), but only a grand “Aha!” moment. I could say more, but I will stop here on this point.

Rob Bell is dangerous because he is so good at what he does. He rightly understands the power of story and simile, just as Jesus did, and uses them powerfully. But he draws incomplete and false analogies that have just enough of a ring of truth that they resonate with us. And the small amounts of truth contained in his thoughts fall far short of real “good news” for the broken people Rob seems to be so concerned for. He offers “peace” to so many who have no peace, and will never find it if they take him at his word.[/COLOR]


Finally, the words of pastor Miller are sadly true when he writes that, “I know [COLOR=Green]Rob once believed differently–or at least taught differently with passion.”[/COLOR] I can verify this as a few years ago I spoke with many people who used to attend the Saturday night class Bell taught at Calvary Church prior to his church plant.3 One of them told me that Rob used to teach very orthodox doctrine exegetically; think John MacArthur.” Tragically, Miller is also dead-on-target as he brings out that those who hear Rob Bell now “may never even hear that name–the only one given under heaven by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).” In closing, here’s an example. This is from Heaven is a Place on Earth: Rob Bell’s Revolutionary Mission, which you’ll find under “inspiration” at Winfrey’s wevbsite. I think it’s rather telling that anyone who watches Oprah and reads the following drivel could agree with the vagaries concerning religion/spirituality attributed to Bell. Apparently Rob Bell sees the Christian faith as a path, not not the path to a relationship with God:

He views Christianity as a path, first and foremost. Bell believes that “[I]the universal needs a particular”—that we need guidance to become the people we are capable of becoming. The power of a path, he says, “is that you set your intention to become more aware, to heighten your senses and sharpen your eyes, so that you don’t miss anything.” True spiritual experience often begins in those instants when your soul takes a picture of things, he says.[/I]


Now, if you’re among the truly gullible thinking that Rob Bell is using this vessel of touring with and writing for Oprah Winfrey, and doing a show on her network, as a way to preach the Gospel, think again. Jesus is mentioned but four times in this four page article and nothing even remotely resembling a Gospel message comes emerging. It’s filled with the ramblings of those like Bell who’re practitioners of Contemplative/Centering Prayer (CCP), a form of meditation in an altered state of consciousness sprinkled with Christian terms, which is the crown jewel of Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM). Little wonder, he’s been into CCP and CSM for years now.4 To be honest, this article is nothing more than a puff piece about Bell sharing some of his fickle fables that scratch itching ears. More of his lying to people by espousing a theology centered on man that’s completely devoid of the Law of God; leaving them under His judgement and giving them no reason why they need to repent. Warped and toxic mystic Bellism’s like:

[T]hough he always loved stories of Jesus, whom he finds “interesting and dangerous and funny and unexpected,” he remembers being unsettled even as a teenager by the “party line” preached from Christian pulpits… “A staggering number of people have been taught that a select few Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in torment and punishment,” he wrote. “This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus’s message of love, peace, forgiveness, and joy that our world desperately needs to hear.”… Not only did Bell denounce popular notions of hell, but he also redefined heaven. He believes that when Jesus used the phrase “eternal life,” he was referring to a quality of life available now… Bell believes that faith should electrify our mortal experience, making us open, expansive, and alert to the shimmering, unimaginable beauty and mystery around us. As we stop worrying so much and allow ourselves to “feel reverence humming” in us, he says, quoting Jane Fonda, we will—and this is key—be inspired to leap into action, find our true callings, and, in a flurry of creativity, compassion, and ingenuity, work with God to heal and repair the earth. In other words, make a heaven right here.

Until we do this, Bell has written, we are missing out: “We’re trying to embrace our lover, but we’re wearing a hazmat suit.”… He believes a mass spiritual awakening is afoot in our culture, as religious people question the exclusive labels they grew up with and atheists and agnostics acknowledge “that there’s more, that we’re loved, that something else is happening.”… As you set out on your own spiritual journey, Bell believes you’ll know the divine when you feel it. In What We Talk About When We Talk About God, published last year, he argued that God is not some judge-y bearded guy up in the sky who pops in and out of human affairs, but something more amorphous and omnipresent, accessible to us always, “the electricity that lights up the whole house.” Bell thinks we are too busy worrying about salvation and questioning our worth to receive the love God presents to us in abundance every day—to feel the reverence humming within us… [H]e categorically rejects the notion that his version of the Jesus story is watered-down or any less devout because he doesn’t think it ends with most of us in hell… He views Christianity as a path, first and foremost. Bell believes that “the universal needs a particular”—that we need guidance to become the people we are capable of becoming. The power of a path, he says, “is that you set your intention to become more aware, to heighten your senses and sharpen your eyes, so that you don’t miss anything.” True spiritual experience often begins in those instants when your soul takes a picture of things, he says…we are all chasing…peace and grace in each moment. The reassuring sense that we are loved, that this has meaning, that something bigger is going on here. That we are always, eternally, okay.


As far as i’m concerned it looks like he’s followed his true heart and found a vehicle to launch his next career as Guru Rob Bell.

Further reading:





This will prove helpful as well: Pastor Chad Holtz Explaining Christian Universalism. ↩

This will give you a good working knowledge of this decidedly not Christian mythology:, accessed 4/28/14. ↩

I give you the background of how the plant came about in Rob Bell: The Myth of Mars Hill “Miracle Grow”. ↩

I discussed this previously in 2009 , e.g. Through Rob Bell, “The Great Enlightened Ones” Tell Us Man Has Divine Greatness. and again in Influence of Richard Rohr on Rob Bell and his Love Wins Mythology.

April 30, 2014 Bible Reading

April 30

Reading for Today:

1 Samuel 1:1–3:21

Psalm 53:1-6

Proverbs 15:8-11

Luke 20:27-47


1 Samuel 3:1- the boy Samuel. Samuel was no longer a child (2:21, 26). While Jewish historian Josephus suggested he was 12 years of age, he was probably a teenager at this time. The same Hebrew term translated here “boy” was used of David when he slew Goliath (17:33). the word of the LORD was rare. The time of the judges was a period of extremely limited prophetic activity. The few visions that God did give were not widely known. revelation. Literally, “vision.” A divine revelation mediated through an auditory or visual encounter.

1 Samuel 3:19- the LORD was with him. The Lord’s presence was with Samuel, as it would be later with David (16:18; 18:12). The Lord’s presence validated His choice of a man for His service. let none of his words fall to the ground. Everything Samuel said with divine authorization came true. This fulfillment of Samuel’s word proved that he was a true prophet of God (see Deut. 18:21, 22).

Proverbs 15:11- Hell and Destruction. See 27:20. Hell or Sheol is the place of the dead. “Destruction” refers to the experience of external punishment. See Job 26:6.

Luke 20:37- the burning bush passage. Exodus 3:1–4:17. In that passage God identified Himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—using the present tense. He didn’t say He was their God, but “I AM” their God, indicating that their existence had not ended with their deaths.

Luke 20:40- they dared not question Him. The more questions Jesus answered the clearer it became that His understanding and authority were vastly superior to that of the scribes and Pharisees.

DAY 30: What do the two prayers of Hannah teach us about prayer?

In 1 Samuel 1:10,11, Hannah vowed in “bitterness of soul” to give the Lord her son in return for God’s favor in giving her that son. She prayed as a “maidservant”—a humble, submissive way of referring to herself in the presence of her superior, sovereign God. “Remember me,” she requested, asking for special attention and care from the Lord. She would give the child to the Lord “all the days of his life,” which was in contrast to the normal Nazirite vow, which was only for a specified period of time (see Num. 6:4, 5, 8).

In contrast to the prayer that came from her bitterness, Hannah prayed from joy in 2:1–10. The prominent idea in Hannah’s prayer is that the Lord is a righteous Judge. He had brought down the proud (Peninnah) and exalted the humble (Hannah). The prayer has four sections: 1) Hannah prayed to the Lord for His salvation (vv.1, 2); 2) Hannah warned the proud of the Lord’s humbling (vv. 3–8d); 3) Hannah affirmed the Lord’s faithful care for His saints (vv. 8e–9b); 4) Hannah petitioned the Lord to judge the world and to prosper His anointed king (vv. 10d-e). This prayer has a number of striking verbal similarities with David’s song of 2 Samuel 22:2–51:“horn” (2:1; 22:3),“rock” (2:2; 22:2, 3), salvation/deliverance (2:1, 2; 22:2, 3), grave/Sheol (2:6; 22:6),“thunder” (2:10; 22:14),“king” (2:10; 22:51), and “anointed” (2:10; 22:51).

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214,

Realizing Your Reward

Realizing Your Reward

[COLOR=Red]”Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt. 5:11-12).

God’s promise for those who are persecuted for His sake is that their reward in heaven will be great (Matt. 5:11). Jesus said, “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, shall receive many times as much, and shall inherit eternal life” (Matt. 19:29).

Focusing on that promise instead of your present circumstances is how you can experience happiness amid suffering. That was Paul’s great confidence even as he faced certain death. In 2 Timothy 4:8 he declares, “In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

Another source of joy in trials is knowing that you share the fate of the prophets themselves (Matt. 5:12). Those godly men suffered untold hardships for proclaiming God’s message. That’s a noble group to be identified with!

One final word of encouragement from Matthew 5:11: persecution will not be incessant! Jesus said, “Blessed are you when. . . .” The Greek word translated “when” means “whenever.” You won’t always be persecuted, but whenever you are, you will be blessed. In addition, God will govern its intensity so you will be able to bear it (1 Cor. 10:13). He knows your human weaknesses and will supply the necessary grace and peace to get you through. That’s why you can rejoice when otherwise you might be devastated and filled with grief.

If you are willing to make sacrifices now, you will receive incomparable rewards in the future. How shortsighted are those who protect themselves now by denying Christ or compromising His truth rather than sacrificing the present for the sake of eternal blessing and glory!

Suggestions for Prayer:

Thank God for the example of the prophets and others who have suffered for Him.

For Further Study:

Read Matthew 21:33-39 and Hebrews 11:32-38.

How did Jesus illustrate the persecution of God’s prophets?

What is Scripture’s commendation to those who suffered.

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,[/COLOR]

As Israel marks the slaughter of six million Jews, the prime minister

As Israel marks the slaughter of six million Jews, the prime minister warns Israelis that they must stop another Holocaust from happening

April 28, 2014

Holocaust Remembrance Day is a solemn day in Israel and in fact across the whole Jewish world as all Jews mark the slaughter of six million people who were guilty of one thing, they were Jewish.

Under the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, Jews in Europe were put in concentration camps and then many of them were exterminated in crematoriums and large furnaces so that the world could be rid of this plight to society.

Memories of the Holocaust haunt the present-day leadership of Israel which motivated the prime minister to tell all Israelis that their nation must stop the development of a nuclear weapon of mass destruction by Iran or the alternative could lead to another horrific Holocaust.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

Holocaust Remembrance Day is a constant reminder of a terrible past for the Jewish people and it must be a warning of a horrific future Holocaust worse than the first according to Bible prophecy.

As Jews in Israel and around the world literally stand in silence for two minutes to honor the victims of the Holocaust on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the warning goes forth of another Holocaust that may not be too far into the future.

At ceremonies in Jerusalem at Yad Veshem, the Holocaust remembrance museum, Israeli PM Netanyahu honored the victims of the Holocaust under Hitler during WWII, but he also warned that Iran and its radical leadership today could launch another Holocaust as they have threatened to do.

Netanyahu reminded Israelis that there could never be another Holocaust and he told his nation that they must lead the way in stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon of mass destruction that could be used to destroy the Jewish state of Israel.

The ancient Jewish prophet Zechariah foretold of a time in the future, the time of Jacob’s trouble, Zechariah 30:7 when two out of every three Jews will be slaughtered, Zechariah 13:8. This future Holocaust will be so bad that God will dispatch Michael the Archangel to protect the Jewish people from total annihilation, Daniel 12:1.

Marking the slaughter of six million Jews is a reminder of the past, but it must be a warning for the future.

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

by John MacArthur

Far too much of the present interest in heaven, angels, and the afterlife stems from carnal curiosity. It is not a trend those of us who accept the authority of Scripture should encourage or celebrate. Any pursuit that diminishes people’s reliance on the Bible is fraught with grave spiritual dangers—especially if it is something that leads gullible souls into su*perstition, gnosticism, occultism, New Age philosophies, or any kind of spiritual confusion. Those are undeniably the roads most traveled by people who feed a morbid craving for detailed information about the afterlife by devouring stories of people who claim to have gone to the realm of the dead and returned.

Scripture never indulges that desire. In the Old Testament era, every attempt to communicate with the dead was deemed a sin on par with sacrificing infants to false gods (Deuteronomy 18:10–12). The Hebrew Scriptures say comparatively little about the disposition of souls after death, and the people of God were strictly forbidden to inquire further on their own. Necromancy was a major feature of Egyptian religion. It also dominated every religion known among the Canaanites. But under Moses’ law it was a sin punishable by death (Leviticus 20:27).

The New Testament adds much to our understanding of heaven (and hell) but we are still not permitted to add our own subjective ideas and experience-based conclusions to what God has specifically revealed through his inerrant Word. Indeed, we are forbidden in all spiritual matters to go beyond what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6).

Lazarus of Bethany fell ill and died, and his body lay devoid of life and decaying in a tomb for four days before Jesus raised him (John 11:17). A whole chapter in John’s gospel is devoted to the story of how Jesus brought him back from the dead. But there’s not a hint or a whisper anywhere in Scripture about what happened to Lazarus’ soul in that four-day interim. The same thing is true of every person in Scripture who was ever brought back from the dead, beginning with the widow’s son whom Elijah raised in 1 Kings 17:17–24 and culminating with Eutychus, who was healed by Paul in Acts 20:9–12. Not one biblical person ever gave any recorded account of his or her postmortem experience in the realm of departed souls.

The apostle Paul had an experience of heaven so real he wasn’t sure whether he had been physically carried there or merely caught up in a vision. He mentions the experience only once—reluctantly—because false teachers were challenging his authority, and this heavenly vision was a vital affirmation of his apostolic credentials. But he had kept completely silent about the whole affair until fourteen years after the fact. Even then, he framed his testimony as a third-person narrative:

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise. (2 Corinthians 12:2–3 ESV)

Despite the third-person pronouns, this was clearly Paul’s own experience, because he shifts into first person as soon as he starts talking about how God humbled him in the aftermath of that experience:

To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becom*ing conceited. (2 Corinthians 12:7 ESV)

The typical contemporary evangelical response to an event like that would be to write (or have a ghostwriter produce) a sensational ac*count. It would be filled with specific details of what heaven is like and what’s currently happening there. A large publishing conglomerate would publish it, and once it was clearly established as a blockbuster, they would start working on sequels and movie rights.

But having mentioned the fact of his experience, the apostle Paul declines to give any details whatsoever. He merely says that he “heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter” (2 Corinthians 12:4 ESV). He employs a Greek expression that means it is not lawful for any human to speak of the things he heard.

So Paul, who had been called to one of the most important apos*tolic roles in the early church, was forbidden to discuss what he saw and heard in paradise. The brief three-verse account he gives of his vi*sion makes quite a stark contrast to all the currently popular volumes written by people who claim to have been to heaven and come back.

Why would it have been unlawful for Paul to describe what he heard in heaven? After all, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and the apostle John each had visions of the very throne room of heaven and wrote about what they saw and heard. Their accounts are even part of inspired Scripture.

That is precisely the point. Those in the Bible who wrote about seeing heaven were expressly commanded by God to do so and were carried along by the Spirit of God as they wrote (2 Peter 1:21). The relatively brief accounts they each gave are part of the God-breathed text. The Al*mighty Himself had those men record that information for our benefit in the precise words that He chose. No extrabiblical account of heaven can legitimately make that claim.

Those who demand to know more than Scripture tells us are sin*ning: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever” (Deuter*onomy 29:29 ESV). The limits of our curiosity are thus established by the boundary of biblical revelation.

(Adapted from The Glory of Heaven.)

April 29, 2014 Bible Reading

April 29

Reading for Today:

Ruth 3:1–4:22

Psalm 52:6-9

Proverbs 15:6-7

Luke 20:1-26


Ruth 4:7- took off his sandal. The scripture writer explained to his own generation what had been a custom in former generations. This kind of tradition appears in Deuteronomy 25:5–10 and apparently continued at least to the time of Amos (see 2:6; 8:6). The closer relative legally transferred his right to the property as symbolized by the sandal, most likely that of the nearer relative.

Ruth 4:22- David. Looking back at Ruth from a New Testament perspective, latent messianic implications become more apparent (see Matt. 1:1). The fruit which is promised later on in the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7:1–17) finds its seedbed here. The hope of a messianic king and kingdom (2 Sam. 7:12–14) will be fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 19–20) through the lineage of David’s grandfather Obed who was born to Boaz and Ruth the Moabitess.

Psalm 52:8- green olive tree. The psalmist exults (through this simile) that the one who trusts in the mercy of God is productive and secure.

Luke 20:5- Why then did you not believe him? John had clearly testified that Jesus was the Messiah. If John was a prophet whose words were true, they ought to believe his testimony about Christ. On the other hand, it would have been political folly for the Pharisees to attack the legitimacy of John the Baptist or deny his authority as a prophet of God. John was enormously popular with the people and a martyr at the hands of the despised Herod. For the Pharisees to question John’s authority was to attack a national hero, and they knew better than that. So they pleaded ignorance (v. 7).

DAY 29: How does Ruth exemplify the Proverbs 31 wife?

The “virtuous” wife of Proverbs 31:10 is personified by “virtuous” Ruth of whom the same Hebrew word is used (Ruth 3:11). With amazing parallel, they share at least 8 character traits (see below). One wonders (in concert with Jewish tradition) if King Lemuel’s mother might not have been Bathsheba, who orally passed the family heritage of Ruth’s spotless reputation along to David’s son Solomon. Lemuel, which means “devoted to God,” could have been a family name for Solomon (see Jedidiah, 2 Sam. 12:25), who then could have penned Proverbs 31:10–31 with Ruth in mind:

1. Devoted to her family (Ruth 1:15–18 // Prov. 31:10–12, 23).

2. Delighted in her work (Ruth 2:2 // Prov. 31:13).

3. Diligent in her labor (Ruth 2:7, 17, 23 // Prov. 31:14–18, 19–21, 24, 27).

4. Dedicated to godly speech (Ruth 2:10, 13 // Prov. 13:26).

5. Dependent on God (Ruth 2:12 // Prov. 31:25b, 30).

6. Dressed with care (Ruth 3:3 // Prov. 31:22, 25a).

7. Discreet with men (Ruth 3:6–13 // Prov. 31:11, 12, 23).

8. Delivered blessings (Ruth 4:14, 15 // Prov. 31:28, 29, 31)

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214,

Receiving Christ's Wounds

Receiving Christ’s Wounds

[COLOR=Red]”Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me” (Matt. 5:10-11).

Savonarola has been called the Burning Beacon of the Reformation. His sermons denouncing the sin and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church of his day helped pave the way for the Protestant Reformation. Many who heard his powerful sermons went away half-dazed, bewildered, and speechless. Often sobs of repentance resounded throughout the entire congregation as the Spirit of God moved in their hearts. However, some who heard him couldn’t tolerate the truth and eventually had him burned at the stake.

Jesus said, “‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). Sinful people will not tolerate a righteous standard. Prior to Christ’s birth, the world had never seen a perfect man. The more people observed Christ, the more their own sinfulness stood out in stark contrast. That led some to persecute and finally kill Him, apparently thinking that by eliminating the standard they wouldn’t have to keep it.

Psalm 35:19 prophesies that people would hate Christ without just cause. That is true of Christians as well. People don’t necessarily hate us personally but resent the holy standard we represent. They hate Christ, but He isn’t here to receive their hatred, so they lash out at His people. For Savonarola that meant death. For you it might mean social alienation or other forms of persecution.

Whatever comes your way, remember that your present sufferings are not worthy to be compared with the glory you will one day experience (Rom. 8:18). Therefore, “to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing” (1 Pet. 4:13).

Suggestions for Prayer:

When you suffer for Christ’s sake, thank Him for that privilege, recalling how much He suffered for you.

For Further Study:

Before his conversion, the apostle Paul (otherwise known as Saul) violently persecuted Christians, thinking he was doing God a favor. Read Acts 8:1-3, 9:1-31, and 1 Timothy 1:12- 17, noting Paul’s transformation from persecutor to preacher.

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,[/COLOR]