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Query for the Month

of February 2000

 

Next up-date: March 1st, 2000 (God willing).

 

Query:

Response:

To this sort of question I always answer: "What would Jesus do? (in these circumstances) because He said,

John 14:7-11

"If you had known Me, you should have known My Father also: and from henceforth you know Him, and have seen Him."

Philip says to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it suffices us."

Jesus says to him, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known Me, Philip? He that has seen Me has seen the Father; and how say you then, ‘Show us the Father’? Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwells in Me, He does the works."

"Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake."

This shows that They would both react the same way. What sort of works did Jesus do on earth? He tried hard to save the people He met and sent out disciples to those whom He couldn't reach. Acts 10:38; Mark 16:15-16. He healed people who had caused their own sicknesses and cast out the devils who were causing many to harm themselves.

His life in humanity answers that question so fully that it seems superfluous to carry on with any more proof, but many seem to stumble over the words, "I will destroy". They believe that when God says this, He is speaking as a man would speak. But He says:

Isaiah 55:8-9

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

We need to keep reminding ourselves that the God of the Old Testament was the person we know as Jesus in the New. He is the LORD God of Genesis chapter 2:7. It was He who said the words we are investigating in this month's query! And therefore it is He whom many blame for the Flood.

Hebrews 1:1-3 Jesus as the Creator God

God [the Father], who at sundry times and in divers [different] manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds;

Who, being the brightness of His [the Father’s] glory [or character], and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power [He constantly repairs the solar system while Satan is trying to destroy it], when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high...

See also John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16; Ephesians 3:9.

When our loving God speaks in this way, He is telling us that the laws He has set in place to protect His creatures and their universe are being used to destroy them instead. Because He is love and cannot accuse another person, He takes the blame (on "the buck ends here" principle). But He actually warned the people for 120 years and caused His righteous followers to build an ark of safety so that some would not be destroyed.

Genesis 6:12-18

And [the LORD] God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh is come before Me; for [because] the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make you an ark of gopher wood...

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with you will I establish My covenant [God has no favourites, only those who are obedient to His word]; and you shall come into the ark, you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sons' wives with you.

He made the laws (the principles) on which life operates and He says it is His fault that they are being misused. He can say this honestly because when He put the laws in place He also made His creatures with the right of choice, of self-determination, and they are capable of misusing them to their own destruction.

Of the times before the Flood He says,

Genesis 6:5-8

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD [Jesus] that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.

And the LORD [Jesus] said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repents Me that I have made them.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Why does He say it in this way?

Because His creatures had followed a course which was heading to disaster on a cosmic scale! Just as we have uncomprehendingly used CFC gases since 1920 to create a hole in the ozone layer and allowed very harmful UV rays to reach the earth, so the people who lived before the Flood interfered with their environment. Jesus tried to warn them that the result of that interference would affect the whole solar system, but they would not listen!

It is written that at the creation of the earth, Jesus "made TWO GREAT LIGHTS", the sun and the moon. Genesis 1:16. Today we do not see two GREAT lights, but only one with a reflector. What happened?

We are answered in a wonderful promise:-

Isaiah 60:20-21

Your sun shall no more go down [in brightness]; neither shall your moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. Your people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.

Isaiah 30:26

Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the breach of His people, and heals the stroke of their wound.

The change in these two fiery planets was brought about by the actions of the long-lived race who existed before the Flood and this alteration affected the whole of our solar system. The sun diminished to 1/7 of its original splendour and the moon went completely out. This naturally affected all the planets in our solar system and caused the confusion which is so evident today. Many changes took place in the earth at the same time, and the whole thing culminated in Noah's Flood.

But here we have the comfort that in the new world conditions will be back to what they were before the Flood. Two bright lights, a flaming sun AND moon, will keep the atmosphere stable, make available daylight for 24 hours, and provide a protected environment where all can flourish. Even today scientists puzzle over the conditions on the moon's surface where it is obvious that it was once very hot.

At the restoration of the world the water which now covers so much of the earth's surface since the Flood will be back where it belongs - in the sky as a cover to prevent harm from reaching the inhabitants of the earth.

Revelation 21:1

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

The understanding of this experience helps us to rightfully comprehend the many other statements in the Bible which seem to say that our loving Father actually destroyed some of His children. When these words are spoken it is because someone else has taken steps which will lead to disaster. Mostly it was that His people had determined to take a course of action and, short of using force, there was nothing that He could do to stop them and so He was showing them the best way under the circumstances.

Conclusion:

God does not destroy as men do.

When He says that He has or will do so, He is telling us of the results of our actions which are determined by the principles which govern the universe. Since He made the principles (laws) He feels morally bound to take the blame. But He CANNOT alter the laws - they are indispensable in the conditions that exist, including the right to free will which we all possess. This inability to change the law is proved by the fact that He cannot just forgive sin but had to send His Son to pay the penalty of it. Romans 6:23.

 


Spiritual Dictionary:

Does God destroy?:

God does not destroy as men do.

When He says that He has or will do so, He is telling us of the results of our actions which are determined by the principles which govern the universe. Since He made the principles (laws) He feels morally bound to take the blame. But He CANNOT alter the laws - they are indispensable in the conditions that exist, including the right to free will which we all possess. This inability to change the law is proved by the fact that He cannot just forgive sin but had to send His Son to pay the penalty of it. Romans 6:23.


Next thought. To be discussed from March 1st 2000.