No Faith: Genesis 16

1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.

~NKJV

Sarah had no patience and her faith in God was running low. When God and the angels visited Abraham and told them Sarah would have a child, she laughed. She didn’t believe and gave Hagar to Abraham to sleep with. Thus, the Ishmaelites were born.

January 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Sodom, Gomorrah, and Lot(s)

In Genesis 19, we read about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and about what happens to Lot. In the verses 4-5, we find that the men of the city are homosexuals,

4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.

~New King James Version

Carnally means: Relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites – The Free Dictionary

Then Lot got rescued by the guests and tried to alert his son-in-laws,

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.

~NKJV

Yet earlier he told the homosexual men,

8 “See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”

Could Lot have lied to those men? Maybe. But the sin continues!

Lot and his family were then told to go to the mountains to be safe from the destruction but he said,

18 Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lords! 19 Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die. 20 See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”

~NKJV

Thus Zoar was not destroyed. Along the way to Zoar, Lot’s wife looked back at Sodom and was turned into a pillar of salt. God wanted to destroy all the sinful people of Sodom and Gomorrah right? So, Lot’s wife, looking  back showed that she loved the city, or proved she would rather live with those people. Okay, moving on, we see Lot and his daughters moving on to Zoar but moving out because Lot felt uncomfortable there. So, he goes to live in a mountain cave. In the mountain cave, Lot’s daughters decide to have sex with him to preserve the family line. So the sin in Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed, yet the sin continued in Lot’s daughters. Lot’s daughters get him drunk and sleep with him and both get pregnant, bearing the two sinful enemies of the Israelites:

  • The Moabites
  • The Ammonites

And the two tribes continued the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.

You see, Lot and his family weren’t exactly righteous, but at least better than the Sodomites. Lot was rescued because of God’s favor on Abraham. God will do anything for a righteous man, won’t he?

January 20, 2011 at 10:33 am 1 comment

Job 2

Observations:

The book of Job talks a lot about mankind and God. The book compares God and man.

The book also is about trials and when God’s people suffer.

Of all of Job’s friends, Elihu rebuked him the most. He used a lot of sarcasm in his speeches.

The book talks a lot about God’s creation and his greatness.

Conclusion:

Who are we to question God? God has his reasons to give us trials. We can pray that God will help us get through it or end it.

Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

New King James Version

January 10, 2011 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Job

I’m reading the book of Job now.

My observations:

He blessed the name of God when he had trials and was tested, something not many will do.

He questioned God though he didn’t curse him.

His friends were the worst comforters I’ve ever heard of. They criticized Job even though they didn’t know the whole picture.

Conclusion:

Job went through the trial, coming out even more blessed than before and with an even greater understanding of God. That’s what sometimes happens to us. Through trials, God takes out our bad habits, bad traits, and put’s in wisdom, better attitude and things like that. We’re kinda like God’s gold, he let’s us have trials to purify and make us more beautiful.

January 7, 2011 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

HAPNEWYEA

HAppy New year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

January 1, 2011 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

Click!

I clicked it. I clicked the “Add New Post” button for no apparent reason. I have another blog where I write my poems, thoughts, and whatever is on my mind. This is the link:

http://myjournalndevotions.wordpress.com/

Well, I shall describe what I did recently.

On the 25th and 26th of September, I was away on a mission trip in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan to 4 Orang Asli villages. It was a great experience and a long BM lesson and practice. I had to speak in BM to the Orang Asli all the time because they did not understand English. At the villages, I saw stilt houses, chicken coops, and chickens. Not to mention the lizards crawling in the darkly lit wood houses (I can say my Mother wouldn’t last a few minutes there). The reason why I went to Jelebu in Negeri Sembilan and not other villages was because I was accompanying my Sunday Schoolmates, my 3 Christian School Of Ministry teachers, and Pastor David Lim, who was visiting 4 of the 14 churches he planted.

The Orang Aslis lived a simple life:

  • Most kids went barefoot.
  • Some men went shirtless in the fields and at home but not to church.
  • 1 meal a day.
  • No small morsels and tidbits.
  • No candy.
  • No brushing teeth.
  • No need to study or  “pergi sekolah.”
  • No birth control. (There were more children than adults)

The Orang Aslis are friendly people. Just smile at them, talk with them, and they would be your newest friends. Unfortunately the life expectancy of their children is very low :cry: , so I don’t know if I’ll see that cute, amusing little girl again (So I’ll pray for her).

If you go to an Orang Asli church service, the worship is awesome! Most villages don’t have musical instruments, but the way they worship is so powerful!

So if I go to the next Mission Trip, I shall bring outgrown shirts, shorts, shoes, dresses, and toys for them.

September 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Albert Einstein’s Religious Views

Mr. Einstein has once said this:

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These […] interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.

How sad…

But he also said this:

“No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”

What I can’t understand is this: If he could feel the actual presence of Jesus, how could he miss the fact that Jesus exists? Of all myths that he ever read, why is it that it was the only “myth” full of life?

I read the Epic of Gilgamish, Greek Myths, and have read a little of Egyptian myths. Those myths are so dead, there is absolutely no feeling in it and those gods in those myths can’t do great things. Those gods aren’t good, great, and have completely no love for humans, and can even die. Everything those gods did were only for themselves, they never cared for humans, and made them for ridiculous reasons.  But Jesus, he’s ALWAYS alive, loving, caring, merciful, and reasonable.


August 21, 2010 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

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