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A question as to the wisdom of mankind in that history teaches us that what we have done in the past 6,000 years has not been very successful, so why do we not get it?

 

Will mankind ever get it?Dr. D. A. Jake Wade, June, 2012
    Any called, caring Pastor or Bible teacher has to have that question pass through his brain once in a while: Will mankind ever get it? With all of our technology and inventions, it seems we are merely fulfilling Solomon's warning that "Man will become a victim of his own inventions" (Ecclesiastes 7:25-29.) And, to this teacher's eye, Satan is benefitting quite handily from the TV, computer, and cell phone. As is the case with anything that this writer pens, this treatise will be supported by the Bible because I believe it.      
Begin with a few postulates:
1.    God and Satan are adversaries (Isaiah 14:9-16; Revelation 12.)
2.    When mankind yields to Satanic influence, he is at enmity with God (Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 2:15.)
3.    God is determined to show Satan that he cannot have the Kingdom or His people (Job; Revelation 20.)
4.    We are the instruments of evidence (testimony.)
a. We are His pawns in a "wager/chess game" with Satan (Job 1.)
b. We are His creation and He wants us to willing to be His children (Hebrews 12:5; I Peter 1:14; I John 3:9, 10.)
     Job is, by consensus of most scholars, the first book written (likely be Moses) in the Bible. In Chapter 1 of that book, God sets Satan about testing of a man, Job, who is loyal to God and hates (eschews) evil (Satanic things.) God tells Satan to try Job and, by inference, be assured by Job's loyalty that he will never give up that loyalty and serve Satan. We know by the bulk of this writing that Satan was brutal to Job yet Job never turned on God. We have this account of loyalty and the rewards (eventually) thereof and yet we do not get it.
     Noah (Genesis 6), because of his faith and loyalty, was the salvation of the human race at that time. God was going to flood the earth and everyone on it until He noted Noah's faith and loyalty. So, God designed an ark for the safety of Noah's family, sparing those eight (8) folks to repopulate the earth after the flood. Violence was God's big beef with mankind, but even with that catastrophic event, man did not get it. We have in our time returned to violent behavior.
     Abraham tried to do God's will his way and blew it with a servant girl. God gave Abram (Abraham's name prior to his growing up) another opportunity to grow into a faith and loyalty position and gave he and Sarai (Sarah, Abraham's wife's name before she quit laughing at God's promise) a son. God tested (I am certain to Satan's chagrin) Abraham's faith loyalty by asking him to sacrifice Isaac on an altar. That faith was attributed to Abraham as righteousness (Romans 4:5) and he was greatly blessed becoming the patriarch of God's "chosen" people. Again, Satan must have been quite miffed. But, we still did not get it.
    Lot was given passage out of Sodom and Gomorrah with his wife and two daughters because sexual perversion had taken the territory and God was going to destroy it. Lot's wife was so curious she could not hearken to God's command not to look back and Lot's two daughters could not wait on God to set up their new lives - they decided to take matters into their own hands and got pregnant by a drunken dad. Satan must have liked that one. But, we still do not get it as sexual perversion is taking over once again.
    Joseph (Isaac's grandson) was shipped to Egypt as a slave, facilitated by jealous and lying brothers. God caused a famine for the whole of the area, but not before Joseph (who eventually gained great favor with the ruler of Egypt) had been told by God of the impending disaster and built silos to store food. The brothers came to seek relief from the famine knowing of the stores of Egypt (Joseph's silos) and eventually brought the whole of the people of Israel. They overstayed their sojourn (430 years) and became a highly oppressed people. God raised up a deliverer in a man named Moses who led them out of the bondage. With all of this, Israel did not get it and all but Joshua and Caleb (of all those who were over 40 years old and from Egypt) were buried in the desert - God denying entrance to the Promised Land (return to the land of Abraham.) God put them in the desert to get the evils of Egypt out of them, but they refused to yield even though God wrote some guidelines for them (The Commandments.)
     Joshua and Caleb and the children born in the desert took possession of the Promised Land routing out most of the idol-worshipping inhabitants in the process. Though God set up Judges to explain and apply the Commandments for them, they drifted into following the ways of neighboring peoples, demanding of God that He provide them with a king (because all the others nations had one.) Prophet Samuel stood up God's first pick for a king for approval by the people. Their rating of Saul (the king to be) was that he was tall and handsome, nothing more. Do we do any better today? I think not. We still do not get it!     
     David, though loyal to God ("a man after My own heart", I Samuel 13:14;16:6-13), succumbed to many a temptation limiting his efficiency as a ruler. His son, Solomon, yielded to the flattery of a visiting queen (Sheba, II Chronicles 9) and, through his pride, lost touch with the wisdom which God had bestowed upon him. His successors to the kingdom split the kingdom (II Chronicles 10-13) and has never been the same since. The northern part of the split (Israel, 10 tribes) never had a king who did not turn to idols. The southern kingdom (Judah, 2 1/2 tribes) had a few kings who returned the nation to God, but at last fell to Babylon just as the northern kingdom had fallen to Syria. Even though God fixed it so that about 60,000 people returned (after 70 years in Babylonian slavery) to rebuild, they became prey to the Roman Empire.
    The Roman Empire was in control when Jesus came from His throne to become our sacrifice for us. Jesus says that He put the Kingdom within us (Luke 17:21.) Hebrews 12 declares those who submit to adoption to be His children subject to discipline and chastisement. We are like "calves in a stall to grow up as His children." (Malachi 4:1-2.)
    Satan has provided every device and distraction necessary to put us off of the Truth (I Timothy 4:1-6; II Timothy 3:1-9; 4:1-5.) We are told that, "It was just another book written by men." We have Darwin's theory to rebuke the Genesis account of the Creation (even though Evolution is a theory and God's Creation in Genesis makes a lot more sense.) The great Flood explains mountains and volcanoes, rivers and seas, dinosaurs and heredity, and evil influences better than any man-made theory, that theory is taught in U.S. schools rather than Creation and the Flood. We still do not get it!
We appear to be more willing to yield to the seducing spirits and the devices of men than to follow sound doctrine (Colossians 2:8.)
 
Expanding more on our beginning postulates:
·         Zechariah 7 & 8 laments that "God's people" are not doing real fasting (Isaiah supports the fasting debacle, Isaiah 58:4-6), nor are the preachers/prophets keeping the Word. It does state that God intends to restore His people.
·         Jesus responds to a challenge in Luke 17:20-37 by revealing that the "Kingdom is within you" and though charlatans may come with false proclamations, heed not to those meanderings. Jesus recalls the time of Noah and the evils in Sodom as reminders that we must get it, but we do not. He adds Lot's wife and warns us not to be curious about the world. The spiritually awake and loyal child who has committed to Jesus has the Kingdom within Him and that spirit will be leaving for Heaven at some time soon (Ecclesiastes 12:7; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.)
·         Paul chides the Jews for demanding a physical ritual as necessary for adoption or being born again (John 3:3) into the family and Kingdom of God (Galatians 6:12-17.) Calvin discounts many religions for putting such a value on water baptism though it has integral import in the process. Nothing physical will take the place of a new heart (Ezekiel 36:25-31), confessing Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-13), or committing one's walk/life to following Jesus (John21:22, 23; Colossians 2:5-15.)
·         John's telling Revelation (Chapter 20) makes it terribly clear that God's accounting system has a group's sins written down in books and another group is written in the "Book of Life" and removed from the other books. The group whose sins are recorded will join Satan in The Lake of Fire and the group in The Lamb's Book of Life will go to Heaven. Now, who does not get it?
    OK, we do not believe the Bible? What if it is true ? What does it cost me to try to follow its guidelines and promises? They really work. Why can we not get it? It is not some club to join, it is the very essence of life itself. The Bible is the best nutritional guide, neighbor watch, and relationship fixer. The only apparent cost of accepting the Bible's guidance is giving up self for a better life. Quite a trade-off! But, Will mankind ever get it? 
Will mankind ever get it?Dr. D. A. Jake Wade, June, 2012
    Any called, caring Pastor or Bible teacher has to have that question pass through his brain once in a while: Will mankind ever get it? With all of our technology and inventions, it seems we are merely fulfilling Solomon's warning that "Man will become a victim of his own inventions" (Ecclesiastes 7:25-29.) And, to this teacher's eye, Satan is benefitting quite handily from the TV, computer, and cell phone. As is the case with anything that this writer pens, this treatise will be supported by the Bible because I believe it.      
Begin with a few postulates:
1.    God and Satan are adversaries (Isaiah 14:9-16; Revelation 12.)
2.    When mankind yields to Satanic influence, he is at enmity with God (Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 2:15.)
3.    God is determined to show Satan that he cannot have the Kingdom or His people (Job; Revelation 20.)
4.    We are the instruments of evidence (testimony.)
a. We are His pawns in a "wager/chess game" with Satan (Job 1.)
b. We are His creation and He wants us to willing to be His children (Hebrews 12:5; I Peter 1:14; I John 3:9, 10.)
     Job is, by consensus of most scholars, the first book written (likely be Moses) in the Bible. In Chapter 1 of that book, God sets Satan about testing of a man, Job, who is loyal to God and hates (eschews) evil (Satanic things.) God tells Satan to try Job and, by inference, be assured by Job's loyalty that he will never give up that loyalty and serve Satan. We know by the bulk of this writing that Satan was brutal to Job yet Job never turned on God. We have this account of loyalty and the rewards (eventually) thereof and yet we do not get it.
     Noah (Genesis 6), because of his faith and loyalty, was the salvation of the human race at that time. God was going to flood the earth and everyone on it until He noted Noah's faith and loyalty. So, God designed an ark for the safety of Noah's family, sparing those eight (8) folks to repopulate the earth after the flood. Violence was God's big beef with mankind, but even with that catastrophic event, man did not get it. We have in our time returned to violent behavior.
     Abraham tried to do God's will his way and blew it with a servant girl. God gave Abram (Abraham's name prior to his growing up) another opportunity to grow into a faith and loyalty position and gave he and Sarai (Sarah, Abraham's wife's name before she quit laughing at God's promise) a son. God tested (I am certain to Satan's chagrin) Abraham's faith loyalty by asking him to sacrifice Isaac on an altar. That faith was attributed to Abraham as righteousness (Romans 4:5) and he was greatly blessed becoming the patriarch of God's "chosen" people. Again, Satan must have been quite miffed. But, we still did not get it.
    Lot was given passage out of Sodom and Gomorrah with his wife and two daughters because sexual perversion had taken the territory and God was going to destroy it. Lot's wife was so curious she could not hearken to God's command not to look back and Lot's two daughters could not wait on God to set up their new lives - they decided to take matters into their own hands and got pregnant by a drunken dad. Satan must have liked that one. But, we still do not get it as sexual perversion is taking over once again.
    Joseph (Isaac's grandson) was shipped to Egypt as a slave, facilitated by jealous and lying brothers. God caused a famine for the whole of the area, but not before Joseph (who eventually gained great favor with the ruler of Egypt) had been told by God of the impending disaster and built silos to store food. The brothers came to seek relief from the famine knowing of the stores of Egypt (Joseph's silos) and eventually brought the whole of the people of Israel. They overstayed their sojourn (430 years) and became a highly oppressed people. God raised up a deliverer in a man named Moses who led them out of the bondage. With all of this, Israel did not get it and all but Joshua and Caleb (of all those who were over 40 years old and from Egypt) were buried in the desert - God denying entrance to the Promised Land (return to the land of Abraham.) God put them in the desert to get the evils of Egypt out of them, but they refused to yield even though God wrote some guidelines for them (The Commandments.)
     Joshua and Caleb and the children born in the desert took possession of the Promised Land routing out most of the idol-worshipping inhabitants in the process. Though God set up Judges to explain and apply the Commandments for them, they drifted into following the ways of neighboring peoples, demanding of God that He provide them with a king (because all the others nations had one.) Prophet Samuel stood up God's first pick for a king for approval by the people. Their rating of Saul (the king to be) was that he was tall and handsome, nothing more. Do we do any better today? I think not. We still do not get it!     
     David, though loyal to God ("a man after My own heart", I Samuel 13:14;16:6-13), succumbed to many a temptation limiting his efficiency as a ruler. His son, Solomon, yielded to the flattery of a visiting queen (Sheba, II Chronicles 9) and, through his pride, lost touch with the wisdom which God had bestowed upon him. His successors to the kingdom split the kingdom (II Chronicles 10-13) and has never been the same since. The northern part of the split (Israel, 10 tribes) never had a king who did not turn to idols. The southern kingdom (Judah, 2 1/2 tribes) had a few kings who returned the nation to God, but at last fell to Babylon just as the northern kingdom had fallen to Syria. Even though God fixed it so that about 60,000 people returned (after 70 years in Babylonian slavery) to rebuild, they became prey to the Roman Empire.
    The Roman Empire was in control when Jesus came from His throne to become our sacrifice for us. Jesus says that He put the Kingdom within us (Luke 17:21.) Hebrews 12 declares those who submit to adoption to be His children subject to discipline and chastisement. We are like "calves in a stall to grow up as His children." (Malachi 4:1-2.)
    Satan has provided every device and distraction necessary to put us off of the Truth (I Timothy 4:1-6; II Timothy 3:1-9; 4:1-5.) We are told that, "It was just another book written by men." We have Darwin's theory to rebuke the Genesis account of the Creation (even though Evolution is a theory and God's Creation in Genesis makes a lot more sense.) The great Flood explains mountains and volcanoes, rivers and seas, dinosaurs and heredity, and evil influences better than any man-made theory, that theory is taught in U.S. schools rather than Creation and the Flood. We still do not get it!
We appear to be more willing to yield to the seducing spirits and the devices of men than to follow sound doctrine (Colossians 2:8.)
 
Expanding more on our beginning postulates:
·         Zechariah 7 & 8 laments that "God's people" are not doing real fasting (Isaiah supports the fasting debacle, Isaiah 58:4-6), nor are the preachers/prophets keeping the Word. It does state that God intends to restore His people.
·         Jesus responds to a challenge in Luke 17:20-37 by revealing that the "Kingdom is within you" and though charlatans may come with false proclamations, heed not to those meanderings. Jesus recalls the time of Noah and the evils in Sodom as reminders that we must get it, but we do not. He adds Lot's wife and warns us not to be curious about the world. The spiritually awake and loyal child who has committed to Jesus has the Kingdom within Him and that spirit will be leaving for Heaven at some time soon (Ecclesiastes 12:7; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.)
·         Paul chides the Jews for demanding a physical ritual as necessary for adoption or being born again (John 3:3) into the family and Kingdom of God (Galatians 6:12-17.) Calvin discounts many religions for putting such a value on water baptism though it has integral import in the process. Nothing physical will take the place of a new heart (Ezekiel 36:25-31), confessing Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-13), or committing one's walk/life to following Jesus (John21:22, 23; Colossians 2:5-15.)
·         John's telling Revelation (Chapter 20) makes it terribly clear that God's accounting system has a group's sins written down in books and another group is written in the "Book of Life" and removed from the other books. The group whose sins are recorded will join Satan in The Lake of Fire and the group in The Lamb's Book of Life will go to Heaven. Now, who does not get it?
    OK, we do not believe the Bible? What if it is true ? What does it cost me to try to follow its guidelines and promises? They really work. Why can we not get it? It is not some club to join, it is the very essence of life itself. The Bible is the best nutritional guide, neighbor watch, and relationship fixer. The only apparent cost of accepting the Bible's guidance is giving up self for a better life. Quite a trade-off! But, Will mankind ever get it? 

 

Will mankind ever get it?Dr. D. A. Jake Wade, June, 2012
    Any called, caring Pastor or Bible teacher has to have that question pass through his brain once in a while: Will mankind ever get it? With all of our technology and inventions, it seems we are merely fulfilling Solomon's warning that "Man will become a victim of his own inventions" (Ecclesiastes 7:25-29.) And, to this teacher's eye, Satan is benefitting quite handily from the TV, computer, and cell phone. As is the case with anything that this writer pens, this treatise will be supported by the Bible because I believe it.      
Begin with a few postulates:
1.    God and Satan are adversaries (Isaiah 14:9-16; Revelation 12.)
2.    When mankind yields to Satanic influence, he is at enmity with God (Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 2:15.)
3.    God is determined to show Satan that he cannot have the Kingdom or His people (Job; Revelation 20.)
4.    We are the instruments of evidence (testimony.)
a. We are His pawns in a "wager/chess game" with Satan (Job 1.)
b. We are His creation and He wants us to willing to be His children (Hebrews 12:5; I Peter 1:14; I John 3:9, 10.)
     Job is, by consensus of most scholars, the first book written (likely be Moses) in the Bible. In Chapter 1 of that book, God sets Satan about testing of a man, Job, who is loyal to God and hates (eschews) evil (Satanic things.) God tells Satan to try Job and, by inference, be assured by Job's loyalty that he will never give up that loyalty and serve Satan. We know by the bulk of this writing that Satan was brutal to Job yet Job never turned on God. We have this account of loyalty and the rewards (eventually) thereof and yet we do not get it.
     Noah (Genesis 6), because of his faith and loyalty, was the salvation of the human race at that time. God was going to flood the earth and everyone on it until He noted Noah's faith and loyalty. So, God designed an ark for the safety of Noah's family, sparing those eight (8) folks to repopulate the earth after the flood. Violence was God's big beef with mankind, but even with that catastrophic event, man did not get it. We have in our time returned to violent behavior.
     Abraham tried to do God's will his way and blew it with a servant girl. God gave Abram (Abraham's name prior to his growing up) another opportunity to grow into a faith and loyalty position and gave he and Sarai (Sarah, Abraham's wife's name before she quit laughing at God's promise) a son. God tested (I am certain to Satan's chagrin) Abraham's faith loyalty by asking him to sacrifice Isaac on an altar. That faith was attributed to Abraham as righteousness (Romans 4:5) and he was greatly blessed becoming the patriarch of God's "chosen" people. Again, Satan must have been quite miffed. But, we still did not get it.
    Lot was given passage out of Sodom and Gomorrah with his wife and two daughters because sexual perversion had taken the territory and God was going to destroy it. Lot's wife was so curious she could not hearken to God's command not to look back and Lot's two daughters could not wait on God to set up their new lives - they decided to take matters into their own hands and got pregnant by a drunken dad. Satan must have liked that one. But, we still do not get it as sexual perversion is taking over once again.
    Joseph (Isaac's grandson) was shipped to Egypt as a slave, facilitated by jealous and lying brothers. God caused a famine for the whole of the area, but not before Joseph (who eventually gained great favor with the ruler of Egypt) had been told by God of the impending disaster and built silos to store food. The brothers came to seek relief from the famine knowing of the stores of Egypt (Joseph's silos) and eventually brought the whole of the people of Israel. They overstayed their sojourn (430 years) and became a highly oppressed people. God raised up a deliverer in a man named Moses who led them out of the bondage. With all of this, Israel did not get it and all but Joshua and Caleb (of all those who were over 40 years old and from Egypt) were buried in the desert - God denying entrance to the Promised Land (return to the land of Abraham.) God put them in the desert to get the evils of Egypt out of them, but they refused to yield even though God wrote some guidelines for them (The Commandments.)
     Joshua and Caleb and the children born in the desert took possession of the Promised Land routing out most of the idol-worshipping inhabitants in the process. Though God set up Judges to explain and apply the Commandments for them, they drifted into following the ways of neighboring peoples, demanding of God that He provide them with a king (because all the others nations had one.) Prophet Samuel stood up God's first pick for a king for approval by the people. Their rating of Saul (the king to be) was that he was tall and handsome, nothing more. Do we do any better today? I think not. We still do not get it!     
     David, though loyal to God ("a man after My own heart", I Samuel 13:14;16:6-13), succumbed to many a temptation limiting his efficiency as a ruler. His son, Solomon, yielded to the flattery of a visiting queen (Sheba, II Chronicles 9) and, through his pride, lost touch with the wisdom which God had bestowed upon him. His successors to the kingdom split the kingdom (II Chronicles 10-13) and has never been the same since. The northern part of the split (Israel, 10 tribes) never had a king who did not turn to idols. The southern kingdom (Judah, 2 1/2 tribes) had a few kings who returned the nation to God, but at last fell to Babylon just as the northern kingdom had fallen to Syria. Even though God fixed it so that about 60,000 people returned (after 70 years in Babylonian slavery) to rebuild, they became prey to the Roman Empire.
    The Roman Empire was in control when Jesus came from His throne to become our sacrifice for us. Jesus says that He put the Kingdom within us (Luke 17:21.) Hebrews 12 declares those who submit to adoption to be His children subject to discipline and chastisement. We are like "calves in a stall to grow up as His children." (Malachi 4:1-2.)
    Satan has provided every device and distraction necessary to put us off of the Truth (I Timothy 4:1-6; II Timothy 3:1-9; 4:1-5.) We are told that, "It was just another book written by men." We have Darwin's theory to rebuke the Genesis account of the Creation (even though Evolution is a theory and God's Creation in Genesis makes a lot more sense.) The great Flood explains mountains and volcanoes, rivers and seas, dinosaurs and heredity, and evil influences better than any man-made theory, that theory is taught in U.S. schools rather than Creation and the Flood. We still do not get it!
We appear to be more willing to yield to the seducing spirits and the devices of men than to follow sound doctrine (Colossians 2:8.)
 
Expanding more on our beginning postulates:
·         Zechariah 7 & 8 laments that "God's people" are not doing real fasting (Isaiah supports the fasting debacle, Isaiah 58:4-6), nor are the preachers/prophets keeping the Word. It does state that God intends to restore His people.
·         Jesus responds to a challenge in Luke 17:20-37 by revealing that the "Kingdom is within you" and though charlatans may come with false proclamations, heed not to those meanderings. Jesus recalls the time of Noah and the evils in Sodom as reminders that we must get it, but we do not. He adds Lot's wife and warns us not to be curious about the world. The spiritually awake and loyal child who has committed to Jesus has the Kingdom within Him and that spirit will be leaving for Heaven at some time soon (Ecclesiastes 12:7; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.)
·         Paul chides the Jews for demanding a physical ritual as necessary for adoption or being born again (John 3:3) into the family and Kingdom of God (Galatians 6:12-17.) Calvin discounts many religions for putting such a value on water baptism though it has integral import in the process. Nothing physical will take the place of a new heart (Ezekiel 36:25-31), confessing Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-13), or committing one's walk/life to following Jesus (John21:22, 23; Colossians 2:5-15.)
·         John's telling Revelation (Chapter 20) makes it terribly clear that God's accounting system has a group's sins written down in books and another group is written in the "Book of Life" and removed from the other books. The group whose sins are recorded will join Satan in The Lake of Fire and the group in The Lamb's Book of Life will go to Heaven. Now, who does not get it?
    OK, we do not believe the Bible? What if it is true ? What does it cost me to try to follow its guidelines and promises? They really work. Why can we not get it? It is not some club to join, it is the very essence of life itself. The Bible is the best nutritional guide, neighbor watch, and relationship fixer. The only apparent cost of accepting the Bible's guidance is giving up self for a better life. Quite a trade-off! But, Will mankind ever get it? 
Will mankind ever get it?Dr. D. A. Jake Wade, June, 2012
    Any called, caring Pastor or Bible teacher has to have that question pass through his brain once in a while: Will mankind ever get it? With all of our technology and inventions, it seems we are merely fulfilling Solomon's warning that "Man will become a victim of his own inventions" (Ecclesiastes 7:25-29.) And, to this teacher's eye, Satan is benefitting quite handily from the TV, computer, and cell phone. As is the case with anything that this writer pens, this treatise will be supported by the Bible because I believe it.      
Begin with a few postulates:
1.    God and Satan are adversaries (Isaiah 14:9-16; Revelation 12.)
2.    When mankind yields to Satanic influence, he is at enmity with God (Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 2:15.)
3.    God is determined to show Satan that he cannot have the Kingdom or His people (Job; Revelation 20.)
4.    We are the instruments of evidence (testimony.)
a. We are His pawns in a "wager/chess game" with Satan (Job 1.)
b. We are His creation and He wants us to willing to be His children (Hebrews 12:5; I Peter 1:14; I John 3:9, 10.)
     Job is, by consensus of most scholars, the first book written (likely be Moses) in the Bible. In Chapter 1 of that book, God sets Satan about testing of a man, Job, who is loyal to God and hates (eschews) evil (Satanic things.) God tells Satan to try Job and, by inference, be assured by Job's loyalty that he will never give up that loyalty and serve Satan. We know by the bulk of this writing that Satan was brutal to Job yet Job never turned on God. We have this account of loyalty and the rewards (eventually) thereof and yet we do not get it.
     Noah (Genesis 6), because of his faith and loyalty, was the salvation of the human race at that time. God was going to flood the earth and everyone on it until He noted Noah's faith and loyalty. So, God designed an ark for the safety of Noah's family, sparing those eight (8) folks to repopulate the earth after the flood. Violence was God's big beef with mankind, but even with that catastrophic event, man did not get it. We have in our time returned to violent behavior.
     Abraham tried to do God's will his way and blew it with a servant girl. God gave Abram (Abraham's name prior to his growing up) another opportunity to grow into a faith and loyalty position and gave he and Sarai (Sarah, Abraham's wife's name before she quit laughing at God's promise) a son. God tested (I am certain to Satan's chagrin) Abraham's faith loyalty by asking him to sacrifice Isaac on an altar. That faith was attributed to Abraham as righteousness (Romans 4:5) and he was greatly blessed becoming the patriarch of God's "chosen" people. Again, Satan must have been quite miffed. But, we still did not get it.
    Lot was given passage out of Sodom and Gomorrah with his wife and two daughters because sexual perversion had taken the territory and God was going to destroy it. Lot's wife was so curious she could not hearken to God's command not to look back and Lot's two daughters could not wait on God to set up their new lives - they decided to take matters into their own hands and got pregnant by a drunken dad. Satan must have liked that one. But, we still do not get it as sexual perversion is taking over once again.
    Joseph (Isaac's grandson) was shipped to Egypt as a slave, facilitated by jealous and lying brothers. God caused a famine for the whole of the area, but not before Joseph (who eventually gained great favor with the ruler of Egypt) had been told by God of the impending disaster and built silos to store food. The brothers came to seek relief from the famine knowing of the stores of Egypt (Joseph's silos) and eventually brought the whole of the people of Israel. They overstayed their sojourn (430 years) and became a highly oppressed people. God raised up a deliverer in a man named Moses who led them out of the bondage. With all of this, Israel did not get it and all but Joshua and Caleb (of all those who were over 40 years old and from Egypt) were buried in the desert - God denying entrance to the Promised Land (return to the land of Abraham.) God put them in the desert to get the evils of Egypt out of them, but they refused to yield even though God wrote some guidelines for them (The Commandments.)
     Joshua and Caleb and the children born in the desert took possession of the Promised Land routing out most of the idol-worshipping inhabitants in the process. Though God set up Judges to explain and apply the Commandments for them, they drifted into following the ways of neighboring peoples, demanding of God that He provide them with a king (because all the others nations had one.) Prophet Samuel stood up God's first pick for a king for approval by the people. Their rating of Saul (the king to be) was that he was tall and handsome, nothing more. Do we do any better today? I think not. We still do not get it!     
     David, though loyal to God ("a man after My own heart", I Samuel 13:14;16:6-13), succumbed to many a temptation limiting his efficiency as a ruler. His son, Solomon, yielded to the flattery of a visiting queen (Sheba, II Chronicles 9) and, through his pride, lost touch with the wisdom which God had bestowed upon him. His successors to the kingdom split the kingdom (II Chronicles 10-13) and has never been the same since. The northern part of the split (Israel, 10 tribes) never had a king who did not turn to idols. The southern kingdom (Judah, 2 1/2 tribes) had a few kings who returned the nation to God, but at last fell to Babylon just as the northern kingdom had fallen to Syria. Even though God fixed it so that about 60,000 people returned (after 70 years in Babylonian slavery) to rebuild, they became prey to the Roman Empire.
    The Roman Empire was in control when Jesus came from His throne to become our sacrifice for us. Jesus says that He put the Kingdom within us (Luke 17:21.) Hebrews 12 declares those who submit to adoption to be His children subject to discipline and chastisement. We are like "calves in a stall to grow up as His children." (Malachi 4:1-2.)
    Satan has provided every device and distraction necessary to put us off of the Truth (I Timothy 4:1-6; II Timothy 3:1-9; 4:1-5.) We are told that, "It was just another book written by men." We have Darwin's theory to rebuke the Genesis account of the Creation (even though Evolution is a theory and God's Creation in Genesis makes a lot more sense.) The great Flood explains mountains and volcanoes, rivers and seas, dinosaurs and heredity, and evil influences better than any man-made theory, that theory is taught in U.S. schools rather than Creation and the Flood. We still do not get it!
We appear to be more willing to yield to the seducing spirits and the devices of men than to follow sound doctrine (Colossians 2:8.)
 
Expanding more on our beginning postulates:
·         Zechariah 7 & 8 laments that "God's people" are not doing real fasting (Isaiah supports the fasting debacle, Isaiah 58:4-6), nor are the preachers/prophets keeping the Word. It does state that God intends to restore His people.
·         Jesus responds to a challenge in Luke 17:20-37 by revealing that the "Kingdom is within you" and though charlatans may come with false proclamations, heed not to those meanderings. Jesus recalls the time of Noah and the evils in Sodom as reminders that we must get it, but we do not. He adds Lot's wife and warns us not to be curious about the world. The spiritually awake and loyal child who has committed to Jesus has the Kingdom within Him and that spirit will be leaving for Heaven at some time soon (Ecclesiastes 12:7; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.)
·         Paul chides the Jews for demanding a physical ritual as necessary for adoption or being born again (John 3:3) into the family and Kingdom of God (Galatians 6:12-17.) Calvin discounts many religions for putting such a value on water baptism though it has integral import in the process. Nothing physical will take the place of a new heart (Ezekiel 36:25-31), confessing Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-13), or committing one's walk/life to following Jesus (John21:22, 23; Colossians 2:5-15.)
·         John's telling Revelation (Chapter 20) makes it terribly clear that God's accounting system has a group's sins written down in books and another group is written in the "Book of Life" and removed from the other books. The group whose sins are recorded will join Satan in The Lake of Fire and the group in The Lamb's Book of Life will go to Heaven. Now, who does not get it?
    OK, we do not believe the Bible? What if it is true ? What does it cost me to try to follow its guidelines and promises? They really work. Why can we not get it? It is not some club to join, it is the very essence of life itself. The Bible is the best nutritional guide, neighbor watch, and relationship fixer. The only apparent cost of accepting the Bible's guidance is giving up self for a better life. Quite a trade-off! But, Will mankind ever get it? 
Will mankind ever get it?Dr. D. A. Jake Wade, June, 2012
    Any called, caring Pastor or Bible teacher has to have that question pass through his brain once in a while: Will mankind ever get it? With all of our technology and inventions, it seems we are merely fulfilling Solomon's warning that "Man will become a victim of his own inventions" (Ecclesiastes 7:25-29.) And, to this teacher's eye, Satan is benefitting quite handily from the TV, computer, and cell phone. As is the case with anything that this writer pens, this treatise will be supported by the Bible because I believe it.      
Begin with a few postulates:
1.    God and Satan are adversaries (Isaiah 14:9-16; Revelation 12.)
2.    When mankind yields to Satanic influence, he is at enmity with God (Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 2:15.)
3.    God is determined to show Satan that he cannot have the Kingdom or His people (Job; Revelation 20.)
4.    We are the instruments of evidence (testimony.)
a. We are His pawns in a "wager/chess game" with Satan (Job 1.)
b. We are His creation and He wants us to willing to be His children (Hebrews 12:5; I Peter 1:14; I John 3:9, 10.)
     Job is, by consensus of most scholars, the first book written (likely be Moses) in the Bible. In Chapter 1 of that book, God sets Satan about testing of a man, Job, who is loyal to God and hates (eschews) evil (Satanic things.) God tells Satan to try Job and, by inference, be assured by Job's loyalty that he will never give up that loyalty and serve Satan. We know by the bulk of this writing that Satan was brutal to Job yet Job never turned on God. We have this account of loyalty and the rewards (eventually) thereof and yet we do not get it.
     Noah (Genesis 6), because of his faith and loyalty, was the salvation of the human race at that time. God was going to flood the earth and everyone on it until He noted Noah's faith and loyalty. So, God designed an ark for the safety of Noah's family, sparing those eight (8) folks to repopulate the earth after the flood. Violence was God's big beef with mankind, but even with that catastrophic event, man did not get it. We have in our time returned to violent behavior.
     Abraham tried to do God's will his way and blew it with a servant girl. God gave Abram (Abraham's name prior to his growing up) another opportunity to grow into a faith and loyalty position and gave he and Sarai (Sarah, Abraham's wife's name before she quit laughing at God's promise) a son. God tested (I am certain to Satan's chagrin) Abraham's faith loyalty by asking him to sacrifice Isaac on an altar. That faith was attributed to Abraham as righteousness (Romans 4:5) and he was greatly blessed becoming the patriarch of God's "chosen" people. Again, Satan must have been quite miffed. But, we still did not get it.
    Lot was given passage out of Sodom and Gomorrah with his wife and two daughters because sexual perversion had taken the territory and God was going to destroy it. Lot's wife was so curious she could not hearken to God's command not to look back and Lot's two daughters could not wait on God to set up their new lives - they decided to take matters into their own hands and got pregnant by a drunken dad. Satan must have liked that one. But, we still do not get it as sexual perversion is taking over once again.
    Joseph (Isaac's grandson) was shipped to Egypt as a slave, facilitated by jealous and lying brothers. God caused a famine for the whole of the area, but not before Joseph (who eventually gained great favor with the ruler of Egypt) had been told by God of the impending disaster and built silos to store food. The brothers came to seek relief from the famine knowing of the stores of Egypt (Joseph's silos) and eventually brought the whole of the people of Israel. They overstayed their sojourn (430 years) and became a highly oppressed people. God raised up a deliverer in a man named Moses who led them out of the bondage. With all of this, Israel did not get it and all but Joshua and Caleb (of all those who were over 40 years old and from Egypt) were buried in the desert - God denying entrance to the Promised Land (return to the land of Abraham.) God put them in the desert to get the evils of Egypt out of them, but they refused to yield even though God wrote some guidelines for them (The Commandments.)
     Joshua and Caleb and the children born in the desert took possession of the Promised Land routing out most of the idol-worshipping inhabitants in the process. Though God set up Judges to explain and apply the Commandments for them, they drifted into following the ways of neighboring peoples, demanding of God that He provide them with a king (because all the others nations had one.) Prophet Samuel stood up God's first pick for a king for approval by the people. Their rating of Saul (the king to be) was that he was tall and handsome, nothing more. Do we do any better today? I think not. We still do not get it!     
     David, though loyal to God ("a man after My own heart", I Samuel 13:14;16:6-13), succumbed to many a temptation limiting his efficiency as a ruler. His son, Solomon, yielded to the flattery of a visiting queen (Sheba, II Chronicles 9) and, through his pride, lost touch with the wisdom which God had bestowed upon him. His successors to the kingdom split the kingdom (II Chronicles 10-13) and has never been the same since. The northern part of the split (Israel, 10 tribes) never had a king who did not turn to idols. The southern kingdom (Judah, 2 1/2 tribes) had a few kings who returned the nation to God, but at last fell to Babylon just as the northern kingdom had fallen to Syria. Even though God fixed it so that about 60,000 people returned (after 70 years in Babylonian slavery) to rebuild, they became prey to the Roman Empire.
    The Roman Empire was in control when Jesus came from His throne to become our sacrifice for us. Jesus says that He put the Kingdom within us (Luke 17:21.) Hebrews 12 declares those who submit to adoption to be His children subject to discipline and chastisement. We are like "calves in a stall to grow up as His children." (Malachi 4:1-2.)
    Satan has provided every device and distraction necessary to put us off of the Truth (I Timothy 4:1-6; II Timothy 3:1-9; 4:1-5.) We are told that, "It was just another book written by men." We have Darwin's theory to rebuke the Genesis account of the Creation (even though Evolution is a theory and God's Creation in Genesis makes a lot more sense.) The great Flood explains mountains and volcanoes, rivers and seas, dinosaurs and heredity, and evil influences better than any man-made theory, that theory is taught in U.S. schools rather than Creation and the Flood. We still do not get it!
We appear to be more willing to yield to the seducing spirits and the devices of men than to follow sound doctrine (Colossians 2:8.)
 
Expanding more on our beginning postulates:
·         Zechariah 7 & 8 laments that "God's people" are not doing real fasting (Isaiah supports the fasting debacle, Isaiah 58:4-6), nor are the preachers/prophets keeping the Word. It does state that God intends to restore His people.
·         Jesus responds to a challenge in Luke 17:20-37 by revealing that the "Kingdom is within you" and though charlatans may come with false proclamations, heed not to those meanderings. Jesus recalls the time of Noah and the evils in Sodom as reminders that we must get it, but we do not. He adds Lot's wife and warns us not to be curious about the world. The spiritually awake and loyal child who has committed to Jesus has the Kingdom within Him and that spirit will be leaving for Heaven at some time soon (Ecclesiastes 12:7; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.)
·         Paul chides the Jews for demanding a physical ritual as necessary for adoption or being born again (John 3:3) into the family and Kingdom of God (Galatians 6:12-17.) Calvin discounts many religions for putting such a value on water baptism though it has integral import in the process. Nothing physical will take the place of a new heart (Ezekiel 36:25-31), confessing Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-13), or committing one's walk/life to following Jesus (John21:22, 23; Colossians 2:5-15.)
·         John's telling Revelation (Chapter 20) makes it terribly clear that God's accounting system has a group's sins written down in books and another group is written in the "Book of Life" and removed from the other books. The group whose sins are recorded will join Satan in The Lake of Fire and the group in The Lamb's Book of Life will go to Heaven. Now, who does not get it?
    OK, we do not believe the Bible? What if it is true ? What does it cost me to try to follow its guidelines and promises? They really work. Why can we not get it? It is not some club to join, it is the very essence of life itself. The Bible is the best nutritional guide, neighbor watch, and relationship fixer. The only apparent cost of accepting the Bible's guidance is giving up self for a better life. Quite a trade-off! But, Will mankind ever get it? 
Will mankind ever get it?Dr. D. A. Jake Wade, June, 2012
    Any called, caring Pastor or Bible teacher has to have that question pass through his brain once in a while: Will mankind ever get it? With all of our technology and inventions, it seems we are merely fulfilling Solomon's warning that "Man will become a victim of his own inventions" (Ecclesiastes 7:25-29.) And, to this teacher's eye, Satan is benefitting quite handily from the TV, computer, and cell phone. As is the case with anything that this writer pens, this treatise will be supported by the Bible because I believe it.      
Begin with a few postulates:
1.    God and Satan are adversaries (Isaiah 14:9-16; Revelation 12.)
2.    When mankind yields to Satanic influence, he is at enmity with God (Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 2:15.)
3.    God is determined to show Satan that he cannot have the Kingdom or His people (Job; Revelation 20.)
4.    We are the instruments of evidence (testimony.)
a. We are His pawns in a "wager/chess game" with Satan (Job 1.)
b. We are His creation and He wants us to willing to be His children (Hebrews 12:5; I Peter 1:14; I John 3:9, 10.)
     Job is, by consensus of most scholars, the first book written (likely be Moses) in the Bible. In Chapter 1 of that book, God sets Satan about testing of a man, Job, who is loyal to God and hates (eschews) evil (Satanic things.) God tells Satan to try Job and, by inference, be assured by Job's loyalty that he will never give up that loyalty and serve Satan. We know by the bulk of this writing that Satan was brutal to Job yet Job never turned on God. We have this account of loyalty and the rewards (eventually) thereof and yet we do not get it.
     Noah (Genesis 6), because of his faith and loyalty, was the salvation of the human race at that time. God was going to flood the earth and everyone on it until He noted Noah's faith and loyalty. So, God designed an ark for the safety of Noah's family, sparing those eight (8) folks to repopulate the earth after the flood. Violence was God's big beef with mankind, but even with that catastrophic event, man did not get it. We have in our time returned to violent behavior.
     Abraham tried to do God's will his way and blew it with a servant girl. God gave Abram (Abraham's name prior to his growing up) another opportunity to grow into a faith and loyalty position and gave he and Sarai (Sarah, Abraham's wife's name before she quit laughing at God's promise) a son. God tested (I am certain to Satan's chagrin) Abraham's faith loyalty by asking him to sacrifice Isaac on an altar. That faith was attributed to Abraham as righteousness (Romans 4:5) and he was greatly blessed becoming the patriarch of God's "chosen" people. Again, Satan must have been quite miffed. But, we still did not get it.
    Lot was given passage out of Sodom and Gomorrah with his wife and two daughters because sexual perversion had taken the territory and God was going to destroy it. Lot's wife was so curious she could not hearken to God's command not to look back and Lot's two daughters could not wait on God to set up their new lives - they decided to take matters into their own hands and got pregnant by a drunken dad. Satan must have liked that one. But, we still do not get it as sexual perversion is taking over once again.
    Joseph (Isaac's grandson) was shipped to Egypt as a slave, facilitated by jealous and lying brothers. God caused a famine for the whole of the area, but not before Joseph (who eventually gained great favor with the ruler of Egypt) had been told by God of the impending disaster and built silos to store food. The brothers came to seek relief from the famine knowing of the stores of Egypt (Joseph's silos) and eventually brought the whole of the people of Israel. They overstayed their sojourn (430 years) and became a highly oppressed people. God raised up a deliverer in a man named Moses who led them out of the bondage. With all of this, Israel did not get it and all but Joshua and Caleb (of all those who were over 40 years old and from Egypt) were buried in the desert - God denying entrance to the Promised Land (return to the land of Abraham.) God put them in the desert to get the evils of Egypt out of them, but they refused to yield even though God wrote some guidelines for them (The Commandments.)
     Joshua and Caleb and the children born in the desert took possession of the Promised Land routing out most of the idol-worshipping inhabitants in the process. Though God set up Judges to explain and apply the Commandments for them, they drifted into following the ways of neighboring peoples, demanding of God that He provide them with a king (because all the others nations had one.) Prophet Samuel stood up God's first pick for a king for approval by the people. Their rating of Saul (the king to be) was that he was tall and handsome, nothing more. Do we do any better today? I think not. We still do not get it!     
     David, though loyal to God ("a man after My own heart", I Samuel 13:14;16:6-13), succumbed to many a temptation limiting his efficiency as a ruler. His son, Solomon, yielded to the flattery of a visiting queen (Sheba, II Chronicles 9) and, through his pride, lost touch with the wisdom which God had bestowed upon him. His successors to the kingdom split the kingdom (II Chronicles 10-13) and has never been the same since. The northern part of the split (Israel, 10 tribes) never had a king who did not turn to idols. The southern kingdom (Judah, 2 1/2 tribes) had a few kings who returned the nation to God, but at last fell to Babylon just as the northern kingdom had fallen to Syria. Even though God fixed it so that about 60,000 people returned (after 70 years in Babylonian slavery) to rebuild, they became prey to the Roman Empire.
    The Roman Empire was in control when Jesus came from His throne to become our sacrifice for us. Jesus says that He put the Kingdom within us (Luke 17:21.) Hebrews 12 declares those who submit to adoption to be His children subject to discipline and chastisement. We are like "calves in a stall to grow up as His children." (Malachi 4:1-2.)
    Satan has provided every device and distraction necessary to put us off of the Truth (I Timothy 4:1-6; II Timothy 3:1-9; 4:1-5.) We are told that, "It was just another book written by men." We have Darwin's theory to rebuke the Genesis account of the Creation (even though Evolution is a theory and God's Creation in Genesis makes a lot more sense.) The great Flood explains mountains and volcanoes, rivers and seas, dinosaurs and heredity, and evil influences better than any man-made theory, that theory is taught in U.S. schools rather than Creation and the Flood. We still do not get it!
We appear to be more willing to yield to the seducing spirits and the devices of men than to follow sound doctrine (Colossians 2:8.)
 
Expanding more on our beginning postulates:
·         Zechariah 7 & 8 laments that "God's people" are not doing real fasting (Isaiah supports the fasting debacle, Isaiah 58:4-6), nor are the preachers/prophets keeping the Word. It does state that God intends to restore His people.
·         Jesus responds to a challenge in Luke 17:20-37 by revealing that the "Kingdom is within you" and though charlatans may come with false proclamations, heed not to those meanderings. Jesus recalls the time of Noah and the evils in Sodom as reminders that we must get it, but we do not. He adds Lot's wife and warns us not to be curious about the world. The spiritually awake and loyal child who has committed to Jesus has the Kingdom within Him and that spirit will be leaving for Heaven at some time soon (Ecclesiastes 12:7; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.)
·         Paul chides the Jews for demanding a physical ritual as necessary for adoption or being born again (John 3:3) into the family and Kingdom of God (Galatians 6:12-17.) Calvin discounts many religions for putting such a value on water baptism though it has integral import in the process. Nothing physical will take the place of a new heart (Ezekiel 36:25-31), confessing Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-13), or committing one's walk/life to following Jesus (John21:22, 23; Colossians 2:5-15.)
·         John's telling Revelation (Chapter 20) makes it terribly clear that God's accounting system has a group's sins written down in books and another group is written in the "Book of Life" and removed from the other books. The group whose sins are recorded will join Satan in The Lake of Fire and the group in The Lamb's Book of Life will go to Heaven. Now, who does not get it?
    OK, we do not believe the Bible? What if it is true ? What does it cost me to try to follow its guidelines and promises? They really work. Why can we not get it? It is not some club to join, it is the very essence of life itself. The Bible is the best nutritional guide, neighbor watch, and relationship fixer. The only apparent cost of accepting the Bible's guidance is giving up self for a better life. Quite a trade-off! But, Will mankind ever get it? 
 



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