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Writing On The Earth

Posted in Bible, Christianity, Christianity, Bible, Truth, Law, Religion, Truth with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2010 by willnotbesilent

For a little change of pace, let’s back away from blasting tradition and just take a look at something fascinating in Scripture.

We’re all familiar with the story of the adulteress who was brought before Jesus in John 8:2-11:

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and the Pharisees bring a woman taken in adultery; and having set her in the midst, they say unto him, Teacher, this woman hath been taken in adultery, in the very act. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such: what then sayest thou of her? And this they said, trying him, that they might have whereof to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground. But when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground. And they, when they heard it, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst. And Jesus lifted up himself, and said unto her, Woman, where are they? did no man condemn thee? And she said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn thee: go thy way; from henceforth sin no more.

Now here’s the Sixty-Four Million Dollar Question: What did Jesus write on the ground that affected the surrounding Pharisees so badly that they couldn’t stick around?

The account of John doesn’t tell us, of course, but amazingly enough, the answer is in Scripture!

O Jehovah, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be put to shame. They that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken Jehovah, the fountain of living waters. — Jeremiah 17:13 [emphasis mine]

What does it mean to be written in the earth? Well, what does it mean to be written in heaven?

Nevertheless in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. — Luke 10:20

We all know that to have one’s name written in heaven is to be a partaker in salvation. Therefore, one can logically conclude that to have your name written in the earth bears the exact opposite connotation — condemnation.

JESUS WAS WRITING THE NAMES OF THE ADULTERESS’ ACCUSERS!

All the Pharisees, being intimately familiar with the writings of Jeremiah, knew exactly what Jesus was doing as He stooped and one by one wrote their names in the dirt. His words, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” only emphasized his message: The Pharisees had forsaken Jehovah, the fountain of living waters — they themselves had committed adultery against God. And here they were, seeking to kill someone guilty of a crime they themselves had committed! Once again, Jesus was pointing out their blatant hypocrisy and reminding them of the condemnation they all faced.

Imagine how disturbing it would be if you were one of the adulteress’ accusers, familiar with the writings of Jeremiah, and you watched Jesus methodically write your name in the dirt, along with the names of all your cohorts. No wonder they left as their names appeared on the ground.

And then the story ends with the ultimate display of mercy. Jesus, the only one present who had no sin, who had every right to cast the first stone, finally rose to His feet.

“Woman, where are they? Did no man condemn thee?”

The woman, perhaps stunned that she wasn’t being stoned at this very moment, could only murmur, “No man, Lord.”

To which Jesus replied in all the love of a Father to a penitent child, “Neither to I condemn thee. Go thy way. From henceforward sin no more.”

Understanding what Jesus was writing in the earth lends a whole new perspective to the story that only magnifies the amazing omniscience, wisdom, and mercy of God. This is what Christianity is all about.

Now here’s the question we should all ask ourselves: If we had been present for the event of John 8:2-11, would Jesus have been writing OUR names in the ground?

Lucifer: Satan’s Proper Name?

Posted in Bible, Christianity, Religion, Truth with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by willnotbesilent

Isaiah 14:12 is the one and only place in Scripture that contains the name “Lucifer”. To point out how rare this reference is, I might also add that the KJV and perhaps a couple other versions are the only Bible translations that contain the name at all.

From this one reference in Isaiah, people take the name of Lucifer and assign it to God’s antithesis, Satan.

Here is where my mind is boggled: How can people possibly conclude that Lucifer is Satan’s proper name?

If one reads Isaiah 12, they will find in the first verse that God, through the prophet Isaiah, is specifically taunting Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian empire. There is no possible way for someone to contextually construe “Lucifer” (verse 12) to refer to Satan.

Indeed, we also know from the name itself that it could not possibly be Satan’s proper name. “Lucifer” is Latin, a compound word consisting of luce (light) and fere (carry or bear). The name “Lucifer” is a transliteration from the Latin copies of Scripture, which had been in turn translated from the Hebrew. Latin is not God’s language. Hebrew is. If Satan (presumed by many to be a fallen angel) has a proper name, it most certainly is not Latin!

We do know, however, that Nebuchadnezzar was often referred to by his people as the “bringer of light” and the “star of the morning”. He was compared by these terms to the morning star, the planet Venus. It was a term of adoration. In this taunt against Babylon, God uses this term in sarcasm, reminding Babylon of how high it once was, and how far it would fall. This is proven by reading this verse in context with the passage, rather than taking the verse by itself and using the enclosed transliteration as a proper name. Even a casual reader can see this is evident.

So next time you hear the name of Lucifer, don’t picture a red guy with horns and a tail who runs around poking people with a pitchfork. Think “bringer of light” and Nebuchadnezzar. As a matter of fact, if you seriously think about it, you’ll quickly realize who the real “bringer of light” is.

Our King and Savior, Jesus Christ.

If anyone has truly earned the name of Lucifer, in its truest sense, it is He. For us to assign the name to Satan would be to call him the “bringer of light”, our source of truth and glory. That, of course, is unacceptable and blasphemous.

Isn’t it amazing how the Enemy manipulates Scripture, going so far as to give himself the name most suited to Christ? Don’t fall for the deception!

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