If Freedom Isn’t Free, What Is It?

5 Apr

April 04, 2015

Proverbs Chapter 27

5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Proverbs Chapter 13

A WISE son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth
not rebuke.

Revelation Chapter 5

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and
repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice,
and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and
he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne,
even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his
throne.

I wanted to talk about some good news, very good news. Because i remember the first time God rebuked me. I was shocked! and very sad, because i was just getting to know God, and it made me really sad that God rebuked me. But then, after studying Scripture, i learned that God rebukes those He and She loves. My Mother rebuked me a few times. At first i was sad, but afterwards, i was a lot happier, actually. And if you ever get rebuked by God, you should be very happy! Let me tell you why.

Three things come to mind quickly – first, if God rebukes you that means that God loves you very much! Second, if God rebukes you, that means God is talking to you! That’s also very good! and also, if God rebukes you, that means you also hear God talking to you! So these three things agree in one. It is very good.

I thought about the poor guy who said he would kill God’s animals for a dollar. I thought, well, about all he could buy with a dollar would be a cup of soup. And how sad is he going to be, when he gets to Heaven, and they turn him away, because he sold his birthright for a cup of soup. When i see people killing animals, i feel sorry for the people. The animals will die, and go to Heaven. I think Heaven is going to be full of animals. But the people, oh, they have no idea. And so i just feel sorry for them. But, in a way i don’t. Because the one guy i know, he drives around with a Bible in his car. So i figure he must have read the Bible, and read where it said Thou shalt not kill, and he said Oh i don’t believe in God’s Word. I don’t care what God said, i’m going to go out and kill an animal for a dollar. NOt only is it willful disobedience, it is a refusal to obey. I thought, it’s too easy. It’s too easy to kill, don’t you think? I mean anybody can take a gun and shoot an unarmed innocent animal. But that is really mean, and i wonder why people would do that. Then i thought, maybe the animals are there to tempt people, to see if they will kill them. But God says He will not tempt anyone. So i realize, a little animal being shot and killed, that little animal running out in front of a killer who loves to kill with his gun, it’s like a bottle of Scotch in front of an alcoholic. The killer can’t resist to kill an innocent being. It’s like some guy who can’t resist heroin or something. I don’t really know. The killers enjoy killing so much they take the corpses and put them in their houses.

I also thought it is kind of like some of the modern day churches. I actually saw a guy do this on youtube once, kind of. The preacher reads from the Scripture a few verses. And then the preacher just chucks the Bible, and says “We don’t believe that anyway. We just ignore all that and do whatever we want”. And then everybody is happy, because the chaplain tells them to follow the popular commandments of men. Just do whatever you want, he tells them. I started to laugh, but then i realized, it is not funny at all. It’s very sad.

I had another thought too. There are multitudes of Angels in Heaven, and they had to get there somehow.

And i thought about how animals talk to each other. Cats and dogs, birds, all the animals can communicate to each other. But people are not smart enough to communicate with the animals. They can’t even hear the language, let alone learn it. But because many people think animals are dumb, they don’t believe that it can be done. And so they don’t even try.

Isaiah Chapter ONe

THE vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning
Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and
Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the L ORD hath spoken, I
have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled
against me.
3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel
doth not know, my people doth not consider.
4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the L ORD, they have
provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away
backward.
5 ¶ Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and
more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness
in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not
been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your
land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as
overthrown by strangers.
8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a
lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we
should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto
Gomorrah.
10 ¶ Hear the word of the L ORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto
the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith
the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed
beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of
he goats.
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at
your hand, to tread my courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me;
the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot
away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they
are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from
you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands
are full of blood.
16 ¶ Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings
from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the
fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the L ORD: though
your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be
red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword:
for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
21 ¶ How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of
judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one
loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the
fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
24 Therefore saith the Lord, the L ORD of hosts, the mighty One of
Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of
mine enemies:
25 ¶ And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy
dross, and take away all thy tin:
26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellers as
at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of
righteousness, the faithful city.
27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with
righteousness.
28 ¶ And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall
be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and
ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that
hath no water.
31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and
they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

CHAPTER 2

THE word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and
Jerusalem.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the
LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and
shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to
the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he
will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of
Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the L ORD from
Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many
people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their
spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against
nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the
LORD.
6 ¶ Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob,
because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like
the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of
strangers.
7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of
their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any
end of their chariots:
8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own
hands, that which their own fingers have made:
9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth
himself: therefore forgive them not.
10 ¶ Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the
LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.
11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of
men shall be bowed down, and the L ORD alone shall be exalted in
that day.
12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is
proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be
brought low:
13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up,
and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are
lifted up,
15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the
haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the L ORD alone shall be
exalted in that day.
18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of
the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when
he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of
gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles
and to the bats;
21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged
rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he
ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is
he to be accounted of?

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