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Psalms 93

Genesis 9:8-17

Acts 27: 13-38

 

Psalms 93  Jehovah reigns, He is clothed in Majesty, and Strength.  There is no evolution of life, no eternal matter to evolve, that is another religion.  Jehovah created the heavens and the Earth, they are fixed and cannot be moved!  His throne is established from eternity.  The oceans, and lakes, and mighty rivers lift up their voices in tribute to their creator.  All the testimonies of man and nature about the faithfulness of Jehovah are true, and His Holiness lives forever.

Genesis 9   Mankind has risen up in rebellion against God in the days preceding Noah, and judgement came in the form of a worldwide flood, where God saved Noah and his family on an ark He instructed Noah to build.  Now that the sun can be refracted through rain drops, we can see the colors of the sunlight divided in the sky as a sign that God has established a covenant to not use floods in judgement against rebellious mankind again.  This does not mean that mankind will not rebellion again, as we see in life and state all around us.  In these last days we will witness Jehovah’s victory against all who rebel against Him, in both the heavens and the earth.

Acts 27   Paul, under arrest and being transported to Rome in the Fall of the year when sailing is most dangerous in the Mediterranean Sea, is on a ship when  a storm arises which threatens them.  Paul had also warned them of impending doom, but they took the chance and set sail anyway, to their dismay.  Now after fourteen days of never-ending contrary winds and rain they are in despair, but an angel has appeared to Paul saying it was important to God for Paul to reach Rome, and He would spare all those on the ship with Him, 276 persons.  This is quite an exciting story of the Mighty hand of God protecting Paul. He delivered Him safe from harm, so that Paul could be taken to Rome and put under house arrest,  for two years.  Once there he solemnly testified to the Roman Jews, using the Torah and the Prophets, and to all who came, the salvation that is available to mankind through Jesus the Messiah.

Paul did not value his life as of any more importance to him than his servitude to Jesus.  1 Corinthians 9.19 “For though I am free from all men, yet I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win some.”  Compare this with the story Jesus told of the Prodigal Sons in Luke 15.11, where the younger son regarded himself a slave through repentance, “Father I have sinned against heaven and against you, just make me a slave around the house, don’t even call me your son.”  While the older son, (whom we never preach about,) regarded himself a slave through rebellion, “I have served you all these years, and never neglected a command of yours.”

Karl