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“There exists a vanity that is carried out on the earth, that there exist righteous ones

to whom it is happening as if for the work of the wicked ones, and there exist wicked

ones to whom it is happening as if for the work of the righteous ones.

I said that this too is vanity.”

Ecclesiastes 8:14

Do Not Blame God_Trust Him In Everything

The righteous seem to receive all of the bad things, and the wicked
seem to go through life unscathed, untouched. They have the big
cars and the nice houses on the hill. They can take fancy vacations.
Nothing bad ever seems to happen to them.

A main reason that I Peter 2:18-24 was written is to warn us that
sometimes the innocent are caught in God’s justice. They will have
to suffer for something that they have not caused. The test for
us is whether we will be able to accept God’s justice, His judgment,
and take it in the same spirit that Christ did. If anyone could ever
cry out, “Unfair! Unfair!” Jesus Christ would have to be the One.

How about us? What trials have we gone through, in which we did
not cause the trial but became caught in somebody else’s sin?
It is very easy in such cases to cry out to God, “Unfair! Unfair!
God, why are You allowing this to happen to me?”
The implication of our complaint is, “After all the good things
that I’ve done for You, God, You treat me like this.”
We are, in effect, trying to vindicate ourselves.
We become frustrated and accusative, never even stopping to
think that, if we received truly fair treatment, we would get
what happened to Nadab and Abihu and Ananias and Sapphira!

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[In regards to Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron, please read Leviticus 10:1-3]

It would seem that God’s intent in the passage was not to draw
our attention to the exact violation itself but the attitude of the
men who violated God’s law.

They betrayed a carelessness, an irreverence, a want of faith,
most surprising and lamentable. A precedent of such evil tendency
was dangerous, and it was imperatively necessary, therefore,
as well for the priests themselves as for the sacred things, that
a marked expression of the divine displeasure should be given
for doing that which “God commanded them not.”

The hearts of Nadab and Abihu were that which really were
judged that day when God consumed them by fire. Their deeds
of recklessness and disobedience merely indicated the rebellion
of their own dark hearts.

{Death of Nadab and Abihu and its implications as explained by Jacob Allee}

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[In regards to Ananias and Sapphira, please read Acts 5:1-11]

{Their brashness of offering false worship to God revealed their evil hearts}

Almighty God Yahweh/Jehovah wants to see if we have faith
in His judgment, in Him as an absolutely Perfect Judge.
Do we trust Him, or do we only trust Him when the going is good?

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John W. Ritenbaugh
Excerpted from: Justice and Grace



The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

a good understanding have all they that do His commandments:

His praise endureth for ever.

Psalms 111:10

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Proverbs 1 to 10   =   Counsel for Young Men

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“Wise Up!” … Worship is the first step to wisdom.

*The fear of Jehovah/Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge.

Wisdom and discipline are what mere fools have despised.*

– Proverbs 1:7

“Walk Straight!” … The straight and narrow has the lowest accident rate.

*The purpose is that you may walk in the way of good people

and that the paths of the righteous ones you may keep.*

– Proverbs 2:20

“Directions” … Ask Almighty God Jehovah/Yahweh about everything;

He knows every road.

*In all your ways take notice of Him, and He Himself will make your paths straight.*

– Proverbs 3:6

“Watch Your Step!” … Every step molds your character; Step Well.

*Smooth out the course of your foot, and may all your own ways be firmly established.*

– Proverbs 4:26

“Listen” … to the voices of the sages and walk on straight paths set

by Lord God Almighty Jehovah/Yahweh from heavens above.

*For the ways of man are in front of the eyes of Jehovah, and He is contemplating all his tracks.*

Proverbs : 5:21

“Jehovah/Yahweh God’s Black List”

… pride, lies, murder, deceit, mischief, betrayal, discord.

There are six things that Jehovah does hate;

yes, seven are things detestable to his soul:

Lofty eyes, a false tongue, and hands that are shedding innocent blood,

a heart fabricating hurtful schemes, feet that are in a hurry to run to badness,

a false witness that launches forth lies,

and anyone sending forth contentions among brothers.*

– Proverbs 6: 16-19

“A Bad Woman” – read carefully and heed the warnings about

conniving loose immoral women.

*That is why I have come out to meet you, to look for your face, that I may find you.

With coverlets I have bedecked my divan, with many-colored things, linen of Egypt.

I have besprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

Do come, let us drink our fill of love until the morning;

do let us enjoy each other with love expressions.

For the husband is not in his house; he has gone traveling on a way of some distance.

A bag of money he has taken in his hand.

On the day of the full moon he will come to his house.”

She has misled him by the abundance of her persuasiveness.

By the smoothness of her lips she seduces him.

All of a sudden he is going after her, like a bull that comes even to the slaughter,

and just as if fettered for the discipline of a foolish man,

until an arrow cleaves open his liver, just as a bird hastens into the trap,

and he has not known that it involves his very soul.

And now, O sons, listen to me and pay attention to the sayings of my mouth.

May your heart not turn aside to her ways.

Do not wander into her roadways.

For many are the ones she has caused to fall down slain,

and all those being killed by her are numerous.

The ways to She´ol her house is; they are descending to the interior rooms of death.*

Proverbs : 7:15-27

“Riches” … Rubies of wisdom commands the highest price on the market of character values.

*For wisdom is better than corals, and all other delights themselves

cannot be made equal to it.*

– Proverbs 8:11

“More Fun” … Nothing you ought NOT to do is ever more fun. Wait till you see what results.

*“Stolen waters themselves are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secrecy—it is pleasant.”

But he has not come to know that those impotent in death are there,

that those called in by her are in the low places of She´ol.*

– Proverbs 9:17-18

“Wanted! Silence” … wordy men seldom are wise men.

*In the abundance of words there does not fail to be transgression,

but the one keeping his lips in check is acting discreetly.*

– Proverbs 10:19

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“MAN MUST LIVE, NOT ON BREAD ALONE,

BUT ON EVERY UTTERANCE COMING FORTH

THROUGH JEHOVAH’S MOUTH” (MATTHEW 4:4) – NWT

66 books of the BIBLE : ALL SCRIPTURES ARE INSPIRED BY GOD


PART TWO

LAMENTATIONS – A SEQUEL TO JEREMIAH’S PROPHECY WHOM
LAMENTED SORROWFULLY OVER THEIR RUINS OF THE HOLY CITY
AND THE SACRED TEMPLE WHICH HAD STOOD FOR OVER 400
YEARS. JEREMIAH WEPT IN SEPARATE POEMS IN LAMENTATIONS
REGARDING WHY GOD HAD PERMITTED THE FALL OF JERUSALEM.
IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE AND THEIR
REJECTION OF THE ONE TRUE GOD, JEHOVAH.
EZEKIEL – PROPHET EZEKIEL APPOINTED BY GOD TO PREACHED
CAREFULLY CONTRIVED PROPHECIES REGARDING DOWNFALL
OF JUDAH AND JERUSALEM; JUDGMENTS UPON NATIONS WHO
SEEK TO DESTROY HIS PEOPLE; THE FINAL CALL AT THAT TIME
FOR THE REPENTANCE OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND LASTLY,
THE GLORIOUS RESTORATION OF ISRAEL.
DANIEL – DURING THE BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY OF THE JEWS,
DANIEL AND HIS 3 FRIENDS [Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego]
HAVE DISPLAYED THEIR FEARLESS LOYALTY TO THE ONE FAITH
IN ONE TRUE GOD, JEHOVAH, OF THEIR FOREFATHERS AND
ALSO THEIR ADVANCEMENT INTO THE REALMS OF ROYAL FAVOR.
DANIEL INTERPRETED KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM AND
THE SYMBOLIC VISIONS THAT PORTENDS THE FOUR SUCCESSIVE
EMPIRES OF THE WORLD : BABYLON, PERSIA, GREECE AND ROME.
THE LAST EMPIRE WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY THE COMING OF THE
KINGDOM OF GOD.
HOSEA – A PROPHET OF THE NORTHERN KINGDOM OF ISRAEL
CALLED REPENTANCE FROM THEM AS HE FORESAW THE DOOM
THAT WERE TO BEFALL THEM IF THEY CONTINUED IN THEIR
SINS. THE REBELLIOUSNESS OF THE CHOSEN ONES WITH
THEIR UNGRATEFULNESS SOUGHT HELP FROM THE ASSYRIANS
AND THE EGYPTIANS RATHER FROM THE ONE TRUE GOD,
JEHOVAH, WHO HAD BEEN SHOWING THEM HIS LOVING
KINDNESS AND MERCY TIME AND TIME AGAIN. HOSEA ALSO
FORETOLD ABOUT THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, JESUS CHRIST,
700 YEARS INTO THE FUTURE.
JOEL – A SYMBOLIC VISION FROM JOEL AS HE WARNED JUDAH
AND ISRAEL REGARDING THE PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS AND SEVERE
FAMINE OF THE LAND IF THEY DO NOT REPENT.  JOEL PLEADED
WITH THEM TO HUMBLE THEMSELVES BEFORE THE GREAT LORD
GOD JEHOVAH AND TO ASKED FOR HIS FORGIVENESS THROUGH
FASTING AND PRAYERS.  JOEL WAS PROSNOSTICATING OF THE
COMING OF THE “DAY OF THE LORD” WHICH GOD WILL SMITE
ALL THOSE WITH A REBELLIOUS AND UNREPENTANT HEART AND
HIS JUDGMENT WILL BE HARSH AND SEVERE, THOROUGH AND
MOST CERTAIN!
AMOS – A SHEPHERD FROM TEKOA, A SMALL TOWN FROM JUDEA;
WHOSE NAME MEANT “BURDEN BEARER” WAS CALLED BY LORD
GOD WITH A MISSION TO SEND THE MESSAGE OF DOOM UPON
ISRAEL AND THE SURROUNDING NATIONS. THEIR PRACTICES
OF IDOLATRY, PAGAN WORSHIPS, GREED, OPPRESSION OF THE
NEEDY AND ALSO THEIR CONTINUAL NEGLECT OF GOD’S
WORDS IGNITED GOD’S WRATH UPON OTHER NATIONS AND
JUDAH BUT ISRAEL SUFFERED THE HARSHEST OF PUNISHMENTS;
MORE SEVERE BECAUSE OF THEIR DEPTH OF THEIR SINS. AMOS’S
CHASTISEMENTS  WENT UNHEEDED AND SO ISRAEL WERE
EXILED INTO CAPTIVITY.
OBADIAH – HIS NAME LITERALLY MEANS “SERVANT OF JEHOVAH”.
THIS BOOK IS THE SHORTEST OF PROPHETICAL WRITINGS IN
JUST ONE CHAPTER WHICH FORETOLD ON THE DOOM OF EDOM,
WHO ARE DESCENDANTS OF ESAU AND THE PROMISE OF
DELIVERANCE FOR ZION, JERUSALEM.
JONAH – A LIFE OF PERIL LIVED FOR THE RELUCTANT RUNAWAY
PROPHET FROM DUTY ORDAINED BY JEHOVAH GOD. HIS MISSION
WAS TO DELIVER A MESSAGE OF REPENTANCE TO THE PEOPLE OF
NINEVEH FROM DESTRUCTION IN FORTY DAYS.
MICAH – HIS NAME INJECTS A MIGHTY STATEMENT “WHO IS
LIKE JEHOVAH”. HE FORESAW THE INVASION FROM FOREIGNERS,
THE DISPERSION OF THE ISRAELITES FOR THEIR SINS AND THE
INEVITABLE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM BUT THE MOST
SIGNIFICANT OF ALL IS THAT HE IS THE ONLY PROPHET WHO
FORETOLD ABOUT THE BIRTH OF CHRIST IN BETHLEHEM [5:2]
NAHUM – A NATIVE OF GALILEE WITH A NAME “COMFORTER”
TO HIS CREDIT.  NAHUM’S PROPHECY WAS UNLIKE JONAH
WHICH WAS THE CERTAINTY OF DOOM FOR THE CORRUPT
PEOPLE OF NINEVEH WHOM HAD RETURNED TO THEIR SINFUL
WAYS. APART FROM NINEVEH, HE FORESAW JUDAH’S FUTURE
DELIVERANCE.
HABAKKUK – A PROPHET WHOSE NAME GOES BY “ONE WHO
EMBRACES” LIVED 600 YEARS BEFORE CHRIST IN TIMES
WHERE THE CHALDEANS CONQUERED NINEVEH OF THE
ASSYRIAN EMPIRE. THE “WHY” PROPHET WITH HIS
EXPECTANT  REPLY FROM HIS SINCERE PRAYER TO
JEHOVAH; LEARNT THAT WE NEEDED TO TRUST IN GOD
IMPLICITLY AND ALSO THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY
HIS OWN FAITH IN THE ONE TRUE GOD JEHOVAH.
ZEPHANIAH – HE PROPHESIED DURING THE REIGN OF KING
JOSIAH AND WHOSE NAME MEANS ‘DEFENDED BY JEHOVAH”.
HE FORETOLD OF UNIVERSAL JUDGMENT AND DIVINE WRATH
TO FALL UPON ALL NATIONS INCLUDING JUDAH TOO IF ALL
DEFY GOD’S LAW. ZEPHANIAH PLACED EMPHASIS ON SPIRITUAL
WORSHIP AND PREACHED THAT WORSHIP TOWARDS GOD NEED
NOT BE A PHYSICAL SANCTITY BUT IN THE QUIET SOLITUDE
OF OUR HEARTS. HE FURTHER STRESSED ON GOD’S SALVATION
AND JUDGMENT FOR MANKIND, AND ALSO THE PROMISES OF
NEW HEAVENS AND EARTH.
HAGGAI – THOUGH HE PROPHESIED FOR ONLY A SHORT TIME;
HAGGAI WHOSE NAME MEANS “MY FEAST” WAS THE FIRST
VOICE TO BE HEARD AFTER THE EXILE; HE RICOCHETED STERN
REPROOFS TO THE RESTORED PEOPLE OF GOD. HE TOLD THEM
OF THEIR DUTY TO RESTORE AND REBUILD GOD’S HOUSE OF
WORSHIP, THE TEMPLE, WHICH WAS BUILT BY KING SOLOMON
AND DESTROYED BY INVADERS. ZERUBBABEL, GOVERNOR OF
JERUSALEM AND JOSHUA, THE HIGH PRIEST AND THE PEOPLE
SET UPON THAT ENORMOUS TASK BUT WAS DISCOURAGED
EASILY. HAGGAI PIPED IN AND ENCOURAGED THEM THAT
GOD WAS WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES AND JEHOVAH
WILL BLESS JERUSALEM WITH A MUCH GREATER TEMPLE
ARRAYED SPLENDOR AND GLORY.
ZECHARIAH – “JEHOVAH REMEMBERS” IS THE MEANING OF
HIS GIVEN NAME. HE JOINED HAGGAI IN AROUSING AND
ENCOURAGING THE RETURNED CAPTIVES IN BUILDING
THE SANCTUARY OF JEHOVAH GOD. THE TEMPLE WAS
FINALLY BUILT IN FOUR YEARS AND DEDICATED TO GOD.
HIS PROPHESIES LOOKED FAR BEYOND INTO THE FUTURE,
TO THE COMING OF OUR MESSIAH AND THE DAWN OF A
BETTER AND BRIGHTER TOMORROW.
MALACHI – THE LAST MINOR PROPHET OF THE OLD
TESTAMENT AND HIS NAME BEARS “MY MESSENGER”.
HE REBUKES THE SINS AND FOLLIES OF THE JEWS. HE
PREDICTED THE PREPARATION OF HIS WAY [MESSIAH]
BY JOHN THE BAPTIST. HE ALSO REPROVED NEGLECTFUL
PRIESTS AND WARNS STERNLY ABOUT THE JUDGMENT
TO COME UPON THE NATION THAT HAD TURNED BACK TO
SINFUL WAYS AFTER BEING PROVIDENTIALLY RETURNED
FROM EXILED IN CAPTIVITY.

*keziah boey*


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