THE Trinity in Jersey http://thetrinityinjersey.org THE Trinity in Jersey - a series of weekly newsletters under the title "info for islanders" linking the Bible, Jesus Christ and Jersey. Immediately after his resurrection and just before his ascension in AD 33, Jesus Christ instructed his key followers to make disciples of all nations. They were to do this in two ways: first, by immersing them into the name (all the attributes and facts about) the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; second, by teaching them to observe and obey all that he had commanded them. THE Trinity in Jersey "info for islanders" seeks to assist in both those ways in making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. en Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:14:10 EDT History (repeatedly) foretold (4) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=558 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (AD 30) “And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the chosen those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look and see, here is the Christ [the God-anointed answer to your problems]!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen. Look and see, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look and see, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look and see, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” Matthew 24: 22-28 Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 ) It’s rather good isn’t it when we can listen to someone telling us the future – and then be able to check it out. The day before he was crucified in Jerusalem in AD 30 Jesus gave a forecast to his followers. He set out, for them, the future. It’s now nearly 2000 years later. Was he right?Back then Jesus had had his attention drawn to Jerusalem’s magnificent new Temple. He was unimpressed and foretold its destruction. That fall would come about, Jesus said, through, to use his words, “the abominable thing to which desolation belongs”. See previous Info.What this abominable cause of destruction and devastation actually is – is for each of us to decide. My own thoughts have been influenced by the word underlined in bold above and used four times by Jesus – the Greek word idou meaning “Look and see....”. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=558 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT History (then and today) foretold (3) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=557 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (AD 30) “So when you see the detestable thing to which desolation belongs spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (the person seeking to understand must think deeply), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and may it never ever be.” Matthew 24: 16-20 Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard) “The person seeking to understand must think deeply.” These are Jesus’ words. See in brackets in bold above. He spoke this on the last full day before he was crucified in Jerusalem in AD 30. He was seated on the Mount of Olives looking across a valley towards Herod’s magnificent new Temple. His key followers, during a confidential interview with him, had asked, “When will this magnificent Temple be brought down? When will you come back again?”In response Jesus helped these men with a forecast of a future world in turmoil, at war, and with repeated false saviours offering utopia. He also let his followers know about the opposition, persecution, falling away, and false teaching which would be theirs in future. (See previous Infos.) Both of these forecasts are continuing to come into being today – as well as Jesus’ promise that, in the midst of all this pain there would be new birth. Also the good news of the newly-available realm of God would be proclaimed to all. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=557 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT History (Christian) foretold (2) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=556 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (AD 30) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24: 7 - 14 Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard)‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ (Corrie ten Boom, awarded ‘Righteous among the Nations’, Ravensbrook survivor, 1892-1983) ‘The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard) Maybe because I’ve reached a certain age, many people whom I know and love have had to face bad news. Cancer, heart failure, dementia, brain tumours. What awesome moments when one attends a confidential consultation to be told that.Back in AD 30 Jesus’ disciples had a confidential consultation with him on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. If any of you have been there, one can see the present gold-covered Dome of the Rock across the valley from that Mount. When Jesus was there Herod’s magnificent new Temple was in view where the Dome now stands. Jesus had just stated to them that not one stone of the Temple would remain atop another. This symbol of the power of the Jews would be destroyed as one of the consequences of the decisions which were, that very day, being made by them.These disciples wanted to know more about the prognosis – Jesus’ prognosis - about the future of this wonderful building. When would it fall, what prior symptoms of that fall could they expect? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=556 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT History (global) foretold (1) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=555 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (AD 30) Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there may not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains." Matthew 24: 1-7 Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard)‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ (Corrie ten Boom, awarded ‘Righteous among the Nations’, Ravensbrook survivor, 1892-1983) ‘The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard)‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, statesman, 1729-1797) ‘We must cease from measuring the power of God by our own power, and reasoning from the one to the other.’ (Marcus Dods, biblical scholar, 1834-1909) Spare a thought today about mega buildings. At great cost these are being created all over the world. Deep down and without realising it, we greatly respect buildings because they demonstrate wealth, power and stability. Have you visited Rome’s Coliseum? France’s Versailles? The Winter Palace in St Petersburg? Are such buildings permanent? More to the point - the power which built them - was that permanent? Where are the Caesar’s, where Louis the fourteenth, where are the Romanovs?In AD 30 Jerusalem, there was a magnificent new building – Herod’s Temple - paid for (it was ever so) by punitive taxes. See bold above. It’s the day immediately preceding the day when Jesus was taken and crucified there. Jesus is deeply sad because Jerusalem had decided to thwart the plans of the LORD God to gather them like a hen gathers her chicks under her wing.He has carefully disclosed to the Jerusalem religious and political leaders that they are, in future, to experience the desolate consequences of their decision. This will be the case until they may give due honour to the one who they were rejecting and may welcome his return without reserve. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=555 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT Choices and consequences http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=554 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” Matthew 23: 37 – 24: 2 Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard)‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ (Corrie ten Boom, awarded ‘Righteous among the Nations’, Ravensbrook survivor, 1892-1983) ‘The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard)‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, statesman, 1729-1797) ‘We must cease from measuring the power of God by our own power, and reasoning from the one to the other.’ (Marcus Dods, biblical scholar, 1834-1909)‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘Before Christ, a man loves things and uses people; after Christ he loves people and uses things.’ (Horace Wood) “If only I had made a different choice.” Have you ever used those words? When one looks back, one can identify times when a single choice has altered everything in our lives. Altered everything – without any prospect of return.The incident in bold above is all about a key choice in this world’s history – a choice made and decided in AD 30 Jerusalem which still affects Jerusalem today.An eyewitness was there in Herod the Great’s Temple – magnificent, newly-built and continuing to receive its wonderful finishing touches. Matthew records that Jesus was near to tears. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you whose history is to kill the prophets and to stone those sent to you by the LORD God of your fathers, how I wanted repeatedly to gather your children together like a hen gathers her chicks under her wings – but you didn’t want it.”That was some choice wasn’t it? The choice was being made as the very time that Jesus was speaking those words to them. But what do you think? Was this choice with consequences or without consequences? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=554 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT the Jersey way http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=553 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him: because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. So Jesus said to them (AD 30) ….. “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I might bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. You sent to John ….. But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. ….. you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from people. ….. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” John 5: 18-44 Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard)‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ (Corrie ten Boom, awarded ‘Righteous among the Nations’, Ravensbrook survivor, 1892-1983) ‘The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard)‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, statesman, 1729-1797) ‘We must cease from measuring the power of God by our own power, and reasoning from the one to the other.’ (Marcus Dods, biblical scholar, 1834-1909)‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘Before Christ, a man loves things and uses people; after Christ he loves people and uses things.’ (Horace Wood)‘Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it.’ (H S Hulbert, psychiatrist, 1897-1949) ‘Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.’ (John Locke, philosopher, 1632-1704) Throughout the Island discussion has arisen over “the Jersey way”. These three words were used in the 2017 Independent Care Inquiry Report Report (covering the period since 1945) to criticize Jersey and its people. “We consider that an inappropriate regard for the “Jersey Way” has inhibited the prompt development of policy and legislation concerning children.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=553 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT Judgment and how to escape it http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=552 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him: because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. So Jesus said to them (the Jews AD 30), “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honour the Son, just as they honour the Father. Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” John 5: 18-24 Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard)‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ (Corrie ten Boom, awarded ‘Righteous among the Nations’, Ravensbrook survivor, 1892-1983) ‘The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard)‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, statesman, 1729-1797) ‘We must cease from measuring the power of God by our own power, and reasoning from the one to the other.’ (Marcus Dods, biblical scholar, 1834-1909)‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘Before Christ, a man loves things and uses people; after Christ he loves people and uses things.’ (Horace Wood)‘Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it.’ (H S Hulbert, psychiatrist, 1897-1949) ‘Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.’ (John Locke, philosopher, 1632-1704)‘The instinct of retribution is the strongest instinct of the human heart.’ (Augustus Strong, pastor and writer, 1836-1921) ‘If you are not seeking the Lord Jesus judgment is at your heels.’ (C H Spurgeon, speaker and writer, 1834-1892) Things in the world around us – things across the globe – are very bad. The days are evil. This is a tit for tat world in which the retaliation is almost always harsher than the original hurt. Even amongst nations.In secondary school, I regularly found myself in pain from being pinched, followed by hearing the explanatory chant, “A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month.” One wonderful day I discovered a retaliation. This was to inflict an even more painful pinch than I had received followed by a ferocious kick, chanting, “A pinch and a kick for being so quick.” Then run. President Donald Trump didn’t go to the same school as me. But he is certainly promising North Korea even more dire consequences than Kim Jong Un is threatening towards US Guam.... http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=552 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT Why does the LORD God let the wicked thrive (3)? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=551 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say, (A) “Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own— for how long? — and loads himself with pledges!” … (B) “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm! … (C) “Woe to him who builds a town with blood and founds a city on iniquity! … (D) “Woe to him who makes his neighbours drink— you pour out your wrath and make them drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness! … (E) “What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! … (F) “But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” Habakkuk 2: 6-20 Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard)‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ (Corrie ten Boom, awarded ‘Righteous among the Nations’, Ravensbrook survivor, 1892-1983) ‘The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard)‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, statesman, 1729-1797) ‘We must cease from measuring the power of God by our own power, and reasoning from the one to the other.’ (Marcus Dods, biblical scholar, 1834-1909)‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘Before Christ, a man loves things and uses people; after Christ he loves people and uses things.’ (Horace Wood)‘Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it.’ (H S Hulbert, psychiatrist, 1897-1949) ‘Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.’ (John Locke, philosopher, 1632-1704)‘The instinct of retribution is the strongest instinct of the human heart.’ (Augustus Strong, pastor and writer, 1836-1921) ‘If you are not seeking the Lord Jesus judgment is at your heels.’ (C H Spurgeon, speaker and writer, 1834-1892)‘Faith is the means by which the infirmity of man lays hold on the infinity of God.’ (John Blanchard) ‘Without faith in the one living God - insecurity; without security - vulture-like accumulation of all that is not living.’ (Anon.) Things in the world around us – things across the globe – are very bad. The days are evil. We started with the question: Why doesn’t the LORD God do something? In an ancient book written by a man named Habakkuk around 610 BC (and preserved by the Jews in the national archives of Israel) we have a record of a man of God who asked the LORD God – the God of our Lord Jesus Christ – that question. Habakkuk recorded for us the explanation: the everlasting LORD God is holy beyond measure and will send a violent enemy to show to His people – and all peoples - His pure holiness. But Habakkuk just couldn’t accept one aspect of what the LORD God told him: how could the LORD God in his everlasting holiness allow a hugely sinful and violent nation successfully to go against a people less sinful and less violent than them? In short, “Why does the LORD God let the wicked thrive?” The LORD God – with great patience – gave Habakkuk the eyes to see His answer. Each and every man and woman is either “heedless and inflated” or “righteous”. The former have no vertical and in their self-seeking are full of harm towards others; the latter, very simply, “live by faith”. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=551 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT Why does the LORD God let the wicked thrive (2)? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=550 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at deceivers and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?” I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. And the LORD answered me: (A) “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (B) “Examine the heedless, inflated person: in his whole being he is not straight within. But the righteous person lives by his faith. (C) “In fact, pleasure and wealth is a traitorous liar, like an arrogant man and never at rest. His greed is as wide as the place which receives the dead; like death he never has enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples….” Habakkuk 1: 13; 2: 4-5 Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard)‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ (Corrie ten Boom, awarded ‘Righteous among the Nations’, Ravensbrook survivor, 1892-1983) ‘The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard)‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, statesman, 1729-1797) ‘We must cease from measuring the power of God by our own power, and reasoning from the one to the other.’ (Marcus Dods, biblical scholar, 1834-1909)‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘Before Christ, a man loves things and uses people; after Christ he loves people and uses things.’ (Horace Wood)‘Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it.’ (H S Hulbert, psychiatrist, 1897-1949) ‘Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.’ (John Locke, philosopher, 1632-1704)‘The instinct of retribution is the strongest instinct of the human heart.’ (Augustus Strong, pastor and writer, 1836-1921) ‘If you are not seeking the Lord Jesus judgment is at your heels.’ (C H Spurgeon, speaker and writer, 1834-1892)‘Faith is the means by which the infirmity of man lays hold on the infinity of God.’ (John Blanchard) ‘Without faith in the one living God - insecurity; without security - vulture-like accumulation of all that is not living.’ (Anon.)‘God is much more concerned about our holiness than our happiness, much more about our character than our comfort.’ (John Blanchard) ‘Build your nest in no tree here....for the LORD of the forest has condemned the whole woods to be demolished.’ (Samuel Rutherford, author, 1600-1661) Things in the world around us – things across the globe – are very bad. The days are evil. Why doesn’t the LORD God do something? In an ancient book written by a man named Habakkuk around 610 BC (and preserved by the Jews in the national archives of Israel) we have a record of a man of God who asked the LORD God – the God of our Lord Jesus Christ – that question. Habakkuk recorded for us the reply he received. It was a good explanation: the everlasting LORD God is holy beyond measure and will send a violent enemy to show to His people His holiness. After reflection Habakkuk just couldn’t accept one aspect of what the LORD God told him: how could the LORD God in his everlasting holiness allow a hugely sinful and violent nation to go against a people less unrighteous and less violent than them and to thrive? In short, “Why does the LORD God let the wicked thrive?” Today, Christians like me are in a similar position. We too don’t understand. Maybe I don’t want to - fearing the effect it may have on my own interests. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=550 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT Why does the LORD God let the wicked thrive (1)? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=549 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. For look and see, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own…. They all come for violence…. guilty men, whose own might is their god!” (A) “O LORD, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, we will not die. O LORD, you have appointed them to execute judgment; O Rock, you have ordained them to punish. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. (B) You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at deceivers and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? You make mankind like the fish of the sea, like crawling things that have no ruler. He brings all of them up with a hook; he drags them out with his net; he gathers them in his dragnet; so he rejoices and is glad. Therefore he sacrifices to his net and makes offerings to his dragnet; for by them he lives in luxury, and his food is rich. Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever?” Habakkuk 1: 5-17 Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard)‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ (Corrie ten Boom, awarded ‘Righteous among the Nations’, Ravensbrook survivor, 1892-1983) ‘The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard)‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, statesman, 1729-1797) ‘We must cease from measuring the power of God by our own power, and reasoning from the one to the other.’ (Marcus Dods, biblical scholar, 1834-1909)‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘Before Christ, a man loves things and uses people; after Christ he loves people and uses things.’ (Horace Wood)‘Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it.’ (H S Hulbert, psychiatrist, 1897-1949) ‘Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.’ (John Locke, philosopher, 1632-1704)‘The instinct of retribution is the strongest instinct of the human heart.’ (Augustus Strong, pastor and writer, 1836-1921) ‘If you are not seeking the Lord Jesus judgment is at your heels.’ (C H Spurgeon, speaker and writer, 1834-1892)‘Faith is the means by which the infirmity of man lays hold on the infinity of God.’ (John Blanchard) ‘Without faith in the one living God - insecurity; without security - vulture-like accumulation of all that is not living.’ (Anon.)‘God is much more concerned about our holiness than our happiness, much more about our character than our comfort.’ (John Blanchard) ‘Build your nest in no tree here....for the LORD of the forest has condemned the whole woods to be demolished.’ (Samuel Rutherford, author, 1600-1661)‘No attribute of God is more dreadful to sinners than his holiness.’ (Matthew Henry, writer, 1662-1714) ‘Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.’ (U S President John F Kennedy, 1917-1963) For me – as for very many of the folk I meet – these present times are the worst of times in the world in the past 50 years. The burdens being carried by people all over the globe are nothing short of terrible. Many ask the same question, again and again: Why doesn’t the LORD God do something? Please see last week’s Info with this title.In an ancient book written by a man named Habakkuk around 610 BC (and preserved by the Jews in the national archives of Israel) we have a record of a man of God who asked the LORD God – the God of our Lord Jesus Christ – that very question. Habakkuk recorded for us the reply he received. It’s in bold above. The LORD God was going to raise up the Babylonian (Chaldean) army to indicate His view of what was happening on earth at that time. Iniquity, hurt, injustice, and greed. He knew Habakkuk would be sorely troubled by this. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=549 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT