Thursday, June 30, 2011

Quote of the Day #130 - J. C. Ryle


A quote from J. C. Ryle:
It is not in churchyards alone where the dead are to be found; there are only too many inside our churches, and close to our pulpits, too many on the benches, and too many in the pews. The land is like the valley in Ezekiel's vision, "full of bones, very many, and very dry." (Ezek. 37:2) There are dead souls in all our parishes, and dead souls in all our streets. There is hardly a family in which all live to God; there is hardly a house in which there is not someone dead. Let us all search and look at home! Let us prove our own selves. Are we alive or dead?
J. C. Ryle (Alive Or Dead?)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chronology of the Flood: Water Decreases Steadily - Genesis 8:3-5 Bible Commentary

and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible. (Genesis 8:3-5)
After 40 days of rain, and 110 more days... in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month (the 600th year of Noah's life) the flood finally reached its maximum height.

The seventeenth day of the seventh month marked the 150th day of the flood— the day that the water stopped prevailing upon the earth (Genesis 7:24). On that day, for the first time since the start of the flood, the water decreased in height (Genesis 8:3). On that day, the ark came to a rest (Genesis 8:4).

Between seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month (Genesis 8:3) and the the tenth month, on the first day of the month (Genesis 8:5) there elapsed two months and thirteen days (or about 73 days). During these 73 days, the water upon the earth decreased steadily. If the view is taken that the 150 days in Genesis 7:24 do not refer to the first 150 days of the flood, then this is the time period in which the 150 days in Genesis 7:24 come to an end (for more info see Chronology of the Flood: The First 150 Days).

After those 73 days were complete, the water had decreased enough for the mountains to be seen (for more info see How Did Noah's Ark Rest Upon Mountains That Were Not Visible?).

Take a look at the chronology of the flood graphic below in order to see the complete chronology of the flood.

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Chronology of the Flood Genesis Timeline Graphic

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quote of the Day #129 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
On this stage Satan plays the role of a prince. But when Christ calls for the final curtain at the end of this age, Satan will be exposed before everyone, his crown taken off and his sword broken over his head. He will be driven off the stage in utter disrepute, to become the eternal prisoner of hell.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 3, Part 2)

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Monday, June 27, 2011

The First Sight Of The Post-Flood World - Genesis 8:5 Bible Commentary

The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible. (Genesis 8:5)
The first sight of land... oh what a sight it must have been! At first, the thought of mountains becoming visible may not seem all that exciting. But just think how exciting it must have been for Noah's household... since the 40th day of the flood, all the mountains had been hidden deep in the water. For over 6 months (183 days), Noah's household did not see any land!

But then, in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, Noah's household finally spotted land! Not only did they spot land, but Noah's household became the first humans to see the post-flood world. In a sense, the world that they saw had been cleansed, purified. But it was only a temporary cleansing. However glorious of a sight the mountains were, sin had not been abolished in the flood. The creation was still groaning (Romans 8:22). Noah's household was still living in a fallen planet.

As Noah's household gazed at the emerging mountains, one by one poking up out of the depths of the sea... As they gazed at the mountains, which their future descendants would also gaze at throughout history... As they gazed at the mountains, they were likely unaware that for almost six more months they would continue to gaze at the very same mountains. Because, for almost six more months, Noah's household would still be waiting on the ark— waiting in obedience, until God told them to leave the ark (Genesis 8:15).

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Quote of the Day #128 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon on slavery:
A healthy Church kills error, and tears evil in pieces! Not so very long ago our nation tolerated slavery in our colonies. Philanthropists endeavored to destroy slavery, but when was it utterly abolished? It was when Wilberforce roused the Church of God, and when the Church of God addressed herself to the conflict—then she tore the evil thing to pieces!

I have been amused with what Wilberforce said the day after they passed the Act of Emancipation. He merrily said to a friend when it was all done, “Is there not something else we can abolish?” That was said playfully, but it shows the spirit of the Church of God! She lives in conflict and victory— her mission is to destroy everything that is bad in the land!
~Charles Spurgeon (The Best War Cry)

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Run To Christ - The Gospel (Part 4 of ∞)


Throw yourself upon Christ! Oh Christian, cast all of your burdens upon Him— He really does care for you. The cross alone is the cure for all unconquered sin. Do not run to anything else for healing. Do not run to anything else for comfort. Run to Him. Run to Christ. He is the only rock that is solid enough to stand upon.

Are you worried? Then run to Him who is sovereign.

Are you filled with doubt? Then run to Him who is always faithful.

Are you enslaved to sin? Then run to Him— the only One who can grant freedom.

It does not matter what the problem is: temptations, or trials, or this, or that... it does not matter. There is one and only one place to run: to Him. The gospel; the gospel. And only the gospel. If your hope is in anything else— if your hope is in something other than the blood of Jesus Christ... then be afraid, be very afraid. Cry out to Him until your loyalties change. Cry out until you are sure of where your confidence truly lies... and then, continue crying out to Him, because He is worthy.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chronology of the Flood: The First 150 Days - Genesis 8:3 Bible Commentary

and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. (Genesis 8:3)
The 150 days mentioned in Genesis 8:3 are also mentioned in the last verse of Genesis 7:
The water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:24)
What happened during these 150 days? Well... there are a couple different views.

Some think that these 150 days refer to the first 150 days of the flood. Others think that these 150 days occurred immediately after the first 40 days of rain.

The view that the the 150 days refer to the first 150 days of the flood has the most convincing evidence. One of the most convincing pieces of this evidence are these two specific dates: the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month (Genesis 7:11), and the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month (Genesis 8:4). These two dates mark out a period of exactly 5 months (150 days). Could it really just be a coincidence that these two dates mark out a 150 day period? Probably not.

The view that the 150 days occurred after the first 40 days also has a problem: it creates a contradiction. It creates the contradiction that water prevailed upon the earth (Genesis 7:24) and decreased steadily (Genesis 8:5) upon the earth at the same time.

And just to throw out a few more numbers (for fun), the 150 days referred to in Genesis 8:3 and Genesis 7:24 occurred about 1656 years after creation (2349 BC according to James Ussher's calculations).

Take a look at the chronology of the flood graphic below in order to see the complete chronology of the flood.

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Chronology of the Flood Genesis Timeline Graphic

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Quote of the Day #126 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
There is no greater evidence of God's mercy than His plan of redemption. All His other majestic works will flow as rivers into this one mighty sea, on whose shores the saints will stand with great rejoicing. Know this for certain: If we had not been Satan's prisoner first, we would not fully understand or appreciate our deliverance at last.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 3, Part 2)

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Chronology of the Flood Timeline Graphic

Chronology of the Flood Genesis Timeline Graphic

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quote of the Day #125 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all; and the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us.
~Charles Spurgeon (The Best Donation 2234.633)

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Friday, June 17, 2011

The Ark Comes To A Rest (Part 2) - Genesis 8:4 Bible Commentary


For the next 110 days of the flood, Noah's household continued in this uncertainty— they had no idea how long they would be in the ark. They had no idea what was happening outside of the ark, because, after all, the only thing they could see was water. Day... after day... after day passed. They went through the same daily chores, not knowing whether anything would be different in another year.

If there was any point in their journey when the temptation to doubt God was the highest, it was probably on the 150th day of the flood. For 110 days straight they had continued in uncertainty... not knowing what was happening... not knowing where in the world they were.

But then, on the 150th day (after 5 months) the winds began to blow. Something was changing. Suddenly, the boat came to a stop. The daily routine had finally been interrupted. But where were they? What was the ark resting upon?

These were questions which Noah's household was likely unable to answer. The Ararat Mountains were still deep in the water. Nothing could be seen out of the ark's window except for water (for more info see How Did Noah's Ark Rest Upon Mountains That Were Not Visible?).

Although Noah's household was unsure of where they were, they could rejoice. After five months in the ark, they had finally come to rest upon something solid. In that moment, Noah, with much confidence, must have been able to say: The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge (Psalm 18:2).

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Quote of the Day #123 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
Here on earth we overcome to fight again. One temptation may be conquered, but the war remains. When death comes, however, God strikes the final blow. We know peace is sweet after war, pleasure after pain. But what tongue can express the joy that will flood the creature at the first sight of God and his eternal home? If we knew more of that future blissful state, we would worry less about our present conflict.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 3, Part 1)

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Monday, June 06, 2011

The Ark Comes To A Rest (Part 1) - Genesis 8:4 Bible Commentary

In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. (Genesis 8:4)
Forty days. That was all. The timetable God gave to Noah was simple, but not comprehensive: for forty days... rain would fall. Nothing in Scripture indicates that God gave Noah any other information about the flood's duration.

Once the forty-first day of the flood arrived, Noah's household must have noticed two things: First, the rain had come to an end (just as God had said). Second, although the rain had come to an end, the effects of the flood had not come to an end. On the forty-first day of the flood, all that they could see out of the ark's window was... water.

Imagine thinking that after forty days, all of this is going to be over— you are going to be free to walk on solid ground again. And then, on forty-first day of the flood, you look out the window of the ark and you do not see any solid ground, but only water...

If Noah's household had been expecting that all the water would miraculously recede overnight, they must have have been terribly disappointed. On the forty-first day of the flood, Noah's household did not get to walk on solid ground. Instead, they entered the next stage of their journey at sea: the stage of uncertainty.

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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Quote of the Day #122 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
Some people seem to be afraid lest we should be the means of saving some of the non-elect— but that is a fear which never troubles either my head or my heart, for I know that with all the effort and preaching in the world, we shall never bring more to Christ than Christ has had given to Him by His Father! You will never fall into that trouble.

Our Savior has bid us preach the Gospel to every creature. He has not said, “Preach it only to the elect.” And though that might seem to be the most logical thing for us to do, yet, since He has not been pleased to stamp the elect on their foreheads, or to put any distinctive mark upon them, it would be an impossible task for us to perform! Therefore when we preach the Gospel to every creature, the Gospel makes its own division and Christ’s sheep hear His voice and follow Him
~Charles Spurgeon (Too Little For The Lamb 2937.262)

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Friday, June 03, 2011

How Did Noah's Ark Rest Upon Mountains That Were Not Visible? - Genesis 8:4-5 Bible Commentary

In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible. (Genesis 8:4-5)
After reading Genesis 8:4-5, some might ask: How did Noah's Ark rest upon mountains in the seventh month when the mountains were not visible until the tenth month? Doesn't this passage contradict itself?

In order to show that this passage is not contradictory, and in order to show how the ark rested upon mountains that were not visible, an illustration will be useful.

Imagine, for a moment, a river (a very muddy one that you cannot see far down into). Although this river is very wide (100 feet), it is only 5 feet deep. Now imagine yourself peacefully paddling down this river in a small canoe. The day is beautiful, the grass is green, the trees are gently blowing in the wind... but something is bothering you. For some reason, you are unwilling to believe that the river is only 5 feet deep. After all, you cannot even see the bottom of the it! How could it be only 5 feet deep?

And so, you decide to test the claim that the river is only 5 feet deep. After bringing the canoe to a complete stop, you you stick your oar straight down into the water. Sure enough, your oar hits the bottom. The river really is just as shallow as you were told.

Now, create a new scene in your mind. You are still in the same exact river (with the same width and depth), but you are no longer in a canoe. Instead, you are in Noah's ark (which you somehow managed to bring into the future in perfect condition). The ark, due to its enormous size, cannot float in a river only 5 feet deep. And so, you are stuck in the middle of an imaginary river (you could imagine a way to escape the imaginary river, but that would be a waste of time).

Like before, you do not believe the claim that the river is only 5 feet deep. And this time, the putting-your-oar-in-the-water method is not going to work (for some reason you forgot to bring a 50 foot oar with you). You could jump out the ark's window in order to just see for yourself how deep the water is, but you would probably die from the fall.

Thinking fast, you come up with a safer alternative. Using some logic, you wisely conclude this: Since the ark is at rest, the bottom of the ark must be touching the bottom of the river. From there, you determine this: Since you cannot see the bottom 5 feet of the ark, the water (just as you were told) really is only 5 feet deep.

Regardless of the stupidity of this illustration, it is an example of a situation in which a boat is at rest in water, but yet what the boat is resting upon is not visible. In a similar way, the real Noah's Ark must have rested upon the mountains of Ararat when they were not yet visible (although it seems likely that more than 5 feet of the ark were below the water when the ark first came to a rest).

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Quote of the Day #121 - Richard Sibbes


A quote from The Bruised Reed, by Richard Sibbes:
In temptations it is safest to behold nothing but Christ the true brazen serpent, the true Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). This saving object has a special influence of comfort to the soul, especially if we look not only on Christ, but upon the Father's authority and love in him. For in all that Christ did and suffered as Mediator, we must see God in him reconciling the world unto himself (2 Cor. 5:19).

What a support to our faith is this, that God the Father, the party offended by our sins, is so well pleased with the work of redemption! And what a comfort is this, that, seeing God's love rests on Christ, as well pleased in him, we may gather that he is as well pleased with us, if we be in Christ!
~Richard Sibbes (The Bruised Reed, Chapter 1)

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