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Salt, William Wilberforce, and You

“You are the salt of the earth” (Mt. 5:13).

That statement (“you are the salt of the earth”) not only tells us something about Jesus’ disciples it also tells us something about the world; it implies that the world is rotting. It’s similar to Jesus’ next statement, “You are the light of the world” (Mt. 5:14a), which again, tells us something about His people, as well the world they live in; namely, that the world is in darkness. So if you’ve ever watched the news and thought something like, “This world is going crazy,” not as a manifestation of a ‘holier-than-thou’ mentality but as a kind of ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to either the reported or celebrated sin of men and women, you’d be closer to a biblical worldview that you might have at first realized.

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Knox, Latimer and the Fear of God

4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! (Lk. 12:4-5)

Jesus’ words here can be, at least at first, shocking. He told His disciples, people whom He addressed as “My friends,” not to be afraid of men because all they can do is kill them. How is that for a rationale? ‘Don’t be afraid. The worst they can do is kill you.’ At first such a statement is jarring until we are reminded of the nature of our existence and the limitation of man’s power over us. We are more than our physical bodies. We are comprised of material (our bodies) and immaterial (our souls). Man can kill the body but he cannot kill the soul; therefore, he is limited as to the damage he can inflict upon other men. God however is not so limited. He has the power to not only kill but to cast into hell (vs.5b).

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The Creator

Sometimes when wondering where to begin with explaining who God is it is best to simply go to the beginning – of the Bible and of creation. In the opening verse of the Bible we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). The beginning spoken about here was not God’s beginning; God doesn’t have a starting point; He is from everlasting to everlasting (Ps. 90:2; 103:17); and Moses, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, felt no need to offer an introductory apologetic for God’s eternal self-existence.

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How to Waste Wealth – Worship the Wrong Thing

In Exodus 32 we see a prime example of what wasting wealth looks like; and not surprisingly, it comes in conjunction with people worshiping the wrong thing. When the children of Israel were about to leave Egypt God gave them favor in the sight of the Egyptians so that their neighbors willingly gave them an abundance of gold and silver (Ex 11:1-3; 12:35, 36). Granted, in those days there weren’t websites and apps at people’s fingertips whereby they could have seemingly instant access to gold and silver’s worth; but nonetheless, it was a very valuable resource and the Israelites left Egypt with a good amount of it as a result of God’s grace.

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The Lord’s Supper: A Table of Anticipation (1 Cor. 11:26)

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” (1 Cor. 11:26)

The Lord’s Table, you could say, not only commemorates it also anticipates. Fundamentally, given that the bread and the fruit of the vine recall Jesus’ body being given for us and His blood being poured out for us so as to ratify the New Covenant, it looks back; but in light of the language of our text, there is also a sense in which the Lord’s Table looks forward, anticipating Jesus’ return.

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