The Only Begotten Son Came; Are You Sleeping?

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The Only Begotten Son Came; Are you Sleeping
Dear Brother or Sister in the LORD:
Our son called early yesterday morning on his way to work. “Mom, go to your computer and Google the Casting Crown’s song, While You Were Sleeping.” The essence of what Michael said was that the lyrics have a strong, deep message. However, when I watched the YouTube video, many thoughts flashed in and out of my mind about the differences between our son and the Only Begotten Son, Jesus. (The lyrics and a YouTube link for this song are given at the end of this article.)
Consider the differences between our earthly children and Jesus. 
The immediate difference that came to mind was that my only son called to share a message written by man about the Only Begotten Son. Michael was born of earthly parents; Jesus, however, was God Himself manifest in the flesh. Our son was conceived through the love between two earthly parents; the Only Begotten Son was conceived by the Holy Ghost through a body created by Himself.

And the angel answered and said unto her [Mary], The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:3 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith … a body hast thou prepared me.
Hebrews 10:5

Our son was born of a woman (me), who was once a virgin, but not when Michael was born because Doug and I had enjoyed the privilege of marital sexual intimacy prior to his birth. (We “knew” each other.) The Only Begotten Son was born of a woman who was still a virgin when her son was born. According to the Scripture, her husband Joseph “… knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called His name JESUS.” The seed of Jesus was not from Mary’s earthly husband (Joseph) but of the Holy Ghost. It was “… not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” I Peter 1:23
My son is a son who shares the Word with his mother; the Only Begotten Son is the Word.
Michael is a son who loves His mother; the Only Begotten Son gave His life to provide eternal life for His mother (as well as for you and me) in the greatest act of humility and love ever known to man.
My son was born of parents who held the desire to raise and nurture their own children; the Only Begotten Son was conceived because God had a plan for all families and people of the world—that He would “… save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
My son was of this earth. He is our only son, but he is not the Only Begotten Son: Jesus was the only Son begotten (sent) from above.

… as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee [sent forth]. Acts 13:33  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17

The contrasts and comparisons could go on. However, let’s end here so you can ponder and search the Scriptures more for yourself after you consider the message and spiritual insight that came to me after Michael’s phone call and after I watched the YouTube video which gave rise to this writing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rqhG2yT-58:
“While You Were Sleeping”
by Mark Hall ©Club Zoo Music

Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you’re lying in the dark
There shines an everlasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night

A Strong Alarm For Each Of Us
Indeed, these words should sound a strong alarm for America and for each of us. They should encourage us to stop our busy activities—our shopping, eating, and even fellowshipping—and pull our Bibles from the shelf to read from them. Why? The Scriptures are alive. They are God’s way of speaking to us. They are “the reason for the season.” It is the Words preserved in our Bible that … “liveth and abideth for ever.” I Peter 1:23 It’s what gives us that eternal spiritual life: “… the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us …” John 1:4,14
Blessings unto you and your loved ones as we remain,
In Christ’s Service,
Judith Brumbaugh, Founder/President
RESTORATION OF THE FAMILY, INC.
This teaching is posted as part of the mission of Restoration Of The Family to equip believers to live, teach, and contend for the faith. We teach from the King James Bible. Please let us know if you: (1) wish to submit questions, (2) would like prayer, (3) would like other materials, or (4) would like a seminar by responding to: marriage@RestorationOfTheFamily.com or to our website: http://www.restorationofthefamily.org/ Blogs: http://www.rfiblog.wordpress.com/ http://www.blog.familiesRusKJ.org
 
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Beware Of The Subtle Serpent

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A MASTERFUL COMPOSITION; WHY, THEN, IS THERE DISCORD?

  
 MASTERFUL COMPOSITION; WHY DISCORD?

As I was listening to Christmas music recently, my focus suddenly changed from hearing the music to thinking about the incredible skills required for someone to write the musical score for the song that was being aired. In past years, I have played in many different orchestras and bands and sung in choirs. However, in all those hundreds of hours of practicing and performing, I hadn’t thought about the skills involved for one person to be able to write the music for so many different instruments and to have all the musicians playing their parts in harmony with each other. There is such a difference, for example, in what notes would be written for the percussion section compared to those that would be played with the trumpets or violins. Beyond that, the composer embarks upon the massive job of precisely coordinating every note for every instrument to blend perfectly and to function rhythmically as one unit. Each measure of the music must have exactly the same value—never any more, never any less.

From the other side, those who play the instruments have the responsibility to respond to the conductor’s baton. They must practice the notes as they are written and play with precision according to the value that must be given to each note and the placement of each note on the musical staff. Should the note be held for one beat or several? How loudly should it be played? Should it be played staccato or slurred? Each musician must practice his given part until he learns to play the notes exactly as the composer has recorded them. He must carefully observe sharps and flats and any changes in tempo. If the musician plays a different tune or doesn’t correctly count the number of beats in a measure, he may be asked to leave the orchestra or to go home and practice until he can play the musical notes exactly as they have been written.

 God’s Musical Composition
As I continued to think about the skills, knowledge, and dedication necessary to produce a piece of music for an orchestra and the necessity for those who are members of the orchestra to play the notes exactly as they have been recorded by the composer, the thought came to me that there are some incredible parallels with our Bible. God has created a (musical) composition that is designed to be played harmoniously by all of creation; including man, animals, vegetation, and all aspects of the environment. It’s a perfect masterpiece, aesthetically pleasing, and with no errors.

He put the recording of this masterpiece into the hands of holy men who were inspired by Him to record it exactly as He knew would be necessary to create 66 books that have no discord and which are one unit, the Bible. He used these men to record the “notes” that every part of creation would play, even down to the smallest ant. God somehow did this over a 1500-year span, using 40 authors from every walk of life who lived in different places and different times on three continents with no means of communication, one with the other. Every word was precisely chosen and placed. This includes preordained repeated “stanzas”; when each “instrument” would enter and leave the composition; when there would be rests for some while others continue to play.

Not, perhaps, so evident is that there is an invisible thread that runs throughout God’s masterpiece connecting and interlinking every word. This continuous thread cannot be broken, else it’s not a part of God’s composition: “… the scripture cannot be broken.” John 10:35 The LORD cannot lie. He promised to preserve His Words (“notes”) for ever: “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Psalm 12:6-7

Why is there discord in the playing of God’s “Composition”?
That being said, why then, does the resulting musical composition (life upon the earth) have so much discord? Why are there wars, divorce, and murders and all kinds of evil? The dilemma is not with the musical score. It doesn’t need to be corrected or rewritten. The problem lies with those who are playing the instruments, you and me. We, the musicians, instead of playing the part assigned to us, refuse to learn to play the notes in the score. Instead of practicing the notes for the piece of life we are to live, many practice those written by other authors and for other musicians. Some even try to rewrite the notes (the Scriptures) to satisfy their desire to play an instrument they were not designed to play. They lay aside their violin and pick up someone’s drumsticks, even though they have no training to play percussion instruments. In so doing they create discord and a song that is totally different from what God had intended.

The Purpose of God’s “Composition”
It’s not that our Creator, The Masterful Conductor, cannot help us learn to play the instrument we have been given in life. He has placed within each born-again believer His Spirit, which enables him to play God’s composition of life perfectly. The discord comes about because musicians refuse to submit to God’s leadership; to trust Him for what is best for them: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

There is an eternal purpose behind God’s composition, the written Word of God. This purpose is what was manifest in the flesh of the person Jesus Christ when God humbled Himself to come to live on this earth in the form of a man 2000 years ago. He expressed His purpose, His “immutable” love, in innumerable ways, but which many misunderstand. His message is He “must needs” save the lost. This was the message He brought to the unsaved woman who came to the well in John 4 and that which He brings to each of us.

 Two, perhaps unusual, words (“notes”), were placed together in John 4:4 (must needs) to show the urgency with which Jesus had to “go” to reach the lost:  “And he must needs go through Samaria.” “Must needs” expresses an extreme need. Jesus came to save the lost. His works must needs be done.

 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh,
when no man can work. John 9:4
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars,
be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be … Mark 13:7
… I must be about my Father’s business. Luke 2:49
…  Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead … Acts 17:3
Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled … Acts 1:16
 

Are you playing in harmony with God’s “Composition”?
Is there discord in your life; with your family, with your peers? Do you “must needs” go to a friend, relative, or even that stranger who suddenly comes into your life with whom you should share the gospel? Have you been deceived by learning to play in an orchestra for which God’s music has not been written? Have you perhaps become so deceived that you cannot recognize that you are trying to play your violin from the music written for a percussion instrument? Let us not try to rewrite God’s Word, but let His vital “notes” play through us as they have been preserved unto all generations. Truthfully examine your life in light of the Scriptures. If you’re playing the wrong instrument or have joined the wrong orchestra, run, flee; go back where you belong:

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. 2 Corinthians 13:5
Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD
your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.
Jeremiah 26:13

That’s the message and reason for the season we now proclaim to celebrate. Click on the link below to review the reading of Luke 2:8-14 by Peanuts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKk9rv2hUfA

Merry Christmas from us here at Restoration of the Family. We are deeply grateful for your prayers, helping hands, and financial gifts. Let us all continue to work the works of our faith even more fervently as we quickly move into 2012. As we each parcel our time between the LORD and the outside pressures to worship Him during this busy time of the year, consider the message in the song below about the commercialization of Christmas. Click on the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWrrvQ_3-40&feature=colike

A New Bible Study Starts January 7: Saturday evenings 7 p.m—8:30 p.m.
This study will focus on the book of John. The goal is to teach how to study God’s Word contextually. For example, can you prove contextually what the meaning of begotten is in John 3:16? Are you equipped to teach others to determine the difference between the writings of John and the three other gospels? Why did Jesus travel between Galilee and Judea? Are there Scriptural keys to what Jesus may have written in the ground in John 8:6 and 8:8? Why is the word yet so important in John 7:8? If you live in the Orlando area and are interested in studying with us, send an email with your contact information and phone number to marriage@RestorationOFTheFamily.com.

Blessings unto you and your loved ones as we remain,
In Christ’s Service,
Judith Brumbaugh, Founder/President
RESTORATION OF THE FAMILY, INC.

This teaching is posted as part of the mission of Restoration Of The Family to equip believers to live, teach, and contend for the faith. We teach from the King James Bible. Please let us know if you: (1) wish to submit questions, (2) would like prayer, (3) would like other materials, or (4) would like a seminar by responding to: marriage@RestorationOfTheFamily.com or to our website: http://www.restorationofthefamily.org/ Blog: http://www.blog.familiesRusKJ.org

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How To Find 90 Missing Ghosts

How To Find 90 Missing GhostsMany who read the title to this teaching may immediately think of what has become a national celebration called Halloween. It’s a day when children and adults go trick or treating, attend costume parties, carve jack-o’-lanterns, visit haunted attractions, play pranks, tell scary stories, and watch horror films with visions of scary ghosts floating in and out of space. 

 The question is often asked whether or not Christians should participate in such activities. Many churches host “alternative” fall festivals and related activities they feel are acceptable substitutes for the trick-or-treat begging for candy in local neighborhoods and the donning of scary costumes. They do this by hosting activities permitting, instead, Bible character costumes and others such as Casper the acceptable, friendly ghost rather than a scary ghost.

That, however, is not the focus of this article. Such concerns, if seriously pondered by a Christian (whether he should partake in the above activities), can be summarized by the admonition that Paul gives in Romans 1:18-19: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.” Another question to ponder is, “Do these activities glorify God? Do Halloween images and activities historically commemorate and glorify God or the works of evil? A verse to ponder might be: “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22

A Gift For You
To supplement this topic and others designed to strengthen families, we’re offering, through the end of 2011, the booklet pictured in the above graphic, “Getting you & your Family into Heaven.” See the end of this teaching for directions telling you how you can receive your complimentary copy. This succinct question-and-answer Scripture mini-workbook can provide hours of thought-provoking Bible topics for individual or group study. It is a self-teaching guide with the following topics: 

How To Score A Winning Touchdown For Your Family; Trials Into Triumph; Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf!; What’s In The Toy Box? (This includes three pages with Scriptures and terms dealing with the occult.); Dwelling Together In Unity; Marriage From God’s Perspective.

The NAME Holy Ghost is totally missing from most Bibles.
Many may not realize that not only did the translators of the King James Bible retain the NAME Holy Ghost in the New Testament, but many who went before them had the same discernment. The Holy Ghost is found in Wycliff’s translation 1395, Tyndale’s New Testament 1525, Coverdale 1535, Bishops’ Bible 1568, The Geneva Bible 1599, Mace N.T. 1729, Wesley’s N.T. 1755, and the King James Bible.  

 So when did Holy Ghost disappear from most Bibles, except for the King James? It was when the first major English revision was made to the King James Bible in 1888. This was when what is called the Revised Version (of 1888) was created. It was not the “avowed” revision (of the King James Bible) with minor changes but a new version, including a NEW corrupted Greek text (Westcott and Hort’s new Greek text). This underlying text was not used by the King James translators nor by those who translated the above-mentioned Bibles. Additionally, as attested by much documented evidence,* it was under the influence of a Unitarian, Dr./Pastor Vance Smith, who did not believe in the deity of Jesus Christ and the Godhead, that these names (Holy Ghost and Godhead) were removed. He was on the translation committee and led the efforts to change Holy Ghost to Holy Spirit and remove the name Godhead. He rejected the Godhead and His existence as One, Who was and is manifest as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost through the person of Jesus Christ: “For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:9  

 (*Which Bible Can We Trust? by Les Garrett; Which Bible? by David Otis Fuller, D.D.; True or False by David Otis Fuller, D.D.; Final Authority by William P. Grady; The Case for the King James Bible by Pastor, Dr. D. A. Waite; If the Foundations be destroyed: What does the New International Version of the Bible have against Jesus? by Chick Salliby; Which Version is The Bible? by Floyd Nolen Jones; An Understandable History of the Bible by Rev. Samuel C. Gipp Th.D. et al.)

Copyright requires significant changes to newly created versions of God’s Word.
The Church today has two different sets of Scripture: King James Bible and the newer versions. That’s because most new versions created after the Revised Version of 1888 used different underlying texts from which to translate the Scripture and have used a different method of translating. They, likewise, have modeled the practice of removing the NAMES Holy Ghost and Godhead. Additionally, any authors of new versions written after the passage of the first copyright law (1794) and amendments to it must legally state that their English version SIGNIFICALLY DIFFERS from what is already in print. That means they are avowing that they have changed what amounts to thousands of words from those written in previous Bibles. Copyright says that you are the author and as such hold rights to the reproduction of your works. The King James Bible is not copyrighted. It was finalized before the copyright law went into effect and thus is not copyrighted: “… the word of God is not bound.” 2 Timothy 2:9  

The Holy Ghost is only named in the New Testament.
Before doing some research, I wasn’t aware that the name Holy Ghost is used ONLY in the New Testament and exactly ninety times. Why 90? I’m not sure. There are many theories. Notwithstanding, there is no doubt that the LORD has an underlying, invisible, internal structure that runs throughout the entire Bible which cannot be broken by adding to or subtracting from the Word as it has been preserved: “… the scripture cannot be broken.” John 10:35 Perhaps that’s why the LORD warns so many times for us not to add to or subtract from the Words written in the Bible. (Consider Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:6, Matthew 5:18, and Revelation 22:18-19.) Like a puzzle, if you change the shape of some of the pieces, the image can never be correctly put together.

It seems that the some 50 translators of the King James Bible and those who went before them saw a fine-lined difference between Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit (used four times in the New Testament), and spirit/Spirit (used 261 times). The NAME Godhead, like the NAME Holy Ghost, is also used only in the New Testament. Godhead is a proper noun based on an underlying Greek form of Theos (God). This name of God is not an attribute of God but His name encompassing the fullness of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. May we never think that the Godhead can be replaced by a man-made substitute, a mathematical symbol, or number such as trinity or triangle: “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.” Acts 17:29

 We must understand the importance of interpreting words according to their context.
Even though the same underlying Greek word is used for both Ghost and the various forms of spirit, there is a thin line of difference between HOW (Holy) Ghost and Spirit are generally used. (Holy is a different Greek word than that used for Ghost and Spirit/spirit.) Discerning the difference between the Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit or Spirit/spirit is called context. Contextual interpretation is not something confined only to these two words (Ghost and Spirit), but there are many other words in the Bible that have the same underlying Hebrew or Greek word but are translated differently because of the way they are used in the sentence (context). 

It was the Person of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost, Who came upon Mary: “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35  

It is the Person of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost, whose works, when blasphemed, put the offender in danger of eternal damnation: “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.” Mark 3:29

 The Holy Ghost is one of the three in whom we baptize believers: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 28:19  

The Holy Ghost represents the Person (of the) Godhead.
The Spirit is He Who works within us to sanctify
and purify the dross in our hearts

enabling us to live holy and pure before the LORD.

The Holy Ghost bears record in Heaven; the spirit in earth.
One of the most powerful pictures of the “fullness” of the Godhead that imparts unto us another distinguishing, yet perhaps “mystery,” between the Person of the Holy Ghost and works of the spirit, is given in 1 John 5:7-8: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” May we not take lightly changing the name Godhead, Holy Ghost, or any jot or tittle in God’s Holy Word: “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18  

 For a deeper study on this issue, go to our website to send for two booklets on Bible versions: The Destruction of Families who reject God’s Word and Family Feud and Your Part in The Book of Life.

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Blessings unto you and your loved ones as we remain,
In Christ’s Service,
Judith Brumbaugh, Founder/President
RESTORATION OF THE FAMILY, INC.

This teaching is posted as part of the mission of Restoration Of The Family to equip believers to live, teach, and contend for the faith. We teach from the King James Bible. Please let us know if you: (1) wish to submit questions, (2) would like prayer, (3) would like other materials, or (4) would like a seminar by responding to: marriage@RestorationOfTheFamily.com or to our website: http://www.restorationofthefamily.org/ Blogs: http://www.rfiblog.wordpress.com/ http://www.blog.familiesRusKJ.org  

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The First Game of Hide & Seek: Where Art Thou?

Adam & Eve Try To Hide From God“What is this all about?” you might say. But read on for an exciting find in the forest. This takes us back to the beginning of recorded time to a garden located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. This was the most beautiful, perfect garden ever known. It’s name—the Garden of Eden. 

This is where God chose to provide a permanent home for humankind and performed the first wedding after which all such marriages are to be patterned—such as that which was created between Adam and Eve. See Genesis 2:21-24. However, they, like most of us, were not satisfied with God’s plan for their lives. They felt they knew better than God what was best for them; thus, they chose to eat from the only off-limits tree. And for this they received, in exchange for their rebellion, separation from God and a life of hardship and toil.

 Adam and his wife were banished from this perfect garden paradise. However, before they were exiled, they tried to hide from God—silly they were, as are most humans—thinking they could hide from God and cover up wrongful acts, thoughts, and attitudes from Him. Their chosen mode of camouflaging their sin was in the sewing of fig leaves together to cover their nakedness (sin). Here’s how God recorded their clandestine game of hide and seek which followed their “costumed” masquerade: 

8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? [God, of course, knew where they were.] 10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. Genesis 3:8-10  

Even the smallest stroke of a letter
could mean
the difference between life and death!

I don’t know about you, but when I picture in my mind verse eight, I see Adam and Eve couching behind A tree (among the many trees in the garden). This was because I had misread the Scripture. However, there’s a very subtle embedded bit of important contextual information recorded within the word amongst which isn’t conveyed with the word among.  Most of us probably think there’s no difference between the two words. However, God is a God of minute details. We’re told that every word of God is pure and that He requires every jot and tittle (even the smallest curvature of a letter) to be precisely preserved. See Matthew 5:18 and Revelation 22:18-19

The Oxford English Dictionary gives a helping hand to enable us to see the fine line between amongst and among. Amongst indicates a shifting in position—something that isn’t stationary. Thus Adam and his wife moved throughout the trees (amongst) in multiple hiding places. 

So instead of picturing Adam and Eve hiding behind A tree in a typical hide and seek fashion, I should have “seen” them moving from tree to tree. Perhaps they thought in so doing, they were moving away from the “footsteps” of God. Thus God asked Adam, “Where art thou?” even though He knew exactly where Adam and Eve were.  

There are no excuses that disguise sin from God.

 This teaching is twofold: (1) to remind us that all our excuses to hide or excuse our sins from God are, from His point of view, childish and repulsive; (2) to bring awareness to the importance for each of us to study the Bible and interpret it exactly as it is written: not to add to or subtract from the text. When we feel the Word, God, (“In the beginning was the Word … and the Word was God.” John 1:1) needs correction, let us remember what happened in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve decided that it was no big deal to buy into someone’s “editing” of God’s Word; after all, it was only changing one word! 

What God wrote
Satan’s editing of God’s Word
“… for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:17
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.” Genesis 3:4
Satan changed only one word. He added to the Word of God the adverb not and in so doing (1) called God a liar, (2) implied that God’s Word was flawed and (3) made himself the standard of belief for Adam and Eve.

Blessings unto you and your loves ones as we remain,
In Christ’s Service,
Judith Brumbaugh, Founder/President
RESTORATION OF THE FAMILY, INC.

 This teaching is posted as part of the mission of Restoration Of The Family to equip believers to live, teach, and contend for the faith. We teach from the King James Bible. Please let us know if you: (1) wish to submit questions, (2) would like prayer, (3) would like other materials, or (4) would like a seminar by responding to marriage@RestorationOfTheFamily.com or to our website: RestorationOfTheFamily.org blog:http://blog.familiesRusKJ.org

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Experience A Miracle!

Experience A Miracle - Marriage

Experience A Miracle

Dear Brother or Sister in the LORD:

Many partake of it, but few understand. Even fewer have the reverential fear to honour it as they should—marriage. Yes, that seemingly simple but often very expensive ceremony that accompanies God’s creation of a one-flesh being, from two, would seem, mathematically, a wrong answer. How does two equal one? Yet, that is what God says He does: “And they twain [two] shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.” Mark 10:8

The LORD, in His efforts to help us understand what He teaches, depicts thousands of images through the words He methodically and intentionally chooses. He does this through detailed descriptions and likenesses by using metaphors, similes, and other figures of speech. However, there are none like those picturing marriage, especially the Genesis account of His “hand” supernaturally drawing woman out of man. Yet, man misunderstands, twists, maligns, and tries to restructure this miraculuous creation.

Marriage is the finished work of God.

Here’s what the LORD does. He takes us into the body of Adam—to his rib cage—to help us to understand the depth of what takes place in a marriage through a replay of the creation of the first marriage. The unique physical meshing of Adam’s rib from which the woman is drawn symbolizes the spiritual joining of husband and wife. Yet, it’s not their spirits that are joined but the bone and marrow of their flesh. Additionally, we are told in Malachi 2:14 that this supernatural, invisible, and permanent joining of two into one is a covenant. This covenant, however, is much different from a man-made covenant or a contract.

Study some of the teachings on our website to learn more about the differences between man-made and God-created covenants:
Covenant Marriage Movement (CMM) Beware?
What Happens At the Ceremony?
What Is a Marriage Covenant?

The first visual of marriage is given in that wonderful book of beginnings, Genesis. Carefully savor and study every word of God for “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Psalm 12:6

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Genesis 2:21-23

Yes, woman was PHYSICALLY taken out of man; yet bound, by the spirit of God, to man, to create this miraculous one-flesh joining.

Don’t “touch” God’s Holy Creation”

WHAT God does when He creates marriage is not fully understood by those of us who have become a part of this miracle nor by those who witness the ceremony through which it takes place. Marriage is part of “the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) It’s so real, so holy, so beautiful that God warns us not to “touch” it: not to try to alter it, not to substitute man-made counterfeits, not to compromise in any way the life that God has breathed into it.

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Matthew 19:6 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder [apart]. Mark 10:9

The essence of God’s warnings is not just that God is saying that we shouldn’t, but the fact that no person can put apart WHAT it is that He, God (not man, not the person officiating over the ceremony), has so joined. The LORD’s loving words of warning to “touch not” are clearly stated (“let not man”) because those who do so and try to create marriage apart from what God has set in place put themselves in danger of eternal separation from Him.

Experience a scriptural making of a marriage.
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Please invest one minute to view an animation of God’s miraculous picture of how He creates/sees marriage by clicking on this link or pasting it in your browser. Be sure your sound is turned on: http://blog.familiesruskj.org/?page_id=45

If you know of anyone who has chosen not to love his one-flesh spouse and/or may be wrongly thinking there is someone else that God has or may put in his life, try to help this person to understand that another “joining,” while either part of the one-flesh lives, is impossible.

Consider these questions:

      • Why did Adam say, “This is NOW bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh”?
      • What did Adam understand that few reading those words comprehend?
      • WHAT is it that God joins together (“speaks” into existence) so that it is impossible for man to “put asunder”: to separate, to put apart, to divide, or to dissolve?

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Adam understood — understood that there was no part of woman that he could put apart (and vice versa). God supernaturally joined them, and He would never again see them as two—in the realm of marriage. God, unilaterally, totally completes His part in making the two one (flesh) before they leave the altar. The husband and wife bilaterally covenant each other to uphold God’s conditions of marriage and in so doinig are choosing to be bound (one flesh) until death parts them. And thus the “marriage ceremony” between Adam and Eve was concluded with the words: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be [NOT They shall become—through any acts of man] one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

God is saying what He does is done. It is finished. It is complete. No act of man, no sin, no matter how heinous, can undue or dissolve this new creation—so long as they both shall physically live. Thus many ceremonies are concluded: “… may you so live together in this life that in the world to come you may have life everlasting.” Those so joined [one man and one woman, neither having a living one-flesh spouse] agree to “keep thee only unto her/him, so long as ye both shall live.”

A Gift for our Readers:
We are once again making available to our readers in the United States (one per household) the booklet “With This Ring, I Thee Wed” through the month of October or as our supply allows. Those living outside United States, we ask that you send, in U.S. dollars, shipping and handling ($4.80) to cover the mailing. Email us at marriage@RestorationOfTheFamily.com. We also highly recommend that you consider ordering (under separate cover from our website) the two companion booklets on the home page of our website: What is a wife? and Marriage, Divorce, & “Remarriage.”

Blessings unto you and your loved ones as we remain,
In Christ’s Service,
Judith Brumbaugh, Founder/President
RESTORATION OF THE FAMILY, INC.

This teaching is posted as a part of the mission of Restoration Of The Family to equip believers to live, teach, and contend for the faith. We teach from the King James Bible. Please let us know if you: (1) wish to submit questions, (2) would like prayer, (3) would like other materials, or (4) would like a seminar by responding to: marriage@RestorationOfTheFamily.com or to our website: http://RestorationOfTheFamily.org

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WHY GOD HAD TO SPEAK THROUGH A BEAST OF BURDEN

Why God Spoke Through A Beast Of Burden
 
God can use anyone or any thing to spread the Gospel. However just as He wishes that all would be saved but aren’t, He wishes that those who are saved would be the ones to share not only the gospel Truths about what is “warm and fuzzy,” but also the “hard sayings.” John 6:60. We (you and I) are all charged to “earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3
 
Is it more difficult for you to share Biblical “hard sayings” with friends and relatives than it is to do the same on the mission field or in a foreign land? I don’t know about you, but that is surely true with me. Yet, sharing Truth “out of season” (when it isn’t popular) is the biggest act of love that can be extended to those we love.
 

Why God had to resort to speaking through an ass

Please don’t be offended by the word ass used in its proper context. God uses it 154 times in the Bible. It’s not that God created it vile; it is the sin of man who has so misused this word that even those chosen to preach the Word are timid to speak it as God has preserved it in the Bible. The same thing has happened with words such as hell and even God. None of these three are archaic or hard to understand. They are used blasphemously untold numbers of times every day; yet, they are removed hundreds of times in many Bibles.
 
God had to resort to having an ass speak to his owner, a prophet chosen of God, who had become blinded to a death threat on his life. He was blinded by his own lust when he compromised after being asked by an enemy nation to curse the children of Israel. Prophets are often given tasks to speak what the people do not want to hear and thus they have been stoned, torn apart, rejected, persecuted, punished, and excommunicated. Balaam’s situation, however, was different. He sold out his commission for the “wages of unrighteousness.”
 
For an undetermined number of years, Balaam had talked and walked with the LORD—perhaps just as had Adam and Eve. He, like them, got caught up in covetousness and the lust of his flesh, letting the love of fame and money corrupt his mind and soul. He sold out by subtily* (subtly) compromising God’s Word. (*See Genesis 3:1.) Sadly, this happens even today when Christians and their leaders refuse to speak the Truth (or they sugar coat it) to friends and relatives and to those of the flock of the LORD regarding sin, especially when it is a sin that many are practicing, such as fornication and adultery.
 
Balaam did not want to tell an enemy nation of the Israelites that he would have nothing to do with their conspiracy to destroy them. By so doing a two-fold, self-inflicted punitive judgment came upon Balaam:
 
(1) God “allowed” Balaam to continue in the sin that was in his heart, and
(2) spiritual blindness came into his life (expressed by a physical manifestation of death which he was unable to see). Balaam could not see the danger of death that God had placed before him; yet, Balaam’s faithful ass not only saw it, but tried to protect his master. Being so blinded, Balaam beat his ass three times when the animal refused to move forward into the impeding sword of death.
 

What do we do when we read
a clear prohibition in God’s Word
that goes against our lifestyle
or something we deeply want to do?

Balaam was asked by the Moabites to bring a curse upon the Israelites. At first he said no, but his heart and mouth were not in sync. He got caught in a horrific tragic compromise. As a cover-up, he asked God’s advice, even though he had already asked the same before. God spoke His Word—that he should not commingle with nor assist the enemies of the Israelites. Initially, Balaam didn’t compromise what God had told him, but the “… princes of Moab … sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable … And they came to Balaam … For I will promote thee unto very great honour … curse me this people.” (Numbers 22:14-17) Instead of running in the opposite direction and having nothing to do with the enemies of the Israelites, Balaam played with the metaphorical “snake.” He asked God the same question again, already knowing what God had previously told him and that God’s Word never changes. Balaam said to the servants of Balak, “… I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.” Numbers 22:19.
 

Woe unto us when we will not receive God’s Word.

How many of us have done the very same thing? We have read a very clearly written command or precept in the Bible; yet, we pray and ask God for a way around it or seek to see if some pastor or other Biblical scholar has a different interpretation that will please our flesh. We fast; we ask other Christians to have God show us what to do. Likewise, this was what was happening in the divided heart of Balaam.
 

What comes next in this passage
is something very important
but what many may miss.

God seemingly changed His mind, encouraged Balaam to sin, and then afterward punished him: “And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them … And Balaam rose up in the morning and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.” Numbers 22:20, 21
 

You must study this incredible series of events
(and consider the importance of reading and receiving
the whole counsel of God).

To properly interpret Scripture we must often look beyond the immediate verses. “Search the scriptures …” is the instruction of God. John 5:39 Many saints come up with false doctrine because they don’t search all of the Scripture on a given topic.
 
Almost immediately, it seems, that God was unfair to Balaam: “God’s anger was kindled because he [Balaam] went …” Numbers 22:22 God sent an “adversary” against Balaam. This adversary was an angel of death—sent because Balaam had let sin blind him to discernment of danger. Sadly, he could not recognize that death was at his doorstep. Ironically, Balaam’s faithful ass saw and tried to protect his master—not once, but three times to stop, even as Balaam beat him for not continuing into the impeding danger to which Balaam had blinded himself: “And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.” Numbers 22:27
 
It was a miraculous thing that happened. The ass spoke with man’s words: “… the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.” 2 Peter 2:16 “And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay. Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
 

Many “smite” the messengers of God.

And the angel of the LORD said unto him [Balaam], Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.” Numbers 22:28-34
 
“And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man …” Genesis 6:3 God changes His Word for no man; it is man who often changes God’s words to justify sinful lifestyles and acts. God has recorded for all mankind, for all ages exactly what He means and changes it not—for the lost or the saved. “Jesus [the Word] is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8 There will come a time when the transgressor will not be able to turn from the sin he has chosen—likely because he has lived in the transgression and rationalized it so long that his conscience has become seared so that evil becomes good in his mind. “So they did eat, and were well filled: for he [God] gave them their own desire … but while their meat was yet in their mouths, the wrath of God came upon them, and [He] slew … and smote … the chosen men of Israel.” Psalm 78:29-31
 

Do you know anyone who might unknowingly be
under God’s punitive favor?

This is what happened to Balaam. God clearly gave the Word, but Balaam’s flesh wanted the pleasures of this world; so when he played the game of trickery with God, the LORD gave him over to his own lust and told him to go ahead and do what He knew was in Balaam’s heart. Study Romans 1:28-32 and 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12. Sin is “allowed” because of man’s hardened heart but it is never sanctioned by God. Study Matthew 19:8-9. It’s one of many such examples in the Scripture: “He [Jesus] saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered [allowed] you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” What follows is God’s punitive judgment for man’s refusal to obey Him: “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife … and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” Jesus clearly defines the sin of dishonouring His covenant of marriage then gives the punitive judgment on those whom He “allows” to live therein—because of what He says is “hardness of hearts.” 
 
This is the judgment (God’s punitive favor) that many in this life do not comprehend. God never approves of sin and will judge every sin from which transgressors refuse to turn. God allows or  “suffers” people to divorce, lie, cheat, steal, murder—even to enter into and live in adulterous relationships for many years because they choose to reject His Word and harden their hearts against Him. This was the case with Balaam. Study more about God’s punitive favor in The Miracle of Marriage.
 

The message for us when we consider
compromise against God’s Word …

This is the warning we should see and apply to our lives when we read the account of Balaam’s ass who spoke to give his master (Balaam) warning of impending danger. It should have been such a frightening warning that Balaam would have turned away from any allegiances with evil, but he didn’t.
 
Read more of this prophet (in Numbers 22-31). He was called of God but fell away because he got caught up in sin. There are also several other Scriptural commentaries on Balaam’s defection in both Testaments: Numbers 31:16; Deuteronomy 23:4, 2 Peter 2:14-16; Jude 11, and Revelation 2:14.
 
Is God tying to use you to speak to others who are living, perhaps unknowingly, blinded under God’s punitive favor? Or perhaps are you doing so, even knowing that God warns against it and may even say in the Bible that He hates what you are doing in one or more areas of your life?
 
Let us not go the way of Balaam.
 
Blessings unto you and your loves ones as we remain
In Christ’s Service,
Judith Brumbaugh, Founder/President
Restoration Of The Family, Inc.
 
This teaching is posted as part of the mission of Restoration Of The Family to equip believers to live, teach, and contend for the faith. We teach from the King James Bible. Please let us know if you  (1) wish to submit questions, (2) would like prayer, or (3) would like other materials by responding to marriage@RestorationOfTheFamily.com or go to our website: http://www.restorationofthefamily.org/Our mailing address is PO Box 621342 Oviedo FL 32762-1342.
 

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