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Золотые стихи из Библии:

1." Надейся на Господа всем сердцем твоим и не полагайся на разум твой. Во всех путях познавай Его, и Он направит стези твои. Не будь мудрецом в глазах твоих; бойся Господа и удаляйся от зла."Пр.3:5-7.

2." Не любите мира, ни того, что в мире; кто любит мир, в том нет любви Отчей; Ибо все, что в мире: похоть плоти, похоть очей и гордость житейская, не есть от Отца, но от мира(сего)."1Иоан.2:15-16.

3. "Больше всего хранимого храни сердце твое, потому что из него источники жизни."Пр.4:23.

4."...Бог есть любовь, и пребывающий в любви пребывает в Боге, и Бог в нем."1 Иоан.4:16(2).

5. "Ибо так возлюбил Бог мир, что отдал Сына Своего единородного, дабы всякий, верующий в Него, не погиб, но имел жизнь вечную." Иоан.3:16.

6."Перестаньте вы надеяться на человека, которого дыхание в ноздрях его, ибо что он значит?"Ис.2:22.

7."Кто хранит уста свои и язык свой, тот хранит от бед душу свою". Пр.21:23.

8. "Долготерпеливый лучше храброго, и владеющий собою лучше завоевателя города." Пр.16:32.

9."Оправдывающий нечестивого и обвиняющий праведного - оба мерзость пред Господом". Пр.17:15.

10."Кто ведет дело разумно, тот найдет благо, и кто надеется на Господа, тот блажен". Пр.16:20.

Sermon of the week

 

 Idol
"Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, its height sixty cubits, its breadth six cubits: he set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon." Daniel 3:1.
  Go back a bit in history and remember the events associated with the gold statue, which Nebuchadnezzar put into his Babylonian Empire.  He had a dream, the contents of which nobody could tell, but to interpret the more.  But Daniel was able to do it.  And it was a dream: "You, o king, had such a vision: behold, a great image; it was huge, this image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before thee, and terrible was his appearance. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. You saw him till that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, struck the image's iron and clay feet, and broke them. Then all together broke: iron, clay, copper, silver and gold became as dust on the summer threshing floors and the wind carried them away, and no trace remained from them; and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. This is a dream! Say to the king the interpretation. Thou, o king, king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a Kingdom, power, strength and glory, and all the sons of men, wherever they dwell, the beasts of the earth and the fowls of the heaven hath He given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. You are that head of gold!" Daniel.2:31-35.
   And Daniel interpreted the dream means, where the head of gold was Nebuchadnezzar himself and his Empire with all its grandeur and richness.  Next come the history of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, and the last Kingdom will be the Kingdom of our Lord.
   But are more interested in an image of gold, symbolizing the Babylonian Empire with the reign of a strong ruler Nebuchadnezzar.  Interesting ancient Babylon.  Was it a great city?  Here's how to describe it historians and archaeologists: "the City of Babylon, where Daniel performed his Ministry, was a unique city of the ancient world. Located in the center of the beginning of human race, near Eden garden, built around a tower of Babel, the first capital of the Empire, a favourite place of residence of the Babylonian, Assyrian and Persian kings, even Alexander the Great, showing his influence on the entire pre-Christian era. Babylon dostich Zenith of its glory in the days of Daniel with [navukhodonosore], the friend of Daniel, who reigned 45 years, never ceasing to adorn their palaces and temples.
   The size of the city. Ancient historians say that the wall of the city of Babylon was 100 km long, 25 km on each side of the city. The wall is 90 m high and 25 m thick. The base of the wall was 12 m deep, so that the enemies could not dig under the wall. The wall was built of brick, measuring 25cm in length and width and 10 cm thick. Between the city and the wall was a clear space of 112 km around the entire city. The wall was also protected by channels filled with water. In the wall were 250 towers and guard rooms for the guards. In the wall there were 100 gates of brass. The city was divided by the river Euphrates nearly into two equal parts. The river was enclosed by a wall of bricks in which there were 25 gates for the connection of streets, ferries and one bridge on stone pillars, with a length of 1 km, 10 m wide with drawbridges, which at night was raised. From one part of town to the other under the river was made in a tunnel 5 m wide and 4 m high. Excavations of recent years definitely confirm the records of ancient historians seemed to some people a legendary.
The great temple of Marduk (Baal) standing next to the tower of Babel and was considered the greatest sanctuary in all the Euphrates valley. In it stood a Golden statue of Baal and the Golden table weighing not less than 21 000 kg. on the Top of the table stood a Golden image of Baal and Astarte, two Golden lions and a Golden table with a length of 15 m and a width of 5 m, and on it a Golden image of a man with a height of 6 m. Truly Babylon was the "city of gold" (Not. 14:4). The inhabitants were very pious. The city was 53 temple-temples and 180 altars for the worship of Astarte." Reference Gelleya.
   Amazing wealth, greatness and power of the Empire.  By the way, pay attention to the size of the Golden statues, which were erected by Nebuchadnezzar: the height of it sixty cubits, in width six, that is 30 meters by 3 meters.  A lot of gold. Here, truly was a Golden time.
   But the question arises: what prompted the king to make a new image.  Is in Babylon, had no other gods and idols?  But, remembering the dream, everything becomes clear.  Daniel said to the king: "Thou art this head of gold."  He realized a dream literally and, apparently, decided to exalt himself and to put himself as a God.  He understood it so, forgetting about the interpretation of the dream.
   Amazing how the people of this world.  As often, many people understand literally and what this are the consequences.  After all, it is not strange that many Christian traditions and understanding take the base from the Bible, but understood differently.  Let's take a few examples:
   First: the cross.  The words of Jesus Christ: "he called the multitude with His disciples, and said to them: whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." Mark.8:34.
   Why the Lord spoke so vividly?  I think that those who want to understand will understand.  But apparently not everyone wants.  Someone does not want to bear the cross.  For some, it may seem very difficult.  Because the cross is our life, with its difficulties, problems, worries, disease.  The cross is our labor to the glory of God.  And the cross, figuratively speaking, you have to bear.  Every Christian has his own.  God will not give a person anything beyond their ability, but just enough to be able to bear it.  To avoid the cross, I think, impossible.
   But some people prefer to understand everything literally.  The cross, what should it be?  What form and what is it made of?  Of course, the cross is also a symbol.  And there is nothing wrong if I, for example, wear a cross.  But how on the cross Christ said?  Of course, you can wear a cross, but take the other cross, the true, the one about which Jesus spoke.  Someone thinks that the cross is enough.
   Under the cross and understand the cross signs.  For example, during prayers when the hands make the cross, giving it a mystical significance.  But again, this prayer is not enough.  God is our heart and prayer is conversation with God.  For this you need to include the hand or not only hands, but the heart and the head.  The problem is that many people understand it literally, without trying to fathom it.  Hence the consequences: people walk around the Church, and not becoming a full-fledged believers who have the Holy spirit, and hence eternal life.  Instead of prayer - the cross sign; instead of living with Christ - crosses.
   Moreover, TIC tie and a kin d of superstitious mysticism.
   Second.  Living water.  In Scripture a lot of places talking  about water and living water.  One of them we read in the gospel of John, when Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman: "Jesus said to her: if you knew the gift of God and Who says to you, give Me to drink, then you'd ask Him, and He would give you living water. The woman saith unto Him, sir! you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep: from whence then have you that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus said to her: everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John.4:10-14.
   What kind of water was it?  If plain water, you can drink it.  Living water, which Christ said has an interesting property: it gives eternal life, it is the source of water, springing up into everlasting life, and drinking it, will not thirst forever.  This water is the Word of God and the presence of the Holy spirit, who gives new spiritual birth.  And, subsequently, the person becomes a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. " He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, Whom had believe on Him should receive: for not yet was the Holy spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified." John. 7:38-39. And again: "Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." John.3:5.
   The Bible clearly tells us that this living water.  Here is the spiritual sense and need to be understood, of course, not literally.  Who can drink the living water, that is, who will not be feasting on the Word of God and who is not sealed by the Holy Spirit and is void of Him, he will not be able to enter into eternal life.  In other words: to have Jesus Christ as your personal Savior - living water and eternal life.  Only He gives her.
   But can be understood in the literal sense.  It is possible to fill the receptacles, then drink.  Maybe it has healing properties...I don't know.  It is bad when the focus is on minor things, not relevant to spiritual life, hence the consequences: instead of having to live the commandments of God and to be filled with power from on high, many just drink water, believing that it is very important.
   Third. The tradition of PA Easter walk to the cemetery.  Where did that come from?  Read the gospel of Matthew: "And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in TWAIN from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked and the rocks were split; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints arose and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the Holy city and appeared to many." Matt.27:51-53.
   It was a very strong sign happened on Easter in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was once, and has a value.  Christ came as the Savior of all the righteous who lived before His coming, during and of course after.  And those souls that were among His favorites, but lived up to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, went into the Holy city, that is another place.  It was a sign pointing to the significance of the event and subsequently not repeated.  However, instead of on Easter to go to Church to give glory to God and be happy, many people go to the cemetery, perhaps in order to see the sign.  While some drink alcohol there.
   Fourth. The worship of the dead. "And Elisha died, and they buried him. And bands of the Moabites came into the land next year. Was that when he buried one person, seeing this troop pallbearers threw the man into the sepulchre of Elisha; and when he drop his touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood on his feet." 4 kingdoms.13:20-21.
   It's not just that the bones had such power, then again, it was a one-time event and pointed to the prophet Elisha and the power that he had, not his bones.  But the people here began to understand literally, and soon it turned into the worship of relics.  And even worse: parts of dead bodies. Consequences: blind bigotry and absolute lack of understanding of the simplicity of the gospel.
   When reading the Bible it is important to learn to understand the meaning of written, and not pull a verse out of context, that is, General content on a specific topic and build on this whole doctrine.  And moreover, it is impossible to understand everything literally, we must try to understand the meaning.  I will cite some examples: "If thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life without an arm or without a leg than with two hands and two feet to be cast into everlasting fire; and if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee: it is better for thee with one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire." Matt.18:8-9.
   Question: is there a person who has never offended in their lives?  I think there are none.  But if we understand it literally says, it will all be without hands, feet, eyes.  The meaning: all means necessary to escape from sin, even if it costs us our health or well-being.  Joseph, while in Egypt in the house Potifara, broke away from his wife Potifar, leaving his clothes in her hands and ran away.  Subsequently, as we know, it turned out, at about the hex in the dungeon.  But God blessed his life and he subsequently became the second man in Egypt after Pharaoh.
   Another example: "And  I say unto you, resist not evil. But whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also;" Matt.5:39.
   If understood literally, then I think it will be very torturers.  The point is that people have learned to stop the evil and their desire for revenge would have given to the Lord.  This verse is necessarily to be understood in conjunction with the others: "repay no one evil for evil, but Petites about good to all men. If possible, on your part, live at peace with all men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God's wrath. For it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. So, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink: for in doing this, you will heap on his head burning coals. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Rome.12:17-21.
   It is very important to understand the Bible in context, comparing all the verses on a particular topic.  And only then everything will fall into place.  And I repeat: not everything should be taken literally.  In the Scriptures many truths and events recorded in such a way that only by matching together all the verses on a specific topic, create a full picture, and for this you should know the Bible itself and to be filled with power from on high.
   After all, even the image of Jesus Christ the son of God runs through all Scripture.  That is where we will know His character, His Ministry, His priesthood, as He had to come into the world, where to be born and who we must be to the lost world.  All this is described in different places of the old Testament book.  Putting all this evidence together, we conclude: that Jesus came two thousand years ago, and is Christ, that is, the Mission, the Savior of the world.
   Interesting, but the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the books of the old Testament.  In fact, Christ explained to the people what has already been written about Him in Scripture and in the law of Moses.  Only need to understand the meaning. "Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me." John.5:39. and, "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me." John.5:46.
   And the law of Moses, in types, were talking about our Redeemer. "Do not think that I will accuse you before Father have on you, the Prosecutor, Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me." John 5:45-46.
   Blessed is the man who understands the Bible and makes the right conclusions.
   Nebuchadnezzar understood the dream in their own way.  The consequence of idol worship, violence.  All that is common to all religious people who do not wish to live according to the will of God and do not want to see the true meaning of the Scriptures and many, unfortunately, tend to understand differently.


   Be blessed!

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