Science and the Bible (6)

2017-08-11
Genesis 6:14-15 NLT

In the Bible, we can find the original plan for building big ships. In Genesis, God told Noah to build a 1.5 million-cubic-foot ship and fill it with enough people and animals to repopulate the earth after the flood. And the specific dimensions God gave to Noah turned out to be significant. In 1609 in Hoorn, Holland, a ship was built in the same proportions and it revolutionised shipbuilding. According to Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (see The World Almanac), by the year 1900 every large ship was built to a similar size as Noah’s Ark. There’s even evidence to show that the world was once destroyed by a massive flood. About 85 per cent of the rock surfaces around the world are made up of sedimentary rock, which shows that at some time in the past, the world was covered by water. The Bible also talks about meteorology. Solomon wrote, ‘The wind blows to the south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles’ (Ecclesiastes 1:6 NLT). The air around the earth turns in huge circles, anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Because of this knowledge, meteorologists are able to predict what the weather’s going to be like. (They might get it wrong sometimes, but the majority of times, their predictions are accurate!). There isn’t any book like the Bible. When we believe its core message of salvation through Christ, we have peace and joy now, plus the hope that we’ll be with God in heaven for eternity. It doesn’t get better than that.

1 Chr 16-18; Mark 4:13-25; Ps 119:49-56; Prov 21:4-6

Humble yourself

2017-05-09
Daniel 4:34 NKJV

God always responds in love to a humble heart, and He always rejects a proud one. One moment King Nebuchadnezzar was boasting about having built the world’s most advanced civilization. The next moment he’d lost his mind and was crawling on all fours, eating grass like an animal. But when he repented, God restored him to his throne. He said: “I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me… Now I…praise…the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down” (vv. 34, 37 NKJV). To fall is bad enough; but to fall and not cry out for help, or refuse to repent of your sin, is worse than the fall itself. Maybe you’re ashamed to let anyone know you’ve fallen. Is your public image so important that you’re willing to continue on in your pitiful state? Are you so deceived that you refuse to acknowledge you need God? Stop being so proud! Isn’t that what caused you to fall in the first place? Pride is dangerous because it forces you to languish needlessly in a helpless state for days – sometimes years. The truth is, if you’d asked for help sooner you could have gotten up and gone on with your life. But the good news is – it’s not too late to repent and acknowledge your need of God. When Nebuchadnezzar did that, his reason and understanding returned.

Where humility leaves you


Daniel 4:34 NKJV

When we’re at our lowest, when we’ve sinned, or when we feel utterly left out or overlooked, right then we can choose to run after humility, or run after pride. It’s up to us. But if we choose humility, God loves to step in. God always rejects a proud heart, but he responds in love to a humble one. Both happened to King Nebuchadnezzar: one moment he was boasting about having built the world’s most advanced civilisation, the next he’d lost his mind and was crawling on all fours, eating grass like donkey. But when he looked up to heaven humbly, God restored him. He said: ‘I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me…Now I…praise…the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down’ (vv. 34, 37 NKJV). When you feel like you’ve got absolutely nothing left, and you look up to God, He does miracles. Pride’s dangerous because it forces you to loiter helplessly. Eventually you feel stuck forever, even though if you’d asked for help sooner you could have got up and gone on with your life. But the good news is, it’s never too late to repent (in other words, radically change everything), and acknowledge you need God. When Nebuchadnezzar did that, his whole mind returned, and he found it easy to praise God.

Die oordeelsdag sal ‘n wonderlike dag vir jou wees

2017-03-20
1 Johannes 4:17 DB

“Sal jy hemel toe gaan omdat jy waardig is? Nee, jy sal hemel toe gaan omdat Jesus, die
Een in wie jy jou vertroue geplaas het, waardig is! ‘Hiertoe is God se liefde ten volle in
ons verwesenlik, dat ons vrymoedigheid kan hê op die oordeelsdag. Want dan sal ons
ook in hierdie wêreld wees soos Hý is. Ware liefde het nie plek vir vrees nie; volwasse
liefde dryf die vrees uit omdat vrees nog met straf behep is, en wie aanhou vrees, het
nog nie dié volwasse liefde bemeester nie’ (verse 17-19 NLV). Op die oordeelsdag sal
aardse rykdom nie saak maak nie. Fisiese skoonheid sal nie ingereken word nie. Roem
sal vergeet word. Jy mag dalk langs Napoleon of Julius Ceasar staan, maar jy sal hulle
nie oor Waterloo of Brutus uitvra nie. Alle oë sal op Jesus gerig wees. Diegene wat
Hom geïgnoreer het sal hoor ‘…Gaan weg van My af…’ (Matteus 25:41 NLV). Vir diegene
wat Hom egter as hulle Here en Redder aanvaar het, hoef daar geen vrees te wees
nie. Ons kan vrymoedigheid hê op die oordeelsdag. Dink daaroor! God sien jou op
dieselfde manier as wat Hy Jesus sien – waardig en aanvaarbaar. Omdat jy in Christus
is, kan jy die oordeelsdag op dieselfde manier as Hy sien – met vrymoedigheid. Vrees
Christus veroordeling? Nee, ‘n sondelose siel hoef nie. Vrees Hy die dood? Nee, die
gewer van lewe sal nie. Moet ons wat in Christus is dan veroordeling of die dood vrees?
Glad nie: ‘…In hierdie wêreld is ons situasie immers presies dieselfde as Jesus s’n…’ Die
oordeelsdag sal dus ‘n wonderlike dag vir jou wees!”

Judgement day will be a great day for you


1 John 4:17 MSG

“The idea of judgement day can cause us to fear. We don’t like the idea of being
judged. But the Bible says, ‘As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we
will not be afraid on the day of judgement, but we can face him with confidence
because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because
perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this
shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love’ (vv. 17-18 NLT). On
the day of judgement, things like money, beauty and fame won’t matter. So we
shouldn’t be putting our efforts into building up these things while we’re here
on earth. Our focus should be on living in the way that God has called us to live,
but with a recognition that we’re never going to be able to be perfect here on
earth. God’s grace covers us and He sees us the way He sees Christ – worthy and
accepted. Without God’s judgement, we couldn’t have God’s justice. Without
God’s judgement we’d lose sight of our sin, and the amazing grace that He
gives us. ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast’
(Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV). When we’re ‘in Christ’ we can view judgement day the
way He does – with confidence. On that day, the focus will be on Jesus and if
we’ve accepted Him as our Lord and Saviour then we don’t have to fear.”