“Lawsuits, Dinosaurs & the Bible” August 24

 

Justice sign on a Law Courts building

What does the Bible say about lawsuits? How should we respond if we think we have been wronged?
Does the Bible have anything to say about dinosaurs? Did Job talk about them and how would he have known? Could the answer be plain?

 

Today’s Readings:
Job 39 & 40
Psalm 101.1-4
Proverbs 23.29-30:
1 Corinthians 6.1-20

 

Lawsuits, Dinosaurs & the Bible

 

Job 39 & 40:

Demanding Answers

 

Even though Job was a righteous man, he had, perhaps pridefully, believed he needed to understand what was happening and why? In this passage God opened his eyes to just how little he really understood. Job quickly acknowledged his mistake. Job 40:3-5:

Then Job answered the Lord and said: “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”

 

The Bible & Dinosaurs

 

dinosaurAn interesting note, check out John MacArthur’s Daily Bible comments about 40.15-24. You might be surprised to learn that many believe the “behemoth” spoken about in this passage was a dinosaur. That means Job knew what dinosaurs were. The most likely explanation would be because they co-existed with people instead of living “millions and millions of years ago,” as we are taught as fact!

If you’d like to learn more about creation science, there are a variety of good websites and resources. You might want to start with Ken Ham’s website Answers in Genesis

 

Psalm 101.1-4:

Knowing Sin Intimately

 

David declared that he would “not know wickedness.” The word for “know” there means to know something definitely or intimately. It is the same word used to say that Adam “knew” Eve and they conceived a son. So while we are all sinners and will fall short of God’s best, if we are believers we won’t choose to “know” sin intimately. We won’t hang on to it. We will repent and seek to turn from it.

 

Proverbs 23.29-30:

Those Who Linger Long at the Wine

 

wine alcoholWho has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.

Nothing much has changed when it comes to drunkenness!

While the Bible doesn’t condemn all drinking, it does forbid drunkenness (Eph. 5.18) and warns against the dangers of drinking to excess (Gal. 5.21; Prov. 20.1; Hos. 4.11; Is. 5.11). It also tells us to not let our freedom be a stumbling block to others (Rom. 14.21).

 

1 Corinthians 6.1-20:

Suing Another Believer

 

“Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?” (1 Cor. 6.7-9a).

Believers are forbidden from suing or taking other believers to court. As believers we should be able to work out our differences, either between ourselves or with the help of our pastors or church leaders.

The question for us is the same as it was for the Corinthians, “Why do you not rather accept wrong … or let yourselves be cheated?”

A Christian does not need to be constantly defending his or her rights, looking out for number one, or making sure she is not a “doormat.” We should be much more concerned about whether or not God is receiving glory through our lives and responses. Romans 12.19b-21 tells us
:

“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
 “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
 If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
 For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

I know there are times when we are sued by someone else or a spouse has filed for a divorce or petitioned the court to take away custody of minor children. In those cases, Romans 13 tells us that we are to obey the civil authorities and should respond to the summons or other requests. But even then, we are not to have a get-even or a get-all-I-can attitude. Instead, we should respond faithfully, truthfully, kindly and by trusting God.

prayer trusting GodLord, help us to not be constantly focused on ourselves and our own self-interest. Help us to be kingdom-minded, trusting you and doing all in our power to see that You receive glory and honor in every area of our lives. Help us to trust You to deal with those who do us wrong in Your timing and in Your way. Help us to bless them and overcome evil with good. We ask this in Christ’s name and for His glory. Amen.

 

Blessings,
Donna

 

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2 thoughts on ““Lawsuits, Dinosaurs & the Bible” August 24

  1. These are all interesting topics, but I’m really drawn to the one on David since I just finished up 1 Samuel and am in the middle of 2 Samuel just after David was confronted by Nathan. He unfortunately “knew” sin then. But I’ve never realized that is word “know” in Psalm 101 meant something that deep and significant. Thanks for that nugget of truth and all you do to approach things from a biblical standpoint, Donna!

    • And thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. I love getting those little “nuggets,” too. Blessings!

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