“Science & Dinosaurs: What’s the Truth?” August 24

 

Science & Dinosaurs: What's the Truth? - Does the Bible say anything about Dinosaurs and does God expect us to take what Scripture says about creation and other areas of science and history literally? Does whether or not we believe what it says about creations affect our trust in God and His Word? Are there scientists who, actually, believe the creation account in Genesis? How can we defend out beliefs and help our children understand why they can trust the Bible when they're being told the opposite in their schools and universities?Does the Bible say anything about Dinosaurs and does God expect us to take what Scripture says about creation and other areas of science and history literally? Does whether or not we believe what it says about creations affect our trust in God and His Word? Are there scientists who, actually, believe the creation account in Genesis? How can we defend out beliefs and help our children understand why they can trust the Bible when they’re being told the opposite in their schools and universities?

 

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

 

Science & Dinosaurs: What’s the Truth?

 

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.”

Now let’s look at another passage from today’s readings:

 

Does the Bible Talk about Dinosaurs?

 

Job 40:15-24:

15 “Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you;
He eats grass like an ox.
16 See now, his strength is in his hips,
And his power is in his stomach muscles.
17 He moves his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
18 His bones are like beams of bronze,
His ribs like bars of iron.
19 He is the first of the ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
20 Surely the mountains yield food for him,
And all the beasts of the field play there.
21 He lies under the lotus trees,
In a covert of reeds and marsh.
22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade;
The willows by the brook surround him.
23 Indeed the river may rage,
Yet he is not disturbed;
He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,
24 Though he takes it in his eyes,
Or one pierces his nose with a snare.

John MacArthur in his Daily Bible comments had this to say:

While this [behemoth] is a generic term used commonly in the Old Testament for large cattle or land animals, the description in this passage suggests an extraordinary creature. The hippopotamus has been suggested by the details in the passage (vv. 19–24). However, the short tail of a hippo is hardly consistent with v. 17, where tail could be translated “trunk.” It could refer to an elephant, who could be considered “first” or chief of God’s creatures whom only He can control (v. 19). Some believe God is describing His most impressive creation of land animals, the dinosaur species, which fit all the characteristics.

You might be surprised to learn that there are many theologians who believe the “behemoth” spoken about in this passage was a dinosaur. If so, that would mean 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!

Today there are many scientists and other learned men and women, as well as theologians, who believe the Bible’s account of creation. That includes a very different timeline for history.

If you’d like to learn more about creation science, there are a variety of good websites and resources. Ken Ham has an organization called Answers in Genesis. The Institute for Creation Research is another incredible organization. They produce books and videos, do conferences and will soon be building a new science and history museum in the Dallas area. I understand that it’s a $35-40 million dollar project. You can go to their website and learn more about it (click on Discovery Center). Or you can watch this video:

 

 

Another example of ICR’s resources:

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“Satan, Swords & Fighting Temptation” January 4

 

Satan, Swords & Fighting - What was going on during Jesus' temptation in the wilderness that we use everyday in our lives? How does memorizing Scripture help protect us from the attacks of Satan and how does he use Scripture against us?What was going on during Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness that we use everyday in our lives? How does memorizing Scripture help protect us from the attacks of Satan and how does he use Scripture against us?

Also, did you know that every major civilization has a “flood story” as part of its oral or written history? What does the biblical account of the flood teach us about God, His character and His sovereign control of world events?

 

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 7 & 8
Psalm 3.1-4
Proverbs 1.20-22
Matthew 4.1-25

 

Satan, Swords & Fighting Temptation

 

Matthew 4.1-25:

The Sword of the Spirit

 

150 Year Old Bible With SwordAs we read the story of Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness, we see the importance of having a storehouse of God’s Word in our hearts. It is the sword of the Spirit as Ephesians 6.17 refers to it, the only offensive weapon listed among the pieces of the armor of God. The word properly understood and applied helps protect us from attacks and temptation.

Psalm 119.11 says, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.”

But notice that the devil knows Scripture, too. In verse 6 see how he took it and twisted its meaning to fit his purpose. That’s why it’s important to study and understand God’s Word and to read it in context, both the immediate context of the story, chapter, and book in which it is contained, and also, in the context of all of Scripture. Doing so helps us recognize false teaching and poor Bible interpretation.

Jerry Bridges in The Pursuit of Holiness says this about memorizing Scripture, “The Holy Spirit wrote the Scriptures; we learn the Scriptures; the Holy Spirit brings to our mind what we learn; we apply what He brings to mind.”

But if we don’t learn God’s Word, we short circuit the whole process. We are faced with tests, trial, decisions, and temptations all the time. Instead of being able to respond based on the truths the Holy Spirit brings to mind, we’ll respond based on our feelings or what seems right to us. So we end up leading weak, anemic Christian lives!  Continue reading