Shelby G. Floyd
Good morning church. We are glad to see a good number present for worship today, even though this is the two-week break for the schools in this area. In our adult class this quarter we have been studying the book of Exodus. Jerry Stephens did a good job teaching the class on the subject of the Passover. Therefore, many of you will be somewhat familiar with the topic that I am discussing today, which is, THE HARDENING OF PHARAOH’S HEART.
FREE WILL OF MANKIND
I think most of you would agree that God created mankind with free will. We are not robots! We are free to make our choices, and when we make our choices, we must live with the consequences. According to the Bible, we have all chosen to be sinners. But we do not need to live with the eternal consequences of our sin. Because God Almighty sent his son Jesus Christ into the world to be our Passover Lamb—the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Therefore we do not need to suffer the eternal consequences of our sin. God is merciful, loving and forgiving. Continue reading “THE HARDENING OF PHARAOH’S HEART”
Shelby G. Floyd
CHRIST AND THE BOOK OF MALICHI
Jesus Christ endorsed the authority and inspiration of Malachi the prophet, by quoting Malachi 3:1, and applying it to John the Baptist:
24 When the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written:
‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’
28 For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
(Luke 7: 24-28 NKJV).
Notice that our Lord quoted Malachi 3:1, and applied it to John the Baptist. Obviously, Jesus accepted Malachi as an inspired writer or he would not have said, “It is written.” The phrase “it is written” is equivalent to saying, “The word of God says.” Therefore, our Lord received Malachi’s writing as the inspired word of God and Malachi as the author of the book which bears his name. Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 7”
Shelby G. Floyd
Some people are two-faced. Now that I have your attention, I do not mean to be offensive to you, but some of us are two-faced in this sense—the month of January is named after the Roman god Janus. Janus was pictured as a two-faced man; one face turned back toward the old year with its sorrows, disappointments and shortcomings, and the other face was toward the New Year with all of its hopes, and anticipations of good things to come.
Too many of us are like Janus, we’re trying to look back at the old year, and at the same time trying to look forward to the New Year. In that sense we are two-faced. Continue reading “Go Forward”