Exactly what formed my opinion or my thought? Honestly I am certainly not alone. I find it interesting to ask someone. “You know that verse in the bible that talks about how a lion and a lamb will lie together?” They ALWAYS say, “Oh YES!” I love it when you can say, “well, that is not what it says”. As a matter of fact I did that yesterday with a coworker. She had a bible on her desk and so I said get your bible and see what it says. She did and she read it. The look on her face was priceless. NOW, let me be clear, I certainly had the same look of bewilderment on my face when I first became aware of this. I was in the privacy of my home in personal study instead of someone telling me about it. It was a couple of years ago when I realized this was incorrect memory of scripture . Really, I never memorized it, but it was just a thing in my mind where I thought that was what scripture said because I always heard that. BUT WHY? Why do so many say the bible has been changed? Well, I ran across a comment someone made on a video I was watching. I am so glad that I saw it! It cleared up the MYSTERY! I am in my 50’s! The commenter had said the Lion and the Lamb was written in the well known literature by Mark Twain. This is classic literature right? Who hasn’t had to study and read that book at some point in school? Who maybe has even watched the movie? The comment didn’t say where it was in the book so I went on a search. Finally I found it. It is in chapter 5 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Below I have copied it from the online book I found. I would ask you to read the short part.
Ask yourself, is it possible that most of us believed that is what was written in the bible although many of us probably at one time couldn’t have told you where it was, but we thought it because of this book we were ALMOST ALL exposed to growing up? I find it interesting that in a fictional book we would all cling so closely in our minds to something written it it as truth. Why? Is it because it was a fictional pastor who said it in the fictional book?
Now that we know why that might be in our minds I would challenge everyone to go out and ask your bible savvy friends if they like the verse about the lion and the lamb and if they don’t call you out on it then tell them they are incorrect and that it says wolf and ask them to look up verse Isaiah 11:6 And read it.
Then, share what just might be the reason why.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. …taken from chapter 5- by Mark Twain
The minister gave out his text and droned along monotonously through an argument that was so prosy that many a head by and by began to nod —and yet it was an argument that dealt in limitless fire and brimstone and tdownhinned the predestined elect down to a company so small as to be hardly worth the saving. Tom counted the pages of the sermon; after church he always knew how many pages there had been, but he seldom knew anything else about the discourse. However, this time he was really interested for a little while. The minister made a grand and moving picture of the assembling together of the world’s hosts at the millennium when the lion and the lamb should lie down together and a little child should lead them. But the pathos, the lesson, the moral of the great spectacle were lost upon the boy; he only thought of the conspicuousness of the principal character before the on–looking nations; his face lit with the thought, and he said to himself that he wished he could be that child, if it was a tame lion.
Here is what the scripture actually says.
Isaiah 11:6 KJV
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
American Standard Version
And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Warnings have been shown. Warnings have been spoken. Be prepared with the sword of the Spirit. Be ready to give an answer to anyone asking a question.
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Oh, to worship the One true God!
To honor the only One true God!
To glorify God!
He is holy!
Hear and SEE the voice of God!
His power is unmistakable!
Do you know Him?
A Psalm of David.
Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters:
The God of glory thundereth:
The Lord is upon many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars;
Yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
He maketh them also to skip like a calf;
Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness;
The Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve,
And discovereth the forests:
And in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
The Lord sitteth upon the flood;
Yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.
The Lord will give strength unto his people;
The Lord will bless his people with peace.
I was thinking about parents training their children.
The teachers who sincerely want students to learn morally right & wrong.
I have heard and even done so myself…”stop that or this or that’ll happen!” Often parents and teachers or those in charge do nothing, follow through does not happen. “But the next time…I mean it!” They quickly begin to not worry about what we say. They do as they wish.
Isn’t that the same thing as the REDLINE that our president drew?
I am not taking up for him BELIEVE me, but how is it any different than what many of us do everyday, or at least most of us have done at some point. THEN, I began to think about that as I was reading the words of our Lord. The living word. How often have we read about the judgement that will come? The famines? The pestilence? The terror unlike anything before? They are often referred to as warnings. I think we could also call them redlines. In Ezekiel 14 is just one example and you will find it below. You know, I have to say as parents we simply want to give our kids another chance. If we just tell them one more time. They sincerely said they had learned their lesson. I know that the word of the living God says that He wants that none should parish. While some never repent then there are many being saved. Dear brothers and sisters, He loves us. He loves us more than we could imagine. As all parents or teachers finally come to the point of “enough is enough”! No more chances and now you have to face the consequences. No video games, early curfew, grounded to your room or simply a timeout.
I wonder if America or any of the nations have finally just about reached the final warning? Read the passage below and as you read ask yourself what kind of sins have we as individuals or as nations who have simply “accepted” the sin. Killing babies by a name called abortion by the millions. Saying homosexuality is ok and forced to accept the sin and allow marriage. How is that different than saying sexual promiscuity is just fine or pornography is fine too. Everyone just throw the rules out the window. Do what you want. Just let not one of us forget, including myself, that when God decides enough is enough, as in the days of Noah, and He will. One day one of the warnings will be the final warning. I hope we are not going to blame God as the judgement comes upon us. We will have no one to blame but ourselves. Repent and pray and let Him forever change you before it is too late. Remember, regardless the time will come and EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
12 The word of the LORD came to me: 13 “Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its men and their animals, 14 even if these three men—Noah, Daniel and Job—were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign LORD.
15 “Or if I send wild beasts through that country and they leave it childless and it becomes desolate so that no one can pass through it because of the beasts, 16 as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved, but the land would be desolate.
17 “Or if I bring a sword against that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass throughout the land,’ and I kill its men and their animals, 18 as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved.
19 “Or if I send a plague into that land and pour out my wrath upon it through bloodshed, killing its men and their animals, 20 as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they could save neither son nor daughter. They would save only themselves by their righteousness.
21 “For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments—sword and famine and wild beasts and plague—to kill its men and their animals! 22 Yet there will be some survivors—sons and daughters who will be brought out of it. They will come to you, and when you see their conduct and their actions, you will be consoled regarding the disaster I have brought upon Jerusalem—every disaster I have brought upon it. 23 You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign LORD.”
I have been thinking of someone who recently told me that after the guy in Iraq who was told to worship Allah and he might live and so he did and they killed him anyway. She told me her husband said that surely God would forgive someone for doing that if they had to do it to try to stay alive.
I am sure he is not alone in his thinking. We must be sure to share this important message to every Christian who might think that way. Our own minds will easily deceive us if we are not firm in the word of our Savior!
Clearly these are the verses he needs to hear and understand. (Verses after my personal commentary).
Verse 34 and 35 do not mean He does not want peace for us but that as part of what has to happen here He has to know what you stand for. If you love Him and put Him first there will be families who will not be happy with you. (Not all, but maybe that is why it is important to be equally yoked.) Will you choose to follow Him anyway or will you choose instead to please man before God? This will show who you put first. My husband and I seem to get further apart as do my grown sons. Why? Because I am reading and studying and telling them (trying not to shove it on them, but I love them and hate to see them walk around with their eyes shut.), they tire of me. I figure I will be alone yet again one day but that is ok. I pray humbly that God sustains me and keeps me close to Him regardless of what others say or do to me. Tell your husband not to be decieved. Read what Jesus said. It was very clear regarding this.
Verse 28 and 39..Fear God and not man….clearly, if the man in Iraq had of lived he would really have lost his eternal life with The Lord. He was killed and still denied The Lord. He lost. Had he only lost his head but not denied Christ…he would be living with Christ now.
Great time of deception is here…we must stick close to The Lord! Any of us can be deceived if we are not careful!
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter–in–law against her mother–in–law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
COME LORD JESUS COME!