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A town in Gilead north of the Jabbok and not far from Mahanaim, which was the home of Mephibosheth (Josh 13:26; 2 Sam 9:4–5; 17:27; Amos 6:13) (The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.)
LO-DEBAR Place-name variously spelled in Hebrew to mean “no word” or “to him a word” or “to speak.” (Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
"We believe that the Holy Spirit is greater than man's spirit, and that our Lord and Master was a better judge of what is right and good than any of us can be. Our place is at His feet: we are not cavillers, but followers. Whatever Jesus does and says, we regard with deepest reverence; our chief desire is to learn as much as we can from it. We see great mysteries in His simplest actions, and profound teaching about His plainest words. When He speaks or acts, we are like Moses at the bush, and feel that we stand on holy ground." --Charles Spurgeon (1889)
"Be very sure of this: people never reject the Bible because they cannot understand it. They understand it only too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment." --J. C. Ryle
When I read this observation by Ryle, I was mindful of a quote by Mark Twain:
"It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand."
There is another aspect of Islam that most non Muslims are not aware of. Many in Islam like Christians believe we are in or very near the "end times"(eschatology).
Islam looks for their Messiah (Mahdi) to come shortly and lead them to world wide conquest converting this earth to Islam. Along with the Mahdi they look for Jesus to return, not as the Son of God or as a Savior but as prophet of the Mahdi.
If you study these concepts you will find that the Islamic concept of their Messiah (Mahdi) almost perfectly fits the description of the Book of Revelations description of the antichrist and that Islamic concept of the prophet Jesus fits Revelations description of the false prophet.
There are now apocalyptic Muslims they are Shia (ISIS) and Sunni(leadership in Iran). Both believe the End of days has come. Both believe their messiah – known as the “Mahdi” — is coming at any moment. Both are trying to hasten the coming of the Mahdi. Yet each has entirely different strategies to hasten his arrival or appearance on earth.
ISIS wants to build a caliphate. Iran wants to build The Bomb. ISIS is committing genocide now. Iran is preparing to commit genocide later.
In the near term, ISIS is more dangerous. Why? Because ISIS is on a jihadist rampage right now. Robbing. Killing. Destroying. Enslaving. Raping. Torturing. Beheading. Because ISIS is a Satanic movement. This is not mere terrorism. This is genocide. These are demon-possessed people making blood sacrifices to their god and if they are not stopped they will murder millions and bring down one Mid-eastern regime after another.
Last two paragraphs are from an article which was provoked by a 2012 Pew Survey.
What you say is correct. Peter tells us that God is not willing that any should perish. I believe that.That applies to all,but there are those who will never turn to Christ. Many who Have Joined themselves with ISIS. These folks will suffer God's most extreme justice. In the mean time they gotta be stopped by all means necessary. This might seam unchristian but it tears my heart out to see what they are doing to our brothers and sisters and the innocents over there.
I have been swamped lately due to work and weather. :)
I just had a similar conversation with someone the other day.
It is a difficult question, but here is a simplistic answer to it.
I try to divide my response into an individual and a corporate approach.
As an individual, in accordance with the Sermon on the Mount, I have an obligation to love, pray for, and minister to my enemies. (Matt. 5:38-48)
Rom 12:19 Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God's wrath, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
Rom 12:20 Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will be heaping burning coals on his head.
Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
The only way we are going to reach those who are enemies of the cross is to love them unconditionally and sincerely.
Now, on a corporate level, our nation has an obligation to protect the innocent. So, military action may be required.
I understand that, for many, this is a very emotional issue. But, we need to remember that the only Christ many of these individuals will ever see is the Christ modeled by and through us.
No matter the intentions of our 'enemies', they are not in control. God is! God loves them, and died for them. How can we not demonstrate His love to them?
The role of Jesus’ blood is that it serves as the witness/evidence of His death. He died in our place as a sacrifice for our sins. When we speak of Jesus’ blood, we are speaking both literally and symbolically of His sacrificial death on behalf of those who believe.
In the OT, animals served as sacrifices for most sin. As you know, the blood from the various animal sacrifices would be sprinkled around the altar. On the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16), blood would be sprinkled upon the mercy seat, aka Ark of the Covenant.
Leviticus 17:11 (which is a good verse to memorize) says “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.” The life is in the blood. When there is blood on the altar, a death has occurred.
And it is important to note this - During this time of Israel’s history, God Himself told them that IF they would carry out these sacrifices, then they would receive atonement for their sin. A covenantal promise from God! So the Israelites’ were atoned for based on their faith in a blood sacrifice. Just like us. We receive atonement for sin based on our faith in a blood sacrifice.
Azure cited those wonderful Hebrews 9 verses that state the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sin, how much more the blood of Christ…. Going further in Hebrews, according to the end of the faith chapter, Hebrews 11:39-40 indicates that the “great cloud of witnesses’” faith looked forward to and found fulfilment in Christ (though of course they did not know it at the time, but OT believers had faith in the promises of God, which included Christ) – “And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.”
I hope this helps. I apologize for getting long-winded. IN Christ - Tina