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A Commentary on Exodus

Duane A. Garrett. A Commentary on Exodus.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, November, 1st, 2014. 741 pp.

I must begin with a bit of a personal note.  Many years ago when I was a young Christian I had used the author’s commentary on Hosea and Joel that was my first real exposure to an exegetical commentary.  I was blown away.  I was likewise blown away with Duane Garrett’s recent commentary on Exodus.  Of course this time around I am much older and I felt I was able to benefit more from Garrett exegetical insights than when I was a young college student reading through Hosea and Joel.  Garrett has done an excellent job with his Exodus commentary.

The Introduction was well over a hundred page.  I appreciated Garrett’s point that many commentators on Exodus have neglected the important contribution of Egyptology and one sees Garrett’s tremendous effort in bringing up-to-date scholarship from Egyptology to bear concerning Introductory matters of the book of Exodus.  In particular I thought his discussion of anything chronological stood out, especially with the dating of the events of Exodus.  It is incredibly detailed: He considers the difficulties of Egyptian method of counting how many days are to be in a year, when various Pharaohs ruled and archaeological findings in the area of Canaan as he weighs the pros and cons of various arguments for the late or early dating of the book.  I think it is worth getting the book for the Introduction alone.  While he does not come to a fixed conclusion of when the events of Exodus takes place nevertheless his interaction of the arguments of the various views is a good summary of the various views.

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Like the previous round up of Good Memes Refuting the Defense of Planned Parenthood, I’ve included links to the original post so that you can share them on social media.

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Today, August 22nd, 2015 was the scheduled nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood.  Pro-abortionist side also came out in opposition of the Pro-Life protest.

From Planned Parenthood Ohio’s Twitter account they re-tweeted this picture of Pro-abortionist protesters and their signs:

 

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If you don’t see the irony, go a little slower and think about it.

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Here are the Presuppositional links from the world wide web between August 15th-21st, 2015.

1.) Book Review “The Love of God”

2.) Logic is Ethical

3.) Eight Steps to Proving The Existence of God

4.) Van Til’s Common Grace and the Gospel

5.) Understanding understanding: using you loaf

6.) APOLOGETICS AND YOUR KIDS (PT. 9) – IS “ALL TRUTH GOD’S TRUTH”?

7.) Collection of Posts Responding to Planned Parenthood #DefundPP

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend

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Babies Are Murdered Here

Today was quite different from all the other days at Planned Parenthood.  It was a day that was absent of police presence.  Yes, that is right–no police.  Looks like PP finally got the note, that my first amendment rights are protected and that I cannot be bullied by them.  When I arrived within the first few minutes, an employee of PP took a picture of me outside the door.  I told her, I am also recording you.   Besides the absence of police presence, whom I love by the way–today the Lord worked mightily.  It helps tremendously when you have two brothers co-laboring with you: Uncle Nestor and Pastor Luke.  It is encouraging when you have solid believers come with you and are zealous for the lost.

The Lord worked here today.  If there is anytime to speak up and reach out to the downtrodden, vulnerable, and defenseless–it is now. Magnify the love of Christ by not only praying, speaking, but acting. This is no condemnatory address, but a wake-up call to the Bride of Christ to be watchful concerning spiritual slumber. Why? Because evil is taking place in various ways.   Evil is taking place at the Supreme Court and we have seen its massive effects upon our nation.  But the greatest evil takes place in human hearts.  The heart is what drives people to reject Christ and to murder their babies.

We must not sit quietly, but we must ride out and do battle. Our weapons are not of this world, but our weapons are prayer and the use of His immortal Word. The Lord has eyes of scanning power observing every step we take in this pilgrimage before we meet Christ face-to-face. Let’s not be remembered by the future generation as a apathetic generation that spoke only from our ivory towers, pulpits, conferences, and gatherings, while many victims are being devoured by dark powers, but let us be a generation that will descend down onto the battlefield to engage evil face-to-face. We must fight relentlessly until the Lord calls us home or when He returns. The Lord will ride out in battle with you, dear Saint. Fear not darkness. Fear the Creator and may you shine the light of the Gospel on a dark and demented world. Serve Him loyally in whatever sphere He has placed you. Do not compromise. By His grace, may we have the mentality that I would rather die than to compromise. Redeem the time because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).  Praise the Lord for using us.  It appears that the posts concerning our trips to the mill is moving the hearts of believers to be involved at this mills.  I was able to communicate with a young man who attend a Gospel-centered church from Northern CA.  He desires to minister at a murder mill.  I plan on speaking with him next week to help prepare him for this new journey.  Please pray that God opens up doors for him to minister at these murder mills.  Here are some ways you can be involved in the pro-life movement/abolition movement to abolish abortion.  It is a fair and balanced article: http://highlandsministriesonline.org/blogs/highlands-blog/is-pro-life-ministry-a-christian-duty/.

Beloved, today was an immensely encouraging day. As we waited for patients to walk outside the doors of Planned Parenthood, there was a young woman whom we pleaded to speak to us for a few minutes.  As she began speaking with us, she broke down in tears because of the scars of abortion.  I won’t go into the details, but all I know was that she was broken and we knew that she needed spiritual help and guidance from the Word of God.  Praise God, she took our Gospel literature.  We prayed for her and took down her contact information so that one of our sisters could reach out to her.  And praise God, we got word, that next Tuesday, Melanie will meet-up with one of our sisters from church.  Please pray that she will receive the Gospel and be convicted about concerning salvation.  May she turn from sin and to turn to Christ in faith and repentance.

Another conversation I had was with Erica.  As she walked out the door, she actually turned around because I pleaded with her speak with me.  Her mind was pricked which is why she decided to come speak with me and had questions for me.  I answered her questions and asked her questions myself in order to reveal the futility of her worldview.  By the grace of God, we were able to share the Gospel with her too.  Near the close of the conversation, I asked her if I could give her a Gospel tract and she said no.  I pleaded again, and she took it.  Praise God for the power of pleadings.  God has ordained them for His glory.  Don’t be too proud to beg.

One of our other highlights of the day was our conversation with an armed security guard.  I have never seen an armed security guard at Planned Parenthood.  I wonder if the videos that were released by The Center for Medical Progress had anything to do with it.  I have a feeling that the tension is high for PP due to the scandal concerning the harvesting and selling of baby organs.  I pray that they would ultimately fear God.  At any rate, the guard was willing to interact with us.  I shared with him a short clip from Matt Chandler sermon on abortion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=absW29h8KGA) and also challenged him on his worldview concerning abortion.  The conversation ended with civilly. Please pray for him to be saved.  We will probably see him again in the future.

If you are ever out there at an abortion mill, please make it an effort to hand people Gospel-centered tracts as well as information to pregnancy crisis centers that are pro-life.  Many of the ladies are ignorant of other pro-life centers that provide services for free except for abortion.  I also recommend using signs when you are at a murder mill because it will prick the conscience of those who walk into those mills.  You have only a few seconds; make it count.

Nestor

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It is incredible to see the ignorance of many who called themselves Pastors and teachers of the Bible not knowing…the Bible.

Yet churches tolerate it.

“But the Pastor is so caring and relational!”

“He makes up for it by being a people person and have no time to study.”

Imagine the scenario from the following video:

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Dear Mother,

I love and care for you.  I do not write this letter out of hate for you.  I write this with compassion.  There is too much at stake concerning this matter than to just stand on the fringes and not take any action.  I want to protect you from the emotional, physical, and spiritual scarring that many woman have experienced.  I write this letter with words not drawn from the well of human subjectivity or rationalism, but it comes from the profundity of God’s Word.  They are the words of God that reveals who we are before our Holy Maker. We do not deserve to live, but in His grace, He has preserved our heartbeat.  His truth has the power to provide peace and tranquility.  But the words of the world that are anchored in lies brings a melancholy spirit that causes the soul to cleave to the dust.  The lies of the world destroys lives because it comes from the father of lies, who is Satan.  At this moment, he is one of the agents who provides the weapons of death to the medical killers.

I plead with you to listen to His divine communication, which leads to the safety of His arms.  With God, He will not poison, burn, or pummel the contrite of heart with surgical weapons of death, but He brings to you a flower of peace.  I pray that as you are reading this letter, that you will not close the curtains concerning the contents that makes up this pleading address. The letter reveals the silent horrors.  The horror I am speaking about is not the 11 million that died in the holocaust, nor the 40 million that died under Genghis Khan, but the the killer I am speaking about is the silent holocaust taking place in our nation.  It is taking place near our schools, communities, and churches. These death camps are prevalent.  You will become its next statistic if you decide to walk into the shadow of its death.  The pro-choice/pro-abortionalist/pro-murder person(s) will give you a painting to look at that appears to be beautiful, but in reality it is a cheap and poor quality painting that will mar and deteriorate in a few days.  Pro-abortionist will make abortion appear viable via it being legalized or by sanitizing the crime scene so that your conscience will be free from guilt. But there is nothing clean about it.  It is immoral and wicked because it violates God’s law and the imago dei.  These babies are created in God’s image.  Killing the baby will not stop making you a mother, but it will make you a mother of a dead baby.

Since the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling, over 55 million babies have been murdered.  It has been estimated that there has been close to 61 million total deaths since then.  What have we done?  In our country, myriads of modern day altars of Molech are erected for child sacrifice.  The lie of Molech is alive and well today.  The lie towards Israel and the pagan nations was that the exchange of your baby for slaughter and sacrifice would provide comfort and wellness.  We have bought this lie!  He lied to Eve and continues to lie today to many women.  He will say that this is a women’s rights issue. Really?  Do you have a right to murder?  Do you have a right to govern your life apart from God?  We kill them for the sake of convenience. What we have done in this country is worse than the Holocaust statistically speaking. This is happening to the most vulnerable and innocent of all.  At least in the Holocaust and the Killing Fields, prisoners were able to escape to some extent, but these babies can’t because they are defenseless and are the voiceless. The abortion mills are the gates of Hell. One baby at a time are being poisoned, burned, and teared to pieces one by one.  They are tossed into the toilet and into trash bins once they are murdered.  Have you seen a live movement of the baby from the ultrasound before making the decision?  Have you seen the pictures of the babies who were killed? That is how we are to see this tragedy.  One by one they stand in line waiting to be killed.  Mam, if you decide to perform this abortion, you will regret it for the rest of your life. Whether it is the one who kills the baby or the one who hires the killer, or anyone aiding or abetting in the crime, they are guilty of it.  Your living and eternal Creator knows every evil act (Proverbs 15:3, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, watching the evil and the good.”).  Please remember that Your Creator gave you life.  Even in your sin, He did not abort you.  Many kill their baby to hide their sin, but Jesus died to wash away their sins.  Mam, repent from your sins.  You have violated God’s law. You are guilty and stand as a criminal.  Just as the child who stands in line awaiting its death sentence by the hired medical assassin, you too stand awaiting the eternal judgment of God.  It will not be pretty.  It is worse than an abortion.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Now can God forgive you of this sin?  Yes!  He can. He sent His Son into the womb of a virgin girl to save sinners.  The womb whereby many babies have been murdered even before the incarnation of Christ, is the place and instrument that God used to perform His rescue mission.  Mother, come to Christ!  Without Him, there is no hope, but misery, perpetual guilt, and Hell once you die.  We have broken many of God’s law.  All of it stems from a wicked heart that needs to be transformed.  The heart is what leads many in this country to murder their child. The heart is what leads us to hate Christ.  The heart reveals that we are not good.  There is nothing good about us outside of Christ.  If the heart is not tamed, it can lead to other unspeakable acts of crimes against God.  Jesus can clean that sick heart.  Yes, Jesus can.  If you have committed murder, coming to Christ does not change what you have done to your aborted baby. Your baby will not return back to earth, but coming to Christ does change your eternity.  God will forgive you if you come to Christ.  He can heal your broken heart.  He loves you.  Romans 10:9, “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  The power of Christ to provide forgiveness is a reality.  How?  He is the perfect sacrifice.  You may have sacrificed your child already, but remember that Jesus Christ took on the most ghastly and hellish sacrifice on the cross for sinners.  He not only bore sin, but He absorbed and satisfied the righteous anger of God that is to befall upon you.  Come to Him in humility.  Do not presume upon His grace.  He warns against that.  If you do not come to Him with a contrite heart, you remain in your guilt and sin.  Cling to Him now.  Do not be double-minded (James 4:8).  Repent and place faith upon His beautiful Son.  If you die, you need not fear.  Christ is your advocate.  If He can forgive thieves and murderers, He can forgive you. He can wash you white as snow.

Sincerely,

EvangelZ

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