This Biblical Christianity website encourages people to know and to live, God’s Word; thus enabling us to live now as God intended for us to live, and preparing us for eternal life in God’s kingdom.
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LEVITICUS 11:45.... For I am the Lord Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God; therefore you shall be holy, for I am holy. [1 Peter 1:14-16.]
ISAIAH 55:6-11.... Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, [2 Cor. 9:10.] so shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
EZEKIEL 18:23-32.... Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? says the Lord, and not rather that he should turn from his evil way and return [to his God] and live? But if the righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? None of his righteous deeds which he has done shall be remembered. In his trespass that he has trespassed and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die. Yet you say, The way of the Lord is not fair and just. Hear now, O house of Israel: Is not My way fair and just? Are not your ways unfair and unjust? When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity and dies in his sins, for his iniquity that he has done he shall die. Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness which he has committed and does that which is lawful and right, he shall save his life. Because he considers and turns away from all his transgressions which he has committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. Yet says the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not fair and just! O house of Israel, are not My ways fair and just? Are not your ways unfair and unjust? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin and so shall they not be a stumbling block to you. [Matt. 3:2; Rev. 2:5.] Cast away from you all your transgressions by which you have transgressed against Me, and make you a new mind and heart and a new spirit. For why will you die, O house of Israel? [Eph. 4:22,23.] For I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies, says the Lord God. Therefore turn (be converted) and live!
ZECHARIAH 3:6-7.... And the Angel of the Lord [solemnly and earnestly] protested and affirmed to Joshua, saying, thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in My ways and keep My charge, then also you shall rule My house and have charge of My courts, and I will give you access [to My presence] and places to walk among these who stand here.
In all of God’s dealings with mankind, His dominate objective is that we will be reconciled back to Him, and that we should have the same purpose in mind to do good that He has – "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8). With this primary thought in mind we can better evaluate why God has dealt and reasoned with us in the way that He has.
The last verse in the book of Judges says, "In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25). The whole astonishing episode recorded in chapters 19-21 of Judges illustrates the lopsided judgement and reasoning of the nation of Israel when they were without a strong leader who was wholeheartedly committed to the will of God. Although God interacted with them during some of the proceedings, it doesn’t appear that there was anyone who possessed the kind of ability that God requires, or that the people were capable of acting much differently at this particular time. God takes man as he is and tries to make him into a better person, but this requires man’s cooperation, and we usually misunderstand God’s purpose and process! This poorly executed episode was probably the reason that God soon answered the prayer of a Godly woman named Hanna for a son, who became the prophet, priest, and judge that the nation of Israel so desperately needed (1 Samuel 1:1-11).
Thus we begin to understand the reasons behind the way that God has revealed Himself and dealt with us? It’s not a simple matter to take a mob of self-indulgent people and make decent citizens out of them when there is a lack of committed people available! This is why God chose Abraham and produced a nation through him, and then gave them very strict physical laws and practices to prepare them to recognize and accept the next step or second covenant of spiritual laws and practices that they were to learn to live by. And although the Israelites had repeatedly turned away from God, He continued to work with them in order to eventually reach the entire world population. So after they had almost destroyed themselves, God rose up Samuel to be trained by Eli the priest in the house of the Lord (1 Sam. 2:11). All of this preparation seems to be God’s way of making us fit and ready for His heavenly kingdom and eternity, and helps to explain the necessity for the strict physical laws that God gave the Israelites – to make us very much aware of the perfection that He requires and has provided for us in Christ Jesus.
Since God has given us in His Word the means of finding out the very best way to live so that our lives will have purpose, meaning and direction, we have no reason to enquire elsewhere or on our own. But Solomon, for whatever reason, decided to apply himself "by heart and mind to seek and search out by [human] wisdom all human activity under heaven," and came to the conclusion that "it is a miserable business which God has given to the sons of man with which to busy themselves" (Eccl. 1:13).
From the following explanation of Solomon’s later life, it seems apparent that when he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes he was reasoning from a disillusioned humanistic point of view instead of an inspirational one. God had given him tremendous wisdom, but he had corrupted it through disobedience, and now he was trying to find out for himself why he was so unsatisfied with life.
1 KINGS 11:1-14.... BUT KING Solomon [defiantly] loved many foreign women--the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites. They were of the very nations of whom the Lord said to the Israelites, You shall not mingle with them, neither shall they mingle with you, for surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods. Yet Solomon clung to these in love. [Deut. 17:17.] He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines, and his wives turned away his heart from God. For when Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not perfect (complete and whole) with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abominable idol of the Ammonites! [1 Kings 9:6-9.] Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as David his father did. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abominable idol of Moab, on the hill opposite Jerusalem, and for Molech the abominable idol of the Ammonites. And he did so for all of his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.
9And the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned from the Lord, the God of Israel, Who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods, but he did not do what the Lord commanded. Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, Because you are doing this and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely rend the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant! However, in your days I will not do it, for David your father's sake. But I will rend it out of the hand of your son! However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but will give one tribe to your son for David My servant's sake and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen. The Lord stirred up an adversary against Solomon, Hadad the Edomite; he was of royal descent in Edom.
We can see from the following excerpts from Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastics that man’s thinking hasn’t changed much over the past 3000 years:
ECCLESIASTES 3:11-14.... He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men's hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be glad and to get and do good as long as they live; and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor--it is the gift of God. I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it. And God does it so that men will [reverently] fear Him [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is].
ECCLESIASTES 4:4.... Then I saw that all painful effort in labor and all skill in work comes from man's rivalry with his neighbor. This is also vanity, a vain striving after the wind and a feeding on it.
ECCLESIASTES 6:7.... All the labor of man is for his mouth [for self-preservation and enjoyment], and yet his desire is not satisfied. [Prov. 16:26.]
After he had finished all his experimentation he gave this advice: "The words of the wise are like prodding goads, and firmly fixed [in the mind] like nails are the collected sayings which are given [as proceeding] from one Shepherd. [Ezek. 37:24.] But about going further [than the words given by one Shepherd], my son, be warned. Of making many books there is no end [so do not believe everything you read], and much study is a weariness of the flesh. All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God's providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or evil" (Eccl. 12:11-14).
So we conclude from all this that it is useless to try to find purpose and meaning in life apart from God; no one will ever have the means and opportunity to try as did Solomon. Therefore the only sensible course is to commit ourselves wholly unto the Lord, trust and delight ourselves in Him, reject anything contrary to His Word, and live for Him.