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"I am the LO-D your G-d, who brought you out of the house of bondage...you shall have no other gods before Me.(Ex 20:3-3)

September 2014 

“If you abide in My word you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. (Jn. 8:11-12)
The Eternal G-d of all creation has told us in His word, the Bible, how existence began: “In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth.” G-d created all things for His pleasure: “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Col. 1:10  The pleasure and purpose of G-d Almighty was, and still is, to have a relationship with man who was created in His image. On the sixth day of the creation account as given in the Bible it is written: “Then G-d said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’… so G-d created man in His own image; in the image of G-d He created him; male and female He created them…and G-d said ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it,’” (Gen. 1:26-28)
Let us now fast forward in Scripture and discover G-d’s ultimate plan and purpose for man throughout eternity; “Then the L-ORD spoke to Moses saying: ; ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering….And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.’” (Ex. 25:1-8) 
G-d created all of creation for His pleasure and mankind’s enjoyment of Himself and all of creation. A revelation and relationship was the intent of G-d.  G-d can only be known through His revealing of who HE IS!  However, that intent was interrupted by Adam’s failure to continue in obedience to the will of G-d. Romans 5:28 gives the account of Adam’s failure:  “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.”  But G-d had a plan to not only restore His relationship to man but to also destroy sin and the sin bearer (Satan). -Please read Genesis chapter 2:1-17
Since G-d had given command to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply (have children) -only a man and women can produce children-, a time frame was set by G-d to allow for a population increase for His glory and to bring about mans restoration unto Himself.  Therefore G-d instituted a moral code of  law to distinguish the difference between right and wrong, and good and evil which would determine how man could approach and relate to G-d and relate to each another in peace and harmony. A human emotion call love was to be the standard and method used by G-d to restore this desired relationship which had been broken through the sin bearer, who is called, among other names, Satan.
An abridged law of love is given in what is referred to as the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:1-17).  These Commandments served as a bridge, if kept, to satisfy G-d and man; however, these laws were expanded and explained in at least 613 other statutes. This would cover every aspect of man’s conduct to live in harmony with one another. In Deuteronomy chapters 28 and 29 G-d gives a discourse on blessings and curses for obedience and disobedience. Mankind, unfortunately, has chosen the path of disobedience and therefore, has brought judgment on themselves and the world in which they live. Isa. 3:8-9 gives a pathetic account of G-d’s people descending into a pit of sinfulness: “For Jerusalem stumbled, and Judah is fallen, Because their tongue and their doings Are against the L-ORD, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The look on their countenance witnesses against them, And they declare their sin as Sodom; They do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves.”
According to Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary the word Woe means, Quote: “Deep sorrow, grief of affliction. The word Woe is often used by the Old Testament prophets, as an exclamation expressing dismay or misfortune (Isa. 3:9, 11; Jer. 10:19; Amos 5:18). In the New Testament Jesus/Yeshua pronounced Woes on the cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida (Matt. 11:21); on the Scribes, Pharisees, and Lawyers (Luke 11:42-48, and on the one who betrayed Him (Mark 14:21).” Unquote. The context of woe given in Isa. 3:8-9 is of unfailing peril; but why did this woe come about? Because in verse 8 we are told Jerusalem stumbled and Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against the L-RD. G-d was provoked to anger through deliberate and flagrant sin against His moral law of right and wrong, good and evil. The look on their countenance/face witnessed against them and they declare their sin as Sodom (homosexual and lesbian conduct and lifestyle);  they do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves.
Jerusalem was supposed to be the city of righteousness, the Holy City. But in the text Jerusalem is described as having stumbled; this means it was unsteady as a drunkard may be unsteady when he walks or to miss a step and fall: which is what happened to Judah. Jerusalem is where G-d had placed His Name: “Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the Passover unto the L-RD thy G-d of the flock and herd, in the place which the L-RD shall choose to place His Name there. (Deut. 16:2) The text in Isa. 3:9 states Judah had fallen. So the place and people of G-d was steeped in sin which could not be hid because it showed in their face and conduct.
It could be argued that America is a place where G-d has placed His Name! And America seems to have sunk into a pit of flagrant violations of G-d’s spiritual and moral laws. G-d is able to bless the obedient and curse the disobedient. And the methods He uses could be sickness, the weather, disease, or whatever He pleases. Has America gone astray? Has
judgment begun? Please read: Ps. 68:9-10, 104:1-30; Jer. 10:13; Deut. 28:1-24; Num. 12:1-10; 2nd King 5:25-27; Ps. 38:3-6; Jn. 5:13-14; Acts 12:23
Until the next time:
In His service, James A. Chisolm

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