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Understanding the language of the Bible is critical. The language of the N.T. is written in the later Greek, and the writers applied the Greek to subjects on which it had never been used by native Greek writers. The things concerning Jewish affairs, their theology, and rituals. I have committed the work of the Greek dictionary found within, to assist in your personal study, and in repelling those who choose to distort the word. Acquaint yourself with the language of the Greek N.T., you will find it to be of an indispensable importance.
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The community of Atheist have worked hard to prepare for themselves the following question; “How can the God of the Bible who claims to be Almighty; all knowing, and omnipresent allow human suffering and tragedy like He does?”
Even for those Christian’s, who do have a great deal of insight will at times step back from the question. It’s obvious to everyone there is a great deal of injustice, pain, and suffering going on in the real world.
Well I suppose there are several ways to answer the question. But how can we answer it and be scripturally sound? If we approach the question from a worldly view, the question may even confuse the well studied Christian, and the answer may elude them.
Let’s start from a Christian’s point of view. First we must ask, “Why are we here on earth in the first place?” Are we here to get a good education, find a great job, earn a nice paycheck, enjoy 2 or 3 weeks of vacations in Hawaii, raise a family, own a home, purchase a new car, and never get sick? Well it all sounds good; and for those who expect these things, disappoint waits just around the corner.
Becoming a Christian in no way promises a comfortable, easy, and harmonious life. On the contrary, for many it’s the opposite. Human suffering for many weak men and women has turned their hearts away from God because they lost faith in Him to care for them. Yet with others who have suffered the same pains, these have grown stronger in their walk of faith.
Through all the human pain and suffering the words of our Lord have survived for some 2000 years, and the Holy Spirit has remained steadfast in His work. The logical answer has eluded many, yet others have found the answer to the question.
Ever since Noah came over the flood, God has been working on developing mankind spiritually. From the cradle, He has to begin with a fallen, depraved nature and a proud spirit. Man’s spiritual development is his concern not our worldly comforts. This world is the stage, a stage cluttered with dreams, expectations, ideals, sorrows, pain, and disappointments. These are the facts and truth of every person’s life; and each of us will be put to the test; that test proving and development our spiritual strengths, or causing some to fail.
If you were an athlete would you build yourself up physically, push yourself to your maximum limits, and then test those limits? Or do you retire to the couch, grab a beer, turn on the tube, and take it easy, then try to compete? Of course not!
Christian strength and testing is accomplished through many forms of stress. It has been proven over and over again, the weak will fail and fall in the time of tribulation, yet when that tribulation is over the church comes out a Samson in spiritual strength, a Solomon in spiritual wealth, and an Abraham in saving faith.
Manasseh, the 15th king of Judah, son and successor of Hezekiah: his was the longest reign of any of the Old Testament kings. His reign began at the age of 12, and he ruled for 55 years, beginning in 699 B.C. His name comes from the Hebrew Nasha meaning “to forget,” signifies, “one who causes to forget.”
Manasseh rushed headlong into all manner of idolatry, and seduced the people to follow his example. What his father had undone, Manasseh rebuilt. He revived the wickedness of his grandfather Ahaz, doing much evil in the sight of God. He worshipped the idols of Canaan; rebuilt the high places that his father king Hezekiah had destroyed; set up altars to Baal; and planted groves to false gods.
He raised altars to the host of heaven in the courts of God’s house; made his son pass through the fire in honor of Moloch; was addicted to magic, divinations, auguries, and other superstitions. He set up the idol Astarte in the house of God; he involved his people in all the abominations of the idolatrous nations to the degree that Israel committed more wickedness than the Canaanites whom the Lord had driven out from the land.
The most serious crime was to sacrifice his own child in order to honor the god Moloch. This was a forbidden practice. Lev.18:21, God is speaking to the Jews, “Thou shalt not let any of your seed pass through the fire of Moloch.”
Manasseh added cruelty and shed a great deal of innocent blood among his own people. So the Lord was provoked by his crimes, and threatened him by the prophets.
2 Chro.33:11-12, the Lord spoke to Manasseh but neither he nor the people would obey. Therefore the LORD brought the king of Assyria against him, captured him and carried him off to Babylon. After a great deal of affliction he sought after the LORD; humbled himself; prayed and begged for forgiveness and acknowledged the hand of the LORD.
Upon his return to Jerusalem he restored the worship of the LORD; broke down the altars of all the false gods; and abolished all traces of the people’s idolatrous worship. But he did not destroy the high places. These were places of idol worship in the mountains; places adored with idols, places where the people committed a thousand abominations in groves, caves, and tents.
This is the only thing Scripture reproaches Manasseh for after his return from Babylon. He caused Jerusalem to be fortified; enclosed another city with walls, a city West of Jerusalem calling it the second city. He also put garrisons into all the strong places of Judah.
The writers of Scripture cannot express their sense of the enormity of his crimes, claiming even the very Gentile nations never went so far in their practices of abominations as did Judah in the days of Manasseh. He died at Jerusalem, and buried in the garden of his house called the garden of Uzza. He was succeeded by his son Amon.
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