Sunday, February 01, 2009

 

Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, p. 27

... In these letters which I write, in the testimonies I bear, I am presenting to you that wich the Lord has presented to me. I do not write one article in the paper, expressing merely my own ideas. They are what God has opened before me in vision-the precious rays of light shining from the throne.

 

Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, p. 67

The angels of God in their messages to men represent time as very short. Thus it has always been presented to me. It is true that time has continued longer than we expected in the early days of this message. Our Saviour did not appear as soon as we hoped. But has the word of the Lord failed? Never! it should be remembered that the promises and thretenings of God are alike conditional.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

 

Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, pp.48, 49

Are you in Christ? Not if you do not acknowledge yourselves erring, helpless, condemned sinners. Not if you are exalting and glorifying self, If there is any good in you, it is wholly attributable to the mercy of a compassionate Saviour. Your birth, your reputation, your wealth, your talents, your virtues, your piety, your philanthropy, or anything else in you or connected with you, will not form a bond of union between your soul and Christ. Your connection with the church...will be of no avail unless you believe in Christ. It is not enough to believe about Him; you must believe in Him. You must rely wholly upon His saving grace.

 

Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, p.251

Christ gave to humanity an existence out of Himself. To bring humanity into Christ, to bring the fallen race into oneness with divinity, is the work of redemption. Christ took human nature that men might be one with Him as He is one with the Father, that God may love man as He loves His only-begotten Son, that men may be partakers of the divine nature and be complete in Him.

 

Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p.610

But so long as Jesus remains man's intercessor in the sanctuary above, the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit is felt by rulers and people. It still controls to some extent the laws of the land. Were it not for these laws, the condition of the world would be much worse than it now is. While many of our rulers are active agents of Satan, God also has His agents among the leading men of the nation. The enemy moves upon his servants to propose measures that would greatly impede the work of God; but statesmen who fear the Lord are influenced by holy angels to oppose such propositions with unanswerable arguments.

 

Elen G. White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 7,p. 166

The Saviour presents the virtue of His mediation before the Father, and pledges Himself to the office of personal Intercessor. by proclaiming Himself as our Intercessor, He desires us to know that He places in the golden censer His merits and efficiency, that He may offer them the sincere prayers of His people. How essential, then, that we pray much; for as our prayer ascend to the throne of God, they are mingled with the fragrance of Christ's righteousness. Our voice is not the only voice heard. Before it reaches the ear of God, it blends with the voice of Christ, whom the Father always hears.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

 

Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, February 24, 1874

Wrath of God: Christ was to take the wrath of God which in justice should fall upon man. He became a refuge for man, and although man indeed a criminal, deserving the wrath of God, yet he could by faith in Christ run into the refuge provided and be safe. In the midst of there was life if man chose to accept it.

 

Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, p.396

Reconciliation: Reconciliation means that every barrier between the soul and God is removed, and that the sinner realizes what the pardoning love of God means. By reason of sacrifice made by Christ for fallen men, God can justly pardon the transgressor who accepts the merits of Christ. Christ was the channel through which the mercy, love and righteousness might flow from the heart of God to the heart of the sinner.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

 

Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, July 28, 1890

Pryer at Baptism: He received baptism at the hands of John, and in comming up out of the water he bowed upon Jordan's banks, and offered up a prayer to Heaven.... Jesus was accepeted of Heaven as a representative of human race. With all our sin and weakness, we are not cast aside as worthless; we are acceptedin the Beloved; for heaven has been opened to our petitions through the Son of God. The gates are ajar, and the light of heaven will shine upon all those whom Jesus came to save, if they will but come wihin the circle of the beams of the Son of Righteouness; for ample provision has been made for the salvation of every soul.

 

Ellen G. White, The Southern Work, p.85

Purpose of the Incarnation: Christ in counsel with His Father laid out the plan for His life on earth... He clothed His divinity with the garb of humanity, thatHe might stand at the head ofthe human family, His humanity mingled with the humanity of the race fallen because of Adam's disobedience.

Monday, November 10, 2008

 

Mark F. Rooker, The New American Commentary: Leviticus, vol.3A (Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman&Holman, 2000), p.236

Blood and life are associated as lexical pairs and thus understood as parallel in meaning in... Hebrew. Because of this close association blood is considered the source of life, and because blood represents life (Gen 9:4, Deut 12:23),it may expiate for life. Because the life of a creature is in the blood, blood makes atonement for one's life. One life is sacrificed for another. The shedding of the innocent victim was given for the life of the one who has sinned.

 

Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 358

Since Satan is the originator of the sin, the direct instigator of all sins that caused the death of the Son of God, justice demands that Satan shall suffer the final punishment. Christ's work for the redemption of men and the purification of the universe from sin will be closed by the removal of sin from the heavenly santuary and the placing of these sins upon Satan, who will bear the final penalty. So in the typical service, the yearly round of ministration closed with the purification of the sancutuary and the confessing of the sins on the head of the scapegoat.

Monday, November 03, 2008

 

Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 115

Since the announcement to the serpent in Eden, 'I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed' (Gen.3:15), Satan had known that he did not hold absolute sway over the wold... With intense interest he watched the sacrifices offered by Adam and his sons. In the ceremonies he discerned a symbol of communion.between earth and heaven. He set himself to intercept this Communion. He misrepresented God, and misinterpreted the rites that pointed to the Saviour. Men led to fear God as one who delighted in their destruction. The sacrifices that should have revealed His love were offered only to appease His wrath.

 

Ellen G. White, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 932

To many it has been a mystery why so many sacrificial offering were required in the old dispensatio, why so many bleeding victims were led to the altar. But the great truth that was to be kept before men, and imprinted upon mind and heart, was this, 'Without shedding of blood is no remission.' In every bleeding sacrifice was typified 'the Lamb of God, which takethaway the sin of the world.

 

Ellen G.White, Sons and Daughter of God, p.225

The very system of sacrifices was devised by Christ, and given to Adam as typifying a Saviour to come, who would bear the sins of the world, and die for its redemption. Through Moses, Christ gave definite directions to the children of Israel in regard to the sacrificial offerings...Only clean and precious animals, those which would best symbolize Christ, were accepted as offering to God...

 

Ellen G. White Comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 4, p. 1147

This chapter should be studied. It presents Christ as Lamb of God. Those who are lifted up with pride, whose souls are filled with vanity, should look upon this picture of Redeemer, and humble themselves in the dust. The entire chapter should be commited to memory. Its influence will subdue and humble the soul defiled by sin and uplifted by self-exaltation.

 

Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 154, 155

The sacrifice required of Abraham was notalone for his own good, nor solely for the benefit of succeeding generations; but it was also for the instruction of the sinless intelligences of heaven and of other worlds. The field on which the plan of redemption is wrought out-is the lesson book of the universe. Becayuse Abrahamhad shown a lack of faith in God's promises, Satan had accused him before the angels and before God of havingfailed to comply with the conditions of the covenant, and as unworthy of its blessing. God desired to prove loyalty of His servant before all heaven, to demonstrate that nothing less than perfect obedience can be accepted and to open more fully before them the plan of salvation.

 

Ellen G. White, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 1, p. 1085

The instant man accepted the temptatioa of Satan, and did the very things God had said he should not do, Christ, the Son of God, stood between the living and the dead saying, 'Let the punishement fall on Me. I will stand in man's place. He shall have another chance

Friday, October 31, 2008

 

Archaeologist says he found oldest Hebrew writing

HIRBET QEIYAFA, Israel – An Israeli archaeologist has discovered what he believes is the oldest known Hebrew inscription on a 3,000-year-old pottery shard — a find that suggests Biblical accounts of the ancient Israelite kingdom of David could have been based on written texts.

A teenage volunteer discovered the curved shard bearing five lines of faded characters in July in the ruins of an ancient town on a hilltop south of Jerusalem. Yossi Garfinkel, the Israeli archaeologist leading the excavations at Hirbet Qeiyafa, released his conclusions about the writing Thursday after months of study.

He said the relic is strong evidence that the ancient Israelites were literate and could chronicle events centuries before the Bible was written. This could suggest that some of the Bible's accounts were based on written records as well as oral traditions — adding credence to arguments that the Biblical account of history is more than myth.

The shard was found near the stairs and stone washtub of an excavated home. It was later discovered to bear characters known as proto-Canaanite, a precursor of the Hebrew alphabet.

The Israelites were not the only ones using the proto-Canaanite characters, and other scholars suggest it is difficult — perhaps impossible — to conclude the text is Hebrew. However, Garfinkel based his identification on a three-letter verb from the inscription meaning "to do," a word he said existed only in Hebrew.

"That leads us to believe that this is Hebrew, and that this is the oldest Hebrew inscription that has been found," he said.

Hirbet Qeiyafa sits near the modern Israeli city of Beit Shemesh in the Judean foothills, an area that was once the frontier between the hill-dwelling Israelites and their enemies, the coastal Philistines. The site overlooks the Elah Valley, said to be the scene of the slingshot showdown between David and the Philistine giant Goliath, and near the ruins of Goliath's hometown in the Philistine metropolis of Gath.

Carbon-14 analysis of burnt olive pits found in the same layer of the site as the pottery shard helped archaeologists date it to between 1,000 and 975 B.C., the same time as the Biblical golden age of King David's rule in Jerusalem.

Archaeology has turned up only scant finds from David's time in the early 10th century B.C., leading some scholars to argue the Bible's account of the period inflates the importance of him and his kingdom. Some have even suggested his kingdom may not have existed at all.

But the fortified settlement where the writing was found contains indications that a powerful Israelite kingdom existed near Jerusalem in David's time, says Garfinkel.

If his claim is borne out, it would bolster the case for the Bible's accuracy by indicating the Israelites could record events as they happened, transmitting the history that was recorded in the Old Testament several hundred years later.

Modern Zionism has traditionally seen archaeology as a way of strengthening the Jewish claim to Israel and regarded David's kingdom as the glorious ancestor of the new Jewish state. As a result, finding evidence of his rule has importance beyond its interest to scholars.

The script, which Garfinkel suggests might be part of a letter, predates the next significant Hebrew inscription by between 100 and 200 years. History's best-known Hebrew texts, the Dead Sea scrolls, were penned on parchment beginning 850 years later.

The shard is now kept in a university safe while philologists translate it, a task expected to take months. But several words have already been tentatively identified, including "judge," "slave" and "king." The inscription was shown to other scholars at a peer presentation of the findings.

Some scholars are hesitant to embrace Garfinkel's interpretation, and his findings are already being wielded in the ongoing debate over whether the Bible — written hundreds of years after many of its events are supposed to have occurred — is more fact or legend. But the find is certain, at the very least, to prove useful in understanding the development of language and ancient alphabets.

Other prominent Biblical archaeologists warned against jumping to conclusions.

Hebrew University archaeologist Amihai Mazar said the inscription is "very important," but suggested that calling the text Hebrew might be going too far.

"The differentiation between the scripts, and between the languages themselves in that period, remains unclear," he said.

If the inscription is Hebrew, it would connect the Hirbet Qeiyafa settlement to the Israelites and make the text "one of the most important texts, without a doubt, in the corpus of Hebrew inscriptions," said Aren Maier, a Bar Ilan University archaeologist.

While the site is likely to add another "building block" to the historical record, archaeologist Israel Finkelstein of Tel Aviv University said the claims about it went beyond the strict boundaries of science.

Finkelstein, who has not visited the dig but attended a presentation of the findings, warned against what he said was a "revival in the belief that what's written in the Bible is accurate like a newspaper."

By MATTI FRIEDMAN, Associated Press Writer Matti Friedman, Associated Press Writer – Fri Oct 31, 2:35 am ET