Colossians 4

Colossians 4: Speech – Answers for All

                Paul urges ‘Masters’ to understand that they too have a Master in Heaven; “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in Heaven.” (Colossians 4:1) While Paul was most likely referring to literal masters and servants, I think this can be applied to anything that men or women may have dominion or responsibility over. For example, a Husband has a duty to watch after his wife, being just and equal… and vice-versa. A human has dominion over the environment and animals, but it doesn’t mean that we should destroy the environment or animals without purpose. For we will be judged for all our actions, while caring for the earth during our time here.

Paul urges the Saints in Colosse to season their speech with Salt, because Salt does not perish; “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:6) In other words, our speech should always be long lasting, for positive reasons.

Paul ends his writings to the Colossians, but instructs them to read his epistles to them, to the church of the Laodiceans, and vice-versa;

“…when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Ladicea” (Colossians 4:16) Essentially, all scripture is good… even if it is not directed towards you.

Acts 4

Acts 4: Peter and John are Arrested

                As Peter and John were teaching the people from the previous chapter, the Sadducees came upon them and laid their hands on them, arresting them. The next day they were put before a tribunal court with Annas, the high priest, Caiaphas, John and Alexander and many other leaders to question Peter and John, they asked; “…By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?” (Acts 4:7)

Peter, being filled with the Holy Ghost, responded; “…Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole, Be it known to you all, and to all people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.” (Acts 3:8-10) Peter made it very clear that the power or authority, by which they used to heal the man, was from Jesus Christ.

Peter continues; “This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

                Peter lays it down as clear as can be; Peter did not heal the man with his own power. No, he healed the man through the power that Jesus Christ had given him. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church and only through Him can someone be saved! The counsel marveled at the boldness presented by Peter and John, because they could see that both of them were very humble men that were “…unlearned and ignorant…” (Acts 4:13), yet they marveled that they could indeed speak with such boldness and authority. They wondered what they should do, even asking themselves; “…What shall we do to these men? For that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them…” (Acts 4:16)

                The counsel was concerned because some of the people who had seen the miracle believed on Jesus Christ, so instead the counsel threatens Peter and John to no longer talk; “…let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.” (Acts 4:17) But Peter quickly responds in a way that only an Apostle of the Lord would respond; “…Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20) After hearing these words and threatening them further the counsel had no choice to let them go, for they had no case and they feared a backlash from the believers.

After being released, Peter and John offer a prayer to God and ask Him to “…Grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.” (Acts 4:29) After finishing their prayer the ground shook beneath them and the people there were touched by the Holy Ghost and were assembled as one heart and soul. The people departed of their worldly goods and set them at the feet of the Apostles to help those in need.

Joshua 9-10

Joshua 9-10

Chapter 9: Joshua Makes Servants

The Gibeonites, after hearing about the success of Israel and in some small part out of fear, make a league with all Israel. That they would become servants unto them. They do this, to avoid being destroyed in the future, as they know that their neighbors will be wiped off from the face of the earth.

Chapter 10: Stones from Heaven

The Gibeonites come to Joshua and tell him that they are about to be destroyed by the 5 kings of the Amorites and their people. So Joshua sends an army to help out their new “league” and they smite them heavily with the sword, and as they retreated the Lord sent a storm with a giant hail storm, with “stones” large enough to kill a man. In fact most of the armies of the 5 kings of the Amorites were killed by the stones then by the swords of the Israelites.

The Israelites catch the 5 kings in a cave and end up hanging all of them. A lost book of the Bible is mentioned in verse 13; the Book of “Jasher” – which we actually have in our possession today! I will be writing about that book much later, possibly towards the end of this year?

Anyways… the cities of the Amorites are completely destroyed with the help of the Lord and his armies!

Exodus 21-22

Exodus 21-22

Chapter 21: Law of Moses

The Lord reveals his laws for, as part of the Law of Moses:

Servants:

  • If you buy a Hebrew servant, he will work for 6 years and on the 7th year he shall go free.
  • If he came by himself or with a wife, both shall go free.
  • If the master gave the servant a wife, then the servant shall go free. But the wife and any children born belong to the master.
  • If a servant is given a wife by the master and chooses to be with the wife, then he becomes property of the master for life.
  • If a servant is assaulted and has his eye damaged then he can be set free.

Plural Marriage:

  • If a daughter is sold as a maidservant she shall not go out and be free as the servant.
  • If a man take another wife, then his duty to both wives (to feed, clothe, shelter, etc) remains.

Death Penalty:

  • If a man kills, then he shall be killed.
  • If a man steals (kidnaps) or enslaves man, he shall be put to death.
  • If a man causes the “fruit to depart from her” killing a baby in a pregnant woman, then the husband can do with the man as he pleases, and the judges will decide how much he pays.

Eye for an Eye:

  • Life for Life
  • Eye for Eye
  • Tooth for Tooth
  • Hand for Hand
  • Foot for Foot
  • Wound for Wound
  • Stripe for Stripe

Chapter 22: Law of Moses

  • If a man steal an ox or a sheep and kill or sell it. He shall restore 5 oxen for an ox and 4 sheep for a sheep.
  • If a thief is breaking in and is killed, the one who killed him will not be killed.
  • If a thief is unable to make restitution he will be sold.
  • If a thief is caught with an ox or sheep alive, he will restore to the owner double.
  • If a man eats from  a field that is not his, he shall make restitution.
  • If a man causes a fire that burnt down a field he shall make restitution.
  • Anything stolen, once caught the thief must pay the owner double.
  • A witch shall not live, but shall be killed.
  • Anyone who lies with an animal shall be killed.
  • Anyone who sacrifices unto another God, other than the Lord shall be destroyed.
  • Thou shalt not oppress a stranger.
  • Thou shalt not afflict any widow or fatherless child.
    • Anyone who afflicts a widow or a fatherless child and that widow or child cries unto the Lord. The Lord will visit the person who afflicted and make widows and make them fatherless.
    • If you lend money, you cannot be a usurer.