IT IS A PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR WEBSITE.

THIS WEBSITE HAS A TWO-FOLD AIM.
First, to bring the gospel of God to those who have not yet believed it.  If you are one of these, this Home Page is for you, together with the items under the heading ‘QUESTIONS’.  Please consider carefully and seriously the matters set out there. 

If you are already a believer in the Lord Jesus, having repented of your sin and accepted the testimony of God’s word about Him, then the rest of the website is for you.  We do hope that you will find it helpful.

Discover the joy of the forgiveness of sins and peace with God available to all through the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Israel’s true Messiah. Those who repent and believe the gospel find it to be the power of God unto salvation, delivering from sin’s penalty and bringing into a right relationship with God.

Whatever your present attitude to spiritual things may be, do you not owe it to yourself to find out what God is like? You will discover that He is the most glorious Being there ever could be. He is supreme in His majesty, almighty in His power, infinite in His holiness, and unchanging in His righteousness. His love is strong, His mercies tender, His grace abundant, and His promises faithful and true. He is the living and true God, and there is none like Him.

Because He is all-glorious, God is deserving of the worship, obedience, and love of every one of us. He is the One most worth knowing, and those who do know Him are never disappointed, for they have the joy of being in a right relationship with Him, and of responding to His claims over them.

God reveals His gospel to us in the words of the Bible, which speaks of “The glorious gospel of the blessed God,” 1 Timothy 1:11. God’s gospel is glorious because it tells of His glories. It will be worthwhile to consider what some of those glories are, remembering that glory can be defined as “The display of excellence”.

THE GLORY OF GOD’S ETERNAL EXISTENCE

“Even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.” Psalm 90:2

The Bible deals with many difficult problems, yet it never sets out to prove the existence of God. This is because God’s existence is self-evident, and therefore does not need to be proved. His non-existence is not a possibility. Moreover, the statement “There is no God”, is an absolute one. But if there is no God there are no absolutes, so the statement is not valid.

Every effect has a cause, and the First Great Cause of all things is God. It follows that He is uncaused, and exists in the glory of His eternal Being.

THE GLORY OF GOD’S FREEDOM

“The purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” Ephesians 1:11.

 God is independent of all that He has made, and is free of all limitation. Nothing can be imposed on Him from outside to restrict Him. He is the sovereign controller of the universe- “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” Romans 11:36. This means that the following things are true of Him-

He is not limited by the lack of any desirable quality, for He is absolutely perfect.

“As for God, His way is perfect.”  Psalm 18:30.

He is not limited by time, for He is eternal.

“Unto the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”  1 Timothy 1:17.

He is not limited by space, for He is present everywhere.

“Whither shall I flee from Thy presence?”  Psalm 139:7.

He is not limited by alteration in circumstances, for He is unchanging.

“For I am the Lord, I change not.”  Malachi 3:6.

THE GLORY OF GOD’S TRUTH

“A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4.

Truth may be defined as “that which corresponds to reality”. God is the true God, not only in the sense that He is not a false god, but also in the sense that truth only finds its real meaning in and through Him. It follows that relativism, the idea that what is true for one person may not be true for another, is a denial of God. Truth is absolute, and God is the source of it. He has graciously made known His truth in the words of the Bible.

THE GLORY OF GOD’S POWER

“Power belongeth unto God.” Psalm 62:4.

The power of God is exercised in three main ways. First of all, in the initial creation, and ongoing preservation of the heaven and the earth. The Scriptures make it abundantly clear that all things were created by God. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1.

It is also clear that by this display of power God expects His creatures to recognize His rights as the Creator. Man, however, has refused to acknowledge God in this way. “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”   Romans 1:20,21.

Rather than acknowledge God as Creator, men have invented the theory of evolution, in the vain hope that this will do away with the need to believe in God.

There is also the power of God in salvation. The apostle Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” Romans 1:16. Each and every one of us is a sinner, slaves to the sin-principle within us. The only way of deliverance is by the power of God that is put forth when the gospel is believed. This gospel is called the gospel of Christ because He is central to it. Earlier, in Romans chapter 1, in verses 1 and 4, the apostle wrote of “the gospel of God…concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” Notice His names, for they have great significance.

 First, He is God’s Son. This means that He shares the nature of God, being equal with God. He is called “The Word”, and “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. John 1:1.

Second, He is called Jesus. This is the name given to Him when He was born. The words of the angel were these, “Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21.

Third, He is Christ, or Messiah, the long-promised One that the Old Testament prophets said would come. And come He did, and not only lived a sinless life upon the earth, but also died on the cross of Calvary. “How that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: and that He was seen…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-5.

Fourth, He is Lord, for “God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2:36. Not only has the Lord Jesus been raised from the dead, but He has also been exalted to God’s right hand in heaven.

When a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, all the rich blessings which His person and sacrificial death guarantee are made good to him. We should not confuse “believing about” the Lord Jesus (that is, being prepared to accept certain facts about Him), with “believing in” Him. Those who believe in Him rely totally on Him for salvation from sin’s penalty and power. They do not rely on their church attendance, the religious ceremonies they may have engaged in, or the good works they have done. The true believer is a person who rests in Christ alone, depending wholly upon who He is, and what He has done for sinners by His death on the cross. Religious observance or good works can never bring us into the great blessing of salvation, for God declares plainly that it is “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:9.

Then God also puts forth His power in judgement. Since God is absolutely perfect, He cannot allow sin to remain unjudged, for His nature demands that He deal with it. Those who refuse the way of salvation, and therefore remain in a state that angers God, will find that He has no alternative but to condemn them and consign them to everlasting judgement. “Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him.” Luke 12:4,5.

THE GLORY OF GOD’S LIGHT

“God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”  1 John 1:5.

God dwells in the glorious light of what He is in Himself as One who is infinitely righteous and holy. Being righteous, God cannot act in a way that is contrary to justice. Being holy as well, He is totally distinct from all His creatures, majestic in His solitary grandeur. He is also holy in the sense that He is totally separate from sin, and opposed to it in all its forms.

The light of the righteousness and holiness of God shows us up as being unrighteous and unholy. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8. Because this is so, we need to acknowledge our sin, and repent of it. The sort of repentance God expects from us is thorough and serious. It is not a lighthearted apology, but a deeply felt change of mind about God, His Son, and our sins, leading to a sincere confession of those sins in His presence. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

One of the classic expressions of repentance is found in Psalm 51, where David acknowledges his sin before God- “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight…” Psalm 51:1-4. As a result, David could afterwards say from personal experience, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” Psalm 32:1.

THE GLORY OF GOD’S LOVE

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10.

Because God is love, He loves righteousness and holiness perfectly. He also longs to show mercy and forgiveness, and to bring sinners into a living, loving relationship with Himself. The only way in which this can be done is for One who is equal with Himself to come to earth to deal with the question of sin. Such an One is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God. He is equal with God, and as such can deal with sins in a manner that is fully acceptable to God. He is also totally free from sin, and this also qualifies Him to deal with the sin question. This He did when He died on a cross outside the city walls of Jerusalem. Whilst it is true that this happened long ago, what He did has abiding value and relevance.

His death was a deliberate act on His part, whereby He satisfied the holy and righteous demands of God against sin, giving God just cause to bring those who repent and believe the gospel into a lasting and meaningful relationship with Himself. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” 1 Peter 3:18.

A final word. We believe we have given you enough information about the Christian gospel to enable you to come into the good of God’s salvation. The responsibility now rests with you. We leave you with the words of the prophet Isaiah:

 “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”   Isaiah 55:6,7.

 

 

15 thoughts on “IT IS A PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR WEBSITE.

  1. David Weller

    Would you be kind enough to explain what the verse in Acts chapter 10 verse 38 means ” how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy ghost and with power” I heard a speaker quoting this verse, say that The Lord Jesus had no power until God gave him the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
    This seems like very bad teaching to me, surely the Lord Jesus always was God and as such the Holy Spirit is His Spirit when the Lord became man he never ceased to be what He always was God.
    I am confused, please help.
    David Aberystwyth Assembly.

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      Dear David,
      Thank you for your response. The following are my thoughts on your question, which raises several interesting and important issues. Perhaps we could start at the end and work backwards.

      1. “When the Lord became man he never ceased to be what He always was God”.
      COMMENT:Yes, the Lord Jesus ever is God. It is not possible for God to cease to be God, so if Jesus Christ was God when on earth, and He was, see John 5:17-29; 10:30-39, then He still is. But it is also impossible for a being to become God, since one of the attributes of Deity is to be “from everlasting to everlasting”, Psalm 90:2. So at whatever point we consider Christ, He is God. When He became man He “took upon Him” the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men”, Philippians 2:7. So He added manhood to Deity without compromising His Deity or modifying it. That we cannot understand this fully is exactly what we would expect, for “great is the mystery of godliness”, 1 Timothy 3:16. I have some further comments on this in the notes on John 1:1-18, which you may like to read.

      2. “Surely the Lord Jesus always was God and as such the Holy Spirit is His Spirit”
      COMMENT: being fully God, He could say to His Father, “all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine”, John 17:10, where the pronoun means “My things”, “Thy things”. All that one Person of the Godhead possesses the Others do also, for “the Lord our God is one Lord”, Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29.

      I hope that by saying “the Holy Spirit is His Spirit” you were not referring to the spirit of Christ as a man. To suggest that the human spirit of Christ was replaced by the Holy Spirit would be incorrect and heretical. The manhood of Christ is true and complete manhood, sin apart of course, (but then sin is not an integral part of man, it is an intrusion).

      As far as I am aware, (I stand to be corrected), the Spirit of God is always spoken of in relation to the Godhead, “the Spirit of God”, or in relation to the Father. I understand Acts 8:39 and 2 Corinthians 3:17 as using the word Lord as equivalent to Jehovah. In Romans 8:9, “the Spirit of Christ”, and Galatians 4:6, “the Spirit of His Son”, the reference is undoubtedly to the Spirit of God, but because Christ was so in harmony with the Spirit of God He, (the latter), can be referred to in these ways. In Philippians 1:19 I believe the idea is of the “attitude of Jesus Christ”. Paul desires to respond to his difficult situation in the way Christ would have done so. He wishes to have a further supply of the Spirit’s help to enable this to happen. The only exception to this general rule may be 1 Peter 1:11, “the Spirit of Christ”. But there again it may be the Spirit of God so associating Himself with the prophecies about the sufferings and glory of the Messiah, “the Christ”, that He is described in this way.

      3. “The Lord Jesus had no power until God gave him the gifts of the Holy Spirit”.
      COMMENT: The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to believers, according to 1 Corinthians 12. Since these gifts are for members of the body of Christ to enable Christ to be manifested on earth in His absence, they clearly do not relate to Himself personally.
      I take it therefore that the question is really about the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Lord Jesus at His baptism, which is what Peter is referring to in Acts 10:38.
      When a man was anointed with oil in Old Testament times, he was appointed and empowered for some special task, whether it be Bezaleel to make the tabernacle, Elisha to prophesy, Aaron to act as high priest, or David to rule over God’s people. Obviously the anointing with oil did not make them into God. It was the provision of special power to enable a special task to be done.
      It is a sign of the complete dependence of Christ on His Father that He was given the Holy Spirit in this new way. He would not act or speak in independence, as John 5:19; 8:26; 12:49-50 indicate. Those of old time were given power through the anointing by physical oil, whereas He was given the power and the Spirit Himself, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for He hath anointed Me to preach” Luke 4:18,19. It was not that He did not act in harmony with the Spirit before His baptism, but rather that He was anointed for the public ministry He was about to embark on. God thus signalled who He was, as John the Baptist makes clear in John 1:32-34.
      To say that the Lord Jesus had no power until He was anointed is a confusing statement. It suggests weakness before and power afterwards. What is true is that as God manifest in flesh He had infinite power, yet He only put forth that power in dependence upon His Father, and in harmony with the Spirit of God. He cast out demons by the Spirit of God, Matthew 12:28. So it was that God was manifest in flesh, not just the Father. He is the brightness of the glory of God, and the exact expression of the essence of God, not just of the Father, Hebrews 1:3.
      I hope this goes a little way to helping you, if you wish to correspond further, please feel free to do so.

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      1. David Weller

        Thank you for your reply and the time that you spent in preparing the answer, it was very helpful, that verse in Acts seems at first to be contrary to all the teaching that we hold firm about the Lord Jesus, it was troubling to me.

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          Dear David,
          Am glad you found the answer helpful. Feel free to communicate again, if you wish.
          Christian regards.

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          1. David Weller

            Could you please help me to understand the verse in Isaiah Chp. 45 Verse 7 “I form the light,and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things”
            Surely God cannot act out of character nothing God does is evil and in view of 1John Chp. 1 verse 5 ” That God is light , and in Him is darkness at all.” How could God create darkness. I would be pleased to hear your comments on this.
            With Christian greetings David.

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            Dear David,
            Thank you for your question. It is good to interact about the Scriptures.

            As you are right in saying, God is not the originator of evil, simply because He cannot be. There are certain things that God cannot do, and to be the author of evil is one of them. He cannot do this because, as your quotation from John’s First Epistle says, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all”. It is impossible for God to act so as to undermine the integrity of His own person.
            Whilst this is true, other things are also true. God cannot lie, Titus 1:2, but He does allow Satan and men to lie. He has the right to allow, in others, that which is contrary to His own nature, but without being guilty of the sin Himself. This is His sovereignty in action.

            Coming to the verse your question is about. There are three primary rules of Bible Interpretation, and they are: 1st Rule- Context. 2nd Rule- Context. 3rd Rule- Context. No explanation that ignores the setting of the verse in question is likely to be right. So what is the context of the verse? In the chapters that surround our verse, Isaiah is doing several things. He is maintaining the Godhood of God in the face of the false gods in the nations around Israel. He is showing the folly of worshipping those false gods. He is warning Judah about the sins the other part of the nation, the ten tribes of Israel, were guilty of. He is prophesying about the near future, when Cyrus the Persian would come to Babylon and defeat it, thus allowing the people of Israel to return to their land after the Captivity. He is looking far into the future, when a more wonderful deliverance would be effected, and Christ the Messiah would deliver His people from a greater danger, and bring in His reign on the earth.

            So in Isaiah 44:23 the prophet projects himself into the future, when the reign of Christ has begun on earth, and speaks of it as if it has happened. This is often called “the prophetic past”. So certain is the outcome that Isaiah can with confidence speak of it as if already happened. Then he proceeds to tell how that glorious outcome will be achieved.

            In verses 24-28, Isaiah makes a remarkable set of predictions. Remember he is speaking before Israel were taken into captivity and Jerusalem was destroyed. Yet he predicts that a ruler will arise by the name of Cyrus, who will be so used of God to deliver His people that he can be given the title “anointed”, 45:1. He is so like Christ in this one respect, (and only this respect of course), that this name can be given to him in a lesser sense. So before Jerusalem was destroyed Isaiah prophesied it would be rebuilt, and by whom.

            Isaiah also predicts that God would “frustrate the tokens of the liars”, and “make diviners mad”, 44:25. This happened when Belshazzar’s astrologers were unable to read the writing on the wall, Daniel 5:7,8. God would turn their wise men backward, and make their knowledge foolish. Much literature from Babylon has been discovered which shows that the astrologers of those times invariably assured the king that he would be victorious. They probably felt that it was too dangerous to say otherwise!
            God, says Isaiah, would “confirm the word of His servant”, (i.e. Daniel), and “perform the counsel of his messengers”, (i.e. the prophets who had foretold the downfall of Babylon). Then come these significant words, “That saith to Jerusalem, ‘Thou shalt be inhabited’; and to the cities of Judah, ‘ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof’; 44:26,28. Cyrus will perform all God’s pleasure, and will do this by saying to Jerusalem, “Thou shalt be built”, and to the temple, “Thy foundation shall be laid”.
            The Medo-Persian army diverted the river Euphrates (which flowed through the city), whilst Belshazzar feasted with his lords, or great ones, including, no doubt, the chiefs of the army. Having done this, they were able to march into the city along the river bed, open the gates from the inside, (“I will open to him the two-leaved gates of brass”, 45:1) and the city was taken. God further promises to loose the loins of kings, 45:1, which is exactly what happened, for we read that when Belshazzar saw the writing on the wall, “the joints of his loins were loosed”, Daniel 5:6. So it was that Cyrus and the Medo-Persian empire succeeded the Babylonian empire. The rule over Babylonia itself was given by Cyrus to Darius the Mede, who died two years later. Daniel 6:28 shows that subsequently Cyrus took sole charge of the empire.
            It was the policy of Cyrus to allow the nations he had conquered to continue with their particular religion. Accordingly, he allowed the Israelites to return to Jerusalem and build their city and their temple. Thus the word of God came to pass.
            This brings us to Isaiah 45:7. “I form the light” would firstly refer to God as Creator and Controller of the universe, (not the false gods of the heathen), reminding us of Genesis 1:3, “Let there be light”. It would also remind us that He alone is the One able to bring in all that light symbolises, such as hope, righteousness, and a new day. Only God can dispel the gloom of their captivity.
            He creates darkness also, for He will plunge the kings who resist His will into the same despondency and darkness as they have made His people suffer. Jeremiah 50:29 foretells that God would recompense Babylon for what she had done to Israel.
            So it is that when Israel returned to Jerusalem, (which name means “foundation of peace), after the exile, they had a measure of peace and quietness, all of God’s creating. But Isaiah looks on to a better day for Israel, when the Messiah shall come, and “the people that walked in darkness”, shall see “a great light”, Isaiah 9:2. A verse quoted by Matthew when the Lord Jesus moved from living in Nazareth to being in Capernaum, near Galilee Matthew 4:13-16. The “way of the sea” Isaiah mentions is the highway from Babylonia that swept down along the Mediterranean coast, then came inland past the Sea of Galilee and went on to Damascus. Matthew probably sat alongside this highway collecting taxes for the Romans, but one day the King of Kings came by, and Matthew immediately left working for the Romans, and followed Christ.
            Malachi speaks of the “Sun of Righteousness arising with healing in His wings”, Malachi 4:2, and David spoke of the “morning without clouds”, 2 Samuel 23:4. All to come to pass when the Lord Jesus comes to reign.
            For Israel’s enemies, however, whether in Cyrus’ day or in the future, God will create evil. The word used here is found 640 times in the Old Testament. On 275 occasions the thought is of calamity of some sort. So whereas God brings in light, in the form of salvation and deliverance for Israel, He will bring in calamitous conditions for those who oppose Him.
            Hope this helps, but please feel free to write again,
            Martin

  2. David Weller

    Dear Martin, Thank you once again for your help with the scripture and the time you spent preparing the answer.
    I remember you often used to say that a verse out of context became a pretext.
    The answer was very helpful.
    With Christian greetings David.

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  3. David Weller

    Dear Martin, Would you please help me again? I was going through Genesis Chapter 30 and none of the commentries give a explanation of verses 37 onwards concerning the rods of green poplar and hazel and chesnut and the srakes in them. I would be very pleased to have any thoughts you may have.
    With Christian greetings David.

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      Dear David,
      Thank you for your question. I am sorry to have been so long in attempting an answer, but the message from WordPress telling me it had arrived was classed as Spam by Yahoo! I only found it last night; humble apologies.
      The following are my thoughts on Genesis 30/31. We should bear in mind that “cattle” = any domesticated animal, including sheep and goats. “Flocks” means flocks of sheep and flocks of goats, usually kept separate, Matthew 25:32. For the sake of simplicity, I shall call the two different sorts of animals “white” and “coloured”.
      Genesis 30
      Verses 31,32 Jacob asks as wages from Laban all the coloured animals in Laban’s flocks.
      Verse 33 Any animal found with Jacob that is white is to be reckoned as having been stolen by Jacob, and therefore given back to Laban.
      Verse 34 Laban agrees to this arrangement, probably because he saw there were not many coloured animals in his flocks.
      Verses 35,36 Just in case Jacob was trying to trick him, Laban removes the coloured animals himself, rather than allowing Jacob to do it as he suggested in verse 32. He puts his own sons in charge of these animals, and instructs them to keep the flocks at least three days journey away from the white animals that Jacob is now to look after. This will ensure they do not inter-breed and produce coloured animals, which Jacob would be able to claim. Jacob now has a flock of white animals that belong to Laban, and Laban’s sons are looking after Jacob’s coloured animals at a safe distance.
      Verses 37-39 Jacob takes rods of three different trees, partly peels them, and places them in the water the flocks are going to drink. Now I do not believe that Jacob thinks that if you put striped sticks in front of breeding animals you get striped lambs. If that is the case, then how is it that some lambs were spotted? Nor do I believe it was simply a miracle, or else why was their need for rods at all? Certainly the birth of coloured lambs was of God, as 31:9, 12,13 indicate.
      My suggestion is that by peeling the bark from these rods, Jacob released different chemicals, that had an effect on the genes of the males and females. Perhaps it was a combination of chemicals, if all three sorts of rods were placed in the watering troughs at the same time, or perhaps it was one chemical or combination of chemicals for the rams separately before they were put to the flock, and another for the ewes. So as they drank, the animals were taking in substances that would affect their offspring in the specific way Jacob wanted. It is a known fact that the colour of a child’s hair is the result of the contribution of both father and mother.
      I have not been able to find any information which says this could happen, but advances in genetics are very rapid nowadays, so perhaps something will soon be discovered to show that Jacob’s strategy had a scientific basis. Those in the world who scoff at Jacob’s actions, and dismiss them as old wives’ tales, would be well advised to reserve their judgement.
      When Jacob explained the situation to Rachel and Leah in 31:4-13, he tells them of a dream he had. He was not told what to do in this dream, but he saw that the rams that were with the ewes were coloured rams. Yet all Jacob’s animals were white at that point, even the rams. So perhaps in his dream Jacob is enabled to “see” the genetic makeup of the rams, so to speak, and God was telling him that those rams had the potential to produce coloured offspring, thus encouraging him to continue with his plan.
      Verse 40 This is a difficult verse, but I suggest that it means that Jacob separated the coloured lambs that had just been born, (and we know from 31:8 that all the lambs newly-born were coloured), from the white ewes and rams that had produced them, and “set the faces of the flocks”, or, in other words, drove the flock of white rams and ewes towards the coloured flocks that Laban’s sons were in charge of, three days’ journey away. This achieves at least two things: 1. It shows Laban that Jacob is not set on cheating Laban, for he has now given him back the white animals he gave him. 2. It means that Jacob has the nucleus of a new flock, the males and females of which are all coloured, for he has sent the white rams and ewes back to Laban.
      Verses 41, 42 Jacob now applies his scheme to the coloured lambs, and breeds only from them. But they are a mixture of good animals and not so good. So when the good animals were due to breed, the rods went into the water, and strong, coloured lambs were born. These were to be his, by the agreement. When the weaker animals were ready, the rods were not put in, and so weaker, white lambs were born, and these were to be Laban’s. Continuing this process, Jacob built up a flock of healthy, strong, and coloured sheep and goats. And he had done it for nothing, for Laban had given him the original white sheep, yet he had given them back to him, and only kept the coloured lambs. As a result, Jacob’s words came true that he spoke to Laban when they made their agreement- “So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face”, 30:33. Laban had all his original sheep back, and more besides, for he also had the white ones that Jacob had bred.

      Such are my suggestions for your consideration. If you come across any research that ties in with my chemicals-in-the-water theory, I would be grateful to have details of it.
      Every blessing,
      Martin.

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  4. David Weller

    Dear Martin, Thank you once again for your help with the scriptures, I am sorry that I did not reply before but I have been having trouble with my computer and it was not working for about a week.
    May the Lord bless you
    David.

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  5. David Weller

    Dear Martin, I notice that you are writing about Christ and the Church, what are your thoughts on the rapture, I was always told that the rapture would be pre tribulation but there seems to be different thoughts on this now.
    I would be interested in your point of view.
    Every blessing,
    David.

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      Dear Ennie,
      I’m sorry I have not replied to your kind comment before, but I was not sure whether it was genuine. Having enquired of Kunda I now know it is. If you wish to correespond less publicly, my wife and I have the e-mail address: martin_margaret3@yahoo.co.uk
      Please free to write if you wish.
      Kind regards,
      Martin and Margaret.

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