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Teachable?? hope so!

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Am i teachable?!…thinking this is an important question for self-reflection.
What does it mean to be “teachable” ? Hmmm, hoping this post is a “teachable” moment of/in time:)

a : capable of being taught b : apt and willing to learn 2 : favorable to teaching
(Merriam-Webster On-line definition)

May be? some of us have come across a kid or person who was very eager and enthusiastic to learn. Then, on the flip side, perhaps, we can recall another who is/was balking/unwilling to cooperate whatsoever in the process of learning something new. You grasp what i mean?…If some of us are like sponges, then are some of us like “Patrick”? -lol:)


 

Duh! joanie, the teachable inherit…’Bikini Bottom’?;)… ‘a.naw’ (nah)!…”Earth”…please, notice these “Hebrew” scriptures:)…my highlights…

“But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11)

“The meek will rejoice greatly in Jehovah, And the poor among men will be joyful in the Holy One of Israel.”
(Isaiah 29:19)

He will guide the meek in what is right,*(Lit., “in judgment.”) And he will teach the meek ones his way. (Psalm 25:9)

8 Let go of anger and abandon rage;

Do not become upset and turn to doing evil. *(Or possibly, “Do not become upset, for it can only lead to harm.”)

 9 For evil men will be done away with,

But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth.

ו [Waw]

10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;

You will look at where they were,

And they will not be there. (Psalm 37:8-10)

i LOVE this…please check it out further readings on Meekness🙂

A mildness of temper, without haughtiness or vanity. The mental disposition that enables one to endure injury with patience and without irritation, resentment, or vindictive retaliation. It is a close companion of and seldom found separate from such other virtues as humility, lowliness of mind, and gentleness. (See HUMILITYMILDNESS.) The Hebrew word translated “meek” (ʽa·nawʹ) comes from the root ʽa·nahʹ, which means “afflict, humble, humiliate.” [excerpted: Insight on Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 364]

Meekness is NOT a weakness, but a strength…it is not a mock humility; the quality is steel-like…

False humility can actually result in developing haughtiness in the individual, for he may tend to think he is righteous on his own merit; or he may feel that he is accomplishing his ends, not realizing that he cannot deceive Jehovah. If haughtiness develops, he will in time be humbled in a way that he will not enjoy. He will be brought low, and it may be to his own destruction.​—Pr 18:12; 29:23. [excerpted: “humility,” Insight Vol. 1]

Jesus Christ’s Humility. Jesus Christ, when on earth, set the greatest example of a humble servant of God. On the evening before his death, Jesus girded himself with a towel and washed and dried the feet of each of his 12 apostles, a service customarily performed by menials and slaves. (Joh 13:2-5, 12-17) He had told his disciples: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Mt 23:12; Lu 14:11) The apostle Peter, present that night, remembered Jesus’ fine example in living up to his words. He later admonished fellow believers: “All of you gird yourselves with lowliness of mind toward one another . . . Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”​—1Pe 5:5, 6.

Two other Hebrew verbs involving “humility” are ka·naʽʹ (literally, subdue [oneself]) and sha·phelʹ (literally, be or become low). In the Christian Greek Scriptures the word ta·pei·no·phro·syʹne is translated “humility” and “lowliness of mind.” It is drawn from the words ta·pei·noʹo, “make low,” and phren, “the mind.”

A person can achieve a state of humility by reasoning on his relationship to God and to his fellowmen, as outlined in the Bible, and then practicing the principles learned. A Hebrew word, hith·rap·pesʹ, translated “humble yourself,” means, literally, “stamp yourself down.” It well expresses the action described by the wise writer of Proverbs: “My son, if you have gone surety for your fellowman, . . . if you have been ensnared by the sayings of your mouth, . . . you have come into the palm of your fellowman: Go humble yourself [stamp yourself down] and storm your fellowman with importunities. . . . Deliver yourself.” (Pr 6:1-5) In other words, throw away your pride, acknowledge your mistake, set matters straight, and seek forgiveness. Jesus admonished that a person humble himself before God like a child and that, instead of trying to be prominent, he minister to or serve his brothers.​—Mt 18:4; 23:12.

Or, a person may learn humility by being brought low, humbled by experience. Jehovah told Israel that he humbled them by causing them to walk 40 years in the wilderness in order to put them to the test so as to know what was in their heart and to make them know that “not by bread alone does man live but by every expression of Jehovah’s mouth does man live.” (De 8:2, 3) Many of the Israelites no doubt profited from this severe experience and gained humility from it. (Compare Le 26:41;2Ch 7:14; 12:6, 7.) If a person or a nation refuses to become humble or to accept humbling discipline, such will suffer humiliation in due time.​—Pr 15:32, 33; Isa 2:11;5:15. [excerpted readings: “humility,” Insight Vol. 1]

“noun form pra·yʹtes “

A New Testament Wordbook, by William Barclay, says of the adjective pra·ysʹ: “In classical Greek this is a lovely word. Of things it means ‘gentle’. It is used, for instance, of a gentle breeze or a gentle voice. Of persons it means ‘mild’ or ‘gracious’. . . . There is gentleness in praus but behind the gentleness there is the strength of steel . . . It is not a spineless gentleness, a sentimental fondness, a passive quietism.” (London, 1956, pp. 103, 104) Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words states that the noun form pra·yʹtes “consists not in a person’s ‘outward behaviour only; nor yet in his relations to his fellow-men; as little in his mere natural disposition. Rather it is an in wrought grace of the soul; and the exercises of it are first and chiefly towards God. It is that temper of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting; it is closely linked with the word tapeinophrosunē [humility], and follows directly upon it.’”​—1981, Vol. 3, pp. 55, 56.

The word pra·ysʹ is variously translated in Bible versions “meek,” “mild,” “mild-tempered,” and “gentle.” (KJ, AS, NW, NE) However, as expressed in Barclay’s work quoted in the foregoing, pra·ysʹ goes somewhat deeper than gentleness and, when used of persons, means mild, gracious. [excerpted: Mildness, Insight Vol. 2]

Manifesting Meekness, Gentleness, Graciousness, yet NOT a spineless, stupid creature!! 🙂

(to be meek is to be teachable (which implies a continuous state))

4/13/18 @ 10:26 p.m.

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Narrow Road Infrastructure

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Thinking (or trying to think while being interrupted) while traveling through life…(and don’t want this post getting off road a bit aka off topic;) will try my best to stay on track, yeah, right!:))…

Roads and destinations and GPS… Truth, specifically, Biblical truth keeps us (IF we follow it/obey/adhere) on a narrow road leading to LIFE, real, never-ending life…eventually sans sicknesses. Our lives improve along the way during this spiritual process/mind-body work.

For me, personally, the Bible has always been my guide/map…where to go? Is sometimes the same question as: what to do?! Or how to act?! and why?/why not?…in any given place/circumstance/situation (simple or complex)/scenario i find myself.

Jesus as leader leading… “The way, (The Truth, and The Life”)…

“Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

I am the way and the truth and the life: Jesus is the way because it is only through him that it is possible to approach God in prayer. He is also “the way” for humans to be reconciled to God. (Joh 16:23; Ro 5:8) Jesus is the truth in that he spoke and lived in harmony with truth. He also fulfilled scores of prophecies that show his central role in the outworking of God’s purpose. (Joh 1:14; Re 19:10) These prophecies became “‘yes’ [or were fulfilled] by means of him.” (2Co 1:20) Jesus is the life because by means of the ransom, he made it possible for mankind to gain “the real life,” that is, “everlasting life.” (1Ti 6:12,19; Eph 1:7; 1Jo 1:7) He will also prove to be “the life” for millions who will be resurrected with the prospect of living in Paradise forever.—Joh 5:28, 29. [New World Translation Study Bible: Gems excerpted]

i prefer, personally speaking, the New World Translation Revised 2013…for its readability, modern language, accuracy, etc.  Plus, the fact it’s a trustworthy translation…and has NOT omitted/taken away/minused (and on purpose like other translation(s)) The Creator’s/Almighty God’s personal name, Yahweh.  The Tetragramatton appears almost 7,000 times in the original Hebrew manuscripts…(just makes me wonder/question how any supposedly skilled translator(s) misses (a) mark(s)/something 7,000 times??! what else?? of importance did some so-called translators/translations leave out??! and why??!) Some further reading on the Divine Name and Greek Scriptures.
“Language grows old and unintelligible, therefore it’s necessary to review old Translations to make them speak the Language in use, and be understood by the living generation.”  (John Lewis, 18th Century English Cleric)
People, this is 2018, our language has changed, duh!;)  It makes sense to get acquainted with and read a modern language translation. Truth is progressive!  Please check it out IF You:) so choose…further reading(s) about bible-versions-translations

Okay, guess, am going off road a little?…

{Contemplating about: how all of us are flawed (myself very much included;)) …most of us are trying to get somewhere (including Bible translators, eh?)…work, home, vaca, peace, security, stability…ahead?…(we have our personal/private “reasons” aka “motivations” of why) and may be? how we will get where we wanna go and when…so, in my POV, a flawed wo/man’s philosophy is may be?  attempt(s) at self-justification…an arrogant exercise in excusing ourselves…in few or many words convoluted or concise…as to why we do or how to do and get away with it…to get where we wanna go?!  Some abandon authority (including God) altogether…aka not answering to anyone to get what they want where/when they want whatever.}

Jesus as genius…(a human term)…a VERY Intelligent Divine Dude🙂…wonder how to measure His IQ??…hmmm, i.e., his 20 minute(s) Sermon on the Mount defies (the) time (target). “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer

Talk about time well-spent (here/now and then aka present, future)…management…how humans should travel (in/through life) (through time)…and space…safely as possible and as compassionately/lovingly/peacefully as possible! His spiritual and practical teachings/superlative example as a whole — timelessness!!

Jesus, concerned about living/travelling Truth (through time)…said at Matthew 7:

13  “Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it; 14  whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it.

Go in through the narrow gate: In ancient times, roadways with gates were the means of entry into walled cities. The Bible uses such expressions as road or “path” or “way” to describe people’s life course and conduct. The image of two contrasting roads pictures life courses that are either approved or disapproved by God, determining whether an individual gains entry into God’s Kingdom.​—Ps 1:1, 6; Jer 21:8; Mt 7:21.

broad is the gate and spacious is the road: Although some manuscripts read “broad and spacious is the road,” the longer reading has strong manuscript support and harmonizes with the parallelism at Mt 7:14.​—See App. A3. [excerpted New World Translation Study Bible: Gems]

Living Truth means a cramped road…(few find).


(fy: i am brain-fried here-lol 😉

after a long day of learning/listening

to multiple talks in Chinese)

ignore the goofy girl please.

{road photo appropriate for post topic, huh?}

4/7/18 @ 2:24 p.m

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Transcribing Jesus

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Greetings Readers:) aka “Hey, how are things going??” Busy day, eh? Especially, Wednesdays… every day— my primary objective is living the “Truth” (Spiritual/Biblical Values, etc) and helping my family/friends (aka fellow-fragile-life that I know more closely and are a direct part of my life; you know– those who know me better or like/love me (despite being familiar with me and my quirkiness, my talkativeness, my imperfections/limitations, etc.) and continue to put up with or tolerate me, and helping my community any way i can (mostly i care about spirituality/spiritual health/needs of said community)…working out of my comfort zone mostly and finding-a-comfort-zone ?

Okay, this past Sunday my family/friends and i heard an “accurate” bible-based talk: “Who REALLY IS Jesus Christ?”  An important/complicated question for consideration…in particular to some of us this time of year. Excellent talk helping make the distinction between knowing the man and knowing the messiah. (my intention was to transcribe my scribble notes… too tired, and too grieved, and wiping away tears to concentrate too much on that task.)

Oh, what do i already know about Jesus? (poetry-past-er-its-a-knack) Do i celebrate Easter? (easter-eggs-and-chocolate)

Christendom’s popular iconic images/ideas of “Christ” portray him as a “baby” (in a manger) or as (a “criminal”) crucified on a “cross”…

Although many believe that Jesus was crucified​—executed on a cross​—the Bible reports: “His own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” (1 Peter 2:24, King James Version) Bible writers used two Greek words to refer to the instrument of Jesus’ execution​—stau·rosʹ and xyʹlon. Many scholars have concluded that these words refer to a beam or an upright stake made of one piece of wood.

On the night of the annual Jewish Passover, Jesus instituted a simple procedure with his followers and commanded them: “Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24) Hours later, Jesus was put to death.

Bible writers compared Jesus to the lamb sacrificed at the Passover. (1 Corinthians 5:7) Just as the Passover celebration reminded the Israelites that they had been freed from slavery, so the Memorial of Jesus Christ’s death reminds Christians that they have been freed from sin and death. The Passover, held on Nisan 14 according to the lunar calendar, was a yearly celebration; the early Christians likewise observed the Memorial once each year.

Despite having a perfect mind and body, Adam disobeyed God because he selfishly desired something that did not belong to him. (Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:6) Later, God’s chief enemy, Satan, suggested that no human would unselfishly obey God, especially if his life were on the line. (Job 2:4) Yet, the perfect man Jesus obeyed God and remained loyal to him, even undergoing a disgraceful and painful death. (Hebrews 7:26) This completely settled the matter: A human can remain faithful to God under whatever test or trial may be brought upon him. [excerpted article: Why Did Jesus Die?]

OF COURSE, Babies grow UP…right?

“The kingdom of the world did become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will rule as king forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15) When you remember Jesus Christ, consider what he is doing now. Jesus is ruling as a heavenly King. God’s Word prophesied regarding Jesus: “With righteousness he must judge the lowly ones, and with uprightness he must give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:14) Those appealing qualities belong, not to a newborn baby, but to a mighty Ruler. [excerpted article: Remembering Jesus]

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Muppets Muddling through Life

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Just discovered this new (well, new to me) little kids’ show…(while sitting at Dentist’s office/waiting area this morning w/daughter)…have always loved the Muppets as kid and adult..”Kermie” is my favorite… and Miss Piggie 2nd. Ironically, am much more into Muppets than my kids..um, teens;) and probably will ever be. (Yes, she/me is an oddly odd older one and Note to self, get over the basic alliteration, bones, already!)

Fun waiting at the dentist today..fun, jokey small talk with assistant and Doc… don’t know what our dentist quite thinks… me asking IF he dreams of teeth and whether he played dentist or with play-dough teeth as a little boy.

Just trying to keep it light and fun… and laughey before the dreaded needle… was today’s “missing” laughing gas..which they do not utilize at this location… this causes my daughter to incrementally, face and be exposed to her strong dislike/at one time intense fear/hatred of needles.

Okay, this is Joanie’s show n tell time… aka intriguing answers to Bible questions obscure or otherwise encountered through the years… (my daughter informs me today that other cultures don’t have small talk and that my friendliness would be considered RUDE!! She’s correct… oh god, another know-it-all teen??… just joking, she’s not like that (too) much… You can reason and converse with her about deep stuff and she actually listens!!:))

Enough small ramblings… and Yes, obviously, by 49 I have matured and don’t regularly feed my mind on “Muppets”..and have accepted since childhood they are not real creatures..Duh, though they teach lessons. But some lessons/tough topics require adults communicating directly to their kids. What happens to kids IF we parents abdicate our teaching role or neglect it…

Following the incident regarding Noah’s drunkenness, Canaan came under Noah’s prophetic curse foretelling that Canaan would become the slave of both Shem and Japheth. (Ge 9:20-27) Since the record mentions only that “Ham the father of Canaan saw his father’s nakedness and went telling it to his two brothers outside,” the question arises as to why Canaan rather than Ham became the object of the curse. Commenting on Genesis 9:24, which states that when Noah awoke from his wine he “got to know what his youngest son had done to him,” a footnote in Rotherham’s translation says: “Undoubtedly Canaan, and not Ham: Shem and Japheth, for their piety, are blessed; Canaan, for some unnamed baseness, is cursed; Ham, for his neglect, is neglected.” Similarly, a Jewish publication, The Pentateuch and Haftorahs, suggests that the brief narrative “refers to some abominable deed in which Canaan seems to have been implicated.” (Edited by J. H. Hertz, London, 1972, p. 34) And, after noting that the Hebrew word translated “son” in verse 24 may mean “grandson,” this source states: “The reference is evidently to Canaan.” The Soncino Chumash also points out that some believe Canaan “indulged a perverted lust upon [Noah],” and that the expression “youngest son” refers to Canaan, who was the youngest son of Ham.​—Edited by A. Cohen, London, 1956, p. 47.

The prophetic element of the curse must also be considered. There is no evidence to indicate that Canaan himself became the slave of Shem or Japheth during his lifetime. But, God’s foreknowledge was at work, and since the curse expressed by Noah was divinely inspired, and since God’s disfavor is not expressed without just cause, it is likely that Canaan had already manifested a definitely corrupt trait, perhaps of a lustful nature, and that God foresaw the bad results in which this characteristic would eventually culminate among Canaan’s descendants. In the earlier case of Cain, Jehovah had noted a wrong heart attitude and had warned Cain of the danger of being overcome by sin (Ge 4:3-7); God also had discerned the unreformable bent toward wickedness on the part of the majority of the pre-Flood population, making their destruction warranted. (Ge 6:5) The most obvious evidence of the justness of the curse placed on Canaan is thus seen in the later history of his descendants, for they built up a particularly sordid record of immorality and depravity, as both Biblical and secular history testify. The curse on Canaan saw its fulfillment some eight centuries after its pronouncement, when Canaan’s descendants were subjugated by the Semitic Israelites, later coming under the domination of the Japhetic powers of Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. [reference: “Canaan” Insight Vol. 1]

further excerpted past readings…”Canaan” Insight Vol. 1

The justness of God’s prophetic curse on Canaan found full confirmation in the conditions that had developed in Canaan by the time of the Israelite conquest. Jehovah had allowed 400 years from Abraham’s time for the ‘error of the Amorites to come to completion.’ (Ge 15:16) The fact that Esau’s Hittite wives were “a source of bitterness of spirit to Isaac and Rebekah” to the extent that Rebekah had ‘come to abhor her life because of them’ is certainly an indication of the badness already manifest among the Canaanites. (Ge 26:34, 35; 27:46) During the centuries that followed, the land of Canaan became saturated with detestable practices of idolatry, immorality, and bloodshed. The Canaanite religion was extraordinarily base and degraded, their “sacred poles” evidently being phallic symbols, and many of the rites at their “high places” involving gross sexual excesses and depravity. (Ex 23:24; 34:12, 13; Nu 33:52; De 7:5) Incest, sodomy, and bestiality were part of ‘the way of the land of Canaan’ that made the land unclean and for which error it was due to “vomit its inhabitants out.” (Le 18:2-25) Magic, spellbinding, spiritism, and sacrifice of their children by fire were also among the Canaanites’ detestable practices.​—De 18:9-12.

Baal was the most prominent of the deities worshiped by the Canaanites. (Jg 2:12, 13; compare Jg 6:25-32; 1Ki 16:30-32.) The Canaanite goddesses Ashtoreth (Jg 2:13; 10:6; 1Sa 7:3, 4), Asherah, and Anath are presented in an Egyptian text as both mother-goddesses and as sacred prostitutes who, paradoxically, remain ever-virgin (literally, “the great goddesses who conceive but do not bear”). Their worship apparently was invariably involved with the services of temple prostitutes. These goddesses symbolized the quality not only of sexual lust but also of sadistic violence and warfare. Thus, the goddess Anath is depicted in the Baal Epic from Ugarit as effecting a general slaughter of men and then decorating herself with suspended heads and attaching men’s hands to her girdle while she joyfully wades in their blood. The figurines of the goddess Ashtoreth that have been discovered in Palestine are of a nude woman with rudely exaggerated sex organs. Of their phallic worship, archaeologist W. F. Albright observes that: “At its worst, . . . the erotic aspect of their cult must have sunk to extremely sordid depths of social degradation.”​—Archaeology and the Religion of Israel, 1968, pp. 76, 77;[…].
Added to their other degrading practices was that of child sacrifice. According to Merrill F. Unger: “Excavations in Palestine have uncovered piles of ashes and remains of infant skeletons in cemeteries around heathen altars, pointing to the widespread practice of this cruel abomination.” (Archaeology and the Old Testament, 1964, p. 279) Halley’s Bible Handbook (1964, p. 161) says: “Canaanites worshipped, by immoral indulgence, as a religious rite, in the presence of their gods; and then, by murdering their first-born children, as a sacrifice to these same gods. It seems that, in large measure, the land of Canaan had become a sort of Sodom and Gomorrah on a national scale. . . . Did a civilization of such abominable filth and brutality have any right longer to exist? . . . Archaeologists who dig in the ruins of Canaanite cities wonder that God did not destroy them sooner than he did.”​—PICTURE, Vol. 1, p. 739.

“Ham”…

Ham was the father of four sons, Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. (Ge 10:6; 1Ch 1:8) The Ethiopians, Egyptians, some Arabian and African tribes, and the Canaanites descended from these sons. While it is claimed that some of the Hamitic tribes and nations listed in Genesis chapter 10 spoke a Semitic language, this does not weigh against their being of Hamitic descent or their having originally spoken a Hamitic tongue. Many peoples adopted the language of their conquerors, of other peoples with whom they associated, or of the land to which they migrated.

Ham married before the Flood. Along with his wife, his father and mother, and his two brothers and their wives, he survived the Flood. (Ge 6:18; 7:13; 8:15, 16, 18; 1Pe 3:19, 20) Ham’s sons were born after the Flood.

Sometime later he became involved in an incident that brought a curse on his son Canaan. Noah had become intoxicated with wine and had uncovered himself in his tent. Ham saw his father’s nakedness, and instead of showing the proper respect for Noah, the family head and the servant and prophet whom God had made an instrument in the preservation of the human race, Ham told his two brothers of his discovery. Shem and Japheth exhibited the proper respect by walking backwards with a mantle to cover Noah so that they would not bring reproach by looking on their father’s nakedness. Noah, on awakening, uttered a curse, not on Ham, but on Ham’s son Canaan. In the accompanying blessing of Shem, which included a blessing for Japheth, Ham was passed over and ignored; only Canaan was mentioned as cursed and was prophetically foretold to become a slave to Shem and Japheth.​—Ge 9:20-27.

It is possible that Canaan himself had been involved directly in the incident and that his father Ham had failed to correct him. Or Noah, speaking prophetically by inspiration, foresaw that the bad tendency in Ham, perhaps already manifest in his son Canaan, would be inherited by Canaan’s offspring. The curse was partly fulfilled when the Semitic Israelites subjugated the Canaanites. Those who were not destroyed (for example, the Gibeonites [Jos 9]) were made slaves to Israel. Centuries later, the curse was further fulfilled when descendants of Ham’s son Canaan came under the domination of the Japhetic world powers of Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.

Some persons have incorrectly held that the black race and enslavement of members of that race resulted from the curse pronounced upon Canaan. On the contrary, the descendants of Canaan, the cursed one, were not of the black race. The black race descended from Cush and possibly from Put, other sons of Ham who were not involved in the incident or the curse. [excerpted: “Ham” Insight on Scriptures, Vol. 1]

“Canaanite” readings…

4. Did not the Canaanites’ destruction conflict with God’s love? On the surface, God’s exterminating the Canaanites might seem inconsistent with his love. (1 John 4:8) However, that love becomes quite apparent when we take a closer look.

God knew long beforehand that Canaan’s inhabitants were headed in the wrong direction. Yet, instead of immediately wiping them out, he patiently allowed 400 years to pass until their error had “come to completion.”​—Genesis 15:16.

When the sin of the Canaanites reached the point where all hope of improvement was gone, Jehovah brought their end. Even so, he did not blindly execute all Canaanites. Why? Because not all were beyond reform. Those willing to change, such as Rahab and the Gibeonites, were shown mercy.​—Joshua 9:3-11, 16-27; Hebrews 11:31.

5. How could a God of love destroy any humans? That question is understandable, for the destruction of human life is not pleasant to contemplate. Really, though, it was God’s love that impelled him to take such drastic measures against the wicked. To illustrate: When a patient develops gangrene, doctors often have little choice but to amputate the infected limb. Few would enjoy performing such a procedure, but a good doctor knows that the alternative​—the spread of infection—​is worse. Because he cares, he carries out this unpleasant task for the good of his patient.

Similarly, Jehovah did not enjoy destroying the Canaanites. He himself says: “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked.” (Ezekiel 33:11, Darby) At the same time, he purposed for the nation of Israel to produce the Messiah, the one who would open the way to salvation for all those exercising faith. (John 3:16) Thus, God simply could not allow Israel to become infected by the disgusting practices of the Canaanites. He therefore ordered the Canaanites to be cut off, or evicted, from the land. In so doing, God demonstrated outstanding love​—love that moved him to perform an unpleasant task for the benefit of his faithful worshippers.

Value for Us

Does the record of the Canaanites’ destruction have value for us today? Yes, for Romans 15:4 states: “All the things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction, that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope.” How does what happened in Canaan instruct us and give us hope?

These accounts teach us much. For example, God mercifully spared Rahab and the Gibeonites when they turned to him in faith. This reminds us that anyone who truly wants to please God can do so, regardless of his background or past sins.​—Acts 17:30.

Accounts of the destruction in Canaan also give us hope by providing us with a preview of what God will do in the near future. They assure us that he will not allow evil to snuff out good completely. Rather, the Bible affirms that he will soon act to destroy all wicked ones, whereas he will deliver those who love him into a righteous new world. (2 Peter 2:9; Revelation 21:3, 4) At that time, these comforting words will be fulfilled: “Hope in Jehovah and keep his way, and he will exalt you to take possession of the earth. When the wicked ones are cut off, you will see it.”​—Psalm 37:34. [Why Did God Wage War Against the Canaanites? w 2010]

Tough readings? Who of us enJOY needles, painful dental work or going to the dentist generally speaking?! (NOT ME!)…or the thought of gangrene or amputation??…or destruction/death of any people, fellow-fragile-life??…but truly LOVING/HONEST/COURAGEOUS Docs…don’t keep uncomfortable/difficult diagnoses or treatments from patients!!…IF they are “legit” docs!!..they tell the hard TRUTH (put their own opinions/discomfort/feelings aside)…even when/IF patient is terminally ill and they do HOPEFULLY talk openly about pain management…etc.

And You don’t have to be a brilliant/caring doctor to recognize the wisdom…or necessary life-lessons taught by negative outcomes…results/patterns popping up in history or modern-story…unhealthy pathways/behaviors…leading to much suffering, misery, and death!:(

Anyway Reader🙂 please keep choosing real Life, real Love…and “real” Freedom…aka LIVING TRUTH…and not cowardly/arrogantly running away from it! Not all aspects of Truth are pleasant, eh? (or easily digestible;)

Muppets can be fun (distraction?) pain management, huh? Laughter is good medicine…helps with the spiritual mind-food!:) Popcorn…fun snack.

3/29/18 @ 4:09 p.m.

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