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October 29 - Morning

"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."

- Romans 13:1-2

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God Instituted and Established Government    

There are seven institutions established by God for the welfare of mankind on earth. These
institutions are designed to help men experience their individual potential, fulfill their function corporately while they gain insight and understanding of God’s revelation so together the human experience can achieve productivity in God’s plan for creation. These seven institutions and their purpose are:

  Institution Introduced by God in Scripture Purpose
1 Individual Volition Genesis 1:16-17 Individual can respond to God's offer of salvation and be held responsible for their decisions in order to rewarded
2 Marriage Genesis 2:24 Marriage is the foundation for the Family
3 Family Genesis 4:1, 7:1 Family is the foundation for Society
4 Government Genesis 9:5, 6 Government allows for the formation of society and maintains a peaceful culture for the advancement of Institutions #1-3
5 Nations Genesis10, 11

Nations provide boundaries for societies and their governments so that the collapse of one sinful society does not result in universal judgment, but only the punishment or removal of one culture at a time. Avoids a "Noah's Flood" from reoccurring.

6 Israel Genesis 12:2, 3 Preserve the truth of God's revelation in the earth
7 Church Matthew 13; 16:18; Acts 2 Communicates to the kingdoms of the world the truth about God's eternal kingdom and the principles it maintains. And, to teach the way of eternal salvation through God's universal king, Jesus.

In today's text above, Romans 13:1-2, Paul explains that God has established Government as an institution for mankind. Christians are to honor the institution of government because government itself was created by God to maintain peace and justice on earth. Men are to hold each other accountable using this institution.

Governmental authorities are God's servants to establish order in our societies by punishing those who don't conform to a specific standard of conduct. It is the government's divine mandate to demand justice while ruling justly (1 Timothy 2:1, 2; Proverbs 29:4)

The only time is proper to rebel against a government is when the government becomes arrogant and begins to violate the purpose and function of one of the other six equally important institutions established by God. As seen in scripture, an arrogant government who exalts itself above God will face the wrath of God for having violated its purpose and for putting itself in the place of God. This explains Peter's response to the governmental leaders in Acts 4:19. Peter was not establishing a Christian precedent that we are to live in rebellion to the government nor are we to oppose government's God-given authority as Peter also writes in 1 Peter 2:13-14.

"But Peter and John replied, 'Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.' " - Acts 4:19

"Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right." - 1 Peter 2:13-14

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Church attendance is as
vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man
– Dwight L. Moody





Something to Ponder??

Council of Nicea (787) - accepted the practice of honoring or the veneration of images and icons.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


'Erets (Hb) - Land (Eng) - the Hebrew 'erets is translated "land," "earth," "country," "world," "inhabitants." The context of its use will determine the extent of its reference. If 'erets is used
to identify a place such as when God called Abram to go to the 'erets that God would show
him it is used in reference to " a land," or "a country."


The cultural practices and traditions presented in the book of Genesis during the days of Abraham faded out of use within a few hundred years and were forgotten. These cultural practices from 2000 BC have been confirmed by other documents from that time period and archaeological discoveries. This indicates that the recording of the text in  the book of Genesis had to have been written down by a contemporary from that time period and not created by Jewish priests or scribes 1,500 years later after the Babylonian captivity.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I consider government to be opposed to God?
Do I view government as an evil, unnecessary institution?
I will recognize that God established government in the book of Genesis and the Scriptures commands us to support and obey the government as an institution established by God.
  "A servant cannot be corrcted by mere words; though he understands, he will not respond." - Proverbs 29:19
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Opportunity to lead someone to Christ Proclamation of the Truth would be clear Global Presence Somalia - Africa's most failed state struggles for stability.
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Canaanite altar at Megiddo



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A circular altar from the earliest Canaanite settlements around 2000-1400 BC. It is 26 feet diameter and 5 feet high. A large amount of animal bones were found on and near the altar. (click on image for larger size)

Temple Mount Retaining Wall on Mount Moriah

Notice how the top of the rugged Mount Moriah, which is the northern portion of the eastern ridge, was made into a large level surface. Solomon first built a 500 cubit square retaining wall around the high point of Mount Moriah. Then the area inside that square was filled in  The high point of bedrock that was left exposed was where the Ark of the Covenant sat and was the area that supported the Temple itself.

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