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Covid-19 Psalm 19 Isaiah 26 and the Evangelical Proof-Texters

Covid-19 and the Evangelical Proof-Texters

‘proof-texters,’ sensation-mongers + chain-letter writers got their teeth into the present Covid-19 crisis
  •  enter your chambers, + shut your doors behind you +hide yourself >Until the indignation is past ?=? lockdown + self-isolation.
  •  Charismaniacs are urging people to ‘decree and declare’ authority over the virus + urging people not to ‘break the chain of prayer’ (whatever that is) by posting the deception on their own social media pages as well.
  • evangelicals of all stripes have been prone to proof-texting like this.
  • 1° rule of biblical understanding = Context! = help to get to the core of the question > ‘What does this verse mean?’
  • Isaiah 26 = warning to people of ancient Israel (God’s people) to shelter from the wrath of God. >> we can apply it to coming judgement of God upon the world, when Jesus shall return & all men of every age and nation shall give account of their lives => their wickedness punished.
    • refuge = Jesus.
search the Scriptures > in them you have eternal life (John 5:39)
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Preceding

CoViD-19 warnings

Christian Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

So many being afraid – reason enough to step in the boat with Christ

“In The Midst Of The Storm”

Love in the Time of Corona

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Additional reading

  1. Today’s Thought “You will keep … in perfect peace” (May 03)
  2. Extra memorizing verses Isaiah 26:3-4: Focused on God finding perfect peace

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Related

  1. Isaiah 26: Content in God alone.
  2. Daily Devotion: Isaiah 26:3-4
  3. Numbers 1, Isaiah 26, Acts 11
  4. The rock on which we stand
  5. Housebound
  6. Mystical Ceremony Reveals ‘Cure’ for the Coronavirus: Jews Must Return to Israel – Breaking Israel News
  7. Hide Yourself

The Salty Scrivener

Covid-19 and the Evangelical Proof-Texters

Well, it didn’t take long before the ‘proof-texters,’ sensation-mongers and the chain-letter writers got their teeth into the present Covid-19 crisis.  The misinterpretation of psalm 91 was sure to happen sooner or later, – without any reference to Psalm 90, of course.  But a recent ‘don’t break this chain‘ scam on social media has been based on a proof-texting use of Isaiah 26:20.  The text reads,
 
Come, my people, enter your chambers,
And shut your doors behind you;
Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment,
Until the indignation is past.
So, of course, the proof-texters want to find in the words of that verse a prediction of our present state of lockdown and self-isolation.  Some have even claimed that there is more than a coincidence between between the text reference (26) and the date of the Lockdown announcement.  Worse still…

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Springtime Poems

asked by Joe at Iamforchange would like to co-write some poetry withblue-flowers-wallpaper him =  a fun, experimental, + very creative writing project => following poems inspired + intuited from the Tarot.

 

Through the Peacock's Eyes

When I was asked by Joe at Iamforchange if I                                                                     would like to co-write some poetry withblue-flowers-wallpaper him, I thought it would be a fun, experimental, and very creative writing project, especially since I haven’t written much poetry in the last couple of years. We decided to compose the following poems inspired and intuited from the Tarot. For the first poem, we each drew a three card spread and alternated lines. For the second poem, we each drew a Celtic Cross spread and alternated lines. Here are the results:

#1 New Beginnings

The chains that had bound no longer found

But the process of grief still lingers

A good message brings courage to follow dreams

For…

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Dark Times and Dry Places

We have the wet and dry places and wet and dry seasons. worst is to have such a dry ground in our minds that no seeds can find a way to grow. Worse also when it stays dark everywhere where we look and worst when it stays dark in our heart.

Darkness can take us over. Darkness can be a chain which we can’t get loose. When the padlock is despair we are in bigger trouble. It may be a cipher code lock or one with a key. In the first case we do have to find the code in the second one we may be happy when we do find the key to fit.

At all times we should know that the cipher codes, the letter codes and the keys are all prepared for us, and lying in front of us. They are freely given. We only have to see them shining in the dark and take them (for free).

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To remember:

  • Life is full of good things.
  • No day passes without a blessing of some kind =>  God is just that good.
  • many reasons why we face dark times and dry places.
  • disobedience, opportunities to grow, to travel through shadow lands
  • struggling to find hope
  • Psalm 42 = sustenance for parched soul + light for the darkened path
  • God commands His steadfast love
  • God’s work in us never ends.
  • our hope = God is with us in the darkness > using time to strengthen us, teach us, and transform us.

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Preceding articles:

Are you right down in the dumps? Stop digging!

He who knows himself, is kind to others

Fear, struggles, sadness, bad feelings and depression

The Person Who Cannot Despair

A Glory followed by Despair

Next: Dark times, dry places, panting hearts, thirsting, being cast down and patience

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Find also to read:

  1. Dealing with worries in our lives
  2. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  3. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
  4. Old age
  5. Companionship
  6. Importance of parents 1
  7. Within despair

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  • In Oregon, City Officials See Resistance to an “In God We Trust” Display (patheos.com)
    I’ve been seeing more stories lately about local city councils voting to put up “In God We Trust” plaques in their buildings. There’s no much we can do about it. All they have to do is say “It’s the country’s motto!” and the argument that it advances religion becomes moot, even if that’s entirely accurate.
  • The Fear of the Lord (llamapacker.wordpress.com)
    to be in the fear of the Lord is not to be scared of the Lord, even though the Hebrew word has overtones of respect and awe. ‘Fear’ in the Bible means to be overwhelmed, to be controlled by something. To fear the Lord is to be overwhelmed with wonder before the greatness of God and his love. It means that, because of his bright holiness and magnificent love, you find him ‘fearfully beautiful.’ That is why the more we experience God’s grace and forgiveness, the more we experience a trembling awe and wonder before the greatness of all that he is and has done for us.
  • Thanks (achristianmeditation.wordpress.com)
    It is easier to give thanks to God when everything is going well, than it is when we have conflict and trouble in our life. When there is sickness, discouragement, failure, misunderstandings; when all seems to be lost, how can we give thanks? From a human viewpoint we experience anxiety, depression or despair.
  • Thanks (devog.wordpress.com)
    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
  • Forgiveness of sins (genesisone.wordpress.com)
    God’s great desire was to save us from our sin and its terrible consequence of eternal separation from Him. Here again His object is stressed in an unmistakeable way. His primary purpose in the gift of His Son Jesus was to provide a salvation through forgiveness. As we shall see this could not happen through His overlooking sin but by facing and dealing with it in a new, remarkable and righteous way. It would take Jesus to the cross.
  • Intimacy or Integrity: Embracing Vulnerability in the Face of Intimate Allegations (danjbrennan.com)

    Is intimacy as an orientation worth the risk? Between friends? Between leaders? Between female friends? Between male friends? If intimate friendship is no safeguard from exploitation and abuse, is it worth the risk? Is it wise in light of the risk to choose an invulnerable posture toward others? You know, only have Jesus as an intimate friend—a kind of designer spirituality for self-protection.

    To really open up a can of worms, is intimacy worth the risk between men and women as friends? Is it wise to invite men and women into this vulnerability of intimate love when this vulnerability could be exploited by one of the friends?  This is not a simple matter in the twenty-first century as some Christians believe.

  • God Turns Darkness Into Light (divinedirection.typepad.com)
    Not only does the Lord turn our darkness into light, but He also wants to fill us with His light.
  • Psalm 23 – The key (pastornorman.wordpress.com)
    I need nothing stems from my relationship with the Lord, my shepherd. There is however a key to that becoming my reality. The Psalmist is about to list a bunch of stuff that is suppossed to be true for every believer but first he gives us the key we need to unlock the truth..
  • Code painting (fogus.me)

This Side of Hope

Picture Credit: Josh LeClair Picture Credit: Josh LeClair

Life is full of good things. From the beauty of a golden sunset to the joy of a child’s sweet embrace, life offers a plethora of wonderful experiences and people. No day passes without a blessing of some kind because God is just that good.

But sometimes the good seems far away. There are days when the darkness rolls in, and I find myself plagued by sadness and despair. I am no stranger to these shadowy visitations. I would like to think I’ve grown more adept at handling them as I’ve grown older, but I cannot say they have left me entirely, and I find myself wondering why they trouble me so.

The Bible indicates there are many reasons why we face dark times and dry places. The prophet Elijah sat despondent in a cave because he was afraid. (I Kings 19) Jonah spent…

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Mind Bondage is Worst Slavery!

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Mind Bondage is Worst Slavery!

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“Sometimes the chains that prevent us from being free are more mental than physical”

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