A Modern Puritan

Lost in wonder, love and praise. Follow along as we seek to uneclipse Christ in our lives.


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Grace to the Heathen

Isaiah 56:1-8 Rewards for Obedience to God
 
Thus says the LORD, 
“Preserve justice and do righteousness, 
For My salvation is about to come 
And My righteousness to be revealed. 
 
“How blessed is the man who does this, 
And the son of man who takes hold of it; 
Who keeps from profaning the sabbath, 
And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
 
 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, 
“The LORD will surely separate me from His people.” 
Nor let the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”
 
For thus says the LORD,
“To the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths, 
And choose what pleases Me, 
And hold fast My covenant,   
 
To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, 
And a name better than that of sons and daughters; 
I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off.
 
 “Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, 
To minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD, 
To be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the sabbath 
And holds fast My covenant; 
 
Even those I will bring to My holy mountain 
And make them joyful in My house of prayer. 
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; 
For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”
 
The Lord GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, 
“Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered.”


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Earth has Many a Noble City

Earth has many a noble city;
Bethlehem, thou dost all excel;
Out of thee the Lord from Heaven
Came to rule His Israel.

Fairer than the sun at morning
Was the star that told His birth,
To the world its God announcing
Seen in fleshly form on earth.

Eastern sages at His cradle
Make oblations rich and rare;
See them give, in deep devotion,
Gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Sacred gifts of mystic meaning:
Incense doth their God disclose,
Gold the King of kings proclaimeth,
Myrrh His sepulcher foreshows.

Jesu, whom the Gentiles worshipped
At Thy glad Epiphany,
Unto Thee, with God the Father
And the Spirit, glory be.

-Aurelius Prudentius (348-413), O sola magnarum urbium.
Translated by Edward Caswall


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Does the Book of Genesis Really Matter?

The Book of Genesis is probably the most important book ever written. The Bible as a whole would surely be considered (even by those who don’t believe in its inspiration) as the book that has exerted the greatest influence on history of any book ever produced. The Bible, however, is actually a compilation of many books, and the Book of Genesis is the foundation of all of them.

If the Bible were somehow expurgated of the Book of Genesis (as many people today would prefer), the rest of the Bible would be incomprehensible. It would be like a building without a ground floor, or a bridge with no support.

The books of the Old Testament, narrating God’s dealings with the people of Israel, would be provincial and bigoted, were they not set in the context of God’s developing purposes for all mankind, as laid down in the early chapters of Genesis.

The New Testament, describing the execution and implementation of God’s plan for man’s redemption, is redundant and anachronistic, except in the light of man’s desperate need for salvation, as established in the record of man’s primeval history, recorded in Genesis.

The Book of Genesis gives vital information concerning the origin of all things-and therefore the meaning of all things-which would otherwise be forever inaccessible to man. The future is bound up in the past. One’s belief concerning his origin will inevitably determine his belief concerning his purpose and his destiny. A naturalistic, animalistic concept of the beginnings specifies a naturalistic, animalistic program for the future.

An origin at the hands of an omnipotent, holy, loving God, on the other hand, necessarily predicts a divine purpose in history and an assurance of the consummation of that purpose. A believing understanding of the Book of Genesis is therefore prerequisite to an understanding of God and His meaning to man.”

-Henry M. Morris, The Genesis Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings, 1976, 17-18

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