The War Over Wineskins

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Good and joyful morning this morning to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made.  Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or what ever is your favorite…. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God.  And today’s slice comes from… Joshuah 10:7
7 So Joshua set out from Gilgal, his whole army with him—all those tough soldiers! 8 God told him, “Don’t give them a second thought. I’ve put them under your thumb—not one of them will stand up to you.”   

 11 As they ran from the people of Israel, down from the Beth Horon ridge and all the way to Azekah, God pitched huge stones on them out of the sky and many died. More of them died from the hailstones than the people of Israel killed with the sword.  12 The day God gave the Amorites up to Israel, Joshua spoke to God, with all Israel listening: “Stop, sun, over Gibeon; halt, moon, over Aijalon valley.”   13 And sun stopped, moon stood stock still until he defeated his enemies.   The sun stopped in its tracks in mid sky; just sat there all day.  14 There’s never been a day like that before or since. You might say, God took orders from a human voice! Truly, God fought for Israel.

My friends, reading that Word of God makes me think of one of my favorite praise songs, “What a mighty God we serve.” I’ll spare you my singing it but,  I believe I’ll have Sue sing it for us.   SUE SINGS….  “What a mighty God we serve, what a mighty God we serve.”

I thought the following was pretty amazing and interesting!  Did you know that the space program is busy providing that what has been called ‘myth’ in the Bible is true?

Mr. Harold Hill, President of the Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore, Maryland, and a consultant in the space program, relates the following development.

‘I think one of the most amazing things that God has done for us today happened recently to our astronauts and space scientists at Green Belt, Maryland … They were checking out where the positions of the sun, moon, and planets would be 100 years and 1,000 years from now. We have to know this so we won’t send up a satellite and have it bump into something later on in its orbits.
We have to lay out the orbits in terms of the life of the satellite and where the planets will be so the whole thing will not bog down. They ran the computer measurement back and forth over the centuries, and it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put up a red signal, which meant that there was something wrong with either the information fed into it or with the results as compared to the standards.
They called in the service department to check it out, and they said, ‘What’s wrong?’ Well, they found there is a day missing in space in elapsed time. They scratched their heads and tore their hair out. There was no answer.
Finally a Christian man on the team said, ‘You know, one time I was in Sunday School, and they talked about the sun standing still.’ While they didn’t believe him, they didn’t have an answer either, so they said, ‘Show us, ‘ He got a Bible and went to the book of Joshua where they found a pretty ridiculous statement for any one with ‘common sense.’  There they found the Lord saying to Joshua, ‘Fear them not, I have delivered them into thy hand; there shall not a man of them stand before Thee.’
Joshua was concerned because he was surrounded by the enemy! And if darkness fell, they would overpower them. So Joshua asked the Lord to make the sun stand still! That’s right…. ‘The sun stood still and the moon stayed and lasted not to go down about a whole day!’
(Joshua 10:12-13)
The astronauts and scientists said, there is the missing day! They checked the computers going back into the time it was written and found it was close but not close enough. The elapsed time that was missing back in Joshua’s day was 23 hours and 20 minutes.. Not a whole day. They read the Bible, and there it was about a day. These little words in the Bible are important, but they were still in trouble because if you cannot account for 40 minutes, you’ll still be in trouble 1000 years from now.
Forty minutes had to be found because it can be multiplied many times over in orbits. As the Christian employee thought about it, he remembered somewhere in the Bible where it said the sun went BACKWARDS. The scientists told him he was out of his mind, but they got out the Book and read these words in 2 Kings that told of the following story: Hezekiah, on his death bed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him that he was not going to die. Hezekiah asked for a sign as proof. Isaiah said ‘Do you want the sun to go ahead 10 degrees?’
Hezekiah said, ‘It is nothing for the sun to go ahead 10 degrees, but let the shadow return backward 10 degrees.’ Isaiah spoke to the Lord, and the Lord brought the shadow ten degrees BACKWARD! Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes!’

Twenty-three hours and 20 minutes in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in Second Kings make the missing day in the universe! Isn’t it amazing?  If God could do this then; how much more can He do for us today, if we only believe in His word.  Never be afraid to try something new. Even like, “doing church differently.”

As told in Mark 2:22, by no other than Jesus. “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. The wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine needs new wineskins.” This means, in contemporary terms, our minds must be elastic enough to receive and contain new ideas. It seems that we must always struggle against the prejudice of a closed mind.

He told this to the ridged religious leaders of that time and is still speaking, to us, today, about our resistance to new things to come.

So, today’s message title is “The War Over Wineskins.”  Or, should I say, can your mind expand enough to consider doing church differently?  Start expanding you mind. It’s coming.

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