When Will it End?

Brandon Mercer, Redemption Hill Church

Habakkuk Week 1

The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

(Habakkuk 1:1) ESV

What makes a prophet a prophet? He’s the guy who’s not satisfied with the answers he gets from the people of his time, so he takes it to the top: he goes directly to God.

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Separates: נִפְרָ֑ד – nifrad

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

(Proverbs 18:1) KJV

Separates: נִפְרָ֑ד – nifrad

  • To divide, disperse, divide, be out of joint, part, scatter abroad, separate self, sever self, stretch,
    1. divide, separate (intransitive), Genesis 2:10 (of river, dividing into branches); of one man separating from another, reciprocal Genesis 25:23 (of sons of Rebekah representing nations, i.e. divided (hostile) from birth); absolute Proverbs 18:1; of peoples separating from parent stock Proverbs 10:5,32.
    2. be divided, separated, 2 Samuel 1:23; Nehemiah 4:13; of loss of friendship Proverbs 19:4.
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Spiritual Separation

Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

(2 Corinthians 6:17) NKJV

Separation is a scriptural doctrine which is generally thought of in terms of Christians holding themselves apart from the rest of the world and avoiding worldly distraction which can lead us into sin. There’s more to it than that.

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Good and Evil

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

(Isaiah 45:7) KJV

The purpose of creation is to separate good from evil. A reasonable question is: Why were they mingled together in the first place? If God is good, then the evil had to be created from good. The sinless became sin.

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Upholding all Things

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

(Hebrews 1:3) KJV

With the fall of man the power of God to maintain atomic nuclei in a stable state was withdrawn somewhat. God’s power didn’t diminish, but God, according to his will and plan, allowed atomic nuclei to decay.

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The Purpose of Creation

In all his wisdom and insight God did what he had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan he had already decided to complete by means of Christ. This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head.

All things are done according to God’s plan and decision; and God chose us to be his own people in union with Christ because of his own purpose, based on what he had decided from the very beginning. Let us, then, who were the first to hope in Christ, praise God’s glory!

(Ephesians 1:8-12) Good News Translation

One of the things which allows Matty’s Paradigm to be a consistent with the broad narrative of scripture is understanding that creation has a specific purpose. This purpose harmonizes physics with spirituality.

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I Am the Light of Life

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

(John 8:12) NKJV

On the 7th day God rested from his work of creating. This may have been the last time that the world could have been described as very good. It was the peace before the storm. However now there was light and darkness, good and evil, up and down.

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Love, Gravity and the Higgs Boson

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so-called:

(1 Timothy 6:20) KJV

So what is gravity? If gravity is love, what actually is it? We’ve elsewhere deduced that gravity is one aspect of God’s love: the law. The law condemns us and binds us in sin. Faith in Jesus Christ is what sets us free.

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