Are You Standing In Hot Coals?
Lesson Sixteen: by turtle

Looking at lesson fifteen the discussion of free will verse not free will comes into salvation as will as hardening of the heart. The Prophet
Balaam is another good one to read about having to obey the Lord despite His greed. He understood God was powerful, and despite the
fact he was making money off of God, He still had to obey God.

Numbers 22:15-22 KJV
(15)  And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they.
(16)  And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming
unto me:
(17)  For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse
me this people.
(18)  And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go
beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.
(19)  Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.
(20)  And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word
which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.
(21)  And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
(22)  And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he
was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.

I did not post this whole story, if you want to learn more read Chapter twenty-two of Numbers. Even those who do not obey God must
obey God when it is according to the will of God. That is a hard one to grasp for many. For we think of free will being a choice and it is,
except when it comes to the will of God. God uses false prophets to deceive people because of their own disobedience or sin. One
example of this is King Ahab.

1 Kings 22:20-23 KJV
(20)  And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and
another said on that manner.
(21)  And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.
(22)  And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.
And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
(23)  Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil
concerning thee.

One must obey God. However some read this story and say will God caused these people to sin. No they already were in disobedience.
Pharaoh the king of Egypt was already in disobedience because of his mistreatment of the Hebrew people. The Hebrew people for those
that do not know are Israelites. God harden Pharaoh heart so when he seen the signs and wonders Moses did, he would not believe, so
His purpose could be fulfilled. If you have not read the story on Pharaoh take time to do so, by reading Exodus starting around chapter 4.

God also protects people who live in sin but believe in Him. One example would be King Abilemech. King Abilemech though God
fearing also was idolater. Meaning He believed in the one true God, but practice idolatry too.

Genesis 20:1-18 KJV
(1)  And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
(2)  And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
(3)  But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast
taken; for she is a man's wife.
(4)  But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
(5)  Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency
of my hands have I done this.
(6)  And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning
against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
(7)  Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her
not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
(8)  Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were
sore afraid.
(9)  Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast
brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
(10)  And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
(11)  And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.
(12)  And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
(13)  And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou
shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
(14)  And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him
Sarah his wife.
(15)  And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
(16)  And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes,
unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.
(17)  So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
(18)  For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

Based on historical fact of the time the region which Abraham was in was idolatrous nation. However the one statement that tips this off
Biblically is the fact Abraham must of seen something that indicated this to make the comment for the reason he did not tell them Sarah
was his wife. Not just his half sister.

God called Abraham for a purpose. Abraham was a God fearing man. He was not idolatrous. He worshipped only the one true God. Yet
God would create a nation from this man’s family line to represent those who put their trust in Him and example of what happened
when you fail to follow Him.

When Christ came this fulfilled God’s will for salvation. No longer does one have to sacrifice for remission of sins. Christ paid the
ultimate sacrifice for sin. One of His purposes in coming was to restore the lost sheep of Israel as well as the gentile people.

Isaiah 11:10 KJV
(10)  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest
shall be glorious.

Romans 2:10-11 KJV
(10)  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
(11)  For there is no respect of persons with God.

Romans 3:9-10 KJV
(9)  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
(10)  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Galatians 3:22-29 KJV
(22)  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
(23)  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
(24)  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
(25)  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
(26)  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
(27)  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
(28)  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
(29)  And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

One of the greatest lies of Satan is to tell you someone is not worthy to receive Jesus for any reason. It does not matter who they are.
Does not matter their skin color, or their hair color, or their what they wear, or what sex they are. God loves all people. The issue of
racism seems to be a hot topic in today’s political world. Black people see President Obama as the first black president and so do all the
white people. To all the mixed match children out there he is a mixed president, but he is still black. One sings in Sunday school when
they are about age three the song Jesus loves the little children of the world. The song continues to say, “red, brown, yellow, black and
white they are precious in His site. Jesus loves the little children of the world. Fact is this simple song could teach us as adults something
that is very true. God loves all. He created different colors because He thinks they are beautiful. Look at all the animals in the world. All
having different colors. He created a rainbow of people, meaning many races. As well has creating many languages, and many ethnic
backgrounds. All unique, yet all are special. If we were all the same we be a boring world. Most of the people in the modern world come
from a mix ethnic background. Very few people can say they are from one country only. If you trace your roots far enough back you
will find we all are related to Adam and Eve.

God loves everyone, should we not try to love everyone. We are not required to like their actions or their deeds. Yet if we are going to
love, we need to love all people. As Christians can we meet God standard on love.