Coronavirus Lockdown

During this period of self-isolation, you may wonder how you will cope? No fellowship, no meetings, reduced spiritual food whether for comfort, education or exhortation. What can you do? It can be lonely on your own and you may long for the company and encouragement of others.

We have collected a few links which you can access:

Uplook Ministries: http://uplook.tv/
Denver Gospel Hall: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn42Oz2OY9rXJCgYoadEDjA
Seek the Truth: www.seekthetruth.org.uk
Craig Munro: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRJE6BSE_X013k_yYOCacdA

You can also access these videos plus a whole lot of other helps such as Bible Reading Plans and recorded ministry by downloading the Precious Seed App which is available in both the Android and Apple Stores - follow the links below.

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If you are a believer, our prayer is that you will stay safe and be built up in your most holy faith at this difficult time. If you are not a believer, please take the situation seriously and realize that God may be speaking to you through these circumstances.

NB. Please note that we (Precious Seed) do not necessarily agree with everything that is said or believed by the speakers but we are happy to bring these links to you as we are sure that you will find some benefit and blessing from them.

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Precious Seed Volume 76 Issue 4 Nov 2021

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Daily Thought

Daily Thought for: 25th January

HE – SHALL BE SURELY PUT TO DEATH

Exodus 21. 12-14; Genesis 9. 1-6; Romans 13. 1-4

This command confirms that for the crime of murder capital punishment is a divine institution. The context shows that accidental killing does not attract the supreme penalty, but premeditated murder does. It was after the flood that God first gave the mandate to inflict such a severe sentence, Gen. 9. 6. Human life is sacrosanct, for man was made in the image of God, so to take life is flagrant disrespect for Him, hence His insistence on the ultimate penalty.

It is the responsibility of the state to maintain this divine institution, for a man in government is seen as a ‘minister of God’, Rom. 13. 4. ‘He beareth not the sword in vain’ and he is ‘a revenger’; these statements indicate the duty of government to maintain law and order in the divinely ordered way. Many saints have a problem with the idea of capital punishment and declare that they could never bring themselves to pull the lever of the trap door, or throw the switch, or inject the lethal dose. You are not asked to; that responsibility rests with the state.

Critics of the Bible allege that the book is inconsistent, in that one verse of Scripture insists on an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and a life for a life, while another instructs us to turn the other cheek. When context is taken into account there is no contradiction. In the first, guidance is being given for Israel’s judicial system; ‘as the judges determine’, Exodus 21. 22. In the second, the Lord Jesus is instructing His harassed disciples to avoid a spirit of vengeance, Matt. 5. 38-42.

Argument has raged as to whether or not capital punishment is a deterrent. From a biblical perspective, that issue is not part of the debate. There may be the suggestion that the fear factor can be a curb on reckless conduct, Rom. 13.1-5, but, in the Bible, punishment was meant to be punishment! For lesser crimes there would be an appropriate penalty, but it was not treatment, re-education, or rehabilitation: it was punishment. Ignoring God’s command never pays. David closed his eyes to the fact that Absalom was a murderer and, consequently, thousands of others perished, 2 Sam. 13-20. Of the murderer it is said, he ‘shall be surely put to death’.

 

Daily Thought

Daily Thought for: 25th January

HE – SHALL BE SURELY PUT TO DEATH

Exodus 21. 12-14; Genesis 9. 1-6; Romans 13. 1-4

This command confirms that for the crime of murder capital punishment is a divine institution. The context shows that accidental killing does not attract the supreme penalty, but premeditated murder does. It was after the flood that God first gave the mandate to inflict such a severe sentence, Gen. 9. 6. Human life is sacrosanct, for man was made in the image of God, so to take life is flagrant disrespect for Him, hence His insistence on the ultimate penalty.

It is the responsibility of the state to maintain this divine institution, for a man in government is seen as a ‘minister of God’, Rom. 13. 4. ‘He beareth not the sword in vain’ and he is ‘a revenger’; these statements indicate the duty of government to maintain law and order in the divinely ordered way. Many saints have a problem with the idea of capital punishment and declare that they could never bring themselves to pull the lever of the trap door, or throw the switch, or inject the lethal dose. You are not asked to; that responsibility rests with the state.

Critics of the Bible allege that the book is inconsistent, in that one verse of Scripture insists on an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and a life for a life, while another instructs us to turn the other cheek. When context is taken into account there is no contradiction. In the first, guidance is being given for Israel’s judicial system; ‘as the judges determine’, Exodus 21. 22. In the second, the Lord Jesus is instructing His harassed disciples to avoid a spirit of vengeance, Matt. 5. 38-42.

Argument has raged as to whether or not capital punishment is a deterrent. From a biblical perspective, that issue is not part of the debate. There may be the suggestion that the fear factor can be a curb on reckless conduct, Rom. 13.1-5, but, in the Bible, punishment was meant to be punishment! For lesser crimes there would be an appropriate penalty, but it was not treatment, re-education, or rehabilitation: it was punishment. Ignoring God’s command never pays. David closed his eyes to the fact that Absalom was a murderer and, consequently, thousands of others perished, 2 Sam. 13-20. Of the murderer it is said, he ‘shall be surely put to death’.

 

Daily Thought

Daily Thought for: 25th January

HE – SHALL BE SURELY PUT TO DEATH

Exodus 21. 12-14; Genesis 9. 1-6; Romans 13. 1-4

This command confirms that for the crime of murder capital punishment is a divine institution. The context shows that accidental killing does not attract the supreme penalty, but premeditated murder does. It was after the flood that God first gave the mandate to inflict such a severe sentence, Gen. 9. 6. Human life is sacrosanct, for man was made in the image of God, so to take life is flagrant disrespect for Him, hence His insistence on the ultimate penalty.

It is the responsibility of the state to maintain this divine institution, for a man in government is seen as a ‘minister of God’, Rom. 13. 4. ‘He beareth not the sword in vain’ and he is ‘a revenger’; these statements indicate the duty of government to maintain law and order in the divinely ordered way. Many saints have a problem with the idea of capital punishment and declare that they could never bring themselves to pull the lever of the trap door, or throw the switch, or inject the lethal dose. You are not asked to; that responsibility rests with the state.

Critics of the Bible allege that the book is inconsistent, in that one verse of Scripture insists on an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and a life for a life, while another instructs us to turn the other cheek. When context is taken into account there is no contradiction. In the first, guidance is being given for Israel’s judicial system; ‘as the judges determine’, Exodus 21. 22. In the second, the Lord Jesus is instructing His harassed disciples to avoid a spirit of vengeance, Matt. 5. 38-42.

Argument has raged as to whether or not capital punishment is a deterrent. From a biblical perspective, that issue is not part of the debate. There may be the suggestion that the fear factor can be a curb on reckless conduct, Rom. 13.1-5, but, in the Bible, punishment was meant to be punishment! For lesser crimes there would be an appropriate penalty, but it was not treatment, re-education, or rehabilitation: it was punishment. Ignoring God’s command never pays. David closed his eyes to the fact that Absalom was a murderer and, consequently, thousands of others perished, 2 Sam. 13-20. Of the murderer it is said, he ‘shall be surely put to death’.

 

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