What is it?
But as to we who believe: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18
There is the Israel Judge, Gideon, but he did do some things that he may have come to regret, such as making an ephod out of the earrings of the
Although an ephod is usually thought of as a sleeveless over garment for a priest, it also can be an object to be revered; in other words, Gideon made himself an idol and Israel ended up worshiping this idol and falling from grace with God once more.
Genesis 5:23 says, “And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years.”
There are three words missing from this statement about Enoch’s age that appear in all the other of the begat statements, these are –“And he died.”
Verse 24 tells us, “And Enoch walked with God, and he was not; for God took him.” Enoch did not die. Hebrews 11:5 informs us, “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.”
But concerning our testing here is God’s promise:
In verse 3 the writer cries, “My soul is full of troubles.” What kind of troubles? These are not arthritis pains or any physical ailment. These are in his soul. The literal translation of verse 3 is, “For my soul hath been full of evils…”
Wow! What is going on?
I thought God would be there for us, never desert us and never let us face tests beyond our abilities to endure…unless the writer was “dead in the trespasses and sins” mentioned in Ephesians 2:1 and as explained in Habakkuk 1:13, God is one “of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong.” The writer’s soul hath been full of evils, he says, so why else would God “hide [his] face from [him]?”
"Heman the Ezrahite", artist and date unknown.
"Jewish Priest wearing an Ephod", from the History of Costume by Braun & Schneider
"Enoch Taken by God", by Gerard Hoet, 1728
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