Good Shepherd
Initiative

FREE Since 1983

Sid Galloway BS, M.Div.
(Biograhical Information)
Just an OLD sheepdog
of our Good Shepherd Creator Christ

Ask the animals,
and they will teach you,
.. Which of all these
does not know
that the LORD's hand
has done this?
In His hand is the
soul (nephesh)
of every creature and the breath of all mankind"
Job 12:7-9

Worldview
of your
Good Shepherd
Creator: Christ
Human Trafficking & Slavery
Don't Just Happen
(Jesus said in Mark 7:21-23)

Would a "good" God design
"survival of the fittest"
as His WAY?
(Isaiah 65:25)

Rights - Any discussion about human rights (slavery, oppression) or animal rights (cruelty, abuse) must first address our Creator's rights. He has the right to command how we treat both His people and His animals.

Scotty the Good Shepherd
Service Sheepdog


3 Videos Animal Friends * *
Otis ----- Zoe ---- River


Suzy service-dog genius
(more below)

Responsibilities - Jesus said the root cause of suffering in this world is a distorted view of and/or the rejection of the true WAY of our Creator. (John 8:1-59)

sidotter


"Squirt" the Otter


Releasing rehabbed critters


Atchafalaya Swamp

Mistakes - Man's self-serving, misguided, mischaracterizations of God have historically led to personal and cultural conflict, corruption, and collapse.

Hope - Discovering the WHO?, the WHY?, and the "WAY"? of origins is the foundation for true transformation.

Mike's "service-frog"


Therapy Zorse & Zeedonk

Change - Truly lasting change for individuals and cultures must begin at the cornerstone - the Creator of creation.


Darwin's Self-image
by Mike Galloway


Formal"Boatie" - Lizaboa

"Then I looked again
at all the acts of oppression
which were being done
under the sun.
And behold I saw
the tears
of the oppressed
and that they had
no one to comfort them;
and on the side of their
oppressors was power,
but they had
no one to comfort them."
Ecclesiastes 4:1


Wild Rory - paralyzed by gun shot yet grateful
for loving care

raccoon_river_sidarms


L'l River raccoon


"Flower"


Candy-cane corn snake


Opossum Brothers:
Tom & Jerry


Brother Tom


Animal-Assisted GSI



Scotty my service dog
assistant :-)


Scotty doing his job well


God's living teddy-bears


Missing the old days


My Proverbs 31 wife
meeting my old girlfriend, elephant "Jean"


Old friends Jean & Panya meet my daughter


Jean meets her keeper's son



Mandy Clouded Leopard who saved me from suicide


My morning greeters
Akela & Rakshi
Back in the den they'd beg me to rub their heads
to start the day.


Shiva -my PTSD leopard
raised by humans, terrified of other leopards


Bratar:the cowardly lion


Rani: Bratar's sister :-(

Banu - my favorite comedian who loved to prank people


Candra, Banu's mom


Banu teasing Candra


Byomi asking for a treat


Ali the bitter black panther who learned love


Zoe: disabled squirrel
born with no tail / only 3 feet
- even more lovable


Scotty meets his first gator


Marriage in Christ


Suzy protecting her rescued puppy


Molly the semi-blind Opossum Lady


Little Blue
- transferred to Fed. rehab


Big Red
- gunshot wound


Baby Huey acting tough


Scotty's piggy


Rescuing Stubby
(see his Facebook page)


Audubon Zoo memories


Lizaboa Animal Assistant


David & elephant Panya


Mr. Galloway
Old Sheepdog


Charlie
Russian Legless Lizard


Hawk - Barron
powerful talons


Otis - hit by car


Little River as a baby


Little River
working on the lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

GSI - Good Shepherd Initiative - Homepage

CHRIST vs. Racism
Grace vs. Race

- nobody's black & nobody's white
- we are all shades of melanin (tan)
- JESUS was middle melanin

Dr. Joseph L. Graves. (an "African"-American professor)
The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium
, pp. 1-2. Rutgers University Press, 2005

“Specifically, my goal is to show the reader that there is no biological basis for separation of human beings into races and that the idea of race is a relatively recent social and political construction. 
“…. Because racial theories have always been interwoven with social and political policy, this work is by necessity interdisciplinary.  Demolishing the idea of biological race lays bare the fallacies of racism.  If biological races do not exist, then what we call “race” is the invention not of nature but of our social institutions and practices.  The social nature of racial categories is significant because social practice can be altered far more readily than can genetic constitution.  Although professional scientists generally agree on the fallacy of race, this idea has yet to find its way into the public discourse.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Sermon on CHRIST'S Love and our Enemies (Matthew 5:43-48)

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. ... Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they’re mistreating you…. Keep loving them. Don’t do anything to embarrass them… Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they’re mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love.”

William Wilberforce - a small, sickly man in England during the worst of the African slave trading times, who was one of the most powerful political, spiritual, and social voices to help end trans-African slavery.

"So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the [slave] trade's wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for abolition (for stopping it). Let the consequences be what they would: I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition."
God Almighty has set before me two Great Objects:
the supression of the Slave Trade
and the Reformation of Morals.”
"I am disturbed when I see the majority of so-called Christians having such little understanding of the real nature of the faith they profess. Faith is a subject of such importance that we should not ignore it because of the distractions or the hectic pace of our lives."
"I would suggest that faith is everyone's business. The advance or decline of faith is so intimately connected to the welfare of a society that it should be of particular interest to a politician."

 

NEW SEMINAR
Speaking dates available on request ...

CHRIST vs. Racism

God's Solution in Science & Scripture

2 Page HANDOUT

- 100 Slide POWER POINT RESOURCE
....(being updated - online soon)
- FLYER with more details
- Article: My "BLACK" Grandfather

The power point is being updated and I will put it on my website soon.  Also, I strongly recommend a book by an old friend and mentor, Dr. Carl Wieland.  It is entitled ONE HUMAN FAMILY The Bible, Science, Race, and Culture.  It is one of the best on the subject. 
http://creation.com/onehumanfamily/

Another great book is by a New Orleans Saints player BEN WATSON
It is UNDER OUR SKIN.
http://underourskinbook.com/

VIDEOS: Ben Watson has a number of great videos online
1 min UNDER OUR SKIN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwmp3AeSJFg

5 min BLACK LIVES MATTER TOO (Stuart Varney show)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KNjDFTrCCU

35 min INTERVIEW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GH03nnwPn4

30 min LIBERTY UNIVERSITY TALK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvMlPJpJYNs

 

Thanks again to those who attended last night.

Gratefully,

Mr. Galloway

 

My Surrogate "Black" Grandfather


(See also: Forgiveness, Autism, Disability Purposes, DisabilityResources - Bullying, Personal Counseling, Family Counseling, Suicide Hope)

What could an African-American man and a Scottish-American boy have in common?

As a boy, I saw how the sin of prejudice affected the lives of my "African" American friends. However, I realize that no "Anglo" American could ever fully understand what it feels like. 

Sadly, bitter racism is still a serious problem in America today, among people of all colors.  Please think about it.  African Americans, who experienced the terrors of slavery,  endured more oppression and abuse than perhaps any other people group in history - except possibly the Jewish victims of Hitler's Germany.  Maybe we should refer to the 18th and 19th centuries as the "Black" or "African" Holocaust? 

Growing up as a Scots-Irish kid down in Louisiana, it wouldn't be fair for me to say that I really know the pain of prejudice.  My Scots-Irish ancestors did, however.  They knew the agony of oppression and slavery at the hands of the Vikings, then later under British "masters" both in Europe and here in America.

Of course, any culture where the men wore skirts (kilts), like my ancestors' Scottish kilts, ought to have expected some serious misunderstanding from their neighbors.  Maybe that's why they had to act so tough  - just kidding.

(Please see the movies "Amistad", "Brave Heart", & "The Patriot", to get a small feel for the pervasive presence of oppression in human history).   (Also,  click here to see a graphic picture of slavery during the Civil War era.)

Actually, nearly every cultural and ethnic group across the world has at one time or another been enslaved by another group.  Remember the Israelites in Egypt in the days of Moses, and under the Romans in the days of Jesus.  And please don't forget that many today are enslaved in the Sudan, China, especially under the fist of Islam which promotes slavery in the Koran. 

The cause of such evil is not genes, culture, or color of skin, but the heart of sin that separates us from the pure goodness of God our Creator.

In my youthful immaturity, I couldn't figure out why people in the South were divided into two categories, black and white, when the scientific fact is that we're all just different shades of tan (the pigment melanin).  Since I'm not a "person of color", I guess that makes me a "colorless" person, or maybe just "pigment challenged". 

We're all just human beings from different cultural backgrounds - not really separate races.  Thankfully, genetic scientists are beginning to spread this important truth about our physical brotherhood, at a time when it is desperately needed.  Yet there is another truth, even more vitally needed, and this one is about our Heavenly Father.

I didn't have a natural grandfather to teach me the wisdom of an elder.  But the Lord, in His providential grace, gave me someone even better. God placed in my life a wise, African American man, Will, who showed me that Jesus was real. I often worked with Will on summer jobs growing up. He towered over every other man I knew, yet his greatest strength was not physical, but spiritual. He walked in humble meekness and stood strong in the face of hurtful rejection.  He didn't blow up or run away, but stood strong enough even to love his "enemies" - something I couldn't do.

[Jesus said] "You have heard that it was said,
‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you,
and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;
for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good,
and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."

Matthew 5:43-45

True meekness is not weakness, but the power of God under the control of God's merciful love. Any child can hate his enemy, but only a mature adult, filled with the power of God's goodness, can love those who hate him. God's love in Christ was willing to suffer and die even to save the life of His sinful enemies, you and me.

    ". . . scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." 
Romans 5:1-8

Please, let me share a true story of how the Lord powerfully used Will to help open my eyes to "God's Way Home", the way of the cross of Jesus. Now keep in mind that I was about 16 years old, and had been smoking, drinking, doing drugs, and going my own way since I was very young. My way was the world's way of "Survival of the Coolest (cruelest)". I had rebelled against and rejected my parents, their life, their Christianity, and was making up my own ideas of right and wrong.

One day, Will and I were working in a vacant lot clearing overgrown grass with a swing-blade (back before weed-eaters). It was near the end of a long, hot day. So, we were exhausted, covered in sweat and hoping to get finished before dark set in. Then a rusty bolt flew out of Will's tool, and the blade fell off of the handle. Neither one of us had any money on us at the time, so Will walked across the street to an auto repair shop to see if they'd give him a spare bolt.

A few minutes later, I saw Will emerge from the shop, look around in the gutter along the side of the street, pick up an old piece of rusted wire and tie his swing-blade back together. Now I knew that every auto shop had a bunch of spare bolts, so it was obvious that something had gone wrong. But Will, being his usual self, just peacefully walked back to the lot and started clearing grass with his wired up swing-blade. It took me a bit of coaxing, but I finally got Will to tell me why they wouldn't help him.

Will told me that when he walked into the shop, the "white" (light melanin) owner was sitting there with a couple of his white buddies. Will politely showed them his broken tool, said he didn't have any cash on him, and asked if they could spare an old bolt. The owner cursed Will, and told him that he had no right coming in to a white man's business, especially asking for something free.

Well, as soon as I heard that, I was furious and told Will I was going to get some of my buddies and vandalize the man’s building that night. But, my wise, "black" grandfather sat me down on an old railroad tie there in the tall grass and began to explain to me God's Way of dealing with conflict, rejection, and persecution. Will said:

    "Sid, you’re right, the owner of that store was wrong for what he did. But he's a bitter, unhappy man, and I'd like to see him have the peace and joy that God wants for him. Sid, if I'd tried to argue with him in front of his friends, then his pride would just have gotten more stubborn and he wouldn't have listened. And if I'd reached across the counter and grabbed him, it would have made things much worse. So, Sid, the only way that I could prove to him that there was a happier way of life, a way for him to have real peace and joy, was to live it right there in front of him. So, I simply submitted to the Lord Jesus and let God love that man through me. He can't argue with that, and he'll never forget it."

Neither could I. What I saw my black grandfather do that day was not natural. Normal people just didn't do things like that. What Will did, I realized, had to be supernatural. Right then and there, I knew that Will's Lord, His "Jesus", had to be real, and I knew that Jesus must be the only Way to abundant, eternal life. But I also knew that to have it, I had to submit to Jesus in faith, as my Lord as well as my Savior. And, I didn't want anyone to be my boss. I wasn't ready to say to God:

"Not my will, but Thy will be done".

So for the next five years I continued to rebel against authorities and struggle along my own way. I was empty, and became increasingly depressed and bitter, searching for answers to the ultimate questions of life. I went to numerous secular counselors, followed new age philosophy and evolutionary psychology for over ten years. I even studied animal behavior as a zookeeper (carnivores - lions, tigers, & bears). But none of it satisfied the deepest needs of my heart.

    "For he Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to god in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And he came and preached to those who were near.  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father." 
Ephesians 2:14-18

Finally, after five years of self-made misery, during which I hurt a lot of people, I found myself on the floor of an apartment ready to kill myself. But I was afraid suicide could ruin my opportunity to go to heaven if it existed. So I looked up at the ceiling and said,

"God, I don't know if you exist, but if you do, I'm tired of doing it my way, I surrender. I just want to know who you are, please!"

At that moment, the first person to come to my mind was my black grandfather, Will, and the second person was his LORD, Jesus. Right there on the floor, I surrendered to the Son of God in submissive faith and began a brand new life, His Way:  God’s Way Home.

A few weeks later, I was introduced to two business men in New Orleans who sacrificed their own time to provide biblical, discipleship-counseling, which the Lord used to transform my depression into J.O.Y. -
a new heart attitude, choosing to love
Jesus 1st , Others 2nd , Yourself last.
(I don't know who first thought up that acrostic, J.O.Y., but it fits the biblical priority principles of Jesus perfectly.)

As a result of the discipleship counseling, plus a lot of ongoing personal study of the Bible, and researching the evidence of history, manuscripts, etc., I became convinced of Scripture's inerrancy and sufficiency for family counseling. Nearly 30 years now of providing God's biblical counsel to others has further solidified my conviction, that God did not have to wait for Freud or any of the world’s other philosophers to transform His people into the strong, mature image of His Son - Jesus (Yeshua) Gal 2:20; 4:19; 5:22_25.

Please ask yourself a question: "What did God do before Sigmund Freud?" God gave us His way home, the Way of the Cross, the Way of His Son, Jesus. God's Way Home is simple submission, so that His love increasingly rules and lives through you by grace alone, through submissive trust alone. Please remeber that biblical "faith" is not blind, but rational belief based upon evidence.

"Faith is [based on]
. . . evidence of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1

If I SMELL smoke, then that evidence leads me to rationally believe that there is a fire somewhere, even though I can't yet see it. If I search around and later actually SEE smoke, then my faith in a a fire as its cause is even stronger. In the same way, I can't see God our Creator right now, but I have searched and seen a massive mountain of evidence that He does exist. That evidence includes historical, legal, scientific, and personal. Not only does it show that He exist (Romans 1:20), but the it proves beyond any reasonable doubt that He loves us and through Jesus the Messiah made forgiveness and new life available - for free - by grace alone through faith alone and not by our human efforts.

What about all the HYPOCRITES?

We’re all hypocrites to some degree or another, since nobody but Jesus is perfectly good on this side of Heaven. So beware and don’t make the eternal mistake of blaming Jesus for the phony Christians you might have seen. Each person will be held accountable for choosing either his own way, or God’s Way Home.

Psalm 133
"Behold how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!"

Acts 17:26
"He has made from
ONE BLOOD EVERY NATION
of men to dwell on all the face of the earth . . . . "

Matthew 24:3, 4, 7
"...the disciples came to Him privately, saying, . . .
And what will be the sing of Your coming, and of the end of the age?'
And Jesus answered and said to them:
'Take heed that no one deceives you.
For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ, and will deceive many.' .. . . .
For race (ethnos) will rise against race (ethnos) . . . .'"

 Galatians 3:26-29
"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

John 17:20-22
[Jesus prayed:] "I do not pray for these alone but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the World may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them that they may be one just as We are one. . . ."

Resources for Racial Peace

For more information on racism please go to:

One Human Family

The Bible, Science, Race and Culture
by Dr. Carl Wieland, MD

"Whether it’s language, genes, the effect of various religions on culture and economics–even such ‘hot potatoes’ as slavery, affirmative action, IQ/race and indigenous problems–this deeply informative work is unlike any creation book you have ever read. Both forthright yet sensitive, One Human Family sidesteps political correctness to paint a truly fascinating ‘big picture’, while highlighting the real–world trustworthiness of the Bible. With amazingly apt anecdotes and analogies from a wealth of research and life experience, Carl Wieland’s fascinating and immensely readable exploration of our diverse global humanity goes way beyond the normal ‘all one race’ conclusion."

Dr Felix Konotey–Ahulu

… the best in–depth account of racism I have ever read. The book has information that will surprise, if not amaze, most readers.

Felix Konotey–Ahulu, M.B., B.S., M.D., F.R.C.P. (London), Hon. D.Sc. (UCC), F.R.C.P. (Glasgow), F.G.A., F.G.C.P., F.W.A.C.P., F.A.A.S., F.T.W.A.S., D.T.M.H. (Liverpool), is Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana and a London consultant physician who is a world authority on sickle cell anemia.

Dr John Hartnett

Excellent … well written … weaves together the big picture that is often hidden by the politically correct establishment today.

John Hartnett, Ph.D., is a Research Professor (physics), University of Western Australia.

Dr Jerry Bergman

Dr. Wieland has clearly done his homework; although I have spent almost three decades researching the subject of racism and evolution, he has managed to come up with much new material. No advocate of the single causation theory, Dr. Wieland covers the many social and economic factors that influence racism in his well–reasoned and balanced approach. He also covers the science of genetics in such a way that a layperson can follow, yet informs and adds insight to keep a professional interested in his writing.

In short, it is superb!!

Jerry Bergman, Ph.D., is a biologist, social scientist and US college professor who holds 9 degrees (7 of them graduate degrees).

 

http://www.onehumanrace.com

- Prof. Walter Williams
(Syndicated Columns, Books, Journal Articles, etc)
* Liberty versus the Tyranny of Socialism
* Dr. Williams holds a B.A. in economics from California State University, Los Angeles, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA. He also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Union University and Grove City College, Doctor of Laws from Washington and Jefferson College and Doctor Honoris Causa en Ciencias Sociales from Universidad Francisco Marroquin, in Guatemala, where he is also Professor Honorario. Dr. Williams has served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, since 1980; from 1995 to 2001, he served as department chairman. Dr. Williams is the author of over 150 publications which have appeared in scholarly journals such as Economic Inquiry, American Economic Review, Georgia Law Review, Journal of Labor Economics, Social Science Quarterly, and Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.

- Dr. Thomas Sowell
* Ph.D. in Economics, University of Chicago, 1968
* Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, September 1980 - present
* Professor of Economics, U.C.L.A., July 1974 - June 1980


TWO OF MY PAST BIBLE COURSE UNITS ON RACISM & SLAVERY

 

Unit 2 -
CHRIST v. Racism

 

(photo taken at the Creation Museum / Ark Encounter)

PART ONE - CHRIST VS. RACISM

Dr. Joseph L. Graves. (an "African"-American professor)
The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium
, pp. 1-2. Rutgers University Press, 2005

“Specifically, my goal is to show the reader that there is no biological basis for separation of human beings into races and that the idea of race is a relatively recent social and political construction. 
“…. Because racial theories have always been interwoven with social and political policy, this work is by necessity interdisciplinary.  Demolishing the idea of biological race lays bare the fallacies of racism.  If biological races do not exist, then what we call “race” is the invention not of nature but of our social institutions and practices.  The social nature of racial categories is significant because social practice can be altered far more readily than can genetic constitution.  Although professional scientists generally agree on the fallacy of race, this idea has yet to find its way into the public discourse.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Sermon on CHRIST'S Love and our Enemies (Matthew 5:43-48)

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. ... Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they’re mistreating you…. Keep loving them. Don’t do anything to embarrass them… Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they’re mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love.”

William Wilberforce - a small, sickly man in England during the worst of the African slave trading times, who was one of the most powerful political, spiritual, and social voices to help end trans-African slavery.

"So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the [slave] trade's wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for abolition (for stopping it). Let the consequences be what they would: I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition."
God Almighty has set before me two Great Objects:
the supression of the Slave Trade
and the Reformation of Morals.”
"I am disturbed when I see the majority of so-called Christians having such little understanding of the real nature of the faith they profess. Faith is a subject of such importance that we should not ignore it because of the distractions or the hectic pace of our lives."
"I would suggest that faith is everyone's business. The advance or decline of faith is so intimately connected to the welfare of a society that it should be of particular interest to a politician."

UNIT 2 DOCUMENTS:
(some will be handed out in class)

 

Memory Verses:
For the Quiz verse Gen 3:20
For the Test add Acts 17:26

 

God's Word Warns us of sin's consequences
- 1 Peter 5:5-9 Satan is like a lion waiting to devour you
- Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction ... a fall"
- My zoo story about the time I fell in the LION'S den.

Video clip:
Lions vs. Hyena pride
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VIDEOS on Race/Racism:

- AIG - Origin of the Races? (4 min)

QUIZ DATES: .....

The QUIZ summarized:
1. Memorize for Quiz Sept 7-8 only verse Gen 3:20

2. An OPEN NOTES and open Bible and open internet assessment with critical (logikos) thinking questions about how you could APPLY the truths we've studied.

REMEMBER from PAST UNITS what we discussed about our CREATOR progressively revealing across His-story more and more about HIS kind of "SERVANT LEADERSHIP”. Since we are created in His IMAGE, we followers of Christ the Good Shepherd should reflect God’s character, His Way as we rule over His earthly creation. That includes NOT ONLY our treatment of other humans, but also our treatment OVER His nephesh animals. Remember, they are His NOT ours!

TEST DATES: .....
Memory Acts 17:26

Moses's "Black" Wife & His Racist Sister Miriam
(Book of Numbers Chapter 12)

* God's response: NEVER to "lash-out". Instead He "let go" of protection over Miriam and she got leprosy that made her skin white as "snow". God basically said: If you want to be your own boss and you think light melanin skin is better than dark, then I'll let go and let you have really light skin - as snow.

BIBLE-UNIT-2-RACISM-CHRIST-VS-RACISM-TEST-NUM-12

The TEST :
1. Memorize Acts 17:26

2. An OPEN NOTES and open Bible and open internet assessment with critical (logikos) thinking questions about how you could APPLY the truths we've studied.


PART TWO - CHRIST VS. RACISM

The Good Samaritan Loved a Racist Enemy
Luke 10:25-37

Memory Verse Luke 10:29
"But seeking to justify himself,
he [the Bible teacher] said to Jesus
"And who is my neighbor?"

VIDEO STORY TELLILNG:

Segment of Jesus Film Project based on LUKE
https://www.bible.com/videos/35-parable-of-the-good-samaritan-from-jesus-film-project

Animated Stop Action Figures
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO4qSAhI1sI

Real People No Spoken Words
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Pqw20xK10

QUIZ on ...

The Good Samaritan Loved a Racist Enemy
Luke 10:25-37
Memory Verse: Luke 10:29
DATES: ...

The TEST :
1. Memorize Luke 10:29
2. An OPEN NOTES and open Bible and open internet assessment with critical (logikos) thinking questions about how you could APPLY the truths we've studied.
- What kind of "lawyer" was the man talking to Jesus?
* (he was a teacher of the biblical law not courts)
- What did the lawyer ask Jesus?
- Why did Jesus reply with another question and what question was it?
- What was the lawyer's answer to Jesus?
- What did Jesus say about the man's answer?
- What does it mean in verse 29 that the man was seeking to JUSTIFY himself by asking "Who is my neighbor?"
- Why do you think Jesus answer the man with a story about different people instead of just giving a short answer?
JESUS'S STORY:
- The traveling man who was attacked was coming from Jerusalem, so he was a Jewish man. The priest who did NOT stop and help him was a Jewish priest. The Levite who AVOIDED him was a Jewish leader.
- WHY do you think the priest and Levite did not help?
- Who were the SAMARITAN'S and what did Jews think of them? Was the Jewish man basically a friend or an enemy of Samaritans?
- Based on the story, why was the Samaritan's help a great sacrifice and even a danger for him to do it?
- Which one of the men who saw the nearly dead Jewish man acted with real LOVE?
- What did Jesus command the "lawyer" Bible teacher to go and do?


TEST on The Good Samaritan Who Loved a Racist Enemy

Luke 10:25-37
Memory Verse: Luke 10:29
DATES: ...

** NEXT WEEK as we research and study toward the next TEST we will examine the rest of the Bible about these concepts. We will discover HOW and WHY Jesus's command to the "lawyer" at the end of the Good Samaritan story was MUCH MORE than what it seems.
- Jesus was commanding PERFECT LOVE, not just better love. (Matt. 5:48)
- Jesus was convicting the "lawyer" to help him see that NO ONE can make themselves good enough to enter God's heaven of eternal life. (Romans 3:23; 6:23; James 2:10 etc.) THIS IS BAD NEWS.
- The GOSPEL means "GOOD NEWS". It is totally opposite of every man-made religion on earth. All man-made religions offer some "Way" that people can do some kind of works or efforts to make themselves worthy to enter heaven after death.
- ONLY the WAY of our CREATOR revealed in the Bible offers salvation by GRACE alone through FAITH alone in GOD and His work and not ours (Ephesians 2:8-10).
THINKING QUESTIONS:
* How did Moses get saved go to heaven, yet he never heard the name JESUS or had the opportunity to read the rest of the Bible written after he died?

* What is the difference between two men in India, BOTH of whom have never heard of Jesus or the Bible or Christianity?

- one is a man in India who tries to work his own way to "heaven" by doing a bunch of good things that his Hinduism or Buddhism says will balance his selfishness and make him "good enough".

- the other man in India has tried what the first man did but then realized that he cannot pay for his own selfishness, cannot make himself good enough, and INSTEAD he prays for the Creator to do whatever is needed to make him worthy to enter the Creator's pure "heaven".



PART THREE:
CHRIST'S LAW OF LOVE
(Self-sacrificing action)

THE SIMPLE WAY OF CHRIST: LOVE
GOD'S LAW OF LOVE vs. PREJUDICE (Favoritism/Discrimination) James 2:1-13

JAMES 2:1-13 (Memory James 2:8 and 2:12)
Law of Love = Law of Liberty = Law of Perfection

* that none of us can keep
* so none of us can be "good enough" to enter heaven

WE WILL BE EXAMINING THESE QUESTIONS BASED ON JAMES CHAPTER 2:1-13
1. What is favoritism?  (GOOGLE it.)
2. In vv. 2-4, describe the example the Holy Spirit gave us through James.
3. In v. 5, for what purpose does it say God CHOSE the POOR?
4. In v. 6-7, what have the RICH done that makes them unworthy of honor?
5. What is the ROYAL law?
6. Why is it called ROYAL?
7. In vv. 9-11, especially v. 10, how good do you have to be to be OK with God and go to heaven?
8. Why is the law of LOVE in v. 8 LATER called the law of LIBERTY (FREEDOM) in verse 12? 
** In other words, EXPLAIN what does the law of love make you FREE FROM? (* See also John 8:31-36)
9. What’s the difference between MERCY and GRACE? (look it up)
10. In the news currently, we see that a serious and dangerous conflict is boiling up over some NFL players KNEELING and others STANDING
* SADLY, many people are NOT trying to see the situation THROUGH THE EYES & HEARTS of others who are thinking and feeling DIFFERENTLY from them.

"People look at the outward appearance,
but the LORD looks at the heart."
1 Samuel 16:7

The RESULT is MISUNDERSTANDING, then ASSUMPTIONS, then HURT FEELINGS, then a vicious CYCLE OF CONFLICT spins out of control. THIS IS NOT THE WAY OF CHRIST. It's the way of Satan and sin on BOTH SIDES. ALL people are SINNERS.

Most of the people who are KNEELING during the national anthem song for our country are in their HEARTS simply trying to draw attention to racism in our country against dark melanin people, especially by SOME POLICE, but NOT all. I have many friends in law enforcement who are humble, loving, self-sacrificing Christians (ranging from the FBI, ATF, ICE, FEDERAL MARSHALLS, State Troopers, local Sheriff's Deputies, Police Officers). Through them, I know that the MAJORITY of law enforcement care about all people in need and risk their lives to serve and protect them. They are the courageous SHEEPDOGS who are ready to SACRIFICE their lives for the SHEEP-PEOPLE (Sheeple).

* The majority of people stand with their hand on their heart during the national anthem. What's in their heart? Why do they stand. They stand as a show of respect for soldiers who gave their life fighting for our freedom in wars. Many on both sides are bitterly angry at people on the other side.  Some on BOTH sides have said things in ways that are INACCURATE and UNCHRISTLIKE.
* Remember Jesus’s LAW of LOVE that DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. preached and lived out in his actions.
APPLICATION:
A. Why is it wrong for you or me to JUDGE the HEART MOTIVE of WHY some stand and some kneel?
B. Write an example of how a person on each side of the debate might have the RIGHT MOTIVE, but DO the WRONG ACTION (either words and behavior):
- Example of someone who supports the KNEELERS:
Put yourself in their shoes. Even if you DISAGREE, try to see and feel through their hearts. WHY might they be doing WHAT they are doing?
- Example of someone who supports the STANDERS:
Put yourself in their shoes. Even if you DISAGREE, try to see and feel through their hearts. WHY might they be doing WHAT they are doing?

QUIZ:

PREJUDICE (Favoritism)
James 2:1-13 Law of Liberty


PLEASE watch this brief 45 min. urgently needed message from Dr. Tony Evan, founder of THE URBAN ALTERNATIVE:"Race, Culture, & Christ"

ORGANIZATIONS LIVING GOD'S LAW OF LOVE that you can pray for and even support financially.

- PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS (Voice of the Martyrs)
- SAMARITAN'S PURSE

- (IJM) INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION

PLEASE watch this brief 45 min. urgently needed message from Dr. Tony Evan, founder of THE URBAN ALTERNATIVE:
"Race, Culture, & Christ"

From Genesis to the book of the Revelation ALL of God's commandments and expectations can be summed up and fulfilled by simply living a perfect life of unselfish love, self-sacrificing love.

Here's a PARTIAL list of ONLY a FEW passages revealing God's Law of Self-sacrificing love.
* REMEMBER that God revealed His full truth PROGRESSIVELY as HISTORY unfolded. History is HIS-STORY and His pure loving character gradually revealed in CONTRAST to OUR STORY of selfish sin, our desires to please self. We are infinitely less than our Creator in goodness and cannot make ourselves good ENOUGH to enter into His pure realm. He and He alone must FORGIVE us and TRANSFORM us (born-again and resurrected) into His image and character. The New Testament actually uses the Greek term for METAMORPHOSIS to describe our need and His promise to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

OLD TESTAMENT (OT) Teaches the Law of Love

Genesis 1:1-5 (check out the connection of this first passage in the Bible with the Gospel of John 1:1-5 and the letter of First John Ch. 1 and verses 1-5 & chapter 2:5 & chapter 4:8. GOD IS LOVE.

Genesis 1:26-31 All people and all nephesh animals were created to live in harmony, loving one another with NO selfishness, no violence, no predators. (See Isaiah 11which promises that God's new heavens and new creation to come will be just like it was in the beginning)

Genesis 2:15 God said He created humans to be SERVANT RULERS taking care of one another and other creatures. The Hebrew terms translated as words like tend and keep in many English Bible are ABAD and SHAMAR.
ABAD means to be a SERVANT. SHAMAR means to be PROTECTOR.
* See Matthew 20:20-28 to see how JESUS further explains and make this law of love clear even for leaders.

Genesis 3 Many people miss the central simple message of the sin of Satan through the serpent and of Adam and Eve. SIN is simply the opposite of God's self-sacrificing love. Sin is SELFISHNESS that seeks to please self instead of others. We try to excuse it and rationalize that our selfishness is not so bad and really doesn't hurt anyone else, but ultimately and eternally it does. It's the refusal to let God live His pure love through us. At the root, even "little" selfish sins are an expression of the inner heart attitude of sacrificing others for the DESIRES of self. Christ's love is the opposite. It's sacrificing self for the NEEDS of others. (See Romans 5:8)

Exodus 20 The TEN COMMANDMENTS are simply expressions of God's Law or Way of Love. The first four are how to live out love for God. The last six are how to live out love for our neighbor.
* Leviticus 19:18 is a direct command to love our neighbor.
* Jesus is recorded in Matthew 22:36-40 explaining that ALL of the Old Testament laws can be summed up in vertically lovingr God and horizontally loving your neighbor (someone in need).

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 This is a commandment to pass this Law of love on to each new generation.

Proverbs 25:21 This verse give an example of our self-sacrificing God's love living through us should be. It says, "If your enemy is hungry give him food to eat. If he is thirsty, give him water to drink. Doing this will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you."
The burning coals statement is a metaphor for the enemy experience conviction and shame because you did not act like an enemy back to him, but instead you were a friend.
* see also Romans 12:20

NEW TESTAMENT (NT): Teaches the Law of Love

The following are just a few of the many showing passages in the NT the Law of Self-Sacrificing Love.

As this year's Bible course unfolds, we will be learning and using the OT and NT verses extensively. They are the profoundly simple truths for the application of EVERY command, duty, and opportunity we have as we live and minister to others.
THE SIMPLE WAY OF CHRIST: LOVE, by His GRACE through our FAITH in HIS GOODNESS and NOT OUR GOOD WORKS. (Eph 2:8-10)
* Remember that we can NOT be good ENOUGH. (Rom. 3:23; 6:23)

Matthew 5:48 His Law of Love MUST be lived PERFECTLY to get to heaven
* this is BAD NEWS since NO HUMAN can live perfectly.
* see the above verses for the GOOD NEWS that He DID, FOR US!
* CHRIST'S 3-DIMENSIONAL WORK for us: His LIFE, DEATH, RESURRECTION
Matthew 20:20-28 His Way of Servant Leadership vs. the World's
Matthew 22:36-40 Loving God & Neighbor = All the Law of God
Luke 9:23-26 (see also John 12:28-31)
John 13:34-35 A NEW Commandment: LOVE
John 15:12-13 HIS Commandment: Self-SACRIFICING love for others
Romans 5:1-10 A love ONLY GOD can live for us and through us.
Romans 8:1-39 HIS LOVE extends to ALL CREATURES, even His ANIMALS!
Romans 12 OVERCOME EVIL with His LOVE
Romans 13 All commands are SUMMED UP in ONE: Let His love live thru you.
1 Corinthians Chapters 12-13 LOVE is GREATER than SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Galatians 5:13-26 Love SERVES others for His sake and for theirs
Galatians 6:1-2 LAW of CHRIST
James 2:8-13 LAW of LOVE = LAW of LIBERTY
1 Peter 4:7-8 Love COVERS a multitude of SINS
1 John 1:15-17; 3:10-23; Ch 4 All - GOD IS LOVE: the only source
2 John NOT NEW. It's been God's law FROM THE BEGINNING
Revelation 21:1-6 His NEW CREATION RESTORED like EDEN'S GARDEN

GOD'S PRIORITY LOVE IN ACTION:
(NEEDY, OPPRESSED, ABUSED, POOR)

lisa_child_camp"The LORD enters into judgment
against the elders and leaders of his people:
It is you who have ruined my vineyard;
the plunder from the poor is in your houses.
What do you mean by crushing my people
and grinding the faces of the poor?', declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty."
Isaiah 3:14-15

"Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver out of the hand of the wicked.”
Psalm 82:3-4

"Again I looked and saw all the oppression 
that was taking place under the sun:
I saw the tears of the oppressed and they have no comforter;
power was on the side of their oppressors
and they have no comforter."
Ecclesiastes 4:1

"Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans. Now what will you do in the day of punishment, And in the devastation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your wealth?"
Isaiah 10:1-3

"He exercises justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:18

“Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry The LORD sets the prisoners free. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous; The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.”
Psalm 146:7-9

[JESUS SAID] "But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, ...." Luke 14:13

MANY, MANY MORE SIMILAR VERSES IN THE OT & NT ....

THE CULTURE OF CHRIST:

* Recognize that to whatever degree a CULTURE (not color) FALLS SHORT of the CHARACTER of our CREATOR CHRIST, it is BAD to that degree. This even applies to supposed "CHRISTIAN" cultures like England or America.

Also, realize that there is NO single "black" or even "African-American" culture. I have friends born in Africa whose culture is not at all like the TV version of black or African-American culture. They do not fit the Tyler Perry movies stereotype. I also have many friends born in America who describe themselves as African-American who have family cultures that are very different from each other. I have many light-melanin friends with European ancestry who were born in America that have VERY different sub-cultures. Some are country folks and others were raised in the heart of big cities.

COLUMBUS DAY VS. NATIVE AMERICAN DAY

PRAGER UNIVERSITY VIDEOS:
- Dinesh on Good vs. Bad Cultures
- Author of New Trail of Tears on Indian Abuse by Government

NEWS INTERVIEWS:

- FOX INTERVIEW WITH IMMIGRANT DEFENDING USA
- Professor Author of THE ENEMIES OF COLUMBUS
- Professor with a Balanced View of Columbus and History

STAR TREK NEXT GEN - 45 MIN  "THE ENEMY"
* Notice the parallels with Jesus's parable of the GOOD SAMARITAN
about RACISM, and LOVING even your ENEMIES - The Simple Way of Christ (Rom 5)
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x57sxix

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GROUP PROJECT:

YOUR GROUP WILL COME UP WITH A PLAN TO "FIX" RACISM with
GOD'S LAW OF LOVE

HOW TO APPLY GOD'S LAW OF LOVE:

Be CREATIVE and use the following ideas to get started:
- If you are a reborn Christian, be led by God's Word & Spirit.
-
If not, then at least try to use God's Word and the principles written in it. See the verses above to get started.
- How did Jesus respond to people and authorities (His enemies) who called Him names, mocked Him, spit on Him, beat Him, and killed Him?
- What effect did Jesus's response have on individual people, on families, on the world?
- Was His choice to love His enemies really worth all of the hurt and suffering and death that He endured?

NOT due until 2nd QUARTER
...

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AMAZING GRACE vs. RACE

AMAZING GRACE Film
AWARD WINNING
Wm. Wilberforce, Christ v. Slavery

* Click here for my personal letter explaining the history behind the story.

BACKGROUND OF AMAZING GRACE:
This award winning movie is historically accurate. It beautifully reveals the story of how God used a small, weak, meek, sick man (William Wilberforce). Wilberforce's pastor was John Newton, the ex-slave ship captain who became a follower of Christ and wrote AMAZING GRACE. He was the primary person to do two powerful and important things for God's honor:
1. Led the end of African slavery in England & America.
2. Started first Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

LINKS to Resources about the movie & the history:
- FREE COPY of the DVD & background to the film
- BEST BOOK about Wilberforce and his work for God
.. Amazing Grace, by Eric Metaxas
- REAL CHRISTIANITY, Wilberforce's book confronting PHONY Christianity. This book helped end slavery in England.

- Another great book was written by an AFRICAN friend of Wilberforce, OLAUDAH EQUIANO, a freed slave. It is a book about his own life in Africa, kidnapped with his sister and held captive on a slave ship, his slave life, and most of all his faith in God through Christ Jesus who gave his life for all of His created souls who suffer under the oppression of sin and slave-masters.

LISTEN to Mr. Galloway's Discovery-Talk
Presentation on MODERN SLAVERY

MP3 - Mr. Galloway's Discovry-Talk on
HUMAN SLAVERY:
Physical and Psycho-Spiritual

 

 

 

 

Unit 3 - CHRIST v. SLAVERY
* Spiritual & Physical Slavery

"So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, 'If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'

They answered Him, 'We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed."'John 8:31-36

MEMORY VERSE: John 8:34
Jesus replied, 
“Very truly I tell you,
everyone who sins
is a slave to sin.
"

Mr. Galloway's
INTRODUCTORY SUMMARY
of CHRIST VS. SLAVERY


 


REMEMBER, at the end of last unit on Grace vs. Race, we studied about the movie, AMAZING GRACE: An award winning film about how God used William Wilberforce to help end the Trans-Atlantic African slavery centuries ago. Below is a reminder of that material.

* My personal letter explaining the history behind the story.

BACKGROUND OF AMAZING GRACE:
This award winning movie is historically accurate. It beautifully reveals the story of how God used a small, weak, meek, sick man (William Wilberforce). Wilberforce's pastor was John Newton, the ex-slave ship captain who became a follower of Christ and wrote AMAZING GRACE. He was the primary person to do two powerful and important things for God's honor:
1. Led the end of African slavery in England & America.
2. Started first Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

LINKS to Resources about the movie & the history:

- FREE COPY of the DVD & background to the film
- BEST BOOK about Wilberforce and his work for God
.. Amazing Grace, by Eric Metaxas
- REAL CHRISTIANITY, Wilberforce's book confronting PHONY Christianity. This book helped end slavery in UK.
- Another great book was written by an AFRICAN friend of Wilberforce, OLAUDAH EQUIANO, a freed slave. It is a book about his own life in Africa, kidnapped with his sister and held captive on a slave ship, his slave life, and most of all his faith in God through Christ Jesus who gave his life for all of His created souls who suffer under the oppression of sin and slave-masters.

HERE is the Movie Producers' PDF booklet about how to fight slavery TODAY


NOTTOWAY PLANTATION FIELD TRIP:

LETTER TO PARENTS ABOUT THE TRIP *

NOTTOWAY PLANTATION WEBSITE
- THINK: Who built this PALACE?
- LOOK: For evidence of slaves, their lives, their families, etc.
- FEEL: How they and their descendants feel about this.
- PRAY: For opportuniites to communicate the full truth.
- ACT: Let Christ's love live through you to end modern slavery.


AUDIO-VIDEO MESSAGES
ON SLAVERY
(Spiritual and Physical)

MR. GALLOWAY'S OLD Audio:
SLAVERY SERMON

SOME SERMONS MUCH BETTER THAN MINE:

- Dr. John MacArthur (2 min) = concise definition
- Dr. John Piper (8 min) = focus on Peter's powerful counsel
- Pastor David Platt sermon 50 min) = full scope of the problem


IJM: International Justice Mission

- IJM's 24-JE 24 HOUR JUSTICE EXPERIENCE
* Go to ITS LEARNING and DOWNLOAD the document associated with IJM's 24-JE program. It's called the 24-JE-LEADERSHIP GUIDE.
* This program is one example of how YOUTH like YOU can be involved in ministry that is a top priority for Christ the Good Shepherd.


GOD'S WORD ON SLAVERY:

MEMORY VERSE: John 8:34
Jesus replied, 
“Very truly I tell you,
everyone who sins
is a slave to sin.
"

Online Articles, Audios, Videos on Scripture vs. Slavery

- Dr. John Piper: 1 Peter 2:18-20, etc.
- AIG Does the Bible Support Slavery?
- OPEN BIBLE's list of passages on slavery
-

TEN COMMANDMENTS:
Foundation of all moral and legal law

Commandments 1-4 = vertical relationship with God
- Loving the Lord God with all your heart soul mind strength
Commandments 5-10 = horizontal relationship with neighbor
- Loving your neighbor as you love yourself

VIDEO on MOSES and the TEN COMMANDMENTS

- THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, starring Charlton Heston as Moses, Yul Brenner as Pharoah
** (nominated for many Academy Awards, and is the 7th most successful movie of all time)
** not perfect in its biblical accuracy yet conveys the reality and significance of pivotal events in history (HIS-story).

QUIZ on John 8:31-36
Spiritual Slavery

- MEMORY VERSE 8:34
- Hermeneutic Interpretation
in context 8:31-36



ETHICS (Moral Dangers)

VIDEOS
- Prager University Edu-clip: What matters most in life?
- Prager University Edu-clip: Where do good and evil come from?
- Prager University Edu-clip: Are some cultures better than others?

GENESIS 3 - REVELATION 20

- SIN, the source of SLAVERY
- LUCIFER/SATAN, the first SLAVE MASTER
- Deceptive promise of "freedom" from ALL authority, so you can be your own boss (self-deification)


The EXODUS of Israel
from SLAVERY in Egypt
by the miraculous power of God

Related ANSWERS IN GENESIS PDF Lessons
- Lesson 7 God Calls Moses
- Lesson 8 Plagues and Passover
- Lesson 9
The Exodus from Egypt

Mr. Galloway's background discussion:

BACKGROUND - [God told Abraham hundreds of years earlier that his descendants would be held as slaves for 400 years in Egypt because of sin, but then God would rescue them. This prophecy like all prophecy in the bible was fulfilled accurately. After about 400 years of captive slavery, God spoke to Moses in the vision of the burning bush, and told Moses to confront Pharoah and tell him to let God's people, Israel, go from Egypt.

Moses's response was to panic in fear about this job God wanted him to do. Moses said he couldn't do it because he was a poor speaker. Literally, Moses said he was "heavy of tongue", which meant he had a speech disability. God in the New Testament reveals that He loves to call/choose people to accomplish His will and work whom the world thinks are weak, untalented, uneducated, or disabled. That way they and others realize that what they accomplish is because of God, NOT their own abilities.
(see 1 Corinthians
1:18-31; 2 Cor 12) So if YOU feel like you are too untalented or so disabled that you could not do wonderful things for God and others, then remember Moses, the uneducated disciples, etc.

Then Moses said he was afraid that the people of Israel would doubt that God really appeared to him. Moses was afraid the people would ask what God's NAME was. So God told Moses His personal Holy name: "I AM who I AM".
** God's name in Hebrew is YHWH, which is often pronouned in English as either JeHoVaH or YaHWeH. The term comes from the Hebrew verb, "havah" that means "to exist" or "to be". This is because GOD IS THE ONLY SELF-EXISTENT BEING.
** Remember that JESUS many times referred to Himself as the self-existent I AM
(John 8:58). This is why the Jewish leaders had the Roman Leaders execute/crucify Jesus. It was for the crime of blasphemy for claiming to be the Self-Existent Creator God in human form.

THE VERSE - EXODUS 3:14-15
14 God said to Moses, “I AM who I AM.
This is what you are to say to the Israelites:
I AM has sent me to you.’”

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites,
‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob - has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.

VIDEOS on MOSES and the EXODUS

- PRINCE OF EGYPT(animation)
- Patterns of Evidence: EXODUS
* * (award winning documentary)




GENESIS 10-11 GOVERNMENT MAN'S WAY VS. GOD'S
TOWER OF BABEL (Babylon)
: the first UNITED NATIONS

- NIMROD, the first human SLAVE MASTER
- Dictator (an antichrist character)
- Tower of Babel (Babylon). The first United Nations
- APPLICATION to our lives

MORE TO COME AS WE PROGRESS THROUGH THIS UNIT ON CHRIST VS. SLAVERY . . .

 

 

 

 


Are We American Christians
Part of the Problem?