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Reading 1 - Lev 11:7
"And the pig, though it has a split hoof completely divided,
does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you" (Lev 11:7).
"Nowadays, in modern hygienic farms, pigs can be reared
without the historically important diseases such as the pork tape worm and the
round worm Trichinella spiralis. But in the wilderness setting, as in any
uncontrolled environment, the habit of pigs of eating waste and carrion means
that they are a considerable risk as food animals. Another disease, trichinosis,
is common in parts of the world, and the major culprit is undercooked pork or
wild boar. This disease can be fatal" (Stephen Palmer, "Testimony" 71:205). Cp
Thus is the wisdom of the Law of Moses seen, in this as in
many other particulars -- a wisdom far beyond what might be expected for its
day, from any scientific viewpoint. The only real explanation for such
"enlightened" laws in ancient times is that they came -- not from man -- but
from God Himself.
Reading 2 - Psa 110:6
"He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing
the rulers of the whole earth" (Psa 110:6).
"The High Priest of the universe, when he comes to rule, is
not coming with a narcotic and a lullaby. He is coming with power and with
purity. He will make no truce with the things which hurt and harm mankind. He
will end the paltry tricks of human government which enslave men behind iron or
bamboo curtains. He will destroy those who invent diabolical things for the
destruction of the earth which was made to reflect the glory of God" (Dennis
Reading 3 - 2Co 4:17,18
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an
eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is
seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen
is eternal" (2Co 4:17,18).
"The discipline of human parents partakes of the limitations
of human nature; it is exercised as 'seemed good to them', and with the best of
intentions it is not always wisely applied. But God's training has none of the
deficiencies of the human training: it is directed with unerring wisdom for the
benefit of the subjects of it. God's aim is that His children might be partakers
of His holiness. When the end is reached and the bodies of His sons are made
'glorious', and when those children exhibit divine holiness in every word and
act, it will be seen that the present trial is but a light affliction compared
to the eternal weight of glory then enjoyed" (John Carter, "Hebrews"