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Knowledge In A Time Capsule

By Mark Adams | 11.01.09

DSC01630Today in class we talked about Psalm 78, where Asaph wrote down several stories of Israel’s experience as something he wanted to pass on to future generations so they could know their own history, and also know how to better please God than their ancestors did.

We broke into three groups and each group was given the challenge, “If I could place some Bible verses in a time capsule to pass on to the next generation, here’s what I would include.”

Each group had a different topic to “advise” their descendants about.  I was very pleased that everyone took it so seriously, and they really came up with some terrific passages.  Here are some of the results.

Group One: Advice For People Who Are Young

  • Psalm 119:9 – How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By living according to your word.
  • 2 Timothy 2:22 – Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
  • 1 Timothy 4:12-16 – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.  Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.  Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.  Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
  • Matthew 3:10 – The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Group Two: Advice For People Who Feel Discouraged Or Sad

  • Luke 18:1 – Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
  • Deuteronomy 4:30-31 – When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the LORD your God and obey him. For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.
  • Matthew 28:20 – …and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
  • Psalm 4:1 – Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God.  Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
  • Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  • Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Group Three: Advice For Being A Godly Person

  • Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
  • Hosea 6:6 – For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
  • Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
  • 2 Peter 1:5-11 – For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  • Acts 16 – (Barnabas was willing to give John Mark a second chance, and the application was made that we should be encouraging like Barnabas.)
  • Romans 12:10 – Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Certainly, all of these are worth remembering and passing on.  Though we won’t be burying any time capsules in the ground, we’ll keep them here as a blog post to remember.  Thanks to all of you for a good class today!


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