It’s a very encouraging interview in this conversation that Marvin Olasky had with Bob Beckel in which Beckel explains the depths to which he had fallen and the reality he faced as evidenced in that book title, I Should be Dead.
But he’s not dead, and he believes that God kept alive for a purpose. And as he makes clear, that purpose was so that he may come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. One footnote, by the way, that shows how understanding the biblical worldview leads to a change in the way we see the entire world–Bob Beckel responded to Marvin Olasky when he said,
“I understand you’re now pro-life”
with these words,
“I used to be on pro-choice boards. I’ve quietly gotten off. I mean, you can’t come to faith and be pro-choice.”
Bob Beckel came to believe that God has made every single human being in his image, and thus every single life deserves protection. But he first had to come to understand that God loved him so much that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him might not perish, but have everlasting life. That shows us the power the gospel of Christ, but it also shows us that we should never expect the Christian worldview to survive without Christianity.
Thursday, December 17th, 2015
Today’s Scripture Reading
Matthew 1:18–25 (ESV)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Today’s Quote: The fact that Jesus was born “of Mary” only, as indicated in the genealogical record (v. 16), demanded further explanation. Matthew’s explanation can best be understood in the light of Hebrew marriage customs. Marriages were arranged for individuals by parents, and contracts were negotiated. After this was accomplished, the individuals were considered married and were called husband and wife. They did not, however, begin to live together. Instead, the woman continued to live with her parents and the man with his for one year. The waiting period was to demonstrate the faithfulness of the pledge of purity given concerning the bride. If she was found to be with child in this period, she obviously was not pure, but had been involved in an unfaithful sexual relationship. Therefore the marriage could be annulled. If, however, the one-year waiting period demonstrated the purity of the bride, the husband would then go to the house of the bride’s parents and in a grand processional march lead his bride back to his home. There they would begin to live together as husband and wife and consummate their marriage physically. Matthew’s story should be read with this background in mind. – The Bible Knowledge Commentary