OPEN: Hey, Good morning, and welcome to STAG, I'm Jack. We're going to take several looks a faith today and hear the stories of some of the Bible heroes of faith. But first.....

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The universe seems to be governed by "natural" laws. For example many people believe in the law of Karma. You do good, you get good. You do bad, you get bad. "What comes around, goes around." That would be more of a spiritual law than a physical law, like gravity. But I think that the two are equally valid in conducting our lives.

Another spiritual law is "faith." It's just a little like karma, but approaches thing from a positive direction only. Not practicing faith in a situation will also result in negative results. But it's not a matter of what we call doing good or bad. That's a big difference. Things can get very confused by trying to define the good and the bad. Faith doesn't allow any discussion or confusion.

I have come to believe that the whole world runs on "faith." The creation is best utilized by faithing. Faithing is the verb form of our English word "faith." We must add the "ing" to properly translate the Greek word for faith. You've heard me say, "Faith is a verb." The Greek word for faith contains action. It comes directly from a primary verb. That primary verb contains all there is about "faith." And the word for "faith" contains all there is about the word believe, which comes directly out of the word for faith. In the Bible, faith and believe are verbs.

The basic definition of faithing is, putting trust in something other than one's self. Biblical faith is, of course, putting one's trust in God. If God said it, you can trust that He will keep that word, even if it looks like you might die doing that action.

A brief word on creation. We are to trust that God made creation to work only one way. We are not to meddle in that system. We are to trust that if we leave a certain part alone and the way it was created, that we will still be OK. If God had wanted to stack up on water in a certain area, He wouldn't have built a dam. If God had wanted those millions to live in the Los Angeles basin, He would have provide ample water there and not have the people built elaborate pipelines to bring water from hundreds of miles away.

Faith is not new to Christianity. All the major religions talk about some higher power that we can tap into and gain, whatever. Whether that power in inside us or comes from outside, supernatural, we are told that we should trust the Power for, whatever. That's what faith is. From Christianity, to Satanism, from Buddhism to Mithraism. It's about trusting something outside ourselves in order to gain something we deem beneficial. If we can think of something we want, there's a belief system around that will help us get that. It's all about getting rid of our ego, and giving in to some other power. The formula has always been there.

But ego gets in the way, through every little crack it can find. It's main job is to protect us. But in its zeal, we make selfish decision that come back on us; because we didn't trust.

The place where ego does the most harm is in the spiritual realm. Ego wants to lock things down and make sure we are doing what will protect us the most. So, we make up rules (laws) to live by that we (our ego) decide will help us be the most spiritual. We lock onto these ideas so tightly that we will tell others that they are going to hell if they aren't doing it our way.

That's called legalism. Right at the front let me say that the Law won't save anyone. But many people have their Checklist of "spiritual" things to do. If you check one of those lists, you'll probably find that there is NO mention of the full tithe, if there is any mention of giving at all. One exception to that might be giving some money to charity work. That can be worn as a badge of righteousness, but it won't save anyone.

Here's the thing about biblical Lawkeeping. You have to do all of it, all of the time. Here's an example. Let's say the Law form salvation is to walk a mile every day, for the rest of your life. No exceptions, no excuses. If you miss one day, you don't make it to heaven. I know how you can see that no one could do that. No one can even do the Ten Commandments, let alone all the other Laws that God gave Israel. If you told a fib when you were five, you miss out. Understanding this, it's clear that the Law was NOT meant to save us. It's only a Decision Guide to tell us what God would have us do in various situations.

But Ego clamps onto the Law, because it's a perfect Checklist for them. "I don't drink, smoke, steal, lie, rape, rob, or commit adultery." And Jesus narrowed the whole Law down into to ideas. Love God and your neighbor. In order to do that every time you make a decision, you'll have to act against what your ego is going to suggest. It won't see a clear outcome if you trust God with the decision.

I'm not saying that all ego-driven outcomes are ad. We get a lot of stuff done on our own. We pay the price for mistakes along the way, but things get done. But what about salvation? The Bible say we're saved by faith. So, if we aren't acting in faith, we aren't being/staying saved. Things might get done, but we don't score any pints toward going to heaven. Works alone, won't save.

If the result of your action is due to the force of works, you get nada. if the result of your action is due to faithing, you get saved; whether of not the actions is completed. Did you get that part? You may not even get an end result out of your action, and still get some salvation.

The force of Works is our force. The force of faith is God's force. People are the power behind works. God is the power behind faithing. Instead of boasting about what we did, our boasting will be for what God did, the unknown, what-if parts in the faithing process. All our efforts can't be received as valid by those who know what we are capable of. True faithing contains the humanly impossible. It overcomes all those What ifs. You can understand this by remembering how some unexpected, seemingly impossible outcome to some problem "fell out of the sky". "You'll never be able to do that!" Gee, what a lucky break." Yeah, "lucky break."

Faithing is ridding one's self of ego, as I said. Let's list some of the most ego-involved practices of daily life. Your job must be in there. Most of us work to sustain ourselves. And of course, that include our family. What about our possessions? "Mine!" Money has got to be the most important consideration for us. We need it to live and care for our family and secure possession for that cause. Money is why we have a job. Money dominates our lives. Ego knows how important it is to have money. It will try to protect your money at all costs.

Well, wouldn't you know it? Giving money is the highest form of faithing, secondary only to giving one's life. And if faithing gets rid of ego, then giving money does the same thing. Elimination of ego is the ultimate goal of Believes. The more a person' faithes, the more one depends on God for the final outcome. The end result is one hundred percent dependence on God. Two thirds of the angels and Jesus himself, are one hundred percent dependent on God. Unlike Jesus, those angels still have the ability to say "No", but choose to depend on God anyway. One hundred percent trust in God is the lifestyle of heaven. If you want to go be with God, you have to do it His way and faithe. It's the constant message of the Old Testament.

Let's take a long trip through the Bible and look at the people and events that God wanted us to see. Bible scenarios are there to teach us. Was ALL of Israel's history in the Bible? No. If the Bible was inspired by God, then what's actually in there is what God thought was important for us. There are many other respected writings that are worth our study, but the Bible has the supernatural touch of God that we can clearly see. The supernatural quality is what helps us understand that the whole Bible is indeed inspired by God.

The important question we must ask is, "What did God want to teach me by this event, person, name, place or number?" When we start asking that question, we will see that all these things point in one direction, with sidebars along the way.

For six thousand years God has been guiding history toward His Millennial Kingdom, ruled over by Jesus here on earth. That's the overall message of the Bible. It's what dominated Jesus' preaching. But knowing that God is going to set up a kingdom on earth isn't any good if we don't know how to get into that kingdom. So one of the sidebars is salvation. Only saved ones can be where God is and work for God. The only way that the Bible says a person can be righteous is by faithing.

So, we hear from many different sources in the Bible how salvation comes about. By faithing. Abraham acted in trust and it "was counted unto him as righteousness." Abraham wasn't called the Father of Faith for nothing. He gets five verses in Hebrews eleven. His life is a progression of faithing acts. From the time God first spoke to him in Ur, Abraham was given tasks to do that would require trusting God for the outcome. Leaving his home was against negative "what-ifs". He was willing to kill Isaac, in spite of the fact that dead kids don't have children. God promised that a billion kids would come out of Isaac. Somehow Abraham trusted that God would keep His word about those descendents, even if he killed Isaac.

Trust is everywhere you look in the Bible. The places where it isn't talking about trust, it's telling us how someone didn't trust and what happened because of their dis-faith. There must be a reason for that. And let me say here that there are three words in Hebrew that are translated "trust" or "faith." They are ALL verbs, just like the Greek word for faith is a verb. Why, God even included a whole chapter of the Bible to name certain people that trusted Him. Hebrews chapter eleven is called the Heroes of Faith chapter. They all looked at the circumstances and chose to trust God in spite of what looked like the impossible or dangerous or even fatal. All this, based on something they knew about God.

David is a good place to start. He only gets his name mentioned, but did some pretty big acts of faith. It sure took a lot of trust in God to go out to meet Goliath. Goliath was nearly twice the size of David. And where did God put the stone that David let fly at Goliath? Between his armor and right into his head. David had found somewhere that one didn't "touch God's anointed." But there he was in a cave, with his mortal enemy, Saul, asleep in front of him. One simple stroke with a sword would have ended David's trouble with Saul. But you don't mess with God's anointed. David trusted God so much that he becomes a type of Christ.

How about Elijah? He doesn't even get a mention, but he certainly trusted God. After he stopped the rain, God told him to go thirty miles away and camp by a brook and God would send birds to feed him. How against probability is that? Birds don't feed people. The when the brook dries up God tells him to go sixty miles away from there and stay with a widow. But when he gets there she says that she is gathering sticks to make a small fire. She will use the very last bit of flour and oil to make her and her son one last meal. Then she expected them both to die. Elijah says give me a little cake first. Somehow, God "prepared" the widow for Elijah and tells Elijah so when He instructed him to go to the widow. But the widow trusted that it would be OK if she gave first to Elijah. Elijah goes in and the barrel of flour and the cruse of oil never run out, for three years.

Impossible outcome.

How much trust in God did it take for Elijah to call down fire from heaven to vaporize the offering? You remember. He even told the pagan priests to make a big ditch around the altar and fill it with water dumped over the sacrifice. The account says that even the rocks of the altar were vaporized. I don't see any instruction by God in this story, like He gave Elijah in the story about the widow.

And the whole thing began when Elijah walked right in on King Ahab and faithed on God's word to stop the rain if they went to idol worship. We don't know anything about Elijah except he was a Tishbite. James says that Elijah prayed fervently, alluding to how he got the idea of going to Ahab and stopping the rain. Elijah was faithing on something God had said.

But I have to include the human side of Elijah. After he calls back the rain, he flees when Jezebel threatens to kill him. His ego must have gotten the better of him just then.

You know, Jesus wasn't the only one to walk on water. Peter walked on water more times than Jesus. He walked on water twice, to Jesus' once. When he first got out of the boat, Peter walked on the water. But when the negative looking circumstances distracted his mind, he started to sink. Jesus pulled him up and Peter walked on the water again, with Jesus; probably holding his trembling hand.

When did touching the hem of someone's garment ever heal anyone? The woman with an issue of blood, internal bleeding for twelve years, isn't listed in Hebrews 11, but is an outstanding example of trust. She believed in Jesus ability to heal her, even if she only could touch the hem of his garment. Her belief didn't heal her. The action she did, in trust that Jesus was a healer, is what healed her. And I always like to add the other part of the action. When Jesus found it was she, he tells her that here faith had made her whole. He says this twice. But in English, we read the same thing in both utterances. That's mistaken, because we see in the original that Jesus used two different words that were both translated "faith." One word is indeed the word for healing. But the other one is the word for righteousness. She wasn't only healed for her action she was also saved. Faithing is saving, as Paul proves in more than half of the New Testament.

Hebrews eleven also includes Moses as a hero of faith. He gets four whole verses in the chapter. First, it tells how his parents faithed by setting him in the river tucked away in a basket. What word of God was behind that? In another place we find that his sister Miriam was a prophetess and in another place we can find that she prophesied over the baby Moses.

As for Moses himself, in verse 25 it ways that he chose to do it God's way over being a Prince of Egypt. After that, he did what God told him by going to Pharaoh and leading the Israelites out in the Exodus, at risk of his life. And what if he decided that holding his staff over the Red Sea wouldn't do anything to save the people? He took God's word that something of benefit would come from it.

A couple short ones: The walls of Jericho came down because the people walked around the city seven times and then just shouted at the city. Because Joshua, God's messenger, told them to do it. And look what god a prostitute's name in the chapter. All Rahab did was follow the instructions of God's representatives and hung a red cord out her window. Everyone in the city was killed, except Rahab and her family. But this is doubly impressive because her house was right there in those walls. Of all the walls, there were two of them that came down, the part with Rahab's house didn't come down. Just a little thing like hanging a red cord, the symbol of Jesus' blood, out the window.

OK, let's go on to some other short accounts. Abel. All he did was do the sacrifice God's way. Cain did it what he determined was right. That's why Abel's sacrifice was more acceptable to God. It wasn't symbolic of the blood sacrifice to come. God is always working Jesus into the stuff in the Old Testament. Another seemingly inconsequential act was Joseph's request on his death bed.

All Joseph did was tell his kids to make sure that they took his bones to the promised land when they left Egypt. But that was more than 300 years before the exodus. It was based on God's promise to Abraham nearly 500 year earlier. God told Abraham that his descendents would go to a strange land and become servants and them come out again after 400 years. All Joseph did was talk some faith.

Ruth gives us another example of how to trust God. She wasn't an Israelite and was properly shunned by the folks when she and her mother-in-law Naomi came back from Moab to the Holy Land. But Ruth change her religion, and "converted" to Judaism, based on her mother-in-laws words. Strangers that took up God's ways were to be accepted as blood kin.

Esther isn't in Hebrews chapter 11, but boy did she trust. It was another situation where her life was at stake, just for being a Jew. But her actions save hundreds of thousands of her people. All because Mordecai reminded her that God had sent her to the kingdom for this hour.

And what about Adam and Eve? Their story talks about NOT faithing. They acted when God told them not to act. Their faithing would have been not acting. They were acting on their own "law". Dis-faith.

There's one person whose actions aren't listed. Verse 5 says, By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. How about that? We're not even told what he did. but Paul goes on in the next verse to tell us what Enoch MUST have done. He faithed.

Paul writes, But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. The important part there is the action of diligently seeking him.

By verse 32, Paul runs out of steam and just lists a few more, like Gideon, Jepthae, Samson and Samuel. But I've got some steam left, so I'll tell you about another Hero of faith who doesn't get his name in the chapter. That's Daniel.

Daniel. He wrote a whole book in the Bible and did many interesting things. There are some things about Daniel that we should know so we can understand him better. Then we'll see how he Faithed on God's word.

Daniel was born of the nobility of the people of the kingdom of Judah. When King Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem, 650,000 of Daniel's people were taken into bondage back to Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar was a smart king, and ordered that the young, handsome princes of Judah be trained for work in the king's court. Daniel was one of those chosen.

Daniel had always respected and honored God, and tried to please Him by keeping to the Israelite religious laws. God had told Daniel's people that they should live a certain way in order to serve Him better. One of the ways was to eat only certain kinds of food.

Now when King Nebuchadnezzar picked the young men to be his servants, he told his head servant to train the men for three years and be sure to keep them healthy. They were to eat the same food as the king. The only problem was that God had said that Daniel shouldn't eat that kind of food. So Daniel asked the king's captain if he could just eat the vegetables and drink water instead of the king's wine. The captain liked Daniel, but was afraid the king would cut off his head if he saw that Daniel was looking skinny.

Daniel knew that God had said He'd take care of him, so he acted in faith, I like to say he Faithed, on God's promise and made a deal with the captain. If the captain would do as Daniel had asked for ten days, he would see that Daniel was still very healthy or Daniel would eat the king's meat and wine. I just put in the second part so that we could understand the deal better, but even if it doesn't say those exact words, that was the other choice.

Well, I know you can guess what happened. At the end of only ten days Daniel looked healthier than all the other young men who were in training for the king.

I suppose it doesn't look like a very important thing for Daniel to refuse to eat the king's food, but that's the lesson. Most of our chances to trust God's word look small and unimportant. But we don't normally have real big things happen to us, and it might be years between times when we asked God for His help if we waited for only the extra big things that happen to us.

Now we come to the best part of the story. The part that most people have heard about. Daniel in the lion's den. To be sure, Daniel was in possible danger of losing his life for not eating the king's food because he was, after all, a captive of the war. Back then, even as now, prisoners of war are killed sometimes for the smallest things. Well, this time Daniel's courage was to be tested much, much more.

When King Darius, the Mede, took over the Babylonian kingdom in 522 BC, he wanted the government to run very smoothly and not make a lot of extra work for himself. Daniel had held a high government position for a long time and really knew how to run the kingdom. So Darius set up 120 governors for the kingdom and they were to report to three presidents. Daniel was the main president. The other two presidents and some of the governors didn't like Daniel because he was not one of their countrymen and they were jealous when he was made head president.

They searched and tried to find some way to get rid of Daniel by watching how he did his job. Well, Daniel was so trustworthy, because that's one thing that God wants us to be, that the men could find nothing wrong with Daniel's work. Then they had the idea that they could get Daniel only through his religion. So they went to King Darius and, with flattery, told him that all the governors and presidents had decided that for thirty days everyone in the kingdom would honor King Darius by praying to him only. They knew that Daniel would not give up praying to God and they could accuse him of breaking the law. And the law said that once the king said something he couldn't take it back.

They were right about Daniel. He still prayed to God three times a day. I guess I should remind you at this point that the penalty for breaking this law was that the person be thrown to the lions.

King Darius was very upset when the men came and told him about Daniel, but even though he argued with them for a long time, they wouldn't budge an inch, and in the end the king had to order that Daniel be thrown to the lions.

Darius still sat up all night worrying and hoping that God would help Daniel. In fact, when Daniel was about to go down into the den, the king had said, "Your God will protect you." Even the king had enough faith in God to be able to say that to Daniel. It looks to me like anyone, anytime can do something that shows that God's promises can be trusted.

When the morning came, the king rushed to the lion's den to see about Daniel. He broke the seals that he and the governors had put on the big stone over the entrance, and out came Daniel without a scratch. The king was very happy to find Daniel unhurt and so angry at the other men for pulling that trick on him that he had them all killed. Then he sent a proclamation throughout the whole kigdom, which was as big as Europe, for everyone to show respect, and honor the God of Daniel because His power and kingdom was greater than any on earth.

That's where this story of Daniel ends, but we didn't see it from Daniel's side. We'll have to try and imagine most of it because all it says in the Bible is that Daniel knew the laws had been signed and went, as always, and prayed out his window toward Jerusalem three times a day.

Even if Daniel didn't know that the men were plotting against him, he worked right there for the king and knew that anyone breaking that law had to go to the lions. And we all know the people that are thrown into a pit with a bunch of lions don't have much chance of coming out alive. So if you put yourself in Daniel's place, you can see that the very first time you got down to say your prayers you would be risking your life. I think I would have played it safe and gone into my closet to say my prayers. But Daniel said his in front of the open window where everyone could see him. That took a lot of courage. That's what Faithing, or trusting in God's word takes; courage.

Now let's try to picture Daniel on his way to the lion's den. You might want to see him being taken roughly by the guards, held tightly so he couldn't cause any trouble, and struggling as they started to throw him in the pit. I know that's what comes to my mind. But don't forget that Daniel was very close to God and had seen how God had taken care of him before, so he knew that God would always help him if he would be true to God's word.

That changes the picture. Maybe now we can imagine Daniel overcoming his fear of the lions and going willingly down into the den. Who knows, he might have even been able to sing a little song of praise for God.

That's what's nice about Faithing, or acting on God's promises. The more we do it in small ways, the stronger we get and the more sure we are that God will help us do the Right thing; even when it looks like it will hurt us.

If we can remember that God is real and we can trust Him, even with our lives, then we can have the courage the Daniel had. Another Hero that isn't listed is Noah.

He faithed, or acted in trust of God's word, longer than any of the others. Longer than Daniel in the lion's den. Longer than Joshua at the battle of Jericho.

What made the difference in Noah's case, was that God told him and his grandfather to go preach for a hundred and twenty years to the wicked people in the land at that time. Noah and Methuselah were to tell the evildoers that they had 120 years to turn away from their ungodliness or God would send a rain and flood the earth. A hundred and twenty years is longer than a whole lifetime now days.

Now you have to remember that up to that time it had never rained on the earth. That's in Genesis 2:5. Some people say that a great water-filled cloud canopy covered almost the whole planet. Can you imagine what the people thought when Noah came around saying that if they didn't change their ways God was going to send a rain that would flood the earth? They must've laughed long and hard. I bet old Noah, he was then 480, got run out of town more than once.

Finally, after 115 years, God told Noah that he'd had it with those people. He told Noah to build an ark. And the word ark can also mean a "chest." So the ark didn't have to look like a boat. It could have easily looked like a giant shoebox that was close to a football field long. That would make it a lot easier for Noah and his sons to build such a big thing for all the animals. God also told Noah to make three levels with dividers inside the ark. I guess to separate the animals.

It's time to use our imaginations. We want to see what it was like for Noah and his boys when the people came around and saw that they were building this huge thing because it was going to rain. They couldn't even picture what rain was like. Those people must've poked a lot of fun at Noah. And it must have gone on for five years. That's how long it took to build the ark.

Now you see why Noah is the longest Faither in the Bible. He acted on God's promise to flood the earth, for one hundred and twenty years!!! One hundred and fifteen, he went preaching, and for five he acted in building the ark. Both those things are actions that people can see, and tells them that you trust in God's promise.

I bet you can remember one time when everyone around you was making fun of something you did or said, and you felt like you wanted to stop or take it back. It's very hard for us to not go along with a bunch of our friends; especially if we're embarrassed. It takes a great deal of courage. I'd say Noah was very brave standing up to ridicule for 120 years.

Have you ever thought about how Noah was able to handle all those animals, or pictured him trudging all over the earth for 50 or 60 years collecting two of everything? So did I. Well I found an old writing called the Book of Jasher which has an answer that makes sense to me.

God was to do all the rounding up. I bet Noah was relieved about that. God simply told Noah that he was to sit down at the door of the ark and when God sent him an animal that crouched down and showed meekness Noah was to send that one in for his sons to take care of. If an animal approached Noah and stood up, it was to be placed aside.

I found two more interesting parts to Noah's story in the Book of Jasher. First, about controlling the animals.

A few chapters after the story of the flood, it tells of one of Noah's sons, Ham, stealing some animal skins from Noah. Ham then passed them secretly to his son Cush, and Cush to his son Nimrod. Nimrod later became we could call the first emperor of the world; he ruled many cities. But Jasher says, that when Nimrod put on those animal skins, "God gave him might and strength and he became a mighty hunter."

If those skins were the ones God gave Adam for clothes, as it also says, and Noah had those very same skins, then the skins probably had some special power from God that helped the person wearing them to make the animals unafraid and easy to control. Maybe even, Noah had those skins on when he sat by the door of the ark. Any animal that could overcome the power of the skin's, and wouldn't crouch down for Noah, wasn't good enough to go. The second thing I've wondered about was the people outside the ark. I have a little Arguer inside my head, and my Arguer wants to say that those people weren't standing around laughing when the water started coming down. I can easily see a large mob of people with big timbers ramming the door of the ark. Well, Jasher says it was God to the rescue. When the people yelled for Noah to open the door, and he told them they were too late, 700,000 people started in on the ark. There were a great number of animals that didn't get chosen by Noah. They were still hanging around. God just sent all the leftover animals after the people and chased them away. Pretty neat, huh? By the way, those skins probably helped Noah calm the animals while the water tossed the ark around.

Well the rain and flooding certainly came, and it was a full year that Noah's family had to stay in the ark. It took that long for the waters to go down and the land to dry out enough for people to live. But in the end, all the animals came out and Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives. Noah immediately built an altar and made a sacrifice to thank God for taking care of them.

It's interesting to know that the Bible isn't the only place that talks about a worldwide flood. The ancient histories of all the different parts of the world tell of a flood happening at the same time as the Bible flood.

I hope Noah's faithing example helps you next time you find people making fun of you for doing something you know is Right. You can be sure that God will help you, too.

Before we leave the subject of Noah, let's do a couple fun exercises. First let's get an idea of how the people felt when Noah told them about the coming flood. Let's imagine that someone came on national TV and told us that we should build a 600 foot tower to put solar panels on for energy because a black cloud 500 ft. thick is going to cover the earth. We would have to install large fiber optics bundles in order to get sunlight to our plants. Can you imagine anyone taking this person seriously?

Now I want to take a practical look at the 40 day rain. In order to flood the whole earth there would have to be much more rain than we could have in 40 days. How much rain could that be by today's conditions? If we allow for 100 inches of rain, we would have more rain than most places get in a year. Forty days at 100 inches per day makes 4000 inches of water. Four thousand divided by twelve inches per foot makes only 333.33 ft.. That's only a little more than one football field. The Bible says that the water covered the mountains, and took a full year to subside.

But mountains are thousand 's of feet high. The height of mount Ararat is said to be 16,873 feet. Then where did all the water come from? The Bible lists two other things. The "fountains of the deep" and "the windows of heaven." I'm not positive what the "fountains of the deep" are, but "the windows of heaven" certainly sounds like more than just rain. Genesis 8: 2 says three things stopped: 1. fountains, 2. windows, 3. rain.

So the world must have been very different. Maybe it looked like Venus. Except that other evidence indicates that there was an opening in the canopy at the poles. This would explain how the earth could have no rain but still not be a desert. Genesis says the earth was watered by a mist.

Two other things are explained by the earth having a canopy. If the earth had a canopy, the air would be much more dense than it is today. Scientists have wondered how the flying dinosaurs could fly. Our air is too thin, and those flying lizards couldn't run fast enough to take off. They would have had to have a good stiff breeze blowing. But in the thicker atmosphere of the earth under the canopy they would be able to fly OK.

Secondly, the canopy would block out the harmful rays of the sun and allow people to live longer. This would help explain the very great age listed for some of the people in the Old Testament.

Noah really had some tough circumstances to overcome, huh? All he had to do was build and preach. But he was building and preaching based on something God had said. It took a lot of courage to preach that there was going to be a flood, when the people hadn't ever even seen rain.

WRAP:1- Whatever your situation, God has covered it someplace in the Bible. In fact, you can take most any of the major Bible characters and find several ways they trusted God.
2-If you want to talk about any of these people or anything else, STAG is a comfortable place to do that. We're at 88 Briceland Rd. in Redway. The number there is 707 923 ALLY(2559).
3-Thanks for listening today. I'll be back on the 1st of May. I trust you'll be there too.
4-In the meantime you can go to STAG.WS and find more heroes of faithing stories. Also visit the radio archive with about 300 past programs. And don't forget to check out YouTube. I have 70 videos up there now.
5-I say this every time. God is real. It's really true. And the Bible proves that and also tells us all we need to know on how to hook up with God. He has said He'll be there for us. And He always does the stuff He says He will.
This is Jack, bye.

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