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God Protects the Tares?

Hey there.

Tonight when reading about how God is protecting the tares and the wheat, I had the thought, “Protect from what? God’s own will?” I thought of a tornado. If one comes around, is it not God who sent it? What is He not in complete control of? So I thought I would see where in the Bible the word “protect” was. I was amazed to find that “protect” or “protector” or even “guardian” was not even in the Bible. The word protection is used one time in Deut. 32:38 when God is referring to other gods or idols worshipped by a crooked and perverse generation. Isn’t there even something written about “guardian angels”? Seems to me that whatever befalls anyone is simply God’s will. So is “protecting” the tares the right word to use? I do feel protected living in this world, knowing that I do have a relationship with God and an understanding of all things. Or is what I feel more of a peace of mind, knowing that whatever befalls me is the will of God for my good? Any thoughts?


Hi Bob:

The Hebrew and Greek words for “protect” are in the Bible many times; they are just translated as “keep”. “guard”, “watch”, etc., in the King James Version.

You don’t want to develop a fatalistic view of “all things working for our good”. Some people do that in order to excuse doing nothing when confronted with difficult circumstances. God sends things our way for many different reasons. Sometimes, He is trying to motivate us to DO something instead of sitting back with a yawn and saying, “Well, God’s in charge.”

But through it all, all of God’s children, even the foolish, we are being protected, to various degrees, even if that word is hardly ever used in the KJV.



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Pastor John:

What was Job thinking, when he mentioned the iniquities of his youth? Do you think that he pondered this was a possibility for the events transpiring ?
Am I remembering this correctly? If yes, does this mean he somewhat agreed with his comforters in at least the theory of their reasoning?


I believe that Job agreed with his three friends in principle. He just could not agree with them that he had caused his sufferings by committing sin. Yes, Job said at one point that God was calling him into account for the sins of his youth. But that was just a guess. Job had no idea what was happening to him.


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1 Cor. 7:14


Good Morning John,

How does a believing spouse sanctify his or her unbelieving spouse? And also that the children become clean? In verse 1Corinthians 7:13, it states that he is pleased to dwell with her. But they are still unequally yoked in their marriage are they not? In verse 12, Paul says this is he (Paul) speaking and not he Lord as in verses 9 and 10. Thanks.

Jim K


Hi Jim:

The unbelieving spouse is sanctified by Christ, but using the believing spouse to lead the unbeliever to him, and that WILL happen every time that the unbelieving spouse is truly “pleased to dwell with” the believing spouse. The only way we can know if the unbelieving spouse is really “pleased to dwell with” the believing spouse is that he comes and is sanctified by the holy ghost baptism. We have seen examples of this. For one example, Rob was truly “pleased to dwell with” Donna, after she found the way, and he (eventually) followed her into Christ. Brother Keith is another example, and Bob and Cliff. And there are some women, like Caroline, who were pleased to dwell with their believing husbands, and they proved it by coming to Christ and being sanctified themselves.

Of course, it is true that until unbelievers are sanctified by Christ, they are still unequally yoked to their believing spouses, as you pointed out. Paul’s statement “else were your children unclean” is harder to understand because everybody is unclean until cleansed by God’s Spirit. He makes it sound as if children are not unclean in God’s sight if both the parents are believers, but I know from experience that offspring of godly parents can be as worldly as offspring of sinners. So, Paul is probably referring to how God feels in general about believers mating with each other as opposed to children born of “unequally yoked” parents.

Good questions.


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Scape Goat at Atonement


What does the “scapegoat” in the Old Testament atonement ceremony represent?


Hi Wendell,

I have always understood the scapegoat to represent the risen Christ. There were two goats used for that ceremony, you know. One was killed and the other released. In the OT, they could not killed and raise up the same animal; so, I assume that both represented Christ, one slain for sin and the other bearing the sins away.



Why a goat? The Son of God is called the Lamb of God and they used a lamb without spot or blemish in the pass over, can the scapegoat be translated another way? I know it make’s sense what you said, but the goat part seems out of place to me. But it does not really matter if he wanted to use a goat, I get the point and am very thankful to be on this side of what the Son came and done for us.



Hi Stuart,

First of all, a goat was a clean animal, under the law, just as sheep was.

But to answer your question, it maybe symbolic of the human temple of the holy ghost. We are sanctified, Hebrews says, “by the offering of the body” of Jesus Christ. The body, by nature is unclean, and yet, it is holy if it is sanctified by the Spirit.

That’s the best I can do to explain why God chose to use goats for the atonement ceremony.


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