Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 6, 2021

Kepler Hates This Word

(3 Minute Read. 6Oct2021)

At a campground in my own fireside chair

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

Can you guess what Master’s favorite word is? At least, I think it must be his favorite because I hear it all the time, and I don’t like it at all. In fact I hate to hear it. What is it?

It is not Sit, Stay, or Wait.
It is not Honey, Dear, or Sweetheart.
It is not Bible, Scripture, or God.
It is not ham, bacon, or sausage.
It is not creation, math, or science.
It is not football, basketball, or baseball.
It is not firewood, campfire, or camping.
It is not please, thank you, or bless you.

Based on how frequently I hear it, Master’s favorite word is something else.

Can you guess what it is? It is a simple, very short word. I hear it many times every day. Even Missus uses it a lot with me.

I’m sure you hear it and use it often as well, especially if you are a parent. Master says it is a very important safeguard word that keeps me healthy and secure. Can you guess Master’s favorite word before I tell you below?

What Is the Word?

I think Master’s favorite word is . . .

Are you ready? Here it is:

NO.

“No, Kepler.” I hear that all the time.

With regard to much of what I want to do, Master often says, “No.” He says this even when in my opinion there is nothing wrong with what I want to do.

Why can’t I jump up on him and on Missus and on their friends? What would be wrong with that? I keep my paws very clean. But Master says, “No,” when I try to jump up on someone.

Why can’t I get into the kibble bin whenever I crave a snack? Often I feel a bit peckish before it’s time for my meal. But Master tells me, “No.”

Why can’t I run around exploring campgrounds? I like to nose around everyone’s tent and woodpile. Plus many campers grill outdoors and are happy to give a cute dog like me tidbits. But Master says, “No. Even good dogs have to be on a leash in state park campgrounds.”

Why can’t I bark whenever I want? Often I need to remind Master it’s time to eat, or I want to go inside for a nap in my crate, or another dog is too close to our campsite. But Master says, “No,” when I bark, and he makes me stop.

Yesterday on our campground walk I found a dead chipmunk, but Master wouldn’t let me have it. I heard that word again, “No,“ when I tried to carry it back to bury at our campsite.

There is a feral cat at the campground that I want to dispatch, but Master says, “No.” He won’t even let me bark at it.

Master has an explanation for using “No.” He says it is a crucial protective word for my well-being. He says that “No” is a boundary word that keeps me out of mischief, out of trouble, and out of danger.

Master pointed out that the “No” word applies to himself as well as to me. He showed me the Ten Commandments given by the Great Creator for man’s benefit (Exodus 20:1-17). Master pointed out that nine of the Ten Commandments are based on the “No” word. The Great Creator says “No” to murder, “No” to adultery, “No” to stealing, and “No” to lying. The Great Creator says “No” to coveting, “No” to other gods, “No” to idols, “No” to taking the name of the Lord in vain, and “No” to working on the weekly day of rest. Only the fifth commandment, “Honor your father and your mother,” is expressed positively without the “No” word.

Master said that “No” is the Great Creator‘s boundary word that keeps Master out of mischief, out of trouble, and out of danger.

Jesus also repeatedly used the “No” word. One example of multiple negative commands is in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

But Master also said that when Jesus summed up the teachings of the Old Testament, He did not use the “No” word. Jesus expressed the Old Testament teachings positively this way:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

Hmmm . . . so why can’t Master cut back on his use of the word “No” with me?

Anyway, that’s how things look from the Kepler Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you sometimes object to the “No” word as Kepler does?
2. What truth will help you next time you chafe at “No”?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

This is the 47th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-47 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2
39. Kepler’s Water Guns
40. Kepler Remembers Henry
(with video)
41. Kepler Gives a Virus Briefing
42. Kepler’s Campaign Advice
43. Kepler Ponders Senescence
44. Kepler’s AK-47
45. Kepler Talks Turkey
46. Kepler Versus the Squirrel

Read the sequel:
48. Kepler ??? coming soon . . .

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday October 6, 2021 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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  1. Dear Brother Thank you so much for your Spirit-filled Teachings and we are Strengthening and Sharing with our Congregations in India. Please share more. in JESUS LOVE. Pastor Babu and Sara and Teams. http://www.suvarthavani.org Suvartha Vani Means The Voice of Gospel. INDIA.

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