Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator

Posted on February 11, 2014. Filed under: Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Kingdom of God, Manners and Association, Satan and Evil | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Exposition before the Creator

Our prayer life leaves us entirely exposed before that Creator whose name is to be hallowed. We reverence His name, ask for him to come, plead for help physically, and acknowledge our desperate inadequacies.

We should be hoping that Jehovah God reveals Himself to us so that we get to know exactly who God is. Our hope should be that Jehovah His name may be honoured and that His kingdom may come, and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10)

JEHOVAH William Blake Works

Jehovah the Name to be hallowed – William Blake Works (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We also should acknowledge that the Kingdom, the power, and the glory are forever of God. (Matthew 6:13; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Daniel 4:30; Daniel 4:34.) The “greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty the riches and honour the power and might” of Jehovah should be things we look at. For He is the One who has all the right to decide everything and to reign the whole universe.

“(13) ‘And do not lead us into trial, {1} but deliver us from the wicked one – because Yours is the reign and the power and the esteem, forever. Amĕn.’ {Footnote: 1 See 26:41.} (Matthew 6:13 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(11) “Yours, O יהוה {Jehovah}, is the greatness, the power and the comeliness, the pre-eminence and the excellency, because of all that is in the heavens and in the earth. Yours is the reign, O יהוה {Jehovah}, and You are exalted as head above all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

In our daily works and in our prayer we should recognise that all things that are in heaven and earth are the work of God His Hands, and that to Him belongs the ruling over everything.

In our prayer we should show thankfulness by giving thanks and expression of the infinite perfections of God, looking in esteem for God in His unspeakable grandeur, His universal dominion, His absolute ownership. Showing preparedness to come to God in His covenant relation. Recognising God in His goodness to men.

In our prayers it is not bad to show our awareness of the peculiar relations of man to the infinite God and giving expression of our dependent creature, dependent for substance to give, dependent for the disposition to give it and therefore indebted to God for all things.

Knowing that we are just short-lived creatures dependant on the Will of God to let us stay alive or to come into the Kingdom of God we can express our hope to be moulded or made by God so that we may be worthy to enter that Kingdom of God.

Man’s conduct is observed by God. He is our Father, and thus desires to give good gifts to his children (Matt. 7:11), and he is in heaven, and thus has the authority to do so (2 Chronicles 20:6; Psalm 115:3). We are to worship our Father every time we pray. He is holy, and we should recognize it. We should also pray that His perfect will be done as He brings His kingdom into this world. “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven” is not a denial that Jesus has brought God’s kingdom into the world, but it is rather a request that God His kingdom would come in its fullness, so that earth and heaven would of one accord do all things to the praise of his glorious grace.

Assortment Of Bakery Products 3

Daily bakery products

“Give us this day our daily bread” is recognition that only God can provide our daily needs. It is also a demonstration of trust, putting our hope on Him as the only One who can provide the necessary things for us.

Looking at the birds and animals around us we know that we should not worry so much for what the future may bring for us. But in our prayer we let God know that we are willing to give ourselves in His Hands so that He can take care of us and provide those things which are good for us. We trust that God will provide for our needs one day at a time (Luke 12:27-31).

A condition often forgotten about prayer is the willingness to admit that we are sometimes useless people. In prayer we should come up to the Father and admit the things we have done wrong. Our conscience may prompt us to confess our sins and shortcomings that there would be no insulation between us and God. For all those things we have done wrong we should show regret and ask for forgiveness. But we ourselves should also be forgiving others. That is not always easy and therefore we can ask God to help us to take on the right attitude to others.

To be able to forgive others we often do need to put our own ego aside. This might be one of the biggest challenges God set before his children. Jehovah teaches us that we should be submissive to His will and we have the natural desire to be selfish which makes that a great challenge for us to overcome. God also wants all of us to love one another unconditionally, to be as the children of God he designed us to be. He put the challenges of different colours, languages, culture and even religious beliefs between us in order to teach us how to love one another in an unconditional manner. Without challenges for the human spirit there is no growth or change. He wishes for us to grow both mentally and spiritually. He demands that we deal with our Ego or the self in the right way. He also wants that we get to know ourselves and that we shall want to see our own faults, even more than we see the faults of others. In case we see the wrong in others we should not only try to overcome them, but we should forgive their trespasses. We don’t deserve forgiveness, yet our Father forgives us when we confess our sins. So also, we must forgive, for we have been much forgiven.

Temptation - Female Slender Legs And Red Panties

Temptation – Female Slender Legs And Red Panties

There are lots of evil, wicked words and wicked works in the world and we often are confronted with it. We have to endure many temptations and facing many problems it does not make live always easy. Therefore we can ask help from God, so that He can provide us with the means to conquer those difficulties. Every day we do hope we can face the world and keep looking forward to gaining all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that we may know the mystery of God, both of YHWH, Jehovah the Father and of Messiah, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden. (Colossians 2:2-3)

We should ask God to lead us not into temptation, but to deliver us from evil.

“(13) ‘And do not lead us into trial, {1} but deliver us from the wicked one – because Yours is the reign and the power and the esteem, forever. Amĕn.’ {Footnote: 1 See 26:41.}” (Mat 6:13 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(4) who gave Himself for our sins, to deliver us out of this present wicked age, according to the desire of our Elohim and Father,” (Galatians 1:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(19) “When anyone hears the word of the reign, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is that sown by the wayside.” (Matthew 13:19 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(38) And the field is the world. And the good seed, these are the sons of the reign, but the darnel are the sons of the wicked one,” (Matthew 13:38 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(8) See to it that no one makes a prey of you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary matters of the world,{1} and not according to Messiah. {Footnote: 1 See v. 20, and Gal. 4:3 & 9.}” (Colossians 2:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

Sin- Love Triangle

Sin- Love Triangle

Facing all evil we know that the true life can only be a life for God and in God. In our prayer we can show God that we understand that our life to and in God is only possible in Christ. For however noble and clear a plan God in law and providence may set before us, still sin can prevent us following the plan. It is not because we are baptised that we would not be able to be tempted or not go wrong. Every day we do have to work at ourselves and proof before God that we can stay on the right track. In our prayers we can ask God to help us to stay on that right strait path to the small gate to enter the Kingdom of God.

Even when baptised we still can do many faults and therefore we must have the forgiveness of sin, the promise of the Holy Spirit, the assurance of a Divine grace strong enough to conquer sin, of a power surrounding our life and keeping us close to God, in spite of all our weakness and all our sin; and this we can only have in a personal relation of faith to Christ our Saviour and to the most Holy father of Christ, who is also our Father in heaven.

We have received the Grace of God by Jeshua the Messiah. We should let our moral life in Christ Jesus be in harmony with the teaching through which we received him as lord; being firmly rooted and built up in him, established in faith as we were taught, abounding in thankfulness. In our prayers we may ask Jehovah God to let no one lead us away as his prey by any empty sham that he may recommend as ‘philosophy’ drawn from human tradition, with the elemental spirits of the world and not Christ for its content. And that brings us to the last conditions of prayer, namely that we may not mix our prayers with traditions which are not according to God His Laws and Regulations. We may not pray to death people or go to witches or wicked people, or join celebrations for false gods. This makes it so important that we should be careful also wit so called traditional ‘Christian’ festivals like Christmas and Easter which are finding their origin in heathen festivals. As good Christians we better take distance of such feast and keep to the festivals installed by God.

Every time we pray we should consider that it is in the right place at the right time, that we use words which come from our heart and are well meant. Best each prayer session includes every aspect of what a healthy prayer looks like: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

The Lord's Prayer (1886-1896) from the series ...

Jesus learned his disciples to pray like we should do, saying to the God of Abraham and the God of Jesus: “Our Father”

Jehovah God provided a Saviour, Jeshua, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who now sits at the right hand of God to be our “mediator” to “represent” us in front of his Holy Father, the Only One True God. As we pray we should ask God to listen to our prayers in Jesus his name. To our Father we give notice that we would like to have Jesus as the best “mediator” and that we have put trust in the works Jesus has done for us. When we say “In Jesus name I pray” We’re asking Jesus to mediate with God for us, to represent us! It is showing to Jesus that we accept his offering and to God that we are thankful that Jehovah wanted to take Jesus his flesh and blood, for our sin as a payment, a ransom forever.

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Preceding articles:

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #11 Prayer #9 Making the Name Holy

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #12 Prayer #10 Talk to A Friend

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #13 Prayer #11 Name to be set apart

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #14 Prayer #12 The other name

Next: Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #16 Benefits of praying

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #15 Expositie voor de Schepper

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Additional reading:

  1. Kingdom of God what will it be like
  2. Faith and works
  3. If your difficulties are longstanding, try kneeling
  4. Be Honest
  5. Receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken
  6. Give thanks to the One Who gave much
  7. Praise the God with His Name
  8. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  9. Worship and worshipping
  10. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  11. By counting our blessings we not only feel good, but we multiply our good
  12. Faith and works
  13. Christmas customs – Are They Christian?
  14. A Living Faith #7 Prayer
  15. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker
  16. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear
  17. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation
  18. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  19. Continuing Paul’s Prayer Requests
  20. Holiness and expression of worship coming from inside
  21. Worship and worshipping
  22. Listening and Praying to the Father
  23. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God
  24. Only worhsip the Creator of all things
  25. Jesus begotten Son of God #16 Prophet to be heard
  26. Jesus begotten Son of God #14 Beloved Preminent Son and Mediator originating in Mary
  27. Ransom for all
  28. Promise of Comforter
  29. Does God answer prayer?
  30. Disappointed with God
  31. Does God hear prayer?
  32. Does God answer prayer?
  33. God’s Salvation
  34. Sometimes we pray and pray and it seems like nothing happens.
  35. Disappointed with God
  36. God’s non answer
  37. Content with the “no” answer
  38. Praying For What We Want or Don’t Want
  39. God Helper and Deliverer
  40. Gods hope and our hope
  41. Gods design in the creation of the world
  42. Gods promises
  43. Gods salvation
  44. Gods measure not our measure
  45. Genuine prayer
  46. People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
  47. Prayer has the power to change mountains into highways
  48. If you think you’re too small to be effective
  49. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
  50. Give your worries to God
  51. Gods instruction about joy and suffering
  52. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow
  53. Rejoice even though bound to grieve
  54. God is my refuge and my fortress in Him I will trust
  55. Gods measure not our measure
  56. No good thing will he withhold
  57. The giving and protecting God
  58. Miracles in our time of suffering
  59. Suffering-through the apparent silence of God
  60. Suffering leading to joy
  61. Partakers of the sufferings
  62. Words from God about suffering
  63. Working of the hope
  64. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  65. Praise the most High Jehovah God above all
  66. Praise be to God
  67. Praise the God with His Name
  68. A remaining name
  69. Make a joyful noise unto Yahweh, rejoice, and sing praise unto Jehovah
  70. Give Thanks To God
  71. Give thanks to the One Who gave much
  72. Singing gift from God
  73. Being thankful
  74. ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ – What Name?
  75. Hanukkahgiving or Thanksgivvukah
  76. A Meaningful Thanksgivukkah
  77. Thanksgivukkah and Advent
  78. Thanksgiving wisdom: Why gratitude is good for your health
  79. My God
  80. If you want to go far in life
  81. Unconditional love
  82. Life and attitude of a Christian
  83. Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
  84. Ask Grace to go forward
  85. Determine the drive
  86. God should be your hope

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Lord's Prayer in danish in the Pater Noster Ch...

Pater Noster = Our Father – Lord’s Prayer in Danish in the Pater Noster Chapel in Jerusalem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From other denominations:

  1. Understanding Faith For Our Salvation
  2. Importance of the only proper name of God
  3. Importance of God’s Only Personal Name
  4. Who Is Our Ruler?
  5. A Season of Giving Thanks
  6. Pause and Refresh
  7. Practicing Gratitude and Thankfulness
  8. As We Count Our Blessings (a Mom’s Memories post)
  9. Dirty.. Can I Ever Be Clean? (February 10, 2014)
  10. Christ Loves Us: Healthy Dialogue About The Sinner’s Prayer
  11. “Starting the race is just one thing…finishing it is another thing”
  12. ‘Worship’ as Used in Scripture
  13. Can I make God change? The point of intercessory prayer.
  14. What could make a person’s prayers unacceptable to God?
  15. What kind of prayers are heard by God?
  16. Why Should You Pray?
  17. Thy Kingdom Come and Thy Will Be Done – as it is done in Heaven – also upon this earth.
  18. How Should We Pray to God? Teach Us How to Pray You Must Pray This Way
  19. The Lord’s Prayer – Its Meaning for You
  20. Draw Close to God in Prayer
  21. 16 Thanksgiving Quotes About Gratitude and Grace
  22. The Power of Gratitude
  23. Giving Thanks Could Be Good for You
  24. Thanksgiving-Hanukkah overlap spurs thanks, angst

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  • Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (psalms91911.com)
    Jesus is telling us to ask God to manifest his kingdom here on earth, just like it is in heaven.  Why would he ask us to pray like that if he didn’t intend his kingdom to be placed here on earth?   Jesus did not say this to make the prayer sounded good, He used these precise word because that is exactly what he meant.
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    Transport yourself from this world and into the   presence of God in Spirit and imagine how it could be if God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit actually lived in you and within your spirit.
  • Our Father (pastorbenk.com)
    The Father you and I talk to does not have the limitations and weaknesses of our earthly father. God is never selfish, tired, distracted by other things, or too busy.
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    To pray, “Hallowed is thy name” is to pray with an awareness of who God is. We are praying to our Heavenly Father, who is the God who can meet every need in our lives.
  • A Relentless Cry (christinebrooksmartin.wordpress.com)
    We have permission to cry out relentlessly to God when we are hungry. He has promised to take care of us naturally because He is Jehovah-Jireh. He has promised to satiate us spiritually with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of the bread of life… His scriptures. They instruct us with the principles to live this life on earth.
  • Submission (aninsightintomymind.wordpress.com)
    The Most High / The Rock of Ages / Jehovah Jireh / The list is endless
    You say you know Him, you say you’ve dined at His table
    Your cup runs over, yet your well is dry
    Your thirst to know the things of God is quenched
    But who are you asking why?
  • The Christian Statesman: Thy Kingdom Come (reformedchristianheritage.wordpress.com)
    There is a hesitancy, a timidity, and a cowardice with respect to this great truth that is to us both amazing and painful; a cowardice that cuts the sinews of the Church’s strength, and keeps back the day of her universal triumph. It is an absolute submission that Christianity demands; it knows neither truce nor compromise; it proclaims a war of absolute extermination against every opposing system, and will not rest in its aggressive career until all things are put under the feet of its exalted King. We must demand not only of every individual heart, absolute submission to the law of Christ–but to every institution, to every organization, ecclesiastical or civil, we must say, “Kiss the Son lest he be angry and ye perish from the way when his wrath is kindled but a little.” As Christians we mean to conquer the world; we mean that Christ shall be crowned Lord of all; we mean not only that the name of Jesus shall be known but that His authority shall be recognized as far as the course of the sun; and this purpose should not only be uppermost in the mind and heart of every Christian, but should be boldly proclaimed.
  • Morning Prayer 2.9.14: Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (dailyoffice.org)
    God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness.”
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    Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. Avoid profane chatter, for it will lead people into more and more impiety, and their talk will spread like gangrene.
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    O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • Is Our God Nameless? (jehovahswatchtower.wordpress.com)
    Most “Christians” of Christendom say that they love God and Jesus.
    They make a great show of going to church to worship them.How do we show our love for someone?Is it polite to call someone close to us “Hey you”?Just about everybody on the earth knows who Jesus is.

    Why do so few people know or care about what God’s name is?

  • Article of Faith: Seeing the Kingdom of God, by Femi Aribisala (naijaobserver.wordpress.com)
    One of those things I questioned was Jesus’ statement to his disciples that many of them would not die until they saw the kingdom of God. But, I thought, all his disciples are dead. According to church history, all but one was martyred. And yet, the kingdom of God has still not arrived. After all, the church is still following the prayer guide of the Lord, which says: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10).
  • Prayer (calvarycollegeconnection.wordpress.com)
    what do you think about the order in which Jesus prays?  The order matters.
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    Jesus referred to God as “Abba”/Father (it showed an intimate knowledge of who God is).
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The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

Posted on December 12, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Prophecy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Daniel and Revelation

  • An angel helped Daniel understand the information he was given.
  • Daniel was told that “the message was true but the appointed time was long (10;1). The information given to John explained events that started in his own day and continued through to the return of Christ and the establishment of the kingdom.
  • Daniel was a man greatly beloved (Daniel 10:11) and John was a disciple whom Jesus loved (John 20:2)
  • At the end of the prophecy Daniel was told to shut the words and seal the book until the time of the end (Daniel 12:4). At the beginning or Revelation, John was shown “in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals” (Rev 5:1),
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the metallic image representing the kingdoms of men (Dan 2)
  • Daniel’s visions:

The four beasts (chapter 7)
Of the Ram and the He-Goat (chapter 8)
Of the One Man (chapter 10)
Of the kings of North and South (chapter 11)

The sealed scroll of the Lamb

The Sealed Book of Daniel Revealed: The Linear Bible Code

The Sealed Book of Daniel Revealed: The Linear Bible Code

Daniel is the not the own prophesy about a scroll written on both sides: Ezekiel 2:10
Zechariah 5: 2,3 – he also saw four coloured horses: red, black, white and dappled, like the horses John saw unleashed in Rev 6.

Zechariah prophesied to the captives returning from exile in Babylon. He spoke of the restoration of true worship after the idolatry they experienced in Babylon and he looked forward to the coming of the “the man whose name is the BRANCH! From his place he shall branch out, and he shall build the temple of the LORD” Zechariah 6:12. This is a prophecy about that Jesus that is still to be fulfilled.

Zechariah also saw a vision of a woman called “wickedness” being carried from Jerusalem to a house built for in her in the land of Shinar (5:5-11) – Shinar was the site of ancient Babylon (Genesis 10;10), and Zechariah’s prophecy explained how a false religious system would develop with a Babylonian-like character. Since earliest times, Babylon has always resisted the truth of God’s word and so the symbol of rebellion of man against God.

Cherubim are mentioned in Genesis 3:24 and appeared in a vision seen by the prophet Ezekiel, who was concerned that God’s glory had departed from Jerusalem and the temple. He was concerned lest the true worship should be overcome by false worship.

Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah naturally asked about the outcome of the revelations they received. Daniel said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?” Dan 12:8. He received the answer that leads us back to Revelation – “Blessed is he who waits” (verse 12).

Seven blessings

1 The Blessing of the Message 1:3
2 The Blessing of the Hope 14:13
3 The Blessing of Watching 16:15
4 The Blessing of the Call 19:9
5 The Blessing of Immortality 20:6
6 The Blessing of Obedience 22:7
7 The Blessing of the Kingdom 22:14

The last blessing in Revelation mentions God’s faithful people entering into “the city”. The book deals with two cities: one is the city of God; the other is the city of man. Because of the connection with Daniel and other OT passages, the city of man called Babylon. God’s city is called New Jerusalem!

Rev 22; 12-15
Behold, I come soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.
I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Blessed are those who wash their robes. So that they have the right to the tree of life and they enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs, sorcerers, and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Steven Robinson

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Revelation 10

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Preceding articles:

  1. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  2. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  3. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  4. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb

Next:

  1. Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings
  2. The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation

Editorial notes:

Shinar () was the Hebrew name of a land which included both Babylon and Erech, i.e., both northern and southern Babylonia.

Cherub, cherubim: Hebrew masculine plural for a word borrowed from the Assyrian kirubu, from karâbu, “to be near”, hence it means near ones, familiars, personal servants, bodyguards, courtiers. It was commonly used of those heavenly spirits, who closely surrounded the Majesty of God and paid Him intimate service.

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  1. Revelation: Last Book of the Bible: Chapters 1-11
  2. Sealed Biblical Books: In pictures: Biblical bounty
  3. The Revelation Revealed
  4. Heavenly creatures do they exist 

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Page 302v: The Fall of Babylon, Revelation 18:...

Page 302v: The Fall of Babylon, Revelation 18:9-24, 19:11-21 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Zechariah 9,10; Revelation 1 (66books.wordpress.com)
    Not only do prophesies help build our faith in the truth of the Bible, but they give us vital information to read and heed
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    Zechariah 11,12; Revelation 2 + Zechariah 13, 14; Revelation 3, 4
  • Eric: Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation : The New Yorker (newyorker.com)
    In a new book on those end pages, “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation” (Viking), Elaine Pagels sets out gently to bring their portents back to earth.

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    This all leads to the millennium—not the end of all things but the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth—which, in turn, finally leads to Satan’s end in a lake of fire and the true climax. The Heaven and Earth we know are destroyed, and replaced by better ones.

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    Pagels shows persuasively that the Jew/non-Jew argument over the future of the Jesus movement, the real subject of Revelation, was much fiercer than later Christianity wanted to admit.

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    Pagels turns away from the canonic texts to look at the alternative, long-lost “Gnostic” texts of the period that have turned up over the past sixty years or so, most notably in the buried Coptic library of Nag Hammadi. As in her earlier books (“The Johannine Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis”; “The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters”; “The Gnostic Gospels”), she shows us that revelations in the period were not limited to John’s militant, vengeful-minded one, and that mystic visions more provocative and many-sided were widespread in the early Jesus movement.

  • ‘Pre-trib Rapture a Solid Teaching’ (jpfinn7.wordpress.com)
    Scripture clearly teaches there is coming a time when God will pour out His wrath against those on this earth. Both the Old Testament prophets and much writing in the New Testament cover the subject. In the time since Jesus left this earth, it was not talked about or preached much until the 1800′s.
  • Israel: Delivered, Blessed, and Regathered (Zech. 9-10) (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    After the visions in Zechariah 1-6, the question arises, what about the Gentile nations who oppressed Israel?
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    Judgment and salvation will come to the nations surrounding Israel (9:1-8). Zechariah specifies three cities in Syria (Hadrach, Damascus, and Hamath; 9:1-2a), two in Phoenicia (Tyre and Sidon; 9:2b-4) and four cities in Philistia (Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and Ashdod; 9:5-8). The order of the cities mentioned is from north to south.
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    When Jesus returns He will liberate, empower, defend, and save Israel (9:11-17). He will destroy the Antichrist armies surrounding Jerusalem and liberate Jewish prisoners (12:2-3; 14:2; Joel 3:2, 12). He will empower the Israeli army as His agents for this before He returns (10:3-7; 12:5-8).
  • Alchemy Geometry in the New World (wed-gie.com)
    In the book of Ezekiel, the Prophecy of New Jerusalem (or City (where) God (is) there (יְהוָה שָׁמָּה, Jehovah-shammah), also titled.
    +Many traditions based on biblical scripture and other writings in the Jewish and Christian religions, such as ProtestantismOrthodox Christianity, and Orthodox Judaism, expect the literal renewal of Jerusalem to some day take place at the Temple Mount in accordance with various propheciesDispensationalists believe in a literal New Jerusalem that will come down out of Heaven, which will be an entirely new city of incredible dimensions. Other sects, such as various Protestant denominationsmodernist branches of Christianity, Mormonism and Reform Judaism, view the New Jerusalem as figurative, or believe that such a renewal may have already taken place, or that it will take place at some other location besides the Temple Mount.
    +The surviving New Jerusalem texts in Qumran literature focus specifically on the twelve city gates, and on the dimensions of the entire new city.
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  • Zechariah Chapter 1: Introduction and the Prophet’s Introductory Address (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    Luther calls Zechariah Ausbund der Propheten—the quintessence of Old Testament prophecy—and this is especially true in reference to Messianic prophecy. Indeed it seems to be the special aim and mission of Zechariah to condense and concentrate in small compass, and in his own peculiar terse style, almost all that has been revealed to the “former prophets” about the person and mission of Messiah—about His Divine and yet truly human character, and of His sufferings and of the glory that should follow.
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    Zechariah (Zekharyah, “he whom Jehovah remembers”) is the central figure in the group of the three post-exilic prophets, and his voice was the last but one of that unique and wonderful succession of men who were, indeed, the oracles of God, and through whom “in divers portions and in different ways” He Himself “spake unto the fathers,” revealing His eternal counsels to men.
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The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens

Posted on December 5, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the previous chapter we saw that the symbols in the book of Revelation are often “clashing”. Though they start in the same way, they develop in different directions until they are directly in opposition to each other.

Another feature of the book of Revelation is the seven fold structure of the book. This also follows examples elsewhere in the Bible.

Sevens in Revelation

7 churches
7 spirits
7 golden candlesticks
7 stars
7 lamps of fire
7 horns and 7 eyes on the Lamb
7 angels with 7 thunders
7 thunders
7 heads with 7 crowns on the Dragon
7 angels with 7 bowls containing 7 last plagues
7 mountains and 7 kings
7 blessings

The Jericho pattern: The heart of the message of Revelation there are three sequences of sevens, seven seals, seven trumpets and seven plagues. The seventh seal opens up into the seven trumpets; and the seventh trumpet sounds the start of the seven plagues. These great sequences of important events divide into three successive sections of the period of time between John receiving the message of Revelation and Jesus returning to earth to establish the kingdom.

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Page 291: The Opening of the Seventh Seal and the First Four Sounding Trumpets, Revelation 8:1-13 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three main periods described in Revelation

Seals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Kingdom
Trumpets 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Plagues 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Each sevenfold sequence always looks forward to the completion of God’s purpose. This is emphasised by the fact that every section starts with a vision of the kingdom, and is completed when the kingdom is established. The kingdom visions are a very important focus of this book:

The sevenfold construction of Revelation

Opening Vision Chp Development of God’s purpose Chp
1 One like the Son of Man 1 Letters to the Seven Ecclesias in Asia 2, 3
2 Throne in Heaven 4, 5 Seven-sealed Scroll 6
3 Multitude no man can number 7 Seven trumpets 8, 9
4 Rainbowed Angel 10 Development of Apostasy 11-13, 17,18
5 Lamb on Mount Zion 14 Seven Last Plagues 16
6 God’s judgement 15 Seven Thunders 10: 3,4
7 Marriage of the Lamb 19 Establishment of the Kingdom 20,22

A direct comparison can be made with the siege of Jericho by the Hebrews at the time of Joshua.

Seven Kingdom Visions:

1 One like the Son of Man. A symbolic figure representing Jesus and his faithful disciples encourage John to write down everything he is shown in visions.
Introduction to the letters to the seven groups of believers in Asia
1: 12-20
2 Throne in heaven – a vision of Jesus sitting on God’s throne in the kingdom. The nations are at peace and the saints surround Jesus.
The vision explains how God foresees future events and they occur only at His will.Whatever happens – everything is moving towards the end of His purpose. As the seven seals are broken, some of these details are revealed.
4:1 – 5:14
3 Multitude no man can number. A great crowd of people from every nation stand before Jesus’ kingdom throne.
They are clothed in white after coming through great tribulation and persecution. This is the introduction to the seven trumpet judgements – they reveal the troubles through which God’s faithful people are preserved for His kingdom.
7:9-17
4 Rainbowed angel. A mighty angel descends from heaven clothed in a cloud and a rainbow, and roaring like a lion – it is a vision of Jesus and the saints establishing peace on the earth.
The urgency of the vision expresses Jesus’ reaction to the corruption of the Gospel, and the difficulties faced by true disciples.
Introduces a section in Revelation where the development of and dangers of false religion are graphically described.
10:1-11
5 The Lamb in Mount Zion. Jesus and the saints stand on Mount Zion, and the saints sing for joy because they have been redeemed from the rest of mankind.
This is the introduction to the seven last plagues, which occur before Jesus returns to set up his kingdom.
Despite the fierceness of the plagues – God will ensure than none of Jesus’ true disciples are lost.
14:1-20
6 God’s judgements. The saints are singing – their song is the Song of Moses and of the Lamb, and they stand on the sea of nations, which has been stilled by the work of Jesus.The stilling of the nations and exactly how it will occur is only briefly mentioned in Revelation. It is a work symbolised by seven thunders, which John was told not to describe. (10;4) 15: 1-8
7 Marriage of the Lamb, the saints rejoice because Jesus is finally united with his disciples – the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready (19;7)Together, Jesus and the saints rule over the nations of the world, teaching them God’s ways and putting down all opposition, so that the kingdom can be handed back to God and He will be “all in all”. 19: 1-9

Steven Robinson

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Preceding article: The Song of The Lamb #1 Visions, symbols and suggested meanings

Next:

  1. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  2. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  3. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  4. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

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Also of interest:

“Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai”
End Times also called The Last Days, The Beginning of Sorrows, Nation against Nation, Kingdom against Kingdom -Major world wide conflict that begin the End Times or Last Days: World War I & II (1914 ,1939) Matthew 24:7 Both World Wars had major Jewish implications, The Holocaust, & Zionist Movement, State of Israel is established in 1948. Israel is established as a secular nation in unbelief for a future judgment known as a Time of Jacob’s Trouble, The Bibles speaks of a great gathering of Gentile Armies against Jerusalem.
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The Second Coming is exactly seven years after the signing of the covenant with the Anti-Christ, but the rapture could happen at any moment.
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The  Great Tribulation, Daniel’s 70th Seven, Seven Year Period Of Judgement And Wrath Of God, Signing of the Seven Year covenant with the Anti-Messiah Daniel 9:27 –  Seventy Sevens

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    Beginning in chapter 4, the author’s vision starts. The scene shifts from earth to heaven and we enter another world. John’s visions have been the subject of nearly endless discussion and speculation by readers.
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    the common modern and majority view is that the context of this book is the persecution against Christians by Domitian (Emperor from 81-96 AD) and the Roman Empire which he headed. John has been arrested and exiled to the Island of Patmos. Thus, the chief context for the majority view is the antagonism of the Roman Empire seeking to force Christians to emperor worship and apostasy from the Christian faith in the one true God. Further, the harlot city is defined in this point of view as Rome.
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  • Sunday (December 2): “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
    The people of Jesus’ time expected that the coming of the Messiah would be accompanied by extraordinary signs and wonders. Jesus’ first coming was clouded in mystery and surprising wonderment: Even though he was the rightful heir to the throne of King David, he was born in obscurity in a cave at Bethlehem, near the place where David had watched over his father’s sheep some 1000 years before. A choir of mighty angels chose to announce the good news to a small band of lowly shepherds keeping their night watch nearby.
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Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian

Posted on October 24, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, History, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Often you hear people calling non-trinitarians heathen and heretics, members of a cult.

Becoming a member or Getting in and out

Normally you would consider a group as being a cult when it is easy to get in but very difficult to get out. Most of the non-trinitarian groups are not so easy to become a member of because they require full notice of their teachings, the Biblical teachings and a life which is acceptable in the eyes of Jesus and most important acceptable for God. Once allowed to become a member and to be baptised, with some, after a questionnaire to cheque if you fulfil the requirements, the person has to live a Christian life according to the ordinances of the Holy Scriptures. As soon as the person does something against the Law of God he or she is mostly requested to leave the association. No foul play or being unfaithful to a partner are accepted so slutty actions are penalised by being put out of the congregation. Fornication is a good reason not to be allowed in the group any more.
Therefore groups like the Jehovah Witnesses are very easy to get out. Even if you have done no whorehopping but tell them so, you may leave for ever. (By matter of speech.) As you can see not really according to the real definition of a cult.

In case you consider every minority group a cult, then yes you can see in the whole history that many groups which started small, like the followers of Jesus where called a cult (The Way), but as soon as they got more money and political power they became integrated in the normal system and where even taken as the normal standard. As such history has seen growing the Lutherans, Calvinists or recently the Mormons.

The Most profitable considered to be the Main

In the United States once again it is proven that people prefer to choose the groups which they think could bring most profit. The Tea Party which has its mouth full of Judeo-Christian Values would never want to go in the sea with Obama, but do not see the danger into giving hands to Mitt Romney. In earlier days they shouted that Mormons where of the devil and today they call everybody to go and vote for Mitt Romney so that he can save America. Once considered a cult to avoid and never to work with is now the hope of American evangelists and conservative Christians.

In the past we have seen when push came to shove (or prison, or death) also most Protestants supported like the Roman Catholic Church, the Nazi regime regardless of where they fell on the theological spectrum. And prominent liberal theologians like Paul Tillich were just as hostile to the Third Reich as were prominent conservative theologians and pastors like Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. And the tragic thing is that while Catholic Church and the Confessing Church rigorously opposed Nazi claims to totalitarian power over their churches and other church-related organizations, neither said much at all in the way of denouncing Nazi policy towards Jews, Jehovah Witnesses, or to the mentally-handicapped.

Lefebvrists SSPX Priest and altar server of the guild of St. Stephen.

When a group Catholics did not want to agree with the teachings of Pope John Giovanni XXIII and preferred to keep to the Latin rite they where considered heretics and the world was confronted with different Catholic Cults like the Lefebvrists or Marcel Lefebvre his Society of St. Pius XPope Benedict XVI had declared that, for doctrinal rather than disciplinary reasons, the SSPX had no canonical status in the Catholic Church and, because of that lack of canonical status, the ministries exercised by its ministers were not legitimate in the Catholic Church. Tensions between the society and the Holy See reached their height in 1988, when Archbishop Lefebvre consecrated four bishops against the orders of Pope John Paul II, resulting in a declaration of excommunication against the bishops who consecrated or were consecrated, an excommunication remitted for those still alive in January 2009 with a hope expressed that all members of the society would quickly return to full communion.
At the end of last century and beginning this century when everything was turned back to previous days they were taken up again in the Roman Catholic Church and are today not seen as a cult any more.

Some years ago people spoke about Catholic institutional cults like the Charismatic Catholics, Opus Dei, a.o.

Several people also used to speak out boldly against the Church of Rome and considered it from the devil or to be the Babylon of which the Bible spoke. Though it no longer seems to be in vogue to speak of the pope as “the antichrist” (Although the following people unhesitatingly did: Martin Luther, John Bunyan, John Huss, John Wycliffe, John Calvin, William Tyndale, John Knox, Thomas Bacon, John Wesley, Samuel Cooper, John Cotton, and Jonathan Edwards.) or the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon”. Now many Protestants unwittingly believe that “our differences are not so great”.

Alliances

Franklin Graham told the Indianapolis Star (6/3/99) that his father’s longstanding ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations, “was one of the smartest things his father ever did.” The charismatic Charisma magazine in 10/95 contained a 7-page article on Franklin Graham. They quoted him as saying, “I thank God for the warmth I see within many of the charismatic churches — their love for the Lord and love for the scriptures. …” He also said, “Probably (Samaritan’s Purse) largest base of support comes from the charismatic community.” He has referred to “Mother” Teresa as an “example of the woman God uses” (4/1/99, Calvary Contender). {Billy Graham General Teachings/Activities}

New Age movements also at one time were considered cults but after a few years many protestants found solace in such groups. Norman Vincent Peale advocated New Age and/or occult teachings as visualization, pantheism, human potential, positive confession, positive thinking, etc. Once on the Phil Donahue Show, Peale, a 33rd degree Mason, said, “It’s not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God, I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine.” (Shintoism is an ancient Oriental religion that fuses ancestor worship with mysticism.) He also denied the necessity of believing in the virgin birth.

Trinity to follow or not

Others would say those who are not following the trinitarian teachings can not call themselves Christian and can not be any different than belonging to a cult.

They forget that being a Christian should mean that one is a follower of Christ. In such respect that person calling himself should be following the Master Teacher Jesus Christ (hence the name Christian).

In case people consider a cult any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith, they should first confine that Christian Faith.  In Christendom we see lots of denominations and in each denomination people shall be able to find many more opinions and deviations from their main confession. Some say that  “cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect.” But they do not give a proper definition of that Christian Truth, which would be, according to the words of the many denominations being something very different from one to the other denomination, so that every denomination could be categorised as a cult.

Features

According the fundamentalism’s leading spokesman evangelist Billy Graham there are some features common to most cults:

• “They do not adhere solely to the sixty-six books of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. They add their “special revelations” to the Bible and view them as equally authoritative.”
As such all the believers who accept the apocryphal books as worthy spiritual food, would be considered a cult. This also means the Roman Catholic Church is for those Americans a cult. Especially the Roman Catholics should then also be seen as a cult, because they also have several revelations by the saints they take for granted and of inspirational value. But in several protestant denominations we also do find groups which like to use several theological and devotional books by human writers which they consider to be inspired by God. According to Billy Graham they should also come under the denominator of being a cult.

English: The icon was painted by artist Nichol...

English: The icon was painted by artist Nicholas Morosoff in 1935 at the request of Bishop Wedgwood for the St Francis Church in Tekels Park, Camberley, and hangs above its main altar. Courtesy Liberal Catholic Church of St Francis of Assisi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

• “They do not accept that our relationship to Jesus Christ is a reality “by grace through faith” alone, but promote instead a salvation by works.”
By saying this they do not understand what those Christians get from the Bible, the infallible Word of God. For those, like Christadelphians, who agree that Christians should live up to their faith it is clear that it is not enough to be baptised to be saved, because faith without works is death. Strangely the others forget that they also dismember people from their congregation because they have done something which they consider to be bad. But that is in contradiction with what they say, because when that person would be saved for ever than he also should be accepted as Christian for ever. It is not right to think any murderer or wrongdoer shall go to heaven because there is the reality of Christ dying for all sinners. If they do  not repent they shall not enter the small gate of the Kingdom of God (which also shall be on earth).

• For lots of Christians non-trinitarians “do not give Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, full recognition as the second Person of the Trinity, composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.”
Yes they do not recognise him as a part of some trio. They recognise him in his full potential. They do not see a God who came onto the earth to fake his death. Jesus really died, while God, as a spirit, can not die and has ever been and shall have no end. Jesus had a beginning (being born) and an end (died at the stake).
Fully recognising the offer Jesus brought, makes his action much more important than trinitarians want to see Jesus. His humility and his preparedness to give his life for people he did not kno, has more value than a God who could straight ahead, in heaven when the first sin was committed, take action and bring everything to an end. In such instance not so many people had to suffer so much. This would make God also to a very cruel person. But God is a God of love, who wanted to give men a change to prove that they could rule the world better than Him. (Part of the question in the garden of Eden).
We had to wait such a long time because it was only with Jesus, that God did find it time to bring a solution with giving a God send man, who could be tempted (remember God can not be tempted) but did not let himself go. Jesus kept straight in line with God’s teachings. Jesus choose to follow his father and to keep totally to His commandments. He is the only one man who could prove to be able to follow God, out of love for God and not wanting anything in return for it. As such, though at first lower than the angels, Jehovah God gave him a higher position and made him unto a mediator between God and men. The ones who consider, like it is written in the Holy Scriptures that Jesus is the son of God and not god the son or God Son, give Jesus full honour for all the work he has done.

Listening and reacting to Scriptures

When Scripture is life-changing, as God’s Word is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12) people who get to know the Bible to be infallible should under its inspiration come to insight and how more they come to get to know they should adjust their thinking and their way of living.

When we hear God’s Word, whether at a meeting, church service or in private reading, we should “devour” God’s words to us and allow them to become the joy and happiness of our heart (Jeremiah. 15:16).

After the Torah we got Prophesies and Writings to gut us under way to the Gospels to be able to recognise the God send man Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Jeshua) who was son of men and as son of God brought salvation unto many. His disciples and followers coming out of all sorts of layers of the population where preachers brought the Word of God and the Word of Christ “were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles” (Acts of the apostles 2:42; cf. 2 Timothy 1:14) long before the New Testament was written–and centuries before the New Testament canon was settled. Those who call themselves Christians should carefully to the life and beliefs of those first followers of Christ.

Doing the same

In case you want to call yourself Christian you should do the same as the first Christians who also believed that Jesus never took himself to be God himself or to be equal with Him.

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:15 NIV)

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21 NIV)

“Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6 NIV)

“5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature {Or in the form of} God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,” (Philippians 2:5-6 NIV)

They believed in Jesus, to be the long awaited saviour who as son of men and son of God brought God to us all to be our Father as well.

“I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one “like a son of man” {Daniel 7:13} with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.” (Revelation 14:14 NIV)

“When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 10:23 NIV)

“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”” (Matthew 3:17 NIV)

“”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, {Or his only begotten Son} that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

For us it should be as for them that Jesus shall have to be the Master Teacher and the example for us to come to God and a better life. He, Jesus, should be our main teacher and not theologians or scholars who say they speak in the name of God. Christians should take Jesus as their Rabbi.

“”You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am.” (John 13:13 NIV)

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

“”But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi’, for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.” (Matthew 23:8 NIV)

“Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.” (Colossians 4:1 NIV)

Christians do believe salvation belongs to God and is in Christ who came into existence only a few centuries ago, after 42 generations, when he was born (begotten) in a special way.

 “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ {Or Messiah. “The Christ” (Greek) and “the Messiah” (Hebrew) both mean “the Anointed One”; also in verse 26.} the Lord.” (Luke 2:11 NIV)

“But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.” (1 Corinthians 15:38 NIV)

“17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. {Or Messiah. “The Christ” (Greek) and “the Messiah” (Hebrew) both mean “the Anointed One”.} 18  This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:17-18 NIV)

“26  In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called {Or So the child to be born will be called holy,} the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:26-38 NIV)

“Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”” (Matthew 14:33 NIV)

“I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”” (John 1:34 NIV)

“But these are written that you may {Some manuscripts may continue to} believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31 NIV)

“and who through the Spirit {Or who as to his spirit} of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God, {Or was appointed to be the Son of God with power} by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:4 NIV)

“(and for this we labour and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10 NIV)

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.” (1 John 4:14 NIV)

“And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”” (Revelation 7:10 NIV)

“30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.” (Acts 5:30-31 NIV)

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9 NIV)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in {Or through} Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NIV)

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, left his followers as a Church in case they listen to him Jesus, with divine authority to teach in his name.

“13  When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, {Or Messiah; also in verse 20} the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, {Peter means rock.} and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades {Or hell} will not overcome it. {Or not prove stronger than it} 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be {Or have been} bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be {Or have been} loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.” (Matthew 16:13-20 NIV)

“”I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be {Or have been} bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be {Or have been} loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18 NIV)

“”He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”” (Luke 10:16 NIV)

“And I tell you that you are Peter, {Peter means rock.} and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades {Or hell} will not overcome it. {Or not prove stronger than it}” (Matthew 16:18 NIV)

“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in {Or into; see Acts 8:16; 19:5; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13; 10:2 and Gal. 3:27.} the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 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.”” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever—” (John 14:16 NIV)

Following Jesus his teachings

Christians are those who follow Jesus teachings and are also prepared to do what he asked them to do, to go out in the world and to let the name of God, to whom belongs all authority, be known all over the world.

“”I have revealed you {Greek your name; also in verse 26} to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.” (John 17:6 NIV)

“5  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6 NIV)

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1 NIV)

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:3 NIV)

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV)

“19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:19-24 NIV)

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)

“”You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” (Isaiah 43:10 NIV)

“I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD {Jehovah}, “that I am God.” (Isaiah 43:12 NIV)

“1  Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. … 4 Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” {Deut. 31:6} 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” {Psalm 118:#6,7} 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. … 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. … 20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ….” (Hebrews 13:1-25 NIV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” (Acts 1:8 NIV)

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. {Or Messiah}” (Acts 5:42 NIV)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 NIV)

“When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. {Or Messiah; also in verse 28}” (Acts 18:5 NIV)

“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17 NIV)

Praying Christian

Over the times people could get to read the Word of God. They could learn about Adam, Eve, Abraham, Isaac, David, Christ and God. The apostles could seen and we testified that the Father has sent His son, so did not come down Himself as deliverer of the world, but send a man who could feel how every other human being could feel. He really suffered and died in the hope that many would understand his words and come to the Father to whom he often prayed and learned everybody to pray. As Jesus kept his Father, Elohim Hashem Jehovah holy, he also wanted us to keep his Fathers Name holy and to make it be known all over the world until His Kingdom comes. In our prayers we can make our  requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving because it is God who chooses us  and  has commissioned us to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that whatever we ask from the Father in Jesus his name God may give us. It shall be in the name of Jesus {Jeshua} that Jehovah God shall give his followers, trusting only His one mediator between Him and humanity, Jeshua the Messiah, himself human.

“”This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” (Matthew 6:9 NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 15:16 NIV)

“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 16:23 NIV)

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5 NIV)

Preaching under Christ for God

The apostles knew that Jesus as son of men was very well aware how limited he was and how limited we are. Jesus left his disciples but promised to come back. If we love Jesus, we should be glad that he has gone to the Father; because the Father is greater than Jesus, who now sits at His right hand.

Jesus wanted us to understand that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of the Messiah is God. All Christians should accept that. But yes we do see that the majority does not and want to place Jesus as head of everything. It is true that for the moment the world is still in the hands of evil and that there will come a time that everything shall be subjected to the son. But then comes a time that Jesus himself will subject himself to the only One God, who subjected everything to him; so that God may be everything in everyone.

Recognising the humility of Christ, who who served, those who call themselves Christian should also let the greater among us become like the younger, and one who rules like one who serves. Whoever among us wants to be a leader must become servant of the others, and whoever wants to be first must be slave! For the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve – and to give his life as a ransom for many. As he also served his Father in heaven, he demanded us to help him  and not for a single day, either in the temple court, synagogue, church, public square or in private homes, should followers of Jesus stop teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Jeshua is the Messiah. Declaring with utmost seriousness the same message to Jews and other people from all nations. Telling everywhere to: “turn from sin to God; and put your trust in our lord, Jeshua the Messiah.” Making even more people into talmidim, or pupils and disciples, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the son and the Ruach haKodesh or the Power of the Most High His Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us.

All that call themselves Christian should acknowledge publicly with their mouth that Jeshua is lord, but God the Most High Lord of the lord of lords. Telling everybody that this Almighty God raised Jesus from the dead, so that we will be delivered.

For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance. The one following Christ should not be afraid of the world and go into it proclaiming the Good  News of the return of Jesus and the coming Kingdom of God. Like the apostle Paul every Christian should not boast merely because he proclaims the Good News — this they should all do from inner compulsion. Woe is them if they do not proclaim the Good News!

“”You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28 NIV)

“Now I want you to realise that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 NIV)

“When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28 NIV)

“26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:26-27 NIV)

“26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” (Matthew 20:26-28 NIV)

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. {Or Messiah}” (Acts 5:42 NIV)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 NIV)

“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in {Or into; see Acts 8:16; 19:5; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13; 10:2 and Gal. 3:27.} the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 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.”” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

“9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)

“Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’” (Luke 10:9 NIV)

“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16 NIV)

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV)

Willing to follow

Are you willing to follow Jesus, the son of God? Are you prepared to step out of the world and let all traditions for whatever they may be?

Are you willing to follow the example apostles of Jesus and dare  trying to imitate them, even as Paul himself tried to imitate the Messiah? Do you want to become like Christ and become a Brother in Christ, sharing with others in the world the Good News and boasting about the works Christ has done for us all?

Do you think that those who really follow up the task Jesus has given his pupils would be a cult?

The Bible affirms that he Word of Adonai lasts forever and that this Word is the Good News which has been proclaimed to many. The things we have heard from Jesus and his disciples, which were supported by many witnesses, these things commit to faithful people, such as will be competent to teach others also. We should make use of it, to give us the spirit to get others to know God and his son Jesus Christ.

Therefore, brothers, stand firm; though some may consider us a cult we should not like them keep to the traditions of the world, but hold to the traditions we were taught by the men who God had chosen, the Prophets, Jesus and his disciples.

Christians should be those who keep to the Word of God, like Jesus did, and who remembered everything Jesus and his followers told and observe the traditions just the way the apostles passed them on to us.

“but the word of the Lord stands for ever.” {Isaiah 40:6-8} And this is the word that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:25 NIV)

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV)

“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings {Or traditions} we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15 NIV)

“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, {Or traditions} just as I passed them on to you.” (1 Corinthians 11:2 NIV)

Do you want to be a as “Follower of Jesus, part of a cult, or a Christian”?

Be a follower of the real Jesus of Nazareth who was known as the son of men and the son of God.

Christadelphians or Brothers in Christ, do follow Jesus and accept him for what he did and still does for us, as mediator between God and men.

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Volger van Jezus lid van een secte of een Christen

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Please do read also:

  1. Christian values and voting not just a game
  2. Mormons again gaining some attention
  3. Billy Graham Removes Section From His Website Calling Mormonism a Cult After Offering To Do All That He Can Do To Help Mormon Mitt Romney
  4. Billy Graham Risks His “Legacy” By Scrubbing His Website Of Mormonism Cult Reference, But He Also Changed His Views About The Cult Of Rome Over 50 Years Ago
  5. Is the Mormon “god” of Mitt Romney and Glenn Beck, the True God or a False “god”? Is Jesus the brother of Lucifer?
  6. Can A Cult Member Be President Without Cult Influence?
  7. Controversies surrounding the Society of St. Pius X
  8. God’s Salvation
  9. Faith and works
  10. One Mediator between God and man
  11. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  12. Men of faith
  13. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #1 Christian Reform
  14. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #2 Roots of Jewishness
  15. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #3 Of the earth or of God
  16. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws
  17. Faith related boycotts
  18. Right to be in the surroundings

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  • Cult or True Religion (wordsonsergebenhayon.wordpress.com)
    “…if you believe in it, it is a religion or perhaps ‘the’ religion; and if you do not care one way or another about it, it is a sect; but if you fear and hate it, it is a cult.” Leo Pfeffer.
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    The Roman Catholic Church for example has been around ever since Constantine. He was a Roman emperor who used Christianity, which was a small cult at the time, as a means to impose his belief systems on the bishops; so he promulgated the council of Nicaea and thereby gained control of the populus. Now, over 1500 years later, people in Catholic churches today still recite the creed set down by Constantine.

    Many people question the Catholic Church and other religions, seeing them as some of the biggest cults in the World today: they are viewed by many as man-made constructs which have the potential to lead millions of people astray. Religion in its current form has become divisive due to it’s many man-made and dualistic doctrines which continue to divide, separate and cause wars.

  • Billy Graham’s group removes Mormon cult reference from website after Romney meeting (religion.blogs.cnn.com)
    Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev.  Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at the elder Graham’s mountaintop retreat, a reference to Mormonism as a cult was scrubbed from the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

    Billy Graham site removes Mormon 'cult' reference after Romney meeting

    Billy Graham site removes Mormon ‘cult’ reference after Romney meeting

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    The removal of the post from the Graham group’s website was first noted by the New Civil Rights Movement website and then later by the Asheville Citizen-Times, which reported that the information on cults was accessed as recently as Thursday afternoon.
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    When asked about Graham’s beliefs about Mormonism, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross said in a statement that “Through an inclusive evangelistic ministry spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Graham was called to preach the transformative message of the Gospel to the whole world, regardless of one’s religious background, affiliation or none. As such, he never proselytized, targeted or labeled specific people, groups, faiths or denominations.

  • Defining Christianity (reneland.wordpress.com)
    Simply put a Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ.
  • The Whore of Babylon? (inpursuitofhappiness.wordpress.com)
    Baal-vs-The “Catholic” God
  • Catholic Church Abuse Inquiry – Police Expose The Christian Child Abuse – Boy Scouts (truelogic.wordpress.com)
    Even Mitt Romney’s Mormon cult religion has a history of molesting children.  Wow, seems these holy books teach evil over moral behavior.  Good thing we  have several non-believers in this world or we wouldn’t have morals.
  • Billy Graham’s Truce with Mormonism; Scrubs Cult Reference (crooksandliars.com)
    The Christian right has cried uncle and issued a truce on Mormons to try and help elect Mitt Romney.
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    During the Values Voter Summit in October, sponsored in part by the influential Family Research Council and the American Family Association, it caused quite a stir when Pastor Robert Jeffress, after introducing Rick Perry as a genuine Christian, called Mormonism a cult.
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    Christian political operatives are willing to throw away any trace of their contempt for Mormonism during the election cycle. This shows how much hatred they have for the left. They’d rather help elect a ‘cultist’ to the highest office in the land rather than stick to their alleged principles. Typically sickening.
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    To distinguish between a cult and a religion is to distinguish between influence and impotence. Both are, in fact, spawns of a smarmy fakery.
  • Why converting Muslims is taboo in the Catholic Church (catholicherald.co.uk)
    What are they talking about at the Synod for Evangelisation? This article by Sandro Magister tells us that the Bishops have broached the taboo subject of conversions from Islam to Christianity. It makes interesting reading, despite the rather ponderous translation, (read the original here ) and I was particularly struck by this section of it, which I beg readers to consider carefully:

    “The Muslims do not see the difference between Christians and Westerners, because they do not distinguish, themselves, between what is religious and what is political and social. What precedes the Westerners is perceived by the Muslims as preceding the Christians. Now, Western behaviour, especially on the cultural and political level and in a general way, harms the religious and national sensitivity of the Muslims, their values, their ethics and their culture. Consequentially, this forms an obstacle to their openness to Christianity and to their possible evangelisation.”

  • Billy Graham: Mormonism No Cult (orthodoxyandheterodoxy.org)
    Sociologists of religion use cult to refer to a religious group that does not regard itself as exclusively true yet has negative relations with the surrounding society. Those two factors—exclusivity and societal relations—form the basis for sociological definition of religions into four kinds of groups: church (exclusive with good relations), denomination (inclusive with good relations), sect (exclusive with bad relations) and cult (inclusive with bad relations). Yet almost no one uses these terms in the way sociologists of religion use them.
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    I think what is really meant by cult in most modern Evangelical parlance is “bad/weird religious group.” And of course perhaps such a definition is right in its own way.
  • Grahams tighten Romney ties (newsobserver.com)
    The election-year embrace of Mitt Romney by some evangelical Christians now borders on a bear hug, given a series of moves by Billy Graham and his family that appear to say it’s OK to vote for a Mormon.
  • Billy Graham website admits scrubbing ‘Mormons’ from ‘cult’ list after endorsing Romney (rawstory.com)
    The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed on Tuesday that it had removed all references to Mormonism as a “cult” from its website after their founder announced his support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
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Breathing to teach

Posted on October 22, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Churchplanning, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Manners and Association, Meeting, Preaching, Witnessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jesus has given us life-breath. He had only a little three years to go around in the area where he could come, around his habitat. Distances in his time took many hours to travel. Today we can be somewhere far away in a couple of minutes or just a few hours. What took days for the apostles to go somewhere, takes only a few hours today. but today we do hear more excuses than in Jesus time about having no time to teach others about the Kingdom of God or to have others to learn the Bible.

Travelling Master

To get others to know the Bible we do not have to go far. We even can do it from our home, today. We have marvellous tools which brings us very easily much further than the doorstep. Jehovah Witnesses for a long time took it for granted it was the best way to reach people by bothering them at any moment of the day, ringing the bell and talking to them at the doorstep. But it seems that they today, also have found the modern means of the computer and internet. On the internet they now seem to have opened up and present more literature to the general public. Which is nice, because they also have very good literature, which can bring many more people to God.

Kingdomhall in Essen

But, we should not let them do all the work, and let them get people in their Kingdom hall, while we have other thoughts of which we are sure they are also valuable for the people and leaving them more free. We should get others to know that there are other places of worship where honest God loving people can come together as a congregation.They may offer over there Theocratic Ministry School with a common global curriculum and nest to the weekly services with Watchtower-study they also may offer Pioneer Service School for full-time preachers, and the Kingdom Ministry School for elders and ministerial servants. The Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah Witnesses should be known as the only sort of kingdom hall the world offers good Bible teaching and worship to the One and Only God.

We should be more conscious that we also have a lot to offer to the unbelievers and those looking for the Truth. We Can offer the Truth, but than we may not stay in our little cocoon of our armchair at home. We should get off our ass and do something.

It is more than high time that more people would come out of their house and take up the task Jesus has given them.

Worldly and spiritual works

Jesus, in his three years of preaching, has spend a lot of breath, getting people to see the importance of getting to know his Father, Jehovah God. He also spend a lot of words on getting others to know the Gospel of the Good News, of the coming Kingdom of God. In his time he could find many people interested in him and gasping at his wonders, which he did in the name of his Father.

Interior of a Kingdom hall of Jehovah Witnesses, which could be identical as one of the meeting rooms of Christadelphians

All-right, it is true that our worldly works on their own shall not bring us far and it is not only by the works of the law that we shall be sanctified. Grace has come over us by the offer Jesus brought, but we should remember that without works our faith serves to nothing, because without works the faith is dead. We need the faith to be able to survive, and to be counted righteous we shall have to prove that we are worthy of the grace God has given to all.
Even if we would be Jewish by birth, not sinners from other ethnic backgrounds, we would  know that people are not declared to be righteous by obeying sectarian law , but by faith in Jeshua Messiah. All those who call themselves Christians should not only believed in Jeshua, whom they mostly call Jesus Christ. They should know that in order to be declared righteous by faith in the Messiah, and not by sectarian law they also should live accordingly to the Will and Law of God. Jesus has spoken about that many times and has given many parables of what could happen if we do not confirm to the Laws of God. Though no human being will be declared righteous by obeying sectarian law, if we, while trying to be declared righteous by the Messiah, have also been found to be sinners ourselves,  it does not mean that Jeshua Messiah is a of sin.

Words and Jesus living in us

Every Christian should take care to die to the Torah, so that he can live for YHVH/JHWH the Elohim Jehovah God. Sin in us should be crucified with the Messiah. From now on it is no longer us who live, but the Messiah who lives in us, and the mortal life we have lived before we became Christians may still be a live that can come onto an end in this world, but it should be a life full of hope by faith in God’s Son who loved us and gave himself for us. We do not disregard the compassion of Jehovah. Because if righteousness is attainable through sectarian law, then the Messiah died for nothing.

For as many as are of works of Torah are under the curse, for it has been written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all that has been written in the book of the Torah, to do them.” And that no one is declared right by Torah before Elohim is clear, for “The righteous shall live by belief.” And the Torah is not of belief, but “The man who does them shall live by them.” Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the Torah, having become a curse for us – for it has been written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs upon a tree.”1 – Footnote: 1Dt. 21:23. in order that the blessing of Abmight come upon the nations in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, to receive the promise of the Spirit through belief.  (Galatians 3:10-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

And we know that whatever the Torah says, it says to those who are in the Torah, so that every mouth might be stopped, and all the world come under judgment before Elohim. Therefore by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right before Him, for by the Torah is the knowledge of sin.1 Footnote: 1Ex. 20:20, Rom. 4:15, Rom. 7:7. But now, apart from the Torah, a righteousness of Elohim has been revealed, being witnessed by the Torah and the Prophets, and the righteousness of Elohim is through belief in יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim, being declared right, without paying, by His favour through the redemption which is in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, whom Elohim set forth as an atonement, through belief in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His tolerance Elohim had passed over the sins that had taken place before, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He is righteous and declares righteous the one who has belief in יהושע {Jeshua}.  (Romans 3:19-26 The Scriptures 1998+)

“We, Yehudby nature, and not of the gentiles, sinners, knowing that a man is not declared right by works of Torah, but through belief in יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah, even we have believed in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, in order to be declared right by belief in Messiah and not by works of Torah, because by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right. “And if, while seeking to be declared right by Messiah, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Messiah then a servant of sin? Let it not be! “For if I rebuild what I once overthrew, I establish myself a transgressor. “For through Torah I died to Torah,1 in order to live to Elohim. Footnote: 1See Rom. 7. “I have been impaled with Messiah, and I no longer live, but Messiah lives in me.1 And that which I now live in the flesh I live by belief in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Footnote: 1Rom. 8:10, 2 Cor. 6:16, 2 Cor. 13:5, Eph. 3:17, Col. 1:27, 1 John 4:4. “I do not set aside the favour of Elohim, for if righteousness is through Torah, then Messiah died for naught.”
(Galatians 2:15-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

Honouring the Names

We may not blaspheme the honourable name that we bear and that we can only do when we  fulfil the Torah of Jehovah, the God Most High. And to help us God has given His Word in the Holy Scriptures, for generations to bear and hear. Lots of Christians do seem to forget that it is written in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible which we consider the inspired and infallible Word of God, that whoever obeys the whole Torah, yet fails in one point is guilty of violating the whole Torah! Yes it sounds hard, and it is reality.

But it is also for that reason that Jesus has given his body and blood as an Offer-lamb to his Father, so that we may be purified by his blood. But his death at the stake does not give us the permission to live like we would like and to go on living a frivolous and sinful live. Having been baptised we are cleansed and received a new start. But we should live up to it. From our transformation and baptism onwards we should speak and act like people who are going to be judged by the Torah of liberty.

Faith and works

Faith Without Works is Dead.
What is the use, Friends, if a man says, “I have faith”, but he doesn’t have any works? Can his faith resurrect him to Life?

If you truly accomplish the sovereign law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you do well, but if you show partiality, you commit sin, being found guilty by the Torah as transgressors. For whoever shall guard all the Torah, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of Torah. So speak and so do as those who are to be judged by a Torah of freedom.1 Footnote: 1See 1:25, and John 8:32-36. For the judgment is without compassion to the one who has shown no compassion. And compassion boasts over judgment. My brothers, what use is it for anyone to say he has belief but does not have works? This belief is unable to save him.  (James 2:8-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

Many people when they saw Jesus recognized him and his apostles. So the people hurried there by land from all the surrounding cities, arriving ahead of them to be sure to have a place where they could be close to him and hear all what he had to tell. Wherever Jesus came he began to teach the people around him many things. He taught them many things by analogies.

And He began to teach again by the sea, and a large crowd was gathered to Him, so that He entered into a boat, to sit in the sea. And all the crowd was on the land facing the sea. And He taught them much in parables, …   (Mark 4:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+)

And He went away from there and came to His own country, and His taught ones followed Him. And Sabbath having come, He began to teach in the congregation. And many who heard Him were astonished, saying, “Where did He get all this? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such miracles are done through His hands?  (Mark 6:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+)

And having gone out, יהושע {Jeshua} saw a large crowd and was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. And He began to teach them many matters.  (Mark 6:34 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jesus had learned everything from his Father. We also can learn a lot from this Father, because as Jesus read the Torah and knew it very well, we can read the Torah and further Holy Scriptures, study them, and try to understand them. Listening carefully to all the words in the Holy Scripture we shall be able to hear the Voice of God. The Bible writers worked for the Highest Author, the Elohim Hashem, whose name is Jehovah, the God of gods. Jesus is his son and showed us the way to follow. We also should try to hear everything what Jesus has to tell us. Christ his words are written down in the New Testament. that Bible Book is available in many languages, so we should not have any excuse that it would be in a language we could not try to understand.

Listening and opening up the mind

If we are willing to listen to Christ and God’s Words, we shall feel their breath over our lives. We shall feel that they want to be with us and if we are willing to open up our minds to what the Word of God is saying we shall hear more clearly what those words really meant in their time and what they mean in our time.

Hearing the call of Jesus to go out to preach so that the Word of God shall be know all over the world, we should be aware of this important task and take steps to do this, and not leaving it alone to the Jehovah Witnesses.
As they show the world their love  for the Word of God, all Christians should do that. In the love of Christ they will continue to grow with precise knowledge and spiritual insight, but they shall have to react according the knowledge they receive. By studying regularly the Word of God the Bible reader shall be able to recognize what is genuine, and be pure and blameless in the Day of the Messiah, being filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jeshua Messiah, to the splendor and praise of Jehovah.

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Grace was said before the barbeque was served at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

Heralding

Reading the Bible the reader should feel God’s Breath and be fulfilled by the Holy Spirit to become driven by the Good News and willing to share it by as many people as possible. Friends in the service of our Master should have courage to go out and to speak God’s Message fearlessly and bolder than ever.

Some actually herald out of envy and rivalry, but others do it out of good will and in the love of the Messiah, knowing that Jesus and his apostles have been appointed to defend the Good News. But those who herald the Messiah from motives of rivalry and selfish ambition are attempting to cause distress. But either way, whether by false or true motives, the Messiah is heralded and that is what Christians should bear on their heart.

We who would like to be honest Christians and go through life as Brothers and sisters in Christ, should love the work for the Lord and expect that no brother or sister will ever have anything to be ashamed of, but with resolute boldness will continue, now as always, to exalt the Messiah in our body, either by my our or by our death. Because for us, living should be for the Messiah, and if we die, we still  ‘win’.

“Go back to your house, and relate what Elohim has done for you.” And he went away proclaiming through all the city what  יהושע {Jeshua } did for him.  (Luke 8:39 The Scriptures 1998+)
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Master until He comes.  (1 Corinthians 11:26 The Scriptures 1998+)
And this I pray, that your love might extend more and more in knowledge and all discernment, for you to examine the matters that differ, in order to be sincere, and not stumbling, until the day of Messiah, being filled with the fruit of righteousness,1 through  יהושע {Jeshua } Messiah, to the esteem and praise of Elohim. Footnote: 1Mt. 3:8-10, Rom. 6:22, Rom. 14:17, 2 Cor. 9:10, Eph. 5:9, Gal. 5:22, Col. 1:10, Heb. 12:11, Jam. 3:18. And I wish you to know, brothers, that what has befallen me has turned out for the advancement of the Good News, so that it has become known to all the palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Messiah; and most of the brothers, trusting in the Master because of my chains, are much more bold to fearlessly speak the word. Some indeed proclaim Messiah even from envy and strife, but some also out of pleasure – the former announce Messiah from selfish ambition, not sincerely, thinking to add distress to my chains, but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defence of the Good News. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Messiah is announced. And in this I rejoice, in fact, I shall rejoice. For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of  יהושע {Jeshua } Messiah, according to my intense longing and anticipation that I shall not be ashamed at all, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Messiah shall be made great in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Messiah, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:9-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

No Postponing

Please do not wait until tomorrow. Do not postpone.

You can form a study group so that you are not alone and can develop long lasting Christian friendships. You can host Biblestudies on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. It is also not bad to write devotions on a blog, for another blog, or even write a ebook containing a collection of devotions. If you do not know where to place them or do not want to start your own blog, try sharing them on blogs from others so that the blog can become a bigger platform, where like minded people can meet and others can find more information and more impressions about the Word of God.

There are also various ways online to host a class or workshop.  For those who do work in the community already, it is only a small effort to share the preparation work with others on the net. But you also may consider of conducting a class to teach lessons just like Sunday School on the net. You can invite people to your virtual classroom and allow them to interact, give handouts, and even record your lesson.

Preaching all over the world

All those who call themselves Christian should try to do what Jesus did. They should try to get the message across through scriptures, testimonies, prayers, songs, video’s and so on.

Growing up in the love of Christ, you should feel his breath in and aspiring you. With growing years of Bible study knowledge you should be getting to know enough to be able to share, even if it was a minimum of knowledge. Those who have a gift of writing and/or teaching should use those gifts to enlighten and encourage others, around them, in their community, parish, village, town, at work on their blog or webpages.

So, do not hesitate and use your breath to proclaim Christ Jesus and show the world how it can become more peaceful, and how people who love God can find a better life in the future.

Christ and the Good News of the Gospel should be preached all over the world and then the end can come. We all should be witnesses unto Jesus, like the apostles had to be both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

“But you shall receive power when the Set-apart Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Yerushalayim, and in all Yehudand Shomeron, and to the end of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

“You know what word came to be throughout all Yehuḏah, beginning from Galil after the immersion which Yoḥanan proclaimed: how Elohim did anoint  יהושע {Jeshua } of Natsareth with the Set-apart Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for Elohim was with Him. “And we are witnesses of all He did, both in the country of the Yehudand in Yerushalayim, whom they even killed by hanging on a timber. “Elohim raised up this One on the third day, and let Him be seen, not to all the people, but to witnesses, those having been chosen before by Elohim – to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. “And He commanded us to proclaim to the people, and to witness that it is He who was appointed by Elohim to be Judge of the living and the dead. {1 Footnote: 1 See 17:31, John 5:29, Ps. 96:13, Ps. 98:9, Rev. 19:11. }“To this One all the prophets bear witness, that through His Name, everyone believing in Him does receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10:37-43 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And he said, ‘The Elohim of our fathers has appointed you to know His desire, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear the voice from His mouth. ‘Because you shall be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. ‘And now, why do you delay? Rise up, be immersed, and wash away your sins, calling on the Name of יהוה.’ (Acts 22:14-16 The Scriptures 1998+)

“But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved.1 Footnote:1See 10:22. “And this Good News of the reign shall be proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come. (Matthew 24:13-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

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  3. Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures
  4. Slave for people and God
  5. Gods hope and our hope
  6. God’s salvation
  7. Hope for the future
  8. One mediator
  9. The importance of Reading the Scriptures
  10. The Importance Of Scripture
  11. Incomplete without the mind of God
  12. Knowing rabboni
  13. My exegesis and hermeneutics
  14. Missional hermeneutics 1/5
  15. Missional hermeneutics 2/5
  16. Nurturing a close relationship with God
  17. Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
  18. Working of the hope
  19. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  20. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #3 as a Christian
  21. Destination of the Righteous
  22. Christadelphian people

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In Dutch:

  1. Getuigen van Jehovah, Data en Waarheid
  2. Getuige of Broeder

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  • Jehovah’s Witness community mourns Whitney Heichel (oregonlive.com)
    The gathering included references to scriptures that might lend comfort in a time of crisis, said a congregational elder, but wasn’t materially different from a regular service.It was Saturday that emotions ran high, when the congregation mourned for Heichel at an impromptu gathering at the hall. Jehovah’s Witnesses from Gresham, Portland, Sandy, and Washington met there, said Jim Vaughn, a family spokesman and one of nine elders who lead Heichel’s congregation.
  • My Willing Spirit (peaceandbeauty.wordpress.com)
    Like Bruno, profiled in the July 15 Watchtower as one of those who offered themselves willingly in Ecuador, I want my service to Jehovah to be not dull, but filled with a variety of activities in service to him.
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    Jehovah blesses a willing spirit. I am willing and I have no doubt that he will eventually bless my desire to widen further out to visit and help preach in many other territories as well as to contribute in various other ways to his global organization and to this fascinating, never-to-be-repeated work of making disciples and all that encompasses!
  • My Jehovah’s Witness Weekend Showdown! (brandimbaldwin.com)
    It was a gang of them (yes I said gang….they were wearing all black too, lol j/k).  About 8 or 10 walking in 90-degree weather with black wool suits, full-length dresses, and Bibles in tow (I’m being a little silly).  The girls thought we were playing a fun game of “freeze” or something…After a moment or so I said, “hurry up!” and we all ran up the steps and into the house. I hoped no one spotted us. I turned the tv on, set the girls up with snacks, and as soon as….and I mean As Soon As I sat down on the couch the doorbell rang!
  • Ten Years Behind A Bible, My Life in the Jehovah’s Witnesses (personal) (everything2.com)
    I’d begun reading the Bible at the age of about ten, and the more I read (and re-read), the more disappointed I became in the state of mainstream Christian churches. So, having strayed from the Anglican Church and spent some time skirting around Christianity, I decided to look at some of the “primitive Christian” groups. I admit that I’d shied away from JWs – Dad was very opposed to them, and after a while I dug down and got his reasons. Turns out that after his father died, a cousin of his (who was a Witness) expressed her view that he wasn’t going to Heaven after all (only 144,000 were destined for that reward). She was blackballedby the family, and for many years, Dad would not even mention her name.+
    Life as a JW is more than just knocking on doors, it’s about attending meetings. There are five of them (or were, maybe things have changed in the past twenty years). Firstly, there are two back-to-back meetings, usually on a Sunday. One is a public talk, given by an appointed and approved member of the congregation (although visiting elders often give this talk). The talk must be based on an approved outline, and audience members are encouraged to look up any Bible references. This is followed by the study of an article in a Watchtower magazine. Someone is appointed to read each paragraph, and an elder asks questions printed as footnotes. Audience members then answer the question. rinse repeat. Again, subtle brainwashing – over time, verbalising the approved answers has each individual “make the Truth their own”.On a side note, as if this were not enough, family heads (read “men”) are encouraged to sit and study the articles beforehand with their families, even assigning answers for each family member. Junior members are not excluded, even the wee ones are involved in this process.
  • It takes a village to build a kingdom (gosanangelo.com)
    Several years ago, the four congregations of the Jehovah’s Witnesses cq in San Angelo had a dream of building a new Kingdom Hall.
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    Known formally as the Salon Del Reino De Los Testigos De Jehova/the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, it sits on three acres across from Shannon Health System’s St. John’s Campus and next door to the Quicksand Golf Course.
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    The Kingdom Hall was built in less than three weeks, thanks to hundreds of volunteers who descended on the work site as part of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Regional Building Committee. People came from Abilene, Odessa, Borger, Alpine, Lubbock and Amarillo, as well as parts of New Mexico and Oklahoma, working with members of the local congregations.
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses convention kicks off on high note (observer.org.sz)
    “The Bible’s depth is much deeper than any other tool we could ever come across. It provides every detail and leaves no questions raised.”
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    Despite the damp and cold weather conditions, about 3 500 people including both adults and children attended the morning session. These thousands of people were not discouraged by the weather as they continued to follow and listen attentively throughout the programme.
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Breathing and growing with no heir

Posted on October 9, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Churchplanning, Ecclesia, Manners and Association, Meeting | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

God gives us a lot of answers. We may be happy He is willing to guide us. He also sheds light unto that what we do have to know.

We do have to have a vision and show others what we do believe. We have to share our faith.

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A happy carnival atmosphere at the climate camp in the city 2009

We do have to be concerned about others and have to care more about our people than anyone else, because we are called by Jesus to love people. It is not just because we do have to love others that we do take care of them. No, it is because we want to share the love of God with them. When people are cared for, they care for the things you care for, even more so than you ever could. We have a lot of different encounters in life good, bad, awkward, but there’s nothing better in life than what happens as a result of a God encounter. And we should make use of that, to meet others and show them the result of our experiences with God.

We live in a time where people are not interested in God as such, but many are looking for something they do not know or do not understand. The meaning of life is still something what brings a lot of minds working and questioning.  It are the searching souls that we can bring into action to look for a God encounter. There is no better time to pick up our cross and our burden for the city.

Some may think we aren’t called to just preach. Jesus has given the major task to his followers to go out in the world and to let the Good News be known wherever they go. We also as followers of Christ Jesus should let others know that marvellous Good News. Faith is also about doing what God has called you to do. He called Jesus to have the Name of the Creator be known all over the world. And Jesus, willing to preach to every one who wanted to listen, called those listeners to the same task. As such we as Christians follow up the work Jesus has done nearly two thousand years ago.

It takes faith in order to speak with others about the faith, to give them more information about the Word of God and about the Kingdom of God. Talking to others about God, His Laws, His son we can expand the ministry.

God doesn’t give us the perfect people for a perfect team. He gives us people to build up. And we should be happy that we with our shortages can create an appetite to bring all the flaws together to make a pleasant dish. Though it might be difficult we should allow our selves to be humble and to get discipled by our brothers and sisters in the community. All together should make ‘one unit’ in Christ.

Meeting with each other trying to make ‘church’ we should understand that everything needs time and that we have to be patient enough to let everything grow and fall into its right place. When the moment comes to make choices for who is going to do what, everybody should be prepared to be humble enough and to be willing to give all his or her power to build up the community. Just as Paul had Timothy come alongside and help in ministry we should do the same. The person who thinks he is in charge should not think he is  losing his job by delegating. It means he begins to train and equip those around him.

To build up the ecclesia all have to form one team. Choices shall have to be made, like looking for the person who has the right capacity, the character and who has the talents.

Ministry is much more than pulpit time. It is all about doing life together, that’s where discipleship happens. In life. When a person is picked or an action is proposed it should also be possible to ask others what they say about them.

Talent never trumps character when picking an heir. Leaders that live out their walk 24/7 have to be raise up. We have to have a shallow leadership pool, one that anyone can dive into. By constructing our ecclesia we do have to be willing also to construct an ark. Remembering that we might be amateurs, but willing to be under the leadership of a Masterbuilder. Day in day out looking for the hand of God on our students. It’s not their talents that will get them anywhere,  it is the hand of God.

We always should be enjoying what we are doing. We don’t quit we win. Our job is to fish, not to catch. It is not up to us to change people. God makes it grow.

Whatever we try to build we must believe in what we want to do in the name of God and not in our name. The ecclesia, the event, the group should always be built on faith and prayer. In our construction-work we should continuously evangelize, and encourage our students to evangelize. Their must discipleship and everybody should be wiling to ‘pasrot’ or shepherd them.

Together we should try to grow and inspire each other. It is all about doing life together, that’s where discipleship happens. In life. and for that life we should open our minds and be ready to jump in the life of many, trying to be with them and helping them forwards.

We do know that it was terrible what happened to Christ Jesus, but his willing to die for our sins gives us hope. God showed His love to the world by giving His son. And God’s son showed his love to the world by giving his body. We should share that love and give our spirit and enthusiasm. Love will always be greater than fear, therefore we do not prefer to teach fear but the bright promise God has made of the Kingdom of God.

We do not find the need for preaching fear and do not want to instil fear. We prefer to instil love so that fear has no chance to exist. We who respect and love Jesus look further than sin. When you are so in love with Jesus, you forget to sin. Repentance is not remorse, or resolution. Our faith shall work in us by keeping up the works of faith. Jesus died and rose again so sin would have to stay in the grave. We do not mind showing the world that we now have a life hidden with Christ in God. Christ releases us to live with him and to be accepted to come before his Father as children of God, and as brothers and sisters in Christ.

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The Importance Of Scripture

Posted on May 26, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Holy Scriptures, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Lots of  people do laugh at those who enjoy reading the old Books of Books, the Bible. Of all those books the last series bring the world Glad Tidings. In the New testament we also do find the apostle Luke his writings on the first followers of Christ. He gives us an idea what went on in the first communities of the then called sect The Way.

Of the New Testament readings the Acts of the Apostles brings before us how the gospel spread from Jerusalem to Rome from Jew to Gentile. Luke begins and ends with his thoughts on The Kingdom of Godand gives us with the later convert Paul an idea of what beautifuls is laid in front of us.

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Ministry of the Apostles, a complex multi-figure icon with a full-height image of Jesus Christ, surrounded by sectors with scenes of His disciples’ calling, ministry and martyrdom. Icon from the Yaroslavl Museum Preserve. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The man they followed, was a prophet of God who came to this world to make every thing more clear. Jesus from Nazareth wanted us to get to know the Creator in the best way we could. For this great teacher from such a small place, not only he had to go out into the world to proclaim the marvellous news of what was  going to be accomplished by the Will of God. For Jeshua it was clear, those who wanted to follow him, had to recognise the Will of the Father and should have as their main aim of the preaching of the gospel.

Today that is still not changed. Those who call themselves Christian, which should mean that they are real followers of Christ Jesus, should spread the word of the Gospel. They should tell others of the good news concerning the things of The Kingdom.

“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.” (Acts 6:1-2 NIV)

As for the twelve who summoned the whole body of the disciples together, we as an ecclesia should also call each other and say, “It is not right that we should have to neglect preaching the Word of God in order to look after the accounts.” We also should take care that we can grow in the word of God and that we can be of good reputation, being both practical and spiritually-minded. As individuals but also as one community of fellow brothers and sisters we should devote ourselves whole-heartedly to prayer and the ministry of the Word.

It may be alarming when we see how the world develops, but on the other hand it may be lovely that we can notice that we are nearing a special time, which has been long foretold. We also come to a time were many have lost the faith in the Word of God, and many do not want to know anything about a god, or a better way to live. Though many may put the Word of God aside we can find others who are eagerly looking for the Truth and are wiling to take time to get to know it. Those who are looking for the purpose of this life and for whom is behind it are the ones who want to take up the Bible to study it. So the Word of God can gain more and more ground. In the world we can see that the number of disciples greatly increases. As in the old times we sometimes do have to start from scratch, not finding any believer round ourselves; but by letting the fire in us shine we can be the light for others. By our enthusiasm we can spread the good feeling of this Good News.

Though most of the world might not be interested in God and His Word,  the Word of the Lord continues to gain ground and increase its influence. (Acts 12:24)  “Thus mightily did the Lord’s Message spread and triumph!” (Acts 19:20 Wey)

We have the responsibility to let the word of God increase. Constantly we are told that the main vehicle used to bring the gospel to others was the Word. For example we read in Acts 4 : 31 that the apostles “Spoke the Word of God with boldness.” Of those who took hold of the message it says, chapter 8 : 14 “They received the word of God.”

Having chosen to be followers of Christ we also should be “in Christ” and try to become “like Christ”. As Christians we should give ourselves to Christ Jesus and should as such belong to Him who is the word made flesh. The ramification of this is very sobering, to become part of Jesus means that our lives must be like his, enveloped in the Word. Jesus was the man who brought Gods Word close to all people, believers and non-believers, Jews and gentiles.

Jesus made it very clear we had to live according to the Spirit of the Law and therefore we should live the Word of God. Every act we do should be under the guidance of the God most High. Every word we utter should be in respect to every creation of the Almighty. The many Books God has provided to the public are not just letters on a piece of paper to the enjoyment of reading. the Words from the paper have to go into the blood of the reader. They should enter the brain and become a living part of it.

When we go out into the world we should breath the Word of God. In everything we do people should notice something special, which make the difference between a good heathen or gentile and a Christian. The gospel is preached at its best when it is being lived.

When others can look on us and say that they have been with a follower of Jesus and could witness this Jesus from long ago in the world of today. We should be able to give the others a feeling that they might have learned something of him. To do this we must allow our minds to be developed by God’s Word. The carnal mind, or the mind of the flesh is something that by nature we possess. The mind of the spirit can only be obtained by grafting into it scripture. The importance of the Word of God in our lives cannot be underestimated.

“Thus saith Jehovah, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what manner of house will ye build unto me? and what place shall be my rest? For all these things hath my hand made, and [so] all these things came to be, saith Jehovah: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at my word.” (Isaiah 66:1-2 ASV)

Jehovah should be able to see the house that we have build unto Him. Not only should we hear the word of  Adonai Jehovah, the most High, and tremble at His word, we should make sure that His Word shall be known all over the world so that the Elohim Hashem Adonai  may be glorified, so we can see God His joy,  but also their shame.

“Hear the Word of יהוה (Jehovah), you who tremble at His Word, “Your brothers who hate you, who cast you out for My Name’s sake, said, ‘Let יהוה be esteemed, so that we see your joy.’ But they are put to shame.” (Isaiah 66:5 The Scriptures 1998+)

We may have the assurance that God shall look at every man who is willing to learn about the Most High God,  even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at Gods  word.” (Isaiah 66 : 2).

The Apostle Paul says in his warning to the Ephesian elders to be watchful (Acts 20 : 32) “And now, brothers, I commit you to Elohim and to the word of His favour, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those having been set apart. (Acts 20:32 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Holy Scriptures tell us that we may be sure that we can learn from it and that those words can not only edify us but also build us up, and give us an inheritance among all them that are sanctified. For we as Christians should be fellow workers of Elohim, we should be the field of Elohim, the building of Elohim. (1 Corinthians 3:9)

“He who went down is also the One who went up far above all the heavens, to fill all. And He Himself gave some as emissaries, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as shepherds and teachers for the perfecting of the set-apart ones, to the work of service to a building up of the body of the Messiah, until we all come to the unity of the belief and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the completeness of Messiah, so that we should no longer be children, tossed and borne about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men, in cleverness, unto the craftiness of leading astray,{1 Footnote: 15:6, also 2 Cor. 10:5, 2 Cor. 11:3-14, Gal. 1:6-9, 2 Tim. 3:1-8, 2 Tim. 4:2-4, 2 Peter 2:2-22, Jud. vv. 10-19}. but, maintaining the truth in love, we grow up in all respects into Him who is the head, Messiah, from whom the entire body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the working by which each part does its share, causes growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. So this I say, and witness in the Master, that you should no longer walk as the gentiles walk,1 in the futility of their mind, {Footnote: 11 Cor. 12:2, and Jer. 10:2}. having been darkened in their understanding, having been estranged from the life of Elohim, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart, who, having become callous, have given themselves up to indecency, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Messiah, if indeed you have heard Him and were taught by Him, as truth is in יהושע (Jeshua): that you put off – with regard to your former way of life – the old man, being corrupted according to the desires of the deceit, and to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the renewed man1 which was created according to Elohim, in righteousness and set-apartness of the truth. {Footnote: 1Rom. 8:1}. (Ephesians 4:10-24 The Scriptures 1998+)

There is “truth in Jesus” who brought the Word of God to us. Following the day of Christ’s vengeance the sorrows of Israel will be turned into abundant joys. All the Gentiles spared shall rejoice in her salvation. All nations will look upon the glory of God as it shines in the face of Christ, the King, and worship will be carefully and constantly attended upon by all the peoples of the earth.
Today we can take notice of what is happening in the Middle East and with great interest we look at the providences of God towards the Jews, knowing that their return to their land is a preparation for the fulfilment of much prophecy, a sign of the approach of the close of the age and Christ’s coming. “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Times coming closer to the Endtimes shall not make it easier for us, but we may be sure se shall find the blessings at the end.

“And indeed, all those wishing to live reverently in Messiah יהושע, shall be persecuted.{1 Footnote: 1Mt. 5:10}. But evil men and impostors shall go on to the worse,{1} leading astray and being led astray. {Footnote: 1Mt. 24:12, Rev. 22:11}. But you, stay in what you have learned and trusted, having known from whom you have learned, and that from a babe you have known the Set-apart Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for deliverance through belief in Messiah יהושע. All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:12-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

From the moment we can get the possibility to learn the Word of God we start as babies and should be eager to learn more as a child, noticing that the Holy Scriptures, are able to make us wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. The 16th verse of 2 Timothy may be translated either Every Scripture is inspired of God and is profitable for teaching or Every Scripture inspired of God is profitable for teaching, but in either case the inspiration of Scripture is assumed, the writer being content to indicate its various uses. The most important wisdom comes from the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation. In and of itself, the Bible does not save us – but it is only through the Bible that we can receive God’s truth about Jesus, and put faith in him.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

It is the Word of God that has then the ability to build us up, to make us wise unto salvation and save our souls. Let us take an example from the nation of Israel to illustrate these principles.

In Numbers chapter 13 the record tells us that the children of Israel came to the borders of their inheritance, Moses instructed them to select a man from each tribe to spy out the land. Ten of them brought an evil report whilst Joshua and Caleb brought a good report. In the report that the ten brought we read these words (Numbers 13 : 31) “But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.” In contrast to these words Caleb had said (Numbers 13 : 30) “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” We know that the congregation of Israel accepted the evil report rather than that of Joshua and Caleb. In Hebrews chapter 4 the reason for this failure is given. (Hebrews 4 : 2) “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith.” They failed to believe in the word of God, to allow it to envelope their lives and it resulted in them failing to enter the land of promise. They were not aware that “the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword … and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” and that all things “are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4 : 12, 13). They wanted to return to Egypt for that is where their heart was. They could remember all the fleshly things they had there (see Numbers 11 : 4 – 6) yet failed to remember the deliverance out of the house of bondage, the provision of food and water, the assurance of God’s presence in the pillar of cloud and fire. The confidence of Joshua and Caleb is seen in the words Caleb spoke to the people. “We are well able and in chapter 14 : 8 “If the LORD delight in us, he will bring us into this land.” This belief came from a firm conviction in what God had promised he was able also to perform. There was nothing magical about their faith. Faith is developed by a reading and meditating on the Word of Life.

There are significant events in the ministry of Jesus that Matthew, Mark, and Luke include that John leaves out, including Jesus’ birth, baptism, temptation in the wilderness, the Last Supper, the agony in Gethsemane, the Ascension, demonic confrontations, and parables. But John seems to five an extra dimension on the Word which has become flesh in we do have to behold  his glory, as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1 : 14). Here is the one who said “Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me), to do thy will, O God.” (Hebrews 10 : 7).

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

The Messiah, Christ, the Redeemer from sin, is represented as offering himself to do God’s will (tou poiēsai to thelēma sou, the genitive articular infinitive of purpose).  and when we would like to be Christ we should also bring our offering as good as we can. We also should completely surrendered to God His will.

We cannot have the deep spiritual insight that Jesus had in the Word, nevertheless, we, if we are to be part of him, must try and apply these words to our own lives. Jesus gave us the well-known parable of the sower which is recorded for us in Matthew chapter 13; Luke chapter 8. The details are well known to us, it is not only about the reception that people give to God’s Word but also of the reception they give to Him who is the Word. When Jesus is truly in our hearts then the gospel shines from us. “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10 : 15).

Speaking of the disciples Jesus says in his prayer to his Father “They are not of the world … Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17 : 16, 17).

The New Testament complements the Old testament, in which the future was foretold which came to existence in the presence of Christ Jesus.  From Genesis onward there was the promise of the one to come to make an end to death.  In the other books many times Jesus is in the centre of the Old Writings and are about him and our salvation in him, if we are not opening our eyes to see this, the Bible will continue to remain a closed book.

Let us take courage and spend a little more time in reading and applying the word in our lives. This way we can like Joshua and Caleb be sure that the Lord will delight in us and will give us the inheritance he has promised to those that love him for we have received the word with joy.

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“In the gospel there is an invitation to all who believe what God has promised, to share with Christ in his kingdom, glory, and joy, which invitation is given on certain conditions well defined (1 Thess. 2:12; ; Matt. 25:21faith in the things covenanted to Abraham and David, and in those taught concerning Jesus, in the Old and New Testaments; immersion into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and thenceforth a life of without which no one will be approved and promoted to the honour and glory of the kingdom ().”John Thomas. (1990; 2002). Comments from Brother Thomas (Pagina 2). Logos Publications.

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To be continued: The importance of Reading the Scriptures

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  2. A Book written by God
  3. The Bible: God’s Word or pious myth?
  4. Why are some authors of Bible books unknown?
  5. If the earliest manuscript we have for a book of the Bible is relatively late, does that mean the book is a forgery/unreliable?
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  7. A book sufficiently profound as to cause its readers to “think”
  8. What book of the Bible contains the most number of God’s promises?
  9. Unsure about relevance Bible
  10. How do we know that the prophecies in the Bible are true?
  11. Why believing the Bible
  12. Why Believe the Bible? Internal Evidence
  13. Why Believe the Bible? External Evidence > Megiddo – The Bible
  14. Old and New Testament not discordant
  15. Are the New Testament manuscripts reliable?
  16. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  17. What does the name of each book of the Bible mean?
  18. Which man is mentioned most often in the Bible? Jesus, Moses, Abraham or David?
  19. How many people in the bible had their names changed by God?
  20. Which numbers in the bible are literal and which aren’t?
  21. Which Bible version should I use?
  22. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  23. Why hasn’t anything been inspired recently? Revelation was the last inspired book and it was a long time ago. Why aren’t there any more?
  24. Sola Scriptura and its Pitfalls
  25. Why can’t Bible scholars agree on how to interpret the Bible?
  26. Where does the Bible first mention schools and study?
  27. How can I restore my faith?
  28. Is it alright to become a member of a non-denominational Christian fellowship, who follow the Bible teachings?
  29. Live much in the Bible
  30. Bible for you and for life
  31. Does the Bible talk about collective salvation?
  32. How do you reconcile the Bible and evolution?
  33. Why are numerous major Biblical events so similar to contemporary and historical mythology?
  34. How has the Bible helped and changed the world today?
  35. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  36. Of the many books Only the Bible can transform
  37. People don’t hunt out “loopholes” when they are seeking to love God and neighbourhs
  38. Gospel human words backed by divine energy
  39. Chief means by which men are built up
  40. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  41. Working on the Bible being like re-wiring an old house
  42. How does today’s seeker differ from the seeker of 1975?
  43. Determined To Stick With Truth.
  44. Bible like puddle of water
  45. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  46. The Bible is a today book
  47. How do we determine in the bible what refers to AD 70 and what is yet to be fulfilled in prophecy?
  48. Appointed to be read
  49. What English Bible do you use?
  50. Power in the life of certain
  51. Unfair Contest about The Bible and Personal Growth
  52. When life caves in, honor the Lord
  53. Significant number of American teenagers lack knowledge of Bible
  54. How can we feel the Holy Spirit in our lives?
  55. Which church is to be followed?

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  • Acts 13: The Great Commission – Comparing Our Role and the Holy Spirit’s (cutpaste.typepad.com)
    Acts 13 (especially vs. 13-52) beautifully describes the extension of the Kingdom of God from Judaism to “the nations” – an ‘inclusive’ movement of revolutionary, world changing proportions. This explosion of the Gospel from Jews to “the nations” is announced at Acts 1:8, which is considered the purpose statement of the entire Book of Acts: “When the Holy Spirit has come upon you …you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”This statement of Christ echoes His command at Matthew 28:19 – “Go… make disciples of all nations.” Of course, “all nations” was the explosive part of the Great Commission, as no one had really heard or considered the idea of proclaiming the Messiah of the Jews as Lord to the Gentiles.

     

  • Acts 14: Paul, Hermes & Hermeneutics (cutpaste.typepad.com)
    In preaching the Gospel, Paul importantly taught Christ from the Old Testament (e.g., 13:16-25), sharing knowledgeably and skillfully how the Scriptures pointed to Christ and to that Christ accomplished. In doing this, Paul calls to mind the words of Jesus Himself: “You search the Scriptures [Old Testament] because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me…” (John 5:40).
  • What Is Your Understanding of Biblical Discipleship?(kevinnunez.org)Biblically, discipleship is not a program but a process of becoming Christlike and being zealous to see others become disciples also.
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    Christian discipleship is a lifelong journey of obedience to Christ that spiritually transforms a person’s values and behavior and results in ministry in one’s home, church, and the world.
  • Reading the Signs of the End Times – Acts (naturalspirituality.wordpress.com)
    To Luke (no doubt a Gentile) and still a proportionally very small group of believers (relative to all Jews and pagans) in the late 1st century, Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah.  They had expected “apocalypse now” and with its failure to materialize, they had some serious problems.
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    The Holy Spirit could be used as the claimed agent for introducing what otherwise seemed too much of a disjuncture – the covenant of Jehovah with Israel was envisioned as a New Covenant, for Gentiles as well as Jews, that God had promised and, just that morning was instituting.  He had inaugurated it initially by raising Jesus from the dead (2:30-32).  Peter goes on with our central point by saying, “… having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear” (2:33).
  • Christ as Hermeneutic: Moses Wrote of Me (frted.wordpress.com)
    Unlike what some modern Christians like to claim, that literalism is the principle by which we read the Old Testament, the New Testament itself gives us the clue for reading the Old Testament.
  • Falling Walls: A Pentecost Sermon (maryharristodd.wordpress.com)
    the Spirit didn’t make the outsiders able to speak and understand the language of the church, and then bring them to the church.  The Spirit empowered the insiders to speak the native languages of the outsiders, and took the church out to them.
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    Sometimes I wonder how well the presence of this congregation of Jesus’ disciples can be seen and heard.  I wonder.  This church house is quiet most of the week.  If we park around the back, people passing might not notice it when we are here.  The new construction on this end of the building is completely hidden.  Folks can’t see this new development.
  • And Then The End Will Come (freedomarc.wordpress.com)
    Around the world, prophetic people are struggling to fit what God is showing them into an eschatology that simply doesn’t work, because it is based on a false premise, and a misinterpretation of this passage of scripture, amongst others. As I say, that is because people have not approached it with a proper understanding of covenant and covenant language.
  • Jesus, the Centre of all History (freedomarc.wordpress.com)
    And when we look at eschatology, the study of the last things, it is all about Jesus. It’s not about us, it’s not about the church, it’s not about the world – it’s about Jesus. He comes to sum everything up. It’s all about Him. He holds everything together. All the Old Covenant looks forward to Jesus. All the New Covenant looks back to Him. So every time we look at a scripture, we must interpret it through Jesus’ message and His Person. You can’t take it in isolation.
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    We read in Ephesians 3:10 ‘…that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church…’.  I love that word ‘manifold’, because it means multi-coloured and multi-faceted , all expressing who God is: all expressing the wonderful wisdom of God. Being made known through… us, through the church. Being made known to whom? ‘… to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which God carried out in Christ Jesus.’
  • The Old Testament and Christ (pastorreeder.wordpress.com)
    In St. Luke’s Gospel, the 24th Chapter, Jesus once again links His Word and His work to the Old Testament.  Significantly, Jesus once again confesses and testifies that the Old Testament finds its fulfillment in Him.
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    The Old Testament together mightily witnesses of the Coming One.  The individual references in the Old Testament do not give the entire picture of the Messiah as do the Gospels, but they do point to Him and in Christ they find their fulfillment.
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    If we fail to see and believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures center on Jesus and are about Him and our salvation in Him, the Bible will continue to remain a closed book.
  • Compromising the Gospel (spiritofdiscernment.wordpress.com)
    Many Christians may get offended when I highlight the disparities between the church I see today and the church that was evident in scriptures.
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    There are various brands of Christianity, or “Churchianity” to put it more correctly, today with each declaring that they have the true gospel. The naïve and the simple-minded will however declare that all churches are the same despite not understanding that there is a gulf of difference between the various versions of what they claim is the truth. Perhaps the god of this world has blinded their eyes to the truth such that they are not able to glean the fact that there is only one truth and that two or more contrary positions cannot all be truth at the same time. It is not only the preachers therefore who are compromising the gospel but the hearers also when they neglect to “test every spirit” and study the scriptures as the Bereans did when they heard Paul’s message.
  • Jesus, How Should I Preach? (biblicalpreaching.net)
    The first phase of the process is to be loving God by sitting at Christ’s feet.
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    Then as you start planning your message, plan it prayerfully with a deep concern for them to understand, to stay engaged, to be able to follow, to feel the import and impact of the message of the text.  And as you preach it, preach with the winsomeness and grace of God permeating your demeanour, because God is passionately excited about incarnating His grace and truth!
  • The Concept and Importance of Canonicity (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    The world in its own wisdom would never understand or seek God (Rom. 3:11) but always suppress or distort the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18, 21). So Paul concluded that “the world in its wisdom did not know God” (I Cor. 1:21), and he set in sharp contrast “the words which man’s wisdom teaches” and those which “God revealed unto us through the Spirit” (I Cor. 2:10, 13).
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    God’s people must not submit to uninspired words of men. “Thus says Jehovah of hosts, Hearken not unto the word of the prophets… speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Jehovah” (Jer. 23:16). Nor should God’s people allow their faith to be compromised by any philosophy which is “after the tradition of men… and not after Christ” (Col. 2:8). Christ Himself condemned those who “have made void the word of God because of [their] tradition” (Matt. 15:6). Human philosophy and human traditions have no place in defining the Christian faith.
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    The church cannot subsequently attribute authority to certain writings. It can simply receive them as God’s revealed word which, as such, always has been the church’s canon. Authority is inherent in those writings from the outset, and the church simply confesses this to be the case.
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    Historical evidence indicates that, even with the difficulties mentioned above, the Old and New Testament canons were substantially recognized and already established in the Christian church by the end of the second century. However, there is adequate Biblical and theological reason to believe that the canon of Scripture was essentially settled even in the earliest days of the church.
  • Acts 16: The Conversion of Lydia (cutpaste.typepad.com)
    The Lord (not Paul or Timothy, and not even Lydia) opened Lydia’s heart (willingness,         attitude, perception of truth, faith, repentance) to respond to the Gospel; as always, God did           the electing, and He dispensed the gifts of faith and repentance; Paul’s job, being Christ’s           ambassador, was to deliver the Gospel and teach the truth of God’s word;
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    The Good News was being extended to Gentiles and the nations! As Jesus Himself ministered to people – whether men, women, Samaritans, or whomever – so Paul and his companions ministered inclusively, in obedience to the “all nations” mandate of Christ, and to the calling of Paul as “Apostle to the Gentiles”; andLydia immediately manifested the gift of hospitality. God granted this woman faith in Christ and the Gospel, and he granted repentance; then the Spirit immediately called and empowered her to extend hospitality to Paul and Timothy, who were truly in need of it. We see also the beginnings of a life of faith, wherein Lydia was already learning to obey the commands of the Lord, as she enters a life of unity and fellowship among the believers. 
  • We Received of His Fullness (divinityhc.wordpress.com)
    Jesus Christ received of the spirit of His Father to over flow without measure and to whomsoever He wills He will give of that spirit. It is a mystery to us human that the same spirit of God was given to Christ in its fullness without limitation and yet God is not diminished in His essence and power.
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    Christ was full of the spirit of God and He was led by the same into the wilderness to face the enemy. He survived the ordeal through the spirit of God and we can too if we trust and depend on God’s spirit to show us the plans of our Father. So, we have all received of the fullness of Christ by the making of His Father through His spirit.
  • The Sermon Today (goldenbible.wordpress.com)
    Paul went to so many places, but wherever he was, there was a thoroughness to his work, he left nothing undone in the region where he was ministering and he could say “there’s no longer any work for me here.” One of the characteristics needed for blessing in ministry, or even in our jobs, is to be thorough and to finish the work God calls us to do.
  • The Danger Of Traditions (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    Traditions are very important in some religions … In Roman Catholicism, tradition is placed on par with God’s Word + Protestant churches have their own traditions … To be a member of a particular denomination, one must accept  its traditions
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    Traditions of men tend toward ritualism (just look at the rituals found in many religions that have no scriptural basis)
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    When traditions of men are taught on the same level as the commands of God, it leads to vain worship – Mark 7:7
  • Encouragement-4 (dailyousmisc.wordpress.com)
    As Christians, we are called by God to encourage others. Time and again in the Scriptures we read that we are to “love the brotherhood” and with a fervent and pure spirit (1 Peter 1:22, 2:17). We are to build one another up in faith (Jude 20). We are to remind one another of the goodness and love of God (1 John 1:1-4).The expression of encouragement is always to be active. We are not merely to be an encouragement to others through our example of a virtuous life. We are to share encouragement by voicing words of encouragement and engaging in specific deeds. Encouragement is not merely something we are. It is something we do.
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    We are not called to be doomsday phrophets, pessimists, down-in-the-mouth naysayers, or condemning critics. We are called to encourage!

     

  • Acts: How the Great Commission is Done (cutpaste.typepad.com)
    Luke tells us what happened after the Apostles received the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Therefore, if we want to know how the recipients of the Great Commission and direct disciples of Jesus Christ went about the Great Commission, we need to read about that in the Book of Acts.
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    We might think of the four gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) as the direct witness of the life, death and resurrection of Christ, the Book of Acts as the skeletal depiction of the carrying out of the Great Commission, and the epistles of the NT as the meat on the bones of that skeleton.
  • Acts (tylersheart.wordpress.com)
    Acts is, in part, an apology (or defense) on behalf of the early Christian movement vis–vis Rome. Consequently, the writer of Acts wanted to show that nothing could keep the good news about Jesus from spreading everywhere. He also demonstrates that the good news did not pose a threat to the Empire. Still, Acts is a story of origins, told in retrospect, that shows how the earliest followers came to understand who could belong to God’s people (see e.g., Acts 10 and 15).
  • The Gospel Part One! (randyhenri.wordpress.com)
    The Bible is a progressive revelation. If you skip the first half of any good book and try to finish it, you will have a hard time understanding the characters, the plot, and the ending. The New Testament is only completely understood when it is seen as being built upon the foundation of the events, characters, laws, sacrificial system, prophecies, covenants, and promises of the Old Testament. In this manner all of Old Testament history was a learning or training period to prepare the world for the arrival of Jesus Christ and His role in the plane of redemption.
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Servant of his Father

Posted on April 11, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The last few days we encouraged our members to spend time in the Bible this weekend, first focusing on the death of our Saviour, then celebrating how death has been defeated.

We looked at how this master teacher who could do miracles was humble to take up the work of slaves. He also never wanted his name or position exalted. For Jesus it was clear he and we always had to follow what the Father in heaven wanted, and should never haver our priorities at the first place. Jesus did not follow his own path but gave his all being in the hands of his Father. He did not follow his own judgements but God’s judgements. He always looked to what God’s ways were and how he could step in line with it  and how his followers had to follow God’s ways, which should always be higher than our ways.

Christ is the Way

” יהושע  said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. ” (John 14:6 The Scriptures 1998+)
““Of Myself I am unable to do any matter. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own desire, but the desire of the Father who sent Me. “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. “There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. ” (John 5:30-32 The Scriptures 1998+)
“I am the good shepherd.1 And I know Mine, and Mine know Me, Footnote: 1Ezek. 34:11-12, Heb. 13:20, 1 Peter 2:25, 1 Peter 5:4. even as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold – I have to bring them as well, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one shepherd.1 Footnote: 1Ezek. 34:23, Ezek. 37:24. “Because of this the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, in order to receive it again. “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to receive it again. This command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:14-18 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jesus said it himself, in case he would have been sent by himself to this earth, than he would be a deceiver, and his witness would not be true, so worthless and perjury.

Jesus who was aware he  only could do all those miracles because he received the blessings and the power of his Father, was willing to bring this power of his Father to the advantage of the people around him; He also wanted to share that life God had given him, with us in abundance.

Jesus as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, to make himself of no account, futile, meaningless, wilful to his Father, he esteemed the other better than himself in lowliness of mind, and did want to get the best for the other and contradictory to the world he never wanted to please himself, but he wanted to please God, his Father to whom he wanted to be obedient. He had a concern for the people around him their needs and concerns. He was willing to give his life as a ransom for them and those he even did not know. Jesus was willing to offer his body as a lamb on the slaughter table so that we could have life, and that we may have it even more abundantly so that  we are enabled to bear fruit like Jesus did bear much fruit.

Luke tells us that Jesus is the real man who presented himself to God his Father and was as such the παῖς  or ‘servant’ of God, in the sense in which Isaiah has spoken of the Messiah as the ‘eḇed jehovah,’ ‘servant of Jehovah (= servant of God).’ The apostle Luke presents the Christ in his bearing on the history of God’s Kingdom and of the world – as God’s Elect Servant in Whom He delighted as Isaiah predicted. In the Old Testament, to adopt a beautiful figure, the idea of the Servant of the Lord is set before us like a pyramid: at its base it is all Israel, at its central section Israel after the Spirit (the circumcised in heart), represented by David, the man after God’s own heart; while at its apex it is the ‘Elect’ Servant, the Messiah. And these three ideas, with their sequences, are presented in the third Gospel as centring in Jesus the Messiah. By the side of this pyramid is the other: the Son of Man, the Son of David, the Son of God. The Servant of the Lord of Isaiah and of Luke is the Enlightener, the Consoler, the victorious Deliverer; the Messiah or Anointed: the Prophet, the Priest, the King.

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Christ Jesus Lamb of God - Crozier representing a lamb, Italian art. - 13th century Louvre Museum Photo Marie-Lan Nguyen (2005)

In this counsellor we find a shepherd as David. Jesus was to shoot forth the Branch of David, the other servant of God. The ‘Servant of the Lord’ in relation to Israel’s history was Kingship in Israel; the ‘Servant of the Lord’ in relation to Israel’s ritual ordinances was the Priesthood in Israel; the ‘Servant of the Lord’ in relation to prediction was the Prophetic order. But all sprang from the same fundamental idea: that of the ‘Servant of Jehovah.’

As a servant opens the door or gate for his master and the guests to this master, Jesus opens the door for us to his Master, his God and our God. Though the servant can find everything at his hands in the masters house, he does not steal and takes care that everything stays in good order.

““The thief does not come except to steal, and to slaughter, and to destroy. I have come that they might possess life, and that they might possess it beyond measure. ““I am the door. Whoever enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and shall go out and find pasture. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to slaughter, and to destroy. I have come that they might possess life, and that they might possess it beyond measure. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. ” (John 10:9-11 The Scriptures 1998+)
“even as the Son of Aḏam did not come to be served, but to serve,1 and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Footnote:1See Mark 10:45 and Isa. 49:1-7. ” (Matthew 20:28 The Scriptures 1998+)

“For, let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah יהושע, who, being in the form of Elohim, did not regard equality with Elohim a matter to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, and came to be in the likeness of men. And having been found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, death even of a stake. Elohim, therefore, has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of יהושע every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue should confess that יהושע Messiah is Master, to the esteem of Elohim the Father. ” (Philippians 2:5-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

Though Jesus was the only Begotten of the Father (John 1:14), the Brightness of the Father’s glory (Hebrews 1:3), the Chosen (Matthew 12:18) and the Christ (Matthew 1:16) he wanted to be  a Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25) and a  Counselor (Isaia 9:6), Friend (John 11:1-44) and even Brother (Hebrews 2:11). Though he expressed images of the Father (Hebrews 1:3) he wanted to be a Faithful Witness of Him (Revelation 1:5), being a Holy One of God (Mark 1:24) always under the Law of the Almighty One God and bringing others under that precious Law (Matthew 27:51; Romans 7:4; Ephesians 2:13-15), being sure that it was not him but the Holy Spirit of his Father who would bring the followers of him his teachings to their remembrance (John 14:26).

John the Baptist declares Jesus to be the Lamb of God, the baptizer with the Holy Spirit, and the Son of God (John 1:29-34 ). As a lamb Jesus was willing to be a sacrifice and to lay down his life as a Ransom (1Timothee 2:6), becoming the new Passover (1Corinthians 5:7), and because of that his Father loves him (Ephesians 5:2; John 10:17) and has taken him as a salvation and mediator for men (Luke 2:25-30; 1Timothee 2:5).

“For there is one Elohim,1 and one Mediator between Elohim and men, the Man Messiah יהושע, Footnote: 11 Cor. 8:6, Eph. 4:6, Mk. 12:29-34. ” (1 Timothy 2:5 The Scriptures 1998+)

God was willing to accept his son his offer and took the anointed up in heaven to sit at His right hand after He had raised up Jesus as the Saviour. By this Christ his action of giving himself to all humanity, as a humble servant Jesus will raise us up through His power. Jesus voluntarily yielded up his life when he knew that his suffering was completed (see John 19:30). It also implies that the divine nature of Christ was active in his resurrection: he was able to “take up” his life again, because he trusted fully in his Father.

“So when יהושע took the sour wine He said, “It has been accomplished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. ” (John 19:30 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Truly, He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains. Yet we reckoned Him stricken, smitten by Elohim, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our crookednesses. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. We all, like sheep, went astray, each one of us has turned to his own way. And יהוה has laid on Him the crookedness of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, but He did not open His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, but He did not open His mouth. ” (Isaiah 53:4-7 The Scriptures 1998+)
“On the next day Yoḥanan saw יהושע {Jeshua} coming toward him, and said, “See, the Lamb of Elohim who takes away the sin of the world!1 Footnote: 1Mt. 1:21, Titus 2:14, 1 John 3:5 & 8. ” (John 1:29 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Therefore cleanse out the old leaven, so that you are a new lump, as you are unleavened. For also Messiah our Passover was offered for us. ” (1 Corinthians 5:7 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Therefore, having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, set your expectation perfectly upon the favour that is to be brought to you at the revelation of יהושע Messiah, as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance, instead, as the One who called you is set-apart, so you also should become set-apart in all behaviour, because it has been written, “Be set-apart, for I am set-apart.” And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear, knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, foreknown, indeed, before the foundation of the world, but manifested in these last times for your sakes, who through Him believe in Elohim who raised Him from the dead and gave Him esteem, so that your belief and expectation are in Elohim. ” (1 Peter 1:13-21 The Scriptures 1998+)
“And I looked, and I heard the voice of many messengers around the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders. And the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb having been slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and respect and esteem and blessing!” ” (Revelation 5:11-12 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jehovah God exalted his humble servant because he fulfilled all the works God wanted to be done on earth by him.

“For you shall not come out in haste, nor go in flight. For יהוה is going before you, and the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl is your rear guard. See, My Servant shall work wisely, He shall be exalted and lifted up and very high. As many were astonished at You – so the disfigurement beyond any man’s and His form beyond the sons of men – He shall likewise startle many nations. Sovereigns shut their mouths at Him, for what had not been recounted to them they shall see, and what they had not heard they shall understand. ” (Isaiah 52:12-15 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Who has believed our report? And to whom was the arm of יהוה revealed? For He grew up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or splendour that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should desire Him – despised and rejected by men, a man of pains and knowing sickness. And as one from whom the face is hidden, being despised, and we did not consider Him. Truly, He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains. Yet we reckoned Him stricken, smitten by Elohim, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our crookednesses. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. We all, like sheep, went astray, each one of us has turned to his own way. And יהוה has laid on Him the crookedness of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, but He did not open His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, but He did not open His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment. And as for His generation, who considered that He shall be cut off from the land of the living? For the transgression of My people He was stricken. And He was appointed a grave with the wrong, and with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was deceit in His mouth1. Footnote: 1See 1 Peter 2:22. But יהוה was pleased to crush Him, He laid sickness on Him, that when He made Himself an offering for guilt, He would see a seed, He would prolong His days and the pleasure of יהוה prosper in His hand. He would see the result of the suffering of His life and be satisfied. Through His knowledge My righteous Servant makes many righteous, and He bears their crookednesses. Therefore I give Him a portion among the great, and He divides the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His being unto death, and He was counted with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. ” (Isaiah 53:1-12 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Are you willing to tell the people around you that you know Christ Jesus? - St Peter's denial - 1660 Rembrandt (1606–1669)

In case that we are willing to give our bodies to the Work of God and be members of Christ Jesus, as members of the body of Christ we should be joined as one and be of one spirit with Christ Jesus. Be fleeing every sin because this  is outside of the body and our body should be a temple of the Holy Spiritin us, which we have from God.

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were set apart, but you were declared right in the Name of the Master יהושע and by the Spirit of our Elohim. All is permitted me, but not all do profit. All is permitted me, but I shall not be under authority of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods – but Elohim shall destroy both it and them. And the body is not for whoring but for the Master, and the Master for the body. And Elohim, who raised up the Master, shall also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Messiah? Shall I then take the members of Messiah and make them members of a whore? Let it not be! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a whore is one body? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.” And he who is joined to the Master is one spirit. Flee whoring. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits whoring sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the Dwelling Place of the Set-apart Spirit who is in you, which you have from Elohim, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price, therefore esteem Elohim in your body and in your spirit,1 which are of Elohim. Footnote: 1See 7:23, 1 Peter 1:18-19. ” (1 Corinthians 6:11-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

Also those who wanted to become big or important should know that they had first to be the lowest of all.

We ourselves should become as Christ. Being Christ does not mean that we are going to be God, as many think Jesus to be God, but it means being as the Servant Jesus, being child of the Father in heaven and being a seed in the hands of the Lord.

The Lord Jesus wants us, as his pupils, his branches, to be fruitful.

“In this My Father is esteemed, that you bear much fruit, and you shall be My taught ones. ” (John 15:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

Fruit is the result of developing life. Branches do not innately have that life in themselves. “The branch cannot bear fruit of itself.” Branches must always find their life in the vine. The vine, Jesus, has life.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Our Lord came to share that life with us in abundance. “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (Joh_10:10). His abundant life is what enables us to bear much fruit.

We should try to do as Jesus, our biggest and best example, and should strive to be simple and sincere toward all, seeking not to please and honour self, but the Lord. As Jesus has given us examples how to pray, to his Father and Our Father, and warned us to keep to the commandments having only One God, we should be careful with what and whom we associate, and be careful to honour the right person with our lips and actions, not being afraid of Christ Jesus.

As Jesus was the servant of his Father and people around him we should also be servants of the people around us and a servant for Christ and for God, faithful to the Lord, the Truth, the brethren and all with whom we have to do, not only in great matters, but also in the little things of life. We should as followers of Christ, becoming Christians have equality in love, so that we are as Brethren and sisters in Christ wanting to do things for each other, never being demanding and never having more than a master/servant relationship. We should all have the idea of equality in Christ. Secular society may not want to live up to the ideal of Christian equality, but the Christian community should certainly hold to that model. To be God’s person is not something one is in isolation from society, but it means to be Christ’s servant in community with mankind at large.

Brethren and Sisters in Christ or Christadelphians - Being one in Christ

No state, no condition of rank in life, is altogether exempt from being a servant. The King and the beggar have both their respective provinces in life; and as Solomon said, the profit of the earth is for all the King himself is served by the field.

“And the increase of the land is for all. The sovereign himself is served from the field.” (Ecclesiastes 5:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

We find God the Father speaking of Jesus the servant of God, when calling him by this name. “Behold my Servant, whom I uphold: mine Elect in whom my soul delighteth!” God has called the branch of David in righteousness, and will hold his hand, and will keep him, and give him for a Covenant of the people.

““See, My Servant whom I uphold, My Chosen One My being has delighted in! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He brings forth right-ruling to the nations. “He does not cry out, nor lifts up His voice, nor causes His voice to be heard in the street. “A crushed reed He does not break, and smoking flax He does not quench. He brings forth right-ruling in accordance with truth. “He does not become weak or crushed, until He has established right-ruling in the earth. And the coastlands wait for His Torah.” Thus said the Ěl, יהוה, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: “I, יהוה, have called You in righteousness, and I take hold of Your hand and guard You, and give You for a covenant to a people, for a light to the gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. “I am יהוה {Jehovah}, that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols. ” (Isaiah 42:1-8 The Scriptures 1998+)

Gottlieb-Christ Preaching at Capernaum

Christ Jesus preaching as a servant for God, proclaiming the Word of God in a temple in Caparneum - 1878-1879 (unfinished) Maurycy Gottlieb (1856–1879)

Jesus was humbly enough to tell people all things he did, he did by the hand of God. He has been trustworthy over a small part of the world, the Land of God’s People. Are we willing to be placed as him, being a servant, responsible over a relatively  few things,  so we will be placed later over many things? The conduct of us as servants  of others, servants of Christ and as servants of God shall be determining to enter the Kingdom of God. We also should be prepared to be ready at any moment of the day to be there to be the servant for the returning Master who was only Servant of God.

God has given us Christ on earth, so we can serve him here on earth as the representative of God. By going for Christ we can serve God, but than we cannot be a servant of the world at the same time or be dependant of material things  at the same time. The person who loves his earthly life will eventually  lose it forever,  but the person who hates his life in this world will retain never ending life. If any person wants to serve Christ,  he should become his follower;  and wherever he is,  his servant will be there also.  If any person serves him,  the Father will honour him.

““And his master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant. You were trustworthy over a little, I shall set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ ” (Matthew 25:21 The Scriptures 1998+)
““No servant is able to serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one and love the other, or else he shall cling to the one and despise the other. You are not able to serve Elohim and mammon.” And the Pharisees, who loved silver, also heard all this, and were sneering at Him, so He said to them, “You are those who declare yourselves righteous before men, but Elohim knows your hearts, because what is highly thought of among men is an abomination in the sight of Elohim. “The Torah and the prophets are until Yoḥanan. Since then the reign of Elohim is being announced, and everyone is doing violence upon it. “And it is easier for the heaven and the earth to pass away than for one tittle of the Torah to fall. ” (Luke 16:13-17 The Scriptures 1998+)
““Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. “He who loves his life shall lose it, and he who hates his life in this world shall preserve it for everlasting life. “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me. And where I am, there My servant also shall be. If anyone serves Me, the Father shall value him. ” (John 12:24-26 The Scriptures 1998+)

Trusting ourself to Divine care and the Providential overruling of all our interests for our highest welfare, we should seek not only to be pure in heart, but to repel all anxiety, all discontent, all discouragement, neither murmuring nor repine at what the Lord’s providence may permit, because “Faith can firmly trust Him, Come what may.”

Are we willing to become like Christ, a servant of God? And be willing to prepare for the coming of the greatest servant of all? Being as brides to Christ? Or do we want to be called to the marriage of the Lamb of God Jesus Christ?  Willing to walk as servants in the light of Christ, being just a shadow?

““And know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. “Because of this, be ready too, for the Son of Aḏam is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him. “Who then is a trustworthy and wise servant, whom his master set over his household, to give them food in season? “Blessed is that servant whom his master, having come, shall find so doing. “Truly, I say to you that he shall set him over all his possessions. ” (Matthew 24:43-47 The Scriptures 1998+)
“And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true words of Elohim.” ” (Revelation 19:9 The Scriptures 1998+)
“And I saw no Dwelling Place in it, for יהוה  Ěl Shaddai is its Dwelling Place, and the Lamb. And the city had no need of the sun, nor of the moon, to shine in it, for the esteem of Elohim lightened it, and the Lamb is its lamp. And the gentiles, of those who are saved, shall walk in its light,1 and the sovereigns of the earth bring their esteem into it. Footnote: 1See Isa. 60:3. And its gates shall not be shut at all by day, for night shall not be there. And they shall bring the esteem and the appreciation of the gentiles into it. And there shall by no means enter into it whatever is unclean, neither anyone doing abomination and falsehood,1 but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Footnote: 1See 22:15, and 2 Thess. 2:11. ” (Revelation 21:22-27 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And I looked, and I heard the voice of many messengers around the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders. And the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands,” (Revelation 5:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

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  1. Half-hearted discipleship
  2. Better Things
  3. Prefering to be a Christian
  4. Reveal, command and demand what you will
  5. The thought of losing rekindles the joy of having
  6. It’s hard to be like Christ
  7. Be Holy
  8. To belong to = toebehoren
  9. Not liking your Christians
  10. Not all will inherit the Kingdom
  11. Half-hearted discipleship 
  12. Bible power to change
  13. Christadelphian people
  14. Chrystalised harmonious thinking
  15. Concerning gospelfaith
  16. Crucifixion for suffering
  17. Expiatory sacrifice
  18. Faith
  19. Faith and works
  20. Faith mouving mountains
  21. Full authority belongs to God
  22. God Helper and Deliverer
  23. God His Reward
  24. God’s promises
  25. God’s measure not our measure
  26. Gods hope and our hope
  27. Gods Salvation
  28. God’s Will for Us – Gods Wil voor ons 
  29. Hope for the future
  30. Human nature
  31. Incomplete without the mind of God
  32. Jesus Messiah
  33. Jesus’s answers about God’s silence
  34. Knowing Rabboni
  35. A Messiah to die
  36. New Covenant
  37. Offer in our suffering
  38. One Mediator
  39. Only one God
  40. On the Nature of Christ
  41. Our way of life
  42. Preparing for the Kingdom – Voorbereiden op het Koninkrijk 
  43. Promise of comforter
  44. Rapture exposed Admittance with Christ
  45. Rapture Exposed Gathering with Jesus
  46. Reasons that Jesus was not God
  47. Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  48. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #2 What you must do
  49. Seeing Jesus
  50. Self inflicted misery #9 Subject to worldly things
  51. Slave for people and God
  52. The True Vine
  53. Video – Commandments of God
  54. Video – Light of the World
  55. Working of the hope
  56. Written to recognise the Promissed One

 

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Articles in Dutch / Nederlandstalige artikelen:

  1. De Wet van de Liefde, basis van alle instructies
  2. Verlossing voor Gods volk
  3. Zuivering voor allen
  4. Studiedag: Gods indringende boodschap #3 Met Christus gestorven en opgewekt
  5. Afstraling van God’s Heerlijkheid
  6. Dienaar in de gegeven genade
  7. Leden in het lichaam van Christus
  8. To belong to = toebehoren + Toebehoren
  9. Halfslachtig leerlingschap
  10. De Kern van God dienen
  11. Focussen op Christus
  12. Christus kennen is zin geven aan het leven
  13. Niet goddelijkheid van Christus toch
  14. 1Korinthiërs 3:6-7 God die Wasdom geeft #2 Paulus en andere dienaars.
  15. Laat mij anderen van harte dienen
  16. Vrijwilligheid van het Christen zijn
  17. Christen worden iets anders dan lid worden van een kerk.
  18. Bijbelonderzoek Inleiding Navolgers van Christus
  19. Kies niet onjuist te zijn, omwille van verschillend te wezen
  20. Probeer vooruit te rijden in plaats van achteruit
  21. Heeft het Christendom zich neergelegd bij de wereld
  22. Een Niet-christelijke christelijke bediening
  23. Niet houden van dat soort Christenen
  24. Niet allen zullen het Koninkrijk beërven
  25. De gedachte aan het verliezen ontsteekt de vreugde van het hebben
  26. Slag om waardigheid in zuivere natuur
  27. Hoe ons te gedragen
  28. Redenen waarom zij niet kunnen doen wat zij willen
  29. De Bijbel onze Gids #3 de Toekomst van de Rechtvaardigen #1
  30. Eén met Christus, één met elkaar
  31. Eén met Christus, verschillend met of van elkaar
  32. Belachelijk of eerder sterke persoonlijkheid
  33. Beter falen voor de wereld
  34. Broers en broeders
  35. Christadelphian mens
  36. Christelijk leven
  37. Christen, Jood of Volk van God
  38. Christen genoemd
  39. Christen mensen met ons geloof
  40. Christus toebehorenden
  41. Dankbaar voor verkregen offer
  42. De Gezondene
  43. De Onschuldige
  44. Destin des justes
  45. Eén met Christus
  46. Een Messias om te Sterven
  47. Elke gelovige is opgeroepen om Christus in de dienst te volgen
  48. Geen Wegvluchter
  49. Gekristalliseerd harmonieus denken
  50. Geloof in Jezus Christus
  51. Geloof in slechts Één God
  52. Geloof voor God aanvaardbaar
  53. Getuige of Broeder
  54. God Helper en Bevrijder
  55. God, Jezus Christus en de Heilige Geest
  56. God komt ons ten goede
  57. Gods hoop en onze hoop
  58. Gods Redding
  59. Gods beloften
  60. Gods Wil voor ons
  61. Goedheid en liefde openbaar gemaakt
  62. Een Groots Geschenk om te herinneren
  63. Het beschreven lam
  64. Het Zoenoffer
  65. Hij die komt
  66. Hij die zit aan de rechterhand van zijn Vader
  67. Hoop op een man
  68. Het begin van Jezus #6 Beloften van Innerlijke zegeningen
  69. Jezus Christus is in het vlees gekomen
  70. Kleine kudde en beleidvolle slaaf
  71. Lam van God
  72. Nieuw Verbond
  73. Onschuldig Lam
  74. Rapture blootgelegd Toegang met Christus
  75. Rapture blootgelegd Verzamelen met Jezus
  76. Rechtvaardigen
  77. Redding
  78. Redding door volharding
  79. Relatie tot Christus
  80. Relatie tot God
  81. Relatie tot medemens
  82. Slaaf voor mens en God
  83. Teken van het Verbond
  84. Verandering door de Bijbel
  85. Voorbereiden op het Koninkrijk
  86. Ware Hoop
  87. Werking van de Hoop
  88. Zalving van Christus als profetische repetitie van de begrafenisrituelen
  89. Zoenoffer

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  • Not making a runner (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Slave for people and God (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • The Soul confronted with Death (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Jesus begotten Son of God #16 Prophet to be heard (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • “The Resurrection of Jesus” by Rev Samuel Mametsa, Sunday 09th April 2012 (kutamaphc.wordpress.com)
    Imagine if Jesus Christ had refused to die for us. What would have happened? If He had said: “I am not going to die for you!”
  • Daily Verse: 1 Peter 1:3-4 (faithfulprovisions.com)
    It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
  • April 11 – Judging My Brother In Opinions(lelandfleming.wordpress.com)
    I have been unified with the body of Christ by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  That was realized through baptism into His death.
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    I should fully respect a Brother’s opinion when we are talking about opinions.  Who am I to think my “opinion” is any better than somebody else’s “opinion?”  Scripture legislates doctrine.  Conscience legislates opinion.  I must know the difference.
  • The Path Ahead (redeemedinstruments.com)
    If we only look ahead to the future our vision is at best cloudy and obscured, at worst totally dark.
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    Throughout the Bible there is a constant theme that urges God’s people to look to their forefathers as their example; to return to the old ways when things were as they should be between God and His people.  Ladies and gentlemen, there is only one place where hope is to be found, and only one Person who can give it to us.  The place can be described many ways, but may I suggest that since without it we are doomed and appointed to death both individually and as a people, we may best refer to as it The Word of Life.
  • The Meaning of the Term “Brother” (idkh.org)
    All servants who were called in the church of God are accepted to be God’s sons and daughters. (2 Cor. 6:18) and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (Mat 23:8)  But you must not be called Rabbi, for One is your teacher, Christ, and you are all brothers. Like what Jesus had shown, whoever does the will of the Father, and fulfill all righteousness is accepted as God’s beloved son to whom He is well pleased. (Mat. 3: 15-17)
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    Like faith, the love to a brother should be shown through actions with all truthfulness. (James 2: 15-16, 22)
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    If we can love one another like we love ourselves, not only we obey God’s greatest commandment, but peace and happiness will be felt throughout all brethren of the church of God. (Psalms 122: 8-9)
  • Daily Tidbits 1/20/12 – A House Divided Cannot Stand (littleguyintheeye.wordpress.com)
    Division comes as a result of man’s carnal nature inherited from the first Adam when he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
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A Messiah to die

Posted on April 7, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Excerpts from the Book of Matthew:

from “The Holy Peshitta of the Assembly of Jerusalem.”


Matthew 16: 13-20:

13 And when Yeshua came into the region of Caesarea of Philippi, he was asking his talmidim, saying: “What do men say concerning me, that I am a Son of Man?” 14 And they said: “Some say Yokhanan the Baptiser; but others, Eliyahu; and others, Yeremi’ya, or one of the prophets. “15 He said to them: “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Shimon Keipha answered and said: “You are the Anointed, the Son of the living God.” 17 Yeshua answered, and said to him: “Blessed are you, Shimon bar Yokhanan*; because flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 Also I say to you, that you are Keipha, and upon this rock, I will build my Temple, and the gates of Sheol shall not suppress it.”

19 Turning to the twelve he said*: “I will give to all of you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven and anything that you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and the thing you loose on earth, will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he commanded his talmidim that to men they should not say he was the Messiah.

16: 21-28:

21 From that time on, Yeshua began to make known to his talmidim that he was to go to Yerushalayim and to suffer much from the elders, and the chief priests and scribes, and he would be murdered, and that on the third day would rise up. 22 But Keipha took him and began rebuking him saying: “Far be it from you, Mari, that this should happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Keipha: “Get behind me, accuser; you are a stumbling block to me because you do not think the things of God, rather the things of the sons of men.”

24 Then Yeshua said to his talmidim: “He who wishes to follow after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow after me. 25 For, he who desires to save his life shall lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul? What will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 It is necessary for the Son of Man is to come in the glory of his Father, with all his holy angels; and then he will reward every man according to his works. 28 Truly I say to you, that there are some men who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man come into his Kingdom.”

17:22-23:

22 While they were travelling in Galil, Yeshua said to them: “The Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of the sons of men; 23 and they will murder him; and on the third day he will rise.” And they were very saddened.

20: 17-19:

17 And Yeshua was going to go up to Yerushalayim, and he took his twelve talmidim alone on [[the side of]] the road, and said to them: 18 “Behold! We are going up to Yerushalayim; and the Son of Man will be delivered up to the chief priests and to the scribes, and they will condemn him to death.  19 And they will deliver him over to the gentiles: and they will mock him, and will beat him, and will crucify him; and the third day, he will rise.”

21: 42-46:

42 Yeshua said to them: “Have you never read in the Scripture: ‘The stone that was rejected by the builders became the head of the corner; this is from the presence of Mar-Yah; and it is marvellous in our eyes’?*

43 “Therefore I say to you, that the Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a people who bear fruit. 44 And whoever falls upon this stone, will be broken; and anyone it falls upon it will crush.”

45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees heard his parables, they understood that he spoke against them. 46 And they wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd, because they regarded him as a prophet.

26:1-5:

1 And it came to pass, that when Yeshua had finished all these sayings, he said to his talmidim:  2 “You know that after two days is Pesach; and the Son of Man will be betrayed to be crucified.”

3 Then the chief priests and the scribes and the elders of the people gathered together at the court of the high priest, who was called Qeiafa. 4 And they took counsel concerning Yeshua, so that they might take arrest him by deceit and murder him. 5 And they were saying: “Not during the festival, in case disorder should take place among the people.”

26:11-16:

11 For you will always have the poor with you; but you will not always have me. 12 But this one act, pouring the perfume on my body, she has done so as if it were for my burial. 13 Truly I say to you, that wherever this my gospel is preached, in all the world, also this thing that she did will be told as a memorial to her.”

14 Then one of the twelve, named Yudah Skariota, went to the chief priests, 15 and said to them: “What are you willing to give me, if I will deliver him to you?” And they promised him thirty pieces of silver.  16 And from then on, he was seeking a chance to betray him.

26:20-25:

20 And when it was evening, he was reclining among his twelve talmidim. 21 And while they were eating, he said: “Truly I say to you, that one of you will betray me.” 22 And it made them very sad. And each of them began to say to him: “Mari, is it I?”* 23 And he answered and said: “He who dips his hand with me in the dish, that one will betray me. 24 And the Son of Man will go, as it is written concerning him.  Woe to that man, by whose hand the Son of Man is betrayed. It would have been better for that man, if he had not been born.” 25 Yudah the betrayer answered and said: “Rabbi, is it I?” Yeshua said to him: “You have said it.”

26:28:

28 This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for the sake of many for the forgiveness of sins.

26:30-32:

30 And they sang Hallel*, and went out to Har-Zeitim. 31 Then Yeshua said to them: “All of you will be offended by me in this night; for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of his flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have risen, I will go before you into Galil.”

26: 37-39:

37 And he took Keipha and the two sons of Zavddai, and began to be sorrowful and wearied. 38 And he said to them: “There is sadness in my soul, even to death. Wait with me here, and watch with me.” 39 And he went a little ways, and fell upon his face, and prayed, and said: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass over me. However, not as I will, but as you will.”

26:48-50:

48 And Yudah the betrayer had given them a sign, saying: “It is he whom I kiss; seize him.” 49 And immediately he went to Yeshua, and said: “Shalom, Rabbi;” and kissed him. 50 And Yeshua said to him: “Is it for this reason you have come, my friend?” Then drawing near, they laid their hands on Yeshua, and seized him.

27:1-5:

1 And when it was morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took council against Yeshua, so that they might put him to death. 2 And they bound him, and took him and delivered him up to the governor Pilatos.

3 Then Yudah the betrayer, when he saw that Yeshua was convicted, repented. And he went and returned those thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders; 4 and said: “I have sinned, due to the fact that I have betrayed innocent blood.” And they said: “What is it to us? See to your own issues.” 5 And he threw the silver into the Temple, and leaving, he went and hanged himself.

27:9-10:

9 Then it was fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet [[Zechariah]], saying: “I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the precious one, which they of the B’nai Yisrael had agreed upon;

10 and I gave them for the field of the potter, as Mar-Yah directed me.”

27:18-26:

18 For Pilatos knew that it was because of hate that they had handed over Yeshua*. 19 And while the governor was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, and said: “Have nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered very much today in a dream because of him.” 20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds that they ask for Bar Abba, and to destroy Yeshua. 21 And the governor answered, and said to them: “Whom do you desire to be freed to you?” And theysaid: “Bar Abba!” 22 Pilatos said to them: “And Yeshua, who is called the Messiah, what should I do to him?” They all said: “Let him be crucified.” 23 The governor said to them: “Indeed, what evil has he committed?” And they cried out all the more, and said: “Let him be crucified.” 24 And Pilatos, when he saw that nothing was helpful, but rather that uproar was produced, he took water, and washed his hands before the crowds, and said: “I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man; do as you will.” 25 And all the people answered, and said: “His blood be upon us, and upon our children!” 26 Then he released Bar Abba to them; and scourged Yeshua with whips and gave him over to be crucified.

27:27-31:

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Yeshua into the Praetorium, and assembled the entire brigade against him. 28 And they stripped him, and clothed him with a purple robe*. 29 And they wove a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand, and they bowed down upon their knees before him, and they were mocking him, saying: “Hail, King of the Judeans.” 30 And they spit in his face, and took the reed, and struck him on his head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they removed the robe, and put on him his own garments, and led him away to be crucified.

27:32-54:

32 And as they went out, they found a man from Qurinya* whose name was Shimon; and they compelled him to carry his cross. 33 And they came to a place which is called Golgotha, which is interpreted The Skull. 34 And they gave him to strong vinegar drink mixed with gall. And he tasted it but did not desire to drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they were watching him there. 37 And they placed over his head the reason for his death in writing:

THIS IS YESHUA,

THE KING OF THE JUDEANS

38 And there were crucified with him two bandits, one on his right, and one on his left. 39 And those who were passing by were blaspheming against him, and were nodding their heads 40 and saying: “You who would tear down the Temple, and rebuild it in three days, deliver yourself if you are the Son of God, and come down from the cross.” 41 Likewise the chief priests were mocking, along with the scribes and elders and Pharisees, 42 and they were saying: “He saved others, but his very life he is not able to save. If he is the King of Yisrael, let him come down now from the cross, so that we may see it and believe in him.  43 He trusted in God; let him save him now, if he is pleased with him, for he said: ‘I am the Son of God.’”

44 Likewise the bandits that were also crucified with him, criticised him. 45 And from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land, until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour, Yeshua cried out with a loud voice and said: “Eli, Eli; why have you spared me?” 47 And some of those men that were standing there, when they heard this, said: “He calls for Eliyahu.” 48 And immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and offered it to him. 49 But the rest were saying: “Let him be; let us see if Eliyahu will come to save him.”

50 And again Yeshua cried out with a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. 51 And immediately, the lintel of the Temple fell and broke into pieces; and the earth was shaken; and the rocks split. 52 And the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who were sleeping arose, 53 and went out; and after his resurrection, they entered into the Holy City, and many saw them. 54 And the centurion, and those that were with him who were watching Yeshua, when they saw the earthquake and all that had occurred, became afraid, and said: “Truly, this was the Son of God.”

27:57-66:

57 And when it became evening, a rich man came from Ramatayim, whose name was a Yoseph, who was also a talmid of Yeshua. 58 This man drew near to Pilatos, and requested the body of Yeshua. And Pilatos instructed that the body be given to him. 59 And Yoseph took the body, and wrapped it in a shroud of fine linen; 60 and he laid it in his new sepulchre that had been hewn from rock. And they rolling a large boulder, they placed it against the entrance of the sepulchre, and departed: 6l And Miriam of Magdala and the other Miriam were there, who sat on the other side of the sepulchre.

62 And on the next day that was after sunset*, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together with Pilatos, 63 and said to him: “Our lord, we remember that this deceiver said, when he was alive, ‘After three days, I will arise.’ 64 Therefore, instruct that they guard the sepulchre until the third day; in case his talmidim come and steal him during the night, and say to the people that he has risen from the dead; and the last deception should become worse than the first.’” 65 Pilatos said to them: “You have guards! Go and guard it as you see fit.” 66 And they went and appointed guards by the sepulchre, and set a seal on the stone and placed the guards on watch.

Please do read also:

  1. Yesterday He died for me
  2. Written to recognise the Promissed One
  3. Who is Jesus #2 Jesus Christ, man who died
  4. How is it that Christ pleased God so perfectly?
  5. The redemption of man by Christ Jesus
  6. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  7. This month’s survey question: Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
  8. Slave for people and God
  9. Clean Flesh #1 Intro
  10. Anointing of Christ as Prophetic Rehearsal of the Burial rites
  11. Isaiah prophet and messenger of God
  12. Self inflicted misery #3 A man given to suffer for us
  13. Self inflicted misery #6 Paying by death
  14. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #1 Suffering covered by Peace Offering
  15. God wants to be gracious to you
  16. Who is Jesus Christ? #1 What does the Bible say
  17. Why did Jesus have to die
  18. Understanding The Atonement
  19. Christ having glory
  20. Impaled until death overtook him
  21. Jesus Christ, His Sacrifice
  22. Swedish theologian finds historical proof Jesus did not die on a cross
  23. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends
  24. A Great Gift commemorated
  25. Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ
  26. Summary on trinity
  27. Not making a runner
  28. The Soul confronted with Death
  29. There is no need to execute a sentence twice for sin
  30. Ransom for all
  31. Ransom for All – Searches
  32. Self-preservation is the highest law of nature

Dutch readers can also find additional reading / Nederlandstalige lezers kunnen ook aanvullende lectuur vinden in:

  1. Gisteren stierf hij voor mij
  2. Jezus Christus Zijn Zoenoffer
  3. Het begin van Jezus #3 Voorgaande Tijden
  4. Jesaja profeet en boodschapper van God
  5. Het begin van Jezus #4 Aangekondigde te komen Verlosser
  6. Het begin van Jezus #5 Aankondigingsteksten uit de Schrift
  7. Het begin van Jezus #6 Beloften van innerlijke zegeningen
  8. Het begin van Jezus #7 Een Nieuwe Adam, zoon van Abraham
  9. Het begin van Jezus #8 Beloofde Gezalfde zoon van God
  10. Het begin van Jezus #9 Een kwestie van Toekomst
  11. Het begin van Jezus #12 Gezalfd na Johannes de Doper
  12. De Knecht des Heren #3 De Gewillige leerling
  13. De Knecht des Heren #4 De Verlosser
  14. Verontrustheid van Jezus
  15. Hoe heeft Jezus zulk een plezier voor God gedaan
  16. Lijden goegemaakt door Jezus’ loskoopoffer voor zonde
  17. Niemand heeft zulk een grote liefde als hij die zij leven gaf voor zijn vrienden
  18. Lam van God #1 Oude Tijden
  19. Lam van God #2 Jezus moest sterven
  20. Lam van God #3 Christus stierf als onschuldig Lam #2 Aanvaarding der Toewijzing
  21. Lam van God #3 Christus stierf als onschuldig Lam #3 Losprijs
  22. Lam van God #3b Christus stierf als onschuldig Lam
  23. Lam van God #3c Christus stierf als onschuldig Lam NT teksten
  24. God wil u gunst betonen
  25. Een Groots Geschenk om te herinneren
  26. Geen Wegvluchter
  27. Slaaf voor mens en God
  28. Fragiliteit en actie #15 Lossen of Verlossen
  29. Redding, vertrouwen en actie in Jezus #1 Bedekking Lijden
  30. Redding, vertrouwen en actie in Jezus #2 Te Doen
  31. Redding, vertrouwen en actie in Jezus #6 Samenhoren
  32. Redding, vertrouwen en actie in Jezus #7 Adverteren
  33. Zalving van Christus als profetische repetitie van de begrafenisrituelen
  34. Lijden goegemaakt door Jezus’ loskoopoffer voor zonde
  35. Waarom vast houden aan het kruisbeeld
  36. Zweeds theoloog vindt in historische geschriften dat Jezus niet aan een kruis stierf
  37. Een gedicht voor Pasen
  38. Niet goddelijkheid van Christus toch 
  39. Niet gebonden door labels maar vrij in Christus
  40. Toewijding van ons
  41. Bedenking rond Onveranderlijkheid
  42. Eerste pogingen van het kiemend zaad
  43. Waarom ik voor de Islam kies? #3 verantwoordelijkheid voor zonden
  44. 1Korinthiërs 3:6-7 God die Wasdom geeft #2 Paulus en andere dienaars.
  45. Donderdag 9 April = 14 Nisan en Paasviering 11 April
  46. Pasen 2006
  47. Een Feestmaal en doodsherinnering
  48. Zo maar gerechtvaardigd?
  49. Zelfbehoud is de hoogste wet van de natuur

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    Jewish people will mark the beginning of this prophetic holiday, which foreshadows the salvation wrought for all mankind by Yeshua, with a ceremonial meal called the Seder, in which the story of deliverance from slavery in Egyptis retold.

    Around the world, as the Jewish People commemorate their exodus from slavery inEgypt, and celebrate the saving power of the God of Israel, Believers in Yeshua (Jesus)—both Jewish and Gentile—will celebrate freedom from slavery to sin.
  • Notes And Commentary: “Jacob’s Trouble” Opening Session Presented By Speaker David Chernoff [MJAA SW Regional Conference 2012] (paradoxparables.justparadox.com)
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  • He Says Concerning Himself “I am the Son of Elohim” (guapotg.wordpress.com)
    there is an amazing Messianic Prophecy found in The Wisdom of Solomon 2:12-22
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    13: He professes that the knowledge of Elohim is his: and he says concerning himself
    “I am the Son of Elohim”  
    (Wisdom 2:13 HRV)In fact both Matthew and Yochanan (John) quote Yeshua as angering many by saying “I am the Son of Elohim/Eloah”:41 And likewise, the Chief Cohenim reviled Him, with the scribes and elders,
    42 Saying, He saved others, but Himself He cannot save. If He is the king of Yisrael, let
    Him now come down from this gallows, and we will believe in Him.
    43 He believed in Elohim, let Him deliver Him now, if He delight [in Him]: for He
    said, I am the Son of Elohim.
    44 And so likewise the robbers, which were crucified with Him, reproached Him.
    (Mt. 27:41-44 HRV)
    +15: He is heavy upon us even to behold: because his way of life is not like others,  
    his ways are different.
    16: We are esteemed by him as impure: he abstained from our ways like from impurity:
    he blesses the ways and the end of the righteous, and he boasts that Elohim is his
    father.  
    17: Let us see if his words are true: and let us test him by his departure.
    (Wisdom 2:15-17 HRV)
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    Like Joseph the Patriarch, Yeshua was betrayed by his own for a few pieces of silver (Gen. 37:28) he was cast into “the pit” (death) and raised back up so that he might redeem his brothers,  Like Joseph, Yeshua’s teaching and revelation angered his brothers, who sought to put his claims to the test by casting him into the pit (of death).
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    18: For if the Righteous One is the Son of Elohim, he will receive him, and deliver
    him from the hand of those who rise up against him.  
    (Wisdom 2:18 HRV)

    This strongly parallels a Messianic prophecy found in Psalm 22:

    9 (22:8) Let him commit himself unto YHWH; let Him rescue him; let Him deliver him:
    seeing He delights in him.
    (Ps. 22:9 (8) HRV)

    And both were fulfilled by Yeshua as we read in Matthew and in Yochanan (John):

    43 He believed in Elohim, let Him deliver Him now, if He delight [in Him]: for He
    said, I am the Son of Elohim.
    (Mt. 27:43 HRV)

  • The Crucifixion Week (blogginghounds.wordpress.com)
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  • Traditions of the Elders (guapotg.wordpress.com)
    In Matthew 15:1-23 and Mark 7:1-23 there is a record of a conflict between Yeshua and a group of Pharisees.  This conflict has been mischaracterized by many as a conflict between Yeshua and the Oral Law in general, rather than a typical debate of the time about the validity or invalidity of a given tradition of the Elders.
  • Passover the season of our unity (blogginghounds.wordpress.com)
    On the eve of Passover, all Israel, as one household, sacrifices a lamb at the same time and in the same manner. Each household within Israel has one lamb, and every single person within Israel must partake on the same night.
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    The unity of the lamb for each household underscores the unity of each household, which taken together form the unity of the whole household of Israel, all marked for deliverance by the blood of the Passover lamb. This theme of unity resounds throughout our celebration of the Passover seder today. The whole family gathers around the table to retell the story.
  • Easter Reflections: Betrayal, Trials, Denial, and Remorse (graceformymess.com)
    reflecting on Christ’s journey to the cross on our behalf and His glorious resurrection.
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    Sfirat HaOmer [Sef-iRAT Ha-O'mer] literally means “counting of the sheaf offering”. Also known as the early harvest of or the day of first fruits [Yom Bikkurim]. This counting begins on the 15th of Nisan and the counting continues for 49 days leading up to Sh’avuot/Pentecost (the 50th day). This year it falls on 04/7/12 @6pm  and goes until 5/27/12@6pm.
  • Daily Tidbits 4/7 – The Mark of YHWH (littleguyintheeye.wordpress.com)
    This is what redemption is, to bring back man to the state of Adam before he fell.  This can only be done through Messiah Yahshua who is the tree of life.  In the end, the man of sin is going to offer redemption through the tree of knowledge…’ye shall not surely die’, yet this is going to lead to eternal damnation.  The sons of Elohim are those who are adopted and redeemed through Messiah Yahshua(Romans 8:11-39) The adversary is going to offer mankind to become one with the fallen sons of Elohim who come down from heaven offering to mix with mankind just as they did in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37).His sabbaths, His feasts are a sign that we are His people.  It is His mark.  What is the counterfeit?  A false feast/holiday system.  Christmas click here,  Easter click here etc. are all counterfeits which point to the antichrist.  As seen above, the mark is all about the resurrection and who’s image one chooses.  The image of Messiah Yahshua who is the tree of life or the image of the beast which is the tree of knowledge.  The feasts of YHWH point to Messiah.  The holidays of this world system click here point to the antichrist.  A deeper study of the symbology and rituals of these holidays show that death and resurrection are the main themes and ultimately the desire of man to be ‘gods’ knowing good and evil is portrayed.
  • Easter (littleguyintheeye.wordpress.com)
    It is clear from looking at multiple Bible dictionaries that Easter is a counterfeit of the Pesach (Passover).
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    This is what Easter is.  It is hopping between two opinions.  It is trying mix the Pesach with spring festival customs of the heathen.  It is another golden calf.  Worshipping YHWH in accordance with heathen rites.
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    The name Easter derives from the goddess Eostre/Ishtar.
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    Originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honour of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover.
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    Estre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring, which deity, however, is otherwise unknown, even in the Edda…April was called easter-monadh

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Slave for people and God

Posted on April 6, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Kingdom of God, Manners and Association | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Excerpts from the Book of Matthew:

from “The Holy Peshitta of the Assembly of Jerusalem.”


Matthew 6:24:

   24“No man is able to serve two masters, for he will either hate one and he will love the other; or he will honour one and he will treat the other with disrepute. You are not able to serve both God and money.

12: 9-21:

9 Departing from there Yeshua came to their assembly. 10 And a certain man was there, with a hand that was withered.  The man said: “Mari, I was a stone-cutter using my hands to provide food for my household; I beg of you, Yeshua, to heal me, so that I no longer walk in shame begging for food.” And they were asking him saying: “Is it lawful to heal on Shabbat?” that they might accuse him [[of wrong doing]]. 11 And he said to them: “Who among you men, having a sheep that falls into a pit on the day of Shabbat, does not grab it and lift it out? 12 Now, how much important is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do that which is good on Shabbat.” 13 Then he said to that man: “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched out his hand and it was restored like the other.

14 And the Pharisees went out taking counsel together concerning him, that they might destroy him. 15 But Yeshua knew this, and he withdrew himself from there. And large crowds followed after him and he healed all of them. 16 And he instructed them that they should not reveal him,

17 so that it might be fulfilled that which was spoken through the prophet Isaiah, saying:

18 Behold my servant! I am pleased with my beloved, my soul rejoices.

I will place my spirit upon him; and he shall declare judgment to all the peoples.

19 He will not argue, nor be boisterous, and no man will hear his voice in the street.

20 The crushed reed he will not break and the lamp that is flickering he will not extinguish until he brings justice to victory. 21 And in his name the peoples will have hope.

24:45- 51: 45 “Who then is that faithful and wise servant, whom his master has appointed over his household, to provide to them food in due time? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom, when his master comes, he will find so doing. 47 Truly I say to you, that he will appoint him over all that he possesses. 48 But if a servant, being full of wickedness, says in his heart: ‘My master will be delayed in coming;’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with drunkards; 50 the master of that servant will come in a day that he does not expect, and during an hour he does not know, 51 and will cut him in two, and will give to him his portion among the hypocrites; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

16: 24-27:

24 Then Yeshua said to his talmidim: “He who wishes to follow after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow after me. 25 For, he who desires to save his life shall lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul? What will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 It is necessary for the Son of Man is to come in the glory of his Father, with all his holy angels; and then he will reward every man according to his works.

18: 1-7:

1 At that moment the talmidim drew near to Yeshua, and said: “Who is, in fact, the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” 2 And Yeshua called a child and had him stand their midst, 3 and said: “Truly I say to you, that unless you change*, and become like children, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore he who humbles himself like this child, he will be great in the Kingdom of heaven. 5 And he who receives one who is like this child in my name, he receives me. 6 Anyone who stumbles* one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for him that a millstone of a donkey were hung on his neck, and that he were sunk into the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses*! For it is necessary that offenses should come, but woe to the man by whose means the offenses come.

18:10-11:

10 Make sure you do not despise one of these little ones; for I say to you, that their angels in heaven are beholding at all times the face of my Father who is in heaven. 11 For the Son of Man, has come to save that which was lost.

19: 13- 15:

13 Then children drew near to him, that he might lay his hand upon them and pray. And his talmidim rebuked them. 14 But Yeshua said to them: “Allow the children to come to me, and do not hinder them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such.” 15 And he laid his hand on them, and departed from there.

19:21-26:

21 Yeshua said to him: “If you desire to obtain eternal life then you must fulfil the Torah and the Prophets.”  He answered him saying: “This I (have) done.”  Yeshua then said to him: “Go and sell everything that you possess and give it over to those who are without; and come, and follow me.”  This word distressed the man and he was not pleased.  And Yeshua said to him: “Have you not read in the Torah, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself?’  How is it that you say you have fulfilled the Torah and the Prophets, when in fact your very kinsmen, being B’nai Avraham, thirst and hunger, yet your storehouses are full?  Go and sell your possessions, and give to those who are without, and you will have treasure in heaven.” 22 And upon hearing this word the young man became saddened and went away, for he had many possessions.

23 And Yeshua turned to Shimon and then said to his talmidim: “Truly I say to you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of heaven. 24 And again, I say to you: It is easier for a rope to enter the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.” 25 And when the talmidim heard this, they were especially amazed, saying: “Indeed, who then is able to gain life!” 26 Yeshua looked at them, and said to them: “With men this is not possible, but with God every thing is possible.”

20: 20-28:

20 Then the mother of the sons of Zavddai came to him, she and her sons; and she worshipped him, and was asking something from him. 21 And he said to her: “What do you desire?” And she said to him: “Say, that these my two sons will sit, the one on your right hand and the other on your left, in your kingdom.” 22 And Yeshua answered and said: “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink of the cup, of which I am to drink? Or be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with? Or enter the place that I enter?*” They said to him: “We are able.”

23 He said to them: “You will drink my cup, and will be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with, but that you should sit at my right hand and at my left, is not mine to give, except to those for whom it is prepared by my Father.” 24 And when the ten heard this they became angry with those two brothers. 25 And Yeshua called them, and said to them: “You know that the princes of the gentiles are their masters, and their nobles exercise authority over them. 26 Do not permit it to be this way among you. But whoever among you desires to be great, let him be a minister to you; 27 and he who desires to be first among you, let him be a servant to you; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for the sake of many.”

22:33-40:

33 And when the crowds heard this they were amazed, because of his teaching. 34 And when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they assembled together, 35 and asked one of them, who knew the Torah, to test him: 36 “Rabbi, which mitzvah is the greatest in the Torah?” 37 Yeshua said to him: “You shall love Mar-Yah your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and first mitzvah. 39 And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 40 On these two mitzvoth hang the Torah and the Prophets.”

23: 8-12:

8 But you should not be called “my great one”; for one is your Great One, and you are all brothers. 9 And you should not call yourselves ‘father’ on earth as do these, for one is your Father, who is in heaven. 10 And you should not be called ‘leaders’ as do these, for one is your Leader, the Mshikha. Do not consider anyone such as these as your father or your leader. 11 But he who is greatest among you, let him be to you as a minister. 12 For whoever exalts himself, will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself, will be exalted.

24:45-51:

45 “Who then is that faithful and wise servant, whom his master has appointed over his household, to provide to them food in due time? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom, when his master comes, he will find so doing. 47 Truly I say to you, that he will appoint him over all that he possesses. 48 But if a servant, being full of wickedness, says in his heart: ‘My master will be delayed in coming;’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with drunkards; 50 the master of that servant will come in a day that he does not expect, and during an hour he does not know, 51 and will cut him in two, and will give to him his portion among the hypocrites; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

25: 31-46:

31 And when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all his holy angels with him, then will he sit upon the throne of his glory. 32 And he will gather before him all the nations; and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd who separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will set the sheep at his right hand, and the goats at his left. 34 Then the King will say to those who are at his right: ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; inherit the Kingdom that has been prepared for you from the foundations of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in; 36 I was naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.’

37 Then the tzadikim will say to him: ‘Maran, when did we see you hungry, and feed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to you?’ 40 And the King will answer, and say to them: ‘Truly I say to you, that inasmuch as you have done it to one of these my least brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will also say to those that are at his left: ‘Go away from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire, which is prepared for the adversary and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you did not give me food to eat; and I was thirsty, and you did not give me drink; 43 and I was a stranger, and you did not take me in; and I was naked, and you did not clothe me; and I was sick and in prison, and you did not visit me. 44 Then they will also answer and say: ‘Maran, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer and say to them: ‘Truly I say to you, that inasmuch as you did not do to one of these little ones, also you did not do to me. 46 And these will leave into everlasting torment, and the tzadikim into everlasting life.’”

From the The Holy Peshitta of the Assembly of Jerusalem – Assembly of Jerusalem’s targums.

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“O Yahweh, truly I \@am\@ your servant; I \@am\@ your servant, \@and\@ the son of your handmaid: you have loosed my bonds.” (Psalms 116:16 KJBPNV)

“And said unto me, You \@are\@ my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” (Isaiah 49:3 KJBPNV)

“He shall see of the labor of his soul, \@and\@ shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11 KJBPNV)

“Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you, and your fellows that sit before you: for they \@are\@ men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.” (Zechariah 3:8 KJBPNV)

“Truly, truly, I say to you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.” (John 13:16 KJBPNV)

“By stretching forth your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of your holy child Yahshua.” (Acts 4:30 KJBPNV)

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in the Messiah Yahshua.” (Galatians 3:28 KJBPNV)

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John 13:1-19:

1 – NOW before the feast of the passover, Jesus knew the hour had come to depart from this world to his Father. And he loved his own who were in this world, and he loved them unto the end. 2 – During supper, Satan put into the heart of Judas, son of Simon of Iscariot, to deliver him 3 – But Jesus, because he knew that the Father had given everything into his hands, and that he came from God, and was going to God,  4 – He rose from supper and laid aside his robes; and he took an apron and tied it around his loins. 5 – Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of his disciples, and to wipe them with the apron which was tied around his loins. 6 – When he came to Simon Peter, Simon said to him, You, my Lord, are you going to wash my feet? 7 – Jesus answered and said to him, What I am doing, you do not know now, but later you will understand. 8 – Then Simon Peter said to him, You will never wash my feet. Jesus said to him, If I do not wash you, you have no part with me. 9 – Simon Peter said to him, Then, my Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head. 10 – Jesus said to him, He who has bathed does not need except to wash his feet only, for he is already all clean; so you are all clean, but not everyone of you. 11 – For Jesus knew him who was to betray him; therefore he said, Not everyone of you is clean. 12 – When he had washed their feet, he put on his robes and sat down; and he said to them, Do you know what I have done to you? 13 – You call me, our Teacher and our Lord; and what you say is well, for I am. 14 – If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, how much more should you wash one another’s feet? 15 – For I have given you this as an example, so that just as I have done to you, you should also do. 16 – Truly, truly, I say to you, There is no servant who is greater than his master; and no apostle who is greater than he who sent him. 17 – If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18 – I do not say this concerning all of you, for I know those whom I have chosen; but that the scripture might be fulfilled, He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me. 19 – I tell you now before it happens, that when it happens, you may believe that I am he 20 – Truly, truly, I say to you, He who receives him whom I send, receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me. (Lamsa)

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  2. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #3 as a Christian
  3. Self inflicted misery #2 Weakness of human race
  4. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  5. Anointing of Christ as Prophetic Rehearsal of the Burial rites
  6. A Great Gift commemorated
  7. Not making a runner
  8. The Soul confronted with Death
  9. Manifests for believers #5 Christian Union
  10. Companionship
  11. What’s Wrong with “User Friendly”?
  12. Foolishness of Preaching and God’s instrument
  13. Preaching to an unbelieving world
  14. Evangelism takes many forms
  15. Verspreiding van het Goede Nieuws Fw: Remember matthew 24:14!
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  4. De Knecht des Heren #1 De Bevrijder
  5. De Knecht des Heren #2 Gods zwaard en pijl
  6. De Knecht des Heren #3 De Gewillige leerling
  7. De Knecht des Heren #4 De Verlosser
  8. De Knecht des Heren #5 De Gezalfde gezant
  9. Toewijding van ons
  10. 1Korinthiërs 3:6-7 God die Wasdom geeft #2 Paulus en andere dienaars.
  11. Een Niet-christelijke christelijke bediening
  12. Roeping een dynamishc begrip en blijvende bron van kracht
  13. Gezelschap in de kerkgemeenschap
  14. Het niet goed gaan in de Kerk
  15. Verspreiding van het Goede Nieuws Fw: Remember matthew 24:14!
  16. Actualiteit Banner of Truth conferentie Predikant Heraut

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    • Yeshua, his Talmidim and the Essenes (guapotg.wordpress.com)
      Yeshua came to be immersed by John in the wilderness at about the age of 30 and was proclaimed by John to be the “lamb” of Isaiah 53:7 (John 1:29). Certain of John’s students then became students of Yeshua (John 1:35-51). Yeshua then began to proclaim, as John had proclaimed: “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is offered.” (Matthew 3:17). Later He sent his twelve students out with the same proclamation (Matthew 10).
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      there are many important similarities between the teachings of Yeshua and those of the Essenes/Qumran community.
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      What kind of prideful, arrogant, self-righteous men had Yeshua chosen as his twelve emissaries? Are they really bickering over which of them is better than the other? The Dead Sea Scrolls offer some insight on what otherwise looks like a childish squabble that should be totally uncharacteristic of the kind of men Yeshua would have chosen as his twelve talmidim and emissaries (see comments to Matthew 10:2). In the Manual of Discipline we read:

      “This is the rule for the session of the general membership, each man being in his proper place. The priest shall sit in the first row, the elders in the second, the rest of the people, each in his proper place…. So that each man may state his opinion to the society of the Yahad. None should interrupt the words of his comrade, speaking before his brother finishes what he has to say. Neither should anyone speak before another of higher rank.”
      (Manual of Discipline 1QS 6, 8-11)

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      They are to sit be[fore him] by rank. Then the [Mess]iah of Israel may en[ter], and the heads of the th[ousands of Israel] are to sit before him by rank. … all the heads of the congregation’s cl[ans], together with [their] wis[e and knowledgeable men]. Shall sit before them by rank. (1Qsa 2, 11-22)

  • Passover and Good Friday are just hours away! – A Message from Bibles for Israel (terri0729.wordpress.com)
    Friday at sunset, the eight-day celebration of Passover begins.
    Jewish people will mark the beginning of this prophetic holiday, which foreshadows the salvation wrought for all mankind by Yeshua, with a ceremonial meal called the Seder, in which the story of deliverance from slavery in Egyptis retold.

    Around the world, as the Jewish People commemorate their exodus from slavery inEgypt, and celebrate the saving power of the God of Israel, Believers in Yeshua (Jesus)—both Jewish and Gentile—will celebrate freedom from slavery to sin.
  • Passover the season of our unity (blogginghounds.wordpress.com)
    Passover emphasizes unity, which is this “essential of the faith,” in various other ways. But unity is one of those religious terms which sound so inspiring that we’re tempted to just say them a lot and not do much about them. This temptation is heightened because we realize that doing something about unity might be demanding. The values that dominate our world today—materialism, consumerism, individualism—all undermine unity. The unity that Passover portrays requires a decrease in the very things that are constantly promoted by the surrounding culture.
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    Yeshua does not come to replace Passover, but to inhabit it.

    Today, when everything is hyper-personal, when religious tradition is co-opted by individualized spirituality, it is vital to share in a story that is not just about “me”. And it’s equally vital to not just retell the story, but to help move it forward. So, ask yourself: what story am I part of? How am I playing that part in my daily life?
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    Unity doesn’t come in a kumbaya moment, but through cumulative moments of rejecting the competition for status and instead serving one another. Passover is the season of our freedom. If we pay attention to its message it can help fr
  • Traditions of the Elders (guapotg.wordpress.com)
    “It is all KORBAN (an offering), whatever of mine might profit you”
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    Hillel was more concerned with the inner man, while Shammai was more concerned with the outer man. Hillel was concerned with the Spirit of the Law, while Shammai was more concerned with the Letter of the Law.
  • About the not well-formed or especially handsome one who presented himself as the one who laid on him the guilt of all of us and presented himself as a guilt offering Notes And Commentary: “Jacob’s Trouble” Opening Session Presented By Speaker David Chernoff [MJAA SW Regional Conference 2012] (paradoxparables.justparadox.com)
  • This Week’s Torah Portion is Mishpatim (laws)‏‏‏‏ (terri0729.wordpress.com)
    describing a whole system of civil legislation such as the rights of persons, slaves and servants, laws concerning murder, personal injuries, offenses against property, and moral offenses.

    Today these ancient codes are still relevant.  The laws found here are powerful and deep, and they remain a meaningful treasure in the Word of God.
    While the spirit of lawlessness causes many in society to resent rules and regulations, without a standardized code of laws, chaos and anarchy reigns and the love of many grows cold.  (Matthew 24:12)
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    when we pledge our allegiance to Yeshua, out of love, we also become a lifetime slave of God unto righteousness.
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    No one really likes to feel like a slave forced into involuntary servitude, like some kind of Cinderella, scrubbing the dirty floors of her wicked  stepmother and stepsisters.
  • Peace That Passes All Understanding (newheavenonearth.wordpress.com)
    I saw that we are “bifigured” as two beings (divided within: divided hearts; divided minds) that have not yet integrated: the physical being that we can see as separate skin, sexes, religions, countries and political parties, and the deeper being as the innermost heart, higher mind, soul and spirit that we can’t physically see but is our vaster, infinite, unlimited Self, and the greater truth of who we really are. It is time for us to bifigure ourselves as one integrated being, letting the ego be the faithful servant to the higher Self that we already are in our core. We are to bifigure as ONE and step into the new heaven on earth now!
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    Let us awaken to the truth that we have been manipulated by those who seek to profit or gain by human beings being in fear, war and separation. Let us rise above the thought bubbles or mind-sets of war, fear, defenses, walls, suspicion, resentment and doubts. Let us see the war-mongerers, hate-mongerers and fear-mongerers for who they are. Who has gained, profited or benefited from war? Not you and I.
  • Weekly Torah Portion: Pesach (Passover) Week 1 (paradoxparables.justparadox.com)
    God rescued Israel from Egypt and told her people to keep the festival as a remembrance of their salvation from bondage and slavery. But it was more than just a remembrance. It was also a rehearsal for something wonderful to come, an appointed time on God’s calendar.
  • The Rush to Wound the Feminine (newheavenonearth.wordpress.com)
    Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus before his death for his burial (the feminine anointed the masculine to make them a King in ancient times), and Mary Magdalene accompanied him in death and his descent to hell in the three days before he resurrected (see Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault’s The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the woman at the heart of Christianity). Mary was the hidden, inner Life force energy that accompanied Yeshua in death, descent, resurrection and ascension. Mary Magdalene was the first person Christ revealed himself to and called to reveal the resurrection to the male disciples. She was the one heart and life of Yeshua.
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Fragments from the Book of Job #4: chapters 27-31

Posted on June 20, 2011. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Kingdom of God, Satan and Evil, Suffering | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the previous chapters the rampant evil in the world was described by Job (Job 24:2-24) and we have heard the speeches of Job’s friends who got to accuse him of gaining his now lost wealth by robbing the poor, withholding sustenance from the hungry and even abusing the weaker ones like widows and orphans. (Eliphaz, the most sympathetic and likely the oldest who appeals to experience for authority, in Job 22:6-9). Eliphaz urged Job to submit to obvious discipline from God, who would bless him if he would repent (Job 5:8-27).  For the less sensitive Bildad it was clear that Job and his children were suffering because of his sin (Job 8:1-7). As Bildad argued from tradition, the third friend, Zophar rested on orthodox dogma and argued also that there must have been something in Job’s live that had caused all those problems.

Since neither Job nor his wife knew what had transpired between God and His adversaries,  they did not know that those adversaries predicted that Job would curse God (Job 1:11; 2:5). Job at certain moments thought that there was a problem with him and God. His wife even concluded that her husband and she were suffering because God was unfair and that the presupposition that God always blesses the righteous and afflicts the wicked has proven faulty. Job called her views foolishness and did not want to curse God (Job 2:9-10) but after some time also wrongly accused God of mauling him as would a beast (Job 16:9) turning him over to wicked or perverse men, evil people  (Job 16:11) using him as would an archer for target practice (Job 16:12-13) and attacking him as would a warrior  or like a soldier gone mad with hate (Job 16:14). Job was sad he did not receive an answer from God who had seemed to have wronged him (Job 19:6) because he had kept to God’s Law (contrary to Eliphaz’s charge Job 22:22). He also complained that God did not pay attention and does not have fixed times for the punishment of evildoers, so that people could see that the Almighty Elohim punishes evildoers (Job 24:1,12). But he recognises the sovereignty of Jehovah over the various aspects of the universe. (Job 26:5-13) Gods knowledge goes beyond what we can see and hear (Job 26:14).

Many blame God, but for an other reason than Job did (Job 24:1) for the troubles on this earth, and has Job friends they do not seem to see the underlying factors of men’s free will. Also Job gets the feeling that his sufferings are in the Will of God, though the thought troubles him. (Job 23:14-16) He has also difficulties with ancient teachings or traditions, which or not our best sources of knowledge, according to Job. (Job 9:1-10:22) Those who brought us some sources to think about are just as mortal as we are and we always should remember that they grasped perhaps only a part of reality.Who can discover the depth of God? (Job 11:7) Job recognises that he is not inferior to others who have more luck, and that with the others their wisdom shall die as well. (Job 12:2-3, 12-22, 2425; 13:2,4, 8-11; 14:10; 15:9-11, 18-22,31-32)

For Job as for us it seems that at certain moments of trouble, wherever we go we do not seem to find God and therefore could not present our case before the Almighty. (Job 23:8-9) In Fragments from the Book of Job #2: chapters 12-20 a light is already shed on the fact that God knows the way we take. (Job 23:10) We would love to see the evil of the evil-doer come to an end, and find an end to our misery. Sometimes we may think God does not care for us and does not watches us. But God keeps an eye on the world and follows it. In the Old Testament we do find enough examples how He at certain moments came in action and reacted to situation of which He did not agree with. We can also notice how He also gave strength to the upright. At any time men’s minds and hearts are tested by the God of righteousness. Jehovah puts the upright and the sinner to the test, but He has hate in his soul for the lover of violent acts.  (Psalms 7:9; 11:5) “For you, O God, have proven us: you have tried us, as silver is tried.” (Psalms 66:10 KJBPNV) Remember: “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith Jehovah, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part into the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. They shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, Jehovah is my God.” (Zechariah 13:8-9 ASV)

Job’s innocence cries for vindication and asks God not to hide the wrongs done to him. (Job 16:18-21) Like Job we can long for a divine helper (cf 1 John 2:1-2) today we have an advocate with the Father. This comforter is Gods son given to us to help see our ways. this is a better friend than those of Job and a real upright helper. He can plead our case by his Father. In chapter 19 of the Book Job, Fragments from the Book of Job #2: chapters 12-20, we could notice that Job believed in a living god who would vindicate his case even after his death. In the future on the earth. The dust, sand  or earth mentioned is referring to the dust of the earth or to the dust of Job’s grave. (Job 19:25-27)
“For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” (Job 19:25-27 KJBPNV) We may look forward to Jesus who shall return to the earth and shall look onto what people have done to each other and how they kept to the commandments of God. He shall judge the people before he hands over the Kingdomto his Father.

A popular image of the Tablets as rounded-off ...

The 10 commandments of God - A popular image of the Tablets as rounded-off

Though Job looks at Jehovah or Yahweh Yahweh as the redeemer (Heb “goel”) of His people, the Almighty is that one who took care that somebody could speak in the name of men. He first did that with his people in Egypt. “Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am Jehovah, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments:” (Exodus 6:6 ASV)
There is much speculation as to whether Job believed in the resurrection. However we note that Jesus, quoting Job’s words (Matthew 5:8) says that the meek will see God and clearly Jesus is speaking of the blessedness of those who are to be raised from the dead. (Read also: Zechariah 14:1-4,9,16; Isaiah 9:6-7;2:2-4; Matthew 24:3,36,37,44).

Looking for a kinsman-redeemer, ransom, avenge, vindicator, a “daysman” or a mediator Job looked like so many of us a means to obtain justice. That is the theme in these verses of Job 19:25-27, not resurrection, as we gather when we first read them. True justice would demand his bodily presence. Resurrection is thus implied rather than expressed. Job felt that at the resurrection he would be justified. The word flesh Hebrew basar (1320) means flesh, body, person, body, self, etc. while Job 31:14 suggests being called to account at an implied judgement .

“Behold, a day of Jehovah cometh, when thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall Jehovah go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the mount of Olives shall be cleft in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” (Zechariah 14:1-4 ASV)
“And Jehovah shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall Jehovah be one, and his name one.” (Zechariah 14:9 ASV)
“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, Jehovah of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.” (Zechariah 14:16 ASV)

“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting {1} contempt. {1) Or abhorrence}” (Daniel 12:2 ASV)
“Thy dead shall live; my dead bodies shall arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust; for thy dew is as the dew of {1} herbs, and the earth shall cast forth {2} the dead. {1) Or light 2) Or the shades; Heb Rephaim}” (Isaiah 26:19 ASV)
“For, behold, Jehovah cometh forth out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” (Isaiah 26:21 ASV)

Job sees death as certain “worms destroy this body” (Job 16:22;17:1,14,15,16), “yet in my flesh shall I see God” (Job 14:13-15 – resurrection Gen 13:15) indicates flesh is regenerated; Job’s redeemer is Jehovah (Isaiah 43:14-15;49:7;54:5) Some people take it from there that Jehovah would be the same person as that redeemer Jesus, but Job spoke about the Spirit who was alive in his time. Thus Job was correct when he said his redeemer “liveth” because has always been alive and people forget that Jehovah has redeemed through his servant, the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 49:6-7; Acts 5:31; Hebrews 7:25; 2 Timothy 1:10). Unfortunately, Job does not expound upon this ‘matter of the future’, and so we are left with an incomplete understanding of what he meant. However, Job is accounted righteous, and an example to follow (Ezekiel 14:14,26; James 5:11) and from that we can imagine that he is going to be one of the persons who shall also be in the coming Kingdom of God.

The sarcastic part of Job comes forward now. In Job 27: 7-23 we get Job’s summary of the erroneous arguments of his 3 friends — who urged his guilt. Job talks here as though his three ‘friends’ are trying to persuade him to fall from grace and to fulfil their words as if they were some sort of prophecy against him. Should we not recognise that it in fact not always  the wicked ultimately prosper, though they may for a time. Whatever happens and how long it takes we can be sure that they will be condemned (Job 27:8). They shall not have to count on the help of God (Job 237:9-10).  We nor they can be assured of passing on their prosperity to their children (Job 27:14-18). Who knows, destruction can come suddenly over the evil man (Job 27:19).

Brenton Translation
1851 by Lancelot Brenton

Job Chapter 27

Job 27:1 And Job further continued and said in his parable,
Job 27:2 [As] God lives, who has thus judge me; and the Almighty, who has embittered my soul;
Job 27:3 verily, while my breath is yet in [me], and the breath of God which remains to me is in my nostrils,
Job 27:4 my lips shall not speak evil words, neither shall my soul meditate unrighteous thoughts.

Job 27:5 Far be it from me that I should justify you till I die; for I will not let go my innocence,
Job 27:6 but keeping fast to [my] righteousness I will by no means let it go: for I am not conscious to myself of having done any thing amiss.
Job 27:7 Nay rather, but let mine enemies be as the overthrow of the ungodly, and they that rise up against me, as the destruction of transgressors.

Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the ungodly, that he holds to it? will he indeed trust in the Lord [and] be saved?
Job 27:9 Will God hear his prayer? or, when distress has come upon him,
Job 27:10 has he any confidence before him? or will [God] hear him as he calls upon him?

Job 27:11 Yet now I will tell you what is in the hand of the Lord: I will not lie concerning the things which are with the Almighty.
Job 27:12 Behold, ye all know that ye are adding vanity to vanity.
Job 27:13 This is the portion of an ungodly man from the Lord, and the possession of oppressors shall come upon them from the Almighty.
Job 27:14 And if their children be many, they shall be for slaughter: and if they grow up, they shall beg.
Job 27:15 And they that survive of him shall utterly perish, and no one shall pity their widows.
Job 27:16 Even if he should gather silver as earth, and prepare gold as clay;
Job 27:17 All these things shall the righteous gain, and the truehearted shall possess his wealth.
Job 27:18 And his house is gone like moths, and like a spider’s web.
Job 27:19 The rich man shall lie down, and shall not continue: he has opened his eyes, and he is not.
Job 27:20 Pains have come upon him as water, and darkness has carried him away by night.
Job 27:21 And a burning wind shall catch him, and he shall depart, and it shall utterly drive him out of his place.
Job 27:22 And [God] shall cast [trouble] upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
Job 27:23 He shall cause [men] to clap their hands against them, and shall hiss him out of his place.

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Job 28:1 For there is a place for the silver, whence it comes, and a place for the gold, whence it is refined.
Job 28:2 For iron comes out of the earth, and brass is hewn out like stone.
Job 28:3 He has set a bound to darkness, and he searches out every limit: a stone [is] darkness, and the shadow of death.
Job 28:4 There is a cutting off the torrent by reason of dust: so they that forget the right way are weakened; they are removed from [among] men.
Job 28:5 [As for] the earth, out of it shall come bread: under it has been turned up as it were fire.
Job 28:6 Her stones are the place of the sapphire: and [her] dust [supplies] man with gold.

Job 28:7 [There is] a path, the fowl has not known it, neither has the eye of the vulture seen it:
Job 28:8 neither have the sons of the proud trodden it, a lion has not passed upon it.

Job 28:9 He has stretched forth his hand on the sharp [rock], and turned up mountains by the roots:
Job 28:10 and he has interrupted the whirlpools of rivers, and mine eye has seen every precious thing.
Job 28:11 And he has laid bare the depths of rivers, and has brought his power to light.
Job 28:12 But whence has wisdom been discovered? and what is the place of knowledge?
Job 28:13 A mortal has not known its way, neither indeed has it been discovered among men.
Job 28:14 The depth said, It is not in me: and the sea said, It is not with me.
Job 28:15 One shall not give fine gold instead of it, neither shall silver be weighed in exchange for it.
Job 28:16 Neither shall it be compared with gold of Sophir, with the precious onyx and sapphire.
Job 28:17 Gold and crystal shall not be equalled to it, neither shall vessels of gold be its exchange.
Job 28:18 Coral and fine pearl shall not be mentioned: but do thou esteem wisdom above the most precious things.
Job 28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be equalled to it; it shall not be compared with pure gold.
Job 28:20 Whence then is wisdom found? and of what kind is the place of understanding?
Job 28:21 It has escaped the notice of every man, and has been hidden from the birds of the sky.
Job 28:22 Destruction and Death said, We have heard the report of it.

Job 28:23 God has well ordered the way of it, and he knows the place of it.
Job 28:24 For he surveys the whole [earth] under heaven, knowing the things in the earth:
Job 28:25 all that he has made; the weight of the winds, the measures of the water.
Job 28:26 When he made [them], thus he saw and numbered them, and made a way for the pealing of the thunder.
Job 28:27 Then he saw it, and declared it: he prepared it [and] traced it out.
Job 28:28 And he said to man, Behold, godliness is wisdom: and to abstain from evil is understanding.

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Job 29:1 And Job continued and said in his parable,
Job 29:2 Oh that I were as in months past, wherein God preserved me!
Job 29:3 As when his lamp shone over my head; when by his light I walked through darkness.
Job 29:4 [As] when I steadfastly pursued my ways, when God took care of my house.
Job 29:5 When I was very fruitful, and my children were about me;
Job 29:6 when my ways were moistened with butter, and the mountains flowed for me with milk.
Job 29:7 When I went forth early in the city, and the seat was placed for me in the streets.
Job 29:8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and all the old men stood up.
Job 29:9 And the great men ceased speaking, and laid their finger on their mouth.
Job 29:10 And they that heard [me] blessed me, and their tongue clave to their throat.
Job 29:11 For the ear heard, and blessed me; and the eye saw me, and turned aside.

Job 29:12 For I saved the poor out of the hand of the oppressor, and helped the fatherless who had no helper.

Job 29:13 Let the blessing of the perishing one come upon me; yea, the mouth of the widow has blessed me.
Job 29:14 Also I put on righteousness, and clothed myself with judgment like a mantle.
Job 29:15 I was the eye of the blind, and the foot of the lame.
Job 29:16 I was the father of the helpless; and I searched out the cause which I knew not.
Job 29:17 And I broke the jaw-teeth of the unrighteous; I plucked the spoil out of the midst of their teeth.
Job 29:18 And I said, My age shall continue as the stem of a palm-tree; I shall live a long while.
Job 29:19 [My] root was spread out by the water, and the dew would lodge on my crop.
Job 29:20 My glory was fresh in me, and by bow prospered in his hand.

Job 29:21 [Men] heard me, and gave heed, and they were silent at my counsel.
Job 29:22 At my word they spoke not again, and they were very gland whenever I spoke to them.
Job 29:23 As the thirsty earth expecting the rain, so they [waited for] my speech.
Job 29:24 Were I to laugh on them, they would not believe [it]; and the light of my face has not failed.
Job 29:25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the midst of warriors, as one comforting mourners.

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Job 30:1 But now the youngest have laughed me to scorn, now they reprove me in [their] turn, whose fathers I set at nought; whom I did not deem worthy [to be with] my shepherd dogs.
Job 30:2 Yea, why had I the strength of their hands? for them the full term [of life] was lost.

Job 30:3 [One is] childless in want and famine, [such as] they that fled but lately the distress and misery of drought.
Job 30:4 Who compass the salt places on the sounding [shore], who had salt [herbs] for their food, and were dishonorable and of no repute, in want of every good thing; who also ate roots of trees by reason of great hunger.

Job 30:5 Thieves have risen up against me,
Job 30:6 whose houses were the caves of the rocks, who lived under the wild shrubs.
Job 30:7 They will cry out among the rustling [bushes].
Job 30:8 [They are] sons of fools and vile men, [whose] name and glory [are] quenched from off the earth.
Job 30:9 But now I am their music, and they have me for a by-word.
Job 30:10 And they stood aloof and abhorred me, and spared not to spit in my face.

Job 30:11 For he has opened his quiver and afflicted me: they also have cast off the restraint of my presence.

Job 30:12 They have risen up against [me] on the right hand of [their] offspring; they have stretched out their foot, and directed against me the ways of their destruction.
Job 30:13 My paths are ruined; for they have stripped off my raiment: he has shot at me with his weapons.

Job 30:14 And he has pleaded against me as he will: I am overwhelmed with pains.
Job 30:15 My pains return upon [me]; my hope is gone like the wind, and my safety as a cloud.
Job 30:16 Even now my life shall be poured forth upon me; and days of anguish seize me.
Job 30:17 And by night my bones are confounded; and my sinews are relaxed.
Job 30:18 With great force [my disease] has taken hold of my garment: it has compassed me as the collar of my coat.
Job 30:19 And thou hast counted me as clay; my portion in dust and ashes.
Job 30:20 And I have cried to thee, but thou hearest me not: but they stood still, and observed me.
Job 30:21 They attacked me also without mercy: thou hast scourged me with a strong hand.
Job 30:22 And thou hast put me to grief, and hast cast me away from safety.

Job 30:23 For I know that death will destroy me: for the earth is the house [appointed] for every mortal.
Job 30:24 Oh then that I might lay hands upon myself, or at least ask another, and he should do this for me.
Job 30:25 Yet I wept over every helpless man; I groaned when I saw a man in distress.
Job 30:26 But I, when I waited for good things, behold, days of evils came the more upon me.
Job 30:27 My belly boiled, and would not cease: the days of poverty prevented me.
Job 30:28 I went mourning without restraint: and I have stood and cried out in the assembly.
Job 30:29 I am become a brother of monsters, and a companion of ostriches.
Job 30:30 And my skin has been greatly blackened, and my bones are burned with heat.
Job 30:31 My harp also has been turned into mourning, and my song into my weeping.

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Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes, and I will not think upon a virgin.
Job 31:2 Now what portion has God given from above? and is there an inheritance [given] of the Mighty One from the highest?

Job 31:3 Alas! destruction to the unrighteous, and rejection to them that do iniquity.
Job 31:4 Will he not see my way, and number all my steps?
Job 31:5 But if I had gone with scorners, and if too my foot has hasted to deceit:
Job 31:6 (for I am weighed in a just balance, and the Lord knows my innocence:
Job 31:7 if my foot has turned aside out of the way, or if mine heart has followed mine eye, and if too I have touched gifts with my hands;
Job 31:8 then let me sow, and let others eat; and let me be uprooted on the earth.

Job 31:9 If my heart has gone forth after another man’s wife, and if I laid wait at her doors;
Job 31:10 then let my wife also please another, and let my children be brought low.
Job 31:11 For the rage of anger is not to be controlled, [in the case] of defiling [another] man’s wife.
Job 31:12 For it is a fire burning on every side, and whomsoever it attacks, it utterly destroys.

Job 31:13 And if too I despised the judgment of my servant or [my] handmaid, when they pleaded with me;
Job 31:14 what then shall I do if the Lord should try me? and if also he should at all visit me, can I make an answer?
Job 31:15 Were not they too formed as I also was formed in the womb? yea, we were formed in the same womb.
Job 31:16 But the helpless missed not whatever need they had, and I did not cause the eye of the widow to fail.

Job 31:17 And if too I ate my morsel alone, and did not impart [of it] to the orphan;
Job 31:18 (for I nourished [them] as a father from my youth and guided [them] from my mother’s womb.)

Job 31:19 And if too I overlooked the naked as he was perishing, and did not clothe him;
Job 31:20 and if the poor did not bless me, and their shoulders were [not] warmed with the fleece of my lambs;

Job 31:21 if I lifted my hand against an orphan, trusting that my strength was far superior [to his]:
Job 31:22 let them my shoulder start from the blade-bone, and my arm be crushed off from the elbow.
Job 31:23 For the fear of the Lord constrained me, and I cannot bear up by reason of his burden.

Job 31:24 If I made gold my treasure, and if too I trusted the precious stone;
Job 31:25 and if too I rejoiced when my wealth was abundant, and if too I laid my hand on innumerable [treasures]:
Job 31:26 (do we not see the shining sun eclipsed, and the moon waning? for they have not [power to continue]:)
Job 31:27 and if my heart was secretly deceived, and if I have laid my hand upon my mouth and kissed it:
Job 31:28 let this also then be reckoned to me as the greatest iniquity: for I [should] have lied against the Lord Most High.

Job 31:29 And if too I was glad at the fall of mine enemies, and mine heart said, Aha!
Job 31:30 let then mine ear hear my curse, and let me be a byword among my people in my affliction.

Job 31:31 And if too my handmaids have often said, Oh that we might be satisfied with his flesh; (whereas I was very kind:
Job 31:32 for the stranger did not lodge without, and my door was opened to every one that came:
Job 31:33 or if too having sinned unintentionally, I hid my sin;
Job 31:34 (for I did not stand in awe of a great multitude, so as not to declare boldly before them: ) and if too I permitted a poor man to go out of my door with an empty bosom:
Job 31:35 (Oh that I had a hearer,) and if I had not feared the hand of the Lord; and [as to] the written charge which I had against any one,
Job 31:36 I would place [it] as a chaplet on my shoulders, and read it.
Job 31:37 And if I did not read it and return it, having taken nothing from the debtor:
Job 31:38 If at any time the land groaned against me, and if its furrows mourned together;
Job 31:39 and if I ate its strength alone without price, and if I too grieved the heart of the owner of the soil, by taking [aught] from [him]:
Job 31:40 then let the nettle come up to me instead of wheat, and a bramble instead of barley. And Job ceased speaking.

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Continues: Fragments from the Book of Job #5: chapters 32-37

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Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation

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Isaiah bringer of good tidings of the Gospel

How welcome is the bringer of happiness which comes running over the mountains, the one which brings peace announcements and good news [`gospel’], which announces rescue and says against Sion: `Your God is king!

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”” (Isaiah 52:7 NIV)

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of the Broeders in Christus (Brothers in Christ or Christadelphians)
Saturday 2 April 2011
`t Nieuwe Kerkehuis, Dalton straat, Amersfoort


Why Jesaja / Isaiah?

In Markus Jesus starts his public preaching with: “The time has been fulfilled and the Kingdom of God has come nearby. Believe the Gospel and convert “(Markus 1: 15).[1] Have you here noticed that nobody asked him then `where do you have it about?’ They knew therefore obviously complete well where he aimed on.

Jesus contemporaries had indeed a very concrete expectation of that ‘evangelicon’ or gospel. They expected the reconstruction of the kingdom, which had started under David and Salomon, but to which an end had come by the exile in Babel. After the return from that was that kingdom not yet repaired. From the book Daniel they knew that it would take a long time. But the called time there, had expired and therefore they expected in their time the acting `Messiah, the promised king from the line of David, which would repair everything. The term `gospel ‘(Greek: euangelion, the good news) was also known to them. That term comes, as it happens, from the Septuaginta, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, which most of Jews used then.

The associated verb euangelizomai (evangelization or bringing good news) is found six times in the prophecy of Isaiah. And the Jews of the first century accepted that it concerned that convalescence of royalty. This had, however, to mean that the coming Messiah would dissipate the Romans from the country, and he would make their state independent. But the one who read Isaiah well, sees that it concerns in reality something very differently, as it happens, concerning the release from the power of sin and dead. And that is still much larger news than the state independence where they watched for. But during Jesus preaching few have understood this, but after his resurrection that was the message with which the apostles withdrew the world.

Title page to the original edition of the RSV ...

Title page original edition of the RSV

Christians know of course complete well that the gospel has to do with life and death. But how many do have also a clear insight where Isaiah preaching is based on? Because Isaiah is no easy book. But that message is really also for us very important, for a good term of what now exactly implies the gospel, and of what now exactly is the role of the Messiah (Greek: Christos) who’s the pin of it. Our coming study day we want to show you for this reason that message of Isaiah.

What will we do

Of course it is not possible in just a set of four studies to treat the whole book Isaiah. What we want to do, is showing you briefly what now really is the message of the prophet Isaiah, and which themes play a role in this topic. And especially which links there are all with the message of the Evangelicons, the Gospel and the rest of the New Testament. At the end of the study day every participant shall get the new book from our serial the “Books of the Bible”, within it the complete tale.

In the first study we want to outline the contexts: the political situation of the world in Isaiah’s days, against which we must read and understand the tale; but also the religious decline under the people. Not only who had become unfaithful under the treaty, but likewise under the `faithful part’, in which they were dragged more than they were aware of it. That people had a need for urgent salvation, but realised this not. Thus that had to made clear to them firstly. And that message is in the Christian world of our time still current the same.

The second study shows you how God presents himself in Isaiah as a god who comes up for whom serves Him. He summons as it were the gods of other people to show or to express what they also can do, and moreover to proclaim it in advance. However that is not possible for them, because they are but fabrications of their admirers. There with compared He puts His notice; not only that He will deliver and release His people, but also how He will do that. Because He controls the history. What happens to His people, His hand brought it over them. For this reason His people do not have to look for its well-being in its own political or military solutions, but trusting Him.

Then we show you why there was for this saving a need of a special `discharger’ or ‘releaser’. The people expected a coming `anointed’ or an ‘ointment ‘ (Hebrew: Messiah, Greek: Christos) from the house of David. But even the faithful Hizkia, who according to the writer of the book kings did not have his equal under the kings of Juda, was not well enough for this task. On the critical moment he also failed. God gave, however, a spectacular release from the power of the Assyrians, which model stands for the real release. But just then Hizkia realised and recognised that also he had firstly looked for a human solution instead of directly to trust an already God given promise.

Finally we reach then the nature of Isaiah’s message: God plan for the release from the dungeons of the largest enemy of people: death; and not from the seizure of a political world power. That victory on death would not be gained by powerful man-at-arms, but by a humble, obedient servant: God’s slave. That is the largest news on which people could put their hope. And it does not remain even there at: this liberation from the dungeon of death is there not only for the members of the old treaty people, but is also available for all nations – the goyim, the heathen – who want to convert themselves to the God of Israel.

That is perhaps still the greatest news, certainly for us! The bringer of that news is called the `vreugdebode’ = ‘delightmessenger’, literally: ‘he that brings good tidings`. The term that Isaiah uses for that good news `, is in the Hebrew bashar and in the Greek euangelion (evangelion). That term is, in this meaning, characteristic for Isaiah; and there is hardly a complete knowledge of the term `gospel ‘possible without knowledge of this context. Finally we want for this reason to illustrate that by means of a range links with the New Testament.

Topic of the day:

Isaiah the `joy messenger’ or ‘delight messenger’ of the gospel

9.45-10.30 reception

Programme

  1. 10.30 first study: The world of Jesaja/Isaiah
    “Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and who came forth from the loins of Judah; who swear by the name of the LORD, and confess the God of Israel, but not in truth or right.” (Isaiah 48:1 RSV)
  2. 11.30 second study: Who is such as am I?
    “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. Who is like me? Let him proclaim it, let him declare and set it forth before me. Who has announced from of old the things to come? Let them tell us what is yet to be.” (Isaiah 44:6-7 RSV)
  3. 12.15-13.45 occasion for conversations and warm meal.
  4. 14.00 third study: No king such as he… but nevertheless
    “He trusted in the LORD the God of Israel; so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him.” (2 Kings 18:5 RSV)
  5. 14.45 fourth study: Deliver from the hand of `the strong
    “Can the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of a tyrant be rescued? Surely, thus says the LORD: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant be rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.” (Isaiah 49:24-25 RSV)
  6. 15.30-15.45 pauses
  7. 15.45-16.30 common discussion and answer of questions.
  8. 16.30-18.00 occasion for conversations and bread meal.

Beside following the studies there is wide occasion for mutual conversations or personal questions to the participants and speakers. Also you are most welcome at the lecture table.

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Internet site: www.broedersinchristus.nl


[1] “and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”” (Mark 1:15 RSV)

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  • The Gospel (allsufficientgrace.wordpress.com)
    The term gospel is found ninety-nine times in the NASB and ninety-two times in the NET Bible. In the Greek New Testament, gospel is the translation of the Greek noun euangelion (occurring 76 times) “good news,” and the verb euangelizo (occurring 54 times), meaning “to bring or announce good news.” Both words are derived from the noun angelos, “messenger.” In classical Greek, an euangelos was one who brought a message of victory or other political or personal news that caused joy. In addition, euangelizomai (the middle voice form of the verb) meant “to speak as a messenger of gladness, to proclaim good news.” Further, the noun euangelion became a technical term for the message of victory, though it was also used for a political or private message that brought joy.
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