Faith

Best intimate relation to look for

Posted on June 10, 2015. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In our search for God we may find a very useful manual. It is a library of 66 books  in which we can find lots of different stories recounting history of man. It brings stories of despair, discouragement, deceit, disillusionment, but also several of joy and hope.

If the bible told us only the stories of good times and grace filled lives; we would never know of His Presence in the hard and horrific times. {Searching for God – In Real Life}

But this is not doing justice to the Divine Creator, Who surely can be found easy in all the marvellous happenings, the blessings which came and still come over people. The world has been filled with good times in which clearly the Hand of God can be seen. Lots of beautiful stories we may hear for people who really felt the faithfulness of the Most High. Even when several people were not faithful to the God of gods we can see how He was willing to be with them and was guiding them to better situations. In good and bad times God is with His people and prepared to be there for those who are calling onto Him.

And people should come to know He is the Best One to call  on, in good and in bad times. With Him we would be best to have the best and most serious relationship. It is very important to be able to live in peace of mind and with a healthy relationship with Him. With the Most High man should see in Him their life Giver and should love to have a very intimate relationship with Him more intense than with the earthly father relationship. The relationship with the heavenly Father should be something very special no one would like to loose. It should be such a special unique relationship with God, different from any one else’s. Having such a special relationship shall demand special time with Him Who is Mightier than all other people.

…  so how you choose to confide in God will be different as well. Also, giving your time to God should never feel forced. If we go into a moment with Him and feel too stressed and as though we just have to get it over with, our hearts won’t be ready to be moved and met by our Lord. So don’t go into a time with God focusing on other things and feeling like this time is a burden, but when you seek to encounter the Holy Spirit, do so in a heart that is open and ready for change.

writes Laura from “Finding My True Reality” in “Summer Time with God“.

All flesh to worship Jehovah, the Only One True God

All flesh to worship Jehovah, the Only One True God

A person looking for God, willing to meet Him, must open his or her heart first and should consider what he or she is willing to accept from that other One Who nobody has ever seen. He or she has to be willing to put his or her faith in the Invisible, the Untouchable, the Omnipotent, the All-knowing, the All-Mighty, Everlasting God of gods Who is King above all gods and king over al kings and Master over all masters.

The Most Mighty ever God of gods deserves a much deeper, personal time with us than any other being.  He is the Supreme Being Who opposite to man always is willing to give His ear to those Who are looking for Him.

When giving Him time you shall notice, like Laura that

He listens to you whenever you speak to Him, but when you quiet yourself and surrender to Him, He speaks back to you.

She also discovered that

Our relationship with our Father is not a one-sided relationship where only we do the speaking, but God longs for us to hear to what He has to say as well. He speaks to us when we are focused and vulnerable to His works. Personal time with God is crucial for growing as a Believer. {Summer Time with God}

Also about the relationship This One Eternal Being, not like contingent beings she, like many others looking for God has discovered that God is completely different than any human being, who so often has difficulties in a relationship when something went wrong and when forgiveness is in need.

The point in forgiving is to learn to love and move on from the situation. That cannot happen if we still hold a grudge against the person. That feeling is not found in God, and can’t be found in us if we want to forgive. {The Attitude of Forgiveness}

He forgives us as soon as we apologize. He condones us even before. He is perfect and forgives as forgiveness should be. He forgets about it and just wants to see the future and move on to grow from the situation. God’s promise is that there will be no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). {The Attitude of Forgiveness}

This attitude of forgiveness, which we also should make our own, is the diamond in the making strong of our relation with the heavenly Father. Jesus reconciled man with the heavenly Father and by God His special gift Christ Jesus we now can come ‘unlimited’ to the Father of Jeshua (Jesus Christ). By the acceptance of the ransom offering of Jeshua we receive the grace of salvation, and either can ignore it or take it and be thankful for it and live up to it.

Like Jesus is one with his heavenly Father we too have to become one with Christ and one with His God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

For many Christianity can be a step out of our comfort zone. God calls us to follow Him and serve Him.

No way can that happen while we are still doing our everyday tasks like normal. Coming out of our comfortable, safe zones is a leap of faith! It requires us to have faith in God. We put our trust in Him and He promises to protect us. He wants us to say to ourselves and shout to the world that we love Him and long to obey Him. {Out of the Comfort Zone}

It may take years, even several decennials, before a person really comes to a nice intimate relationship with God. Often man has to go different paths and takes a lots of sideways or detours. Though when he  or she sincerely looks for the Most Supreme, the God of gods is willing to shed a light in the darkness and to be a beacon to be found. Our eyes should be on the seamark.

Laura admits:

Making a step out of the comfort zone isn’t going to be easy.

though she also thinks

But life with God isn’t.

And for that we would not agree with her, because a life with God makes everything so much easier. But then perhaps we see also one of Laura’s problems. It seems she also takes Jesus to be her god. Jesus Messiah should be the Way to God and God’s Kingdom, but is not The God. To come to God is easier when we make a move for Jesus, which as told in previous article, is different for everyone.

Lots of people also do have a different opinion of what a Christian is or should be.

Man should come to see that it is important in life to find God and to strive to keep moving forward, and best in the right direction. Going through life man has to open his heart for God. When a person is willing to that he or she shall see that God walks with man every day of his life. When the soul thirsts for the Mighty living God, He shall be very close. He is also the One Who shall be able to restore health, bringing a person to relief and healing.

Jer 30:17 The Scriptures 1998+  (17)  ‘For I restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ declares יהוה {Jehovah}, ‘for they have called you an outcast saying, “This is Tsiyon, no one is seeking her.” ’

Jer 33:6 The Scriptures 1998+  (6)  ‘See, I am bringing to it relief and healing. And I shall heal them and reveal to them the riches of peace and truth.

יהוה {Jehovah} should be the One and Only One God, no others next to Him.

Isa 44:8 The Scriptures 1998+  (8)  ‘Do not fear, nor be afraid. Have I not since made you hear, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there an Eloah besides Me? There is no other Rock, I know not one.’ ”

Isa 44:6 The Scriptures 1998+  (6)  “Thus said יהוה {Jehovah}, Sovereign of Yisra’ĕl, and his Redeemer, יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts, ‘I am the First and I am the Last, besides Me there is no Elohim.

The Divine Maker of the heavens and the earth and all what is to find in the universe, reminds the people that they are distinct from the rest of the beings of the world and have to make themselves distinguished between clean animals and unclean ones. But those who love God should distinguish themselves also from those who do not want to live with God. We should know that it is God Who chooses us.
Just as God has chosen us, we must act in His ways, by choosing the clean creatures of the world and the clean way to live in accordance to the Will of God.

Coming closer to the conclusion of times God’s chosen people shall have to come to see that God has chosen also other people than the Jewish race. Israel had time enough, but often rejected God. By the developing time God opened the way for all people to come back to Him in a restored relationship.

Though to come to a close relationship there has to be first respect for the Most High and a listening ear. That listening ear should also come to hear what God wants form us and how He wants us to have a good relationship with Him. To seal that good relationship, God wants us to listen and to keep His commandments. For many it may seem very hard to find some of the clear lines and divisions that Tanakh provides. God has provided everything for a purpose and everything should come to fit in His Plan.

For those who may think it must be difficult to live when they choose for God we may advice to listen to God’s Words which can be found in the Holy Scriptures. In the Bible every person shall be able to find God His Word. In the Book of books people shall also come to see what God really wants from us.

In it is also written that if you walk in God His statutes and keep His commandments, and do them, then He will give you those things you need. If keeping the mitzvot God shall provide rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, whilst we shall be able to see it, enjoy it and make use of it. God shall provide produce for nourishment. Nutrition for the body but also for the mind.
Those who love God and keep His commandments should not worry too much for their soul (their being)  because their threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; having them to eat their bread to the full, and dwell in their land safely.

How more people shall come to see what the best way to live is, how closer we shall come to peace. It shall be God Who gives peace in the land. Even when there may be turmoil in places, those who honestly love God and keep His commands or Mitzvah, shall be able to find peace in their heart and be able to lie down, no one able to make them afraid.

All people of God, who keep God’s commands, keeping to His infallible Words and not that of man, shall have no fear of man and know that it is the Most High Elohim Who will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword shall not go through our land of hope and glory, where the God always shall stand strong as the Most Secure Rock for our refuge.

It must be said that even when we shall have to chase our enemies it shall be the God of gods Who shall show them Who is the Mightiest. It will be the Almighty God Who will look favourably on those who go for Him. People may try to destroy the people of God, but they shall never be able to succeed. God shall lift them up above all others and God shall keep His promise He made with Abraham and make the people Israel fruitful. Yes God shall multiply them and establish His covenant with them.  Though many may not like it that the promised Land may be taken in by Israel, and Jerusalem shall become God’s city, man shall not be able to stop that. All lovers of God shall be pleased to find Jerusalem to become the capital of God’s Kingdom.

Those who are willing to keep their temple clean (“body and soul”) shall find the God willing to set His  tabernacle among them.

God His Soul (His Being) shall not abhor us and He will walk among us, who are giving our soul (our being) to Him. When we take the Elohim Hashem יהוה Jehovah to be our God, He will be wiling to be our God and to take us as His people.

Let us remember how it was Jehovah our God, who brought His people out of the land of Egypt, that they should not be their slaves. He not only has broken the bands of their yoke and made them walk upright.  Also for us He has provided deliverance. In Christ Jesus God brought salvation to all people who are willing to accept His son and Him Who is the Rightful Owner of everything.

But if we do not obey Him who gave His promises, and do not do all these commandments He has given to His people,  then we should worry. Those who despise God His statutes, or abhors God His  judgements, so that they do not do all God His commandments, but break His covenant,  Jehovah God also will do this to them and He will even appoint terror over them, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause pining away of soul.

If people do not obey God, then He will chastise them seven times more for their sins.  God shall it be also Who will break the pride of their power. It is up to us to choose if we want to be corrected by God. He has given His Guide to the world so that by His Words in the book of books all can have themselves be corrected by the Elohim. But if you prefer to walk contrary to Jehovah God, then He also will walk contrary to you, and He will punish you yet seven times for your sins.  In case you do find it so difficult to walk with God, perhaps it is not bad to look for it if you are really walking with God and not having other gods in front of your eyes, worshipping them instead of the One Real God!

Are you not keeping statues or bowing down in front of pictures of your god? Are you not worshipping your god with an amount of repeated words? Are you reading God His Word, the Bible regularly or are  you just happy to go to a church service where enough entertainment is given with songs and dances you can enjoy?

When we do want a good relationship with the heavenly Father we should take care that we live according to His rules and regulations.

Lev 26:3-15 The Scriptures 1998+  (3)  ‘If you walk in My laws and guard My commands, and shall do them,  (4)  then I shall give you rain in its season, and the land shall yield its crops, and the trees of the field yield their fruit.  (5)  ‘And your threshing shall last till the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last till the time of sowing. And you shall eat your bread until you have enough, and shall dwell in your land safely.  (6)  ‘And I shall give peace in the land, and you shall lie down and no one make you afraid. And I shall clear the land of evil beasts, and not let the sword go through your land.  (7)  ‘And you shall pursue your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you.  (8)  ‘And five of you shall pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you pursue ten thousand. And your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.  (9)  ‘And I shall turn to you and make you bear fruit, and shall increase you, and shall establish My covenant with you.  (10)  ‘And you shall eat the old supply, and clear out the old because of the new.  (11)  ‘And I shall set My Dwelling Place in your midst, and My being shall not reject you.  (12)  ‘And I shall walk in your midst, and shall be your Elohim, and you shall be My people.  (13)  ‘I am יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, from being their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk upright.  (14)  ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not do all these commands,  (15)  and if you reject My laws, or if your being loathes My right-rulings, so that you do not do all My commands, but break My covenant,

Lev 26:42-46 The Scriptures 1998+  (42)  then I shall remember My covenant with Yaʽaqob, and also My covenant with Yitsḥaq, and also remember My covenant with Aḇraham, and remember the land.  (43)  ‘For the land was abandoned by them, and enjoying its Sabbaths while lying waste without them, and they were paying for their crookedness, because they rejected My right-rulings and because their being loathed My laws.
(44)  ‘And yet for all this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I shall not reject them, nor shall I loathe them so as to destroy them and break My covenant with them. For I am יהוה {Jehovah} their Elohim.  (45)  ‘Then I shall remember for their sake the covenant of the ancestors whom I brought out of the land of Mitsrayim before the eyes of the nations to be their Elohim. I am יהוה {Jehovah}.’ ”  (46)  These are the laws and the right-rulings and the Torot1 which יהוה {Jehovah} made between Himself and the children of Yisra’ĕl on Mount Sinai by the hand of Mosheh. Footnote: 1Torot – plural of Torah, teaching.

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  3. How to Find the Meaning of Life and Reach a State of Peace
  4. What is life?
  5. Summermonths and consumerism
  6. Necessity of a revelation of creation 2 Organisation of a system of things
  7. Cry out to Yahweh
  8. Give your tears to God
  9. Rest thy delight on Jehovah
  10. God is the strength of my heart
  11. A Triple God or simply a rather simple One God
  12. Let us not forget it was God who chose us
  13. Know Who goes with us and don’t try to control life
  14. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  15. Man’s plans prevailed by God’s purpose
  16. God doesn’t call the qualified
  17. Revelation 1:8 – Who is Speaking?
  18. Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.
  19. Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark
  20. Sharing the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge
  21. Praying is surrendering in all circumstances
  22. If you want to go far in life
  23. Not words of any organisation should bind you, but the Word of God
  24. A Living Faith #9 Our Manner of Life
  25. A Living Faith #10: Our manner of Life #2
  26. We should use the Bible every day
  27. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  28. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  29. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  30. Bible sayings about God
  31. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  32. God loving people justified
  33. Come, walk with me and find rest for your soul
  34. Life’s challenges may not paralyse you
  35. Fear not tomorrow. God is already there
  36. Are you weak? Weary? Confused? Troubled? Pressured?
  37. Not all christians are followers of a Greco-Roman culture
  38. All provided by the Spirit of God are led, are children of God
  39. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  40. Jeruzalem Gods city

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God’s never-ending stream of much-needed mercies

Posted on June 9, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Life and Death, Religion, World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this system of things, possibly coming very close to the conclusion of system of things, we can find lots of people who do not know any more how they can feel comfortable, painless, peaceful and happy.
For many this ‘real life’ has become a bit or a lot more than they can bear.

This ‘real life’ has robbed me of the joy this New Beginning was to bring. {Searching for God – In Real Life}

writes Janee White who is married to Ken for 12 years. She also says she stopped running from Christ,

and by the Grace of God alone, I am alive today to tell you of the wonderful things He has done.

For her she had the Cross as her looking-glass by which she saw herself through the lens of her past. She also tells

within the pages of scripture, I found the truth of who I really am {My Book}

This is something we can often hear from people who got to read the Bible. Though we do find it strange, lots of them often get to reading it once and by doing so might not have found The One behind the Book. It is naturally lovely to find a book that can give an insight of ourselves, but the main reason of the Book of books is to bring us closer to the real True God of gods.

For the writer of the above mentioned book, writing:

Instead of this new life being full of Divine Appointments, it seems to be full of nothing but demonic disappointment.
And that’s the revelation I had today – I’m disappointed with myself, and I’m disappointed with God.
Where do I go from here? HOW do I go from here?” {Searching for God – In Real Life}

we can only advice to take up the Holy Scriptures once more and to go throughout the many books (66) and to try to take the words for what they say. Too often when people who come from a church attending  family we see that they are not able to take distance from those church teachings. But that is what you have to do when you really want to uncover the Scripture writings.

Page from Book of Hours, with three differenti...

Page from Book of Hours, with three differentiated human figures for the Trinity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is by putting aside human doctrinal teachings, like the Holy Trinity, daring not to think ‘God the son‘ when there is written ‘son of God‘ and to read ‘Jesus‘ and not ‘God‘ when there is written Jesus that  you might come into insight and come to see the wonders God has done and Whom or What you should be following.

Lots of people are in darkness at the moment. They should know they can find an incredible light, which is strengthened by Jeshua, Jesus Christ, the son of God.
Those not seeing the light and not feeling at ease, should not worry, even when they not straight ahead get all the answers, because the answers do not come at once.

When man, who are created in the image of God, are allowed by God to be here on earth, they are expected by God to fulfil the quest for God. People during those times of overwhelming darkness in their life should know that God is always there to jump in when necessary. God does not leave His creation on its own. Those who sincerely are searching Him He will guide, even when it is not directly notable. Perhaps God tests our patience? In any case we may be sure Jehovah God is always there, ready to come to rescue the one who is pleading for Him.

When we are feeling down, when we are feeling weak, when we do not see it any more, God is there to hear us call for Him. Is that not the least we can expect from Him, that He wants us to come to Him as well. We have to be willing to go to God and to accept Him as our heavenly Father Who knows best for us.

When we are willing to come to know more about Him, even when we do not know Him yet rightly, He shall be wiling to build us back up again, when in the depths. We may be sure, more than once in our life we shall encounter difficult moments. It matters to come out of them stronger instead of weaker. And God is willing to give that force. By the Force of the Spirit God we can encounter the difficulties of this earth and work ourselves throughout this era of ungodliness.

Nice to hear that we can find people who honestly dare to say:

In fact, without God’s never-ending stream of much-needed mercies and sanctifying-grace, I honestly do not know where I would be today. {Dealing with Anxiety through Contentment in Jesus}

Each person shall be at a different place in his or her quest to God and his or her track can never be equalised with an other searcher. But all man shall have to search their heart and shall have to look for the Truth. That is an inborn ‘instinct‘.

God’s Truth has to be found by man. Man shall have to come to see what went wrong in the Garden of Eden and how the relationship with the Divine Creator has to be restored. God wants us to find Him and he has provide the means.

If you are living your life, but are not sure where God has been during your worst moments, when you find yourself in your worst moment, you may find that you feel similar to the Psalmist – panting for the blessing of God!

Psa 42:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+  (1)  As a deer longs for the water streams, So my being longs for You, O Elohim.  (2)  My being thirsts for Elohim, for the living Ěl When shall I enter in to appear before Elohim?

Psa 42:9-11 The Scriptures 1998+  (9)  I say to El my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”  (10)  My enemies have reproached me, Like a crushing of my bones, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your Elohim?”  (11)  Why are you depressed, O my being? And why are you restless within me? Wait for Elohim: for I shall yet thank Him, the deliverance of my face, And my Elohim.

Lots of people around us may be very dejected, and can so disturb us, we are very annoyed with their actions and reactions. Though we should come to a point where we can come to believe we should put all of our hope in One Who stands above all man, and should look at Him as our God. When we come to such a point, like the sinner king David did, we shall be able to see what happened in our life by the Hand of God and how salvation comes over us. Yes we shall even see that like king David got a special preferred leading position, we also shall be able to find we get blessings already in this life, by choosing for the right One God.

But such never ending stream of goodness requires from man that he  keeps loyal to the Only One Whose Might and Name should be known all over the world. The Divine Creator expects those who want to come close to Him to be willing to listen to Him. His Voice can be found in the Holy Scriptures or Bible, which we should take up regularly and use it as our manual for life.

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The Right One to follow and to worship

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  5. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  6. Gone astray, away from God
  7. People Seeking for God 5 Bread of life
  8. Coming to the creation of human beings in the image of God
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  10. Suffering through the apparent silence of God
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  15. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator
  16. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment
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  18. Gods Hope and our hope
  19. Looking for blessed hope
  20. Hope for the future
  21. Working of the Hope
  22. True Hope
  23. From pain to purpose
  24. Looking for Answers
  25. How are we sure God exists?
  26. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  27. Seeking for God
  28. Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
  29. Finding God amid all the religious externals
  30. Creator of heaven and earth and everything around יהוה
  31. Only One God
  32. God of gods
  33. Creator and Blogger God 2 Image and likeness
  34. Creator and Blogger God 5 Things to tell
  35. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
  36. Some one or something to fear #7 Not afraid for Gods Name
  37. Challenging claim 2 Inspired by God 1 Simple words
  38. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  39. I Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late !
  40. Humility and the Fear of the Lord
  41. Let God’s promises shine on your problems
  42. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies
  43. God should be your hope
  44. God wants to be gracious to you
  45. The giving and protecting God
  46. God Helper and Deliverer
  47. Jehovah my strenght
  48. Count your blessings
  49. The high calling of God in Christ Jesus
  50. Jesus Messiah
  51. Jesus and his God
  52. You Need Light for Your Path
  53. The conclusion of system of things
  54. Not everyone in the churches of Christ are “ungodly”
  55. Being religious has benefits even in this life
  56. Two states of existence before God
  57. Wondering
  58. When we love we do not need laws
  59. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  60. Content with the no answer
  61. Faith moving mountains
  62. Looking for blessed hope
  63. Tapping into God’s Strength by Waiting on Him
  64. God should be your hope
  65. Blind leading the blind
  66. How long to wait before bringing religiousness and spirituality in practice
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  70. Healthy life can be found in sacred books
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  72. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  73. Being religious has benefits even in this life
  74. Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities
  75. A day without taking the symbols

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No insurmountable obstacles to come to know God

Posted on June 5, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Life and Death, Manners and Association, World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In their search for a god and for a church lots of people got mislead and may have found what they think is a

bubbling pull of ‘ideaological mind chairs’ to reach Heaven, explain it or attained the full realisation of self and divinity. The paths and methods has corrupted their hearts and minds, and continuously discontently! {In Search for God?}

Throughout the ages man has looked for best ways to have a peaceful life.

Man, even, speculate legends or stories of alien visitors, an upgrade of animals, sent to our planet but possessing high inteligence,mind control by their bio-creator and speed faster than that of light.along their scientific probing and awareness of the universe. {In Search for God?}

Lots of myths and lots of stories further the world is developing to the conclusion of times where it will be very important to know exactly how everything is. The Nazarene teacher Jeshua, Jesus, asked his followers to go out in the world and to tell others what he had said about his heavenly Father and the coming Kingdom.

Some people want others to believe that

“Only the Son that can reach the Father, for the path, mind, nature and will of the Father is in the heart of the Son” {In Search for God?}

But everybody should know that each person wherever in the universe can reach to the Father and shall be able to come to the Father as His child, when he or she wants so. There are no borders to meet God. The only obstacles are those made by man himself.

When we are willing to come to an other state of mind than most ungodly people have, God is willing to hear us calling for Him and shall from His site be calling for us. When we are prepared to listen to the Divine Creator He is willing to have the mist clearing up.

When God sees in our heart that we are ready to go for Him He shall let the foggy clouds in our mind clear up. Then we shall find a brighter cloud and a light surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses (all those examples of men and women of faith the Bible is talking about).

But we should be aware that God searches each individual and that we ourselves also do have to search our hearts as to how effectively we are willing to look for the right Way and how we want to change ourself to fit that what Jeshua would call a follower of him?

When a person is prepared to work at himself so that God sees that our faith can develop, He shall produces the right forces to get even more change. He then shall develop real strength. All should know that in essence we are very weak, but when we hand ourselves over to God we become stronger.

Though God requires from us some work as well. To be “made strong out of weakness” the one wanting to come close to God may not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.

2Co 6:14 The Scriptures 1998+  (14)  Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness? And what fellowship has light with darkness?

Also when God comes to see that the person is seriously seeking Him and wants to be one of those who “are not of those who shrink back” … but of those who “have faith and preserve their souls” He shall stretch His Hands out. (Hebrews 10:39).

Heb 10:26-39 The Scriptures 1998+  (26)  For if we sin purposely after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a slaughter offering for sins,1 Footnote: 1See also 6:6, Heb. 9:7, Num. 15:15-28.  (27)  but some fearsome anticipation of judgment, and a fierce fire which is about to consume the opponents.  (28)  Anyone who has disregarded the Torah of Mosheh dies without compassion on the witness of two or three witnesses.  (29)  How much worse punishment do you think shall he deserve who has trampled the Son of Elohim underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was set apart as common, and insulted the Spirit of favour?  (30)  For we know Him who has said, “Vengeance is Mine, I shall repay, says יהוה {Jehovah}.” And again, “יהוה {Jehovah} shall judge His people.”  (31)  It is fearsome to fall into the hands of the living Elohim.  (32)  But remember the former days, when, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings.  (33)  On the one hand you were exposed to reproaches and pressures, and on the other hand you became sharers with those who were so treated,  (34)  for you sympathised with me in my chains, and you accepted with joy the seizure of your possessions, knowing that you have a better and a lasting possession for yourselves in the heavens.  (35)  Do not, then, lose your boldness, which has great reward.  (36)  For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the desire of Elohim, you receive the promise:  (37)  “For yet a little while – He who is coming shall come and shall not delay.”  (38)  “But the righteous shall live by belief, but if anyone draws back, my being has no pleasure in him.”  (39)  But we are not of those who draw back to destruction, but of belief to the preservation of life.

The Nazarene man of flesh and blood, who was called “the only begotten son of God” and the “anointed” showed the way to the Most High Whom we all should come to worship.

Joh 4:24 The Scriptures 1998+  (24)  “Elohim is Spirit, and those who worship Him need to worship in spirit and truth.”

But true worship of the Elohim can only be given by true knowledge of Him. By listening to Jeshua his words and to the words written down by the many other chosen people of God, all can come to get to know God better. The resurrected man who showed his wounds to proof he is not a spirit, knew very well Who is the greatest on earth. Jesus also knew he could not do anything without his heavenly Father, the Only One God, he wanted everybody to know. By God His Power Jesus was able to do many incredible things. Like he never wanted to do his own will, he would like us also to do the Will of his Father, the Only One God.

Joh 4:34 The Scriptures 1998+  (34)  יהושע  {Jeshua} said to them, “My food is to do the desire of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.

Reaching out to Christ we also can reach out to his heavenly Father, the God of Abraham. As Jesus is the son of God, a child of God, we by him also can become a child of God.

Joh 1:12-13 The Scriptures 1998+  (12)  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of Elohim, to those believing in His Name,  (13)  who were born, not of blood nor of the desire of flesh nor of the desire of man, but of Elohim.

Not from blood, nor from a will of flesh, nor from a will of man, but from God we shall be accepted in case we are found all right to enter the small gate of the Kingdom of God, by the one who received authority to judge.
To prepare ourselves for that moment of judgement God Himself has given His Words as a manual, so that no man has an excuse he or she did not know what to do or what to believe. Nobody would have to come with an excuse saying:

As for loving God, it scares me to put trust and love into something that I don’t know too well. And If I struggle with accepting love from people, why wouldn’t I be afraid of feeling love from something that is more powerful than I can imagine? I’ve lived a good chunk of my life believing that conditional love is the only love. Anything other than that is foreign to me. {Looking for and Listening to God}

The God of gods is not so far off that we would not able to get to know Him thoroughly. Some might say:

I’m really afraid that I’m not going to be able to figure out if something is a “bad” voice vs. “God’s voice”. That’s the first time I ever admitted that somewhere–that I’m afraid of hearing God. Not just as a voice, but even just the magnitude. I don’t think little ol’ me can deal with the magnitude of God. {Looking for and Listening to God}

When we take enough time to read God’s Word and are willing to give Him our ear and our mind, we shall clearly come to hear the difference of thoughts and voices. God His Voice shall resound in your world as the fog signal, accompanied by a bright light. When the Voice becomes clearer we also shall come to understand that perhaps we do have to become different than many others in this world. Listening to that Voice we shall come to understand that we may not conform to the ways of this world, which may mean that we as Christians shall be labelled and even at times treated differently. At moments we shall even doubt about ourselves, about the things around us, about our and others their faith. Though when we continue reading in the Holy Scriptures we shall find our way. We shall come to understand who is who. But we also shall come to see who governs this world at the moment. For many we might be ‘weirdos’ or ‘strangers’. We ourselves shall not object to be sojourners, as all our fathers were, because we do know that this is only a stage of life, an era which shall come to an end soon. Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding.

1Ch 29:15 The Scriptures 1998+  (15)  “For we are sojourners and pilgrims before You, as were all our fathers; our days on earth are as a shadow, and without permanence.

We shall not have to be afraid to be looked at as fools or strange people. God calls us to be like foreigners and strangers.From hearing the Voice of God in the Holy Scriptures we shall get the right instructions to know more and to become wiser. We shall not feel ashamed any more to be different than the majority. We should not be like the people of this world, but let God change the way we think. Then we will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him, Who is the Most Important One in our life. It is worthwhile to renew our mind for Him.

Rom 12:2 The Scriptures 1998+  (2)  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.

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  1. God of gods
  2. The high calling of God in Christ Jesus
  3. God knowing the heart
  4. Bad company ruins good morals
  5. God knowing the heart
  6. The Way To Life
  7. If we view the whole world through a lens that is bright
  8. Feed Your Faith Daily
  9. Abiding Christ
  10. Abiding to glorify God
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Daily Spiritual Food To prepare ourselves for the Kingdom of God

Posted on June 4, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whilst destruction is upon the land it might well be that more people shall come to recognise that the fierce anger of the Divine Creator is released.

Who can stay His hand?  Who can give Him council? {America the Beautiful}

Those who have a natural fear for God do know when they accept Him as their heavenly Father and obey His commandments they know they should not fear for their life, knowing this era or this system of things will come to an end at the time God thinks it is the right time (the Acharit-hayamim). In their trust for the Most High lovers of God do know they do not so much need to fear man but should hold fast on to the faith in the promises of the One and Only One True God.

Those who love God and who love His son, Jeshua, Jesus Christ, do know that it might perhaps be not so easy to comply with all the teachings of the master teacher, but are willing to work on it. They remember how Jesus speaks of the character and nature that he looks for in his followers. They remember also all his parables which should give the world a warning that even when they would get to know the son of God, they should be careful not to loose salvation and the entrance through the small gate of the Kingdom of God. We all must be careful not to fall in the trap of man. Being aware that there are many false teachings which want people to believe they can do whatever they like, because Jesus died for them. Deceit is lurking everywhere.

We are afraid it is not at all so easy. Jesus has given commands to his followers and learned that his heavenly Father wants from his followers obedience. The rabbi’s talmidin have to be lovers of the Word of God and living accordantly the mitzvot and regulations given by the Most High. That heavenly Father calls the humble, meek, merciful, peacemakers, and those willing to turn the other cheek in the midst of adversity. He calls them every day everywhere, and those who want to hear shall hear His calling.

Jeshua showed the way to his Father and asked his followers to become one with Him as Jesus was one with and loved God. Jesus wants us to have the same relationship with God and before God as he has. To make the best of such deep intense love affair, Jesus his followers have to give their life for this God of Abraham in the same manner Jesus gave his life for all mankind.

Jesus, who never wanted to do his own will but always did the Will of God, wants us also to do the Will of God at all times. Jesus made it clear that the only way to achieve perfection in the eyes of God is to have a heart that truly, unashamedly, passionately, and wholly seeks after Him.

This search for God and for Truth, or the quest for endless peaceful life can be accomplished by following God’s instructions. He has given them to the whole world which should be full of people loving each other and calling on the Name of the Most High. God demands His children not to be part of the world, but to be part of His reign. Those willing to become citizens of God’s Kingdom shall have to live in accordance with the precepts of that Kingdom.

In this system of things we can find people who say they want to look for a church, but do not want churches where they take too much time for Bible reading or where time is taken for discipling those in the congregation. They do find, when they are believers, they should not receive any teaching any-more about how to behave or to arrange their own life, because it is their business. Though they do forget it is really God’s business and He really wants His children to live according the best Way for life. Which means all inhabitants living according to the most justified rules and Laws.

Those who call themselves Christian should follow the master teacher his teachings, his commandments and the same laws Jesus followed.

Joh 14:15 The Scriptures 1998+  (15)  “If you love Me, you shall guard My commands.1 Footnote: 1See Ex. 20:6, vv. 21&23, 1 John 5:2-3, 2 John v. 6.

Joh 14:21-24 The Scriptures 1998+  (21)  “He who possesses My commands and guards them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love him and manifest Myself to him.”  (22)  Yehuḏah – not the one from Qerioth – said to Him, “Master, what has come about that You are about to manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”  (23)  יהושע {Jeshua} answered him, “If anyone loves Me, he shall guard My Word. And My Father shall love him, and We shall come to him and make Our stay with him.  (24)  “He who does not love Me does not guard My Words. And the Word which you hear is not Mine but of the Father Who sent Me.

In the knowledge that Jesus did not do his own Will nor brought his own teaching, but the teaching of the Most High, we too should listen to all those words of Jesus his heavenly Father. To hear them we do have to let them come upon us. This can be done by taking the Bible, the infallible Word of God and to read in it regularly. It is not by reading it once in a lifetime that we shall have God His Words feeding us enough. Like plants need to be watered regularly, we too. We even need our daily dose of ‘Spiritual Food’ or the Words of God.

The Mitzvot of God are commandments which are giving life. The commands of the Maker of it all are meant to help us live a happy, wholesome peaceful life. God did not give His commandments to restrict us in an unjust way or to let us feel as if He is a dictator. No He knows what is best for His children and like any parent He wants us to see happy. It only can please Him when we are again in complete harmony with His creation, like He planned it from the beginning of time.

The love for the Adonai should not only be on lour lips, it should be burned deep down in our heart and be on us, like a burned-stamp on a piece of cattle. The brushing of the fur is the bible-reading time.

Wanting to sojourn in a country we do need to know the civil code and being with other people we need moral and social code to regulate acceptable behaviour for all. For the Kingdom of God it is no different, also there we shall have to face regulations to which all shall have to keep to.

Those wanting to be part of that Kingdom of God better start learning about those regulations and laws which they shall have to follow, before the entrance possibilities are finished. The gates shall not stay open for everybody for ever. We shall come in a conclusion of times where by authority of God, His son shall decide who shall be allowed and who shall be refused. It is up to each individual to be ready at the given time. In this system of times each person can find an end to his life at any moment, and than it will be too late to change anything. Do not wait until it is too late!

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  3. Not my will, but thine be done
  4. Our relationship with God, Jesus and eachother
  5. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago
  6. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  7. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  8. Necessity of a revelation of creation 11 Believing and obeying the gospel of the Kingdom of God
  9. All things written aforetime for our instruction
  10. Eternal Word that tells everything
  11. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  12. Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places
  13. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah

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Cognizance at the doorstep or at the internet socket

Posted on June 4, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom and Christianity, Endtimes, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Life and Death, Religion, World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this world human race goes about as if they are all wild animals let loose in front of all niceties they want. In this system of things there are some, a few, who do feel strongly they are going on the right path, which they want to share with others, though those other people are not at all showing much interest. As such it looks for many a very lonely road and they might find it hard choices to be made. But are they really such hard choices people do have to make? Is it made so difficult for them to go on that right path which brings peace for everybody?

In the system of things we have a world with many religions and in each of those religions so many divisions, people often do not know were to look at to find the best religious group for them. Many people do forget that there is a Hand stretching out from heaven. Already for years there are precious words written down, first on stone tablets, than papyrus roles, sheepskin scrolls, later presented all over the world in printed versions. In them God tells the world to move and to make the right choice.

For those who think finding a church where they can grow is not an easy task, we would like to advice to find the church stones already in their heart and close in their neighbourhood, plus in these present times at their doorstep or at the internet socket. Today there are many means for getting the Word of God into the house and into your heart.

The Divine Creator cares about His creation and looks at the people who think they all can do it on their own. God knows their heart and knows how much man does need Him. Therefore He always wanted to help them and to get them back on the road. Throughout history He followed them and guided them, being ready to help them where necessary. For all people He provide His words. He took care They were written down for further generations so that all could learn form them.

God dwelled among the Israelites and was their God.  (Exodus 29:45) God dwells “among”. Also today He is here around us all. he is willing to give a listening ear. When we read through Leviticus 13-15 we can see that when the people are clean, God’s dwelling is uncontaminated. Yet, when the people are unclean, suddenly God’s dwelling is in danger.

Men of God, priests, preachers, rabbis, should know the purity of God, but the last decennials we have seen that many of those so called ‘men of God‘ did not live such clean life. This also made many people wonder about their institutions or churches. Lots of people forgot that those people, who should be an example, are not the church. They may say they present the church or the Body of Christ, but that Body of Christ is made up by followers of Christ who live according the mitzvot, the rules and regulations not of a church, but of God.

As we pointed out in the previous article, not much had changed by the time of Jeshua, neither after the master rabbi had left this earth. Jews and Greeks were still all in the same boat, like today … all under sin.  In this age we can find Jews, Muslims but also Christians saying that they are better than the rest of the world. Already in the first century of this era the apostle Paul warned that it was not so. In his time he found already followers of Christ who accused everyone -Jews and non-Jews alike- of being under the power of sin. He warned them that it is just like the Scripture says, that there is not even one person of integrity, not one who understands, not one who searches for God.
In his time the very religious people could see the many who had turned away. Jesus also had given them a parable about the seed, giving them a pure example how it goes in this world were some hear, others not, and how that hearing does not always result in the right growing.

In our world we may find also lots of people were-off we can say that their throat is an open tomb, with their tongues telling lies. also today we do find lots of people where the venom of an asp hides behind their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and poison.

Rom 3:9-12 The Scriptures 1998+  (9)  What then? Are we better than they? Not at all, for we have previously accused both Yehud?im and Greeks that they are all under sin.  (10)  As it has been written, “There is none righteous, no, not one!  (11)  “There is no one who is understanding, there is none who is seeking Elohim.  (12)  “They all have turned aside, they have together become worthless. There is none who does good, no, not one.”

Today those people still did not recognize the path of peace.  Today we also see many youngsters and older ones, who should know better, their feet eagerly running to shed blood, and disaster and misery lie on their paths.

For those whose throat is an open sepulchre and do not really carry the spirit of the Real True God in them, they should know that at one point the time shall come that God’s justice shall also come over them. All those who claimed to be handling in the name of Allah, the Just God, but with their tongues using deceit, having poison of vipers under their lips, shall have to be very careful the anger of God will not turn against them.

We should always be very careful when we think we can speak in the Name of God. We also should be very careful if we judge some one. Today we do find lots of people who do not like God, but also others who say they love God but whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.  Could it not be that destruction and misery are in their ways? Is it not because they do not known the way of peace? Is it also not because there is no fear of God before their eyes?

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law: that every one may be silenced, and all the world plead guilty before God.  For by the observation of the law no one shall be justified in His sight, since it is the law that takes cognizance of sin.

Rom 3:13-20 The Scriptures 1998+  (13)  “Their throat is an open tomb, with their tongues they have deceived,” “The poison of adders is under their lips,”  (14)  “Whose mouth is filled with cursing and bitterness.”  (15)  “Their feet are swift to shed blood,  (16)  ruin and wretchedness are in their ways,  (17)  and the way of peace they have not known.”  (18)  “There is no fear of Elohim before their eyes.”  (19)  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.  (20)  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.

A believer in Adonai and Jeshua writes:

So many people want to throw out Torah yet Torah is our definition of sin.  Pretty much everyone agrees that we sin.  How do you know what sin is if the Torah is thrown out?  How is G-d going to hold you accountable if you throw out Torah?  If the Torah is thrown out, do you even sin today?  Over and over again Yeshua said in one way or another “go and sin no more”.  To not sin means to keep the Torah. {Under The Law}

But lots of people do not know Torah or how to keep Torah. Lots of people do not know how they have to be or to form their character to be found righteous in front of the eyes of God. Those who have found God already should help others to find God. They should show the way and with their presence in our society they should be an example of a follower of Christ and of a lover of God. They also should know which are the best works to form them and to make others adjustable to become real children of God.

To be a child of God you first have to be willing to accept the God of gods as your heavenly Father. After having accepted Him as your Father you should be willing to listen to Him and to accept His regulations as the best for you.

Most difficult for a lot of people seems to be to get rid of all the old attitudes. they have the vestige of allegiance to the old, and do not want or can not come to “throw them way.” Lots of people do not want to make changes in their lives that will help them keep up with Torah. Or they do not want to know about old books in which they should find guidance and enough advice to make their life better and easier.

Several Bible translations on one of the office book-shelfs - Verscheidene Bijbelvertalingen op één van de boekenplanken in het bureau van de Belgische Christadelphians

Several Bible translations on one of the office book-shelfs – Verscheidene Bijbelvertalingen op één van de boekenplanken in het bureau van de Belgische Christadelphians

Though they do not have to go for to find that best advice. It is so easy to day to find the Word of God translated in many languages so that every person should be able to find the Word of God in a language he easily can read and understand. If you know people who would like to know God but do say they can not find a bible, please offer them a Bible, show them where they can find a Bible for free or get them in contact with people who can provide a free bible and free bible course. We also offer a free Bible tool and free Bible studies.

On the internet lots of sites can be found where people can look at different Bible translations. Though we do agree they do have to be willing to look for it and to use it. They do have to take initiative and go for it. Just giving it without any further reaction shall not help.

How we fulfil our duties as talmidim is determined by our character. Those who love God shall be eager to share their love for the Most High with others and shall be prepared to show others the Words of God in the Holy Scriptures. That library of old scrolls is the most important Guide we should use. Every searcher for God should have the Bible in his or her house. It is an essential work to get to know God and to get a transformation of your person in somebody God really can love.

First we do have to look at our own house, in our own environment and in our own heart. It is all there. We should not try to accuse others for us not finding God. Each person in their own house should be able to find everything to find God. We all should know that it is important who we meet and whom ànd what we shall let into our house. We are ourselves responsible for the choices we make and for what we let our hearts become defiled with. Wanting to come closer to God we should be taking care what we allow our ears to hear and our eyes to see.  We have to pay careful attention to what we watch or look at and to whom we listen because these will either keep our  personal ‘Temple’ clean or will defile it.

It is through that salvation is freely given, but people do have to accept it. Real salvation comes by having emunah (faith), which shall stimulate us to have works according to that faith, because faith without works is dead.

Jas 2:14-26 The Scriptures 1998+  (14)  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.  (15)  And if a brother or sister is naked and in need of daily food,  (16)  but one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” but you do not give them the bodily needs, what use is it?  (17)  So also belief, if it does not have works, is in itself dead.  (18)  But someone might say, “You have belief, and I have works.” Show me your belief without your works, and I shall show you my belief by my works.  (19)  You believe that Elohim is one. You do well. The demons also believe – and shudder!  (20)  But do you wish to know, O foolish man, that the belief without the works is dead?  (21)  Was not Aḇraham our father declared right by works when he offered Yitsḥaq his son on the altar?  (22)  Do you see that the belief was working with his works, and by the works the belief was perfected?  (23)  And the Scripture was filled which says, “Aḇraham believed Elohim, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness.” And he was called, “Elohim’s friend.”  (24)  You see, then, that a man is declared right by works, and not by belief alone.  (25)  In the same way, was not Raḥaḇ the whore also declared right by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?  (26)  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so also the belief is dead without the works.

When we do come into the faith we shall have to listen to God’s Words and shall have to obey them. Without obedience to God His Wishes we shall not be able to do anything with the blessings of Jesus his ransom offering.

In this world there are many who want to prove to you and us that belief without deeds is empty. From the examples in Scripture we should see how the belief of many was helping along their deeds, and how by their actions their belief was brought to maturity. So then, as the body without a spirit is dead, even so belief without deeds is dead.

And those necessary actions have to be taken first at your own, in your own house, in your own heart. In the heart the transformation has to occur. and to let it happen you should read regularly in the Word of God, which you can find in the Bible. That great work or Books of books, can give the best knowledge about God and about how to live. You should come to recognise it as the best manual for you and for every human being.

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Preceding:

In a world which knows no peace sharing blessed hope

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #2 Purity

Cleanliness and worrying or not about purity

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Additional reading:

  1. God’s wisdom for the believer brings peace
  2. If you have integrity
  3. Migrants to the West #7 Religions
  4. Division and defrocking because of same-sex wedding
  5. Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
  6. In Defense of the truth
  7. Displeasure of יהוה , Jehovah the God of gods, and His wrath against all the gentiles their divisions
  8. Pure Words and Testimonies full of Breath of the Most High
  9. Jehovah God Almighty greater than all gods
  10. Bible, best Book of books to get to know the truth
  11. Appointed to be read
  12. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  13. c4all – vision and mission by the Word of God
  14. Abiding to glorify God
  15. Challenging claim
  16. How we think shows through in how we act
  17. Flowing out from a genuine spiritual “heart”
  18. What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits
  19. Love and cultivate that which is pure
  20. Growth in character
  21. Be holy
  22. A tongue to speak slowly and well-considered
  23. We are the children of God
  24. What English Bible do you use?
  25. Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers
  26. NWT and what other scholars have to say to its critics
  27. Use of /Gebruik van Jehovah or/of Yahweh in Bible Translations/Bijbel vertalingen
  28. The Most Reliable English Bible
  29. Hebrew, Aramaic and Bibletranslation
  30. Some Restored Name Versions
  31. Read the Holy Book on Portable Devices with the Free Bible Software

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In a world which knows no peace sharing blessed hope

Posted on June 3, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom en Christenheid, Endtimes, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Life and Death, Preaching, Suffering, World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Jewish people struggled through the Roman/Edomite, Ishmaelite and European exile and had to face terrible times for their people on several occasions throughout history. But always they kept believing that their God, the God of Abraham, was not going to leave them abandoned. For them they had the assurance in the book-rolls which survived the times of horror.

They had several readings in the scrolls which told them that those who would not turn their back on the Torah would find guidance and would get peace in mind. The Bible readings of June the 3rd (Isaiah and Hebrews) have verses which encourage such peace of mind, others a sense of awe at what is coming on the world – the judgements our godless world deserves. Isaiah 26 is a grouping of quite contrasting revelations from God – verses 3 and 4 are worthy of being memorised.

Isa 26:3-4 The Scriptures 1998+  (3)  “The one steadfast of mind You guard in perfect peace, for he trusts in You.  (4)  “Trust in  יהוה {Jehovah} forever, for in Yah, יהוה {Jehovah}, is a rock of ages.

A Sefer Torah, the traditional form of the Heb...

A Sefer Torah, the traditional form of the Hebrew Bible, is a scroll of parchment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those who are wiling to read in the scrolls or in the Book of books may find the Words of God which will keep them in perfect peace when their mind is stayed on the Most High Elohim Hashem Jehovah. Trust in the Adonai forever, having a mind that is “stayed on” God, we can find the only foundation for “perfect peace” in a world which knows no peace.

Jews and several Christians, like us and the Jehovah’s Witnesses do know this world could be facing the Acharit-hayamim or the ends of System of Things. The Jews look at their Jewish system of things and the then future system of things that the Messiah or Kristos, like the Christians accept the Nazarene Jewish prophet Jeshua as their Christ who would bring a new system or New World by way of the new covenant. The reign of Jesus returned to the earth will see the time when God His judgements would be the most important ruling again in the earth, the inhabitants of the earth learning righteousness. But at the moment, as in Isaiah’s day, God His Hand is lifted up because we are now living in a system of things governed by the wicked and most people not seeing it. (verse 11).

Isa 26:7-9 The Scriptures 1998+  (7)  The path of the righteous is uprightness; O upright One, You weigh the course of the righteous.  (8)  Also, in the path of Your right-rulings, O יהוה {Jehovah}, we have waited for You; the longing of our being is for Your Name and for the remembrance of You.  (9)  My being longs for You in the night, also, my spirit within me seeks You earnestly. For when Your right-rulings are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world shall learn righteousness.

Isa 26:10-13 The Scriptures 1998+  (10)  The wrong finds favour, yet he shall not learn righteousness; in the land of straightforwardness he acts perversely, and does not see the excellency of יהוה {Jehovah}.  (11)  O יהוה {Jehovah}, Your hand is high, they do not see. They see the ardour of the people and are ashamed; also, let the fire for Your adversaries consume them.  (12)  O יהוה {Jehovah}, You establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us.  (13)  O יהוה {Jehovah} our Elohim, other masters besides You have had rule over us; only in You do we make mention of Your Name.

Jesus in Matthew 12:32 referred to that same future state in promising that those leaving home and family for the sake of God’s Kingdom would get “many times more in this period of time [form of kai·rosʹ, meaning “appointed time”], and in the coming system of things [form of ai·onʹ] everlasting life.” (Luke 18:29, 30)

Luk 18:29-30 The Scriptures 1998+  (29)  And He said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the reign of Elohim,  (30)  who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come everlasting life.”

"...they shall beat their swords into plo...

“…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” ~ Isaiah 2:4 KJV Bible verse across the street from the United Nations building.Bible verse from Isaiah writen on a wall across the street from the United Nations Building in New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The world had to undergo the things brought over it by man himself. Often we find saying what a horrible God it must be letting all such things happen, but they do forget man himself demanded their own right to govern and to take care of everything. God has given them the right to do it like they want it, but than they should come not to complain to Him.

In Isaiah and Jesus their time there were still ages to come. They spoke of that time which human race had to face.

Jews and Christians, from Scriptures, can know that God did all His wonder-works and let His promises fulfil so that in the future world He could show how truly good and kind He is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. In Ephesians 2:7 we do find the plural form of ai·onʹ used for referring to the “coming systems of things” in which the anointed Christians are to experience a surpassingly rich demonstration of God’s undeserved kindness toward them “in union with Christ Jesus.” (Compare Ephesians 1:18-23; Hebrews 6:4, 5.) This indicates that there will be systems of things, or states, within the overall “coming system of things,” even as the system of things under the Law covenant embraced interrelated, contemporaneous systems.

Eph 2:7 The Scriptures 1998+  (7)  in order to show in the coming ages the exceeding riches of His favour in kindness toward us in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}.

We can not escape this world or not be living beings in this system of things, but it does not mean we have to be part of it. When we are willing to “see” the Hand of the Most High behind everything which He allows to happen but also in the good things that He makes sure that happen, we can be sure that everything shall happen in God’s time like God wants it to happen.

It is the Most High Supreme Being that will ordain peace for us. Not only God‘s chosen People Israel shall see what their God has done. Adonai has also done those works for all that want to know about Him and want to honour Him as the Rightful Judge of the world.

In affliction man will remember the Divine Creator (Isaiah 26:16) and when chastening comes upon man they often know Who to pray to.  In trouble, man mostly very well know to find the Most Important One, who can help them. It is also Him Who increases the nation ans shall take care that the promise of the Holy Land shall become a reality. In our system of things we can see how this evolves to something nobody can ignore. The Judaic people are finding their promised land.

From the Bible readings of today we can understand that all those who ignore the Hand of God (His Might) shall be put to shame. When they know they shall be ashamed: jealousy shall seize upon an untaught nation, and now fire shall devour the adversaries. They shall come to see that the believers in God are right to belief God is the Most Holy One Who shall and can give us peace: for He has rendered to us all things.  He is the One Supreme Being Who has to take possession of us.

Jews, Christians, Muslims they all say they want to honour God. But do they do the things God wants from them? Are they keeping God’s commandments? Today, How many are living by God His laws and observing His mitzvot, putting them above all other commandments brought in by man in this world? How many do  know the Name of their God? Do they really have no other god besides the Elohim, the Adonai or Allah, Whose Name is Holy and Mighty, Hashem Jehovah?

Are you prepared to name God bis Holy Name?

Isaiah 26: 13 Reference Bible:13 O Jehovah our God, other masters besides you have ruled over us,+ But we make mention of your name alone.+

2 Timothy 2:19: 19 Despite that, the solid foundation of God remains standing, having this seal, “Jehovah* knows those who belong to him,”+ and, “Let everyone calling on the name of Jehovah*+ renounce unrighteousness.”

From the Holy Scriptures we do know that the dead shall not see life, neither shall physicians by any means raise them up: therefore God has brought wrath upon them, and slain them. In affliction I remembered Him Whose chastening is to us with small affliction. We see lots of bad things which happen in this system of things but trust God and belief in those works which have been done in the strength that God gives to us – and then we will heed the warning given. We shall know what to do when the end of times comes in front of our door. In the Bible we shall have found enough words to guide us and to give us enough information to recognise the signs and to prepare ourselves.

We shall know when to enter our chambers, and shut our doors behind us; to hide ourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. For behold the Most High shall let it happen that the moment of judgement shall come. Alls shall have to see it how Jehovah is coming from His place to call the inhabitants of the land to account for their error, and the land will expose her bloodshed and will no longer cover over her slain.

Isa 26:20-21 The Scriptures 1998+  (20)  Go, my people, enter your rooms, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little while, until the displeasure is past.  (21)  For look, יהוה {Jehovah} is coming out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their crookedness. And the earth shall disclose her blood, and no longer cover her slain.

There are words in our Hebrews reading which dovetail in with these. We should put our hope in the Words of God, trust Him and should hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Looking at those writings God has prepared for us we should be fully aware of the importance of those words and how important it is to let others know this. In case we do love those around us, we should not be ashamed to share our love for God and His word and should tell about that what we get to know from the Holy Scriptures. We should consider how to stir up one another to love and good works … encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:23-25).

Heb 10:23-27 The Scriptures 1998+  (23)  Let us hold fast the confession of our expectation without yielding, for He who promised is trustworthy.  (24)  And let us be concerned for one another in order to stir up love and good works,1 Footnote: 1Mt. 16:27.  (25)  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging, and so much more as you see the Day coming near.  (26)  For if we sin purposely after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a slaughter offering for sins,1 Footnote: 1See also 6:6, Heb. 9:7, Num. 15:15-28.  (27)  but some fearsome anticipation of judgment, and a fierce fire which is about to consume the opponents.

Living in this system of things, with the knowledge that the Law has a shadow+ of the good things to come, we should not let anyone judge us about our activities we try to do according the Holy Scriptures. In the knowledge that those things are a shadow of the good things to come,+ but not the very substance of the things, we should share our blessed hope in the reality that belongs to the Christ.+

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Looking on what is going on and not being of it

Authority given to him To give eternal life

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Additional reading:

  1. Almighty God above all other gods greater than all gods
  2. The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong
  3. Dealing With the “Silence” of God
  4. Born to Shine not to fear!
  5. Was Russell and Rutherford “Illuminati”?
  6. Jesus … will come in the same way as you saw him go
  7. Jehovah steep rock and fortress, source of insight
  8. Necessity of a revelation of creation 3 Getting understanding by Word of God 1
  9. Necessity of a revelation of creation 6 Getting understanding by Word of God 4
  10. Necessity of a revelation of creation 7 Getting understanding by Word of God 5
  11. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear
  12. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation
  13. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  14. When Jesus saw their faith
  15. Dealing with worries in our lives
  16. Building up the spirit of the soul
  17. Praying is surrendering in all circumstances
  18. Partakers of the sufferings
  19. Uncovering the Foundations of Faith

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Increase our zeal for the Holy scriptures

Posted on May 27, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, Faith, Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 We are aware how true Paul’s prediction has been throughout history: that

“all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and imposters will go from bad to worse. But as for you (and us!) continue in what you have learned and firmly believed … how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred scriptures … breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:12-14,16).

In this world we can see that many have become lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.

Not many do have any interest in the Word of God.

those who love God shall not have to fear those men who laugh at them. God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. We should therefore not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, but be a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God. That power we can find in His Word, the Bible.

Our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has abolished death, came to make his heavenly Father better known. He has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

2Ti 1:10 The Scriptures 1998+  (10)  but now revealed by the appearing of our Saviour יהושע  {Jeshua} Messiah, who indeed abolished death and brought life and incorruptibility to light through the Good News,

We should take his words brought to us by the apostles who wrote everything down and with the Old Testament should make our minds strong in the faith.
May we increase our zeal for the Holy scriptures and develop a greater “spirit … of power and love and self-control” as we complete our “training in righteousness”.

“… but denying its power”

(the Thought for the day by the Christadelphian for the Bible Readings on May 27)

Today we completed Paul’s second letter to his “son in the faith” Timothy. He deplores what he sees the future is going to hold for believers; a serious decline of faith and a Christ-like way of living. As Paul looks into the future “the Spirit” gives him a ‘picture’ of what is going to develop in “the last days” (3:1). Paul of course has no idea as to how far off this future time is. But the description of this ‘time’ that is revealed to him has a specific focus on the condition of believers: they

“will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness but denying its power” (verses 4,5).

The word “power” is the Greek word dunamis, it does not necessarily refer to something miraculous, earlier this month we saw Paul use it twice in his first chapter in writing to the Colossians,

“may you be strengthened with all power” (verse 11) “… I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” (verse 29).

Believers need real energy of mind – and the real pursuit of godliness generates such power – spiritual strength of mind. Paul told the Corinthians that the Lord said to him as he struggled with a divinely given “thorn in the flesh”,

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Paul then adds,

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me”.

This is not power in the sense of miracle working, but inner strength developed through the reality of our relationship with our Lord and the Father. We read 2 days ago how Paul told Timothy,

“God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (1:7).

Back to chapter 3; we are aware how true Paul’s prediction has been throughout history that

“all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and imposters will go from bad to worse. But as for you (and us!) continue in what you have learned and firmly believed … how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred scriptures … breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (verses 12-14,16).

May we increase our zeal for the Holy scriptures and develop a greater “spirit … of power and love and self-control” as we complete our “training in righteousness”.

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  • 1 Timothy 4 (cutpaste.typepad.com)
    Paul is encouraging Timothy to remember what is most important. Within the group of Christ-followers Timothy was pastoring, there was obviously some people spreading some teachings that weren’t from God. Many were spending lots of time and energy studying and discussing things that didn’t really matter – genealogies, myths, old wives’ tales, etc. And most importantly, it was leading people astray from the gospel. The real value is in godliness.
  • A Living Picture of Christ – Charles Spurgeon (hereisgoodnewsforyou.wordpress.com)
    It is when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you are enabled to walk with Jesus in his very footsteps, that you are most happy, and most known to be the sons of God. Peter afar off is both unsafe and uneasy.
  • Five Scriptures (planet.infowars.com)
    Amos 5:21-24
    21 The Lord says, “I hate your religious festivals; I cannot stand them! 22 When you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; I will not accept the animals you have fattened to bring me as offerings. 23 Stop your noisy songs; I do not
  • Be Like Jesus! (heartfixxer.wordpress.com)
    as ambassadors of Jesus Christ, we are to be a living example of who he is. It is by this that seekers will begin to see and the lost will find salvation.
  • Faith in Action ‘Assurances’ (mylordmyfriend.com)
    Get our minds ready: Develop a devotion and prayer life.
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    The Revelation of Jesus Christ: He is The Son of The living God, The Messiah, upon that confession we will build, our lives, our work, our families, our ministries. Matthew 16 verse 13 to 20.
  • Jesus Is About To Come!! (gospelbondservant.com)
    It is all about Jesus and a personal intimate relationship with Him!! He wants Friendship and Love. When you can trust Jesus with your entire life, then you are ready to be with Him forever and ever!! And That’s It!!
  • Living into tomorrow (genesisone.wordpress.com)
    Although we were in reality dead God made us alive in Christ. And, although we were dishonoured and powerless slaves, God has liberated us and raised us to a place of enormous honour and privilege in Christ – seating us ‘with Him in the heavenly realms.’ And although we each stood condemned God has laid upon Christ the sentence and punishment that was our due. What we were by nature has been replaced by who we are by God’s grace. We are a new creation!
  • 2 Timothy 3 (cutpaste.typepad.com)
    A disciple of Christ is a disciplined follower of Christ.  Jesus called 12 men to Him and demonstrated what it meant to “disciple them.”  They ate together, travelled together,  laughed together, ministered together…they did life together!  When He was ascending back into heaven, after His resurrection He commissioned the disciples (and by the nature of discipleship, all disciples where were to follow) to go and make disciples of all nations.  That is where we find ourselves today – still commissioned to make disciples (disciplined followers of Christ) of all nations.
  • Persevering Through Until the End (childofgodsgrace.wordpress.com)
    There is no room for laziness in the life of a Christian. A new believer is truthfully taught that “…it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). But a believer can become idle if he erroneously believes God expects no fruit from a transformed life.
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If we endure …

Posted on May 27, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Faith, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Suffering, Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“If we endure …”

(Thought for the Bible readings of May 26)

We continue with our reading and reflections on the final epistle that Paul wrote: our chapter begins with his encouragement to Timothy,

English: Icon of Jesus Christ

Icon of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ”.

He encourages him to

“share in the suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2:3).

Paul is “bound with chains as a criminal”, but says, “the word of God is not bound” (verse 9). Today, with widespread translation and printing and websites, the word of God is more unbound than ever before, but how few are taking notice of it, especially in western countries which are overflowing with fleshly distractions and “the love of money”.

Paul and Timothy are examples to us; Paul declares,

“I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (verse 10).

Before his conversion Paul served himself, developing his ego as a Pharisee, blind to “the way” – the way of Christ; the human ambitions he then had, in a sense, “died” outside Damascus. Among the early believers inspirational sayings began to circulate and Paul includes one in this letter,

“The saying is trustworthy, for: ‘If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him’” (verses 11,12).

This saying remains totally true today, have we “died with” him? Our thoughts immediately go to Paul’s words to the Colossians,

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness … for on account of these the wrath of God is coming” (3:5,6).

As the moral restraints on our world totally disintegrate, even more endurance will be required – and our endurance will need to include the confession of our faith in Christ for verse 12 in today’s chapter concludes Paul’s quotation of the ‘saying’ –

if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful …” to his promise that “if we endure, we will also reign with him”.

The Christadelphian

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  2. Faith and trial
  3. My God
  4. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  5. A Living Faith #12 The Love for Jesus
  6. A “seed” for the blessing of all mankind would come through the family of Abraham
  7. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  8. Tapping into God’s Strength by Waiting on Him
  9. Determine the drive

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May the Lord direct your hearts to …

Posted on May 21, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Faith, Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“May the Lord direct your hearts to …”

(The Christadelphian thought for the Bible readings of May 21)

As Paul concludes his second letter to the Thessalonians he tells them,

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (3:5).

It is evident that the Lord cannot “direct” this – unless our hearts are already “looking” toward our Saviour. Paul told the Hebrews, they needed to be

“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

and the Greek for “looking” refers to a fixed direction of ‘looking’.

The Stoning of Achan by Gustav Doré

It is evident that this cannot happen unless our attitude of heart is already desiring this. We read today in Joshua of the judgements of God that affected the whole nation because one man coveted some of the spoil of Jericho when it was destroyed. It is evident it was a deliberate calculated act because when Achan is identified, under the direction of God, he admits, he took them, including silver and gold and

“they are hidden in the earth inside my tent” (7:21).

The words Joshua addressed to Achan are significant,

“My son, give glory to the LORD God of Israel and give praise to him. And tell me what you have done” (verse 21).

Honest confession to God, gives him a form of “glory” because it acknowledges the total supremacy of an all knowing Creator. But Achan’s sin was a calculated deception and

“all Israel stoned him with stones” (verse 25).

and our thoughts turn to the words of Paul in Hebrews that

if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of Judgment …” (12:26).

Thankfully for our human weaknesses and failures, the grace of our Lord is readily extended to us, but let us never forget the lesson of Achan, who should have felt an awed humility when he saw the walls of Jericho fall without any human effort. What of us, when God destroys the “walls” of the remarkable ‘civilisation’(?) human beings have now created in this modern world?

Finally, the inspiring words we read in Isaiah 11 today gives us such a wonderful vision of the future God has planned for our world and for those faithful to him and his Son; in reading them we should feel spiritually motivated to live our lives more and more to reflect that we really are his spiritual sons and daughters looking forward to the time when

“the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (verse 9).

Is your motivation increasing? Are you seeking more and more earnestly for

the Lord to direct your heart”?

Remember what he is directing it toward – read again the opening quote from Paul’s letter.

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The Right One to follow and to worship

Posted on May 19, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Life and Death, Preaching, Witnessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In Joshua we read of the people crossing the Jordan into the promised land at the time when there were enough rain-showers to provide harvest time floods and when “the Jordan overflows all its banks”. (chapter 3 v.15)
3 Syllables NameBecause of the Name of יהוה {Jehovah} the Elohim of the Israelites the Ḥiwwites  had heard the report of Him, and all that He did in Mitsrayim. We can see in many books of the Bible that it was because others heard about the Works of God that they came to see that He was the Right One to follow and to worship.

In the chapters by Isaiah we may hear that there is no gloom upon her who is distressed and that people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.

Isa 9:2-3 The Scriptures 1998+  (2)  The people who were walking in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death a light has shone.  (3)  You shall increase the nation; You shall make its joy great. They shall rejoice before You, as in the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

Today, as in old times, we may have confused noise because of a lot of battles going on, against believers and unbelievers. Though those who love God and want to go for Him will be lead by that Most High God toward gladness, and they will be as happy before Him, as those who take joy in a harvest, and like those dividing up loot.

Isa 9:3 The Scriptures 1998+  (3)  You shall increase the nation; You shall make its joy great. They shall rejoice before You, as in the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

What was promised in the garden of Eden and people at the time of Isaiah could look forward to came a reality, God His Word, His speaking coming into the flesh some two thousand years ago, when to us a child was born. This prophesy of the son been given should be our greatest hope, because that son of God would bring salvation and the government shall be upon his shoulder.

Isa 9:6 The Scriptures 1998+  (6)  For a Child shall be born unto us, a Son shall be given unto us, and the rule is on His shoulder. And His Name is called Wonder, Counsellor, Strong Ěl, Father of Continuity, Prince of Peace.

That Good News had to be trumpeted all over the world. There should not be silence about it. No, the whole world should come to know that man from Nazareth who God has sent. Only in Jehovah shall be given righteousness and strength and shall be found the best reason to come to Him and all that are incensed against Him shall be ashamed. In Jehovah shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

Isa 45:20-25 The Scriptures 1998+  (20)  “Gather yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the gentiles. No knowledge have they who are lifting up the wood of their carved image, and pray to a mighty one that does not save.  (21)  “Declare and bring near, let them even take counsel together. Who has announced this from of old? Who has declared it from that time? Is it not I, יהוה {Jehovah}? And there is no mighty one besides Me, a righteous Ěl and a Saviour, there is none besides Me.  (22)  “Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am Ěl, and there is none else.  (23)  “I have sworn by Myself, a word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, so that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue swear.  (24)  “One shall say, ‘Only in יהוה {Jehovah} do I have righteousness and strength’ – he comes to Him. And all those displeased with Him shall be put to shame.  (25)  “In יהוה {Jehovah} all the seed of Yisra’ĕl shall be declared right and boast. ”

Every body who wants to belong to that son of God and his Father has to declare and bring others near, taking counsel together, spreading the reality that there is not a god besides the heavenly Father of that son Who is a just God and a Saviour; there is not one except Him.
It has been announced from of old. It was God Himself Who has declared it from that time. It is יהוה , Jehovah the Almighty All-knowing God about Whom every man should know that there is no mighty one besides Him, who provided this child which is like the angels, Pharaoh, Moses and others a god and whom many take and name him their god. But this son of god was first lower than angels and could not do anything without his heavenly Father, the Only One God.

Joh 5:17-27 The Scriptures 1998+  (17)  But יהושע  {Jeshua} answered them, “My Father works until now, and I work.”  (18)  Because of this, then, the Yehuḏim were seeking all the more to kill Him, ‘because not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He also called Elohim His own Father, making Himself equal with Elohim.’  (19)  Therefore יהושע  {Jeshua} responded and said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son is able to do none at all by Himself, but only that which He sees the Father doing, because whatever He does, the Son also likewise does.  (20)  “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all that He Himself does. And greater works than these He is going to show Him, in order that you marvel.  (21)  “For as the Father raises the dead and makes alive, even so the Son makes alive whom He wishes.  (22)  “For the Father judges no one, but has given all the judgment to the Son,  (23)  that all should value the Son even as they value the Father. He who does not value the Son does not value the Father who sent Him.  (24)  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me possesses everlasting life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.  (25)  “Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of Elohim. And those having heard shall live.  (26)  “For as the Father possesses life in Himself, so He gave also to the Son to possess life in Himself,  (27)  and He has given Him authority also to do judgment, because He is the Son of Aḏam.

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Miriam or Saint Mary with her Son, Jesus Christ, son of man and son of God (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Righteous Ěl is the Most High Saviour because He provided His son as saviour for all mankind. That son of God knew very well that there is none besides his heavenly Father, to Whom (Jehovah) he (Jesus) prayed.
We should be exceedingly glad receiving such Good News and should not worry to face the troubles we shall have to encounter in this world. We must know that we may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, but we should consider it as a form of trial or testing, so that the genuineness of our faith may be tested, our faith which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire.

1Pe 3:15-18 The Scriptures 1998+  (15)  But set apart יהוה {Jehovah} Elohim in your hearts, and always be ready to give an answer to everyone asking you a reason concerning the expectation that is in you, with meekness and fear,  (16)  having a good conscience, so that when they speak against you as doers of evil, those who falsely accuse your good behaviour in Messiah, shall be ashamed.  (17)  For it is better, if it is the desire of Elohim, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.  (18)  Because even Messiah once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to Elohim,1 having been put to death indeed in flesh but made alive in the Spirit, Footnote: 1Rom. 5:18.

Looking forward to grow by the Words of God and facing the proving of our faith which is intended to redound to our praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ ( the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.

2Pe 3:9-13 The Scriptures 1998+  (9)  יהוה {Jehovah} is not slow in regard to the promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward us, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.1 Footnote: 11 Tim. 2:4.  (10)  But the day of יהוה {Jehovah} shall come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with intense heat, and the earth and the works that are in it shall be burned up.  (11)  Seeing all these are to be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be in set-apart behaviour and reverence,  (12)  looking for and hastening the coming of the day of Elohim, through which the heavens shall be destroyed, being set on fire, and the elements melt with intense heat!  (13)  But according to His promise we wait for a renewed heavens and a renewed earth in which righteousness dwells.

When the last battle shall come we shall know that Jesus is near and that he will be working up to his reputation! He is ultimately seen as

“Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David … “[v.7 of to days reading of Isaiah]

It is prophetic visions such as the one given in the book of Isaiah that has inspired many and which should still inspire many today. In such messages we should find hope and find light in the darkness.

Believing in God and his Son we may be partakers of the body of Christ and find the “great light” that takes away the “gloom” and the “deep darkness.” (v.1,2) Even when, like Christ did not know when he would return, we do not know when Jesus will return, but trust God the Father that it will happen, even when it might be “like a thief in the night.”

Today not many are interested in God and lots of them may find they live reasonably well in a world of peace and security. Though we must be careful. We must know that sudden destruction will come upon man.

1Th 5:1-6 The Scriptures 1998+  (1)  Now, brothers, as to the times and the seasons, you do not need to be written to.  (2)  For you yourselves know very well that the day of יהוה {Jehovah} comes as a thief in the night.  (3)  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then suddenly destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape.  (4)  But you, brothers, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.  (5)  For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.  (6)  So, then, we should not sleep, as others do, but we should watch and be sober.
Therefore let us be awake and alert. Let us go out in the world and shout it out loud, that Jesus is the Messiah and that the Day of God is near.

Let us, since we belong to the day, be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation, thriving on the helmet of salvation, God’s Sacred Holy Word. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.

1Th 5:8-10 The Scriptures 1998+  (8)  But we who are of the day should be sober, putting on the breastplate of belief and love, and as a helmet the expectation of deliverance.  (9)  Because Elohim did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain deliverance through our Master יהושע  {Jeshua} Messiah,  (10)  who died for us, so that we, whether awake or asleep, should live together with Him.
All flesh to worship Jehovah, the Only One True God

All flesh to worship Jehovah, the Only One True God

We are not made to be destroyed. Lots of people do think nothing about God. They do think it is a spin-off of man’s head, an illusion. Or they think there may be gods but they are stronger than any god.  They should know that the strongest person shall have no power to resist Him. Lots of people do think they know all but they forget that it is the Creator Who knows everything. they lose out of sight that He is the One and Only One Who is able to give or take life for ever.

There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though the enemies shall come to their end and shall have to face their worthlessness in the eyes of God.  Many shall be surprised to find how easily they shall be broken. Others will see how they are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames.

We should not be ashamed of the Good News of Christ because it is the power of Elohim unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek. In the Book of books, the Bible we can find the infallible Word of God giving us insight in His Plan. In it we can find the righteousness of Elohim revealed from faith to faith: as it is written,

“The righteous will live by Faith”.

But we can also see that the anger of Elohim is revealed from the cosmos against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold back the Truth in unrighteousness; because what may be known of Elohim is manifest in them; because Elohim Jehovah has showed it to the world. Having the visible and invisible things in the world. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the universe are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his Age-Lasting power and Divinity; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew Elohim, they glorified him not as Elohim, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Rom 1:16-21 The Scriptures 1998+  (16)  For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Messiah, for it is the power of Elohim for deliverance to everyone who believes, to the Yehuḏite first and also to the Greek.  (17)  For in it the righteousness of Elohim is revealed from belief to belief, as it has been written, “But the righteous shall live by belief.”1 Footnote: 1Hab. 2:4.  (18)  For the wrath of Elohim is revealed from heaven against all wickedness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  (19)  because that which is known of Elohim is manifest among them, for Elohim has manifested it to them.  (20)  For since the creation of the world His invisible qualities have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, both His everlasting power and Mightiness, for them to be without excuse,  (21)  because, although they knew Elohim, they did not esteem Him as Elohim, nor gave thanks, but became vain in their reasonings, and their undiscerning heart was darkened.

Let us exhort each other and help others to grow in the Word of God and in the love of Christ, as brothers and sisters in Christ, following his words and the task of going out in the world proclaiming the Kingdom of God. Looking for more security, tranquillity and peace let us take the Word of God, and use the Bible as our guide for life.

Let us show to others how important it is to read the Word of God which is our “breastplate” and “helmet” to be secure!

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One of the book-shelfs with Bible translations at the office of the Belgian Christadelphians

 

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Preceding articles:

Establish your hearts blameless in holiness

God has not destined us for wrath

Displeasure of יהוה , Jehovah the God of gods, and His wrath against all the gentiles their divisions

 

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Additional reading:

  1. With all your heart
  2. May reading the Bible provoke us into action to set our feet on the narrow way
  3. Hearing words to accept
  4. Genuine message of salvation
  5. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  6. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  7. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  8. The holy spirit will bring back to your minds all the things told
  9. True God giving His Word for getting wisdom
  10. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  11. Eternal Word that tells everything
  12. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  13. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  14. We should use the Bible every day
  15. Feed Your Faith Daily
  16. People Seeking for God 7 The Lord and lords
  17. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  18. A remaining name
  19. No Other Name (But Jesus)
  20. Jesus begotten Son of God #18 Believing in inhuman or human person
  21. Wishing to do the will of God
  22. The Trinity – the Truth
  23. Altered to fit a Trinity
  24. History of the acceptance of a three-in-one God
  25. God of gods
  26. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  27. Tapping into God’s Strength by Waiting on Him
  28. Come, walk with me and find rest for your soul
  29. God is the strength of my heart
  30. Light within
  31. Running the battle
  32. “… Of Peace There Will Be No End” Thoughts from Today’s Bible readings – May 19th

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Additional reading:

  1. The Wrath Mindset vs Inheritance
    Ephesians 4 and 5 goes through a whole litany of what appears to be “dos and don’ts” in the kingdom of God, but with a little more enlightening, one can see that this is really more a list to help the reader recognize some unwholesome fruit reflecting incorrect thinking on their part.  We all know that salvation is a free gift, not something we can earn.  Along with this gift comes our supernatural inheritance and destiny for our lives.  Again, this cannot be earned by our self efforts, but rather occurs very naturally as our minds are renewed.
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  3. WWUTT: Hates the sin but loves the sinner? Not so fast dear!

    What If God Was Cruel

    Think about why God should be the way we want Him to be. If God is God, and there is no higher authority, who are we to demand God be anything other than God – whoever He is and wants to be.

    Think about it: if there is intelligence behind the Universe, the intelligence and power necessary to create the Universe is not something we could control, let alone judge. When we say that we cannot believe in a God as described in the Bible because he does not seem loving, aren’t we just projecting our own desires on God? What difference do our desires make to the God of the Universe?

  4.  What If God Is Cruel
    How tender an All-Powerful, Creator-of-the-Universe God must be to sustain such delicate life as we live on this planet in the gaping expanse of the cold Universe.  Without a word from the Bible, we know something of the character of God and His attitude toward us.

  5.  Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
    It implies, that they were always exposed to sudden unexpected destruction. As he that walks in slippery places is every moment liable to fall, he cannot foresee one moment whether he shall stand or fall the next; and when he does fall, he falls at once without warning: Which is also expressed in Psalm 73:18,19. “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places; thou castedst them down into destruction: How are they brought into desolation as in a moment!

  6.  Revelation Chapter 8

  7. Revelation Chapter 10

  8. The Wrath of God Against Sin

    The only way to escape the wrath of God is to turn to our Saviour Jesus Christ. He absorbed God’s wrath on the Cross, and rose to give new life.

  9.  Last Days, part 1 – Pastor David

    In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and Believing the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Believe today. The time is short.

  10.  The Wrath of God – Commentary on Romans 1:24-32
    While God’s Word and God’s World are overflowing with the evidence of His unrelenting love and radical grace, they are also unabashedly declaring His holiness, justice, and wrath.  God’s righteous wrath is the subject of Romans 1:18-32.

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    In essence, God shows His wrath by allowing their foolish rejection to lead them into the natural consequences of their sin.

  11.  The Great Escape
    As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, as it was in the days of Lot they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all so will it be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.

  12.  Knowing about Repentance (Reading Isaiah 57)
    Today, we receive the help of the Holy Spirit to move away from our sinful ways.  He will “create the fruits of his lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near.” In them and surrounding them, they will experience a peace that comes from within, that would be spoken of through their mouths – fruits of peace (v19).  Against the wicked, He will not stay His hands. He will cause chaos and stir their hearts (v20,21). They will have no peace so that they may turn around and repent.

  13.  The End of Punishment and Fear
    I think there are a lot of Christians struggling with the fear of God. I want to offer some thoughts on an alternative to fear, that is, grace. I’m going to spend the next few weeks developing this, but if you want to know my main point, it’s this: grace ends fear. So don’t be afraid.

  14.  A Thief In The Night
    The gargantuan crisis soon to slam against the world is the end of time, and ultimately the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is my firm belief that in our lifetime it will soon be time to make our exodus with our Lord and savior from this wicked world and go home. However there are many trials ahead of us. It is a most solemn statement I make that we shall be here on earth when that storm crashes against the world with overwhelming force.

  15.  Why is Jesus the Only Way?
    Jesus himself taught this, as did the first Christians. To believe otherwise is to depart from a Biblical Christianity. But why did it have to be this way? Why can’t God just make it such that all sincere believers of anything, or something, or nothing in the case of a sincerely good atheist, are all on a path to God?
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    When justice is missing in the world, we long for it, we work for it, we pray for it. If justice were missing in God, we very soon find ourselves longing for it. The wrath of God, the expression of God’s justice is part of the glory of God. To ask God to express no wrath would be to ask God to have less glory. Wrath is part of the goodness of God. God is perfectly just. God cannot be perfectly just and turn a blind eye to sin no more than a judge can be perfectly just and pay no attention to the evidence just because he or she happens to like the defendant.

  16.  Chased like chaff off mountains
    The LORD tells humanity that no matter how much of a roar we make, he will have the last say. He will sweep the arrogant and noisy oppressors away from the mountain like he blows the chaff off the mountain with his rushing wind. It is amazing how efficient the wind is at clearing a mountain of everything, leaving the bare trees until springtime.

  17.  You shall not avoid tribulation.
    If God has not destined us for wrath, then He intends to make everything go well for me!  However, this verse is speaking in the context of the end, of eternity.  The Church at Thessalonica was confused about death and the end, they even became fearful that they had missed the rapture!  Thus Paul wrote to explain about the end, that those who had died would be raised from the dead and that when everything is said and done, we will not suffer eternal judgment but salvation through Jesus.

  18.  Wrath of God
    When we know the truth of God and it has manifest in our spirits, yet we choose to act in unrighteousness God will give us up to the “vile affections” in our hearts. He is not giving up on us as His children, but He is allowing us to give ourselves to the lustful desires of our own hearts. Our own desires, when not in line with God’s desires, will always lead us down the road to disaster. But God always works everything out for good and will often use these disasters and “rock bottom” moments in our lives to bring us back to Him as wholly (holy), devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Even when we are walking far from Him, He is always still right there with us, protecting us from more than we think.

  19.  Know the Bible!
    A knowledge of the Bible is essential to a rich and meaningful life. For the words of this Book have a way of filling in the missing pieces, of bridging the gaps, of turning the tarnished colors of our life to jewel-like brilliance. Learn to take your every problem to the Bible. Within its pages you will find the correct answer. But most of all, the Bible is a revelation of the nature of God.

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  • Peter Responds to Critics (nineyearbible.wordpress.com)
    There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:8-12)
  • Hearing Voices: Counterpoint in the Epic of Moses (3quarksdaily.com)
    We may not pay attention to the overlaid melodies of our multiple story lines very often, but it is the way we experience the world, in all its harmony and all its dissonance. While the essential complexity of it all  may at times be lost in the chaotic shuffle of busy days, our lives and our literatures reflect this phenomenon.
  • In with the New (joyfullnuggets.wordpress.com)
    Change is coming for Joshua and this vast group of people he is leading into the Promise Land.  Joshua was no longer second in command; he was the leader for all of the Israelites.   The new leader’s had the challenge to leave the desert and cross over into their future home.
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    Throughout Scriptures, this same pattern is repeated.  Moses and the Israelites were freed and able to leave after the death of the first born of Egypt.  Rahab’s world was turned upside down after the destruction of Jericho; she was free of her past.  Naomi and Ruth returned to Israel after the death of their husbands.   David became king after King Saul’s death.  The same is true in the New Testament; many of the examples there are people who left their old way of life behind to embrace what the Lord offered them.    Peter, Andrew, James and John leave their old fishing boats and begin fishing for men.  Matthew began giving to the people instead of collecting from them.  Each one of Jesus’ disciples left their old of life and became men who wanted to spread the Good News of Jesus.  This continues throughout the New Testament.
  • Damascus, the Anti-Christ and Armageddon – Veterans Today (veteranstoday.com)
    Recent events in Syria have caused many scholars to revisit Isaiah Chapter 17, which speaks of the total destruction of Damascus and associate it with Armageddon.
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    If, according to Isaiah,  due to the fall of Damascus, “Israel” itself is punished, how can it be leveled by God on behalf of Israel? One has to ask, is this really on behalf of Israel? And is this really a struggle for mankind? Or is it a struggle by the Kingdom of Judea, the tribe of Judah against the Kingdom of Israel in the time of Isaiah when there was conflict that divided Israel into two Kingdoms?
  • Old Testament God angry, New Testament God loving. Right? Or wrong? (theway21stcentury.wordpress.com)
    There is no doubt that God is portrayed in the Old Testament as commanding and doing some things we would regard as barabric today.
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    But this isn’t the whole story. God is also portrayed as loving and patient, and there are many commands to love and be merciful, and practical commands that care for the poor and the defenceless (Deuteronomy 24:14-15), even refugees (Deuteronomy 10:18-19), and to provide opportunities for justice rather than revenge (Exodus 24:13).
  • Another word not to use carelessly (blcasey.wordpress.com)
    Let’s not make a mockery of a word that so clearly signifies worship.  By virtue of its etymological components, and in countless languages across the globe, it means the same thing:

    Hallelu – jah  (Yah)
    Praise         God
  • Good News (activeinspiration.wordpress.com)
    We are in the last days of God’s offer of His Grace. God’s delay in pouring out His wrath upon this world of the wicked is only delayed because God knows all who come to him. When they come, this age is over, and this world is going to get real nasty and violent. Come to Jesus before its too late.
  • Return To Joy (achristianmeditation.wordpress.com)
    David drew to his Heavenly Father for his comfort and joy. As the youngest of eight brothers, shepherding out on the hills by himself, he found solace and significance in a deep mature relationship with God.
  • Return To Joy (devog.wordpress.com)
    It is no surprise then when David was in the pit of despair, sinking in the mud and mire of life; He turned to his relationship with God. He waited patiently for the Lord to help him. God heard his prayer and returned him to joy. Today, turn to God. He knows your situation. He hears the groaning of your heart. Spend time with Him and His word. Let your relationship with God your Father return you to joy.
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God has not destined us for wrath

Posted on May 19, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Endtimes, Exhortation, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Life and Death | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“God has not destined us for wrath”

(The Christadelphian thought by the readings for May 19)

We follow on from our thoughts yesterday about our “our hearts being established blameless in holiness” with Paul’s conclusion to his first letter to the Thessalonians where he stresses very strongly to them that

“having put on the breastplate of faith … God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ who died for us …” (3:8-10).

20 feet debris spreads over small Japanese valley from the sea to the hillsides above, 2011 earthquake

20 feet debris spreads over small Japanese valley from the sea to the hillsides above, 2011 earthquake

The wonder of that salvation which those who truly serve God will experience is illustrated for us in today’s Isaiah 9 where there are words which have found a prominent place in the famous Oratorio ‘The Messiah’.

For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder … of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and uphold it with justice and with righteousness …” (verses 6,7).

We took particular notice of the phrase, “the increase of his government” which implies the spread of his control – and noted Paul’s words today – that when

“people are saying, ‘There is peace and security’ then sudden destruction will come upon them” (verse 3).

People everywhere will feel a more urgent need than today for peace and security, and when they think they are achieving it, then – disaster!

But then, wonderfully, the child who was born, the “Sonof God, returns to rebuild life on earth on divine principles; a complete rebuilding will be necessary. “The increase of his government” indicates this as the general population recovers from the terrible experience of the “sudden destruction”. As we read on in Isaiah we will come across passages such as in chapter 34, of the time coming when

“the LORD is enraged against all the nations and furious against all their host (armies); he has devoted them to destruction …” (verse 2).

May we all live our lives so that we are among those of whom it will be true to say and experience that,

God has not destined us for wrath”,

but to obtain salvation.

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Preceding:

Establish your hearts blameless in holiness

Next:

Displeasure of יהוה , Jehovah the God of gods, and His wrath against all the gentiles their divisions

The Right One to follow and to worship

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  1. Necessity of a revelation of creation 1 Works of God and works of man
  2. Al-Fatiha [The Opening] Süra 1: 4-7 Merciful Lord of the Creation to show us the right path
  3. Gone astray, away from God
  4. The Song of The Lamb #6 Revelation 14
  5. Isaiah’s Book of the Messenger of Glad Tidings
  6. Objects of God’s final wrath
  7. The Song of The Lamb #7 Revelation 15
  8. The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places
  9. Believe that moves stones
  10. Know Who goes with us and don’t try to control life
  11. Created to live in relation with God
  12. Love been perfected with us
  13. Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
  14. God will not tie my shoes without me
  15. Go the distance
  16. Foundation to go the distance

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  • Sometimes There Are No Words (charispsallo.wordpress.com)
    Did any of you parents ever hear your child wake from sleep with some panic fear and shriek the mother’s name through the darkness?
  • High on Sentiment, Low on Sacrifice (fbcpolson.wordpress.com)
    Many believers are high on sentiment and low on sacrifice. We don’t know what it is to fight for the Lord Jesus Christ. If you’re looking for an easy way to serve the Lord, you can forget it.
  • The Lord’s Prayer – three times daily (chrisjacksononline.net)
    The Didache (pronounced did-akh-ay’) is a first century document that captured and preserved the central teachings of Jesus Christ’s twelve apostles in clear, succinct form.
  • The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, May 14, 2015 (contemplativechristians.com)
    the wisdom of God is occurring through the presence of love
  • “Whoever Disbelieves, Strike Off His Head”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, February 2015 (canadafreepress.com)
    Around mid-February, the Islamic State released a video depicting 21 Coptic Christians being decapitated.  The executions took place in Libya, another nation along with Syria and Iraq where the Islamic State has carved a niche for itself. While holding their victims’ bodies down, Islamic State members shoved their fingers in the Christians’ eyes, craned their heads back, and sliced away at their throats with knives—all in the name of Allah and Islam, even as the slaughtered called out on the “Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • The Word: Jude 3-4 (steakandabible.com)
    For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
  • Have Faith and Be Encouraged! (fitlyspokenbook.wordpress.com)
    Without having seen Him; though you do  not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with in expressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. [At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls
  • Rick Wiles: Horse American Pharaoh Won Kentucky Derby, Therefore, Obama is the Antichrist’s Precursor (aattp.org)
    Grebin announced on the program that President Obama “brought a curse on us” and condemned America with his anti-Israel policies. She doesn’t believe Obama is the Antichrist, rather he is “our Antichrist.”
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For it is no empty word

Posted on May 15, 2015. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Exhortation, Faith, Religie | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

“For it is no empty word”

(Thought from the Christadelphian to the bible readings of May 15)

We read today the song Moses spoke “in the ears of all the assembly of Israel”. The song is long and has a remarkable text. They were expected to learn it, to bring it to mind as they entered and lived in the promised land. Of course there were no books, i.e., scrolls, readily available to the people – and in any case we presume only a select few could read – but God had seen to it that Moses, in his youth, “was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds”, said Stephen (Acts 7:22). Moses song starts,

“… let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distil as the dew, like gentle rain … For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; and ascribe greatness to our God!” (Deuteronomy 32:1-3).

Let us appreciate the spiritual application of these words. The song is a warning to those who do not serve God, the only real God, who is now about to bring them into the promised land, he is

A God of faithfulness … just and upright is he. They (in the past) have dealt corruptly with him … Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations” (verses 4,5,7).

But God knows that future generations will not learn from the mistakes, the failures of faith, in the past.

“Do you thus repay the LORD, you foolish and senseless people?” (verse 6).

This could be said to our world today! May it not be said to us! After completing the song Moses says, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live …” (verses 46,47).

English: Moses Sees the Promised Land from Afa...

Moses Sees the Promised Land from Afar, as in Numbers 27:12, by James Tissot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are blessed in having all the words that God caused men to utter – and for them (and others) to write down and preserve. The climax is the final message of his son in the last book of the Bible that he gave to his loving disciple John in his old age. The final words of the song (verse 47) can be used as a promise to us, to all who genuinely aim to serve God;

“by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess”.

God has promised the whole world as a promised land to those who love him – and this “is no empty word”.

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Preceding: Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God

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Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God

Posted on May 15, 2015. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

God knows the heart of all people. This means He also knows the searching person, the one who is looking for answers. Are you such person? Are you looking for many answers? Are you looking for God?

People should know there is only One True God Who provided all answers in His Word. First of all there is nature itself which can provide already for some answers and showing the Hand of God. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard and no place on earth where God’s Voice can not be heard.

Psa 19:1-4 The Scriptures 1998+  (1)  The heavens are proclaiming the esteem of Ěl; And the expanse is declaring the work of His hand.  (2)  Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.  (3)  There is no speech, and there are no words, Their voice is not heard.  (4)  Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He set up a tent for the sun,
Isa 40:26 The Scriptures 1998+  (26)  Lift up your eyes on high and see. Who has created these? He who is bringing out their host by number, He calls them all by name, by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power – not one is missing.

Our way cannot be hidden from יהוה {Jehovah}, the Elohim Who knows every heart and wishes that each heart may come to Him.

1Sa 16:7 The Scriptures 1998+  (7)  But יהוה {Jehovah} said to Shemu’ĕl, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him, for not as man sees, for man looks at the eyes, but יהוה looks at the heart.” 1Ki 8:39 The Scriptures 1998+  (39)  then hear in the heavens, Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and render unto everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know. Because You – You alone – know the hearts of all the sons of men,

1Ch 28:9 The Scriptures 1998+  (9)  “As for you, my son Shelomoh, know the Elohim of your father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a pleasing life, for יהוה {Jehovah} searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you do seek Him, He is found by you; but if you forsake Him, He rejects you forever.

The Word of God, given in the Bible assures us that God does not tell lies and that He will let Himself be found.

Num 23:19 The Scriptures 1998+  (19)  “Ěl is not a man, to lie; nor a son of man, to repent! Has He said, and would He not do it; or spoken, and would not confirm it?

Mat 7:7 The Scriptures 1998+  (7)  “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.

Pro 8:17 The Scriptures 1998+  (17)  “I love those who love me, And those who earnestly seek me do find me.

The way to search for God is by searching in the Words He Himself has given the world. He provided the world with His infallible Word. When more languages came into that world God’s Word also got translated in more languages, so that each group of people speaking one or the other language could find the Word of God in one or an other language he can understand. But to come to understand the Word of God an open mind is needed and man must put away the human doctrines and false teachings. When people are willing to hear what is really written in the Holy Scriptures and are taking the words for what they say, there should be no problem. Than the words are not so confusing like many may assume. It is because most people give preference to the things they have picked up from childhood and which they have learned in their environment, their churches, friends and enemies. Though to take the words like they are written in the bible seems for many too difficult because they seem to interfere with many thoughts they prefer keeping so that they can enjoy all those traditions which man loves to hold. But the God of order and clarity wants us to make the right choice also and to make everything clear in our own heart. do we want to keep to those human traditions and human rules, or are we prepared to take the statutes of the Only One True God and believe what is written in the Bible, His Word brought by Godly inspired men.

Study Bibles may be a help but always understand that the notes in those Bible-translations are just thoughts of men and not part of the Bible itself. - Some Standard English Study Bibles & a Strong concordance

Study Bibles may be a help but always understand that the notes in those Bible-translations are just thoughts of men and not part of the Bible itself. – Some Standard English Study Bibles & a Strong concordance

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Preceding:

Doubting and going astray

With all your heart

Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)

Next: For it is no empty word

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Additional reading:

  1. Looking for Answers
  2. Fools despise wisdom and instruction
  3. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  4. Looking for a primary cause and a goal that can not offer philosophers existing beliefs
  5. Souls and Religions with Nirvana and light
  6. Between Alpha and Omega – The plan of creation
  7. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  8. Eternal Word that tells everything
  9. Hearing words to accept
  10. Genuine message of salvation
  11. God who knows the heart
  12. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago

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  • Another word not to use carelessly (blcasey.wordpress.com)
    We learn from ancient history — from Moses, Uzzah, and others — that God is not to be treated carelessly.  Most of my readers would affirm this idea today, and it surely seems unlikely that God in more contemporary times would suddenly come to appreciate flippancy.
  • Hearing Voices: Counterpoint in the Epic of Moses (3quarksdaily.com)
    Great epic struggles play out, layered one on top of another, in recent weeks, in past centuries and in ancient times. The state’s attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn J. Mosby, filed the charges against six ‘rough riding’ police officers on a range of crimes including murder in the arrest and fatal injury of Freddie Gray. This came shortly after we marked 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, who, in his words and in his deeds, freed the slaves from their bondage, and freed the Constitution of the United States from the shackles of an intolerable contradiction. We marked Lincoln’s assassination just after Passover, the holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves from ancient Egypt. It is a story as universal in its meaning to all human beings as it is particular to the Hebrews.
  • Do you search the scriptures? (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
    Some people say they want to get ‘closer’ to God and to achieve this they subject themselves to extreme levels of fasting, self-flagellation and other penances but they still feel they are lacking in something. Well, what they lack is that they are yet to encounter Jesus Christ in the Holy Scriptures. Don’t be like them, you search for Christ in the Bible and be filled with his grace and mercy.
  • In Faith? (elijahblogfire.com)
    Being in faith is to be strong, bold courageous, determined, to persevere, to ignore the feelings or negative circumstances, to be assertive, and to remain fighting and steadfast!…Holding your grounds Regardless of whatever comes against you.
  • “Scripture Thoughts” ~ Hebrews 8:10 (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
    The book of revelation is a revealing about the future and helps us here in the present as well teaching us and guiding us in how we should live for Yahwey now. This revelation of Yahushua given to Him by Yahwey; inspires hope to His bondservants, especially those who have suffered or will suffer persecution because of the faith  and their testimony regarding Yahushua and His final victory over evil when He returns to set up His kingdom.

    John saw and heard things that were revealed to Yahushua and John wrote down what he saw and heard.  Most folks mistakenly believe that this is the revelation of John but that is incorrect.  John is simply a messenger who transcribed this book of prophecy from an angel.

  • Trust in the Lord God (heartfixxer.wordpress.com)
    God sees our every move, knows our every thought, and is intimately aware of our situation. He hears our prayers and has a unique path set aside for each of us. We all have free will, but as followers of the living God we should yearn to live our lives in a way that is pleasing in his sight. Allow him to influence your steps and light your path, he will guide you and give you strength.
  • Lift Up Our Eyes (theotherjc.com)
    Repent. Get back on track. Begin again. Pick things up from where they were. Do something positive about whatever ‘it’ is.
  • A Spiritual Prescription (discoveringandsharinggrace.com)
    I believe we need to be better listeners. Before talking about our faith or church, take time to know the person and more  about their walk of faith…or their walk away from faith.
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With all your heart

Posted on May 11, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Faith, Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“… with all your heart”

(Thought by the readings of May 9)

Sometimes we use the phrase ‘half-hearted’ meaning – we do not feel total commitment to what we are doing. We cannot follow God and His Son, who died for us, in this frame of mind. Our chapter in Deuteronomy today contains a powerful appeal by Moses to the people he will soon leave – about the frame of mind they should set themselves to possess when they start to live in the promised land and enjoy its blessings. They will need full sincerity of heart in serving their God who has given them these blessings, fully realizing he is the only real God.

English: The Promised Land. View south west th...

The Promised Land. View south west through the trees from SD51930209 near Promised Land Farm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moses words contain several passages which are powerful exhortations for us in the twenty-first century and our anticipation of an utterly wonderful ‘promised land’. He writes,

“You shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the LORD your God is giving you … and you shall go to the place that the LORD your God will chose to make his name dwell there” (26:2).

Then Moses briefly gives a history of the formation of the nation from the days of Abraham to the time when

“the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds …” (verse 8).

At this coming time of entry into their promised land, he tells them,

“you shall rejoice in all the good that the LORD your God has given to you …” (verse 11).

Moses reminds them of “all the statutes and rules … the LORD your God commands” adding,

You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul” (verse 16).

He reminds them that they

“have declared today that the LORD is your God and that you will walk in his ways …” (verse 17).

The parallel to our commitment to Christ reaches a higher dimension with Moses next words,

“… you are a people for his treasured possession … he will set you in praise and in fame and in honour high above all nations … you shall be a people holy to the LORD your God”.

They briefly achieved this under Solomon, but then God had a greater Son of David in view, and a wonderful promised land for those who follow him. Peter was granted a wonderful comprehension of this that he, with all who follow this Son,

“are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession …” (1 Peter 2:9).

Let us make sure we are “careful … with all (y)our heart” to show by our words and actions that we belong to this holy spiritual nation now, for the time is surely close when our faith will be turned to sight.

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Maintaining unity of Spirit in the bond of peace becoming one with God

Posted on April 18, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Exhortation, Faith, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Before Jesus people had to do with the scrolls with the Torah (Law) Nebim (Prophets)and Kethubim aleph (writings). the followers of Jesus wrote new books or Messianic scriptures, the Kethubim Bet. They are given to us for making it easier to recognise the Messiah and to have a better insight in the Plan of God.

It is up to the people in the world to take up those old writings and to study those words and either to believe in them or to let them be nothing saying words.

All those who believe the original gospel as established by the disciples’ preaching should aim to be of one mind with God. Jesus was of one mind with God and wanted his followers to become likewise. Throughout the gospels and epistles we get the golden thread of the Love of God and his call to come to Him as children. Jesus never wanted to do his own Will and asked also of his followers that they would do that what God wanted from them.

Jesus was the only man who totally succeeded to do not his will but to do totally in everything the Will of God. We, as sinners can try to do our best. We do have our faith in the ransom offer Jesus brought and the grace of salvation which came over us by Jesus unity with God and God His acceptance of that Lamb of God.

Though we shall never be able to be totally pure as Christ Jesus, we still have to try to come to that intimate relationship that Jesus had with his heavenly Father. We too should try to come to that unity, with our fellow human being, with Christ and with God.

“I and my Father are one”

(April 17)

In his Gospel John records several challenging sayings of Jesus. How are we to understand, “I and my Father are one” in today’s chapter 10:30? In what sense are they “one”?
We know he prayed to his father all night on at least one occasion (Luke 6:12), and in his prayer in the garden of Gethsemane he said,

“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).

So we ask, in what sense was Jesus “one” with his Father when they had separate ‘wills’?
We will soon read his words,

“I am going to the Father for the Father is greater than I” (14:28).

The solution to this conundrum unfolds in chapter 17 in his final prayer before his betrayal. He is praying for his disciples and says,

“I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me” (verse 10).

Jesus giving the Farewell discourse to his ele...

Jesus giving the Farewell discourse to his eleven remaining disciples, from the Maesta by Duccio, 1308-1311. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was after his all night prayer (in Luke 6) that Jesus chose his 12 disciples (verses 12-16).

“12  And it came to pass in these days, that he went out into the mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called his disciples; and he chose from them twelve, whom also he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and {1} James and John, and Philip and Bartholomew, {1) Or [Jacob]} 15 and Matthew and Thomas, and {1} James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, {1) Or [Jacob]} 16 and Judas [the {1} son] of {2} James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor; {1) Or, brother; See Jude 1. 2) Or [Jacob]}” (Luke 6:12-16 ASV)

Now note the verses which follow in John 17. Our Lord prays,

“I am coming to you Holy Father, keep them in your name … that they may be one, even as we are one” (verse 11).

His prayer for his disciples is that they may have unity of mind, a unity of understanding creating a harmonious team in carrying on his work after he ascended to heaven. Up until this stage there had been times of jealousy, a competition

“among them as to which of them was the greatest” (Luke 9:46).

Jesus, and God his Father, had a unique oneness – and this was to be the disciple’s role model. But Jesus extends his vision of oneness further, he prays,

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us …” (verses 20,21).

All those who believe the original gospel as established by the disciples’ preaching should aim to be “one” in this wonderful way. Those who have achieved and maintained this wonderful oneness will be the ones to reign with him when he returns to set up his worldwide kingdom. Paul was very conscious of this and stressed this. He counselled the Ephesians to

“maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace … just as you were called in the one hope … one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (4:3-6).

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Preceding articles:

Sayings of Jesus, what to believe and being or not of the devil

Not my will, but thine be done

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Additional reading:

  1. Inspired Word
  2. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  3. An anarchistic reading of the Bible (2)—Creation and what follows
  4. Counterfeit Gospels
  5. God Our Refuge
  6. God’s wrath and sanctification
  7. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 4
  8. Philippians 1 – 2
  9. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  10. One Mind, One Accord
  11. Not my will, but thine be done
  12. Marriage of Jesus 7 Impaled
  13. Lovers of God, seekers and lovers of truth
  14. Truth, doubt or blindness
  15. Getting out of the dark corners of this world
  16. Salvation and Righteousness

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  • Relationship status: It’s complicated (jewishjournal.com)
    The Song of Songs. Shir HaShirim is a magnificent expression of affection between lovers. Allegorically, the song is interpreted as a love song between God and the Jewish people. Indeed, it is a beautiful love song, but what does it have to do with Pesach? God rescued us from slavery and then split the sea — surely that was a loving thing to do — but what about Pesach is so special that makes it an auspicious time to recite poetic verse of God’s eternal love for God’s people.
  • 71/929 The Messy Business of Bringing Torah to Life (blogs.timesofisrael.com)
    God needs partners; He needs boots on the ground. Why does this chapter follow the laws of the altar, Rashi asks? To teach us that the Jewish high court of law, the Sanhedrin, was to be located inside the temple, next to the altar. God empowers the heroes of the Oral law to bring the Torah to life by interpreting it and applying it in the way appropriate for their particular generation. No wonder that in our chapter, whose every verse is the basis of literally hundreds of pages of rabbinic discussion, the court is referred to with God’s name, as ‘elohim‘. The story of these laws is still live, it is still bring written every day, and it is one full of drama, intrigue and adventure.
  • Avot: Meet Shammai (coffeeshoprabbi.com)
    In Shabbat 31a, there are several stories about people approaching Shammai, wanting to convert to Judaism. Shammai chases them away because they ask rude or stupid questions. Hillel is more patient. It is amusing, therefore, to read here that Shammai says to “receive every person with a pleasant countenance” – really? What about the fellow at whom he threw the builder’s tool?
  • Shabbat HaGadol: The Great Shabbat (lazerbrody.typepad.com)
    What’s so great about “The Great Shabbat”, the Shabbat before Passover? Is an event that took place 3327 years ago still relevant to us today? See today’s lesson to get your answer and much more, in light of current times…
  • He Prays! (brentkuhlman.wordpress.com)
    With the Second Commandment God wants you to use His Name properly. You are to fear, love and trust in God so that you call upon God’s Name in every trouble. That’s called – prayer. “Call upon me in the day of trouble,” God invites. And then comes His promise: “I will deliver you,” as well as your response, “and you will honor me,” (Psalm 50:15). Prayer is the life of Dependence upon God for everything. When you don’t believe or trust in God, you don’t pray to Him. When you do believe and trust in God, you pray. Prayer is a no brainer for the believer.
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    In John 17, when the supreme hour of Jesus’ life on earth has arrived, namely, His suffering and Good Friday death – drinking the cup of God’s wrath against all sin and every sinner — Jesus dependently prays. He prays for Himself (17:1-5) asking the Father for the promised gift (cf. 12:28) of His glorification through suffering and death. He prays for His disciples (17:6-19) that His Father would preserve them in an alien and hostile world, sanctify them in the truth of His Word, and be equipped as apostles to preach the gospel to the world. He prays for His future disciples who will believe in Him through the preaching of His apostolic witnesses (17:20-26). He prays for their unity: “that they all may be one / perfectly one” and for their remaining with Him. That’s why John 18:1 remarks: “When He had finished praying.”
  • Parables (politicalirony.com)
  • Healthy life can be found in sacred books (christadelphianworld.blogspot.com)
    Life is dependent on the air around us, and the quality of life is dependent on the quality of air. In an atmosphere of Torah and mitzvot there is healthy life.
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Have you also been deceived

Posted on April 15, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Manners and Association, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Not speaking in own authority and not presenting own teachings

In this world we have lots of people who do their utterly best to get others away from the True God. For already more than 150 centuries people like to have their own traditions and folk-tales in the first place instead of the real biblical words we can be so simple, but according many Christians too simple for human beings to follow, because they think God must be incredible difficult to follow and our human minds are not able to understand His way of handling and His way of thinking.

It is such a shame that they do not believe the God of Order and the God of Clarity wants His people to come to understand Him fully and to respect His Words and His Creation like He gave His Voice to the World.

Throughout history we can see that several generations have been looking for answer and went looking wherever they thought they could find something; Many myths were created. Throughout the times there was somebody Who looked form high up and followed His creation, willing to guide them and help them to find ways to have a nice life.   When Jesus was alive it was not different and at that time there were also many who looked away from Scriptures and preferred to be deceived by man whom they could see. It seems easier to accept stories told by man than to go on stories told by men who say they are from God, a Spirit Who is eternal and can not be seen by man.

Two thousand years ago there were like today people who were self-deceived. They were taken by their self, considering themselves smart enough to know everything. They were not so much interested to get to know more and certainly not about matters which looked beyond world matters. Man for them had enough business and worries about the things here on earth to keep themselves busy with matters in space of outer space.

Lots of people are also so convinced they are doing the right thing. For them it are mostly the others who are doing the wrong thing. They are taken by inner pride which blinds them. they have no ears at all for something which seems to come from above and from an eternal Spirit while they are clearly limited in time and have to face death.

Are we as Christians prepared to go looking for those mysteries? Are we willing to open those old Books and willing to search for truth in it? Are we prepared to let those words from the Book of books, the Bible, to come unto us like they are written, or do we want to be so stubborn to keep to the dogmatic teachings of human beings which we do want to implement on the Bible, the infallible Word of God?

Are we prepared to come to a careful and prayerful reading of God’s word as the antidote in this heathen world?

“Have you also been deceived?”

(April 15)
Christ and The Pharisees

Christ and The Pharisees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was the question, the comment, the Pharisees made when the officers they sent to arrest Jesus returned without him. They reply,

“No one ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46,47).

John, the most intimate of the disciples of Jesus (John 21:7,20) records his teaching in great detail, one often needs to reflect and meditate deeply about the points he records Jesus as making.

There was a 7-day feast in Jerusalem, many were looking for Jesus, but it was only

“about the middle of the feast (that) Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching” (verse 14).

They marvel at his words; then Jesus says,

“My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God …” (verses 16,17).

And that is equally true today as we read his words and the other words God inspired men to write. Paul was later to declare,

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness …” (2 Timothy 3:16).

The Proverbs we are presently reading are an outstanding example of this.

If our hearts are genuinely operating on a spiritual wavelength we will accept the point Jesus makes,

“The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory, but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood” (verse 18).

Ever since the days of Jesus the existence of human self-seeking among those claiming to follow him can be observed: Jesus sums up this part of his message by stating,

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (verse 24).

The religious leaders, dismayed at the popularity of Jesus were blinded by jealousy, there was no humility in their make-up, and this is why they said to those who failed to arrest Jesus,

Have you also been deceived?” (verse 47).

Every generation since has had those who are self-deceived – it is the kind of pride that so easily springs from human nature. Our careful and prayerful reading of God’s word is the antidote. John made an essential point in his first letter,

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1:8).

Let is make sure the “truth is … in us” and read and meditate on God’s word every day and come closer to him and his Son who came to give real meaning and purpose to our lives.

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Please read further:

  1. Looking for a primary cause and a goal that can not offer philosophers existing beliefs
  2. The faithful God
  3. Necessity of a revelation of creation 7 Getting understanding by Word of God 5
  4. Parsha Bo: Creation, Exodus and the Rescue from Oblivion (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

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  • Palms Sing Rocks Cry (moondustwriter.com)
    One day (in a week) he is revered, another he is sold,  and blood spills upon the Via Dolorosa…
  • In Uganda, Jesus would have been tear-gassed last Sunday (monitor.co.ug)

    Playing with the idea of a Davidian kingship implied overthrowing the sitting tetrarch and possibly a mass rebellion against the edifice of Rome itself. If Jesus and his followers had their sights on Jerusalem for his earthly throne, that would be a joke in very bad taste.

    Even if the governor and the tetrarch had their old differences, the threat from a Jesus-led crowd marching into Jerusalem presented them with a common enemy.

  • Jesus Rocks!!! (pastorsstudy.blogspot.com)
    Jesus’ rebuke was a statement to the blindness and deafness of those condemning religious leaders. In some sense the word of the Lord was declaring even these inanimate objects of My creation know more and see more than you. What a powerful indictment!The discussion of that day over 2,000 years ago is still relevant today. Will we allow our eyes, ears and hearts to be open to the reality of the One who is alive in our midst? Will we declare with our voices praise to God for His indescribable gift in the Person of Jesus, the Messiah?
  • Jesus is shabbat (workforthecausenottheapplause.com)
    And just as Jesus was grieved for His people back then, I too am grieved. We missed the message completely. We are taught in synagogue that the name alone is a “bad” name. We are forbidden to ask questions or talk about Him. We are ostracized from our Jewish communities, we are not counted as “Jews”.
  • For Parents During The Triduum (supertradmum-etheldredasplace.blogspot.com)
    My mother had a sense of what to do in the house over theTriduum. We were not allowedto be part of loud or raucous activities. Quiet settled into the house on Thursday and continued until Sunday morning.We did not have to be silent, but subdued. No parties, of course, no sports, no tv, just peace,and a sense of solemnity while doing chores around the house, getting ready for Easter.

    We did not have to be silent the entire time Christ was on the Cross, but we did have to be silent from one until we went to Church at three. We did quiet things in our rooms, like color, or read, or pray, or think.

  • [Bible Challenge] John 7: Confusion (esther-mag.com)
    John 7 shows us the political and social tensions that arose from Jesus’ teachings. From the Pharisees, to the scribes and the Jewry, people were either offended, angered or confused by what he had to say. It is interesting to read the fluctuation of emotions: from being sceptical, many of the Jews accepted him after he taught in the temple, but some were still conflicted: “Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?…So there was a division among the people because of him” (verses 41 and 43). Verses 45 and 53 gives us an insight into the plots of the Pharisees: they really wanted him dead, and it seems like Jesus was the main focus of their conversations.
  • The Pharisees and The One Who Knows My Heart (catholicguyxl.com)
    the fear and inner conviction of being unable to ‘cope’ and to change things.  When it’s time to strip myself of an idea that I’ve only ever known my whole entire life – it’s excruciatingly painful.  If the Pharisees believed that Jesus was the Messiah, that would mean they’d have to take personal responsibility of themselves outside the only life they’ve ever known.
  • Dennis Tate added a discussion to the group Jesus Great Teacher or God? (community.humanityhealing.net)
    he fear is like a devil which possesses me, and I go out seeking men to assuage the fear, Deliver me from this devil.
  • The Truth Is Not Welcome In This World (prophecynewsandviews.wordpress.com)
    A lot of people who claim to be upright and righteous with God are doing just what those pharisee’s did to Jesus, by denying truth. How can a person be afraid of the truth unless they enjoy lies . This is what Jesus told those pharisee’s
  • To Be a Christian… Forgiveness in Action #inspiration #Forgiveness #Spirituality (princessofthelight.wordpress.com)
    No matter what the circumstances, we need to forgive others because God has forgiven us. Forgiveness doesn’t mean putting yourself in harm’s way. In fact, forgiving another has nothing to do with that person. Forgiveness is all about cleansing your own heart and finding peace.
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Christian values, traditions, real or false stories, pure and upright belief

Posted on April 10, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, Manners and Association, Paganism, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Easter eggs // Ostereier

Easter eggs // Ostereier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These days we see lots of Christians play with pagan attributes, hiding chocolate eggs in the house and garden and telling their children this is all to do about Easter and the resurrection of the Lord. Even a new publication was published in the United states explaining those ‘lovely’ Christian tradition which have to be treasured as the high American value.

When we look at those Christians who speak so high about their Christian values, and look how they act and react,this may make us browse.

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United St...

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United States Library of Congress, demonstrating printed pages as a storage medium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The new book which is especially written because the American Christian values seem to be lessening. Though the writers do not seem to understand the things they do find so important about Easter and Christmas have nothing to do with the Biblical Truth. It is the same as a new book for children in Dutch trying to explain the ‘secret of Easter’, where the writer confesses she was not so sure about the story of Jesus’ death and had to look it up on internet before she started her work. she even did not bother to look at a Bible to get to the origin of the matter or to read the original stories.

You can wonder what has to come forth when such writers and their books sell so good and bring stories to children which they think are the real Christian story to believe. Can a good Christian nation be build up on such stories becoming popular and Bibles not been read? Can we find people who want to know the Biblical truth and be faithful to God?

Do fully faithful, truthful people exist? If we start when we are children trying to do this, there is a better chance of us being found to be that kind of person when we are grown up. May that be said of us this day.

“Pure and upright”

(April 10)

We read in Proverbs

“even a child makes himself known by his acts” (Proverbs 20:11),

it then says,

“whether his conduct is pure and upright”.

It is saying that what we actually do proves what we really are far more than by what we say. It is also said that we teach by example, more than words, thus verse 7 tells us,

“The righteous walks in his integrity blessed are his children after him”.

They have been taught by example and often children are more transparent in their actions than adults.

Another interesting proverb is

“The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out” (Proverbs 20:5).

It causes us to ask do we fully consider our purpose in doing something? If we really are a person who considers our ways, thinking carefully about all our intentions, then we will “draw it out” like one drawing water from a well and this takes time and effort.

Of course when the Bible uses the word ‘man’ it usually means all human beings, unless the context makes it clear it means a male. It draws no distinction between boys or girls, “even a child” obviously means both!

Finally, verse 6 is very interesting; ponder what it means.

“Many a man (person) proclaims his (or her) own steadfast love, but a faithful man (person) who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6).

It is telling us that what we say, what we declare to be our motives, is in many cases, not entirely correct; although it is not a real lie, because there is an element of truth in it. How often do we say things “with reservation?”

I have known statements to be made, and agreement to be requested on them “without reservation”. This is sad; it means we are acknowledging that so often we say things, not fully meaning them. This should not be so among those whose aim is to become children of God (read Romans 8:17). Do fully faithful, truthful people exist?

“Even a child” if we start when we are children trying to do this, there is a better chance of us being found to be that kind of person when we are grown up.

The Christadelphian

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  • ‘Book of Yeezus’ Replaces God With Kanye in New Bible [Video] (guardianlv.com)

    The new Kanye West Bible has arrived. The Book of Yeezus: A Bible for the Modern Day has combined the traditional biblical version of the book of Genesis with a foreword to create this creative vision which explores the way cultural icons tend to morph into spiritual figures. The Etsy shop for the New Age Bible opened in January, but is just now gaining media momentum.

    The Bible is being sold for $20 and has claims of being one of the best gifts that ever existed for Kanye’s fans. The fans, as stated on the website, literally worship the mega social icon, pop star, designer and idol of the church of Yeezianity, who is none other than, famed rapper Kanye West.

  • Obama Summons Illuminati Blood Moon on Easter Weekend (bigamericannews.com)
    Biblical science verified that in these dark times, the most liberal and dark king of all would arise and cause the moon to turn to ‘that of blood’ as a show of his power.
  • Easter Basket Ideas for Kindergarten-First Grade (faithfulprovisions.com)
    When it comes to ideas for Easter baskets for kindergarten – first grade boys, be on the lookout for items focused on active play as well as books and toys that make learning fun.

     

  • Biblical Drama: On Our TVs, In Our Pizzerias (nyulocal.com)
    After presumably spending all day at church, 9.5 million people couldn’t get enough Jesus last Sunday, and decided to tune into the new hit show: A.D. The Bible Continues. Premiering on NBC, The Bible Continues is the sequel to producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s The Bible, a ten-part miniseries that racked up over 13.1 million viewers during its run on the History Channel, and became the most watched cable show of 2013. The Bible was also adapted into a feature film, 2014’s Son Of God. Along with NBC, ABC hit up the Christian crowd with their annual showing of The Ten Commandments. As variety points out: “this was the best demo score in three years and the largest overall audience in seven years for “Ten Commandments.” ABC hasn’t aired it on Easter Sunday since 2004.”
  • Easter ‘lost among piles of chocolate and fluffy little bunnies’ (theargus.co.uk)
    THE Easter story has been lost among the mountains of “chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies” seen at this time of year.

    Vicars and priests across Sussex have had their say on the annual Christian festival as part of our Big Easter Survey, released today.

    While some blamed schools and the education system others accepted it as a result of living in an increasingly secular society.

    Pastor Carl Chambers, of Christ Church, Brighton, said the Easter story as told in the Bible has been “largely lost”.

    He said: “Certainly if I consider what our children are taught in school, it’s more to do with the Easter bunny, Easter eggs and the Easter mouse than Jesus on the cross.”

  • Not Only Are These Easter Eggs Delicious, They’re Also…Insanely Morbid (viralnova.com)
    Most people don’t know the origins of the Easter Bunny, and they may never figure it out, even around this time of year. However, they don’t let that get in way of their heroic consumption of Easter candy, namely chocolate eggs. (I love those things.)
  • Creating Holidays (girlsheartbooks.com)
    The whole thing has made me think about how we create holidays, as families, and as larger cultures. Sometimes it’s as simple as it is in our house, where our kids get big chocolate Easter eggs on Easter – a British tradition that I didn’t celebrate when I was growing up – but they get those eggs in baskets left for them by the Easter bunny, usually with the kind of green “Easter grass” that my own baskets were always filled with when I was a kid, along with fluffy toys and other small treats. For me, the most fun part of Easter, when I was growing up in Michigan, was colouring the hardboiled eggs for the Easter baskets, so I do that with my American-British kids now, in Wales.
  • Where is my Easter? (teriparrisford.typepad.com)
    Easter is clearly a Christian holiday, but so Americanized it has its own isle at the store for candy and gifts. Our elaborate Easter celebrations have gone to the wayside these past two years as I have spent my Easters literally in transit. Both last year and this year, I have spent the day actually driving across America. IE: the Easter Bunny was not home. I hid candy in a basket for Erika last year, as well as this year, as she has spent these Easters home alone– no holiday dinner made. I sent a box to Jessi and brought candy for Monika to put in a basket at my mom’s house (shown here).
  • Read the Holy Book on Portable Devices with the Free Bible Software (listfree.org)
    The Free Bible software is launched to enable users to read the Holy Book on any portable device, mobile phones and computers. The free software has a simple interface which is quite straightforward. With a user friendly appearance, the program can be downloaded and installed with relative ease and simplicity.

    The Free Bible software app is ingrained with a number of useful features. As it is a small tool, it requires minimum system resources and it can be installed easily on any computer with Windows OS. It has an easy layout which enables even novices to navigate through the program without any complications. Users can utilize the “Search” option to find any particular verse or chapter in the Bible. Users can add notes at the end of each chapter or bookmark any page in the Bible.

  • Easter Bunny Origins (guardianlv.com)
    Just like spring, eggs are also a representation of new life or rebirth. The traditional act of ornamenting eggs during the holiday is believed to date back hundreds of years ago, to the 13th Century. During this time, congregations were instructed by their church to refrain from consuming eggs during Lent. It was only until Easter Sunday that the consumption of eggs was once again allowed by the Catholic Church. It was not until many years later, when Roman Catholicism dominated Germany, that the association between Easter eggs and the resurrection of Jesus was even made.
    Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2015/04/easter-bunny-origins/#BWRV2Qd7vE11iXoL.99

     

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Like grasshoppers

Posted on March 31, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Exhortation, Faith, Life and Death | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Children of Israel had learnt their lesson the hard way! Are we sure we have learnt ours? If massive problems arise as this world falls apart – will we seem “like grasshoppers”? Or will our faith be such as to give us “full assurance” (read Hebrews 10:22,23)?
Heb 10:22-23 The Scriptures 1998+  (22)  let us draw near with a true heart in completeness of belief, having our hearts sprinkled from a wicked conscience and our bodies washed with clean water.  (23)  Let us hold fast the confession of our expectation without yielding, for He who promised is trustworthy.
With a day of remembrance coming near it is not bad to look into what happened in the past with God’s people. How did they come to hear about the promise of a land and a better future and how did they behave after they got saved from slavery.

“Like grasshoppers”

Simon de Vos - The Israelites after Crossing t...

Simon de Vos – The Israelites after Crossing the Red Sea – WGA25334 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can you imagine yourself as a member of the Israelites who miraculously escaped from Egypt? After seeing all the remarkable plagues, the wonder of crossing the Red Sea, then camping beside Mount Sinai with the earth quaking, the clouds, the fire and the voice from the mountain! After that, the miraculous provision of manna, quails, and water from the rock. Then, the teamwork to build the tabernacle as a centre of worship, with the divine presence indicated by fire and cloud! Next, the great celebration of a ‘Passover’ – one year and one month after leaving Egypt.

Surely, if we had been part of all that, our confidence and anticipation of God’s power to lead us to the promised land would be very great. Well might we be astonished at what we read today in Numbers! Why did 10 of the 12 spies sent to explore the land, come back in such a negative frame of mind? Although they said the land

‘flows with milk and honey and this is its fruit” (13:27).

They spoke against the two other spies who came back and had said,

“Let us go up at once and occupy the land for we are well able to overcome it” (verse 30).

But the 10 said

“We are not able … for they are stronger than we are … all the people we saw in it are of great height … we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers” (verses 31-33).

We are going to read of God’s anger with them because of this failure of faith after all the evidence they had experienced of his power that had surrounded them to their benefit.

Let us examine all the evidence for our own faith. How strong are our convictions in serving God? If serious difficulties arise will our faith falter? Will we only follow in the way of faith, when all is readily provided and there are deliverances and blessings?

Recall that remarkable Psalm 139 we read recently, David wrote,

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me … see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting” (verses 23,24).

Next month we will read Moses’ final message to the people before he dies,

and you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these 40 years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not” (Deuteronomy 8:2).

It was a message to the next generation, for their parents had died during the 40-year journey. They had learnt their lesson the hard way! Are we sure we have learnt ours? If massive problems arise as this world falls apart – will we seem “like grasshoppers”? Or will our faith be such as to give us “full assurance” – read Hebrews 10:22,23.

the Christadelphian

English: Sunrise on Mt. Sinai in Egypt

Sunrise on Mt. Sinai in Egypt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Find also to read:

  1. A Holy week in remembrance of the Blood of life
  2. First month of the year and predictions
  3. Festival of Freedom and persecutions
  4. Seven days of Passover
  5. Day of remembrance coming near
  6. Remember the day
  7. Observance of a day to Remember
  8. Shabbat Pesach service reading 1/2
  9. Shabbat Pesach service reading 2/2
  10. A new exodus and offering of a Lamb
  11. Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called
  12. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  13. 14 Nisan a day to remember #1 Inception
  14. 14 Nisan a day to remember #2 Time of Jesus
  15. 14 Nisan a day to remember #3 Before the Passover-feast
  16. 14 Nisan a day to remember #5 The Day to celebrate
  17. High Holidays not only for Israel
  18. Seven Bible Feasts of JHWH
  19. Jesus memorial

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  • The Pesach Seder and Eliyahu (blogs.timesofisrael.com)
    Seder is a Hebrew word that means order or arrangement, and the Pesach (Passover) Seder is the ritual feast that includes the narrative of the Israelites slavery in Egypt and the miracles leading to and through the Exodus.  The Seder is replete with customs and symbolism including four cups of wine representing the four expressions of God’s promise of redemption used in the Torah along with the bitter herbs representing the bitterness our ancestors suffered while in slavery.
  • Passover story gives hope to today’s oppressed peoples, says David Cameron (thejc.com)
    The story of Pesach can give hope to those who are oppressed around the world, David Cameron has said.

    In his Passover message to British Jews, the Prime Minister called for increased efforts to bring peace to areas of conflict.

    Mr Cameron said: “In so many countries, families and friends will be coming together to celebrate the freedom of their ancestors.

    “Even thousands of years on from the Exodus, the story of emancipation inspires millions around the globe.

  • Passover Fast Facts (gantdaily.com)
    Here’s a look at what you need to know about the Jewish holiday of Passover. The holiday will be celebrated from sunset on April 4 through April 11, 2015. Facts: Passover, also called Pesach, is the Jewish festival celebrating the exodu
  • Passover 2015: Dates, Meaning, What & When (coed.com)
    In 2015, Passover begins on the evening of Friday, April 3, 2015 at nightfall, and ends after nightfall on the evening of Saturday, April 11, 2015.
  • Ask the Rabbi: The great Jewish divide – rice at passover (jewishnews.co.uk)
    Why are you looking at one disparity in the difference of custom between Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews rather than the astounding number of similarities they share?

    The differences are so negligible that they just prove the rule – we are one people with one Torah. Jews are forbidden by the Torah to eat or even own leavened products on Passover.

  • Penal Substitution (forfreedomalone.wordpress.com)
    Christianity is not a ‘stand-alone’ faith. It stands on the shoulders of the faith of the children of Israel.
    Just as Edison ‘perfected’ the work of others and created a workable lightbulb, but did not actually invent the light bulb, so we have entered into the fullness of an inheritance which they were expecting.
    We are too glib in dismissing the foundation laid by them, the carrying of the promise and the testimony into our day. We need to be more aware of the ground on which we are privileged to stand.
  • To Soar In The Spirit You Have To Be Hard Core (theinscribedheart.com)
    Moses successor, was a foreshadow of our Christ. Jesus Christ and Joshua actually were called by the same name in Hebrew, Yeshua. Understand that Yeshua leading the children of Israel into the promised land of their inheritance is a direct correlation to Yoshua, the Christ, leading the redeemed church through the salvation of the soul. The children of Israel fought Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Canaanites, and so on. We do battle with envy, greed, selfishness, lust, idolatry and so on. Though our enemies are somewhat different, we should have the same uncompromising approach when it comes to dealing with them. Make no deals, show no mercy, and utterly destroy.
  • The Twelve Spies – The Edge of Believing (gfrase.wordpress.com)
    It was the Israelites who requested a look-see at what was ahead. It sounds reasonable to plan but as one reads through Numbers 13, it indicates that some of them were not ready for the task ahead.
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    The edge of believing is always in front of us. Fear is a natural human emotion. Wisdom and healthy respect are benefits, but fear can shut us down when we don’t take it to God. He is absolutely approachable with honest prayer and provides several means of reassurance through His son, His Word and  the spirit penetrating our hearts.
  • The Ecumenical Spirit (etsop95.wordpress.com)
    An ecumenical spirit is strong with a huge portion of humanity. An ecumenical spirit is, essentially, an acceptance of ideas that do not necessarily correspond with one’s own. The idea of exclusivism in societal application is not well received. In Ezra 4 one reads of effort of some to import the ecumenical spirit into the work of the children of Israel after they were given permission by Cyrus the Great to return to their homeland after being in a foreign land for many decades.
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    It is a challenge to those devoted to the purity of the Lord’s teaching to not only adhere to that teaching, but to resist all competing ideas. The ecumenical spirit, whether motivated out of genuine interest or impure motives, is a spirit (teaching) that is corrupting. Those who fall into its trap are those who do not know the Lord.
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Blindness in the Christian world

Posted on March 30, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Christadelphian, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Manners and Association, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In our Sunday service we continued discussing the matter of the day before concerning the insight and/or wisdom which people may receive. We also reflected on the reading of some days before (John chapter 8). the last few weeks we have been under attack and had loads of letters telling us we are haters of God, haters of Jesus, damned people, anti-Christ and certainly not Christians but people who shall “burn in hell” for eternally tortured. though we did find it funny one writer directly noticing that we did not believe in hell as a torture place so perhaps this saying would not frighten us or dare us.

Lots of the writers took a very un-Christian attitude against us and we wonder how they would like to convert people if they react such a way as we can see how they start threatening people who have other believes than theirs. Some accusers told us also to read the gospel of John. For us that is just one of the gospels which most clearly gives a good picture about whom Jesus is and about who he is not.

John the Evangelist, Russian icon from first q...

John the Evangelist, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In his whole gospel the apostle John focusses on Jesus as the 2nd Adam, the one sent from God and the first-born of the new creation. For the apostle John it was clear that Jesus from Nazareth was the long awaited Messiah. At the beginning of his book he therefore also refers to Jesus as the one who was promised at the beginning of the human world.

Some also referred to the “I am” quote in chapter 8. In it they do think Jesus is telling that he is God, but he is referring to him being the person who is been sent by God, not God himself. Good they take this chapter from John, because in it Jesus speaks about the blindness of people also indicating about the blindness of faith, people bounded to human teaching and not willing to listen to the words of Scripture. For the gospel of John is an ideal gospel to get to know Jesus. Them mentioning it we shall continue to look at what is written in it.

Unlike the other gospel writers, John does not set out to give an account of all that Jesus did. Matthew, Mark and Luke had already done that. Instead he selects seven episodes from the ministry of Jesus that in his view show beyond doubt that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God. He narrates the events of those seven occasions in great detail…

He tells us where they happened, the time of day, the people who were present, what Jesus said, the reaction of the crowds, even the feelings of the apostles at the time. It is the nearest we can get to a documentary. Looking over the shoulder of John, we come into the presence of Jesus, and see the Son of God at work in our world – a wonderful example of love and compassion.

Joh 8:12 ESV Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Jesus is the sent one from above, by the heavenly Father, the Only One God:

Joh 8:16 ESV Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.

Joh 8:18 ESV I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.”

Joh 8:24-32 ESV I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” (25) So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. (26) I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” (27) They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. (28) So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. (29) And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” (30) As he was saying these things, many believed in him. (31) So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, (32) and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

We should come to understand that Jesus gets his words from his heavenly Father. He does not presents his own words, which he would do when he would be God. In Christ Jesus we do find the Most High Elohim working. Jesus came from above, being placed in the womb of the young girl Miriam (Mary). In case he would not have been placed by god he could not call unto God as his heavenly Father like now. Without God he (Jesus) would perhaps not be here but certainly could not do the same things and could not have so much wisdom from God like he has now. Though it is up to the world to come to see what God gave and why this man from Nazareth should be lifted up and be praised for who he is is and for what he has done.

Joh 5:17 ESV  But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Joh 3:12-21 ESV  If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? (13)  No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. (14)  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, (15)  that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. (16)  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (17)  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (18)  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (19)  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (20)  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. (21)  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

In the works Jesus did we should come to see his heavenly calling. But we also should come to hear what Jesus said on many occasions when he did such incredible things, we call miracles. You see nothing is of authority of Jesus. In case he was or is God it would be his own authority and his own wish and than he would always have done his own wish, though Jesus clearly says not his will but the will of God has to be done.

Mat 6:10 ESV  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Mat 26:42 ESV  Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

Joh 4:34 ESV  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

Joh 6:40 ESV  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Joh 7:16-18 ESV  So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. (17)  If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. (18)  The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.

Joh 8:49-50 ESV (40) Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. (50) Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.

Joh 8:54-55 ESV Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ (55) But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word.

Joh 14:9-17 ESV Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (10) Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. (11) Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. (12) “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (13) Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (14) If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (15) “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (16) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, (17) even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

Joh 14:23-24 ESV Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (24) Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

Joh 14:27-30 ESV Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (28) You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. (29) And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. (30) I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,

Clearly here again Jesus let us hear that he and the Father are two different entities of which one (Jehovah) is greater than the other (Jesus), who was first lower than the angels (though God was, is and always shall be the Most High), was tempted (God cannot be tempted) and really died (God cannot die).

Joh 5:17-27 ESV But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” (18) This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. (19) So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. (20) For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. (21) For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. (22) The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, (23) that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. (24) Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (25) “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. (26) For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. (27) And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

We do hope those verses may be clear enough of the importance of the sonship of the Nazarene who we should take as the one who died for the sins of many and who is the one who paid the ransom to the Most High Elohim Who accepted this offering.

In John chapter 8 in verses 4-6 Jesus says his time was running out. It was still ‘day’, because he, the light of the world, was still among them. But the night would come, when his work would be ended by the Prince of this world, and temporarily the light would be snuffed out. He refers back to his claim to be the Light of the World. Then he proceeds to bring light into the darkness of the man standing before him. The world had to come to see the sign of the one spoken of in the centuries of other men of God, like the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, but also priests like Simeon who blessed many and said to the infant’s mother Mary that her son is the one is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed. (Luke 2:34)

The method Jesus used to treat the blind one feels uncomfortable to us, but in the First Century saliva was held to have healing properties (see Mark 7:33 and 8:23). In this case Jesus did not use saliva alone. He mixed it with dust to make a paste of mud, which he rubbed over the man’s blind eyes. So now the man was doubly blind – blind from birth, and blinded by the clay. What does clay represent? In the Bible, clay stands for ‘the flesh’. We are all made from dust. We are clay in the hands of God the Potter. The image of Nebuchadnezzar has feet of iron mixed with clay. Dust has no worth. The flesh, the might and pride of man, blinds us to the goodness of God. So the blind man with his clay-covered eyes represents man in his natural state, walking in darkness and unable to recognise the Truth. The blind man represents you and me – but this blind man was going to see!

We can also that there are many blind people and deaf people in this world who do not come to see what is really written in the Holy Scriptures. They are blinded and keep their ears stiff deaf to other teachings than the human doctrine of a tri-une god. Many have been born in a family brought up in a trinitarian faith-group and enjoying the many folkloric feasts. The want to keep those traditional celebrations and enjoy all the rites offered by their community. They do not love to break with those traditions. So we can understand it is not easy to come to hear what is really written in the Bible and to what we should really keep ourselves. Lots of people are also afraid if they would have an other faith not liked by the majority of the community were they are living in. Not many would like to show others what they belief when it is not conform the majority or general thinking.

Verse 7 is illuminating. The man was told to go to the pool of Siloam. The site has been re-identified recently. The traditional small pool at the exit from Hezekiah’s Tunnel was not the one where the blind man washed. The pool in the time of Jesus was a much broader area, further down the hill, with wide steps. We can imagine him with his stick, tapping his way down the busy road, a strange sight with his muddy eyes.

What about the name of the pool? John translates it from the Hebrew. It means ‘sent’. Jesus, John says many times, was sent from God. He is the one who can give us the light of the Truth. The blind man bent down and washed his face. Then he looked up from the water. Brilliant light dazzled his brain. The blue sky, the shapes of trees and stones and people, swift moving birds and hovering butterflies, flooded into his view. The extent of the miracle is amplified because he had never seen before. Normally it takes us weeks or months as babies to programme our brains to recognise and interpret the signals entering our brain. In this case, the re-programming was instantaneous. With a smile on his face, he returned to his familiar begging pitch in much less time than he had taken on the way to Siloam.

In verses 8 and 9 the people who hung around the Temple area thought they recognised him, but then they didn’t. He had the same features, but his eyes were open and clear. Some of them decided he was a different man who just happened to look like him. But he insisted he was the man who was blind.

Joh 9:8-9 ESV  The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”  (9)  Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.”

The situation was so unusual that the bystanders decided the authorities needed to be informed about it. They marched off with the healed man to the Pharisees. John notes, in parenthesis, that Jesus had chosen once again to do this miracle on a Sabbath. The rulers felt they were losing control of the situation. But the blind man’s explanation as to how he found his sight gave some of them an argument to use against Jesus. By making a paste of mud and putting it on the man’s eyes, they said, he had done work on the Sabbath. How pathetic, to ignore the wonderful blessing that Jesus had brought, and instead condemn him on a technicality! Even some of their own number rebelled at such a reaction. How could he not be from God when he had worked an unprecedented miracle?

In verses 18 to 23 the authorities now follow a new line of enquiry.

Joh 9:18-23 ESV  The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight  (19)  and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”  (20)  His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.  (21)  But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.”  (22)  (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.)  (23)  Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

Perhaps the blind man had not been blind after all. Perhaps all this time he had been cheating – only pretending to be blind in order to extract sympathy from people. They summon his parents to establish the facts. The parents confirm that indeed he was their son and, yes, he was born blind. They were not, however, prepared to speculate as to how he had been healed. The parents had now supplied the hard evidence they asked for, leaving the rulers facing the fact that Jesus seemed to have worked an amazing miracle.

They try again. The blind man is recalled to the assembly. Perhaps, they suggest, he had lied last time. This time they insist, he must tell the truth. They put him on oath (“give glory to God” is a legal formula – see Joshua 7:19). Jesus could not really be the source of his healing, they say, because Jesus was a sinner. Come on, they insist, tell us what really happened. He says he cannot comment on Jesus being a sinner, but the fact is, he can now see. They press him. Perhaps they can force him into an inconsistency: “Tell us again exactly how he did it!”

The healed man becomes exasperated by their obduracy. With remarkable spirit, but driven by the wonder of his healing, he dares to condemn their blindness. How could a man work such an unprecedented wonder without the power of God?

They pronounce their judgement on him. How dare he teach them, the experts? They deliver the dreaded excommunication. What a warning of the extremes to which we can be driven when we try to justify a position which if abandoned would cause us to lose face! The Pharisees could not afford to lose this contest. So they resorted to the traditional weapons of defeated intellect – abuse, and the use of power to cripple the opposition.

Jesus needed to seek out the healed man and bring him to know the true source of his healing. The blind man had not seen Jesus before, for the obvious reason he was blind when they first met. He had only heard his voice. Now he recognises Jesus as the one who healed him, and he has no hesitation in declaring his faith. He falls at his feet in worship. We must each reach this point too, if we wish to be saved.

In verse 39 Jesus draws the threads together for us.

Joh 9:39 ESV  Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”

He came to bring judgement into the world. It is a judgement we bring upon ourselves by the way we react to him. We cannot sit on the fence about Jesus. If we admit we are in darkness, like the blind man, and walk in faith to the water of baptism, washing away our sins in the one God sent, He has the power to bring light into our lives. But if our vision is obscured by the clay of the flesh with its pride and self-reliance, even though we think we can see, we will remain blind until we die.

How thankful we can be to John, setting down from his days with Jesus such a vivid picture of what it was like to live in the presence of the Son of God and not a god son who would have faked his temptation, his death, his resurrection with an act which could not proof anything, but now having a man of flesh and blood being taken out of the dead, after three days in hell, (what would God have to do there?) we have an example of what can happen to us to, and have something to look forward, in a living hope.

We should condemn nobody, like Jesus did not condemn others. We can only try to let others see what is the truth. Lots of them take on an attitude against the teachings of Jesus, but that perhaps should show to us they are not the real or right followers of Christ, or that they shall still have to travel a long way to come like Christ.

Let us always try to show the Light of the world by following the teachings of the master teacher, rabbi Jeshua. Let us do our best to walk in his footsteps so that we can come to insight and bear light in us as well. We should keep to the words like they are presented to us in the Holy Scriptures and know that even if Jesus testified about himself we should take his testimony to be true, for we are told that Jesus is without sin, so did not tell lies. As such when he said he did not know who would be sitting next to him, he did not know it; Also when he said he did not know when the end of times would come or when he would come back, he did not know it. In case he is God he would have known and would not have told the truth. But we are also told that God does not tell lies, so this should have a bell ringing in many heads. Though we do have to hear it ringing. We do have to see those contradictions in Scriptures, in case it would be one and the same person.
We can stay blind because we do not want to hear that Jesus tells he knows where he came from, and where he is going. Though we do see many judge according to the flesh whilst Jesus judges no one.  Even if he would judge one, which he shall do later in time, his judgement shall be true, for we should know that Jesus decides not on his own. At the moment he is also taken up high in heavens to sit at the right hand of God to be a mediator between man and God.

Mat 26:63-64 ESV  But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”  (64)  Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Many once more do say Jesus answer with say he is the “I Am” but once more Jesus is giving a replay saying he is the person where they are speaking over. Like we would reply “I am” when asked if we are so and so, and when it is right we also would say the same as Jesus, but for sure we shall not be God like he is not God when he says ‘”I am”.

Mar 14:61-62 ESV  But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”  (62)  And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

Frans Floris - The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, ...

God can not die but Jesus really did die. – Frans Floris – The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Gathering and Protecting Mankind (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus is the person where Scripture writers tell about, and that is also what we should come to see and believe. We also should come to belief he was resurrected from the dead and taken up by his heavenly Father who sent him and has allowed him now to be a High Pries for God and a mediator sitting at God’s Right Hand.

Act 2:25-36 ESV  For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;  (26)  therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope.  (27)  For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.  (28)  You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’  (29)  “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.  (30)  Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne,  (31)  he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.  (32)  This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.  (33)  Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.  (34)  For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,  (35)  until I make your enemies your footstool.”‘  (36)  Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Heb 6:13-20 ESV  For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,  (14)  saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.”  (15)  And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.  (16)  For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.  (17)  So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath,  (18)  so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.  (19)  We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,  (20)  where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

1Ti 2:3-6 ESV  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,  (4)  who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  (5)  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,  (6)  who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

Please let us remember all this and look up at the light of the world, the one sent by the Only One True God, knowing that it is important to know exactly who is who and Who we do have to serve and worship acceptably. We have grace, whereby we may serve God and please Him, the Most High Adonai, with reverence and awe or godly fear, for no doubt our God is a consuming fire.

Joh 8:12 ESV  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Joh 8:14-17 ESV  Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. (15)  You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. (16)  Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. (17)  In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true.

Heb 12:22-29 ESV  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,  (23)  and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,  (24)  and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.  (25)  See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.  (26)  At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”  (27)  This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.  (28)  Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,  (29)  for our God is a consuming fire.

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Preceding articles:

Those who love Jesus

Wanting to live in Christ’s city

Searching, light, fear and deliverance

Chaff and the shoot out of the stock of Jesse

Hearing words to accept

Fools despise wisdom and instruction

You shall howl in your latter end

At the end of your life

Illuminating our minds and watching out

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  4. Missional hermeneutics 4/5
  5. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him
  6. Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
  7. Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:25-35 – Simeon’s Blessing and Warning
  8. Not following the tradition of man

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We may not be ignorant to get wisdom

Posted on March 24, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Exhortation, Faith, Manners and Association, Prophecy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Many may perhaps say they want to know the truth, but we do not see many looking for it. Christians should always look for the real wisdom which can bring them further in their life.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom rock formation in Wadi...

Seven Pillars of Wisdom rock formation in Wadi Rum, Jordan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some consider it to be full of wisdom when a person can get all the answers right of a quiz. On television they have shows being called ‘the wisest person of the world’ or the ‘smartest person of the world’ and many viewers take it that person to be full of wisdom. But is it so? Is wisdom having such funny answers on sometimes very stupid questions?

What gives a person the elements by which he or she may be considered wise and full of wisdom? Who has wisdom in him or her?

The Bible tells us that wisdom will not enter into a malicious being, nor dwell in a body subject to sins, though lots of people who are considered to be wise by the community are those who give themselves a name and power and who permit themselves to take actions which would be considered by others not ethical or not righteous. Should we not much more trust that wisdom is something much deeper in man, which shows to the outer world by the right attitude and the well considered words that person can speak, presenting a righteous attitude? In the Holy Scriptures we can find that God is the One Who provides people with wisdom. It is the Holy Spirit who provides the power to think and to handle in a certain manner. It is also God’s Spirit Who makes that the mind can find the right track.

The Holy Spirit of discipline will flee from the deceitful, and will withdraw himself from thoughts that are without understanding, and he shall not abide when iniquity comes in. It is is rebuked when wickedness comes, for the spirit of wisdom is benevolent, and will not acquit the evil speaker from his lips. When a person has the Spirit of God in him it is not like a certain Christian movement wants us to believe they shall be able to speak in gabberdash, speaking in tongues murmuring a language nobody can understand. Of everything we do and say God is witness and knows the heart. He is a true searcher of the persons heart, and a hearer of his tongue.  This makes that in fact anybody may think what they want, judge the person high or low, adore him or detest him, they should never have to judge the person because that belongs to God. This we may not forget and we also should not be ignorant for the way we want to get wisdom and what for sort wisdom. In the knowledge that the Spirit of the Most High Lord has filled the whole world: and that which contains all things, has knowledge of the voice. God knows our thoughts and hears what we want to say and what we really say.

Wis 1:4-7 WEBA  Because wisdom will not enter into a soul that devises evil, nor dwell in a body that is enslaved by sin.  (5)  For a holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and will depart from thoughts that are without understanding, and will be ashamed when unrighteousness has come in.  (6)  For wisdom is a spirit who loves man, and she will not hold a blasphemer guiltless for his lips; because God bears witness of his reins, and is a true overseer of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue:  (7)  Because the spirit of the Lord has filled the world, and that which holds all things together knows what is said.

It is the own wickedness of people that shall correct them, and their way how they treat others and how they turn back shall reprove them. Many of the so called wise men have forgotten about that Divine Creator and mock God. The laughing stock seems very enjoyable for many in the world, but we should know that faith is a serious business and not stupid as others may call it.

The forsaking of God and the way how people have no fear at all any more may look wise for many but could be very unwise.

Jer 2:19 WEBA  “Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backsliding will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing, that you have forsaken Yahweh your God, and that my fear is not in you,” says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.

Those who receive all honour on the television screen and in the magazines could be very surprised at the end of the road. They also, perhaps, shall find out that their life also may have been to short and tedious. They too may come to see that we all are born at all adventure, and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been, once out of picture or when we die we shall fast be forgotten: for the breath is a smoke in our nostrels and the words as a spark raised out of our heart.
Our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and come to naught as the mist that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and cast down with the heath thereof. Let us not make any illusions, our name also shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance. For our time is as a shadow that passes away, and after our end there is no returning: for it is fast sealed, so that no man comes again.

Wis 2:1-5 WEBA  For they said within themselves, with unsound reasoning, “Our life is short and sorrowful. There is no healing when a man comes to his end, and no one was ever known that was released from Hades.  (2)  Because we were born by mere chance, and hereafter we will be as though we had never been; because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our heart;  (3)  which being extinguished, the body will be turned into ashes, and the spirit will be dispersed as thin air.  (4)  Our name will be forgotten in time. No one will remember our works. Our life will pass away as the traces of a cloud, and will be scattered as is a mist, when it is chased by the rays of the sun, and overcome by its heat.  (5)  For our alloted time is the passing of a shadow, and our end doesn’t retreat; because it is securely sealed, and no one turns it back.

We should be very well aware that we may not understand the mysteries of God, neither hope for the reward of righteousness, nor can discern the honour of the souls that are faultless. God has given His Word to us so that we can learn from it and can get more wisdom from it. We can accept it or refuse it. But when ignoring it  we can not blame an other for not having the true wisdom. We also should remember that God created man without corruption, and made him after the image of his own likeness, but that man thought to be smarter than Him and thought to be able to run the world on his own. Those who do not want to know about God are perhaps less wise than many think and their reasoning may be build on false thoughts and be constructed on quicksand where they want to walk on in their blindness, thinking they are safe.

Wis 2:21-24 WEBA  Thus they reasoned, and they were led astray; for their wickedness blinded them,  (22)  and they didn’t know the mysteries of God, neither did they hope for wages of holiness, nor did they discern that there is a prize for blameless souls.  (23)  Because God created man for incorruption, and made him an image of his own everlastingness;  (24)  but death entered into the world by the envy of the devil, and those who belong to him experience it.

The world should come to know they have to make choices and have to find the right path again. they also should come to know that God’s Word will be shown to be hard and true. When people will come to see how the world fooled them it will not be so easy for them. The realization that the world has successfully duped you for years will bring much sadness and grief.

Isa 24:10-23 WEBA  The confused city is broken down. Every house is shut up, that no man may come in.  (11)  There is a crying in the streets because of the wine. All joy is darkened. The mirth of the land is gone.  (12)  The city is left in desolation, and the gate is struck with destruction.  (13)  For it will be so within the earth among the peoples, as the shaking of an olive tree, as the gleanings when the vintage is done.  (14)  These shall lift up their voice. They will shout for the majesty of Yahweh. They cry aloud from the sea.  (15)  Therefore glorify Yahweh in the east, even the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea!  (16)  From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs. Glory to the righteous! But I said, “I pine away! I pine away! woe is me!” The treacherous have dealt treacherously. Yes, the treacherous have dealt very treacherously.  (17)  Fear, the pit, and the snare, are on you who inhabitant the earth.  (18)  It will happen that he who flees from the noise of the fear will fall into the pit; and he who comes up out of the middle of the pit will be taken in the snare; for the windows on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble.  (19)  The earth is utterly broken. The earth is torn apart. The earth is shaken violently.  (20)  The earth will stagger like a drunken man, and will sway back and forth like a hammock. Its disobedience will be heavy on it, and it will fall and not rise again.  (21)  It shall happen in that day that Yahweh will punish the army of the high ones on high, and the kings of the earth on the earth.  (22)  They shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison; and after many days shall they be visited.  (23)  Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for Yahweh of Armies will reign on Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem; and before his elders will be glory.

Coming closer to a time where we can clearly see what was prophesied centuries ago, it is a matter of willingness to open the eyes for the Word of God or to shut it out of your life and to be part of that world which shall go its own way, facing that what shall come.

People may count on the robots which they would think make life easier, but they overlook social elements and how they ruin ‘our earth’ by polluting it with all sorts of filth. But living in that world which wants to be ignorant for the signs the Maker of All Things is giving, others may want to find those signs in the Book of books and take those wise words into their heart, knowing that it will be the best Guide they can have. In that Book of books is all wisdom available for mankind. We can take it or leave it.

Ignorance is bliss

is something the world says.

But unlike most of what the world says, there is a Biblical equivalent.

Ecc 1:18 WEBA  For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

Ecc 1:2-3 WEBA  “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”  (3)  What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun?

The mere widening of the horizon, whether of ethical or of physical knowledge, brought no satisfaction. In the former case men became more conscious of their distance from the true ideal. when we look at the world and see how it is evolving we can get sorrow in seeing more clearly all human failings and hopelessness.

“Great scholars do but make of themselves great mourners” (Henry).

The world did not and still does not want to hear the message of the followers of Christ. Jesus wept (John 11:35) and we can do that as well (Romans 12:15). Yet “wisdom” (proper wisdom) brings life also

Ecc 7:12 WEBA  For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.

We should strive for that wisdom that can protect us and which can bring us further on the right path, closer to the Most High Divine. Wisdom preserves the life of the possessor. If in this time of vanity and vexation of spirit, we fear God and keep His commandments, we shall be remembered by the One Who gives life. We may be misjudged and condemned by men, we may go to the land of forgetfulness without justice being done to us, but in the end ‘God will bring every work into judgment’

Ecc 12:14 WEBA  For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.

Ecc 3:17 WEBA  I said in my heart, “God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

Ecc 11:9 WEBA  Rejoice, young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

Rom 2:1-9 WEBA  Therefore you are without excuse, O man, whoever you are who judge. For in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you who judge practice the same things.  (2)  We know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.  (3)  Do you think this, O man who judges those who practice such things, and do the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?  (4)  Or do you despise the riches of his goodness, forbearance, and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?  (5)  But according to your hardness and unrepentant heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath, revelation, and of the righteous judgment of God;  (6)  who “will pay back to everyone according to their works:”  (7)  to those who by perseverance in well-doing seek for glory, honor, and incorruptibility, eternal life;  (8)  but to those who are self-seeking, and don’t obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, will be wrath and indignation,  (9)  oppression and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

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  • There Is Still One Baptism (Part 3 of 3) (biblicalnotes.com)
    We must be aware of the danger of absolutism as we consider these “ones.” While it is true that there is “one body” (v. 4), we would be remiss to argue that this single body included only members from the Jewish nation. Paul’s statement was fully encompassing. Jews, Samaritans, and Gentiles would enter that Kingdom/Church which comprised the “one body” (Acts 1:8b). We would also be remiss to argue that the “one body” entails members from only one local congregation. In a sense, there were many bodies (or, local congregations) which existed as part of the First Century Church. We have no problem calling these “the churches of Christ” because the Bible uses this term to describe the one Church or Body over which Christ is the head (cf. Eph. 1:22-23; Rom. 16:16). There is an “E Pluribus Unum” principle; or, “one out of many” which is obvious, especially concerning spiritual matters.
  • Sunday Encouragement (mylordmyfriend.com)
    The image in which we were created was tarnished, nothing anyone of us could have done, to repair that relationship.
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    One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is gentleness, the scriptures frequently not only reminds us, but commands us to be strong of Spirit yet warm and friendly to others.
  • Walk in the Spirit by Marcus Dods (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
    The Bible is a record, but it is not a dead record of dead persons and events, but a record inspired by the living Spirit who uses it speak to men NOW… It is the medium through which the living God now makes Himself known. But to find it in the Spirit of God the reader must himself have that Spirit
  • confidence anchored in reality #faith (derekmaul.wordpress.com)
    I tend to hoard Podcasts for a few weeks then listen to several in a row while walking Scout in the late evenings. Consequently, this week I have enjoyed an illuminating show on brain science, followed by some insightful thoughts on “Success,” and then a very interesting discussion on communication called “Spoken and Unspoken.”
  • Holy Spirit ~ (hodgepodge4thesoul.wordpress.com)
    Holy Spirit, come anoint me,
    place your seal, right here in me
    Spirit of Life, Spirit of Grace
    may Your wisdom, I embrace.
  • Word of the Week: Acts Chapter 1 (NLT) (faithtemplechurch.wordpress.com)
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