Need to Embrace People Where They Are

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Catholic Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.”

Today in our readings we are confronted with the thought if our hearts are “set” more on this world and the “gain” we can get, or if we are sincerely lovers of God who want to comply to His regulations and prescriptions.

The last three decades in several countries we have seen that many people were looking to fulfil their dreams and their own wishes. For sure also we, like the Roman Catholic Church may not ignore the changes in civil society.

‘There must be an end to exclusionary language and a strong emphasis on embracing reality as it is. We should not be afraid of new and complex situations.’

said Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the Vatican’s English speaking language spokesperson, Tuesday afternoon at the briefing of the Synod’s second day in the Vatican press office.

Fr. Rosica Speaks on Synod Delegates, Fathers Discussing the Need to Embrace People Where They Are

Lots of people are very curious with what the Roman Catholic Church shall come up after their October 4-25 meeting, being held on the topic “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world.”

All Christian denominations better look into this matter and consider what their vocation is or should be and how they want to bring back the people to the Most High God and His church. Important is also how we want to address to the civilians who are surrounded by a lot of material and exponential dreams of a better future. The way how we want to reach them in which language should be of big concern. Also our

language must be renewed,” like Fr. Rosica said and referred to the Catholic Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy which Pope Francis had declared, Dec. 8, 2014 – Nov. 20, 2015.

“The Jubilee of Mercy requires a language of mercy”

he stated. Father Rosica underscored how language ought to always be inclusive, rather than exclusive, particularly for homosexuals. {72 Synod Fathers on the topic “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world”}

People must be blind if they do not see the necessity of such talks about relationships, family and the construction of a Christian community. When we careful look at the daily life of the men and women of today we can see how certain values have been thrown overboard of the Judeo Christian ship. How people behave in their sexual relationship with others and how they want to go through life must get us to think if it would not be better we start again taking care of an education bringing in certain old family values. There is a great need everywhere for a robust injection of family spirit and of a re-education of what we really need in life and how we have to treat other people. In fact, the style of relations — civil, economic, juridical, professional, of citizenship — seems very rational, formal, organized but also very “dehydrated,” arid, anonymous.

At times it becomes unbearable. Although it wishes to be inclusive in its ways, in reality it abandons an increasingly greater number of people to loneliness and rejection. {Pope Francis I’s address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square}

Pope Francis I may think

we are all aware of the irreplaceable family care for the smallest, most vulnerable, most wounded members and even for the most damaged in the conduct of their life.

but in reality lots of people are so much busy with their own self they are not much interested in the intensity, reality and sincerity of their relationships with others. Though many get hurt by the present situation how many people treat relationships as a replaceable not so significant product. Many have forgotten how families must be structured safely and how there has to be worked on every day. The majority of the present population has forgotten that fidelity implies the unfailing fulfillment of one’s obligations and strict adherence to vows or promises, like the fidelity to one’s spouse; acted in fidelity to religious laws. Not many consider it as a duty to stay faithfull or to stay married. Many have forgotten how the family opens for the whole society a much more human prospect:

it opens children’s eyes to life — and not only their sight but also all the other senses — representing a vision of human relation built on the free covenant of love. {Pope Francis I’s address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square}

The family introduces to this need the bonds of fidelity, sincerity, trust, cooperation, respect; it encourages to project a habitable world and to believe in relations of trust, even in difficult conditions; it teaches to honour the word given, respect of individual persons, the sharing of personal and other limitations. {Pope Francis I’s address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square}

The Pope recognises that

despite knowing all this, the family is not given due weight — and recognition and support — in the political and economic organization of contemporary society. {Pope Francis I’s address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square}

Today having the parents so busy with earning enough money to keep the family going they lose sight of one of the most important elements for human beings, namely education.

Not only does the family not have adequate recognition, but it no longer generates learning!
Sometimes it could be said that, with all its science and its technology, modern society is not yet able to translate this knowledge into better ways of civil coexistence.
Not only is the organization of common life increasingly hindered by a bureaucracy that is altogether foreign to fundamental human bonds, but, in fact, the social and political custom often shows signs of degradation — aggressiveness, vulgarity, contempt … –, which are well below the threshold of even minimal family education. In this situation, the opposite extremes of this brutalization of relations — namely technocratic obtuseness and amoral familism — unite and nourish one another. This is a paradox. {Pope Francis I’s address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square}

On this precise point, for the Catholic church Father

the Church singles out today the historic meaning of her mission in regard to the family and genuine family spirit: beginning with a careful revision of life, which concerns herself. It could be said that “family spirit” is a constitutional charter for the Church: so must Christianity appear and so must it be. It is written in clear letters: “You who were far off — says Saint Paul — […] are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19). The Church is and must be the family of God. {Pope Francis I’s address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square}

That family feeling has disappeared in many churches. Lots of denominations of the Christian faith have to contend with the draining of their church buildings. At their services there can not be found a real family feeling. Most often we see individuals coming to the church service, sitting passively in the church-benches or or the individual chairs listening or dreaming away whilst the pastor or priest resides his texts.

A big difference with our services is that in the majority of other Christian churches there is no gathering with others on a brother and sister base, enjoying together also some drinks and a meal. At our services it is normal to be together united as brothers and sisters, with after the active involvement at the worship service a pleasant gathering having some beverages together again as feeling united in one big family.

The Roman Catholic Church does not know such active church service, though the Charismatic Catholic Church also loves to feel that gathering and has more to their meetings than just going through the Holy Mass. But the Charismatic Catholics and Charismatic Protestants also face the same problem as the other Catholics and any other civilian. Our civil society seems to be derailed. Family values seem to have been watered down or drowned. Everywhere around us we can see divorcees and disrupted families who are tying to meet the ends.

Long ago there was the church to help in such circumstances, but having so many civilians gone away from church and faith, they do not seem to find much solution in the civilian guidance and marriage consult offices.

For us, active in the faith, this is a challenge. Today we have even a bigger task than just teaching the Gospel. Today we have to go out to the people and give them our ear. Listening to them and trying to bring reasonable answers.

When Jesus called Peter to follow him, he told him that he would make him a “fisher of men”, and for this, a new type of nets is needed. We could say that today families are one of the most important nets for the mission of Peter and of the Church. This is not a net that makes us prisoners. On the contrary, it frees from the evil waters of abandonment and indifference, which drown many human beings in the sea of loneliness and indifference. Families know well the dignity of feeling themselves children and not slaves or strangers, or just a number of an identity card. {Pope Francis I’s address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square}

No church person, be it an elder, deacon, priest, pastor, bishop, cardinal or pope, may be indifferent for what is going on today. We must see the changes in our society and take into account that we do have communities with ‘straight’ people, gay people, transgender. It are not thy who should come to us in the first place, but we should go to them. Real Christians should present themselves as available to listen and to help, no matter what has happened before or whatever sex feelings a person may have.

The Pope continued to say:

From here, from the family, Jesus begins again his passage among human beings, to persuade them that God has not forgotten them. From here Peter gets the vigour for his ministry. From here, obeying the word of the Master, the Church goes out to fish in the deep certain that, if this happens, the fishing will be miraculous. {Pope Francis I’s address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square}


Additional reading:

  1. Two synods and life in the church community
  2. A Synod to speak freely and to listen without reservations
  3. 72 Synod Fathers on the topic “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world”
  4. Tony Campolo Calls for Full Inclusion of LGBT Into the Church
  5. Same sex realtionships and Open attitude mirroring Jesus
  6. Different assessment criteria and a new language to be found for communicating the faith
  7. A Living Faith #9 Our Manner of Life
  8. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  9. Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious
  10. To find ways of Godly understanding
  11. What’s church for, anyway?
  12. Making church
  13. An ecclesia in your neighborhood
  14. A call easy to understand
  15. Writers needed to preach to non-believers



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Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #6 Sunday or the Lord’s day

Posted on September 7, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian = Following Jesus Christ, Breaking of the Bread, Christadelphian, Christendom and Christianity, Churchplanning, Ecclesia, Faith, Housechurch, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Life and Death, Manners and Association, Meeting, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Coming together

From the acts of apostles and from early civil writings of the first century of our contemporary era we come to know that those who want to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ tried to come together at different occasions. There was not set one specific day in the week, but they could meet any day in the week and break the bread in remembrance of what Jesus did at his Last Supper.

Ecclesia in Brussels hotel

Ecclesia in Brussels hotel

Though we also may see that the fist day of the week may have been special, but although Sunday was also a day that Christians met together to remember their Lord in the breaking of bread and partaking of wine, it was not considered a “Sabbath Day” – see Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2.  They met on the first day of the week because many of the early Christians were also Jews and still met to worship in their Synagogues on the true Sabbath, so they could not be at two places at once and the following day was a good day to meet their Christian friends. Their meetings were not just one of half an hour or one hour but could take several hours, that’s why an other day was chosen than the day when they spend also several hours in the synagogue.

Acts 20:7 The Scriptures 1998+  (7)  And on the first day of the week,the taught ones having gathered together to break bread, Sha’ul, intending to depart the next day, was reasoning with them and was extending the word till midnight.

1 Corinthians 16:2 The Scriptures 1998+  (2)  On the first day of the week let each one of you set aside, storing up whatever he is prospered, so that there are no collections when I come.

Those followers of Christ considered that they had to meet as many times as possible and had to break bread with each other on several occasions. As such they considered that they were not mandated to keep any particular day:

1 Corinthians 11:26 The Scriptures 1998+  (26)  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Master until He comes.

Romans 14:4-5 The Scriptures 1998+  (4)  Who are you that judges another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. But he shall be made to stand, for Elohim is able to make him stand.  (5)  One indeed judges one day above another, another judges every day alike. Let each one be completely persuaded in his own mind.

A certain day to have meetings

The onset of this article series were the reactions we get for having meetings on different days of the week and not always having a Sunday service.

According to us we can and should be able to meet several times in the week and can break more than once in a week the bread in remembrance of Christ’s Last Supper. We do believe we have specific days which are still set, like Nisan 14 and having to remember for ever the exodus from Egypt. But to have a Sabbath or Sunday service is something people should decide for themselves, being liberated by Christ.

Today too we should let everyone be fully persuaded in his own mind. When you personally are fully convinced in your own mind  [i.e.,  concerning your relative importance] that you have to keep a Sabbath on the Sabbath or on a Saturday or on a Sunday that is your right, but do not impose it on others.

The apostles reminded those who questioned why the goyim who became followers of Christ did not keep to the Jewish laws that the Law of Moses was done away by Jesus his death on the stake. According to them we may not be deceive by loftiness of words of man, but should find wisdom in God’s Word and come to understand that there is now no necessity to observe the Sabbath or, indeed, any festival, e.g. the day of Christ’s death.

Walking in Christ

All who received Jesus Christ the Lord should walk in him, rooted and built up in him and confirmed in the faith, abounding in him in thanksgiving, but not have any man cheat them by philosophy and vain deceit: according to the tradition of men according to the elements of the world and not according to Christ, because for in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead corporeally and as a Christian, as a follower of Christ we should be filled in him, who is the head of all principality and power.


The same as for the matter of circumcision, tithing and other  regulations which were before rules for the Jews. The scribes and Pharisees paid tithe of mint and anise and cummin, but have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgement, mercy, and faith: these ought they to have done, and not to leave the other undone. So they paid the tenth part of the increase annually arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support. Tithes are personal, praedial, or mixed; personal, when accruing from labour, art, trade and navigation; praedial, when issuing from the earth, as hay, wood and fruit; and mixed, when accruing from beasts, which are fed from the ground.

Tithing, meaning giving 10%, is also a concept taken from the Mosaic Law. Jesus did not object his followers providing necessary funds for the working of the community. But when people wanted to give something they had to do it freely. His followers were also not to beg for money, but when they did not receive help in one place they had to go to the next village to continue preaching over there. By Jesus having laid down his life we have become under grace. All the churches of the Gentiles are justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Romans 6:14 The Scriptures 1998+  (14)  For sin shall not rule over you, for you are not under the law but under favour.

Galatians 2:16 The Scriptures 1998+  (16)  knowing that a man is not declared right by works of Torah, but through belief in יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah, even we have believed in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, in order to be declared right by belief in Messiah and not by works of Torah, because by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right.

The people of the community were asked to contribute voluntary according to their possibilities.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 The Scriptures 1998+  (17)  Charge those who are rich in this present age not to be high-minded, nor to trust in the uncertainty of riches, but in the living Elohim, who gives us richly all for enjoyment,  (18)  to do good, to be rich in good works,1 to be generous, ready to share, Footnote: 1Mt. 16:27.  (19)  storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, so that they lay hold on everlasting life.

2 Corinthians 8:7-15 The Scriptures 1998+  (7)  But as you excel in every way – in belief, and speech, and knowledge, and all diligence, and in your love for us – that you should excel in this kind gift as well.  (8)  I speak not by command, but I am proving the genuineness of your love by the eagerness of others.  (9)  For you know the favour of our Master יהושע {Jeshua}? Messiah, that being rich, He became poor for your sake, so that you might become rich through His poverty.  (10)  And in this I give an opinion: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago,  (11)  and now also complete the work, that as there was a readiness in desiring it, so there also should be a completion out of what you have.  (12)  For if the readiness is present, it is well received according to what one has, not according to what he does not have –  (13)  not, however, that others should be eased and you hard pressed,  (14)  but by fair sharing, that now at this time your plenty for their need, so that their plenty might also be for your need – that there might be fair sharing.  (15)  As it has been written, “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had not less.”

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Charitable giving. Helping the homeless

There was requested that there may be equality and generosity. And there was told that there is a blessing for generosity and not for the one which sows sparingly because that one shall reap also sparingly. Those who can saw bountifully should do so and shall reap also bountifully, but every man has to give according as he purposes in his heart, so others do have to let the other person give as he desires; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 The Scriptures 1998+  (6)  And this: He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly, and he who sows on blessing shall also reap on blessing.  (7)  Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not of grief or of necessity, for Elohim loves a joyous giver.  (8)  And Elohim is able to make all favour overflow toward you, that you, always having all you need in every way, have plenty for every good work.  (9)  As it has been written, “He scattered abroad, He gave to the poor, His righteousness remains forever.”  (10)  And He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, shall supply and increase the seed you have sown and increase the fruit of your righteousness,  (11)  being enriched in every way for all simplicity, which works out thanksgiving to Elohim through us.

We may not forget that Jesus did not ask for any payment for him doing what he did, giving his life for many. He is now in heaven and can do nothing with our money.
Also God we do not have to pay anything. Too many people do forget that everything belongs already to God, so there is nothing that we really can give to Him. And like Christ, God is nothing with our worldly offers and since Jesus gave Him the most precious sacrifice God does not want or need any other sacrifices any more. Jesus is also the fulfilment and the last offering God needed.

Giving is about demonstrating our thanks to God for providing for us in the past and our trust in God to provide for us in the future.

As with everything to do with the New Covenant, tithing or any giving, is not a legal requirement, but a matter of the heart, of the Spirit – faith expressing itself through love.

Galatians 5:6 The Scriptures 1998+  (6)  For in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua} neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any strength, but belief working through love.

We  should see that circumcision is not made by hand in despoiling of the body of the flesh: but in the circumcision of Christ.  Buried with him in baptism we too are lifted from this world. In Christ we are risen again by the faith of the operation of God who has raised him up from the dead. And we, when we were dead in our sins and the uncircumcision of our flesh, we can face cleanliness, and liberation. The handwriting of the decree that was against us is now blotted out. (Colossians 2:4-14-17)

Colossians 2:13-17 The Scriptures 1998+  (13)  And you, being dead in your trespasses1 and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, Footnote: 1Eph. 2:1.  (14)  having blotted out the certificate of debt against us – by the dogmas – which stood against us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the stake.  (15)  Having stripped the principalities and the authorities, He made a public display of them, having prevailed over them in it.  (16)  Let no one therefore judge you in eating or in drinking, or in respect of a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths –  (17)  which are a shadow of what is to come – but the Body of the Messiah.

Sacred days

When you as a believing person observe a certain day as specially sacred, you have to do it out of devotion to the Most High Divine Lord above all lords, יהוה Jehovah God of gods.  On such a day you choose you have to have only certain foods which you can eat out of devotion to Jehovah. Your actions should then be a sign of thankfulness for what you might receive from God. You should then also be thankful to God for what you eat.  And when you refuse to eat certain foods, does so out of devotion to the Lord above all lords, and be thankful to God for what he does give you to eat.

Romans 14:6-7 The Scriptures 1998+ (6) He who minds the day, minds it to יהוה {Jehovah}. And he who does not mind the day, to יהוה {Jehovah} he does not mind it. He who eats, eats to יהוה {Jehovah}, for he gives Elohim thanks. And he who does not eat, to יהוה {Jehovah} he does not eat, and gives Elohim thanks. (7) For not one of us lives to himself, and not one dies to himself.

1 Corinthians 10:30-31 The Scriptures 1998+  (30)  But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for what I give thanks?  (31)  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the esteem of Elohim.

The New Testament does not refer to Christians being condemned for not keeping the Sabbath, and as told in a previous chapter, in Exodus 31:13-17, it is stated that the Sabbath was a sign between God and Israel. There is no mention that it was ever made a sign between God and Christians.

Christians are not under the Law of Moses. Paul makes that very clear in Galatians 3:24,25:

“The law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”

We also mentioned how Paul was upset when some Christians were going back to the law and called them “foolish Galatians” for doing so (Galatians 3:1), reminding them that there is freedom in Christ for Christian believers.

Christians are free to choose whether or not they want to regard the Sabbath as a special day. Paul says:
“Let no-one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16,17).

Sabbath-keeping was not one of the commands the apostles felt was necessary to force on Gentile believers. It is inconceivable that the apostles would neglect to include Sabbath-keeping if it was God’s command for Christians to observe the Sabbath day.

On the day Christians want to come together it is like whatsoever they do in word or in work, that their actions should be clean and honest. On such day of gathering they should let the word of Christ dwell in them abundantly: in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in their hearts to God.

Colossians 3:12-17 The Scriptures 1998+  (12)  Therefore, as chosen ones of Elohim, set-apart and beloved, put on compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, patience,  (13)  bearing with one another, and forgiving each other if anyone has a complaint against another, indeed, as Messiah forgave you so also should you.  (14)  But above all these put on love, which is a bond of the perfection.  (15)  And let the peace of Elohim rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one Body, and be filled with thanks.  (16)  Let the Word of Messiah1 dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing with pleasure in your hearts to the Master in psalms and songs of praise and spiritual songs. Footnote: 1John 12:48, Dt. 18:19, Rev. 19:13.  (17)  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Master יהושע {Jehsua}, giving thanks to Elohim the Father through Him.

Priests exempt from keeping the Sabbath

In Christ, all should be united and are described as being priests (1 Peter 2:9) – who were exempt from keeping the Sabbath (Matthew 12:5) because they were doing the Lord’s work and not their own.

1 Peter 2:9 The Scriptures 1998+  (9)  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light,

Matthew 12:5 UKJV  Or have all of you not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

Under Christ we have become children of God, belonging to the Elohim. Everything we say and do should be dedicated to Him. As Paul says in

1 Corinthians 10:31 UKJV  (31)  Whether therefore all of you eat, or drink, or whatsoever all of you do, do all to the glory of God.

Followers of Christ have Jesus as their High Priest and are all members of the Lord’s “Royal Priesthood,” and are therefore exempt from keeping the Sabbath even if it were binding on the world today. We are to show forth His works, not our own, in everything we do every day. That is the privilege and challenge of life in Christ.

Salvation through keeping the law of Christ rather than that of Moses

As written before we have to be fully aware what we want to believe and what we want to follow. It is every Christian’s fully right to follow the Mosaic Law, but then they have to keep all those Laws of Moses or Levitical Laws or Jewish ritual laws.

And in case we would like to keep the Sabbath, we can do, but we must do so properly. We may not forget that it is fatal to keep the Mosaic Law partially, because this will result in our condemnation (Galatians 3:10; James 2:10).

Galatians 3:10 UKJV  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

James 2:10 UKJV  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

In the debate about keeping Sabbath and having services on the Friday night, Saturday morning or on a Sunday we noticed that there is a common error in the Sabbath-keeping debate, namely the concept that the Sabbath was the day of worship.

The Sabbath had to do with taking rest. On other days worship services could and did take place in synagogues and also by the followers of Christ at their home. Nowhere in Scripture is the Sabbath day commanded to be the day of worship. Yes, Jews in Old Testament, New Testament, and modern times use the Sabbath, from Friday night until Saturday sundown, as the day of worship, but that is not the essence of the Sabbath command. In the book of Acts, whenever a meeting is said to be on the Sabbath, it is a meeting of Jews and/or Gentile converts to Judaism, not Christians.

From the writings of the apostles and from civil writings of early Christians we do get to know that the early Christians continued to meet together in the temple courts every day. (Acts 2:46-47)

Acts 2:46-47 The Scriptures 1998+  (46)  And day by day, continuing with one mind in the Set-apart Place, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,  (47)  praising Elohim and having favour with all the people. And the Master added to the assembly those who were being saved, day by day.

The Dura-Europos house church, ca. 232, with chapel area on right.

I.e. for teaching and worship that they came together “Every day” and not just on a Sunday or on the Sabbath. They also did not only meet in temples or church-buildings but also in  their homes, where they kept what many today call ‘church’ and as such would have a house-church. Their meetings where moments to study the Scriptures, to discuss the Holy Writings, to pray together, to sing psalms and songs of praise, but also to eat together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. This way they had their numbers growing.

In honour of Christ’s resurrection they also gathered on the first day of the week (our Sunday), not the Sabbath day (our Friday – Saturday) (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2). On Sunday, the early Christians observed Sunday not as the “Christian Sabbath” but as a day to especially remember Jesus Christ and to worship the One Who sent their rabbi and Who accepted Jesus his ransom offering.

By the redeeming offer (atonement) the followers of Christ are set free and salvation came over us by the redemptive life and death of Jesus.  Through the life, sufferings, and sacrificial death of Christ, people got saved, but they still have to make the right choice and show obedience to the Gospel. They get salvation through keeping the law of Christ rather than that of Moses. God saves us, not because of any good deeds we ourselves have done, but because of His mercy. We are also saved through the washing of new birth by our immersion in water, and the renewing work  of the Holy Spirit, whom God pours out upon us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour and by his heavenly Father the Great Saviour.

Titus 3:4-5 The Scriptures 1998+  (4)  But when the kindness and the love of Elohim our Saviour toward man appeared,  (5)  He saved us, not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His compassion, through the washing of rebirth, and renewal by the Set-apart Spirit,

2 Timothy 1:8-11 The Scriptures 1998+  (8)  So do not be ashamed of the witness of our Master, nor of me His prisoner, but suffer hardship with me for the Good News according to the power of Elohim,  (9)  who has saved us and called us with a set-apart calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and favour which was given to us in Messiah יהושע  {Jeshua} before times of old,  (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,  (11)  for which I was appointed a proclaimer, and an emissary, and a teacher of the gentiles.

Romans 11:5-7 The Scriptures 1998+  (5)  So therefore also, at this present time a remnant according to the choice of favour has come to be.  (6)  And if by favour, it is no longer of works, otherwise favour is no longer favour. And if it is of works, it is no longer favour, otherwise work is no longer work.  (7)  What then? Yisra’ĕl has not obtained what it seeks, but the chosen did obtain it, and the rest were hardened.

Yisra’ĕl, Israel God’s chosen people were not allowed to do any work on the Sabbath since the days in the desert:

Exodus 35:2-3 The Scriptures 1998+  (2)  “Work is done for six days, but on the seventh day it shall be set-apart to you, a Sabbath of rest to יהוה  {Jehovah}. Anyone doing work on it is put to death.  (3)  “Do not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”

Exodus 16:23 The Scriptures 1998+  (23)  And he said to them, “This is what יהוה  {Jehovah} has said, ‘Tomorrow is a rest, a Sabbath set-apart to יהוה  {Jehovah}. That which you bake, bake; and that which you cook, cook. And lay up for yourselves all that is left over, to keep it until morning.’ ”

This command was for the selected people or the Jews and was not for the non-Jews. Between the exodus period and the time of Christ his preaching, people were punished when they broke the law of the Sabbath.

A man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath, presumably in order to kindle a fire, was punished with death for doing so (Numbers 15:32-36).

Numbers 15:32-36 The Scriptures 1998+  (32)  And while the children of Yisra’ĕl were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.  (33)  And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Mosheh and to Aharon, and to all the congregation.  (34)  And they put him in under guard, because it had not been declared what should be done to him.  (35)  And יהוה  {Jehovah} said to Mosheh,
“The man shall certainly be put to death, all the congregation stoning him with stones outside the camp.”
(36)  And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, as יהוה  {Jehovah} commanded Mosheh, and he died.

Those denominations who teach that Sabbath-keeping is binding upon their members should therefore punish those members with death when they break the Sabbath, like יהוה  {Jehovah} commanded Moses. There should be no cooking of food or use of fire in any form – e.g. in driving motor vehicles, using heating systems etc. Orthodox Jews today set an example of the kind of behaviour expected on the Sabbath: they remain indoors all day except for religious reasons, and are not personally involved in cooking, transport etc. Most of those ‘Christians’ who claim to keep the Sabbath fall far short of this.

Ten commandments

It is often argued that keeping of the Sabbath was one of the Ten Commandments given to Moses, and that, while the rest of the Law of Moses was done away, the obligation remains to keep all of the Ten Commandments. Seventh Day Adventists make a distinction between a ‘moral law’ of the Ten Commandments and a so-called ‘ceremonial law’, which they believe was done away by Christ. This distinction is not taught in Scripture.

The Old Covenant refers to the Law of Moses, which was replaced on the stake by the New Covenant. It can be shown that the ten commandments, including that concerning the Sabbath, were part of the Old Covenant which was done away by Christ:

Deuteronomy 4:13 The Scriptures 1998+  (13)  “And He made known to you His covenant which He commanded you to do, the Ten Words, and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.

Again it should be noted that this covenant, based upon the Ten Commandments, was made between God and the people Israel, not Gentiles of the present day.

Moses ascended Mount Horeb to receive the stone tables upon which God had written the Ten Commandments. Moses later commented concerning this,

Deuteronomy 5:2The Scriptures 1998+  (2)  “יהוה  {Jehovah} our Elohim made a covenant with us in Ḥorĕb.

the “us” being Yisra’ĕl, bounded in agreement (a covenant) through those Ten Commandments. (Exodus 34:28). This same covenant included details of the so-called ‘ceremonial law’ (Exodus 34:27).

Exodus 34:27 The Scriptures 1998+  (27)  And יהוה  {Jehovah} said to Mosheh, “Write these Words, for according to the mouth of these Words I have made a covenant with you and with Yisra’ĕl.”

For after the tenor of these words it was that the Elohim Most High God made a covenant with His chosen man Moses and with His chosen people Israel, not with the goyim or gentiles, the non-believers or heathen.

If we argue that keeping the covenant made in the Ten Commandments is necessary, we must also observe every detail of the entire Law, seeing that this is all part of the same covenant. It is evidently impossible to do this.

Hebrews 9:4 speaks of “the tables of the covenant“. The Ten Commandments were written on the tables of stone, which comprised “the (old) covenant.” Paul refers to this covenant as “written and engraven in stones“, i.e. on the tables of stone. He calls it

the ministration of death…the ministration of condemnation…that which is done away” (2 Corinthians 3:7-11).

The covenant associated with the Ten Commandments can certainly not give any hope of salvation.

When Jesus says:

“If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15),

he is not talking about the commandments in the Law of Moses. These were injunctions on the people of Israel – never on gentiles. Jesus’ commandments are to do with the state of our hearts, to do with love, forbearance, grace, mercy, compassion.

Christ blotted out “the handwriting of ordinances that was against us”  (Colossians 2:14) on the torture tool of death, his stake. This alludes to God’s handwriting of the Ten Commandments on the tables of stone. Likewise Paul speaks of

the law…being dead…the oldness of the letter” (Romans 7:6),

referring to the letters of the Ten Commandments which were written on the tables of stone.

Done away with Christ

Just one of the Ten Commandments is styled “the law” in Romans 7:8, “The law… said, Thou shalt not covet“. The preceding verses in Romans 7:1-7 stress how “the law” that has dominion over a man as long as he lives, has been done away by Christ’s death, we also became dead to the law by the body of Christ; “the law” therefore includes the Ten Commandments.

Romans 7:1-14 The Scriptures 1998+  (1)  Or do you not know, brothers – for I speak to those knowing the Torah – that the Torah rules over a man as long as he lives?  (2)  For the married woman has been bound by Torah to the living husband, but if the husband dies, she is released from the Torah concerning her husband.  (3)  So then, while her husband lives, she shall be called an adulteress if she becomes another man’s. But if her husband dies, she is free from that part of the Torah, so that she is not an adulteress, having become another man’s.  (4)  So my brothers, you also were put to death to the Torah through the body of Messiah, for you to become another’s, the One who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to Elohim.  (5)  For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sins, through the Torah, were working in our members to bear fruit to death.  (6)  But now we have been released from the Torah, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in newness of Spirit and not in oldness of letter.  (7)  What, then, shall we say? Is the Torah sin? Let it not be! However, I did not know sin except through the Torah. For also the covetousness I knew not if the Torah had not said, “You shall not covet.”  (8)  But sin, having taken the occasion through the command, did work in me all sorts of covetousness. For apart from Torah sin is dead.  (9)  And I was alive apart from the Torah once, but when the command came, the sin revived, and I died.  (10)  And the command which was to result in life, this I found to result in death.  (11)  For sin, having taken the occasion through the command, deceived me, and through it killed me.  (12)  So that the Torah truly is set-apart, and the command set-apart, and righteous, and good.  (13)  Therefore, has that which is good become death to me? Let it not be! But the sin, that sin might be manifest, was working death in me through what is good, so that sin through the command might become an exceedingly great Sinner.  (14)  For we know that the Torah is Spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.

All this makes it clear that the Old Covenant and “the Law” included the Ten Commandments. As they have been done away by the New Covenant, the Ten Commandments have therefore been removed.

Of the 10 commandments listed in Exodus 20:1-17, only nine of them were reinstituted or better, have been reaffirmed, in spirit, in the New Testament. Of the Ten Commandments Commandments 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 can be found in 1 Timothy chapter 1 alone, and Commandments 1, 2 and 10 in 1 Corinthians 5; in Matthew 19:18, we do find 6 commandments: murder, adultery, stealing, false witness, honour parents, and worshipping God; adding to the fore-mentioned coveting of Romans 13:9 . Worshipping God properly covers the first three commandments.

But never is the fourth commandment concerning the Sabbath repeated in the New Testament as obligatory for us. Instead of reaffirming the Sabbath, Jesus said that he is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8).

Though the power or strength of the sin is still the Torah followers of Christ are given the victory through their Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:56-57 The Scriptures 1998+  (56)  And the sting of death is the sin, and the power of the sin is the Torah.  (57)  But thanks to Elohim who gives us the overcoming through our Master יהושע  {Jeshua} Messiah.

The following list of passages documents further how the other nine are reaffirmed in the New Testament:-

• 1st. – Eph. 4:6; 1 John 5:21; Matt. 4:10

• 2nd. – 1 Cor. 10:14; Rom. 1:25

• 3rd. – James 5:12; Matt. 5:34,35

• 5th. – Eph. 6:1,2; Col. 3:20

• 6th. – 1 John 3:15; Matt. 5:21

• 7th. – Heb. 13:4; Matt. 5:27,28

• 8th. – Rom. 2:21; Eph. 4:28

• 9th. – Col. 3:9; Eph. 4:25; 2 Tim. 3:3

• 10th. – Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5.

Entering into God’s rest

Note that in Hebrews 4, the writer tells us that in Christ we have entered into God’s rest, His Sabbath which is typical of the millennial rest which will be enjoyed by the whole earth when Jesus comes. We have found and will find our rest in Christ.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Worshipping on Saturday or Sunday

As we have tried to let you see in the previous postings, there is nothing wrong with worshipping on Saturday or on the Jewish Sabbath (Friday night for example)? Absolutely not!

Every day is a ‘Day of God’. We should worship God every day, not just on Saturday or Sunday!

Many churches today have both Saturday and Sunday services. There is freedom in Christ (Romans 8:21; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:1).

Should a Christian practice Sabbath-keeping, that is, not working on Saturdays? If a Christian feels led to do so, absolutely, yes (Romans 14:5). However, those who choose to practice Sabbath-keeping should not judge those who do not keep the Sabbath (Colossians 2:16). Further, those who do not keep the Sabbath should avoid being a stumbling block (1 Corinthians 8:9) to those who do keep the Sabbath.

Galatians 5:13-15 sums up the whole issue:

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”



Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #1 Before rain of food from heaven

Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #2 Testimony

Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #3 Days to be kept holy or set apart

Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #4 Jesus and the Sabbath day

Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #5 Not law binding


Additional reading:

  1. Not trying to make the heathen live like Jews #1
  2. Not trying to make the heathen live like Jews #2
  3. Creation of the earth and man #4 Of the Sabbath day #2 Days 1,7,8 and 50
  4. Creation of the earth and man #5 Of the Sabbath day #3 Ceasing from the works of the flesh
  5. Creation of the earth and man #6 Of the Sabbath day #4 Mosaic codes, Sabbaths and Sunday
  6. Creation of the earth and man #7 Of the Sabbath day #5 Respecting the day on which Christ Jesus rose from the dead
  7. Creation of the earth and man #8 Of the Sabbath day #6 If it be necessary to keep Sunday
  8. Why Sabbaths or Sabbath plural “shabbatot”
  9. Holy Sabbath
  10. What day is the Sabbath?
  11. Do we need to keep the Sabbath
  12. Are Christians required to keep the seventh day Sabbath?
  13. The Sabbath: Is it a special day for Christians?
  14. Sunday and the Sabbath (Pdf doc)
  15. Sunday and the Sabbath
  16. Holidays, holy days and traditions
  17. We’re allowed to willfully break the Law of Moses
  18. Seven full weeks or seven completed Sabbaths and ascension of Jesus
  19. Should High Holy days be observed today as in New Testament times?
  20. What is Hebrews 4:1-7 describing?
  21. Will the Sabbath be kept in the kingdom of God?
  22. Is it ok to buy food or buy services on the Sabbath?
  23. Hellenistic influences
  24. Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
  25. Congregate, to gather, to meet
  26. Communion and day of worship
  27. Does the law of Moses apply to Christians today?
  28. Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ
  29. Observance of a day to Remember
  30. 14 Nisan a day to remember #1 Inception
  31. Being Religious and Spiritual 6 Romantici, utopists and transcendentalists
  32. The son of David and the first day of the feast of unleavened bread
  33. A Living Faith #12 The Love for Jesus
  34. Bread and Wine
  35. Solution for Willing hearts filled with gifts
  36. To whom do we want to be enslaved
  37. Mind Bondage is Worst Slavery!
  38. Who Would You Rather Listen To?
  39. Atonement And Fellowship 1/8
  40. Atonement And Fellowship 3/8
  41. Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ
  42. Atonement And Fellowship 4/8
  43. Atonement And Fellowship 7/8
  44. Structuur -structure
  45. To find ways of Godly understanding
  46. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  47. The days are coming
  48. Expenses, costs – Onkosten, uitgaven
  49. Contribution – Contributie, bijdrage
  50. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  51. Be a ready giver
  52. Let us act on what we have
  53. How do you keep people from stealing your joy?
  54. What part of the Body am I?
  55. Companionship
  56. More looking for similarities
  57. Renewed Catholic-Jewish relations still with a blemish
  58. Jew refering to be religious or to be a people
  59. Should I welcome preachers in my house?


Further possible reading:

  1. Tithe
  2. To tithe is to freely give one-tenth of one’s income annually to the Lord through His Church. by the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day-saints
  3. Tithing shouldn’t be automatic
  4. Must Christians give ten percent of their income to the church?
  5. What the Bible Says About Tithing and Christian Giving
  6. What Does the Bible Say About the Tithe or Tithing?
  7. The Principle Of Tithing
  8. Some thoughts on stewardship
  9. The Broke Girl’s Guide to Tithing
  10. Toonie Talk: Connecting and Adult Ministries
  11. “Paying Satan While Thinking That You Are Paying God”
  12. God’s Portion (and a Free Read)
  13. God Loves A Cheerful Giver – Group Study Questions
  14. What We Really Need
  15. God Loves A Cheerful Giver
  16. The Financial Harm of Religion
  17. Why We Tithe 10%
  18. Sacrifices
  19. Must Be Nice
  20. Do you love the Lord as much as you love the grocer?
  21. Your Money and Your Pen
  22. The Master’s plan vs earthly zeal
  23. Tithing Your Life
  24. Our Tithes and Offerings: Where are they going?
  25. Tithing is Not Welfare (700 words- Short)
  26. The Windows of Heaven
  27. Tithes and the New Testament … Conclusion
  28. Searching Inside…
  29. A Tithing Testimony
  30. What Does the Bible Really Say About Economic and Societal Policies?
  31. 92-Year-Old Georgia Woman Kicked Out of Church for Not Tithing + 92-Year-Old Georgia Woman Kicked Out of Church for Not Tithing
  32. Church bans 92-year-old woman from attending service for not paying tithes, contributions
  33. Give love today!
  34. Should the elderly on a fixed income be forced to tithe?
  35. Woe to You Pharisees
  36. Joyfully Giving in Service to the Saints and the Lord Jesus Christ
  37. building the future – proper priorities
  38. Speaking of tithing…(Parshat Re’eh)
  39. Called To Contribute
  40. (08/04/2015) Christ Receives the Tithes?
  41. Going through hard times don’t mean I’ve lost!
  42. Throwback Thursday ~ To Tithe or Not to Tithe…
  43. The Quest for Significance
  44. The Real Trouble
  45. Men of the Cloth, their Raincoat and their kind of God
  46. The Doctrine of Christ (1,000 words Long)
  47. Episcopalians and The Tithe
  48. 21st Century Idolatry
  49. Religion Won’t Like This
  50. Tithing and Tale of an Ungrateful Lover + Tithing and Tale of an Ungrateful Lover
  51. News articles covering Hillsong unethically fleecing $100 million from members
  52. 5 Signs Your Church Is A Ponzi Scheme
  53. Hillsong unethically fleecing $100 million from members
  54. Withered Fig Tree
  55. Why Tithing Makes You Richer
  56. Mr. Tithee’s Letterbox
  57. Donations Up–Except at Church
  58. Knowing Dispensational Bible Study
  59. God, work and rewards
  60. Christians in Business
  61. Have You Also Robbed Yahveh? A True In-Depth Teaching on Tithing…
  62. Money Is Emotion, Not Skill (400 Words- Really Short)
  63. Day 11: Practicing righteousness
  64. Money, God and the church
  65. Principles of Generosity (2 Cor. 9)
  66. Charity Never Faileth
  67. Quotes: The elephant in the (expensive) church that no one talks about.
  68. Quotable
  69. Earning Favor with God?
  70. Culture Connection with Dr. Bill Maier
  71. Tithing vs Giving
  72. Signs of a Healthy Financial System: Generosity
  73. Devotion
  74. Living Vs. Dead Prophets (2,539 words long)
  75. Students, of Teachers or Scriptures
  76. Eyes toward God!
  77. Should Chiristians Tithe?
  78. Signs of a Healthy Financial System: Do You Have a Good Plan?
  79. Prosperity Secret: The Magic of Giving
  80. Give Yourself to the Lord
  81. Pay Very Close Attention
  82. Bribing Or Tithing?
  83. Faith and Money
  84. Large sums
  85. My Principle of Tithing & Giving
  86. Generosity: part 1
  87. Generosity: Part 2
  88. #P5: The Unintentional Messages Linger Long
  89. Why Tithe? Part 1
  90. John 3:1-17 God Loves us Sooo Much RSUMC 20150531
  91. Reflections on Discipleship – Just do it!
  92. Posts Restored – Back to the Present
  93. My Study on The Tithe
  94. Bible Daily Devotional – Nehemiah 10 – Should I tithe?
  95. why pay tithing?
  96. What Do You Do With IT?
  97. BE Benevolent!
  98. All About Tithing
  99. It’s All Relative
  100. Do you know Keeping Good Financial Records Pleases God?
  101. Put Love in the Budget
  102. little means much.
  103. Tithing [Second Edition]
  104. firstfruits
  105. Obedience – Faithful Payment of Tithes and Other Personal Offerings
  106. Day 9: Finishing Strong
  107. Bible’s Worms
  108. Should students or children pay tithes?
  109. Pulpits Today are Full of Preachers Telling One-Legged People to Jump Higher and Run Faster
  110. Above the clouds
  111. The Third Year Tithe: 2015
  112. What Are We Doing at Church: Is it to Be Seen or Is it To Give Glory to God?
  113. New Testament Giving: To Tithe or Not to Tithe?
  114. Why tithing is not a Christian Doctrine (Part 1)
  115. A Sacrifice…That Costs Me Nothing?
  116. Tithing
  117. Tithing, by Bishopprince
  118. How fertile is ‘the ground’ you are sowing on?
  119. Hide-the-Word Wednesday: God Says, “Try Me”
  120. The Single Most Effective and Surest Way to Rob God! (And How Not To)
  121. God says, “Eat the tithe!” and gives us awesome instructions on how to be a generous community.
  122. on giving
  123. If You Want To Be Blessed..
  124. A Different Take on the Offering
  125. Care for the Poor and Needy
  126. Tithing: Giving out of the Abundance of Time
  127. Offertory
  128. CTT | Will Man Rob God?
  129. The Other Gospel of “Christamericanity”
  130. Busted: “But the early Church practiced tithing”
  131. Romans 15:23-29 — Sharing with those from whom we receive spiritual blessing
  132. The Measure of How We Love
  133. Reflections on Discipleship – Surprised by Generosity
  134. Faith Child – Do you give? or don’t you?
  135. Grace Preachers Still Holding On To The Concept Of New Covenant Tithing
  136. Life is Not an Emergency
  137. You can’t afford to Tithe
  138. Tithing and Everything (Mal. 3:6-12)
  139. At the the heart of giving
  140. Sermon Outline – Money Madness (Part 3 – Blessed To Be A Blessing)
  141. Must Christians obey the Ten Commandments?
  142. Alone on a Sabbath day…
  143. A Restful Labor Day to You!
  144. just breathe | my favorite day of the week
  145. Come…..
  146. The Struggle to Rest (Part 2)
  147. Keeping Shabbat/ Sabbath to Each Other
  148. A Blessed Sabbath!
  149. Prayer Through Fellowship
  150. What I Know For Sure: 50 Lessons Life Has Taught Me (Part IV)
  151. Sabbath days (part four)
  152. Are You Burdened As You Follow Jesus? Here is Where I Find Help and Rest
  153. Q: What should I do if I can’t get time off for the Sabbath?
  154. A Saturday to Rest
  155. Remember the Sabbath
  156. Sabbath and Syria
  157. Rest from our Labors
  158. Sabbath Questions Answered
  159. The Son Of Man Is Lord Of The Sabbath
  160. Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Nitzavim and the end of the year!
  161. Sunday Brunch: Fresh Energy
  162. Nitzavim: Choosing Life
  163. A Blessed Sabbath!
  164. The first Shabbat:
  165. El Shofar – Ultimo Recurso de Defensa en Elul
  166. Game Day! Saturday Morning Service and Saturday Evening Selichot


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Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #5 Not law binding

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Sabbath law binding on followers of Christ or not

There are several Christians who say Christians should keep the 7th day holy and as such should be not working on Sunday and holding a service on Sunday. They forget that Sunday is the 8th day of the week or the 1st day of a new week for God. Those who say Christians should keep the Saturday off work to keep their Sabbath should remember that the Sabbath starts really the Friday at sundown and ends by sunset on the Saturday.

Observing the Sabbath-closing havdalah ritual ...

Observing the Sabbath-closing havdalah ritual in 14th-century Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Concerning the duty for taking rest and having the day only for worshipping God we do not find any sign in the New testament that it would be necessary to take the Sabbath, Saturday or the Sunday as the Lord’s Day or a Day for God.

In the early days of Christianity it was spoken about the many burdens which could come over the converts and it was decided that, “no greater burden” should be imposed on non-Jewish Christians, than

“to abstain from thing polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood”.

There were troubles between the traditional or old Jews and the ‘new Jews’. The chosen disciples of Christ with the first followers of Christ and the Jew Saul (Paul) thought and discussed the matter to

“keep the peace between Jew and Gentile Christians.”

In Acts 15 we are told that Christian leaders concluded that the Sabbath was not included as something which Gentile Christians must keep.

Sunday being the first day of the week, it would be incorrect to observe this day as “the Sabbath.”  The Sabbath was specifically

a sign between me (God) and them (Israel), that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them” (Ezekiel 20:12).

As such, it was never intended to be binding on Gentiles (non-Jews).

Exodus 31:13-17 The Scriptures 1998+  (13)  “And you, speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying,
‘My Sabbaths you are to guard, by all means, for it is a sign1 between Me and you throughout your generations, to know that I, יהוה {Jehovah}, am setting you apart.
Footnote: 1The only sign of יהוה {Jehovah} setting us apart, the only sign of the everlasting covenant, is His Sabbaths, one of them being the seventh day Sabbath. This is repeated in Ezek. 20:12 & 20.
(14)  ‘And you shall guard the Sabbath, for it is set-apart to you. Everyone who profanes it shall certainly be put to death, for anyone who does work on it, that being shall be cut off from among his people.
(15)  ‘Six days work is done, and on the seventh is a Sabbath of rest, set-apart to יהוה {Jehovah}. Everyone doing work on the Sabbath day shall certainly be put to death.
(16)  ‘And the children of Yisra’ĕl shall guard the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant.  (17)  ‘Between Me and the children of Yisra’ĕl it is a sign forever. For in six days יהוה {Jehovah} made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’ ”

The 7th day for God was a day for rest and only later He demanded His chosen people to keep it as well in remembrance of what happened in the desert and how He gave them food with the bread from heaven (the manna).
No mention is made that it was ever made a sign between God and Christians.

Still today there are Christians who think Christians are under the Law of Moses or Mosaic Law. In the old times Paul therefore looked at the “foolish Galatians” for doing so (Galatians 3:1). The Jew Paul who was been called by Christ Jesus himself, makes it very clear in Galatians 3:24,25 that the law was the tutor to bring us to Christ. By Jesus we can be justified by faith and as such do not need a regulation to bind us to the chains of any law. When faith has come those people believing in Christ as their Messiah would not find it a burden to serve God on any particular day or to keep all days to that what God expects from us, to love each other and to worship only One True God.

Before Christ people had to wait until the Messiah to be liberated, but Jesus is the Kristos. He is the Messiah who has cut the chains and made us free from the curse of death and from the curse of the law. In Jesus it is that we get our freedom and Paul was upset when some Christians were going back to the law. He reminded the foolish Galatians that God made his promises to Abraham and to his descendant. The scripture does not use the plural “descendants,” meaning many people, but the singular “descendant,” meaning one person only, namely, Christ. We may not overlook that if God’s gift depends on the Law, then it no longer depends on his promise. However, it was because of His promise that God gave that gift to Abraham.

We must understand that the Law was in charge of us until Christ came, in order that we might then be put right with God through faith. Today we are under the salvation of Christ, being put right some two thousand years ago. Every Christian should have the faith and accept that the Law is no longer in charge of us.

Galatians 3:16-29 The Scriptures 1998+  (16)  But the promises were spoken to Aḇraham, and to his Seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Messiah.  (17)  Now this I say, Torah, that came four hundred and thirty years later, does not annul a covenant previously confirmed by Elohim in Messiah, so as to do away with the promise.  (18)  For if the inheritance is by Torah, it is no longer by promise, but Elohim gave it to Aḇraham through a promise.  (19)  Why, then, the Torah? It was added because of transgressions, until the Seed should come to whom the promise was made. And it was ordained through messengers in the hand of a mediator.  (20)  The Mediator, however, is not of one, but Elohim is one.  (21)  Is the Torah then against the promises of Elohim? Let it not be! For if a law had been given that was able to make alive, truly righteousness would have been by Torah.  (22)  But the Scripture has shut up all mankind under sin, that the promise by belief in יהושע  {Jeshua} Messiah might be given to those who believe.  (23)  But before belief came, we were being guarded under Torah, having been shut up for the belief being about to be revealed.  (24)  Therefore the Torah became our trainer unto Messiah, in order to be declared right by belief.  (25)  And after belief has come, we are no longer under a trainer.  (26)  For you are all sons of Elohim through belief in Messiah יהושע  {Jeshua}.  (27)  For as many of you as were immersed into Messiah have put on Messiah.  (28)  There is not Yehuḏite nor Greek, there is not slave nor free, there is not male and female, for you are all one in Messiah יהושע  {Jeshua}.  (29)  And if you are of Messiah, then you are seed of Aḇraham, and heirs according to promise.

As Christians we should know that we are liberated by Christ and should not be bound to any organisation or worldly group deciding over our spiritual matters. Everybody should leave any person to be free to choose how he wants to keep his day right in the eyes of God. We are responsible to God and not to man. Therefore we should not let any person judge us  in matters of what we eat or drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Shabbatot, which are a shadow of things to come, because the substance is of Christ Jesus himself. It are his words and actions which must transform our lives and which will make us to live righteous according tot he Will of God and not according to the will of man.

Colossians 2:16-17 The Scriptures 1998+  (16)  Let no one therefore judge you in eating or in drinking, or in respect of a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths –  (17)  which are a shadow of what is to come – but the Body of the Messiah.

To argue about whether or not we should keep the Sabbath as a special day, is to argue about a shadow. It is missing the point. Understanding the life of Jesus Christ is much more important. We should not esteems one day above another and should allow them to choose themselves which day they want to take to bring worship to God. (Romans 14:5)

Romans 14:1-13 The Scriptures 1998+  (1)  And receive him who is weak in the belief, not criticising his thoughts.  (2)  One indeed believes to eat all food, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.  (3)  He that eats, let him not despise him who does not eat, and he that does not eat, let him not judge him who eats, for Elohim received him.  (4)  Who are you that judges another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. But he shall be made to stand, for Elohim is able to make him stand.  (5)  One indeed judges one day above another, another judges every day alike. Let each one be completely persuaded in his own mind.  (6)  He who minds the day, minds it to יהוה {Jehovah}. And he who does not mind the day, to יהוה {Jehovah} he does not mind it. He who eats, eats to יהוה {Jehovah}, for he gives Elohim thanks. And he who does not eat, to יהוה {Jehovah} he does not eat, and gives Elohim thanks.  (7)  For not one of us lives to himself, and not one dies to himself.  (8)  For both, if we live, we live unto the Master, and if we die, we die unto the Master. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Master’s.  (9)  For unto this Messiah died and rose and lived again, to rule over both the dead and the living.  (10)  But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Messiah.  (11)  For it has been written, “As I live, says יהוה {Jehovah}, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to Elohim.”  (12)  Each one of us, therefore, shall give account of himself to Elohim.  (13)  Therefore let us not judge one another any longer, but rather judge this, not to put an obstacle or a stumbling-block in our brother’s way.

This means that no Christian, or Christian group, has the right to tell others how they should regard the Sabbath. The Jews had to keep the Sabbath because God commanded them to do so. Christians may choose to, but they don’t have to keep the Sabbath. God has not given Christians a commandment to do so.

Our whole focus must be on Jesus Christ, his teaching, his perfect life and his sacrifice. This can lead to salvation and everlasting life. Christians need to realise that every day belongs to God. Because all our time belongs to God, Christians must live every day in a Godly way.


Preceding articles:

Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #1 Before rain of food from heaven

Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #2 Testimony

Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #3 Days to be kept holy or set apart

Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #4 Jesus and the Sabbath day

Next we look at the Sunday or what many call the Lord’s Day


Additional reading:

  1. Not trying to make the heathen live like Jews #1
  2. Not trying to make the heathen live like Jews #2
  3. Creation of the earth and man #4 Of the Sabbath day #2 Days 1,7,8 and 50
  4. Creation of the earth and man #5 Of the Sabbath day #3 Ceasing from the works of the flesh
  5. Creation of the earth and man #6 Of the Sabbath day #4 Mosaic codes, Sabbaths and Sunday
  6. Creation of the earth and man #7 Of the Sabbath day #5 Respecting the day on which Christ Jesus rose from the dead
  7. Creation of the earth and man #8 Of the Sabbath day #6 If it be necessary to keep Sunday
  8. Why Sabbaths or Sabbath plural “shabbatot”
  9. Holy Sabbath
  10. Do we need to keep the Sabbath
  11. Are Christians required to keep the seventh day Sabbath?
  12. The Sabbath: Is it a special day for Christians?
  13. Sunday and the Sabbath (Pdf doc)
  14. Holidays, holy days and traditions
  15. We’re allowed to willfully break the Law of Moses
  16. Seven full weeks or seven completed Sabbaths and ascension of Jesus
  17. Communion and day of worship
  18. Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ
  19. Observance of a day to Remember
  20. Being Religious and Spiritual 6 Romantici, utopists and transcendentalists
  21. A Living Faith #12 The Love for Jesus
  22. Bread and Wine
  23. Solution for Willing hearts filled with gifts
  24. To whom do we want to be enslaved
  25. Dark Times and Dry Places
  26. Mind Bondage is Worst Slavery!
  27. Who Would You Rather Listen To?
  28. Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ


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Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #3 Days to be kept holy or set apart

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Feasts to avoid

When asked why we not keep to all those festivals, Sabbaths and so called holy days we must warn people they should look carefully at what sort of festivals they want to participate and what days they consider holy.

Lots of Christians would say Christmas and Easter are holy days for them, though they do forget that they where heathen days and that even in Christendom they are full of heathen traditions, which is an abomination in the eyes of God and of which He asks His people to abstain from such things. As such the feasts Christmas and popularly Easter are celebrations we do not prefer to be part of. They for sure are not days of the God but are days of other gods, like the goddess of light and the god of fertility.

Feast con-notated with false gods, idols and nature elements we should avoid.

Should we have no days of rest then

Some would think we say man does not need a day of rest, but that is not at all so. Man, animals and even plants do need a rest.

Life cycle of the single-celled parasite Babesia.

For we can not work all the time, because we would deteriorate our body. Our living soul would be devastated and worn out. We do believe each person is born on an other day in an other month, so for each person the 7th day could be an other day than his parents, other members of the family or friends. Each person has a different life cycle.

We do believe the words of the Old Testament have to go with the words from the New Testament. In the Sacred books it is told that he who has entered God His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Therefore we do think everybody for himself can decide when to enter such a day of rest for himself and to come to God. And we would remember the words from Scriptures which say

Hebrews 4:11 The Scriptures 1998+  (11)  Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.1 Footnote: 1See 3:18.

Keeping special days

Candles spell out the traditional English birthday greeting

Coming to life is a special occasion and many like to remember the new born. Several families keep the tradition to celebrate the birthday of the child. Several Christians also say they remember the birth of Jesus Christ and keep a “Dies natalis”on the 25th of December.

Roman Imperial repoussé silver disc of Sol Invictus (3rd century), found at Pessinus (British Museum)

Strangely enough they say they celebrate the birth of their god, though The Only True God has no birth but His son was born on the 17th of October 4bCE and was to be called ‘Emmanuel‘ or “Immanuel“, the sent one from God. This man born in Bethlehem was called Jeshua and is today better known as Jesus. He is the Kristos or Christ, the promised one from God. In case people would like to celebrate his birthday they better do it on the date he was born and not on the day of the goddess of light and using all sorts of heathen emblems, like decorated trees, which is an abomination in the eyes of God.

In case one wants to remember the birth of an own child this also has to be done in the light of not placing the child, or any person, higher than God and in retrospect to God, being thankful for the life given.

The same people can have special days for special occasions, like getting to know your partner, remembering the day of marriage vows, remembering to get a house or other civil occasions like remembering an end of war, an inauguration of a building or any special civil occasion.

Next to those occasions a special place could and should be given to religious observations or religious festivals. Over the years God had done many wonder-works which we may remember. Several of those miracles or special occasions for God His people Jehovah God asked to remember. He set special days as a memorial. As such we got Shabbatot or several Shabbats or Sabbaths. Those different days could be used to remember what God had done and how we are related in it all to the Divine Creator.

The first important day for many is the day that man was created. For others the day that God took rest after He had created the universe with living beings in it, was as a seventh day to come back every week in our memories.

For God though the first important day people should never forget and which would have to be celebrated eternally was the day God liberated His people. That day when the people of God could escape from the enslavement in Egypt had to stay in their memory for ever. From that moment in time it was also decided by God which day had to be the first day and first month in our time system. (Nisan)

Exodus 12:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+  (1)  And יהוה  {Jehovah} spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon in the land of Mitsrayim, saying,  (2)  “This month is the beginning of months for you, it is the first month of the year for you.

The congregation of Yisra’ĕl got to hear the ordinances of God to which they had to keep to be liberated. They followed them up and after all the plagues that had come over Egypt they were allowed to leave.

They also got to hear what for years they kept doing again:

Exodus 12:15 The Scriptures 1998+  (15)  ‘Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. Indeed on the first day you cause leaven to cease from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that being shall be cut off from Yisra’ĕl.

From then onwards the Jews had their “Beginning of months” and they had to keep this word given by the Most High at the time of Moses in Egypt, as a law for them and for their sons, forever.  Even when they would have entered into the land that the Lord of all lords gave to them, just as He has promised, they still shall have to observe these ceremonies.  We also come to hear that even when the next generations will ask what the meaning is of this religious observance, they shall have to say to them that it is the victim of the crossing of the Most High, when he passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt, striking the Egyptians, and freeing their houses.

Exodus 12:23-28 The Scriptures 1998+  (23)  “And יהוה  {Jehovah} shall pass on to smite the Mitsrites, and shall see the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, and יהוה  {Jehovah} shall pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to smite you.  (24)  “And you shall guard this word as a law for you and your sons, forever.  (25)  “And it shall be, when you come to the land which יהוה  {Jehovah} gives you, as He promised, that you shall guard this service.  (26)  “And it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What does this service mean to you?’  (27)  then you shall say, ‘It is the Passover slaughtering of יהוה  {Jehovah}, who passed over the houses of the children of Yisra’ĕl in Mitsrayim when He smote the Mitsrites and delivered our households.’ ” And the people bowed their heads and did obeisance.  (28)  And the children of Yisra’ĕl went away and did so – as יהוה  {Jehovah} had commanded Mosheh and Aharon, so they did.

This is still a day all lovers of God and God’s nation do have to commemorate. What is more, it became even more special thousand of years later when the Nazarene man Jeshua, who was born in Bethlehem gathered with his disciples to have his last meal before his death. That night of remembrance, Memorial Night, he installed a New Covenant, which liberated the people again from their slavery, this time from slavery of man and regulation brought unto them by man.

Making days holy or set apart

That night, when the Nazarene while eating with them, he took bread. And blessing it, he broke it and gave it to his loyal friends saying to them to take his body. And having taken the chalice, giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples and they all drank from it, hearing their master-teacher saying this was his blood of the new covenant, which was to be shed for many. (Matthew 26:20-29; Mark 14:17-25; Luke 22:14-30; John 13:21-30)

Many seem to overlook that on that night was been spoken about a new arrangement, which would annul the previous arrangements. That New Covenant would be sealed by this man’s blood at the stake on the hill of Golghotta. (Matthew 27: 35–56; Mark 15:25–41; Luke 23:32-49; John 19:18-37)

Ēostre or Ostara (Ēastre, Ôstara, Ēosturmōnaþ; Ēastermōnaþ; Ôstarmânoth), namesake of the festival of Easter. – Ostara (1884) by Johannes Gehrts. The goddess flies through the heavens surrounded by Roman-inspired putti, beams of light, and animals. Germanic people look up at the goddess from the realm below.

Those who say they celebrate Jesus resurrection on Easter day should question if they really have good reason to celebrate this resurrection on the day of Estra, the goddess of fertility or Ēostre/Ostara. The Germanic divinity who, by way of the Germanic month bearing her name (Northumbrian: Ēosturmōnaþ; West Saxon: Ēastermōnaþ; Old High German: Ôstarmânoth), is the namesake of the festival of Easter. Ēostre is attested solely by Bede in his 8th-century work The Reckoning of Time,where Bede states that during Ēosturmōnaþ (the equivalent of April), pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Eostre’s honor, but that this tradition had died out by his time, replaced by the Christian Paschal month, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. (see Wikipedia and other encyclopedia)

In case they would really celebrate the resurrection of Jesus why do they not celebrate it on the anniversary of this taking out of the dead, on the 17th of Nisan, three days later than Memorial Day (Nisan 14)? Also having bells throwing chocolate eggs or Easter-bunnies hiding those eggs has nothing to do with a resurrection of the son of God. From the Scriptures we do know that such heathen action desecrate the day and as such would be totally unheard of to do or to consider that day holy.

The holiness of a day is when the day is put separate or given an other function than regular days. But to set the day apart and to make it holy or sanctified the actions done that day do have to be in accordance with the Will of God. As soon as something is done against the Will of God this would take away the chance of having it as a holy day.

For the Roman Catholics the Basic Catechism says:

“Special Duties of Catholic Christians” include “participating in Mass every Sunday and holyday of obligation.” (Boston, 1980, p. 21) “The faithful are in fact encouraged to participate in the Mass and to receive Communion frequently, even daily.”—The Teaching of Christ—A Catholic Catechism for Adults, Abridged Edition (Huntington, Ind.; 1979), p. 281.

But do they wonder what “holyday of obligation” is?

We should be very much concerned with that. The matter of having a day holy is also important for our duties on such a day. To set apart some day or something for sacred use or to consecrate a day or date, should make us take the right attitude and to have it only devoted to one deity, namely the Most High Almighty God of gods. Those who say we do have to keep Sabbathday on Sabbath, Saturday, Sunday or on the Lord’s day should question what the holiness of such a day comprehends.

Those who say every week there has to be a holy day for commemorating the instatement of the New Covenant, they should look for such indication in the Bible. They should wonder if all Scriptural references to “breaking of bread” indicate that Christ’s death was being commemorated and that it had to be repeated weekly.

We do  know that the early Christians  were persevering in the doctrine of the Apostles, and in the communion of the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers. From different parts in the New Testament (Acts of the apostles and letters from the apostles) we also come to see they gathered on several occasions on different days of the week. We also come to see that it was even on a Thursday that Paul had to escape the city walls after having had a breaking of the bread with his brothers and sisters in Christ. We are told that it was “Day after day” that they they met together in the temple and that on different days in the week they broke bread together in different homes and sharing their food with joy and singleness of heart, while praising God and having favour with all the people. Also day by day numbers were added to their meetings.

Acts 2:42 The Scriptures 1998+  (42)  And they were continuing steadfastly in the teaching of the emissaries, and in the fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.

Acts 2:46-47 The Scriptures 1998+  (46)  And day by day, continuing with one mind in the Set-apart Place, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,  (47)  praising Elohim and having favour with all the people. And the Master added to the assembly those who were being saved, day by day.

Pessach Pesach Pascha Judentum Ungesaeuert Seder datafox.jpg

The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. + Passover is a spring festival which during the existence of the Jerusalem Temple was connected to the offering of the “first-fruits of the barley”, barley being the first grain to ripen and to be harvested in the Land of Israel. – A table set up for a Passover seder.

They remembered that Jesus had ‘broken bread’ when food was being shared at a meal on the date of the Jewish Passover, which was replaced among his disciples by the Memorial of Christ’s death. This remembrance on any day of the week did not replace their special remembrance of the great event when their feet were washed by their master-teacher and when he spoke about the betrayal and his death but also about the New Covenant.  For them it was clear they had to have a holy day once a year like it was for all God’s People. Passover was an annual event, celebrated on Nisan 14. Similarly, the Jewish Festival of Unfermented Cakes, the Festival of Weeks (Pentecost), the Festival of Booths, or Ingathering, and the Day of Atonement were all held once a year.

The apostles knew and taught their disciples what Jesus had told them and what holiness meant. For them it was clear it had everything to do with purity or religious cleanness, of being set apart from defilement. Anything that could debase the pureness or excellence of such a day of gathering for God had to be avoided. Everything what would corrupt the day in the eyes of God was to be escaped from. To have a holy day nothing was to make that day unclean or unfit for ceremonial.

Today we too should keep to the “holiness” in the meaning of the Hebrew and Greek words the apostles had in mind, referring to God his absolute moral perfection. It all has to do with our attitude and with practices we should shun.

The Way of Holiness

Having something holy is having it set apart or going on to a special road, here the road to God. From Scripture we learn that a good road will be there for the lovers of God, and it will be named “God’s Sacred Highway.” It will be for God’s people; no one unfit to worship God will walk on that road. And no fools can travel on that highway.

Isaiah 35:8 The Scriptures 1998+  (8)  And there shall be a highway, and a way, and it shall be called “The Way of Set-apartness1.” The unclean does not pass over it, but it is for those who walk the way, and no fools wander on it. Footnote: 1See Ps. 77:13.

Isaiah announces that in the ministry of the Messiah, there will be a wonderful highway, a road, known as the Highway of Holiness and people should take that road to become holy themselves. We can not be set apart if we are not willing to make the right choice and to take the right direction. The Hebrew word for highway indicates what the English word literally says: “a high-way.” It speaks of a raised road, lifted above the ground. It is a high, glorious road to travel on!

We have to lift ourselves from the daily roads common people travel. Though living in this world we do want not to be part of this world holding to worldly traditions but keeping to godly traditions. Therefore we also prefer not to be bounded by labels but to be liberated in Christ.

Having become children of God we are lifted up and should take the roads of the Most High.

“Engineering has done much to tunnel mountains, and bridge abysses; but the greatest triumph of engineering is that which made a way from sin to holiness, from death to life, from condemnation to perfection. Who could make a road over the mountains of our iniquities but Almighty God? None but the Lord of love would have wished it; none but the God of wisdom could have devised it; none but the God of power could have carried it out.” {Spurgeon}

Though we may not forget that this highway is not for every one. The toll we do have to pay is to repent for our sins and to try to live in accordance of God’s Laws, staying in the faith of the resurrected Jesus Christ. When we do not have any faith and/or stay unclean we make no chance.

Therefore purity and cleanliness are important. It all has to do with our mind-setting and willingness to come to a pure faith life, not being enslaved any more to the lusts of this world but preferring to have a good relationship with God and with God’s son Jesus our redeemer. In case we do want a holy day for God we should keep that day clean and should take care it stays a pure day. Anything what can defile such a day we should avoid.

But would our daily duties, like making food or taking care that there is some money coming in to pay the rent or to pay for keeping our family, making days un-holy or not set apart? For this we can best look at what Jesus had to say to those who complained that he and his apostles did things which their Jewish laws forbid.


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Preceding articles:

Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #1 Before rain of food from heaven

Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #2 Testimony


Additional reading:

  1. Not trying to make the heathen live like Jews #1
  2. Not trying to make the heathen live like Jews #2
  3. Creation of the earth and man #4 Of the Sabbath day #2 Days 1,7,8 and 50
  4. Creation of the earth and man #5 Of the Sabbath day #3 Ceasing from the works of the flesh
  5. Creation of the earth and man #6 Of the Sabbath day #4 Mosaic codes, Sabbaths and Sunday
  6. Creation of the earth and man #7 Of the Sabbath day #5 Respecting the day on which Christ Jesus rose from the dead
  7. Creation of the earth and man #8 Of the Sabbath day #6 If it be necessary to keep Sunday
  8. Why Sabbaths or Sabbath plural “shabbatot”
  9. Holy Sabbath
  10. Do we need to keep the Sabbath
  11. Are Christians required to keep the seventh day Sabbath?
  12. The Sabbath: Is it a special day for Christians?
  13. Sunday and the Sabbath (Pdf doc)
  14. Holidays, holy days and traditions
  15. We’re allowed to willfully break the Law of Moses
  16. Seven full weeks or seven completed Sabbaths and ascension of Jesus
  17. Communion and day of worship
  18. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  19. Come ye yourselves apart … and rest awhile (Mark 6:31)
  20. God receives us on the basis of our faith
  21. More looking for similarities
  22. Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
  23. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
  24. Atonement and the race been bought
  25. Running the battle
  26. Glory of God appearing in our character
  27. Get Your Wonderful Disease-proof Human Body
  28. Raising digression
  29. Holiday tolerance
  30. First month of the year and predictions
  31. With child and righteousness greater than the law
  32. Irminsul, dies natalis solis invicti, birthday of light, Christmas and Saturnalia
  33. Christian values, traditions, real or false stories, pure and upright belief
  34. Ember and light the ransomed of Jehovah
  35. Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ
  36. What Jesus sang
  37. Christmas, Saturnalia and the birth of Jesus
  38. Matthew 1:18-25 – Genesis of Jesus Christ
  39. Matthew 2:1-6 – Astrologers and Priests in a Satanic Plot
  40. Jesus begotten Son of God #1 Christmas and Christians
  41. Jesus begotten Son of God #2 Christmas and pagan rites
  42. Christmas customs – Are They Christian?
  43. Christmas in Ancient Rome (AKA Saturnalia)
  44. Objects around the birth and death of Jesus
  45. Christmas trees
  46. A season of gifts
  47. Seven Bible Feasts of JHWH
  48. Hanukkahgiving or Thanksgivvukah
  49. Thanksgivukkah and Advent
  50. What do you want for Christmas
  51. God’s Special Gift
  52. Brits believe Santa present at Jesus’ birth, new poll reveals
  53. Nativity scene of the birth of the Bill of Rights
  54. Sancta Claus is not God
  55. Wishing lanterns and Christmas
  56. The imaginational war against Christmas
  57. Exodus 9: Liar Liar
  58. Welcome to Easter 2014
  59. 14 Nisan a day to remember #4 A Lamb slain
  60. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  61. High Holidays not only for Israel
  62. Seven days of Passover
  63. Risen With Him
  64. Who Celebrates Easter as Religious Holiday
  65. The Evolution Of Passover–Past To Present
  66. Eostre, Easter, White god, chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and metaphorical resurrection
  67. Pesach and a lot of brokenness in the world
  68. Easter: Origins in a pagan Christ
  69. Altered to fit a Trinity
  70. Peter Cottontail and a Bunny laying Eastereggs
  71. Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious
  72. Focus on outward appearances
  73. Fraternal week-end at Easter in Paris
  74. I Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late !
  75. Different approach in organisation of services #1
  76. Observance of a day to Remember
  77. Deliverance and establishment of a theocracy
  78. A Living Faith #12 The Love for Jesus
  79. Bread and Wine
  80. The Ecclesia


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Islam says it admires faith based on logic, what about the others

Posted on August 20, 2015. Filed under: Christendom and Christianity, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Religion, Thoughts of Others | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Of every believer can be said the same as of a Muslim.

If we are Muslim, Christian, Jew, just because we were born through Muslim, Christian or Judaic parents and we do not possess sufficient understanding of Islam or the faith in the Divine Creator Allah, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, then that means faith has not passed through our heart.

Muslims, Christians and Jews should all have the same God, who is the God of Abraham (Ibrahim)and also was/is the God of Isaiah, Zecharia, Jeshua (Isa, Ishi, Jesus, Chesu, Jezus) the Christ or Messiah.

Allah in His Word, given to mankind by the Torah or Tawraat and other writings like the Prophets, the Injil (the Good News of the Gospel) and the Quran (Koran) made it very clear that we as human beings have to use our brains to come to fully understanding and to make choices ourselves. God’s Word is there for all to find, for all to read and to study. Without taking time for that Word of God it will be more difficult to come to comprehension, but the God of order has created human being in His image and as such all have some connection with Him and some feeling for Him.

Faith should be making that we are willing to drink and eat the Wisdom of God provide by the manna in the Holy Scriptures.
The Bible preceded the Quran, which mentions them often and emphasises that they contain God’s guidance.
We read at Al ‘Imran [3]:3,4 NJD:

He has revealed to you the Book with the Truth, confirming the scriptures which preceded it; for He has already revealed the Torah and the Gospel [Injil] for the guidance of men.” (See also Al-Ma’idah 5:46,47)

By listening to the heart, the inner being, every human being would be able to hear about his or her Creator.

Problem with society is that they often prefer to listen to human ideas and as such many wrong ideas entered humankind. People having come divided made also that many did get wrong ideas about the other, or did not get come to see the many differences in the many different groups.

For example: many Muslims do believe that professed Christians believe in the Trinity. They do not see that real Christians only believe in One True God like the Bible says. The Trinity is a false teaching and totally unBiblical.

Deu 6:4 MKJV Hear, O, Israel. Jehovah our God is one Jehovah.

Deu 6:4 SVD «إِسْمَعْ يَا إِسْرَائِيلُ: الرَّبُّ إِلهُنَا رَبٌّ وَاحِدٌ.

By reading the Holy Scriptures people should be able to come to understanding. God loves His Creation and therefore also has provide all means to find Him.

Allah did not allow opposers to corrupt His Holy books. We can be confident that God has preserved the purity of the message of His books so that mankind can have His guidance today.

We should take the warning given in those books seriously. From those writings we also know we shall be judged accordingly how we reacted on the Words of God. Allah offers Himself to be found every day everywhere. He calls His people. We only have to open our ear and eyes, willing to hear and see.

All Holy Scriptures provided by Allah should be used by man and is given for guidance (Hebrews 1:1). Allah controlled and directed what happened and always has given His holy men or prophets at the right time when it was necessary to intervene. Allah did so to prevent the infiltration of mistakes and to ensure that the writings would be accurate, precise, and in harmony with His purpose.

It is not just by calling ourselves Muslim, Christian or Jew that we would be all right for God. Our faith has to be thoroughly breath. It has to be pure and set-apart or holy.


To remember:

  • Holy Quran admonishes those who do not think and research
  • Holy Quran condemns those who do not have faith but just portray so
  • being faithful (urdu translation: momin) = different from being Muslim
  • If Muslim just because born through Muslim parents + we do not possess sufficient understanding of Islam => faith has not passed through our heart

We may not forget that the word “Islam” comes from the Arabic meaning submission or surrender – however, it was derived from the root word “salam”. From this root word, you can also derive the words peace and safety. Many people feel that Islam implies some sort of enslavement to Allah, but others find it more helpful to define the word “Islam” as surrender.

Any believer in God should surrender to the Most High Almighty, Sublime Supreme Being. As such a real believer and worshipper of God should be counted as to be an Islam person.

We should understand the word Islam as a surrendering to God and a willingness to come under His covenant.

God has given the world to man but everything and every phenomenon in the world other than man is still administered totally by God-made laws, ie. they are obedient to God and submissive to His laws, and as such you could also say they are in the “State of Islam”. Often this fact is overlooked by Muslims and other people.

Christians also too often forget the meaning of the original words and compare the situation or put a limited view on the words because of the present conditions and misuse of the word by certain Muslim groups.

Faith in God can only grow when man is willing to answer the call of the Most High God, Allah, the Adonai Elohim Hashem Jehovah. From this Supreme Being man has received many gifts, but how he wants to use them is up to him. Man possesses the qualities of intelligence and choice, thus he is invited to submit to the good will of God and obey His law, ie, becoming a devote Jew or Christian or a Muslim.


Those Muslims and those Christians or atheists, who think Allah is only the God of fundamentalist people, do forget that the word Allah means “God” and is a title also used by Arabic speaking Jews and Christians and in several other languages than English when it is written with a capital, to denote the Divine Creator of heaven and earth. The word Allah in the Arabic language and several other languages means God, or more accurately, The One and Only Eternal God, All Powerful Creator of the Universe, Lord of all lords, King of all kings, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. It is that Only One True God Who everybody should come to know and to worship.


Find also:

  1. Science, belief, denial and visibility 1
  2. People Seeking for God 2 Human interpretations
  3. People Seeking for God 4 Biblical terms
  4. Seeing or not seeing – and willingness to find God
  5. Only One God
  6. God is one
  7. Blindness in the Christian world
  8. Why is it that Christians don’t understand Muslims and Muslims do not understand Christians?
  9. Christianity without the Trinity
  10. Appointed to be read
  11. Building up the spirit of the soul
  12. Increased in wisdom in favour with God
  13. To be prepared and very well oiled
  14. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  15. Problems correspondents have with the Trinity Doctrine
  16. A Triple God or simply a rather simple One God
  17. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
  18. Liberal and evangelical Christians
  19. Preparation for unity
  20. Christ Versus the Trinity
  21. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  22. Entrance of a king to question our position #1 Coming in the Name of the Lord
  23. Entrance of a king to question our position #2 Who do we want to see and to be
  24. Being Religious and Spiritual 5 Gnostic influences


Originally posted on Islam and Spirituality:

As per Holy Quran only faith that’s based on a thought process is respected.

Sura Al-e-Imran verse 191:
“And those who ponder on the shape of skies and earth say ‘Oh our God, you have not created them without benefit’ ”

On the other hand Holy Quran admonishes those who do not think and research.

Sura shua’ra verse 74:
“They said that we have seen our ancestors doing the same. ”

Also Holy Quran condemns those who do not have faith but just portray so.

Sura hujrat verse 14:
“These Arab say that we are faithful (urdu translation: hum eman laye). So (O’ prophet PBUH) tell them ‘you are not faithful (urdu translation: tum eman nahi laye) but you should say that you have embraced Islam, because yet faith has not even passed through your heart.’ ”

Extract from book ‘maktab-e-rasool’ by ‘Mohsin qurati’.

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Counting sands and stars

Posted on August 10, 2015. Filed under: Announcement, Being Christian = Following Jesus Christ, Christadelphian, Churchplanning, Ecclesia, Faith, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Manners and Association, Meeting, Preaching, Witnessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Sandy beach

Those who go up in the mountains or just go out in the fields, now in Summer, may sit there at night and count the stars. Though both the stars in the sky and the particles of sand we may find on the beach are too numerous to count. However, there is a gigantic difference between the two.

Sand: a naturally occurring granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles. – Sand dunes in the Idehan Ubari, Libya.

Grains of sand are tightly pressed and compacted one against the other to form a beach. Each star, on the other hand, is a world in itself. It can be separated from its nearest neighbour by trillions of miles.

Moses tells God that the Jewish nation is too burdensome for him to carry alone. Why? Because they are comparable to the profusion of stars.

Jehovah, the God of the believers used as slaves in Egypt were  multiplied by the Most High and had become like the stars of the heaven in number. (Deuteronomy 1:10)

Deu 1:10-12 RNKJV  YHWH your Elohim hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.  (11)  (YHWH Elohim of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)  (12)  How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?

For Moses there was a burden so heavy as to produce weariness not because they were with many, but more because there was so much division between them. For Moses there may have been a similar problem as what we see today. We can find many people who say they love God, but look at that God in different ways and have different ways to serve Him. Some their worship is not liked by others because it goes against the rules made by God Himself.

In Christendom we may see several ‘planets’ or ‘stars’, find a massive quantity like Moses found one that he could not alone lead them. He wasn’t overwhelmed by the number of people. Rather, the  problem was qualitative.

Moses implied that if the Jews were spiritually and emotionally unified – were proximate to each other, like sand – their large population would not require arduous leadership.

However, when there is a nation of people, each a star in his own right and alienated from others around him, leading them becomes nightmarish.

Jonathan Hughes, rabbi of Richmond United Synagogue calls unto his co-believers saying

As this mournful time of the Jewish year approaches in the run-up to Tisha B’Av, we need to be reminded of the Jewish togetherness that must be etched into our hearts.

One of the reasons we lost the Temple in Jerusa-lem is baseless hatred. Essentially, everyone was a ‘star’ in his own right, all the people light years away from each other.

The Torah’s clarion call is, as the Beatles would say, ‘come together’.

Indeed, the rabbis teach that every Jewish soul contains elements of every other Jewish soul that has been, is, or will be on this planet. We are one unit.

Also for our Christian community we should think about that problem of unity and remember that, our success will hinge on how connected we feel to each other. Every Christian soul (a living being) should carry in him the link to the master teacher Jeshua and as such also should contain elements of every other Christian soul.

A few months ago we already spoke about the problems of co-operating in Belgium of the different Christadelphian groups. We also had to lick our wounds of the 2013-2014 season. Such a small community, but like all other Christian communities, we did and do find human beings not able to work with each other or being afraid others would runaway with people from their group or would  gain more attendance. But we should not be worrying about loosing members, but should worry about getting people closer to God.

It is also not the matter of being a star ourselves, being a gifted or highly celebrated person in the church to whom everybody looks up to, or having all the power. The power belongs to God. It’s about beginning a de-starification process and the forging of sand-like bonds of genuine fraternity. We are taking on the name of being “Brethren in Christ” and as such should be as brothers and sisters be associated for the common purpose or interest, such as to be united in Christ.

Deu 11:13-17 RNKJV  And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love YHWH your Elohim, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,  (14)  That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.  (15)  And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.  (16)  Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other elohim, and worship them;  (17)  And then YHWH’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which YHWH giveth you.

Israel was called to remain faithful to Jehovah, and we as those who are called by Christ Jesus are now also part of that Israel also should be faithful to Him and should not make ourselves other gods or other idols we prefer following instead of the Most High. Jeshua is the cornerstone given by God the Almighty. Though certain people may want to be mighty and do want to have more power than others, we should give ourselves to Christ and be united under him, working all together, working the soil, for the One God. some may expect certain rewards by following certain man but it will be God Who will abundantly bless the people with tokens of His goodness.  A person rendering service to God with all his soul, would become an acceptable “living sacrifice” unto Him).

Rom 12:1 RNKJV  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of YHWH, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto YHWH, which is your reasonable service.

It is  by the mercies of God, to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well-pleasing to God, which is our spiritual worship and a service which we are willing to share with one another, not conformed to the fashion of this world, but being transformed by the renewal of our mind, that we may learn by experience what is the will of God, what is good, and wellpleasing, and perfect (Romans 12:2).

There is the appeal for us to become co-workers, helping each other, not working against each other, or not considering each other rivals. As individual beings, planets or stars, we may be totally different, but together we are one part of the universe, just some small elements in the creation of God.

In that universe, on this globe, living in this world, we should not be part of this world but should be in unity with Christ, all going for Christ. This going for Christ demands following his instructions to go out in this world, preaching the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God. We should try to enlighten others and to take the yoke from their shoudlers by helping them to find the right path to God.

First of all we should first accept upon ourselves the yoke of heaven’s sovereignty, and afterwards accept upon ourselves the yoke of the commandments. Ceaseless we should strive to humbly accept God’s sovereignty. All that we do each day is then guided by the commitment made before at the end of the day.

Soon having a new academic year, starting a new working season, we should take the sparkles of the Summer-months with us and bring the light of the stars into the ecclesia. Without the internal core the star cannot be bright, so we too do have to have a good core. Our nucleus should have a firm duramen full of bright fire of faith. The pith of our faith should be the Biblical knowledge and our thorough frequent Bible reading and sharing this faith and Bible knowledge with each other.

From GuestwritersWe look forward to find more writers willing to write for our lifestyle magazines and bringing some interesting exhortations, which shall be able to inspire us to go further in space to go out of the darkness and see more light by even more stars which were first hidden.

We do hope we can get some more people to come to read some of our Christadelphian thoughts, to come to our meetings, showing them some more light on dark paths, showing the way unto the path into the stars

As Moses had to guide his people we also have to find guides to help us to recognise the most truthful Guide, the Bible. As brothers and sisters we should be standing ready  to pick up a star, to find something in which we are good and by which we can help others. Each of us has received some talents and those talents we should use for the best. Do not waste those talents, but use them to bring people closer to God.


Preceding posting:

Belgian Christadelphians 2013 & 2014 in review

A man from the North wanting to have control in Belgium

Delay in publications because attack from outside

Preparation for unity

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


Additional reading:

  1. Broeders in Christus 2013 & 2014 in review
  2. The Presence of God
  3. Hubble Peers into the Most Crowded Place in the Milky Way
  4. Reflect on how much idolizing happens
  5. Looking on what is going on and not being of it
  6. Marriage of Jesus 10 Old and New Covenant
  7. Preparation for unity
  8. First month of the year and predictions
  9. Days of Nisan, Pesach, Pasach, Pascha and Easter
  10. Festival of Freedom and persecutions
  11. 14 Nisan a day to remember #1 Inception
  12. 14 Nisan a day to remember #5 The Day to celebrate
  13. Certain people trying to stem freedom of speech
  14. No reconciliation possible
  15. Priority to form a loving brotherhood
  16. Not words of any organisation should bind you, but the Word of God
  17. Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
  18. Born to Shine not to fear!
  19. All I want is peace!!!
  20. See God’s wonderworks and hear His Voice
  21. Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats
  22. Joining for a new year in the assurance to be bought with a price
  23. Different approach in organisation of services #3
  24. My blogs 2014 in review
  25. Dissolution of Bijbelvorsers (Bible scholars), Association for Bible study
  26. A new voice calling for peace
  27. Welcome to “From guestwriters”
  28. Guestwriters for you
  29. Stepping Toes 2014 in review
  30. Do you have a writer or presenter in you?


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Hope by faith and free gift

Posted on July 31, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian = Following Jesus Christ, Faith, Health, Preaching, Witnessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On July the 30th we have the readings of the apostle Paul, who first demonstrated that Jews and Gentiles alike are sinners in the eyes of God and therefore worthy of death but that the gentiles also can be accepted by God and though not physically circumcised can be spiritually circumcised. (This aspect was subject of our Tuesday meeting.)

Today with Romans 5 and 6 we look at the fruits of righteousness (Romans 5:1-11), man’s righteousness contrasted with God’s gift (Romans 5:12-21) and the sanctification (Romans 6:1-23).

Having been declared righteous, then, by faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is that Nazarene man who shows the way to his heavenly Father, the God of Abraham, who is the Only One God.

In our life we do come across a lot of trouble. We do have to grow up by falling and standing up. We are often mocked at because we do have faith in the Most High Divine God. We show to others that we are pleased that by Christ Jesus we have the access by the faith into this grace in which we have stood, and we boast on the hope of the glory of God. Yes even in the more difficult moments or in tribulations we want to continue believing in what we think is the Truth. We do want to continue to follow the path Jesus prepared for us. Even when we not have it easy we do know those difficulties can make us stronger, knowing that the tribulation does work endurance;  and the endurance, experience; and the experience, hope.

We are also not afraid to show our hope which does not make us ashamed, because the love of God has been poured forth in our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

We can rejoice because we are convinced that all the events which have been foretold became a reality and showed us that God is “a living God” ready to be involved in the lives of those who are willing to have Him enter their souls.

Though we may be afflicted in every way, we shall not be crushed. More than once we may be perplexed, but not driven to despair. We also have many brethren and sisters who are persecuted, but they are not forsaken. Many may want us to abase or struck us down but shall not be able to destroy us. (2 Corinthians 4:8,9).

Been declared righteous now in Jeshua his blood, we shall be saved through him from the wrath;  for if, being enemies, we have been reconciled to God through the death of His Son. The Bible tells us it is even more, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved in his life.

English: Carving on the marble pulpit of St St...

Carving on the marble pulpit of St Stephen’s Church in Bournemouth. Hampshire. The work of Nathaniel Hitch. The carvings represent three scenes from the New Testament. In the central panel Jesus is seen preaching the sermon on the mount. On each side we have St Peter preaching on the first Whitsunday(Pentecost) and St Paul preaching in Athens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The master teacher asked his disciples to go out in the world and to preach the Gospel, the Good News of the coming Kingdom. Therefore we as followers of Christ Jesus should also be boasting in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom now we did receive the reconciliation.

The world has received the gift which is of many offences to a declaration of ‘Righteous‘ by which our fear should be taken away, when we are living according to God’s commandments.

The person who has been justified by God’s grace has a new, higher, and nobler motivation for holiness than the shallow, hypocritical self-righteousness or fear that seems to motivate so many religious people today. The person who has truly been justified is truly ‘Pleased to do the Father’s will‘ and rejoice by the hope he may have by his faith!

Have a real happy day today! and Rejoice!


Additional reading:

  1. Condemnation of the World and Illustration of Justification
  2. God who knows the heart
  3. Partakers of the sufferings
  4. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  5. Trouble is coming
  6. Heed of the Saviour
  7. Do not be so busy adding up your troubles
  8. Faith and trial
  9. Faith a commitment to the promises of Christ and to to the demands of Christ
  10. A small trouble is like a pebble
  11. A Breath for tomorrow
  12. Rejoicing in the day
  13. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  14. 1 Corinthians 15 Hope in action
  15. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow
  16. God is my refuge and my fortress in Him I will trust
  17. Have a real happy day today!
  18. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  19. A concrete picture of what is to come in the future
  20. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement
  21. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  22. Foundation to go the distance
  23. Not many coming out with their community name
  24. Preachers should know and continue the task Jesus has given his followers
  25. Let us make sure we are not stiff-necked


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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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Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God

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No insurmountable obstacles to come to know God

Daily Spiritual Food To prepare ourselves for the Kingdom of God

Cognizance at the doorstep or at the internet socket

Genuine message of salvation

God who knows the heart

The Right One to follow and to worship

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Dealing with worries in our lives

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


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  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
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  20. Sharing the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge
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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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In a world which knows no peace sharing blessed hope

Genuine message of salvation

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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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  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
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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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  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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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.”

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“…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.+


Preceding articles:

Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God

Looking on what is going on and not being of it

Authority given to him To give eternal life


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”.


  • 1 Timothy 6:1-21 Godliness (
  • 1 Timothy 4 (
    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 (
    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 (
    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! (
    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’ (
    Get our minds ready: Develop a devotion and prayer life.
    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!! (
    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 (
    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 (
    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 (
    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


Additional reading:

  1. God should be your hope
  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!

DSC00237 Bible Translation on the shelf

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



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



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


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.

    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?
    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.


  • Peter Responds to Critics (
    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 (
    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 (
    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.
    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 (
    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.
    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? (
    There is no doubt that God is portrayed in the Old Testament as commanding and doing some things we would regard as barabric today.
    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 (
    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 (
    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 (
    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 (
    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.



Establish your hearts blameless in holiness


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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    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?
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    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 (
    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 (
    the wisdom of God is occurring through the presence of love
  • “Whoever Disbelieves, Strike Off His Head”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, February 2015 (
    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 (
    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! (
    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 (
    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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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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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


  • Another word not to use carelessly (
    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 (
    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? (
    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? (
    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 (
    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 (
    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 (
    Repent. Get back on track. Begin again. Pick things up from where they were. Do something positive about whatever ‘it’ is.
  • A Spiritual Prescription (
    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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