Life and Death

The Right One to follow and to worship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All flesh to worship Jehovah, the Only One True God

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

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

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

“The righteous will live by Faith”.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Preceding articles:

Establish your hearts blameless in holiness

God has not destined us for wrath

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

 

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Additional reading:

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

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Additional reading:

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

    What If God Was Cruel

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

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

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

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

  6.  Revelation Chapter 8

  7. Revelation Chapter 10

  8. The Wrath of God Against Sin

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

  9.  Last Days, part 1 – Pastor David

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“God has not destined us for wrath”

(The Christadelphian thought by the readings for May 19)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God has not destined us for wrath”,

but to obtain salvation.

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Establish your hearts blameless in holiness

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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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Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)

Posted on May 8, 2015. Filed under: Bible Quotes, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Education, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Life and Death, Prophecy, Witnessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

 

“«For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.» The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalms 19:1 ERV)

“1  And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:1-3 ERV)

“thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.” (Isaiah 7:7 ERV)

“Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth; and the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth:” (Jeremiah 1:9 ERV)

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works.” (John 14:10 ERV)

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Ephesians 6:17 ERV)

“Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.” (Exodus 3:6 ERV)

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20 ERV)

“Worthy art thou, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honour and the power: for thou didst create all things, and because of thy will they were, and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 ERV)

“2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am JEHOVAH: 3 and I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH I was not known to them.” (Exodus 6:2-3 ERV)

“13 And thou sayest, What doth God know? can he judge through the thick darkness? 14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.” (Job 22:13-14 ERV)

“5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, [and] Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God from everlasting to everlasting: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. 6 Thou art the LORD, even thou alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all things that are thereon, the seas and all that is in them, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. 7 Then art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham;” (Nehemiah 9:5-7 ERV)

“7  Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify unto thee: I am God, [even] thy God. 8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices; and thy burnt offerings are continually before me. 9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he-goats out of thy folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. 11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. 13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer unto God the sacrifice of thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the Most High: 15 And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. 16  But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes; and that thou hast taken my covenant in thy mouth? 17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.” (Psalms 50:7-17 ERV)

“11 And he gave some [to be] apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ: 13 till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 that we may be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error;” (Ephesians 4:11-14 ERV)

“And I, brethren, when I came unto you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the mystery of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:1 ERV)

“9 but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And [which] entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him. 10 But unto us God revealed [them] through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 ERV)

“14 Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, and he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:14-16 ERV)

“Who hath directed the spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?” (Isaiah 40:13 ERV)

“5 which in other generations was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 [to wit], that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-members of the body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,” (Ephesians 3:5-6 ERV)

“that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, [even] Christ,” (Colossians 2:2 ERV)

“Speak not in the hearing of a fool; for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.” (Proverbs 23:9 ERV)

“1  Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse saith, and the man who was raised on high saith, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel: 2 The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was upon my tongue.” (2 Samuel 23:1-2 ERV)

“Brethren, it was needful that the scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost spake before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was guide to them that took Jesus.” (Acts 1:16 ERV)

“And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Isaiah the prophet unto your fathers,” (Acts 28:25 ERV)

“searching what [time] or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did point unto, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that should follow them.” (1 Peter 1:11 ERV)

“20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation. 21 For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20-21 ERV)

“But the Comforter, [even] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you.” (John 14:26 ERV)

“16 Every scripture inspired of God [is] also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ERV)

“And for this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when ye received from us the word of the message, [even the word] of God, ye accepted [it] not [as] the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also worketh in you that believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13 ERV)

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 ERV)

“Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11 ERV)

“49  ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, because thou hast made me to hope. 50  This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” (Psalms 119:49-50 ERV)

“7 Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: yea, with all thou hast gotten get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to thine head a chaplet of grace: a crown of beauty shall she deliver to thee.” (Proverbs 4:7-9 ERV)

“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.” (Proverbs 15:14 ERV)

“And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:23 ERV)

“But solid food is for fullgrown men, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:14 ERV)

“Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” (Daniel 1:17 ERV)

“There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.” (Proverbs 21:30 ERV)

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; but the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” (Proverbs 19:21 ERV)

“7 Consider what I say; for the Lord shall give thee understanding in all things. 8  Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel: 9 wherein I suffer hardship unto bonds, as a malefactor; but the word of God is not bound. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” (2 Timothy 2:7-10 ERV)

“And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, [even] Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3 ERV)

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20 ERV)

“2 for kings and all that are in high place; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 who willeth that all men should be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:2-4 ERV)

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Hearing words to accept

Genuine message of salvation

God who knows the heart

La Bible, Parole de Dieu poussés par l’Esprit-Saint pour enseigner, pour convaincre et pour corriger

Bijbel, Gods Woord tot opvoeding (NBG51)

Bibel Gott redet Worte zu unserer Belehrung geschrieben

Hele Skrif deur God geïnspireer om in die waarheid te onderrig en dwaling te bestry

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Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word

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Genuine message of salvation

Posted on May 7, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Christendom and Christianity, History, Holy Scriptures, Life and Death, Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“God who made the world and everything …”

(Thought by the readings of May 6)
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Page of the Acts of the Apostles from the last edition of the bible originally translated by Johann Dietenberger, published in Augsburg 1776 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What exciting chapters we read in Acts today (16 & 17)! We see Paul’s total commitment to preach among as many Gentiles as possible the genuine message of salvation. This was despite whatever kind of hostility arose. He usually began by speaking to the Jews – and

“reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving …” (17:2,3)

his message about the teaching, life and death of Jesus; but most Jews rejected this with acts of violence.

The Jews revered their holy book, but they seriously misunderstood it – the same has been the case, but for different reasons, among Christians since the first couple of Centuries; since then all too many decide what they want to believe, such as going to heaven when they die – and vainly look for proof, ignoring all the passages that tell them something different.

Paul came to Athens and found

“the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new” (verse 21);

these were the things of human imagination, but Paul challenged them to get to know

“the God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth” (verse 24).

The Bible has made this challenge to the world ever since. Paul told the Athenians to

“seek God … that they might feel their way toward him and find him … he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness” (verses 27,30,31).

There are increasing reasons to believe that the “day” of judgement in now very close! Our world is in a total mess. The reactions in Athens was that “some mocked” (verse 32) especially at the thought of the dead being raised. What is your reaction?

How pleased God will be if He sees your reaction as being like it was

“in Thessalonica (where) they received the word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily …” (verse 11).

May we feel motivated to do the same – and not be like the virgins who had no oil in their lamps (Matthew 25:3) or like those, of whom Jesus said in his final message to one of the churches,

“because you are lukewarm … I will spit you out of my mouth … so be zealousbehold I stand at the door …” (Revelation 3:16,19,20).

Let’s be ready to open it.

the Christadelphian

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Next: Showing by the scriptures that …
A Dutch text going deeper on this subject and on the next article may be found at:
Echte boodschap van redding niet ver te zoeken

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Additional reading:

  1. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  2. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  3. Not able to make contact with God because to busy
  4. Appointed to be read
  5. The manager and Word of God
  6. As Christ’s slaves doing the Will of God in gratitude
  7. The holy spirit will bring back to your minds all the things told
  8. We should use the Bible every day
  9. Feed Your Faith Daily
  10. Be an Encourager
  11. Believing in the send one and understanding that one does not live by bread alone
  12. We may not be ignorant to get wisdom
  13. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  14. Eternal Word that tells everything
  15. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word

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May reading the Bible provoke us into action to set our feet on the narrow way

Posted on May 1, 2015. Filed under: Exhortation, Life and Death, Manners and Association, Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the coming days we shall look at the way how we can look at things and how we have to be conscious about those things we see around us and how they fit into the Plan of the Creator. We shall look at that what many in this world do not see any more and are not hearing any more.

It is not that God plays ‘hide and seek‘; It is not that He does not give enough opportunities fro man to find Him.

The coming days we shall give attention in our ecclesia to the Words God gave to the world to find Him, to know what He wants from us, and how He gives us the opportunity to make the best out of our life.

“… fully set to do evil”

(Thought for the Bible readings of April 29 and the coming talks in the ecclesia)

That is not an inviting heading for our thoughts, is it! Solomon observes in today’s chapter in Ecclesiastes that

the heartof man is fully set to do evil …”

because the

“sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily” (8:11).

It made us think of the protracted system of so-called justice today in this country. As each year passes the hearts of humans are more and more focussed on self-centred ways of living with any thought of there being a God vanishing out of their minds.

How true it now is that

“man’s trouble lies heavy upon him” (verse 6)

– and it’s going to get heavier. Written near the end of his life, Solomon appears to be in a depressed, but totally honest, state of mind. Despite all his wise sayings and wisdom in ruling, the nation is not in a good state – and disaster will soon follow after his death. How does this compare with today – as genuine study and belief in the Bible is nearly dead?

All About Evil

All About Evil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are some comparisons of thought with the history lesson Stephen gave the religious leaders in Jerusalem after they arrested him. We read this today in Acts 7and saw how they totally missed his point – and stoned him to death. His lesson was about the actions of God in interfering at different times in past events in Israel – so as to bring about his purpose. The hearts of his hearers had been “fully set to do evil” – and so they crucified their Messiah – and now they stone Stephen to death.

Now consider how God always acts to bring good out of human evil! Think of the events that followed. Even more, we need to think of our own troubled times, evil, godless times. We are on the threshold of God’s ultimate dramatic act – to deal with evil – and shock a world that is more “fully set to do evil” than ever before. How blind our world has become – few consider the possibility that there is a God, especially a God who sees all and knows all.

We have no Apostles to challenge us – only Bibles – but most of these are simply gathering dust! Does yours? There is no point in reading them – unless they provoke us to action to set our feet on the narrow way – for, said Jesus,

“the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction …” (Matthew 6:13)

– and the time of destruction appears to be fearfully close.

– The Christadelphian

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Look out for coming articles:

Bible, god’s Word to edify

Written down in God’s Name

God’s sayings notated

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Additional readings:

  1. Epicurus’ Problem of Evil
  2. Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places
  3. Consider your own journey in life
  4. God’s wrath and sanctification
  5. God wants to be gracious to you
  6. God receives us on the basis of our faith
  7. God plays hide-n-seek?
  8. God does not change
  9. Act as if everything you think, say and do determines your entire life
  10. Growth in character
  11. Look with your eyes. See with your heart!
  12. On the Edge of Believing

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Believing in the send one and understanding that one does not live by bread alone

Posted on April 24, 2015. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom and Christianity, Exhortation, Family, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Life and Death | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this world many are not interested in God. Others are but make their own god. In the Christian world there are many who prefer to keep to human dogma‘s instead of taking the words of the bible for what they say and mean.

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Jesus appears to the disciples (watercolour) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today there are still lots of Christians who do not want to know what a spirit is and who Jesus really is and what he really has done. they still are like unbelieving Thomas who had to lay his hands in the wounds of his master teacher. In case Jesus was God he naturally could not have done that, because God is a spirit, which means He has no bones and no flesh, but Christ was a real man of flesh and blood and bones. His bones were not broken but he was really killed by impalement. Many could witness that and after he had died and was put in his grave to be in hell for three days, many saw him alive again and could see the wounds of his impalement.

“See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye behold me having.” (Luke 24:39 ASV)

“{1} God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth. {1) Or [God is spirit]}” (John 4:24 ASV)

God is an eternal Spirit, which means He has no beginning, no birth and cannot die. Most Christians also do forget this and that the Bible tells us that nobody is able to see God and live, though many could see Jesus and did not fall death, the opposite some even came back to live.

 “And he {Jehovah God} said, Thou canst not see my face; for man shall not see me and live.” (Exodus 33:20 ASV)

The Word of God tells us about the one who God gave the world and would be a light for many. Though that man

 “He was not the light, but [came] that he might bear witness of the light.” (John 1:8 ASV)

He came to make clear to the world Who the Divine Creator is and what He wants from His creation, mankind. He only wanted to do the Will of God, and not his will, to give what no man ever had given to another, namely real peace and life. those who say to love Jesus should really accept his words and the words of his heavenly Father, knowing that Jesus never claimed to be God,but knew very well that God is much greater than him and that he could do nothing without his heavenly Father the God of Abraham, Who is One.

“27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. 28  Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe. 30 I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing {1} in me; {1) Or [in me. But that…I do, arise etc]} 31 but that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” (John 14:27-31 ASV)

“17  But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh even until now, and I work. 18 For this cause therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only brake the sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doeth, these the Son also doeth in like manner. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and greater works than these will he show him, that ye may marvel. 21 For as the Father raiseth the dead and giveth them life, even so the Son also giveth life to whom he will. 22 For neither doth the Father judge any man, but he hath given all judgment unto the Son; 23 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father that sent him. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life. 25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that {1} hear shall live. {1) Or [hearken]} 26 For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself: 27 and he gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man.” (John 5:17-27 ASV)

Let us when we look at Jesus remember that his heavenly Father is the Greatest and is the One and Only One Who we have to worship. We should honour that God Who accepted the ransom offering by Jesus who always kept to God’s entire commandments. Like Jesus observed them we must diligently observe them, so that we may live and increase. And let us understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Most High God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah,which we should believe. God has given his only begotten beloved son so that we can have the most precious gift of the world, life.

“1  All the commandment which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which Jehovah sware unto your fathers. 2 And thou shalt remember all the way which Jehovah thy God hath led thee these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble thee, to prove thee, to know what was in thy heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or not. 3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by everything that proceedeth out of the mouth of Jehovah doth man live.” (Deuteronomy 8:1-3 ASV)

“Know then in your hearts that …”

(Thought by the bible readings of April 24)

All 5 chapters today challenge us – in our hearts: reading God’s word should, indeed must, cause a valuable degree of conscience searching! Moses final exhortation is dynamic! BUT, only if we read it in the right frame of mind. It includes the words Jesus quoted when he was tempted (read this as ‘tested’ in the wilderness)

“… that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD … Know then in your heart that …” (Deuteronomy 8:3).

Moses earnestly counsels that when they have reached and settled in the promised land to

beware lest you say in your heart, ‘my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth’. You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth … if you forget the LORD your God … I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish” (verses 17-19).

It is essential that we all reflect on our situation; and that all our trials and our blessings have – and will – come from God, recognising that he (and now also his Son, our mediator) oversee our lives as he did the lives of his nation as they travelled through the wilderness.

Our final chapter in John includes Jesus’ words to Peter

“to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God” (verse 19).

He now had a strong mind and was ready to

“be faithful unto death”.

In chapter 20 we have Jesus’ words to Thomas who had been absent when Jesus appeared to the other disciples and is often called ‘doubting Thomas’ because he would not believe the excited testimony of his fellow disciples that

“we have seen the Lord” (verse 25).

Jesus tells Thomas to

“put your finger here, and see my hands; and put your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe” (verse 27).

“Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” (verse 29).

This 20th chapter ends with some very telling verses,

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book, but these are written so that you may believe … and that by believing you may have life in his name”.

This gives us a purposeful and meaningful life and will, when Jesus returns, lead to an existence for eternity in his kingdom, which is far beyond our ability at present to comprehend.

the Christadelphian thought for the day

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Additional reading:

  1. Dealing with worries in our lives
  2. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  3. What moves mountains? Trust!
  4. Looking at three “I am” s
  5. Looking on what is going on and not being of it
  6. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  7. One mediator between God and man

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  • Christ has died. Christ had risen. Christ will come again. (oxshomathewxo.wordpress.com)
    Jesus knew that he trusted God no matter what his story will be in the future. In today’s time we tend to doubt God’s plan (I know that I do) and sometimes we try to change our destiny by bargaining God, but in the end, we know that he knows our beginning and he knows our end.
  • Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Joshua 1 verse 9′ (mylordmyfriend.com)
    We all have new lives in Christ Jesus, but we need to take new ground, a ground where we leave our fears and doubts don’t hold us back.. The reason we can leave our fears and doubts behind is ’The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

    Fears and doubts can destroy plans, and fears and doubts had held back the people Moses was leading, once, from taking all that was promised to them. God has plans for us all, Jeremiah 29 verse 11: And He calling us to accept the plans He has for our lives.

    So what Our Lord and Our Friend is telling us, We can be scared and afraid and wonder if we are doing the right things,  But we can be strong and courageous, because He is with us, and our strength comes from Him.

  • Gratitude: The Importance of Teaching Children The Value of It (empowermentmomentsblog.com)
    Studies have proven that the more frequently we express gratitude and give thanks for everything, the more we can decrease stress and increase our feeling of belonging.

    Additionally, we have experienced that we are happier, more optimistic about life itself and we have better and healthier relationships as we live out and practice gratitude.

  • What Tables Would Jesus Turn Over Today? (expressyourself4him.wordpress.com)
    If today was the beginning of his final week on earth, I wonder if Jesus would respond in a similar manner.  How much compassion would be displayed?  What anger would be demonstrated and where else beside the temple would Jesus target?  Although its just a hunch, I believe Jesus would go into the house of saints, throwing idols off their shelves, trying to purge believers from their worldly ways.  After this visit, Christians must decide for themselves, relying on freewill to determine, “who will I follow?”
  • Brave (lisanlyons.com)
    “Our strength may fail, but our God will not.”  ~unknown

    When I don’t know, God does. / When I am tired, God’s not. / When I hurt, God carries me. / When I cry, God dries my tears.

  • A blessing to pray over others (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
    Your priesthood is from God and is meant to glorify the Lord. So bless the children you have in the name of Jesus. Pray the Numbers 6:24-26 prayer over them. It might sound old fashioned but its worth every bit to pray over children and along with them for their success in life. A preacher too must pray the blessing of God over his congregation so that as they walk out after the worship service they continue to revel in the presence of the Lord God and remember that true and everlasting sucess comes from God alone.
  • Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord. Palm Sunday 2015 (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
    The one who comes in the name of the Lord is the person who comes with the Lord’s authority to bring about the Lord’s will on earth. The one who comes in the name of the Lord comes to accomplish the will of the Lord.
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    We also misunderstand what it means that Jesus has come in the name of the Lord. He comes into our midst in the Lord’s name to give us freedom and victory. We keep thinking that means He will give Christians glory and honor in this world, or that He will deliver us from suffering and humiliation. We think that Jesus has come in the Name of the Lord to do our will. He has not. He has come to accomplish the will of God. The will of God is not to deliver us from all suffering or that His church have this world’s glory and praise. The will of God is that we be set free from slavery to sin.
  • what if we’re not called to walk on the water… but rather to be submerged in God? (derekmaul.wordpress.com)
    Sometimes I wonder, if Jesus took my hand, that maybe he’d be more likely to take me under. Immersed. My experience of God is so surface so much of the time. For me I think the invitation is not so much to walk on the water as it is to become submerged in God.
  • 28.5 Moses 28, Day 5 (thenotesaregood.com)
    Revelation 3:20 paints a haunting image.  In a rebuke of the church it notes “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”.  Instead of being inside, at the center, Jesus is outside knocking for anyone to hear His voice and open the door.  And, yet, even then – He knocks!
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This was my reward

Posted on April 24, 2015. Filed under: Life and Death, Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“This was my reward”

(Thought by the bible readings of April 23)

The wisest of kings, Solomon, reflects on what his life had really achieved. In reading Ecclesiastes, we perceive his remarkable insight into the meaning and purpose, from a human perspective, of all that we do and all that we possess in our lives. What does Solomon’s insight reveal? He sees he has used his wisdom to accomplish everything possible.

His second chapter details this,

“… my heart still guiding me with wisdom … I made great works, I built houses and planted vineyards … made myself gardens and parks and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. I made myself pools … had slaves … also great possessions of herds … also gathered for myself silver and gold … I got singers … many concubines … so I became great and surpassed all who were before me … whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure … this was my reward for all my toil” (verses 3-11).

English: Solomon's Wealth and Wisdom, as in 1 ...

Solomon’s Wealth and Wisdom, as in 1 Kings 3:12-13, illustration from a Bible card published 1896 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Consider carefully his conclusion! “this was my reward” – but we noted even more his next comment,

“then I considered all that I had done and the toil I had expended”. And what does he see as the outcome of his considerations?

“Behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind”.

Other versions have,

“I saw everything was emptiness and chasing the wind” (NEB)

meaningless” (NIV).

Solomon saw that life has no lasting substance, yet we all strive after things we can possess and experience, but at the end of the day there is nothing ‘eternal’ in what we have achieved! Solomon then declares

“so I hated life” (verse 17).

It seems evident he wrote Ecclesiastes near the end of his life. He lacked the vision that his father David possessed. David wrote a Psalm and commented about “men of the world whose portion is in this life” but in the next verse stated,

“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness” (Psalm 17:14,15).

What will we be satisfied with?

Ecclesiastes makes humans look in the mirror of their minds and consider what they are accomplishing in life. Do you have a ‘mirror’ in your mind? What do you see when you look in it? It makes many read and reflect on God’s word more fervently.

the Christadelphian thought for the day

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  • Ecclesiastes 3:1 – There is a time for everything, (church4u2.wordpress.com)
    it seems we are perpetually tired and lack the margin to enjoy life. Solomon shows us that this is not unique to our culture. To understand the season that we are in can help us say no to many good things that are not appropriate at that particular time. May God give us the wisdom of Solomon, who knew how to focus on the right things in the right season.
  • Proverbs and Ecclesiastes (Amy Plantinga Pauw) — Review (bobcornwall.com)
    Every culture seems to produce a form of wisdom literature—sacred words meant to give guidance for daily life. The Bible is no different. While very different in their message, two books of the Hebrew Bible, both traditionally linked to Solomon, who was renowned for his wisdom, exemplify this tradition.
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    Proverbs and Ecclesiastes were viewed by many modern Christian biblical scholars as stepchildren of the canon, awkward presences whose concerns were largely alien to the center of Israel’s faith” (p. 1). Torah and the Prophets, along with the Psalms seemed more promising.
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    Wisdom is not innate, but must be taught. The wisdom offered is practical, but it is rooted in a concern for social ethics (righteousness, justice, and equity), and centered in the premise that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7).
  • Vanity, vanity (standupforthetruth.com)
    Have you spent time in the book of Ecclesiastes lately? It not only tells the story of how King Solomon learned the meaninglessness of making himself his own god of sorts, but it leaves us with wise words from someone who threw his own God-given wisdom away.
  • Learning From Solomon’s Mistakes (danspulpit.wordpress.com)
    The faithful never really intend to back slide or replace their love for the Almighty with things, ego and the like. But too often, little by little the blessings chip away at the faithful and he or she begins to love the blessings more than the One who blesses.
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    We reap what we sow. Solomon held nothing back and lived his life to the full, enjoying all his blessings. But his heart grew cold to the Lord. He ended up worshipping other gods and the great king Solomon may very well be in hell, if he didn’t truly repent later in life. He did summarize what he thought of his life of excess:

    Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.  I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed all is vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecclesiastes1:2,14).

    After experiencing first hand like no other the pointlessness of living a life for self and pleasure, Solomon concluded:

    “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

     

  • Why We Need To See Life Like A 1 Year Old (kellyjgrace.com)
    Solomon’s Life Hacks are designed to help us manage our expectations and increase our enjoyment of life.
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Authority given to him To give eternal life

Posted on April 22, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Life and Death, Manners and Association | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jesus got some disciples which he made into apostles, people to sent out and to bring his messages to other places. Those apostles have listened to, which they could see with their own eyes. Their own hands have handled concerning the Word of Life and brought us also the message of the Good News.

The Life of the Ages which was with the Father was manifested to them in order that more people could also have fellowship in it and could find fellowship and union with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

The evangelists wrote those things down in order that their joy may be made complete in bringing the very important message of the one they considered to be the Messiah. If, while they were living in darkness, they professed to have fellowship with him, they spoke falsely and were not adhering to the truth.  (1 John 1:6) For them it was also clear that he who professes to know him, and yet does not obey his commands, is a liar, and the truth has no place in his heart. (1 John 2:4) Therefore it is for Christians very important to seriously consider how they want to look at Jesus and how they follow up his orders.

The Pharisees Question Jesus

The Pharisees Question Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As brothers and sisters in Christ we should have unity like Jesus was one with his heavenly Father. Together we should have fellowship with one another, in the knowledge that the blood of Jesus Christ, God His son, we are cleansed from every sin, but may not think we are without sin.  As sinful human beings we still are weak and prone to sin. (Are not mistaken.) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

When Judas, having taken a group of soldiers and temple-police from the chief priests and Pharisees, came in the Garden of Gethsemane with lanterns, torches, and weapons, Jesus asked them whom they were looking for. When they answered him and said,

“Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus said to them,

“I am he.”

like any of us would answer “I am” when asked if we were so or so, such a reply with “I am” does not make us to be God, like many trinitarians do think Jesus is God because he gave such an answer.

Joh 18:3-8 The Scriptures 1998+  (3)  Yehuḏah, then, having received the company of soldiers, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, and torches, and weapons.  (4)  יהושע {Jeshua}, then, knowing all that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”  (5)  They answered Him, “יהושע {Jeshua} of Natsareth.” יהושע {Jeshua} said to them, “I am.” And Yehuḏah, who delivered Him up, was also standing with them.  (6)  When, therefore, He said to them, “I am,” they drew back and fell to the ground.  (7)  Once more He asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “יהושע {Jeshua} of Natsareth.”  (8)  יהושע {Jeshua} answered, “I said to you that I am. If, then, you seek Me, allow these to go,”

Before all this Jesus had asked them

“Do you know what I have done to you?

Joh 13:13-20 The Scriptures 1998+  (13)  “You call me Teacher and Master, and you say well, for I am.  (14)  “Then if I, Master and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  (15)  “For I gave you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.  (16)  “Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is an emissary greater than he who sent him.  (17)  “If you know these teachings, blessed are you if you do them.  (18)  “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen, but that the Scripture might be filled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’  (19)  “Now I say to you, before it takes place, that when it does take place, you shall believe that I am.  (20)  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send, receives Me. And he who receives Me, receives Him who sent Me.”

It was only a short time that Jesus had  a public life going around teaching and trying to get people to understand the Works of his Father, the Only One True God. After three years the time came for Jesus to lift up his eyes to heaven recognising that the time had come. Then Jesus asked God that He would glorify His Son, that he may glorify Him, the God of Abraham, just as He has given Jeshua (Jesus Christ) authority over all mankind to give eternal life to all whom God has given to him.

It is God Who calls and it is God Who gives. Jesus is the sent one from God, who brought light into the world. For Jesus it was clear that eternal life means knowing Jehovah God as the only true God, but as being the sent one from God he also knew that for mankind it was important to get to know him as well. The world had to come to recognise Jeshua, Jesus Christ as God His messenger and as Kristos or Christ.

Jesus all his life long did not want to do his will but tried always to do God’s Will. He also never claimed doing the miracles himself and never wanted the glory for himself. He always glorified Jehovah God down here upon the earth by completing the work which God had given him to do.  But now came the time that Jesus asked his heavenly Father also to glorify him. Before Jesus was born, God already promised the world to send a saviour. This happened already before the world with all the inhabitants existed. Only the 1° Adam and Eve where there to hear about him who would be called later, the son of man, the son of God and would be the 2° Adam, the first-born of the re-newed world.

In the short time Jesus publicly went from one place to an other, he made Jehovah, the God of Abraham known to the men whom God had given him out of the world. God made Jesus to chose men from the world who would continue Jesus his work. At first they were Gods, but now God had given them to Jesus, and they have obeyed God’s message.  In this way those disciples of Jesus have come to know that everything God has given Jeshua (Jesus) really comes from God;  for Jesus has given them the teachings that did not come form Jesus himself but came from God. It were the Words from God given to Christ Jesus which the disciples of Jesus accepted and they have come to know in reality that Jesus did come from God, and so they were convinced that God did send him. In Jesus they found the light of life and found their sending.

Joh 17:1-8 The Scriptures 1998+  (1)  יהושע {Jeshua} said these words, and lifted up His eyes to the heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come. Esteem Your Son, so that Your Son also might esteem You,  (2)  as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give everlasting life to all whom You have given Him.  (3)  “And this is everlasting life, that they should know You, the only true Elohim, and יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah whom You have sent.  (4)  “I have esteemed You on the earth, having accomplished the work You have given Me that I should do.  (5)  “And now, esteem Me with Yourself, Father, with the esteem which I had with You before the world was.  (6)  “I have revealed Your Name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have guarded Your Word.1 Footnote: 1See Ps. 138:2.  (7)  “Now they have come to know that all You gave to Me, is from You.  (8)  “Because the Words which You gave to Me, I have given to them. And they have received them, and have truly known that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.

“To give eternal life to …”

(April 22)

Today we read the conclusion to – what we see as a sort of ‘Bible School’ Jesus gave his disciples in the hours before his arrest. John, his most intimate disciple, records it in wonderful, thought provoking detail. It began with the washing of the disciples’ feet (chapter 13), to the end of chapter 17 – for chapter 18 starts with

“When Jesus has spoken these words he went out with his disciples … where there was a garden”.

Chapter 17 contains the climax to his teachings; it is actually his prayer to the Father which John obviously heard. Christ’s teaching had included the wonderful promise that “the Holy Spirit” described as a “Helper … even the Spirit of Truth” (14:16,17) would be given to them and this

“Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (verse 26).

By this means John was able to write down in great detail the teaching at this ‘Bible School’ that took place that evening, probably till after midnight. Jesus is praying for the unity of his disciples for at times there had been dispute among them as to who would be the greatest (Luke 9:36). Jesus says in his prayer,

“… Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one” (verses 11,22).

This shows us that there is a perfect unity (not a Trinity, it’s not a Bible word). Between Jesus and God, which true followers must also strive to have.

Our Saviour’s prayer to God also acknowledges the “authorityhe has been given

to give eternal life to all whom you have given him” (verse 2).

He then says,

“this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (verse 3).

This is to “know” in the sense of developing a real living relationship with Jesus and his Father, developed from a heart-felt ‘knowing’ of his word.

Finally, the prayer of Jesus is also –

“I do not ask for these (the disciples) only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they all may be one … so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (verses 21,22).

And so the disciples became Apostles (which developed the meaning ‘sent forth’ – see Acts 1:25) and they were a team, there was no further dissension from jealousies between.

May we fully follow their example as we share the original gospel with others. Sadly the increasing spiritual darkness in our world is obscuring the light – so look at the challenging, but inspiring words of 1 John 1:5-7.

1Jn 1:5-7 The Scriptures 1998+  (5)  And this is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that Elohim is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  (6)  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and are not doing the truth.  (7)  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of יהושע  {Jeshua} Messiah His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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Preceding articles:

Doing the works of God

Not my will, but thine be done

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

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Additional reading:

  1. The very very beginning 2 The Word and words
  2. Necessity of a revelation of creation 1 Works of God and works of man
  3. Necessity of a revelation of creation 3 Getting understanding by Word of God 1
  4. Necessity of a revelation of creation 4 Getting understanding by Word of God 2
  5. The meek one riding on an ass
  6. Continuing Paul’s Prayer Requests
  7. Blindness in the Christian world
  8. Looking for a primary cause and a goal that can not offer philosophers existing beliefs

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Like grasshoppers

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

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

“Like grasshoppers”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But the 10 said

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the Christadelphian

English: Sunrise on Mt. Sinai in Egypt

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

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Find also to read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Penal Substitution (forfreedomalone.wordpress.com)
    Christianity is not a ‘stand-alone’ faith. It stands on the shoulders of the faith of the children of Israel.
    Just as Edison ‘perfected’ the work of others and created a workable lightbulb, but did not actually invent the light bulb, so we have entered into the fullness of an inheritance which they were expecting.
    We are too glib in dismissing the foundation laid by them, the carrying of the promise and the testimony into our day. We need to be more aware of the ground on which we are privileged to stand.
  • To Soar In The Spirit You Have To Be Hard Core (theinscribedheart.com)
    Moses successor, was a foreshadow of our Christ. Jesus Christ and Joshua actually were called by the same name in Hebrew, Yeshua. Understand that Yeshua leading the children of Israel into the promised land of their inheritance is a direct correlation to Yoshua, the Christ, leading the redeemed church through the salvation of the soul. The children of Israel fought Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Canaanites, and so on. We do battle with envy, greed, selfishness, lust, idolatry and so on. Though our enemies are somewhat different, we should have the same uncompromising approach when it comes to dealing with them. Make no deals, show no mercy, and utterly destroy.
  • The Twelve Spies – The Edge of Believing (gfrase.wordpress.com)
    It was the Israelites who requested a look-see at what was ahead. It sounds reasonable to plan but as one reads through Numbers 13, it indicates that some of them were not ready for the task ahead.
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    The edge of believing is always in front of us. Fear is a natural human emotion. Wisdom and healthy respect are benefits, but fear can shut us down when we don’t take it to God. He is absolutely approachable with honest prayer and provides several means of reassurance through His son, His Word and  the spirit penetrating our hearts.
  • The Ecumenical Spirit (etsop95.wordpress.com)
    An ecumenical spirit is strong with a huge portion of humanity. An ecumenical spirit is, essentially, an acceptance of ideas that do not necessarily correspond with one’s own. The idea of exclusivism in societal application is not well received. In Ezra 4 one reads of effort of some to import the ecumenical spirit into the work of the children of Israel after they were given permission by Cyrus the Great to return to their homeland after being in a foreign land for many decades.
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    It is a challenge to those devoted to the purity of the Lord’s teaching to not only adhere to that teaching, but to resist all competing ideas. The ecumenical spirit, whether motivated out of genuine interest or impure motives, is a spirit (teaching) that is corrupting. Those who fall into its trap are those who do not know the Lord.
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A race not to swift, nor a battle to the strong

Posted on February 25, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Quotes, Faith, Life and Death | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 
“11  I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. 12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 ASV)

“24  Know ye not that they that run in a {1} race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain. {1) Gr [race-course]} 25 And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they [do it] to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 ASV)

“For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.” (James 2:26 ASV)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ASV)

“that the proof of your faith, [being] more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ:” (1 Peter 1:7 ASV)

“6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; 7 casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you. 8  Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, 9 whom withstand stedfast in {1} your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are {2} accomplished in your {3} brethren who are in the world. {1) Or [the] 2) Gr [being accomplished] 3) Gr [brotherhood]} 10  And the God of all grace, who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ, after that ye have suffered a little while, shall himself {1} perfect, establish, strengthen {2} you. {1) Or [restore] 2) Many ancient authorities add [settle]}” (1 Peter 5:6-10 ASV)

“When thou goest forth to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, [and] a people more than thou, thou shalt not be afraid of them; for Jehovah thy God is with thee, who brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 20:1 ASV)

“and that all this assembly may know that Jehovah saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is Jehovah’s, and he will give you into our hand.” (1 Samuel 17:47 ASV)

“Ye shall not need to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of Jehovah with you, O Judah and Jerusalem; fear not, nor be dismayed: to-morrow go out against them: for Jehovah is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:17 ASV)

“But {1} if thou wilt go, do [valiantly], be strong for the battle: God will cast thee down before the enemy; for God hath power to help, and to cast down. {1) Or [go thou]}” (2 Chronicles 25:8 ASV)

“He hath redeemed my soul in peace {1} from the battle that was against me; For they were many [that strove] with me. {1) Or [so that none came nigh me]}” (Psalms 55:18 ASV)

“O Jehovah the Lord, the strength of my salvation, Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.” (Psalms 140:7 ASV)

“The horse is prepared against the day of battle; But {1} victory is of Jehovah. {1) Or [deliverance]}” (Proverbs 21:31 ASV)

“And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the birds of the heavens, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the land, and will make them to lie down safely.” (Hosea 2:18 ASV)

“(Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.)” (Revelation 16:15 ASV)

“and shall come forth to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Revelation 20:8 ASV)

“I do not make void the grace of God: for if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nought.” (Galatians 2:21 ASV)

“And the scripture, foreseeing that God {1} would justify the {2} Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, [saying,] {3} In thee shall all the nations be blessed. {1) Gr [justifieth] 2) Gr [nations] 3) Ge 12:3}” (Galatians 3:8 ASV)

“Now that no man is justified {1} by the law before God, is evident: for, {2} The righteous shall live by faith; {1) Gr [in] 2) Hab 2:4}” (Galatians 3:11 ASV)

“For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only [use] not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.” (Galatians 5:13 ASV)

“21 But now apart from the law a righteousness of God hath been manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith {1} in Jesus Christ unto all {2} them that believe; for there is no distinction; {1) Or [of] 2) Some ancient authorities add [and upon all]}” (Romans 3:21-22 ASV)

“For not {1} through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he should be heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith. {1) Or [through law]}” (Romans 4:13 ASV)

“1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein? 3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” (Romans 6:1-3 ASV)

“{1} because if thou shalt {2} confess with thy mouth Jesus [as] Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: {1) Or [that] 2) Some ancient authorities read [confess the word with thy mouth, that Jesus] is [Lord]}” (Romans 10:9 ASV)

“But he that doubteth is condemned if he eat, because [he eateth] not of faith; and whatsoever is not of faith is sin. {Many authorities, some ancient, insert here Ro 16:25-27}” (Romans 14:23 ASV)

“And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing [unto him]; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.” (Hebrews 11:6 ASV)

“for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 ASV)

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Preceding article: Every athlete exercises self control

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  • For Those In Christ Jesus (frbekomson.com) > Originally posted on ChristianBlessings:
    For those in Christ Jesus we are not condemned
    For the judgement of sin is where it all stemmed
    Christ paid the price, He paid it in full
    He cleansed our heart making it white as wool
  • DIG for Friday the 20th of February…..this old covenant “prophecy” is not for you, you are under grace and under the New Covenant…..Ephesians 1 v 7 (heilanword.wordpress.com)
    Forgiveness (and reconciliation with God)was achieved through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and it has nothing to do with our religious performance.Forgiveness is not earned; forgiveness was bestowed as a gift through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

    Forgiveness and reconciliation was given so that all men could have the opportunity to be saved; you see, reconciliation and forgiveness was a pre-requisite for salvation (see a picture for this in Mark 2 v 1 to 12, where forgiveness comes before salvation, in this case healing).

    We were all forgiven at the cross as Jesus was made the payment (or propitiation) for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2).

  • New Minds (genesisone.wordpress.com)
    Use the resources and power that God makes available – don’t try to live without them.
  • Listen: Breaking Prophecy News; Judgment Begins at the House of God, Part 7 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #521 with Daniel Whyte III) (blackchristiannews.com)
    The will of God is not to make some dramatic display of power or gift that is going to attract attention. It is the quiet response you make to the daily trials and circumstances in which you find yourself. Twice in this letter Paul uses the phrase, “it is God’s will.” First, he said, “It is God’s will that you avoid sexual immorality.” That is the will of God for your body! But here is the will of God for your spirit, your inner life: that you “give thanks in all circumstances.” If you want to do the will of God, there are two areas in which His will is clearly set out for you: moral purity for your body, and continual thanksgiving for your spirit.
  • Does Life Have Meaning? (undergroundhealth.com)
    The peoples and cultures of the world pursue many things, trying to discover the meaning of life. Some pursuits are humanistic – people look for meaning by doing good for others or trying to make the world a better place. Some are existential – people look for meaning in pleasure, fun or relaxation. Other people pursue business success, wealth, power or politics. Others search for meaning in family or romantic relationships. But ultimately, a deep emptiness remains.
  • Respecting The Most High In Words (prophecynewsandviews.wordpress.com)
    We all should practice righteousness not unrighteousness  below are scriptures that would help one with this problem to Respect the Most High not only in Word but deed.
  • Daily prayer (0: have a free day (0: (hmweimar.wordpress.com)
    Lord- thank you for always giving us a way to salvation and peace. Thank you for the grace you cover our lives with and thank you Lord God for your son.
  • Evangelism (hiwaychristian.wordpress.com)
    True belief in the power of God within usought to be visible in a boldness, and Godly wisdom.While it is true that each of us stands before Christ on our own, it is also true that our opportunity to testify to any one man, may be the slightest of opportunity.  And so we are encouraged to make the most of the situation.
  • 2-17-2015 Mardi Gras (fellowshiproom.org)
    No Christian has God’s permission to celebrate Mardi Gras, and any church who gives sanction to such is not a church of Christ! Nor will any church of Christ follow a religious calendar that includes such as this. Giving up something for Lent is NOT penance for willful sin!
  • “I Die Daily” (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
    When we surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ we say by that surrender, “I am dying to the world and coming alive in Christ, to walk in His steps, to share the cross with Him, to lose my life in His service.”
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Every athlete exercises self control

Posted on February 25, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Exhortation, Life and Death | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Skier carving a turn off piste

After watching skiing on TV, we marvelled at what incredible fitness the athletes obviously achieved as they skied twisting and turning up hills and then down them. In some cases they went non-stop for over an hour. What intensity of training was obviously involved; how intensely they ‘push’ their bodies in striving to achieve a national honour.

Our reading today in 1 Corinthians 9 provoked these reflections. Paul asks the question,

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to obtain a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” (verse 24).

How far beyond any present experience (or our imagining) is that which is “imperishable”! Paul then describes his approach to this, a description of his attitude that should, no, must make us meditate within ourselves.

Paul writes,

“So I do not run aimlessly … But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (verse 26).

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Telemark skiing – Sulzkogel, Tirol, Österreich Photograph: Luidger

Self-discipline is the ultimate challenge! We usually can accept discipline when others are applying it to us for a good purpose that is clearly evident – but spiritual discipline requires clearness of vision in our minds – including a vision of what disqualification means! Yet we must serve our Lord because our love for him is genuine – fully appreciating the spiritual joy that we hold in our hearts!

These days, with so few being willing to listen – or read – we might give up on being a light shining in a dark place! But the darker it is – the more evident its’ light is going to be! Or is the darkness so thick and intense it is smothering it?

There is a marvellous Proverb we should hold up as a guiding principle for our thoughts.

“But the path of the righteous is like the light of the dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until the full day” (4:18).

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You may find more Thoughts for the day and articles at The Christadelphian

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Additional reading:

  1. Looking for True Spirituality 8 Measuring Up
  2. Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places
  3. Determine the drive
  4. Compassion and Discipline
  5. Digging in words, theories and artefacts
  6. Bible in the first place #3/3
  7. Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed
  8. Get up in the morning and pray for the Lord’s blessings

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  • God Is Forever Faithful (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
    Whatever battles we may be facing in life we know that God loves us much more than we can ever imagine, and He is always faithful to come to our assistance.
  • February 5 – struggle (cohdailyprayer2014.wordpress.com)
    We are meant to go deep with God
    To have a full relationship with God, one must live in an environment where worship can be learned, the spiritual disciplines gained and spiritual warfare fought.
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    The game we are playing is not some banal sport the powers play, looping us into voting for what commercial is better. It is a contest for truth, peace, faith and salvation. It is the fight of prayer. It is the spiritual training for fearlessness. The world thinks making a touchdown is amazing. Good grief. We need to go deep with God.
  • T2Pneuma Publishers LLC Encourages Lenten Studies with Online Sale of A Christian Guide to Spirituality (blackchristiannews.com)
    Spirituality is often confused with other terms such as ‘religion’, ‘faith’, and ‘creed’. Even though these terms are synonymous, spirituality itself has much more to do with belief and how one lives out their beliefs. What one believes shapes the way one thinks, acts, and speaks, as well as the way one treats others. Gurus and religious leaders may teach that spirituality begins by looking within, but it doesn’t. It begins with God.
  • God doesn’t put on us more than we can handle???? (howleadersmanage.com)
    The Lord doesn’t put Anything on us. We live in a fallen world and if anything our hardships are from mankind’s own disobedience tracing it back all the way to the garden of Eden.
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    The Lord is not our oppressor. He is our relief,our savior, and our Father.  And if you really think about it, of course we can have more on us than he can handle. If we could handle it, why would we need to call on a savior.
  • “The things that God has prepared… (tithebarn.wordpress.com)
    It always amuses me when the TV produces a well-known celebrity face to pronounce on some event of the day. What made them an expert, all of a sudden? They are entitled to their opinion, of course, but that’s all it is. A famous footballer may have opinions about art or politics but it’s outside his area of expertise.
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    If you love God, He will dwell with you. If you obey God He will reveal himself to you. Not perhaps!
  • Lawful but is it beneficial? (sethgogo.com)
    Paul has twice in writing to the church at Corinth stressed the importance of making sure that what they do is beneficial, which by extension includes us. In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul was addressing the issue of church members taking one another to court. He explained to them that Christians will judge the world. Not only that, but the saints will judge angels as well. He therefore considers internal disputes as trivial and should be handled within the body of Christ, (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).
  • “Heal the Broken – Hearted” (bible.queerchurch.info)
    Paul stresses that preaching the gospel is “a duty which has been laid on me”. That duty however is shared by us all, as Pope Frnncis spelled out in “Evangelii Gaudium”.
  • Who is on the Lord’s side (christadelphianworld.blogspot.com)
    There are references to God’s book in different parts of Scripture which climax near the end of the last book in the Bible when, what is called “the book of life” (Revelation 20:12) is opened and “if anyone’s name is not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (verse 15). Obviously this lake symbolizes the trashing of all those who have had the opportunity to be “on the Lord’s side”, but decide to serve themselves rather than God and His Son. Are you on the Lord’s side?
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Looking at three “I am” s

Posted on December 9, 2014. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Churchplanning, Health, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Life and Death, Manners and Association, Suffering | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The last few weeks we looked at three ‘I am“s which are often considered to be one person or by others could be seen as two characters.

English people are often confused by the saying “I am”. In Belgium and many countries where the mother-tongue is not English the problem does not seem to pose. Lots of English speaking people consider a person, like Jesus saying “I am” to be God; This would naturally make it that today there are still many characters walking around who would be supposedly The God, according their way of thinking.

Though we wanted to point to the importance of those two little words “I” and “am”.

First of all there is the “I”. This would have to mean that there is something. That what is, according to the Holy Scriptures is something or some one which or who is allowed to exist. It is a soul (a being) which can have life in him. Without life the being can not be. We have to become a being before we can point to ourself. The “I” is only possible when the Maker allows it to be born and allows it to live. This Supreme Being Who allow the being of something or some one is the Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיהI Am Who is” (The “Ik Ben die ben”) or “I am that I am“.

That “I Am” is very important for the being which is on earth. The person walking on the globe can say “I am” because God allows him to be living. That person or “I am” figure is made in the image of the other and much Greater “I Am”. Without recognising that “I Am” the ordinary “I am” is really not much. The human “I am” can only become a better living creature or  “I am” when it recognises its own “I am” but also when it recognises his or her dependence of the Big “I Am“, the “I am Who is”.

A Very Serious Person

A Very Serious Person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we enter a house, the other already in the house, when expecting us, may ask “is it you  ‘so and so'” or “Are you it?” and that that person may answer “Yes, I am”. But that does not say everything about the person, though the other may know who it is, he might not know exactly how that person is really feeling or know its “being” exactly.

The different books of the Bible let us know that the person has to come to know himself and has to create his own personality. Each ‘soul’ or ‘being’ has to crate the best “I am” than he or she can. Having being created in the image of the Supreme “I Am” each individual has to try to come to grow as possible to that “I Am”.

Each “I am” has received an inner voice which can give a voice to the outer voice. And there comes out the real “I am” where we do have to take care of. The words which come out of our mouth and the handling we do are the signs which shall create the image of our “I am” by others.

The apostle James warns of the unbridled use of the tongue, which was being used to cause contention. We can readily understand the need for him to address this issue because traditional Jews were causing problems for those who had converted. The scriptures show us, there is the need for balance in how we use the tongue; sometimes there is a need to refrain from speaking and to let something go because it is trivial. Sometimes there is a need to speak out against something which is wrong, and yet in speaking out, we need to exercise care that it is done in the correct way, without personal prejudice or emotion.

Each person has to carry his “I am” and should make sure it is free any arrogance or feelings of superiority. Each “I am” figure has to be humble for the Great “I Am” but also for his own “I am” and has to know his or her place in himself or herself. Without knowing its own place the character can become in difficult situations and become entangled in ‘the self’.

James, in his third book, is showing us that being teachers brings with it a great responsibility in how we conduct ourselves and what we say to each other. But from him and the apostle Paul we come to learn how we should try to help others to build up themselves. By working at ourself, creating a better “I am” we should help others to feel good, to feel right in their own skin, to feel right at the place where they meet with others, to feel good in this world which may be looking dangerous but in the knowledge of the Most High “I Am” is not at all so dangerous for those who believe in the Divine Creator of the many “I am’s” running around in this world.

A forest has taken years to grow, develop and mature. Human beings do not need such a time to grow, but they forget they easily are burned down like big forests in the dry hot wind. Every “I am” having feelings, hopes, ideas and reactions can express him or herself with his or her tongue like a small fire which has the power to quickly destroy something which has taken a considerable amount of time to develop. In James chapter 3 we see the instrument of the human “I am” being depicted as an instrument of potential destruction.

We see that the tongue is full of deadly poison. The first tongue to be full of deadly poison was of the serpent in Eden: it spoke words which appealed to Eve and brought death into the world. James shows us that of ourselves, we are helpless in dealing with this problem on our own; we need the help of God through the guidance given in His Word. The danger of many people is that they try to build up their “I am” by the words of others. They prefer to compare themselves with other human beings, which all have their own faults.

From the other reading of Saturday December the 6th, we see how time and time again also friends try to convince a character (Job) that he is no longer right in God’s sight.  And that is the danger so many people encounter every day, others wanting them to believe they are not good enough, or they are not up to it, and often the “I am” shall start to believe it is useless or not good (because the others say so).  We are warned by the Words of God to be careful not to have ourselves (our souls = our being) being destroyed by human beings. It asks us to accept how we are born, but not to be of the world but aiming to be a creature respecting creation by the Most High and to make the best of our lives.

Our “I am” should be willing to see our special “I am” which perhaps may be not so clear for others their eyes. For others we may be as if God has deserted us because we must be a sinner, and not ‘pure and upright’.

We should know that nobody is perfect, so we from ourself should also not expect to be perfect. For some that imperfect form may even be attractive. How many people do not want to go to see special creatures. History knows enough freak shows – the elephant man, the bearded lady, Siamese twins. Though, as soon as we are confronted by a person like that, whose features are deformed or who has a serious and visible illness, we feel insecure, frightened and well out of our comfort zone.

When we come across a brother or sister going through extreme difficulty, are we first given to analysing and criticising their walk, or do we rush to express compassion? Let scripture be our guide (Matthew 7:1,2; 1 Peter 3:8). Let us also help others to live with their difficulties, their illness, their pains and sorrow. Each person in the community can share his or her “I am” to help the other “I am” finding his or her “I am”. Helping to take away the doubt, the fear, the insecurity, the fear of being not good enough.

Often things that happen to us or others around us, we do not have control over it. It may challenge us, and we should tackle it, by not loosing trust in ourself nor in others who are wiling to help us on our way.

Real friends show pity when their friend is in trouble, knowing they could be in the same boat one day. Each of us should be ready to be there for the other. Each person should try to give confidence to the other so that that persons can grow in his function becoming a better “I am”. Comforting words should go back and forth from one “I am” to the other.

Instead of getting down, not being happy with ourselves, we should look at Jesus, who in his afflictions kept willing to do not his will, but only the will of his heavenly Father. We should recognise that God chastens his children as he did Jesus. Those who ‘endure’ will be those who have Jesus’ vision (Hebrews 12:2)

(1)  We too, then, having so great a cloud of witnesses all around us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race set before us,  (2)  looking to the Princely Leader and Perfecter of our belief, יהושע {Jeshua}, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the stake, having despised the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim.  (3)  For consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and faint in your lives. (Hebrews 12:1-3 The Scriptures 1998+)

When bad things happen to us we should not always reflect them to our personal “I am”. We should not indulge in the black thoughts of  “Why me?” or, “what have I done to deserve this?” We should never say those things if we put our trust in the Most High God “The I Am Who is.

 (3)  Let not kindness and truth forsake you – Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,  (4)  Thus finding favour and good insight In the eyes of Elohim and man.  (5)  Trust in יהוה  {Jehovah} with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  (6)  Know Him in all your ways, And He makes all your paths straight.  (7)  Do not be wise in your own eyes1; Fear יהוה  {Jehovah} and turn away from evil2. Footnotes: 1Isa. 5:21 2Job 28:28.  (8)  It is healing to your navel, And moistening to your bones. (Proverbs 3:3-8 The Scriptures 1998+)

We should not try to be wise in our own eyes, making our “I am” more important than it is. We should not fear human beings, and be concerned of what they think. We should fear Jehovah, in the knowledge that that will be health to our navel, and marrow to our bones.

We might not understand the ‘why’ or ‘what’ of a situation, but that does not matter as long as we have a solid relationship with Jehovah, Who is the “I Am” Who can build our own “I am” or destroy it. If we are willing to accept that He is the One the Who is willing to be with us and to guide and discipline us, than we do not have to have such a fear for the trials we have to face and might be to test our faith, which should produce longsuffering (patience).

(5)  And you have forgotten the appeal which speaks to you as to sons, “My son, do not despise the discipline of יהוה {Jehovah}, nor faint when you are reproved by Him,  (6)  for whom יהוה {Jehovah} loves, He disciplines, and flogs every son whom He receives.”1 Footnote: 1Prov. 3:11-12.  (7)  If you endure discipline, Elohim is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline?  (8)  But if you are without discipline, of which all have become sharers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.  (9)  Moreover, we indeed had fathers of our flesh disciplining us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?  (10)  For they indeed disciplined us for a few days as seemed best to them, but He does it for our profit, so that we might share His apartness.  (11)  And indeed, no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but grievous, but afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.1 Footnote: 1Dt. 8:2.  (12)  So, strengthen the hands which hang down and the weak knees,  (13)  and make straight paths for your feet, lest the lame be turned aside, but instead, to be healed. (Hebrews 12:5-13 The Scriptures 1998+)

(2)  My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  (3)  knowing that the proving of your belief works endurance. (James 1:2-3 The Scriptures 1998+)

Job is an excellent example for us to ponder. We know that he was successful in his trial and received the appropriate outcome  (Hebrews 12: 11; Job 42:12).

Many of us also wonder “Why are we here?” Some concentrate or spend to much time, we would say “loose to much time” in wondering why their particular circumstances happens to them in the way they do.  Chapters 3 and 4 in Esther may help understand some of the answers to these questions and give us an idea of the reason we are surrounded by the particular people in our family, among our friends, at work, at school, in our church or among our other acquaintances.

Each of us have to come to understand that there is some reason to be here on this earth. We all should come to recognise that God works in our lives too, like He did previously in the the lives of those people spoken of in the Old and New Testament.  He has planned good works for us to do.  We only do have to give our ear to God. He shall give us many answers and guidance.

As far as Esther was concerned, when faced with the dilemma of losing her people and potentially her own life, she could either go straight to the king, relying on her own beauty and charm, or she could pray for the strength of God before she took any action. She chose to pray. And it wasn’t a quick, sleepy, prayer before bed time, either. Esther and her maids, and all the Jews in Susa, spent three whole days fasting and praying. She said,

“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Est 4:15-16)

She did not mind to have her “I am” taken down or to perish. She was willing to give herself in the hands of God.

The opening chapter of a hand-written scroll of the Book of Esther, with reader’s pointer

Some may find it strange that in the book of Ester (chapters 3 & 4) God is never mentioned. But it is important that it shows the “I am” of humble and less humble people. It gives a picture of the character of people. It shows the “I am” of human beings and indicates how they are related with the “I Am” of themselves and of the One who they take as the most important “I Am”.

The writer of this book avoided referring to God, but let us feel that He is so obviously there – directing and controlling so much of what is happening.  God can pretty obviously be seen as being behind many of the events as recorded in this book. Two that stand out in this section of the book are found in Mordecai’s response to Esther’s understandable (!) misgivings about approaching the king without being called – found in 4:12-14.

We do have to take in a position with our “I am” and we, as possessors of human life, should think about the others with life, other human beings, animals and plants.  We do have the task to place our “I am” in God’s environment, which should make us to think about the sanctity of the life of ourself but also of our neighbours. God’s view is quite clear. We are worth nothing if we do not turn to Him and give ourselves to His service.

We do well to reflect on the apostle Paul his way of thinking when we consider where our allegiances lie in this world and how he wants to remind the community how to consider each other and how we each should respond to the call of Jesus. (Philemon 1:1,14)

So we must be sure to spread God’s word to the people we have been put with through God’s circumstances.  We are here at a time like this to save someone from sin and death.  Don’t miss the opportunity.

Knowing the I am that I am Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיה our little “I am” should find itself at ease, being prepared to give itself in the hands of the Bigger “I Am”, willing to be open for all others to strengthen their “I am”, deciphering the own “I am”. We may have the feeling sometimes, or would love to have the world turning around us. We should know that we can not be living in this world when we do not want to start living in ourselves. The world starts with yourself. God demands from us that we be our selves, so Be realistic, do not pretend. Before we can give the love to others, which Jesus demands, we ourselves do have to love ourselves. Therefore we have to believe in ourself and to be kinder to ourself. The “I am” has to take care it gets a tongue to speak slowly and well-considered.

There can only be hope when there is a will to be and say “I am”

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Find additional reading:

  1. What is life?
  2. Accommodation of the Void
  3. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  4. The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
  5. Some one or something to fear #2 Attitude and Reactions
  6. Feed Your Faith Daily
  7. Be realistic, do not pretend
  8. Find Inspiration and Follow Your Dreams
  9. Looking for blessed hope
  10. The world starts with yourself
  11. Believe in yourself!
  12. Be Kinder to Yourself
  13. Believe in your greatness
  14. Wishy-Washy…
  15. There can only be hope when there is a will to be and say “I am”
  16. The Tongue an Outlet
  17. Think before you speak
  18. A tongue to speak slowly and well-considered
  19. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness
  20. With the gift of Jesus comes an awesome responsibility
  21. Fragments from the Book of Job #5: chapters 32-37
  22. Fragments from the Book of Job #6: chapters 38-42

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    Knowledge of God’s will is foundational in developing Christian conduct and character. There is no way we can fulfill God’s will if we don’t know what it is. The starting point for any Christian is understanding God’s will for his life. How can a person obtain such knowledge? The first step is to desire it. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” People ask the Lord for knowledge of His will but don’t receive it because they aren’t seeking with All Their Heart. No one who has ever sought the Lord with all his heart has ever been disappointed.
  • Tuesday, 2 December 2014 : First Week of Advent (Homily and Scripture Reflections) (petercanisiusmichaeldavidkang.com)
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For those who want to know more about the Christadelphians and Brothers in Christ two new encyclopaedic articles have been placed on the net.

Today the media use many words very careless. There exist a slipshod when they are talking about religion. Often they say “the Christians are doing this or are saying that” and mean “the Roman Catholic Church is doing this” or “the Roman church clergy is saying “. The same about the Muslims. They also are often presented as the fundamentalist combating groups, though not all the Islamic groups have the same jihad ideas as IS.

Today there are not many youngsters who can say they grew up with the Bible. We shall not be able to find many who from their earliest days got the words from the Holy Scriptures, Torah, Bible or Quran with the nursing bottle in their mouth. In many countries the Sunday Schools are something from the past, not known any more.  At the present weekends are used to sleep in and to enjoy going to the shopping malls or to those cities where the shops are open on Sunday. Not many people go to visit on Saturday or Sunday a church or come together at a meeting hall of their local church or ecclesia. Many still may have been baptised, having done their first and second communion, but they actually do not belief in God and have no affinity with church at all.

Today not many are surrounded with people who show a deep appreciation for the God of gods. Not many learn from them to cherish the Divine Creator His word.  Too few have the opportunity to take advantage of the warm encouragement of their believing parents and members of the religious community. They do not get constant opportunities to study and grow in understanding until their moment to come to the faith came.  Faith in God does not have many opportunities in youngsters any more to develop smoothly. They do not find many examples which cause them to want to commit themselves to the Creator and His Truth. For many it seems to be too difficult to look for God. They do not seem to realise the closer we get to knowing how God chose to reveal Himself in those original languages of the original Scriptures, the closer we get to a more authentic understanding of His real message and His real person.  To all of us the words and their contexts should be game-changers. There are not many who love to explore the history and cultural backgrounds of people and places in the Bible. they do not know there’s nothing quite like that moment when God finally opens your eyes to some little gem He hid in His word thousands of years ago… right there in plain sight, but tucked away just enough that before you really looked, you missed it without even noticing.

Lots of denominations frighten people telling them they are doomed. Mostly they preach another gospel than that one of the apostles. The gospel preached by the apostles was the gospel of the Kingdom of God, and not the death of Christ or our sentence and our damnation.  The death of Christ was afterwards (after Christ’s ascension) added to the gospel of the kingdom. The apostles showed the people how Christ Jesus was the Way and that discipleship is the way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life.

19th century

John Thomas

John Thomas

In the 19° century CE there was no television or so much entertainment to bring people away form taking time to think about the matters of life and to take time to read the Bible. At that time there were not so many afraid to be a Bible reader. Fleeing from the misery in Europe, looking for better pastures, many Europeans found lots of time to read the Bible on the boat voyage to the New World. The young medic from England, John Thomas (1805 – 1871) whose father took up various pastorships including a congregation in London, when going for a prospect across the ocean, had enough time to read in the Bible and to discuss it with others from different denominations. When at a ferocious storm the ship lost the top of the main-mast and heavy seas stove in the bulwarks, washing everything moveable off the deck Dr. Thomas also feared, like many others, his life. He made a vow to dedicate his life, should he be spared, to religious study and to seeking out the truth about the matter of life and death.

After a change in wind direction, the captain was able to turn the ship back out to sea and to get it safe in a port. Thomas never forgot his vow and spent the rest of his life devoted to Bible study, determined to understand the true message of the scriptures. His efforts and several discussions with other Bible researchers or Bible students, got him to see  that several preachers had some very good ideas but also some ideas which were not correct according to what was written in the Bible. He collected all the good ideas, or the teachings which were in accordance to the Biblical teaching. Holding fast on the testimony of the Scriptures, he wanted to follow Jesus Christ in not to chose for his own will and not for following human beings but to follow the Will of God and to live according to God His directions which could be found in the Word of God, the Bible. For him it was clear that God had given His Word to educate mankind and to give them insight in the Works of God and to let them understand the Plan of God.

Starting from the Word itself was what he found, should bring people to God. They should not have to get specialised scholars, theologians or clergy to bring God’s Word to the people and to educate them in what God wanted from man. everywhere in the world those who are willing to search in God ‘s Word can find the truth, according John Thomas and many other Bible Students.

For John Thomas it became also very clear that the Kingdom of God is to be sought for on the earth, at present occupied by the kingdoms of men – an earth which Jesus said the meek should inherit, which they never have done yet.

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5 ASV)

“For evil-doers shall be cut off; But those that wait for Jehovah, they shall inherit {1} the land. {1) Or [the earth] (and so in verses 11, 22, 29, 34)}” (Psalms 37:9 ASV)

“But the meek shall inherit the land, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” (Psalms 37:11 ASV)

For John Thomas it also became very clear that the Bible is more than just the New Testament, like so many churches only use some parts of those later books but forget to compare them with the Torah and the Book of Prophets or Nevi’im. They note that the apostles expounded the Kingdom of God from the prophets (Acts 28:23).  They find Paul saying the gospel was promised in the prophets (Romans 1:2): and that in preaching the gospel,”he said none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come” (Acts 26:22).

He also found that there is no immortal soul in the Bible, because the soul is just the being of something, be it man, animal or plant, the life in it which comes forth from God and which God takes away at His time. For him a gospel which is contrived for the salvation of immortal souls cannot be the Bible gospel.

Those who do not want to accept that a man could really follow the Will of God and that no man can be tempted and not sin, do not belief in the possibility any human person can become like Christ, nor value that what Christ did. God cannot be tempted, but Jesus was tempted more than once, still he did not go in temptation and kept doing only the Will of his heavenly Father, even in the hour of his death, when he asked God to do His (Jehovah’s Will) and not his (Jesus’ will)

“saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42 ASV)

Jesus also learned his followers also to ask God to fulfil His will and not ours.

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.” (Matthew 6:10 ASV)

Therefore John Thomas saw the importance to look for the Kingdom of God in such a way that it would not go against God’s Wishes.

Getting others to preach

Like the disciples departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel (Luke 9:6) John Thomas went around the country preaching and encouraging several others who also went around preaching the Good News. Those going around tried to reach all sorts of people and get them to understand they had to become followers of Christ and to have themselves baptised by going under water. Though all should know that they had to be brought forth, or born again, by the holy spirit to become Jehovah’s spiritual sons. (John 1:12, 13; 3:5-7) Thomas considered himself just as a tool, like all Christians should become a tool in the hands of God, inviting others to the Truth so that they can being adopted by Jehovah as “sons,” and  becoming Jesus’ brothers. (Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:5)

“For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15 ASV)

“having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,” (Ephesians 1:5 ASV)

 

No man, but Christ Jesus leader

Jesus called those who would make up the faithful slave class his brothers. Each of us should offer himself to become a slave for God. In the illustration about the separating of the sheep from the goats, Jesus clearly states that he takes personally the way we treat his brothers. In fact, he said that the determining factor that would distinguish a sheep from a goat would be the way an individual treated even “the least of these [his] brothers.” Therefore, the primary way that those with the earthly hope demonstrate their desire to be friends with Christ is by supporting the faithful slave class. Every person calling himself a Christian should share with others around him the hope to live on earth under God’s Kingdom,  expressing their friendship toward Christ’s brothers by wholeheartedly sharing in the preaching work. Christ commanded his brothers to preach the good news worldwide. (Matthew 24:14)

Today it may look a little-bit disastrous. when looking around not many others than the Jehovah Witnesses can be found really taking up the task given by Jesus Christ to witness or to preach. The remaining ones of Christ’s brothers on earth today would be hard-pressed to shoulder that responsibility without the assistance of their other sheep companions. Really, each time members of the other sheep class engage in the preaching work, they help Christ’s brothers to fulfil their sacred commission.

We can not buy friendship with Jesus or Jehovah. Not the giving of some pennies or cents is going to buy you free. More important is what you are willing to do for God and how much time and energy you want to invest in that what Jesus asked his followers to do. Christians should as brothers and sisters love each other but also should want to have their  brotherhood growing. Brothers in Christ have come to understand and experience love by helping each other to grow in the truth and to live sacrificial for our fellow believers, and not just be out for themselves. When they see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it they may not turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, they do have to do more than just talking about love. They have to practice real love in “deed and truth” (1 John 3:16-18).

Jesus continues to care for us not only through the oversight of loving shepherds but also by providing us with spiritual mothers and brothers and sisters within the congregation. (Read Mark 10:29, 30) which is made up by simple men and women who want to share their love and knowledge, and is guided by the elder people, while Christ always should stay the Head of the congregation

Robert Roberts

Robert Roberts

John Thomas invited all those who wanted to the Will of God to enter into covenant to live a new and promising life of loving effort for God’s glory. the problem in later years was that Robert Roberts (1839 – 1898) wanted to give John Thomas a higher place than he would ever wanted. Roberts had become convinced of the soundness of Thomas’ book Elpis Israel- An Exposition of the Kingdom of God wherein the “the hope of Israel” is explained. Thomas did not see, nor do the Christadelphians see, the book as inspired by God, but wanted to give more a deep and accurate study of The Bible.

In “the Ambassador of the Coming Age” the British journalist Robert Roberts took up the same cause as John Thomas did with his publication of “the Herald of the Kingdom”, which set out Bible teaching on the resurrection and the Kingdom of God.  Roberts collected subscriptions and organised the distribution of John Thomas’ exposition of the Book of Revelation, Eureka (3 vols. 1861, 1866, 1868), in England, and (in time) many of his other works. Roberts raised the money to fund what would be the last trip of Thomas to England in May 1869. Toward the end of this trip, March 1870, Thomas made Roberts custodian of all his affairs in the event of his death, which occurred sooner than anticipated in 1871.

Robert Roberts considered John Thomas as “the Paul of the nineteenth century” in tribute to his ardent zeal and untiring labours in love of the Truth. Though Roberts was prominent in the period following the death of John Thomas in 1871, and helped craft the structures of the Christadelphian body his authoritarian attitude also made that there came to exist many different groups. For some brethren it was clear that Robert Roberts displayed a serious personality disorder. He was eager to disfellowship any person who had other ideas than him. The  Christadelphian believers who slightly differed from his understanding of Bible teaching over trivial matters were rejected. His insecure, paranoid and inappropriate reaction to brethren who were his intellectual superiors, was a further manifestation of his inability to control failings in his own character. Today Roberts could be described as a control freak who easily felt threatened. Later at the turn of the 20° to 21° century another control freak (“the Man from the North”) also would take care that in several countries one group of Christadelphians could not meet with other Christadelphians because they are affiliated with the Christadelphian Bible Mission and do not want to give themselves to his own organisation.

Initially the denomination grew in the English-speaking world, particularly in the English Midlands and in parts of North America. In the early days after the death of John Thomas the group could have moved in a number of directions. Doctrinal issues arose, debates took place and statements of faith were created and amended as other issues arose. These attempts were felt necessary by many to both settle and define a doctrinal stance for the newly emerging denomination and to keep out error. As a result of these debates, several groups separated from the main body of Christadelphians, most notably the Suffolk Street fellowship and the Unamended fellowship.

Edward Turney

Edward Turney

In 1873, the Nazarene Fellowship, led by Edward Turney of Nottingham, separated over the atonement. The division was relatively short-lived, however, with most of the 200 people who had left returning within the next few years. Following his death in 1879, Turney’s most active supporter, David Handley of Maldon, returned to the main grouping, and the group gradually nearly died out in the 19th century to become revived some decennial later.

Robert Ashcroft

Robert Ashcroft

Robert Ashcroft, a leading member, wrote an article which challenged Christadelphian belief in plenary inspiration and which, although he himself left, led to a division in the main body. One group formed over the inspiration of the Bible a new ecclesia which later met in Suffolk Street, Birmingham and therefore were referred to as the the Suffolk Street Fellowship. The group they had separated from, became known as the “Temperance Hall fellowship”.
J.J. Bishop and J.J. Hadley (d. 1912), then Thomas Turner, and finally Cyril Cooper (till reunion in 1957) edited their main magazine “The Fraternal Visitor“(1884–1957). The Temperance Hall-Suffolk Street reunion was closely followed by union in 1958 with the Shield fellowship (allied to the Suffolk Street fellowship) through an understanding expressed in a document called the Cooper-Carter Addendum. The Central fellowship in North America is often referred to as the Amended fellowship.

In 1898, the Unamended Fellowship separated as a result of differing views on who would be raised to judgment at the return of Christ.
The majority of Christadelphians believe that the judgement will include anyone who had sufficient knowledge of the gospel message, and is not limited to baptised believers. The majority in Britain, Australia and North America amended their statement of faith accordingly. Those who opposed the amendment in North America became known as the “Unamended fellowship” and allowed the teaching that God either could not or would not raise those who had no covenant relationship with him.

Photo of Williams around the age of 40 (circa 1887), first printed 1893 at the time of the Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition, in connection with Williams' booklet The Great Salvation. Reprinted in the Christadelphian Advocate magazine following his death in 1913 and again in the 'Life of Thomas Williams' Christadelphian Advocate Publishing Committee 1974

Photo of Williams around the age of 40 (circa 1887), first printed 1893 at the time of the Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition, in connection with Williams’ booklet The Great Salvation. Reprinted in the Christadelphian Advocate magazine following his death in 1913 and again in the ‘Life of Thomas Williams’ Christadelphian Advocate Publishing Committee 1974

Opinions vary as to what the established position was on this subject prior to the controversy. In North America those who continued to associate with Britain on the basis of the amended 1898 statement became known as the Amended Fellowship, in contrast to the Unamended Fellowship, who took their lead from the Christadelphian Advocate Magazine of Thomas Williams of Chicago.

 

20th Century

Many more people came to see the importance of Israel in God’s Plan and how the Israelites or the believing Jews would stay the chosen people who would find the city Jerusalem restored as the city of God. The other people than those born from the Judaic tribes might for ever stay “the foreigners” but they too shall have to play an important role in this system of times.

More brethren came to see that they as foreigners have a large part to play in Jehovah’s purposes during these last days. They come to the”spiritual Israel” of God in order to worship Jehovah. (Zechariah 8:23) With that spiritual nation, they offer acceptable sacrifices to God and enter into the sabbath resting. (Hebrews 13:15, 16) Moreover, they worship at God’s spiritual temple, which, like the temple at Jerusalem, is “a house of prayer for all the nations.” (Mark 11:17) But each house, every place can be a place of prayer. Everywhere people can worship God. There should not be build special places for worship. They may be a good asset or make the meetings more practical to have at regular times. But they are not a must to build a congregation of believers or to have an ecclesia working. In private or public places the brothers and sisters in Christ can come together and exercise their faith in the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ. They should not serve people or their leaders, but should present them selves as slaves for God under Christ serving Jehovah constantly, “rendering him sacred service day and night.” (Revelation 7:14, 15).

In the 1950s Ernest Brady revived Turney’s cause and the Nazarene Fellowship.

Frank George Jannaway (London 1859-1935) was an English Christadelphian writer on Jewish settlement in Palestine, and notable for his role in the conscientious objector tribunals of World War I. He gave regular public lectures at the South London Ecclesia first at Westminster, from 1882 then at Islington and Clapham, and was a notable debater. His debates were not just on doctrinal subjects (e.g. 1894), but also, more unusually for Christadelphians, on the subject of Christian Socialism (1908, 1909). Jannaway strongly urged that to become stretcher bearers was still participating in the war. In 1914 Jannaway undertook the compilation of a register of all brethren likely to be affected by the draft, with the objective to keep the Christadelphian body entirely outside the Army. In doing so he succeeded in obtaining signatures from 154 Christadelphian “ecclesias” across Britain, with the notable exception of Temperance Hall, which had already drafted, its own petition of 1,000 members, leaving open the issue of non-combattants, but hesitated to submit it to Parliament. On 11 February 1915 Arnold Stephenson Rowntree, the Quaker Liberal M.P. for York presented Jannaway’s petition to Parliament, which was accepted and made Birmingham’s petition irrelevant.

Frank George Jannaway his reaction to controversy was to separate from others in the name of purity, and he was instrumental in the formation of minority factions or new branch or sub-groups, such as the Berean Christadelphians formed in 1923. However, this reasoning eventually caused him to separate even from his own brother, Arthur Thomas Jannaway (1854–1938).

The name ‘Berean’ is an allusion to the believers from the town of Berea (Acts 17:10-13), who were noted for their continual study of Scripture as the sole basis of their belief. Berean Christadelphians do regard themselves as set apart to serve God.  Because of this, they try to live to the highest moral standards and avoid activities that they regard as ‘of the world.’  For example, they don’t worship with other Christian denominations or other religious groups because they don’t believe it appropriate to do so with people who don’t share a common doctrine.

In 1942 the Bereans again divided over marriage and divorce with the stricter party forming the Dawn Fellowship. The majority of the North American Bereans re-joined the main body of Christadelphians in 1952; though a number continue as a separate community as of 2013.

The Christadelphian position on conscientious objection came to the fore with the introduction of conscription during the First World War. Varying degrees of exemption from military service were granted to Christadelphians in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. In the Second World War, this frequently required the person seeking exemption to undertake civilian work under the direction of the authorities. During the Second World War the Christadelphians in Britain assisted in the Kindertransport, helping to relocate several hundred Jewish children away from Nazi persecution and founding a hostel Elpis Lodge. In Germany the small Christadelphian community founded by Albert Maier went underground from 1940-1945, and a leading brother, Albert Merz, was imprisoned as a conscientious objector and later executed.

In the 20th century, more moves were taken to try to reunite various of the earlier divisions. In the early 1950s the majority of the Berean Fellowship re-joined the Temperance Hall Fellowship, with the remainder continuing as a separate community.

Christadelphian Hall in Birmingham, United Kingdom

Christadelphian Hall in Birmingham, United Kingdom

In 1957-1958, there was further reunion with the Suffolk Street Fellowship, which had already incorporated many of the Unamended Fellowship outside North America. This re-united group, which now included the large majority of Christadelphians, became known as the Central fellowship named after the Birmingham Central ecclesia. In Australia and New Zealand a union occurred in 1958 between the Central fellowship and the Shield fellowship (which was allied to the Suffolk Street fellowship) through an understanding expressed in a document called the Cooper-Carter Addendum. Those who held that the reasons for separation from the Suffolk Street Fellowship remained, opposed the re-union and formed the Old Paths Fellowship.

There is also some co-operation between the Central (Amended) and Unamended Fellowships in North America – most recently in the Great Lakes region, where numerous Amended & Unamended ecclesias have opened fellowship to one another despite the failure of wider attempts at re-union under the North American Statement of Understanding (NASU) in recent years.

Despite success in reuniting large sections of the wider Christadelphian community and periodic efforts at reuniting smaller offshoots, there are still a number of small groups who remain separate from other bodies of Christadelphians. These include the Berean Fellowship, the Dawn Fellowship, the Old Paths Fellowship, the Companion Fellowship and the Pioneer Fellowship. However, Dawn Christadelphians and the former Lightstand Fellowship in Australia united in November 2007.

Most of the divisions still in existence within the Christadelphian community today stem from further divisions of the Berean fellowship.

Today: The post-war, and post-reunions, period saw an increase in co-operation and interaction between ecclesias, resulting in the establishment of a number of week-long Bible schools and the formation of national and international organisations such as the Christadelphian Bible Mission (for preaching and pastoral support overseas), the Christadelphian Support Network (for counselling), and the Christadelphian Meal-A-Day Fund (for charity and humanitarian work). The period following the reunions was accompanied by expansion in the developing world, which now accounts for around 40% of Christadelphians.

 

Christadelphianism

Christadelphianism does not owe its existence to a human leader and does not claim to have received a new revelation. Christadelphians profess no new principle: they own to no new teachership.  They are simply and purely the result of Bible study, thoroughly conducted.

The Bible students considering themselves under Christ’s rulership owe their development to the application of a principle, in which it has been customary for all Englishmen to boast – the right of private judgement in the discernment of religious truth.  Men rejoice in the work of Martin Luther because they rejoice in this, that the Bible is the word of God, and to embrace what it teaches, and reject what it denounces, however many may be arrayed against the conclusions to which the study of it may lead them.

“… all systems and doctrines are to be discarded that conflict with what is to be found in the Bible, however ancient or popularly supported such systems or doctrines may be.”*

Christadelphianism is nothing more nor less than the result of that principle strictly carried out.

Christadelphianism takes its stand on the Bible.  It maintains that the Bible can be proved to be divine, and that it is the only source of divine ideas at present in the earth on the subject of religion; and that all systems and doctrines are to be discarded that conflict with what is to be found in the Bible, however ancient or popularly supported such systems or doctrines may be.  In maintaining this, the Brothers in Christ only maintain what the bulk of the English people profess to believe.  If they go a step further, and say that the popular systems of the day are in conflict with the Bible, they raise an issue which may disturb complacency, but which ought to receive a sympathetic attention at the hands of so ultra-Protestant a nation as the British.  It is a plain, intelligible, and debatable issue, in which there is no fanaticism, or anything to offend the highest culture, or the purest reason.

“The Christadelphians put down nobody… the question is, are the Christadelphians right in what they say the Bible teaches?  Because, if so, it follows that those who reject the teaching must be wrong”*

It is the result of the issue that excites the offence, and causes the Christadelphians to be everywhere spoken against.
The ordinary neighbour says he could do with the Christadelphians holding the Bible up; he may even go to the length of saying he admires the fidelity of the Christadelphians on this point; but what he cannot do with is their pulling down everybody else as wrong.  Well, this is not exactly the right way of putting it.  The Christadelphians put down nobody.  It is natural for our good-humoured neighbours to feel in just this way about it; but the question is, are the Christadelphians right in what they say the Bible teaches?  Because, if so, it follows that those who reject the teaching must be wrong; and that it is a pity to divert attention from the main issue by questions of style.

Fro the Christadelphians it is not important to be liked by human beings enjoying with them the traditions of man, but to live in accordance with the Word of God. In the case by doing this they may not be liked by others, so be it.

For Christadelphians their baptism is an act of obedience to God as a direct result of the new perspective, and it is therefore an important part of the process leading to salvation.  Finally, it’s also a token of committing to that new understanding – the expression of our new faith, and the beginning of a new life in Christ.

 

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* Note:

Parts of this text are also based on a tract called “The Sect Everywhere Spoken Against,” written by Robert Roberts in the late 1800′s.  It is actually the transcription of a public lecture he delivered on “The True Character and Faith of the People Known as the Christadelphians.”  The lecture was transcribed from notes and shorthand, compiled and published after his death.

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Please do find:

Our older articles presenting the Christadelphian people, with a brief history, and talking concerning gospelfaith, presenting what Faith is or should be. Faith and works, plus faith mouving mountains, bringing people together united in brotherly love according first century patterns with the belief that full authority belongs to God. In those older articles is been looked at God’s design in the creation of the world, God’s instruction about joy and suffering plus God’s promises whereby God’s measure is not our measure.

The two newbies:

 

and further:

 

  1. Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church
  2. No man is capable of self-improvement on his own
  3. Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit
  4. Plain necessary food of the gospel
  5. Commit your self to the trustworthy creator
  6. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  7. The Way To Life
  8. Our way of life
  9. Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
  10. There’s no thief like a bad book
  11. WWJD
  12. A Society pleading poverty
  13. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  14. Bloggers for Christ and Bloggers for Peace
  15. Position of the Bible researcher
  16. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  17. Writers needed to preach to non-believers
  18. Immortality, eternality – onsterfelijkheid, eeuwigheid
  19. Is there an Immortal soul

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  • Why conservative Christians would have hated Jesus (salon.com)
    In “God-fearing America” the poor are now the “takers,” no longer the “least of these,” and many conservative evangelicals side with today’s Pharisees, attacking the poor in the name of following the Bible.
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    Confronted by the Bible cult called evangelicalism we have a choice: follow Jesus or follow a book cult. If Jesus is God as evangelicals and Roman Catholics claim he is, then the choice is clear. We have to read the book–including the New Testament–as he did, and Jesus didn’t like the “Bible” of his day.
  • Why Jesus Wouldn’t Cut It as a Pastor in Today’s Evangelical Megachurches (alternet.org)
    Evangelicals and conservative Roman Catholics thrive on drawing distinctions between their “truth” and other people’s failings. Jesus by contrast, set off an empathy time bomb that obliterates difference.Jesus’ empathy bomb explodes every time a former evangelical puts love ahead of what the “Bible says.” It goes off every time Pope Francis puts inclusion ahead of dogma. It goes off every time a gay couple are welcomed into a church. Jesus’ time bomb explodes whenever atheists follow Jesus better than most Christians.
  • Robert Reymond: Who Owns The Holy Land, Part 5 (Conclusion) (psalm115three.com)
    no Christian should advocate anything evenly remotely resembling legal discrimination against Jews because of their ethnicity or religion. At the same time, in light of the fact that the only hope of salvation for the Jewish people resides in the provisions of the Christian Gospel, it would be wrong, indeed, unloving and un-Christian, for Christians to encourage or to support Israel in the establishment and maintenance of its ethnic or religious “Jewishness” that is the ground of its hope of approbation before God. This is simply to take seriously the uniqueness and finality of Jesus Christ as the only Savior and the only hope not only of ethnic Israel but also of every race and every nation. The Bible denounces every hope for approbation before God that is not grounded in the person and work of Christ. Such approbation pursued through ethnicity or through good works is futile (Galatians 2:16). Therefore, the Jew, if he is ever to know genuine forgiveness by God, must forsake the notion that his racial connection to the patriarchs and/or his allegiance to Torah make him acceptable to God (Romans 2:17-29; Galatians 5:3-4).
  • Barack Obama on Christianity and Islam in His Own Words (godfatherpolitics.com)
    We now know that Barack Obama was never properly vetted by the media. There are too many uncovered secrets that the media refuse to explore.
  • The Fallacy of Pope Francis (defendingcontending.com)
    Once again, the world has the distinction of hearing “Thus says the man in the white robe” instead of “thus says the Lord.” If we question the veracity of God’s Word and the foundations which He has established, then it will be easy to cut out further parts of Scripture. Here are a few things to consider as to whether pope Francis is right or wrong.
  • What are Brothers in Christ (christadelphianworld.blogspot.com)
    There have been countless independent communities around the world who have eagerly studied the Bible and accepted its simple teachings and felt like spiritual siblings of Jesus Christ.
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Dealing with worries in our lives

Posted on October 19, 2014. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Endtimes, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Life and Death, Preaching, Suffering, Witnessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last season we gave attention at our faith in trusting calling and ascribing to Jehovah. At our Sunday service today(2014/10/19) we continue looking at the importance of using God His Holy Name and look at the position Jesus took in this relationship to his heavenly Father and to his disciples.

Virgin Mary and Jesus, old Persian miniature. ...

Virgin Mary and Jesus, old Persian miniature. In Islam, they are called Maryam and Isa.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like any other person in this world, Jesus had to undergo the burdens of human life. He as soon as he was born on this world was an element of worries for his earthly parents, Joseph and Miriam (Mary). Mary as a specially chosen one of God could not stop the difficulties her son had to undergo and she too had to live with the pain in her heart the problems Jesus was to undergo.

She educated her son and learned him ‘good‘ and ‘bad‘, like any mother would do. She had many times she had to worry for her safety and for the safety and good name of her son. At certain moments her son told her not to worry so much or to be patient because the things had to happen in the time of his heavenly Father.

Entry into Jerusalem from the large cycle in t...

Entry into Jerusalem from the large cycle in the Scrovegni Chapel by Giotto, c. 1266. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus his time on earth was limited and soon after his public appearance he knew that his time was limited and that he had to do a task for God in that short time, but that he had to make disciples who would continue the task God had given unto him. Jesus was well aware of what was prophesied and how his heavenly Father kept word. So everything foretold beforehand was going to happen. As such Jesus soon had to face the death coming close to him. Not a pleasant thought. With his triumphal entry into Jerusalem he could see how the time was getting near. He could see prophecies being fulfilled as the time to his sacrifice went from weeks to days.

Can you imagine how he must have felt? How would you feel when you know your death was near?

Many of us do have a lot to worry, they think. In this world we we do have so much, there are still enough people who think they should have more. Lots of people are not yet satisfied. Several of them are “natural worriers” whereas others are more inclined to let events look after themselves. Having the days becoming shorter, the Autumn season brings the tiding of darker days and soon lots of people are going to mourn again and think about the many dead. In case if they think about those who died in the many wars, you could think it is not bad that they stand still by the centennial of World War I. But on the first of November they will also have a day off to think about the death people in the family, but also would take time to think about our situation when our life comes to an end.

You would think this would give enough reason for people to think about the future – our future, the future of the world in which our children and grandchildren have been born into.How many would worry about their relationship with the Creator and the position they have to take in this world?

Jesus worried about that future, not only for himself, but also for the many others, even for people he did not know personally. But also his own future worried him. He wanted to do God His Will and trusted his heavenly Father, but at the same time he also was afraid to what would happen to him.

There were also moments Jesus did not know so well how he would handle a situation or how he could speak to his heavenly Father.

John 12:27 The Scriptures 1998+  (27)  “Now I Myself am troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this reason I came to this hour.

At the thought of his suffering and death Jesus his heart was also troubled. Like any human being Jesus also was frightened Jesus for what would come over him. He clearly showed us that he has known every experience of human weakness (apart from sin) that would fit him to be a compassionate priest or servant for God.

The first Greek words of John’s version of the Saviour’s utterance are an echo of a verse of the Judica, Psalm 42(43):6, which is also echoed in the Tristis est anima mea of Gethsemane. The parallelism with the agony in the garden is striking:

‘My soul is troubled ‘—’ my soul is sorrowful unto death'; ‘what shall I say? ‘—’ he fell on his face praying’ . . .; ‘Father, save me from this hour ‘—’ Father . . . take away this chalice'; ‘but for this cause I came unto this hour. Father, glorify thy Son ‘—’ not my will but thine be done’.

Psalm 42:5-11 The Scriptures 1998+  (5)  hy are you depressed, O my being? And why are you restless within me? Wait for Elohim: for I shall yet thank Him, For the deliverance of His face! 6  O my Elohim, my being is depressed within me; Therefore I remember You from the land of the Yardĕn, And from the heights of Ḥermon, From Mount Mitsʽar. 7  Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and breakers passed over me. 8  By day יהוה commands His kindness, And by night His song is with me; A prayer to the Ěl of my life. 9  I say to Ěl 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.

Jesus probably knew that his soul (his being) should not have been in despair. He even wondered why he himself also felt so disturbed He always had looked at his heavenly Father, Whom he wanted others also to know. He always had himself hope in God and told others to place their life also in the hands of his heavenly Father, Whom could give fulfilment to their hope. Jesus always told others it was not him doing the wonders, but his Father. He told the people they should put their trust and hope in his Father, Whose name was made known as Jehovah. Jeshua (Jesu) always honoured his Father in heaven. It was to Him that Jesus prayed and gave praise.

Mat 4:10 The Scriptures 1998+  (10)  Then יהושע {Jehsua} said to him, “Go, Satan! For it has been written, ‘You shall worship יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, and Him alone you shall serve.’ ”1 Footnote: 1Dt. 6:13.

Joh 5:15-27 The Scriptures 1998+  (15)  The man went away, and told the Yehuḏim that it was יהושע who made him well. 16  And because of this the Yehuḏim persecuted יהושע, and were seeking to kill Him, because He was doing these healings on the Sabbath. 17  But יהושע 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 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.

At the end of his public life Jesus still praised God for the saving help of His presence, but also gave notice of his soul being in despair within him. Jesus (Jeshua) was also sure that the Only One God, Jehovah will command His loving kindness in the daytime as well as in the night, in the hours when everything goes well but also in the hours when everything seems to go bad.

Though in the time close to his death also Jesus dared to question the Most High. He also brought a prayer to the God of his life, asking God, his rock, why he had forgotten him (Jesus/Jeshua).

We can find parallel passages where Jesus agony is described. Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:36, and Luke 22:42 which take place in the Garden of Gethsemane just before the arrest of Jesus show us that Jesus also was troubled. In all of these passages Jesus never asks for the Crucifixion to be prevented but does express his fears of the difficulties, pain and suffering that he is going to encounter over the next few hours, in the form of his trials, beatings, whippings, loneliness and alienation from people and him being nailed on the wooden stake.

Jesus knew he was going to face an ordeal but for him it was more important that God His Will and not his will would be carried out.

The Reading of the day in the gospel of John (12:27) takes place before the circumstances described above. It is said while Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people during the Passover Festival at the Temple in Jerusalem (in fact even before the gathering of the Twelve with Jesus at the Upper Room).

Jesus knows events are fast unfolding around him. Yet, this statement is said in reply to some Greeks who have just asked something of Jesus through his disciples. Were they there to offer him a way out of his upcoming troubles? Perhaps, but Jesus does not go to meet them and indeed replies to their request to meet him in this way. He found himself in a situation where it was not obvious how he could deal with the rising panic and so Jesus resorted to a statement, or better, a request. “Father, glorify thy name” was a format which Jesus felt he could use at this time. It doesn’t immediately bear on the specific worry Jesus had but rather is something he could use at any time in his life when he felt this kind of worry.

This is a process we as his disciples can follow too. Jesus was “in all points tempted like as we are” (Hebrews 4:15) and therefore we should be able to identify with him when we have worries in our lives.

‘He that would serve Me must follow Me and be ready to hate his life; for My life has long since been tossed and torn with emotion and sorrow.’ ‘Is troubled’ = has been and still is troubled; a frequent meaning of the Greek perfect.

Madonna of humility by Fra Angelico, c. 1430.

Madonna of humility by Fra Angelico, c. 1430. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

We have the figure Jesus. In the gospels enough is told about him to get to know him better. We can see that man of flesh and blood, who is placed in a special way in the womb of his mother. He is really a man directly from God, though still has his own fears. So then, if at a time of rising panic Jesus resorted to using a format (a motivational statement) then that’s something we can copy, even using the same statement.

In Jesus’ case, the intonation was a prayer and it found an immediate answer,

Joh 12:28 The Scriptures 1998+  (28) (יהושע {Jeshua said) “Father, esteem Your Name.” Then a voice came from the heaven, “I have both esteemed it and shall esteem it again.”

There came therefore, i.e. in answer to Christ’s prayer, the Voice of God, that some could distinguish the words, others could not, while some mistook the sounds for thunder. While they disagreed, some saying it was thunder, others an angel speaking, Jesus told them that the voice had not come to assure him but to assure them. He explains to them how God will be glorified in him. In that glorification we do find the glory to The One Name of the Most High (Jehovah) and the other glory of the name of Jeshua or Jesus.

The words which were spoken are of interest. They speak of the fact that God’s Name had been glorified in the past and would be so again. Yet for Jesus hearing these words at this time, they would remind him of how God’s Name had been glorified in the raising of Lazarus only a few days before and would be again at his crucifixion a few days later. The words did not take Jesus’ mind off the challenge, which lay ahead of him, but rather enabled him to view it with renewed strength and courage.

The words, too, were personal to Jesus and were a further encouragement that his Father was with him at that point in time and would continue to be with him through the coming sacrifice.

In case we would take on a similar attitude like Jesus we also could perhaps find ourselves at ease. For sure, when we would put our trust fully in God we should not have to worry that we are safe in His Hands. He is the Most Trustworthy.

The fear of Jesus was gone when he called on the Name of God. This can also work for us. Like Jesus his fear was been replaced by a feeling of accomplishment, purpose and strength, we too can when showing our trust in the Most High feel our close connection with God and His protecting Hand.

In the gospel reading of this Sunday, Jesus, we see, how he chose to deal with rising panic. This was effective in driving down the panic and replacing it with confidence. So why don’t we follow his example when we find ourselves in those circumstances when we feel that worry is about to drown us?
When we feel beset with worry we let our minds rest on a true statement as he did, or even say it out loud, even over and over again if that helps. It will help us feel back in control again, and with God’s help feel better able to deal with whatever the challenge is that is before us.

If you than worry about how to deal with the situation and how to speak to God, the Bible gives us enough answers how we can deal with different situations and how we can approach the Most High Creator of heaven and earth.

Most important is to remember what Jesus used,

“Glorify thy name”.

On several occasions Jesus also told his disciples to go out in to the world and to let the Name of God to be known. Taking the quote of Jesus in our mind, it is helpful in that it reminds us about God and also it is more about Him than about us. It helps us to frame our thoughts, actions and words into the overall context of wanting to bring glory to God’s Name. This is a very high calling.

We should know that it is a major task given to each follower of Christ, i.e. each person who wants to call himself a “Christian“.

No matter what difficulty we may come to face let us always remember the difficulties Jesus had to face and how he was humiliated and scorned. Also let us remember the other men of God, who wrote down the Words of God, so that later generations could learn from them. All those men of God were concious about the importance of God His Name. For years many have tried to fade out the Name of God. They had good reasons to try it, because it would have given them much more power to control more people. but today there are still many people who know the importance of God’s Name and who are not afraid to use this holy Name. They also know that in case they would come in such difficult situations that it looks like they would not be able to get out of it, they too can do like Jesus. They too shall find a way in which they can act in these difficult circumstances, which will bring glory to the Name of God.

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Additional reading:

  1. Pluralis Majestatis in the Holy Scriptures
  2. Creator of heaven and earth and everything aroundיהוה
  3. Titles of God beginning with the Aleph in Hebrew
  4. God about His name “יהוה“
  5. Another way looking at a language #5 Aramic, Hebrew and Greek
  6. Lord and owner
  7. Lord in place of the divine name
  8. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  9. Archeological Findings the name of God YHWH
  10. The Divine name of the Creator
  11. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  12. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  13. More-Letter-Words
  14. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  15. Creator and Blogger God 1 Emptiness and mouvement
  16. Prophets making excuses
  17. Entrance of a king to question our position #1 Coming in the Name of the Lord
  18. Servant of his Father
  19. For the Will of Him who is greater than Jesus
  20. Death of Christ on the day of preparation
  21. Crucifixion for suffering
  22. The Immeasurable Grace bestowed on humanity
  23. Marriage of Jesus 8 Wife of Yahweh
  24. The wrong hero
  25. God is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him
  26. Courage is fear that has said its prayers
  27. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws
  28. Life and attitude of a Christian
  29. Commit your self to the trustworthy creator
  30. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #1 Kings Faith
  31. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  32. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #2 Instructions and Laws
  33. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  34. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing
  35. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude
  36. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  37. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #11 Prayer #9 Making the Name Holy
  38. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #13 Prayer #11 Name to be set apart
  39. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #14 Prayer #12 The other name
  40. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator
  41. Atonement And Fellowship 7/8
  42. Trust God to shelter, safety and security
  43. Shariah and child abuse – Is there a connection?
  44. Why is it that Christians don’t understand Muslims and Muslims do not understand Christians?
  45. Al-Fatiha [The Opening/De Opening] Süra 1:1-3 In the name of Allah the Merciful Lord Of The Creation
  46. Muslims should also Fear God
  47. Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
  48. People Seeking for God 6 Strategy
  49. People Seeking for God 7 The Lord and lords
  50. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  51. Listening and Praying to the Father
  52. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  53. Praise the God with His Name
  54. The Bible and names in it
  55. The NIV and the Name of God
  56. Use of /Gebruik van Jehovah or/of Yahweh in Bible Translations/Bijbel vertalingen
  57. Some one or something to fear #1 Many sorts of fear
  58. Some one or something to fear #2 Attitude and Reactions
  59. Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
  60. Some one or something to fear #4 Families and Competition
  61. Some one or something to fear #5 Not afraid
  62. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
  63. Some one or something to fear #7 Not afraid for Gods Name
  64. Fear, struggles, sadness, bad feelings and depression
  65. My God
  66. A God between many gods
  67. Only One God
  68. God is One
  69. The Trinity – the truth
  70. God – helper and deliverer
  71. Jeruzalem Gods city
  72. The World framed by the Word of God
  73. The Third Word: Scripture twisting is blasphemy
  74. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  75. Developing new energy

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  • Christianity Will Go (venitism.blogspot.com)
    It is therefore with some fear and trepidation that we take advantage of this letter to suggest an operation that has already been undertaken by the Church in other Countries, namely that a an Independent Commission be set up to bring to light the numerous cases of this phenomenon that have so far remained hidden.

    In our opinion this operation would undoubtedly be ecumenically positive: in such an environment the victims of this abuse could unburden themselves of a secret that they have perceived as shameful for many years and then go on to live less difficult and vindictive earthly lives, while at the same time the Church would positively and concretely repay the debt of truth with a reality that is not only tragic, but has also been consistently denied to date.
  • A Necessary Reminder of A False Seer (supertradmum-etheldredasplace.blogspot.com)
    From the days of Moses and Miriam, Deborah and Samuel, to the prophets of the Book of Acts, the people of God have been presented with those who claim, “Thus says the Lord.” The Church has had its share of visionaries and seers who give what they claim are revelations from God and messages to his Church—some of these prophets have been recognized by the Church as genuine. Others ultimately have been dismissed as frauds. These visionaries and the messages often attract a following. The hierarchies of the churches are called to verify the authenticity of spiritual experiences, whenever that is possible. In many cases no stamp of approval can be given.
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    Many good Roman Catholics, clergy and laity, are attracted to several things in Vassula’s writings. She frequently invites readers to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She teaches that the Christian should die to oneself so that Jesus can be within. She calls readers to peace, love, and conversion from sin and unbelief, much like she has epxerienced. This conversion includes a call to holiness and strong faith in the Eucharist. She promotes belief in Scripture and a return to authentic Christian faith. Central to her message is the call for unity among the churches, which can only come from God. This unity should be under the petrine office embodied in the pope—this comes from a Greek Orthodox Christian, not a Catholic! Many Roman Catholic readers, amazed that someone untrained in theology could write such Roman Catholic doctrine, naturally accept it as strong evidence of her claim to be taking authentic dictation from Jesus Christ.
  • The Credo of the People of God (vultus.stblogs.org)
    Priests, religious, and seminarians were thrust into a whirlwind of liturgical, theological, and moral confusion. Many lost their footing in the faith. Even “enclosed” monasteries were affected. It was not uncommon to find that Zen Buddhism, so-called “Catholic” Pentecostalism, and a fascination with Garabandal, with Mamma Rosa at San Damiano, and other apparitions had all made inroads into the same monastery. The Trappists, it seems, were especially hard hit by the rage for pluralism. The idea was that there should be something for everyone: “I’m OK, You’re OK” (published in 1967) was the new Summa. Everything was subject to redefinition and reformulation. And, not to be forgotten: The National Association for Pastoral Renewal came out with the “Make Celibacy Optional” bumpersticker.
  • Complete Compassion. 16th Sunday after Trinity 2014 (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
    Jesus’ compassion is complete. Itis directed toward people who are totally undeserving.  And it is a completely consuming compassion.  Jesus doesn’t just merely feel some sympathy for this woman and others suffering the pain of grief and death.  He suffers their grief Himself.  He takes it on His own body and soul.  He makes it His own.The Lord’s compassion is never a mere emotion without action. Because He has compassion on the widow, He does something.  He tells her, “Don’t weep.”  He steps up to the funeral procession and touches the coffin, and immediately the pallbearers stand still.  He speaks, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  And the young man is instantly set free from death.  He sits up and begins speaking.  And Jesus gives him back to his mother.
  • The Case of the Guilty Woman | John 8:1-11 (wordsforliving.org)
    Oh the foolishness of these scribes and Pharisees! In their effort to humiliate this woman, and to discredit the Lord, they brought her to the best possible place. They brought her to the very man who could deal with her sins in grace and forgiveness. They brought her to the one man who could save her soul!
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    They cared nothing about this woman, her sin, her soul, or her eternal destiny. They cared nothing about right and wrong. All they cared about was pressing their agenda, attacking their enemy, and promoting their brand of righteousness. Thing haven’t changed! All Pharisees are the same!
  • Eve’s offspring, the serpent, and his offspring-Part 3 (creation.com)
    During the 400 years between the close of the Old Testament and the coming of Christ, Israel languished spiritually. They had moments of national victory, such as when the Maccabeans succeeded in taking control of Israel, but by the time of Jesus, they had been completely defeated by the Romans. In the first century, Israel was considered a backwater province of Rome.
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    After the exile, Israel never returned to the idolatry that had corrupted their religion in the past, but their religion became increasingly distorted by unbiblical traditions that had become as binding as the Law of Moses. Originally, these traditions were well–meaning—they were intended to help Israel keep the Law. But over time, they began to overshadow and even contradict the Law of Moses. And because it was impossible to keep all these laws, it became an unbearable burden for the common people, and a tool of control that the religious leadership wielded over the people.
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    Because Jesus was the ultimate fulfillment of the promise of the Offspring of the woman, his life was characterized by the conflict God predicted between the Offspring and the Serpent and the offspring of the serpent. And this conflict started very early in his life.
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Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate

Posted on February 17, 2013. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Life and Death, Suffering | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Trust, Faith and Prayer

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 voice of God

Hearing the Voice in the Holy Scriptures

Words to feed

Continuing reading the Words of God in the Holy Scriptures the Holy Spirit shall feed us. He shall be prepared to come close to us and to answer our questions or prayers. But for being able to hear the Voice of God we do need to take on the right attitude. We must humbly let the Scriptures teach us, reprove us, set things straight for us, and discipline us in righteousness. Jehovah knows what we need, for His thoughts are so much higher than our thoughts. By His inspired Scriptures, He tells us what is beneficial for us so that we may be fully equipped and competent for the good work of witnessing to His name and Kingdom. Paul gives this outstanding advice in the context of describing the “critical times” that come “in the last days”: “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” May all of us survive these critical times by giving heed to this inspired advice! (Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The title page to the 1611 first edition of th...

The title page to the 1611 first edition of the Authorized Version Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6 Seek יהוה {Jehovah} while He is to be found, call on Him while He is near. 7 Let the wrong forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return to יהוה {Jehovah}, who has compassion on him, and to our Elohim, for He pardons much. 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares יהוה {Jehovah}.9  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from the heavens, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so is My Word that goes forth from My mouth – it does not return to Me empty, but shall do what I please, and shall certainly accomplish what I sent it for. 12 “For with joy you go out, and with peace you are brought in – the mountains and the hills break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field clap the hands. 13 “Instead of the thorn the cypress comes up, and instead of the nettle the myrtle comes up. And it shall be to יהוה {Jehovah} for a name, for an everlasting sign which is not cut off.” (Isaiah 55:6-13 The Scriptures 1998+)

When we read the Bible we can listen to God His Word. By listening to His voice and by sticking to Him we shall be able to get answers and to get full breath of life, for He is your life and the length of your days.

19 “I have called the heavens and the earth as witnesses today against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore you shall choose life, so that you live, both you and your seed, 20 to love יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, to obey His voice, and to cling to Him – for He is your life and the length of your days – to dwell in the land which יהוה {Jehovah} swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Ya’aqob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

Great should be our joy and gratitude that we can read and reread, study and restudy, and meditate on these precious truths, for truly “all Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial,” leading on to eternal life either in heaven or on a paradise earth. (John 17:3; Ephesians 1:9-11) Then everything will be ‘holiness to Jehovah.’(Zechariah 14:20; Rev. 4:8.)

Bible part of the free conversation

With the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures Jehovah, the Creator of all things, provided a means to get in conversation with Him. In the Holy Scriptures we are able to find answers to our many questions. It would be wrong just to take the writings as uninspired human penstrokes. We may not simply read words. When we encounter the words on paper in front of us, we should remember that it was the Voice of God who inspired the human writers to put down the Words of God.

We should visualize the situations about which we read, imagining the voices of those who are quoted.

As you read the opening chapters of the Bible, hear Jehovah Himself reveal, step by step, what is done in making the earth fit for man. Listen as He tells that the time has come to bring the first humans into existence. Picture the scene: Adam and Eve rebel, God passes judgment on them and, subsequently, He ousts them from Paradise. (Genesis, chaps. 1-3) Feel a sense of awe when you read that a Voice from heaven identifies Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the beloved, the one sent by God to lay down his life for mankind. (Matthew 3:16, 17) Try to imagine the apostle John’s reaction when he hears Jehovah declare: “Look! I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5)

With the 66 books of books God gave the world the Book of Life. We should not for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of our mind. This Book full of instructions and laws shows us the way how to live and how to survive. We should ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure we practice everything written in it. Then we shall get where we’re going; then we shall succeed and find out that our way may be prosperous.

“Do not let this Book of the Torah depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you guard to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and act wisely. (Joshua 1:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

Coming together to study the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures

Coming together to study the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures

The Biblical contemplation of nature and man starts from and ends in God and is kept alive by the Breath and the Voice of God. The very smallness of man makes the revelation of God in His dealings with him great. For every Christian Jehovah God, should be the only One brilliant Lord of Lord of lords and a household name. We might be a shimmering reflection, visible to every eye upturned from “this dim spot which men call earth.” But we should know that the Creator does find it important that people get to know Him by His Name and would love to see it shine all over the earth as the majestic name in all the earth.

O יהוה {Jehovah}, our Master, how excellent is Your Name in all the earth, You who set Your splendour above the heavens! (Psalms 8:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

5 Let them praise the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}, For He commanded and they were created. 6 And He established them forever and ever, He gave a law and they pass not beyond. 7 Praise יהוה {Jehovah}, from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths, 8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds, Stormy wind that does His word, 9 The mountains and all hills, Fruit tree and all cedars, 10 Wild beasts and all cattle, Creeping creatures and flying birds, 11 Sovereigns of the earth and all peoples, Rulers and all judges of the earth, 12 Both young men and maidens, Old men and children. 13 Let them praise the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}, For His Name alone is exalted, His splendour is above the earth and heavens. 14 He also lifts up the horn of His people, The praise of all His kind ones; Of the children of Yisra’ĕl, A people near to Him. Praise Yah! (Psalms 148:5-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

We are best to act wisely by directing our eyes onto the Words of God in the Holy Scriptures. When we allow those Words from God come from the paper into our heart we shall feel that God shall come with us and shall be willing to come to our aid to understand the many words in those Holy books. The more time you spend reading the Bible, the greater will be your satisfaction as you grow in knowledge of God’s will for you. You shall become less frightened because you shall know that God is close to you. You shall not have so many moments to panic. The assurance that God is with you shall make life so much easier. There’s no need to fear for Jehovah is your God when you are willing to accept Him as the Only One God. He shall give you strength. He shall help you. He shall hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

‘Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not look around, for I am your Elohim. I shall strengthen you, I shall also help you, I shall also uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.’ (Isaiah 41:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

When you listen to all those words coming from the Most High Powerful God, you shall feel that reading the Bible is as going into a very deep conversation. Such a conversation can also be called a prayer. Going into deep meditation about what is written in the Bible, shall bring you closer to your Creator. Truly, reading God’s Word in this way is a delightful experience!

When you do your Bible reading, take time to ponder the meaning of what you read — what it tells you about Jehovah, how it can influence your life beneficially, and how you can use it to help others.

When your regular reading provides you the help you need to deal wisely with problems, you will feel like the psalmist who said: “Your reminders are wonderful. That is why my soul has observed them.” (Psalm 119:129) You too will rejoice as you discern from the Scriptures principles that help to mould your thinking and your desires in a godly way. It might surprise you that Gods way shall not always be your way, but that when you follow God’s way you shall find it to be the most easiest way. But remember that Jehovah does not think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way He works. God His thoughts are most sublime and His ways our much higher than our ways. Jehovah His Decree should be the most important one to follow for us and should enable us to return or to come closer to the Almighty Elohim Jehovah God.

Excerpt from Origenis Hexaplorum, edited by Fr...

6 Seek יהוה {Jehovah}, while He is to be found, call on Him while He is near. 7 Let the wrong forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return to יהוה {Jehovah}, who has compassion on him, and to our Elohim, for He pardons much. 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares יהוה {Jehovah}. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from the heavens, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so is My Word that goes forth from My mouth – it does not return to Me empty, but shall do what I please, and shall certainly accomplish what I sent it for. (Isaiah 55:6-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

Continue reading the inspired record, and you will come to know Jehovah as a Majestic and Awe-inspiring Person. You will feel strongly drawn to this One who loves us, deals mercifully with us, helps us if we humbly keep trying to do His will, and shows us how to enjoy success in all that we do.

As we read the Bible, we will sense that Jehovah is coming near to us and that He, as a loving Father, who knows what problems will result when we give in to imperfect fleshly desires, provides moral guidance that shields us from harm and shows us the right way. He does not want us to suffer the terrible consequences that will inevitably come from flouting His high moral standards. Jehovah God is a loving caring Father who wants us to enjoy the best way of life. Our reading of His Word helps us to appreciate more fully what a blessing it is to have him as our God and heavenly Father.

Daily Words of comfort

When we do love God, we shall be prepared to listen to His Wise Words regularly. We do not have to go to theological colleges or to hang out at Sin Saloon, not slinking along Dead-End Road, not going to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You would not mind becoming a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom. You do not want to be like the common wicked people, who are mere windblown dust.

1 Blessed is the man who shall not walk in the counsel of the wrong, And shall not stand in the path of sinners, And shall not sit in the seat of scoffers, 2 But his delight is in the Torah of יהוה {Jehovah}, And he meditates in His Torah day and night. 3 For he shall be as a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That yields its fruit in its season, And whose leaf does not wither, And whatever he does prospers. 4 The wrong are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wrong shall not rise in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For יהוה {Jehovah}knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wrong comes to naught. (Psalms 1:1-6 The Scriptures 1998+)

Daily Bible reading shall bring Gods Word every day close into our heart and shall feed us as the necessary breast-feeding for the baby. Regular reading and application of what is in God’s Word will enable us to succeed in everything that involves our relationship with Jehovah.

Ecclesia in Brussels hotel

Getting together at the Ecclesia in Brussels hotel to study the Bible and have a service of Breaking of the Bread

Even when we do not see it any more in this world and cannot follow this world we shall find the necessary solution in the readings of the day and will be blessed when we’re at the end of our rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. Others may call us the poor ones, but we should not mind. We may be the poor in spirit, but knowing our spiritual need, we shall be the ones looking forward to the hope coming true, for God His kingdom may be ours. (Matthew 5:3)

This shall only be true if we are prepared to adjust ourselves to that Word of God. If we adjust our priorities so as to read a portion of the Bible each day, we should think about those words we read, and put them to work in our lives. We should receive the Word with all readiness of mind and search the Scriptures daily to see if those things were and are so. (Acts 17:11)

As the first Christians let us follow their example and also have open minds, recognition of need, searching minds, daily application, and enthusiasm.

“You search the Scriptures, because you think you possess everlasting life in them. And these are the ones that bear witness of Me. (John 5:39 The Scriptures 1998+)

It is never enough to be knowledgeable in the Scriptures in a theoretical sense. The study of God’s Word must lead us to find who is the Messiah and to embrace Christ, with our whole heart and mind. Knowledge by itself is sterile. But intimate, personal experience of Christ brings about deep and lasting changes in our lives, and leads on to the eternal life that may be possessed only through him.

“Scripture is the royal chariot in which Jesus rides, and it is paved with love for the daughters of Jerusalem. The Scriptures are the swaddling bands of the holy child Jesus; unroll them and you find your Saviour. The quintessence of the word of God is Christ” (CHS).

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Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #1 Creator and His Prophets

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #2 Instructions and Laws

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #3 A voice to be taken Seriously

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform

Next: Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #3 Stem van God #6 Woorden tot voedsel en communicatie

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Please do find also to read:

  1. Scripture Word from God
  2. Bible Word from God
  3. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  4. Scripture Word from God
  5. Bible guide Taking the Bible as a lead
    Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  6. Bible in the first place #1/3
  7. Bible in the first place #2/3
  8. Bible in the first place #3/3
  9. Bible in a nutshell
  10. The Bible and names in it
  11. The Divine name of the Creator
  12. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  13. God about His name “יהוה“
  14. Another way looking at a language #5 Aramic, Hebrew and Greek
  15. Knowing old sayings to understand the Bible
  16. Use of /Gebruik van Jehovah or/of Yahweh in Bible Translations/Bijbel vertalingen
  17. God of gods
  18. A god between many gods
  19. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  20. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  21. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  22. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  23. Archeological Findings the name of God YHWH
  24. Titles of God beginning with the Aleph in Hebrew
  25. Use of /Gebruik van Jehovah or/of Yahweh in Bible Translations/Bijbel vertalingen
  26. The NIV and the Name of God
  27. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #1 Kings Faith
  28. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  29. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  30. Praise the God with His Name
  31. The Importance Of Scripture
  32. The importance of Reading the Scriptures
  33. Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures
  34. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  35. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  36. Listening and Praying to the Father
  37. Breathing to teach
  38. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us
  39. Childish or reasonable ways
  40. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  41. Developing new energy
  42. Jeruzalem Gods city
  43. Prophets making excuses

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    If God had a name, what would it be / And would you call it to His face?
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Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #1 Creator and His Prophets

Posted on January 27, 2013. Filed under: Environment and Ecology, History, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Life and Death, World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Trust, Faith and Prayer

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 voice of God

Speaking and bringing unto being

The “I Am who I am” or the “I am that I am”, at the beginning of the universe let His voice come over everything, so that it came into being.

In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth. And the earth came to be {1} formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters. {Footnote: 1Or the earth became}. And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be. (Genesis 1:1-3 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Creator of everything said each time that it had to come to be and it became. Over which His breath came He also gave a name. Elohim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ He called the expanse ‘heavens.’ Elohim called the dry land ‘earth,’ and the collection of the waters He called ‘seas.’ He soon came to give with His voice blessing over the all earth.

An artist's impression of a protoplanetary disk

An artist’s impression of a protoplanetary disk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

11 And Elohim said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the plant that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth.” And it came to be so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the plant that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:11-12 The Scriptures 1998+)

20 And Elohim said, “Let the waters teem with shoals of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth on the face of the expanse of the heavens.” 21 And Elohim created great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters teemed, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. 22 And Elohim saw that it was good. And Elohim blessed them, saying, “Bear fruit and increase, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the fifth day. (Genesis 1:20-23 The Scriptures 1998+)

A voice calling in the Garden

The things which came into existence by the Voice of God pleased Him. He always looked at what came into being and saw that it was good. So God decided to make human beings; which would be like Him and resemble Him, what does not mean they would become like Him. Adam, Eve, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Jesus, were all made in the image of that One and Only One God. They received power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small. Male and female were created and blessed. To those first human beings God said to have many children, so that their descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. It was the Creator God who put those human creatures in charge of the earth, the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals. From the beginning the Elohim God also provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for them to eat.

25 And Elohim made the beast of the earth according to its kind, livestock according to its kind, and all that creep on the earth according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good. 26 And Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the livestock, and over all the earth and over all the creeping creatures that creep on the earth.” 27 And Elohim created the man in His image, in the image of Elohim He created him – male and female He created them. 28 And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them, “Bear fruit and increase, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over all creatures moving on the earth.” 29 And Elohim said, “See, I have given you every plant that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it is for food. (Genesis 1:25-29 The Scriptures 1998+)

Adam and Eve heard the Voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day. In the beginning it looked like the Voice of God was soft and caring, creating all goodness. But after the wrong going by Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God in the middle of the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:8), more than once God had to let His Voice be like thunder.

English: The story of the Eden Garden. The tem...

The story of the Eden Garden. The temptation of Adam & Eve by the devil. Pedestal of the statue of Madonna with Child, western portal (of the Virgin), of Notre-Dame de Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

יהוה {Jehovah} thundered from the heavens, And the Most High sent forth His voice. (2 Samuel 22:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

2 Listen, listen to the trembling of His voice, and the sound that comes from His mouth. 3 He lets it loose under all the heavens, and His lightning to the ends of the earth. 4 After it a voice roars. He thunders with the voice of His excellency, and He does not hold them back when His voice is heard. 5 Ěl thunders wondrously with His voice; doing great deeds, which we do not understand. 6 For He says to the snow, ‘Be on the earth,’ also to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. 7 He seals up the hand of every man, for all men to know His work. (Job 37:2-7 The Scriptures 1998+)

Prophets hearing the Voice

Many prophets heard the voice of God, some, like Ezekiel as the sound of wings, like the sound of roaring water and wrote down what the voice of the Almighty dictated to them. God’s glory rose above the cherubs and filled God’s House (the temple) with the brilliance of the Creator’s glory. The sound of the wings of the cherubim, reminiscent of the voice of the Sovereign God when he speaks, could be heard as far as the outer court of the temple.

4 And the esteem of יהוה {Jehovah} went up from the keruḇ, over the threshold of the House. And the House was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the brightness of the esteem of יהוה {Jehovah}. 5 And the sound of the wings of the keruḇim was heard in the outer court, like the voice of Ěl Shaddai when He speaks. (Ezekiel 10:4-5 The Scriptures 1998+)

And see, the esteem of the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl came from the way of the east. And His voice was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone from His esteem. And His voice was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone from His esteem. (Ezekiel 43:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

It was this Voice of God that could lift up the prophets and give them inspiration to write down that what God wanted them His people to know. By way of His Voice God gave His commandments and asked people to do certain things for Him.

And the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner courtyard. And see, the esteem of יהוה filled the House. (Ezekiel 43:5 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Dutch version: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #3 Stem van God #1 Schepper en Zijn profeten

Continued: Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #2 Instructions and Laws

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Read also:

  1. I am that I am Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיה
  2. Creator of heaven and earth and everything aroundיהוה The Only One Elohim who creates and gives all
  3. A god between many gods
  4. God of gods
  5. Only one God
  6. Attributes to God
  7. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  8. God about His name “יהוה“יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter wordsTitles of God beginning with the Aleph in Hebrew
  9. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  10. The Divine name of the Creator
  11. Pure Words and Testimonies full of Breath of the Most High
  12. With God All Things Are Possible
  13. A viewpoint on creation
  14. The World framed by the Word of God
  15. Cosmos creator and human destiny
  16. Creation gift of God
  17. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  18. God’s Word is like the rain
  19. Heavenly creatures do they exist
  20. Who are the Angels?Why did God Create Angels? The “Sons of God” Man Made Lower than the Angels The “Mighty Ones”Because men choose to go their own wayApple of Gods eyeMoving around looking for a homeland
  21. Satan or the devil
  22. Lucifer
  23. Angels with Names Angels Preach the Gospel The Angels in World Affairs Angels at the Second Coming of Christ Can Angels Help Us? Guardian Angels? “The whole family in heaven and earth” How Can the Angels Serve Us Now?
  24. God doesn’t call the qualified
  25. Jeruzalem Gods city
  26. Signs on the earth and in the skies
  27. Words in the world
  28. The manager and Word of God
  29. Man made life
  30. Finish each day and be done with it
  31. Tu B’Shvat, the holiday of the trees

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Additional readings

  1. The floodgates of heaven
    There is the fountain of the deep and the windows (floodgates) of heaven, both of which were outlets of the water that flooded the earth.
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    just as the  water of the  Holy Spirit can be for judgment, a heightened, pointed  expression of the presence of God in wrath, it can also stand for a heightened experience of God in the supernatural blessing  and spiritual vitality.  While that of judgment brings death, the positive expression brings life.
  2. It’s Raining
    God is raining spiritual blessings upon his people. Although it’s raining naturally, I believe God has opened the windows of Heaven and is pouring out blessings in abundance on the saints of God today.
  3. Exhortation: The Voice of Yahweh
    The words of God change the world. When he speaks the world respond.

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  • In What’s in a name? (quest4light.net) there is not made a difference in titles and in first and surnames, but according to us a beloved one we would prefer to talk to with his or her own name and not with a tittle. The I am that I am Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיה is too much an important figure we should all love and consider as our own Father that we would not speak to Him the Most High or Lord of the Lord of lords with a title like the distant  “Lord”. Other titles like Creator, or Most High would than be much better, but also not appropriate when we speak to Him. though when you speak about Him, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, you could naturally use such titles as God or Allah. But remember always that God wanted His Name to be known all over the earth. (Read our articles about Gods Holy Name)
  • Also The Name of the True GOD (shanecloud.com) has an other look on the Most High Name which has always been and shall always be.
  • Genesis Expression seems to doubt that the Elohim is really a supernatural being as the God of gods in Adam, Eve, Where are you? (genesisexpressions.wordpress.com) because she uses the word “if”. The writer wonders why Elohim is asking Adam & Eve where they are?  forgetting that the All Knowing very well knew where the two human beings where. The Omniscient One did not lose them. He knew very well where they where, because nothing can be hidden for Him. God is everywhere, sees everything and knows every heart. So he could see Adam and eve, though they tried to hide for him, meaning that they did not believe any-more that God could see everything.
  • The Dominion Continues! (genesisexpressions.wordpress.com)
    Adam, being the first human created, does not have any one who has gone before him who could be an example or to teach him how to rule, or more precisely, to reign as a Vassal King.  Risky enterprise on Elohim’s part, I think!  Just handing over authority to a neophyte and walking away is tantamount to setting someone up for failure. But remembering Father God’s character as being based in love, somehow I am thinking that failure for Adam is not the plan.
  • True Peacemakers of Elohim (daileytalks.wordpress.com)
    The law of Yahweh promote peace and those who follow them are the Peacemakers.
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    Study the law and live it, it is for your good. Know God, Know Peace. No God, No Peace.
  • God the Father made a bond-ship with His first son, giving him the trust and the believe that he could do it. Also when he and his wife proofed to have dishonoured Jehovah God, the Father showed His love by giving them a second chance a by giving humanity a solution to restoration, in Christ Jesus (Jeshua) in whom we can find the restorer of the peace. The relationship with the first man and woman (mannin) may have been broken and we also do have our faults and see many people and things go wrong, so we may cry, shout and sound the alarm like Caddo’s Seven Word Sundays! (burningfireshutinmybones.wordpress.com) writes. He   direct people to go direct toward Jesus, but forgets that we now can go direct to God. Jesus may and should be our help, because he is the only way to the restoration between the Most High Creator and man. But his ransom has bought us free and open the gates to go directly to Jehovah God.
  • The Secrets Of Psalm 91 (dianasymons.com)
    Psalm 91 is an extraordinary psalm. It is the promise that God will protect you from sickness and danger, no matter how many people standing right next to you fall. It is the promise that He will answer when you call. It is the promise of long life and salvation. But not for everyone.
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Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God

Soon in the time of the created universe people got to understand they had to call upon God. Men began to call upon the name of the Most High Elohim יהוה Jehovah. More than once things went wrong and more than once men opposed to their Creator, but every time He was willing to come to them and to help them. At the early times they knew the importance of calling the Creator God by His Name, who was Holy.

“And to Shĕth, to him also a son was born. And he called his name Enosh. Then it was begun to call on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}{1}. {Footnote: 1The first record of “calling on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}” (Genesis 4:26 The Scriptures 1998+)

English: The Geneva Bible (1560): God's name I...

English: The Geneva Bible (1560): God’s name Iehouah (in older Latin transcription form), that is Jehovah. Greek/Ελληνικά: Η μεταγραφή Ιεχουά (Ιεχωβά) στο εδάφιο Ψαλμός 83:18, από την Βίβλο της Γενεύης (Geneva Bible) του 1560. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“So Aḇram left, as יהוה had commanded him, and Lot went with him. And Aḇram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Ḥaran.” (Genesis 12:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

“ 7 And יהוה {Jehovah} appeared to Aḇram and said, “To your seed I give this land.” And he built there an altar to יהוה{Jehovah}, who had appeared to him. 8 And from there he moved to the mountain east of Bĕyth Ěl, and he pitched his tent, with Bĕyth Ěl on the west and Ai on the east. And he built there an altar to יהוה{Jehovah}, and called on the Name of יהוה{Jehovah}.”  (Genesis 12: 7-8: The Scriptures 1998+)

Many times people were wrestling with many problems, often caused by themselves because they did not keep to the Commandments of God or did not listen to His Voice. Multitudes of commands and myriads of promises were given to God His people. Many blessings came over them, but oh so often they forgot quickly what He had done for them.

But every time God was there again to come close to them and several times God appeared to His chosen people to tell them what to do and to tell them about future happenings.

“23  And from there he went up to Be’ĕrsheḇa. 24  And יהוה {Jehovah}appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the Elohim of your father Aḇraham. Do not fear, for I am with you, and shall bless you and increase your seed for My servant Aḇraham’s sake.”
25  And he built an altar there, and called on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}, and he pitched his tent there, and the servants of Yitsḥaq dug a well there. “ (Genesis 26: 23-25: The Scriptures 1998+)

The Creator told His chosen people how He was to be called and that His Name should be known all over the world.

And He said, “I am the Elohim of your father, the Elohim of Aḇraham, the Elohim of Yitsḥaq, and the Elohim of Ya’aqoḇ.” And Mosheh hid his face, for he was afraid to look at Elohim” (Exodus 3:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And now, see, the cry of the children of Yisra’ĕl has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Mitsrites oppress them.” (Exodus 3:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“14  And Elohim said to Mosheh, “I am that which I am.”{1 } And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” {Footnote: 1The Heḇrew text reads: ’eyeh ’asher ’eyeh, the word ’eyeh being derived from hayah which means to be, to exist, but the Aramaic text here in v. 14 reads: ayah ashar ayah. This is not His Name, but it is an explanation that leads up to the revelation of His Name in v. 15, namely: יהוה (Jehovah). } 15  And Elohim said further to Mosheh, “Thus you are to say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘יהוה {Jehovah } Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Aḇraham, the Elohim of Yitsḥaq, and the Elohim of Ya’aqoḇ, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generations.’ ” (Exodus 3:14-15 The Scriptures 1998+)

"Jehovah" at Exodus 6:3 (1611 King J...

“Jehovah” at Exodus 6:3 (1611 King James Version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“2 And Elohim spoke to Mosheh and said to him, “I am יהוה {Jehovah}.” 3 “And I appeared to Aḇraham {Abraham}, to Yitsḥaq {Isaac}, and to Ya’aqoḇ {Jakob}, as Ěl Shaddai {The One Most High; The Almighty}. And by My Name, יהוה {Jehovah }, was I not known to them? 4 “And I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Kena’an, the land of their sojournings, in which they have sojourned. 5 “And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Yisra’ĕl whom the Mitsrites are enslaving, and I have remembered My covenant. 6 “Say, therefore, to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘I am יהוה {Jehovah}, and I shall bring you out from under the burdens of the Mitsrites, and shall deliver you from their enslaving, and shall redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments, 7 and shall take you as My people, and I shall be your Elohim. And you shall know that I am יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim who is bringing you out from under the burdens of the Mitsrites. 8 ‘And I shall bring you into the land which I swore to give to Aḇraham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Ya’aqoḇ {Jakob}, to give it to you as an inheritance. I am יהוה {Jehovah}.’ ” (Exodus 6:2-8 The Scriptures 1998+) (Exodus 6:2-7 The Scriptures 1998+)

“Go, and you shall gather the elders of Yisra’ĕl together, and say to them, ‘יהוה {Jehovah} Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Aḇraham, of Yitsḥaq, and of Ya’aqoḇ, appeared to me, saying, “I have indeed visited you and seen what is done to you in Mitsrayim; (Exodus 3:16 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And in that day you shall say, “Praise יהוה {Jehovah}, call upon His Name; make known His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His Name is exalted.” (Isaiah 12:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

“13 For “everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah} shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without one proclaiming? 15 And how shall they proclaim if they are not sent? As it has been written, “How pleasant are the feet of those who bring the Good News of peace, who bring the Good News of the good!” 16 However, not all obeyed the Good News. For Yeshayahu {Isaiah} says, {Jehovah } “יהוה, who has believed our report?”  17 So then belief comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Elohim.” (Romans 10:13-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

Whatever God has made prominent in his Word, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives. He wanted us to get to know Him properly and to choose out of our own free will, to go for Him and to call upon His Name.

God insisted that people followed His Words and that they would call upon Him and not on other gods. More than ones He showed others how useless it was to call upon the gods of the earth. In the many stories of the Old Testament we can see how even great people, being ‘gods’ in their time did not manage to compete against the God of gods in heaven.

““And you shall call on the name of your mighty one, and I, I call on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}. And the Elohim who answers by fire, He is Elohim.” So all the people answered and said, “The word is good.” (1 Kings 18:24 The Scriptures 1998+)

File:YHWH on Mesha Stele.jpg

Moabite Stone or Mesha Stele: YHWH, the god of Israelites as mentioned in the Moabite inscription in line 18 (context: and I took from there t[he ves]sels (or [altar he]arths) of YHWH and I dragged them before the face of Kemosh). Transliteration (modern Hebrew characters): יהוה

Ordinary people but also higher placed people, priest s and kings had to remember Jehovah, who is great and terrible, (Nehemiah 4:14). The great King David knew that Jehovah God was the El Shaddai, Almighty One God to whom he always was ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of the Adonai Elohim Jehovah. And for those who called on His Name, God was willing to pour out His Spirit. The ones who loved Him dear He promised that their young men will see visions and that He even will pour out His Spirit on the servants, men and women both. He’ll set wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below. Before the Judgement Day of God, the Day tremendous and awesome. Whoever calls, ‘Help, Jehovah!’ gets help. On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be a great rescue — just as the Elohim God said.

“16  O יהוה {Jehovha}, I am truly Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your female servant; You have loosed my bonds. 17  I bring You a slaughtering of thanksgiving, And call upon the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}. 18  I pay my vows to יהוה {Jehovha} In the presence of all His people, 19  In the courts of the House of יהוה {Jehovah}, In your midst, O Yerushalayim. Praise Yah! “(Psalms 116:16-19 The Scriptures 1998+).

Excerpt of the book of Exodus from the The Gre...

Excerpt of the book of Exodus from the The Great Bible (entitled The Byble in Englyshe), publ. 1540. The English form Iehovah (Jehovah as the “J” stands for both I and the later J) is used for the Tetragrammaton at Exodus 6:3. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus also learned the people around him to pray to his Father and to tell that His Name is Holy and should be honoured as the Holy Name.

““This, then, is the way you should pray: ‘Our Father who is in the heavens, let Your Name be set-apart,” (Matthew 6:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in the heavens, let Your Name be set-apart, let Your reign come, let Your desire be done on earth as it is in heaven..” (Luke 11:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

“Then Mosheh said to Aharon, “This is what יהוה {Jehovah} spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me let Me be set-apart! And before all the people let Me be esteemed!’ ” And Aharon was silent.” (Leviticus 10:3 The Scriptures 1998+)

“26  “And let Your Name be made great forever, saying, ‘יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts is the Elohim over Yisra’ĕl.’ And let the house of Your servant Dawid be established before You. 27  “For You, O יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has taken heart to pray this prayer to You. 28  “And now, O Master {Jehovah} יהוה, You are Elohim, and Your words are true, and You have spoken this goodness to Your servant. ” (2 Samuel 7:26 The Scriptures 1998+)

“24 So let it stand fast, and Your Name be great forever, saying, ‘יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts, Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, is Elohim to Yisra’ĕl. And let the house of Your servant Dawid be established before You.’ 25  “For You, O my Elohim, have revealed to Your servant to build a house for him. Therefore Your servant has found courage to pray before You. 26  “And now, {Jehovah} יהוה, You are Elohim, and have promised this goodness to Your servant. 27  “And now, You have been pleased to bless the house of Your servant to be before You forever. For You have blessed it, O יהוה {Jehovah}, and it is blessed forever.”.” (1 Chronicles 17:24-27 The Scriptures 1998+)

“4  Then Yĕshua and Bani, Qadmi’ĕl, Shebanyah, Bunni, Shĕrĕbyah, Bani, Kenani stood on the stairs of the Lĕwites and cried out with a loud voice to יהוה their Elohim. 5  Then the Lĕwites, Yĕshua and Qadmi’ĕl, Bani, Ḥashabneyah, Shĕrĕbyah, Hodiyah, Shebanyah, Pethaḥyah, said, “Rise, bless יהוה {Jehovah}, your Elohim forever and ever! And let them bless Your esteemed Name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise! 6  “You are יהוה {Jehovah}, You alone. You have made the heavens, the heavens of the heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that are on it, the seas and all that are in them, and You give life to them all. And the host of the heavens are bowing themselves to You.
7  “You are יהוה {Jehovah}, the Elohim who chose Abram, and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name of Abraham, 8  and found his heart trustworthy before You, and made a covenant with him to give the land of the Kena’anites, the Ḥittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Yebusites, and the Girgashites – to give it to his seed. And You have established Your words, for You are righteous,” (Nehemiah 9:4-8 The Scriptures 1998+)

“17  Let His Name be forever, His Name continue before the sun; And let them bless themselves in Him; Let all nations call Him blessed. 18  Blessed be יהוה {Jehovah} Elohim, Elohim {The Most High} of Yisra’ĕl, He alone is doing wonders! 19  And blessed be His esteemed Name forever! And let all the earth Be filled with His esteem. Amĕn and Amĕn. .” (Psalms 72:18 The Scriptures 1998+)

God provided His only son so that a ransom could be paid for His people, so that none of His children would perish. There is no greater sacrifice than giving up your only son for the sake of our salvation. That is truly the greatest provision that our Heavenly Father has given us. He ordered His Covenant kept forever. He’s so personal and holy, that we too should call upon Him and call back and forth one to the other, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Most High God, Jehovah-of-the-Angel-Armies. His bright glory fills the whole earth.

“9  He sent redemption to His people, He has commanded His covenant forever. Set-apart and awesome is His Name. 10  The fear of יהוה {Jehovah} is the beginning of wisdom, All those doing them have a good understanding. His praise is standing forever. ” (Psalms 111:9-10 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And one cried to another and said, “Set-apart, set-apart, set-apart is יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts; all the earth is filled with His esteem!”” (Isaiah 6:3 The Scriptures 1998+)

We also should put His great and holy Name that has been ruined in so many countries, the name that so many blackened wherever they went, on display. Today it is more than high time that the nations will realize who the God of gods is. The whole world should get to know the Only One Almighty God. Who He really is, that He, Jehovah is God. When He shall show His holiness through us, we shall be pleased that they can see it with their own eyes.
Perhaps it will not take long any more that God will show the world how great He is, how holy He is, because He, the Adonai will make Himself known all over the world. Then they’ll realize that He is GOD. Jehovah God will be king over all the earth, one GOD and only one. What a Day that will be! He shall be honoured all over the world. And there are people who know how to worship Him all over the world, who honour Him by bringing their best to Him. They’re saying it everywhere: “God is greater, this GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies.” “Jehovah His Name shall be The One, Great under all nations”.

“And I shall set apart My great Name, which has been profaned among the gentiles, which you have profaned in their midst. And the gentiles shall know that I am יהוה {Jehovah},” declares the Master יהוה {Jehovah}, “when I am set-apart in you before their eyes.  (Ezekiel 36:23 The Scriptures 1998+)

“for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the esteem of יהוה {Jehovah}, as the waters cover the sea {1}! {Footnote: 1Isa. 11:9.}” (Habakkuk 2:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And יהוה {Jehovah} shall be Sovereign over all the earth {1}. In that day there shall be one יהוה {Jehovah}, and His Name one. {Footnote: 1 Isa. 24:23, Dan. 2:44, Rev. 11:15.} .” (Zechariah 14:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My Name is great among nations. And in every place incense is presented to My Name, and a clean offering. For My Name is great among nations,” said יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts..” (Malachi 1:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

“28  “And after this it shall be that I pour out My Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men dream dreams, your young men see visions. 29  “And also on the male servants and on the female servants I shall pour out My Spirit in those days.
30  “And I shall give signs in the heavens and upon the earth: blood and fire and columns of smoke, 31  the sun is turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of יהוה.
32  “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה shall be delivered {1}. For on Mount Tsiyon and in Yerushalayim there shall be an escape {2} as יהוה has said, and among the survivors whom יהוה {Jehovah} calls. {Footnotes: 1 Acts 2:21, Rom. 10:13. 2 Isa. 4:2-3, Obad. v. 17, Rev. 14:1.} ” (Joel 2:28-32 The Scriptures 1998+)

Coming closer to those End-times it is begetting more important that people call upon Jehovah. For the Time is near. But you don’t have to be unprepared for the tests and trials when they come.

In these times we have to look forward to the Jehovah Jireh, God the provider, the One who provides in all things pertaining to life, the Rock which we stand upon. But we do have to show to Him that we are willing to stand on Him. If we are prepared to give ourselves to Him He is willing to accept our being with all its faults and deficiencies. So, we do better ask God and trust that He, as a loving Father, will listen to us. In prayer we can build up our life and prepare ourselves for times coming. By prayer we are preparing our heart and our mind for the battle ahead. Let us rest ourselves upon Him. He is our refuge, let us hide in Him; He is our strength, let us array ourselves with Him; He is our help, let us lean upon Him; He is our very present help, let us repose in Him now.

en: The Holy Bible in Modern Greek by Neofitos...

en: The Holy Bible in Modern Greek by Neofitos Vamvas. At Exodus 6:3 the divine name of God, the sacred Tetragrammaton, is rendered “Ιεχωβά” (Ieová/Jehovah). La Cle publications, 1979. el: Το όνομα Ιεοβά (Ιεχωβά) στην Παλαιά Διαθήκη. Νεοελληνική Μετάφραση (Βάμβα), έκδοση La Cle, 1979. Απόσπασμα από το βιβλίο της Εξόδου. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We must give to God the necessary appropriate glory which He deserves and is worthy off. We must follow His wishes. Under those wishes it has been confessed to make God His name be known. Concerning His Name God wishes that His name be known all over the earth. We can work for it and must help with that. We do have to love Gods name and give it all honour. We should consecrate His name above all names, declaring it to be holy, set apart, sanctified. Above all names we must esteem This One highly. This totally different god than the many gods worshipped at the moment, all over the earth, is the Elohim, Most High over all, the אהיה אשר אהיה  “I AM WHO I AM” the very Source of life and of all good that is made up in this world.

We should want to give God this glory, in our speech and foremost in our prayer, especially because this stipulates the tone for the rest of our prayer. It requires of us to shrink back in apprehension for the omnipotent God. It does make us tremble our for this big and most important God, who we all have to give honour and to whom we are conversing with by His grace. He is the only person to whom we should pray and must take our refuge. He is the One to whom we can confide everything and commit everything to His charge. If we know His value and Greatness and Power and realise what He has already done and still can do for us, we will not doubt make work of it to address Him regularly in love. We then will not recoil with Him to step in conversation. Also we will not recoil to converse by His grace. To him we all must bring praise for no other reason then that He exists in independence and holiness, contains Power and Love, which we cannot quite comprehend. It is not that we must pray from apprehension, fearing God, but of respect and with faith that He wants to be as the most perfect Father, who is prepared to listen to His children and to give them what they need.

“And I say to you: ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. (Luke 11:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

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  4. The wrong hero
  5. A god between many gods
  6. God of gods
  7. Only one God
  8. Attributes to God
  9. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  10. God about His name “יהוה“
  11. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  12. Titles of God beginning with the Aleph in Hebrew
  13. Archeological Findings the name of God YHWH
  14. I am that I am Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיה
  15. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  16. The Divine name of the Creator
  17. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  18. Some one or something to fear #1 Many sorts of fear
  19. Some one or something to fear #2 Attitude and Reactions
  20. Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
  21. Some one or something to fear #4 Families and Competition
  22. Some one or something to fear #5 Not afraid
  23. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
  24. Some one or something to fear #7 Not afraid for Gods Name
  25. For Jehovah is greatly to be praised
  26. Praise the God with His Name
  27. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  28. Prophets making excuses
  29. Another way looking at a language #5 Aramic, Hebrew and Greek
  30. The NIV and the Name of God
  31. Use of /Gebruik van Jehovah or/of Yahweh in Bible Translations/Bijbel vertalingen
  32. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  33. Developing new energy
  34. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  35. For Jehovah is greatly to be praised
  36. Listening and Praying to the Father

 

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A day without taking the symbols

Posted on November 15, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Breaking of the Bread, Life and Death, World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The previous weekends our thought were with the many people who died in the many wars. In World War I it looked for many as if the world would come to an end. And after the horrible battle was finished many thought it would never happen again.

Poppies between the grass and cornflowers in Flanders, Belgium

Chris Adwards, in the first weekend of November talked about the remembrance poppy, which originally in Flanders was a sign of conquest and possibility of preponderance, because the flower was so strong it came back every year again and if nothing was done at the fields seemed to grow with thousands.

During the First World War the Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was also astonished by the beauty of that wild flower. This red rose inspired him to write a war poem in the form of a rondeau. “In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row, / That mark our place; and in the sky / The larks, still bravely singing, fly / Scarce heard amid the guns below.”

Soldiers could take up their quarrel with the foe but no matter what happened and how the ground was filled with holes form the bombs, this beuatifu flower brought the only fresh colour next to the blood, into the fields. Many blood was shed and mingled with the red of the flowers which still kept growing as if the world could not harm it.

In Flanders for centuries there has been a battlefield for many countries.

At those battles strangely enough many called to God to help them and where sure that God was on their side. At times, on Christmas night they took time off and came together to sing songs and to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, whom they all called their saviour.

After Jesus had died his followers came together at regular times to remember a more important day than his birth. The day before Jesus was going to die should be the more important day for all Christians. On that night Jesus took bread and wine and asked his disciples to remember what he was doing that night. Later, in the breaking of the bread others could see the sign of Christ.

Jesus had declared, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” His followers had to remember his actions and do the breaking of bread as a remembrance of the last meal the apostles and Christ had together, but in the first place as the sign of the New Covenant.

Normally on several days in the year we come together to remember the death of Christ and this breaking of bread on the night before he died.

Bread and wine are also symbols of life and of the products of the earth and the products of God the Creator. It is also a symbol of unification. In a family the members come together to eat with each other and to share the wine. Most welcome friends are also invited at the table. People are not able to live without food, and Jesus has become our food. God has provided the food for life and we can accept Jesus peace offering by sharing the bread and wine with each other.

In the ecclesia we come together as brothers and sisters and invite others to come and join us. The gathering is about welcome, meeting our desperate need, recognising Jesus, compassion, acceptance, undeserved love, God’s provision and the right response of our hearts. This time of the year we not only think about Jesus’ death, but about many who lost their life in ridiculous battles, which could have been avoided when people would have lived more according to the Will of God and not according to their lusts.

Greed and want are those things which bring problems and let other people want to have property what does not originally belong to them. It makes people wanting more than that what God has already given them.

Perhaps therefore it is not bad to stand still and think about our wishes and about our greed and wrong intentions. Even when people where saved from slavery and on their way to the promised land they where not pleased whit what God gave them. Some of them also preferred to take more manna than needed. Israel was given manna and quails when they had no other food in the wilderness.  They got fed up with it and we must be careful that our remembrance services don’t become ordinary and turn the special privilege we have of remembering Jesus in bread and wine into the mundane.

Therefore last Sunday we contemplated and we remembered the difficult moments Christ had to go through and the horrible nightmare which befell so many youngsters when they had to go the war in the Great War. We thought of the storm Paul and the members on the ship had to face (Reading of the day: Acts chapters 26-27)

English: A remembrance poppy from Canada, worn...

English: A remembrance poppy from Canada, worn on the lapel of a men’s suit. In many Commonwealth countries, poppies are worn to commemorate soldiers who have died in war, with usage most common in the week leading up to Remembrance Day (and Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand). The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem In Flanders Fields, written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Accused by the Jews of being a “pestilent fellow …  a mover of sedition …  and the ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes …  [who had] gone about to profane the temple” (Acts 24:5, 6), Paul took his stand, as a follower of Jesus Christ, on the basis of the promises to Israel.  The focus of the apostle’s faith was on the promises to the fathers of Israel.  On those promises we need to meditate more often.

In all those previous time people did not listen to God and did not have their eyes focused on the love of Christ. Today we still see these people who are blockheads and stick their fingers in their ears so they won’t have to listen. They screw their eyes shut so they won’t have to look, so they won’t have to deal with me face-to-face and let me heal them. (Acts 28:27)

Sunday the 11th of November those who lost their lives fighting in two world wars were remembered at war memorials throughout the world. Not only at war memorials but in hundreds of thousands of homes across the world the eye may have rest for more than a moment on a fading photo of seventy years ago: so too the fresher photos of those lost in many conflicts since. Not only are the soldiers remembered but the many civilians too who lost their lives because of enemy action.  Many people in wars were bullied or even killed because of their believes. Our thoughts were with those who gave their live for not giving in to false teachings and for wanting to serve the only One God.

Only those over about seventy-five years-of-age will perhaps recall the joyful release of 1945. Like people imprisoned and delivered from a tremendous storm, people spilled out onto the streets in joyful celebration as the news spread that hostilities had finally ceased. The restrictions, dangers and distresses of six years of war seemed to be over. But it took years to recover. For years in the schools pupils had to share one book with three pupils and ot be happy to have enough chalk to write on the slates. In Belgium, Holland, France and Britain  many items that we now take for granted remained rationed for several years. For a decade or more, buildings gutted by bombing remained as silent witnesses.

It took more forty years after the end of the war to pay the U.S. for the loan provided by their government to help economic recovery.

The winter of 1946-47 was the coldest for half a century in England, Holland and Belgium had to face a terrible storm and flood in 1953. Combined with consequent power shortages, post-war life was hard. Normal life did not return for a long time.

At our time of wealth it is not bad to take a moment to stand still at all those hardships.

Because there is still so much trouble in the world, we had a special talk on the Paris meeting on the 17th of October with a collection for the help funds. On the 11th of November we took distance of partaking the breaking of bread at the service, because it was a moment of silence and part of coming to proper understanding of what Jesus had done and why.

As children of God, we have a destination. There are, and have been many storms on the way. We may have suffered loss of property. We, or those near to us, may have been (or are) ill. The record in Acts 27 does not say that Paul was ill, but few people can resist the violent motion of the heaving sea on their stomachs. The people around Paul were afraid of ‘the sea and waves roaring’ but he remained calm. So should we. So must we. The tyrants and the terrors of this world must necessarily come and go but the Word of the Lord remains sure. Peter writes:

And although it wasn’t revealed to them, [it was] to you. For they were just servants of things that those who preached the good news to you have shown you, through the Holy Breath that was sent from heaven, and which even the messengers [of God] want to learn more about.  As the result, prepare your minds to understand! Be perfectly sober about your hope of the loving care that will be conveyed to you at the revelation of Jesus the Anointed One.  As obedient children, don’t go back to being what you used to be by desiring ignorant things.  But, like the Holy One who called you, become holy in all your ways.  For it is written, ‘You must be holy, because I am holy!’  So, if you are calling on this Father (who doesn’t discriminate, but judges each one by what he does), it’s time for you to fearfully turn back from your isolation.  For, you must recognize that the ransom, which was paid to release you from the worthless way of life that you learned from your fathers, wasn’t paid for with things that corrode, like silver or gold.  It was [paid for] with the precious blood of the Anointed One, who is like a spotless and perfect lamb.  Although he was known before the arrangement was established, he is being recognized in you at the end of this period in time,  whenever you (through him) are being faithful to God (He who raised him from the dead and glorified him), so that your faith and hope will be in God.  Now that obedience to the truth has purified your lives; truly care about your brothers and reach out in sincere love for them with your whole hearts.  For, you weren’t regenerated as seeds that rot, but by something that doesn’t decay… the promises of the living and enduring God.  Because, ‘All flesh is like grass, and its glory is like flowers in a field. Grass dries up and flowers drop,  but the words of Jehovah are age-long.’ These are the words that we preached to you as good news.
(1 Peter 1:12-25 2001)

Because our flesh is as grass, and all the esteem of man as the poppyflower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of Elohim, the Most High God remains forever.

As in the Newburry ecclesia where they also celebrated their communion service in a different way from the usual, we only remembered the symbols symbolically.  In Newburry their lunch beforehand included bread and wine but they didn’t eat all of it.  We also left over for the needy ones and had our thoughts with all the people in distress and need.

But we were very pleased to have been together in a series of an inspired meetings about life and death. The abstinence of something which seems so obvious was not a bad idea to remember all of what God has given us and that we may be blessed to have the Word, announced as Good News to us all.

No Mans Land, Flanders Field, France, 1919 (LOC)

No Mans Land, Flanders Field, France, 1919 (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

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    Many of you who grew up in other tribes of Christianity have heard Communion, or the Lord’s Table, referred to as the Eucharist. Eucharist means “thanksgiving” and Christians truly have every reason to be thankful to God for what he has done in his Son, Jesus Christ.
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    That the breaking of bread in commemoration of the sacrifice of Christ, is a part, or an act of Christian worship, is generally admitted by professors of Christianity. Romanists and Protestants of almost every name agree in this. The Society of Friends form the chief, if not the only exception in Christendom, to this general acknowledgment.
  • Poppies to remember: Or to forget? (breathofgreenair.wordpress.com)
    Poppies have always seemed rather cheerful flowers to me, with their vivacious red petals filling my borders with colour year after year. So to me it has always seemed a bit of a misfit with the somber remembrance of the loss hundreds of thousands of vibrant lives, on the 11th of November every year.
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    Perhaps the poppy is after all the perfect symbol, known as the flower of forgetfulness, its opium juice has been fueling conflict in Afghanistan for countless years. It springs hopeful from the battle-scarred earth, but its hope is cut down every year, as new conflicts arise.
  • Remembrance Day: Poppy History (ricksdesk.wordpress.com)
    This is the story of how the red field poppy came to be known as an internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance. From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli this vivid red flower has become synonymous with great loss of life in war.
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  • Lest We Forget: “In Flanders Fields” (firefliesofhope.typepad.com)
    Each year on Veterans Day I try to read the famous war poem, “In Flanders Fields”, by WWI soldier John McCrae [see poem below], and to listen to musical excerpts from ” War Requiem “, by Benjamin Britten, whose solos are set to poetry written by another WWI soldier, Wilfred Owen .
  • Why I’ll Wear a Poppy on Remembrance Day (studentlife.ryerson.ca)
    Over the last week I have noticed poppies sprouting up on lapels and jacket collars.
    I think that all of us at Ryerson should be wearing a poppy this week, in the days leading up to Remembrance Day on Sunday.
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Sheol, Sheool, Sjeool, Hades, Hell, Grave, Tomb, Sepulchre

Posted on October 29, 2012. Filed under: History, Life and Death, Suffering | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sheol (“Sheool”, “Sjeool”), Hades

Under the tags “graf” = “grave, tomb, sepulchre” you will find links to articles about the place to put away, stow away or store dead bodies, corpses or  cadavers. Under those words you shall be able to find more information about those “opbergplaatsen or “opbergruimten” storage areas/rooms or vaults as well on the places were those corpses are brought and been put in a burial pit or  brought to interment, entombment or sepulchre. The tomb, vault, crypt, sepulchre, burial chamber, monumental/memorial grave, monumental/memorial tomb, the burial place or resting place.

[Old English græf;  related to Old Frisian gref,  Old High German grab,  Old Slavonic grobǔ; ] (Collins English Dictionary Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition )
O.E. græf  “grave, ditch,” from P.Gmc. *graban  (cf. O.S. graf,  O.Fris. gref,  O.H.G. grab  “grave, tomb;” O.N. gröf  “cave,” Goth. graba  “ditch”), from PIE base *ghrebh-/*ghrobh-  “to dig, to scratch, to scrape” (cf. O.C.S. grobu  “grave, tomb”); related to grafan  “to dig”). (Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper )
1150–1200;  ME sepulcre  < OF < L sepulcrum,  equiv. to sepul-  (var. stem of sepelīre  to bury) + -crum  n. suffix of place (Dictionary.com Unabridged )
tomb: 1225–75;  ME tumbe  < AF; OF tombe  < LL tumba  < Gk týmbos  burial mound; akin to L tumēre  to swell. (Dictionary.com Unabridged )
from Old French tombe,  from Late Latin tumba  burial mound, from Greek tumbos;  related to Latin tumēre  to swell, Middle Irish tomm  hill (Collins English Dictionary Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition )
tomb

c.1275, from Anglo-Fr. tumbe,  O.Fr. tombe  (12c.), from L.L. tumba  (cf. It. tomba , Fr. tombe , Sp. tumba ), from Gk. tymbos  “burial mound, grave, tomb,” from PIE base *teu-  “to swell” (see thigh). The final -b  began to be silent 14c. (cf. lamb, dumb). A tombstone  (1565) originally was a horizontal stone covering a grave (or the lid of a stone coffin); meaning “gravestone, headstone” is attested from 1711.

(Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper )

sepulchre – a chamber that is used as a grave

chamber – a natural or artificial enclosed space
crypt – a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
tomb, grave – a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone); “he put flowers on his mother’s grave”
mausoleum – a large burial chamber, usually above ground
monument, repository – a burial vault (usually for some famous person)
burial vault, vault – a burial chamber (usually underground)
(Collins Thesaurus of the English Language)

catacomb, crypt, final resting place, last home, mausoleum, mound, permanent address, place of interment, resting place, sepulchre, shrine, six feet under, tomb, vault

boneyard, God’s acre, Golgotha, boot hill, catacomb, cemetery, charnel, charnel house, churchyard, city of the dead, crypt, eternal home, funerary grounds, garden, grave , graveyard, marble town, memorial park, mortuary, necropolis, ossuary, polyandrium, potter’s field, resting place, sepulcher, tomb, vault

Under the tag “graf” which stand for “sjeool” or “sheool” or “Sheol” you shall be able to find articles on any excavation made in the earth in which a dead body can be buried. Any place that becomes the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past, the last place of interment; a tomb or sepulchre.
It is about a place for the burial of a corpse, which can be beneath the ground but also above the earth in a special build construction, a cavity in a mensa, a vault or mausoleum and usually marked by a tombstone.

The sepulchre is first mentioned in the Bible as the burialplace or grave purchased by Abraham for Sarah from Ephron the Hittite (Genesis 23:20). This was the “cave of the field of Machpelah,” where also Abraham and Rebekah and Jacob and Leah were burried (79:29-32). That place was considered as the unseen world: Hades and Sheool, were since the first sin entered the wold also death came by it and therefore every element of creation had to face death and decay without any difference between plant, animal or human. (Ecclesiastes 3:19,20) All had to go to that one place, the grave, to become dust again. (Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 12:7) In Acts 7:16 it is said that Jacob was “laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.” Moses, Elisha, King David were placed in a sepulchre. Kings (1 Kings 2:10) and prophets (1 Samuel 25:1) were generally buried within cities. Graves were generally grottoes or caves, natural or hewn out in rocks (Isaia 22:16; Matthew 27:60). There were family cemeteries (Genesis 47:29; 50:5; 2 Samuel 19:37). Public burial-places like gehenna outside Jerusalem, were assigned to the poor (Jeremia 26:23; 2 Kings 23:6). Graves were usually closed with stones, which were whitewashed, to warn strangers against contact with them (Matthew 23:27), which caused ceremonial pollution (Numeri 19:16). There were no graves in Jerusalem except those of the kings, and according to tradition that of the prophetess Huldah.
Joseph of Arimathea provided his own newly made sepulchre for use of Jesus from Nazareth (Matthew 27:57-60) who also went into the hell of death. 

In English there are less synonyms to be found for the word Sheol as in Dutch, and lots of people stick to the word “Hell” but taking it not as a place to bring the dead people to, but as a place of torture. This is an idea coming from imaginative thoughts of human people in previous times. Christians should stick to the Hebrew and Biblical thoughts, which is “the grave”.

Here you can find a list of Dutch translation words which are used for the Hebrew word “sheol” SHEOL () & of uncertain etymology (see Sheol, Critical View), from the Assyro-Babylonian loan-word, “Shu’alu, meaning “the place whither the dead are cited or bidden,” or “the place where the dead are ingathered.”, “synonym of “bor” (pit), “abaddon” and “shaḥat” (pit or destruction), and perhaps also of “tehom” (abyss), with the English translation if we could find one:

(“the cords of Sheol”)+ (“and the pains of Sheol”) = implying restraint or capture.

Clearly according texts in the Bible (see some quotes underneath):

Sheol is the place underneath in the earth where dead people are placed. For those people their live has come to an end, and they shall not be able to use anything from this world when they died. When one dies the brain stops working and the body comes to decay. They also shall not be able to think or speak or do anything in their grave or tomb. They will be in a stadium as before they were born, without any wisdom or possibility to consideration, because they will be without any thought. You can compare it with a deep sleep and is therefore also called: the sleep of the death. People can also say “they fell asleep” meaning their live ended, or “they died”.

Sheol was the place were dead bodies were either put into the ground or buried. Hades was the place underneath in the ground where the corpses found their last resort.

As such the Hebrew words Sheool and Hades got translated as: (in Dutch and English)

Graf: grave, tomb, sepulchre + een graf delven, een sheol make: to dig a grave; hij ligt in sheol/sheool/sjeool/hades: he is lying in his grave; he’s six foot under + opstaan uit sheool; uit het graf opstaan: arise from the grave

Sheool, Graf (begraafplaats): burial place, grave, tomb, sepulchre

English: Tomb within the churchyard of St Sepu...

English: Tomb within the churchyard of St Sepulchre without Newgate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sheool; laatste rustplaats: grave, resting-place

dodenrijk, onderwereld, hades: underworld, hades, shades, sheol

Iemand/iets/ een geheim in sheool nemen: to take some one/ some thing/ a secret  (with one) to the grave

begraafplaats: cemetry, graveyard, burial ground, memorial park; algemene begraafplaats: public cemetry

grafplaats:

grafakker:

Gods Akker, doden akker: (field of God), God’s acre, last resting-place of the dead

laatste rustplaats: last resting-place (of the dead)

Akker des Heren: (field of the Lord)

dodenakker: (field of the dead)

dodentempel: mortuary temple

Golghotha:

catacombe: catacomb

crypte: crypt

sarcofaag: (doodskist) sarcophagus: sarcophagus; (omhulsel): sarcophagus

sarcophaag (stenen opbergplaats), sarcophagus:  (stone) sarcophagus

doodskist: sarcophagus

bijzetplaats: (place for interment)

bijzetting: interment, burial

ter aarde bestelling:

grafruimte: commit to the earth, inhume, inter

begraven, ter aarde bestellen, sheool laten toebhoren / tot sheool geven: inhume

grafstede, qeber: (Hebrew qeber)

graftombe: tomb, sepulchre

grafkuil: burial pit

aardkuil: (pit in the earth)

pottenbank

familiegraf: family grave/tomb ; (grafkelder): family vault

erfgraf: (hereditary grave)

kindergraf: children’s grave

grafspelonk:

koepelgraf: beehive tomb

keldergraf:

familiekelder: (family vault)

grafgewelf: (vault tomb)

crypte: crypt

grafgang:

eregraf: (tomb of honour, mausoleum)

praalgraf: mausoleum

mausoleum: mausoleum

tempelgraf: mausoleum

tombe: tomb

eretombe: mausoleum

pantheon: pantheon

columbarium: columbarium

urneplaats:  (place for the urn)

urnemuur: (a wall for the urn)

reuzengraf: (a huge/giant grave/tomb) (mega grave/tomb) (monumental grave/tomb)

reuzenbed: dolmen, cromlech

dolmen: dolmen

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A megalithic structure in Vancouver – photo: Christoffer

hunnebed: megalith, megalithic tomb, megalithic monument, megalithic grave

grafheuvel, gadisj: (burial hill), tumulus; (Hebrew “gadisj”)

grafterp: grave mound, tumulus, barrow

tumulus: tumulus

langgraf: long barrow

(doden draagbaar/berrie/burrie/lamoen): barrow

piramide: piramid

konus:

grafmonument:

cenotaaf; cenotaphium: cenotaph

gedenkteken: cenotaphgrafzuil:

grafnaald:

grafsteen: gavestone, tombstone, headstone

tombesteen: tombstone

grafgesteente:

grafzerk: gravestone, tombstone, (gave/tomb) slab, ledger

herrinneringsgraf: (Greek “taphos”: tomb)

lijkgesteente:

grafnis: burial niche

grafplaat: memorial plaque/tablet, (groot = when big) memorial slab

graftablet: memorial tablet

grafbord,

gewijde grond: sacred ground

graftuin: (grave garden) (cemetry; graveyard)

begraafplaats: cemtry, graveyard, burial ground/place, memorial park,  (algemene/openbare begraafplatats): public cemetry

campo-santo:

knokelplaats, ossarium:

knekelhuis, beenderhuis, osuarium: ossuary

beenderurn, ossuarium: ossuary

beenderengrot, ossuarium: ossuary

beenderhoop:

ligplaats tussen vier planken:

ligplaats voor eeuwig: [(mooring(place) for ever]

laatste ankerplaats, laatste tolplaats, den dieperik, poort tot het eeuwig e (niets/leven), pierenkuil, put voor de gecrepeerden, put/kuil der ruste, bij de mieren zijn, plaats van ontbinding, lijkenstek, lijkenplaats,, knekelmansplaats, doodskistenplaats, kadaver plaats/ruimte,

aan de schoot der aarde toevertrouwen, onder de grond stoppen, in de put steken,een lijk bijzetten, lijken verbranden/verassen,

schimmenrijk: realm of spirits/ghosts, underworld, hades

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Bible quotes:

“”Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depthsor in the highest heights.”” (Isaiah 7:11 NIV)“You went to Molech with olive oil and increased your perfumes. You sent your ambassadors far away; you descended to the graveitself!” (Isaiah 57:9 NIV)“Therefore no other trees by the waters are ever to tower proudly on high, lifting their tops above the thick foliage. No other trees so well-watered are ever to reach such a height; they are all destined for death, for the earth below, among mortal men, with those who go down to the pit.” (Ezekiel 31:14 NIV)“For great is your love towards me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” (Psalms 86:13 NIV)“For a fire has been kindled by my wrath, one that burns to the realm of death below. It will devour the earth and its harvests and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.” (Deuteronomy 32:22 NIV)“I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit.” (Lamentations 3:55 NIV)

“then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of long ago. I will make you dwell in the earth below, as in ancient ruins, with those who go down to the pit, and you will not return or take your place in the land of the living.” (Ezekiel 26:20 NIV)

“”Elam is there, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword. All who had spread terror in the land of the living went down uncircumcised to the earth below. They bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.” (Ezekiel 32:24 NIV)

“But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.” (Proverbs 9:18 NIV)

“You went to Molech with olive oil and increased your perfumes. You sent your ambassadors far away; you descended to the grave itself!” (Isaiah 57:9 NIV)

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“But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.” (Proverbs 9:18 NIV)

“”If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me!” (Job 14:13 NIV)

“They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.” (Numbers 16:33 NIV)

“When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.” (Psalms 146:4 NIV)

No-one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from his grave?” (Psalms 6:5 NIV)

“When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people enquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” (Isaiah 8:19 NIV)

“But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.” (Isaiah 26:19 NIV)

“For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.” (Isaiah 38:18 NIV)

“10 Let no-one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practises divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12 NIV)

“13 Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD, and even consulted a medium for guidance, 14 and did not enquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.” (1 Chronicles 10:13-14 NIV)

“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5 NIV)

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV)

“19 Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.” (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20 NIV)

“It is not the dead who praise the LORD, those who go down to silence;” (Psalms 115:17 NIV)

“25 David said about him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, 27 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” (Acts 2:25-27 NIV)

“”For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed.” (Acts 13:36 NIV)

“The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.” (2 Samuel 22:6 NIV)

“What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave? Selah” (Psalms 89:48 NIV)

“18 For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. 19 The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.” (Isaiah 38:18-19 NIV)

“7  Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Psalms 139:7-8 NIV)

Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD—how much more the hearts of men!” (Proverbs 15:11 NIV)

“Though they dig down to the depths of the grave, from there my hand will take them. Though they climb up to the heavens, from there I will bring them down.” (Amos 9:2 NIV)

“Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them. The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.” (Psalms 49:14 NIV)

“Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.” (Acts 2:31 NIV)

“The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God.” (Psalms 9:17 NIV)

“8 The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more. 9 As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so he who goes down to the grave does not return.” (Job 7:8-9 NIV)

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—” (Romans 5:12 NIV)

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17 NIV)

“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19 NIV)

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

“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22 NIV)

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Please read also:
  1. SHEOL – JewishEncyclopedia.com
    Hebrew word of uncertain etymology (see Sheol, Critical View), synonym of “bor” (pit), “abaddon” and “shaḥat” (pit or destruction), and perhaps also of “tehom”
  2. Dead and after
  3. Sheol or the grave
  4. Soul
  5. Destination of righteous
  6. Hellfire
  7. Immortality, eternality – onsterfelijkheid, eeuwigheid
  8. Dying or not
  9. Decomposition, decay – vergaan, afsterven, ontbinding
  10. Jesus three days in hell
  11. Fragments from the Book of Job #1: chapters 1-12
  12. Fragments from the Book of Job #2: chapters 12-20
  13. Fragments from the Book of Job #3: chapters 21-26
  14. Fragments from the Book of Job #4: chapters 27-31
  15. Fragments from the Book of Job #5: chapters 32-37
  16. Another way looking at a language #3 Abraham
  17. Fear and protection
  18. Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures
  19. When Jesus was crucified, did he descend into hell for a period of time before rising again?
    The belief that Jesus descended into hell when he died is based on a misunderstanding of three Bible passages.  Here is one of them. Acts 2:25-27 (New English Translation): 25 For David says about him, ‘I saw the Lord always in front of me, for he is at my right hand so that I will […]
  20. Will atheists go to hell?
    Most atheists are not going to be judged by God at all.  No one is judged by God unless they knew and believed his law, and still broke it:  Romans 4:15; 5:13;7:7; 1 John 3:4.  However, no one goes to ‘hell’, as it is popularly thought of.
  21. Who is the woman in the nether-world and why is she there?
    This question is based on Proverbs 5 from the JPS translation: Proverbs 5:3-5 (JPS) For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on the nether-world; […]
  22. Where is hell?
    In the King James Version, the word hell occurs 54 times, but in almost every case it is a translation of one of three different words, each with its own meaning. So to understand hell, we really need to understand the original Hebrew and Greek words that are translated hell. These are: Sheol, Hades and […]
  23. Can you be conscious and dead?
    No. According to the Bible, death is a state of unconciousness as a person turns to dust. This is stated repeatedly. Here are some examples. For in death there is no remembrance of you [God]; in Sheol who will give you praise? (Psalm 6:5) The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who […]
  24. Sheol
  25. Sheol, the term in Hebrew means a grave or pit, was the place where the dead gathered, as thought by the early Hebrews, and was believed located beneath
  26. What is the fate of children who die?

 

  • Jesus went to Hell and so will We (fredswolfe.wordpress.com)
    If you have read my book or Ecclesiastes you will know that there is no memory, or thinking or imagination or any brain activity at all, in the grave “wither thou goest!”
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    The Question of Hell? (fredswolfe.wordpress.com)
    Everyone with the exception of Jesus Christ, who has lived and died is now in Hell. Yes, all dead Christians, Jews, Muslims, and everyone else are there. The problem is that most people do not understand Hell. In both the Hebrew and the Greek, hell is the grave and is not to be confused with the Lake of Fire. No one is burning in hell  at this moment and no one will be conscious of being in the Lake of Fire (at a future date) except the False Prophet, the Beast and the devil. If this were not so, the whole Bible would fall apart. Jesus Christ is the only person who has ever lived and died and is alive anywhere today. Everyone else is dead and in the grave.
  • The World After Death (socyberty.com)
    Many people think that after death, people will go to Heaven or Hell. But humans are not likely to directly go to Heaven or Hell. For that we need to learn a few things about the world after death. Through a Christian magazine “Solagratia”, I found an article that discusses the world after death. Here’s a brief summary of the World After Death which are summarized by an article in the magazine “Solagratia” is.
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    GehennaThe word is derived from the Hebrew “ge Hinnom” which allegedly means “weeping”.Tarturus

    This word means “dark caves”. When translated by the verb, the word means “throw into hell”.

  • Architecture…deconstructing Hell (thewearypilgrim.typepad.com)
    Hell has become the trump card in the game of evangelism.
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    And from our earliest imagination, we construct Sheol…the exit door off the grand stage of life’s drama through which mysteriously enough every character will leave.
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    Really, Hell is of our own making. We chose a word in a place and time. Was there a better word that could have been chosen, a word with less baggage that didn’t come with cultural, and mythological influence.
  • Burial in Ancient Israel: Rock Cut Tombs (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
    The dead were wrapped in a shroud (and, on occasion, placed in a coffin) and then placed on these benches. Bodies may well have been treated with oil, herbs, resins, and other methods, many of them adapted from Israel’s extensive experience of foreign cultures. As the tombs were used and reused by families over many generations, bones would be removed to make way for new bodies. (We will address what happened to them in the next post.) Thus, we have a practical connection the Biblical phrase. “And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers” (Judges 2:10 and elsewhere). People were, quite literally, gathered to their fathers.
  • Tombs of the Apostles: Slideshow (history.com)
    archaeologists excavating the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis, located in southwestern Turkey, reported that they found a tomb believed to be that of St. Philip the Apostle.
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How shall the film of your life be?

Posted on September 14, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Life and Death, Meditation | Tags: , , , |


Flash –

Will this be as the film of your life?

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Too young to think of God / Too playful to think of God / Too restless to think of God

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Too happy to think of God / Too much busy to think of God / Too tired to think of God

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Too many concerns to think of God / Too old to think of God / Too late to think of God

Black

Nothing

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Hoe is jouw film van je leven?

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