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  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.3:7-9 "John's Ministry" (2 of 3)

    These may be teachers of law yet by the time they are done with they have done more harm.(23:19) " Hypocrites!" Jesus calls them. Do we not see in our times Bible preachers who similarly traduce God's children? They learn to rattle some verses without explaining the spiritual significance of the manner the Son fulfilled the will of his Father and serve him ill when they fail to engage their audience in a meaningful manner so they are in the dark to the spiritual blessings God has prepared for them. They waste their own time and of their hearers when they do not fully lived in the doctrine.

    Parable of the Unforgiving servant (18:23-25) gives us the riches of glory ready for claim in heaven while servants of God are playing oneupmanship for some dubious celebrity status.

    What prosperity theology misses out is far weightier glory of heavenly places and life everlasting. They cannot see beyond the reward in this life and the sewer through which they have to wade in order to be a celebrity preacher. Similarly nationalism sugar coated with pious humbug does not take you anywhere. Now we have a variant, Social gospel which is also distraction when one makes a theology of it. If the word of God does not produce result to create a just society the preacher is ill served by what he preaches and what his life is really as a messenger. John would not corrupt his personal life with superfluities of his generation."And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey." His speech also was direct and blunt. Where the body was malignant and a terminal case only a clean cut would cure the patient. Jesus also did not mince word seeing such hypocrisy and humbug among those who sat in the seat of Moses and pontificated to no purpose.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.3:7-9 John's Ministry (1 of 3)

    "O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?/Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance"

    John was anointed before birth which we can understand as the case of being foreknown by God in his Son. St Paul speaks of being apprehended"Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus."(Ph.3:12). "That I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended" when followed upon places you entirely outside the generation which here is compared to vipers and of adulterers. It speaks of the word as a good seed.

    In the Parable of the Sower we have several kinds of heart, and from each what the word produces is quite different. "But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold." (13:8) John was apprehended for clearing the way, before the Advent of the Son."Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." Instead what do we find the Pharisees and Sadducees doing? They were at every turn putting stumbling blocks and tempting him in order to catch the Son of man , so they may discredit him. "The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven."(16:1). He pointed what drove them to seek one. He dubbed them "A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign. It was similar with John who called them out as generation of vipers. What is the quality of vipers? They are cannibals and from the Parable of the Sower they are the wicked one. "When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart."

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  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.3:1-3 "A Voice in the wilderness" (2 of 2)

    "Behold your God"

    With regards to wilderness where John resorted to has also a spiritual underpinning. Israel went whoring after foreign gods despite of God being with the mouth of Moses and as Hosea says, "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her./And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt."(Hos.2:14-15). This experience was to extend a door of hope to the reprobate.

    What signifies the valley of Achor where Achan was buried,- a place to mark the sin of one caused the entire nation to lose a battle they were sure to win? "And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day."(Josh.7:26) Notice the usage of 'unto this day' in the verse? The Spirit as ever is tying to the Advent of the Son who was sure to come. Malachi sets John as well the Son of man, in this verse,"Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts."Mal.3:1. This leads to the day of the Lord, for the disobedient.

    Forty years of wandering of the nation was like the blind stumbling all over unable to find the right way is contrasted with 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."

    "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."(1 Co.10:11-12) We are pilgrims and sojourners at present.

    (Is.52:7) (Nah.1:15)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.3: 1-3 "A voice in the wilderness" (1 of 2)

    "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,/And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand./For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."(Matt.3:1-3)

    Firstly we have the voice in the wilderness, and it refers to the passage from the Book of Isaiah. "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." (Is.40:3). This we may track historically to the calling of a nation in bondage. God appeared to Moses while he was tending the flock, 'And he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb'. Can there be voice without one who speaks? In this case we have God himself the Cause. The same who framed the worlds with his word. He commands, "Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say."(Ex.4:12). It has been thus from the first which from the much quoted verse,"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."(2 Co.4:6)

    The sound of the word has gone forth and it went into all the earth, it is the gospel of peace.(Ro.10:18) As with Moses so was with Ezekiel and Jeremiah. In the year King Uzziah died God commissioned Prophet Isaiah with it. Thus the entire history of the nation of Israel is bound with holy men of old speaking the same theme, of the coming of the kingdom of heaven, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,/Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son."(He.1:1-2)

    The ministry of John belonged to the same word as a herald "(Is.40:9)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.2: Recap

    The Generation of Jesus Christ sets names of places, persons and events all in the orbit of the only begotten Son who as the Word became flesh draws them into him, past present and future. So the three wise men from the east to worship 'the king of the Jews' and the queen of Sheba coming from the south to hear Solomon relate to him in their respective generations. "The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here."(12:42) Faith is like gravitational force holding each generation in his context. For this reason King Herod, the little horn, the beast stand condemned as enemies of Christ for their injury against the holiness of God.

    Faith marks Jesus as the son of God so his kingdom bears no comparison to what apostate Israel may have labored under false expectations of a Messiah-King. "My kingdom is not of this world" and heavenly Zion bears no relation to what preoccupied in the minds of Orthodox Jewry. Mountain of the Lord is founded on the foundation stone, which is Zion (Is.28:16). Micah prophesied,"And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." ( Micah 4:2)

    For the reasons mentioned above the significance of Bethlehem stands in context of the bread from heaven cast upon the waters before the worlds began and not with a literal place. Wherever bread is mentioned in the gospels as in the case of the Last Supper it is broken by Jesus and given about signifying his body broken for mankind.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.2:16-17 "Slaughter of the Innocents"

    Herod "and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under,"

    Historical Herod was capable of this crime despits of this moniker as the Great, as Constantine the Great was. On a flimsy charge of suspicion he had his son murdered. They belong to enemies to Christ,"Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,/Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;/ Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."(2 Ti.3:3-5) Herod would have had many killed at his death for the sheer pervesity of spirit. Yet he was in his time revered by a section of Jews who called themselves as Herodians. Constantin was of the same stripe. When Satan takes over the worldly worthies and places a crown on them, one may be sure there shall be much blood letting. God does not apportion so many innocents slaughtered by so and so but it is part and parcel of the same sin that entered into the world because of man's disobedience.. All judgment s left to the Son for whom a day is decreed and each shall give account of their deeds. Till then the slaughter of innocents whether 15 or more does not merit any special mention.

    Scholars who doubt the veracity of Matthew's account err for the simple reason that the numbers are provided by the Spirit who hold both worlds as one. "And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many."(Josh.11:4)

    By Law of Gradation all the martyrs are grouped on one side within the frame of reference to the Son against those perpetrators of the crime. In the divine Will the emblem of the slain Lamb refers to the blood offering of his firstborn in fulness of time. Weigh against this the death of frstborn in Egypt. (Ex.12:29)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.2:14-16 "Bethlehem" (2 of 2)

    Let us significance of the house of bread from which he came on a divine Mandate. He came to fulfill the will of his Father. In multiplying loaves of bread as given in the gospel let us examine the leftovers. "And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full."(14:20) In John's Gospel, "When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost./ Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten." ( John 6:12-13) Number 12 signifies the Gospel of God. In fulfilling his Father's will the same Gospel is Gospel of Christ.

    All four gospel records this 'miracle' and more significance in in the gathering of fragments that remained.

    In the Gospel of Mark we read,"And they did all eat, and were filled./ And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes."( Mark 6:42-43) In Luke "And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets." ( Luke 9:17)

    There are other instances in which 4x1000 has significance as the number Seven to mark the baskets. (Mark.8:8) (15:37-38)

    According to principle of Similitude the symbol of bread in the House of God must match. The number 12 refers to the Gospel and 7 denotes fulfillment of the Will. In all these instances all those who partook were full.

    Contrary to this we have an indictment against Israel. "Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword./.. that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people."( Micah 6:13-16) Bethlehem as a result has fallen into insignificance.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.2:4-6 "Bethlehem" (1 of 2)

    "He (Herod) demanded of them where Christ should be born./ And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,/ And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel."

    This is a paraphrase of the Prophet Micah "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."

    The ruler in Israel whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting can only be the Word that became flesh. When God spoke through his prophet it can only be understood by the sign which man hears as well as sees. St Paul explains the true Light in terms of what is knowable. "The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ' has shined in our hearts. The word that was sent shall not return to God in void. The phrase 'unto me' makes makes clear what Isaiah meant.Is.55:11

    The name Bethlehem of Judah gives historically the place name. It means the house of bread.

    The Spirit annotates Jesus Christ as the bread from heaven. In Micah we have several puns or word-play and the name Bethlehem is one such.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.2:14-16 "Out of Egypt"

    "When he (Joseph) arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:/And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son."

    Here we have quote from Prophet Hosea, "When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt."

    The three wise men arrived in Jerusalem looking for the king of the Jews. Rightly so, the sign that they had seen in the sky settled the matter of his kingship.

    God had commanded Moses in the case of a king who may in future have anything to do with Egypt in these words,"forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way." (De.17:14-16) Now Hosea's prophesy informs of his Egyptian connection. How do we resolve the apparent discrepancy of the two passages?

    Moses asked Pharaoh to release Israel from their bondage, "Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn." In calling Israel they were called in his Son, who is the firstborn of all creation. As Hosea says,"When Israel was a child, then I loved him." In the v.2 we see the rupture, "As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images." God rejected the kings of Israel and let the temple ransacked until not a stone remained. (2 Ki.21:13)

    For Egypt connection we need look elsewhere. Matt.1:1 sets Jesus Christ as the son of Abraham. Here we see his deity established. After blessing Abraham he sends him away," And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there." (Ge.12:10) Now Hosea makes a distinction between Israel and Jesus on the basis of faith.

    Isaac is the heir of promise and there was a famine in his time and God forbade him,"And said, Go not down into Egypt" (Ge.26:2). Hosea makes faith as the touchstone whereby 'Out of Egypt I called him" refers Jesus Christ, the son of Abraham.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.2:7-9 "Herod's travel plans"

    "Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared./And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also./When they had heard the king, they departed; "behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt

    Herod was 'diligent' to enquire what time the star had appeared. He concealed his real intentions and so the wise men were put off. His travel plans however were merely part of his statecraft signifying nothing. He was a vassal king whose policies changed sharply according to shift in power play in Rome. Yet he is called Herod the Great by historians. It is thus we have had pomp and circumstance of moral lepers given titles which in the sight of God are filthy rags. Herod was a pagan and became a Jew. So his travel plans were continuously changed unlike the quiet lives of Abraham and his sons, who "By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise/ For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."(He.11:9-10). His travel plan was such and prepared for him by God. For he is called the friend of God. "But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city."(11:16)

    Joseph who stood in place of God as a father to babe Jesus was required to make his travel plans in haste. "behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt" For Joseph his plans were made in heaven before the worlds began." His safe return also was guaranteed for this reason.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.2:1 "Itinerary of The Wise Men"

    "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,"

    Here we shall discuss the itinerary of three, the wisemen, Herod and Joseph, the father of Jesus. The three wisemen could not have undertook their travel without taking reasonable care and reason guided their steps as much as their readings from the sky."For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Their reason failed to think the future king shall be found in a palace and in Jerusalem, the city of peace. Is this not similar to the manner the churches have missed the truth about the Son since their understanding is from the context of tricky article such as reason? Jesus said categorically,"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Instead we have the Evangelicals take up the political cause of others and scatter away their ministry into chaff. Where the word of God has already settled New Jerusalem these foolish ministers would harp on literal Jerusalem since official line of Capitol Hill is Pro-Israel.

    The Magi were mistaken in consulting Herod with regards to the future king. It would result in needless bloodshed which was foretold by Prophet Jeremiah.

    The wise men from the east erred by relying on reason but the star did not. "And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was./When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy".

    They were to report back to King Herod. "And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way."(2:12) . We may be sure that they did not return as the went out. When Jesus began to preach "And to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up." (4:16-17"They had a hand in it.
  • VALMAR on John 15 - 8 months ago
    One of the most discussed topics in Christendom is the idea of eternal salvation. Many noted Christian leaders in our day support the notion of eternal salvation that is not derived from scripture. God doesn't have a number of spiritual states one can be in and still serve Him. Some do try and 'straddle the fence', so to speak. Jesus plainly states in Revelation 3:15-16 that anyone considering themselves Christians and not do those things Christ commanded, have no part in His inheritance or kingdom. I note that in that same chapter of Revelation, He states in His message to the Sardis church of believers (mind you) that they who overcome, meaning obeying Him despite obstacles, sufferings or inconveniences, He will not blot their name out of the book of life. When an individual comes to Christ, that doesn't negate his or her ability to choose whether to continue in His service. Your free moral agency or freedom to choose is still there. Don't think so, consider King Saul. In 1 Samuel 10:9-11, God gives Saul a new heart and His spirit is given to him. Then in chapter 16 and verse 14, we read that God took His spirit away from Saul or departed from him. Why? DISOBEDIENCE, plain and simple. The apostle Paul had the same problem when Demas departed from him ( 2 Tim. 4:10) because of his love of this present world. Christ had a number of followers who departed from Him and followed Him no more ( John 6:66). Jesus cannot be anyone's Savior unless He's their Lord also.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.2:1-2 "The sign"

    "For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."

    The story of three kings is all too familiar and no Christmas Season is complete without it. The Spirit warns of the danger of misreading the power and majesty of his word so literal approach makes his eternal word into some silly tradition. Like names Caspar, Melchior are as farfetched and have become the accepted norm photoshoping the deity of Jesus Christ to make him a merchandise or to be be acceptable for the masses makes the sacred narrative into fables. "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2 Pe.1:16)

    God commanded lights in the firmament of the heaven "and let them be for signs," and it is what set the "wise men from the east to Jerusalem." Like the jot and the tittle they are marks set by God so the eternal word forever settled in heaven makes them eternal portent warning people. The Spirit tells from where they set out. What is the significance of the east. Ever since the fall of man all migrations have been set in context of Eden. The Garden was placed in the east and after the great flood the nations are said to gravitate 'as they journeyed from the east' and the outer darkness in spiritual terms where the presence of God is inert. Cain went thither and Jesus was sure where the children of the kingdom for their disbelief would end up. (8:12) The Magi must have been occupied with stargazing, the jot and tittle strewn across the face of heaven. In understanding it in terms of the glory of the knowledge in the face of Jesus Christ they would embark on a journey hard but worth their while. They heard the call in their generation. Starlight of supernova reach us and millions of light years may have elapsed. It was thus with them. They set out in faith and a star led them forth.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1 Recap

    The Word became flesh which underpins the generation of Jesus Christ is as distinct as Jesus Christ is from Jesus of Nazareth. The word of God Person specific so the Son is "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever." (He.13:8) God sent the word and healed them, the Psalm quote we find from his life. So his 'miracles' are fulfillment of the will of his Father. Word of God called and Joseph heard and served as a father to Jesus. Faith made Abraham relate to him as David.

    "And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven./But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."(Matt.8:11-12)Significant is the context for this quote is the great faith which was demonstrated by a Roman centurion. Where the nation of Israel could not, he showed the truth inward parts carried the call. God fashioned all hearts alike and he tries their hearts. the Gentiles and Jews alike. It is thus we address the generation of Jesus Christ in terms of faith and it connects with the blessings on whosoever believes in him who he sent. This is the work of God.( John 6:28-29)

    Jesus called Matthew or Levi and he readily followed. Modestly he refrains making mention of the feast that followed while St Luke tells us, "And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them." ( Luke 5:29)

    But Matthew records of all the saints redeemed from the earth attending the great banquet while those who rejected among them the nation of Israel cast out into outer darkness. (8:12) Significant is the Parable of the Great Banquet recorded by him."The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son."(Matt.22:2)

    Joseph settling down at Nazareth so "He shall be called a Nazarene," speaks of the generation of the son of Man.(2:23)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1:19 "A Just Man" (2 of 2)

    Those who let public opinion run their lives were loathe to look at the glass of liberty, instead they loved the praise of men. What were these Jews, whited sepulchers. Parables were meant to separate hypocrites from the sincere.

    "And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:/For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them./But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear."(13:14-16)

    The Gospel begins with the Generation of Jesus Christ and ends with "lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."(Matt.28:20) Joseph was just man because he would set up a holy family, and he stood in place of God the Father 'which art in heaven."
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1:19 "A Just Man" (1 of 2)

    "Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily."

    Joseph and Mary were related. Joseph in marrying her was coming to face a bogey, 'the ways of the world', in which traditions of the fathers are a brute weight especially over a man of his humble trade and circumstances. "What shall others say' is a bogey Satan has used to turn away the weak and silly minds from doing the right thing. Going against them meant he would be socially ostracized and his family subject to calumny at every turn. Despite of it the word of God qualifies him a just man. We are told why.

    "Then Joseph. did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:/And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus."(vv.24-25)

    He believed the word spoken "of the Lord by the prophet." The word becoming flesh' the virgin aspect of it can only be settled by faith. St Paul was a 'virgin' on that account. He was called and separated from the womb and when the call came, "immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:"(Gal.1:16). Similarly was Mary who had never known a man and she carried the promise of the eternal word (Ps.119:89). She was willing to face the consequences.Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord ad bidden him. He waited meaning he let his faith work perfectly.

    St Matthew in narrating this reveals the self-same kindred spirit as Joseph had. In beginning with the generation of Jesus Christ (1:1) he confesses the irresistible force of the word of God. "He (Jesus) saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him."(9:9) The Parable of the Sower speaks as much as of the world as a field as his heart was seeded with the light of the knowledge in the face of Jesus Christ.

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  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1:19-25 "Jesus and Immanuel"

    "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins."(v.21)

    Here we have two names which distinguish as we ascribe deity and humanity to the Word becoming flesh.

    In this context we do not find God naming Adam. In the Lucan genealogy Adam is qualified as the son of God.("Adam, which was the son of God"- Luke 3:38) The angel who appeared to Mary informs on the other hand of her child, "which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God"- Luke 1:35) One is a son because of the breath of God making him a living soul. The other signifies the Fellowship of God with Man on the basis of the Father Son relationship. This is consequential as far as salvation Plan for man is concerned. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."(Ac.4:12)

    In vv.22-23 we have another name, "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,/ Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." God with us is synonymous with Word which is the constitution or Law of the kingdom of God. Knowledge of the glory of God is tied up Jesus Christ. In his prayer he remarks of the glory, "O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."( John 17:5)

    "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." What does the face indicate? God named the firmament heaven (Ge.1:8) so heaven declares the glory (Ps.19:1) indicates a face to which the Magi could read as well as any man by faith would know the will of his Father. God showed only 'back parts' to Moses, meaning through the Law of Moses.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1:18 "On this wise"

    "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost."

    "Now the birth of Jesus was on this wise,"

    So begins St Mathew and the Spirit in narrating it tells us a few essential points. God is a Spirit so as 'the only begotten' Son, he embodies the Law. It is intended as the instruction in righteousness so biology of natural man is out of place. So is his rational faculties. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."(1 Co.2:14).

    Worshiping God in Spirit and truth we make faith the lingua franca because the mystery of his will is not something you may go out and purchase by anything that you may possess as a natural man. St Paul refers to his Will as a mystery so the word becoming flesh and what enables man who is dead in sin to be born in the Spirit can only be understood by faith./"the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself."(Ep.1:9-11)

    "God sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." This was sent forth even before the worlds began. By Law of the Spirit Jesus did not do anything outside and he finger of God is what faith signifies. "But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you."( Luke 11:20) The Spirit overshadowing explains 'the virgin' birth. "Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?/And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."( Luke 1:34-35)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1:17 "Numbers"

    "So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations."

    Here we have earthly events and names of persons graded into generations.

    Narrative mode of the Spirit in setting the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ on a single yard stick uses numbers which is user-friendly. It is in the sense mathematics is a human invention so it is convenient to set births deaths of man rise and fall of nations against the Law of the Spirit. Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the Law accordingly is made manifest in the fulness of time. The Spirit tags the Son by a command number Three. We shall look at three examples which hold relation to the Son. "David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years."(2 Sa.5:4) 2)"And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt"(Ge.41:46) and "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,"( Luke 3:23). Lives of men in 3x10 set them graded within frame of reference to God the Son. This Law of Gradation groups men events places in terms of the Son. This connection makes heaven and the earth on the same pge and on a single yardstick. Carrying away into Babylon unto Christ, from Abraham and from David are events given in 14 generations. 14x3 =42. In the Revelation we have the beast set in terms of the generation of Jesus Christ. "And power was given unto him to continue forty and two months."(Re.13:5). What is the significance of 42? It refers to the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. The beast shall be called to account as those children of Belial whom Elisha cursed."And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."(2 Ki.2:24)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1:11 "The curse"

    "And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon."

    What role does a curse play in the genealogy in the generation of Jesus Christ?

    Jermiah records it, "Thus saith the Lord, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah." (Je.22:28-30) He was an ancestor of Joseph, the husband of Mary. The Spirit gives us the difference between Jesus, the son of David and the son of Abraham. This is the difference between the humanity and the deity of Jesus. When Jesus avoided being taken by some who wanted to proclaim him as the king he was true to his calling. "My kingdom is not of this world." ( John 18:36)

    He came to the world to be a curse for us. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree." (Gal.3:13) Deity of Jesus suffered ignominy of death on a cross but from his resurrection he sent a clear signal that he is the Redeemer. (Jesus cursing the fig tree must be explained in not recognizing that he was without sin and was blessed of his Son.)

    The generation of Jesus is based upon faith (the man) the Word (the Law) and the word became flesh. In studying Gospels for that matter the Bible without applying the three creates heresy. His religion,-'faith with works' works because he denies himself , takes up his cross and follows Jesus Christ. Abiding in Christ is life everlasting.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1:3 "Genealogy"

    "And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;"

    In order to understand the relationship of the twins in the generation of Jesus Christ we shall compare the birth of Jacob and Esau.

    Jacob and Phares are deemed as heirs of promise, of blessings that God held out to Abraham.(Ge.12:3). 'All families of the earth' must be set in context of the sayings of Jesus."But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first."(Matt.19:30) and "So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen."(Matt.20:16) Between these two the text gives each its own thrust. Israel was cast out though they were the first. The overcomer, indicating those who followed Jesus,"Ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."(19:28). Following chapter is about a Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard which is about the generation of Jesus Christ. They were hired at an agreed charge so soul establishes their generation and only 'in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory' who are chosen and who are worthy of everlasting life shall be settled. "For my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life," Hundredfold says it all, and let us check this verse, "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."(Matt.16:24) it is those,'Let him deny himself those who take up cross and those who follow him" Period.

    Phares and Zara were twins. Zara showed as Jacob showed in an earlier instance a clear indication even while in his mother's womb. The scarlet thread upon his hand now creates its own passage, predestination as the touchstone of the generation of Jesus Christ distinct from that of genealogy.

    "And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah."(Ge.38:30)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.5:1-2 "The Sermon on the Mount"

    "And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him."(v.1) St Matthew sets Jesus in the backdrop of a mount which is significant as the traditional names are besides the point. Similarly his transfiguration is set against 'an high mountain.' Luke sets Jesus differently, "And he came down with them, and stood in the plain,",- and his sermon more or less follows the same doctrine that he brought from his Father.( Luke 6:17) St Matthew chose to give the backdrop in terms of the stone, "Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation."(Is.28:16). The House that Wisdom built and the seven pillars thereof, casts ints shadow into the narrative. Zion, the stone is a symbol. He references the generation of Jesus with allusions so we have besides Isaiah (1:22-23),another from Zechariah,"All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,/Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass." (Matt.21:4-5)

    Of all the Gospel writers, Matthew's use of the Hebrew Bible is the most extensive. His Gospel contains approximately 124 quotations and allusions. Of which we take the Generation of Jesus Christ in the context of Zion.

    St Peter qualifies the mount of transfiguration as 'the holy mount'(2 Pe.1:18). This mount was sanctified or set apart for the generation of Jesus Christ.

    Coming back to the Genesis account it marks the seventh day. The terms we have examined in terms of the Abstract such as day, the pillar refer to the fulfillment and it is a command number used by the Spirit to refer the generation of heavens. It is thus the stone serves as a symbol more so in the manner St Matthew uses it in the gospel.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1:1 "The Just" (2 of 2)

    Without abiding in Jesus Christ by faith his deity would mean little and it like the man looking his natural face in a glass (Jas.1:23-25) Faith with works denote the glory of his deity being impressed therein, 'this man shall be blessed in his deed.' His works cannot seen separate from 'the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.' In short faith establishes every believer as a representative of the generation of Jesus Christ.

    Adoption of Seth in place of Abel is how the Spirit has worked out the holy family. This was evident in the genealogy of Adam and we have this Pauline quote,"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ."(Ro.5:17) This is the gift of righteousness we find in the life of Abraham. "And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness."(Ge.15:6) God blessed Abraham, "And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Ge.12:3)

    Where was this blessing first stated? "And God blessed them," (Ge.1:28) God blessed Adam and Eve who represent the Son and the church, his bride. For this reason the Spirit sets him as the last Adam, to establish Jesus Christ as the redeemer for all the families of the earth. It is clearly a heresy to speak of limited salvation as it is to delink faith from works.

    We shall see in terms of symbolism how St Matthew has dealt with generation of Jesus Christ in another post.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1:1 "The Just" (1 of 2)

    "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." We shall study the Gospel in terms of the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, beginning with the version of St Matt. Many Bible scholars have noted the Jewish upbringing because of which he uses kingdom of heaven rather than mentioning the name 'God.' They have got it only correct partly. St Matthew begins with the generation unlike other three gospels for the simple reason that it makes connection with generations of heavens in Ge.2:4 "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,"

    The seven days in the Abstract that precedes are generations and are compared to seven pillars leading us to the new heavens and the new earth in Re.21:1 The Word is clear, "The earth abides forever" because it speaks of the generation of Jesus Christ where it pleased God that all his fulness should in him dwell. It is how we need interpret He.11:3 He framed the worlds by his word so the fulness of God the invisible aspects of the Father is mirrored in the earth. The earth abides forever because it is the inheritance of children of light for whom Jesus Christ is the firstborn of all creation. So new heaven and the new earth is applied exclusively in terms of the just. "The just shall live faith." This we see from the life of Abraham. "By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:/For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."(He.11:9-10)

    "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." Ge.2:3) God rested because he blessed man in the sixth 'day' so we may say Abraham was counted righteous because of his faith and had adopted him in his Son. (Ep.1:3)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Matt.1:1 "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." Matthew 1:1

    The Spirit introduces Jesus as the son of David as well as the son of Abraham. Deity of Jesus Christ is on the basis of faith so whosoever believed in the Son is adopted into the fellowship of God with Man. While according to the flesh Jesus came out of the loins of David. Representational aspect of persons is thus worked into the narrative. Envy and hatred of the patriarchs against their sibling makes Joseph as a stand-in for Jesus. In dilating upon the sufferings the Spirit makes such representations irrefutable on the basis of selfsame suffering children of light shall face in their time and place. Joseph's brethren sold him so did Judas Iscariot, his master. it is the generation of Jesus where whosoever believes in him and receives his as Savior fulfills the condition of his Father. He is part of his generation.

    "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life./ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life./For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."( John 3:15-17)

    Life and everlasting life are as distinct as his generation from which he was cut off the land of the living. "He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living."(Is.53:8)

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  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    1 Sa.24:1-4 "Wilderness of En-Gedi" (2 of 2)

    Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.

    Saul beginning well is now showing himself an imbecile. He chosen men cannot be wiser than he is while God in choosing Gideon's army required only those who would obey. In olden days when smallpox and polio stalked the land vaccination proved a cure and the world took it without a murmur. Why global anti-vaxx movement now, and where does it come from? Satan of course. For man who tweaks with truth to create contextual truth stones of division is a stone of stumbling to break the neck of fools.

    Progress was for them the bottle imp and they cant get it back into its bottle. It is thus the world is at present all for conjuring up the Father of all lies.So we see the wicked becoming worse, deceiving and being deceived. How unreal is the Instagram look, nevertheless we see someone has given mentally fragile youth an underhand swipe.


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