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  • Abuzby - 6 months ago
    I was just wondering why in the King James Bible some of the verses start with a half moon and I? It isn't necessarily when God or Christ is speaking and my Bible offers no explanation.
  • Adam - 6 months ago
    Merry Christmas to everyone here!
  • Oseas - 7 months ago
    Biblical Chronology of the times

    Based in the Word of God, on GOD's six Days of creation and one Day of rest (a total of seven days) plus the Scriptures that teach that one Day is with the Lord as a thousand years, so MANKIND would go through six GOD Days of 1,000 years each (a total of 6,000 years) plus a Millennium of 1,000 years rest (now a total of 7,000 years).

    According biblical Chronology, starting by Genesis 5, as follow:

    Adam lived .........................130 yrs and begat Seth

    Seth lived ...........................105 yrs and begat Enosh;

    Enosh lived .........................90 yrs and begat Kenan;

    Kenanlived..........................70 yrs and begat Mahalalel;

    Mahalalellived .....................65 yrs and begat Jared;

    Jaredlived .........................162 yrs and begat Enoch;

    Enochlived ..........................65 yrs and begat Methuselah;

    Methuselahlived..................187 yrs and begat Lamech;

    Lamechlived.......................182 yrs and begat Noah;

    From Noah's birth till the Flood 600 yrs.

    Total of years from Adam to the Flood=1656 yrs

    Notice that the table above is proved by the Word of GOD,Let us study the times until our days by the Word of GOD-the Word is GOD. So,see the timetable below:

    SIX PERIODS OF BIBLICAL TIMES -------------------- DURATION

    I - From Adam to the Flood-( Genesis 5)---------------1656 years

    II - From the Flood to Abraham-( Genesis 11&12)------427 years

    III - From Abraham to Exodus-(Gal.3:17)--------------430 years

    IV-From Exodus to king Saul-(1Reis6:1(480-84)-------396 years

    V -From Saul to the fall of Jerusalem -------------------508 years

    VI -From the fall of Jerusalem to Jesus -----------------587 years

    Thus,from Adam to the 1stcoming of Jesus -----------4004 years

    From Jesus to our days(Christian Calendar)-----------2023 years

    Total from Adam to our days ---------------------------6027 years

    So, we are living in the beginning of the seventh and last millennium

    or seventh and last Day,the Lord's Day

    Get ready
  • GiGi - 7 months ago
    Today I will speak on the OMNIPOTENCE of God:

    He is ALL powerful. There is nothing that is impossible for Him to do except sin and go against His character. He is the Supreme Being whose power is unlimited, infinite in strength and unsurpassed by any power that exists. Nothing can out-power Him.

    It is so amazing to think that the whole of creation was made by His own power according to His own will executed by the Son and Spirit with Him. In our creatureliness we know well our limitations and how small our own faith can be in what God can do. We should ask Him for whatever we need and wish to happen in our lives with trust and belief that He is good and more than able to do whatever He wills.

    Knowing that God is stronger that angels and demons, men and his inventions, any nation, any governing power, any fore in nature. He can move mountains, literally, if He so wishes, flatten them, dry up the oceans, whatever He wishes to do wit in nature He will do. No one can thwart Him in His righteous works.

    Yet, when there are great tragedies such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires and so many die or are injured and our homes are destroyed, we wonder why He let "innocent" people be taken by such disasters. He could prevent these things from ever happening.

    When people get ill or diseased, when an epidemic takes so many lives, we wonder "Why".

    When war happens and people get overtaken by their enemies and so many are killed, maimed, or taken prisoner. We gasp at the horror of war.

    But we can know that God is sovereign. He knows who are His in every situation and will do what works best in His great plan. We can always look to Him to guide us in times of troubles and strengthen us when we suffer if He chooses for us to go through these things.

    The end of all this is that GOD WINS! The evil one was defeated at the cross and we can know that our inheritance is far greater than we could ever know.

    Gen. 17:1 He calls Himself "God Almighty" to Abraham,
  • GiGi - 7 months ago
    here we come to letter "O" and there are three biggies i regards to God.

    OMNISCENT-ALL KNOWING

    OMINPOTENT-ALL POWERFUL

    OMINIPRESENT- PRESENT EVERYWHERE AT ALL TIMES.

    This post will take up the omniscience of God. He knows everything that is, everything, that happens in past history and everything that will happen in future history. He knows everything from everlasting to everlasting.

    He knows every thought that has ever been made by heavenly beings or humans and He knows every thought that will occur in the future. He knows every word ever spoken or what will be spoken. Nothing is hidden from Him: in heaven, on earth, and in hell.

    Therefore, God cannot be fooled, deceived, taken by surprise, and fail to have a plan for every aspect of every person's existence. He knows all of the animals, when they die, they are born. When they need food, and when they are preyed upon.

    He knows all that is in all of the universe. He is the Creator. He makes alive and brings death to man and living things. He knows the smallest aspect of atoms and all that makes up a planet, solar system, galaxy, everything in outer space, all of the powers that He put in place to order the universe, light, gravity, magnetism, force, energy, matter, and that which is immaterial in the spiritual realm.

    For some such knowledge may cause them to fear God and want to hide from Him, but believers can be comforted that He knows what we need before we ask and is a good Father and gives His children good gifts when they ask of Him. He knows who we will interact with each moment and desires to helps us to do what is loving and good to others.

    He knows all of our health matters from the time of conception to the time of our death. We may not know why we may become ill or be injured or be afflicted with a disease. But God know why He allows all things in our life. We can trust that His will is always good and best for us.

    He knows who our children are before they are conceived, same with us.
  • DeonFourie - 7 months ago
    Could I ask for more info on the topic that I was presented with:

    Jesus answered to His family that wanted to see Him, by saying I am with my Mother and Sisters and brethren, ( Matt 12:49) when I am with my followers. Does this then justify that the commandment (Honor your father and your mother) could refer to to elderly "brothers and sisters" within the Body of Christ, be seen as your "father and Mother" and not your biological parents?
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt:13:18-23

    Parable of the Sower is explained in vv18-23 so any additional explanation refers to it must fit within the meaning intended. In the age of missionary work each evangelist like pioneers of 48s bring in many with whose help churches are planted, shops are set up from where regularly tracts and other Christian literature including Bibles can be distributed. Gold rush in the past created boom towns and in the Gospel outreach we may see similar seed plots forming. The seeds sown by the Sower falling by the wayside refer to the failure in grounding the believer with the wholesome doctrine. Jesus was aware of the problem. "The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;/Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest."(9:37-38)

    "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. This is he which received seed by the way side."(v.19)

    There is likelihood of strange birds descending who like Simon the Sorcerer (Ac.8:21) and seven sons of Scava, the Jew setting up their own spiel. Either their heart is not right before God or that they are preaching, by second hand 'by Jesus whom Paul preacheth'(Ac.19:13).

    vv.20-21 stony places refer to the spiritual state of a believer by some hidden fault,-unconfessed sin or unforgiveness against others so this has to be dealt with first.

    "But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."(v.24). No two hearts produce same results no two stomachs would mean their intake also will be alike. The same principle in the collecting of manna did apply:"And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over,....they gathered every man according to his eating.:(Ex.16:18) We are all fellow-laborers with Christ.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Parable of the Sower-13:3-9 Introduction

    Parables are to be understood as introduction 'How To Do the Will of My Father in some easy lessons' could well be the byline to the whole body of Parables. Key to understand him is to do the will of God the Father,"If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself ( John 7:17)."

    Judaea being a pastoral land people surely would have understood the hazards a sower faced some seed falling over stony places and birds of the air making away with good portion of what cast aboard. Many of his audience as with his disciples eked out a living by catch of the sea. He described life of the people in their everyday setting and it is of the here and now. As in his own case his humanity and divinity were to be totally resolved so his humanity reflected the nature of God. He did not therefore give tit for tat but raised himself consciously to delineate his Father in his humanity. It needed a conscious effort and so with parables one did not solve the Two worlds-in-one simply by hearing. As Jesus explains the parables were also a medium to separate chaff from the good."And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?/He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given(13:10-11)".

    This explains the caveat placed by the Spirit:"Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."(v.9)

    Faith is signified by the ear of faith. So hearer is only one who hears as one has to do with background noise. Ear of faith listens and like the people of Berea, "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so./Therefore many of them believed."(Ac.17:11-13)
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.13:1-3

    "And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore./And he spake many things unto them in parables"

    Compare the introduction to the Sermon on the Mount where "And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him."Here we have his disciples mentioned, and his call to them was," Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."(3:19). The Mount represented where came from. Heavenly Zion on which the kingdom of heaven was founded. (Is.28:16). The number 12 accordingly was a reminder of Jesus Christ the Man the message.

    He was the Mediator between heaven and the earth. The Spirit serves as a narrative mode of the eternal Word so Jesus speaking from a ship reinforces the context of the river of time. Parables were the means to reconcile the ways of God with those of man and it helped only those who were as single minded as the merchant man who 'had found one pearl of great price.' (vv.44-45). Is.55:9.

    By principle of Association he was the bread from heaven and in the multiplying of loaves and fishes we are given heavenly realities set in comparison with the natural world. As many as who received him were the promise of God given. In line with the principle of Similitude Evangelist Matthew gives us the Last Supper where he broke the bread "And said, Take, eat; this is my body."(26:26; John 6:51). It is no coincidence that we have a Parable of the Wedding Banquet.(22:1-14)

    Parables dealt with the Word as mentioned above and the Gospel of God signified the word become flesh. He was sent as foretold by the Preacher,"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days./Give a portion to seven, and also to eight."(Ec.11:1-2)

    The earth as a field serves where the heart of man is understood as fashioned by God alike. Stony places point to the state of man who must deal with it to be fruitful.
  • Oseas - 7 months ago
    About 2,000 years ago, in about the last days or about the last week, week 70 Daniel 9:27, JESUS warned: Matthew 24:6

    6 And you will hear of wars and RUMORS of wars: take heed that you be not dismayed: for all these things must come to pass, but the END is not yet.

    The testimony of my Lord JESUS is the Spirit of prophecy:

    In LITERAL fulfillment of JESUS prophecy as above and for this current time, we see:

    War between Russia and Ukraine;

    War between Israel and Gaza;

    Rumour of war between Venezuela and Guyana;

    In fact, neither Biden nor the Americans want any more fights': what would be the US role in the crisis between Venezuela and Guyana? Well, my Lord JESUS is in command of the History from now on, and He will make to happen what needs to continue LITERALLY fulfilling what He preached for the last Day, that is the seventh and last Day or seventh and last millennium.

    Be careful and get ready

    My Lord JESUS also said There will be also war against three unclean spirits like frogs.(Why frogs?) - Revelation 16:13-15:

    13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs (a satanic trinity) come out of the MOUTH of the dragon, and out of the MOUTH of the Beast (Beast of sea- Revelation 13:1-10), and out of the MOUTH of the false prophet(false messiah- John 5:43-47 combined with Revelation 13:11-18, among other biblical references).

    14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great Day(the LORD's Day) of God Almighty-(the seventh and last Day or seventh and last millennium).

    15 Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. BEHOLD, I come as a thief.

    Be careful and get ready

    If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?1 Cor.14:8

    Do you know the hymn "When The Trumpet Of The Lord Shall Sound"? Hear it.

    GOD BLESS
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.12:38-39 Conclusion-2

    Word as a sign is eternal and backed by Power of God. Jesus declared that he came to fulfill it in its entirety- "one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law," An adulterous and wicked generation instead affixes their power contradicting the divine Will "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"(Is.5:20). Rather than love the Lord with their whole heart and their might reverence of God was in their traditions. In their seeking sign without intending to change their heart they showed their disbelief. Jesus would not enter the house of Jairus until those who 'laughed him to scorn' were put out. "But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose."(9:23-25) Jesus well knew their motives before they asked to see a sign.

    "All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him."(11:27). In accusing his powers coming from Beelzebub they were in danger of hell fire. He warned them not to speak blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. We need infer the context for this verse,"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."(12:30). Even warding off a single unclean spirit, with such a divided heart as they had, was to invite "seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there."
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.12:38-39 "Conclusion"-1

    "Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee./ But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas."

    Birth of Jesus was a sign that Prophet Isaiah had given beforehand. So were 'the little ones' whom he sent out to preach." Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion."(Is.8:18) Such a sign is what the Word signifies. It is a sound and seen both which occurred in the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, "the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear."(Ac.2:33). Without faith the nation of Israel would not profit from a sign and their entire history attested. So the sign of Jonah was an invitation to them to see their true state and be converted. Oh no they would not take it.

    At the end of the chapter we read the validation of the Power of the Spirit that made the disciples his brethren determined in the will of his Father. "And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!/ For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."

    "But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you."(v.28) The same power was given to his disciples because God dealt with it liberally. In His glory and power there was no point in partiality because the glory was patent in their wellbeing. "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name."( Luke 10:17). Jesus exulted in his spirit and glorified God,"I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.."(11:25).
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.12:31-32 "Blasphemy" (2 of 2)

    Israel wasnts peace at its own terms."Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out;" (v.44)

    The present resonates with the Jeremiah's time as it does with Gideon's time. The nation of Israel set up their will as Abimelech, the usurper did by killing seventy upon one stone. His conspiracy got him what he wanted but the Spirit has given us how his end was. "And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull."( Jud. 9:53). This resonates with the downfall of Babylon . "And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all."(Re.18:21). The reverse parable tells of Israel trying to settle its destiny without obeying God's will. What remains is the aful hour of judgment facing Israel. The Abimelech episode compares with Re.18. This is how the Spirit instructs us by comparing spiritual with spiritual so by the Power of the Spirit we may be edified. "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."

    Our instruction in righteousness is by abiding in Christ who of God has become our righteousness..(1 Co.2:5, 13)

    "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:"(1 Co.3:30)
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.12:31-32 Blasphemy against Holy Spirit (1 of 2)

    "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men."

    'Wherefore' refers to the the thoughts of the Pharisees who had decided already in their mind that Jesus did cast out the demons by the power of Beelzebub. (v.25) Ever mindful of the glory of his Father he expressed his disapproval in no uncertain terms of their reprobate mind. We shall certainly see their history falling into a familiar pattern so all their setbacks merely ratcheted up more wickedness all because they had no repect for God's ways.

    In denying God's will the spirit that dictated Israel was an unclean spirit which drives the reverse parable in vv.43-45.

    In the Book of Jeremiah God commanded "And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace."(Je.29:7) Instead a faction took Jeremiah as hostage to seek refuge in Egypt. "So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of theLord: thus came they even to Tahpanhes."(Je.43:3) God's indictment was swift, "So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah."(44:14) The spirit that rebelled against God to follow the desires of their heart is even present in the homeland they set up in 1948. Isaiah says,"O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:"(Is.48:18).

    When God restore as in the case of Job it is total and clean. He adds nothing of sorrow. This is not what we find with the modern Israel, Following Oslo Peace Accord we find the assassination of Rabin derailing it and leading to overall chaos. Israel wasnts peace at its own terms.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.12:30 "Son of man"

    "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."

    Jesus as Son of man came eating and drinking and he raised the hackles up of the Pharisees. "For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil./The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children."(11:18-19)

    Jesus was clear what he was there for. "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me./And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.(John6:38-40) "He was the firstborn for every believer and which was not after the will of the flesh and blood. As in the case of Ezekiel he had a mandate to fulfill. So the chapter ends with the declaration, " For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."(v.50)

    The nation of Israel learned nothing from their Babylonian captivity. God set Ezekiel to teach them by certain sets of actions, "This shall be a sign to the house of Israel./Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity."(Ez,4:3-4). In the Ch.12 Jesus tells them a parable which serves as a preface to the Ch.13. "Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand./And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias," This helps us understand the vv.43-45. This parable is specific with regards to Israel. In their present predicament they are totally lost unable to break free, "and the last state of that man is worse than the first."(12:45)
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.12:28 "A Parable"

    "But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you."

    Evangelist John speaks of the Advent of Jesus Christ thus, "He came unto his own, and his own received him not." (John1:11) The nation of Israel rejected him. At every turn they checked him and now they were accusing him of his miracles were nothing short of the power of Beelzebub. "They said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils./And Jesus knew their thoughts."(v.24-25) The nation judged as in the case of John, by their own standard which were the tradition of their fathers. They were deluded to think their holier-than-thou was anything genuine.

    John says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."Conversely in rejecting him they denied the will of God. concerning them. When a nation repudiates the power of God what could come in its place ? In the light of the key verse we may infer that they remained outside the pale of his grace. "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."(v.34)

    The Spirit gives us a reverse parable in vv.43-45.

    v.43 "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none." The Roman occupation of Israel and the destruction of the city refers to the unclean spirit going elsewhere. Before the Balfour Declaration in 1917 there was an idea mooted by the powers and shakers to settle the wandering Jews in Uganda. In the end it was back to Palestine. "Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation."

    It is history of Israel then and now.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.11:28-29 "Finger of God"

    "But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you./ Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house."

    Uniquely Jesus here lays open the Power of God that equipped the 12 disciples as they were to go out there preach and come out with success. The same power from heaven that made Elijah and Elias perform healing. Referring to them he compares John who did no miracles, and in his lack of faith he asserts,"Notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." Jesus intended for comparison the little one of the twelve who he had sent to preach, 'the kingdom of God is at hand.' He was greater than he since he was connected to the Son and the Power of God from heaven. Even his speech was prepared from above.("But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak./For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."10:19-20). The twelve were his associates.

    Referring to John what he said in 11:9-15 serves a fitting explanation for the key text. Faith was what required to accomplish their mission. This dd not begin with the sending of John as the Messenger. Power of the Word was in operation so examples of heroes of faith gives us where their victory came from. "Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions./ Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens."(He.11:32-34) Heaven suffers violence and it is no matter their names are written in heaven.

    "But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you."( Luke 11:20)
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.12:18 "Introduction" (2 of 2)

    Jesus sent the 12 disciples to preach 'the kingdom of heaven is at hand. His upbriading of Capernaum and Bethsaida leads us to discuss the clause in the key text, "And he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles".

    Earlier we read that "And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities."(11:1) He was there as the Word become flesh and it was the power of God that equipped the ministry of the twelve.Did Jesus himself receive a good reception. Obviously not. "Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not." (11:20)

    The Pharisees were ever at his heels to accuse him of blasphemy, "Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him./ But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.(12:14-15).

    "And departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon." (15:21).This was in accordance with the Scripture
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.12:18 "Introduction" (1 of 2)

    "Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles."

    With Chapter 12 we see the narrative shift from 'the lost sheep of Israel' to the Gentiles. The Spirit invites our attention with the familiar term,"Behold" and here also the association of the Son is typical and the only begotten Son is the Messiah, the anointed and the Spirit literally refers the clause, 'I will put my spirit upon him' which we have seen fulfilled as the Holy Spirit descending on him in the form of a dove at the baptism, He was indeed the Word fashioned in human likeness. He was sent as a servant to witness the eternal word. He administered in in the preceding chapters to the nation of Israel.

    The first part of the Gospel was about the Doctrine of God. "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."(5:5) The doctrine was presented as coming direct from his person and not second hand, which we have in his confession,"For I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."(11:29)

    He chose 'the little ones" not because of their gifts but God has entrusted them as he made clear in his Prayer, ("Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.") They were to serve the Word even as he did so their association brought all those who were poor in spirit into the kingdom of heaven. "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.) The kingdom-building became in right earnest which is what the Sermon on the Mount signifies. Israel was given the first opportunity and they gave a cold shoulder to the Son and his associates. Thus his upbraiding of Capernaum and Bethsaida marks a change. "And he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles."
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.11 "Conclusion" (2 of 2)

    Soul of saints redeemed from the earth is man-child. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." As he was so are we in the world. "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." How well do we know our own native soil? "And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne."(Re.12:5)

    How did the saints grow from glory to glory? Not from the bestseller lists touted by the world or from literature of those who hold truth in unrighteousness. We did not learn thus from second-hand sources but from heavenly places being hid in Christ. Be not deceived by those who treat soul sleep. The dead are alive because sovereignty of soul is invested on the Living God. People well meaning and yet they do err not knowing the Scripture as they ought to.

    Soul is at rest as the Psalmist testified resting on the bosom of his Lord as Jesus learned of the doctrine of God from the bosom of his Father. Rest of one who is dead to the Law of sin learned actively by taking his yoke upon his natural body. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest./Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls./For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. " Faith is what gives soul its rest and not soul sleep.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.11 Conclusion (1 of 2)

    "Because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes./ Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight."

    God revealed 'these things' which owe to the quality of truth inherent in the heart of man. "Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them." (Ro.1:19-20). God fashioned hearts alike signifying God is knowable that there is no denying.(Ro.1:20) Soul is figuratively therefore called a man-child. Jesus called his disciples babes as he did another time 'little ones' as in this verse, "unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple"(10:42)

    God breathed into man and made him a living soul so what may be known of God is not created in a higgledy-piggledy fashion but after the image of his Son. It is for this reason the Spirit instructs "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;" It is gradual and growth is not synchronized with physical age but with the grace of God operating in anyone. God knows the proud afar off but nigh like the Psalmist who was like a weaned child, not moved by the hustle and bustle of a world without."Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child."(Ps.132:2)

    ' Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:' was the will of God; so it gives soul of each believer a template for growth. In Trinity.Body. Spirit and Soul refer to it. God's will is expressed with a specific purpose.'A body has thou prepared me'. Spirit and Soul of God gives that body the wherewithal so a believer may grow unto perfection. "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."( 2 Co.3:18).In the vision of the Woman Clothed with the Sun is taken straight into the throne. "(Re.12:5)
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.11:24 "Capernaum" (2 of 2)

    Daniel interpreted what only the king would have seen and duly forgotten. God revealed it to him and he did ending with these words,"and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."(Dan.2:45) Truth in his heart did not miss; neither did the Gentile king. The Spirit has laid down the truth as knowable. Before the gospel truth as revealed to him he felt prostrate before Daniel who stood there in place of Jesus Christ.

    From heaven and from lower earths the Word of God serves as the eternal Law. (Ps.119:89) So what is the centre of the kingdom of God but the heart that God has fashioned alike? This is truth that man in unrighteousness treats as a trifle. As with city so is an ungodly man. Capernaum or Bethsaida are place names and interchangeable. There is only lingua franca by which man may find salvation. By believing in the Son whom God sent in the fulness of time.

    Jesus upbraided the cities and pointed to the day of judgment and it is determined. "for God hath avenged you on her." We have a partial list of martyrs in 23:35 and in here it is complete, "For thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived./And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."(Re.18:20-24)

    This must occur in the generation of Jesus, "Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation." Notice the emphasis given in Matthew? In the light of it does it surprise the disproportionate mass killings all over the earth; it would seem that Satan is aware of his time running out and is a last ditch effort.

    " And I saw heaven opened," The final battle begins from heaven since all those cities(the sea-18:21) as we know it are one big charnel house. "And there was no more sea"(Re.21:1)
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.11:24 "Capernaum" (1 of 2)

    "But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee."

    vv.20-24 The Spirit gives us several place names, all of which are set in terms of a day of Judgment. What Jesus here implies that is this: rise and fall of world empires cities and persons come under the sovereignty of the Word . "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;"(Ro.1:18) God set his truth equally and also tries their actions. Capernaum in particular where Jesus resided ("Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not."-11:20) is set against Sodom which only had Lot who would rather merge with the local color that sound an alien. Jesus however lived In Capernaum, as 'I am the Truth.' In their indifference the townsfolk treated the article Truth in light esteem. Similarly Jerusalem in rejecting Jesus was judged and in 70 AD the ransacking of the city was not the end. The real judgment would be only which the Spirit refers as the day of judgment. This wrath that serve as coup de grace comes in Re.18:21. "Babylon has fallen" is holdall for every city come up for reckoning. "Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come."(Re.18:10). and as with the mode of narrative characteristic of the Spirit, Min-Max mode it includes all. "And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth." This stone is none other than the stone not cut with hands refers to the King's dream. "Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.11:25-26 "Born of God"

    "At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes./ Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight."

    Compare this line with Lucan Gospel "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight." Identical verses, is it not? But it tags altogether two different set of events to establish that heaven and the earth agree in the Son.

    Seventy other disciples signify the end times while the twelve refer to the Son who was sent to the earth as the Word become flesh."And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one."(v.8) While what justifies the other Seventy is the Word. "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."( 1 John 5:7) The Spirit conflates both in terms of the Word which validates this verse.

    While studying the multiplying of loaves we see a similar tag. 12 baskets of broken remains is how Jesus testifies his work as the Word become flesh. ("And they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full."-14:20). As the Son his testimony is tagged by Seven.("And they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full,"-15:37) Jesus Christ as the Son, his deity is revealed. His humanity in terms of the tag 12 so he that sanctified and he that is sanctified are as one."For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,"(He.2:11-18). Principle of Association works for everyone born of God. 1 John 5:11-12
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.11:26-27 "Doctrine of Christ"

    "Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight./ All things are delivered unto me of my Father."As the Word become flesh he is set as the true Light. The Spirit gives us the precise time when Jesus began his ministry. "The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up./From that time Jesus began to preach"(4:16-17). Isaiah inspired by the Spirit ('Wisdom is justified of her children') spoke and Jesus began his ministry prompted by none other than what his eye of faith saw. He as the true Light saw the people had caught on the great light breaking on them. It is similar to the starlight we see at the night sky the light of which must have taken some billion lightyears to reach us, just the same it is in the present. This is a good analogy to explain the word sent forth by God making connection. This does not come from observances but by faith comparing the spiritual with spiritual. So Jesus forthwith calls people and without a murmur they become his disciples.(4:18-23). It is God's time we are looking at, and the work of Gospel cannot be thwarted. In the key text we have the manner God set it all about. God and whomsoever the Son reveals him and it is about the Gospel of God the Spirit intends. It is thus God came upon Zacchaeus, the publican. Because of his short stature, he climbed up. " And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way./And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house./And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully." ( Luke 19:4-6). It is not by will of man but by the will of God that one is called into the Association.( John 1:12-13). All we bring into it is faith.

    "Neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him."
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.11:19 "The word eternal" (2 of 2)

    The word sent forth by God shall prosper in the very thing it was sent.(Is.55:11). The Spirit is narrating events from the perspective of the Gospel of God that we need conclude the quality of the disciples that Jesus sent out to preach "And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand."(10:7). God the Sower has sown into the field and with the expression the kingdom 'is at hand' the Spirit is referring to the gathering of sheaves." This kingdom does not come with observation but it is within the heart which is knowable. The Pharisees wanted to know 'when' and Jesus replied ( Luke 17:20-21) Truth written in the heart is a witness and shall condemn those who go by appearances and those who walk by sight.

    In understanding these chapters we need reorient our observation in terms of faith and the eternal Word. Firstly we shall take up the answer given Jesus to the disciples of John,"Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:/The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them." Before Jesus we read that Namaan was healed; raising the dead has been done before Jesus. "And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet."(2 Ki.13:21). Before the eternal Word the prophets like Elias, Elisha are interchangeable with Jesus in terms of the Power and Wisdom that Word become flesh signifies. John did no miracle but his testimony was true.( John 10:41-42). Jesus was reminding obliquely that John had missed how he was tied up his own ministry according to the Gospel. " For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee."(11:10)
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.11:19 "The word eternal"(1 of 2)

    But wisdom is justified of her children."

    Wisdom here figuratively signifies the house built by her and founded on Zion.(Pr.9:1) All her children were born for the Father's mansions and it is his Gospel that justifies them. Their generation covers only their circumstance in the visible world of flesh and blood. John's generation was was one such but John was sanctified at his birth because the eternal Word set him a sign, as the Messenger to the Son. As with John so with his disciples.

    Jesus sent his disciples as sheep which is significant. God as the Shepherd of souls is one aspect of the word which is eternal. Jesus applied it to himself. "I am the Good Shepherd." He and his Father are one because it is the Power of God that makes salvation of his associates secure. "My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand./I and my Father are one."( John 10:11,28-30). All those who were called thus were in the divine Will even before the foundation of the world. The Spirit places the word 'behold' to indicate that the eternal Word had justified the Son who of God has become wisdom. Consequently Jesus sent them that the Power shall deliver them from all eventualities."Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."(10:16)

    "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."(Col.2:16-17).

    Vv.15-17

    The Word makes John interchangeable for Elias as every associate sent by the Gospel is stand in for other. This is what is meant by Wisdom is justified of her children. The v.15 used by the Spirit as a tag tells Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever". The same tag we find after mention of seven churches in Asia Minor.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.10:25 "Discipleship" (2of 2)

    Outpouring was not for a few but for every believer and it made the Association stronger as we see in the life St Peter. Before the Gospel the principle of Association arrayed every disciple as equal, "as sheep in the midst of wolves." So it was the Power of God in accordance with His holiness, so he was no respector of persons."Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."(18:18) This applied to St Peter as well.

    When the Church of Rome makes him as the founder we have seen how the Power of God has been given an underhand swipe and relegated to play a lesser role. "Jesus warned of " Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." The emblem of Rome, the wolf served as a sign of the perilous times the early church was entering into.

    Instead of the simplicity in Christ a new order was imposed by man's will, which shall also be cast aside before the Son of man be come." Churches of our times are preaching gospel to keep the congregation whose ears have become dull of hearing. What more could said of Satan who has played a trick on man who shall not be obedient?

    "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light./Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."(2 Co.11: 14-15)
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.10:25 "Discipleship" (1 of 2)

    "It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord."

    Simplicity in Christ is what sovereignty of the Gospel demands of every disciple and it is God's time that settles it. So Jesus commands, "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." Persecution does not stop with his life in the flesh and shall continue since the principle of Association is set in terms of the Gospel. It shall be thus 'till the Son of man be come.' But take courage the Gospel of Christ has already insured every disciple from evil. Redemption of soul it is called. "But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come." (vv.22--23) Be harmless as doves but wise as serpents to know the times.

    Jesus explained from his own example, "Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them./But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister."(20:25-26). Simon Peter was as wrong as every other volatile in temperament and faulty in judgment who would get in and out of scrapes. In the night Jesus was taken he would follow Jesus to the High Priest not understanding his own weakness. So he gave a handle to the detractors of his master to deny him thrice when confronted. He was warned by Jesus and yet he went ahead. (26:34). It is to such a weak person Jesus entrusted his flock. "Feed my lambs' he said after resurrection because he was not counting on Simon Peter the man but the Power of God from above. St Paul for this reason would advise to put as judges in the church "set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church," since it is the Power of God that supplied the wherewithal and not the man. Simon Peter was adequate in his time.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.10:16-17 "Simplicity in Christ" (2 of 2)

    Ac. 6:1-4 "And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration./Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables./Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business./But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."

    It was of uncertain times. Famines were breaking out and pagan world was giving over to a new period of restlessness. In the midst of it all the church has to be run smoothly, obviously. At what cost was the crux of their problem. In the Acts of the Apostles Ch.6 we read that what Jesus had warned them was fulfilled. The church had their first martyr in St Stephen.

    The disciples were sent as sheep in the midst of wolves. The line of development of the early Church from Jerusalem after the day of Pentecost took to the city of Rome, under the aegis of a suckling wolf. How the Church of Rome became the Possessor of pomp and circumstance and would become a new power centre is a matter of history;Papal Rome took over for instance Tyrian purple as in the times Caesars where the color was reserved under pain of death for only senators. Now Church of Rome forbade it for laity. This exclusivity has nothing with simplicity in Jesus and for his associates. It was a telltale sign of the new normal:

    Leaving off simplicity obviously played into the hands of Satan, the problem is in the mind which became corrupted. Gospel of Jesus and consequently his simplicity gave way to confusion and controversy and it has stayed on ever since.


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