Ah… back to reality

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So…

Because my posts float here to there to back again wherever, I am going to get a thousand other blogs. Yarp.

So I will post here my new blog sites, etc., so it will only be mildly confusing. Sound good? Am I insane? Shush.

I am going to (before I take off and do ‘other’ stuff i.e. make other WP sites) post what I read in the Tanakh today, specifically chapter 10. The Israelites again (and recall, if you will, that the church does the all the time. Not just one denomination, but all. And also, we individually do this. So don’t make the assumption that I am picking on Israel) messed up and immediately started worshipping other idols.

Particularly Baal — that is Dagan (Zebul) which was once renamed in derision by Israel as ‘lord of the flies.’

But back to falling into this idol worship. An idol is that which is anything or anyone that is worshipped above God. Hey, that’s just a reminder.

God had saved them over again, constantly each time they did this, from running from Egypt and on, because of His compassion and His promises. I suspect (though He already knew what was happening and that it would happen again) He heaved a sigh and said, ‘Have it Your Way,’ like the Ole Blue Eyes song, I Did it My Way.

Israel (past, present and future) were taken captive and sold to the Philistines (not Palestinians… Philistines–ya, forget it, I’ll explain another day) and Ammonites, and thoroughly crushed and oppressed, physically and spiritually. I see this spiritually in my ‘now’ as Satan trying to steal my joy, my devotion and my Promised Land. To destroy my faith.

I actually have been there. Done that. Got the tee shirt. Went to the conference called…’Been There.’ Sadly, just like Israel, more than once. Tsk.

The enemies even crossed the Jordan taking the Israelites captive from the Promised Land, that which they’d live for already more than a century.

If you know anything about human trafficking, being sold into enemy hands never turns out well.

The Israelites knew how God so often saved them (suddenly He was convenient again and they wanted Him to wave a magic wand–how many times are we just great with our own idolatry of stuff, but when something BIG happens, we remember to say God help me?), but superficially, not spiritually. Just as in the times during Rome, the leaders didn’t give a whit to changing their hearts, what they wanted was to keep their arrogance (their idolatry = themselves).

But God says, ‘let your gods save you.’ Reminiscent of Romans 1:28-32 –the future of not just folks hanging out on earth for whatever reason but for the church who follows suit. (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1%3A28-32&version=NIV )

Finally… another sigh from God, he hears them cry out again, and saves them from themselves out of compassion. By His arm. Again, another reminder of the NT, Ephesians: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians+2&version=NIV

I implore you, look into yourselves. What is YOUR idol? I have many days by the way when I need to stop and remember who is God… me? No. My stuff? Not so much. And on and on.

So… that being shorter than many of my posts on the Tanakh, I now go to set up more sites…

More…now Judges

Another cool chapter. And again, I wasn’t sure it would be relevant. Wrong. Remember, I am NOT a theologian. That’s your caveat for the day.

Chapter 1 – Israelites ask, who will go? Answer from God? Judah. Remember Judah is the leader of all tribes from the wife of Jacob, Leah, who he rejected. Judah is the tribe that leads forth, the tribe from which King David came (and this is all in archeology, so put away all that screamin’) and Jesus– through the lineage of Mary (why? Because in Matthew, the lineage is discussed as from Joseph’s side, as per Jewish tradition, while Luke the doc, as he interviewed everyone, wrote of Mary’s lineage, back to David to show Jesus’ humanity).

So as Judah leads and the rest of the tribes must wait, Judah (tribe) caught the 70 leaders of the first town, and while seems harsh, cut off their thumbs and big toes… yikes. However, this is significant in hamstringing, per se, the evil there.

Judah goes on to subdue/destroy all the cities around (again, destruction of evil by the hand of God).

Caleb (servant) promises his daughter (oh, how sexist could this be? Watch… ), Othniel to the first dude that destroys yet another town. That is Acsah. And there, they marry.

Lemme check out them thar names. Othniel means: spiritual and the inner desire for love, companionship, peace, harmony. Othniel represents the church, the believing Jews, referred to in the New Testament. Does she love this dude? I do believe so, desiring his love, his companionship, his peace (ooh through Christ?) and harmony.

Acsah means anklet, meaning, ‘breaking through the veil,’ and here I stop to ponder. In Genesis, chapter 1, Satan is told first by God that he will strike man’s heel, but the promised Messiah will crush Satan’s head, breaking through the law of sin that separates us from God. The temple had a great curtain that no one but the priests could pass through. That curtain was torn top to bottom (significant from heaven to earth). Now we have direct access to God through the cross.

Finally, the line of Moses’ father-in-law followed next, the line of priests. Jethro = friend of God, a shepherd as well.

All righty. The rest of the tribes of Israel who oops forget to conquer through God’s command, ultimately leading to their demise (yet there is a remnant and will be until the end).

Back to Joshua

Egypt could not hold Israel from crossing the Jordan. Bondage of sin to freedom from sin, all hate, and violence.

Passover-Door in Egypt

I have been remiss! Of, course. I won’t be trekking through the previous chapters, however, those are posted on FB, MeWe, and USA.Life.

So it was a wonderful day in the book of Joshua. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to see a lot there, however, I was wrong. *I am not a theologian* so be aware of that small factoid. So lemme move right into it.

Chapter 20. GOD said 1. for the accidental murder of another i.e. could not be helped (kinda like original sin) 2. tribes were to create 12 cities of refuge (the 12 gates of.. heaven?) 3. and could flee there for protection 4. stand before the elders (judge[s]) 5. Stand outside the gate to present their case 5. and confess what happened. 6. The elders (judge[s]) then admit him/her in the city for a place to live 7. and not allow the accuser to pursue (ie react in hate– I see this as prophetic of Satan who Jesus says is here to steal, kill, and destroy) 8. until the death of the High Priest (ah, would this be a prophecy of Jesus’ death on the cross?) 9. then the man/woman freed to his/her home (freed from any clutches of sin/Satan) and 10.– applies to Jews & gentiles, those gentiles who align themselves to the LORD (i.e. believers).

Prophecy fulfilled and to be finally fulfilled before the judgment throne? Welcomed by God into the great Kingdom? Yep. I think the answer is yes. 

Christ the Reedemer

Once again, I am not a theologian and am looking at this as a reader not an expert. Praying always that the Holy Spirit will guide.

Always open to correction. 

More Prophecy in Joshua

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Have I been remiss again?

Yep. I have been posting on daily study of Deuteronomy and now into the Book of Joshua. Today is another day of prophetic symbols not fulfilled until Yeshua. I find it interesting that JOSHUA means YESHUA in Greek, JESUS. So, pretty much all of Joshua has been thoroughly prophetic.

While I post these almost every day, I hope you read the Bible in its entirety. Unless you want to be led down paths of ignorance. And I HAVE BEEN THERE so no judgment.

Passover-Door in Egypt

CH 4 of Joshua, FULL of prophecy. Here ’tis. FIRST: This takes place on PASSOVER again! From Egypt (slavery to sin) across the Jordan from death to eternal life) The Lord told Joshua to lead the entire (all 12 tribes) to 1. cross the Jordan 2. while He held the waters back 3. carrying stones from the Jordan to the other side. All Israel. To cross the Jordan (death) while God held the waters back (so those passing through death would not die and be lost ( representing not just spiritual death x 2 ie natural and into faith but God who accomplished it) across it, and each of the 12 tribes to take a stone ( large, not teeny) to erect on the other side (ooh, the Promised Land, heaven) for remembrance to place in front of the ark (the ark, if you recall is 3 parts- that the Holy of Holies with the stones of the 10 commandments – law; Manna- Bread of Life; and Aaron’s budding staff – life out from the wood representing the cross-both OT, NT, the lid, the mercy seat- that which we are not given punishment for what we deserve in front of the judgment seat, that which we DO deserve; the 2 angels protecting it as the 2 angels protected the body of Jesus) where the tent separated from the people only approachable by the High Priest separated tent in between the Holy of Holies {prophetic when it was torn top to bottom when Christ died on the cross… representing no access directly to the Father until Jesus died and was resurrected).

Holy of holies

The Holy place, just beyond the curtain, also only accessible by the High Priest filled with bread on a table, incense- the Holy Spirit) and the outer court, in front facing the people, where anyone could enter (the house of God) only with a High Priest who sacrificed for that person (representing Jesus as sacrifice) in the presence of the High Priest who turned then toward the back of the outer court to wash his hands in the laver (symbolic of baptism, the death of an animal for the scapegoat so to speak, ie also Jesus).

temple explained

Caveat: Not a theologian here…

Been away. Whoops.

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Good day! Morning as is here or afternoon or anywhere you’re at!

I haven’t posted a lot. Been reading, been editing, but that’s neither here nor there. I am up to chapter 21 in Deuteronomy. Forge on!

First, thanks to everyone following not just here but reading through my exegesis of the OT–without me checking in with pastors (totally my bad). I do like going through it with fresh eyes, and pray that my understanding is correct. And… I welcome correction. That said, Deuteronomy 21 is cool. I read it yesterday and today re-read and it was so clear in prophetic of the fulfillment of the Messiah. Long? Probably. HERE: v 15-17 – the 2 wives represent the Jews and the Gentiles. If the husband loves one and not the other, yet has 2 sons, one from the loved, and one from the other and doesn’t care for the 1st born of the unloved wife (I see this as the Jews, the chosen people– I could be wrong), the father is to give the firstborn the double portion– and the Jewish firstborn is the SIGN of the father. Let that sink in… both ways. The Jewish nation is the chosen… Jesus is the first-born and in His words He said He was sent first to the house of Israel -the chosen. Next v 22-23 The rebellious who hate God were put to death for hating God (stirring up violence, idolatry). Oh, how harsh! How? Hung (Hebrew: impaled) on a tree. Cursed outside the city. The ones who hate God (both Jew and Gentile). So how was this so prophetic? Let me count the ways. Jesus was cursed by the firstborn for calling Himself God, putting Him into the hatred and rebellion and idolatry). Why crucify Him? He was accused (false testimony) of inciting violence thus incurring the wrath and death by the Romans (Gentiles, and very cruel). He was prophetically hung on a tree, impaled, and cursed (FOR EVERYONE, Jew and Gentile). Last.. the body was never to be left on this tree overnight. Does anyone see what I see?

I want to talk about the Beatitudes, too, the words of Jesus in Matthew 5.

The Beatitudes are so convoluted by both believers and non-believers. Is Jesus even talking about the physical? Nope. His words within the beatitudes speak the very words of salvation. 1. blessed (HAPPY) are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God. Whoa. Not the poor, but the one who recognizes they have fallen (sinned). 2. Blessed are those who mourn (weep over their sin in recognition and confession of sin) for they will be comforted (that word, comforted is the same in Greek as is the Holy Spirit!). 3. Blessed are the meek (humble enough to turn – repent from sin) for they will inherit the earth (all of God’s treasure). 4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (seeking salvation through Jesus’ righteousness, not ours) for they will be filled (with the very heart of God) 5. Blessed are the merciful (our forgiveness toward others) for they will be shown mercy (from others). 6. Blessed are the pure in heart (follow by the Holy Spirit, not by good works) for they will see God (face to face!) 7. Blessed are the peacemakers (bringing God’s word, His peace to others) for they will be called sons of God (they are willing to share all of God’s bounty with Jews and Gentiles). 8. AND THE ONES NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT– blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness (ie prison, torture, death) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (reiteration of #1! 9. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice (???WHATTTTT.. Like WHAAATTT??) and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven for the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Reiteration of #7–sharing the good news is not met with all love light and sweetness Sometimes but look at today. What group is the most persecuted in the world? Christians! We are now called ISIS! yikes. Persecution is coming and rather than taking offense, we need to remember these words ie rejoice and be glad. He goes on to say that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Why did He add this here? Because salt and light change the environment. By walking in the world ie BEING of the world we haven’t shared the changes in our hearts not even #1. And last, He said He came to FULFILL the law– meaning none of the above can be accomplished by your will alone.

You have to see your sin, admit that you fall short, that you confess with your mouth, heart that Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead, and you will be saved. (Romans)

Works are not involved. It’s through Faith by Grace that God GIVES you so no one can boast. Grace, by the way, is getting what we do NOT deserve.

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Numbers 30 (Torah), SHORT, I PROMISE!

Much shorter than yesterdays post on Numbers 29 but equally as important.

Numbers 30 talks about men and women taking vows (to the Lord i.e. I promise to fast 5 days, or whatever). Back then, it was a very patriarchal society, so men had a say if they weren’t amenable to such a vow. Anyone first off, that made a vow and didn’t uphold it was responsible for breaking it (they weren’t stoned, or anything), man or woman.

However, if the father or husband refused the wife to make a vow she desired, she was released from the vow and the husband or father was accountable.

How does this apply now? Jesus talked about vows and not to even make them, but rather say your yes be yes and your no be no.

What does that even mean? 1. vows are a works-oriented issue and 2. men were no longer part of this decision-making for daughters or wives. 3. We individually are responsible for not fulfilling that yes to our friend/God, and we are given praise if we give a no and then fulfill it anyway. 4. God is our Father and the church always represents the Bride of the Messiah (throughout the entire OT).

So Yeshua released everyone from the law. Through the Cross.

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Numbers 29! Exciting

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I read Numbers chap 29, yet another fantastic chapter on prophecy. Here through the covenant with Israel (before Jeremiah 31:31-33: ‘Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt— a covenant they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. 33 “But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD. I will put My law in their minds and inscribe it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be My people…’–not works!)

God gave the Israelites out of Egypt some feasts all of us should know. FIRST: the Festival of Trumpets. Always (always) falls on a Friday, aka ‘Preparation Day’ before Shabat (Sabbath), which is prophetic. Jesus was crucified on Preparation Day when His blood was spilled and He died.

SECOND, the next, is the Day of Atonement, ALwAYS on the Shabat, the days out of Egypt (before the Jordan), always the day of reflection, confession and redemption. For all of us we recognize that the Day of Atonement is the covering/wiping clean our slate from sin by the blood of the perfect Lamb. THIRD is the Festival of Tabernacles, setting up booths to remember God’s provision in the wilderness and the future promise of the Messiah (note: there is never a mention of many messiahs…). This is also prophetic that on the 8th day (Sunday, April 3rd, 33 A.D. Jesus was resurrected from the dead). Captured the middle of the night, Thursday, and whipped:

(Isaiah 53:3 – he was despised by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain), crucified (Isaiah 53: 4-5 ‘Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, (THE CROSS) yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; (HIS DEATH) for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, (On Friday, so the Sabbath could be kept pure, (and Mark 15:46, Matthew 27:57-60 fulfills this prophecy== “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because … came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the Body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.”) Isaiah v 9 continued… though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.’

NEXT on Sunday, the Feast of the Tabernacles, the remembrance of delivery from slavery to looking ahead to the Messiah, v 11-12 ‘After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.’ (AFTER He suffered, died and was buried… God says ‘He will see the light of life…. he will bear their iniquities…because he poured his life unto death… and made intercession for the transgressors [ie us]). (HIS RESURRECTION).

I could continue but it’s a long post highlighting the 3 most important Hebrew festivals after Passover, and the fulfillment of these prophecies in the one Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach.
Please reply if you have any corrections to my interpretation of this passage or anything I have missed.

Tanakh Chapter 28 and More

Yesterday, I accidentally reported that I read Numbers 28 and commented on it. My bad. It was chapter 27.

Let me get to it.

The Lord speaks to Moses about the continual daily, weekly, Sabbath, Passover sacrifices. I believe this constant repetition is a prophetic piece of information for the future.

What does it mean to make sacrifices of the best of the best so often? Because ‘the life is in the blood’ and upon the altar, sprinkled. Meaning, the spiritual life is in the blood of the perfect lamb, goat, oil, bread, wine (meat, the bread of life, the blood of life) the prophecy of God working His salvation by His arm since there was no one who would help.

This is exactly what Yeshua talked about ‘… whoever eats of my body and drinks of my blood…’ was about. He was the perfect Lamb of God spoken of through the ages and the prophets.

Remember the people recoiling from Yeshua’s teaching? They didn’t understand the Tanakh from Genesis to Malachi, only ‘their work to salvation.’ Abraham understood this in Genesis when God tested Abraham’s loyalty *He already knew, it was Abraham who needed to remember God came first.. and he did.* How many times (a lot) did God rebuke the people for rote religion, doing the duty without the heart? I might add our own people will follow law to the letter without recognizing that works (following the laws) is not pleasing to God? That all works, all sacrifices, all days or feast, Passover, rest were fulfilled by the perfect blood on the Cross?

There is much in the Tanakh that speaks directly of Yeshua. Conservative estimates are over 900 prophecies (fulfilled and to be fulfilled) – an incomplete list http://sciencespeaks.dstoner.net/Prophetic_Accuracy.html, and over 300 direct references to Yeshua. http://www.about-jesus.org/complete-chart-prophecies-jesus.htm

The archeology done to date is astounding, it is impossible to say the Tanakh and the New Testament are myths. These are just the scrolls!

Over 1400 years ago, Jerome translated and published both the Tanakh and the New Testament into Latin, meaning his knowledge of Scripture and availability of scrolls and letters were less than 400 years old.

If you don’t believe Jerome, take a look at this: https://www.josh.org/8-manuscripts-validate-new-testament/ (it’s a short read). 

Before I post THIS which is a great article, I mention Jesus’ word before His death in 33 A.D. that the temple in Jerusalem would torn one stone on top of the other. That happened in 70 A.D. I also might add that none of the NT writers spoke of this, so… the New Testament HAD to be written beforehand. John, the writer of Revelation, was exiled to Patmos and didn’t mention it either. Why? HE WAS ISOLATED ON PATMOS!

Here is the very compelling article between atheists and Christian/Jewish archeology: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2015/10/manuscript-evidence-nt-vs-plato-etc.html 

Let me put that into perspective. There is ONE surviving copy of Shakespeare. There are no original manuscripts from Aristotle who was born in 384 BC. An original Plato manuscript? 895 AD. He was born in 427 BC and died 347 BC. That’s over 1200 years.

King David was born in Bethlehem, of the tribe of Judah around 1000 B.C. The earliest archeological find is from the 8th to 9th century B.C. and a seal of his from the 10th century B.C. King Solomon? A seal signet ring found.

The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a cave by a shepherd boy in 1947. The works preserved the dry heat were dated to the 4th century Before Christ (aka BC). Remember, each century listed is the following, so the earliest writings were in the years of 300-399 BC.

All this great stuff doesn’t even include the coins of Solomon’s kingdom, the inscription of his name on the temple, the dates of the persecution of Christians (64 A.D to 311 A.D.)–that means there were people alive after Jesus died and was resurrected, people from both Judea and Rome who SAW and HEARD Him speak, and the catacombs in Rome where Christians hid, the painting and pottery found: https://www.livescience.com/59424-paintings-of-christ-in-roman-catacombs.html 

During Cyprus’ reign, the Jewish prophets Ezra and Nehemiah prophesied. Coins from this time were found. https://patternsofevidence.com/2018/06/08/ancient-coins-discovered-from-ezra-nehemiah-era/ 

YEAH, but you might say, <chuckle, chuckle> ‘Egypt doesn’t even mention Jews.’ OK. Here ya go. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-were-hebrews-ever-slaves-in-ancient-egypt-yes-1.5429843

AH, what about Sodom and Gomorrah? https://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2018/12/04/new-science-suggests-biblical-city-of-sodom-was-smote-by-an-exploding-meteor/#18b5f6805c67 BUT IT WAS A NORMAL PHENOMENA! RIGHT? So, question. If it was normal, how did Abraham know beforehand that it would happen? https://www.6000years.org/frame.php?page=sodom . Well we all know Abraham was a myth… https://www.learnreligions.com/archaeological-evidence-abraham-bible-4590053

LAST I’ll mention Jacob, and one of his 12 sons, Joseph. What was found? https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/the-bible-and-archaeology-archaeology-and-genesis-what-does-the-record-show-part-2

There is NO disputing these facts yet most atheists (generalization) and even many Christians, Jews and agnostics still believe all of these folks were… made up. There is more evidence to prove the old testament (the Tanakh) and the New Testament and the historical figure we know as Yeshua HaMashiach (Yeshua, the Anointed One).

Nothing in the above is meant to force information down one’s throat, it is merely to show the accuracy of history. And… for fun:

noahs ark life size

John Huibers of the Netherlands who, with his sons, hand-built a life-size replica of Noah’s ark. Ships today are built with the same ratio 6:1 so they can float. Picture courtesy of arkofnoah.org . Just sayin,’ the largest land animal is the elephant. Take several at one day old, each at 200 lbs, 3 foot high, and things look a bit more reasonable. Wolf cubs at 2 weeks- 3.5 pounds. Take the predecessors of the animals rather than the adaptations thereafter at their youngest and the ease of which these animals can fit. And Genesis states that all men, creatures were vegetarians BEFORE the ark. After, they were not.

 

Some Other Day When I’m Old

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Procrastination.

We all face the problem, not wanting to do the necessary nor the right action to do, or words needed to be said. Take the few minutes to read. It could save your life.

Families pulled apart, isn’t it time you ‘get over it’ and love? When is your last breath? When you’re 70? How do you know, it could be in one second. Your age won’t save you.

Friends long lost? Connect, reconnect if you can find them. Say a few kind words or get together if you can.

Dreams fade. Goals fall by the wayside of life. You’re too busy to help aging parents.

Churchgoers – You’re too busy to deal with all of the above with the superficial works that you think will improve your status with God, so you have no time to read, pray, share. That is if you believe in God, and those works.

Faith. You’re 20 years old (or 89) and you figure, I’ve got time to think about God, faith, salvation. Or… ‘nice for you, but I believe in…’ (whatever).

When is your last breath? Last heartbeat? Last thought? Last tear? Will you have time to have that last thought or tear?

There are a lot of reasons why you should stop and think about these. Now.

So, today I give you words to consider (there is so much more, but realize this has been foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament, that these verses are the culmination, the completion of all). Know in the following verses that sin and transgressions are wrongdoings. Things you know you shouldn’t have done.

(Old Testament) Isaiah 53: 4-12

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

(New Testament)

John 3:3 ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’

John 4: 10-14

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 14: 6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Ephesians 2:8-10 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Romans 10:9-10

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Don’t wait, time is short (yours and mine). For those who believe there are many ways, or there is nothing… if you’re right, we all meet the same end. But, what if I am right? What if you recognize that the Bible is right? Will it hurt you to recognize your wrongs? Turn away from them? Will it hurt you to see you can’t do it on your own? Will it hurt me if you slander me or God? Not one bit. But, again, what if I am right?

Today, I pray for everyone who reads that the only true God will open your eyes and hearts.

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