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…

Caught up in the moment…

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I got caught up over the understanding of Christianity yesterday and didn’t share on chapter 8 of Judges. What I saw. So I will post both chapters 8 and 9. Chapter 8 is a bit longer, 9 is short.

In chapter 6 as recap, Gideon was told to take on the Midianites. Even he doubted.

Chapter 7 continues. Gideon had amassed 22,000 men willing to go into battle. God said, cut that amount to 300… against a huge military might of the Midianites– those who stopped at the stream to drink first. God ‘sifted them,’ I suspect by faith in God vs. their own arrogance. Hmm. Us? Our church leaders?

So, this small band (needed Living Water… ) and on their own were small and weak (reminds me of those in Philadelphia, the city near the modern city of Manisa in Turkey mentioned in Revelation, also called the ‘seat of Satan,’ in chapter three).

The Israelites were surrounded by evil, evil people, cruel and brutal (the same people in Genesis who sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt). The numbers were so great they were unable to count them. God gave one man a dream that Israel was about a loaf of barely. Barley was considered the inferior grain.

When he told Gideon, this encouraged him, again like in Revelation to the church of Philadelphia. Gideon separated the 300 into 3 companies with empty jars they smashed (breaking chains of evil?).

At the sound of the jars being destroyed and the trumpet (shofar), God’s very presence threw the Midianites into complete confusion and then they turned on themselves, killing one another. This original army was 135,000 give or take. The remainder of these invaders dropped to 22,000.

confusion of the Midianites

Many, but not all believers joined, encouraged. They captured the evil leaders of the Midianites and too the to the rock (? um… Jesus typology?), killed them (Jesus’ death on the cross, nailing sin/evil to that cross?) and brought the heads (yuck) back as a sign to the Israelites as God’s victory over demonic forces.

The weak are only strong in God. This is reiterated throughout the Tanakh and the New Testament. “The victory is the LORD’s,” “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty… and ”And He said to me, “My grace suffices you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” ‘Therefore will I boast rather most gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’

Now, in chapter 8, like the time of Jesus, Jews at that time refused to 1. give help to Gideon and 2. did not recognize God as royalty with the wealth and riches of the kingdom to come and freedom, as did the Gentiles. Gideon pronounced the final judgement for those who rejected God and returned to idol worship– with their death. Sad. But historical.



“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” ~ Yeshua

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A lot of people do not understand Christianity. I didn’t for a very long time. I thought it was just another religion just like every other one.

not like every other ideology

            It’s not. It is the only religion that does not demand of you to be perfect, to spend all of your life and soul and even in some religions your blood or the blood of animals to erase your sin. It is the only religion where Yahweh is mentioned throughout the Old Testament (i.e. the Tanakh) and the New Testament. Reading the Tanakh is paramount to understanding Jesus’ words, which often seemed harsh and unbelievable.

It is the only religion that tells us that Yahweh loves us without condition, ‘and does not want anyone to perish but to come to the saving knowledge of Christ’ by saying simple words: ‘confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that he was raised from the dead and you will be saved.’

            It is the only religion that says we are saved by faith and that given to us by God, not our own boasting. Prophetic from the word ‘go’ for the ultimate fulfillment in Yeshua (in Hebrew means ‘Yahweh saves.’ And Yahweh means, ‘I am who I am.’ Prophecy from Genesis 1:1, on. Jesus did not write the New Testament). Jesus didn’t start Christianity. He wasn’t the “first Christian.” He was born as a Jew in Bethlehem that has always been in Israel, not by any other ‘name.’

He was not a gentile that lived in an occupied land by Israel. He did live in Israel occupied by Rome (who hated Jews so much they renamed the entire country and burned Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon to the ground in 70 AD).

What Jesus might have looked like

            His ministry was first to the Jews, though he never turned down a gentile who showed faith. The Jews condemned him spiritually, and the Romans condemned him to the most brutal of deaths, that is on the cross. His hands and feet brutally nailed so he could not stand, causing severe pain, dislocation of the shoulders, and heart failure. Yet, he willingly died for us. Every human on earth.

Yet many have refused only to condemn themselves. Many have not heard. All will hear and still have that choice.

            If you’ve not read the Koran, I highly recommend it. It is all about not displeasing allah, but making sure one sacrifices as much as possible to follow that law, where martyrdom is the best option for those 72 virgins, killing infidels, and women are subjugated, considered a mistake and evil, 1/2 worthy of a man, and the reason why men rape… (Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – “[Muhammad] said, ‘Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?’ They replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her intelligence.’” Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – continued – “[Muhammad said] ‘Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?’ The women replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her religion.’” Allah has made women deficient in the practice of their religion as well, by giving them menstrual cycles. Sahih Bukhari (2:28) & Sahih Bukhari (54:464) – Women comprise the majority of Hell’s occupants. Image thanks to Charlie Garrett of the Superior Word.            

ISIS Sex Slaves for the Market

This is important because the only women in heaven mentioned explicitly by Muhammad are the virgins who serve the sexual desires of men. (A weak Hadith, Kanz al-`ummal, 22:10, even suggests that 99% of women go to Hell). A reminder: if you wear a hijab, you are submitting to that sexism, the concept that you are worthless and a mistake, and you’ll go to Hell because you aren’t a virgin, submitting yourself to an ideology of hate, to a man’s whim, and ultimately, you’ll be wearing a burka, too.

does this make me look…. Fat?

Much to be said about other religions including humanism (from Dictionary Online: “The definition of humanism is a belief that human needs and values are more important than religious beliefs, or the needs and desires of humans (does that mean like, a serial killer is okay?). An example of humanism is the belief that the person creates their own set of ethics (Is cannibalism ethical? Asking for a friend…). An example of humanism is planting vegetables in garden beds (like, with a composted corpse?)” Nihilism, here: (from Online Dictionary: *PHILOSOPHY: extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence (i.e. your atoms may simply be floating around doing what they want?). *HISTORICAL: the doctrine of an extreme Russian revolutionary party c. 1900 which found nothing to approve of in the established social order, which all depend on great deeds we do as humans that don’t count in the end (like, unless you can provide forced labor?). This is likely why Stalin had such success murdering upwards of 20 million people without compunction.

            Oh yeah, good works are great, but faith in Yeshua must come first. Demands for money and works are simply not there. You count. If Jesus didn’t believe you were worth squat, He wouldn’t have taken on everyone’s sin, whipped, nailed brutally to the cross, bleeding, dying for us. Are you worthy of heaven? It’s a different word, and no we are not.

            We serve the only God, Yahweh (not ‘a great god’ as some modern songs say). And the Trinity, many do not understand in a child’s eyes, the Trinity, even though they are Bible-believing Christians. 

            So, as you walk the talk and have faith, make sure you understand the Bible, ask for His help to understand His Word, to teach your children, to explain the faith, and for your kids to pass this habit of reading and prayer along with the defense of their belief.

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.

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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).

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Caveat: Not a theologian here…

Back in Time a Bit

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#Tanahk #Genesis – Not posting on Deuteronomy today. Noooope. I heard this today. and felt it appropriate. Today is about THE FALL. Ours. FIRST I want to preface this with the end of chapter 2. In vs 16 God gives ADAM a command. Here you could insert, ‘I gave you just ONE job…’ God said, ‘you are free to eat from any tree, but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.’

Takeaway in this passage: Adam was given the responsibility of one… thing. Kinda like giving a kid one warning, you cannot do thus and such… what’s he do? That one thing you have forbidden. So, to reiterate, it was Adam’s responsibility. With me so far?

Of course, you are! God then formed woman (Eve) from Adam’s side (equal, co-inheritants. Remember, Adam? He may have been dazzled by her beauty but, he was responsible to share this info.

JUMPING to chapter 3: the serpent (a creation, not unintelligent maybe even on all fours like the other animals) who allowed WHO? Satan to do the dirty deed. So, therefore, he was crafty. Next, he approaches Eve and speaks to her. Alrighty, this is not a subordination issue, ok, got that?

Remember his one job? Standing right next to Eve (like he ever left her side…) he doesn’t speak up (the Adam syndrome). MILKTOAST! He should have said, hey don’t forget, God said… But did he? No, he stepped back and let her take control. She then took control (the Eve syndrome) answered the serpent… incorrectly.

First, she said you must not touch (God didn’t say that). Just one word misinterpreted or added to God’s word opened the door to the fall. Satan takes full advantage and says, God is wrong. She believed who? Satan! Once she tasted the fruit she liked it and gave it to Adam.

Snake and Forbidden Fruit

Once they both had eaten (not Eve alone) they recognized good and evil. Covering here the genitals is representative of their newfound vulnerability of heart and mind. So they worked it out to hide this themselves by putting together fig leaves to fool who? God. Totally inadequate a works-oriented method to remove their guilt. God then walks in the garden and calls ’em out. Basically saying Why are you hiding? He wanted them to confess.

Did they? NOOOO.

GOD approaches Adam, says paraphrased… you had ONE JOB. Ok so Adam does the first blame game. The woman YOU gave me… he’s blaming God for making a mistake and that mistake cost him & tempted him (I might note that there are religions out there that say the same exact thing: some god made a mistake, so we have to cover the woman, cut off private parts another mistake on God’s part, of course, lest men be tempted…)! puhleez:

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But note, he talks to Adam first who did not relay the message and didn’t correct her and GOD’s words. So GOD says to Eve, what have you done (wanting a confession). She says the devil made me do it.

Note: God’s next approach is this and prophetic to Satan: ‘Cursed are you … you will crawl on your belly, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers (in Hebrew, the word is ‘seed,’ ie sperm not Adam’s), and he (not her!) will crush your head and you will strike his heel.’

Prophetic of the ultimate doom of Satan and the death of the Messiah (yet, He was raised from the dead). Two curses down. He does NOT curse Eve. He says I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain, you will give birth to your children. Wazzat mean? Women can totally relate. Pain, yelling, screaming, then the joy of the child being born. Prophetic (she doesn’t get it, but that’s another issue).

God also said women were now subordinate because she took control and listened to Satan rather than to God, adding to His word. This was not to be abuse. Ever. This was not the carving of words into their skin or FGM.

Then God cursed the very ground that was to be fruitful and enjoyed. Adam gets painful toil, day and night, producing nothing more than weeds and work this hard until they die. Back to the dust.

Last, He makes skins for them and clothed them. NOTE: This is 1. the first sacrifice ever done by the hand of God not man, meaning the blood was spilled for them, by Him. 2. He then clothes them, a picture of future covering by the Messiah. *You can find all of this reiterated in Isaiah 53 otherwise known as the forbidden book to read. It’s too obvious! Adam and Eve were tossed from the garden forcefully. The garden is sealed until the END.

*BTW I have heard horrific explanation that Adam knew what she was going to do and let her sin so he could die for her… nope. * Tada, chap 3.

Adam syndrome: Dudes from then on let women take control and these dudes from Adam on are total milktoast. You can see it in the church, your home, your community etc.

Eve syndrome: Controlling (hey, I’ve done this, so there is that). We try to control everyone in our life, our circumstances, you name it, we’ll control it, emasculating men in every aspect of life, stripping them of being what God created, while he strips her of her humanity. It’s all about self for both.

This is what is known as original sin, that which follows us until our eyes are opened and all sin, forgiven.

Grace overcomes the curse by the cross.

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Well… whoops! Where did I leave my brain? I have not shared chapters 26 or 27. Because of the yuge amount of prophecy, I will post each chapter separately.

CHP 26 Deuteronomy — git yer pen out  – v1- God promises Israel’s entry into the Promised Land (not fulfilled yet, and represents heaven). Vs 2- He keeps His promise to bring them out of slavery (picture of slavery to sin). Vs 7-8 into redemption (yet to come) v9- the promise of His word (heaven). Vs 12 God gives to all both alien and Israel His favor (aliens being citizens of Israel, aligned with God). Vs 15 — Israel looks forward to the promised land (faith that God will bring them to heaven), Israel (all, Jews and aliens) is His treasured possession. Wow to me? This is prophecy fulfilled in Christ.

And… Deuteronomy chapter 27 vs 2- 3 –WHEN the Israelites enter the Promised Land (promise from God into heaven). Vs 3 — the Jordan River represents death, the crossing into the promised land (resurrection into life). vs 5 — Do not use iron upon stone (representing sin here and the stone represents the cornerstone, Christ), vs 6-7 and the Israelites are to offer their firstfruits (their heart, soul, mind– remember the sin of Adam caused the death of the spirit i.e. original sin which passed to the rest of us) without lip service, for fellowship with God (our peace is with and through Christ only). Again, I will add, Bible school does not make me a theologian!

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Bless your day!

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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HI. I’m baaack…

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I believe I have been seriously lacking in the sharing department.

Been crazy busy with the stuff of writing/rewriting/self-editing and stashing $$ away for a pro-editor. So, um… sorry!

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I have moved into Deuteronomy and at chapter 18 (I won’t go into chapters 1-17 for semi-brevity’s sake).

Whee, I had full 2 cups of coffee so… ok there is that. Ch 18 *remember me, zip theologian but I pray for God’s wisdom. I hope to be wise in His wisdom, not mine…

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This is yet another chapter chockfull of prophecy. Those who knew the old testament would totally get this. There is no doubt. VS 1-6, the Levites mediate for the Israelites between man and God and otherwise had no inheritance of land. They were to rely on the gifts of Israel. OK let’s do a fast-forward thousands of years later.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> !

Jesus said he had no place to lay his head. He relied on Israel to provide for his ministry of mediation. He is the one and the only priest that is our mediator, we need no more sacrifice, no other mediator (ie Mary, she is dead and buried and doesn’t/can’t answer you to mediate, speak to Jesus for us… this is not even in Scripture).

mary not our mediator

 

The priests (Levites) were free to move, to minister where they pleased (as did Jesus). The offerings were made by fire and oil (Holy Spirit) wine (blood), and the firstfruits, the best, the pure (Jesus). The priests’ inheritance was the LORD.

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We have become priests (we don’t need another mediator ie catholic priests…ie the Pope etc). ‘No one comes to the Father but THROUGH me.’ VS 18 Jesus speaks of fulfilling the spirit of the law, not lip service. Remember: we are free from the OT and Jesus was reminding the Pharisees and religious leaders that their arrogance led them into this. He fulfilled the words of this prophecy and spoke in the name of the Lord.

Jesus

This, the Israelites, the religious leaders, understood. This is why they wanted him to shut up, go away, and finally get rid of him. The Romans? Oh, so totally involved in the worst of ways. So all of mankind stands guilty of His death on the cross. Can I get an amen?? I pray today for His wisdom and that the words from me do not obsess about politics etc. etc. because my own self can stand in the way of HIS will.

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