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.