The people of Israel were the first existence that were considered ‘people of God.’
God remembered us in our low estate: for His mercy endureth for ever!
We will start off with the definition of mercy. It is well described here:
God is known to be a God of mercy and grace. Understanding mercy is often difficult for people as we tend to be a generation of “I’ll get him for that” and “I hope they get what they deserve.” Many have developed a nature of harsh criticism and want others to get what they have coming to them and then some.
God, however, is merciful to even the worst offenders, sinners, and law-breakers. This means that even though He knows of our guilt, He doesn’t always issue the punishment deserved. To elaborate, the verse in Romans 3:23-24 says “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Simply, we are all sinners and do not meet the standards of righteousness that God intends us to have. But, through His mercy and grace He provided a way for our sins to be forgiven through our acceptance of Christ Jesus—even though we don’t deserve it.
Again, I try and minimize (shorten) the text and encourage speaking with God. Important to spend our time praying.
Lord Heavenly Father, Your grace is sufficient for me. I was in no place or way to be blessed. You are a God of Love, Father, You are Love. There is no human definition of Your way. Your ways are profound. Through You, we learn the quality of Love in 1 Corinthians 13. Father, we Love those dear to us; family, friends, loved ones and by Your grace, those who have wronged us. In our efforts, they come not close to what You feel and have shown to and for us. We put so much into our relationships with Loved ones. Father You put so much more, a part of You came to change His-story (Your story Father, time as it existed prior to Your sending a part of You to rectify, our sins) You sent Your only Son – a part of You, that He may stand in our place. This gives credence to the overwhelming Love, respect that lie in the knowledge of our Savior – Jesus. Father, bless us this day in all we do in Jesus’ name, go before us Father. This day use us to be a source of blessing in our going out and coming in we pray, In Jesus’ name, Amen
How can something not of this world be ‘physical’? They take on human forms and can affect us:
Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists.
– Acts 12:7
“The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord,a do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”
“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”…”
We can read more here, again I do not wish to repeat what has been written so I focus on a few topics and list a few other sources. We are discussing “experiencing” Angels We can read:
There are reasons that we may see, or not see Angels. Believe!
There was a sister who asked to be prayed for to receive The Holy Spirit. She was counseled to thank God, for He already had bestowed His Spirit in faith. This comes to mind:
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory.
We have been blessed with The Spirit, if we read The Word, not many had hands laid on them. Recieve The Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name, Amen
Let us read some text that I have been blessed with:
Just wanted to share; “Reasons to give Him praise.” Our Word is right there. Do we pick it up when times are ‘good’? Mor3 likely than not “I am too busy!” Or “Responsibilities!”
Aren’t you responsible for your future? These things will pass away. Our Spirit, our true selves will remain. My question is where?
We have the chance to lay our odds, place our bets. Like gambling? This is the biggest game there ever was. We place all (no exception) our chips on the number (in the hope of glory,) just as we do in gambling. Yes, there are many who despise the concept of gambling. In this case, you can decide to ignore the possibilities; live in a world of denial. What happens when we get to the end and realize that it is true! Our decisions amount for all.
This is where I state the obvious, carefully consider the options. Stand up and be real, think. To stand in one spot will not do. We can head away from the decision; actually let me state what a lot of people do (at this point kindly point the young ones in the other direction.)
There is so much to ‘keep us busy’, to make us focus on other things; Sex, lust, wantoness things in and of the physical realm. There is an option, take a good look at what is; getting your groove on. Might feel awesome at the second it is done; After? Again, think hard on this. What are your regrets today? Look too hard, lust after that individual, wish/hope we had more or just as much as another individual? Let us state the fact he’s lost, envy, want… Again, I do not state need. The bible says “He will supply all your need(s) according to His riches in Glory.” Can we enumerate? That is endless Riches! Think, God made The Universe! Here onv Earth gold, diamonds, oil, timber, food, oxygen… We find new goods each day, technology too.
If we were back in the day of the Isrealites, many of the things we presently have and have discovered did not exist back then but there was the possibility and they have come to be.
I have to stop on the wayside for a minute. Being a clinician; what could have been wrong with Lazarus? Seriously? They checked for a pulse, could he have had bradycardia? Suffered a seizure? I could go on, but knowing this though He was moved to ‘ get there quick ‘ Jesus tarried, so that God would be glorified. When He arrived, He experienced the mourners. Mind you…Jesus wept!
But He had said he tarried that The LORD would be Glorified.
Years and technology later, even doubters must agree that something did happen! Plus, there were witnesses! Jesus had said He tarried for the Glory of the Father. In this amazing witnesses account, He did not go in and lay hands, but he ordered the stone at the entrance to the tomb rolled away and called “Lazarus, come forth.” To wipe the sarcastic smile off peoples faces Lazarus’ burial garments withheld him and he struggles to get them free.
Greater works shall we do if we believe. My testimony is different; being in the now I had setting of the bone, hematoma drained from my cranium among other things. That is in the here and now, but we focus on the witnessed account of NO physician and Jesus calling Him forth and his coming out. No hands were laid, no physicians, no one to share the Glory!
We may wonder what happened to Lazarus. Let us read; I leave a link https://www.scross.co.za/2014/04/what-happened-to-lazarus-after-his-resurrection/
We can meditate on this and we will touch on it later:
Reasons to give Him praise:
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my Spirit in its entirety, praise His holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all His benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in Love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will He harbor His anger forever;
He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the Heavens are above the Earth,
so great is His Love for those who fear Him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;
for He knows how we are formed,
He remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s Love is with those who fear Him,
and His righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep His covenant
and remember to obey His precepts.
The Lord has established His throne in Heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you His angels,
you mighty ones who do His bidding,
who obey His word.
Praise the Lord, all His heavenly hosts,
you His servants who do His will.
Praise the Lord, all His works
everywhere in His dominion.
What was sent forth from The dominion of The LORD is a sharing we will share. Those seek to turn the tables. Stay rooted in Him!
How can we ‘define’ The LORD, our God? When it came to names, His might and presence cannot be named. “I am, who I am.” Names are an Earthly thing. He has shown with His Love and magnificence just what He is! It belies whatever we may choose to call Him. We define, just as The Word does:
To Him who alone doeth great wonders: for His mercy endureth for ever. To Him that by wisdom made the heavens: for His mercy endureth for ever. To Him that stretched out the Earth above the waters: for His mercy endureth for ever. To Him that made great lights: for His mercy endureth for ever: The sun to rule by day: for His mercy endureth for ever: The moon and stars to rule by night: for His mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 136:4-9
How can you describe Him? How can He be defined? In awe we lay out in reverence before Him!
Ok, let play the part of an unbel. “You take this ‘nonsense’ too serious! It is always Jesus this, or Jesus that. Don’t you guys ever give it up??? I mean…”
What do you say to that? It goes on “What are you looking for? What do you want???”
“I have heard this ‘nonsense’ time after time, give it up!”
These are challenges we might face each day. The simple answer to start (and hopefully end it all) is. “I really do not know. I believe (for faith is believing without seeing). You can state what you believe makes you who and what you are. So, do they have a problem with who you are? With what you believe? A clear knowledge we have is (and we can keep it in our hearts) people have seen in Spirit what lies ahead. We have faith, we live in faith, through faith we answer “God is!”
The answer to your response might be “After you are done with life, then what?”
To be honest, we know in faith that we live for that period. Amazing that our everyday governs our tomorrow. Today is here and now, what happens after? The answer is simple, we have experienced God each in their own way, we know that He is. Thus, our lives become a reason to show others that God is. We have a chore, and as we fulfill it we are rewarded in our afterlife.
How do I state this? Miracles have been occurring by the awesome Grace of God! Today, I was chanced to read about the prophet Elisha. Not only did he predict by The Grace of God, But he raised the dead by the Grace of God. Poison in food? No problem.
What Jesus did had been done prior to His coming. However one Spirit to have the Grace to do all? We can read that not only did he raise the dead, he multiplied loaves, caused the blind to see, healed lepers and so on. We can read about this all in The Word. The key thing is that i5 was said “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12
Have we truly considered this? “Greater works.”? We have the promise, just as Jesus did all that He did to bring to fruition, The Word! We read specifically “…They will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
We can see what the disciples did, what bona fide ‘people of God’ do. We will discuss in a bit why I state this. There will be The Spirit of God, but things in the supernatural do occur. Before going to far, let us share what we discussed above.
“And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well: And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her. And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out. And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not. So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof. But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot. And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat. And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof. So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD. 2 Kings 4:8-44
To get back to the topic of ‘miracles’ being performed in the ‘last days’. For Christ have said; “Take heed that no man deceive you.”- Matthew 24:4, thus Christ shows that deception will play a very big role in this last days, for the “…devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”- Revelation 12:12.
In the Book of Revelation 16:13,14 under the sixth plague which is still future shortly before the return of Christ, we are presented with the following words from inspiration; “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
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 of God Almighty.” Notice that the miracles which will be done during the time will be done by devils, that is demons, yes, fallen angels to the ” kings of the earth and of the whole world” to prepare them “to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Which shows that Satan and his angels have power also to perform miracles. But before that time comes, Satan will have to do a preliminary work of this miracles. It is why Christ has foretold: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.”- Matthew 24:24,25.
We are in a period that calls for prayer, commiting ourselves to The Word and trusting The LORD 100%
In God will I praise His word: in the LORD will I praise his word. Psalm 56:10
1. Someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler.
“lord of the sea”
synonyms:master, ruler, leader, chief, superior, monarch, sovereign, king, emperor, prince, governor, commander, suzerain, liege, liege lord More
– Used in exclamations expressing surprise or worry, or for emphasis.
“Lord, I’m cold!”
As a verb
1. Archaic: confer the title of Lord upon.
2. Act in a superior and domineering manner toward (someone).
And to define “The Word of God.”
1. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 | NIV
2. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 | NIV
3. Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105 | NIV
4. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:22 | NIV
5. How can a young person stay on the path of pur7bity?
By living according to your word.
Psalm 119:9 | NIV
6. The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.
Isaiah 40:8 | NIV
7. He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Luke 11:28 | NIV
We could go on. But as we have seen it makes perfect sense that it is all connected. We see just what the ‘elders’ even in the era of Jesus studied, discussed and shared. But one individual who would extol those features in His ways? It was predicted and cane to be in our time. A blessing! No longer do we war against the people of God. Now we are children of The Father.
Lord, Hallelujah for Your Word, for Your Love. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Lord, go before me today on all I do, be glorified in my life. Father, in my going out and coming in. Be Glorified in my all. Today is Yours in Jesus’s name, Amen
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
So we say with confidence to believe and say,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
This blessing spills over: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” We read in Psalm 23:1
We can break here and say with a deep knowledge borne from experience that fills us Spiritually: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
As we see, The Word is one. “Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.”
We can even look in Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
The beginning of the verse says “Keep your lives free from the love of money.” We learn that:
“The love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)
We have shared “Keep your eyes on Jesus!” All else is folly, temporal things. They will pass away, our faith will not. Now we see from afar, a cloud obstructs our view. Faith makes it clearer! We have, it may not be immediate- but we have been given blessings galore! Amen!
To finish this sharing, we spoke about the thin realm that separates the thin veil between our existence and heavenly beings. Essentially, we are on a visible stage! To close this, I share the verse “Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill Heaven and Earth? saith the LORD.”
Jeremiah 23:23-24 (KJV)
Much to share, But find it a blessing to meditate on this. “Our secrets are known.” God sent Jonah to Nineveh, but Jonah disobeyed The LORD’s command. On the ship it was tossed and turned and threatened to sink. Jonah knew just why and asked to be thrown in the sea. And a whale came and swallowed him up. He was without. His journey could have been easier had he chosen to obey. Even in the belly of the whale, God saw him. As I shared we are on a stage, no matter where or how we may try to hide it is known! Tempted? They (both sides) wait with bated Spirit to see which way you will turn. Blessed, a “Thank You LORD!!!” goes a far way to establishing your ground. Be blessed!
Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? Psalm 56:12,13
We have read and heard “Vow”, what is a vow?
You are correct if you say promise. In reading the above, I realized that I had seen that often enough to know what it means. Who is promising what? Let us see.
vou (nedher; euche; ‘iccar, found only in Numbers 30:6,8,10 and translated horismos, by the Septuagint)
A vow could be positive (nedher) and included all promises to perform certain things for, or bring certain offerings to, God, in return for certain benefits which were hoped for at His hand (Genesis 28:20-22, Jacob; Leviticus 27:2,8; Numbers 30; Judges 11:30, Jephthah; 1Sa 1:11, Hannah; 2Sa 15:8, Absalom; Jon 1:16, vows of heathen); or negative (‘iccar), and included promises by which a person bound himself or herself to abstain from certain things (Numbers 30:3). Nowhere in the Old Testament do we find the making of vows regarded as a religious duty (Deuteronomy 23:22), but the fulfilling of a vow was considered as a sacred and binding duty (Deuteronomy 23:21-23; Judges 11:35; Ecclesiastes 5:4; compare Psalms 22:25; 66:13; 76:11; 116:18). A vow was as binding as an oath and therefore to be kept to the letter; and it was not to be lightly made (Proverbs 20:25). A father could veto a daughter’s vow, and a husband a wife’s. If a husband did not veto a wife’s vow, and then caused her to break it, the sin was his and not hers (Nu 30, passim). It seems that vows were considered binding only when actually uttered (Deuteronomy 23:23)
Persons, including one’s self, animals, land and other possessions, could be vowed, but all these could be redeemed with money, which money was to be estimated by the priest, except in the case of a clean animal. In the case of land, houses and unclean animals a fifth part of the estimated value was to be added to make up the redemption money. In the case of land the sum was greater or smaller as the coming year of Jubilee was far off or near (Le 27, passim). Nothing which was by nature holy could be made the object of a vow, e.g. firstlings, tithes, etc. (Leviticus 27:26,28,30); and, on the other hand, an abomination, e.g. the hire of a prostitute, could not be made the object of a vow (Deuteronomy 23:18). In Malachi 1:14 the offering of what was of less value than what had been vowed is vigorously condemned.
In the New Testament Jesus refers to vows only to condemn the abuse of them (Matthew 15:4-6; Mark 7:10-13; compare Talmud, Nedharim, and see CORBAN). In Acts 18:18 (compare Acts 21:23,24) Paul desires to show his Jewish brethren that he is willing to keep the forms of Jewish piety so long as they do not clash with his Christian conscience (compare 1 Corinthians 9:21).
We have an understanding, we make the promise; so we are weighed down by the acts the words describe. My teaching is when we decided to follow Christ, we vowed to follow His path, His example. It is a promise, we are avowed to Christ, Amen.
Stop! You are under arrest! I enforce the law in these here parts!
In fact, The Law is enforced everywhere. Where there is a will, there is a way!
For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
“I guess getting arrested is a great thing!” I actually didn’t think of it that way!
“Your Honor, may I please be arrested? I need it.”
Lord, in Your name- The highly esteemed name above every name, we give You Glory and praise. Lord, take me, use me, complete me I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen
Our Moses in Numbers 12:3 is said to have been “Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the Earth.” Numbers 12:3
This was on the occasion where they spoke against him and challenged God’s choice!!! What??? You say, let us first see what The LORD said and afterward, we will see just why:
“When there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions,
I speak to them in dreams.
But this is not true of my servant Moses;
he is faithful in all my house.
With him I speak face to face,
clearly and not in riddles;
he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
to speak against my servant Moses?”
Many nowadays, even then dream, dreams, have visions, even sense The LORD in their hearts (The Holy Spirit communes with them.) One awesome reason we have focused on Moses is his example. How many have seen God in this world? God placed Moses in a cleft as He passed by and Moses saw His rear. What an amazing testimony! To see God, talk to him! Fellowship with him! We should all aim for this.
If there is a room of believers with their hearts in the right place, The Spirit is there amongst them. Let us pray to experience God. I am keenly aware of speaking in tongues, but in the fellowship of believers where things have been bound in the name of Jesus and The Spirit loosed, we can ask God to bless us with His sign and fellowship with us. There are a few things I am moved to point out.
1. Each individual must be right with God. There is no bringing grudges, bitterness or ills. Remember, the verse above said Moses was the most humble person on Earth. Humility- what does that mean? So much. Mind you, he had a temper like ‘almost’ no one else, which is why he did not set foot in the promised land. (He disobeyed The LORD’s command to touch a stone and make water come out to quench the thirst of the Isrealites. Moses instead struck the rock.
Trying not to go back, when in Egypt as an adopted ‘son’ of the family of pharaohs, he killed a guard and hid the body, but was seen. What a temper! There are so many examples, we could spend a day discussing Moses and still need time.
Praise The Lord! But here, we stand by our precepts and share accordingly.
One story tells a heap. Teaches us just how God feels about us. Let me get right into it. We can follow along here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binding_of_Isaac
Abraham in his role old age finally had a son. It was prophesied to the patriarch Abraham that he would have a son and that his name should be Isaac. When Abraham became one hundred years old, this son was born to him by his first wife Sarah. Though this was Abraham’s second son it was Sarah’s first and only child. We can go into the drama that ensued with the birth of his first son, but at this time, we will stay on our path.
Sometimes, what we are asked to do mimics what God does. Does that make you wonder? Let me point out a few examples.
Jesus when tempted to do kneel before Lucifer, we have pointed out that no human audience but a significant spiritual presence. Jesus refused because it says in The Word that to God ONLY should we give honor. He might have been given what was offered, but life for us would be much different. It does not surprise me that this was the period after His Spiritual reinforcement by fasting and prayer. We are not even shares with what He went through during His fast, but we can understand in no way was it easy.
God did what he asked Abraham to do! He gave His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for us! Think of this! God knew what He would do, and He asked Abraham to do the same-even before He had. We often wonder why Abraham is the father of many nations. God is The God of all. When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Abraham did. This is an example that rings eternal.
We at times are asked to give up things that are not important at all. What we five up would prevent us from an eternity in the good Grace of God.
In fact, let us offer a quick word of prayer here:
Father Lord, thank You for giving Your Son for me. Cause me to turn all over to You in Jesus’ name, Amen
We can go on, but we see just why Abraham was named as the father of many nations. “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty ; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”
Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.” Genesis 17:1-3
There is so much to learn from this, we need to see that even though humanly impossible for a man or woman to have a child in their 90’s, this was done. There is nothing that cannot be done by God.
There was no Earth, God created the Earth and all in it. We have shared on this, awesome to see and no that all is amenable to Man. We are presented with a solar system and Heavenly presence parallel to our existence.
I have to take this opportunity to once again state that we are on a stage. As pointed out in The Word, God has assigned an angel to each believer!
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Let us take a look at Hebrew Chapter 11, I am aware that we have defined Hebrews 11 as “The Faith Chapter.” It speaks of the Character, the essence of Faith. Let us take an even closer look. We just spoke of Abraham and why he was and is the father of many nations.
And we read: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. We believe because we are told that it is. This is what the ancients were commended for.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. This is a huge concept to grasp. Being ‘modern’ how do we explain all the essentials of life here on Earth? Oxygen, water, food…all the things necessary for life. As Christians our first and tantamount essence is to ‘believe’ that we were created with a reason, a purpose in life. We have encouraged that purpose to be found. Prayer will get you there much faster than ‘searching’ without knowing. It is akin to finding a needle in a haystack.
By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And we should read this, these are key examples of just what our trusting and depending fully on God bequeths us. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered Him faithful Who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on Earth. Much as we are to see this as a brief ‘stop’ on our journey. In faith all is possible.
Excerpts added to Hebrews 11.
I was moved to see how people of The LORD went ‘Home’. Being so moved, I was led to see the ending of Isaiah’s earthly existence. Did anyone know He was sawn in two? I think it would be good to read and see that we are truly blessed.
THE MARTYRDOM OF ISAIAH
Let us get to it: And it came to pass after that Hezekiah died and Manasseh became king, that he did not remember the commands of Hezekiah his father but forgat them, and Sammael abode in Manasseh and clung fast to him. And Manasseh forsook the service of the God of his father, and he served
Satan and his angels and his powers. And he turned aside the house of his father which had been
before the face of Hezekiah the words of wisdom and from the service of God. And Manasseh turned aside his heart to serve Beliar; for the angel of lawlessness, who is the ruler of this world, is Beliar, whose name is Matanbuchus. And he delighted in Jerusalem because of Manasseh, and he made him strong in apostatizing (Israel) and in the lawlessness which was spread abroad in Jerusalem
And witchcraft and magic increased and divination and augulation, and fornication, [and adultery], and the persecution of the righteous by Manasseh and [Belachira, and] Tobia the Canaanite, and John
of Anathoth, and by (Zadok> the chief of the works. And the rest of the acts, behold they are written
in the book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. And when Isaiah the soll of Amoz saw the lawlessness which was being perpetratcd in Jerusalem and the worship of Satan and his wantonness, he
withdrew from Jerusalem and settled in Bethlehem of Judah. And there also there was much
lawlessness, and withdrawing from Bethlehem he settled on a mountain in a desert place. [And Micaiah the prophet, and the aged Ananias, and Joel and Habakkuk, and his son Josab, and many of the faithful who believed in the ascension into heaven, withdrew and settled on the mountain.]
They were all clothed with garments of hair, and they were all prophets. And they had nothing with them but were naked, and they all lamented with a great lamentation because of the going
astray of Israel. And these eat nothing save wild herbs which they gathered on the mountains, and having cooked them, they lived thereon together with Isaiah the prophet. And they spent two years of
days on the mountains and hills. [And after this, whilst they were in thc desert, there was a certain man in Samaria named Belchlra, of the family of Zedekiah, the son of Chenaan, a false prophet whose dwelling was in Bethlehem. Now Hezekiah the son of Chanani, who was the brother of his father, and in the days of Ahab king of Israel had been the teacher of the 400 prophets of Baal.
It goes on, But what I was moved to see was that The Holy Spirit which came on the day of Pentecost, was here prior to the coming of Jesus! And we read:
And he sawed him asunder with a wood-saw. And when Isaiah was being sawn in sunder Balchlra stood up, accusing him, and all the false prophets stood up, laughing and rejoicing because
of Isaiah. And Balchlra, with the aid of Mechembechus, stood up before Isaiah, [laughing]
deriding; And Belchlra said to Isaiah: ‘Say: “I have lied in all that I have spoken, and likewise
the ways of Manasseh are good and right. And the ways also of Balchlra and of his associates are
good.”‘ And this he said to him when he began to be sawn in sunder. But Isaiah was (absorbed)
in a vision of the Lord, and though his eyes were open, he saw them . And Balchlra spake thus to Isaiah: ‘Say what I say unto thee and I will turn their heart, and I will compel Manasseh
and the princes of Judah and the people and all Jerusalem to reverence thee.’ And Isaiah answered and said: ‘So far as I have utterance (I say): Damned and accursed be thou and all thy powers and
all thy house. For thou canst not take (from me) aught save the skin of my body.’ And they
seized and sawed in sunder Isaiah, the son of Amoz, with a wood-saw. And Manasseh and
Balchlra and the false prophets and the princes and the people [and] all stood looking on. And to the prophets who were with him he said before he had been sawn in sunder: ‘Go ye to the region
of Tyre and Sidon; for for me only hath God mingled the cup.’ And when Isaiah was being sawn in sunder, he neither cried aloud nor wept, but his lips spake with the Holy Spirit until he was sawn in twain.
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.”
When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath. John 5:6-9
Jesus got into a boat and crossed back over to the town where he lived. Some people soon brought to him a crippled man lying on a mat. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the crippled man, “My friend, don’t worry! Your sins are forgiven.”
Some teachers of the Law of Moses said to themselves, “Jesus must think he is God!”
But Jesus knew what was in their minds, and he said, “Why are you thinking such evil things? Is it easier for me to tell this crippled man that his sins are forgiven or to tell him to get up and walk? But I will show you that the Son of Man has the right to forgive sins here on earth.” So Jesus said to the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and go on home.” The man got up and went home. When the crowds saw this, they were afraid and praised God for giving such authority to people.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
1 John 5:1
Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
This was said/spoken about well before the arrival of Jesus. We can read the Old testament and see that there were prophets that God worked through to do these things. But then, a part of God was here on Earth and did these as predicted He would. We can go on and on, it is awesome that The Word is ONE, Amen