A blessed time, Amen
Let us give God praise! Hallelujah! For we are in a new ‘period’ in our lives, our existence, Amen
Father, LORD in Heaven, with Jesus seated at Your right, we give You honor and thanks for all, Amen
Our all ways are Yours, use us LORD to do Your will, display Your strength and demonstrate Your grace in our lives, Amen
Father, as we ask – we cannot even imagine what You have done in the Spiritual realm, we wait on You in anticipation of The display of Your glory Lord, Amen
“How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of His years is past finding out.”- Job 36:26
We at times are in need of confirmation of what is, to read some of verses about God’s Love? There are times (especially on those really rough days) that we all just need to hear “God Loves you.”
The wonderful news is that we don’t have to doubt God’s Love or wonder if He does Love us. He came in the form of Jesus. To show all that as Man, God could walk, talk and act among us.
I am touched to state that in the book of Job, Job was a pious man who did his all to please his Maker – God. He was tried beyond reason but he remained faithful till the end when his trials ended. God had permitted this by lifting the walls/fence about Job. I will note that he was not perfect in any way.
The fact is that Satan came before The LORD and challenged Him about Job:
Now there was a day when the angels of God came to present themselves before The Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the Earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.”
And The Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be The name of the LORD.”
In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. – Job 1:6-22 (ESV)
As stated this ante was upped, we are not told how many periods Satan appeared with God’s creations before God. In respect, as he was sent to Earth as a prince of the power of the air:
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2:1-6
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1–2, emphasis added).
In this text the apostle Paul describes Satan first as a “prince” with power, because he has authentic power in the world (1 John 5:19). This power has been given him by God (Luke 4:6). Satan has power over some illnesses (Luke 13:16; see also 2 Corinthians 12:7—it’s unknown if Paul’s “thorn” was an illness or something else). In some sense, Satan has power over death (Hebrew 2:14). The reason Satan is called a prince rather than a king is because there is only one King—Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 6:15).
Satan also has power over some people.
The “sons of disobedience” referred to in Ephesians 2:2, are those who have not trusted Christ as Lord and Savior (cf. Acts 26:18; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 13:12).
The demons are also under the rule of Satan (Matthew 12:24), and one of his titles is “prince of demons” (Matthew 9:34). Satan has a kingdom (Matthew 12:26) and a throne (Revelation 2:13). Satan is called a prince because he is a ruler and possesses power to manifest evil in the world through influencing people and commanding demons.
“The air” in Ephesians 2:2 may refer to the invisible realm above the earth where Satan and his demons move and exist. This space, of course, is the location of the earth’s atmosphere or “air.” In Ephesians 6:12, Paul writes, “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” This evil realm called the “air” could be an actual locality, but it could also be synonymous with the “world” of John 12:31. This whole world is Satan’s domain (Matthew 4:8–9).
Satan is to and fro upon the Earth. At the birth of Jesus, sent by God to show that a Human form of God could live as Man, but not just as Man. But Man without a name, status or plenty! Love ruled in that household.
When Mary and Joseph were on the journey back from Jesus’ presentation in the temple, they realized He was not in the caravan of travellers and realized He had been ‘left behind’ in Jerusalem.
The biography of Jesus, as detailed in the Gospels, contains a puzzling gap. After 12-year-old Jesus’s visit to the Temple in Jerusalem in Luke 2, in the following chapter Jesus reappears at “about 30 years of age.”
We may ask “what happened then?” In researching this there are many written books about His life.
The Bible is silent about this period of Jesus’ life and there are no outside sources to help.
But a lack of information in scripture has never stopped scholars from theorizing, especially when there is internal evidence, that is, evidence we can deduce from the literature itself, to support a pet theory. So, here are three theories I have encountered in my studies.
The first theory is generally considered the most likely by Orthodox Christianity. This theory suggests Jesus remained in his father’s (Joseph’s) home and learned the family business. This was the most common path for Jewish lads to follow. In Jesus’ case, it would mean he worked in his father’s shop as an apprentice until he fully learned the trade. This trade is commonly been held to be carpentry, but was more likely stone cutting and building (the Greek text supports this point). In any event, according to this theory Jesus would have worked in the family trade until he was about 30 (Luke 3.23) and then set out in his ministry.
“But,” say scholars, “His education would have been severely limited if he remained in Nazareth. Surely, he got his education from somewhere else; and it must have been somewhere radical, because of his radical interpretation of scripture.”
Thus we have theories number two and three.
The second theory suggests Jesus joined the Essenes in the Dead Sea area as a monk or separatist. This notion follows the widely-held theory that John the Baptizer was one of the Essenes and that Jesus followed his cousin to the Dead Sea caves to study with him.
Just who were the Essenes? They were, for all practical purposes, the Pharisee’s Pharisee. They believed to be holy they had to be separated from the unholy. They held that the regular Pharisees didn’t go far enough in their righteousness, so they left Jerusalem and civilization to study scripture and live the separatist life in the wilderness. It is from this company that we have the Dead Sea Scrolls, for they were prolific copiests.
According to some, Jesus’ association with this group would be where he gleaned his distaste for the behaviors of the Pharisees who remained within society. It may also be from these that he and John the Baptizer adopted the rite of baptism.
Then there is theory number three. This notion doesn’t get much support from orthodoxy, but it has a strong band of supporters. These claim that Jesus went to India or elsewhere in the Near East and studied Buddhism.
How in the world is this theory supported? Because much of Jesus’ radical teaching, and many of his proverbs and sayings, including those in the Gospel of Thomas, a non-canonical collection of sayings attributed to Jesus can be found in Buddhist writings that predate Jesus and his ministry. Indeed, supporters of this theory point out that the underlying philosophy behind Jesus’ teachings is parallel to Buddhism. These parallel issues include the Kingdom of God being a present reality and oneness with God. In any case, the theory suggests that following his studies with the Buddhists, Jesus returned to teach his radical philosophy of a self-giving life to Israel.
So here are three current theories as to what Jesus did during that 18 years or so between his temple visit as a child and the beginning of his public ministry.
Which one is the historical reality? We will likely never know because it wasn’t deemed important enough to record by those who knew Jesus best. Perhaps we too must be satisfied with this, Amen.
We are ‘rooted’ in Love, Love is our base! From Love we grow! We are centered in and on Love. Let it show, let it flow, let it grow in Jesus’ name.
Why? Amazingly, The Word tells us why – God is Love, Amen
Is He your center? Your grounding? In Whom do you stand? In Whom do you trust?
The Bible shows over and over through inspirational Bible verses on Love (including Bible verses about how God’s Love never fails) about how precious we are to Him.
So friend, I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy these beautiful Bible verses on God’s Love. See for yourself how much God Loves you! The Bible shows over and over through inspirational Bible verses on Love (including Bible verses about how God’s Love never fails) about how precious we are to Him.
So friend, I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy these beautiful Bible verses on God’s Love. See for yourself how much God Loves you!