od is Faithful! – Always, in ALL our ways! It has been spoken and IS as it was spoken, Amen
Amazingly, this Univeres – The seen, was made by The Unseen. Makes many wonder, even think – theories abound! Big bang theory, evolution… We are faced with theories and fact.
Has anyone ever seen God? Even in The Bible people who saw even a smidgen of God’s glory are not here on Earth anymore.
When Jesus died for us (especially me!) So many things occured and were seen.
5 Miraculous Things that Happened when Jesus Died on the Cross:
– “Darkness came over all the land.” Matt. 27:25 From noon on Friday until 3 pm, the skies grew dark. It’s hard to imagine what the people were feeling when they saw this happen, but I would think that some became fearful, terrified, realizing what they’d done, and that Jesus was indeed who He said He was. This was a very real picture of both physical and spiritual darkness that occurs without belief in Christ. Even nature all around gave testimony of who Christ was and the grief of what was happening.
– At the very moment that Jesus breathed his last breath, the Temple veil that covered the entrance to the Holy of Holies, the actual dwelling place of God among the people, was torn in 2 from top to bottom. Matt. 27:51 Sometimes in our minds, we picture a thin veil covering this entrance, but history records that the veil was actually about 60 feet tall and up to 4″ in thickness. The size of the veil would have made it impossible for any human to tear this in 2 pieces. This also was a complete miracle from God’s hand, signifying that He had opened the door for us to come in and have relationship with Him. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice so the veil, or separation, was no longer needed. We can now enter His presence through Christ Himself.
– “The earth shook and the rocks split.” Matt. 27:51. A huge earthquake shook the land right at the very time Christ died. The Bible says at the exact time of Jesus’ death, the earth trembled. The whole earth cried out for the death of the Savior. God tells us in Lk.19:40, if we stay silent, even “the stones will cry out.”
– Graves opened up and the saints came out and after the resurrection they appeared to many people. Matt. 27:52-53 Can you imagine what this looked like? The dead arose when Jesus died. God brought to life what was dead to fulfill His purposes. Again He reminds us that the final victory of Christ conquered death. He is over all. He reigns victorious over sin and death!
– Lives were changed. Many began to realize who Jesus really was, the truth revealed, they could no longer deny it, Matt. 27:54 says, “When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, Surely he was the Son of God!” The aha moment sank deep. The Truth that had the power to change lives. To make all things new. To offer fresh starts, new beginnings, forgiveness, and purpose.
“If you confess with you mouth Jesus and Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Rom. 10:9
To share a story that gives distinct realization of what a ‘promise’ is and the workings of a promise, read:
In the country of Armenia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Samuel squatted before his son and looked him in the eye. “Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I’ll always be there for you.” They hugged and the boy ran off to school.
Hours later, a powerful earthquake rocked the area. In the midst of the pandemonium, Samuel and Danielle tried to discover what happened to their son but they couldn’t get any information. The radio announced that there were thousands of casualties. Samuel then grabbed his coat and headed for the schoolyard. When he reached the area, what he saw brought tears to his eyes. Armand’s school was a pile of debris. Other parents were standing around crying.
Samuel found the place where Armand’s classroom used to be and began pulling a broken beam off the pile of rubble. He then grabbed a rock and put it to the side, and then grabbed another one.
One of the parents looking on asked, “What are you doing?” “Digging for my son,” Samuel answered. The man then said, “You’re just going to make things worse! The building is unstable,” and tried to pull Samuel away from his work.
Samuel just kept working. As time wore on, one by one, the other parents left. Then a worker tried to pull Samuel away from the rubble. Samuel looked at him and said, “Won’t you help me?” The worker left and Samuel kept digging.
All through the night and into the next day, Samuel continued digging. Parents placed flowers and pictures of their children on the ruins. But, Samuel just kept working. He picked up a beam and pushed it out of the way when he heard a faint cry. “Help! Help!” Samuel listened but didn’t hear anything again. Then he heard a muffled voice, “Papa?”
Samuel began to dig furiously. Finally he could see his son. “Come on out, son!” he said with relief.
“No,” Armand said. “Let the other kids come out first because I know you’ll get me.” Child after child emerged until, finally, little Armand appeared. Samuel took him in his arms and Armand said, “I told the other kids not to worry because you told me that you’d always be there for me!”
Fourteen children were saved that day because one father was faithful.
How much more faithful is our God Almighty! Whether trapped by fallen debris or ensnared by life’s hardships and struggles, we are never cut off from God’s faithfulness. He is true to His character. He is reliable and trustworthy and can always be counted on.
Keep trusting God to the end (which is the beginning of our next and last phase in eternity, where and as we will spend it is squarely in our hands.)
In your walk, encourage someone, hold a hand, pray with and for brethren/sistren and even a ‘stranger’. You may have been led to that spot at that time. Do not miss the blessing to bless! Amen
Once again, I am moved to share a similar diatribe that very possible occured. As was custom, the angel’s presented to The Lord to give account of their activities.
Remember, there is no ‘time’ in the spiritual. An occurence is a timeless event. On this occasion, Satan appeared after the period of Job.
If anything, Job’s Satan is most similar to the Satan of the Book of Zechariah, written in the early Second Temple period, which may indicate that Job was written during the same period – the late 6th century BCE or the early 5th BCE.
On this ‘occasion’ Satan presented himself before The Lord.
The Lord asked “In this period, where have you been, what have you wrought upon the Earth.”
Satan’s answer “In respect Lord, Man is weak and easily fooled or misled. You may have been right to do away with Man in the day of Noah.”
The Lord replied “That is not my desire, I created man in my likeness to care for their domain.”
Satan replied “Lord, I tire of using man to do my will.”
God in knowing what was in his spirit, said “Speak clearly for I know what is in your Spirit.”
Satan replied “I would never suggest such a thing. Or even think it.”
God replied “You are the creator of untruth and I know your heart. I made all, and know all. What was in your spirit was realizing what was on The Earth and making Man sin. Go forth!”
After the presentation of the angel’s. God in His Spirit reasoned. That was an unspoken dare. I know all and see all. I can do all.
A counter Essence, replied “Perhaps we should end Man.”
The Lord responded “I have made a sign, which is my Word that such will never occur again.”
God considered the unspoken challenge and knew what was to be done.
In Heaven there is no time. David was and maintained The Commands of The Lord, keeping His testimony to the end, and God decided. From the house of David, I in human form will live among Man and recreate My story.
We can follow through:
Matthew 1:1–17 begins the Gospel, “A record of the origin of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac…” and continues on until “…and Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.”
Matthew emphasizes, right from the beginning, Jesus’ title Christ—the Greek rendering of the Hebrew title Messiah—meaning anointed, in the sense of an anointed king. Jesus is presented as the long-awaited Messiah, who was expected to be a descendant of King David. Matthew begins by calling Jesus the son of David, indicating his royal origin, and also son of Abraham, indicating that he was an Israelite; both are stock phrases, in which son means descendant, calling to mind the promises God made to David and to Abraham.
Matthew’s introductory title (βίβλος γενέσεως, book of generations) has been interpreted in various ways, but most likely is simply a title for the genealogy that follows, echoing the Septuagint use of the same phrase for genealogies.
1. Abraham 15. Solomon 29. Shealtiel
2. Isaac 16. Rehoboam 30. Zerubbabel
3. Jacob 17. Abijah 31. Abiud
4. Judah and Tamar 18. Asa 32. Eliakim
5. Perez 19. Jehoshaphat 33. Azor
6. Hezron 20. Jehoram 34. Zadok
7. Ram 21. Ahaziah 35. Achim
8. Amminadab 22. Jotham 36. Eliud
9. Nahshon 23. Ahaz 37. Eleazar
10. Salmon and Rachab 24. Hezekiah 38. Matthan
11. Boaz and Ruth 25. Manasseh 39. Jacob
12. Obed 26. Amon 40. Joseph
13. Jesse 27. Josiah 41. Jesus
14. David and Bathsheba 28. Jeconiah
Patrilineage of Jesus according to Matthew
Time is established what is, was spoken and came to be as spoken.
We wonder at “evolution”, as spoken so it is.
“For He chose us in Him before the Creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In Love.”
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In Love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
“In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”
“Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”
2 Timothy 1:9
He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you
1 Peter 1:20