king David shared with the nation of Israel: Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
What he shared was Law passed down in the spirit.
He shared but few and the others were shared by prophets over time.
The 613 commandments include “positive commandments”, to perform an act (mitzvot aseh), and “negative commandments”, to abstain from certain acts (mitzvot lo taaseh). … The 613 mitzvothave been divided also into three general categories: mishpatim; edot; and chukim.
If there are 613 commandments, can we name them all? A difficult task, no doubt! BUT, all are connected with ONE conept: Love.
“The Bible says ‘Love covers a multitude of sins.’” … The intended result leads us to Love deeply; we can cover the sins of others. The Spirit of God, speaking through Peter, is calling us to do for others what Jesus has done for us.
Even furthee… “Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.”
In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you:
do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets
The World English Bible translates the passage as:
Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you
shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
For a collection of other versions see BibleGateway Matthew 7:12
Do we Love?
I ask for MANY reasons. Not as the world loves, but as God Loves, Amen
“God is Love”, but how do we define it? The American Heritage Dictionary defines love as “an intense affection for another person based on familial or personal ties”. Often this “intense affection” stems from a sexual attraction for that other person. We love other people, or we say we love other people, when we are attracted to them and when they make us feel good. Notice that a key phrase in the dictionary definition of love is the phrase “based on.” This phrase implies that we love conditionally; in other words, we love someone because they fulfill a condition that we require before we can love them. How many times have you heard or said, “I love you because you are cute;” or “I love you because you take good care of me;” or “I love you because you are fun to be with”?
Our love is not only conditional, it is also mercurial. We love based on feelings and emotions that can change from one moment to the next. The divorce rate is extremely high in today’s society because husbands and wives supposedly stop loving one another-or they “fall out of love”. They may go through a rough patch in their marriage, and they no longer “feel” love for their spouse, so they call it quits. Evidently, their marriage vow of “till death do us part” means they can part at the death of their love for their spouse rather than at their physical death.
Can anyone really comprehend “unconditional” love? It seems the love that parents have for their children is as close to unconditional love as we can get without the help of God’s love in our lives. We continue to love our children through good times and bad, and we don’t stop loving them if they don’t meet the expectations we may have for them. We make a choice to love our children even when we consider them unlovable; our love doesn’t stop when we don’t “feel” love for them. This is similar to God’s love for us, but as we shall see, God’s love transcends the human definition of love to a point that is hard for us to comprehend.
God is Love: How does God Define Love?
The Bible tells us that “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). But how can we even begin to understand that truth? There are many passages in the Bible that give us God’s definition of love. The most well known verse is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” So one way God defines love is in the act of giving. However, what God gave (or should we say, “who” God gave) was not a mere gift-wrapped present; God sacrificed His only Son so that we, who put our faith in His Son, will not spend eternity separated from Him. This is an amazing love, because we are the ones who choose to reject God, yet it’s God who mends the separation through His intense personal sacrifice, and all we have to do is accept His gift.
Another great verse about God’s love is found in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” In this verse and in John 3:16, we find no conditions placed on God’s love for us. God doesn’t say, “as soon as you clean up your act, I’ll love you; ” nor does He say, “I’ll sacrifice my Son if you promise to love Me.” In fact, in Romans 5:8, we find just the opposite. God wants us to know that His love is unconditional, so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us while we were still unlovable sinners. We didn’t have to get clean, and we didn’t have to make any promises to God before we could experience His love. His love for us has always existed, and because of that, He did all the giving and sacrificing long before we were even aware that we needed His love.
God is Love: It’s Unconditional
God is Love, and His love is very different from human love. God’s love is unconditional, and it’s not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him, and He sacrificed His own Son (who also willingly died for us) to restore that relationship.
Can you ever stand in for your loved ones? Easier for a parent to say, even a ‘committed couple.’ But, check this out…We were nothing when God in The Physical essence sent a portion of Himself to Earth.
We have been over this time and time again! Satan challenged God in the day of Job. He once again challenged God that if He came as Man, God would fall.
When, where, how…Satan did not know. Jesus was aware before His fast that He was sent for The purpose. He held back. As shared, The blessed Mary took Him to a public arena. How many weddings had she been to? Yet, this one she was led by The Spirit to take Jesus to.
So much becomes apparent. Would a wedding run out of wine? As it shares, typically the cheap wine is kept till the guests have a ‘buzz.’ Yet, in this one wedding that Jesus happened to accompany Mother Mary to, the wine ran out/was finished.
Many I know have not considered this. Why would at such an event would the wine be done?
I can share what has been placed in my heart. ALL that occured was Spirit led. This was the first public Miracle that was performed.
Mother Mary was led to ask Jesus to perform an act that glorified God. Now, who among us would ever think to ask another what to do at a celebration if the ‘entertainment’ for consumption. “Take a collection!” Would our first comment be.
This is what Jesus said:
“And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
So, many things can and should be pointed out! Not often is it noted in Scripture that Jesus referred to Mary as “Woman.” As pointed Jesus knew exactly what was required and replied “My hour has not yet come!”
This rings a loud bell in my spirit! “My hour has not yet come!” – “It is finised!” Before He passed away in the physical. Again, so very much comes to my spirit. When doubting Thomas was told of Jesus’ return from the dead he replied in John 20:25 “So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
This brings so many things to heart…Yes! Jesus was in Spirit though partially physical!
He appeared to the disciples behind barricaded doors.
This is totally another share! Glory be to God! But we can sum it up…
In conclusion, we can and know that The Word is in Christ, Amen. Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life, Amen.
To make THE point; in the 3 temptations The Word was tempted with Himself! He IS The Word! When we consider the 40 days and nights, what exactly happened? Satan who roams to and fro upon the Earth saw The trials and temptations that Jesus went through. Satan became a believer!
Mind you, Satan noted Job! How would/could Satan ever miss Jesus? Even IF at the start of His fast; Satan was not aware (impossibly so!) Satan’s minions would have reported to him.
In The Scipture, not much is said regarding the occurences in these 40 days and nights BUT the angels of The LORD came and ministered to Jesus.
Not one or two, but it says “Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him.” Matthew 4:11
What exactly did Jesus experience during His fast? After which “Angel’s” came and ministered to Jesus?
Before Jesus Crucifixion when He sweat drops of blood, ONE angel was sent to comfort Hin.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
An angel from Heaven appeared to him and strengthened Him.”
Here, I will mention that there are all cadres of angels:
Seraphim praise God (Isaiah 6:3). The word “seraphim” (singular is seraph) is probably a translation of ‘fiery ones’ and probably stems from the fiery imagery often associated with the Presence of God (cf. Ezek. 1:27).1″Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.” (Isaiah 6:2).
Cherubim are typically represented with wings, feet, and hands but are also described in different forms as having two faces (Ezek. 41:18) and even four faces (Ezek. 10:21). Cherubim were considered to be angels that guarded sacred things. In Gen. 3:24 they guarded the tree of life. They were over the Ark of the Covenant on the Mercy Seat (1 Sam. 4:4). See also Psalm 80:1; 99:1. Figures of Cherubs were embroidered on the temple veil (Exodus 26:31; 2 Chron. 3:7) and lavished Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 6:26ff). “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Gen. 3:24). See also Exodus 25:18-22; Heb. 9:5.
The word “archangel” is not found in the Old Testament. References to Michael the Archangel appear only in 1 Thess. 4:16 and Jude 9. However, Gabriel, who is considered an archangel, appears in both the OT and NT. In the OT he is found in Dan. 8:15-26 and 9:21-27. In the NT he is mentioned in Luke 1:11-20, 26-38. He seems to be a messenger angel. On the other hand, Michael the archangel seems to be a warrior angel (Rev. 12:7) who does battle (Dan. 10:13, 21; 12:1). An interesting note is that in Rom. 8:38, Eph. 1:21, and Col. 1:16, the word ‘principalities’ is used. In Greek, the word has the prefix of arche suggesting archangel. Some think this means there is a hierarchy of angels as is suggested in 1 Pet. 3:22, “who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.” “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first,” (1 Thess. 4:16).
4. Rulers and Powers
It is not known if these are a true class of angels or if it is just an expression describing the power of angels. If they are in reference to an angelic rank of some sort, nothing is known of their purpose and appearance. Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
5. Fallen angels
Fallen angels are those who, with Satan, rebelled against God before the Fall of Adam and Eve. Most Christian scholars agree that one-third of the angels fell. “And another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. 4And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven, and threw them to the earth . . . ” (Rev. 12:3-4). The fallen ones await an ultimate and final judgment, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” (2 Pet. 2:4).
After the fast, a cadre of angel’s were sent to minister to Jesus. After the temptation meaning though they were there they did not intervene.
This brings us to another point:
REFERENCE FASTED 40 DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS
Exodus 34:28 And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights ; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. (Moses fasted 40 days and 40 nights when he went up to mount Sinai to get the second set of the Ten Commandments.)
Deuteronomy 9:9 When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights , I neither did eat bread nor drink water: (Moses fasted for 40 days and 40 nights when he went up to Mount Sinai for the first set of tablets.)
Deuteronomy 9:18 And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights : I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. (Moses fasted 40 days and 40 nights when he went up to mount Sinai to get the second set of the Ten Commandments.)
I Kings 19:8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. (After Elijah had slain the prophets of Jezebel, he fled for his life to Mount Horeb, where he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.)
Matthew 4:1-2 [4:1] Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. [4:2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights , he was afterward an hungred. (Jesus)