Saturday, October 5, 2013

What to say...

I began this blog October of  2010 - and am extremely grateful for the discipline and outlet it has allowed me as I study our Father's Word.

Thank you for those who have read, shared, commented and/or given feedback.

I don't know that its saying goodbye necessarily, but rather, a change in venue, focus, outlook or output.  :-)  Future posts will be on my other blog Kastle Keeper.  ~ Blessings!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Days 274-276 ~ 2010

Originally posted in a forum in 2010 - this post may contain links which are no longer valid, if you find a non-working link, please let me know and I will attempt to find a replacement or make a correction as necessary.

Days 274-276

John the Baptist introduces Christ
- His appearance - Matthew 3:1-6; Luke 3:1-6; John 1:6-18
- His message - Matthew 3:7-10; Luke 3:7-14
- His introduction of Christ - Matthew 3:11-12; Mark 1:7-8; Luke 3:15-18; John 1:19-28
- Baptism of Jesus - Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22
- John declares HIM to be the Messiah - John 1:29-34
- Temptations in the wilderness - Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13
- The first three disciples - John 1:35-42
- Philip and Nathanael - John 1:43-51
- Turning the water into wine (M-1) - John 2:1-11 (Mary's trust and command)
- Sojourned in Capernaum - John 2:12

Early Judean Ministry
- Temple cleansing, Jesus' first Passover - John 2:13-22 (note Passover - NOT easter, a pagan holiday)
- Jesus and Nicodemus discuss the new birth (D-1) - John 2:23-25; John 3:1-21
- Christ baptizing in Judea - John 3:22-24
- John's testimony about Christ at Aenon - John 3:25-36
- Imprisonment of John the Baptist - Luke 3:19-20
- From Judea to Galilee - Matthew 4:12; John 4:1-3
- Discourse with woman of Samaria about the water of life (D-2) - John 4:4-26
- Gospel in Sychar - John 4:27-42

John 1:17 - For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

“John Berridge wrote:
Run, John, and work, the law commands,
Yet finds me neither feet nor hands;
But sweeter news the gospel brings,
It bids me fly and lends me wings!”

A more current version has it modified thus: Run and work, the law demands; but gives me neither feet nor hands. A better song the Gospel sings, it bids me fly, and give me wings.

Matthew and Luke chapter 3, verse 8 - "Bring forth therefore FRUITS worthy of repentance..." - I just noticed as I typed this that each reference was from the 3rd chapter (3 = resurrection, divine completeness and perfection) and verse 8 (8 = new birth, new creation or new beginning). Fruit?

Gal 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

We, as born again Christians, should show forth fruit - tangible evidence of the regenerating work done by Father. This verse came to mind:

Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

We may study and acquire knowledge, but if it results in no visible manifestion, what benefit? Will knowledge be tested? or our work?

Co 3:13-14 - Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

Matthew 3:11, Mark 3:8 and Luke 3:16 - baptized with the Holy Ghost. The infilling of the Spirit of the Living God - which enables us to step up to the high calling of being an ambassador for our Lord and Savior. To endure, to sacrifice, to love, even those who hate and spitefully use us. If they hated HIM, they will hate us. Are we 'prepared' to suffer as our Lord did, all to give glory and honor to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

John 11:20-21 - He was not the Christ, Elias (Elijah) or the prophet. The prophet? Referenced in Deuteronomy 18:15...but not the same as the Messiah? This is a topic I would love to camp and study upon...but alas and alack, not sufficient time...yet.

IT IS WRITTEN - used 4x in Matthew and 3x in Luke...with the last Jesus uttering it is said.

Written - G1125 - A primary verb; to "grave", especially to write; figuratively to describe.

Said - G2046 - Probably a fuller form of G4483; an alternate for G2036 in certain tenses; to utter, that is, speak or say.

An interesting observation...written versus if directly from the mouth of God, alive, vibrant - not just written.

John 2 - the marriage feast - I happened to catch that Mary trusted that Jesus could and would be able to assist - and that she obviously had some authority for she told the servants: "Whatsoever HE saith unto you, do it."

John 3:27 - John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Receive - to take it, not reach out for. Nothing - physical or spiritual.

Nothing G3762 - From G3761 and G1520; not even one (man, woman or thing), that is, none, nobody, nothing.

Which would include a new heart, regeneration, being born again, etc. We can not, in and of ourselves, ever bring about what only a Sovereign Father gives birth to...we receive, we are not active in the process...anything we have, whether a new life, wealth, health, family is all given to us by a Sovereign, Holy and Merciful God...not because of who we are, but because of HIS grace and mercy, on the just and unjust.

John 3:36 - He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the WRATH of God abideth on him.

Wrath versus persecution, what is the difference?

Wrath - G3709 - From G3713; properly desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), that is, (by analogy) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment.

Persecution - G4778 - From G4862 and G2558; to maltreat in company with, that is, (passively) endure persecution together. (Used 1x in Heb 11:25).

Wrath versus persecution, an interesting study - a definitely a topic which would require more time than I currently have to research. However, I find this verse and others about wrath to be of comfort...for while the church as a body and saints as individuals have, do and will suffer persecution, I do not believe the wrath of God is an object of our salvation or sanctification.

Beloved, my fervent prayer and hope for each of you reading is that you will be spending more and more time with your heavenly lover - the one who stepped down from majesty on high to purchase you from the slave market of sin. Who was the spotless sacrificial Passover lamb sacrificed to purchase those who are His. If HE gave so much, what is this life (a vapor) that we can not offer it back to Him.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 272-273 ~ 2010

Originally posted in a forum in 2010 - this post may contain links which are no longer valid, if you find a non-working link, please let me know and I will attempt to find a replacement or make a correction as necessary.

Days 272-273

XVI The Life of our Lord - 5 B.C. - A.D. 29


- Prefaces to synoptic gospels - Matthew 1:1; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:-4

- Preface to John's gospel - John 1:1

- Two genealogies of Jesus Christ - Matthew 1:2-17; Luke 3:23-38

- Caesar Augustus rules Roman empire - 27 B.C. - A.D. 14


- Annunciation to Zacharias about John the Baptist - Luke 1:5-25

- Annunciation to Mary about Jesus Christ - Luke 1:26-38

- Song of Elisabeth to Mary - Luke 1:39-45

- The magnificat of Mary - Luke 1:4656

- Birth and childhood of John the Baptist - Luke 1:57-80

- Annunciation to Joseph of coming Messiah by angel - Matthew 1:18-24

Birth and Childhood of Jesus

- Birth of Jesus - Luke 2:1-7; Matthew 1:25

- Praise of angels and homage of shepherds to babe in manger - Luke 2:8-20

- Circumcision of Jesus - Luke 2:21

- Presentation in the temple - Luke 2:22-38

- Visit of the wise men - Matthew 2:1-12

- Flight to Egypt (and death of Herod the Great) - Matthew 2:13-20

- From Egypt to Nazareth - Matthew 2:21-23; Luke 2:39

- Childhood at Nazareth - Luke 2:40

- Jesus to Jerusalem at age twelve - Luke 2:41-50

- Eighteen years spent at Nazareth - Luke 2:51-52

- Birth of Paul - A.D. 10-15

- Caesar Augustus dies - Tiberius now reigns - A.D. 14

Genealogy - I searched for a chart which would show the genealogy of Christ - thought I had found one - absolutely awesome. Had the outline of a man, at the head were Adam and Eve and their offspring...down through to Noah and his 3 sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth....down to David...through to Jesus Christ....then first perusal I thought it okay, even downloaded it...then realized as I looked at it more closely...**gasp** it appeared to be Islamic...looking for that 12th Inman...(note to not download w/out first thoroughly checking!)

The sad conclusion is, there were no easy, simple genealogies laid out in chart or graph a glace type...if I had the time, I would enjoy drawing out something similar to the one mentioned above, abet from a Christian perspective! If someone comes across something, please share.

As I began to read the lineage of Jesus, I remembered someone once stating how each gospel presented a facet of Jesus - a little digging gave me this:

Matthew - written to the Jews to show the Messianic prophetic fulfillment of Jesus Christ

Mark - written to the Romans to show him as an obedient servant - hence no lineage - slaves aren't worthy of such.

Luke - written to a Gentile audience showing Jesus as the Son of Man or a Savior for all mankind.

John - God incarnate - shows Jesus before time began - numerous I AM statements.

Reese in his introduction to the NT mentions that Zacharias was a high priest - however, my research does not seem to substantiate that position. Specifically, a high priest was to enter once a year to offer a blood atonement for the national sin of the people. This passage clearly states that Zacharias was burning incense. Burning incense appears to have happened daily, which was to be indicative of the peoples prayers ascending to the Lord. A priest could only be picked for this particular honor once in his lifetime. Once he had performed the function, he was 'retired' from performing it again. God's sovereign appointment for Zacharias - some commentaries fault his unbelief, stating he 'blew it' - and for which he was chastised. God had blessed an older couple previously - this was not a 'new' miracle. He did speak unadvisedly, but perhaps a more chilling observation to this scenario would be to ask ourselves, where stand I? When have I spoken unadvisedly and not trusted the Lord, nor remembered HIS previous goodness to me, others or mankind in general?

Mary's question on the other hand...received no rebuke...a woman pregnant without having sexual relations? Never heard of that...yes a prophecy was given...but no previous incidence and never another one.

Luke 1:17 - in the spirit and power of Elias - not resurrected Elijah, how could it be? Elijah was translated...the commentaries I consulted affirm that John was a type of Elijah - bold in speaking the truth, rebuking kings, hanging out in the desert, not afraid of what man would or would do to them as they proclaimed the Truth of God's Word. How much do we reflect our brother's in being bold for the Lord?

I wondered if the 6th month reference was a Jewish calendar or if they had adopted the Roman calendar dating system...and a note, Father specifically did not give dates regarding Jesus' birth. Nor was there ever any 'do this in remembrance' of me injunction as there was to keep the breaking of bread. If you have never researched the topic of Jesus' birth, the date currently assigned, who assigned it, where that date came from, please be encouraged to do an in-depth study.

Remember we all will give an account - our works being tried by fire - I trembled inwardly with the thought that I may be engaging in activities or 'works' which I think pleasing to my heavenly Father, only to find that they will be nothing but vapor in HIS sight as they are tried. What wood, hay, stubble are we keeping in our lives?

I noticed the word, Israel used several times in these days readings...specifically "He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;" Luke 1:54 and "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people." Luke 1:68 and "A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." Luke 2:32 - God was doing something specific for Israel in sending HIS son. He fulfilled prophecy - He provided a light to the Gentiles - but just because Father opened up the doors to the Gentiles in no way mitigates the prophecies yet to be fulfilled for Israel. If Father chose a nation as HIS own, can HE un-choose them? If so, what does that say about the doctrine of election?

Joseph - a gentle, loving man. Chosen by God to raise HIS son. What an awesome calling. Father spoke to Joseph through dreams and he was immediately obedient. "Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:" Matthew 1:24. No hesitation, no arguing, no doubting, nothing but immediate obedience. Oh that the servants of the most high God were to be that obedient in all matters which HE corrects, guides and/or directs. What would be the result?

Servants of God - the shepherds were glorifying and praising God, Simeon was blessing God - what adoration for a sovereign and bountiful God. Lord, help us, Your people, to give you all the glory, praise and bless Your holy name. Show us to be steadfast as Your servants of old - standing firm in the midst of a wicked and adulterous generation.