Dynamai – Greek For Works

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Prayer:

Today, I ask God: “Will you use me to brighten and enlighten my readers?  I appreciate You, Yeshua, for causing Your knowledge to flow through the hearts and minds of my readers.  Your helmet of salvation and belt of truth are worth more than precious stones.”

Gleaning:

We live in a world that is filled with tasks.  Life is often one task followed by another and then when it is time to sleep, it will not come!  That is a fun cycle to be in!  Sometimes we get to choose the tasks we fill our days with, while at other times our circumstances will wrestle us into a submissive state where we have no choice but to move into a task.

Sometimes these tasks are onerous.  These weights in life can leave us feeling under the weather, even dismal; but as my Dad has said, “It is not the task you are in that makes you.  How you deal with it is what counts.”

When He (Yeshua) returns, we know that the heavens and earth are going to pass away and that He will replace them with a new heaven and a new earth.  Sin and Satan are going to be bound and mostly non-existent for about as long as Adam lived.

We may see that all of the works of the world will amount to nothing:  Not only stuff like buildings, baby bottles, and beepers; But, the thought processes too.  The skills that we acquired and the day-to-day habits we have are not tangible; However, their reality manifests themselves.  If those intangible things are not beneficial to the will of God, they will also be burned up.  The Bible tells us that everything that is not of God will amount to a wisp of smoke surrounding the New Jerusalem (the New Earth you know, square and all that).

In James 2 The Bible asks us: {What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?}

Stop, and pick James 2: 14 apart a little here.  First of all, every man has works.  It is impossible to be alive and not to have works.  You see, after He has already come again and we are living in the new universe, all things not of God are burned up, remember?  In that case if a man never did anything for Yeshua he really has no works, just like our passage in James describes.

This leads us to the word “nothing”, especially in passages like this one:

{do not turn aside from following The Lord, but serve The Lord with all your heart.  And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.}

He teaches His children that if they do not love Yeshua they will turn to “idle things that are nothing”.  In some versions of the Bible it says they are “vain”.  The point remains the same:  All the hardship, skill getting, and habit forming that is not of God is vain. Presently, it seems like everything, but it is going to become nothing.  Nothing is a wisp of smoke surrounding The New Jerusalem.

How can you be so sure of this?  Here is another clue.  In previous, the original writing was in Greek.  There is more than one form of the word “no” in the Greek language.  The different forms I know of are used in different circumstances.  There is “me”, one form of negation while “ou” is another.  The “me” form is a less heavy negation, whereas, “ou” is an absolute denial: much more solid.

Example: “There is “ou”(pronounced “ov”) way that Jesus will not return.

Example:  A man who has no faith has “me” works.

God is telling us that a man who has “me dynamai (no works)” had works at one point, but from His perspective, when He sent The Holy Spirit to write that, the works weren’t there.  Yeshua reminds us that if we do not saturate our lives with what matters, He will allow the adversary to saturate us with what really, in the end is completely vain.

 

Greek Footnotess:

Me (may): A primary particle of qualified negation

(whereas ο (G3756) expresses an absolute denial)

-μή mḗ, may; a primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether:—any but (that), × forbear, + God forbid, + lack, lest, neither, never, no (X wise in), none, nor, (can-)not, nothing, that not, un(-taken), without. Often used in compounds in substantially the same relations. See also G3362G3363G3364G3372G3373G3375G3378.

 

Ou (oo): A primary word, the absolute negative [cf μή (G3361)] adverb

-οὐ ou, oo; a primary word; the absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not:—+ long, nay, neither, never, no (X man), none, (can-)not, + nothing, +special, un(-worthy), when, + without, + yet but. See also G3364G3372.

Dynamai (doo-na-my) : I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can.

Cognate: 1410 dýnamai (a primitive verb) – to show ability (power); able (enabled by God), empowered. See the cognate-noun, 1411 /dýnamis (“ability, power”).

 

 

Abram

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Maybe I am drawing lines instead of following lines that are already there;  However, according to the way God is, not as told by the world but as told by God Himself, it seems as though these two events are related

Scripture tells us that God will cause the sin of a Dad to find it’s punishment on the generations of his loins for up to four generations.  Sin tends to perpetuate and build on itself.  If that sin is left unchecked, 8 or 12 or 16 generations later, that sin could be enormous and the punishment inflicted will need to be severe.

Genesis 15 starts like this:

{After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am Your Shield, Your Very Great Reward.”

But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can You give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”  And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”}

400 years or so after Abraham was in that conversation with God, His children became incredibly enslaved.

In that conversation, God demonstrated His tender side.  He made Himself vulnerable, and Abram (probably completely unknowingly) didn’t even hear Him.  More accurately, Abram did hear Him but, what God said was brushed aside and the conversation was focused back on what Abram wanted.  He told Abram, “I am Your Great Reward”  Abram, without even blinking said ” but God, I want children”.

Children were not what Abram should have wanted.  God should have been what Abram wanted.  God was hurt by this.  Why? Because God loves us.  When we want things other than God, it hurts us.  God is hurt because His children want things that hurt them.  God used Abram to teach the generations to see how important it is to make God more important than even family or friends.  “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Us followers of The Savior  know that God comes first.  My prayer is that God finds other believers like Abraham who are willing to be used by God in order to cause the generations to have a chance to know a deeper relationship with Him.

 

Twitterpated: I Love Jesus. Really? Are You Sure That It Isn’t Just That You Need Jesus?

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As young Americans we are taught that love is the overwhelming feeling one gets when one is around a special somebody. These feelings, we learn, can be powerful enough to shape the path of our lives.  I want to help you see the true definition and proper Biblical application of love.

Here is an example of an elder teaching a younger non-Biblical love.  If this describes the beginning of your relationship, I am sure you have either reached the point of divorce, or more likely have learned that love is actually all about sacrifice for the sake of your spouse.  Sacrifice, trust, and most importantly forgiveness while trusting The Lord.  We are learning these things together.

 

 

When people talk about “I love Jesus”  they think they are being honest because of the way kids are taught what love is.  By that definition  ^^^^^  , they are being honest.  Why, Jesus gives them a warm fuzzy feeling and they know they can count on Him for anything.  That is not loving Jesus.  It is liking Jesus a lot or just plain needing Jesus.

  Love’s definition is very very complicated.  I have rewritten this as I have learned that God did not show me all of what love is, just one facet or sliver of it.

I have learned that this is only a small part of love’s definition: To love something is to sacrifice time, energy, etc for the object of your love.  Sounds simple, until it is practiced.  By that definition we all love sleep, food, being sheltered and entertained.  These basic needs sculpt our daily habits because we sacrifice to ensure we have them in our lives.

Today, I drove something like eight miles out of my way for coffee. ” I love (misnomer) coffee” would be a common reason for my choice. Correctly stated would be “I need coffee”.  In reality, I do not really like coffee.  To be honest, I wish I did not drink coffee; none-the-less I am living in a state where I go out of my way for it.   We are learning that like a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not a square, sometimes love and need are the same thing and sometimes they are not.

The perceived outcome of having a need in one’s life is to better one’s station.

To truly love, the perceived outcome is to better the station of one or many around the person doing the loving.  

If you love enough in this world, people will begin to need you.  How wonderful it is when a person loves, and receives love in return.  There is a lot of love going around in the book of Ruth:  Love given and love returned.  It is beautiful and is the beginning of the consummation of the Davidic line:  The line Jesus is born into.   Am I about to take the scriptural definition of love and turn to Christ?  Yep.  He created love.  He created the owners manual for our lives.  It is focused on Him and He is the best at loving.  He intended for us to love Him.  In loving Him we learn how to love those around us.

Here is the sad truth followed by good news:  In the case of The Lord,  most of us do not go out of our way to love Him.  We may have once or twice, or once or twice a month, or every so often throughout the week, but most of the time we are busy surviving.  Very seldom do many of us meet people who are loving Jesus day in and day out.  If you replace what you just learned about love with need, then yes, most Christians love (need) Jesus.  The question is does He need you?  Jesus needed the apostle Paul and Paul loved (sacrificed for) Jesus.


 

     

 

     

 

     

 

      Yeshua is like a good Dad who continues to love us even though we are constantly tugging at His coat tails and throwing His name around to better our station.  We want Him to carry our weight.  He is an awesome Father as He does carry most of the weight and He always will.

Here is a great way to love Jesus:  It is very, very small, but does show Him love.  Hold down the shift bar anytime you begin a title that is referencing Him:  Yeshua, Jesus, God, The Lord, Him, They, Him Who Created The Universe, The Best Father Ever… etc, etc.  Just be careful when typing God that, if you mean Satan, you type in lowercase.  Satan is the god of earth as Christ has given him that power.  It is because He loves us that He allows him to be used as a chastening tool so we can learn how to better glorify Him!  It can frustrate you to see such a simple way to show God’s importance overlooked.

Our job is to choose what to sacrifice for and more importantly to give Our life to Jesus so He can reveal to us things about ourselves and others that will aid us in loving Him according to His wishes.  Jesus speaks to us all through His word:  “God, who at sundry times and divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets.  Whom in these last days has spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed Heir of all things.”  You guys have a good day today and love you some Jesus.

Public Apology To My Readers

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I have to make a public apology.  I have been really excited about following the law for the result of being closer to Yeshua. After reviewing an article that explains some things about a recently emerging people group who follow the Torah, I have seen that I could be at fault.  Partially.  I want to be very clear, though, about some very precise things: I am in no way apologizing for my desire to follow the law.  Following the law, in my case is a direct result of loving Jesus.

I have to go on a mild rabbit trail in order to explain this:  Let’s Biblically define love and hate.  The world’s definition of love is that fluttering feeling you get when your mind, body and emotions become infatuated with a person.  You must “have” them.  Then years later, when things get tough, God swoops in and teaches you what love truly is.  The world’s definition of hate is that feeling you get when your mind, body and emotions are overwhelmed and boiling over.  Hatred tends to cause a person to want to harm the other individual, you see.  Biblically these terms are defined differently.  Biblical love is a choice.  To love God with all your heart, mind, and strength means that you are willing to sacrifice your needs, your thoughts, your strength, your emotions for the sake of Him.  Yes, emotions are involved however the choosing to do what He asks despite turmoil is the bulk of what love truly is.  When Jesus said to His Father, “none the less, Father, Your will but not My own”  that was Him loving The Father.

To Hate sin is not to be overwhelmed and controlled by negative emotions towards sin, no.  Hatred of sin means you are choosing to set your mind to sacrificing for something else.  If sin is asking me to sacrifice my relationship to God in order to gain, I have to choose not to sacrifice for the sake of sin: hating sin.  Instead I will ask God what He wants, I will ask how I can sacrifice to do His will in the life of my neighbors: love.  Rabbit trail end.

<He that knows My commands and keeps them, the same it is that loveth Me, and he that loveth Me will be loved of My Father, and I will love Him, and I will reveal myself to Him.> has been written a lot by me lately and a lot of my writing has stemmed from this scripture and others like it.  

I have been avoiding scriptures that say things like, “when Christ conquered death He abolished the law,” because I have not wanted to outright explain something that could be a great link in your faith to God if you would only pray, Bible study and fast on your own, in secret, after turning to Christ day after day.  If you do not want to read that than skip to the next paragraph and ask God to reveal it to you Himself.  If your heart is right, He will, and it will be glorious.  I know scriptures that talk about abolishing the laws are there, but when “the law is abolished” is written, the writer is not referring to the commands of God.  The law also means the set of rules that govern shame and sin.  That law is an unwritten spiritual law that keeps us under the authority of shame.  Both are called “the law” but they are two different sets of properties that the world has available to live within.   Doesn’t that make more sense?  Jesus came to destroy the law:  death, sin, shame, and all the law that governs those things.  Jesus came to fulfill the law that His Father created to invite us to live for joy, long-suffering, purity, truth, life and love.  Jesus encourages us to turn to Him first and foremost, then to follow our desires to be obedient.  Being obedient to the law is not necessary for salvation, but it is necessary for growth spiritually.

Following the law is in now way detrimental to the health of a Christian.  In fact, it helps a Christian be a Christian.  What I need to be very clear about is this:  There are people who have salvation who do not follow the law.  There are people who have salvation who do follow the law. 

I am apologizing for my intention of imposing laws upon others that they do not need to receive salvation. I never outright said that was an intention of mine, but in seeking fellowship, and meditating on my actions, I am finding that the intentions were in my heart whether I could admit it or not.

This is my current view on ascribing to the law as a way of life:

Following these laws as described by Moses’ writing will not save, neither is that their purpose.  It never was, is not now, and never will be their purpose.  Most of the work of the apostles was proving that a display of law showmanship, without an internal love for God was simply a manifestation of something that internally was being spat upon. “The heart is deceitful above ALL things, who can know it?” This truth’s moral is to turn to The One Who Can know the heart!  It wasn’t that all the high priests knew they were evil, it’s that Satan put a veil on their hearts that made them think they were doing God’s work.  The problem is that when Jesus momentarily lifted that veil they mostly chose to say “no” to the truth and continue in pride and sin.  That memory of truth stayed with and nagged them until death.  This unsaved following of the law still exists today for some, while others who display the exact same actions have indeed turned to Him Who Saves Us.

The New Testament repeatedly displays the apostles telling the people and the priests that the law was abolished.  It also explains that the curse from not following the law, Christ, in His death, took away. It used to be that those who did not follow the law were cursed. That is no longer the case.  This is another very precise thing:  Christ did not destroy the law that points to Him.  Among other things that He destroyed, He destroyed just the curse that comes from not abiding to the law that points to Him. I need to appreciate Jeremiah Morrison from Nazarite Fire Ministries in joy and steadfastness for showing me that scripture.  It is in Ephesians.  Ephesians talks a lot about how Jesus took authority over the law that governs death and shame and destroyed those laws.

After finding out I do not need to follow the laws, I still desire to follow the laws, not to attain something I and those who choose not to ascribe to the law already have: salvation. I choose to follow the law because I am a man who needs structure.  I am a man who is willing to suffer in order to see Yeshua.  Remember the Biblical definition of love?  To love Jesus is to sacrifice for Him.  Even considering doing as He commands involves incredible persecution.   I will, however, break the law to follow Christ in every situation that causes me to choose between the two.  Yeshuah.  Many, many of the apostles of this day are law abiders.

Salvation is like breath in that every Christian has it.  Spiritually, The Lord is patient, yielding and not forceful unless we ask Him to be.   Most of the time.  Growing spiritually is really arduous and takes a supernatural courage.  It is a choice followed by hard work.  Carnally we will always grow up.

Give your life to Jesus, and He will give it back to you.  He is gentle.   His burden is light.  He is the truth.  For 300 years, the vast majority of the population of the middle east set their minds on following the law, then, Jesus was revealed.  That is the formula in The New Testament that says those who know and keep the law will have Jesus revealed to them.

In closing I am apologizing for my intentions (that I did not yet realize were sinful. I knew I had them but they were almost not consciously there). Imposing the law upon others in the way I was doing it is wrong.  Please do not start following the law, just do not persecute those who do.  They are the ones who live in such a way that feeds you.

I want to prevent anyone from stumbling.  Those who are so set on “Jesus abolished the law”  Know that the reality of  Jesus’ death and resurrection came to me many years ago.  If you are thinking “I better help this poor person from the impossible situation of following the law for salvation”,  do not worry.  I was saved many many years ago.  I seek structure.  I don’t want it through business, or war, or prison.  I will get structure through The Bible.  God does offer a structure for those who seek it.  Please, respect that, please. Those who have opposed me in this have been a catalyst, bringing me to see exactly why I am doing what I am doing.  It is Him that has used that climate to guide His angels to give me the necessary thoughts and realizations, now trusting in Him to show me what I need to see, to serve others and Him.

If The Law is the road map that structures a life to act in such a way that points to Jesus, no wonder is met with such strong opposition in a world that is controlled by His enemy.  What is important for me to remember is that loving people is my top priority.

The Lord Flees In His Own Land

 

“What shall therefore The Lord of the vineyard do?  He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.”  Mark 12:9 (KJV)

The world is the vineyard, and we are the workers.  Greed and lust have deceived us into toiling for ourselves instead of for Him.

Jesus gave Satan godly rule over: this planet, and all of His children.  When Jesus calls us He shows us how necessary it is for us to focus on Him for everything we need.  While in awful and dramatic situations most people act like animals.  Our God, showing phlegm, sits back and quietly waits for us to act on what we all know is right:  to come to Him and give Him our lives.  The Lord’s phlegm tends to rub off on us.  If you see a person in a dire situation, but completely cool and collected, it may be that God is riding the roller coaster with them.  They can shine quietly as a light in a dark place.

Jesus came into this world as an enemy.  There is always something terrible in the works against Him.  He is an enemy of the god of this world.  Satan is constantly orchestrating events to put Jesus through hell.

“And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.”

God did not manipulate this so that they could live in peace, God instructed them how to navigate hell.

” And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the Young Child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the Young Child to destroy Him.”

An angel was talking to Joseph.  I bet Joseph paid attention to each and every word.  The angel did not tell Joseph to “walk to Egypt”.  He was given the onerous task of “fleeing to Egypt.”  The angel was telling him,”Joseph, you are no longer welcome, anywhere.  Jesus is a prime target and you are responsible for Him.  Now, flee to Egypt.”

From before conception Satan had the king, Herod, waiting for Jesus to kill Him.  The man with the most power over the Israelites wanted Jesus dead before He could talk, walk, or poop.  Was it God making Herod mad over a person before His provenance?  Nope, God had allowed Satan to orchestrate that poor man’s search for, scholarly study of, and evil desires towards Baby Jesus.  The man had gone crazy over it.

30 years later, Jesus began His ministry on foot and only had shelter when it was made available to Him by those who were called to offer it to Him.  He must have often turned down things we see as necessities such as shelter and steady work in order to serve the will of Him Who Sent Him.  Read the book of Mark.  If you try to memorize it you will find that Jesus went over the sea of Galilee no less than 5 times.  That is a lot of travel,  a lot of bobbing and weaving.  Jesus floats like a butterfly all through Palestine.  He did not have to do that.  He chose to.

Jesus had the option of living like a king, with a warm bed, 3 meals a day, wives and concubines, more responsibility and challenge than a man could ask for, and obedient servants.  He chose, instead, the life of a homeless wandering street performer.  Living a lonely mental life, and constantly reminding those around Him what He was all about.  Most of the time, He would say in plain language what they needed to know and they still did not understand.  They, though, had given up everything to follow Him.  There was some triumph in the midst of the trials, just like with you and me.

The people on the hill one day, after Jesus ministered a message, would have made Jesus king.   They offered Him their allegiance and Jesus ran from that, knowing that His responsibilities were far, far greater than what the people wanted from Him then and there.  There are people today who live in the same way.  They may be clinging to this scripture:

“The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is MINE; for ye are strangers and sojourners with ME.”  Leviticus 25:23 (KJV)

Translation:

The land shall not be sold forever –  God will burn the land up and destroy the land;  You cannot buy and sell what no longer exists. (Revelation talks a lot about this)

For the land is MINE- GOD is the OWNER and CREATOR of any land, anywhere; (Genesis is where you’ll find some of that truth.  Also the 40’s of Isaiah and Hebrews chapter 1 verse 1 and 2)

For ye are strangers and sojourners with Me- God knows that when we act the way we ought, the world sees us as strangers and foreigners in it, but not to fear, because GOD is a stranger with us.  On His own property!

You see, Jesus lived the life of a soldier behind enemy lines.  From birth to death He humbly pledged His allegiance to truth while living in a world that cunningly supported the darkness.  He was treated poorly, even by the ones He loved.  Sometimes they did not mean to treat Him that way, but they did.  They were not yet ready to fully accept the truth, bearing the burdens of that truth are a major deterent.  Remember, when you are treated badly, like an enemy, like a foreigner, like you are not worthy of basic human needs for Jesus’ sake, you are truly loving God.  This sort of treatment will cause you to stand firm while everyone else is fleeing at the return of Christ.  You worked your butt off and you know it.  You are not a citizen of what is passing away but a citizen of the life to come.  You are a warrior and Christ is a stranger and a sojourner with you.  The land will be destroyed and replaced by territory that welcomes, loves, encourages, and matures you as a Christian soldier.

 

 

 

 

 

Praying and Fasting

In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us about the heart.  How our hearts intentions sometimes manifest themselves by way of action.  Jesus teaches us that the evil roots within our hearts can blind us to why we are fasting or praying.   Satan has the power to trick us into thinking: I am serving God because I am praying, or I am serving God because I am fasting.  

The idea in this article can be a bit abstruse, in that it involves a self examination of some fast acting processes that happen within us:  desires or wants that very quickly develop into a plan of action.  A person’s mind can easily get all wrapped up in what other people think about them.  For example, a desire for a woman could be to get a good reputation within the church.  Once she pinpoints this desire she may very quickly begin planning on how to look and act holy in order for others to think highly of her.  This is not a bad thing.

What, though, would be a truly good thing for her to desire is Jesus’ notice of her good thoughts, and her good intentions, which would in turn produce a lot of the very same actions as the previous example of gaining reputation among people.  Again it is not a bad thing to want a good reputation.  It is a bad thing to gain reputation on your own accord through acting holy without the constant invitation of Jesus’ will.  You would end up hurting others and yourself that way.

Wanting Jesus to notice you, and following through with that plan is easier to accomplish if you privately and whole heartedly fumble your life from your control to His, inviting Him to do His will in your life.  It is very scary, but it is worth it.  Yashua is telling us that if we find ourselves fasting and praying, it is a good idea to do a heart check to make sure it is not in vain.  The goal is to get closer to Him.  If the provenance of action is for self than it is not pure, and it could end up hurting instead of helping, even though the intention seems harmless.

The path from desire to action can be illustrated in the growth of a plant.  This is very important because it is in this path that Satan tricks us into doing what we think is for Jesus, when it is really for us.  The seed is the desire, not yet placed in the heart.  The root, once the seed has died, is the desire nestled into a man or woman’s heart.  The ground swelling is the plan of action developed within the mind or brain as thoughts.  The plant and it’s fruit represent the actions and the bad and good consequences those actions produce.  You see,  If the seed’s name is “my reputation”, than the roots name also might be “my reputation”;  But, by the time the ground breaks and the stem pops up it’s name begins to change from “my reputation” to “piety”.  When the tree is full grown it’s name is “serving God”.  The problem with this is that the latter two names are false names.  They are a costume that “my reputation” is putting on.  Even the wearer of the costume is often mislead into thinking they are truly being holy due to the consuming nature of desire and thought.  The heart is deceitful above all things.  ALL THINGS.  Who can know it?  No man is capable of knowing the heart.  If you put your heart squarely in the hands of The Savior, you will be guided into truth and love one day at a time.  Some Davidic Psalm esque experiences are in tap for you.  Are you looking for some more rock solid faith to stand on in the midst of trial?  give your heart to God.  Sit down and imagine a bowl that you spent hours cleaning and polishing for the king, then put your heart in that bowl and send it up to Yashua.

 Those who pray to be seen by men have their reward; but you, lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is there your heart will be also.

The world teaches us to suffer now through school, work and debt, so that we can earn and save.  Then we  and our families can be comfortable later in life.  That idea is widely accepted here on earth and respectable people do it because it works.  I am telling you, have faith in this very same process by suffering and saving for spiritual things during this entire life, so that you can be a provider in heaven.  Use this life for what it is: a pre-requisite to show God you trust Him.  When you fast, do so secretly.  When you give alms, secretly.  When you pray, secretly.  When you decide you want to do a thing, when you begin planning to do a thing: Pause.  Ask yourself:  am I doing this for me?   How can I spend time instead, doing something for Him?  Serving Him ultimately brings you closer to Him.  You know He loves you.  Be determined and steadfast in your faith.

The Nobleman Who Believed: Faith

Scripture:  If you are very familiar with the historical account of the nobleman who traveled to Jesus for healing go ahead and skip to the gleaning.

John 4: 43-54

Now after two days He departed thence, and went into Galilee.    For Jesus Himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.   Then when He was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received Him, having seen all the things that He did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.    So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where He made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.   When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto Him, and besought Him that He would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.  

Then said Jesus unto him, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.   

The nobleman saith unto Him, “Sir, come down ere my child die.

 Jesus saith unto him, “Go thy way; thy son liveth.” And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.   And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.  Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.  So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.  This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when He was come out of Judaea into Galilee.

Gleaning:

Our nobleman walks away from Jesus being told his son is healed.  The Nobleman has a long journey ahead of him where he has to trust in what Jesus said.  Probably, the further down the path he goes the more his natural common sense slips and seeps it’s way into his psyche;  Telling the nobleman that he should have gotten Jesus to come with him to his house.  What if he gets home after all that travel and his son is not healed!

But,  he was just in front of Jesus, there was something about the man that had him trust.  His trust in Him was strong.  Then, why does he find himself doubting as he steps closer and closer towards his daily routine and regular mundane life?  Why is he doubting what he knew to be so clear just miles behind him?

After long hours of travel,the nobleman sees one of his servants coming towards him through the ardent mist, and broken light of the dusty path.  His servant comes with exciting news: His son is healed!  “What hour was he healed?” asks the nobleman.  The same hour at which Jesus had told him to trust that his son is well.  Hallelujah!  The man’s servant has restored his faith in Jesus’ words on the long journey back to ensure his goal was met.  The man is absolutely certain, though, with full strength in faith when he returns home and sees his son well with his won eyes.

Many lessons can be gathered here.  We are encouraged to read these historical occurrences in Jesus’ life over and over.  Studying them will bring our psyche’s into a deeper understanding of how we are to deal with any situation life throws our way. Check this little tid-bit out:  the first sign and the second sign both occurred in Cana of Galilee and they both involve a subordinate being integral in the story.  In both cases it was a servant that knew key information.

Prayer:

Your word is powerful, and holy.  Please, Lord, Please give us courage and strength to hold this knowledge in such a way that is glorifying and honoring to You.  Help us to better serve you so the helmet of salvation can continue to be fastened in strength over our lives.

Faithful and Just

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<If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.>

Is it justice for a thief, murderer or slanderer to be set free?

How is it justice for a sinner to be forgiven?

Imagine you are a son or daughter from the tribe of Reuben and are living in Jerusalem.  Being a good man or women you attend the services on Sabbath and feast days, listen to and learn from the priests, but are still, for one reason or another, suspicious of their hearts intention.

Now, you are in the public square listening to Jesus’ teaching.  Not only are you listening to His teaching, but you are enjoying it.  He even came right up to you and asked you what your name is and what you do for a living.  When you told Him, you accidentally slipped up and said something you don’t tell anybody.  It was an honest slip and you are sure that nobody but Him caught it.  You take note that around Him, you may accidentally be more honest than the flesh intends you to be.

Now, here come the high priests, a whole bunch of them, buzzing in like a bike of hornets protecting their nest.  They throw a woman on to the ground and say:

“This woman was caught in adultery.  In the very act.  What do you say we should do with her”

In the very act, huh?  you think to yourself.

After some careful and meditative thought, Jesus, being pressured to order the woman stoned, recognized what was happening.  He, also is a bit suspicious of the intentions of these pharisees and high priests.  He puts up a spiritual mirror in order for them to see how disgusting they are inside for what they are doing in that very moment and He says “He who is without sin may cast the first stone.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus is “faithful and just to forgive”.  It says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  He is faithful to forgive, circumstantially, we know that.  Sometimes Satan finds out our weaknesses and plays them against us; Still, even though doing wrong has such force working for it, a sinner is still choosing to do the wrong.

The woman may have been forgiven her sin, but her and her husband would have still dealt with the ramifications of the sin for the rest of their lives.  Their reputation and dignity would have taken a major hit and the two of them may have trust issues for many decades if the woman is not put away.  The consequences, carnally, of the sin exist still. If we confess and want to turn from sin it is not vain for Jesus to forgive us.  Spiritually the sin, in forgiveness, is erased and we can have good communion with Jesus.

The question I pose to you is this:

He is faithful to forgive.

How is it justice for Him to forgive?  

The husband of the wife might argue against that being justice.  The victim in a crime might very well argue against their perpetrator being found guilty and then forgiven as justice.  However, The Bible reads that Jesus is just to forgive.  Once the veil is lifted, it does not seem right . . . or does it?

Prayer:  

Lord, we know Your word is true.  We know we live in a world that twists and maligns the truth.  Please open the eyes of the readers and me so that we may see this mystery plainly and apply it’s meaning to our lives, bringing us joy and steadfastness in You,  Jesus.

 

Greek for Just:

Cognate: 1342 díkaios (an adjective, derived from dikē, “right, judicial approval”) – properly, “approved by God” (J. Thayer);righteous; “just in the eyes of God” (Souter). See 1343(“dikaiosynē).

Original Word: δίκαιος, ία, ιον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: dikaios
Phonetic Spelling: (dik’-ah-yos)
Short Definition: just, righteous, impartial
Definition: just; especially, just in the eyes of God; righteous; the elect (a Jewish idea).

 

other occurrences of dikaios (just)

Matthew 1:19: Joseph, her fiance, was a dikaios man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

Luke 23:47: When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “This man certainly was dikaios!”

 

 

 

 

He Speaks In Layers

Jesus was frequently speaking in a way that said more than one thing.  More than one thing to me.  More than one thing to each and every generation.  Also, His words sometimes were meant for us, for our mothers and fathers, for their great great great grandparents, and for the people who were there in the days of His life on earth.

We are clued into this the day He spoke in the temple.  The chief priests asked “By what authority do You do this?” (Matthew 21)

He answered, “destroy This Temple and I will build It again in three days.”  He was speaking to them of His body, The Temple of God.  They thought He was talking about the temple they were all standing in.  He was talking about His resurrection, where He would be risen again after being destroyed.

The Bible tells us that Jesus meant something deeper. In the next example, Jesus’ meaning is not there for us to read, but to meditate on and figure out on our own. There are at least two things we may learn from Lazarus being brought from death to life.

Lazarus was dead for four days before Jesus came to raise him.  Jesus’ words, most people do not recognize, command demons and angels as well as people.  When we are born, we are “bound” by sin.  Satan has gotten all of us tied up in selfish and godless desire somewhere from conception to first breath.  Pay attention: this is what was said when Jesus raised Lazarus:

“Lazarus, come out.”

Lazarus woke up, covered in burial clothes.

“unbind him.”

When Jesus said “unbind him” could it be that He was speaking both physically to the people there, and spiritually to the demons who had already bound sin to Lazarus’ flesh?  Maybe Lazarus had given his life to God already and, being saved it was not necessary for Lazarus to have to move backwards in his relationship with God.

That is the first bit of information and here is the second:

Let’s assume Lazarus was saved.  I mean truly saved.  Then when Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, He was taking him from a place of peace and rest with The Father and back into the world.  We know that when we are friends of righteous people, sometimes we suffer for their sake.  If Lazarus had given his life to God then he was willing to suffer for the sake of God’s mission.  Being taken from paradise and back to earth would have been suffering for sure.

It says that Jesus groaned within Him and that He cried during this episode.  Jesus, I am sure was empathizing with His friends, and with Mary and Martha; To top it off He knew that in being obedient to His Father, His friend Lazarus would tragically have to be brought back to life.  We would have been crying too.

Sometimes we assume we know why something is happening, like Jesus crying.  But upon further investigatory prayer we find out that there is more to it than we initially see.  The more we glean, the more we learn who Our Savior truly is.  This kind of truth drives home what it says in 1 Corinthians 2 and helps us to recognize that Jesus suffered for us in many ways, even when surrounded by friends. “But He who is spiritual judges all things, yet He Himself is rightly judged by no one.”

 

The Crucifixion: A Guilt Trip?

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The Bible tells of new covenant and old covenant ways.  It gives us many historical accounts of the ways in which Our Father God guided those chosen and of faith.  In the old covenant, from what I have read, it seems it was all about doing what God said.  He would speak directly to someone and that person would tell His people.  In these latter days The Spirit is quieted on the flesh and we have the Bible.  It gives us Jesus.  In all this moving forward of time remember:  Jesus was the Lamb Who Was Slain from the foundation of the world.  He was manifest to us, but has always been there as He is now, in the beginning, back then, now, and in the future. (Revelation 13:8 and 1 Peter 1:20)


God’s children relied on people, in the old covenant, who were deeply connected with God to do very specific things in order to “remind” them of sin, shame, guilt.  I don’t know what the purpose of “reminding them” is. (Hebrews 10:3)  To bring them into closer communion with Him?  To fulfill some spiritual needs to structure properly the time of the crucifixion?  To bring the new covenant believers to understand how things could have been?  Who knows.

Leviticus 4:6  is God telling Moses to tell the priests how exactly they are to perform a ritual that brings sanctification to the people.  Leviticus 4:6 is some really specific stuff and there is even more specifics in there if you read the verses around it. I have found that the old covenant involved a lot of doing.  The root or the why (the heart) may not have always been there: Do this, because God said so.

Today, Our Savior saves us.  He did back then too, it was just different carnally.  In the new covenant sometimes God causes un-Godly people’s actions to reflect a Godly root; And, sometimes the Holy Spirit puts a motivation in us to do what is pleasing in the sight of G-d.  This same motivation is shared throughout the world by all believers, new and old.  Believing is what we can trust will guide us to have the right motivations. Believe what?  Believe that Jesus died to save us from our sins. (among many other things) What does that mean?  It means this:  When Jesus conquered sin and death he took on our sins.  He drank sin into Himself.

Sin creates guilt and shame.  Some very powerful feelings that act as a rudder in our lives because we tend to defend ourselves.  Why do we have to defend ourselves?  Because shame hurts and we want to make sure people don’t poke us where we are tender.  Defending our tender spots leads us away from God because it is selfish to be steering a conversation around based upon our sins.  Instead, Jesus teaches us to steer conversation in such a way that glorifies Him.

In tending to our needs, we stray from God’s people, from Him, and ultimately from goodness.  This puts us in a world surrounded by others who also tend to their own needs, and to others needs only if it will ultimately suit them. It makes us hide from His people because we feel naked.  It enslaves us without us even knowing we are enslaved.  That is a facet of “the shackles and chains of sin”.

Because we have a free will we can choose to run from G-d and continue in sin, literally living in it; or we can admit we were wrong and agree with our conscience to live in such a way that attempts to live for something else completely, by trusting in Jesus.  The Good, The Awesome News: You don’t have to feel shame anymore, no matter how much shame you deal with, if you give your life to Jesus.  I know this is true because my life is shame free (for the most part) and I was an awful sinner and am currently not perfect.

Those things (shame, guilt,sin) channeled/channel from the world (from any believer at any given time) to Jesus at the crucifixion:  Isaiah 2:2 <and all nations will stream to it.>  The crucifixion brings shame away from us so that we can concentrate on worshiping Jesus, fellowshipping with other believers and connecting with The Lord.  He wants that and therefore is willing to facilitate it for those who have invited Him to have them.

Thank You Jesus for your life.  The miracles you performed brought so many to believe in You.  Thank You so much for Your believers.  Thank You for Your guiding hand, for life, and for it more abundantly.  You are awesome and I appreciate You in me.