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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Types of Christ In The Old Testament By: Pastor Dr. Charles Novak


                                                                                
When we read the Bible, although we know that Jesus does not enter in to the living story line till the New Testament. But does this mean that the Bible does not make mention, or ever show us alternative stories where they relate to Jesus and His sacrifices? The bible shows us numerous stories that although others were involved in, they still show us that this was defiantly a type of Christ, by what has happened in the story. We know that a verbal reference word for Jesus in the Bible, is written as the “Word” another is “Light” But for know lets concentrate on the “Word” We know that Jesus was with God the Father Jehovah, at the beginning when all things were Created.

This we know because our Bible tells us so, as we read in (John Chapter 1 Verses 1 Through 3 English Standard Version) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Just as we read the very next verse. We see the introduction of the word “Light” in reference to our Savior Jesus Christ, we see this in (John Chapter 1 Verses 4 And 5 English Standard Version) “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Also in (John Chapter 1 Verse 9) “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” Just as we see these verbal references to Jesus, we can see the same written references to Jesus in the stories all through the Bible in the Old Testament.

One of the most known, and also on of the most easiest seen as a type of Jesus in the Old Testament is the story of Abraham, who brings his son Isaac to be sacrificed as commanded by God the Father Jehovah, we read this in (Genesis Chapter 22 Verses 1 Through 13 English Standard Version) “After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you."

And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." He said, "Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" Abraham said, "God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they went both of them together. When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me."And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.”

We see here that God the Father Jehovah, has commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son, but not just any son, but his “only son” God specifically says your “only son” this is a direct reference to Jesus as is written in (John Chapter 3 Verse 16 English Standard Version) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” As we see in John 3:16 when referring to Jesus the Son of God it says, God so loved the world that He gave His only son, this is how we know without a doubt that in the story of Abraham and Isaac that Isaac is a type of Christ in the story. Moving forward, not only its it written as his only son, but this only son was to be made a sacrifice, as was our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So if you are a first time Bible reader, you may nit notice this until you read or hear the story of Abraham and Isaac, and then read or hear of the verse John 3:16, and the Crucifixion, that you might make this connection. The Bible is informing was through the written Word, that Jesus and all that He must endure, for the fulfillment of Scriptures is being seen in the Word, even as at the beginning of the Bible. In the first book of the Bible, Genesis.

Another prominent story in the Bible that shows a type of Christ, would be the story of Joseph, who is sold into slavery by his brothers, this story also makes a great point. This we read in (Genesis Chapter 37 Verses 1 Through 34 English Standard Version) “Jacob lived in the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. He said to them, "Hear this dream that I have dreamed: Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf."

His brothers said to him, "Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, "Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me." But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?" And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind. Now his brothers went to pasture their father's flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." And he said to him, "Here I am." So he said to him, "Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me word." So he sent him from the Valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, "What are you seeking?" "I am seeking my brothers," he said.

"Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock." And the man said, "They have gone away, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan. They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams." But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, "Let us not take his life." And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him"—that he might rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt.

Then Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers listened to him. Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt. When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes and returned to his brothers and said, "The boy is gone, and I, where shall I go?" Then they took Joseph's robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. And they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father and said, "This we have found; please identify whether it is your son's robe or not." And he identified it and said, "It is my son's robe. A fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces." Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.

Can you see the similarities between Joseph and Jesus in the story? Joseph was the beloved son of his father, as we read above, in the beginning of the story. Just as Jesus is the beloved Son of His Father, as we see in (Matthew Chapter 3 Verse 17 English Version Version) "and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." Joseph was rejected by his brothers, as we see in the above story, and Jesus was rejected by the leaders of His people, the Jews, as we see in (Isiah Chapter 53 Verse 3 English Stanford Version) “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Also in (John Chapter 1 Verse 11 English Standard Version) “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.”

Joseph was sold at the forcing of his brother Judah into the hands of Gentiles, as we see in the above story, also Jesus was sold by Judas, a form of the name Judah, and handed over to Gentiles, the Romans, as we see in (Matthew Chapter 27 Verse 3 English Standard Version) "Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.” Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver, the price of a slave his age, as is in the above story, also Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave His age, as we read in (Matthew Chapter 26 Verse 15 English Standard Version) "And said, "What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.”

The attempt to get rid of Joseph led to the salvation of Joseph’s family, as we read in (Genesis Chapter 45 Verses 4 And 5 English Standard Version) "So Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to me, please." And they came near. And he said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.” Also the attempt to kill Jesus led to the Atonement and salvation for Heavenly Father’s family, as we read in (II Corinthians Chapter 5 Verse 15 English Standard Version) "And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. Also in (Acts Chapter 4 Verse 12 English Standard Version) “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

So often we might think that the announcement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is not made known till the New Testament in the Bible, or some have said that the Bible does not even made mention of Jesus till the New Testament in the Bible. Both have been proven wrong here, with simple true stories written in the Word of God, in Hos book, the Bible for all to see. Also let us not forget to mention that we elaborated on the stories that show types of Christs int the Bible, we have not even given time or reference to the numerous passages of Scriptures that refer to Jesus with writing in the terms of “Word” or “Light” in the Bible. If we close a blond eye to the truths of the Bible, we will not see Jesus in the Old Testament at all, or in the Word, or Light. How much more if we close a blond eye, do not see Him in our day to day lives? Keep your eyes open, and you thoughts focused, and remember what has been written for us to read, and know in (Matthew Chapter 24 Verses 42 Through 44 English Standard Version) “Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

God grant your people to see this Word as given by you, that all may have a better understanding of you, and your Word. And bring those unaware of you to your knowledge. In your Precious Holy name I Pray these and all things, Amen.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Teahing Guest Writer LK 3:15-38-By Ray Vigna

LUKE 3: 15-38-Guest Writer Ray Vigna A Teaching-Student of the 100% free Bible College

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LUKE 3: 15-38-Guest Writer Ray Vigna A Teaching-Student of the 100% free Bible College
SEVEN SPECIFIC JOHN THE BAPTIST POINTS
  1. Luke is very specific in placing John’s ministry and Jesus’ baptism. -vs1, 2
  2. John fulfilled several prophesies; Ps 98:2,3, Isa 40:3-5, 42:16, 45:2, 49:11, 52:10, 57:14, Zech 4:7
  3. John called it as he saw it, directly and to the point. -vs7, 8 & 19
  4. John seemed to view repentance as a humbling and life changing experience. -vs15-16a
  5. He gave specific instruction on righteous living. -vs10-14
  6. He knew who he was, who he was not and the purpose God established for him-vs3a, 4-6 & 16b
  7. John prophesied the Messiah’s soon arrival, -v16, God’s coming judgement-vs7 & 9, and the difference in baptisms. -vs16 LUKE 3:15-17

"I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals," The rabbis said that their disciples should do for them what slaves do for their masters, except untie their shoes. John uses this cultural detail to show his humility and the greatness of the Messiah.
"With the Holy Spirit and fire" This phrase is used in the NT only in contexts which contrast John's water baptism with Jesus' spirit baptism Luke 3:16; Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 1:5; 11:16. Therefore, it is a way to show and magnify the spiritual effectiveness of Jesus' ministry. The Spirit and fire are synonymous. It refers to initial salvation through the gospel. Fire is probably a metaphor of cleansing Lev. 13:52, 55, 57, which is the forgiveness of sins Luke 3:3. John was sent to prepare, but Jesus to accomplish.
V18 “good news" vs “The Good News” John the Baptist was the last OT prophet. He did not know the full gospel. Here the sense of the term is the "good news" (gospel) of God's willingness to judge sin and God's Messiah is coming. The good news” (Gospel) through repentance and faith in the work of the Messiah Mark 1:15.
Vs21-22
 
21Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened,
 
22and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, "You are My Beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased."
"while He was praying" Luke's Gospel, more than the others, emphasizes Jesus' prayer life Luke 3:21; 5:16; 6:12. If Jesus, the sinless Son of God, sensed the need to pray often, how much more should we!
"Jesus was also baptized"
Why Jesus was baptized has always been a concern for believers because John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. Jesus did not need forgiveness for He was sinless 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 3:5.
The theories have been:
1. It was an example for believers to follow
2. It was His identification with believers' need for repentance
3. It was His ordination and equipping for ministry
4. It was a symbol of His redemptive task
5. It was His approval of the ministry and message of John the Baptist
6. It was a prophetic foreshadowing of His death, burial, and resurrection. Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12
Whatever the reason, this was a defining moment in Jesus' life. Although it does not imply that Jesus became the Messiah at this point, which is the early heresy of adoptionism (The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture by Bart D. Ehrman, pp. 47-118), it held great significance for Him.

Lk.3:22 "Holy Spirit . . . Him . . . a voice out of heaven" This is one of several passages in the NT where all three persons of the Trinity are mentioned.
"dove" This is an unusual symbol for the Spirit. God wanted all to see a physical manifestation of His Spirit on His Messiah. Some think it is related to
1. The Spirit brooding over the waters in Gen. 1:2
2. Noah's sending out a dove in Gen. 8:8-10
3. The rabbis' using it as a symbol for Israel Hos. 11:11
Luke is the only Gospel that has "in bodily form." Apparently, Luke is trying to emphasize the physical manifestation of the unseen Spirit. This visible descent was not only an affirmation to Jesus, but also a witness to the crowd of just-baptized hearers.
"A voice came out of heaven" This is called a bath kol. It was a rabbinical method to communicate that a message was from God Ps. 2:7; Isa. 42:1. God used a mechanism to which these Jewish hearers were accustomed to reveal His presence and power in Jesus.
"You are my beloved Son" This shows (1) the Father's affirmation to the Son and (2) a witness to the crowd. This is an allusion to Psalm 2, which is a royal Psalm of God's victory on behalf of the Davidic king i.e., Son Luke 2:7. This title (Son) is repeated at Jesus' transfiguration Luke 9:35.
George E. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament, p. 164, has an interesting comment about "Beloved" agapētos, where he asserts that it appears in the Septuagint as the translation of the Hebrew yachid, "only" i.e., only Son. Gen. 22:2; Jer. 6:26. Based on this he further asserts that it is synonymous with monogenēs John 3:16, thus making this quote refer to Jesus as God's only, unique, one-of-a-kind Son (i.e., Messiah).
V23
"About thirty years of age" The exact dating of NT events is uncertain, but by comparing other NT texts, other secular histories, and modern archaeology, these dates are moving more and more in a narrow range. This text is not asserting thirty years old exactly, but in His thirties.
"Being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph" Joseph is mentioned to fulfill Jewish legal requirements. The term "supposed" validates Luke's understanding and affirmation of the virgin birth as does vs 1:34-35.
There are several differences in the list of ancestors between Matthew and Luke. The best guess is that Luke records Mary's lineage. In addition, Matthew records Joseph's lineage.
One of my favorite commentators, F. F. Bruce in Questions and Answers (p. 41) mentions another possibility for the differences between Matthew and Luke's genealogies, Matthew records the royal lineage (i.e., the line of succession to the throne of Judah), while Luke records Joseph's actual blood line (a part of the Davidic line, but not the family of royalty).
I guess my problem is that Luke's comments about Joseph being the "supposed" father of Jesus Luke 3:23 seem to demand that Mary must be of Davidic descent also for the prophecy of 2 Sam. 7:12-16 to be fulfilled.
V38
"The son of Adam" Matthew, written for Jews, takes the lineage back to Abraham. Luke, written for Gentiles, takes it back to Adam for the beginning of humanity. Luke even alludes to the special creation of humans Gen. 2:7 made in God's image Gen. 1:26-27.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  1. Why does Luke make such an effort to date John the Baptist's ministry?
A) Historical record, biblical and prophetic timeline.
2.  Why was John's message so radical in its day?
A) Jews placed their standing with God in birthright.
3.  Why did Herod have John killed?
A) Peer pressure, tricked by Salome, John confronted his lifestyle, “I must decrease and He must
Increase”
  4. Why was Jesus baptized?
A) Identify with all humankind, part of God’s plan to announce His son and encourage Jesus.
  5. Why is the genealogy in Luke different from Matthew's?
  1. Establish Jesus’ bloodline to David, His connection to all humankind, connection to the Abrahamic covenant; establish his legal lineage to Kind David.
KINGDOM OF GOD, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
Restoration of the sovereign rule of God over this world was initiated by Christ's earthly ministry and will be consummated when the kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ Rev 11:15.
THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM
According to the testimonies of the first three Gospels, the proclamation of the kingdom of God was Jesus' central message. Matthew summarizes the Galilean ministry with the words "Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere the Good News about the Kingdom" Mt 4:23. The Sermon on the Mount is concerned with the righteousness that qualifies people to enter the kingdom of God Mt 5:20. The collection of parables in Matthew 13 and Mark 4 illustrate the "mystery" of the kingdom of God Mt 13:11; Mk 4:11. The establishment of the Lord's Supper looks forward to the establishment of the kingdom of God Mt 26:29; Mk 14:25.
The NT reports two different forms of the expression: "the kingdom of God" and "the kingdom of the heavens." The latter is found only in Matthew, but Matthew also has "the kingdom of God" four times Mt 12:28; 19:24; 21:31, 43.
The key to an understanding of the kingdom of God is that the basic meaning of the Greek word basileia, and the Hebrew word malkut, is rule, reign, and dominion.
This is seen first in his repeated teaching that his mission is a fulfillment of the OT messianic prophets. Mark summarizes Jesus' message with the words "The Kingdom of God is near! Turn from your sins and believe this Good News!" Mk 1:15. This saying can have one of two meanings. It may refer to the imminent coming of the apocalyptic kingdom. Matthew summarizes the message of John the Baptist with nearly the same words: "Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near" Mt 3:2. The Baptist expounds what he means by the approach of the kingdom of God: "He is ready to separate the chaff from the grain with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, storing the grain in his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire" v 12. John proclaimed an apocalyptic act; "unquenchable fire" can mean no strictly historical event but only an apocalyptic judgment. John expected Jesus to be the one in whom the cosmic event expected by the prophets would be carried out.
It is possible that this was also Jesus' meaning. However, another interpretation is possible that is better supported by the actual course of his mission: "The time is fulfilled." The messianic promises of the prophets were not only about to be fulfilled; they were in process of fulfillment in his mission. In Jesus, God was visiting his people. The hope of the prophets truly was being realized.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary

The Kingdom Teachings
Per the Scriptures, all time is divided into seven periods, or dispensations. The Bible is occupied, in the main, with the last three of these periods. All that lies between Exodus, chapter 19, and Revelation, chapter 20, is the unfolding of the exact scope and character of these three ages. These ages are: The age of the law of Moses, which is measured by the duration of the reign of that law, or from Sinai to Calvary; The age of the kingdom, which is measured by the earth-reign of the King, or from the second coming of Christ when He comes to occupy His throne Matt. 25:31, to the bringing in of the eternal state in the new heavens and new earth Rev. 21:1; 1 Cor. 15:24-28; And lying between the age of the law of Moses, which is wholly past, and the age of the kingdom, which is wholly future, there is the present age of grace, bounded by the death of Christ, on the one hand, and by His Second Advent, on the other. The revelation concerning the outstanding ordinance for this age also marks the limit of duration of the age itself with a future event dateless, but nevertheless sure: "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come."
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Build Your House On The Rock By: Pastor Dr. Charles Novak

When we look at our lives, I wonder if we look at them as building a house. We are definitely building a life, but when you stop to think about it, our selves, our lives, our bodies are the temple of God, correct?, we see this in (I Corinthians Chapter 6 Verses 19 And 20 English Standard Version) “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” So this in essence shows that we are building a house, a house for God within our our humans bodies. Our own human bodies, even just saying that makes me think how quick we are to assume that we belong to our selves.

God made us, as we read in (Genesis Chapter 1 Verses 26 And 27 English Standard Version) “Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” So we see that we are not our own, but that we belong to God, God the Father, Jehovah, Lord, Creator, also to His Son Jesus, the Christ, and just the same to the Holy Spirit, hence we belong to the Godhead. And not only because God Himself made us, as if there should be any other reason that needs to be given, because there is not.

But there is another reason available in the Bible as to why we belong to God, and that is that we were bought at a price, as we just read above in I Corinthians Chapter 6 Verse 20. This price that was paid for us, as we all know goes well beyond the typical financial exchange in any purchase you or I for that matter, have ever made. How did Jesus pay for us? We were bought with His blood the blood that Jesus Shed for us on the Cross, at Calvary, this we read in (Galatians Chapter 3 Verses 13 Through 15 New Life Version) “Christ bought us with His blood and made us free from the Law. In that way, the Law could not punish us. Christ did this by carrying the load and by being punished instead of us. It is written, “Anyone who hangs on a cross is hated and punished.” Because of the price Christ Jesus paid, the good things that came to Abraham might come to the people who are not Jews. And by putting our trust in Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit He has promised. Christian brothers, let me show you what this means. If two men agree to something and sign their names on a paper promising to stay true to what they agree, it cannot be changed.”

Have we yet even began to realize that when Jesus bought us with His blood on the Cross at Calvary, that He became a curse for us? He literally because a curse for us, this we read in (Galatians Chapter 3 Verse 13 English Standard Version) “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree" That cannot be so hard to understand, consider it. Jesus “all” at “once”, took “all” sin for “all” mankind when He died on the Cross at Calvary. At this ultimate sacrifice made by the Son of God Himself, Jesus taking every sin ever committed, and bearing the burden for them, the burden of death, I don't know about you, but anyone who would have to go through that, I would also call them cursed.

Jesus literately went from being a curse, to being a cure, but only a cure, but being “the” cure, the cure for all of us, for all mankind. This we read specifically in (Romans Chapter 5 Verses 12 Through 21 Bible In Basic English) “For this reason, as through one man sin came into the world, and death because of sin, and so death came to all men, because all have done evil: Because, till the law came, sin was in existence, but sin is not put to the account of anyone when there is no law to be broken. But still death had power from Adam till Moses, even over those who had not done wrong like Adam, who is a picture of him who was to come. But the free giving of God is not like the wrongdoing of man. For if, by the wrongdoing of one man death came to numbers of men, much more did the grace of God, and the free giving by the grace of one man, Jesus Christ, come to men. And the free giving has not the same effect as the sin of one: for the effect of one man's sin was punishment by the decision of God, but the free giving had power to give righteousness to wrongdoers in great number.

For, if by the wrongdoing of one, death was ruling through the one, much more will those to whom has come the wealth of grace and the giving of righteousness, be ruling in life through the one, even Jesus Christ. So then, as the effect of one act of wrongdoing was that punishment came on all men, even so the effect of one act of righteousness was righteousness of life for all men. Because, as numbers of men became sinners through the wrongdoing of one man, even so will great numbers get righteousness through the keeping of the word of God by one man. And the law came in addition, to make wrongdoing worse; but where there was much sin, there was much more grace: That, as sin had power in death, so grace might have power through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For all that God has Made, for all that Jesus has paid, for all of the Infallible Words of God, we see that it is best to build your house, your living house, that dwells inside, and also your home on the rock, that is the rock of Salvation, our Lord, our Messiah, Jesus, the Son of God, Jesus, the Christ. Let us close by reading (Mathew Chapter 7 Verses 24 Through 27 English Standard Version) “"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."

Is it any wonder why in the next two verses they speak as they do. (Mathew Chapter 7 Verses 28 And 29 English Standard Version) “And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.”

The Word of God as given to me by our Lord, so others may have a better understanding of God, or come to a new knowledge of God. I take no glory for this writing, it was given to me, and to you as a gift from God, as is our lives, and all that is in them. I thank you Great God in Heaven for all the Gifts, and Promises, that come to us one and all. Everything in you,, shows all the love that you have for us, thanks be to God, Glory to God in the Highest. All the Praise, and Honor, and Glory to you, our most high Heavenly Father, Amen.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Many Times We Read In The Bible- He Who Is Wise. A Word To The True Seeker Of The Presence Of The Lord

 Many Times We Read In The Bible- He Who Is Wise. A Word To The True Seeker Of The Presence Of The Lord

Hos 14:9 Who is wise, that he may understand these things? prudent, that he may know them? for the ways of Jehovah are right, and the just shall walk in them; but transgressors shall fall therein.

Barnes:

Hosea 14:9

Who is wise and he shall understand these things? - The prophet says this, not of the words in which he had spoken, but of the substance. He does not mean that his style was obscure, or that he had delivered the message of God in a way difficult to be understood. This would have been to fail of his object. Nor does he mean that human acuteness is the key to the things of God. He means that those only of a certain character, those “wise,” through God, unto God, will understand the things of God. So the Psalmist, having related some of God’s varied chastenings, mercies and judgments, sums up, “Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving kindness of the Lord” Psa_107:43. So Asaph says that God’s dealings with the good and bad in this life were “too hard” for him to “understand, until” he “went into the sanctuary of God;” then “understood” he “their end” Psa_73:16-17.

In like way Daniel, at the close of his prophecy, sums up the account of a sifting-time, “Many shall be purified and made white and tried, and the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand” Dan_12:10. As these say that the wise alone understand the actual dealings of God with man, so Hosea says, that the wise alone would understand what he had set forth of the mercy and severity of God, of His love for man, His desire to pardon, His unwillingness that any should perish, His longing for our repentance, His store of mercies in Christ, His gifts of grace and His free eternal love, and yet His rejection of all half-service and His final rejection of the impenitent. “Who is wise?” “The word “who” is always taken, not for what is impossible, but for what is difficult.” So Isaiah saith, “Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the Arm of the Lord revealed?” Isa_53:1.

For the ways of the Lord are right - If in the word, “ways,” the figure is still preserved, the prophet speaks of the “ways,” as “direct and straight;” without a figure, as “just and upright.”
The ways of the Lord - Are, what we, by a like figure, call “the ‘course’ of His providence;” of which Scripture says, “His ways are judgment” Deu_32:4; Dan_4:37; “God, His ways are perfect” Psa_18:30; “the Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works” Psa_145:17; “Thy way is in the sea, and Thy paths in the great waters, and Thy footsteps are not known” Psa_77:19; “lo, these are parts of His ways, but how little a portion is heard of Him, and the thunder of His power who can understand?” Job_26:14; “who hath enjoined Him His way, and who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?” Job_36:23. These “ways of God” include His ordering for us, in His eternal wisdom, that course of life, which leads most directly to Himself. They include, then, all God’s commandments, precepts, counsels, His whole moral law, as well as His separate purpose for each of us. In the one way, they are God’s ways toward us; in the other they are God’s ways for us.


The just shall walk in them - God reveals His ways to us, not that we may know them only, but that we may do them. “The end of moral science is not knowledge, but practice,” said the Pagan philosopher . But the life of grace is a life of progress. The word, “way,” implies not continuance only, but advance. He does not say,” they shall “stand” in God’s ways,” but “they shall walk in them.” They shall go on in them “upright, safe, and secure, in “great peace” and with “nothing whereat to stumble” . In God’s ways there is no stumbling block, and they who walk in them, are free from those of which other ways are full. Whereas, out of God’s ways, all paths are tangled, uneven, slippery, devious, full of snares and pitfalls, God maketh His “way straight,” a royal highway, smooth, even, direct unto Himself.

Gill:

It suggests as if there were but few such wise persons, and that they are the only wise men that do know and understand these things; and all others are but fools, let them be thought as wise as they will:


Henry:

Concerning every one that hears and reads the words of the prophecy of this book (Hos_14:9): Who is wise? and he shall understand these things. Perhaps the prophet was wont to conclude that sermons he preached with these words, and now he closes with them the whole book, in which he has committed to writing some fragments of the many sermons he had preached. Observe,

1. The character of those that do profit by the truths he delivered: Who is wise and prudent? He shall understand these things, he shall know them. Those that set themselves to understand and know these things thereby make it to appear that they are truly wise and prudent, and will thereby be made more so; and, if any do not understand and know them, it is because they are foolish and unwise. Those that are wise in the doing of their duty, that are prudent in practical religion, are most likely to know and understand both the truths and providences of God, which are a mystery to others, Joh_7:17. The secret of the Lord is with those that fear him,




Psa 107:43 Whoso is wise will give heed to these things; And they will consider the lovingkindnesses of Jeh

Dan 12:10 Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but they that are wise shall understand.

Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty and six.

Dear- remnat bride, this is meat, iot is amessage for the hungry, thehuger for the presence of the lord, if you desier this more than anything, this message is for you.

It takes time, learning, obedience, being a real christian, seeking the lord with all your heart , mind and soul, praying in the prayer closet, reading the word, and getting wisdom, revelation, insight. I have always love the ver. The secret of the Lord is with those that fear him.

Note; those who fear Him, a holy Godly fear, we must have a healthy, balance fear of the lord, not as one that is ready to strike us down when we fall, or sin, he lonvingly restores us. The fear of the lord is akin to, we are to work out our OWN salvation with fear and trembling.

The lord wants to give you today deep revelation, insults to the word, wisdom to understand what so called believers and UN-believers do not, as Jesus said, I speak in parables that they may not understand, but to you is given understanding and the keys to the kingdom.

That key is what opens the unseen, it gives us faith, trust, hope, we come to the lord in reverent respect, that is what the fear of the lord is, understanding he is sovereign, and mighty, the lord of the seven thunders, the lord that raises anything that is dead. If we could grasp the power and reality of who our lord is, his character and all he is, it would settle a worried heart in a blink of an eye, this is why we must come to him, so we can learn of his tender mercy and loving-kindness.

Come to his presence as a humble servant, nothing else, read the word, pause, SELA, ask the lord via the holy spirit to help you understand, to get your own Rhema revelation from a verse or two. The lord wants, desires, to give this to his bride, all we need to do, is commit to the time, walk the walk of faith daily, not being a P.T. Christian. I have said before, the days of being a P.T. Christian are over, it is time to be a F.T. Christian, separate from the world, sanctified, holy , seeking grace in humility, and we will have what the lord wants to give, we will clearly understand great mysteries, and we will have a direct word from the lord concerning our walk and life.

Think on this. P.T. or F.T. the line is drawn in the sand, time to make your stand.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kept In Custody-Posted by Pastor Bob

Kept in Custody


Gal 3:23-25 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. (24) Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. (25) But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.


I was actually studying Deuteronomy Chapter 30, verses 15-18 when I cross referenced to the above verses in Paul's letter to the Galatians. The apostle Paul originally planted Christ's church in Galatia in the region of Asia Minor. It was not long before these planted churches became apostate.
Gal 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;


False teachers had made their way into the churches in Galatia and began to alter the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Paul returned to Galatia to prove that justification is by faith alone and not the deeds of the law.


Let's go back for a moment and look at the verses I started with in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy:
Deu 30:15-18 "See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; (16) in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. (17) "But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, (18) I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it.
I especially like verse 17 and the first sentence of verse 18:
  1. "But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, (18) I declare to you today that you shall surely perish.


Let's return to Galatians 3:23:
Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.


What is meant by "custody under the law"? Let's look up the Greek:
custody:
φρουρέω
phroureō
froo-reh'-o
From a compound of G4253 and G3708; to be a watcher in advance, that is, to mount guard as a sentinel (post spies at gates); figuratively to hem in, protect: - keep (with a garrison). Compare G5083.


Law:
νόμος
nomos
nom'-os
From a primary word νέμω nemō (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle): - law.


So we can see that prior to being justified by faith (when Christ came as the sacrifice for our sins) man was kept in custody-or protection under the law of Moses. The ancient Israelites were “shut up”. In modern English the term “shut up” has a negative conotation in telling someone to be quiet in a rather nasty sort of way. We have all had the need to instruct our children not to use this term “shut up” But what does this term really mean in the Greek?
συγκλείω
sugkleiō
soong-kli'-o
From G4862 and G2808; to shut together, that is, include or (figuratively) embrace in a common subjection to: - conclude, inclose, shut up.


In verse 23 (being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.) it is telling us that they embraced and were in common subjection to the Old Testament law as revealed by Moses up until the time in which Christ was revealed as our Savior and the ultimate sacrifice for our sin.
Matthew Henry states that “The law did not teach a living, saving knowledge; but, by its rites and ceremonies, especially by its sacrifices, it pointed to Christ, that they might be justified by faith."


Galatians 3:24:
Gal 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.


The law became our tutor. What exactly do we mean by that?


παιδαγωγός
paidagōgos
pahee-dag-o-gos'
From G3816 and a reduplication form of G71; a boy leader, that is, a servant whose office it was to take the children to school; (by implication [figuratively] a tutor [“paedagogue”]): - instructor, schoolmaster.


The law became our servant whose office it was to take us to school, to lead and instruct us. Christ was to become the sacrificial lamb for our sins.
Gal 2:16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
Act 13:39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.


I am not sure who stated this but I like it and will include this without giving proper credit:
God does not reward me for good efforts, or even good performance. God blesses me because He loves me. And He loves for me to just trust in Him. And He loves it when I seek to please Him. But even that is not the basis for what God gives to me. The basis is God's love and grace for me. He bestows upon me His blessings, His love, as I simply believe in Him to do it and trust Him to do it.
The following quote is from the late Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel:
You see, God does not reward us for our works, for our efforts, for our goodness. Whatever God gives to me, He gives to me on the basis of my believing in His grace. And these men have learned to believe in the grace of God. Not really looking at their own selves, weaknesses, failures or whatever, and they have learned how to inspire people to look to God through faith. And God honors the faith of the people who have come to receive from God.


Our last Galatians Chap 3 verse for the day:
Gal 3:25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
In our day we no longer have need of a παιδαγωγός (pahee-dag-o-gos') tutor. Faith has come and we receive freely the gift of eternal salvation by the completed work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 7:14 kind of gives a summary of this transition from the sacrifice under Mosaic law to the New Covenant:
Rom 7:4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
We are no longer under the law, but under the covenant of grace.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
As we conclude today let's look at this final excerpt from Chuck Smith:
So I stand in the grace of God. I walk in the grace of God. Now, does that mean then that I can just go out, and you know, live any kind of an old lascivious life? No, no, no, no, no. The love of Christ constrains me to walk a life that is pleasing, and when I use that as the criteria for my activities, I find that I live a more strict life than when I try and use right and wrong as the basis for my particular activity. Is this right to do? Is this wrong to do? I so often hear that question. That should not be the consideration. The consideration should always be, "Is this pleasing to God if I do it?"
We are getting off subject a bit at this point, but this is such an important point that I would be remiss if I did not bring it up. We will cover so called "backsliding" extensively at another time. But let's not take grace for granted and as license to sin.

If I indeed believe, my belief will be demonstrated by my actions.


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Tomorrow's Friday the 13th full moon is so rare, it won't happen again until 2049-Oh No Not More Full Moon Stuff-Some Prudent Insight- Africom And More



To you reader, ones that read prophecy by Hopi Indians, Torah Code, book of the giants, and more bizarre stuff always made to be equal with bible prophecy( Thanks to Steve Quayle and co), Sid Roth O' lord. That is a good example of a mix of true Christianity, and bizarre Things about bizarre people, if you like that show, think it is a solid show, you almost can never verify anything, aside from what the guest is saying. No Fan of that show, but again no cable, if I want to listen to a sermon, or a teaching series, I go to sermon index, Its up top, look for button -'great old sermons' click the drop down menu, appears and you can listen to sound doctrine all at one place and all solid, no need to look for the new popular TV, Radio, Video Ministry superstars. Jesus must be our only super star of David amen.

I have talked to people that call into work and hit Vegas early Friday the 13 th, and a full moon . it is rare, and NO it's not one of Luke's signs in the sky, its a Date, a Friday, a number 13, and so TPTB that worship the heavens will be on the war path, so be aware today . a NEO Con has already planned their next 911, and it is coming, it has not be put off, held off? Maybe , I know myself, and others have been crying out, lord just a little more time, a little more time, I am not ready. It will be peaceful, but not past his 100 days and by sure 3 months in, you will see much of what This site and others are warning about. This may stop the Russian war I wrote from day one stop looking at Russia it will most likely be 2 fronts Middle East- S.Africa,-S Africa, many that live there in S Africa, did you know you are not really free from the west at all google Africom- Africa Command full name. You beloved are ran by the west, history, India was invaded by Britain and thus to this day the hugest white population, places doing OK, some, and many resources are there, if the area had nothing to steal, there would be no africom folks. we could care less. and look into that. Go to the official site , see cross references download a few laws new ones anyone read a little its all there.

United States Africa Command




From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



United States Africa Command
The Emblem of the United States Africa Command
Active
Authorized: 15 December 2006
Announced: 6 February 2007
Established: 1 October 2007
Activated: 1 October 2008[1]

Country
 United States of America
Type
Unified Combatant Command
Size
2,000 (1,500 stationed at HQ in Germany)[2]
Part of
Department of Defense
Headquarters
Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany
Nickname(s)
U.S. AFRICOM, USAFRICOM
Engagements
2011 military intervention in Libya
Website
www.africom.mil
Commanders
Commander
General Thomas D. Waldhauser,
United States Marine Corps

Deputy for Military Operations
Vice Admiral Michael T. Franken, U.S. Navy
Deputy for
Civil-Military Engagement

Ambassador Alexander M. Laskaris,
U.S. Department of State[3]





The United States Africa Command (U.S. AFRICOM (official abbreviation), USAFRICOM, or AFRICOM) is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands of the United States Armed Forces, headquartered at Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. It is responsible for U.S. military operations and military relations with 53 African nations. Its area of responsibility covers all of Africa except Egypt, which is within the area of responsibility of the United States Central Command. U.S. AFRICOM headquarters operating budget was $276 million in fiscal year 2012.[2]
The Commander of U.S. AFRICOM reports to the Secretary of Defense.[4] In individual countries, U.S. Ambassadors continue to be the primary diplomatic representative for relations with host nations.

See Links for all the information

Their main site is at,




Look, many Americans honestly think everything will be great, America will be great again, the same as at 911, we will build , the sycamore tree, wow. Harbinger, great book, much of what Rabbi said, did not happen, as stated, so what does this mean, a first, yes, the stocks had the worse opening and starting of wall street ever, The economy is still tanked it will take God himself to stop it all, in the long post I did with many links, its there , look,

There are just enough of the bride, praying saints, sadly, much of the same bride that thinks they are all set and we will be great again, but a very different greatness, the USA has known in the past, this time The greatness will be great without The lord. No Jesus, no hope, accept Jesus, you keep waiting , I think , because so many are talking, meaning, many are listening and the lie grows to a small thing, to a global thing.

Friday the 13, th the writing is still on the wall, its been held off and so may think its held off can go back to my old ways or even back to sin we are great again all is well. The bible speaks against not holding on to the same omens the pagans did, the mystical Jews did.

That is my wisdom for the day, next the post.

First- I will be doing a few times a week, an audio or video, 10 plus min, 'Nuggets of Truth' name of it, like a meaty devotion guide.

I found the book that was almost done The NT Prophets- Another Jeremiah. Our weather has put all outside work, to a grinding hault, over a week. Found my notes on the Trump card, its a matter of putting it together, I ended it many times and the next day more wild stuff its a book that may not get put together, so will post in parts 1 and 2 and who knows, This is the first time I did this, politics reporting, I dislike that a lot, and try to avoid politics a lot. No one has ever seen anything like the Brexit not law yet, EU is almost no longer. PTL. All Free countries? No Did you know France parts are still in martial law, a soft kind, but its real, part of Germany did it, Greece, Had to in Porto Rico USA, all ready in economic free fall, Brazil once great, is now like Greece and the IMF does not like it.

Tomorrow's Friday the 13th full moon is so rare, it won't happen again until 2049




Scott Sutherland
Meteorologist/Science Writer


Friday, June 13, 2014, 8:08 AM - Call it what you want - the Strawberry Moon, the Rose Moon or even the Honey Moon - June's full moon has several names, but this particular one is rare enough that we haven't seen one since the year 2000, and we won't see another until the year 2049. What's different about the full moon this month? For anyone living in or eastward of the Eastern time zone, it falls on Friday the 13th.
It's a simple coincidence of numbers, of course. As the Earth rotates on its axis and orbits around the sun, we tick off the days, weeks and months on our calendar. Meanwhile, the moon orbits around the Earth on its own schedule, progressing through its phases each day and taking roughly 29.5 days to get from one full moon to the next.



Our calendar has a steady enough layout that we easily follow it from month to month and year to year. Our days and weeks are consistent enough, but we restart the count of our days (ie: our months) every 28 to 31 days. This causes the factors involved in this coincidence to shift around enough that they only line up every once in a while. 
First, since we consistently count out 7-day weeks, from Sunday to Saturday, regardless of what the rest of the calendar is doing, that makes the specific days of the month fall on different days of the week (except February and March, usually). This makes Friday the 13ths uncommon as it is. Of the 12 times a year when we have the 13th-day-of-the-month, a maximum of three of those will fall on a Friday throughout the year, and while there can be up to 14 months between occurrences of the day, there is always at least one Friday the 13th per calendar year. 
Just going back as far as 2000, this will be the 25th Friday the 13th in that time span. 
Looking at the full moon now, they happen once every 29.5 days (called a synodic month), so we see at least one almost every month (there are a few Februaries that don't have one). That gives us between 12 and 13 full moons every year. However, having it fall on a specific day is a little less common. Since 2000, the full moon has fallen on a Friday a total of 26 times. In that same time, the full moon has occurred on the 13th of the month exactly nine times. 
Bringing it all together, though, to have the 13th fall on a Friday and have the synodic month line up to put a full moon on that same day, the number of occurrences since the year 2000 drops to two (including this one). What's more, is that these three factors won't line up again for another 35 years, and 2 months, when another Friday the 13th full moon comes in August of 2049.
Given that there can be a little as 2-3 years between two occurrences of the Friday the 13th full moon, that's a pretty long period of time to wait to see this happen again. However, it actually isn't the longest. Between January 1922 and November 1970, the moon and the calendar stubbornly refused to line up. That produced a 48 year and 10 month stretch of no Friday the 13th full moons.
Friday the 13th is already viewed as unlucky by certain cultures, so, with the extra coincidence of this full moon, is that going to make this day even more unlucky? Well, beyond the superstition, there's no evidence that Friday the 13th is actually more "unlucky" than other days of the year. In fact, there are some statistics that support the idea that it's actually a slightly safer day than others (mostly because people tend to be more careful on that day, it seems). 
This should probably be seen as a fairly lucky day, though, since all of these separate time factors had to.



PS 33



Title. To the Chief Musician—a Psalm of David. The dedication to the chief musician proves that this song of mingled measures and alternate strains of grief and woe was intended for public singing, and thus a deathblow is given to the notion that nothing but praise should be sung. Perhaps the Psalms, thus marked, might have been set aside as too mournful for temple worship, if special care had not been taken by the Holy Spirit to indicate them as being designed for the public edification of the Lord's people. May there not also be in Psalms thus designated a peculiar distinct reference to the Lord Jesus? He certainly manifests himself very clearly in the twenty-second, which bears this title; and in the one before us we plainly hear his dying voice in the fifth verse. Jesus is chief everywhere, and in all the holy songs of his saints he is the chief musician. The surmises that Jeremiah penned this Psalm need no other answer than the fact that it is "a Psalm of David."



Psa 31:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.



Psa 31:2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.



Psa 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.



Psa 31:4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.



Psa 31:5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.



Psa 31:6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.



Psa 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trou
ble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;



Psa 31:8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.



Psa 31:9 Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.



Psa 31:10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.



Psa 31:11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.



Psa 31:12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.



Psa 31:13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.



Psa 31:14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.



Psa 31:15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.



Psa 31:16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.



Psa 31:17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.



Psa 31:18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.



Psa 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!



Psa 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.



Psa 31:21 Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.



Psa 31:22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.



Psa 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.



Psa 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.



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