Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
I am sure there are many of us that have heard something along the lines of; “that old Bible thumper”, or “they think they are better than me”. These are the kinds of comments that people will use as a form of discouragement for true Children of God. In fact, if you are not experiencing this type of persecution there is a good chance that you might be lacking in the dedication department.
Now I am not saying this is always the case, because Jesus went to some places where he was welcomed by the people. However, there always seemed to be that one person who wanted to question what he was doing. The lack of faith can be a powerful tool for enemies of God and those that follow Him. Our job, as His followers, is the spread the greatness of God’s love and not allow those of this world to discourage us in the process.
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
I have given some thought to this interaction between Jesus and the Pharisees, I have noticed that the Pharisees were not able t answer many of the questions that Jesus presented them with. I believe this comes from the fact that the Pharisees were not Godly men as they acted and they did not have the Spirit to reveal the meanings of things concerning Jesus.
The solution, as I believe, is this: Jesus was with God from the beginning. This is the reason he is Lord. He came to earth in human form and therefore needed to be born of a human woman. Mary is a descendant of David and this made Jesus a son of David. So, while Jesus has always been in Godly form, he was descended from the bloodline of David. Jesus is Lord, always has and always will be. Jesus in flesh, had David as an ancestor.
It’s been a while since I posted anything, it’s be a hectic start to the new year. Recently, I started my second job and been trying to find the balance needed to finish my last month of class and two jobs. My wife had been working double shifts at her job due to call-offs and this has thrown our schedules for a bit of a loop. Hopefully, things have already started on an upswing for us. If not, it is the will of God and we will accept this faithfully. I know that sometimes we tend to push this to the back of our minds, but God isn’t going any where. All it takes if for us to turn our problems over to Him and He will carry us through it.
1 Peter 5:6-11 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.
Jesus appears to be impressed in the faith of the centurion which I think makes a few interesting points.
- The centurion expressed his belief in the authority of Jesus by comment. When he expressed that the he was able to order people to do things and then they did them. He was showing that he believed that Jesus had the authority to order the illness to leave his servant. This faith and recognition coming from a Roman leader was not the normal practice of the people at the time.
- Jesus expresses the fact that he has not found such faith in all of Israel. The people that God has chosen to be His people didn’t have the level of faith that a Roman leader had.
- Many of the Jewish people believed that had to see and/or touch Jesus before he could heal them. A centurion had faith that all Jesus had to do was will the healing. In fact, the centurion felt that he was unworthy of Jesus coming to his home, but he knew that Jesus’ presence was not a requirement of the healing.
The lesson that I take away from this story is that faith is key to increasing our personal relationship with God. We must believe in God’s will, grace, mercy, and love that He has for His creation.
I apologize to anyone who has been reading the comments over the last couple of days. For whatever reason, someone has decided it is their personal mission to prove that Paul was a false apostle. I believe that Paul was called by Jesus to be his messenger to the Gentiles, which as you are aware is anyone that isn’t a Jew. Each person must study and decide for themselves at to what they choose to believe. God knows that I try to share what I believe to be truth and would never intentionally mislead anyone.
With that said, my apology is my personal behavior when addressing the comments that were sent to me. I let the flesh take over and actually conducted myself in an unChristian manner. I am truly sorry for doing this. I allowed sarcastic comments to get under my skin and should have conducted myself in a more proper manner. Please pray that God guides me to do and say things that are in line with His will and not my own.
The one thing that I won’t apologize for is standing by my beliefs. I believe that Jesus picked Paul for a reason. I think Paul was just as flawed as anyone, but I also believe that his letter were inspired by God through the Holy Spirit. God bless you all.
I woke up about 3 am and decided to reprogram the cable channels to my bedroom tv. Mainly, because my local service provider had added a bunch of new channels and I was having trouble falling back asleep. So I let the tv do its thing and about 20 minutes or so later I started just flipping through the channels to see what was on. I came across a church program where the pastor was answering questions about the Bible.
I had recognized this pastor and church from previous viewings and remembered that they had some beliefs that I thought were a bit strange. One example, is that Eve had sex with Satan and this is how Cain was conceived. The reasoning for this conclusion was that the word beguiled in the KJV means seduced physically. I have researched this from both religious and secular sources and have not found any text that backs up this reasoning.
So this morning I thought to myself that the explanation given at an earlier date was a simple understanding error (I wanted to give this church the benefit of the doubt). So I listen to a few of the answers that is shared and think to myself that I can understand his reasoning for this. Then he answers a question about Ham uncovering Noah’s nakedness. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, after the flood receded Noah got drunk and was laying in his bed naked.
According to the Bible, Ham walks in and sees his father and runs and tells his brothers instead of trying to cover Noah up. His brothers respond by draping garment over their shoulders and walking backwards to cover their father. This story is found in Genesis 9.
The pastor of the church I was watching says that what this meant was that Ham actually has sex with his mother, Noah’s wife, and this is what seeing his nakedness meant. I simply don’t agree with this opinion. If that was case then why would his brothers need to cover his father?
False teaching can be a dangerous thing to be exposed to. Please be careful who you believe out there.
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
This is pretty straight forward parable that Jesus is sharing with the people about the importance of relying on God to deal with those that do wrong to His people. The part that I find interesting is that Jesus asks when he returns to earth will he find faith. This is interesting to me because he is wanting the people to consider the condition of the world when he is going to return. As it stand now, in the United States we have a freedom of worship that people in other countries can only dream of. What do we do with this freedom? Many Christian churches are trying to pacify people that get offended by the Word of God. Do they not have enough faith to know that it is better to offend the world than offend God? All we can do is pray for them and try to counsel to them.