Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas, The 25th, and The Bible.

I know a lot of you love Christmas and you ascribe to it as the day that Jesus was born and that He is the reason for the season and think that there are people who have no right calling it a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree...

and if you are one of those people who wants to have nothing infringing on your traditions, then this probably isn't the post for you.

Because in this post, I am going to point out a lot of stuff from a Biblical perspective, and it is possible that what the word says may be offensive to some people in regards to Christmas.
I preface this post with this disclaimer not to be offensive, but to avoid offense.


In the past year or so, I think some weird switch got flipped in my brain because I started reading the news. I used to hate the news because it was all depressing, going on about who got shot today and how dark the world is and all that, but I digress. I was reading the news and I cam across This Article that had a quote directly from the Pope that says as follows:

"The idea that Christ was born on Dec 25 also has no basis in historical fact.
"We don't even know which season he was born in. The whole idea of celebrating his birth during the darkest part of the year is probably linked to pagan traditions and the winter solstice.""


The Man with the super tall hat is partly right.  The idea that Christ was born in Dec has no historical basis.










Also, The idea of his birth being celebrated in December has to do with an infusion of pagan customs.  What I disagree with is the notion that we don't know what season.


Luke 2
In the same region there were shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.

15 
When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”
16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.


SO the time that the Light of the World was being born,  the Shepherds were still bringing the flocks out. I don't think that sheep eat snow...  but anyway.

Have you ever asked yourself how the "christmas" tree every came to be?  Who sat around one day and said," you know, the Savior died for my sins, so I am going to take a pine tree and
and dangle balls and and stream silver tinsel and gold garland and stuff on it to  commemorate his birth" 

Well, The Bible describes these actions:
Jeremiah 10:2-4

Thus says the Lord,
Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens
Although the nations are terrified by them; For the customs of the peoples are delusion;
Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.
They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers
So that it will not totter.



Deuteronomy 12:29-32
“When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.




Now if you take these two passages together it says don't worship God in the ways of paganism, and the act of decorating trees is outlined as a pagan practice. 
How does that tie into December 25th?

"Saturnalia is a festival of light leading to the winter solstice, with the abundant presence of candles symbolizing the quest for knowledge and truth. The renewal of light and the coming of the new year was celebrated in the later Roman Empire at the Dies Natalis of Sol Invictus, the "Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun," on December 25


Without going too deep into historical accounts of Emperor Constantine  and Him thinking Jesus was the Sun god, instead of the Son of God... because really there is a LOT there...  I'd like to point out the fact that this is the very thing that the Pope just said.
You may ask yourself, "So what, what is the big deal? Its just a tree and it's tradition? Plus, there is a lot of love and giving and such so there is good coming from it"

At the heart of a question like that is a mindset that states "I'm only going to follow the parts of God that I like, and even then I am going to do it my way in my control"
...no offense. 


But really, it's like ignoring passages about fornication and sexual sin and throwing orgies because you can say that the bible states to love your neighbor.  

Now I know a lot of you want to celebrate God dwelling coming and dwelling among men and you genuinely love the gift giving , many of you want to celebrate the coming of the King....

...and if that is genuinely in your heart, Instead of  taking something not biblical and worshiping God in ways that he has said that aren't ok.... why not try some of these Biblical days that have the very meanings that you are trying to ascribe?

1) Sukkot/ Feast of booths.

In this God appointed time, ( God holiday, I.E. Holy days) the whole thing is about God dwelling among His people after He has brought them out of bondage.

You want to celebrate little baby Jesus as God in man, there is much to be said about this. In this appointed time, People dwell in temporary dwellings.... You know, like Mary and Joseph were in the Manger.... or what could be considered a Sukkah


2) The feast of Trumpets  or Yom Teruah

This is the Biblical holy day in which declares the coming of the King 
It is called the day of blowing ( of trumpets) and there are trumpet blasts that signify deeply prophetic things of God

The way the shofar is blown can be defined in the following way:
“tekiah” - a long single blast that depicts the sound of the King’s coronation.
“shevarim” - three short wail-like blasts (signifying repentance).
“teruah” - several short blasts of alarm to awaken the soul.
“tekiah hagadol” - a long final blast that prepares the way for the coming of the King,

Celebrate the Birth of the King by the blowing of the trumpet announcing the coming of the king.

Interesting enough, those  two Biblical holidays occur in the fall, when shepherds would still be talking there sheep out into the fields.

The third one is the one that has probably the most symbolism is The Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah. Most people don't even realize that this is mentioned in the bible.

2 Chronicles

Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. 2 The priests could not enter into the house of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Then the king and all the people offered sacrifice before the Lord. King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. Thus the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. The priests stood at their posts, and the Levites also, with the instruments of music to the Lord, which King David had made for giving praise to the Lord—“for His lovingkindness is everlasting”—whenever he gave praise by their means, while the priests on the other side blew trumpets; and all Israel was standing.
7 Then Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord, for there he offered the burnt offerings and the fat of the peace offerings because the bronze altar which Solomon had made was not able to contain the burnt offering, the grain offering and the fat.
The Feast of Dedication
So Solomon observed the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly who came from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt. On the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, for the dedication of the altar they observed seven days and the feast seven days.

The second scripture is the actions of Jesus Himself being in the Temple at the feast of dedication.

John 10

22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon.

There is so much to celebrate in this. There is the fact that we are the temple and Christ dwells in us. The fact that there was the miracle of the Light continually burning in the Menorah during the Maccabees refusal to infuse with worldly oppression. Jesus is The Light of the World.. 



The point is, that there are far more biblically backed God orchestrated Holy days that don't have a bunch of practices that aren't ok.  We all have traditions that we have  that are passed down from our parents.... My parents had  a tradition of  addiction, and God said that wasn't ok. I think we should start some traditions of listing to Our Heavenly Father, and not even learning the practices or customs of paganism.

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Edit: There is also this:


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Eusebius and Passover.

The Catholic writer Eusebius recorded that Polycrates of Ephesus, around 195 A.D. wrote the following to the Roman Bishop Victor who, as the previous writing showed, wanted all who professed Christ to change Passover from the 14th of Nisan to Sunday:

We observe the exact day; neither adding, nor taking away. For in Asia also great lights have fallen asleep, which shall rise again on the day of the Lord’s coming, when he shall come with glory from heaven, and shall seek out all the saints. Among these are Philip, one of the twelve apostles, who fell asleep in Hierapolis; and his two aged virgin daughters, and another daughter, who lived in the Holy Spirit and now rests at Ephesus; and, moreover, John, who was both a witness and a teacher, who reclined upon the bosom of the Lord, and, being a priest, wore the sacerdotal plate. He fell asleep at Ephesus. And Polycarp in Smyrna, who was a bishop and martyr; and Thraseas, bishop and martyr from Eumenia, who fell asleep in Smyrna. Why need I mention the bishop and martyr Sagaris who fell asleep in Laodicea, or the blessed Papirius, or Melito, the Eunuch who lived altogether in the Holy Spirit, and who lies in Sardis, awaiting the episcopate from heaven, when he shall rise from the dead? All these observed the fourteenth day of the passover according to the Gospel, deviating in no respect, but following the rule of faith. And I also, Polycrates, the least of you all, do according to the tradition of my relatives, some of whom I have closely followed. For seven of my relatives were bishops; and I am the eighth. And my relatives always observed the day when the people put away the leaven. I, therefore, brethren, who have lived sixty-five years in the Lord, and have met with the brethren throughout the world, and have gone through every Holy Scripture, am not affrighted by terrifying words. For those greater than I have said ’ We ought to obey God rather than man’ (Eusebius. Church History, Book V, Chapter 24. Translated by Arthur Cushman McGiffert. Excerpted from Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series Two, Volume 1. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. American Edition, 1890. Online Edition Copyright © 2004 by K. Knight).

Notice that Polycrates said that he and the other early church leaders (like the Apostles Philip and John, and their successors like Polycarp, Thraseas, Eumenia, Sagaris, Papirius, Melito) would not deviate from the Bible, and that they knew the Bible taught them to keep the Passover on the correct date, and not on a Sunday. Also notice that they always observed the day when the people put away the leaven. Polycrates also reminded the Roman bishop that true followers of Christ "obey God rather than men"


( A scrap that I came across in my studies)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Judges 6 Commentary

I have heard that Israel means To strive with God ( and man, and prevail.)
This is really conveyed in the first several chapters of judges.
As there is much weighty sadness in the perpetual, habitual forsaking of God by his people...
But there is also a solemn acknowledgment that he is the only salvation that is to be grasped.
What comes through in the beginning of the chapter is God's faithfulness to a rebellious stiff necked people.


Verse 1
1 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord handed them over to the Midianites for seven years


That is basic cause and effect. A forsaking of God leads to his hand to place you into an atmosphere where you are more inclined to remember him.
Reading further down to verse 11, I began to see parallels in Gideon.

11 Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites.

The first thing that I see in this, is the position of Israel. In the Gospels those faithful to the call of God are likened to wheat. Here we find that there is wheat in the bottom of a winepress... which to me, paints the picture of the state israel was in... They are the wheat, being crushed and oppressed.

In that analogy, Gideon would be likened to the Messiah as the harvester, gathering his wheat from the enemy that seeks to devour it...To take what he has not rightly sown.

Further parralles are drawn from 14-15

14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”


This may seem like a basic link, but i felt that it should be mentioned none the less. Both Gideon and Yeshua ( Jesus) were given the charge to deliver Israel from oppression.

15 “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”


When i read this verse, I was reminded of a teaching that I heard that brought up the fact that The messiah came from Nazareth, which was likened to a town of nothingness. I would assume that would be like a garbageman rising up out of Jerome Arizona, and being charged with liberating Israel from geo-political pressures. ( no offense to sanitation engineers who may follow current events on a global stage) I saw that as a big thing as I see biblical men being brought up for a purpose coming from nothing of any sort of stature. What was Joseph but a slave? I digress. Just thinking here.


I found a great deal of interest in verse 17

17 Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the Lord speaking to me. 18 Don’t go away until I come back and bring my offering to you.”

He answered, “I will stay here until you return.”


I know of many whom would argue against this type of scenario and classify it as testing God. Yet, i see in other places in scripture where we are to test spirits to see if they are of God. Is this a backing of that? Probably. I don't know.
What exactly entails testing God? I need to look into that in greater detail, because I think a lot of people may mix up trying to discern his voice and will for something that is an affront to him... and that is an area that needs clear definition as one is of great benefit and the other determent.


21Then the angel of the LORD put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. Then the angel of the LORD vanished from his sight


The things that stood out from this are as follows: We have an offering of a slaughtered animal and unleavened bread... it is placed on the rock... where there is consuming fire.
That may mean something... but... I dunno what. I just see that they are kinda signs of the messiah right? Or perhaps I am just reading too much into something...
( Jesus is our passover lamb. Jesus is the bread that is unleavened by sin, He is the Rock of our foundation, He is the consuming fire)


22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he cried out, “Oh, Sovereign Lord, I’m doomed! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”

23 “It is all right,” the Lord replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.”


Who was this that Gideon was speaking to that he feared he would die? Is this in reference to the scripture that states that no man has looked on God and lived? Usually, when men encountered "angels" they figuratively crap themselves and bury their face in the dirt. That was not Gideons initial reaction, which leads me to wonder what was different about this messenger of the Lord. Could this perhaps, maybe, be the same person Jacob wrestled with?
now I am going back to that offering...

20The angel of God said to him, "Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth." And he did so.

Could the broth be a shadow of blood poured out for us? Or am I just hungry and thinking about food too much during scripture time. I dunno.. Moving on.


34So the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called together to follow him.

So, Gideon has the Spirit of the LORD with him, and He already has confirmation from God as to what he is supposed to do.... he should be ready to roll out right?

Nope... better check again:

36Then Gideon said to God, "If You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken,

37behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken."

38And it was so. When he arose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece, he drained the dew from the fleece, a bowl full of water.

What makes me wonder is why he questioned what God had already spoken? He knew it to be God and the was no question about that. He knew what God asked and he had no misinterpretations about that.
So, he does the fleece thing to make sure and God answers him clearly. Now he should be ready to roll out right?

Nope. Better make sure it wasn't a fluke...

39Then Gideon said to God, "Do not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground."

40God did so that night; for it was dry only on the fleece, and dew was on all the ground.


I believe this is a testament to God's patience. Sometimes i wonder how many times a person needs to ask a question that he already knows the answers to. At what point does that cross over into testing God? It seems that he is pushing a little bit... but for the right reason I guess. Maybe that comes back to God striving with man. If my life was about to be put in harms way, I may want to go forward with 1000% certainty. However... I would hope that the angel of the Lord might be enough for me. I dunno. Thats all i have for Judges 6

Sunday, November 11, 2012

60 Facts about the Sabbath of God

WHY keep the Sabbath day? What is the object of the Sabbath? Who made it? When was it made, and for whom? Which day is the true Sabbath? Many keep the first day of the week, or Sunday. What Bible authority have they for this? There is now a growing count of over 400 denominations in the world that keep the seventh day, or Saturday. What Scripture have they for that? Here are the facts about both days, as plainly stated in the Word of God.



1. After working the first six days of the week in creating this earth, the great God rested on the seventh day. (Genesis 2:1.3.)

2. This stamped that day as God's rest day, or Sabbath day, as Sabbath day means rest day. To illustrate: When a person is born on a certain day, that day thus becomes his birthday. So when God rested upon the seventh day, that day became His rest, or Sabbath, day.

3. Therefore the seventh day must always be God's Sabbath day. A person cannot change your birthday from the day on which you were born to one on which you were not born. . Neither can a person change God's rest day to a day on which He did not rest. Hence the seventh day is still God's Sabbath day.

4. The Creator blessed the seventh day. (Genesis 2:3.)

5. He sanctified the seventh day. (Exodus 20:11.)

6. He made it the Sabbath day in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 2:1-3.)

7. It was made before the fall; hence it is not a type; for types were not introduced till after the fall.

8. Jesus says it was made for man (Mark 2:27), that is, for the race, as the word man is here unlimited; hence, for the Gentile as well as for the Jew.

9. It is a memorial of creation. (Exodus 20:11; 31:17.) Every time we rest upon the seventh day, as God did at creation, we commemorate that grand event.

10. It was given to Adam, the head of the human race. (Mark 2:27; Genesis 2:1-3.)

11. Hence through him, as our representative, to all nations. (Acts 17:26.)

12. It is' not a Jewish institution, for it was made 2,300 years before ever there was a Jew.

13. The Bible never calls it the Jewish Sabbath, but always "the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." Men should be cautious how they stigmatize God's holy rest day.

14. Evident reference is made to the Sabbath and the seven-day week all, through the patriarchal age. (Genesis 2:1-3; 8:10,12; 29:27-28. etc.)

15. It was a part of God's law before Sinai. (Exodus 16:4, 27-29.)

16. Then God placed it in the heart of His  law. (Exodus 20:1-17.) Why did He place it there if it was not like the other nine precepts, which all admit to be immutable?

17. The seventh-day Sabbath was commanded by the voice of the living God. (Deuteronomy 4:12,13.)

18. Then He wrote the commandment with His own finger. (Exodus 31:18.)

19. He engraved it in the enduring stone, indicating its imperishable nature. (Deuteronomy 5:22.)

20. It was sacredly preserved in the ark in the holy of holies. (Deuteronomy 10:1-5.)

21. God forbade work upon the Sabbath, even in the most hurrying times. (Exodus 34:21.)

22. God destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned the Sabbath. (Ezekiel 20:12-13.)

23. It is the sign of the true God, by which we are to know Him from false gods. (Ezekiel 20:20.)

24. God promised that Jerusalem should stand forever if the Jews would keep the Sabbath (Jeremiah 17:24-25.)

25. He sent them into the Babylonish captivity for breaking it. (Nehemiah 13:18.)

26. He destroyed Jerusalem for its violation. (Jeremiah 17:27.)

27. God has pronounced a special blessing on all the Gentiles who will keep it. (Isaiah 56:6, 7.)

28. This is in the prophecy, which refers wholly to non-Jews. (See Isaiah 56.)

29. God has promised to bless all who keep the Sabbath. (Isaiah 56:2.)

30. The Lord requires us to call it "honourable". (Isaiah 58:13.) Be careful not to call it the. "old Jewish Sabbath," "a yoke of bondage," etc.

31. After the holy Sabbath has been trodden down "many generations," it is to be restored in the last days. (Isaiah 58:12-13.)

32. All the holy prophets kept the seventh day.

33. When the Son of God came, He kept the seventh day all His life. (Luke 4:16; John 15:10.) Thus He followed His Father's example at creation. Shall we not be safe in following the example of both the Father and the Son?

34. The seventh day is the Lord's Day. (See Revelation 1:10; Mark 2:28; Isaiah 58:13; Exodus 20:10.)

35. Jesus was Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28), that is, to love and protect it, as the husband is the lord of the wife, to love and cherish her (1 Peter 3:6.)

36. He vindicated the Sabbath as a merciful institution designed for man's good. (Mark 2:23-28.)

37. Instead of abolishing the Sabbath, He carefully taught how it should be observed. (Matthew 13:1-13.)

38. He taught His disciples that they should do nothing upon the Sabbath day but what was "lawful" (Matthew 12:12.)

39. He instructed His apostles that the Sabbath should be prayerfully regarded forty years after His resurrection. (Matthew 24:20.)

40. The pious women who had been with Jesus carefully kept the seventh day after His death. (Luke 23:56.)

41. Years after Christ's resurrection, the Holy Spirit' expressly calls it "the Sabbath day,"(Acts 13:14.)

42. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, called it the "Sabbath day" in A.D. 45. (Acts 13:27.) How shall we believe modern teachers, who affirm that it ceased to be the Sabbath at the resurrection of Christ?

43. Luke, the inspired Christian historian, writing as late as A.D. 62, calls it the "Sabbath day." (Acts 13:44.)

44. The Gentile converts called it the Sabbath. (Acts 13:42.)

45. In the great Christian council, A.D. 49. In the presence of the apostles and thousands of disciples, James calls it the "Sabbath day." (Acts 15:21.)

46. It was customary to hold prayer meetings upon that day. (Acts 16:13.)

47. Paul read the Scriptures in public meetings on that day. (Acts 17:2-3.)

48. It was his custom to preach upon that day. (Acts 17:2-3.)

49. The Book of Acts alone gives a record of his holding eighty-four meetings upon that day. (See Acts 13:14, 44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4, 11.)

50. There was never any dispute between the Christians and the Jews about the Sabbath day. This is proof that the Christians still observed the same day that the Jews did.

51. In all their accusations against Paul, they never charged him with disregarding the Sabbath day. Why did they not, if he did not keep it?

52. But Paul himself expressly declared that he had kept the law. "Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all." Acts 25:8. How could this be true if he had not kept the Sabbath?

53. The Sabbath is mentioned in the New Testament fifty-nine times, and always with respect, bearing the same title it had in the Old Testament, "the Sabbath day."

54. Not a word is said anywhere in the New Testament about the Sabbath's being abolished, done away, changed, or anything of the kind.

55. God has never given permission to any man to work upon it.

56. No Christian of the New Testament, either before or after the resurrection, ever did ordinary work upon the seventh day. Find one case of that kind, and we will yield the question. Why should modem Christians do differently from Bible Christians?

57. There is no record that God has ever removed His blessing or sanctification from the seventh day.

58. As the Sabbath was kept in Eden before the fall, so it will be observed eternally in the new earth after the restitution. (Isaiah 66:22-23.)

59. The seventh-day Sabbath was an important part of the law of God, as it came from His own mouth, and was written by His own finger upon stone at Sinai. (See Exodus 20.) When Jesus began His work, He expressly declared that He had not come to destroy the law. "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets." Matthew 5:17

60. Jesus severely condemned the Pharisees as hypocrites for pretending to love God, while at the same tune they made void one of the Ten Commandments by their tradition. The keeping of Sunday is only a tradition of men


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This post was not originally compiled by me but it was slightly revised by me.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Though My World May Fall...

  As I watched the results of the election results last night I had an uneasy feeling in my stomach. Granted, it was probably the results of the Chimichangas that I had eaten for dinner, I still felt concerned for the nation and the people in which dwell within its boarders. Having been in church nearly every week for the past twelve years or so, I have heard dozens of sermons and lots of various praise and worship songs. As I was praying for God's will to be done, and that He put whomever He sees fit into office to fulfill His purpose, A song popped in my head that I haven't heard in a while.

The lyrics are simple enough:

Jesus, Lover of my soul,
Jesus, I will never let you go
You’ve taken me from the miry clay
You've set my feet upon the Rock, and now i know

I love you, I need you,
Though my world may fall, I’ll never let you go
My Saviour, my closest friend,
I will worship you until the very end


The part that was stuck in my mind was the  "though my world may fall"
Now I'm not going to go off leaning to any political side, because this blog is about the Biblical side and not secular. however, I saw in the previous election something that I am seeing now.
An impending sense of dread and fear. Believers and non-believers alike  have unified in either their misplaced hope or overwhelming disgust.


Why are we so easily shaken ?
Why are we so easily scared ?




Do we put our faith and Hope in the God who authority comes from and pray for our leaders?
Or do we slander them and curse them and thus rebel against God's plan?

Consider David:

1Now when David had passed a little beyond the summit, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred clusters of raisins, a hundred summer fruits, and a jug of wine. The king said to Ziba, “Why do you have these?” And Ziba said, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride, and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine, for whoever is faint in the wilderness to drink.” Then the king said, “And where is your master’s son?” And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.’” So the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours.” And Ziba said, “I prostrate myself; let me find favor in your sight, O my lord, the king!”

When King David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out cursing continually as he came. He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were at his right hand and at his left. Thus Shimei said when he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow! The Lord has returned upon you all the bloodshed of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!”
Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over now and cut off his head.” 10 But the king said, “What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah? If he curses, and if the Lord has told him, ‘Curse David,’ then who shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’”



If God puts people in place for to bless a nation, or curse them... then who are we to fight that? Does not God do what is right in His own sight? In my own life I have had to look at my heart and repent for my rebellion against God, His wisdom, and His authority.

I believe that David really knew this concept of "though my world may fall, I will never let you go"


1 samuel 2
“The Lord makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.
“He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with nobles,
And inherit a seat of honor;
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He set the world on them.
“He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.


Not by might shall a man prevail. 

Where is your security? Where is your foundation? If we place our trust in things other than the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, we are going to be devastated when ruin befalls us.

Do we elect Christ and his policy to usher in prosperity and peace in our lives, or do we rebel as was done in the book of 1 Samuel 8

19 Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”


Though my world may fall...    









Monday, November 5, 2012

The coming Kingdom.

I've been talking a lot about the Sabbath and God, and many of the things not commonly taught in modern protestant theology. A friend of mine made a request that I talk more about the coming Kingdom.  So, at my friends request, I am going to talk a little bit about the New Heaven and New Earth that is going to be made.

How many of you even knew that the bible talks about making a New Heaven and Earth?

Lets take a look at some scriptures about it.

It's mentioned as something that is coming in Revelations 21.

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,  and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”  Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. (1) He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.  But for the cowardly and unbelieving and (2)abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”


(1) Interesting point on this concept of overcoming. What is it that we overcome? Revelation 12 gives us insight. So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Revelation 14:12
Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

(2) Side point on things that are abominable Proverbs  28:9


Isaiah 66
18 “For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory. 19 I will set a sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will declare My glory among the nations. 20 Then they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the Lord, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord. 21 I will also take some of them for priests and for Levites,” says the Lord.
22 “For just as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the Lord,
“So your offspring and your name will endure.
23(1) “And it shall be from new moon to new moon
And from sabbath to sabbath,
All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the Lord.
24 (2)“Then they will go forth and look
On the corpses of the men
Who have transgressed against Me.
For their worm will not die
And their fire will not be quenched;
And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.”

(1) Note that in heaven people keep the sabbath and the feasts of God.

(2)Jesus make mention of this in Matthew 24

 But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25 Behold, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. 27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
This is also mentioned in Luke
Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left. 36 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”] 37 And answering they *said to Him, “Where, Lord?” And He said to them, Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered.”


Peter has this to say:
2 Peter- 3:10- 16

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.


And finally Jesus mentions the New Heaven and New Earth



Matthew- 5:17-19

17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.




There you have it folks. The coming of Christ and His Kingdom.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Define your Belief

Sin, Strong's G266 - hamartia
1) equivalent to 264
a) to be without a share in
b) to miss the mark
c) to err, be mistaken
d) to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong
e) to wander from the law of God, violate God's law, sin
2) that which is done wrong, sin, an offence, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act
3) collectively, the complex or aggregate of sins committed either by a single person or by many

1 peter 2
21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,  who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;  and He Himself  bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.


Repent, Strong's G3340 - metanoeō

1) to change one's mind, i.e. to repent
2) to change one's mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins


Luke
13 Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.  Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Obedience, Strong's G5219 - hypakouō
1) to listen, to harken
a) of one who on the knock at the door comes to listen who it is, (the duty of a porter)
2) to harken to a command
a) to obey, be obedient to, submit to

1 peter 1
14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;  because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Submit, Strong's G5293 - hypotassō

1) to arrange under, to subordinate
2) to subject, put in subjection
3) to subject one's self, obey
4) to submit to one's control
5) to yield to one's admonition or advice
6) to obey, be subject

James 4
 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.



Grace,Strong's G5485 - charis
1) grace
a) that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech
2) good will, loving-kindness, favour
a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues
3) what is due to grace
a) the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace
b) the token or proof of grace, benefit
1) a gift of grace
2) benefit, bounty
4) thanks, (for benefits, services, favours), recompense, reward

Titus 2

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,  looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,  who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

 Perseverance, Strong's G5281 - hypomonē

1) steadfastness, constancy, endurance
a) in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings
b) patiently, and steadfastly
2) a patient, steadfast waiting for
3) a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance

Revelation 14
12 Here is the perseverance of the [j]saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.


Subject, Strong's G5293 - hypotassō
1) to arrange under, to subordinate
2) to subject, put in subjection
3) to subject one's self, obey
4) to submit to one's control
5) to yield to one's admonition or advice
6) to obey, be subject

Romans 6
 6For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,  and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.



I believe that we are Saved by Grace. 
I believe that those are saved are to Repent from Sin. 
I believe that we are to be Subject to God and Submit to Him and His ways in Obedience. 
I believe that we are called to Perseverance against the flesh and the ways of the enemy. 

I believe that this is good news.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Categorized List of Scripture as pertaining to God's law


Sabbath:
Genesis 2:1-3- The first Sabbath

Exodus 16:4-5- Sabbath Before the Law
Exodus 16:24-26- Sabbath before the Law
Exodus 20:8-11- Actual Sabbath Command
Exodus-31:13- Sabbath is Forever
Exodus-31:16 Sabbath is for Everyone
Exodus 31:17-Sabbath is a sign between God and Israel forever

Isaiah-56:2- Sabbath is blessing forever.
Isaiah-58:13-Don't go your own way on Sabbath
Isaiah 66:22-23-Sabbath is for ALL generations
Isaiah 66:22-24- New moon and Sabbath in heaven

Ezekiel-44:23-24- Keep the Law, Feasts, and Sabbaths

Daniel-7:25- Antichrist seeks to change the Laws and appointed times of God. (Sabbath is appointed)

Matthew-12:8- Jesus is lord (institutor) of the Sabbath (why would he abolish it)
Matthew-12:10-12- Jesus follows Commands of God by healing on the Sabbath
Matthew 24:20-21-The Sabbath will still be in effect at the end of Days

Mark-2:23-28- Jesus states specific parts of Torah are of Higher regard than others.

Luke-4:16- Jesus Kept the Sabbath, as his custom
Luke-13:10-16-Jesus upholds The Torah by healing on the Sabbath
Luke-14:1-5-Jesus again up holds Torah by healing on the Sabbath
Luke-23:52-56-After the Cross, people still kept Sabbath

John-5:8-10-It is Lawful to do Good on Sabbath

Acts 13:42-44-Sabbath for Jews & Gentiles, kept long after the Cross
Acts 18:4-Sabbath still kept after cross

Hebrews-4:9-11-The Sabbath Remains don’t be disobedient



Unchanging God:
Exodus-3:14- God doesn't Change

Numbers-23:19-God doesn't Change

1 Samuel-15:29-God doesn’t Change

Psalm 89:34-God refuses to Change his word
Psalms- 102:27- God doesn't Change

Isaiah 31:2 God doesn't retract his word
Isaiah 40:8- God’s word is forever

Malachi 3:6- God doesn’t change

Hebrews-13:8-Jesus Doesn't Change

James-1:17-God doesn't Change


Clean & Unclean:
Genesis 7:2- Noah knew the difference between clean and unclean long before the Law

Leviticus 11 – Dietary guidelines of what is and isn’t food

Deuteronomy 14- Dietary laws

Isaiah 65 - Swines flesh eating provokes God.
Isaiah 66:16-18- Judgments for eating swine’s flesh- Jesus destroys people

Acts 10:17- peter was confused about the vision
Acts 10:28- Peter sees that the vision was about calling men unclean
Acts 10:34- Peter states that his vision was about calling men unclean
Acts 11- Peter states that his vision was about calling men unclean

Romans 14:21- Weak in the faith eat veggies.

1 Corinthians 8:9-13- The weak in the faith issue is meat sacrificed to idols.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18- Command against being unclean


Holiness:
Leviticus 11:44 - be holy as he is holy

Psalms-119:9-11- how to keep Pure

Matthew 5:48 Be perfect and Jesus is perfect

1 Peter -1:15-16- Be Holy as HE is holy

Ephesians 5:27- Be holy and faultless

1 John- 2:6- Walk as Jesus Walked


Love:
Deuteronomy 6:5- Love God with all your heart
Deuteronomy- 6:4-9- Love neighbor as self
 Deuteronomy 11:13- Love God with all your heart and Soul

Leviticus-19:18-Love neighbor as self

Matthew-22:35-40-Jesus quotes the V'hafta ( you shall love…)

Mark 12:32-34 – Love is worth more than Sacrifice

John-14:15-If you love him you obey his commands
John-14:21- If you love him you obey his commands
John 15:10-Obey commands to remain in his love

Romans-7:22- Paul Loves God's Law

1 John 2:3-4-If we say we love, but don't follow commands we're lying and don't have truth





Wisdom/ Knowledge:
Psalm 51:6- Links truth to wisdom (see truth)

Hosea 4:6- Law Is Knowledge, perish for lack of it.

Romans-2:20- The Law is Knowledge and Truth.

Light:
Proverbs 6:23- The commands are a lamp, the teaching is light

Isaiah 8:20- Hold to the law and the testimony and you have light

John 3:20-21- Truth is light, and opposed to evil

Ephesians 5:8-10 – Be in Light, which is Truth


Truth:
Psalm 25:4-6- God’s path is Truth
Psalm 26:2-4 – God’s path is Truth
Psalm 119:43- Truth is Law
Psalms-119: 160- Ordinances/laws are forever and equal truth
Psalms-119:163- Law is contrary to falsehood

Daniel 9:13- God’s Law is Truth

Isaiah 45:19- God’s word is Truth

Matthew 22:16- Jesus teaches truth

Mark 12:14- Jesus teaches truth, God’s ways

Luke 20:21- Jesus teaches truth

John 1:14 – Jesus is full of Grace and Truth-word made flesh
John 3:20-21- Truth is light, and opposed to evil
John 4:23-24 Worship in spirit and truth (see Spirit)
John 8:42-47- Truth is of God, lies are of the devil, -Jesus is sinless
John 17:17- God’s word is Truth

Acts 6:10-15- False witnesses say Stephen And Jesus taught against Law

Ephesians 5:8-10 – Be in Light, which is Truth
 Ephesians 6:14- Belt of Truth, part of God’s armor

Acts-6:13- False witnesses say Stephen taught against God's Law

Romans-2:20- The Law is Knowledge and Truth.

1 John 2:3-4-If we say we love, but don't follow commands we're lying and don't have truth

2 Timothy 4:3-5- hold to the Truth




The Spirit:
Exodus 35:30-32 Holy Spirit given before Acts

Numbers 11:24-30 Holy Spirit given before Acts
 Numbers 27:18 Holy Spirit given before Acts

Judges 3:10 Holy Spirit given before Acts
Judges 6:34 Holy Spirit given before Acts
Judges  11:29 Holy Spirit given before Acts
Judges 15:14 Holy Spirit given before Acts

1 Sam. 11:6 Holy Spirit given before Acts
1 Sam. 16:13 Holy Spirit given before Acts
 Nehemiah 9:30 Holy Spirit given before Acts

1 Peter 1:11 Holy Spirit given before Acts

Isa. 63:10 Israel had the Holy Spirit before Acts

Zech. 4:6 Testifies of the Holy Spirit

Romans 7:14-Law is spiritual


One Law:
Exodus-12:38- Mixed Multitude accepted the Law
Exodus 12:49- One Law for everyone
Exodus-19:8- Mixed Multitude agrees to walk in Gods Law

Numbers 9:14- One Law for every one
Numbers 15:15- One law for everyone, perpetually through generations
Numbers 15:16- One law for everyone
Numbers 15:29-One law for everyone

Deuteronomy 31:9-13 - The Law is for all people, Israel includes Alien

Ecclesiasties-12:13- Commands are for all

Matthew 15:24- Jesus only came for the lost sheep of Israel

Acts 10:17- peter was confused about the vision
Acts 10:28- The vision was about calling men unclean (God doesn’t separate gentiles)
Acts 10:34- Peter states that his vision was about calling men unclean (God doesn’t separate gentiles)
Acts 11- Peter states that his vision was about calling men unclean(God doesn’t separate gentiles)
Acts 15:21- Moses is preached every week in the synagogues ( In regard to Gentiles turning to God)
Acts-24:14- Believers Of Christ still a sect of Judaism
Acts-24:14-15-Paul Obeys God's Law
Acts-25:8-Paul doesn't Violate the Law's OR customs
Acts 26:4-5- Paul lived his life according to the strictest of Pharisaic teaching
Acts 28:17- Paul did not violate the customs of his ancestors
Acts-28:22- Still a sect of Judaism
Acts-28:23-Paul Teaches With Torah (God's Law/instructions)
Acts-24:18- Paul is ceremonially clean

1 Corinthians 7:19-All that matters Are God's commands
1 Corinthians 9:21- Paul admits he is under God's law

Romans 7:25- Paul is a slave to God's law-to which sin opposes
Romans-11:13-17- We are grafted into Israel
Romans 2:28-29-We are a Jew by our hearts.
Romans -4:16 We are Abrahams seed

Galatians 3:29- In Christ we are part of Abrahams seed.

Ephesians-2:19- We are grafted into Israel

Grace:

Exodus-34:6-7- Saved by Grace

Psalms 49:2 Grace in the Old Testament
Psalms 84:11 Grace in the Old Testament
Psalms 86:5- Grace in the Old Testament
Psalms 103:4 – Grace in the old Testament
Psalms 103:11- grace in the Old Testament
Psalms 103:17 Grace in the Old testament
Psalms 130:4 – Grace is in the Old testament
Psalms 130:7- Grace in the Old testament
Proverbs 3:34- Grace in the old Testament

Isaiah 26:10- God shows Grace ( see NT )

Romans-6:1-2-Sin so grace increases? NO!
Romans 6:15-Sin because we are under grace? NO!

Titus-2:11-14- Grace teaches to deny lawlessness.

Ezra 9:8 - Grace in the Old Testament.







Faith:

Genesis 15:6  -Abraham Saved through faith

Romans 3:31- Faith doesn’t nullify God's Law, but Establishes It

James 2:19-20-Faith without deeds is dead
James 2:26-Faith without works is dead

Law & Commands:
Genesis 26:5- Abraham Kept God’s law and commands

Deuteronomy -4:2- Don't add or take away from Commandments
Deuteronomy 5:29-33- Keep commands always, forever.
Deuteronomy 11:1- Keep the commands –ALWAYS
Deuteronomy-12:32- Don’t take or add to Commandments
Deuteronomy-30:11- We can do the Law
Deuteronomy-30:14- The Law is do-able

Joshua-1 :7- Do follow the Law and be successful
Joshua 1 :8- Do follow the Law and be successful

Psalm 1:1-2 –Blessed is the man who meditates on the Law

Psalm 19:7- Law is Perfect
Psalm 37:31- Law on hearts
Psalms 40:8- Delight in law, law on heart of David
Psalms 111:7-8-Precepts of God [Law] are forever and are just.
Psalms 119:1-Blessed are those who walk In the Law
Psalms 119:89- God's word is forever
Psalms 119: God’s testimonies/ordinances, last forever
Psalms 119: 160- Ordinances/laws are forever and equal truth
Psalms 119:44-45- Law is liberty
Psalm 119:81-88 David waits for salvation, as he holds to God’s law.

Proverbs - 28:9-Ignoring God's Law makes your prayers an abomination
Proverbs-29:18- The Law grants Vision
Proverbs-30:5-6-God's word is flawless

Isaiah-2:2-3- In the last Days, The Law will spread from Zion
Isaiah 5:24- destruction for those who violate the law.
Isaiah- 42:21- Lord is pleased in making the Law Great and Glorious
Isaiah- 42:24- God pours anger on those who violate God's law

Jeremiah- 7:21-23- God of Israel says to obey all that he commands
Jeremiah-31:33-God writes His Law on our hearts

Ezekiel-36:26-27-God writes His Law on our hearts

Daniel-7:25- Antichrist seeks to change the Laws and appointed times of God.

Malachi-4:4-5- Remember and Keep the Law until Judgment day

Matthew-5:18- God's Law is Forever
Matthew-5:19- Those who break the law and teach others to are Least in kingdom
Matthew-23:23- Mercy Justice and faithfulness are part of law/Neglect nothing
Matthew 28:19-20 –Teach all that Jesus Commanded

Mark-7:6-9 Jesus Rebukes those who set aside the commands of God for sake of tradition
Mark7:13- Jesus rebukes Pharisees for holding tradition above commands

Luke-24:27- God's Torah points to Salvation

John-14:15-If you love him you obey his commands
John-14:21- If you love him you obey his commands
John 15:10-Obey commands to remain in his love

1 Corinthians 7:19-All that matters Are God's commands

Romans-7:12- God's Law is Holy Righteous and Good
Romans 7:13- Law didn't become death
Romans 13:9-10-All commands lumped into one.

Hebrews- 10:1- Law is a shadow of the good things to come
Hebrews 10:26-29-Lawlessness will be judges harshly

James 1:25-Law is perfect and gives freedom
James 2:12-Speak and act like you are to be judged by the law that gives freedom.

1 John-3:4- Sin Is Lawlessness
1 John-3:24- God Writes His Law on our Hearts
1 John-5:3- The Law Isn't a Burden, how we love God

1 Corinthians 14:37-Paul writes the lords commandments
Colossians 2:17- Law is a shadow of what is to come






Misc. :
Exodus-34:8-9- 1st Sinners Prayer

Numbers 6- Nazerite vow
Numbers 12:6-8- God speaks strait to Moses

Deuteronomy -8:3-Don't live on Bread Alone
Deuteronomy 14:26- God says drinking is ok
Deuteronomy- 18:18 God will raise a Prophet and put His words in his mouth (John 8:28)
Deuteronomy 27:2-3- All the commands were written in stone

Proverbs 31:6- 7- Let poor people drink

 Isaiah 66:21-23 – New Heaven and new earth

Jeremiah-10:2-5 - Christmas trees are pagan

Ezekiel 3:18- Warn people from sin, or their blood is on your hands
Ezekiel- 4:14-16 –Turd Bread, just as Peters Vision

Daniel-7:25- Antichrist seeks to change the Laws and appointed times of God.

Malachi 2:3- God spreads crap on faces of false

Luke–1:43- Baby’s in a womb… baby is alive.

Matthew-7:13-14-Enter thought the Narrow gate.
Mathew 11:30- Jesus has a light yoke
Matthew-22:35-40-Jesus quotes the V'hafta
Matthew-24:35- Heaven and earth will pass away but not His words

Mark 7:21-22- The heart is Deceitful

John 5:19 Jesus only does as his father does
John 16:1-3- Someday they will start killing people, thinking that they are doing God's will.

Acts 20:7-First day starts Saturday night, Paul preached until midnight.
Acts-18:18- Paul does a Vow (see Numbers 6)to show he doesn't teach against Law

Jer. 17:9 The heart is deceitful

Romans-8:6- The Sinful mind can't please God

Colossians- 2:9- All Deity is In Christ

2 Timothy-3:14-17- Sacred scriptures are good for rebuke, reproof, encouragement
2 Timothy 4:3-4-People turn from truth to itching ears doctrine.

James-4:17-To know good and refrain, is sin

2 Peter- 3:14-17- Paul's writings are hard to understand, Interpreted as Lawlessness (Niv)

2 Peter- 3:10- Heaven and Earth have not Passed away yet
2 Peter 3:14- Heaven and earth have not passed away

Revelation 21:1- When the new heaven and new earth appear
Revelation-2:26-Overcomers guard words-do works and get authority over nations
Revelation-22:14- Happy are command Keepers




Covenant:
Deuteronomy 29:9-15- Covenant made with people who were not there.

Jeremiah 32:40- The New covenant

John 8:39 - if you are descendents of Abraham, do his deeds

Romans -4:16- We are Abrahams seed
Romans-11:13-17- We are grafted into Israel

Galatians 3:29- In Christ we are part of Abrahams seed.
Galatians 3:17- Both covenants are dependant on each other

Ephesians-2:19- We are grafted into Israel

Hebrews- 10:16- Law on hearts/New covenant




Sacrifice/Offering:
Leviticus 7:16- you can give just because you feel like it. (Sacrifice)

1 Samuel 15:22 – It is better to obey God than to sacrifice

Hosea 6:6- God desires obedience more than sacrifice

Zechariah-14:16-21- Sacrifices in the millennial kingdom

Mark 12:32-34 – Love is worth more than Sacrifice

Acts 10:4 - Prayers and gifts to the poor are offerings
Acts-18:18- Paul does a Vow (see Numbers 6)
Acts 21:17-26 - Paul Doing the Vow to show Law Submission
Acts-24:18- Paul is ceremonially clean

Revelation-5:8- Our Prayers are our Offerings
Revelation- 8:3- Our prayers are our Offerings
Revelation-8:4- Our Prayers are our Offerings

Hebrews 11:4- Sacrifices were before the law
Hebrews-10:4- Sacrifices were never to take away sins

Circumcision:
Leviticus 26:41- Circumcise your heart

Deuteronomy 10:16- Circumcised Hearts
Deuteronomy 30:6- God will circumcise your heart

Jeremiah 4:4- Circumcised hearts

Acts 16:3 Paul circumcised Timothy

Romans 2:28-29-We are a Jew by our hearts.




Prophecy :
Isaiah-2:2-3- In the last Days, The Law will spread from Zion
Isaiah 5:24- destruction for those who violate the law.
Isaiah-56:6-8- Sacrifices in the millennial Kingdom
Isaiah 24:5-Violation of God's law spoils the land
Isaiah 65 - Swines flesh eating provokes God.
Isaiah 66:16-18- Judgments for eating swine’s flesh- Jesus destroys people
Isaiah 66:21-23 – New Heaven and new earth
Isaiah 66:22-24- New moon and Sabbath in heaven

Jeremiah-31:33-God writes His Law on our hearts
Jeremiah 32:40- The New covenant

Daniel-7:25- Antichrist seeks to change the Laws and appointed times of God.

Zechariah-14:16-21- Sacrifices in the millennial kingdom

Malachi-4:4-5- Remember and Keep the Law until Judgment day

Revelation 21:1- When the new heaven and new earth appear



God Tests Hearts:
Exodus 16:4- God tests Israel to see if they will follow Commands
Exodus 20:20- God tests men to keep them from sin

Deuteronomy8:2- God tests Israel to see if they will follow commands
Deuteronomy 8:16- God tests Israel to see if they will obey commands

Judges2:22- God tests Israel to see if they will obey commands
Judges 3:1- God tests Israel
Judges 3:4 -God tests Israel to see if they will obey commands

2 Chronicles 32:31- God tests people to see what is in their hearts

Ezekiel 4:14-16 –Turd Bread, just as Peters Vision



 Jesus & The Law of God:
Psalms 118:14 king David knows that Jesus is the way to salvation
Psalms-119:166- David hopes for salvation, as he delights in commandments
Psalms 130 King David looks forward to the Salvation of Christ
Psalm 119:81-88 David waits for salvation, as he holds to God’s law.

Isaiah-42:1-4-Jesus Came to uphold Law

Deuteronomy- 18:18 God will raise a Prophet and put His words in his mouth (John 8:28)

Daniel-7:25- Antichrist seeks to change the Laws and appointed times of God.

Matthew- 5:17-19-Jesus didn’t abolish Law, Those saying he did will be called least
Matthew 5:48 Be perfect and Jesus is perfect
Matthew-7:21-23- Depart workers of Lawlessness, I don't know you
Mathew 11:30- Jesus has a light yoke
Matthew 12:1-5-Jesus Clarifies an Oral tradition and Torah ( king David, Wheat)
Matthew 15:24- Jesus only came for the lost sheep of Israel ( Includes gentiles)
Matthew-22:35-40-Jesus quotes the V'hafta
Matthew-23:2-3- Obey Scribes and Pharisees but don’t be a hypocrite
Matthew-23:23- Mercy Justice and faithfulness are part of law/Neglect nothing
Matthew-24:35- Heaven and earth will pass away but not His words
Matthew 28:19-20 –Teach all that Jesus Commanded

Mark-2:23-28- Jesus states specific parts of Torah are of Higher regard than others.
Mark-7:6-9 Jesus Rebukes those who set aside the commands of God for sake of tradition
Mark7:13- Jesus rebukes Pharisees for holding tradition above commands

Luke 6:40- No Disciple is above his Teacher (Jesus submits to God’s word)
Luke-16:29-31-If you don't follow Moses, Why would you Jesus.
Luke-24:44- Torah Points to Jesus

John 1:14 – Jesus is full of Grace and Truth-word made flesh (see truth)
John 5:46-47- Jesus Preached Moses (Law)
John 7:16- Jesus' teachings are God's teachings
John 8:28 Jesus only said what God has instructed his to say.
John 10:37- If Jesus doesn't follow Torah, don't believe him
John 12:49- Jesus only Does as God has said
John 14:12 – If you have faith in Jesus, you are to do what he does.

Revelation-3:15-16- Because of works be hot or cold or Jesus Pukes you.
Revelation 12:17-Satan hates those who follow the Law
Revelation-14:12- Keep the commands with faith in Jesus



...This is an on going work in progress