Sunday, November 24, 2013

"CAN YOU SEE"? (Based upon) Pastor Toni Rodriguez Jr.' Sermon of11/23'13


     John 9:1  "And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth."

      Please, to not ever think, this meeting was purely by chance, as you will learn.
      John 9:2-3  ?And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him."
Note: Now, do not, begin to question our Creator, nor His methods, just remember that we of common flesh bodies, are on this earth, to be tested, by trails, in order to develop both patience, further our character, to be as Jesus Christ, in thoughts, in deeds! Notice that in those days, and even to this day, there are those, who if anything bad happens, it was caused by sin,!  Just read the above verse again for the reasons!
     Know also, that contrary to the "Common Views", of today, GOD is still in the miracle business every day!

    This 9th chapter can be broken down into several sections as follows:
From verse 1 to 7 we find Jesus' miracle
(a) 8-12.- we have conversations of those who knew him
(b) 13-17: we are introduced to some of the Temple leaders
(c) 18-21; here the Jewish leaders call the ex-blind man's parents, and grill them
(d) 22-23. Fearful parents tell the leaders, "He is of age, you ask him"
(e) 24-33 The man, now becomes a witness for Jesus, esp. in 33.
(f) 34. steeped in their human traditions, they rejected his explanation, and they "cast him out".
(g) 35-38. Christ finds and speaks to the healed man
(h) 39-41. Christ speak to the Pharisees, and sadly his description of them, fits many people today!

Verses 1-7 :

     John 9:4-7 " I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,  And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing."
Note: Note, Jesus gives us a sense of urgency, that He and we today , must work while it is yet light, does this refer to these passages?
      Jeremiah 4:23-25 " I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.Revelation 20:1-3  "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."
Note: Both these passages denote the very same time frame, the Beginning of the 1,000 years, the Millennium Age, beginning at Christ's return! Read of this in the last three chapters of Revelation!

(a) John 9:8-11  "The neighbors therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight."

Note: As best scholars know, the blind man had to travel  about 800 yards to reach this pool, and wash of the mud. Now can you imagine all the questions he was asked, about the WHY, he was walking about with his eyes smeared with mud?
     John 9:13  "They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind."

       (b) John 9:14-17. "And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet."

Note: Is it suffice to say that the over time, the Temple Leaders, had written some 500+ Sabbath Laws? Is this the why of.....
      Matthew 23:2-4  "Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers."
Note: "..sit in Moses'' seat" Moses was the "Law Giver"  meaning they added all these laws that are "Grievous and Heavy burdens" for mankind to bear!  "Traditions of men"
     Mark 7:8-9  "For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. "
Note: Human traditions, how many can YOU name? Sunday for Sabbath worship, die and go right to heaven? Both find no support in the Bible. yet there are many more!

       (c) John 9:18-21 " But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself."
Note: The Temple leaders believed, that "Their " Messiah" or "Christ" in the Greek, would come as a conquering King, drive out the hated Romans, and free them and their nation! Therefore they did not, then nor now, accept Jesus as their Savior! thus.....
      Luke 13:35  "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord."
      Note: (jb) So as as nation, they hold no more weight than any other other nation before God, but ALL people, as individuals, can still come to Him in repented acceptance!  That's why the "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord"! 
     (d) John 9:22-23 " These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him."
Note: Out of fear, of being "kicked-out"  and not allowed to attend Temple services, they verbally washed their hands of the whole thing.

     (e) John 9:24-33  "Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.  He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing."

Note: Can you, dear reader, discern, that the man, whose sight was restored, the one who from birth lived in darkness, is now becoming a witness for Christ?   Did you also know the Jesus was very confrontational with the Temple leaders? He knew of their very strict and burdensome laws regarding the Sabbath rest, [by the way Sabbath rest just means Rest- rest, as Sabbath means rest ---In Christ!]

     (f) John 9:34  "They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out."
Note: Does this not show just how steeped they were in their traditions, that they could not accept that which was plainly in front of them? I mean who can heal the sick, but a true man of God, who through that person, then heals the sick?

     (g) John 9:35-38 " Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshiped him."
Note: Jesus sought him out, and asked him if he believed in the Messiah, and remember what the man asked of Jesus? Then what did he do?

    (h)  John 9:39-41 " And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remains."

Note. Sadly much of the "Christian world", is blind today, "Spiritually Blind", because of false teachings, and let's face it, Biblical Ignorance! I am ignorant of many things, brain surgery, rocket science are but a few examples, but they have nothing to do with salvation, agree?

     Come to Christ, what have YOU to lose, yet eternal life to gain! Plus what price can anyone put on the fullest and truest "Peace of Mind"?

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Thank YOU for your time
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Sunday, November 17, 2013



      Many are somewhat familiar with the story of Job, and the heart-wrenching problems he endured, all because Satan wanted to prove a point. He was allowed to go so far, and nor further by God. This was for our learning, an example to show we each can put our fullest trust in God, no matter what.
     For those who may not know the story, that Job withstood all the devil, Satan hurled at him, in his efforts to get Job to curse God, he failed to have Job do this, but let's get to the heart of the story and learn a few of the Questions God asked of Job, in the aftermath.
     Job 38:1-7  "Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"

     So, who are those who faced God and sang with Him, the Morning Stars?
     Revelation 1:20  "The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches."

    There are but two kinds, people on this earth. They are differentiated by which power they serve, the Power of Light, or the power of Darkness. The Light is God and His truth, the Dark is Satan and his lies and deceptions. Here's what Jesus said...
     John 8:43-45  "Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not."

Note: I have given witness of Christ, to people, some listen and are willing to learn, while others refuse to hear, and walk away, content, with where they are in the river of life. These, who refuse Christ, are by their choice, children of Darkness, who  have allowed...yes allowed Satan to be their ruler.

Please turn to Luke 3:23 and read all the rest of it, and see the generational connection to Adam.
     Luke 3:38  "Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God."
Note: Adam then was the Son of God! Therefore, [ask why is it there?] as Adam and Eve were our first parents, we also, are sons and daughters of the living God, agree?  Turn to Job 1.

      Job 1:6  "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them."

NOTE! Sons of God, but Satan was also there, though not ever called a Son of God. So what was this meeting? Adam was given dominion of earth, [Genesis 1:28] but a King is in charge of his Domain, thus dominion right? Al least, until Adan sinned, and by that means Satan inherited ruler-ship of this earth, thus he was there at the Universe "board"? meeting?   But. . .but "Other worlds"?
   Hebrews 1:1-2. "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
    Hebrews 11:3  "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
Note:  YES man knows much, but man does NOT know everything, about everything, for if man did, we would not be in the mess we are in, world-wide! Satan STILL RULES, this world yet today and so shall he, until Christ Returns!

    This leaves to Stars of the Morning, who are they and where are they?
    Revelation 12:4  "And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born."
Note: Stars then, are God's Holy Angels, for if they were actual stars, our sun is a rather small star, yet one million earths will fit within it., so if 1/3 of all stars were to hit earth, guess what? Now if YOU have any doubts about Satan's deceiving abilities, angels are wiser than we, yet he did fool 1/3 of them, so what makes nay on use think we can fight Satan, and win? Remember man's saying, "If you want to dine with the devil, be sure to have a long, long spoon"?
     The 1/3 "fallen stars", are those most call demons, that in the Hebrew are called Nephiyl meaning fallen, untimely, even the term abortion.

Now, re-read Job 1:7 and take notice of the order beings are spoken about. Angels are mentioned first, right? Then the Sons of God, as second, those who are kings of other worlds, meaning *we humans are last.*
Please place this into your memory bank
   Is this the why of David's question?
    Psalms 8:4  "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"
He, David, was given this answer to give to mankind....

     Psalms 8:5  "For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor."
 Note: God builds His information' s story, much like an onion's layer upon layer, look at what He had Paul write.
Hebrews 2:7 " Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:"
NOTE:* This word "Little", but the word Paul was led to use was the Greek word, "Brachus [brakh-ooce']
#1024 in the Strong's Concordance meaning in a little while, a short time, a while.! Thus we are lower than the angles but only for a short time, until Jesus' Second Coming, when He comes for those who are His own!*
   So, dear readers, can YOU begin to see the fuller picture that God has already painted for us, those who in love for Him and Christ, are willing to obey? While Satan and his and his "Allies of mankind' are moving father and farther away from the Heart of God, all this with Jesus in their hearts, are moving ever closer. Can you now begin to understand the focal point of Satan's anger and hate, is towards Heaven and those who live life like they'd want to got there? Please remember much of what God gets the blame for is si done by the power of Satan, including the natural disasters!

    However, this is NOT a final conclusion to this chain of thought, turn to 1 John 1:3...
     1 John 1:3-4  "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full."
     So, what type and depth of a relationship does God seek with humans, those who have chosen to obey and fallow His Son's example in their daily life?

     Revelation 19:9  "And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God."
    Note: How does God view marriage?
     Hosea 2:19-20  "And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD."

Yes, in Genesis 2:24 we have the "One flesh" concept, but due the fact all there shall have eternal life, there'll be no need for procreation to maintain any species of life, period! but rather the red below..
     John 17:11  "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are."

** first shall be last" remember?   Look....
     Matthew 19:30  "But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first."
NOTE* Remember also the term Bachus , meaning for a little while? When as God, who has existed for forever to forever, [ the Hebrew idea for eternity], what 's the meaning of time, or even 6,000 years?  There's still more to God's gift for you and me.

     Matthew 5:5  "Blessed are the meek: [humble] for they shall inherit the earth."
     Matthew 25:34  "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:"
     1 Peter 3:9  "Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing."

     What Blessing?
     Revelation 21:7  "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."
     Note: This includes not only sons but also daughters, to be within the Family of God!   Satan does not fare nearly so well, he has since the cross been banned from Heaven,, and lost his inheritance for all tine, in fact shall be cast into the Lake of Fire {Rev.19] along with all other that disobey, along with both death and sin, to be reduced to ashes, and be no more, evermore.

Back to inheritance...
     Hebrews 1:1-2  "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"
    So, God bequeathed all, to Christ, right?
    Romans 8:16-17  "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."
     Revelation 21:7  "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."
   Overcome what? In a word. . .sin.
    Revelation 3:20-22  "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."

Why, can all those who have fully surrendered their will unto God, would He do all this things?
LOVE, Remember what humans did to His Son, God allowed Him to be tortured and killed, for our sake. Christ took the stripes, and we received the healing! Any parent who has punished their child, knows it hurts them even more than the child, right? Think about it!

He created us, because He is love, but love is not static, it must be given away, before we can receive it back!

1 John 4:1  "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."

Conclusion: Those who "IN CHRIST", are closer to God' heart that even His Holy Angels!

How close do YOU think YOU are?

My Thanks to Pastor Christian Martin, for this theme's outline.

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Thank YOU for your time
john B


Thursday, November 7, 2013

L 16. "WINNING IN COURT" How 2 B Victorious in Court"

    Not many would disagree with this general statement: "Ideas and actions, brings consequences, to us."

       Sampson Parker, of Kershaw County, South Carolina, had to make a tough decision. Climbing down from his tractor to free a cornstalk, that plugged up his corn harvester. Parker managed to get his hand stuck in the machinery. All alone and unable to free himself, he tried to reach the off switch for the corn harvester, but was not able.
    Parker's hand soon went numb, and he knew that he desperately needed to free himself, from this running machine, before it pulled him all the way in.  That's when he made the decision to cut of his own fingers in order to save himself. He pulled out his trusty John Deere pocket knife and started the job, but before he could get very far, the machine caught on fire. The fire, spreading quickly, and soon his arm began to burn.
    "My skin was melting, it was dripping off my arm like plastic, plastic melting I realized I was in big trouble," he latter told reporters.
     Not wanting to die, Parker quickly made a "Life or limb" decision and started to cut off his right arm. He was able to complete this task, cutting through all the flesh and the bone. He then drove home in his truck, where a local fireman wrapped up
    Peter, survived. He was able to get hi,self out of an almost impossible trap. Do YOU know that the devil has similar traps set for all The Bible tells us that all have sinned and the wages of sin is death..[Romans 6:23] How then cam we escape this seemingly impossible trap?

1. How many must stand before God's Judgment throne?
     2 Corinthians 5:10  "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
Note: It is our RECORDS, that shall stand, not humans in person. This gives an account for our life. As all have sinned and come short of God's glory, all have seemingly fallen into Satan's trap. Biblically there's only one person, who lived on this earth that was sin free.

2. So, who was the ONLY person to ever escape the traps of sin?
    Hebrews 4:14-16  "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
     Romans 3:23 " For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Note The ONE, Jesus Christ, who came to this earth as a flesh baby, seeking to save us, the lost!

3. What kind of traps did Jesus face while on this earth?
      Matthew 22:15  "Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk."
Note: Jesus was most fiercely opposed by the religious leaders, then as NOW, yet they had many, many fore-telling in the Bible,'s Old Testament, about His coming, as The Messiah, and even the very month and year His Ministry began! His own people tried the hardest, including day by day new schemes. They, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, scribes, lawyers, chief priests and even the local Romans were constantly attacking Jesus and setting traps for Him. We all should be amazed to learn that HE was able to perform His Ministry with such perfection, under these conditions!

4. What kind of traps did the Pharisees set for Jesus?
     Matthew 22:17  "Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?"
Note: The Pharisees, one of the most strictest religious sects, in the Jewish leadership, thought to trap Jesus on the question of Tribute, or tax. Being under Roman control, the Pharisees believed it was Biblcally unlawful to pay taxes to Rome, because the land they occupied was "Given" to them by God. Himself. If Jesus had given a "YES" it is lawful to pay taxes to Rome, then they would be able to discredit Him before the people. They could have said, HE does NOT support their claim to independent ownership if Israel.
     But is Jesus has said NO, it is not lawful to pay the tax, they would have gleefully reported Him to the Roman's who would arrest Him for TAX EVASION., along with other such "Rebels".
    They thought they had Him trapped wither way!

5. How did Jesus get Himself out of the Pharisee's trap?
      Matthew 22:18-21  "But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.  And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?  They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's."
Note: See the wisdom of Christ? He refused to give a yes or no answer, instead gave us a lesson about paying taxes, and gift offerings. IF it belongs to Caesar, pay it. If if belongs to God, then give it to God in tithes and love offerings. Pay what is due and to who it is due.

6. Who else tried to catch Jesus in a trap?
     Matthew 22:23  "The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, "
Note: After the Pharisees failed, the Sadducees, tied their hand. They were a pious group of leaders who had a peculiar belief they wanted to prove correct. They believed that there was no resurrection of the dead! [How sad right? No wonder for their name!]

7. How did the Sadducees intend to trap Jesus?
     Matthew 22:22-28  "When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way. The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.  And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her."
Note: Thinking they would trap Him on the issue of the resurrection, they tried to discredit Jesus' teaching that the dead will someday be raised back to life. They though Jesus would be at a loss of words, when trying to make Moses' law compatible with the idea of a resurrection.

8. How, then did HE, Jesus get Himself out of the Sadducees' trap?
     Matthew 22:29-30  "Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven."
Note: Jesus pointed out the error in their trap and the error in their belief about the resurrection. None will marry or be given in marriage in the New Earth, as per Jesus. So their question was irrelevant, having no foundation of truth. Jesus continued to pint out that the Scriptures clearly teach that God's people who have died are only dead temporarily, as they await the resurrection day!

    Well we have seen Jesus get Himself out of the few traps, but can He get someone else out of a trap? More to the point, can He get YOU and ME out of traps? 

9. Are there examples of Jesus getting someone else out from a trap?
     John 8:3-5. "And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
Note: After setting this woman up, they rushed in "catching her in the act of adultery", they brought her to Jesus. They hoped to have Him pronounce judgment upon her. If He refused, they would accuse Him of being against God's Law. If He said yes, and they stoned her, they would have happily reported Him to the Romans for illegally pronouncing the death sentence.

10. Again, how did He get Himself out from their trap?
      John 8:7  "So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
Note: Rather than pronounce sentence upon the woman, Jesus invited the accuser, who was without sin, to cast the first stone. He did NOT deny the law, and say adultery was OK. Instead, he turned on the accusers, making them as guilty as the woman.

11. How did HE get the woman out from their trap?
     John 8:8-9  "And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst."
Note: When Jesus stooped down and write in the dust, He apparently wrote the guilty secrets of the accuser's own lives. As they watched Him write, they went OUT one by one until they were all gone. ,The accusers had become accused. They must have known they were in the presence of God, and it was now judgment day for them!

12. Now that the accusers were gone, did Jesus condemn the woman for her sin?
     John 8:10.  "When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

NOTE: PLEASE learn and know, that Jesus gave His live for you and me, and wants NONE to perish, but all come to repentance. Yet even that is a Gift from above, as Jesus wants to forgive, rather than Condemn,. He wants to save rather than as Satan destroy. This is the why He came to this earth, as a babe, to save us from our sins.

13. After all this what commission did Jesus give this woman?
     John 8:11   "She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."
NOTE: Not only does HE want to forgive us all, of all sins, He wants to give us each, His power, to overcome all sin, so live sinless. The plan of Salvation involves both saving fallen humanity and ridding the universe of sin, once and for all time.

14. How can Jesus get me. . .out of a trap?
      Hebrews 7:25 " Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."
     Romans 3:22-23  "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
      Romans 6:23  "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

THE WOMAN represents you and me!
THE ACCUSERS represents the devil Satan, that old dragon. 
THE ENCOUNTER, is symbolic of the judgment we each shall face by our Heavenly Records.

Just as a lie is lie, no matter the size nor the color, a sin is still a sin, no matter the size! So how can we pass judgment?

15. How cam I be victorious like the woman in the judgment?
      Jeremiah 31:34  "And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
NOTE: If, we want to be able to pass God's Judgment, we MUST do as this woman did. Be placed at the feet of Jesus and stay there, She did not deny the accusations, we are to confess our sins, thus they are TRANSFERRED to God, to carry rather than we ourselves. Prayer mornings before leaving our bedrooms, and prayers just before retiring for the night, and before all meals, give thanks and ask for the foods, given to be eaten, to be a blessing.
To hear the "Voice of God" read His Word daily, for Christ is our daily bread. so eat of day by day! While, asking prayerfully, for the refreshing input from the Holy Spirit to guide us to all truths! Above all we each must surrender to His will, as in dying to self for Christ is living within us.
     1 Corinthians 15:31  "I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily."

Would YOU be willing to totally surrender to Christ, and do and live, as He set the path for us all?
Then YOU will be willing to allow Jesus to make YOU victorious!

THEN i HUMBLY SAY TO  Y  O U "Let's agree to meet on the 3rd Sabbath under the right side of the Tree of Life, at 3 PM.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013


       IN A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE study sponsored by the U.S. Government, Dan Buettner researches three  regions in the world, where people live the longest lives.  He called these regions Blue Zones. One of these Blue Zones, is a religious community in Southern California called Loma Linda.
      Loma Linda is a city that is home to the largest concentration of Seventh day Adventists in the world. As a result of the research and many studies, Dan learned that Seventh day Adventists live, on the average about 10 years longer than the rest of the U.S. population. What is their secret for this fact?
    Dan, who is not an Adventist, summarized his findings into three categories.FIRST- he says they take their diet plan directly from the Bible [Genesis 1 & 2.] where it gives man a plant based diet of fruits, nuts and vegetables.SECONDLY - they take a 24 hour period each week, from sundown Friday, until sundown Saturday, and devote it to rest , time with God and with family. THIRDLY- most of them abstain from meat, and animal products, alcohol, tobacco, and make physical activity a way of life.
     We have already covered the spending of quality time with God on HIS Holy day, the Sabbath day, but does the Bible say about a special health plan, that can give us a longer amount of time on this earth?

1. Does the Holy Bible have a plan for our health?
      3 John 1:2  "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth"
     Revelation 2:7 " He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."

Note: One of the most important teachings in the Bible, is that Our Father-God, wants us to be in thje the best of health, physically as well as spiritually. God plans for us to eat the Fruit from the Tree of Life, someday. Fruit in one of the healthiest forms of nourishment that our bodies can get.

2. What was GOD' s original diet plan for mankind?
     Genesis 1:29  "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."

Note, please the very next verse,
     Genesis 1:30. "And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. "
Note: So much for those who say, many were, meat-eaters, due to the spike teeth! Well ever see the mouth and teeth of the fruit bats? They are every bit as "mean-looking" as the T-Rex, only much smaller. God;s plan, in the beginning, was for man to eat fruit. This included a wide variety of foods. A fruit is the product of the blossom on a plant.

3. What changed after Adam and Eve sinned?
      Genesis 3:18  "Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;"
Note: After sin, God gave them the HERB, of the field. This they had to do with hard labor, to prepare the soil for seed, and the to tend, and to harvest the vegetables they had to grow, as an addition to their diet.

4. When were flesh foods allowed into man's diet?
     Genesis 9:3  "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things."
Note: This was AFTER the Flood, that God allowed animals to be food for man. When Noah first got our of the Ark, there were no gardens to supply food, him and his family.

5. BUT, did God intend for man to eat any kind of animal?
      Genesis 7:2  "Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female."
Note: God made a difference between CLEAN and UNCLEAN animals. Noah was provided with seven clean animals, but only two of the unclean, right?If, Noah had eaten but one of the unclean, species, that species would be extinct!

6. How did God distinguish clean from unclean?
       Leviticus 11:47 " To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten."
Note: The Bible speaks to a difference between the clean and not clean animals, and puts them into three distinctions:
(1) LAND ANIMALS: Leviticus 11:3  "Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is cloven footed, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat."
     Splits the hoof, and a plant eater, herbivores, thus has a multi-section stomach, and chews the cud.
(2). Water Life-forms:Leviticus 11:12 " Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you."
        Therefore, if it has not BOTH scales and fins, it's part and parcel for His Sanitation crew! Meaning, crabs, shrimp, lobster and shell fish, are scavengers, they eat what ever comes along, just as catfish do!
(3). Birds. Leviticus 11:13-19  "And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey, And the vulture, and the kite after his kind; Every raven after his kind; And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow,[cuckoo] and the hawk after his kind, And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat."
      Foraging birds--chicken, quail, turkey, and, duck are clean. Birds of prey are not, besides who want a Vulture-breast sandwich?

7. What other restrictions did God give us about meat eating?
     Genesis 9:4  "But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. "
     Leviticus 3:17 " It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood."
Note: Much of what is of a danger to life, IF it does not kill life that ate it, gets stored into the fat of the the animals!In the blood, if there is a any disease present in any animal, it is also in the blood! Fat is the why Pigs can handle most snake bites, because the venom stays locked in the fat, and if it can it will kill and eat the snake!, even while it's biting!
NOTE 2. Today there are very few Kosher slaughter houses, which fully drain all the blood, from any animal. See the reason for the "Blotters" under the meat, that is packaged? Does this include "Blood Sausage and Blood Puddings"  YES!  Do you know of  a Tribe in Africa, that blood from a living cow is used as the primary food? They have a great many heart problems and strokes, all at a quite young age, 40 -50 yrs old!

8. Does God call it a serious offense to eat unclean foods?
      1 Corinthians 3:16-17 " Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are "
      Isaiah 66:17  "They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD."
      1 Corinthians 6:19-20  "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's"

Note: If we defile this temple of God's , our bodies, God will destroy us. Of all the unclean animals it is the Pig, the hog, the swine, or all Pork meats, is the most spoken ill of, and He'll consume us { God is  a living fire in that sense] for OUR eating of swine and mouse is an abomination to Him.

9. What is the ideal Bible diet?
     Daniel 1:12 " Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.."
    Daniel 1:15  "And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat."
    Daniel 1:20-21  "And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.  And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus."

Note: Rather that to disobey GOD, and eat from the King's table, and drink his wine, they asked to be proven by eating Pulse [vegetables] and drink water. For a ten day test, and see if they not locked healthier and had clearer minds than those who sat and ate with the king. They not only looked fairer [more healthy] but ended up ten times the wiser, than the men who worked for the king.

10. What does the Bible say about alcohol?
      Proverbs 20:1 " Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise."
      Proverbs 23:31-32 " Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder."
NOTE: Wine is a mocker, a deceiver. The Bible speaks to two types of wine, by the same word YAYIN. It calls both grape juice and the fermented juice, yayin-wine. It even says, that we should not even look upon any wine that moves by itself, by the presence of gas bubbles, found only after fermentation. Isaiah 65:8  "Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all".
Note: Wine is NOT found in clusters agree?

11. What about tobacco use, caffeine, and other harmful drugs?
     1 Corinthians 6:19-20  "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
    1 Corinthians 10:31  "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
Note: Your BODY is the temple, or the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Thus we are told that in every thing we do, eat, or drink, we should to it all to the Glory of God. Nicotine and caffeine, are legal, yes, but both are addictive, harmful to the our bodies, thus enslaving us to them with habits hard to break.

12. BUT. . . .but God cleanse all animals in Acts 10?
      Acts 10:13-14  "And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean."
     Acts 10:28  "And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean."

Note: As all can see plainly, Peter was NOT told all were clean, but only humans were NOT to be called nor held as common nor unclean, as was the Jewish custom of the day!

13. OK, but did not 1 Timothy 4 say that no meat is to be refused?
     1 Timothy 4:2-3  "Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."
Note: the dangers of using one verse in isolation, when there are more than a few, that are also dealing with this topic in Leviticus 11 for example.. To hold all all meat is A OK, misses the points given... " which God has created to be received..." ! Now did God tells us anywhere, that the unclean are to be received as meats, even with thanksgiving?  NO! We must keep subject and object in line with each other.Remember He created plants, seeds and fruits to be received, latter clean animals!......
     1 Timothy 4:4-5  "For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer."
NOTE: Animals for meat/food, were ONLY those who are listed as CLEAN. Prayers from us over pork, will NOT make it a chicken breast, the "Other White Meat"!

(A) Leviticus 13:46. Quarantine procedures control contagious diseases
(B) Deuteronomy 23:12-13. Human body waste should be buried, away from camps.
(C) Leviticus 17:15-16. Washing body & clothing, controls germs.
(D) Lev.18; Proverbs 5:1-12; Colossians 3:5,6. Moral living prevents sexual diseases.
(E) Lev. 3:17; 7:22-24. Animal fat should NOT be eaten.
(F) Lev. 19:17-18; Prov. 15:17; Hebrews 12:14-15. Hatred-Bitterness is detrimental to one's health.
(G) Prov. 23:2. Overeating is harmful.
(H) Psalm 127:2; Mark 6:31. Our bodies need proper rest.
(I) Exodus 20:910: 2 Thessalonians 3:10. The importance of work.
(J) Prov. 17:22 1 Timothy 6:6. A positive attitude is good medicine.
(k) Deut. 12:25; Exo. 20:5. Parents' habits affect their children.

15. Does God really care that we have healthy bodies?
     Romans 12:1 " I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

Note: A healthy body means a healthy mind. God wants to speak to our minds, via the Holy Spirit. He wants us to be able to hear and understand His voice. {Does GOD not speak to us within the Bible?} With a healthy mind and body we are better able to hear and respond to His leading us. That's the why back of the "Present your bodies as a living sacrifice unto God!
ARE YOU WILLING TO FOLLOW GOD'S HEALTH PLAN FOR YOURSELF?  After all is it not best to follow the "Manufacturer's" advice for our care and feeding?

NEXT: Winning in Court. or How can we be victorious in the Judgment?

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