Shalom shabbat, Restoration Study Bible

It has been a minute since I posted so I thought it would be a perfect time to show of the knew bible I have been gleaning scripture from. Give a little insight to it and offer my personal reasons for picking it up.

RSB with the King James as its source translation, Strong’s concordance and reference to Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry notes.

In short the reason I wanted a bible with out LORD was because while I see no wrong in calling the father Lord I do believe that it has a deeper impact when you read that the father just as the son had a name. Names denote many different things to different people. A friend can call you by a first name, a nick name. In the military the call you by your rank and last name, you call your superior by their appropriate title and rank. When Jesus was on earth he was called Rabbi, teacher, master but he was the first to call us friend. I fully believe whatever name the father and son comes to you, you are his friend if indeed you place salvation in Yeshua the Messiah, or commonly Jesus Christ. There will always be debating over who has the right name. To me it’s better that you know the father by his works and the son by his sacrifice as he knows us by his work through us or our works done apart from him if we don’t know him.

The ability given to man has no bounds of wickedness through disobedience to God by the knowledge of good and evil. For this God saw fit to take away the one language of man and reach out to each person individually in their own language. I say all of this for reference to the discussion of what names are given to us are not important but the friendship that has been extended to us.

I really like this bible, it gives greater insight to those seeking a deeper relationship. I do like the Strong’s in the back and the name Yahweh for the father, and Yahshua for the son. Also in place of God, he is referred to as El, elohim, what ever the original text had for it giving better context.

The only thing I disagree with is the theological foot notes. I do like understanding other churches point of view but we all have to search the scriptures for ourselves. That said as with the commentary in my old kjv they themselves had their own bias. That is why we read for ourselves to show ourselves approved to our father in heaven. As the son has said not to judge one day he will remove the wheat from the chaff and we will be as one again for the glory of his name amen.

Fall of Jericho; redemption, part 1

Joshua chapters 2,5,6,7

Much can be drawn from these chapters, and would encourage anyone to take out your bible to read these chapters before proceedings (though you can read this blog before hand too as it is a good stand alone message for anyone). If you don’t have a bible the Blue letter bible is a great free resource with many different translations for better understanding.

We see that when the children of Israel had sent spies into Jericho, they came to a prostitute named Rahab, and for all purposes Rahab was as some could say the sinner of sinners but what saved her life was not the life she had lived but the faith she had shown. She was condemned by the law of moses as an adulterer, she most likely worshipped false gods. She had heard of the great thing this “yahweh”, elohim (god) of Israel had done through the Hebrew’s and had the same options, the same free will, as any nation God had brought his people against. Instead of a spirit of fear she chose to reach out in faith to a god she had never worshipped, to a people who were not her own and humbled herself before Gods people and saved not only herself but her entire family (who may or may not have held her life choices in high regard). Eventually we see her faith not only rewarded momentarily but in the book of Matthew she was indeed in the bloodline that lead up to another Joshua, who would be known throughout the world as Jesus. Also being named with all of the great people of faith in Hebrew’s 11.

When God uses people he knows them, and he chose her not for her past but for her future. For all of her sins were as great as any other but God knew her before she was born. God had a plan for her, not of destruction but for grace, mercy and a shining example of the kind of woman God loves and uses. Her sins were not what defined her. Her past did not hold to her like a ball and chain. Though she probably still had the memories of her past life before, all of that did not amount to the great rewards she received on earth and notably in heaven. Though she was born a sinner she was reborn that day a daughter of God and as much partook a reward with the children of Israel as a child of Israel.

Now I don’t know what happened to her family afterward but her faith saved them from destruction in Jericho. So when you see family not following Christ you can know without fear that your example of faith can be what saves your family and not have anxiety, because God has preserved us faithful when we ourselves were unfaithful. If your life has not been saved by Jesus blood yet, know that all things can be new again, and the latter days of your life can be greater than the former by your faith in his redemption. If you have sorrow, he can heal it. If you have wronged yourself, your family, your friends, he can forgive it and show you to be redeemed before your peers not as a prostitute (literally and figuratively) not as a worshipper of other gods, money, self or whatever have you but a daughter. This is what being saved means. Not simply a redemption in the afterlife as a life insurance, but immediately in this life. Salvation is the redemption of your life immediately from your past and into eternity.

This is a new year, and though it may be better or worse, this year you can be renewed. This year you can see things around you falling apart, but you too can be preserved yourself and those in your family. You may not have to be tried as Rahab, the redeemed and faithful woman by Gods grace (true hero) , but in 2021 you can lay down your burden, you can reach out to God. You can be redeemed by faith in Jesus and his blood, and be sealed with his name on your life. Today is the day you can find redemption while the walls fall around you.

A Servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ

Leviticus 25:47-49 ESV
“If a stranger or sojourner with you becomes rich, and your brother beside him becomes poor and sells himself to the stranger or sojourner with you or to a member of the stranger’s clan, then after he is sold he may be redeemed. One of his brothers may redeem him, or his uncle or his cousin may redeem him, or a close relative from his clan may redeem him. Or if he grows rich he may redeem himself….

Leviticus 25:53-55 ESV
….He shall treat him as a worker hired year by year. He shall not rule ruthlessly over him in your sight. And if he is not redeemed by these means, then he and his children with him shall be released in the year of jubilee. For it is to me that the people of Israel are servants. They are my servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

In the book of Leviticus we find imagery of servitude or slavery and redemption. The simplicity of the terms of it was that in Israel there was not to be any forced servitude among themselves but if one became destitute that you could in a way contract yourself out to another man who would treat you as a servant in his house with a wage paid toward your contract. However ownership wasn’t given to said master because god had brought them from forced labor and slavery in Egypt. The condition of said servitude was that the master had to treat his servants fairly and there were punishments up to death for those who broke the terms.

For us and what it means to christians is ever present today. For we are born into bondage to sin. We have no choice in the matter. To be born means we serve sin until we are served the wages which is death physically and spiritually. We can be redeemed through Jesus Christ through his sacrifice. Now the hairy part of it is we really have free will to accept or remain in our sin. In truth that is all we have. We can no more choose to not sin than choose to be good when we become Christians. We ourselves can do nothing. This is why we must fall in love with the Holy Spirit. This is why we can not boast in our works this is why this quasi free will we have been given must be surrendered. Indeed all that we have must be from Christ.

John 3:26-30 ESV
And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness-look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.”

John the Baptist knew this indentured servitude all too well. When he came to make way for the messiah, he came in knowledge that one day his ministering would come to an end and his redemption would come. He was but a servant until the end. Much like him we have been called to serve a purpose, to make straight the way of Jesus Christ second coming. To serve within whatever capacity he sees fit but to do so we must decrease so he can increase. How can we do such thing in this flesh? We can not. Our flesh holds onto its free will and uses it to sooth itself with pride. In the same breath that we say, look at what I have done in tour name lord, Jesus will say look at what you have done in my name Jimmy, it is not good. So what can we do? We throw up the white flag of surrender and defeat. This how we become more than conquerors. In failure we are rewarded. John ran his race, lived by denying himself and though he was beheaded for his righteousness that he only had because he received it from God himself, he found paradise.

Free will is both a gift and a curse. A gift to those who surrendered to the will of the father and a curse to those who cling to it. Once you have waived the white flag you can start your life. When we give free will away then we can be filled with the richness of heaven. If we choose to follow Christ and don’t give it away then we become poor and in essence sell ourselves to the sojourner and strangers though we have been taken out of Egypt. In his faithfulness Christ will give you to them until you return to be redeemed. If you never truly gave yourself to him then you will not feel his pull back to him, for the chastens those who he loves.

Do you love me?

John 21:17 ESV
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

After Jesus had been resurrected and was coming to his disciples; he began to prepare them for his departure once more. One of Jesus favorite things to do was to feed his followers. Peter was destitute and malnourished by the time Jesus came back from denying his messiah, his mentor, his own brother and best friend. He actually needed this starvation of spirit to know how much he needed to be fed and for his new need to feed those whom he was entrusted to bring into the kingdom. It is not simply enough to bring people to the cross, to convince those dying to call on the blood of Jesus sacrifice but for us to feed each other with spiritual food found in the word of God.

Not everyone can have the ministry of Billy Graham. Not everyone will be great soul winners. Not everyone will be gifted with a pastors speech. However I believe whole heartedly that if you ask to be given opportunity and ability to recognize when the time comes the spirit will lead you when you have come to the Lord’s table and have food to give. The greatest thing to me is that if the holy spirit leads those who read this blog will be fed. It is the greatest thing to me that even if I’ve made one friend and one disciple that I may not speak with daily or often that if that one person comes to me that I can feed their spirit in need. And if it pleases the lord he will bring more to me. It is not I who feeds but my willingness to let the lord do his great work through me. There is no greater thing in life to be called on by the lord and to be willing to be chosen. Let God feed you, allow him access to him, let Jesus dine with you. Love one another.

Having All things in common

Acts 4:32-34 ESV
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold

The early church had a real grasp on ownership in Christ. This new grace to all of those who gladly heard the good news of Jesus our messiah being crucified and risen from the dead; they were freed from the spiritual and mental chains of satisfying their own needs by giving everything they had and never needing again. Obviously they still worked and still had gifts that brought forth wages to the body of the new church but their goal was no longer to merely survive nor acquire monetary wealth which held no value in the kingdom of God. They sought out unity and to bless each other as they themselves had been blessed to have receive physical ability, knowledge or birth right to acquire the wealth they possessed. For them this was true freedom from the chains society and physical needs had put onto them

Acts 5:1-5 ESV
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?  While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it.

Another truth those who came into the early church learned quickly was they could not come to steal glory for themselves. That which God had given to you is truly yours to possess until he decides otherwise but you could not use him to fool others into thinking you are better then you really are. While some would point to such scriptures as reasoning for capitalism or against socialism. I would caution that there is no such notion as God both blessed those who had and gave, those who worked by faith and received as Paul said “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10. Which is not to say we should not be willing to give to those in need but work so that we can do as Jesus said to Peter “do you love me?…Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

When you give, give as you are giving to our father in heaven. If you give to receive riches you receive none because you give amiss. If you give with the knowledge that you have been given; You will receive rewards in heaven and if it pleases God you will receive more so you have more to give. If you give in the knowledge that God will sustain you then you walk in faith. He always knows how much we need, and in what spirit we give. When you give it is good to give to God in church but make no mistake, when you give in church you give in the sight of the church, when you give to an individual secretly as to God he is more glorified and he sees you and those who see you see his work in you and there is no hypocrisy in your giving and all glory is given to God.

Proverbs 30:8-9 ESV
Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

Their condemnation is just

But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner?

And why not do evil that good may come?-as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.

Romans 3:7-8 ESV

1 Corinthians 1:18,27 ESV
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God….

…..But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;

Truth can not be furthered by lies. Humility can not stand with arrogance. One can not seek freedom within God by the way of seeking worldly freedom. God chooses foolishness to show man that it is not man who builds kingdoms. If God chooses to grant authority, and man says it was built on his own, God will remove that man from authority. If a man is found to be a liar God will expose his lies. If we choose to follow lies for the furthering of God’s kingdom; God sides with truth to show that he can not be defended by wickedness.

Romans 2:24 ESV
For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

Romans 3:3-4 ESV
What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”

Thanksgiving 2020

1 Timothy 2:1 ESV
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

If 2020 has been teaching us anything it has been this, we have much to be thankful for. You may be skeptical at such a notion. You may look at 2020 in a way of how much has been lost. I look at it in a humbling way. It shows me that everything is indeed a gift. We can no more be successful without good teachers, we can not be strong and hardworking without good health and sound mind. We can not be unified without being humbled enough to submit to the will of the next person. You can no more be alive without the gift of drawing breath. As a firm believer in Christ I can no more be thankful for what I have than to be thankful for that which he takes away.

While 2020 has taken away much of the normalized ways of of life, we can choose to cling to pride of what we have built and lost or choose humility and ask what we have gained. I know from experience that you can earn something on your own and not see that it was never on your own but built on submission to others who came before. For in faith and life great works are built not on ones own abilities and knowledge but those who come before and the ability to acknowledge that without the lessor the greater can not do great things. Also without the greater the lessor can not learn to do great things. Everything that is built must be built together from the foundation up in harmony. In 2020 I am rebuilding my life with a foundation on the rock of Jesus Christ in faithfulness in thankfulness for he was faithful to me when I was not. I look to 2021 to be thankful for both that which is lost as much as what is gained.

Happy Thanksgiving

your eyes shall see your Teacher

Acts 19:11-12 ESV
And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul,

[12] so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.

The more I draw near to Christ the more I realize that all that is good in me is of Christ and apart from him there is none good. The more I understand of the world I realize even the morality in the world is of God and not of the world. Indeed, any man who has any good within him comes from being touched by God himself. Whether directly or indirectly, like electricity passes throughout a object. If the church relies upon its own works that electricity goes away. IE salt without flavor. If the the church relies on worldly wisdom on morality then the church becomes worldly. When electricity passes through the believer who touches the source those around can either absorb that electricity or kill the outlet, IE the killing of the saints. Even so the only real choice we have is to hold onto the electric current or let go of it. As a battery we may hold that charge but apart from an alternator powered by gasoline ignited by cylinders of an engine that electricity will either be tapped out or fade away.

Psalm 139:8,11-13 KJVS
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

[11] If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

[12] Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

[13] For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

As King David knew there was no place God was not with him, the promise he had that though sin had separated him from Yahweh to the depths of hell until Jesus broke into hells gates and plundered sheol of those who awaited his sacrifice, I too know that the Father in his glory seeking a holy bride for his only begotten son will abide his Holy Spirit with his faithful even through the tribulation. Though he will cut off the current that continues to electrify and hold the world together and return to Israel to make true his promises to them for his name sake, he will not remove his spirit from those who draw directly from him.

Draw from the source while you can lest you unknowingly be cut off from his glory.

Isaiah 30:18-20 ESV
Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.

Keep my Sabbath Holy

Exodus 20:7-8 ESV
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

quick lesson on our days off for those who don’t know. The last day of the week is Saturday and the reason for this being generally accepted as a day off is because God took the day off. For the Jews they observed it as a day of rest. Now that sacrifice has been made for sin we observe Sunday as the lords day because he resurrected on Sunday. Much of the problems within the church and in individual lives of Christians are particularly because we live in the world five days of the week then forget to keep the Sabbath holy. Not that I believe that we should keep it as they did in old times but we should be living within Christ like modesty in our down time because we’re at our worst when we at rest and leisure. Indeed we come to our Lord with with contempt in our worship when we forget who we party with the devil then present ourselves to our saviour on his day. When we drink we drink to modesty. When we go with friends we should act appropriately as ambassadors of Christ. When we show love to those we love we love not as the world sees love. This is not self righteousness. I’ve failed to this task much in my life. Our goal should be to present ourselves to our Jesus, our creator as we are. We should come to him on his day to refresh and ask that he continues with us for the next week to be our strength to act in a way pleasing to him.  When we fail it is because we haven’t asked as men desperately seeking. He does the saving. He does the rearranging. He does the work. so I would leave with the lords prayer as a guideline to bring us into harmony on this Sabbath because as with all instruments we need constant tuning.

Matthew 6:9-13 ESV
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

First we submit to his authority and glory, worshipping in our hearts his greatness.

Second we give him all authority to move in our whole life.

Third we ask him for the gifts to perform his will in our lives and to perform his will before those who do not believe.

fourth we acknowledge that we have nothing to give him that is not his already as a child asking for money to buy his father a gift. We ask him to forgive the best we bring to the table which is our sinful nature and deeds done apart from him and on our own.

Lastly we ask him to take our hand through the week as a child does when walking down a busy intersection. No father would lead his son into a crosswalk that has on coming cars, and that is what a child will do on his own because he does not know any better but to run into the street after what ever catches his eye.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

“If you want peace, prepare for war.”

Ephesians 6:12-13 ESV
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. [13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

What shall I say of mankind but this, for any nation to enjoy any kind of peace and or security one must prepare for war. When God led Israel into the promised land he told them to purge it of all of the people living there for two purposes. First to establish them as a nation set apart from the rest of the world and second to keep them from adopting the gods and idols that were already there. Instead over and over they failed to expunge those who were not to dwell among them nor reject the ways they brought with them.

When Jesus came to bring salvation and established his church he gave commandments to live amongst the world. Instead of worldly security he gave us security within the kingdom of God. He did not call us to wage war as the world does yet he called us to take up arms against spiritual enemies. Against strongholds Satan held tightly. Strongholds within people, strongholds within governments on a more personal level within the officials who governed and not on the battlefield. Where believers failed was by not purging the ways the world taught us to live, and the ways it taught us to make war. At least on a spiritual level. Indeed as countries go there is obviously still a time for physical war, yet as Christians those must be fought within a fair and righteous way honorably toward believers and non believers alike with out partiality.

So brings me to America, which has long been known as a country, a nation that is Christian. In fact when you say it is a Christian nation that is in fact what you mean by compacting the previous sentence. Though the obvious looming precursor of Christianity itself is that you can not be born into the kingdom of God by the physical birth. You can not have faith by association. Indeed many are called to faith and salvation through belief in in the blood payment of Christ. Thus further a nation in itself can not be saved. There can be a hedge around a said nation for the glory of Christ eternal kingdom and the furthering of his glorious message of good news but eventually there would need to be a call to revival which there has been. The purpose of said nation would inherently not be a forever resting place for his followers nor a place to only reward obedience but perhaps a call to arms to protect his natural first earthly elect nation when the time came as it has and to further his call to his heavenly kingdom across the globe which it has. The reality though much to most of our heritage has been and continues to be stained by horrific acts done not only by the non believers but outstandingly by his church and in his name. In his revelation to John he did not seperate the chaff from the wheat when he talked to the churches therefore I will not either. I will say this, God calls both the church and non believers to repentance but holds each accountably different. Condemnation is not off the table.

Looking at the state of the union, I would be very weary to say that we won’t be cast into tribulation to be tried as Americans have never been before. To burn away the dross. To refine our faith. To see if we are indeed going to found to be good servants when he returns. To see if we have oil in the lamp or if and when our hedge is removed if we are found looking for oil to light our way through the night.