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Found this utube and wanted to share. Email your thoughts. Great bible study for sabbath.
Jesus Christ’s has “risen.”
Matthew 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts; and I will discover thyskirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.
Luke 22:47 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. 48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
“Wash Your Hands…. Wash Your Hands…. Wash Your Hands….“
People are now buying devices so they don’t need to push buttons or open doors with their hands. I saw a device today in a store and felt concerned about it and I’ve been thinking about Jesus.
People are sanitizing and washing their hands religiously and I thought about how Jesus offended the Pharisees for not following the tradition of the elders by having his disciples wash their hands.
I feel like it’s counterproductive to not allow the body to fight germs on a continuous basis so the immune system God created in your body is strong? God created our systems to fight sickness and if you don’t allow your body to ever have to fight, won’t it become weak in its ability to defend itself? You hear about the over-use of antibiotics in children leading to the constant need for more antibiotics nearly everytime they become sick because their bodies become weakened. Also interesting, eating antibiotics injected into animals to be used for human consumption? Does that weaken your bodies defense as well? Obviously would need to ask the experts and there’s no time as this is a quick blog not a research project. My focus here is Jesus.
In Matthew 15:1-20 KJV Jesus seems to align what comes out of our mouth and heart as defiling. I see this as a potential self induced curse that can manifest as sickness. Obviously, not all sickness is the result of sin and that’s demonstrated in the Book of Job. God used sickness as a test to weigh loyalty to him. I feel that he also uses sickness to enforce rest or to get your attention and focus or to try your faith and help you reach your suffering criteria of his test.
Aside from the unavoidable reasons, can some sickness be God’s chastisement caused by sin or verbal self-induced cursing? Can we manifest sickness by what comes out of our hearts? Perhaps I’m misinterpreting?
While it’s interesting for me to consider Jesus Christ’s healing ministry and the spiritual component to sickness and disease, I can’t help but want to wash my hands after touching grocery carts or doors in public restrooms. I wonder if this is truly the carnal world manipulating us into believing the hand washing is truly necessary? Is God peering down at me laughing at me do something that was taught traditionally, yet completely is unnecessary? Since a child I’ve been taught to envision germs all over my hands and while I’m not prepared now to stop washing my hands, I’m also not going to start avoiding touching everything all together. I feel like COVID is creating a ridiculous phobia that I don’t feel comfortable coming into agreement with? If it’s my time to die, Abba doesn’t need COVID virus to take me home? God can make my heart stop at any moment, which is why I feel wearing a mask isn’t necessary unless to follow the rules of the authorities. God knows the date, time and end for me already, he knows the time for everyone else as well. While I don’t believe that God would want us to behave hazardously, I can’t help thinking about JESUS and that he didn’t seem to feel it was necessary for his disciples to wash their hands? It’s not what goes in your mouth that defiles, it’s what comes out of your mouth and proceeds from your heart. Here I am now standing here thousands of years later “Wash Your Hands… Wash Your Hands…. Wash Your Hands…. and I’m thinking of Jesus offending the Pharisees? Is this truly necessary? My Lord Jesus didn’t seem to think so? Misinterpretation? Thoughts?
A Lesson from Jesus – Rest
I was envisioning the scene in the Bible when Jesus is on a ship that is in a terrible storm. His disciples are chaotic and frightened and Jesus is found asleep, taking a nap.
I smile picturing Jesus, waking up and walking outside, stating, “Peace, be still.” He wasn’t scared, questioned his disciples faith and was not moved by the storm at all. Admirable qualities of Father’s son. I was meditating this morning on the fact that the scriptures stated Jesus was taking a nap. In American society, I feel as though naps are frowned upon and that we live in a world that even promotes the route to success with encouraging that children have extracurricular activities and a calendar as busy and productive as a corporate CEO.
I was thinking about Galatians 6:9 and wonder if it’s ever mis-interpreted? While Jesus would remove himself and probably pray for God’s strength to sustain him when large crowds were following him around requesting healing. Even Jesus’s disciples had to turn people away. Is their a healthy boundary to knowing when you need to rest? Looking at Jesus’s characteristics, one things evident, he rested one day a week on the sabbath.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
If Jesus were tired, would he faint or would he nap?
Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Jesus observed the holy sabbath on rare circumstances for common sense and practical reasons he would heal on the sabbath and advise to apply common sense for unavoidable emergencies. Jesus rested on the 7th of the day of the week, Saturday the holy sabbath…. How many Americans rest one day a week with no work or chores at all?
Matthew 24:20 (KJV) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Jesus knew when he needed a time out. He often retreated to the wilderness for prayer and solitude.
Luke 5:15 (KJV)But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
Mark 1:35 (KJV) And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
I find it interesting how the characteristics of Jesus Christ completely contradict society. Jesus teaches not to be wrapped up in storing up treasures but that we should be faithful that the Father will provide our needs and that our focus should be focused on the Kingdom to come. I wonder how many Americans become ill each year by following the customs of this world as opposed to following the characteristics and teachings of Jesus Christ?
Matthew 16:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Matthew 6:32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Luke 6:47 (KJV) Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Jesus: The Lion of the Tribe of Judah – Just a Few Characteristics
More to follow….
In the New Testament, Jesus Christ arms his disciples with treading power and the ability to bind and loose in the spirit realm to defeat the enemy. In what ways is the spiritual authority different from the Old Testament when David takes down Goliath in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel with a sling shot and a rock? I’ve been contemplating the difference.
Matthew 16:19 (KJV) And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Clearly David was able to take down Goliath with his faith in God and knowing his opponent had a weakness, he was not circumcised.
In my mind, David saw that Goliath was not in obedience to God and he saw this as a weakness attached to Goliath’s forehead. David had faith that God would be on his side and had an intimate relationship with the Lord and a past history of God delivering him from difficult situations. I believe it was the difficult trials that gave this youth the faith and trust in god that he would put Goliath into the palm of his hand.
David verbally proclaims how he will take down Goliath. You see the power of verbal declaration in Proverbs 18:21.
Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
Matthew 24:24 (KJV) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The entire world has around 7.8 Billion people in the world according to Google…. (estimation).
2.3 Billion Professing Christians according to Google….. (estimation).
Minus (144,000) God’s Elect.
Total Estimated FOOLED = 5,499,856,000
Five Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety Nine Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Six Thousand….. and counting…..
Revelation 12:9 (KJV) “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Revelation 7:4 (KJV) And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
I spent a good portion of the evening thinking about Peter and Jesus. It started with me contemplating the meaning of John 21:15-17 when Jesus asks Peter to “feed his sheep.” I thought perhaps he means the gospel or perhaps he means this in a literal sense, to feed his people? It’s my understanding that Peter became the first Pope and I believe the Catholic church feeds more people globally then any other denomination in the world? I was wondering if the Lord’s Sheep would be financially secure with Abraham’s blessings or if Jesus really believed his people would require help? Jesus came in poverty and he states in Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
How can a rejected people, hated by the world be financially comforted? Jesus had to borrow a place to have his last supper? He didn’t appear to be wealthy when he made his debut riding on a donkey. Matthew 21:5 NKJV “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’
I recently was talking to a believer about Peter denying Jesus three times and whether or not he would see the kingdom of God as Jesus states in Matthew 10:33 KJV But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. The woman I was speaking with suggested that Peter repented and Jesus forgave him in John 21:15-17 (see at the bottom of blog).
Although I feel it’s possible, it’s truly only assumed? Why didn’t Jesus add “if you repent and feed my sheep, you’ll be forgiven? Is it safe for us to believe Jesus was joking? It’s almost like stating that Jesus doesn’t mean it when he says he’ll deny people and say he doesn’t know the workers of iniquity who call on him? (Matthew 7:23). Or it’s like stating Jesus isn’t serious about the unforgivable sin of blasphemy of the Holy and Ghost? (Matthew 12:32). I found it strange that in John 21:15-17 that Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. That’s the same number of times that Peter denied him. Why would Jesus ask him three times? I almost feel as though he didn’t believe him? It’s like catching a kid who ate cupcakes he/she wasn’t supposed to. You can clearly see the frosting mustache on the kids face and when confronted they tell their mother they didn’t eat any. If a Mother knows the kids lying, she might repeat the questions over and over? I also thought about Jesus asking the woman at the well to get her husband in (John 4:16-19.) Jesus asks the woman at the well a question when he knows the answer. He knows she’s had 5 husbands and the man she lives with isn’t her husband. I feel like Jesus does this to gently remind her of her sins and subtly tell her (without shaming) what God is recruiting for in his Kingdom. John 4:23 KJV But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
In defense for Peter, I will add that I thought about Mary washing Jesus’s feet with perfume and Jesus states in Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Perhaps Peter feeding the Lord’s Sheep will be the pardon for his sins? Mary’s sins were forgiven of by Jesus because of the love she showed him. I was also thinking about the verse Exodus 33:19 KJV And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
My conclusion regarding Peter and his denial of Jesus is truly that it’s between Peter and God. Let God judge Peter just as God’s going to judge me and everybody else and it’s probably best to focus on my specs in my eyes.. with fear and trembling. In hopes of seeing New Jerusalem and Lord Jesus. I’ve already told the Lord a mansion in his Kingdom isn’t necessary for me, I’d be ecstatic to have a small cabin or even a tent for that matter just merely to be in his realm is my beautiful dream.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.