Jacob is just the opposite. He is quieter 6 and stays around the tents b. He and his mother Rebekah grow close, and she helps him understand something of his destiny. No doubt, she tells him of the prophecy that he will rule over his brother. One day while Esau is out hunting, Jacob is at home cooking lentil 7 stew 8 in a pot over the fire. The KJV calls it "pottage. Esau is exhausted and famished. He craves the red-colored stew. This is Jacob's opportunity. Esau betrays his own tendency towards instant gratification.
I can't wait for the future. Jacob, on the other hand, is willing to deny himself in the present to obtain in the future what he values most. We want instant pleasure, instant wealth, instant popularity. And for this we trade away our futures. Jacob is an example of a person who can live with delayed gratification.
Jacob's motives aren't pure, of course. Instead, Jacob takes advantage of Esau's weakness. In a weak moment he extracts from his brother a binding promise. Could such an inherent right as a birthright be sold or transferred in this manner? There's no clear precedent, either in ancient literature or Biblical literature. There is a 15th Century BC text from Nuzi as a parallel where a man named Tupkitilla transfers his inheritance rights to a grove over to his brother Kurpazah in exchange for three sheep.
While not parallel in every aspect, it does indicate that one brother could sell inherited property to another. The relative relinquishes his right and formalizes it by taking off his sandal and giving it to Boaz in the presence of witnesses. Though Esau sells his birthright on the spur of the moment in a casual setting, it seems to have been considered binding. Neither Esau nor Isaac seem to question that Jacob has indeed obtained the birthright ; Is Jacob being honest? Is he being a good businessman? Do we really get ahead by taking advantage of others' weaknesses and shortsightedness?
Are we obligated to disclose to others their potential mistakes? How can we love our neighbor as ourselves in business? I think Jesus calls us to a higher standard in our business practices. He would be much more pleased by the "win-win" deal, than the one that took advantage of the weakness of a brother. His "Golden Rule" is: "Do to others as you would have them do to you" Luke Jacob doesn't love his brother as himself.
He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright. This incident also says a lot about one's value of spiritual things, if we can consider the birthright in a spiritual as well as legal light. Esau values stew more than the birthright, while Jacob values the birthright more than his own integrity. The narrator notes, "So Esau despised his birthright" Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears. Bless me too, my father!
God is merciful and can forgive us of sin, but there are some doors we forever close for ourselves by our actions, actions that cannot be undone.
Jesus Walk 10 Day Timeline Devotion for Easter Week
This is for us a sobering warning, which speaks directly to our character and what we value most. Why does the New Testament condemn Esau for selling his birthright?
What does this transaction say about Esau's character and values? What does it reveal about Jacob's character and values? Was Rebekah a spiritual woman, that is, interested in spiritual things? Was Isaac a spiritual man? Which do you think was the more spiritually sensitive? What evidence of spirituality do you see in Jacob? In Esau? Tricking Isaac into a Blessing While Jacob's acquisition of the birthright might have been strictly legal, his acquisition of his father's blessing is grossly deceptive and unrighteous on its very face.
Genesis contains the fascinating but dark story of conspiracy and fraud. Pause now and read it from your Bible. Isaac is now about years old, bedridden and nearly blind. Tent walls are thin. Jacob's mother Rebekah overhears Isaac telling Esau to hunt some venison and cook it for him, and then receive the formal father-to-son blessing of the firstborn before Isaac dies.
The Lord had told her "the older will serve the younger" Now Rebekah takes it upon herself to make the prophecy happen. She decides that Isaac must not bless Esau. Call it what you will, what she proposes is pure deceit. Tissot, "Jacob Deceives Isaac" c. It will change your life! Starting Friday the Basic Christian: Jesus Walk Holy Week Easter 10 Day Timeline Devotion Note: This year the blog postings for each day's activity following Jesus and the Apostles during the original Holy Week will be posted the evening-afternoon before the day of the events [this was done last year and turned out to be more consistent].
Ultimately there are intended to be the one original Timeline of events and two devotions, the group oriented devotion "Becoming united in Jesus" and the yet to be completed individually focused devotion "All the Way, Walking the Long Road [The High Road]".
The second devotion "All the Way, Walking the Long Road" though not yet completed has been in development for a while. The devotion has been mostly written a couple of times but each time the devotion spins off into what could be considered a slightly works based devotion so I don't want to release the devotion until I can be sure that it is a uniquely relationship, value, prized devotion between the loving God and people. Looking forward to joining you in this year's Holy Week and the Christian growth, prayer, fellowship, study and maturity that can come from it.
If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all. It may be affection, it may be warmth of feeling, but it has not the true nature of love in it. Have I ever been carried away to do something for God not because it was my duty, nor because it was useful, nor because there was anything in it at all beyond the fact that I love Him?
Have I ever realized that I can bring to God things which are of value to Him, or am I mooning round the magnitude of His Redemption whilst there are any number of things I might be doing? Not Divine, colossal things which could be recorded as marvellous, but ordinary, simple human things which will give evidence to God that I am abandoned to Him? There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give Him the abandoned tokens of how genuinely we do love Him. Abandon to God is of more value than personal holiness.
Personal holiness focuses the eye on our own whiteness; we are greatly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, fearful lest we offend Him. Perfect love casts out all that when once we are abandoned to God. We have to get rid of this notion - "Am I of any use? It is never a question of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time. Twenty actors will take part in the reading, which is scheduled to take 69 hours over eight days.
They will recite all 1, chapters of the historic Bible in the theater built as a replica of the place that saw many of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Paul's Cathedral and put the finishing touches to the King James Bible. Across the river, a set of playwrights, Shakespeare foremost amongst them, entertained a town," artistic director Dominic Dromgoole told ENInews.
Between the two of them they generated an energy, a fire and wit in the English language. Starting 70 years after her death, the play examines how King James united England's religious factions with a common [English language] Bible, and the debt he owed to Anne. Jesus Walk -- [Holy Week ] Easter Week in Rome, Italy - Holy Week in Rome - There are very few examples of Pageantry grander than Holy Week in Rome - The Pope himself delivers several masses between Palm Sunday and Easter, and tens of thousands of pilgrims and fellow travelers are on hand to celebrate with him The following will give you an idea of what's going on and when for Easter Week in ; most services take place in St Peter's Square or inside the Basilica consider a walking tour in Rome to get your bearings, or one of Viator's Vatican tours if you arrive early enough to avoid the crowds.
You can certainly expect crowds in Rome and the Vatican during Easter Week. But for Catholics and religious-minded travelers frankly, for anybody and everyone who appreciates ritual and pomp , the experience of Easter Week is unforgettable. At the end of the mass, the Pope usually sends a special message - the 'Angelus' - to the youth of the world.
Then, after a few days' break during which you will notice a steadily increasing population density in and around the Vatican, the Easter celebration begins in earnest on Holy Thursday also called 'Maundy Thursday'. The Pope performs a rare morning mass at am, known as the 'Mass of the Chrism', in St Peter's Basilica 'chrism' is a mixture of olive oil and balsam, which, once blessed, is used in some of the sacraments. In the evening, the Mass of the Lord's Supper commemorates Christ's bathing of the feet of the Apostles. This torch-lit procession is one of the grandest, most solemn things you can witness in Rome.
This is also traditionally when converts are accepted into the Catholic Church. Despite the crowds - typically this is the most attended event of Holy Week - you should be able to spot the Holy Father, high above the square on a balcony of the church. At noon, he delivers the 'Urbi et Orbi' message - 'to the city and the world - in which the Pope grants forgiveness to those present and to Catholics world wide.
Visiting Rome During Holy Week Pope Benedict XVI Although these events are generally free, some require tickets a must if you want a seat, or in some cases if you want to get in at all. Honestly, it is not easy to get tickets - we're saying this simply to set your expectations. For Catholics, this is usually arranged through your bishop. You might also try the American Seminary in Rome. For non-Catholics, it's a bit dicier, but you might try the American Seminary.
The official Vatican liturgical calendar for Holy Week can be found here. The Vatican museums and those throughout Rome are generally open during Holy Week, with the exceptions of Easter Sunday and the following Monday. Ideas on spending the rest of your time in the Eternal City [Rome] can be found in our complete list of things to see and do in Rome. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel The native name of Israel is Yisra'el.
Most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv. Jesus Walk -- What if Moses had Facebook? It covers Christian Subjects and Topics from Adoption - Yahweh in an easy to read and understand format. An extensive resource, unparalleled in convenience and ease of use yet advanced in topic research. Despite the initial early successes [much like the released Jesus Walk 10 Day Easter Timeline Devotion] the next few years would find the Basic Christian: Theology project underutilized and underappreciated by much of the Christian community.
Today the Basic Christian: Theology document remains available as a free internet download as there continues to be the hope and passion that one day the material will be a leading resource used in the lives of many Christians seeking to quickly understand Biblical concepts, ideas and practices. A Preview and look at some of the aspects of Holy Week and of the 10 Day Jesus Walk Easter Timeline Devotion - The modern Holy Week Timeline appears to be the Biblical Holy Week Timeline shortened by one day having Thursday combined with Friday in the modern Timeline - The Basic Christian Jesus Walk Easter Holy Week Timeline Devotion adds back in the Thursday [all the other days remain the exact same though the days previous to Thursday are each backed up by one day] and also starts a day earlier in the Friday anointing of Jesus at Bethany This timeline is the same number of days as the traditional timeline view until the tomb where it includes the three days and three nights in the tomb.
This third day moves the crucifixion back one day from Friday Good Friday to Thursday Crucifixion Thursday and likewise moves each of the preceding events back one day of the week so then backing up by one day the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem occurs on Saturday and not the traditional Sunday.
However it is Saturday and not Sunday that is the better fit and the more appropriate day according to the Biblical description of the Triumphal entry of Jesus and it is Saturday that fulfills the Feast day of Sabbath. I think what has happened is that somewhere in [ancient] Church history the [Catholic] Church began to observe an abbreviated week of Holy week. It was easier for people to get time off from work and celebrate Friday - Sunday than the Thursday - Sunday of the Bible. Likewise shortening the events places the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Sunday instead of Saturday therefore making for another convenient Holiday as the Church is already routinely gathered for the Sunday Worship service.
The events as we observe them in modern times are a slightly abbreviated version of the Biblical times in which they occurred. It was never intended to replace the Biblical version as everyone knows that a Friday crucifixion does not equal the three days and three nights in the tomb.
The Thursday crucifixion does and it also supports all of the events of the Bible. Catholic Holy Week, - It reenacts the main events of Jesus' last days: His entry into Jerusalem Palm Sunday , the Last Supper Holy Thursday , His arrest and trial, the carrying of the cross, and the Crucifixion itself Good Friday - Unfortunately, the linkage between the liturgies of Holy Week and the original times and places of the sacred events became obscured in the medieval West Holy Week, as everyone knows, is observed during the final week of Lent, with its liturgical climax at the Easter Vigil and then on Easter morning itself.
It reenacts the main events of Jesus' last days: his entry into Jerusalem Palm Sunday , the Last Supper Holy Thursday , his arrest and trial, the carrying of the cross, and the Crucifixion itself Good Friday. The early Christians, however, were content each year to recall Christ's suffering, death, and Resurrection in a single, unified liturgical celebration known as Pascha Greek for the Christian "Passover," or Easter. By the fifth and sixth centuries, the highly influential churches of Rome and Constantinople had adopted these Holy Week liturgies. The liturgies subsequently spread from these centers to other local churches within their vast jurisdictions, both in the West and in the East.
Unfortunately, the linkage between the liturgies of Holy Week and the original times and places of the sacred events became obscured in the medieval West. The situation was not remedied until the restoration of Holy Week that was mandated by Pope Pius XII in , and the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council a few years later.
Nowhere were these changes more evident than in the celebration of the Easter Vigil. Prior to the restoration of the Holy Week liturgies, Holy Saturday was the least popular of all of that week's liturgies. I know whereof I speak. The long and complicated ceremony was conducted entirely in Latin, early on Holy Saturday morning, with only a handful of people and a few unlucky altar boys in attendance.
Peter's Basilica. He made no mention of the scandals. Spread out before him, in white robes, was row after row of priests, who responded in chorus to his chants in Latin. A choir of men and boys intoned solemn hymns. The late morning Mass, the first of several appearances Benedict will make in the final days of Holy Week before Easter, was described by the Vatican as a sign of strict union between the pontiff in his role of pastor of the world's 1 billion Catholics and his fellow priests.
In the evening, Benedict will wash the feet of 12 priests -- a traditional sign of humility -- at a Holy Thursday ceremony in St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome. In his homily Thursday, Benedict said Christians "as good citizens" must "keep the law and do what is just and good," while not accepting "a wrong that is enshrined in law," citing as example legalized abortion. Luke might be saying that the Sabbath of the Levitical Feasts was previously fulfilled and completed on the previous week with the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and that what was taking place now was a Commandment Sabbath and not a Feast Sabbath.
In other words there would not be a proper observance of either the Passover or Pentecost feasts without first having properly observed and having entered into the Feast of Sabbath Rest as fulfilled and offered to us in Jesus Christ. The original study-devotion did not start out as a devotion focusing on the 8 Levitical Feasts as the devotion has primarily become since The essence of the Jesus Walk devotion is fellowshipping with Jesus by following along with Jesus during His original Holy Week events, events that happen to be foretold and previously explained by Moses in the 8 Feasts of Leviticus Chapter Frustrated with trying to fit the Biblical events into the modern timeline I twice [in and later in ] gave up on the Jesus Walk project but in with the verse "1 Corinthians Jeffery and he pointed out that Easter Sunday was actually the Feast of First Fruits and also that the crucifixion was on the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Previously most of the preaching that I had heard only referenced The Feast of Passover and it was usually wrongly associated with the crucifixion day of Jesus while 1 Corinthians says that the Last Supper "Passover" was on the night Jesus was betrayed not on the day he was crucified so clearly the events of Holy Week had been enacted on specific days in accordance with the 8 Feasts of Leviticus Chapter 23 where the Holy Week events had originally been embedded for our later understanding.
Examining the Dave Hunt Heresy [John ] where Hunt incorrectly contends that Jesus intended to celebrate the Passover but was unable to do so - Hunt's theory is only speculation and confusion on Dave Hunt's part - Hunt confuses the later Feast of Unleavened Bread [15th of Nisan - Leviticus ] for the earlier Feast of the Lord's Passover [14th of Nisan - Leviticus ] It is easy enough to prove that Jesus and the 12 Apostles did observe the Lord's Passover Feast: Luke Then came the day [14th of Nisan - Feast of the Lord's Passover] of unleavened bread, when the Passover lamb must be killed.
And they said unto Him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And He said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city [Jerusalem], there shall a man [thought to be Mark] meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples?
And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the Passover. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he [Disciple John] that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD [for] seven days: in the seventh day [21st of Nisan] is [also] an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. The Catholic Church is not engaging in deceit because they have never said that Jesus didn't fulfill His three days and three nights prophecy the way Dave Hunt is saying that Jesus never observed Passover even though Jesus Himself had said [Luke ] that He had highly "desired" to eat the Passover with His 12 Apostles.
With Dave Hunt previously stating that Jesus did not observe the Passover and with the common teaching of the Friday crucifixion opening the door to yet another 'seemingly' unfulfilled prophecy then it does clearly open the way for a usurper an Antichrist to enter in and to pretend to fulfill prophesies, prophesies that are already fulfilled and completed by Jesus Christ it is just that modern teachers pastors , teachings and modern interpretations have readily and systematically edited Jesus out of His own fulfillments and out of His own accomplishments.
Dave Hunt does offer Thursday as the crucifixion day however in his already greatly confused and highly truncated timeline of events Hunt offers the Thursday crucifixion seemingly more as a momentary opportunity to deride Catholicism than as a fundamental opportunity to express fulfillment of Messianic Prophecy. All the while Dave Hunt continues to attempt to lead the Christian Church into confusion and with confusion into factions [Protestant, Roman Catholicism] and with factions then comes unwanted strife and division within the Christian Church. I belive this song is true in all manner, and every time I sing it, it fills me with Gods will and glory.
Enjoy it. Enjoy, and Happy Easter. Jesus Walk -- Were you there when they crucified my Lord? YouTube Song: Where you there when they crucified my Lord? What a poweful song, I am grateful everyday for what God has done for me. Thank you Lord. Thank you for dying for me and even tho we were the ones that put you on the cross, you still show us mercy.
Jesus Walk -- Jerusalem Weather Station Photos This site is intended to give the feeling of what is happening outside. The data is from a station standing out there - at the cold fronts and the heat waves. You can search in the archive for weather history or to know when there was a very extensive weather hot or cold.
Father Robert Reed celebrates Mass on cw56 in Boston at 7 a. This Mass is rebroadcast on CatholicTV at 7 p. Tune in at 10 a. This Mass of Chrism airs live at 11 a. Excellent Movie! For the little ones we have "At Jesus' Side", a fun animated feature sure to become a classic. There are opportunities to experience Easter as never before.
The film concentrates on the most familiar episodes of the biblical story, including the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, Herod's Jose Ferrer decree of the execution of all male children in Judea, and the Holy family's escape into Egypt. It concludes with Jesus' expulsion of the moneylenders from the temple, the instruction of the Apostles at the Last Supper, Christ's betrayal by Judas David McCallum , the Passion, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.
The Kingdom of Jesus Christ John accepted by some and rejected by others - The Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ in initially being rejected by the rulers of this world Luke has been placed in an individual experiential basis until the fullness of the Kingdom of God is brought into its knowable entirety during the events of the Book of Revelation - Basically what we are going to do in the next few days before Holy Week is to begin to consider and to reconcile the [Kingdom on earth] Messiah Prophecy of Daniel [Daniel's 70 Weeks Daniel ] and the [Eternal Spiritual] Kingdom Revelation of the thief on the cross Luke with each other and attempt to more fully understand the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ that is currently being so generously offered by God to all mankind Note: Regarding the rejection and death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
The people of Jesus' day asked Him for a sign that He was indeed God Matthew and Jesus also said John the sign that He would give the world would be that He would resurrect the 3rd day from death. The resurrection of Jesus proved the Deity Immortality of Jesus to all mankind for all time. So the events of Holy Week that ended in the crucifixion and later in the resurrection of Jesus were not events that went astray but were events that were foretold and necessary in order for God to unmistakably reveal and reconcile Himself to all mankind.
Having then revealed Himself to all mankind by His prophecies, miracles and resurrection He is now selecting for Himself a Kingdom of believing people for His own from within mankind. Each of these 8 Kingdoms is going to share some remarkable similarities: Each Kingdom will have possessed all of or a majority of the world's wealth [gold, silver, precious gems] at one time. Each Kingdom has or will have knowledge [both public and secret knowledge] beyond that of their peers.
The Kingdoms will also possess influence, military power and political prestige beyond the peers of their day. The Kingdom of Nimrod [about two generations and years after the flood of Noah] encompassed all of humanity including Abraham's forefather Arphaxad Genesis , the Kingdom of Nimrod possessed all human wealth, knowledge and wisdom and the Kingdom of Nimrod built a Temple the Tower of Babel. Egypt the 2nd Kingdom amassed much of the fortune of the world and much of the knowledge of the world and a great part of that fortune would be "favorably" given to the Jews at their Passover departure from Egypt Exodus The 4th Kingdom Persia [Iran] conquered Babylon [Iraq] and consolidated the wealth of the world into the Palace at Shushan Esther part of the wealth of Persia was given to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem Isaiah , 2 Chronicles King Alexander the Great who immersed the world in Greek thought and philosophy and after sparing the Jews, Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple then "at the age of 32" died among the wealth of ancient Egypt, Babylon and Persia.
The 7th Kingdom the Kingdom of Antichrist is going to sign a favorable [7 year] covenant with the Jews and the Nation of Israel Daniel and will also in some way rebuild [and eventually occupy Matthew ] the now destroyed Temple in Jerusalem. Part 1. Reconciling the general community Corporate [Kingdom on earth] Messiah Prophecy of Daniel [Daniel's 70 Weeks Daniel ] with the [Eternal Spiritual] individual Remnant Kingdom Revelation of the thief on the cross Luke Daniel a Prophet to the Nations: A summary of Daniels Corporate Messiah's Kingdom on earth "70 Weeks years Prophecy" - Daniel And he [the holy angel Gabriel] informed me [Daniel], and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding [of the previous vision from God].
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks [it would take 49 years to rebuild Jerusalem], and threescore 60 and two weeks [ years of a rebuilt Jerusalem]: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after [the] threescore and two weeks [after years of the years] shall Messiah be cut off [lit.
Part 1a. Part 1b. The 70th Week specifically belongs to the Antichrist and since the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem at the completion of the 69th Week the timeline of the Prophecy of Daniel has stopped until the Kingdom of Antichrist claims its 1 Week 7 year period that will be given to it by God. The amount of time [2, years so far] between the 69th week of Daniel and the 70th and final week of Daniel has been the Church Age. Part 2. Saul was initiated [1 Samuel ] as the 1st King of Israel [in Mizpeh of Gilead] without anointing and while Saul was personally in hiding i.
Saul was anointed by Samuel a second time though oil is not mentioned it might have been strictly a verbal anointing with the Prophet Samuel speaking prophecy over King Saul and not anointing him with oil. First by His family of God [Matthew ]. For of a truth against thy Holy Child Jesus, whom Thou [God] hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined [to kill Jesus] before to be done. Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit [Father, Son Jesus, Holy Spirit] in our hearts.
The anointed Church 2 Corinthians and the future Kingdom of Antichrist are not going to co-exist and when the anointed 'born again' Church is raptured only then will the Antichrist be anointed for his Kingdom on earth. Then with the Christian Church gone the Antichrist will preside over a Kingdom on earth that will go horribly wrong for everyone involved as the Antichrist attempts to receive the anointing of the Nations starting in the Holy of Holies Matthew with the Nation of Israel.
And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the House of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; The family of the House of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain [after the Tribulation], every family apart, and their wives apart.
Presumably the Nation of Israel will emerge anoint the Messiah Jesus Christ and enter into the Kingdom Age [1, year reign of the Messiah] far more intact than any of the Gentile Nations. And He said unto me, Son of man [Ezekiel], the place of My Throne, and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell [as anointed King] in the midst of the children of Israel for ever Part 2a. And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon, My servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
And all Nations shall serve him, and his son [Nabonidus], and his son's son [Belshazzar], until the very time of his land come: and then many Nations and Great Kings shall serve themselves of him. I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known Me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. Who is there among you of all His people? And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the House of God that is in Jerusalem.
So he [Gabriel] came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man [Daniel]: for at the Time of the End shall be the vision [the four Gentile global governments - Persia, Greece, Rome and Antichrist]. Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And the rough goat is the King of Grecia [Greece - 5th Kingdom]: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first King [Alexander the Great].
Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four Kingdoms [Ptolemaic kingdom of Egypt, the Seleucid Empire in the east, the kingdom of Pergamon in Asia Minor, and Macedon - wiki. And his [Antichrist] power shall be mighty, but not by his own power [by Satan's]: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's [Belshazzar - son of Nabonidus - grandson of Nebuchadnezzar] business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that the Stone was cut out of the Mountain [Divinely] without [physical] hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the Great God hath made known to the King [Nebuchadnezzar] what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. Part 3. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
The Trumpet is an announcement and in this case it is an announcement for God's people to gather together into one place. For the Church this is very likely fulfilled in the Rapture, the calling by God of His Church into Heaven to be with Him and to escape His coming judgment that is about to come upon the entire world of non-believers. Atonement is the repair the mending of a broken relationship. For a relationship to be repaired there has to be a desire to repair the union and there needs to be an acknowledgment of the wrong that severed the relationship in the first place.
It is corresponding to the second coming of Jesus because there is still much to be fulfilled with this particular feast. For starters at the Atonement Feast Leviticus there are two goats the first goat is sacrificed for the atonement, the removal of sin, because the result of sin is death so only when death occurs is sin satisfied. This sacrifice is a representation of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for us.
Meanwhile, the second goat called the "scapegoat", the carrier of sins is released far away carrying with it the sins of the people and if that scapegoat never returns then the sins never return and are completely removed and stay away. If the scapegoat does return then all of the sins return with it.
It is evident that at the cross of Jesus that a man called Barabbas was the scapegoat, as Barabbas was set free and he was never heard from again. Unfortunately the scapegoat the carrier of sin "Satan" will be returning one day as he will again be accepted by the people to be their friend and their king and when he does come he will bring with him the sins of the world. Also the Jewish people as a nation have not yet recognized Jesus as the true Messiah and this will happen at the second coming of Jesus so this feast is still partially yet to be fulfilled.
The Jewish Temple originally was a Tabernacle a Tent that the Hebrews carried with them and set up during their wilderness journey prior to their entry into the Promise Land of Israel. Once in the Promise Land, the permanent living place the Tent was then replaced in Jerusalem by the permanent Temple made of stone. This is the comparison of our earthy body to our future Spiritual body. Currently we Tabernacle in a Tent body a temporary body made of flesh.
Whenever anyone dies their spirit and soul departs this tent and if you are a child of God, God then accepts you into Heaven our Permanent home and we receive our new Temple body, a Spiritual body to match our spirit and our soul. Part 4 the Conclusion: The three Fall Feasts of Leviticus Chapter 23 seem to be the Transition Phase out of the approximately 2, years of individuals serving and fellowshipping with God in the Christian Church Age - Into the 1, year Millennial Kingdom of Messiah the reign of Jesus Christ among the Nations on the Earth The whole concept of the 8 Kingdom Study has been that there is a major transition in the Kingdom of God that is to take place and that is the Kingdom of God being shifted from the individual perspective Church Age to the National perspective Kingdom Age.
The shift from the individual remnant worship of God to the corporate National worship of God is continued and completed during the transition of the Antichrist Kingdom. In short throughout human history and particularly while going through the Book of Revelation there are two separate [parallel] Kingdoms at work in the Kingdom of Antichrist and the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. In the Book of Revelation while the Antichrist Kingdom is attempting to unify - fallen angels, fallen humans, demons and is unable to do so the Kingdom of God [ in a sense - Holy God, holy Angels, redeemed mankind] does unify.
The Kingdom of God starts out in the Book of Revelation Revelation with Jesus walking among the 7 Churches of the earth and holding the stars of Heaven in His hand as Jesus is in the process of reconciling the earth back to Heaven to make the two separate Kingdoms of Heaven and earth back into one Kingdom. Jesus writes seven letters to His Church in each letter identifying Himself with each Church. During the events of Revelation the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ becomes so identified with and intermingled with the Saints on earth and the holy Angels of Heaven in bonding and closeness that as an Angel appears Revelation it is difficult to tell if it is an Angel speaking and acting or if it is Jesus Himself speaking and acting.
Note: In concluding this 8 Kingdom summary by reading the events of the Bible's Book of Revelation the Kingdom of God becomes identified with the Christian Saints, the Martyrs and even the holy Angels of Heaven at the very same time that the Kingdom of Antichrist is attempting to unify with fallen mankind, fallen angels and the demons but the Kingdom of Antichrist is falling apart and coming apart at such a rapid pace and in reality is never anywhere close to mixing into a unified Kingdom as the "iron does not mix with the clay" of Daniel. While in complete success the Kingdom of God is unified, united and completly identifiable with both mankind and with the holy Angels of Heaven all through the accomplishments and achievements of God the Son Jesus Christ.
Luke ,50 But I am Jesus come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? As disciples of Jesus, let's go back with Jesus and the original disciples to revisit and re-live the last week that Jesus spent on earth. This week is also referred to as "Holy Week. To examine the last week we will have to piece together many items and statements from throughout the Bible. As we go back to the original Holy Week, we will travel like students and detectives, searching the scriptures for events and clues that took place nearly 2, years ago.
We will in actuality be students and detectives of Jesus, searching out Who He is and what His ministry came to accomplish here on earth. Our first and most substantial clue to the last days of Jesus' visit on earth is the fact that Jesus rose from the dead and that He did it on the first day of the week, Sunday. We find this important information in each of the four gospels. Matthew 21, Mark ,2, Luke , and John Sunday is the first day of the week. We often consider Monday to be the first day of the week but Monday is actually the first workday of the week. A glance at any calendar will confirm that Sunday is listed first in the row with Saturday being the last day of the week.
God prescribed in the 10 commandments given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai, for the last day of the week to be a "Sabbath" or a day of rest Exodus The last day, Saturday, of each week is the rest day for every Jew. As detectives we write our first piece of information in the column with the heading of Sunday, "The resurrection of Jesus, from Death to Life.
Next as detectives Matthew tells us that Jesus Himself told the Scribes and the Pharisees who were asking of Him to perform a miraculous sign, that indeed a miraculous sign would be given. The sign would be that Jesus would spend three days and three nights in the center of the earth, just like Jonah the prophet spent three days and three nights in the whale's belly, Jonah In many places the Bible tells that Jesus was to suffer and die then be resurrected the third day, Matt , Mark , Luke Counting back from Resurrection Sunday three days and three nights, we now land on the Thursday column as the day of the Crucifixion of Jesus.
Traditionally, Friday is celebrated as the day of crucifixion but remember we are journeying back to the original Holy Week to be with Jesus and His original disciples. Knowing that Thursday was the day of crucifixion, we also now know that Wednesday, the day before the crucifixion is the "Lord's Passover Feast" the day that Jesus celebrated the "Last Supper and Communion" with the disciples. Now as detectives we can broaden our horizon of the last week and catch up to Jesus and the disciples.
We can now travel back to the Friday before the Passover and meet with Jesus and the disciples to spend the last Glorious week with Him. On our journey to be with Jesus we find that Bethany is located on the Mount of Olives, Luke , Mark and that Bethany is less than 2 miles from Jerusalem John Once we walk up the Mount of Olives and ask directions to Lazarus', Mary's, and Martha's house, we would come into a small stone house to find Martha busy working in the kitchen while Mary is seated and at rest beside Jesus.
Lazarus whom Jesus had recently raised from the dead John was also seated at the table no doubt he had much to talk to Jesus about. If we came in at just the right moment, we would smell the aroma that filled the house as Mary anointed Jesus with almost a pound of very costly Spikenard oil John We would hear Judas complain that the expensive ointment was wasted and hear the rebuke of Jesus as He defended Mary and proclaimed that she had committed an honorable act of worship in anointing Him for His coming burial.
Mary Anointed Jesus with very costly and very precious oil. Biblically oil is a symbol of acceptance. To anoint someone is to accept them, to accept them for who and for what they are. Judas on the other hand did not want to bother with anointing Jesus. He didn't even want to be bothered with other people anointing Him. Mary was accepting Jesus.
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She had accepted that He had come to die for her in her place and was anointing Jesus for His coming burial. The cross of Jesus was something that even the disciples had not yet been able to come to grips with yet Mary had and Mary acknowledged and accepted Jesus for it. Having accepted the gift from Jesus that He was to die in her place for her sins she had now entered into a place of rest and comfort.
Rest in that she did not have to work to amend for her own sins and comfort in that all things would be taken care of for her through God who is also King, her King Jesus. As we begin our walk with Jesus let's pause and reflect Selah about acceptance How much could our fellowships gain by this one simple act of anointing one another in the simple affection of acceptance. Anointing others with the precious oil of acceptance can only come from our own rest and security through the knowledge of what Jesus Himself has done and will do for us in our lives.
Psalms Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head that ran down upon the beard even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded His blessing, even life forevermore. Are we anointing and accepting of ourselves? Biblically people are allowed to anoint - refresh themselves with oil Matthew In fact it is crucial that we accept ourselves. God has already accepted us.
He created us and He is for us. How is it that we can reject what God has already accepted? Are we anointing and accepting of Jesus? Even today we can anoint Jesus with His precious costly oil of acceptance by accepting His accomplishments in His sacrificial death and eternal resurrection life for us and by trusting in His authority and Kingly rule over and in our lives. We would like to be bold enough to take the steps to walk where Jesus walks, but it is now evident even on this day, day one, that Jesus does not walk as a human walks but that He walks as God walks.
For us to walk with Jesus we are going to have to be bold and remove our focus from others and place it on God. On the next day Saturday, John , we would rise up early with Jesus and the disciples. The people gathering for the celebration of the week long Passover Feast in the city of Jerusalem would hear that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem and would gather palm branches to wave in honor of their coming King, Jesus.
Because Saturday is a Sabbath day it is unlawful for the people to gather branches for their own personal use but it is not unlawful to gather the branches and wave them in an act of worship of Jesus. It is work to sustain our lives but it is not work to worship God. Jesus would send two disciples ahead to get a donkey and the donkey's baby that Jesus would ride on His way into Jerusalem. This will be a direct fulfillment of what the Prophet Zechariah saw and wrote about years earlier.
The prophet Daniel also saw and wrote about this day, Daniel The event of cheering Jesus as King would take the entire day. Mark , Psalm , Mark , 1 Corinthians What will heaven be like? Yet Mark's gospel does not leave us with soaring music and shouts of victory. Instead we get something significantly different. Luke a, , Psalm ,. The lectionary invites us to look again at Mary, the mother of Jesus. But complaints are the farthest things from her lips. Luke , Isaiah , We get a truer message of God's purposes when we recall the original circumstances.
It presents the story of that holy night from a new vantage point. Luke , Titus A million dollars? How about just a little grace. A sermon for the annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion worship. Of course, there is the obligatory Angel Choir which is flexible enough to accommodate any child. There is "gospel" in that.
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A child's malapropism as one of the Magi in a Sunday School Christmas Pageant reminds us of all we bring to the baby ourselves. A brief meditation in preparation for the Lord's Supper. He hadn't been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. It was just another day to him. He didn't hate Christmas, just couldn't find a reason to celebrate. But then a stranger came in Even at Christmas? Indeed, we can! Indeed, we must! A Christmas Eve meditation in preparation for the Lord's Supper.
If you recall, the scene was right out of an ancient movie script for a first century version of "Home Alone. The good news of today's message is that no shock is beyond the reach of a gospel that seems to be built on one shock after another. Pearl Harbor Day and the rather stark parable from history about the necessity for being alert. Do you? Luke , A sermon in preparation for a Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows. Each year at this time we recall the momentous events at the Jordan River as Jesus comes to his cousin John for Baptism.
There is something powerful in washing the slate clean as we remembered this week with the passing of President Gerald Ford. This year the story is juxtaposed with the release of Mel Gibson's controversial new film, "The Passion of the Christ. Is there a reason? No doubt! Luke , Jeremiah As our Lenten journey continues with Christ toward the cross, we meet some Pharisees who warn him of impending danger.
Luke , Genesis Luke , Haggai We are at a dinner party where this well-known young rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth is guest of honor when, suddenly, we are scandalized. The Lord's response offers a powerful lesson concerning how the church should react when confronting similar situations. The gospel does not allow that option. We are joined together in Jesus Christ, and we evidence that every time we gather at the Lord's Table.
A sermon in preparation for a celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The "BUT'S" interfered with discipleship then just as they do today. But there is more to it than an exhortation to help those in need. And rightly so. There is a famous story in the Gospels in which Jesus tells of a man whose business is so successful that his barns are bursting at the seams, so he decides to tear down those he has and build bigger, the better to relax and take his ease. As we know, the story does not quite work out that way. Last week's Gospel lesson in which Jesus told of a man whose business success ended up rewarding him not with a life of ease but an early death brings us up short.
But the story continues - if our priorities are right, well A Communion meditation. Perhaps that is not such a bad thing. We hear an old story based on Leo Tolstoy's "Ilyas. Luke , Isaiah For what it's worth, the problem has been around for a long time. Jesus experienced it. If we consider them individually, we find something remarkable: any God who could love THOSE three, and include those three in the Kingdom, could love and include just about anyone. San Lucas He has an unusual take on dinner party etiquette. Questions arise about God's involvement: are these events God's judgment on an unrighteous nation, as some suggest, or is God impotent to act in the face of evil or the powers of nature, or is there some other answer?
A sermon for Fathers Day. Instead of the better known younger sibling, we look to the older for a change. Luke , Psalm We encounter the gospel story about Jesus' healing of ten lepers, only one of whom comes back to say thanks, a story that has been used for generations to beat us up about how ungrateful we are and how awful that is. When we do, we can learn some profound truths that might be taught, as in today's case, by even a three-year-old.
But the lectionary offers us a most "un-Christmas-y" text. We celebrate the resurrection of our Savior while admitting that this not the easiest thing to get a handle on. Do we live with that reality in mind? A sermon in preparation for the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The familiar story of the Walk to Emmaus reminds us that we find Christ, or rather Christ finds us, in unexpected places.
This morning we meet the travelers on the Emmaus Road as they trudge home from Jerusalem. As they journey, they are joined by a mysterious stranger and found their hearts "burning within" them. Luke's Gospel has a wonderful post-resurrection encounter between Jesus and two disciples on the road out of Jerusalem.
The travelers do not recognize the Lord at first, but then, in the breaking of bread Luke , I John Read the lesson in preparation for the sermon and meet someone who can be a wonderful role model for a style of Evangelism with which everyone can be comfortable. John , I Samuel John , Exodus John , Numbers This week we encounter Nicodemus and his night visit to Jesus.
We conclude our series with the rousing affirmation that gives us all the confidence we need to face the worst enemy of all - death. Can we have both? The lectionary gospel lesson introduces us to a nameless Samaritan woman whom Jesus meets at a village well. Our reflection on the week's work draws focus from Jesus' encounter with the paralytic by the pool near Jerusalem's Sheep Gate. His theme song, "Thanks for the Memory" inspires this communion meditation. John 9 , Psalm This week we hear a report on the gathering from not only our pastor but also his daughter Erin who was the Youth Advisory Delegate to the Assembly this year representing Lake Erie Presbytery.
John , Psalm An imminent family birthday celebration sparks a reminder that good news, whether of the birth of a baby, the arrival of a Messiah, or any other kind, demands to be shared. John , Jeremiah John , 31b A sermon in preparation for a celebration of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday.
On the night of the Lord's Last Supper with the Twelve, he left them with a rather explict instruction. John , Deuteronomy John , Galatians This deals with our affirmation concerning the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. John , Acts An intriguing invitation. John , Revelation John did it in the book of Revelation; the pastor does it again today. This is surely an answer to Jesus' High Priestly prayer asking "that they may be one. A sermon for Mothers Day.
But divisions among the "crew" pose problems. A meditation for World Communion Sunday. John , Revelation b What does that mean for contemporary Christians? And the stone is rolled away. Is there a sermon in that stone? To suggest "no surprises" on Easter is almost oxymoronic since Easter is the celebration of God's ultimate "surprise" on sin and death. But, truth be told, we need to hear the "surprising" story again and in a way that does not "surprise" us.
John , Jonah ; a. One brief moment of confusion after the murder of his friend Jesus, and forever after he has this name stuck to him.
Meanwhile, Thomas is a surrogate for all of us who have ever had questions concerning our faith. We celebrate God's ultimate "joke" on sin and evil in the joyful remembrance of Christ's resurrection. We again celebrate God's ultimate "joke" on sin and evil in the joyful remembrance of Christ's resurrection.
Acts , Acts It came on Pentecost. The series moves from past to present tense as we consider Christ's ascension and exaltation in glory: "He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. Suddenly, the gospel witness is now entrusted to human hands. We only wish we could approach our task with UNclouded vision. A sermon for Ascension Sunday. Acts , , Genesis Acts , Genesis Perhaps that describes some of the feeling of the disciples on that momentous Pentecost in Jerusalem.
A sermon for Pentecost. Acts a, This is the day we celebrate as Holy Humor Sunday in recognition of the marvelous cosmic "joke" God played on sin and evil is raising Jesus from the dead. The lectionary lesson from the book of Acts brings us in on the tail end of Peter's famous Pentecost sermon. The reaction afterward is not simply, "Nice sermon today, preacher," but "What should we do? The lectionary lessons from the book of Acts continue with a summary of what happened to those new converts in Jerusalem after Peter's famous Pentecost sermon. Where does God fit in? At First Presbyterian, this is the day we celebrate as Holy Humor Sunday in honor of God's wonderful cosmic "joke" on sin and evil on Easter.
Acts , I John Meet him in Acts 8 and read the companion passage in I John 4. Hear the story in his "own" words. A monologue. Acts , Revelation This week our nation was jolted by another tragedy as we learned of the massacre of 32 students at Virginia Tech. How do we cope? Read about her in preparation for the message on this day in which we celebrate the gifts of women. Mother's Day. We will honor Mom during our worship services this week and hear the message that Peter learned in Acts 10 and Acts , John The lectionary lesson from Acts introduces us to someone who might be called the "mother" of the church in Europe.
Turth be told, without women, there would be no church. It made a difference in the life of a Philippian jailer. Some are curious, some are outraged. Our lesson from Acts has been held up as a good way to evangelize folks who have never heard the gospel, but we wonder. The response to the message was not exactly overwhelming. David enjoyed the commemorative events at the Presbyterian conference center at Montreat as lectures, seminars and services of worship remembered Calvin's life and ministry, and offers this reflection.
Do we believe that God arranges those things? As we come to the Table, we reflect on God's incredible love for us despite our many flaws and failings. Our creedal affirmation concerning the "communion of saints" is closely linked to our faith in the "holy catholic church. When the schedule was announced, it was thought that this trip to the polls would have no import beyond local contests, but such is not the case - the eyes of the nation will be on Pennsylvania this week.
So saying, is there anything that Christians should be cognizant of as they approach the polling place? Absolutely - in this election or any. Romans , Ruth , Romans , Matthew , Exodus Romans Romans , Matthew ,. I Corinthians Should Christians eat meat that has previously been offered as a sacrifice to a pagan idol? That does not sound like it would have much to do the with church in the 21st century, but I Corinthians , Psalm After all the theologizing, we consider what it really means for us.
I Corinthians 13 , Jeremiah Like it or not, that is part of our calling as Christian people. A lesson one preacher learned from a most unforgettable character. And on Easter, the question is writ large. We encounter an affirmation that has challenged Christian thinkers for 2, years. What do we mean when we affirm a belief in bodily resurrection? II Corinthians , Jonah II Corinthians As the sermon title suggests, DON'T! Someone has suggested that forgiveness is incredibly powerful - it can change the past!
The theme of the gathering was "Ambassadors for Christ," and the pastor's meditation is a reflection on the work just completed. II Corinthians ; I Timothy God in three persons, blessed Trinity" says the hymn. And an important doctrine it is, especially in an era when so much "god talk" is merely political rhetoric. Galatians The pastor's message suggests how the Apostle Paul might respond to such an inquiry.
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As we begin the new church year, we find ourselves looking ahead to Christmas once again Galatians , John Ephesians As is our custom, we recognize the mothers in the congregation and hear our lesson remind us of our family relationship as members of God's household. Ephesians , Matthew Leininger has returned from Louisville and brings a report on the work of our General Assembly, the theme of which this year is "Rooted and Grounded in Love.
Ephesians , , Psalm Click on the sermon title to read each message in the series. Philippians The ghosts and goblins are what we think of most, but there are spiritual riches to be mined by getting behind the masks and costumes to the significance of the holiday. Paul Presbyterian Church looks toward the future and a change in pastoral leadership on Dr. Leininger's final Sunday with us, we consider what is ultimately important.
Philippians , Matthew Philippians b Our point of departure this week is the fact that the Apostle Paul must have been a sports fan himself considering all the metaphors of athletics he used to make his points. A meditation in preparation for the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Philippians , Malachi Colossians , Matthew Colossians In honor of the event, we look back at the difficult years the church experienced in Hitler's Germany.
It turns out that these geese are not silly at all. I Thessalonians I Thessalonians , Psalm We consider both of those themes and reflect. The title of the message comes directly from the lesson.