Some people see the Bible as a long and boring book filled with incidents and events from the lives of ancient people who probably never existed. Yet, many of the stories seen as fables are quite hilarious. So, to inspire you to look at the Bible in a new light, I've taken some of the situations and conversations found in the Holy Scriptures and placed them in categories under titles meant to peak your interest. Background information and links connecting the people and places are given so that a clear picture of every lesson can be seen and understood - to help you find a place to begin reading the Bible for yourself.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

The words spoken by Peter (Simon) after his interaction
 with a man whom he had just commanded
 to arise and walk:


And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive unto the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.-Acts 3:11-26

Reference Scriptures: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.-Genesis 12:3

And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.-Genesis 22:18

The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;-Deuteronomy 18:15

The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.-Matthew 27:21-22

                                          

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Instructions Against Destruction

But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did. Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it; And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey. For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year. And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all you heart and with all your soul, That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the LORD's wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.-Deuteronomy 11:1-21*** Abraham (Abram the Hebrew) was living in Ur in southern Mesopotamia when the Lord God told Abraham to live his country and kin and come to a land that he would be shown. After Abraham and his wife Sarah (Sarai) and nephew Lot actually began living in Canaan, the Lord God spoke assuredly to Abraham about the land and Abraham's descendants, although Abraham and Sarah's only child together, Isaac, had not been born. After Abraham's great-grandson Joseph, the 11th son born to Isaac's youngest fraternal twin son Jacob (Israel), became a slave in Egypt, and a prisoner in Egypt, and second-in-command in Egypt, the rest of Abraham's descendants moved to Egypt at Joseph's request and with permission from Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Decades later, Abraham's descendants became slaves in Egypt and existed as slaves until the Lord God instructed Abraham's descendant Moses, and Moses' older brother Aaron, to lead the Israelites from Egyptian slavery to Canaan, the Promised Land. Throughout the years before Moses died and was divinely buried, and before the Israelites followed Joshua, Abraham's descendant and Moses' successor, across the divinely parted Jordan River, Moses proclaimed the words of the Lord God to the Israelites, including the commandments, judgments, statutes, and laws that were given to Moses by the Lord God for the Israelites. Moreover, Moses proclaimed the blessings and curses that would occur according to the obedience or disobedience of the Israelites. In the era after Joshua died and was buried in his tribe's portion of the Promised Land, the Israelites were led by judges, elders, or their own minds, and then the rulership of kings began. Abraham's descendant Solomon was the 3rd king to rule over all of the Israelites in the Promised Land, and due to Solomon's subsequent idolatry and other wickedness, the Lord God caused the Israelites to split into 2 separate kingdoms. Eventually, the Lord God allowed the Assyrians to conquer Samaria and the northern nation of Israel and the Lord God allowed the Babylonians (Chaldeans) to invade the southern nation of Judah and completely conquer Jerusalem, the royal city, due to the idolatry and other wickedness of the Israelites in both nations. Yet, before the last of the  kings in the northern and southern nations began to reign, the Lord God gave Abraham's descendant Isaiah the prophet messages for and about the Israelites, and Egypt, and nearby enemy nations, and a sign to be given by the Lord God, and some of the future plans of the Lord God, and the One on whom the Lord God has laid the iniquity of all mankind.-Genesis 11:26-50:26, Exodus, Numbers 20:1-29, 27:12-23, Deuteronomy, Joshua 1:1-4:24, 23:1-24:33, Judges 1:1-2:23, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles 1:27-28,34, 2:1-16, 3:1-24, 7:20-29, 10:1-29:30, 2 Chronicles, Isaiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts 1:1-26

                                        

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Sunday, December 09, 2018

Picture This

From a message given by the Lord God 
to Isaiah the prophet:

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.-Isaiah 65:17-25

                                         

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Saturday, December 08, 2018

FYI - For Your Information

From a letter written by the apostle Paul (Saul),
with Timotheus (Timothy),
 to believers in Philippi:

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.-Philippians 2:1-2

                                  

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.-Philippians 2:3-11

                                        

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do his good pleasure.-Philippians 2:12-13

                                        

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.-Philippians 2:14-16

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bowels = splanchna/splagchnon = the inward parts, the emotions 

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Alrighty, then

Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.-Acts 16:6-12***Years after  Samson was born to a married, formerly childless Israelite couple, according to the words spoken to the couple by the angel of the Lord God, the Spirit of the Lord God started to stir Samson. Centuries after Samson died in Gaza while causing the deaths of thousands of Philistines, Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, was born in Bethlehem in Judea, over 40 miles from the place of Samson's death. Jesus was born to Mary, a virgin, and her husband Joseph, a carpenter, after being conceived of the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb when Mary was a virgin. Approximately 30 years after Jesus was born to Joseph and Mary, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove and lit upon Jesus, and the Lord God in heaven audibly acknowledged Jesus to be his Son, and the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert wilderness, and Jesus fasted and was tempted for 40 days. Afterwards, Jesus was tended to by angels, and then Jesus began to preach, teach and perform miracles among the Israelites, and Jesus told specific men to follow 
him, 12 of whom he named apostles. Approximately 3 1/2 years after Jesus was baptized, Jesus was arrested, 
crucified, buried in a tomb, resurrected, and returned to heaven. Paul (Saul) was an Israelite who did not believe Jesus to be the Christ of God. Moreover, Paul actively pursued and sent to prison fellow Israelites who called upon the name of Jesus. Yet, during Paul's journey to the synagogues in Damascus in Syria to gather and take to Jerusalem more Israelite believers, Paul saw a light from heaven flash around him and heard the voice of Jesus speaking him, and Paul began following the instructions of Jesus the Christ. As an apostle, Paul journeyed and wrote divinely inspired letters, including letters to believers believers in Galatia and Philippi, teaching Israelites and non-Israelites, Gentiles, those not descended from Abraham (Abram the Hebrew), Isaac and Jacob (Israel), the good news about the forgiveness of sins, the blood of Jesus and everlasting life available only in Jesus the Christ. Moreover, Paul was stirred to speak, journey and write according to divine instructions and directions.

                                          

                                          

                                          

                                          

                                          

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Do the Do's and Don't the Don'ts

The birth of Samson,
an Israelite born into the tribe of Dan:

And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.-Judges 13:1

                                    

And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.-Judges 13:2-5

                                    

Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.-Judges 13:6-7

                                         
 
Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born. And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day. And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am. And Manaoh said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him? And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe. And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee. And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD. And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret? So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wonderously; and Manoah and his wife looked on. For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground. But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD. And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God. But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.-Judges 13:8-23

                                     

And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.-Judges 13:24-25

Reference Scriptures: This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.-Leviticus 11:46-47

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD: He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar or wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes or dried.-Numbers 6:1-3

                                         

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

He Wrote, and He Similarly Wrote

From the First Book of Samuel,
 a verse about Samuel the priest, prophet and judge,
born into the Israelite tribe of Levi:

And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.-1 Samuel 2:26

                                       

                 

                 

                 

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From the Gospel Book of Luke, 
a verse about John the Baptist,
born into the Israelite tribe of Levi:

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.-Luke 1:80

                                        

                                        

From the Gospel Book of Luke,
two verses about Jesus the Christ, the Son of God,
born into the Israelite tribe of Judah:

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.-Luke 2:40

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.-Luke 2:52

                                         

                                         

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