Let us learn together what is good.*..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. For the most part, only a few verses at a time are used. Background information and links connecting one person or story to another 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...............*** And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Luke 24:11 *** ......*Job 34:4b (NIV)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Oh Happy Days

Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation. Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over? Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlastng joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared ocntinually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?-Isaiah 51:7-13***Isaiah was an Israelite and a prophet of the Lord God. Isaiah's ancestors were Abraham (Abram the Hebrew) and Sarah (Sarai), Isaac and Rebekah, and Isaac and Rebekah's youngest fraternal twin son Jacob (Israel). The Lord God promised to give the land of Canaan to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants. However, centuries after the descendants walked across the divinely parted Red Sea, after being led from Egyptian slavery by Moses as he followed the Lord, and 40 years afterwards the descendants crossed the divinely parted Jordan River and began living in the Promised Land, the Israelites split into 2 separate kingdoms. Israel existed as the nation in the north, and Samaria became its royal city. Judah existed as the nation in the south, and Jerusalem was its royal city. Throughout both kingdoms, idolatry and other wickedness never completely ceased. When Uzziah (Azariah) reigned as the God-fearing king in Judah, and his son Jotham reigned as a godly king, and Jotham's son Ahaz reigned as an ungodly king, and Ahaz's son Hezekiah reigned as a God-fearing king, Isaiah the prophet proclaimed the words of the Lord God to the Israelites in the southern nation. In one of the messages Isaiah received from the Lord God, Isaiah spoke of Rahab. However, the Rahab mentioned in Isaiah's message was not the Rahab from Jericho who hid two Israelite spies on her roof and received a promise from the spies, thereby saving her life and the lives of her family members. Generally, the Rahab mentioned by Isaiah is widely regarded to stand for Egypt, as seen in Psalm 87:4 and Psalm 89:10.-Genesis 11:26-50:26, Exodus 1:1-40:38, 
Numbers 20:1-29, 27:12-23, Deuteronomy 31:1-30, 34:1-12, Joshua 1:1-4:24, 23:1-24:33, Judges 1:1-2:23, 1 Samuel 1:1-3:21, 8:1-31:13, 2 Samuel 1:1-24:25, 1 Kings 1:1-22:53, 2 Kings 1:1-25:30, 1 Chronicles 1:27-28,34, 2:1-16, 3:1-24, 10:1-29:30, 2 Chronicles 1:1-36:23, Isaiah 1:1-66:24, Matthew 1:1-25, Luke 1:1-3:38

                  

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Some Explaining

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; and the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace cf fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.-Matthew 13:24-43***Shortly after Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, was baptized in the Jordan River by his mother Mary's relative John the Baptist approximately 30 years after Jesus was born to Mary and her husband Joseph while Mary was a virgin, Jesus began preaching, teaching and performing miracles among the Israelites. John the Baptist was an Israelite, descended from Abraham (Abram the Hebrew), Isaac and Jacob (Israel). Joseph and Mary were also Israelites, and Jesus was born to them, into the tribe of Judah, after being conceived of the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb when Mary was a virgin. During one lesson from a boat, Jesus taught listeners on the shore about a sower's actions and the subsequent results. Soon afterwards, Jesus explained to his disciples the purpose behind the use of parables. Moreover, many times while Jesus taught before being arrested, crucified, buried in a tomb, and resurrected, Jesus identified himself as the Son of man.-Genesis 11:26-35:29, Psalm 78:1-72, Matthew 1:1-28:20, Mark 1:1-16:20, Luke 1:1-24:53, John 1:1-21:25, Acts 1:26

Reference Scripture: I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:-Psalm 78:2

                 

                 

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Yet and Still

Proverbs 30:15-33


The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfed, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough. The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.-Proverbs 30:15-17

               

There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.-Proverbs 30:18-20

                

For three things the earth is disquieted, and four which it cannot bear: For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.-Proverbs 30:21-23

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There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.-Proverbs 30:24-28

                  

There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up. If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth. Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.-Proverbs 30:29-33

                 

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Friday, April 20, 2018

She Said He Said

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. 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 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. Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenace 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. 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.-Judges 13:1-9***The Lord God told Abraham (Abram the Hebrew) that Abraham and Abraham's wife Sarah (Sarai), who had never given birth to a child throughout the decades of their marriage, would become the parents of a son, and when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old Sarah gave birth to Isaac, their only child together. During the time before Abraham and Sarah's descendants the Israelites (Hebrews) began living under the rulership of King Saul, their first king in the Promised Land, Eli and Hannah spoke to each other. Eli was a priest and Hannah was an Israelite woman married to Elkanah, an Israelite whose other wife, Peninnah, had given birth to several children. Eli spoke words requesting that the Lord God give Hannah the request Hannah desired of the Lord, and after conceiving a child with Elkanah, Hannah gave birth to Samuel, who later anointed Saul as the first king, according to the will of the Lord God. During the time that the Israelites were living in 2 separate kingdoms in the Promised Land, Elisha the prophet learned from his servant Gehazi that the generous, married Shunnamite woman who, with her elderly husband, had an addition built onto the home for Elisha's use and comfort, was childless, and Elisha spoke to the woman and told her that she would give birth to a son. During the time that the Romans were ruling the land upon which the kingdoms of the Israelites once stood, an angel of the Lord told
Zechariah (Zacharias)an elderly, childless priest, that Zechariah's elderly wife Elizabeth (Elisabeth) would be giving birth to the couple's son, and they were to name the child John. John became known as John the Baptist. During the 6th month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, Gabriel the angel told Elizabeth's relative Mary, an Israelite virgin, that Jesus, the Son of God, would be conceived of the Holy Sprit in her womb, and an angel told Joseph, the Israelite engaged to Mary, to continue with his plans to marry Mary because the child in Mary's womb was Jesus, conceived of the Holy Spirit. Centuries before John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ were born, when the Israelites were living under the leadership of judges established by the Lord God, an angel spoke to a married, childless, elderly Israelite woman and told her that she would give birth to a son and the woman told the news to her husband, and when the child was born he was named Samson.-Genesis  11:26-50:26, Exodus 1:1-40:38, Leviticus 11:1-47, Numbers 6:1-21, 20:1-29, 27:12-23, Deuteronomy 31:1-30, 34:1-12, Joshua 1:1-4:24,  23:1-24:33, Judges 1:1-21:25, 1 Samuel 1:1-31:13, 2 Samuel 1:1-24:25, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Johm, Acts 1:1-26, Hebrews 11:1-40

                  

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Something Needs to Change About Your Name

Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they  made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.-Luke 1:57-80***Jacob (Israel), who was given another name according to the Lord God, was the youngest fraternal twin son born to Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob was the grandson of Abraham (Abram the Hebrew) and Sarah (Sarai), who were elderly when Jacob's father Isaac was born to them. With four women, two of whom were his wives Leah and Rachel, and two of whom were maidservants Bilhah and Zilpah, Jacob became the father of twelve sons and a daughter, Dinah. From the twelve sons, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin, sprang the twelve tribes of Israel, although Joseph's tribe became represented by his sons Manasseh and Ephraim, after Jacob claimed Manasseh and Ephraim as his own sons. David, the second king to reign over all of the Israelites in the Promised Land, the land that the Lord God promised to give to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants, was born into the tribe of Judah. Zechariah (Zacharias) and his wife Elizabeth  (Elisabeth) and their son John the Baptist were born into the tribe of Levi. Jesus the Christ, the Son of God was born into the tribe of Judah. Before Jesus was born, an angel visited Mary, an Israelite virgin and a relative of Elizabeth, and told Mary that there would be a son in Mary's womb, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and the angel told Mary to name the child Jesus. Moreover, in a dream, an angel spoke to Joseph and told him about the child in Mary's womb, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and the angel told Joseph to continue with the marriage to Mary and name the son Jesus. Sometime earlier, elderly Zechariah was visited by an angel, Gabriel, and Gabriel the angel spoke to Zechariah about the son who would be born to Zechariah and Elizabeth his elderly wife, and Gabriel told Zechariah to name the son John, and Gabriel spoke to Zechariah about Zechariah's subsequent and temporary inability to talk.-Genesis 11:26-50:26, Exodus 1:1-40:38,  Numbers 20:1-29, 27:12-23, Deuteronomy 31:1-30, 34:1-12, Joshua 1:1-4:24, 23:1-24:33, Judges  1:1-2:23, 1 Samuel 1:1-3:21, 8:1-31:13, 2 Samuel 1:1-24:25, 1 Kings  1:1-22:53, 2 Kings 1:1-25:30, 1 Chronicles 1:27-28,34, 2:1-16, 3:1-24, 6:1-81, 10:1-29:30, 2 Chronicles 1:1-36:23, Matthew 1:1-28:20, Mark 1:1-16:20, Luke 1:1-24:53, John 1:1-21:25, Acts 1:1-26

                

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Lord God Himself

Psalm 74 consists of 23 verses,
verses 10-23 are given below:

O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom. For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers. The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name. O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregations of thy poor for ever. Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name. Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily. Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.-Psalm 74:10-23

Reference Scriptures: And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:-Genesis 1:14

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a srong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.-Exodus 14:21

And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.-Exodus 17:5-6

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.-Numbers 20:7-8

And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the LORD of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.-Joshua 3:13

                 

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Duration of Each Situation

And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve. And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.-Acts 19:1-10***Apollos was an Israelite (Hebrew/Jew) who believed Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of God. Moreover, Apollos wanted his fellow Israelites to also believe Jesus to be the Christ. Thus, after Apollos spent time teaching about Jesus in the synagogues in Ephesus, and after Apollos learned more accurate teachings from two other believerss, husband and wife Aquila and Priscilla, Apollos journeyed to other places and helped Israelites believe Jesus, who had been crucified, to be the Christ of God. The apostle Paul (Saul), an Israelite from the tribe of Benjamin, did not believe Jesus to be the Christ until Paul saw a light from heaven flash around him and heard the voice of Jesus speaking to him as Paul was traveling to synagogues in Damascus in Syria to find, bind, and take to Jerusalem any Israelites he found who called upon the name of Jesus. John the Baptist was an Israelite from the tribe of Levi. John the Baptist was born specifically to turn many Israelites to the Lord God, and to turn the hearts of fathers, and turn unbelievers to the understanding of the righteous, and to prepare people for Jesus. Israelites are the people descended from Abraham (Abram the Hebrew) and his wife Sarah (Sarai), and their only child together Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and Isaac and Rebekah's youngest fraternal twin son Jacob (Israel) and Leah and Rachel his wives and Bilhah and Zilpah the maidservants. In the Scriptures of the Holy Bible, when the word Greek is used, it often stands for Gentile, meaning a person not descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. When the word Asia is used, it is widely regarded to stand for the former kingdom of Pergamos, which had become a Roman province and included Caria, Lydia and Mysia, and other times the word Asia is widely regarded to stand for Asia Minor. Tyrannus is not mentioned anywhere else in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible.-Genesis 11:26-35:29, Matthew 1:1-28:20, Mark 1:1-16:20, Luke 1:1-24:53, John 1:1-21:25, Acts 1:1-26, 6:1-8:4, 9:1-31, 11:19-28:31

                   

                   

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