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)

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A Prayer Prayed

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah. Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters. When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my  salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.-Habakkuk 3:1-19/the complete chapter

                                            

                                            

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Lord God Himself

From the Epistle to the Hebrews, 
in the New Testament of the Holy Bible:

But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.-Hebrews 6:9-20***Melchisedec (Melchizedek) was the priest to whom Abraham (Abram the Hebrew) gave 10% of the captured goods after Abraham and his men rescued Abraham's nephew Lot and others from enemy kings Chedorlaomer, Amraphel, Arioch, and Tidal. King Bera of Sodom, ruler of the land upon which Lot lived, offered to give Abraham all of his kingdom's recaptured goods, yet Abraham refused the offer and Abraham explained to Bera the solemn oath that Abraham had made to the Lord God regarding the matter. At least one decade later, Abraham was in the midst of three incidents that involved Abimelech, the Philistine king of Gerar. The first situation occurred when Abraham did not initially state that his wife and half sister Sarah (Sarai) was his wife. Another incident occured when Abimelech, accompanied by his army commander Phichol, acknowledged Abraham's connection to the Lord God and requested that Abraham make a solemn oath before the Lord God that Abraham would not mistreat Abimelech, his descendants or land and that the treatment Abraham received from Abimelech would be extended to Abimelech and the land. The third incident occurred when Abraham and Abimlech entered into a covenant about a well that belonged to Abraham. Between the time of Abraham's involvement with Melchisedec and Bera and the time of Abraham's involvement with Abimelech, the Lord God entered into a covenant with Abraham after Abraham obeyed the instructions given to him by the Lord God and after the Lord God caused a deep sleep and great darkness to fall upon Abraham. Moreover, the Lord God established the covenant of circumcision with Abraham, and the next year, when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old, Abraham and Sarah became the parents of Isaac, their only child together. Sometime during the following years, the Lord God commanded Abraham to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. However, as Abraham was obeying the instructions given to him by the Lord God, the angel of the Lord God commanded Abraham not to put his hand on Isaac, and proclaimed the divine oath that the Lord God made. Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, was born to Abraham, Sarah and Isaac's descendants Joseph and Mary, and Jesus lived for approximately 33 1/3 years on the same land upon which Abraham, Sarah and Isaac lived and died. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb when Mary was a virgin and was born to Mary and Joseph when Mary was a virgin. The divinely inspired, although not definitively identified, writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews, wrote about Jesus being a high priest, and the Apostle and High Priest, and a great high priest, and a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedec.

Immutable = unchangeable

Reference Scriptures: Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 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 12:1-3

And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.-Genesis 22:15-18

                                         

                                         

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Get to Gettin'

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 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. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.-Genesis 12:1-8***Canaan was a land inhabited by idolaters when the Lord God appeared to Abraham (Abram the Hebrew), who was living in an idolatrous environment in Ur in Chaldea (Chaldees), in land which became known as southern Mesopotamia, and told Abraham to leave country, kin and land and come to a land that he would be shown. Abraham, his wife and half sister Sarah (Sarai), their father Terah, and nephew Lot, left Ur and journeyed until they reached Haran (Charran), in northern Mesopotamia, where they lived until Terah died at the age of 205. From Haran, Abraham, Sarah and Lot journeyed with their servants and possessions to Canaan, which became known as the Promised Land. Abraham lived in different areas throughout Canaan, and before Abraham died decades later at the age of 175, he:

-received promises from the Lord God.

-received an abundance of goods from Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.

-gave Lot the opportunity to choose whichever part of the land Lot wanted for himself after Abraham and Lot were no longer able to occupy the same area.

-received assurances from the Lord God.

-rescued Lot and others from 4 enemy kings and gave 10% of the captured goods to Melchizedek (Melchisedec) the priest. 

-was in a deep sleep caused by the Lord God while the Lord God made a covenant with Abraham regarding the land of Canaan and Abraham's descendants, who were yet to be conceived or born.

-engaged in intimacy with Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian maidservant, at Sarah's suggestion and with Sarah's permission, and subsequently became the father of Ishmael, the child born from the intimacy, when Abraham was 86.

-received assurance from the Lord God, and was given a new name by the Lord God, and the covenant of circumcision, and Abraham, Ishmael and every man associated with Abraham's household was immediately circumcised; Abraham was 99 and Ishmael was 13.

-received a visit from the Lord and two angels and another assurance that Sarah would give birth to a son, although Sarah had never given birth to a child.

-hospitably steered the two angels towards Sodom and then spoke in a reasoning manner with the Lord God about any righteous inhabitants in Sodom.

-received an abundance of goods from Abimelech, the king of Gerar, a Philistine king in the land of Canaan.

-became the father of Isaac, the only child born to Abraham and Sarah, when Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90.

-sent Hagar and Ishmael away, following Ishmael's actions, Sarah's request, and with permission and assurances from the Lord God.

-entered into a covenant with Abimelech regarding a well.

-was obeying the command of the Lord God by taking Isaac to a mountain in Moriah in Canaan to offer Isaac as a burnt offering.

-bought a cave and its surrounding land from Ephron, a Hittite property owner in Canaan, to bury Sarah after Sarah died at the age of 127. After Abraham, and Isaac, and Isaac's wife Rebekah, and Rebekah and Isaac's youngest fraternal twin son Jacob (Israel), and Jacob's first wife Leah died, they were also buried in the cave.

-sent his top servant to Abraham's relatives in Haran, to find a maiden among them for Isaac to marry, and the servant brought back Rebekah.

-married Keturah and became the father of 6 more sons, Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah, whom Abraham sent to live in land that was farther east of Isaac, the son who inherited Abraham's wealth.

Notably, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob and Leah's
4th born son Judah are listed in both of the biblical
genealogies of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. 
Centuries after the Israelite ancestors were buried in the land, Jesus was born in the land, in Bethelehem, near the place where Jacob's 2nd and favorite wife Rachel, Leah's younger sister, died and was buried. Moreover, Jesus was born after being conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, an Israelite virgin, and was born to Mary and her husband Joseph, a carpenter from the Israelite tribe of Judah, when Mary was a virgin.-Genesis 11:26-50:26, Exodus, Numbers 20:1-29, 27:12-23, Deuteronomy 31:1-30, 34:1-12, Joshua, 1 Chronicles 1:26-34 2:1-16, Nehemiah 9:1-38, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts 1:1-26, 6:1-8:4

                                         

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Some Explaining

From a letter written by the apostle Paul 
to believers in Rome:

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits, that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, thay are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.-Romans 11:25-36

Reference Scriptures: But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.-Isaiah 45:17

And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.-Isaiah 59:20

                                       

                                       

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Always and Forever

A message that the Lord God commanded Ezekiel 
the priest and prophet to proclaim to the Israelites: 

And say unto them, Thus saith the LORD God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all. Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.-Ezekiel 37:21-28***During the time that King Zedekiah (Mattaniah) reigned as the last king in the southern nation of Judah before the Babylonian (Chaldeans) conquerors completely invaded Jerusalem, according to the will of the Lord God, Ezekiel the priest and prophet was living in Babylon with other Israelites whom had been taken to Babylon during the reign of King Jehoiachin, Zedekiah's nephew and predecessor. Jehoiachin, Zedekiah and the kings who ruled over Judah before them were descendants of King David of Israel. David served as the second king over all of the Israelites, when the Israelites lived as one nation in Canaan, the Promised Land, the land that the Lord God promised to give to Abraham (Abram the Hebrew), Isaac, Jacob (Israel), and their descendants. However, shortly after the death of King Solomon, David's son and successor, the Israelites split into two kingdoms, according to the will of the Lord God, due to the idolatry and other wickedness of King Solomon. Israel existed as the kingdom in the north, and Samaria eventually served as its royal city, and a series of idolaters and murderers reigned over the land. Judah existed as the nation in the south, with Jerusalem as its royal city, and David's descendants served as king, except for the six years that Athaliah ruled the land. Both nations failed to fully serve the Lord God, and thus the Lord God allowed the Assyrians to conquer the northern nation and allowed the Babylonians to invade Judah and fully conquer Jerusalem. Yet, during this era, centuries before the land was being ruled by the Roman Empire, and Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, the Son of David, was born, the Lord God caused Ezekiel to receive divine visions and gave Ezekiel a multitude of messages to proclaim, including messages for the Israelites regarding their wickedness, punishment, land, and future.-Genesis 11:26-50:26, Exodus, 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 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles 1:27-28,34, 2:1-16, 3:1-24, 2 Chronicles, Ezekiel, Matthew 1:1-25, Luke 1:1-3:38

                                      
                                   The first mention of Ezekiel
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wise and Wisdom and Foolish and Fools

Proverbs Chapter 13 - all 25 verses:

1.A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.


2.A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.


3.He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.


4.The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.


5.A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.


6.Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.


7.There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.


8.The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.


9.The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.


                                         

10.Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

11.Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.


12.Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.


13.Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.


                                        

14.The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

15.Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.


                                          

16.Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

17.A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.


18.Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.


                                           

19.The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

                                            

20.He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

21.Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.


22.A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.


23.Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.


24.He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.


25.The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.


Reference Scripture: The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; Proverbs 1:1

                                         

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Monday, August 13, 2018

If - Then

The Words of
Jesus the Christ, 
the Son of God:

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.-Matthew 5:21-26

Raca: Vain;empty;empty-headed

Reference Scriptures: Thou shalt not kill.-Exodus 20:13

He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.-Exodus 21:12

And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.-Leviticus 24:21 

Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.-Deuteronomy 16:18

                                         

                                         

                                         

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