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. The 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................................*Job 34:4b.................................. ********************** And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Luke 24:11 **********************

Friday, October 19, 2018

Always and Forever

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

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.-Hebrews 13:7-17***According to the Scriptures of the Holy Bible, sin, and thus death, came to mankind by Adam, after the deception that first involved Adam's wife Eve. Resurrection, the raising up of the dead, came by Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. Adam and Eve were created by the Lord God after the Lord God created the heavens and the earth. Jesus, the Word, was in heaven
with his Father, the Lord God, in the beginning and in Jesus, the Word, came everything into existence. Jesus became flesh; Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, an Israelite virgin, and Jesus was born into the Israelite tribe of Judah to Mary and her husband Joseph when Mary was a virgin. Joseph and Mary were descendants of Adam and Eve, and Adam and Eve's son Seth, and other notable ancestors, including Noah the ark builder, and Noah's son Shem, and Shem's son Arphaxad, and Abraham (Abram the Hebrew) and Sarah (Sarai) his wife, and Abraham and Sarah's son Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and Isaac and Rebekah's son Jacob (Israel) and his first wife Leah, and King David of Israel, and David's son and successor King Solomon. Jesus came from heaven to serve, and to call sinners, which is everyone since everyone sins, to repentance. Jesus came to give his life willingly as a ransom, 
providing the only way for anyone to have eternal life and be reconciled to the Lord God and not die in their sins. The crucifixion of Jesus took place outside the gates of Jerusalem. Centuries before Jesus was arrested, crucified, buried in a tomb, and resurrected after preaching, teaching, and performing miracles among the Israelites for approximately 3 1/2 years, the Lord God gave commandments, judgments, statutes, and laws to Moses the Hebrew (Israelite) and sometimes to Moses older brother Aaron the priest, for the Israelites, the treasured and chosen people of the Lord God. Specific instructions were to be followed by the priests, and leaders and the rest of the Israelites in regards to sin, offerings, animals, the blood involved, and the animal carcasses that were to be taken outside the region where the Israelites were camped throughout their journey from Egyptian slavery to the Promised Land, Canaan, the land that the Lord God promised to give to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants.-Genesis, 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 1:1-11:43, 1 Chronicles 1:1-28,34, 2:1-16, 3:1-24, 10:1-29:30, 2 Chronicles 1:1-9:31, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts 1:1-26, Hebrews 

                                        

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Picture This

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:-Leviticus 4:1-2

                                       

If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering. And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock's head, and kill the bullock before the LORD. And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock's blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the LORD, before the vail of the sanctuary. And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation; and  shall pour all the blood of the bullock at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he shall take off from it all the fat of the bullock for the sin offering; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away, As it was taken off from the bullock of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall burn them upon the altar of the burnt offering. And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung, Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.-Leviticus 4:3-12

                                        

And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandents of the LORD concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty; When the sin, which they have sinned against it, is known, then the congregation shall offer a young bullock for the sin, and bring him before the tabernacle of the congregation. And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands upon the head of the bullock before the LORD: and the bullock shall be killed before the LORD. And the priest that is anointed shall bring of the bullock's blood to the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD, even before the vail. And he shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar which is before the LORD, that is in the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall pour out all the blood at the bottom of the altar of the congregation. And he shall take all his fat from him, and burn it upon the altar. And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering, so shall he do with this: and the priest shall make an atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them.  And he shall carry forth the bullock without the camp, and burn him as he burned the first bullock: it is a sin offering for the congregation.-Leviticus 4:13-21

                                           

When a ruler hath sinned, and done somewhat through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD his God concerning things which should not be done, and is guilty; Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish: And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the goat, and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the LORD: it is a sin offering. And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out his blood at the bottom of the altar of burnt offering. And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be forgiven him.-Leviticus 4:22-26

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And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty; Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering. And the priest shall take of the blood thereof with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar. And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour unto the LORD; and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him. And if he bring a lamb for a sin offering, he shall bring it a female without blemish. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering. And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar: And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat of the lamb is taken away from the sacrifice of the peace offerings; and the priest shall burn them upon the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: and the priest shall make an atonement for his sin that he hath committed, and it shall be forgiven him.-Leviticus 4:27-35

                                        

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Each and Every One

From a letter written by the apostle Paul (Saul),
with Sosthenes,
to beleivers in Corinth and everywhere:


And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.-1 Corinthians 3:1-7

                                        

Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.-1 Corinthians 3:8-11

                                       

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.-1 Corinthians 3:12-15

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

If - Then

And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow: And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer. And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron. And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation. And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children. And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them. And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from the among the congregation. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.-Numbers 16:16-35***Between the time that the sons of Jacob (Israel) threw their brother Joseph into a pit and sold Joseph to merchants traveling to Egypt, and the time that Jacob's descendant Ishmael, Nethaniah's son, and his cohorts killed 70 worshipers of the Lord God and threw their corpses into a pit, Jacob's descendants Korah, Dathan and Abiram and their families were buried alive in a pit over 1 year after Moses and his older brother Aaron obeyed the instructions of the Lord God and led their fellow Israelites from Egyptian slavery. The deaths of Korah, Dathan, Abiram and their households were preceded by the words spoken by their group to Moses and Aaron regarding the congregation, holiness and the Lord God, and the words regarding Egypt and the Promised Land that were spoken by Dathan and Abiram. Moses gave instructions to the group and spoke to the Levites in the group about their duties as helpers to the priests. Previously, during Moses' 1st stay of 40 days and nights upon Mount Sinai with the Lord God, the Lord God gave Moses the instructions for a new priesthood in which only Aaron and his sons and male descendants were to serve the Lord God as priests. The rest of the Israelite males born into the tribe of Levi were to assist the priests. After the words amid the gathering of Korah, Dathan and Abiram were spoken, the Lord God told Moses and Aaron to set themselves apart from the assemblage and the Lord God said he was going to put an end to the congregation. However, Moses and Aaron humbled themselves before the Lord God and prayerfully interceded, and the Lord God gave Moses and Aaron instuctions for the Israelites to obey. Afterwards, the earth broke open and engulfed the offenders and their households, and a fire from the Lord God ended the lives of the other 250. Korah's sons, though, were not killed. Some of Korah's descendants were psalmists and others were guards at the tabernacle. The Lord God had given and shown Moses the instructions for building the transportable tabernacle and its sacred items during Moses' 1st stay upon Mount Sinai. Hundreds of years later, the Lord God gave and showed Jacob's descendant King David, the 2nd king to reign over all of the Israelites in the Promised Land, the instructions for building the temple, from the idea of the house that David desired to build in which to place the ark of the covenant of the Lord. Subsequently, according to the will of the Lord God, the temple was built in Jerusalem by David's son and successor King Solomon, the 3rd king to reign over all of the Israelites in the Promised Land, the land that the Lord God promised to give to Jacob, and to Jacob's father Isaac, and to Isaac's father Abraham (Abram the Hebrew), and their descendants. Centuries after these events, Zechariah (Zacharias) the priest, from the tribe of Levi, was serving the Lord God at a differently built temple of the Lord God in Jerusalem the same year that Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, an Israelite virgin, and was born into the tribe of Judah to Mary and her husband Joseph when Mary was a virgin.-Genesis 11:26-50:26, Exodus, Numbers 3:1-4:49, 20:1-29, 26:1-65, 27:12-23, Deuteronomy 31:1-30, 34:1-12, Joshua 1:1-4:23, 23:1-24:33, Judges 1:1-2:23, 1 Samuel 1:1-3:21, 8:1-31:13, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1:1-11:43, 1 Chronicles 1:27-28,34, 2:1-16, 3:1-24, 6:1-81, 9:1-29:30, 2 Chronicles 1:1-9:31, Matthew 1:1-25, Luke 1:1-3:38 

Reference Scriptures: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign. Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.-Numbers 26:10-11

                                       

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Monday, October 15, 2018

There Was a Whole Lot of Killing Going On

Now it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, and the princes of the king, even ten men with him, came unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah: and there they did eat bread together in Mizpah. Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that were with him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land. Ishmael also slew all the Jews that were with him, even with Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans that were found there, and the men of war. And it came to pass the second day after he had slain Gedaliah, and no man knew it, That there came certain from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even fourscore men, having their beards shaven, and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the LORD. And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went forth from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went: and it came to pass, as he met them, he said unto them, Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. And it was so, when they came into the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them into the midst of the pit, he, and the men that were with him. But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren.-Jeremiah 41:1-8***King David was the 2nd king to reign over all of the Israelites in the Promised Land, the land that the Lord God promised to give to Abraham (Abram the Hebrew), Isaac, Jacob (Israel), and their descendants. King David's son Solomon was the 3rd king to reign over all the Israelites, and Solomons's son Rehoboam became the 4th king to reign over the Israelites. However, shortly after Rehoboam began to reign, the Israelites split into 2 kingdoms, according to the will of the Lord God, due to the idolatry and other wickedness of King Solomon and the answer given by Rehoboam to the Israelites. The southern nation of Judah was continually ruled by David's descendants, except for the 6 years that Athaliah ruled the land, and the northern nation of Israel was continually ruled by murderers and idolaters. Samaria and the northen nation of Israel were invaded and conquered by the Assyrians, and over 100 years later, Jerusalem and the southern nation of Judah were invaded and conquered by the Babylonians  (Chaldeans), according to the will of the Lord God, due to the idolatry and other wickedness of the Israelites in both nations. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, appointed Gedaliah, an Israelite, as governor over the surviving Israelites left in Judah. Gedaliah vowed to his fellow Israelites that they would live safely under Babylonian authority. However, Nethaniah, from the family line descended from King David, did not want to live under Gedaliah or Babylonian rulership. Israelite army commander Johanan spoke a warning and a plan to Gedaliah, yet Gedaliah did not believe Johanan's message regarding Ishmael. Subsequently, a vast number of people were killed, including 70 worshipers of the Lord God who were journeying to the place in Jerusalem where the temple of the Lord God that had been built by King Solomon once stood before it was looted and burned by the Babylonians. Centuries afterwards, Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, was born in Bethlehem in Judea, approximately 5 miles from Jerusalem. Jesus was born into the tribe of Judah, the family line of King David, to Joseph, a carpenter, and his wife Mary, a virgin, after being conceived of the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb 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 1:1-4:24, 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, 10:1-29:20, 2 Chronicles, Jeremiah 32:1-44:30, 52:1-34, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts 1:1-26 

                                       

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

For Thy Goodness' Sake and For Thy Name's Sake

Psalm 25

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD. Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.-Psalm 25:1-22/the complete psalm

                                            

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Certain Someone

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.-Luke 18:18-30

Reference Scriptures: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.-Exodus 20:12

Thou shalt not kill.-Exodus 20:13

Thou shalt not commit adultery.-Exodus 20:14

Thou shalt not steal.-Exodus 20:15

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.-Exodus 20:16

                                           

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