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, June 19, 2018

Always and Forever

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.-Isaiah 40:1-8***Isaiah the prophet proclaimed the words of the Lord God to the Israelites in the southern nation of Judah throughout the reigns of King Uzziah (Azariah), King Jotham, and King Hezekiah, three of the only six godly kings to rule, and throughout the reign of King Ahaz, one of the worse kings to rule in Jerusalem, the royal city. Isaiah, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah lived during the decades before Jerusalem was completely conquered by the Babylonians (Chaldeans), according to the will of the Lord God, and centuries before John the Baptist was born to Zechariah (Zacharias) and his wife Elizabeth (Elisabeth), elderly Israelites from the tribe of Levi. The Israelite kings were from the tribe of Judah, and each of the Israelites descended from Abraham (Abram the Hebrew) and his wife Sarah (Sarai), their son Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and Isaac and Rebekah's youngest fraternal twin son Jacob (Israel) and his wives Leah and Rachel and maidservants Bilhah and Zilpah, and the twelve sons born to Jacob and the four women. According to the words spoken to Zechariah by an angel of the Lord before John the Baptist was conceived and born, John the Baptist was going to make people ready for the arrival of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God. John the Baptist eventually identified himself as the crier, and the divinely inspired Scriptures of the Holy Bible identify John the Baptist as the crier of some specific words previously spoken by Isaiah. Moreover, just as Isaiah made a proclamation about the word of the Lord God, Jesus taught messages about the words spoken by him, the words he was taught and commanded to speak by his Father, the Lord God in heaven.-Genesis 11:26-50:26, 1 Samuel 1:1-3:21, 8:1-30:13, 2 Samuel 1:1-24:25, 1 Kings 1:1-22:53, 2 Kings 25:30, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts 1:1-26

                                       

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Each and Every One

From a letter written by James
to dispersed Israelite believers:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and

it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea
driven with the wind and tossedFor let not that man think that hshall receive any thing of the Lord. A
double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let the 
brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower
of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the
grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.-James 1:5-11

                                         

                                         

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Yes or No

And it came to pass, wheDavid and his men were come
to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had 
invaded the south and Ziklag, and smitteZiklag,
and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, 
either great or small, but carried them away, and
went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold it was burned with fire; 
and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, 
were taken captives. TheDavid and the people that were with him lited up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David's two wives were
taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. And David was greatly 
distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David
encouraged himself in the LORD his God. And David
said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this
troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him,
Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtakthem, and 
without fail recover all. So David went, he and the
six hundred men that were with him, and came to the
brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.
-1 Samuel 30:1-9***Years before David gave the 
command to capture a Jebusite fortress,which he 
established as the City of David, and continued to
reign as king over all the tribes of Israel in the 
Promised Land, David lived on the run fom King Saul, the first king to reign over all the Israelites in the land that the Lord God promised to give to Abraham
(Abram the Hebrew), Isaac, Jacob (Israel), and their 
descendants. David and the six hundred men who gathered to his side stayed in various places before
David actually reigned over his birth tribe of Judah 
and then reigned over all the tribes. David and his men lived in a cave, a forest, the wilderness, and upon a mountain, in a multitude of areas, including Adullam, Ziph, and in Maon, where David came into contact with Abigail, Nabal's wife. After Nabal died, according to the will of the Lord God, Abigail became David's wife, and sometime thereafter, David, his men, their families,
and David's wives Abigail and Ahinoam began living in Gath, royal city of the Philistines. Shortly afterwards, Philistine King Achish gave Ziklag, another Philistine city, permanently to David, and 
thus, Abigail, Ahinoam, and David's men and their
families lived in Ziklag with David. David's first wife,
Michal, Saul's daughter, had already been given as a wife by Saul to Phaltiel (Palti) after David left Michal and their home to avoid being killed by King Saul. Once, while David and his men were with Achish and the
Philistines to supposedly help the Philistines 
defeat the Israelites, a group of Amalekites, whose Amalekite brethren had previously been destroyed
by David and his men, raided Ziklag, and David
strengthened himself in the Lord God and sought instructions from the Lord God. Notably, David and his descendants who reigned as kings are listed in the biblical genealogy of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God.

                                        

                                        

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