Why History (the Past) is important to Both Our Present and Our Future

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Arrows splitting arrows each one dead center- Bulls-Eye

History is so that we are not ignorant. And if we are not ignorant, then we are to be informed, we are to be educated. The whole aim of education is action. The Goal of education is simplicity in presentation, that all, young, old, all people, and that even a fool or a child can understand, can hit the target dead-center (bulls-eye)!

History is the target of seven things. Students of history are to aim towards hitting those targets dead-center. Actually, it is one target with the aim of hitting it seven times, dead center. I believe putting an arrow into dead center of a target and placing another one (or six more) into center of each one, is called, ‘A Robin Hood.’

A ‘Robbin Hood’ – One arrow shot into the center of another arrow

History is in the past. And recently, in the recent past, there are those so offended by the past that they want reminders of this past, as statues of the offending past, to be removed from view,  from the present and likely, for the future. Some seek to remove statues of confederate soldiers from the American Civil War, because, slavery is offensive to them. I’m not sure why, because slavery is in the past, at least in the United States of America. But even the Lincoln Memorial has been defaced. Cries from public persons and even congressional leaders have called to remove many of these offending pieces, from our nation’s capitol. When it comes to slavery, within the United State’s past, Abraham Lincoln (the emancipator of slavery), George Washington (the first president of the United States), and Thomas Jefferson (3rd president of the United States and writer of The Declaration of Independence), are not immune because, all three either owned slaves or employed them (Lincoln’s White House). Why stop with statues of confederate soldiers or just these three? Why not get rid of (an attempt to rewrite history), The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America? These were both written by and consented to by, pale or lighter skinned (so-called white), men (not women or children or of any other color), and most of them had slaves. Yes, why not get rid of these two documents from history, our history? It has been considered. It is being considered. Should those of darker skinned be also removed? Do they not remind some of slavery? Oh how irrational are these things! Irrational thought precedes irrational action.

Can history be re-written?

One can forget the past, not recall it, not share it, write it or teach it, but it cannot be re-written. Even to re-word something, to add, omit or change something does not re-write it. That is an irrational thought which moves one to irrational action.

We are not born to be irrational creatures. We differ from all other animals in potential, for scope and activity. Beyond emotions and instincts to just survive, we can reason and thrive, more abundantly (more than abundant), than mere animals. All animals have memory including us, which are, biologically, animals. Memory is a storage of the past, the history of some living thing or as in the case of the non-living, like the memories on our cell phones, they were designed and made by the living. Memory may exist in our present, but only as, records of the past. The past is past. It only becomes what we may call history, if someone(s) record it in some manner or write it down. But recorded or not, it is still history; it is still in the past, whether or not it is recorded.

We cannot escape or rewrite history. NO, No it cannot be done because, it is in the past. Whether we believe it, like it, are offended by it, remember it, recall it, are motivated by it or not, we cannot escape it or rewrite it because, it is our past; it is our history.

So what is the purpose of history?

Some or many may be familiar with the following:

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

The quote is most likely attributed to, Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana, born December 16th 1863 in Madrid, Spain and died September 26th, 1952 in Rome, Italy. He was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. The original words read:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Likely written by: George Santayana

But are these things true? They are indeed facts, thought by and written and known by some, but are they true? Is this a true statement for once and for all people, for all time? People that have not known history have certainly repeated mistakes of the past, so this appears to be a true statement. But people that have known history, have also, repeated the same mistakes of the past. Therefore, the quoted texts above would NOT be a true statement. Having been born in and grown up in Missouri, but of course I would share a favorite author, essayist and humorist of mine, native son, Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain. What did he have to say about history?

“History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme”

 Mark Twain

Well, what does that mean? It means the past is past. Events and things in the present and in the future may be similar (they might rhyme in time), but they are not identical, they are the past. It is history. So, what good is history then?

Without history, there is ignorance. The opposite of ignorance is, to be informed; to be educated. Education is like a target. The purpose of a target is to aim for a bull’s-eye, to hit in the center of the target. There are two Greek words that are apropos in this study:

Agnoeō (pronounced: ag + no + eh + oh) άγνοέω
Skopeō (pronounced: sko + peh + oh) σκοπέω

The English word agnostic is transliterated from the Greek word. Agnoeō. It is a combination word made up of nous “mind’ (the organ of metal perception), and ag, “without.” The literal translation according to its usage (agnoeō) is, “without mind.” In the vernacular language it would be, [out of their (his or her) mind].

The Greek word Skopeō means, “to aim towards” [with the intent of hitting the target and hitting a bulls-eye, hitting the target, dead center.

Now you can continue on here primarily if you are a Christian, profess to be a Christian or perhaps instested in learning about being one, but anyone can learn from the following.

There are Seven Things God Does Not Want Us Ignorant of . And being informed, being educated and not ignorant, there are seven things we are to aim towards.

  1. Not ignorant of our watching over you—

“ Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.”

Romans 1:13

Aim towards the goal of watching over the things of others—

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

Philippians 2:4

  1. Not ignorant of The Mystery—

“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 fullness of the Gentiles be come in.”

Romans 11:25

People classify others by many things i.e. race, color, creed and etc. The Bible classifies all people as follows:

“Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:”

I Corinthians 10:32

Notice first off, those of the church of God are not to give a reason to any of an offense. Secondly, the promises God initially made were to and for, His chosen and adopted people, the 12 Tribes of Israel. Gentiles would be favored as long as they lived in harmony with Israel, but the Gentiles (all other peoples), were not promised as God had promised His people. This “mystery,” which God hid in Himself, even before the world came to be was that a day would come in the future that out of the Jews and Gentiles, would come a new classification of people, the church of God.

Aim Towards the Goal of Things not seen, but eternal—

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

II Corinthians 4:18

  1. Not ignorant of Old Testament Believers and Their Walk—

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”

“ Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

I Corinthians 1:1-6,11

Aim Towards the Goal of Other Believers and Their Walk in Christ—

“Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.[example]

 Philippians 3:17

  1. Not ignorant of Spiritual Matters—

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

 I Corinthians 12:1

Aim Towards the Goal of Light in Our Walk Not Darkness—

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth [cleanses] us from all sin.”

I John 1:4-7

  1. Not ignorant of the Trouble in Asia Out of Which God Delivered Us—

“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”

II Corinthians 1:8-10

Aim Towards the Goal of Avoiding Them that Cause Divisions and Teach Other Doctrines [right believing=right thought=right action]—

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”

Romans 16:17

  1. Not ignorant of Satan’s Devices—

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

II Corinthians 2:11

Aim Towards the Goal of Watching that You Are Not Tempted—

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

Galatians 6:1

  1. Not ignorant of The Return of Christ—

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Aim Towards the Goal of The Prize of His High Calling at the Return of Christ—

“I press toward the mark  for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:14

The words, “press toward the mark” is, the one Greek word Skopeō. To “not be ignorant,” the Greek word Agnoeō (without mind, out of your mind, emotional, offended, irrational) is, accomplished by aiming towards the bulls-eye, the center of the target.

To summarize, the purpose of history is to not be ignorant, but informed, educated (to have a target), and to be able to aim towards that target with the intent of hitting a bulls eye, hitting it dead center, in the center of that target. This is not a separate thing (being not ignorant, but informed, educated), and aiming towards (the goal of archery), the center. They are both one and the same action. And since is impossible to always hit the target dead center, every single, time, this is a continuous and a continual thing—always in process of being educated (not staying ignorant), and always aiming towards hitting the direct center of life. These may be understood by the 7 things NOT to be ignorant of and to aim towards. Seven numerically and biblically is, the number of perfection.

  1. Not ignorant of people in the past that watched over you, stood for you, lived, bled and died for you to leave you a target in the present and the future to hit. Aim towards watching over (do the same), for others.
  2. Not ignorant that all people have the same opportunity. Make yourself an example and let it be recorded as such, let it be your history that you gave no people a cause to be offended. Aim towards the goal of things not yet seen.
  3. Not ignorant of other’s examples in the past. Aim towards following the example others set in the present and the future.
  4. Not ignorant of spiritual matters. Be educated to use your gifts and abilities to their full potential. Aim towards walking in the light, not darkness. Continue to be educated and use your gifts and abilities. Continue to develop them.
  5. Not ignorant of past troubles and trouble makers, from which we were delivered. Aim towards avoiding those that cause divisions and offense and teach, for right believing (action), those things that cause the target to be unseen and you to miss the mark (the bulls-eye).
  6. Not ignorant of emotional and irrational push and pull and manipulation. Aim towards not being tempted, not falling prey to these devices, orchestrated by people out of doubt, worry, fear and the love of money.
  7. Not ignorant of hope, The Hope. Aim towards the goal of  receiving the prize, for hitting your mark.

In the Seven Church Epistles: Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and I & II Thessalonians, Thessalonians (I & II), was written first, but God placed them seventh in the Epistles. Seven is the number, for spiritual perfection.

All of the 7 church epistles are doctrinal, reproof or correction. Romans is a doctrinal epistle. I and II Corinthians reproves the practical error that crept into the church, for failing to adhere to the revelation in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Romans. Galatians corrects the doctrinal error that crept into the church for failing to adhere to the revelation in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Romans. Next, Ephesians, is a doctrinal epistle. Philippians reproves the practical error that crept into the church, for failing to adhere to the revelation in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Ephesians. Colossians corrects the doctrinal error that crept into the church, for failing to adhere to the revelation, in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Ephesians. There are no corresponding reproof or correction epistles to the books of I and II Thessalonians! Why? Spiritual perfection is obtained (the target is hit dead center), and we shall see him like he (Jesus Christ), is, not as he was, but as he is NOW), we shall be like him, and we shall forever be, with him.

In conclusion, history in the Bible is, His Story. There are 66 books in the Bible— 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New. Jesus Christ is the subject of every single book. His Story is history, and he is coming back!

That’s my story of history (His story), and I’m sticking to it!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

 

Dahni

Sordida

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Sordida

By Dahni

 

It is not the things that I have done
Nor the things I have failed to do
All of these I have tried to hide

It is not the things that have been done to me
Nor the things others have failed to do for me
All of these I have tried to hide

All these are filthy rags

It is the nature of nature
For the stones to purify the water
It is the nature of nature
For the water to polish the stones
It is the nature of nature
For the stones to agitate and dislodge the filth
It is the nature of nature
For the water to wash the filth away
It is the nature of nature
And the nature of nature is God
Who created the rocks to purify the water
That polishes the stones
That wash my filthy rags
And makes me and the river to sing

Sordida— Latin adjective – sordid, filthy, dirty

‘But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Isaiah 64:6 King James Version (KJV)

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Romans 12:2 King James Version (KJV)

from the collection: ‘Psalms in the Key of Thee’
by the same author © 2015, all rights reserved

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Kerygma’

The One Job of Job

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By Dahni
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What was the One Job of Job?

What was the One Job of Job?

Was it to endure patiently?  Are we to have the patience of Job? Was Job as many teach, just to suffer, for the Lord?

I realize it’s early, but I have been awake since around four. What woke me out of a sound sleep? I have no idea, but someone was on my mind.

I saw a face in my mind. I’m not really all that great in praying or for other people. It’s not that I won’t or don’t, it’s just that I’m not very good at it. I’m not real consistent. And sticking with a job until, the job gets done is not, one of my long suits, strengths or characteristics. I do know some that are good at praying for others and if I know them, trust me, I have already contacted them about you and they are, praying for you!

In my past, there were many times when I actually saw someone who reminded me of someone who I knew. I didn’t know why, I would be seeing these odd look-a-likes, so I just started praying for them.

I’m sure you’ve heard the line, “God works in mysterious ways,” and I don’t know where that line came from, but it seems to me that in my experience, if God wanted me to pray for someone, he would put me or someone on the same path who reminded me of someone I knew and I would just start praying for them. I don’t know, maybe God thinks it’s fun and funny to look around to see who’s awake or wake them up like me, to pray, even if it’s four o’clock in the morning. LOL  🙂

By prayer I mean, not the regular kind, the pray with folded hands on my knobby knees prayers, praying with my understanding prayers, but perfect prayer. What? Is there such a thing? Why yes, yes there is. I am referring to what the Bible calls, “speaking in tongues” and praying in the spirit or praying spiritually.

“Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”

I Corinthians 14:14-15 KJV

Praying with your understanding and praying with your spirit

So I spoke in tongues, for my friend, silently to myself.

Now my prayers with my understanding might generally suck, but the spirit in me knows what to pray for, so I would just start speaking in tongues. And I did and I do, particularly when God reminds me. LOL  🙂

And then I started thinking about Job.

The Storms and sufferings of Job, of Jesus Christ, of You and I and others may seem overwhelming!

I know it might suck right now being you and going through all that you are. But sometimes, it’s not about us and what we need, but what others need. There have been and there are people, who have, are or will endure equal to what you are going through and some even greater. There as it is said, someone that’s worse off than you. We can each come up with our own examples.

Job was an example to Jesus Christ.

Both men had to endure a lot physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Both were guiltless and blameless, but they had to go through, what they had to go through.

Job and Jesus were both surrounded by what Job called, ”miserable comforters.” Family and friends though well intentional, may still be like these, sometimes. Many people talk and teach and preach about the patience of Job. Now I get it that to endure, one has to have patience, but there is something far greater about Job, about the book of Job and about the parallels between Job and Jesus Christ.

We can be our own miserable comforter

But it wasn’t patience that delivered either man! It was prayer! Prayer not for self, but for others like the many that are praying right now, for you.

I was once diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). My prognosis was not good. It was to be— dialysis, a slim chance of a transplant, I was to inform my immediate family because, it’s supposed to be genetic, I was told not to have any children and not to expect, to live much longer than five years. I guess you now realize that I’m still here?  🙂

As a matter of fact, I have out-lived the physician that diagnosed me initially. He passed away in January of this year.

Oh sure, science and medicine and doctors can be wrong. They don’t know everything. But my diagnosis and my prognosis did not come from just one person. It came from many and many tests and from a multiple number of records that I carried with me, in the trunk of my car, for almost two years. Having had procedures and tests after tests and from many different specialists across several states, I would say there was a consensus. They all concurred that I did indeed, have PKD. After all, I had originally been diagnosed by then world’s foremost authority on the disease. He was then, part of Kansas Medical Center, in Kansas City, Kansas. His name was Dr. Jared James Grantham, 1936 – 2017. Look him up up. He had a very impressive career and co-founded the PKD Institute, the first of its kind. My records had been seen from countless specialists including, the then world-renowned radiologist, from Germany. I had to be checked every 6 months to see if the cysts had increased in size or number. Then it happened.

Per all doctors suggestions, I was to make an appointment every six months with a nephrologist, no matter what state I might be living in, at the time. At that time, I was in Michigan, Kalamazoo to be more precise. I made the appointment with a new physician, a specialist whom I had been referred to. He ordered an ultrasound which was done, on my birthday at a hospital that had the required equipment and with whom he had professional privileges. On the day, I took out my hefty records from the trunk of my car. I had the ultrasound done. I waited quietly in a hospital bed, for the results. One by one, I saw a group of colleagues come into my room. Not a one of them ever addressed me or even looked in my direction. Instead, they pored over my records and my latest ultrasound, along with the specialist who had ordered the test. Then, one by one, they all filed out of the room, still never saying a single word to me nor even glancing over in my direction. How rude! Then, the nephrologist I had the appointment with, turned and walked towards me. He was visibly upset. No, in fact, he was angry when he spoke to me. He told me that he did not know what my problem was and to get up, get out and never waste his time or that of his colleagues, ever again. Confused was I, when I asked him what he was talking about??? He at point-blank range and with a red face, angrily answered and told me that I was not fooling anyone, “You are not the same person whose records you have, for whatever your misguided reasons are in carrying around, and you have tried to falsely dump on us here. You are an insult to medicine and what we are trying to do, in helping people.”

He would not believe that those records were mine. He insisted, NO, he was adamant, about my leaving immediately, before threatening to call security. As I got up and dressed, the only other thing I could get from him was how he could say my records were not mine? His answer was, the ultrasound that I just took, did NOTmatch the records I brought. “It shows a marked decrease in size and numbers of cysts and that sir, is a medical impossibility, now LEAVE, he demanded and yelled at me rather loudly!!!.

Oh, could have my last ultrasound been mistakenly swapped or misread? Sure. But that was in 1994, over 20 years ago and I have already lived four times longer, than I was expected to. You just go right ahead and believe what you want and think what you want. As for me, to use a line perhaps familiar to you and one that I could not track down its source…

“God’s not finished with me yet.”

-unknown-

OK, so what does any of this have to do with Job, Jesus Christ and prayer? When I first was seen in an emergency room at a Baltimore, Maryland hospital, I had been sleepless from the pain in my lower right side, which had persisted and grown over the course of 24 four hours. Against advice of those I was staying with at the time and not wanting to wake them up, I drove myself to the hospital, early in the morning, before the rooster was awake. In route, the pain suddenly became so intense, I momentarily went blind and only recovered my sight, just in time, to miss hitting a telephone pole at 50 mph.

I had tests at the hospital and they were not conclusive. My attending trauma room physician, a female, thought it was just a kidney stone and told me, “This is the closest you will ever get to understanding what it’s like to give birth!” Well, it wasn’t a kidney stone, probably a bursting cyst, a kidney cyst, but not a stone. So two years after this, I walked out of that hospital in Michigan, on my birthday, and I’ve never had another issue since. I’m still here and I’m still alive.

But during the times of which I was originally diagnosed and given my not-so-nice prognosis, I had to come to grips with the fact that I was dying. Then, something I had heard before that was so profound to me, but that which I did not and could not understand, came to my mind…

“Life is worth living, even if you’re dying.”

Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille

The Storms within and outside of Eeyore and at times, any of us, may overwhelm!

Then, I understood. Then I could relate. Then I could say this as if I, was the first to say it, “Life was worth living even,” though I was dying! Where was the prayer or prayers in any of this? Only my immediate family and medical professionals knew these things. Who if anyone was praying for me? Me? No, not me, I was just preparing myself to not live much longer than five more years and pass about the age of forty. But I’ll tell you what, somewhere, someone or some unknown number of people, maybe who did not even know me, were praying for me! Maybe they were good at praying and God worked in them to pray for me? Maybe they were just awake at all hours of the day or night and prayed for me? Maybe like me, as for my friend, God woke me up early in the morning and I saw my friend’s face in my mind. So I prayed.

Oh, I am so glad to still be around and still here, to write this today. And I am grateful to God because, He loves me, but mostly I believe, my life was spared BECAUSE, I had a lot left that God wanted me to do, for others.

For those of you that might find yourselves in a similar situation, I say, FIGHT!

Fight! If not for yourself, fight for others because, you are needed. Life is worth living, even if you are dying, FIGHT! Fight like Job did and Jesus Christ did! Fight for others and pray for them.

In the Old Testament, people looked for the first coming of Jesus Christ, the promised seed of the woman, the redeemer, the fulfill-er of the law, the king of Judah, the Passover Lamb, the High Priest, and more, and the son of the Most High God. What, if any, were their benefits in looking for something and someone, who had not yet come?

”But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:5 King James Version (KJV)

The Old Testament believers looked for his coming and in the present tense, they would have said, “we are healed.” All manner of sickness in part or in full is, death. All manner of healing is, life in part or in full. The “looking for” is prayer. Prayer is believing. Believing is a verb. A verb connotes action. Love activates, both our believing and our hope.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 KJV

“Faith” is the Greek word pistis and in this context, it should be translated as “believing.”

“Now believing is the title-deed, the proof of things prayed for (believed for), the evidence they are yours, before they are seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 Translation according to usage

If we own a home, we know it, often before we even take possession of it or even see it for the very first time because, we have proof, we have the title-deed. Both believing and hope are similar in this regard. Both are dependent NOT on what our five senses may or may not tell us, but what does God say? What does His Word say? What are His promises that His Word says we can believe for, in the present? What are His promises that His Word says we can hope for, in the future? Both have benefits for the present.

The old Testament believers looked, for his first coming. They believed, they hoped for; they prayed, for something coming in the future, something and someone who was then not yet available and because of it, the Psalmist said this…

“They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”

Psalm 34:5

Today, we, the New Testament believers, look for his second coming, his return. We too must still believe for, hope for, pray for things and someone and others that our five senses may tell us are not available or is not possible now. But instead of only looking for him to return, we also look back at what he has already done, already accomplished for us; has already made possible!

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

I Peter 2:24 KJV

WOW, around forty-five years ago, a woman picked me up hitchhiking, twice in the same week and in two different cars. It was odd enough that a woman picked me up. But twice in the same week? In two different cars? Well, by the second time, to me, it was as if she was no longer a stranger. I was more apt to open up to her since now, all of a sudden, she seemed familiar to me? Well, this second time, I had just left my dermatologist’s (allergist’s) office. I joke with people that before I could read, if I even passed by a sign that said grass or used the word allergy, I would start sneezing or break out into hives or some symptom, of yet another thing I was allergic too.  🙂

I think I was allergic to being allergic. But at the allergist’s office, I took off my shirt and laid face down on a table. They pricked my skin on my back with a lot of little tiny needles that had drops of various allergens. I think the test was called, ‘The Western Series?’ The point was, to see what if I reacted to any or all of them. What? I felt like such a fool. I think I already knew what I was allergic to. My prescription? The doctor told me to avoid those things I was allergic to and to move about every 2 years, so I just avoided becoming acclimatized to the area, for it would take about two years, for me to show new symptoms from some new allergen.

So, there I was in this car, telling my troubles to a perfect stranger (almost). I’ll never forget this. She rather sternly looked at me and demanded to know the answers to the questions, she next asked of me.

“Are you a Christian,” she asked? I answered, “I think so, I hope so!” I suppose, I thought I should appear humble, as this is all I thought I could say; was allowed to say. You don’t want to get cocky with God right about being sure of anything right? She then seemed to burn a hole through my eyes and through the back of my head with her eyes. “Well don’t you know that by “by his stripes you were healed,” she angrily rebukingly asked?! Time seemed to suddenly stand still for me. I honestly felt at that moment, I was the only one left on the entire planet that did not know this! And I had never heard anyone, preacher, pastor, priest and etc., male or female ever say anything about the Bible, with such authority and conviction! But did she not tell me what the Bible says, from I Peter 2:24? Yes, yes she did.

The Old Testament believers looked for the first coming of the Savior. In so doing, their faces became radiant (were “lightened”) and by the foretold prophecies of his first coming sufferings, they “are healed.” We of today, look back to what he has already done and by his stripes, we “were healed.” They of old looked forward to a future event and in their present state, their looking for, their believing for, their hoping for; their praying for, healed them. We look back to a previous reality and in our present state of looking for him, believing, hoping and praying, we are healed, now!

It was true of Job, surrounded by miserable comforters. It was true of my situations. These things were true of all believers of any time. These things are true, for us today. And It was even true, for Jesus Christ, as he was dying on the tree.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, [believers] let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:1,2 KJV

The running of patience has been and remains the same, to look for, to believe, to hope, to pray. What joy did Jesus Christ have to look for; look forward to? What enabled him to endure what he did? What was his looking for, his believing for, his hope for; his prayers for? God showed him that through his sacrifice, he would draw all towards him. Jesus Christ saw an innumerable host of people all gathered together, you and I and all those that look for his return. While he was dying, did he not pray to God to forgive those who did not know what they were doing?

What was and is God’s will? What is the primary will of God? Was it that Job suffer? Was is just so that God could teach him patience? Was God mad at Job? Were God and Satan just playing a game and Job was just a board-game piece they could manipulate? Was God wanting to hurry up Job’s death, so he could come be with Him in heaven? Was it that I was dying or destined to have so many allergies? Was it God’s will that Jesus Christ, His only begotten son, die? Remember, there were many writers of God’s Word, but ONLY one author, God.

”Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth [prospers].

III John 1:2 KJV

Health & Prosperity is God’s Will for your life!

First, God refers to his people as His “beloved,” His loved ones. Does any true parent not love their own children and want the best for them, not for them to suffer? The word “wish” is desire, fervent desire, white-hot desire that far exceeds red-hot desire in intensity. But “above all things,” His fervent desire is that we prosper and are in health. And what is the standard or the manner in which this is possible? It is made possible, even as our soul prospers. How does one have a prospering soul? It is to be mindful, even in the midst of so much uncertainty, doubt, worry and fear, to look for, to believe, to hope, to pray, for what God says, not what our five senses may or may not be telling us.

What did job do? What did Jesus Christ do? What did I do in my circumstances? God doesn’t require much of us to receive so much that He is willing and able, for us to have. He wants us to have; He fervent desires above “all things” is, that we prosper and are in health. He doesn’t so much care if we are healed by the body’s natural design to heal itself. He does not particular care if we seek out professional medical help. He does not care if we get delivered by prayer, kicking a can, standing on one foot and saying whoop-d-doo, getting prayed for, having someone spit on the ground and rubbing it in our eyes, washing in some filthy river, getting ministered to, ingesting some herb or supplement or however we get healed, he just needs us to believe to be healed!!! He just wants us to prosper and to be in health!!!! And He knows that being focused upon his Word, the looking for, that believing, that hoping; that praying will change us! It’s NOT our how we pray-prayers, the specific actions we take or the power of our words that cause it, it’s His Word, it’s HIM!!!

”But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

II Corinthians 3:18

This “glass” was a mirror. In those days, a mirror was made of polished brass. It was not as clear as today’s mirrors of glass, but even then, there was a reflection, even though dim. “Beholding” is an active present state. It is something that is a continuous thing. “Are changed” should be properly translated according to usage, “are being changed.” The words “from glory to glory” are more properly rendered, from “one glory to another glory.”

What an incredible verse of scripture! As we look into this mirror continually, the image we see becomes more and more clear. The reflection is not our face, but the face of the Lord from one glory to another glory by which we are, being changed. And we are being changed by the spirit of God within us, which is producing the image, the reflection we see more and more clearly in that mirror, not our face, but the face of Jesus Christ, not as he was, but “as he is!” This is how their faces were lightened (became radiant) in the Old Testament. This is what they looked for, believed for, hoped for and prayed for. This is what Job did. This is what Jesus Christ did, he looked to God. This is what I did, even if it was to just believe that life was worth living, even if I was dying and what I did when I was reproved, for not knowing that by his stripes, it was already made available, for me to have been healed.

And in conclusion, what was the one job of Job that made a difference? The book of Job is not about all he suffered or had to endure. It was about him getting to the place where he could see the “daysman,” Jesus the Christ that was to come. It was about seeing, knowing and realizing, the true and primary will of God…

“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, WHEN he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

Job 42:10 KJV

We all have suffered and may be right now. We know others that have suffered and may be right now. We may all suffer, sometime in the future. But we must look outside of ourselves and look to pray for others by looking toward Him in whom, all things are possible!

And so I say to my friend, lying in a hospital as this is being written, I say to myself and I say to anyone that has eyes to see this and ears to hear this, FIGHT…

Be the miracle that you are meant to be!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Sordida’ (a poem)

He’s Up and He’s On His Way

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As moving as was the life of Jesus Christ and how horrible was his torture, humiliation, being tempting in all things; his suffering and murder and how necessary it all was to fulfill God’s Word and to redeem humanity and to be made, The Passover Lamb without spot or blemish, a perfect sacrifice, for all and for all time, God was not; is not finished yet.

How beautiful it was for Jesus Christ to have risen from the dead. How comforting to his disciples and apostles and friends and family to have seen him alive again and for forty days. How I would so desire to have been just one of those two, on the road to Emmaus when Jesus walked with them and talked with them and opened the Word of God to them and taught just those two, all the scriptures from Genesis to Malachi, concerning him and to have had my heart “burn” with joy within me! But God was not; is not finished yet.

How incredible would it have been to have seen Jesus Christ ascend into the cloud and out of sight in route to the right hand of God! How awesome would it have been to have been with him as he passed into and then through the heavens at the edge of the universe, whereis water, and to have experienced his witness to the chained (figuratively), bound spirits that had caused the flood in Noah’s day! How without words would it been, if it were possible, having been with Jesus Christ as he sat down, having completed his service, on the right hand of God and as far as God was concerned, from His perspective all, was completely, completely, complete. But God was not, is not finished yet!

Oh, to have been with them in the temple on the Day of Pentecost! Oh, to have heard a pin drop perhaps, it was all so quiet, during an hour of prayer and to have seen the apostles sitting all decent and in order and then to have seen cloven tongues of fire, land and rest on and inside them and to have heard them speak in tongues, the witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to experience the new birth, the household and family of God, and Christianity, for the very first time! And to have heard them, that only knew one language (Estrangelo Aramaic), speak in tongues (lost or living languages or the tongues of angels) for the very first time! Oh, to have witnessed this, the “latter rain,” prophesied in the Book of the Prophet Joel and was then overflowing (lambano), for the very first time! And Oh, to have heard these different languages that many in the Temple heard and understood and then to hear the same speakers in course (decently and in order), interpret those words they just spoke, in their own language, the precise sum and substance of what they spoke in tongues! And Oh, to have witnessed this first evangelistic meeting if you will, where about three thousand souls were added to the Church, the very same day! But God was, is not finished yet!

Oh, to have been with Saul of Tarsus, a man trained in the law at the feet of Gamaliel, a rabbi and the leader of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Israel! Oh, to have seen this same Saul, himself a member of the Sanhedrin that had cast his lot to crucify Jesus Christ and persecuted the early church casting them into prison or worse and to have been with him on the road to Damascus, when Jesus Christ appeared unto him in a vision, and Saul too, became a Christian! Oh, to have seen the Rise & Expansion of the early Church, all the signs, miracles and wonders and to have experienced Saul, now the Apostle Paul, take God’s Word over all Asia Minor, in about 2 years and three months! Oh, to have experienced and spent time with the original apostles, Paul and others and to have been a witness of: “so mightily grew the Word of God and Prevailed!” But God was not, is not finished yet!

Oh, to have personally been taught the seven Church Epistles Romans, I & II Corinthians and Galatians and to understand grace, the love of God in the Renewed mind in manifestation, believing and hope and that this love is greater than all, for it activates all our believing, for what is presently available and our believing in the future, our hope! Oh, to have been personally taught Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians and to have understood “the mystery” that out of Jew and Gentile would become the one body of Christ and the Church, the family and household of God! Oh, to have understood the riches of the glory of that mystery that it is, Christ in us, the hope of glory!

Priscilla and Aquila a lovely married couple that helped the Apostle Paul

Oh, to have understood that the Word of God was complete when God had written all, in those 7 Church Epistles! Oh, to have been taught personally, I & II Thessalonians, by the Apostle Paul! Oh, to have researched, been taught and to have shared (fellowshipped) with Mary and Jesus’ kin, Mary Magdalene, Peter & John, Paul, Silas, Steven, James, Priscilla and Aquila, all the other original 11 disciples/apostles, and all those too numerous to mention, those never mentioned and all those I do not know their names or cannot recall and to have lived with them, ate with them, loved, laughed, joy-ed, rejoiced (re-joy-ed) and cried with them! But God was not, is not finished yet!

Aquila and Priscilla, The Way College of Emporia about 197?

Oh to have been there when all the other books in the Bible were written and to have heard them; had been taught them! Oh, to have been with John at Patmos and heard and understood the book of Revelation, along with him! But God was not, is not finished yet!

As great as all these things were and would have been if you or I had experienced them when they first occurred, we have something far greater than all of those first-hand experiences! We have a “more sure word of prophesy!”  We that are born again, his true children, have this witness of his resurrection within us! Every time and anytime we manifest this spirit of God, we are living proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! We have this love of God (agape), this believing and this hope within us, but God was not, is not finished yet!

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

I Corinthians 2:9 KJV

Even so, in this life, this potentially more than abundant life (more than is needed so that we may freely give to those that need), we may still experience, trouble, sorrow, suffering and death. Here is where the Hope becomes the only thing which can truly comfort anyone. For it is in looking into this Hope, to the true person of Jesus Christ that he shines out to us, even in the midst of unfathomable darkness. But this true hope is not merely a reflection as in a mirror that shines out from within us, it causes the reflection and our faces to become radiant and to be exceeding glad, “for as he is, so are we in this world!”

No, God was not, is not finished yet! Jesus Christ is not finished. One day, he will return and the dead in Christ and those alive at his return will be gathered together with him and so shall they ever be, with him. Then, he will come back to the earth and touch down at the same place he left and with his saints. Then later, there will be the resurrection of the just and folks like Abraham, Moses, David and even Judas Iscariot I believe, are going to rise from the dead and judged according to their works. And then later, everyone else will be raised at the resurrection of the unjust and judged according to God’s Word. And then, at the end of all ends, the final victory will overcome all suffering, sorrow and death.

I have loved ones that are going through much in their lives at present, including the loss of their beloved. I close this out with a video. It is the greatest teaching I’ve ever heard on the Hope, True Hope, and the Return of Jesus Christ. It was this man’s last public teaching before, he too, fell asleep and is now waiting, the return of Jesus Christ.

This teaching answers so many questions about life, and death, the first and second coming of Jesus Christ and so much more. Grab a Bible and listen along. Look up the scriptures. This is still the greatest teaching on the True Hope, I have ever heard in my 60+ years of life! I thank God that even if all he ever did was this one teaching, the world is better off for it. I thank God for video and for Youtube! Comfort yourselves with these things!

Comfort yourselves with these things!

The Hope of His 2nd Coming

I will tell you what does NOT matter. It does not matter, who this man was, whether you knew him or not. It does not matter if you knew about the Way International or have ever heard of it. It does not matter if you were ever involved with it or still are. What does matter is, the Word that he taught above from the video! It is still as relevant today in 2017, as it was in 1985. The Hope is, the true comfort for it is, the—

True Hope!

I leave you now with this final thought and another video. It is the music and lyrics from an old English hymn. For all those troubled, or suffering anywhere, if you think I do not hurt when you hurt, you do not know me. For even me, when I try to care for you or care about you, pray for you, visit with you; be with you (and I love to do these things and more), but I too get overwhelmed. It is then and now and for all time; through all things, I must turn my eyes upon him and I can only encourage you to—

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

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Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…
…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘The One Job of Job’

 

True Hope

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Easter Bunny?

Is this post too early for Easter? What is Easter anyway? When is that exactly? Oh, do you mean the First Sunday after the First Full Moon after the Beginning of Spring? Not exactly.

Pink Moon?

Do you even know or care? Is it Sunday yet? Got your new Easter bonnet for the parade and maybe the only time you might go to church until December, yet?

This post was started on Thursday. Some religious folk celebrate it as Maundy Thursday. That always sounded like Monday-Thursday to me and actually that makes more sense, than what people celebrate it for. It is supposed to be the last Thursday before Easter, when Jesus assembled with his 12 disciples and had his last Passover meal. And you could accept that, that on this last supper there was that big table like Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’? Then Judas got ticked off, left, betrayed Jesus, then filled with guilt, he threw down the 30 pieces of silver (blood money, a bribe and the minimum price for a slave), to betray him. Then he went out and hung himself on a tree. Then Jesus went to the garden to pray. Then he was arrested. Then Peter denied knowing him three times before the cock crowed early in the morning or on, “Good Friday.”

Colored chicks from colored eggs?

“Good Friday,” Oh sure, Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, then, whipped, scourged and nailed to a cross and crucified in the midst of two others? What? Isn’t the word “midst” (middle) grammatically correct when there are more than two? If there were 2, wouldn’t the correct word be “between” and not “midst” (middle) which is, what the Bible says? What? Are you saying there were not only 2 crucified with Jesus, but more? NO, I’m not saying this, the Bible says so. So what? So WOW, can Friday get anymore gooder’ than that? I was misspelling on purpose and being sarcastic, just in case you are wondering.

This whole thing is starting to crack!

Friday rolls along then, Saturday and then, it’s Sunday. OH, so there you go, there’s three days and three nights? Not by a long shot! But OK, it’s Easter Sunday Morning and Jesus raised himself from the dead cuz’ he was, after all, God?

Is today Maundy, Monday or Thursday? If it is Thursday, this means that shortly, it will be, the so-called, “Good Friday?” What would have been so “good,” about someone dying on a Friday?

Now one has a choice, to either go by religious traditions or the source from where it all came from, but has been corrupted.

Then again, one could just stick to the more commercial traditions of: the Easter bunny, eggs, chocolate and stuff? Where did that come from? Easter is a pagan holiday. It comes from ancient Babylon, complete with fertility gods and goddesses, eggs, eggs in trees, rabbits and a whole host of sexual, virility and fertility rites and such stuff, probably not what your children want or need to know about? But the symbols continue today. Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of this is fun like: egg coloring, egg rolls and races, Easter egg hunts, baskets and stuff, but I do know what’s behind it.

As to the pretended religious aspects, you could choose to believe that Jesus Christ died on “Good Friday” and pretend that the Sabbath was three days later on a Sunday. Talk about fantasy and fantastical thinking, WHEW and WOW! May I sell you some cheap land in Antarctica? How about a one square inch, you can build on it as high as you like!

Or, you could realize that to be legally deceased, according to the Old Testament, one had to be dead and buried for a period of 72 hours or “three days and three nights.” You could also accept that the Sabbath was generally, never on a Sunday. And you could accept that in the Bible times, there were two kinds of Sabbaths, the weekly one, always on a Saturday or a special High or Holy day, from whence we get our word, “holiday,” which could be on another day, but still called a Sabbath. And you could accept that in those days, a day ended and a new day began at sunset, not midnight. No matter how smart you might be or what your religious traditions tell you, you just can’t get 3 days and 3 nights (72 hours), from “Good Friday,” to Easter Sunday Morning. Is that about it? Are these the religious traditions you are familiar with? Hello professing Christians, is there any wonder WHY, so many atheists and others don’t believe, when many Christians cannot even do simple addition or count to 3???

Just another Spring time day?

Oh, Dahni, what difference does it make? Isn’t what is really important that the children just have fun and people make a buck including the dentist? HELL NO!

What difference does it make, what day Jesus died on or got up on? Isn’t it just that he died, isn’t that what is most important? OH HELL NO! It all makes, for maybe, a nice story, but it makes no sense. And if it makes no sense, it’s nonsense or nonsensical. It cannot be trusted and if you cannot trust, you cannot believe it and if you don’t or won’t believe it, there are no benefits to you, whatsoever! Why not? Cuz’ the truth aint’ gonna’ set you free, brother or sister, etc.

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 8:31,32 KJV

So, IF, one continues (continually) in God’s Word, “THEN” you are a disciple or a disciplined one, and THEN you shall (not maybe or will, but it is in the absolute tense), “Shall” know the truth. I emphasized (capitalized), the word “THEN,” with purpose. The context involves both time (THEN) and certain actions and the order in which they must be taken to receive the benefit. What benefit? Knowing the truth will not set you free; it shall absolutely make you free! So yeh, I think it does make a difference what day, Jesus died on and got up on and all the other stuff surrounding these days of this, our month of April.

This is my blog. This, my post, on my blog, will also, be linked on my Facebook pages. My Facebook pages are mine. They are an extension of me and you could say, my house and my rules. This content here and what is shared on Facebook is mine. I am responsible for it. I trust it because, I verified it. You may not? That’s OK. You verify it or prove it wrong. You research it. I promise you, the truth is far greater, than all the traditions you are familiar with. And here is another benefit, one way or the other, “the truth shall make you free!”

The last supper was on a Wednesday at the time, leading up to the death and resurrection. Jesus wanted to eat the Passover meal one last time with his then called, 12 apostles, but there wasn’t time. He would become, the Passover Lamb that year, for his people that year and for all people, for all time. This night after sunset, was the 14th of Nisan, our Wednesday. Wednesday was the “preparation day,” when Israel was to select and prepare the lamb for the Passover meal. Jesus ate the last supper (not the Passover).

Note: At the last supper they were sitting and the Passover was to be done, “standing.” Eastern customs and manners show they were seated cross-legged on the floor on pillows with a small center table they supped from, shared food from, a “common bowl.” Sorry to ruin your picture Leonardo. No, no I’m not really.

Judas did leave and betrayed Jesus to the high priests, realized what he had done, threw down the 30 pieces of silver and left the temple area. But he was still alive until sometime, after the ascension of Christ,  He died, most likely by impaling himself or cutting himself in the middle, but however it was done, all his bowels (Innards) gushed out. Why? Because, he could not, would not, accept, God’s forgiveness, for what he had done. God cannot go beyond one’s freedom of will!

On Wednesday (still sometime after sunset), Jesus leaves for a garden to pray. He takes the 11 remaining disciples/apostles with him. They fall asleep. Judas with soldiers, points him out, gives him a kiss of respect on the cheek and he is arrested, falsely, in the dark.

Why did Judas kiss him? Well, if it were me, I would have hidden behind some rock and the cover of darkness and pointed out Jesus to the soldiers. But not Judas. I believe he kissed him on the cheek out of true respect and to force Jesus’ hand. Many, including Judas, were looking, for a political savior (the glory of Christ) not the suffering-humiliated one.

Judas had been chosen as a disciple. And he was chosen as an apostle. The man had great ability. Judas had the “bag” and was the treasurer. He probably had more natural ability than all of the other 11 disciples/apostles combined. With all due respect to Matthias, whom the other 11 chose to replace Judas with, I believe God would have wanted the man, Saul of Tarsus, later called, the apostle Paul, to replace him. This should speak loudly of Judas’ abilities! And if you take the time to read Acts Chapter 1:1-11, and follow the pronouns, you will see that Judas had been most likely with the other 11 Galileans (remember Judas was not a Galilean), and Jesus, for 40 days after his resurrection and that Judas saw him, ascend into the cloud. But Judas just could not; would not forgive himself nor is there any evidence to support that he ever asked God to forgive him. Then Judas, guilt ridden, left and later, killed himself, sometime after, he had seen Jesus ascend into heaven.

Another thing I find interesting in comparing Judas and Paul is, Judas betrayed Jesus, but Paul, a member of the ruling body of Israel and before he became a Christian, had actually voted (“cast his lot”) to have Jesus crucified. But Paul lived forgiven and Judas did not.

I believe Judas will be, in the “resurrection of the just,” for the works he did for God, prior to his betrayal of Jesus the Christ. But you believe what you want. I believe Judas saw Jesus ascend and he could have been forgiven and could have been part of the rise and expansion of the dynamic, First Century Church.

But, Jesus was taken and falsely charged, without either the required number of witnesses (and they offered up paid-for false testimony – perjury and bribery), was falsely tried, illegally beaten beyond recognition, tempted in all points, but without sin, and there was no evidence to support that he was ever given food, water or allowed to sleep, from the time of his capture until his death. He was humiliated then later, sent to Pilate. It is still Wednesday.

Early this Wednesday morning (remember, it started at sunset earlier), twice, Peter denies Jesus thrice, before the cock crowed that he did not know Jesus. “Thrice’ (three) times X “twice” (2 times) = 6 times.

Jesus was delivered to Pilate. Pilate was never persuaded that Jesus had done anything wrong. But he could not save Jesus because, he had no sworn oath from Jesus. Jesus was as a lamb, led to slaughter, he never said a word. Pilate ceremonially washed his hands because, he did not have a sworn oath (allegiance) and therefore, under the jurisdiction and/or protection of Rome. Jesus had already taught that no one should EVER swear by God, by a man, by heaven or by earth, for in doing so, “such cometh (comes) evil.”

Pilate lived under, by and administered Roman Law. He could not protect Jesus without a sworn oath. But there was no evidence to support his being condemned to death. Pilate tried to get Jesus to answer for himself. Jesus would not answer. Pilate marveled at this, but he also knew that entering a plea of either guilty or innocent without sworn statements and evidence, he himself, would be guilty of perjury, if the plea was found out later to be true or false, contrary to the plea registered.

He asked Jesus if he was a King. Jesus answered, “You say.” Pilate knew he, himself, could be held to perjury, if either Jesus confirmed he believed himself to be a king or evidence supported that he was not, had Pilate accepted and said Jesus was a king. The crowd even yelled, that they had no king but Caesar. Pilate could not make Jesus a king against Rome.

His wife was afraid of Jesus from dreams she had and told her husband not to have anything to do with him.

Pilate even released a known and convicted murderer (Barabbas) to appease the crowd and save Jesus.Is this guy, Pilate like most politicians we know about or what? Sure, Israel had a custom of releasing a prisoner for Passover. Pilate had the power of Rome to honor that or not. But why would the people want a known, convicted and scheduled for execution, a murderer to be released back among them? Why would Pilate honor that? And who submitted Barabbas’  name instead of a man (Jesus), falsely accused with no evidence that he had done anything wrong?

Pilate brought Jesus before the people to show them how pathetic and pitiful he looked, having been so badly beaten that even his own mother could not recognize him. Maybe the people would see he was just a confused and a harmless crazy man and they would be merciful? Pilate brought him to be seen by the crowd and said, “Behold the man.” But the people cried the more, “crucify him!” Then, even illegally and publicly having Jesus flogged (with pieces of bone, rock and leather ripping his flesh), the crowd still cried out the more, “crucify him!”

Pilate, having exhausted everything he could to save Jesus and keep himself blameless, he washed his hands publicly, to show that neither he nor Rome would be blamed, for what followed. The people agreed and said his, “blood be upon us.” Pilate merely covered his own ass. He could have acted because, this whole thing was an illegal, crowd-whipped-up and paid-for farce! But Pilate was afraid of these people and tried to appease them, to keep order, fearing a possible riot and that he might have had to give account to Rome and the Emperor himself.

Finally, Jesus was led away to be crucified. He was led with 2 other criminals that had committed the same type of crimes. Mostly likely, all but Jesus were compelled to drag their own stake, (tree/pole) behind them, their own instruments of death to further humiliate them. Jesus was in no shape physically, to do this, and the soldiers randomly picked Simon Cyrene in the crown of onlookers, to drag the tree of Jesus behind him. When the soldiers and Simon, Jesus and the two criminals led with him, arrived at Golgotha, there were two other different kinds of criminals, who had committed entirely different crimes, already crucified there. 2 + 2 = 4 and Jesus would be in the “midst’ (middle).

No, Jesus never touched the instrument of death until, he was nailed to it. It was a tree, not a cross. It was a limbless, branchless, twig-less; leafless tree. His hands were placed  together above his head and a single stake was driven through a cluster of nerves in both hands, held together and fasted into the tree, behind his hands. His knees were slightly bent and his feet were held together (one atop the other), and set over a notch in the tree and another stake was driven through one of his tarsus (cluster of the tarsal bones of the foot), through the other tarsus and then, into the tree. A rope was tied around his midriff and tied behind him on that tree, to hold him in place. The tree, with him on it, was then hoisted up and dropped into a hole in the ground to keep it erect. The sound and the shudder of this dropping, must have shook the ground nearby (the sound carrying far), and every nerve in the body of Jesus, screamed with searing pain.

Roman crucifixion was designed not to be a quick form of death, but a long and drawn-out ordeal, delivering the maximum amount of pain and humiliation possible, for as long as possible. The Romans in this public place, in essence, were displaying to the world that their gods (the Emperor of Rome included) was greater than, the gods of those being crucified. Now if you want to get a cross into this scene, a horizontal plaque was ordered to be nailed above his head, “This is Jesus…” And there he hung on a tree, for as it was written, cursed is anyone that hung on a tree. He became a curse, for all of humanity. It is still Wednesday, sometime between the evens from Wednesday until at sunset, became a new day, Thursday.

Because it was getting close to sunset, the soldiers were ordered to break the legs of all those crucified. This would remove the support of the weight at the legs and would hasten their deaths by asphyxiation, the added weight pressing on the lungs and depriving them of the ability to inhale or exhale. This was done so that they could be taken down and buried before sunset, which would be a holy day and none of Israel were allowed to touch any dead thing, to be able to participate in the Passover. The soldiers came to the first person condemned, the far outside and broke their legs, hastening death. Next, they came to the next criminal of a different crime that was to the inner or the immediate side or directly next to Jesus. The soldiers broke his legs and he soon died. But when they came to Jesus, he was dead already and they marveled at that because, crucifixion was not supposed to kill quickly. But Jesus was NOT killed, he laid down his life, and literally willed to die! Now I ask you, does not four crucified with Jesus make much more sense than two and the soldiers looking stupid by breaking the legs of the first, skipping Jesus, not even seeing that he was dead, breaking the legs of the other person on the other side of Jesus and then coming to Jesus and seeing him already dead?

Just another Spring time day?

The lamb for Passover had to be killed in the even (evening) before Passover. Jesus was not killed; he gave up his life, freely. But he had to be dead and buried before, this sunset (still Wednesday). No one that wanted to participate in the Passover was allowed to do any servile work or touch any dead thing, if, they wanted to be ceremonially clean to partake of the Passover. So, Jesus had to be dead and buried before sunset on Wednesday, which became the new day or Thursday. What time did he actually die? I don’t know, but it was between the evens (evenings of Wednesday and Thursday. Was it dark at say, 3 pm? Yes, there were thick clouds covering the area, so sure, it looked like night. And yes, technically, it was still between the two evenings of Wednesday and Thursday.

At sunset Wednesday, became the new day, Thursday. This was a special Sabbath day, a Holy Day or what we call, a holiday. This was one of those times (5 special Sabbaths each year) that at least every head of every household, of the children of Israel, were required to be in Jerusalem, no matter where they lived. Jerusalem was crowded. As they ate the Passover Lamb and bitter herbs, representing the bondage that God had brought them out of, from Egypt, the perfect Lamb of God, without spot or blemish, had already been sacrificed for them, for all humanity and for all time, and they knew it not.

Six times, Peter had denied Jesus Christ. All the soldiers and 3 of the four men crucified with him, railed on him (criticized, mocked, and condemned him). Everyone forsook Jesus except God. Only his mother Mary and John and Mary Magdalene were with him at the end. His disciples, including most likely, Judas Iscariot hid behind closed doors, for fear of the Jews. All but Judas Iscariot (from Iscar) were Galileans. They were more afraid of the Jews than they were of the Romans that occupied all of Israel. They were afraid of getting arrested and maybe even being crucified like Jesus. They (Galileans) were hated by the Jews anyway. But, Jesus died. He gave up his life. He chose to. He chose to do the will of God. And then he cried with a loud voice, not some damn lamenting, mournful, regretful cry of defeat, “My God, My God why hast (have) you forsaken me,” but a cry of triumph, of victory! What victory? Your redemption, the gift of redemption and wholeness, and healing by his broken flesh (bread) and his spilt blood (wine) for the world, and you and I!

Flesh and Bread Blood and Wine – a memorial to a perfect sacrifice for healing and wholeness

By Friday, before Sunset, which would become Saturday, the weekly Sabbath, Jesus had already been dead for about 48 hours. So, if there was ANYTHING good about that so-called “Good Friday,” it was that his sufferings were over, on Wednesday. There is no power in that he died. He was the perfect sacrifice, for all and for all time and the redeemer for all and for all time, but humanity was still held, to the power of death.

At sunset Friday, became Saturday, or the weekly Sabbath. No servile work could be done during this 24 hour period of time and no one could touch any dead thing. Only a short distance (“a Sabbath’s Day journey”) could be taken from your home or where you were lodging, to go to the Temple or your local synagogue.

From the 6th hour to the ninth hour, (from 11 to 12 noon through 2 to 3 PM, there was darkness over Jerusalem during the time of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Hours Of The Day

On a sundial , the the term “hour” referred to a period of time, one-twelfth of the daylight part of the day. While daylight is longer in summer than in winter, and therefore summer “hours” were longer than winter “hours,” as a general rule, the first hour was equivalent to 6 to 7 am on a modern-day clock, and so on:

The first hour = 6 to 7 am
The second hour = 7 to 8 am
The third hour = 8 to 9 am
The fourth hour = 9 to 10 am
The fifth hour = 10 to 11 am
The sixth hour = 11 am to 12 pm
The seventh hour = 12 to 1 pm
The eighth hour = 1 to 2 pm
The ninth hour = 2 to 3 pm
The tenth hour = 3 to 4 pm
The eleventh hour = 4 to 5 pm
The twelfth hour = 5 to 6 pm

Jesus Went to Hell

For simplicity, let’s fix the hour of Jesus’ death at 3 PM on Wednesday (The Day of Preparation, selecting and killing the Passover Lamb, before sunset). This was the “ninth hour” and it is very significant in the Bible. Research the term.

3 PM Wednesday-3 PM Thursday = 24 hours. Thursday was the Passover, a Holy Day, a High Day, a special Sabbath, a “holiday.” No servile work could be done, no dead thing could be handled and travel was limited to a “Sabbath’s Day journey,” a limited distance from your home or lodging to the Temple and back. Thursday 3 PM – Friday 3 PM is another 24 hours. Jesus had then been dead for a total of, 48 hours. Finally, from Friday 3 PM-Saturday 3 PM (another 24 hours), Jesus had been legally dead for 72 hours “three days and three nights.” He had been in hell, hades, the kingdom of the ded or gravedom for all this time. His body began to experience some degree of decomposition, took on a “part” of corruption as any corruptible mortal being.

But, God, got him up!

By the way, Jesus was actually placed into two (2) separate tombs, by two different people and their aides. Look that up too. One of these believed it was all over. Another actually believed, Jesus was going to get up and he, Joseph of Arimathea, was a member of the ruling body of Israel, the sanhedrin. He did not believe the proper burial techniques, ointments etc. were necessary. Later, this was known and when certain ones came to his tomb, their plans and thinking and believing was to try and fix what was considered sacrilegious, a grave (no pun intended), disrespect and degradation of their burial laws and rites. But oops, they were wrong, Joseph was right!

The Resurrection

Jesus was raised from the dead, exactly when God wanted him to rise, after exactly, 72 hours in the grave or “three days and three nights.” There was an earthquake. The soldiers at watch freaked out and ran off. Leaving their post was a crime, punishable by death. So why did they run? There was an earthquake, the stone was rolled away from the tomb and they saw an angel. Did they also see Jesus come out? I don’t know, but they saw enough to abandon their post. They were there to guard the tomb to keep his disciples from stealing it in the night, to falsely claim he had risen from the dead. Where did that stupid idea come from? The priests, the supposed spiritual leaders of Israel planted this idea in Pilates head, prompting him to basically say, you have soldiers, deal with it. The disciples would not have stolen it anyway, they were all behind closed doors, hiding out, for, “fear of the jews.”

Imagine you are one of those soldiers that ran off. Why would you then go tell this to those priests? It would be only a matter of time before they were found out that they left their one job. Maybe they hoped that with explanation, maybe they could get off. So what did the priests do. Oh, they were really good at offering bribes and they gave the soldiers money to keep their mouths shut and promised to protect them. The soldiers took the money and in so doing, they may have been guilty of another crime, punishable by death, besides their already dereliction of duty. They accepted a bribe, would be guilty of withholding evidence and perjury, by not telling the truth.

It is still Saturday, before sunset when Sunday would begin. It is the weekly sabbath. No servile work could be done, no dead thing could be handled and travel was limited to a “Sabbath’s Day journey,” a limited distance from your home or lodging to the Temple or synagogue. After Passover on Thursday, many may have stayed in Jerusalem before, they went back home. Others had already left for home and perhaps others already were and they would honor this weekly Sabbath by attending their local synagogue. At sunset became the next day, Sunday, the “first day of the week.” Beginning at sunset on Sunday until until early Sunday morning, it would have been too dark for those that wanted to properly prepare Jesus’s body for burial. They waited until “before day” daylight, perhaps just at the crack of dawn to head to the the tomb of Jesus (the last of the second tomb he was placed in).

At sunset Saturday, became the “first day of the week or our Sunday.

Early in the morning of Sunday, two Mary(s) went to the tomb to properly anoint the body of Jesus, for a proper burial. When they arrived, they were met by two angels (not just one) and the mighty stone had been moved away from, the then open and empty tomb. Jesus was already gone. He was already resurrected or raised from the dead. When? I don’t know, but from sometime before sunset on Saturday, which began the new day, Sunday. Even in death, Jesus still had to fulfill the law, all the laws (some 900+ of them). And when it was all fulfilled, God got him up. But still, there was just a little more he had to do.

Then, for forty days after this, Jesus showed himself alive to many witnesses, including Judas.

The Ascension

All 12 saw disciples/apostles (including Judas) saw Jesus rise from the earth and go into the clouds. At sometime during this, Judas leaves. Then, Jesus ascended up into the heavens (anyplace above earth). His disciples/apostles were told to wait, for, “the promise of the Father,” in Jerusalem, during the 5 hours of prayer, each day in the temple. Then, Judas having departed and guilt ridden, he commits suicide. The remaining 11 Galileans stood there and watched Jesus ascend up and out of their sight. Two angels asked them, why were they still standing around in disbelief/unbelief, “this same Jesus” will return one day.

They watched Jesus ascend out of their sight. He ascended up, into the heavens then through the heavens. Why did not God just bring Jesus, right to him? Because, Jesus had to witness his resurrection to the chained (figuratively) bound evil spirits above the waters of the heavens (above the entire universe), the same evil spirits which had tried to destroy the world by the ‘Flood.’ Yep, they did it, not God, but God spared Noah and allowed his wife and his three sons and their wives and all the pairs of most animals, to repopulate the earth. Why “most animals? I don’t know, maybe because some could swim and some could fly?

But then, Jesus sat down on the right hand of God. Then, almost all was finished, complete, and fulfilled. It was not the sacrifice or the redemption (already done at his death), but the power and glory of God, being made available to every man woman and child that would or ever will, accept this gift of God’s Grace until, he (Jesus Christ) returns FOR his saints and then WITH his saints! And that’s where the power is, to Christianity!

“And When the Day of Pentecost was Fully Come”

Fifty days after Jesus Christ was killed was, another holiday, a High Day, a Holy Day, a Special Sabbath. Again, at least every head of every family in Israel were required to be at Jerusalem and in the temple at the hours of prayer. And again, Jerusalem was crowded. Then, when the Day of Pentecost was “Fully Come,” (it had been coming since the world began), the 11+ Matthias, all Galileans, were sitting in the Temple at an hour of prayer, decently and in order and they saw as if it was, cloven tongues of fire split off and land on each of them and it filled each of them to overflowing and they were born again and began to speak in other languages. They were ignorant and unlearned men and knew only, a primitive language, Estrangelo Aramaic. THEN, they interpreted those words and the people heard them, understood the languages they were speaking and the interpretation and what the people heard them speak was, “the wonderful works of God.” This “speaking in tongues” (of men (women too) dead or living languages or languages of of angels that no mortal person knows or understand) was proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in them. This was, this is, the witness. This was, the birthday, of the Church of God.

Now as great as all of this was and still is today, God was not finished. Jesus Christ is not finished. One day, he will return and the dead in Christ and those alive at his return will be gathered together with him and so shall they ever be, with him. Then, he will come back to the earth and touch down at the same place he left and with his saints. Then later, there will be the resurrection of the just and folks like Abraham, Moses, David and even Judas Iscariot I believe, are going to rise from the dead and judged according to their works. And then later, everyone else will be raised at the resurrection of the unjust and judged according to God’s Word. And then, at the end of all ends, the final victory will overcome all suffering, sorrow and death.

I have loved ones that are going through much in their lives at present, including the loss of their beloved. There is nothing I know of that gives anyone any greater comfort then to think on these things, practice these things, do these things. To look back not only on the memory of those that mean so much to us, as the things Jesus Christ did for all of us, but more than his life and more than his death and even more than his resurrection and ascension, even becoming a Christian, a beloved child of God and brother or sister of Jesus Christ, is the comfort that only can only be experienced, by looking for his coming again! For as we look to that, we are being changed from glory to glory. We become lightened as we see him not as he was, alive then humilated and horribly tortured, murdered, resurrected and ascending, but “as he is” right now! Comfort yourselves with these things. For the Hope, the return of Christ is, the true comfort, for it is, the—

True Hope!

The Hope of His 2nd Coming

Understanding ‘True Hope’ has both immediate assets Today and Tomorrow!

You may now return to your religious beliefs and traditions and/or go gather some eggs with the kids on Sunday and enjoy yourself. But still, you have here, just read the truth, from the Word of God. It was my words and my vocabulary, but it was God’s Word! Look into it and look it up for yourself!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘He’s Up and He’s On His Way!’

 

Tell and Show

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By Dahni
© 2017, all rights reserved

When I was a child in school, one of my favorite things was, ‘Show & Tell.’ It’s just the opposite with God.

Today we need to Tell and Show

This simple teaching technique enabled me, as the presenter, to utilize as many of my five senses as possible, to communicate something to others. And it made learning fun for me and fun and entertaining for others as well.

Well, we grow up or we have grown up, but the mind still works the same way. The more of our senses we use and the more we repeat something, the greater is our opportunity to learn and retain it. The whole aim of teaching should be, simplicity in presentation, because, it needs to be understood, by a child or any adult. Why, because of the purpose of learning. The whole purpose of learning should be to put that knowledge to work; to act on upon it. We still need to see, hear, smell, taste and touch as much as possible. If we lack one or more of these senses, those we have may become more enhanced, more magnified. Doubt this? Spend time with someone that does not have all five. To my knowledge, no one has ever been born without at least one of the five senses, But still, the normal intent of our lives is to function with five.

When it comes to spiritual matters, people have a tendency to throw out the normal process of learning and replace it with such things as ‘blind faith’ or the acceptance of something, by faith. Most would be surprised to learn that not once in the Bible, does God ever ask, demand, command or expect, anyone to accept anything by faith! This whole idea rips to shreds the law of learning and makes the law of language useless, as a tool for communication! Why? Because the law of language dictates, that what we do not understand, it is impossible to articulate!

When it comes to religion or spiritual matters, these things seem to depend on ‘faith,’ blind faith or just reckless abandon of logic and reason. But, logic and reason and even common sense, if these were wanting to find gainful spiritual employment, would be faced with the metaphoric sign:

Common Sense –Need Not Apply

The ancient Greeks were very logical people. In the Greek translations of the Bible and in Greek literature, knowledge and wisdom and understanding were essential to learning. There was order, math and science to learning, even philosophic beliefs. Knowledge was likened to a river, flowing down one side of a mountain. Wisdom, which is the application of knowledge, was another river flowing down the other side of the mountain. At some point, these two rivers meet and begin to flow together as one mighty river.

The Greek word (sunesis) is transliterated into English as synthesis. So, at the point where knowledge is applied we get wisdom. When this knowledge and wisdom flows together, we get understanding. It’s just this simple.

God expects us to know and know that we know that we know. He expects us to become wise. He expects us to understand. He expects us to “prove Him” whether the things he says in his Word are true. How do we do that? We believe and believe is a verb and a verb connotes action. Do you see how even with God and especially with God, how important the laws of learning and language are absolutely required? They are!

How does one know that they believe? For every action there is either a consequence or a result. Which of those would you prefer? Which of those does God expect— RESULTS! As a matter of truth, God is in the business of signs, miracles and wonders. These are His advertising program for winning souls, influencing people and making people whole. A rule of thumb is, if you’re not seeing signs miracles and wonders daily, you might not be believing God and getting results, but not believing God and reaping the consequences.

No how can we trust Him, if we are not getting? One cannot. So how can we learn to trust. Rule of thumb, if there is any doubt, worry and fear, there is little if any trust. So rather than doubt worry and fear, how can one learn to trust God, have confidence in God and believe God? Study his Word! He knows His Word will cause one to trust, have confidence and believe. And then, then, the signs, miracles and wonders will follow; there will be results; one will believe God!

I have written a book. Many people have written a book. The name of the author often appears in smaller print, underneath the title of the book. In other words, it’s the title of the work which is emphasized. But God as the sole author of one book of many writers, emphasized or magnified His Word, even above his name. My name and your name represents everything we have ever done, are doing and will ever do. It is the same for God. But his Word, He just did not set it above even his creation, He magnified it!

“ I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

Psalm 138:2

Now I may really be reaching for this, but if God magnified His Word above his name, all of His creation, past present and future (and He did), what do you and I suppose we should do with His Word? Uhh, maybe we should magnify His Word above our names too? Yep!

So, this is really pretty cool. Instead of relying upon or listening to what others (even among the most sincere and sincerely wrong people) say we should think or do—

What Does the Word Say???

Yes, where is the chapter and verse? We need to study. We need to work the Word of God. We need to be able to trust God, understand Him, prove him to ourselves, believe him, get results, see signs, miracles and wonders daily, to please Him, to Love Him, to be faund pleasing in his sight! How? By believing Him? How? By believing His Word. This is, the law of learning, the law of language, using words to articulate so that we understand.

Now there is one more thing in this post— Tell and Show. Now you might not like it or believe it, but guess what, I did not right this book, God did. Not only are we each to work God’s Word, for ourselves, but we are supposed to know that we know that we know so we can answer anyone, anywhere and anytime about why we believe as we do and how anyone,  if they want to believe, can believe. I meant “can” believe as everyone already has both the permission (may believe), and the natural ability to believe!

Very simply, learn and teach or ‘Tell and Show!’

Perhaps my poem or prose to follow will give you or anyone, some I dea what I’m referring to. One thing I am sure of, at the end of my poem/prose I will show what the Word Tells us. No argument from me and I will not argue with you or anyone. I’m just a witness. God said it, that settles it! We need to believe it!

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By Dahni
© 2017, all rights reserved

Tell me that you believe it is foolish to believe in God
And I will hold up a mirror and show you the reflection of a fool
Tell me that the Bible contradicts itself
And I will show you it cannot
Tell me the Bible is illogical and unreasonable
And I will show you logic and reason
Tell me your science is greater than God
And I will show you true science, never contradicts Him
Tell me the Bible is just a story, stories and a work of fiction
And I will show How it is the truth
Tell me the truth will set you free
And I will show you how it can “make you free”
Tell me the truth will set you free
And I will show you the Bible never says this
Tell me that you cannot accept anything by blind faith
And I will show you why you shouldn’t and that God never asks this of anyone
Tell me Christianity is just another religion
And I will show you it is the way of a Father with his children
Tell me there are many writers of the Bible
And I will show you just one author
Tell me Jesus was just some man that lived long ago
And I will show him in every book of the Bible and that he is alive
Tell me about Jesus
And I will show you Jesus Christ
Tell me you are undeserving
And I will show you that He made your worthy
Tell me you are too worthless
And I will show you how valuable you are
Tell me there are many gods
And I will show you there’s only two
Tell me you do not believe in the devil, the “god of this world”
And I will show you his methods and the secret of his success
Tell me you do not believe in signs, miracles and wonders
And I will show you that you are not promoting or following the right stuff
Tell me about the wrath and vengeance of God
And I will show you his mercy, forgiveness and love
Tell me you just live for the moment
And I will show you everlasting and eternal life
Tell me you just eat, drink and try to be merry, as long as possible, for tomorrow we die
And I will show you a more than abundant life, and everlasting life and eternal life
Tell me there is no hope, for our planet, our country or mankind
And I will show you the Hope
Tell me you suffer, are sick or even dying
And I will show you wholeness, healing and life
Tell me you just don’t believe in God
And I will show you why you can’t
Tell me you believe in God
And I will show you – So what? Even devils believe in God.
Tell me you believe in God
And I will show you HOW, to believe him
Tell me every reason, why you can’t or won’t believe
And I will show you why you can’t or won’t believe
Tell me every why, you can’t believe
And I will show you HOW you can
Tell me you do not know who or what or how to believe
And I will show you who and what to believe
Tell me you want to believe
And I will show you how you can

For unless you can show me, why you believe or don’t or won’t believe as you do—
You do not truly believe
Believe is a verb; it is an action
Consequences or results, follow every action
And unless I can tell you, answer you
Neither do I believe

But I CAN tell you
And I CAN show you
For I study, to make myself approved before God
And he tells me to answer every question asked of me
And He tell me to…

Tell and Show

“But sanctify [set apart] the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man [or woman] that asketh [asks] you [including me] a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear [awe, respect, reverence].”

I Peter 3:15 King James Version (KJV)

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘True Hope’

 

As in the Days of Noah

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The water’s fine jump on in!
Miscreants at play with sin.
There’s no right or wrong it’s all up you,
Whatever you say; whatever you do!
Now, I don’t want to just be complaining,
But have you noticed, O’ hell, it is, still raining?
And all the while you smile, sing and dance,
The water’s getting deeper, it’s up past your pants!
I’ll leave you now, with this final line,
Did you not read the sign?
That says, all the while you frolic and frisk…
“Lifeguard not provided, sin at your own risk!”

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Matthew 24:36-39 KJV

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

Isaiah 5:20 KJV

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

II Timothy 4:1-4 KJV

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…
…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Tell and Show’

The Red Thread

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The Red Thread

Who is this, Jesus Christ?

He is the red thread that binds all together- ‘The Red Thread’ By Dahni © 2017, all rights reserved

The Word of God in II Timothy reads:

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

II Timothy 2:15 KJV

It is my understanding that there was a man, which used to study the Word of God, on his knees, for hours at a time. His name?

In the late 1940’s and 50’s, preacher, teacher and healer, Oral Roberts had large evangelistic tent revivals in the United States and on six continents. One of his most powerful sermons was based on Daniel, chapter 3 and he called it, ‘The Fourth Man,’ Roberts at the time believed that Jesus Christ was the fourth man, in the midst of a burning fiery furnace wherein, the Babylon King, Nebuchadnezzar, had cast three servants of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into to die because, they refused to worship any other god, but the true God. This fourth man was an angel and not as Roberts believed, Daniel 3:28 says this and it is stated by Nebuchadnezzar.

However, it was during this powerful sermon that Oral Roberts went through much of the Bible, declaring, “Who is this Jesus.” He did not ever have the time I suppose, to document this, but God had shown him that the subject of every book of the Bible is, Jesus Christ.

Around about the same time, another man used to work God’s Word, for many, many hours every day too. His name?

Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille was also a “workman” of the Word and a master teacher. He shared at least, this one thing in common with, Oral Roberts. When one is hungry enough, they will fall to their knees or they will just dig into the Word for its food!

I am absolutely confidant that if he did not personally hear Oral Roberts give his sermon on ‘The Fourth Man,’ he at least, heard a recording of it, as I have. This recording is still available on YouTube. But Dr. Wierwille, building on the work by Oral Roberts, did take much time and documented a lot of the scriptures as to Who is, this Jesus Christ—The Subject in every book of the Bible! His work which follows here is called, ‘The Red Thread,’ (Who is this Jesus Christ?) I have provided the text below and a PDF file, which either or both, you may freely copy and paste to your devices and etc. May it bless you and may someone finish this work that Oral Roberts and Dr. Wierwille started, over 60 years ago. I am very big about giving credit to where it is due. These two men left us a clearer picture of Jesus Christ, the Red Thread!

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The Red Thread

Who is this Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is the master key required to unlock the Word. He makes known God. He is the subject of the whole Word from Genesis 3.15 to Revelation 22.21. He is the great design of the whole scripture, like a red thread that binds together the whole Word of God.

Hebrews 2:14 How did the devil get that power?

Luke 4:4-8 It was delivered unto him

Romans 8:20 It was delivered unto him by reason of him that subjected it – Adam

Genesis 1:26,28 Dominion given to Adam, Adam delivered it to the devil
II Corinthians 4:4; I Corinthians 2:8; Ephesians 2:2

Genesis 3:15 God’s solution to Adam’s treason was the promised seed of the woman.

Luke 1:35 The woman’s seed

Everything from Genesis 3:15 through Revelation 22:21 deals with God making known the promised seed of the woman necessary to redeem man. Redemption is, to buy back that which had been transferred to another’s ownership.

Romans 10:9-17 The scriptures make known Jesus Christ, the messiah

Luke 4:16-21 “As his custom (manner) was..”

Acts 17:2,3 “As his manner was..”

People use the scriptures to show that you should have better ethics, be loyal to a certain man or denomination, to prove certain beliefs regarding life, death, birth or marriage. In the scriptures man thinks many things: John 5:39

John 1:45 The scriptures make known Jesus Christ, the messiah.

Luke 24:25-27,32,44,45 “As his manner was..”.

John 20:30, 31 These are written so they might believe that Jesus is the Christ.

Acts 8:27-37 Philip making known Christ from the scriptures. I Peter 1:10-12 Romans 16:25,26; Ephesians 3:8,9; Colossians 1:25-28

Examples:

1. Acts 2:32,33 & 1:8 Why?, So we could be witnesses unto Him, not some other man or club.

2. II Corinthians 5:19-21 Ambassadors for Christ with the Word of reconciliation “He became..”

3. I Thessalonians 1:8,9 A local church that followed the examples of Paul, Philip and Christ.

4. II Corinthians 3:18; 4:6 The right way – looking to Christ, not to Moses.

5. Colossians 2:18,19 The wrong way – not holding the head (Christ is the head of the body).

The Bible is not enjoyed because it is not understood. Failing to see the one great subject, they fall into confusion and develop various theories for holy living. The scriptures make known Christ – who he was, who he is, and who he will be unto us.

Hosea 11.1 Literally: called Israel out of the bondage of Egypt. Prophetic: Jesus Christ also, was called out of Egypt.

Matthew 2.13-15 Many times a prophecy’s fulfillment is not very clear until the time of the fulfillment draws closer and closer.

I Corinthians 5:7 Christ our Passover. Cf. Exodus 12:1ff

Galatians 3:16 Abraham’s seed.

Who is this Jesus Christ?

In Genesis, He is the promised seed of the women. Genesis 3.15 The sufferings and glory of Joseph 37:8

In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb, Exodus 12; the True Priest and the Tabernacle. The sufferings and glory of Moses. 2:14 – Luke 19:14

In Leviticus, He is the High Priest Leviticus 21.10-15; the offerings. The fourfold view of his death as the gospels give a four fold view of his life.

In Numbers, He is the Star to Rise of Jacob Numbers 24.17-19/Luke 1:78, II Peter 1:19, Revelation 2:28, 22:16; the manna, 11.6, 7, 9; the Rock, 20.8-11. The serpent lifted up for healing 21:9/John 3:14,15, the rock that followed 20:11/First Corinthians 10:4, The manna, the true bread from heaven 11:7-9/John 6:57,58

In Deuteronomy, He is the two laws, love God and love your neighbor; Deuteronomy 18.15, 18, the True Prophet and the rock and refuge of his people. Deuteronomy 32:4, 33:27

In Joshua, He is the Captain of the Lord of Hosts, Joshua 5.13-15 and Rahab’s scarlet cord Joshua 2:12-20 – the protection in the time of trouble.

In Judges, He is the Covenant Angel named Wonderful, or the Covenant Protector. Judges 13.1-24

In Ruth, He is the kinsman redeemer, the true Boaz..

In Samuel, He is the root and offspring of David (Revelation 22.16) and the sufferings and Glory of David.

In Kings, He is the greater than the temple (Matt 12.6). and the greater than Solomon.

In Chronicles, He is the king’s son rescued out from among the dead. 2 Chronicles 22.10-23.3,

In Ezra-Nehemiah, He is the rebuilder.

In Esther, He is savior of God’s people.

In Job, He is the daysman, the redeemer coming again to the earth that we shall see without this flesh. Job 9.33

In Psalms, He is the song.

Who is this Jesus Christ?

In Proverbs, He is the wisdom of God.

In Ecclesiastes He is the one among a thousand. Ecclesiastes 7.28

In Song of Solomon, He is the bridegroom of the bride.

In Isaiah, He is Jacob’s branch. Isaiah 11:1

In Jeremiah, He is our righteousness; the righteous branch. Jeremiah 23.6

In Lamentations, He is the unbeliever’s judgment.

In Ezekiel, He is the true shepherd, and The prince. Ezekiel 34.23

In Daniel, He is the stone that became the head of the corner. Daniel 2.34

In Hosea, He is the latter rain, Hosea 6.3, and the son to be called out of Egypt. Hosea 11.1

In Joel, He is God’s dwelling place in Zion. Joel 3.17-21

In Amos, He is the raiser of David’s tabernacle. Amos 9.11

In Obadiah, He is the deliverer on Mount Zion. Obadiah 17

In Jonah, He is our salvation. Jonah 2.9

In Micah, He is the Lord of Kings. Micah 2.13

In Nahum, He is the stronghold in the time of trouble. Nahum 1.7

In Habakkuk, He is our joy and confidence. Habakkuk 3.18, 19
In Zephaniah 3.17, He is our mighty Lord. Zephaniah 3.17

In Haggai, He is the desire of the nations. Haggai 2.7

In Zechariah, He is our servant – the branch. The returning Lord with his feet on the mount of Olives. Zechariah 3.8

In Malachi, He is the sun of righteousness. And the messenger of the covenant. Malachi 4.2

Who is this Jesus Christ?

In Matthew, He is Jehovah’s Messiah; the King.

In Mark, He is Jehovah’s Servant.

In Luke, He is Jehovah’s Man.

In John, He is Jehovah’s Son.

In Acts, He is the Gift of Holy Spirit.

In Romans, He is the believer’s justification and life

In Corinthians, He is the believer’s sanctification.

In Galatians, He is the believer’s righteousness.

In Ephesians, He is the believer’s heavenly standing.

In Philippians, He is the believer’s self-adequacy.

In Colossians, He is the believer’s completeness.

In Thessalonians, He is the believer’s soon glorification.

In Timothy, He is the faithful man. 2 Timothy 2.2

In Titus, He is the fellow laborer.

In Philemon, He is the love of a believer.

In Hebrews, He is the High Priest for Sin.

In James, He is the Royal Law. James 2.8

In Peter, He is the Pastor.

In 1st, 2nd, & 3rd John, He is as we are. 1 John 4.17

In Jude, He is the Beloved.

In Revelation, He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Revelation 19.16

Who is this Jesus Christ?

He is the doom of the Adversary, foretold in Genesis 3.15, and accomplished in Rev 20.10.

He is the no night of Revelation 22.5, of which Genesis 1.2 is the night.

He is the light of Revelation 21.13, of which Genesis 1.16, 17 is the sun and moon.

He is the no more death, neither sorrow nor crying of Revelation 21.4, of which Genesis 3.16, 17 is sorrow, suffering, and death.

He is the no more curse of Revelation 22.3, of which Genesis 3.17 is the curse.

He is the welcome home to Paradise of Revelation 22.2, of which Genesis 3.22-24 is the banishment of paradise.

He is the light to shine out of darkness (Genesis 1 and II Corinthians 4:6)

He is the new creation of II Corinthians 5:17

He is the last Adam in I Corinthians 15:45, and the second Adam of Romans 5:14

He is the seed of Abraham. Galatians 3:16

Who is this Jesus Christ?

He is Abraham’s sacrifice. Hebrews 11:

He is Abel’s sacrifice. Genesis 4.4.

He is Abraham’s ram. Genesis 22.13.

He is Isaac’s well. Genesis 26.25.

He is Jacob’s ladder, Genesis 28.12.

He is Judah’s scepter, Genesis 49.10.

He is Moses’ rod, Exodus 4.20.

He is Joshua’s ram’s horn, Joshua 6.4-13.

He is Samuel’s horn of oil, 1 Samuel 16.13.

He is David’s slingshot, 1 Samuel 17.40, 50.

He is Hezekiah’s sundial, Isaiah 38.8.

He is Elijah’s mantle, 1 Kings 19.13-19, 2 Kings 2.8-14.

He is Elisha’s staff, 2 Kings 4.29.

He’s Jobs prayer, Job 16.17.

He is Isaiah’s fig tree, Isaiah 34.4.

He is Ezekiel’s wheel.

He is Daniel’s Jerusalem window, Daniel 6.10.

He is Malachi’s storehouse, Malachi 3.10

Jesus Christ is the believer’s redemption, knowledge, wisdom, completely, completely, complete completeness, his righteousness, his sanctification, his justification, his all in all in all.

Jesus Christ is the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. Song of Solomon 2:1

He is The Bright and Morning Star, Revelation 22.16.

JESUS CHRIST IS: He is your welcome home to paradise, the bright and morning star, God’s only begotten son, and my Lord and my saviour and soon to be returning one as, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Who is this Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is, The Red Thread that binds the Word of God together, from Genesis through Revelation.

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

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On Being

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On being? On being what? On being a Christian.
This is not, as Shakespeare wrote, “To be or not to be…” I don’t believe that is either “the question,” or the only question. And neither is the point in time in anyone’s life that like their first birth, none has really much to do with their second birth either or as the Bible refers to it as, “being born again!”

The difference between these is, we had no choice in the first and merely a simple yes or an acceptance of the second. The work of the first was on our parents. The work of the second is, on God the Father by what he accomplished through his only begotten son, Jesus Christ. I did not deserve my first birth nor my second, but God, not me or my works, but His, made me worthy.

So, with that all being written and simply understood by anyone, what is it, ‘On Being,’ on being a Christian?

‘On Being’ a Christian Is the simplest thing, but it is not ever or rarely never easy. It is simple because, even a fool (like I once was) or a child (or child-like, like I still am) can understand. That is the beauty and simplicity in presentation, of the Word of God, rightly divided.

see: II Timothy 2:15

“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”

Isaiah 35:8 King James Version (KJV)

There have been and are, many, many people who were not or are not Christians, do not believe or in some cases, do not know or believe they are. And there are those that are not yet. If you have a child or some other member of your family or a dear friend, do you not want the best for them? Is it an easy thing for you to bear if, all is not right with them? It is the way I often feel and it is not easy. As a matter of fact, it hurts me with a hurt as any other hurt, if not real pain.

I can put a band-aid and some ointment on my wounds, but I cannot always be there to do that, for others and that’s not easy. It hurts, it hurts like hell!

It’s not easy, when you have something which will take away the pain and replace it with joy, but it cannot or will not, be accepted.

Have you ever seen something so profound; so wonderful and yet, you have no knowledge, no words; no experience whatsoever to explain, what it truly is? How can you share something with anyone else, if you do not know what it is? How can you articulate something in words, if you do not understand it yourself? Let me give you an example.

Of all my favorite stories, passages and verses of scripture in the Bible, the story about two men on the road to Emmaus, when Jesus Christ draws near and walks with them is, one that to this day, stirs deeply within me. Let me set this up.

Jesus Christ had been crucified. Many in Jerusalem were fearful, depressed and confused. Even his own disciples (then apostles), were in hiding behind closed doors, afraid that they might be found, arrested and perhaps, subjected to same punishment? Two men were out walking on a road, from Jerusalem to Emmaus, which was, about seven to eight miles away. This would have been what we think of Sunday or what the Bible refers to as, “the first day of the week.”

“And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

Luke 24:13-32 King James Version (KJV)

On the Road to Emmaus, by Peter Mathios

“…Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

I have repeated part of the verse above and highlighted it, enlarged it; emboldened it to emphasize it. This is how I heard it and read it, when I first was taught it. It seemed to leap off the page to my eyes. I tried to put myself into the shoes (sandals) of these two men. I tried to imagine what they saw and heard and felt. What must it have been like for this stranger to teach them, just two simple men (neither of them one of the original 12 disciples nor apostles)? What must it have been like, for all the Old Testament scriptures about their promised savior, messiah and king to have been taught to them?? My strong suit is my imagination, but I could not imagine, any of this!!

When I heard these verses taught to me, for the first time and when I saw these words, for the first time and they seemed to jump off the page, I know exactly when it was and where I was. In fact, I was what some think of as, within ‘spitting distance,’ of the man who taught me, along with hundreds of others in the same log chalet room in the Sierra Mountains, in California. All I knew is that I had just been taught, I had just heard; I was just shown something so profound and so incredible, but it seemed far beyond my limited ability, to comprehend it or understand it! To me, it was as if, everyone in that room and everyone else on earth, knew these things, but me, and I was the last person on earth to have heard them!

Now, many, many years later, I still cannot fully appreciate what it must have been like to have been one of those men on the road to Emmaus, but I DO understand my heart burning, when scriptures are opened to me!

Many people and even some Christians want to see signs, miracles and wonders, before they are going to believe squat about the Bible. If they don’t, they won’t. And there always seems to be some un-reasonable explanation to justify why, they don’t. Things like— he, she, they and I, am not a Christian or not spiritual enough. Another is, these were, for a different time; they were special and not needed today because, we have the Bible now. Well, this is NOT what the Bible says or how it is, supposed to work.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Romans 10:13-15

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”

Hebrews 2:3-4

This is still, the only way to do it! First, the rightly divided word must be taught, to those willing to receive it. The importance of it being rightly divided is that it is only the truth that “makes” one free, not just sets them free. See. the gospel of John, chapter 8, verses 31 and 32. And while seeing there, notice that that there nor anywhere in the Bible does it say, the truth will set you free. It says “make” you free.

What’s the difference? You could be set free from prison. The door to your cell unlocked, you could walk out. But you could also stay there as in what some call being, “institutionalized.” It’s like all you know, having been in prison for say, a long time. You are not prepared to go out and live free. But to be made free, God would open the doors to that prison and take you out, having prepared you to live free. This is what the Word does. It opens the heart, your heart; my heart burns, we understand, we get it, just like the two on the road to Emmaus. Only the truth can do that! Only believing the truth can and will produce, the signs, miracles and wonders. And it all begins, by being taught, what the Word says!

My first exposure to the story of the two on the road to Emmaus was by a teacher, my teacher that many called, ‘The Teacher.’ He was a master teacher. How can I say that? Because when he taught me God’s Word, God caused my heart to burn within me, as he opened the scriptures to me. Whether I understood it or not is, not important. The spirit of God in me understood and leapt within me. It took my fleshy mind, quite some time to grasp. But it was still a miracle because, it was instantaneous and it followed the teaching of the Word, rightly divided, true and truthful, and it made me free!

One of my favorite quotes about teaching is, a line from a poem by, Henry Van Dyke.
Teachers—

“Who teach because they love the teacher’s task,
And find their richest prize
In eyes that open and in minds that ask;”

from the IV stanza, ‘Spirit Of The Everlasting Boy,’
(Ode for the hundredth anniversary of Lawrenceville School)
June 11, 1910, By Henry Van Dyke

There is a synergy and like a symbiotic relationship between teacher and student. Public speaking should never be pushed by fear to speak. That’s not fear you’re feeling, ‘thay be butterflies’! 🙂

The student has come, expecting to receive. The teacher is, expected to give. And in so doing, the teacher too, gets their eyes opened and their minds ask, as well. If you desire your own, ‘come to Jesus Christ moment’, study the Word – II Timothy 2:15; II Timothy 3:16,17! If you desire your own, ‘come to Jesus Christ moment’, be a student of someone, anyone that teaches God’s Word, rightly divided! If you desire your own, ‘come to Jesus Christ moment’, teach God’s Word, rightly divided! If you desire daily, signs, miracles and wonders, learn the rightly divided Word of God and teach the rightly divided word of God, every day! Want to have your heart burn within you, feel those butterflies, experience the spirit of God move in you, make your eyes seem to glow to others? Learn, Do and Teach the Word of God, rightly divided.

Another often spoken and always remembered by myself, is another something, The Teacher often said while pounding his fist on a podium, a desk or etc., “It’s the Word, It’s the Word and nothing, but the Word!!”

It is not how I feel, how I think, how I, you or anyone else wants to interpret it, but—

“What does the Word say? God says what he means and He means what He says and God has a purpose for everything He says, When He says it, Where he says it, How He says it, and to Whom He says it!”

Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille, December 31, 1916 – May 20, 1985

If God said it, that settles it! It doesn’t even matter if I believe it or if anyone else does, it’s still the Truth and it’s only the Truth that can make anyone free!

Christians or not, we are people; we are human and subject to human frailty, error and corruption. Remember not men and women who impressed you, but who have blessed you or bless you still. My teacher failed and he has died. I remember him not for his faults and failures, but for what he taught rightly divided; how he stood for God Word. That is a memory worth keeping and worth sharing; not hiding it away for some wrong he did or some error, some bitterness, some shame. But stay thankful, remain playful and bitterness and shame, will not overtake and break you.

Often during or at the conclusion of his teachings, which I have sat through over the years, ‘The Teacher’ would pause, take a sip of coffee, smile and just simply say, “Lot’s of things kids.”

The Teacher— “Lot’s of things kids.” –VPW-

Everyone that were in his presence, no matter what their age (some even much older than he), felt like they were his kids. He made us feel this way. He once called my brother son (as he did all of his kids) and my brother thought of him as more a father, than our own. Then he would just talk with us and share things on his heart and mind about life and living. Often he would say, “You know, sometimes you get so high with God, you just want to ask Him to cool it.” I’d scratch my head and think, now why would I ever want to do that? Maybe it was like Moses’s hair turning white, after being in God’s presence up on Mt. Sinai, when he first received the 10 Commandments? Nah, that can’t be it, I’ve had white in my hair, since I was a young child. 🙂

Could be that you get so excited you can’t sleep, even though you need to? Now that I can relate to, but purposefully and willingly, cut off the flow of God to me? Not something I am inclined to do. Here I am Lord, let er’ rip! 🙂 And then, in my simple commonsensical wittle’ mind I figure:

A. God knows what He is doing and I know what it feels like to give someone something and they don’t want or won’t take it!
B. Since patience, paying attention and listening to God are not strong suits with me, I better take all I can get when the getting is good or maybe God will just move along to someone, anyone who WILL listen to Him!

Sometimes, tears would well up in The Teacher’s eyes and then, he would say the most peculiar thing, “I wish I was the man I know to be.”

O.M.G.! What was he talking about? How could he say such a thing? What kind of confession was that to make?

I grew up in the church. I went to Sunday school. I guess I was a Christian, for as long as I can remember? Most people then, would not believe me as I seemed to be, just as so-called normal, as everyone else. In one sense, how could I believe in this or much of anything, when I had been lied to about many things, by many people (including family and trusted confidants) and had been disappointed, deceived, disrespected, and disadvantaged (taken advantage of) by often, the most sincere people? But, but, but…
…what about the young man we took into our home that nearly tore our family apart? What about a young darker skinned man I picked up hitchhiking that only had the clothes on his back, a soccer ball and had been surviving on nothing but rain water and wild green onions? Yes, what about taking him home, feeding him? By the way, you know someone has not eaten in a while, if they have difficulty eating and eat very slowly.

But, but, but, we gave him clothing, we fed him, allowed him to bathe, set up a tent for him and a sleeping bag in our back yard. (the outside temp was warm, not hot). We gave him work to do around our home so he would not feel like a charity case and well, that whole giving and receiving thing. We drove him around to find a job. He got a job. Little by little, we trusted him more and moved him into our home. Then, he robbed everyone in the house, but me. I guess I did not have anything of value to him? I felt bad that my friends were robbed, but not me and because, I was the one that brought him home. I was livid and mostly angry at myself, for I’m the one that picked him up and brought him home. Then, after, I went looking for him. Thank God I never saw him again because, if I had, I’m not sure what I would have done to him. One person said, if they would have found him and if they had a gun, they would have killed him. For quite some time, whenever I saw a person of darker skin, especially male, I would get angry all over again. Then, I came to understand, if I cannot forgive anyone, for anything, I did not understand what God forgave and forgives me of! I do now!! Holding onto un-forgiveness is toxic! Forgiveness is not an option, it is a commandment of the Lord! And forgiveness is one of the many things that are true, that makes one whole and makes them free!

How would you have liked to have been a man named Saul that actually cast his vote as a member of the ruling body of Israel (the Sanhedrin), that had voted to condemn and crucify Jesus Christ? This same man under his authority put many of those heretical Christians into prison, The same man, later was called the apostle Paul and under his ministry, the whole of Asia Minor heard the Word of God in about 2 years and 3 months! Do you think he forgave himself and could forgive anyone? How about another man I met, his name like mine, Donnie. He was probably responsible for distributing illegal drugs in Kansas, Colorado, Missouri and likely, the entire midwest, in the 1960’s. Through him, his distribution network, I probably bought, used and sold a lot of his stuff, myself. This same man, became the greatest evangelist I have ever known. He even taught a class called, Witnessing & Undershepherding (under the Shepherd, Jesus Christ). Do you believe he forgave himself or had problems forgiving others?

Many people today, may not think I could possibly believe such as I still do and I suppose, there are just as many that cannot believe I’m a Christian because, I guess, they just don’t think I act, like whatever one is supposed to act like? In my twenties, I spent a lot of time on my own, reading the Bible and studying it, trying desperately to understand it. Oh, I memorized a lot and could quote this and that, but understand it? NO. So, I decided a long time ago, I believed in God, but I sure didn’t believe God much, if at all. I had little if any results, no signs, miracles or wonders. Is there any wonder why? Well, if you are wondering, it is because, I was never taught. I had ideas, thoughts, opinions and theories about God and the Bible. But I believed little if anything and could certainly not, put it together.

Can you show others why you believe what you believe? And remember, a witness is just a witness, not a prosecuting attorney, jury or judge. We are neither defense attorneys either. Truth needs no defense and cannot be defended, nor can error be. We are called to be, witnesses!

Then, a woman picked me up, while I was hitchhiking home. That never happened to me before! And it was twice in the same week and in two different cars, same lady. By the second time, I guess I thought we were friends, since I had seen her briefly just once before? 🙂 I started telling her about my allergies. It was at that moment, time seemed to stand still. She looked at me and almost demanding an answer and said, “Are you a Christian?” My standard church-taught response was, I guess so, I hope so, if it’s God’s will? After all, you had to be humble and God might have thought I was being cocky or prideful, if I answered in the affirmative. She stared at me and her radiant smile became a focused, serious and angry face, “Well don’t you know that by his stripes we were healed!!!!” Well, I guess not. In fact, I felt like I was the only one left on earth that didn’t know! And on top of that, I had no clue what she was talking about! But I certainly had never heard anyone, say anything, about the Bible with such conviction. It was one of those moments where I just knew, I was a part of something extraordinary, but I had no idea what it was.

Shortly after this, I met ‘The Teacher.’ Here was another person that had the energy of their conviction, love for God, love for His Word, love for God’s people and anyone that he came in contact with. He knew the Bible, he understood it and he taught so simply that even a fool and a child-like, like me, could understand it. There was just something about being in his presence! There was life in his eyes and it affected me greatly. So, when he said, “I wish I was the man I know to be,” I had a real problem with that! I thought, surely, if anyone on earth could understand those two and could empathize with what they felt, on the road to Emmaus, it would have been him! I mean, it’s like the little poem I came to really like—

“God has no hands but our hands with which to give them bread,
He has no feet but our feet with which to walk among the almost dead,
We say the we are his and that HE is ours,
Deeds (ACTION) are the proof of this, not words
and these are the proving hours.”

-anonymous-

As the Word says, first, someone has to be sent, then teach and then the signs, miracles and wonders, follow. Jesus Christ is not here. If we want to see him, then we have to be like him. This is the reason they were first called Christians and by those which were not Christians, I might add. It’s Christ in us the hope of glory! Imagine standing in front of a mirror. What you see is your own reflection. But as our minds are renewed to The Word of God, it allows the spirit of God within us to project and then reflect, Jesus Christ to our own eyes and to the eyes of the world that see us. Why? Because as he is, so are we in this world!

Now I, as an ignorant and unlearned man, may not be a Biblical scholar, the greatest believer to have ever walked the earth or the greatest witness, but ‘On Being’ a Christian, there is a thing or two I do know. I know of whom I have believed. And I know that study of the rightly divided Word of God will transform me or anyone to be like him. ‘On Being’ a Christian is neither a spiritual plateau to reach in this life nor an elusive dream to never obtain because of, the limitations of my flesh. It is a forward-looking journey, always reaching, always looking, always asking, always studying, always doing my best and always expecting, God to do the rest.

“On Being, in this life, it is neither a final destination, nor its often detours, it’s the journey!”

-me-

I would just like to believe that if He sends an email, sends me a text message, sends a tweet, posts something to me on Facebook or sends something by the messenger app, calls me on the phone or knocks on my door, I’m smart enough to have my smart phone with me or that I answer the freaking door!!!! 🙂

As far as I am concerned, music has two purposes in a worship service. It is to bless not impress, by opening the heart to receive the Word of God. Its second is, to sustain and stir that Word in a heart, after it has been opened by the Word of God. Sometimes, after he taught and the room grew quiet and still, with his eyes moistening, the Teacher would call out, “Where’s my Debra?” One of ‘The Teacher’s’ favorite songs and mine is, ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’. It is an old song, written in 1918. This song has been performed by many including: Elvis Presley, Alan Jackson and Amy Grant, among many others in the past and currently. I looked for and listened to these on YouTube and other video sites. None are equal to how I first heard it from “Debra.” She sang it  A cappella. A cappella is Italian for, “in the manner of the chapel”. It is music that is specifically sung by a group or a soloist, without instrumental accompaniment. I can still see and hear in my mind, the beautiful young woman and her soulful voice. Her name was, Debra Sleeper. I looked for information, audio and/or video of her singing this song to have shared it with you, but to no avail. So, I will share the lyrics to this beautiful song and information about the author.

Singer, Debra Sleeper

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Oh soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness to see
There’s a light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free

His words shall not fail you, He promised
Believe Him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Oh soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness to see
There’s a light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Author and Composer, Helen H. Lemmel, 1864-1961
Published by Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Lyrics Provided By LyricFind Inc.

Let him project from within and reflect out
‘On Being’, on being Christian is, to continually and continuously, turn our eyes upon, Jesus Christ.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:2

“The author and composer of this hymn [‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’], Helen H. Lemmel, relates that one day, in 1918, a missionary friend gave her a tract entitled, ‘Focused.’ The pamphlet contained these words: “So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness.”

“These words made a deep impression upon Helen Lemmel. She could not dismiss them from her mind. She recalls this experience, following the reading of that tract:
“Suddenly, as if commanded to stop and listen, I stood still, and singing in my soul and spirit was the chorus, with not one conscious moment of putting word to word to make rhyme, or note to note to make melody. The verses were written the same week, after the usual manner of composition, but none the less dictated by the Holy Spirit.”

Excerpts from: The Old Time Gospel
http://www.theoldtimegospel.org/dev/hymn3.html

“Helen Howarth Lemmel was born on November 14, 1864, in Wardle, England. She was the daughter of a Wesleyan Methodist pastor, and she came to this country with her family at the age of twelve. Helen lived briefly in Mississippi before settling in Wisconsin. Soon, she developed a reputation as a brilliant singer, even studying private voice in Germany for four years. She traveled widely throughout the Midwest during the early 1900’s, giving concerts in many churches. Later, Mrs. Lemmel taught voice at the Moody Bible Institute and then at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. In 1961, Helen Lemmel settled in Seattle, Washington, where she remained active with Christian activities, as a member of the Ballard Baptist Church of that city, during the last days of her life.”

“In addition to being known as a brilliant singer and musician, Mrs. Lemmel was also widely recognized as a woman with remarkable literary ability. She wrote more than five hundred hymns and poems. Mrs. Lemmel also authored a very successful book for children entitled, ‘Story of the Bible’ and composed many children’s musical pieces. She remained active for God in her musical and literary pursuits, until her home-going at the age of ninety-seven.”

Excerpts from: The Old Time Gospel
http://www.theoldtimegospel.org/dev/hymn3.html
Author and Composer, Helen H. Lemmel, 1864-1961

‘On Being’, may this, The Gathering Place, here be (for all those which come here), be like a mini gathering together until we are gathered together with him—

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons [and daughters] of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons [and daughters] of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man [or woman] that hath this hope in him [or her] purifieth himself [or herself], even as he is pure.”

I John 3:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

 

…a witness,

Dahni

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Next time: ‘The Red Thread’

Is it Well With Your Soul?

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By Dahni
© 2017, all rights reserved

Dear Beloved,

Lately, I’ve been asked by several people to pray for them, their situations, but mostly they have asked, for prayers, for others! That’s often important, praying for others because, not only is it a blessing, for others, but a blessing to me or to you to pray as well. Is it well with you? Is it well with your soul?

The Bible teaches that the prayers of a righteous man or woman avails much.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man [or woman] availeth much.”

James 5:16 King James Version (KJV)

I may not always know what to pray for, but God does! We can pray with our understanding and we can pray perfectly in the spirit. Look that up in the Bible, I did not write the book.

Maybe I need to pray more and this is why I’m being asked to pray? Again, a great key to prayer is, praying for others. Perhaps in my case, more of it and more frequently?! 🙂 Another key is, the Attitude!!

One of my favorite stories in the whole Bible is, about the Shunammite woman.

II Kings 4:8-37

She was a “great woman!” That’s what the Bible says and that’s what it means! She had a heart for God and had great trust in God!

The Shunammite woman waited for many, many years, but she had no child. She showed favor to a passing prophet. In response to her kindness, he inquired of others what God might do to bless her. He was told that she had no child. He prayed. He told her she would have a child. She did. Believing is, just that simple!

She and her husband made a little room, for the prophet that he might stay there, whenever he passed that way again. The prophet could come and go as it pleased him. They asked nothing of him, ever! There were no strings attached. All they wanted was to bless this man of God and had hope, he might stay with them, whenever he was in the area.

Later, the Shunammite’s only child died. She said nothing to no one, not even her husband! Instead, she placed the child in the prophets’s room, went out and closed the door behind her.

She waited patiently, for the prophet to return. She did not know he would, she believed he would! He did and saw her afar off and called out to her- “Is it well with…” you, your husband; your child and etc.? She responded not with tears of hopelessness and grief, but with believing expectation, “It is well with my soul!”

This is quite the attitude, the mindset, the focus and just the simplicity of believing. It is just so beautiful and this attitude is especially required, when we are under stress.
I have posted previously on this. For more information see the post: ‘It is Well’

http://pentecost.godinterest.org/2015/04/24/it-is-well/

The following video lyrics are written and sung by Kristine Dimarco. It too is among my most favorite of songs. May it be all that and more to you! Just let it be well, be well with thy soul! Just scroll down past the lyrics for the video. 🙂

Dahni

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It is Well

Written & Sung by Kristene Dimarco
© 2014

Verse 1
Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

Chorus
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
It is well
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me

Verse 2
Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Chorus
Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well
It is well

Bridge x3

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name (repeat last line during 3rd run)
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul

It is well it is well with my soul x3

Chorus x2 (softly slowly)

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well with me.

If you enjoyed this song, you will love it and the entire album called, ‘Mighty.’ I did and I am!



MP3 album $7.99 on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Live-Kristene-DiMarco/dp/B011DC4XBU
iTunes (for Apple devices) album $7.99
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mighty-live/id1018519133

Kristene DiMarco on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kristene.dimarco/
Please note, I receive no compensation or anything for this endorsement! Kristene blesses me with her music and I thought to pay it forward, by hopefully, blessing you. OK? OK.

-d–

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘On Being’