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Ye Are The Light of the World

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Matthew 5:13 (KJV) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.


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Matthew Chapter 5

Brooklyn Museum - The Sermon of the Beatitudes (La sermon des béatitudes) - James Tissot

Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.


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What is ‘on the fringe”?

 

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We talk of a fringe event…something on the edges…not on the mainstream of society.

Those in the midst of society, in the bustle of the world, consider fringe events to be unnecessary or unimportant to the world within which they live.

But it is fringe events that have the potential to change the world.

Therefore, fringe events are of extreme importance, for good or for evil.

The birth of Jesus, in a manger, might be considered by some to be a fringe event.

Wokeness, in its primacy stages, was considered a fringe event.

Fringe events are the manifestation of the intersection of the spiritual world with the natural.

Fringe events grow. If these are events sent by God, they can influence society for good.

If they are evil fringe events, if they are permitted to invade society, it can take a society down.

 


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Judicial Law -“so shalt thou put the evil away from among you”

The Sermon on the Mount - William Brassey Hole

There is woke progressive thinking and advocacy that criminals should be set free.

As mentioned in a prior post, this is because progressivism tries to move society away from the Biblical view that man has moral obligations and can know through the Word of God and conscience right from wrong, to a woke system that states that thoughts are simply chemical or electrical impulses in the brain and therefore, in the progressive, modernist, globalist view…therefore no one should be responsible for a “misfunction” “malfunction” or “misfiring”.

That kind of progressive thinking leads to the idea that there is no place for a Nuremberg II trial for international crime, and that society should instead deal with criminals in a way that is warm and fuzzy, full of teddy bears and rainbows.

As this idea is advanced in society, we see society moving towards lawlessness as thieves and murderers are released from prison to commit crimes again.

The question is…did Jesus advocate an end to law and order?

Jesus said:

Matthew 5:17 (KJV) Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

 

The sacrificial death of Christ did not do away with law and order, it did not do away with law and order overall, but only with the sacrificial system for sin where the blood of various animals was shed.

That system existed in types and shadows and was fulfilled in Christ. That was done away with after the cross.

Jesus was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

 

The Ten Commandments, wisdom in Proverbs, tithing and more is still valid.

Actually, Jesus “took it up a notch” as we would say, as He dealt not only with outer actions, but also with things of the heart.

Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

 

This is because after the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God  would now be available to live within individuals  through the new birth, through being born again.  Mankind would have access to greater internal strength through the Spirit of God, and through the Word of God, the Blood of Jesus, the Name of Jesus, the promises of God, and through the sacraments of the Church, to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

 

Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

 

Deuteronomy 19:1 When the Lord thy God hath cut off the nations, whose land the Lord thy God giveth thee, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their cities, and in their houses;

2 Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee to possess it.

3 Thou shalt prepare thee a way, and divide the coasts of thy land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee to inherit, into three parts, that every slayer may flee thither.

4 And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;

5 As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live:

6 Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and slay him; whereas he was not worthy of death, inasmuch as he hated him not in time past.

7 Wherefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt separate three cities for thee.

8 And if the Lord thy God enlarge thy coast, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which he promised to give unto thy fathers;

9 If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love the Lord thy God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three:

10 That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.

11 But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities:

12 Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.

13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.

14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the Lord thy God giveth thee to possess it.

15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

16 If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;

17 Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;

18 And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;

19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.

20 And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.

 


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“Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?”

003.Adam and Eve Are Driven out of Eden

 

At the time of Moses, it was recognized that blessings came from the presence of God and that evils came when that presence was withdrawn.

Sin is what separates man from God.

It began after creation…Adam and Eve disobeyed God; sin, sickness, and death entered the world.

The whole Bible is the story of how sin entered the world and how Jesus Christ provided the remedy for sin.  The story of redemption is told in types and shadows, and finally in fulfillment in the New Testament.

God told Moses before Moses’s death to teach the children of Israel a song, so that they could remember and connect the fact that blessings come from the presence of God and lack of blessings come from sin breaking fellowship with God.

Nationally, God wanted Moses to remind the people of the necessity to keep God’s presence among them in order to continue to be blessed.

Related:

Deuteronomy Chapter 30

Deuteronomy Chapters 31 & 32

 

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

 

In today’s world, what used to be called sin is now called by other definitions because a secular, atheistic world does not want to address the issue of sin that must be cleansed by the blood of Jesus and through the redemption of Jesus Christ.

It is only when all other human means have been exhausted that some people turn to God in desperation and find out that the problem was a spiritual one of sin separating them from God more than any secular definition.

Because mankind no longer recognizes sin, his cries to God are no longer… Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?…., but rather a demand or complaint…God, why is this happening?

There is a disconnect between the fact that individual sin separates from God and the “ball” is in the individual’s court, not God’s.

To be sure, God is merciful and deals with us in mercy.

Lamentations 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord:

19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.

22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.

29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.

30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.

31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

 

II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, 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,

2 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.

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

 

Discipline is necessary only as long as it is necessary. It is possible to get to the other side by faith and obedience.

 


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If The Foundations Be Destroyed, What Can the Righteous Do?

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Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

 

A civilization is built upon a foundation, a structure of generally accepted rules and norms which are considered a framework for living.

Wokeness destroys that structure, that underpinning.
Wokeness brings chaos.

Examples are sometimes easier to understand than generalities.

You send your child to school.  You expect certain norms.  You expect safety.  You expect training in essential subjects such as reading, writing, arithmetic, actual history and science.  You expect healthy food in the lunchroom.  There is a certain underlying framework that is expected.

In an industrial society, the economy of goods and services develops within a framework of law and order, checks and balances.  If you run a manufacturing plant, you seek to put out a good product.  You require that those companies that you depend upon for parts and supplies hold to a necessary standard of quality.  Your product can be no better than the parts that compose it.

For everything to function, there has be an understood agreement that everyone will operate at the highest level professionalism and honesty.  The one who says he will function at the same level of professionalism, but lies and does the opposite, will break down the system.

A civilization presumes a certain level of law and order, accepted norms, and a level of honor…that people will abide by their word in terms of contracts, commitments, and in today’s world this must be added…using the historical norms of definitions rather than creating “on-the-spot” or “on-the-fly” new definitions in order to avoid legal culpability.

In decades past, there was a time when the Bible and the values of the Bible were important to society.  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  If a man will not work, he will not eat.  Honor thy father and mother.  God made them male and female and said be fruitful and multiply.  Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.

You can read through the book of Proverbs, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Ten Commandments as a sampling of some of the values considered important in times past.

Over time, there has been a shifting away from Biblical values to the system the Bible calls Babylon.

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

 

Unlike some who comment on this topic, I don’t think Babylon can be pinned on any one group.  That type of thinking gives a “get out of jail free” card to other groups.

There are certain phrases may be useful to help veer away from that tendency such as…”the pot can’t call the kettle black” or “if the shoe fits, wear it”.

The fruits of Babylon are evident all around us, and cannot be pinned on any one particular person or group.

The Bible exhorts us all to come out of Babylon.

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

 

We can see the fallout of Babylon all around us.  The fruits of Babylon are evident in dysfunctional lives, dysfunctional families, a dysfunctional society and a dysfunctional nation.

Why is this happening?

It is happening for the same reason that the Fall in the Garden of Eden happened.

God created the heavens and the earth.  In heaven, a created being generally considered to have been an archangel, Lucifer, wanted the throne of God, and held a coup against God.  God cast him out and the 1/3 of the angels that followed satan were cast out with him.

Lucifer came to the earth; the fallen name is known as satan or the serpent or the dragon.

God had put Adam and Eve on the earth to have dominion over the earth.  God gave them certain instructions to obey.  Satan tempted them to disobey God.  Adam and Eve fell, lost their authority and position with God, and were cast out of the garden.

Ever since Eden, satan has continued to tempt the souls of men.

He talked to God about Job.

Job 1:7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

 

He came to Jesus.

Luke 4:1  And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:

10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:

11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

 

He came to the Pharisees.

John 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

 

The Apostle Peter warns all believers to beware of satan.

I Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

The Apostle Paul warns of the ongoing warfare.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 

This ongoing attempt to draw man into disobedience, to get man to disobey God, this ongoing attempt has not ceased.

Satan tempts man on a personal level to disobey God, and on a national level, to incalculate laws  and attitudes contrary to the laws of God.  Simply look around a little and you can see that is so.

The only answer is individual and national repentance, by turning back to God.  This is ongoing.

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.

19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.

 

Wokeness is inspired by satan.

One of the dangers of wokeness is that it denies the reality of the spirit,  it denies the reality of the soul, it denies the reality of the conscience.  It tries to say that thought is simply a matter of a chemical or electrical impulse in the brain and nothing more.

Why does this matter?  Is this nitpicking?  Who cares?

It does matter, because as the saying goes, “the devil is in the details”.

To consider thought simply an electrical or chemical impulse runs contrary to what the Bible teaches.  Man was created by God and therefore, through his conscience, can be aware of moral issues; man can be aware of right and wrong.

Wokeness, or progressivism, or atheism, or secularism, or modernism, pick the term you like, would try to convince society overall that there is no right and wrong, no sin, and that tradition norms against certain behavior, for example, pedophilia, should be accepted on newer, more “enlightened”, more modernistic terms such as minor attracted persons.

After all,  as wokeness would argue, it is simply an electrical or chemical impulse in the brain (this is not true).

The end result, the end danger, of accepting that idea  that thought is only an electronic impulse is that this philosophy leads to a dangerous, slippery slope.

Here is the outline of the slippery slope.

The thought that man is simply electronic impulses can lead to the thought that…since it is all an electronic impulse anyway…why not let AIs run society?

However, the point must be made that AIs are programmed by someone and only have one of two ways to be programmed in regards to man…life or death.

And if AIs are programmed by someone for death, and are programmed to send out directives to mankind based on that, then all directives sent out…text messages, corporate strategies, government dictates and red tape…whatever powers AIs have been given will be directives for the death of mankind.

If a death cult convinces the rest of society that all thought is is a bunch of electronic signals in the brain and that humanity should cede its rights to AIs, and then those AIs give out directives contrary to the welfare of mankind…you can see how dangerous that is and what a slippery slope that becomes.

Why do you think there is such a trend  to speak in simple sentences?  It is so AIs can merge with the writing of humans, and pull statements from humans, and then recreate those sentences into new documents.

But again, if the AIs are programmed for death, then a society that accepts the lie that there is no soul, no conscience, and therefore should go under the dictatorship of AIs, is a society that is setting itself up to slide down a slippery slope under a death cult and that society is headed for extinction.

Let’s go back to the original premise, that for a society to function there have to be culturally recognized and accepted historical norms.  These create the fabric that holds society together.

There is a disruptive push in society towards pedophilia, transgenderism, castration of children, abortion, ethanasia, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, various forms of abuse and a concurrent attempt to explain those things as simply a matter of the misfunction of chemical or electrical firings in the brain.

This is an attempt for a new and radically different foundation than the historical foundation of sinful behavior from which man needs redemption, through Jesus Christ.

It becomes evident that there is a woke or progressive agenda to move society from a foundation of dealing with behavior in terms of sin and redemption, (which is a scriptural foundation), to a psychological or chemical or electrical foundation that can be manipulated by wokeness or political correctness.

It is an attempt to move society from being under the dominion of the Lord God to being under the dominion of satan.

Satan will allow any kind of sinful behaviour…adultery, crime, theft, lying, white collar crime, extortion, crime at high levels of government, crime at low levels of society, corporate crime…it doesn’t matter for then satan has control of souls in life and will bring them to hell after death.

Men, being lied to, thinks that the devil does not exist, thinks that it is “okay” to operate by the power of the devil…lies, lust, Epstein’s Island, Chinese spies, honeypots…or in less dramatic everyday form…the soap operas and drama and sins that may play out in everyday lives…it doesn’t matter what level this operates.  Satan is willing to take any who will believe his lies to his realm of darkness and hell.

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

 

There was a time when these foundational truths were recognized and more of society attempted to live righteously on this earth, for blessings now and after death.

People basically understood that there was right and wrong, God and satan, heaven and hell.

Modernism, wokeness and all the rest of those philosophies, spawned by the father of lies, have tried to convince people that God, and satan, right and wrong, heaven and hell, are simply chemical electrical constructs in the brain.

This is an alternate foundation of sand that has been offered to society.

The moving away from a Biblical foundation in society has resulted in what we see today.

We currently have two different foundations competing in society.

There comes a point where spiritually and naturally, the difficulties of walking together with two different foundations, one historical and Biblical, of law and order; and the other of chaos and wokeness, cannot continue.

Each way of life is an ongoing form of sowing and reaping.

This is a time of separation.

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

 

The pendulum is shifting.  Up until now, wokeness has been prized in certain industries, for example, the woke media or the woke military or the woke administrative state of the government.   Saying woke things, or lying, at least as long as necessary to keep a political candidate out of office, has led to woke promotions and rewards.

Wokeness, corruption, lies, fiat money, illegal business partnerships that bypass legitimate national law…all these have become a part of an alternate foundation that is competing against a traditional foundation based on law and order, and to a large extent, Biblical influences.

The pendulum is shifting.

As public awareness shifts, society will shift back to a foundation that works, at least if it wants to survive.

Again, the historical foundation that has worked in the past is based on law and order and upon Biblical values.

Industries will want those who believe that work is good and who want to give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s wage.  Honesty, work ethic, the family structure, and Biblical values will be seen as desirable.

The fruit of wokeness is not good; as indicated, it can lead down the slippery slope of an AI death cult.

Wokeness will not construct a house, work farm land, or bring about productive manufacturing or industry.

Just what is wokeness good for anyway except to tear down the foundation of the past?

Wokeness attempts to “disrupt” and by “disrupting” industry and society, by tearing down industry and society, it hopes to create something where the “woke cult” is in dictatorial charge and money and power flow to those who are part of the cult and religion of wokeness and progressivism.

And actually behind it all is satan, the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy.

Jesus says:

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Again, the question was:

Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

 

Rebuild the foundations.

 

 


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Deuteronomy Chapters 31 & 32

The Phillip Medhurst Picture Torah 388. The song of Moses. Exodus cap 15 vv 1-19. Mortier

Deuteronomy 31:1  (KJV)  And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.

2 And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the Lord hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.

3 The Lord thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the Lord hath said.

4 And the Lord shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.

5 And the Lord shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.

6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.

8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and unto all the elders of Israel.

10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,

11 When all Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.

12 Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:

13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.

15 And the Lord appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.

16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?

18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.

19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.

20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.

21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.

22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.

23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee.

24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,

25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying,

26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

27 For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my death?

28 Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them.

29 For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.

30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.

Deuteronomy 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

3 Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

6 Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?

7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

9 For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:

12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;

14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.

15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

19 And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.

20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.

24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.

25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.

26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the Lord hath not done all this.

28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.

29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?

31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.

32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:

33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.

34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?

35 To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

36 For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.

37 And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,

38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.

39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.

42 I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.

43 Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

44 And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.

45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:

46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.

47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

48 And the Lord spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying,

49 Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession:

50 And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:

51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of MeribahKadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel.

52 Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.

Related:  Deuteronomy Chapter 30

 


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Deuteronomy Chapter 30

The Death of Moses (crop)

Deuteronomy 30:1 (KJV) And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee,

2 And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;

3 That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.

4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

5 And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

6 And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

7 And the Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.

8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

9 And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:

10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;

18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Related: Deuteronomy Chapter 31 & 32

 


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To Open Their Eyes

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Deuteronomy 29:4  (KJV)  Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Ezekiel 12:12 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

Acts 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

II Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

Paul’s Defense

Acts 26:1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:

2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;

5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, unto our fathers:

7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,

13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.

14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.

22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.

28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:

31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.

32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.


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Thus Far, and No Further

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Job 38:11 And I said: “This far you will approach, and you will proceed no further, and here you will break your swelling waves.”

Psalm 104:9 You have set a limit that they will not cross. And they will not return to cover the earth.

 

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Let’s Be Clear – Mammon Apparently Controls This Mall

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Satan doesn’t want Jesus competing for the souls of men… so no Jesus t-shirts allowed in the mall.

And this is in answer to those who wonder if Jesus is one of a “pantheon”.

No one cares if it is some other t-shirt.

Have you ever seen anyone asked to remove their t-shirt if it had another statement?

(The only exception would be voting areas where you cannot clearly identify your political favorite as a matter of voting regulations…but shopping malls and sports events generally leave you alone…except in this instance.)

Clearly mammon (satan) understands who is the real competition for souls.

There is a spiritual battle for souls so it is the t-shirt about Jesus that is noticed, not any other t-shirt.

Jesus said of himself….

Matthew 11:6   And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

 

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Adoption as Children

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God wants to adopt people into his family. He has made a provision for adoption through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:1 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without defect before him in love, 5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire,

 

In the natural, on earth, if a child is adopted into a family, the family takes the child in and begins to care for the child.

An adopted child might have some severe initial needs:  food, water, clothing, cleanliness, shelter.

At a certain point, when emergency recovery measures are met, then things  can move to a different level.

A child can be educated and helped to become a functioning member of the family, the church and society.

In current society, some people are orphans and are not yet part of God’s family.

Not all, but some have no clue of the forces that are beating them up and seeking to “steal, kill, and destroy” them. They are tossed around.

The world works on two parallel train tracks. One is the natural world. One is the invisible world.  There are good and bad forces at work behind the scenes.

Jesus put it this way.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

And so the world we live in is like a train track. There are two rails. One is physical. One is spiritual or invisible. And they run parallel to each other.

Here is an example.  When Daniel was praying for 21 days, an angel was sent to talk to Daniel in response.

Daniel 10:12 Then he said to me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel; for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come for your words’ sake. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but, behold, Michael [the Archangel], one of the chief princes, came to help me because I remained there with the kings of Persia.

 

An explanation was given that included both the natural world and spiritual world.

God does not want us to be orphans.

God wants us to be born into his family and adopted into his family.

Then, we can be taught of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 


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Is Jesus More?

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There is confusion regarding Jesus, so the question is asked.

To get the real answer of answer of anything, the simplest, and most direct approach…is to get to the root of the question.  It’s called “peeling away the layers of the onion”.

What will definitively call forth an answer to the question or at least put it in contrast to lesser questions?

And while the answer could be put in theological or apologetic terms,  this will be an attempt to partially  answer in modern-day terms.

This is an attempt to ask a question about Jesus; it is a question where the answer matters.

Similar questions in modern days whose answers matter are questions like “who killed JFK” or “what and who is really behind the Covid shot”?

Some people keep asking questions long after an event has been (unsuccessfully) consigned to the dustbin of history. These people are considered nuisances because they simply won’t shut up and go along with the standard politically correct narrative. They won’t believe what the rigged investigation says is the truth. They point out inconvenient facts. The reason they are persistent is because they see the bigger picture and understand that something larger is at stake.

I was listening the radio recently and the talk show host stated his opinion that the recent stand off by Matt Gaetz and others was sort of a political “geeky” thing that no one really cared about except “political nerds”.  The implication was that it was totally unnecessary.  And to be fair, he was not the only one throwing out that opinion.

And while in one way the “political nerd” classification may be correct, it is because the political nerds understand the stakes.  And, post stand-off, we see the good fruit that is emerging because Matt Gaetz and others held their ground. There was a valid reason that Matt Gaetz and the others did what they did.

When people consider questions like this with a shrug or why do I care…then it indicates that they don’t understand the bigger picture.

There are forces behind certain major events.  Those forces hope society forgets or “moves on” or ignores or doesn’t find the answer to the questions, and that way those forces can continue to work fairly undetected, with their hidden hand, for money and power, shaping society and events.

There has been a “moving on” about Jesus.  However, that does not mean the questions that surround Jesus are unimportant.

There is one thing connected to Jesus that no other person in history, secular or religious, has…and that is, an empty tomb.  Jesus rose from the dead.

If you are going to compare Jesus to others, you have to explain the empty tomb.

The questions that surround Jesus’s resurrection have already been much discussed in a intellectual discipline called apologetics.

Here are a few of the common comments, with answers.  There are more that you can study on your own.

The disciples stole the body.

Really?

The Bible says that the ruling powers did similar to what they do now when they don’t want a certain story told…they paid the soldiers to say the disciples had stolen the body and taken it away.

Do you believe that a group of former fishmen, a tax collector, and some other scattered disciples overcame the Roman guard protecting a sealed tomb and stole the body?

Well, maybe Jesus wasn’t dead.

Really?

Jesus was scourged, couldn’t even carry his cross to Calvary all the way, was crucified, had a spear thrust in his side and somehow after being thrown into a tomb, having first been wrapped in graves clothes, somehow the dampness of the tomb revived him and he got up, threw the stone away from the door of the tomb, and overcame the full guard of Roman soldiers?  You believe that?

And, as has been pointed out, Roman soldiers knew when someone was dead.  It was their job.

People were hallucinating.

Really?

Experts will tell you that hallucinations are individual, not group, not a form of group think.

The problem is not so much that there are facts that can’t be denied, as much as that people have lost the ability to think and reason.

A society that can be talked into believing that a man can have a baby, has frankly, lost its collective mind.

I saw a sign at a gas station once, years and years ago…if it was true then, how much more today…America is so open-minded its brains are falling out.

When you are willing to believe one lie, it makes you more gullible to believe the next.

And the ones that say, we don’t care about who killed JFK, or we don’t care what is in the Covid shots, or what is behind them, are the ones who are most likely to fall prey to the forces behind those events.

If you are going to say that Jesus is just another teacher, then you have to explain the empty tomb. 

For there is an empty tomb.  For those who want to be intellectually honest, they have to explain the empty tomb.

This is what separates Jesus from all the rest of the pantheon of history.

There is no other person, no other religious figure, who says this about himself.

Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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