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Power Over Evil…

…Jesus the Healer 

…A Divine Appointment in the region of Gadara (KJV; NKJV): Mark 5.1-20; Luke 8.26-38; (Genesis 49.19) –see the Bible passage links below…

Gadara-DecapolisThe people of the region of Gad had drifted backward, mingling with and preferring the practices of the religions from which God had rescued their fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Seen in this account is the clear consequence of dabbling in “familiar spirits” and “strange fire;” in so doing, those who have been rescued by the LORD of hosts open themselves to the confusion and chaos and oppression by Satan and his deceiving spirits… 

The tribe of Gad was not unique in their syncretism and apostasy, but when Jacob blessed his sons centuries before, he saw that God would visit Gad’s people to declare His supreme authority and His sovereign faithfulness to His purposes…

This troubled and oppressed Gadarene soul was marked for seeing God’s triumph over  the “troop” which “tramped upon him…”

(THE GOSPEL PROJECT FOR KIDS – SUMMER 2017)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases…”

Psalm 103.2-3

Bible Passage: Mark 5.1-20; Luke 8.26-38; (Genesis 49.19)

gadarene demoniacJesus and His disciples traveled to the region of the Gadarenes (NKJV), a place which once belonged to Jacob’s sons in the tribe of Gad…

“Gad, a troop shall tramp upon him, but he shall triumph at last.” (Genesis 49.19)

Jesus was met by a man–possibly a descendant of Gad–whose soul and body were being tramped upon by a huge troop of angelic bullies–as many as 2,000 of them–known in the Bible as unclean spirits, and also Satan’s band of hateful angels…

On this day, after many hundreds of years of mixing idols with worship of God, the people of that region saw the power and authority of Jesus to declare and show the Kingdom of God by His own command…

These angelic bullies are “about Satan’s business;” they still try to attack our souls and bodies, and will try even harder before Jesus returns…

The Lord Jesus is “about His Father’s business.” He alone has the power and authority over all the angelic bullies.


If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come to you.” 

–Matthew 12.28

Centuries of idolatry and syncretism and mingling of the cultures, and still God knows how to sort and target and fulfill. Yes, I said “target” because His desire is never unfulfilled… 

It takes my breath away…

 

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Through the Roof…

…Jesus the Healer 

“Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?”… 

The most paralyzing disease is our rebellion against God which cripples our hearts from knowing Him and separates us from His LIFE…

(THE GOSPEL PROJECT FOR KIDS – SUMMER 2017)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases…”

Psalm 103.2-3

Bible Passage: Mark 2.1-12; Luke 5.17-26

Jesus was teaching in a house full of people, when suddenly the ceiling opened up and four men lowered a paralyzed man through the hole down to the place where Jesus stood…

When He saw the great trust these men had in His power, Jesus told the paralyzed man that his sins were all forgiven…

Jesus’ answer was a huge surprise to everyone, because they did not realize that He has all of the authority of God—to heal the body and to release a person from God’s punishment for sin…

In this room in Capernaum stood Jesus: Messenger of the Kingdom of God, Son of God and the Heir to the Kingdom of God…

And the Heir to the Kingdom of God, whom His own people had rejected,  knew He would take the man’s sins upon Himself on the cross–an act of love that would cost Him His life.

 

 

Bread of Heaven…

…Jesus the Miracle Worker

For such a time as this…

Many are in distress and seems like our government, in their own strength, tries to feed them in their distress with five loaves and two fish, in their own hands. I wonder how God would answer if our government and our country were ever mindful of the Kingdom of God…  with every voice as one in Messiah bringing all that we have to Him in prayer for His power to multiply it for help and provision for others in time of need… 

…yearning for the Kingdom of God… for its increase in me… for its fulfillment in all the earth…

(THE GOSPEL PROJECT FOR KIDS – SUMMER 2017)

…These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

John 20.31

Bible Passage: John 6.1-15,22-35; Matthew 14.13-21

 

Bread from Heaven

Jesus and His disciples went away to rest, but a large crowd followed them; and Jesus taught them until it was very late, and everyone was hungry…

 

The disciples wanted to send the people away to get food, but Jesus insisted they feed the crowd…

 

The disciples gave Jesus five loaves and two fish offered by a boy among them. After Jesus blessed this food, He instructed His disciples to pass it to everyone…

 

…about 5,000 men besides women and children…

 

When they saw this miracle, they knew that Jesus is the Messiah promised by God…

 

 

Water Into Wine…

…Jesus the Miracle Worker

From my journal of summer Bible lessons in children’s Sunday school… for such a time as this…

Even reviewing these short excursions into the ministry of the Lord Jesus refreshes my heart to know that He is still about His Father’s Business… The Kingdom of God… unfolding even while we breathe this day…

(THE GOSPEL PROJECT FOR KIDS – SUMMER 2017)

…These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

John 20.31

Bible Passage: John 2.1-12

  • Jesus and His mother, Mary, and His disciples went to a wedding in Cana…

 

  • Jesus’ mother, Mary, told Jesus when the wedding servants discovered that there was no more wine…

 

  • Jesus instructed the servants to fill six very large water pots with water…

 

  • This miracle showed the wedding servants and Jesus’ disciples that He is the Son of God, the True Heir to the Kingdom of God…

 

 

He Opened the Scriptures…

…and Heaven, too…

Thinking on the quiet conversation between three travelers on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24.13-35…

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…the discouragement, the disappointment of two of the travelers about the evaporation of all their hopes and dreams of deliverance from Roman supremacy–because the One they thought would be their Deliverer was executed on a Roman cross three days before…

…the deep grief at the disappearance of the body of their beloved Rabbi… 

…the astonishment and incomprehension of the tales of visions of angels and declarations that He is alive…

…the patient listening ear of the third Traveler, hearing every sorrow and every puzzlement of the two who walked near Him…

…and then He spoke: “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. –Luke 24.25-27

…there is no room here to declare it all… Jesus is everywhere in the Scriptures…

For such a time as this, remember: every human king on this planet, in every age of history has won his crown by the shedding of other people’s blood. But this Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom I now adore as my King, He took His rightful place in glory as King over all creation by laying aside His rightful glory and pouring out His own blood–and thereby accomplishing the greatest victory of all, proven by His resurrection from the grave on the third day–the Day of the Firstborn/Firstfruits…

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…there’s more on my heart, but just now, it is unutterable…

Correct Dates for Feast of Tabernacles…

My previous post was a day off: The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) begins at sundown on Wednesday, October 4, and continues till sundown on Thursday, October 12..

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For us in Messiah Jesus, the feast has no end… so let us “feed on Him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.”

Here is the link to the “gateway” article for more information on the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot):

The Autumn Holydays Continue

The Autumn Holydays Continue…

…The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) begins at sundown on Wednesday evening, October 4 and continues through sundown on Thursday, October 12…

Here are some links for understanding and celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles with “treasures both new and old…” (Matthew 13.52)

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Part 1:  Feast of Tabernacles: Pitching God’s Camp in the Wilderness

Part 2:  Feast of Tabernacles: Fire, Blood, Smoke and Forgiveness

Part 3:   Feast of Tabernacles: Blessing, Water & Light

Part 4:  Feast of Tabernacles: Peace in Messiah’s Kingdom

The Day of Atonement: The Offering and The High Priest…

Messiah Jesus:

So Great an Atonement!

The Feast of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is one of the most solemn of the Biblical Holy Days. It is also complex in that those who are tuned in to the significance of this holy day realize there is both affliction of the soul and a thanksgiving for a way of reconciliation with God. I have written several instructive pieces for observance of Yom Kippur, all of them with what the Scriptures say of Messiah Yeshua at the center of them.

Yom Kippur comes from the Hebrew word kapporeth which means covering or mercy seat. The lid on the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies was the mercy seat or kapporeth. On Yom Kippur the Jewish people beg God for mercy and forgiveness for their sins.

When we examine ourselves in the Light of a Holy God, we should realize that God owes us no means of atonement at all. The Day of Atonement is the blessed celebration of the grace of a Holy God in providing A Way for forgiveness of our rebellion and treason against Him.

My remembrance focuses on the power of the blood of God’s Holy One for the remission of sins, the rescue from condemnation, and the ransom from the power of sin–all given to those who trust in God’s Holy One, Messiah Jesus…

While I was studying the traditions of the Jewish observances of the Day of Atonement, I found the following among their traditional prayers:

Our righteous Messiah has departed from us. We are horror-stricken, and have none to justify us. Our iniquities and the yoke of our transgressions He carries who is wounded because of our trransgressions. He bears on His shoulder the burden of our sins, to find pardon for all our iniquities. By His stripes we shall be healed–O Eternal One, it is time that you should create Him anew!”

…straight from the text of Isaiah 53.4-6

The Offering…

Because there is no fellowship with a Holy God without satisfying His requirements under the Law for full atonement for unrighteousness, God Himself established the tradition forever that the Day of Atonement may not be celebrated without the offerings He appointed for that holy day. The following passages clearly outline the offerings and the duties of the high priest on this most solemn of days: Leviticus 16 and Leviticus 23.27-32

  • The blood of bulls and goats could only provide forgiveness until a man thought or did something sinful again; then more bulls and goats would have to die–over and over, again and again.

  • The Temple in Jerusalem is gone, and not even the sin offerings can be made anymore. God took away the Temple and the old sacrifices to give us a perfect Sacrifice through the Blood of Yeshua the Messiah.

  • If Yeshua’s atonement only pays for the sins of a believer, he would only be restored to the innocence of Adam. As soon as the believer sinned again, Yeshua would have to die again. But Yeshua’s atonement is so great that God does more than take away the believer’s sins. The blood of Yeshua’s atonement also rescues the believer from the enemies that rebel against God’s goodness–our sin nature and Satan’s influence on it. The blood of Yeshua’s atonement enables the believer to serve God without distrust in holiness and righteousness before Him all his days. The blood of Yeshua’s atonement cleanses the believer’s conscience from acts that lead to death, so that he may serve the living God! Messiah Yeshua! So Great an Atonement!

This bears repeating:

The blood of bulls and goats and lambs cannot do the job of cleansing the deep well of sin in the heart of a person. One minute after the sun went down on the Day of Atonement, a person could be in trouble again with God. The more a person was aware of sin in his/her life, the more often he/she was at the altar of sacrifice with a sin offering–until…

The Lamb of God…

The Scriptures tell of the provisions for the offering in God’s “First Covenant” for reconciliation and His “Last Covenant” for reconciliation in  Hebrews 10.1-4

For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.”

The description of God’s provision for the offering is spoken by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 53. The description of this great offering comes into clear focus in Hebrews 10.5-10. The Holy One Himself said…

…’Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.’ He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Yom Kippur in the Newness of the Holy Spirit…

Remembering the holiness of God and the Great Atonement He accomplished through the blood of Messiah Yeshua are the most important traditions in celebrating the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Some Jewish traditions can help a child of God to do that; some Jewish traditions can distract from that calling–especially if the focus is upon observing the traditions while neglecting intimacy with God…If one has a personal “tradition” of neglecting intimacy with God all other times, he/she may not hear the call of God’s trumpet, and will not be ready and willing to observe the stillness God calls His own to practice during this holy season of rest…

If you believe that Yeshua is the Great Atonement, you can begin a new season of confessing your sins to God, trusting in Yeshua’s blood for forgiveness. Remember that the atonement of Yeshua is so great that it has the power to cleanse and renew your heart to obey God more and more…

Daily Cleansing…

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

–Psalm 139.23-24

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

–1 John 1.7-10

  • ŸWhat would it be like for us if we could not see when our appearance is less than acceptable to others: dirty faces, soiled clothing, unkempt hair, etc?  We would not have the advantage of knowing and correcting the problems…

  • ŸWhat would happen to us if we failed to bathe and brush our teeth. We would smell bad; others would avoid us. In our culture we would not dream of going to school or to worship services or to work in such an unacceptable condition…

  • ŸThe availability in our culture of soap and clean running water to make us socially acceptable. It would be easy for us to take it for granted…

  • ŸBelievers in Messiah Yeshua are called by the covenant feast of Yom Kippur to daily walk in the light of God’s Word; and to daily “bathe” and be cleansed by the blood of Yeshua, The Holy One.

how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him?”

–Hebrews 2.3

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The Days of Awe – Observance for the Ninth Day…

…and The Eve of Yom Kippur

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Sundown today begins the ninth day of the Days of Awe and also the eve of Yom Kippur

Here is a link to some study and thoughts and the sound of the shofar…

Ninth Day – the Eve of Yom Kippur

Till next time, blessings all around.

The Days of Awe and the Eve of Yom Kippur

Listen to the sound of the shofar!

Today we are on the threshold of one of the most solemn Biblical Holy Days, The Day of Atonement. As the shofar is sounded today, we remember two major implications of what we have been remembering on all the other Days of Awe and Remembrance…

The first is this: God’s promise to gather the remnant of Israel to the Messiah has not been revoked.

The prophet Daniel speaks of a time when the people of Israel will endure a trouble unlike any they have ever known in history, but God will deliver them so that they would not be destroyed. Daniel 12:1

Many of Israel have already believed in Jesus and gone to be with Him; but the prophet Isaiah speaks of God’s promise to  gather all the people of Israel who remain after the time of Jacob’s trouble. Isaiah 11.11-13

The apostle Paul exhorts those who believe in the Lord Jesus to remember that, although there is a blindness in part afflicting Israel until the Gentiles come to the fullness of either their part in salvation or their iniquities, God’s irrevocable desire is to deliver Israel from ungodliness. Romans 11.25-29


So before we go on to the second implication, consider how this truth is applicable to your life in times like these…

What is the attitude of your heart toward the Jewish people?

Since none of us knows who is blinded–either Jew or non-Jew–and who is not, are you a co-laborer with Messiah Jesus in gathering the Jewish people to safety in Him?

Will you pray for those who are yet unbelieving?

Will you engage in redemptive dialog with those whom God brings into your sphere of influence?

Ask God to give you the heart and the training to be a gatherer of Israel during your generation…

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