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The Dream
A man dreamed that he saw Jesus tied to a whipping-post, and a soldier was scourging Him. He saw the whip in the soldier's hand, with its thick lashes studded here and there with bits of lead, which were intended to cut into the flesh. As the soldier brought the whip down on the bare shoulders of Jesus, the dreamer shuddered when he saw the marks and blood-stains it left behind. When the soldier raised his hand to strike again, the dreamer rushed forward intending to stop him. As he did so the soldier turned around and the dreamer recognized himself!

The Jews or the Romans are often blamed for the awful sufferings and horrible crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but the Bible clearly says that the cause was our sins! “Christ died for our sins” (I Corinthians 15:3). “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5).

The Bible teaches, “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23). Our sin separates us from an absolutely holy God. Because of His love for us, God took the initiative to break the impasse “and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Yes, Jesus “suffered for (our) sins...that he might bring us to God” (I Peter 3:18). 

Firmly believing this, we must act on it and sincerely confess our sins and repent of them. That’s when we experience divine forgiveness and the inner cleansing away of sin for the Bible declares, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). 

If you do what God asks you to do, He does what He promises to do! Have you done that? Are you living for Him? The Bible says that “he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15).

Oh Lord Jesus take me and use me.

RBKay
The Servant


The Land Jesus Knew and Lived in.

Dr. H. L. Willmington


The land where Jesus was born was viewed differently by different people. In the first century about 1/10th of the population of the Roman Empire was Jewish, though only about 500,000 or 600,000 Jews lived in their ancient homeland. Most major cities of the empire had relatively large Jewish populations. These men and women looked to Jerusalem for spiritual and legal guidance. Pairs of sages, the scribes, and “teachers of the law” mentioned in the Gospels, went out from Jerusalem with official word about the dates of Jewish holy days and to settle disputes within the Jewish communities by applying the ancient Mosaic Code. To the empire’s Jews, Judea and especially Jerusalem was far from insignificant: it was the Holy City, the focus of their faith, and gifts poured into the temple treasury from Jews around the world.


Jerusalem had a reputation even among pagans. The Jerusalem temple had been expanded and beautified by Herod the Great. By the end of his 40-year reconstruction project, it ranked as one of the wonders of the ancient world. 


Many a wealthy Gentile traveler made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to see the temple, even though he or she was unable to enter its inner confines. The port city of Caesarea also gained a worldwide reputation. Herod’s engineers had created an artificial harbor using giant cut blocks of stone and then built a magnificent city on a barren coastal plain. The city boasted administrative centers, an open-air theater, a hippodrome for chariot races and the games so popular among the Romans, and temples dedicated to traditional Roman deities.


Talk to the Jewish citizens of Herod’s kingdom and you’d find other perspectives on what all Jews held to be the “Holy Land.” The priestly elite, wealthy and comfortable in their position, were satisfied with the status quo. 


The Pharisees, also a well-to-do class, concentrated their attention on observing every detail of God’s Law, and looked forward to the resurrection of the just. Still, among the common people of Judea and especially of Galilee, the history and future of the little land was more important than the present.


The average person struggled to make a living, working in the city as an artisan, serving on one of the large estates of the king or the wealthy as a hired laborer, or struggling with his own small plot of land. Taxes were staggeringly high: the temple took a tenth, the landlord and the king far more, and one could not even go to a city with produce to sell without paying additional duties along the road and at the city gates. Within the city, bakers, glass makers, metalsmiths, potters, and perfumers plied their trades and paid their taxes. And waited. They waited, looking expectantly for God to act.


Throughout the little land the Jewish population remained convinced that God had spoken to Abraham and promised that the whole land would belong to his descendants. God had spoken to Moses and confirmed the chosen position of the Jews by giving them a Law to live by. God had exalted His people in the time of David, making Israel one of the most powerful nations of the Middle East. And God had promised that one day a Descendant of David would appear to lead His people back to greatness. In that day Herod and his Roman overlords would be cast out. The promised One, the Messiah, would rule not only the Promised Land but would dominate all foreign nations as well. While some of the people, called Zealots, urged armed rebellion now, and another minority, the Essenes, demanded the religious separate themselves from an impure society, the majority of the people simply waited. They lived normal daily lives. They watched their children grow up and educated them in the Scriptures. They celebrated weddings and grieved at funerals. They knew the tragedies and joys that all human beings are heir to. And all the while they waited, expectant, sure that God would keep His promises and that deliverance would come. Perhaps even in their own time!


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Does this sound like today?


We have people today that are so sure that they know how to interput Scriptures; like the ancients.


They were wrong in interpertation just as we are today.


We are to live to the Worship and the Glory of God and in doing so live the 10 Commandentands just as Jesus did and love others with service to them.


RBKay



Boasting

These Greek terms kauchaomai, kauch?ma, and kauch?sis are usedabout thirty five times by Paul and only twicein the rest of the NT (both in James). Its predominate use is in I and II Corinthians.


      There are two main truths connected to boasting.


      A.  no flesh shall glory/boast before God (cf. I Cor. 1:29; Eph. 2:9)


      B.  believers should glory in the Lord (cf. I Cor. 1:31; II Cor. 10:17, which is an allusion to Jer. 9:23-24)


      Therefore, there is appropriate and inappropriate boasting/glorying (i.e. pride).


      1.   appropriate


            a.   in the hope of glory (cf. Rom. 4:2)


            b.   in God through the Lord Jesus (cf. Rom. 5:11)


            c.   in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ (i.e. Paul’s main theme, cf. I Cor. 1:17-18; Gal. 6:14)


            d.   Paul boasts in


                  (1) his ministry without compensation (cf. I Cor. 9:15,16; II Cor. 10:12)


                  (2) his authority from Christ (cf. II Cor. 10:8,12)


                  (3) his not boasting in other men’s labor (as some at Corinth were, cf. II Cor. 10:15)


                  (4) his racial heritage (as others were doing at Corinth, cf. II Cor. 11:17; 12:1,5,6)


                  (5) his churches


                        (a) Corinth (II Cor. 7:4,14; 8:24; 9:2; 11:10)


                        (b) Thessalonika (cf. II Thess. 1:4)


                  (6) his confidence in God’s comfort and deliverance (cf. II Cor. 1:12)


      2.   inappropriate


            a.   in relation to Jewish heritage (cf. Rom. 2:17,23; 3:27; Gal. 6:13)


            b.   some in the Corinthian church were boasting


                  (1) in men (cf. I Cor. 3:21)


                  (2) in wisdom (cf. I Cor. 4:7)


                  (3) in freedom (cf. I Cor. 5:6)


            c.   false teachers tried to boast in the church at Corinth (cf. II Cor. 11:12)


RBKay

God on Earth?

1Kings 8:27 

“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 


Psalms 11:4 

The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. 


God is to big to be contained any where. 


Colossians 1:17 

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 


When we do, think and speak things we should not be partners with, we need to remember God is there, He hears, sees and know what we do, we can not hid anything from God. 


What ever we do God is there but the most important thing is that He knows our hearts, to many times we say “ white “ but our hearts are saying “ black “; He knows. 


1Kings 8:39 

...then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act; deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of all men). 


When we are corrected for what we do, we know God is doing it for our own good. 


God’s justice is according to righteousness, there in no such thing as justice according to unrighteousness. The justice of God is always expressed from His Holy Character. 


My prayer is that we all think before we do. 


RBKay

Then and Now

Sometimes I sit and ponder

About the years gone by,

I think about what I have done

And often question why.


Perhaps if I knew way back then

The things that I know now,

I may have changed a thing or two

But I did what I knew how.


It dosen’t pay to speculate

On what could have happened “ if ”,

For going back just wastes today

And makes my future drift.


So now I’m taking each new day

Walking straight and tall,

For if I don’t step out in faith

I’ll get nowhere at all.


F G Pasch


I read this in Church yesterday and sat there thinking; that was me and it is me now.