7-19-2020 “BRIGHT AND SHINNING LIGHT!” Matthew 5:14-16

 

This week Bro. Leo continues us on a study of how Christians should be acting in the midst of all the chaos that is ramping up in our culture.  In the past few weeks we have learned that the “salt” represents our Christian character and the absolute truth’s of the Bible, we are preserving the culture from the Judgement of God.

Today we learn that the “light” represents our voice/actions.  The word “candle” in Matt.5:15 is translated from the Greek word “luchnos” which means a portable lamp or lantern that was filled with oil.  It has to be lit and filled with oil.  Christians are a vessel filled with the Holy Spirit and if we remain silent we are of no good to our culture.  This is how the American Church is operating for the most part and why our culture is acting the way it is currently.

In John 5:32-35 we learn what Jesus means when He says we are to “Let your light so shine before men” in Matt.5:16.  In John 5:32-35 Jesus tells us John “was a burning and a shining light”  because John “beareth witness of me” and “he bare witness unto the truth.”  So, the way we let our light shine is by bearing witness of what Jesus has done in our lives and standing for the truth’s of the Bible.  In John 5:31 the word “witness” is translated from the Greek word “martureō”  which means to be a witness, to speak the truth concerning what one has seen, heard or knows to be true.  The word “testimony” in John 5:34 is translated from the Greek word “marturia” which means a declaration by a witness that bares record of a fact(s), speaking with authority of one who knows, speaking with the knowledge, power and authority of one who knows.

In order for a Christian to have the ability to witness and testify they have to know what it is they are witnessing and testifying about, they need to have personal knowledge and an undeniable knowledge of what they believe.  In 2Tim.1:11-12 Paul gives that exact kind of testimony.

In John 1:6-8 the word “light” is translated from the Greek word “phōs” which means a light that can not be kindled or extinguished, sun light, light created by God-man can’t start it and man can’t extinguish it.  In vs.23 tells us we are a voice for God.  As a voice we are to take a stand, a voice unheard is of no good to anyone.

John 3:28, 30-31 tells us our witness and testimony should be about God, not ourselves.  In vs.30 the word “decrease” is translated from the Greek word “elattoō” which means a suppression of self, lessening of self and a decrease of self.

Jesus tells us in Matt.10:32-33 that the confessors will be confessed.

 

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 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.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Luk 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
Luk 12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
Luk 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

Joh 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
Joh 5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
Joh 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
Joh 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

2Ti 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
2Ti 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Joh 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
Joh 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
Joh 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

Joh 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

Joh 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
Joh 3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

 

7-12-2020 “UNDER THE FOOT AND UNDER THE BASKET!” Matthew 5:13-16

This week Bro. Leo continues us on a study of how Christians should be acting in the midst of all the chaos that is ramping up in our culture.

So far in this series we have learned that the as Christians we are to preserver and purify our society/generation by taking a stand for righteousness. “He” in 2Thess.2:7-8 is all the Holy Spirit indwelt Christians and we preserve our society/generation by holding back the judgement of God and the Antichrist.  That the last Israeli society/generation before God allowed their Nation to be taken from them in comparison to our own American society/generation at this time (Isa.59:2, 12-15, Isa.66:5-8). In these Scriptures we see four attributes of the Israelite’s, 1) actions- act of sinning vs.12. The word “sin” is translated from the Hebrew word “hattai” which means a specific act of sin or a general sense of sinfulness. In vs.2 the word “iniquities” is translated from the Hebrew word “awon” which means depraved actions of perversion, to deviate from the natural, to deviate from the righteous. 2) attitudes, in vs.12 the word “transgressions” is translated from the Hebrew word “pesa” which means a willful deviation from God’s moral ordinances, willful deviation from the will of God. In vs.13 the word “revolt” is translated from the Hebrew word “sarah” which means open blatant revolt against God. 3) society/generation approval of sin. In vs.12 the phrase “we know them” means they chose to sin and feel no need to repent and seek God’s forgiveness, they are saying they are right and God is wrong. 4) the righteous gets attacked, their society/generation attacked those who acted righteously vs.15. The word “prey” is translated from the Hebrew word “shâlal” which means viciously attacked and plundered.

This week we study the Biblical description of the folks we see rioting, demonstrating and protesting in the streets of America.

2Tim.3:2-4 describes the folks we see on the news in the streets.  In vs.3 the word “trucebreakers” is translated from the Greek word “aspondos” which means a person with the state of mind that is absolutely irreconcilable,  they seek no terms of compromise, peace or truth.  In vs.4 the word “heady” is translated from the Greek word “propetēs” which means rash and out of control.  In vs.3 the word “incontinent” is translated from the Greek word ” akratēs” which means unable to control ones self.

2Tim.3:5 and Rev.3:15-18 describes the current Church folks and our response to the folks in the streets.  We have allowed ourselves to waterdown the truth’s of the Bible (salt, Matt.5:13) and we are failing to proclaim the truth’s of the Bible (hiding our lights under a basket Matt.5:14-16).

 

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Mat 5:13 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.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 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.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Mar 9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
Mar 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 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.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Joh 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
Joh 5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
Joh 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
Joh 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Rom 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Rom 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Php 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Php 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

7-5-2020 “THE SALT AND THE LIGHT!” part2 Matthew 5:13-16

This week Bro. Leo continues us on a study of how Christians should be acting in the midst of all the chaos that is ramping up in our culture.

Last week we learned that the as Christians we are to preserver and purify our society/generation by taking a stand for righteousness. “He” in 2Thess.2:7-8 is all the Holy Spirit indwelt Christians and we preserve our society/generation by holding back the judgement of God and the Antichrist.

This week we look at the last Israeli society/generation before God allowed their Nation to be taken from them in comparison to our own American society/generation at this time (Isa.59:2, 12-15,  Isa.66:5-8).   In these Scriptures we see four attributes of the Israelite’s, 1) actions- act of sinning vs.12.  The word “sin” is translated from the Hebrew word  “hattai” which means a specific act of sin or a general sense of sinfulness.  In vs.2 the word “iniquities” is translated from the Hebrew word “awon” which means depraved actions of perversion, to deviate from the natural, to deviate from the righteous.  2) attitudes, in vs.12 the word “transgressions” is translated from the Hebrew word “pesa” which means a willful deviation from God’s moral ordinances, willful deviation from the will of God.  In vs.13 the word “revolt” is translated from the Hebrew word “sarah” which means open blatant revolt against God.  3) society/generation approval of sin.  In vs.12 the phrase “we know them” means they chose to sin and feel no need to repent and seek God’s forgiveness, they are saying they are right and God is wrong.  4) the righteous gets attacked, their society/generation attacked those who acted righteously vs.15.  The word “prey” is translated from the Hebrew word “shâlal” which means viciously attacked and plundered.

This American society/generation can be described with the same attributes as that Israeli society/generation.  In order for us to be the “salt” we must take a stand for righteousness (Josh.24:14-15), which means we need to let folks know that we stand for God’s morals (acknowledge God is right), support our good Law Enforcement Officers, support our Military personal and acknowledge that we live in the greatest country in the world, our country is so great that even the folks who hate this country refuse to leave it!

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Mat 5:13 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.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 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.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Isa 59:12 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;
Isa 59:13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
Isa 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Isa 59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

Isa 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
Isa 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.
Isa 66:7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
Isa 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Psa 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Psa 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Isa 59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

2Ch 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Psa 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Psa 33:13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

Jos 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
Jos 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 

6-28-2020 “THE SALT AND THE LIGHT!” part1 Matthew 5:13-16

This week Bro. Leo starts us on a study of how Christians should be acting in the midst of all the chaos that is ramping up in our culture.

In Matt.5:13 Jesus calls His Disciples “salt of the earth”.  We must understand what salt does in order to understand why Jesus calls His Disciples salt.  Salt can add flavor to food, but more importantly Salt preserves food.

The word “Earth” in vs.13 is translated from the Greek word “ghay” which means habitants of Earth.  Jesus is telling us that we are the preserver of our surrounding society.   As Christians (Disciples of Christ) we are to have an impact on our society.  Salt must be applied to food to be effective, likewise Christians must apply our beliefs to society in the way we speak and act.  This means that when we see and hear things that are wrong (against God’s word) we must speak up and act, not cower in silence or worse yet agree with the wrongs.

Jesus tells us in vs.16 that our actions should glorify God.  So, our purpose of preserving our society is to further glorify God.  The word “world”, in vs.14,  is translated from the Greek word “kosmos” which means the order of things within a culture.

Most folks, after reading vs.13-16 would think that we are preserving our society from evil and that is certainly true, but we are also preserving our society from the Antichrist and the judgement of God (Rev.2:12-13,  2Thess.2:7-8).   God has never and will never rain down His judgement on His children (Gen.6:5, 8-9, Gen.18:20-26, 28-32,  Gen 19:1, 22-24).

The Godly individuals are always removed before God rains down His judgement on a society.  Notice in 2Thess.2:7-9 that God is restraining Himself from raining down judgement “until he be taken out of the way”, “he” is the Holy Spirit which indwells every believer (John 16:7-8, 13-14).  God will not rain down His judgement on society until after He raptures us out of here (1Thess.4:16-18).

This study reminded me of one of my favorite Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotes.   “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Mat 5:13 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.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 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.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Rev 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
Rev 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Joh 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Gen 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Gen 18:20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
Gen 18:21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
Gen 18:22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
Gen 18:23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Gen 18:24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
Gen 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Gen 18:26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
Gen 18:28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
Gen 18:29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.
Gen 18:30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
Gen 18:31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.
Gen 18:32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.

Gen 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
Gen 19:22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
Gen 19:23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
Gen 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

1Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

2Pe 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
2Pe 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2Pe 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.

6-21-2020 “THE 2 TALENTS OR THE 1!” Matthew 25:14-15

This week Bro. Leo continues us on a study of the principles found in the parable of talents.

This week we look at the principle of personal responsibility for what we do with what God has given us in this life.  Bro. Leo uses Joni Eareckson Tada, Tim Scott US Senator Serving South Carolina and Darius Rucker (Tim and Darius grew up in the same neighborhood and about the same time as Bro. Leo) as examples. 

I’m not going to try to write a synopsis of this study due to all the details of the three examples, I will list the Scriptures used and simply ask you to listen to this audio file.

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Mat 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Mat 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Mat 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
Mat 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

2Co 8:11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.
2Co 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

Joh 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.

1Jn 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 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.
Eph 6:13 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.

Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

 

6-14-2020 “WHAT HAS GOD GIVEN YOU….IN THIS LIFE?” part2 Matthew 25:14-19

This week Bro. Leo continues us on a Biblical study that’s goal is to look at the life of Jesus through a lens of those who were there (inspired by the book “The Jesus I never knew”).

This week we continue our study of what God wants us to be doing with our time here on Earth.  Last week we learned that every Christian will be judged according to what we have done with everything God has blessed us with, we will give a personal account of what we did with all the blessing God bestowed upon us (Matt.25:18-27).

In order for us to be able to use our blessings to glorify God we must first realize those blessings and who bestowed them on us (James 1:17), God is the source of all blessings and we are the receivers.  This is the only mindset that will allow and encourage us to glorify God with those blessings.  Mal.3:10 tells us that God will bless us abundantly when we turn our blessings back to Him.  This mindset reminds us that God has a plan for our life (Psa.16:5-11).

Luke 12:41-44, 48 reaffirms that we will be held personally responsible for our stewardship of God’s blessings to us.

We learn two principles in Matt.25:18, 1) we all have a unique level of ability and God knows what to bless us with and how much to bless us, 2) we are to commit our blessings to God and to glorify God with them and then He will multiply those blessings.

We must maintain a willing mindset to commit our blessings to the glory of God in order to actually perform the act (2Cor.8:10-12).

 

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Mat 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Mat 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Mat 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
Mat 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
Mat 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
Mat 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Mat 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Psa 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
Psa 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
Psa 16:7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
Psa 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Psa 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
Psa 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Psa 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Luk 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luk 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luk 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luk 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luk 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

Mat 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Luk 12:41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?
Luk 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
Luk 12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Luk 12:44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
Luk 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Mat 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

Mat 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Mat 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
Mat 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
Mat 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
Mat 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
Mat 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
Mat 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

2Co 8:10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.
2Co 8:11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.
2Co 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

6-7-2020 “WHAT HAS GOD GIVEN YOU….IN THIS LIFE?” part1 Matthew 25:14-18

This week Bro. Leo continues us on a Biblical study that’s goal is to look at the life of Jesus through a lens of those who were there (inspired by the book “The Jesus I never knew”).

Last week we studied God’s purpose for us realizing the shortness of our lifespan, this week we study what God wants us to be doing with our time here on Earth.

 

Direct quote from Bro. Leo “I am not taking this parable out of context, but I am not teaching it at this time within it’s context with the depth and teaching points that it deserves.   So, I’m going to give you a general understanding of this parable in it’s context and then I’m going to teach the general principles that apply to our 70,  80 or 90 years here on Earth.”

Matt.25:18-27 (parable of the Talents) teaches us that every Christian will be judged according to what we have done with everything God has blessed us with.  In this study Bro. Leo gives a Biblical explanation of the two judgements, one judgement for saved folks (1Cor.3:11-16) and one judgement for lost folks (Rev.20:11-15, Matt.7:21-23), so lease listen to the audio recording for all the details and Greek definitions.

In Matt. 23 and 24 Jesus is offering the Kingdom of God to the nation of Israel, saying Temple worship and the Mosaic Law is coming to an end, there going to be a new covenant, and the Children of Israel will reject Him and Jerusalem is going to pay the price and the Temple is going to be destroyed.  This is the Jewish Messiah teaching the Jewish Disciples and the nation of Israel things concerning the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom of God is when Jesus will rule the world from Jerusalem and every nation and every knee is going bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s (Thousand year rein).

This is the context of Matt. 24 and 25.  Every parable in these two chapters answer the question in Matt. 24:3.  Jesus explains in Matt. 25:31-32, 44-46 that this judgement will occur here on Earth at the end of the 7 years of tribulation.

The general principles we can apply to our life (Matt.25:14-15), 1) general investment that Jesus made unto us, He created us, He has given His life for us.  2) we are to take what the Lord has given us in this life and dedicate it to Him and make the most out of it for Him and His Kingdom (Matt.25:21).

In John 6:9 the Disciples attitude towards the five barley loaves, and two small fishes is sometimes our attitudes towards what God has blessed us with instead of thanking God for the blessings and allowing Him to multiply those blessings (John 6:11).  God expects us to use all our blessings (out of commitment to Him, not out of obligation) for His glory (Luke 21:1-4).

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Mat 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Mat 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Mat 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
Mat 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
Mat 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
Mat 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
Mat 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
Mat 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
Mat 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
Mat 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
Mat 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Mat 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Mat 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

Mat 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

Mat 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Mat 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Mat 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Mat 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
Mat 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
Mat 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
Mat 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
Mat 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
Mat 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
Mat 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Joh 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,
Joh 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
Joh 6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
Joh 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
Joh 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

Luk 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Luk 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

Luk 21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
Luk 21:2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
Luk 21:3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
Luk 21:4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

 

 

 

5-31-2020 “TO NUMBER OUR DAYS!” Psalm 90:10, 12

This week Bro. Leo continues us on a Biblical study that’s goal is to look at the life of Jesus through a lens of those who were there (inspired by the book “The Jesus I never knew”). This week we continue to study why God wants us to realize we only have a certain number of days of life on this Earth.

Last week we learned the Word of God is very descriptive of mankind’s life span. From Adams 930 years (Gen.5:5) to King David’s 70 years (2Sam.5:4) God’s Word tells us we have a definite numbers of days of life.

In Psa.90:10, 12 Moses tells us that on average we live 70-80 years and that we should number our days because by doing so we will act differently.  Moses us perspective of our life span in Psa.90:4-6, 2, 9-10.  James 4:14 and Matt.6:25 express how short our lifespan is in perspective to God.

Why does God want us to realize the shortness of our lifespan?

In Luke 12:13-21 Jesus gives us an example of a man who has no regard for the shortness of his lifespan.  Notice the man says “I” six times (number 6 designates man in the Bible) and gives no thought of 1)God, 2) giving thanks for what he had, 3) giving God the glory for his blessings, 4) blessing others with his abundance, 5) how long he would live.

With the proper perspective on our lifespan we will not put as much attention on material things, but we will glorify God for every blessing He has bestowed on us and we will bless others with those blessings (Matt.6:19-21).

Paul gives us more perspective on our lives in 2Cor.4:16-18 and Rom.8:18.

Psa.118:24, Psa.68:19, John 10:10 and Matt.6:33 teach us how we should look at our lives everyday.

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Psa 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Psa 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Psa 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Psa 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Psa 90:5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
Psa 90:6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
Psa 90:9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
Psa 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Psa 89:47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
Psa 89:48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Psa 39:4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
Psa 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Mat 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Luk 12:13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
Luk 12:14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
Luk 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
Luk 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luk 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luk 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luk 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Psa 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psa 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

5-24-2020 “JESUS, THE SOURCE OF LIFE!” John 1:1-4

This week Bro. Leo continues us on a Biblical study that’s goal is to look at the life of Jesus through a lens of those who were there (inspired by the book “The Jesus I never knew”). This week we continue to study what Jesus was teaching us about time when He said “Are there not twelve hours in the day?” and how to apply it to our current circumstances.

Mid way through this study Bro. Leo gives an excellent Biblical commentary on our societies promotion of homosexual life styles.  His explanation should be every Christians response to the movement.

The Word of God is very descriptive of mankind’s life span.  From Adams  930 years (Gen.5:5) to King David’s 70 years (2Sam.5:4) God’s Word tells us we have a definite numbers of days of life.  With this knowledge we should be determined to use everyday we are given in the best way we can (Psa.90:12).

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Gen 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Gen 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Joh 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.

Mat 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Psa 90:9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
Psa 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Psa 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Deu 31:1 And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.

Deu 34:5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
Deu 34:6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
Deu 34:7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

Gen 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
Gen 5:27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

Gen 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

Gen 9:28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.

Gen 11:10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:
Gen 11:11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:

Gen 25:7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

Jos 24:21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

2Sa 5:4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

Psa 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

5-17-2020 “JESUS AND THE TWELVE HOURS!” part2 John 11:7-9

This week Bro. Leo continues us on a Biblical study that’s goal is to look at the life of Jesus through a lens of those who were there (inspired by the book “The Jesus I never knew”). This week we continue to study what Jesus was teaching us about time when He said “Are there not twelve hours in the day?”

Last week we learned two principles Jesus was teaching about time.

Principle 1) Time is a creation of God, John 17:1, 4,-5, Rev.1:8, 11a, 18a, John 1:1, 14, 17, 1-3, Gen.1:1-6, 5c. God created time as a gift and blessing to mankind, Gen.1:8, 13, 19, 23, 31, Gen.2:2-3.

Principle 2) Each day possesses a definite and limited amount of time and God gives us the responsibility of how to handle that time. Time is a boundary or limitation that God has set in the created natural world, John 11:9. Because of time’s limitation and boundary there is an extremely high value of time, Eph.5:16. In Eph.5:16 the word “redeem” is translated from the Greek word “exagorazō” which means value. Time has such a high value that time can not be purchased at any price.

Jesus was revealing to His disciples, the religious leaders of His day and those around Him that He is God and has been existing since before time began (“before Abraham I Am”), Psa.90:1-2, 4.

Jesus used His time to Glorify Father God.  When we compare the healing miracles that Jesus performed, we notice that Jesus uses His time in the best way to glorify God.  Sometimes He would heal with His touch, sometimes He would wait until they died and then raise them from the dead, and sometimes He would just speak the words to heal (John 4:43-47).  Jesus did His work in the way that would bring God the most glory.

In Eph.5:14-18 Paul explains that we should value time to the point of realizing that there are only two choices of how we can use our time, 1) to do God’s will or 2) for evil.

God’s will for us to use our time from the beginning  is to work, be productive, be in a relationship with Him and a spouse.  In Gen.1:27-28 God gave Adam personal responsibility to take care of and have dominion over creation, have a relationship and be fruitful.  In Gen.2:4-5, 15 God gave Adam the responsibility to take care of and work the Garden of Eden and do it with joy.  God has created us to be productive and responsible in our everyday life.

In Mark 6:1-3 we see that Jesus worked as a carpenter when He wasn’t ministering to the world.  Not only was Jesus saving the world, but He was also being productive as a tradesman.

We all have a God given desire to be productive and a lot of folks are really feeling that desire now with the world governments response to the coronacold.

Ecc.10:18 tells us that slothfulness ruins our house.  In other words living outside the will of God decays our spirits.  The folks who are not able to be productive now because of the governments response to the coronacold are likely feeling the decay of their spirits and need to aware of it so they can defend themselves from the spiritual decay (Eph.5:17-19).

Regardless of our circumstances we need to find joy in our daily lives (Psa.118:21-26, Eph.5:20).

Take a few minutes and compare the world governments response to the coronacold to how the folks operated in Gen.11:1-7.  Times are changing drastically and it will be critical to our spiritual health that we become spiritually prepared for what may be coming in the near future (Eph.5:16).

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Joh 11:7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
Joh 11:8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
Joh 11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

Psa 90:1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Psa 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Psa 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Joh 4:43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.
Joh 4:44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.
Joh 4:45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.
Joh 4:46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
Joh 4:47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
Joh 4:48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
Joh 4:49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
Joh 4:50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
Joh 4:51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
Joh 4:52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.

Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Gen 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
Gen 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
Gen 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Mar 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
Mar 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Mar 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ecc 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Psa 118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
Psa 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Psa 118:23 This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Psa 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psa 118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
Psa 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
Gen 11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
Gen 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Gen 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Gen 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.