Thursday, July 07, 2016

sorrow, anger and well doing...

Cain was at least very sorry for the consequences of his murdering Cain. Jonah wanted God to kill all the Ninevites.

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. Genesis 4:7 

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not labored, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle? (Jonah 4:1-11)


1. H3190 ~~ יטב ~ yâṭab ~ yaw-tab'
A primitive root; to be (causatively) make well, literally (sound, beautiful) or figuratively (happy, successful, right): - be accepted, amend, use aright, benefit, be (make) better, seem best, make cheerful, be comely, + be content, diligent (-ly), dress, earnestly, find favour, give, be glad, do (be, make) good ([-ness]), be (make) merry, please (+ well), shew more [kindness], skilfully, X very small, surely, make sweet, thoroughly, tire, trim, very, be (can, deal, entreat, go, have) well [said, seen ].

This is the word translated as “thou doest well” in Genesis 4 AND translated  in Jonah 4 as “doest thou well.”

2. H2734 ~~ חרה ~ chârâh ~ khaw-raw'
A primitive root (compare H2787); to glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy: - be angry, burn, be displeased, X earnestly, fret self, grieve, be (wax) hot, be incensed, kindle, X very, be wroth. See H8474.

This is the word in Genesis 4 translated as “wroth” AND in Jonah 4 as “angry.”

Jesus twice “Go and sin no more.” It seems quite apparent that this is a very succinct and yet large part of the message God teaches in His Bible and deeply desires men and women to hear and to heed.

For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers [scribes] and P'rushim [Pharisees], you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven! "You have heard that our fathers were told, 'Do not murder,' and that anyone who commits murder will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who nurses anger against his brother will be subject to judgment; that whoever calls his brother, 'You good-for-nothing!' will be brought before the Sanhedrin [counsel]; that whoever says, 'Fool!' incurs the penalty of burning in the fire of Gei-Hinnom [hell fire]! (Matthew 5:20-22)

Can we? Go and sin no more?  We CAN say THANK YOU FATHER, THANK YOU JESUS, and THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE! And we CAN pray for continued transformation by the renewing of our minds. I REALLY believe THAT is a prayer God REALLY wants to hear and to answer. Why? In my humble(?) opinion it is because sin enters the mind where it deceives men and women and finds a place of residence in the heart. This is shown clearly in Matthew Ch. 5-7. It is stated very clearly and sharply in Jeremiah 17:9 :

"The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?” (CJB)
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”(KJV)

I exhort you, therefore, brothers, in view of God's mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please him; it is the logical "Temple worship" for you. In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the `olam hazeh [this world]. Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed. For I am telling every single one of you, through the grace that has been given to me, not to have exaggerated ideas about your own importance. Instead, develop a sober estimate of yourself based on the standard which God has given to each of you, namely, trust. (Romans 12:1-3)












BUT IT IS NOT !!!

If it were necessary for Jesus to be crucified twice to save us, would He come and be crucified again? Admittedly the question is WRONG. But I think He loves us much more than we may imagine. ONCE was enough. If it were necessary twice it would be done twice, but IT IS NOT. It is my weak faith, my confused mind and my abused and self abused person(*) that struggles to overcome and receive the greatest, purest and the only Love there is. God IS love. Everything He ever did was from His Love for His Love, that is, for His loves.


In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone. The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never put it out. God sent a man named John, who came to tell about the light and to lead all people to have faith. John wasn't that light. He came only to tell about the light. The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. The Word was in the world, but no one knew him, though God had made the world with his Word. He came into his own world, but his own nation did not welcome him. Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God. They were not God's children by nature or because of any human desires. God himself was the one who made them his children. The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us. John spoke about him and shouted, "This is the one I told you would come! He is greater than I am, because he was alive before I was born." Because of all that the Son is, we have been given one blessing after another. The Law was given by Moses, but Jesus Christ brought us undeserved kindness and truth. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is truly God and is closest to the Father, has shown us what God is like. The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and temple helpers to ask John who he was. He told them plainly, "I am not the Messiah." (SEE 1:19) Then when they asked him if he were Elijah, he said, "No, I am not!" And when they asked if he were the Prophet, he also said "No!" Finally, they said, "Who are you then? We have to give an answer to the ones who sent us. Tell us who you are!" John answered in the words of the prophet Isaiah, "I am only someone shouting in the desert, 'Get the road ready for the Lord!' " Some Pharisees had also been sent to John. They asked him, "Why are you baptizing people, if you are not the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet?" John told them, "I use water to baptize people. But here with you is someone you don't know. Even though I came first, I am not good enough to untie his sandals." John said this as he was baptizing east of the Jordan River in Bethany. The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said: Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I told you about when I said, "Someone else will come. He is greater than I am, because he was alive before I was born." I didn't know who he was. But I came to baptize you with water, so that everyone in Israel would see him. I was there and saw the Spirit come down on him like a dove from heaven. And the Spirit stayed on him. Before this I didn't know who he was. But the one who sent me to baptize with water had told me, "You will see the Spirit come down and stay on someone. Then you will know that he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit." I saw this happen, and I tell you that he is the Son of God.  (John 1:1-34)
There is an old doctrinal adage about the trinity: “The Father is not the Son or the Spirit, the Son is not…” It was formulated so as to refute some other doctrine about who God is. What I have been hearing from some really sincere “theologians” Bob and Eric Mumford is that “The Father loves the Son and the Spirit, the Son loves the Father and the Spirit, and the Spirit loves the Son and the Father.”  The Mumfords teach that God has to be a trinity, and not a monotheos, not a God who is One and not Three in One. Why? Because if God were ONE and was love, before the creation of the angels and man God as ONE could only love Himself. A mono theos who had not yet created any things He could love could only love himself. What I am hearing is the God IS love and love, His nature to love requires that love to be loving someone other that itself. God cannot love as love requires being One alone. A mono theos cannot love at all, for love of self fails to be love at all!

Self interest fails for it excludes the love of others, it cannot receive the love of others, nor can it give love to others. Self interest is not love, it is selfishness, it is toxic to self and to others (there are ALWAYS others!) and ultimately it produces a very singular crop of abject loneliness AKA NARCISSISM.  Self interest may have a “glorious” appearance in the world, but in the Light of Heaven is will be seen as PRIDE, SIN, and GUILTY SHAME.

Richard Wurmbrand has written of God that “They are God.” It is not proper grammar but it is true! “He is Gods” is also true! Even Jewish rabbis know that “Elohim” is a plural and that “…God [Elohim] said, "Let us make humankind in our image, in the likeness of ourselves…” Their and any objections to God being a trinity are without merit. But their scriptures are true. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 is correct saying:

"Sh'ma, Yisra'el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra'el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]; and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

Hear,H8085 O Israel:H3478 The LORDH3068 our GodH430 is oneH259 LORD:H3068 And thou shalt loveH157 (H853) the LORDH3068 thy GodH430 with allH3605 thine heart,H3824 and with allH3605 thy soul,H5315 and with allH3605 thy might.H3966
(Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

H430 ~~ אלהים ~ 'ĕlôhîym ~ el-o-heem'
Plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: - angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.

H3068 ~~ יהוה~ yehôvâh ~ yeh-ho-vaw'

From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: - Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069.

H259 ~~ אחד ~ 'echâd ~ ekh-awd'
A numeral from H258; properly united, that is, one; or (as an ordinal) first: - a, alike, alone, altogether, and, any (-thing), apiece, a certain [dai-] ly, each (one), + eleven, every, few, first, + highway, a man, once, one, only, other, some, together.

In the movie The Wizard of Oz Dorothy and her friends discover, uncover the “Wizard” behind the curtain. He is a small and weak little man with a big sound system. Yet his existence has been the motivation for their journey. I don’t want at the end of my/our journey to pull back a curtain and see a weak god. Nor do I want to find a God who is not what I envisioned Him to be. As we mortal humans do not survive our lives in this earth, in our bodies made of earth (And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, Gen 2:7). And… I do not believe God wants me to then be disappointed in who He is either!

Whatever doctrinal “stream” we find ourselves floating down, I believe God wants us to turn back upstream toward the SOURCE. I have heard that the Jews call heaven “Beth Shemayim” which may mean “there is water there.” Surely LIFE comes from heaven’s God in the Messiah who teaches us the He, Jesus is the Way(1), the Truth(2) and the Life(3). I believe God IN THE Messiah Jesus may be seen as the ONE “Way to the Truth of Life.”

Religions now are many, and perhaps more than at any other time. They are in conflict regarding faith and doctrines, against one another AND EVEN within their own streams they are in conflict over doctrines, EVEN IN WHAT IS humanly called the church. But God never went to war against God. God is not a conflicted Persons. Again the grammar is hard on the ear but easy on the ear of faith. The Three in ONE are/is ALWAYS in perfect flawless peace and rest, that is, They are at SHALOM. Only atheists (the most foolish of men?) would dare to deny this. Agnostics (almost as foolish?) would dare say “I don’t know this.” The religious might say it is so and all the while insist their OWN “gods, faith and doctrine” must prevail. Christendom surely must agree, yet there exists still much overt (offensive?) criticism (which is hypocrisy?) among denominations and non-denominations over doctrine. It may be that some who name Jesus will be bigger fools than some who do not, for God has from the beginning revealed Themselves to every sentient (self aware) being.

… what is known about God is plain to them, since God has made it plain to them. For ever since the creation of the universe his invisible qualities — both his eternal power and his divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what he has made. Therefore, they have no excuse;    (Romans 1:19-20)

No excuse for what? For ignoring, denying and forgetting God their maker and maker of all things. I’m not Jewish by my first birth, but I am Christian by my second birth from above. There is only one Anointed Divine King and Lord of all, and He IS Yeshua [Jesus]. He is called the Messiah [the Christ] which title means Anointed! Are you in the Messiah? Is God in the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed one, are THEY in you? I call myself (and it is perhaps boasting) a “Messianic gentile.” I’m not Jewish by human pedigree. But I identify with Paul, who might be called a “born again Christian Jew.” His zeal, passion and LOVE for God in the Messiah are great and pure. I want to follow Paul like as he follows Jesus. He wrote:

In conclusion, my brothers: rejoice in union with the Lord. It is no trouble for me to repeat what I have written you before, and for you it will be a safeguard: beware of the dogs, those evildoers, the Mutilated! For it is we who are the Circumcised, we who worship by the Spirit of God and make our boast in the Messiah Yeshua [Christ Jesus]! We do not put confidence in human qualifications, even though I certainly have grounds for putting confidence in such things. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for putting confidence in human qualifications, I have better grounds: b'rit-milah [circumcised] on the eighth day, by birth belonging to the people of Isra'el, from the tribe of Binyamin [Benjamin], a Hebrew-speaker, with Hebrew-speaking parents, in regard to the Torah, a Parush [Pharisee], in regard to zeal, a persecutor of the Messianic Community [the church], in regard to the righteousness demanded by legalism [the law], blameless. But the things that used to be advantages for me, I have, because of the Messiah, come to consider a disadvantage. Not only that, but I consider everything a disadvantage in comparison with the supreme value of knowing the Messiah Yeshua as my Lord. It was because of him that I gave up everything and regard it all as garbage, in order to gain the Messiah and be found in union with him, not having any righteousness of my own based on legalism, but having that righteousness which comes through the Messiah's faithfulness, the righteousness from God based on trust. Yes, I gave it all up in order to know him, that is, to know the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings as I am being conformed to his death, so that somehow I might arrive at being resurrected from the dead. It is not that I have already obtained it or already reached the goal — no, I keep pursuing it in the hope of taking hold of that for which the Messiah Yeshua took hold of me. Brothers, I, for my part, do not think of myself as having yet gotten hold of it; but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind me and straining forward toward what lies ahead, I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God's upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua. Therefore, as many of us as are mature, let us keep paying attention to this; and if you are differently minded about anything, God will also reveal this to you. Only let our conduct fit the level we have already reached. Brothers, join in imitating me, and pay attention to those who live according to the pattern we have set for you. For many — I have told you about them often before, and even now I say it with tears — live as enemies of the Messiah's execution-stake [cross]. They are headed for destruction! Their god is the belly; they are proud of what they ought to be ashamed of, since they are concerned about the things of the world. But we are citizens of heaven, and it is from there that we expect a Deliverer, the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. He will change the bodies we have in this humble state and make them like his glorious body, using the power which enables him to bring everything under his control. (Philippians  3:1-21)

For too many years I too often resisted the control of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The results were catastrophe after catastrophe after catastrophe. And nothing I as one person could do would stop them from coming and going. Today I am optimistic, more so than ever, now seeing much evidence of God’s love for me and His power which enables him to bring everything, EVEN ME, under his control. Knowing God IS eternal life!

Knowing God IS eternal life!

And eternal life is this: to know you, the one true God, and him whom you sent, Yeshua the Messiah. (John 17:3)

A singer of an oldie but goodie from pretty far back in the day sang: “to know, know, know him is to love, love, love him, and I do.” What a triune flavor that has! It is of Jesus, Abba and the Holy Spirit I can now SING: “to know, know, know THEM is to love, love, love THEM, and I do.” Glory be to God, it can be to none other! NONE, no not ONE other or 300 million others!


(*) Sin is ALWAYS self abusive. Those who harm others harm the human family of which they are a part. Harming another is harming the family and that is so close to self abuse as to be self abuse. The libertarian idea that I can do WHATEVER I WANT if it does no harm TO ANYONE ELSE is a lie from satan. The classic example is sexual self stimulation. It is likely to be the act (and sin) which provoked the Libertarian philosophy and likely did so very soon after God cast our first parents out from Eden. VERY few sins are done “solo” and none harm no one. I am and you are “another,” “s0meone ELSE” to God. He is “another” to you. He did not bring you into existence so that you would or should harm yourself. That you could and can do so is a fact of your (our) present existence. But God never approves that we harm ourselves. It is a cold and seared conscience that is untroubled by suicide and by other self abusive acts. The existence of suicide hotlines with counselors and the almost stubborn sentiment that suicides be prevented shows libertarian thought to be yet a minority opinion. Assisted suicide, AKA euthanasia is on the rise and a sad sign that men are drifting ever further from God who loves them. All tolerance of sin is dangerous, and endangering. Abortion, or as it ought to be called: assisted murder is endangering to the souls of the moms and dads who choose it for their enwombed children. It is a cold and loveless parent who does not intervene when their child or elderly relative is suicidal, self abusive or abusive of another. God who is our Father and our PERFECT Parent sent His Only Uniquely Begotten Firstborn Son Jesus to “planet” earth not to condemn or punish any one. He sent Jesus to save, heal and deliver us from death, hell and the second everlasting death. Even the churches are endangering them selves by ignoring God’s teaching about sin and what sin is and does. This may stem from the past somewhat prevalent preaching of condemnation without the teaching of God’s desire AND POWER to save from condemnation and from the performance of sin. “He breaks the power of cancelled sin…” and does so in love and holiness. If we will make time and seek God, coming before Him in desperation to be freed from our sinful thoughts, deeds, habits and addictions, God will break the power of he sin Jesus came and did take away from the world! The next day, Yochanan [John the Baptist] saw Yeshua [Jesus] coming toward him and said, "Look! God's lamb! The one who is taking away the sin of the world! (John 1:29) Trust Jesus and His Father to be who They ARE: Almighty God, Creator and Savior, Lord and Love. They can then and will then forgive all your sins and break the deceitful and destructive power of sin from off your soul and life. The power of sin is that it deceives humans causing them to be satisfied with the darkness of satan and sin. With out God’s intervention by revelation humans invariably come to “love” that darkness. Love of darkness is a force of human nature corrupted by the father of lies: satan. If a person remains in love with darkness, sin’s power overwhelms their human power to resist sinning as a practice and that person remains under the just condemnation of God who is love, but who is also holy and just. BUT God IS merciful and His mercy endures forever. He sent Jesus to  free us from all darkness and evil, that which has infected every human heart. Sin is abusive behavior. Jesus will transform any sinner who trusts Him to do that. The change He will make in your life may not come easily. But if we trust Him and remain with Him the results and rewards will come and they will end with His gift of a fully new and everlasting life.

John 3:31-36 American Standard Version (ASV)

31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaketh: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 32 What he hath seen and heard, of that he beareth witness; and no man receiveth his witness. 33 He that hath received his witness hath set his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 36 He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.





Monday, July 04, 2016

What happened to Cain?


What happened to Cain?

July 5, 2016

 

 

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. (Genesis 4:1-7)

 

This is the first occurrence of the word sin in the Bible.

H2403 ~ חטּאת    חטּאה ~ chaṭṭâ'âh  chaṭṭâ'th ~ khat-taw-aw', khat-tawth'

From H2398; an offence (sometimes habitual sinfulness), and its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, or expiation; also (concretely) an offender: - punishment (of sin), purifying (-fication for sin), sin (-ner, offering).

 

And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. (Genesis 4:8-16)

 

To sin is to become guilty.

 

Divorce your past. Marry your future. This will happen. Will I continue to be envious and a murderer? Or will I rule over sin? We must choose and act. Not choosing and not acting are choices. Fish, cut bait, or sit on the dock of the bay. We will make our choices.

 

God can be frightening. Why? Because of who He IS! He is the CREATOR. He made all things from what? We say from nothing. I don’t think we really know much about nothing. When was I ever nothing and knew I was nothing? But when I was, then I began to know. God was never nothing, except perhaps in the sense of the awesome the time when Jesus took on Himself the fashion and form and flesh of man and the idenity of a servant made Himself of “no” reputation. Yet having done that, He began on a path that gained Him a Name ABOVE EVERY OTHER NAME and to honor that Name, every knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow. Did Jesus “divorce” His past in order to marry His future? No, but He did submit His future to Father knowing that He would live as a mortal human being and TASTE DEATH for every other mortal human being. When Jesus went to the cross having become sin for us did Father forsake Him? For every man, for us Jesus came to exchange His Perfect Shalom, for our chaotic corruptions. Sin is chaos and it is corruption which causes living things to die. But God never sinned. The flood which drowned every living being (nephesh) was not a sinful act. God ought to frighten us. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Thank You Lord God it is not the end of wisdom.

 

Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. (Isaiah 8:13) ~ but Adonai-Tzva'ot — consecrate him! Let him be the object of your fear and awe! (Isaiah 8:13)

 

Some of the children of Israel are known for their grumbling against Moses and Aaron… and against God! Others are known for their faith. Joshua, Caleb, Samuel and David are known as are many more as those who trusted God and relied on Him. See Psalm 46 !!!

 

“Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven, there was as yet no wild bush on the earth, and no wild plant had as yet sprung up; for Adonai, God, had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no one to cultivate the ground. Rather, a mist went up from the earth which watered the entire surface of the ground. Then Adonai, God, formed a person [Hebrew: adam] from the dust of the ground [Hebrew: adamah] and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living being.” (Genesis 2:4-7 The Complete Jewish Bible)

 

And the LORDH3068 GodH430 formedH3335 (H853) manH120 of the dustH6083 ofH4480 the ground,H127 and breathedH5301 into his nostrilsH639 the breathH5397 of life;H2416 and manH120 becameH1961 a livingH2416 soul.H5315 (Genesis 2:7 King James Version + Strong’s Concordance)

 

H2416 ~ חי ~ chay ~ khah'ee

From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively: -  + age, alive, appetite, (wild) beast, company, congregation, life (-time), live (-ly), living (creature, thing), maintenance, + merry, multitude, + (be) old, quick, raw, running, springing, troop.

 

H5315 ~ נפשׁ ~ nephesh ~ neh'-fesh

From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental): - any, appetite, beast, body, breath, creature, X dead (-ly), desire, X [dis-] contented, X fish, ghost, + greedy, he, heart (-y), (hath, X jeopardy of) life (X in jeopardy), lust, man, me, mind, mortality, one, own, person, pleasure, (her-, him-, my-, thy-) self, them (your) -selves, + slay, soul, + tablet, they, thing, (X she) will, X would have it.

 

So we ought now to know what we are made by the hands and breath of the Almighty, of El Shaddai! (for a very interesting matter, see Genesis 17:1 and Exodus 6:3 !!!!!)

 

The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us. (John 1:14 CEV)

 

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:6-12)

 

Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah [The Christ], he is a new creation — the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new! And it is all from God, who through the Messiah has reconciled us to himself and has given us the work of that reconciliation, which is that God in the Messiah was reconciling mankind to himself, not counting their sins against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors of the Messiah; in effect, God is making his appeal through us. What we do is appeal on behalf of the Messiah, "Be reconciled to God! God made this sinless man be a sin offering on our behalf, so that in union with him we might fully share in God's righteousness." (2Corinthians 5:17-21 The Complete Jewish Bible)

 

In November 1976 God revealed Jesus to me as His Son. I had lived for 27 years “unchurched.” Yet what does that even mean? The church is the people called out of the world by God. Am I called? Here I “run into” God’s sovereignty again! God seems 99% of everything and I seem a spiritual one percenter! Now I’m 67 and November of 2016 will mark 40 years of living with the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God. God calls, we answer the call. What happens on Sunday morning? Church? What ought to happen is worship of God, praise for God, and thanksgiving to God. AND prayer for His Kingdom and Will to be ALSO OUR possession and purpose now and forever IN ABUNDANCE! AND NOT only on Sunday morning! We sing a song now which says in part, “You’re a good, good Father, that’s who you are… and I’m loved by you, that’s who I am…” AND THAT is the TRUTH every second of every minute and hour of EVERYDAY!

 

Knowing Jesus as the Son of God ought (yes? no?) to direct us to His Father, He who by faith and salvation is OUR Father. My prayer today is that God quickly lift off me all the confusion that having a human “father” has allowed. What happened to Cain?

 

This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) (1Timothy 3:1-5) [Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (1Timothy 3:6-7)]

 

I don’t condemn anyone, human condemnation is almost without exception hypocrisy (see Romans Ch. 2), but there seem to be very few MEN in leadership who are what Paul says they MUST BE! In particular, should we not be troubled that some have lost the rule of their own children? And I fear they have lost the rule over their own wives as well! What happened to Cain? Cain and Abel were the children of Adam and Eve. This is an observation, not a condemnation.  

 

The subject of the roles of men and women is today a very touchy subject IN THE CHURCHES. And is it not in the churches by the Spirit and Counsel of God, that we should have “a handle on,” a FIRM handle on those roles? The mixing of those roles brings problems. Ultimately forgetting God and His ways leads men and women to the most disgusting confusions of heterosexual and homosexual sins. I believe the advent of feminism springing out of liberalism and higher criticism has infected women and men with things not commanded or intended by God. I see that the fear of being politically incorrect is no new “force of nature.” “Correctness” IS a necessity for those given authority. satan subtly challenged God’s TRUE correctness by asking Eve:

 

Did God really say, 'You are not to eat from any tree in the garden'?”

 

I will boldly say that I believe women need to stop teaching men. Men do not need to learn how to think like women think. That they have already is apparent. satan found his way through to Adam via Eve: 

 

To Adam he GOD said, "Because you listened to what your wife said and ate from the tree about which I gave you the order, 'You are not to eat from it,' the ground cursed on your account; you will work hard to eat from it as long as you live. (Genesis 3:17)

 

We don’t know what Eve said, but she said something. We say he “dropped the ball” and did not save Eve from satan. We say Adam sinned and he did. How did that happen? Because: Adam listened to his wife and ate from the forbidden tree. If THAT is so, why do we balk today when we read Paul’s admonition that only men should lead as teachers in the congregations? I believe teaching requires skill. Women are not without skill. But they are not made or equipped as men are; men and women are different. It is God’s doing. Men are given authority. Jesus chose 12 disciples and 11 were made apostles for the church! How many were men? Jesus chose another, Saul of Tarsus who became known as Paul an Apostle of the Messiah by the will of God. Jesus taught Paul for 14 years! Paul was already a tremendously accomplished “Old” Testament scholar, and Jesus for 14 years corrected all the Pharisaic errors he had been taught. It is he and Peter who speak to us about the God ordained Messianic distinctions between men and women. They are not onerous. Women are not to usurp the authority of men. God’s inspired word via Paul’s letters in the Bible places teaching that inspired word under male authority.

 

I fear most men do not want to rock the boat that was launched in the garden. Most women want to steer the boat. And many men do not want to steer it, for then they could not blame WHOEVER is steering it when it runs onto the rocks. That is the tension and crisis of Genesis 3: 16.

 

To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain. Your desire will be toward your husband, but he will rule over you." (Genesis 3:16) To Adam he GOD said, "Because you listened to what your wife said and ate from the tree about which I gave you the order, 'You are not to eat from it,' the ground cursed on your account; you will work hard to eat from it as long as you live. (Genesis 3:17)

 

We live with the fullest revelation of God ever. But nowhere do I find a release from the instructions of the New Covenant Scriptures in this or any other matter. The same ignorance of Scripture accounts for some TEACHING the prohibition of speaking in unknown tongues, and prophesy and even knowledge!  When women teach they usurp male authority. We are under attack by a world led and taught by a devil whose aim it is to usurp God’s authority, and the authority God give to those He ordains. What is the answer? Much of the “controversial” scriptures are in 1Corinthians 11 and 14. But Paul did show us a more excellent way in Chapter 13! So whatever you dear reader may believe, be it (or I) wrong or right, we do have charity as our teacher, as charity is love and God is love. I will only note that to love God we are charged holily to obey God’s commandments and taught that they are not grievous.

 

How much do I love the Lord? It will be shown by my obedience. That is why I can’t ignore what the Bible teaches about men and women. I was in a home meeting once and the word “obey” came up “on the radar screen.” One woman and wife responded: “uggh.” And that is the attitude that the flesh, flesh male and female, and MY MALE flesh too, will always take! The flesh wants its own way, EVERY TIME and ALL THE TIME!

 

What happened to Cain?

 

Cain was gently and clearly counseled by the Almighty (Jesus?) to rule over sin, and in particular to rule over his corrupted flesh’s strong desire to murder Abel. Yet he was coming quickly into agreement with sin. Sin desired Cain. (Where was Adam? Or Eve?) Cain was infected and sin was beginning to rule over him! satan’s desire was to rule as God over heaven. His sin was the pride which presumed he was God’s equal or even greater! Cain walked away from God deceived by sin that somehow the wrong thing, murder, was the right thing and acceptable. THAT deceit has corrupted every man and woman that ever lived…. EXCEPT JESUS !!!!

 

Sin is the “problem” that required Jesus to die on that cross. It is a wonder that all the testimony of sinners who suffered horrible consequences and great punishment for choosing to sin that we who confess Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts God raised Him from the dead still at times choose to sin. I told a friend once: “I’m not saying I will never sin again, but I will say I do not want to sin again.” At this moment I want to say “I will never sin again.” What I hear God encouraging me to do is to align my will with His. God’s will is ALWAYS sinless. It is not possible fro God to sin. Is God choosing not to sin? Is it impossible for Him to choose to sin? We as sinners being saved everyday and sanctified on (in) this earth have a future that escapes our limited ability to define and describe. Yet we can enjoy the process and progress of our pilgrimage (journey) from out of the land of destruction to the Celestial City, The New Jerusalem!

 

In my 67th year, 40 knowing Jesus as the Son of God and those 40 years adjusting my ear to His Voice I find the JOY OF THE LORD IS UNDOUBTEDLY MY STRENGTH as it is the ONLY TRUE STRENGTH THERE IS OR EVER WILL BE and it is the ONLY STRENGTH I DESIRE!!!! The JOY of the Lord Jesus the Messiah, the King of the Jews, The Soveriegn Son of God Almighty, the Son of Him who is also MY OWN ABBA! “You’re a good, good Father, that’s who You are… and I’m loved by You, that’s who I am…”

 

Oh MY! God IS Love, and what has happened to me ????? !!!!!

 

.Woo Hoo!.

.Hallelu Yah!!!.

.Thank YOU Lord Jesus.

.Abba.

.Holy Spirit!!!!!.

These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. John 15:11-17

 

What happened to Cain? Did his ears fail him? God Almighty SPEAKING TO HIM said to him:

 

"Why are you angry? Why so downcast? If you are doing what is good, shouldn't you hold your head high? And if you don't do what is good, sin is crouching at the door — it wants you, but you can rule over it." (The Complete Jewish Bible) [these might be better printed in red letters!]

 

The Contemporary English Version states it addressing what Cain had already done, he had become envious and covetous. It reads:

 

If you had done the right thing, [then] you would be smiling. But you did the wrong thing, and [so] now sin is waiting to attack you like a lion. Sin wants to destroy you, but don't let it!

 

Cain was not joyful. He might have made it an “aha moment” and said “Now I know what offering God accepts. I will obtain a flock from which to bring offerings.”  Cain chose another path. Sin wanted him and sin got him because he did not pursue right the right thing. In God’s Kingdom everything is a right thing. We need to adjust our ears to that. Faith comes by hearing and by hearing WHAT? By HEARING THE WORD of God. Cain didn’t hear. Certainly he was one who did not have understanding ears.

 

And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. Mark 4:4 

And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. Mark 4:15

When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. Matthew 13:19

 

We are living in a time when almost everything but the Bible is being read and studied. Many judge “the” church as that of Laodicea. Yet Jesus gave John SEVEN letters to seven geographic churches. All of them were church, those called by God through the straight gate onto the narrow way INTO the Kingdom, HIS Kingdom where truly and forever He, Jesus IS King !!!!!  Is it not so that the judgments and commendations of those seven geographic congregations can be applied by Jesus in today’s congregations, and that they really are?

 

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God. Doing so will guarantee that you WILL have everything necessary for life. The (enigma of?) present and necessary trials and sufferings are a temporary condition as is your vile body ! (see Philippians 3:21 !)

 

God's power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through our knowing the One who called us to his own glory and goodness. (2Peter 1:3)

 

For all God would and does say and has had written to human beings:

 

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 2:29)

 

These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. John 15:11-17

 

What is our conclusion, brothers? Whenever you come together, let everyone be ready with a psalm or a teaching or a revelation, or ready to use his gift of tongues or give an interpretation; but let everything be for edification. (1Corinthians 14:26)

 

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“Context Context Context, a verse taken out of context becomes a pretext,” thus saith the…

 

Some (much?) I write does not exposit fully, and fuller contexts ALWAYS attend verses in writings of this “nature.” So if you find any eisegesis offensive, a personal response would be greatly appreciated.  David B. Severy