“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 27, “Deliverance of Israel,” cont’d

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“Christ The Redeemer Statue,” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Alpha And Omega,” Israel and New Breed 

“Intercession,” William McDowell

“Deliverance of Israel,” cont’d Isaiah 27:6) He Shall Cause Them That Come Of Jacob To Take Root:  Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.  Isaiah 37:31; Hosea 14:5, 8.  7) Hath He Smitten him, As He Smote Those That Smote Him?  or Is He Slain According To The Slaughter Of Them That Are Slain By Him?  8) In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it:  He Stayeth His Rough Wind In The Day Of The East Wind.  9) By This Therefore Shall The Iniquity of Jacob Be Purged; And This Is All The Fruit To Take Away his sin; When He Maketh All The Stones Of The Altar as Chalkstones That Are Beaten In Sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.  10) Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness:  there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.

 Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, Those who come refers to the regathered exiles (v. 13).  v7, Has He:  The two questions that begin with these words expect a negative answer.  v8, Sending it away refers to the exile ( v. 13).  v9, iniquity … covered:  See 40:2 for another statement that Israel’s punishment Atoned For Its Guilt.   v10, 11, the fortified city will be desolate:  For a similar idea see 25:2; 10-12; 26:5, 6.

Quest Study Bible – v6, “How has Israel blossomed?”  Perhaps the blossom is the symbol of life in the new Jerusalem, With The Messiah As King (4:2).  Israel would then mean all those that are Faithful To God, Jew and Gentile alike (Galatians 3:28; 6:16).  Some, however, suggest that this refers to the Restoration and World-Wide Influence of The Jewish Nation, either after the exile in Babylon or sometime in the future.  v8-9, “How could banishing refugees Atone for sin?”  Atonement contains the idea of reconciling a broken relationship.  A Sacrifice Atoned for sin because it Meant Someone Had Repented and Desired To Return To God.  Though Judah had refused to Repent, its defeat and exile to a foreign land, coming about a century after Isaiah’s death, would turn the hearts of the nation back to God once again.  God’s Judgment became a means of bringing God’s Grace.  See “Does Judgment teach Righteousness better than Grace?”  (26:9-10).  v10-11, “Why Didn’t God Show Compassion For Those Who Couldn’t Understand?”  Its not that the people couldn’t understand—they wouldn’t.  They were seeking direction from idols instead of The One, True God.  Their lack of Discernment was self-inflicted and deserved Judgment Rather Than Compassion.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-10, In the days of The Gospel, The Latter Days, The Gospel Church Shall Be More Firmly Fixed Than The Jewish Church, And Shall Spread Further.  May our souls be continually watered and kept, that we may abound in The Fruit Of The Spirit, In all Goodness, Righteousness, And Truth.  The Jews yet are kept separate and a numerous people; they have not been rooted out as those who slew them.  The condition of that nation, through so many ages, forms a certain Proof Of The Divine Origin Of The Scriptures; and The Jews live amongst us, A Continued Warning Against Sin.  But, though winds are ever so rough, ever so high, God Can Say To Them, Peace Be Still.  And Though God Will Afflict His People, Yet He Will Make Their Afflictions Work For The Good Of Their Souls.  According To This Promise, since the captivity in Babylon; no people have shown such hatred to idols and idolatry as the Jews.  And to all God’s People, the design of affliction is to part them and sin.  The Affliction Has Done Us Good, when we keep at a distance from the occasions of sin, and use care that we may not be tempted to it.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/ “The Letters.” A Movie About Mother Teresa’s Ministry

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Mother Teresa

Nun, Saint

1910 -1997

Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, A Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor.  Considered one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20 Century, she was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in 2016.

Quotes:  Spread love wherever you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

If you have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

 

It took a while for me to want to see the the Movie “The Letters,” a dramatization of Mother Teresa’s life’s work.  Movies like this require your full attention.  I thought it was inspiring, uplifting and a little sad.  It was, however,  WONDERFUL!  and I’m glad I watched it.

I was reminded that The True Saints of this world must suffer in this life According To The Will Of God.  Being, Ever mindful that our Lord And Saviour Jesus Christ, The Son Of God, Having Paid The Ultimate Sacrifice For Each Of Us By Dying On The Cross For My Sins And For The Sins Of The Whole World, Is An Example For Believers Everywhere.   We Can Trust In Him To Be With Us In Whatever Life’s Work He Gives Us; For He Tells Us In His Word: Romans 8:31) What shall we then say to these things?  If God Be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?  And in  Romans 8:37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him That Loved Us.  38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor Angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Colossians 1:16, 1 Peter 3;22.  39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, Shall Be Able To Separate Us From The Love Of God, Which Is In Christ Jesus our Lord.  John 10:28.  Amen.

So, if there is any one of us that might be dragging our feet in Believing That God Has Something Specific He Wants Us To Do; or, maybe you have Trusted In The Lord And Have Moved Forward In His Will, but have met certain Obstacles that seem insurmountable; be Encouraged First by Your Faith In Christ Jesus, and then (if you can) see the movie “The Letters,” about His Saint, Mother Teresa; For We Are His Saints if we Believe In Him and Do His Will here on earth; and Pray That The Lord, Through His Holy Spirit, Will Quicken (Make Alive) The Love We Have For Christ Jesus, So That We May Do His Will, No Matter What, In His Most Holy Name, We Pray.  Amen, and Be Blessed.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 22, “A Prophecy About Jerusalem,” cont’d

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“I’m Gonna Be Ready,” Yolanda Adams

Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks, or Message From God.

Oracles – The Words Of God

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy About Jerusalem,” cont’d, Isaiah 22:6) And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.  Jeremiah 49:35;  7) And it shall come to pass that thy choicest valley shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.  8) And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.  l Kings 7:2.  9) Ye have seen also the breaches of the City of David, that they are many:  and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.  10) And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.  11) Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool:  but ye Have Not Looked Unto The Maker Thereof, Neither Had Respect Unto Him That Fashioned It Long Ago.  Nehemiah 3:16.

 Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, 7, Kir is Elam.  The Elamites may have been part of the Assyrian army (5:26).  gate:  The same army that plundered Babylon (21:2) will arrive at Jerusalem’s gates.  v8, The House of the Forest is the nation’s armory (39:2).  v9-11, The defense of the city depended on the availability of the water within its walls.  Hezekiah addressed this need by digging a tunnel beneath the city, connecting the lower pool in Jerusalem’s southwestern valley with the old pool, the source of water in the eastern valley.

Quest Study Bible – v8-11, “Palace of the Forest,”  Solomon’s palace, built of cedars shipped from the forests of Lebanon (1 Kings 7:2).  Part of this palace served as an armory (39:2).  Isaiah lists the palace with its weapons, their ingeniously engineered water supply (v. 9) and their reinforced walls (v. 10) as evidence that they were trusting in themselves rather than in God.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-7, Why is Jerusalem in such terror?  Her slain men are not slain with the sword, but with famine; or, slain with fear, disheartened.  Their rulers fled, but were overtaken.  The servants of God, who foresee and warn sinners of coming miseries, are affected by the prospect.  But all the horrors of a city taken by storm, (have a shadow of the terrors coming on The Day Of Wrath).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-14, The weakness of Judah now appeared more than ever.  Now(,) also they discovered their carnal confidence and their carnal security.  They looked to the fortifications. They made sure of water for the city.  But they were Regardless Of God (determined to carry on without His Help) in all these preparations.  They Did Not Care For His Glory In What They Did.  They did not Depend Upon Him For A Blessing On Their Endeavors.  For Every Creature Is To Us What God Makes It To Be; And We Must Bless Him For It, And Use It For Him.  There Was Great Contempt Of God’s Wrath And Justice, In Contending (Struggling) With Them.  God’s Design Was To Humble Them, And Bring Them To Repentance.  They walked contrary to this.  Actual Disbelief Of Another Life After This, Is At The Bottom Of The Carnal Security And Brutish Sensuality Which Are The Sin, The Shame, And Ruin Of So Great A Part Of Mankind.  God Was Displeased At This.  It is a sin against The Remedy (Repentance Unto Salvation, 2 Corinthians 7:10), and it is not likely they should ever Repent of it.  Whether this unbelief works by presumption or despair, It Produces The Same Contempt (Dislike and Disrespect) Of God.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/ “THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S”, “God’s Promises For Your Daily Battles,” by Peter Popoff

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THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S

God’s Promises For Your Daily Battles

The NAMES OF THE LORD are (our) (S)ecret (W)eapon to unleash the unlimited MIRACLE POWER OF GOD and experience COMPLETE VICTORY and SUPERNATURAL BLESSING!  (Don’t worry about pronouncing them correctly).  (*He Will Give Them To You). 

1, JEHOVAH-RAPHA – THE LORD IS MY HEALRER

The Battle of Sickness – God Will Release HIS HEALING VIRTUE!

But He Was Wounded For Our Transgressions, He Was Bruised For Our Iniquities, The Chastisement For Our Peace Was Upon Him, And By His Stripes We Are healed.  Isaiah 53:5. 

 

2, JEHOVAH-JIREH:  THE LORD IS MY PROVIDER

The Battle of Poverty – God Will Release SUPERNATURAL PROVISION!

And my God Shall Supply All Your Need According To His Riches In Glory By Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19.  

 

3, JEHOVAH-MACHSI:  THE LORD IS MY REFUGE

The Battle of Hopelessness – God Will RESTORE YOUR HOPE!

God Is our Refuge And Strength, A Very Present Help In Trouble.  Psalm 46:1.

 

4, JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU:  THE LORD IS MY RIGHTEOUSNESS

The Battle of Addiction – God Will SET YOU FREE!

Therefore, If The Son Makes you Free, you Shall Be Free Indeed.  John 8:36.

 

5, JEHOVAH-SABAOTH:  THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH

The Battle of Fear – God Will Fill You With HIS LIMITLESS LOVE!

For God Has Not Given us a spirit of fear, but of Power and of Love and of A Sound Mind.  2 Timothy 1:7.

 

6, JEHOVAH-SHALOM: THE LORD IS MY PEACE

The Battle of A Troubled Spirit – God Will Fill You With HIS PEACE!

You Will Keep him In Perfect Peace, whose mind is Stayed On You, because he Trusts In You.  Isaiah 26:3.

 

7, JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH:  THE LORD IS PRESENT AND READY TO SAVE

The Battle of Loneliness – God Will Surround you With HIS PRESENCE!

The Lord Is Near to those who Have A Broken Heart, And Saves Such As Have A Contrite (Repentant) Spirit.  Psalm 34:18.  

 

Our Help Is In THE NAME OF THE LORD, Who Made Heaven And Earth.  Psalm 124:8.

Yet In All These Things we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS Through Him That Loved Us.  Romans 8:37.   Amen.

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“The Work Of The Holy Spirit,” John 16:4-11

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“Jesus, The Messiah”

“I Need You Now,” Smokie Norful

Judgment – Divine Punishment

“The “Holy Ghost,”  “Holy Spirit” The Doctrine (Beliefs Taught by The Church) of The Holy Spirit, as Part of The Doctrine of The Trinity, is in part at least beyond human comprehension, and we are limited to The Statements of The Scriptures.  The Scriptures Present The Holy Spirit as A Distinct Personality and as part of The Godhead or Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17) and Personal Pronouns are used (John 16:13-14).   His Deity is likewise emphasized by giving to Him Names That Belong To God (Acts 5:3-4) and Divine Attributes are stated as Belonging To Him.  The Work of The Holy Spirit is of The Utmost Importance to men (1 Corinthians 2:11-12).  He is The Immediate Source of Life (Psalm 104:29, 30); He Played An Important part in The Coming of Christ (Luke 1:35); and He is The Revealer of Divine Truth and Thus The Source of The Inspired Scriptures (John 14:26).  This means The Holy Spirit is Active in Conversions (Rebirth) and in The Edification (Spiritual and Moral Improvement) of The Believer by The Word of which He Is The Author (1 Peter 1:19-21).  As Part of This The Holy Spirit Is Said To Dwell In Us.

“The Work Of The Holy Spirit,” John 16:4) But These Things Have I Told You, That When The TIme Shall Come, Ye May Remember That I Told You Of Them.  And These Things I Said Not Unto You At The Beginning, Because I Was With You.  5) But Now I Go My Way To Him That Sent Me; And None Of You Asketh me, Whither Goest Thou?  6) But, Because I Have Said These Things Unto You, Sorrow Hath Filled Your Heart.  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.  Ephesians 4:8.  8) And When He Is Come, He Will Reprove The World Of Sin, And Of Righteousness, And Of Judgment.  9) Of Sin, Because They Believe Not On Me.  Acts 2:22; Galatians 3:22.  10) Of Righteousness, Because I Go To My Father, And Ye See Me No More;  1 Corinthians 1:30; Galatians 5:5.  11) Of Judgment, Because the prince Of This World Is Judged. 

Quest Study Bible – “Did Jesus forget Peter’s earlier question?”  v5, Jesus seemed to overlook Peter’s earlier question, Lord, where are You Going? (see 13:36).  Peter worried about their dilemma if Jesus abandoned them, had asked the right question for the wrong reason.  Jesus wanted The Disciples to focus on The Direction of His Ministry and Purpose.  The preoccupation with themselves kept them from getting to the significant Spiritual Question.   “Counselor,” (v. 16, 26) v7, Means One Who is called alongside.  It conveys the idea of an Encourager in the sense of a legal counsel.  Just As Jesus Had Encouraged And Assisted His Disciples, He Assured Them The Holy Spirit Would Be There For Them As Well.    “How does The Counselor convict the world regarding Sin, Righteousness and Judgment?”  v8, The Spirit will expose The Sin of Unbelief (v.9).  The Spirit Will Also Demonstrate That Christ Alone Is Righteous and all others Fall Short Of God’s Standards (v. 10).  Finally, He will show that people that do not Repent and Believe In Christ will share condemnation with Satan (v. 11).    “Prince of this world,” (see v.12:31) v11,  A title for Satan that suggests the he currently held limited power over the people of this world. Yet, (Jesus), Anticipating His Death and Resurrection, was preparing to dethrone Satan.  In the world to come Satan will be powerless and confined under Judgment.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v3, 4, at the beginning:  Jesus had been preparing His Disciples to assimilate The Truth (see Proverbs 22:6).  In His Wisdom The Lord Never Gives Us More Than We Can Handle.   v5, One of you asks Me, “Where are You Going?”:  Peter had asked this very question (13:36) and Thomas has suggested it (14:5).  However, things were different now.  The Disciples had learned about denials, suffering and death.   v6, 7, Jesus Explained The Benefits of His Departure.  When He Left The Believers Would Have (1) The Provision of The Holy Spirit (vv. 7-15); (2) The potential of Full Joy (vv. 16-24); (3) the possibility of fuller knowledge (vv. 25-28); (4) the privilege of Peace (vv. 29-33).   to you:  The Holy Spirit would not be given to the world, but to Believers.  The Coming of The Spirit would be more profitable to Believers than even The Physical Presence Of Christ, since The Spirit Could Dwell In All Believers At The Same Time.   v8,  The Holy Spirit Would Demonstrate The Truth Of Christ Beyond The Fear Of Contradiction.  The Holy Spirit Convicts unbelievers Through Believers Who Witness About Christ (15:16, 27).  Believers Are The Mouth Piece For God’s Voice.  The Content of The Witness that The Spirit Reinforces includes Truth about sin, Righteousness and Judgment.   v9, of sin:  Note the singular sin, not sins.  Our witness should not focus on sins (adultery, gluttony, pride, and other sins),  But On The Full Payment That Christ Has Made For All Sin.   v10, of Righteousness:  After Christ’s Departure The Holy Spirit Would Convict The World of The Nature Of Righteousness and The Need For Righteousness.  Jesus’ Work On The Cross Was Completely Righteous.  This Is Demonstrated By The Father’s Emptying Of The Tomb, Signifying His Satisfaction With The Righteous Payment And His Acceptance Of Christ Into His Presence.    v11, of Judgment:  The Holy Spirit Would Convince people Of The Judgment To Come.  Satan has been judged, so all who side with him will be Judged With Him.

“The Work Of The Holy Spirit,” cont’d, John 16:12-16

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“What Can I Do,” Tye Tribbett

“The Worship Medley,” Tye Tribbett

“The “Holy Ghost,”  “Holy Spirit” The Doctrine (Beliefs Taught by The Church) of The Holy Spirit, as Part of The Doctrine of The Trinity, is in part at least beyond human comprehension, and we are limited to The Statements of The Scriptures.  The Scriptures Present The Holy Spirit as A Distinct Personality and as part of The Godhead or Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17) and Personal Pronouns are used (John 16:13-14).   His Deity is likewise emphasized by giving to Him Names That Belong To God (Acts 5:3-4) and Divine Attributes are stated as Belonging To Him.  The Work of The Holy Spirit is of The Utmost Importance to men (1 Corinthians 2:11-12).  He is The Immediate Source of Life (Psalm 104:29, 30); He Played An Important part in The Coming of Christ (Luke 1:35); and He is The Revealer of Divine Truth and Thus The Source of The Inspired Scriptures (John 14:26).  This means The Holy Spirit is Active in Conversions (Rebirth) and in The Edification (Spiritual and Moral Improvement) of The Believer by The Word of which He Is The Author (1 Peter 1:19-21).  As Part of This The Holy Spirit Is Said To Dwell In Us.

“The Work Of The Holy Spirit,” cont’d, John 16:12) I Have Yet Many Things To Say Unto You, But Ye Cannot Bear Them Now.  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.  1 Timothy 4:1.  14) He Shall Glorify Me:  For He Shall Receive Of Mine, And Shall Shew It Unto You.  15) All Things That The Father Hath Are Mine:  Therefore Said I, That He Shall Take Of Mine, And Shall Shew It Unto You.  Colossians 1:19.  16) A Little While, And Ye Shall Not See Me:  And Again, A Little While, And Ye Shall See me, Because I Go To The Father.

Quest Study Bible – “Is The Holy Spirit Still Speaking Today?”  v13, Jesus Explained That The Holy Spirit Would Expand The Apostles’ Partial Understanding Of Christ’s Life And Mission.  This Aspect Of The Spirit’s Ministry was fulfilled primarily in The Writing of The New Testament.  That, however, does not prevent The Spirit From Continuing To Enlighten men and women About What Christ’s Life And Death Means.  Such Personal Illumination Never Contradicts Or Supersedes The Revelation Of God In His Word.   

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v12,  The Holy Spirit’s Ministry To The Apostles Was Threefold:  (1) He Would Guide Them Into All Truth (v. 13);  (2) He Would Tell Them Of The Future (v. 13);  (3) He Would Help Them Glorify Christ (vv. 14, 15).  v13,  Spirit Of Truth:  The Phrase Means That The Holy Spirit Is The Source Of Truth (14:17; 15:26).  Guide:  The Holy Spirit Would Not Guide Or Carry The Apostles Into Truth.  He Would Lead; Their Job Was To Follow.  All Truth refers to The Truth necessary to Mature Saints and thoroughly equip servants (see 2 Timothy 3:16, 17).  v14,  The Holy Spirit Glorifies Christ By Declaring Him Or Making Him Known.  It Is The Work Of The Holy Spirit To Throw Light On Jesus Christ, Who Is The Image Of The Invisible God.  v15, To Say That The Holy Spirit Will Take What Belongs To Christ (v.14) Does Not Mean He Will Concentrate On Christ To The Exclusion Of The Father.  There Is No Division Within The Godhead.  What The Father Has, The Son Has (17:10).  What The Son Has, The Spirit Will Declare (see 1 Corinthians 2:13).  However, The Focus Will Be On Christ Because He Is The “Image Of The Invisible God” (see Colossians 1:15).   v16, You Will See Me has been interpreted to mean:  (1) The Disciples would literally see Jesus After The Resurrection;  (2) The Disciples Would Spiritually See Jesus After The Ascension Because Of The Work Of The Holy Spirit.  Verse 22 Seems to support The Literal Sight After The Resurrection.   

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – The Coming Of The Spirit Would Be Of Unspeakable Advantage To The Disciples.  The Holy Spirit is our Guide, not only to Show Us The Way, But To Go With us By Continued Aids and Influences.  To be led into a Truth is more than barely to know It; it is not only to have The Notion Of It in our heads, but The Relish (Great Enjoyment), and Savor (A Taste of Something Good), and Power Of It In Our Hearts.  He Shall Teach All Truth, And Keep Back Nothing Profitable, For He Will Show Things To Come.  All The Gifts And Graces Of The Spirit, All The Preaching, And All The Writing Of The Apostles, Under The Influence Of The Spirit, All The Tongues and Miracles, Were To Glorify Christ.  It behooves everyone to ask, Whether The Holy Spirit Has Begun A Good Work In his heart?  Without clear discovery of our guilt and danger, we Never Shall Understand The Value Of Christ’s Salvation, but when brought to know ourselves aright, we Begin To See The Value of The Redeemer.  We should have Fuller Views (As Much As Possible) of The Redeemer, And More Lively (More Active) Affections To Him, if we Prayed (More), and Depended On The Holy Spirit.  Amen.