Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

Heaven 8

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Heaven
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Welcome, last week we read that God is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  All three are spiritual
beings that fill the entire universe.  All three are omnipresent which means they are always present everywhere at
the same time.  God cannot be contained by heaven.

In fact, let’s read that God was alive before the heavens and God actually made the heavens.

Psalms 8:3  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you
have set in place.

Psalms 33:6  By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry hosts by the breath of his mouth.

Psalms 102:25  In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your
hands.

Jeremiah 32:17  “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you made the heavens and the earth by your great power and out-
stretched arm.

Collssians 1:16  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;  all things have been created through him and for him.

Not only does God fill the earth, the heavens and the universe, he created the earth, the heavens and the universe.

Next week, the conclusion to heaven.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Old Testament 27

Posted: December 29, 2016 in Old Testament
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Last week we read that the Israelites reached the land of Canaan or the promised land or the land of milk and
honey.

After exploring the land, the twelve scouts were afraid.  They said “We can’t attack these people;  they are stronger
than we are.”  The Israelites grumbled and wished they had died in Egypt or in the desert.

The Lord spoke to Moses at the Tent of Meeting.

Numbers 14:11  The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt?”  How
long will they refuse to believe me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?

Numbers 14:23  -not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers.

Everyone of the Israelites twenty years old or more will not see the promised land because they did
not trust the Lord.  They disobeyed him by not entering the promised land of Canaan.

Numbers 14:33  Your children will be shepards here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness,
until the last of your bodies lies in the desert.

Numbers 32:13  The Lord’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the wilderness forty
years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.

The Israelites wandered in the desert.  Although the above scripture mentions wilderness, this means 
they were in a state of desolate, barren, no city to dwell in, a solitary way.

Next week, the forty years of wandering are over.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Last week we ended with the Egyptian army marching toward the Israelites- who were trapped against the
Red Sea.  The Israelites were terrified and cried out to the Lord.

Exodus 14:21  Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the
sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land.

The Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

See photo above, lower right corner.  The green arrow shows where the Israelites crossed the Red Sea.

The Egyptians pursued them following them into the sea.  God threw the Egyptian army into confusion 
and caused the wheels of their chariots to come off.

Again, Moses stretched out his hand over the sea.  The water flowed back and covered the entire
army of Pharaoh.  Not one of them survived.

Exodus 14:30  That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the
Egyptians lying dead on the shore.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Continuing from last week, Pharaoh tried to kill Moses.  Because of this, Moses fled and went to Midian, where he
sat down by a well.

Exodus 2:16  Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water.

Some shepherds came along and drove the women away, but Moses came to their rescue.

Moses married one of the seven daughters named Zipporah.

One day Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law.  Moses saw a burning bush that did not burn up.
Moses approached.  God called to Moses from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!

Exodus 3:6  Then God said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of
Jacob.

To review Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, please read Old Testament 8 – 16.

Exodus 3:7  The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people (Israelites) in Egypt.  I have
heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.”

God sends Moses back to Egypt to free the Israelites.

Next week, God sends the plagues on Egypt.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Old Testament 15

Posted: October 6, 2016 in Old Testament
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Last week we read that the Pharaoh of Egypt had several dreams.  Not the magicians nor the wise men could inter-
pret his dreams.  The Pharaoh sent for Joseph.

Genesis 41:15  Pharaoh said to Joseph. “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it.  But I have heard it said of you
that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

Joseph replied, “I cannot do it but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

Genesis 41:28  “God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.  Seven years of great abundance are coming
throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow them.”

Genesis 41:41  So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”

Genesis 41:47  During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully.  Joseph collected all the
food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities.

Genesis 41:53  The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and seven years of famine began, just
as Joseph had said. 

Genesis 41:56  When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened the storehouses and sold
grain to the Egyptians for the famine was severe throughout Egypt.  And all the countries came to
Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the world.

Next week, Joseph’s brothers come to buy grain.  These are the same brothers that sold him to the Midianites.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Let’s expand on the counseling or communicating side of the Holy Spirit.

Before Jesus died on the cross, the Holy Spirit communicated only with the prophets and the high priest.  In the
Old Testament, the tabernacle contained a room called the Most Holy Place.  In this room, the high priests 
heard from the Holy Spirit on behalf of all the Israelite believers.

Hebrews 5: 1  “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relationship
to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin.

For more information on the Most Holy Place, please see “Point of Salvation” pages 7 – 10 in the category column
to the left.

After Jesus died on the cross, the curtain leading into the Most Holy Place was torn in two.

Luke 23:45 for the sun stopped shining.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

This symbolized that the high priests are no longer the only ones that can seek counsel and communicate with the
Holy Spirit.  Jesus is now the High Priest and all believers can seek counsel and communicate with the
Holy Spirit “the Counselor.”

The access to the communicating side of the Holy Spirit is how faith spread beyond the nation of Israel to every
nation in the world.  Therefore, Abraham was the father of faith.  He was the father of many nations.

Genesis 15:15  He (God) took him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars-
if indeed you can count them.  Then he said to him, so shall your offspring be.

Next week, continuing from Abraham to Joseph.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Let’s expand on Abraham, the father of many nations.

When God made a covenant with Abraham, he distinguished his believers from nonbelievers.  As the following
scriptures explain, Gods people are distinguished and made righteous only by their faith.

Romans 4:6  Daniel says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man (Abraham) whom God
credits righteous apart from works.

Romans 4:11  … So then, he (Abraham) is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in
order that righteousness might be credited to them.

Romans 4:13  It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he could be heirs
to the world, but through righteousness that comes by faith.

These scriptures are telling us that doing good works, being circumcised, following Gods law and sacri-
ficing animals as an atonement does not make a person righteous.  Performing these things will not
save a person.  Performing these things showed that a person had faith.  They were a sign of a persons faith.

Abraham and all of his descendants only became righteous because of their faith.  It was a persons
faith even in the Old Testament, that invited the Holy Spirit to dwell within a persons soul and depart his righteous-
ness to their soul.  It is the righteousness of the Holy Spirit that saves a persons soul.

The Holy Spirit has always been present, even before the birth of Jesus.  It has always been the Holy Spirit that
departs salvation.  It was only after the death of Jesus that the communicating side of the Holy Spirit was released.

Next week we will expand on the communicating side of the Holy Spirit and how it grew to many nations.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff