“The Ultimate Gift”

gift-bowRomans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life …..

 How does one wrap the perfect gift? What kind of wrapping for the most expensive gift of all time? And, in fact, what kind of container shall this gift be given in, let alone all the rest? This God of Creation has the perfect answer to all these questions and more. He decided to give a gift to all of mankind, a gift that will never stop giving throughout eternity. Of course this all happened around two thousand years ago but it is still so unique that it continues to go far beyond what any of us could have come up with. This pure Love decided to give the world Himeslf in the person of His Son. It goes so far beyond that, but for what I want to share today is going to rattle a few cages. As we all know, the container which He decide to use was the willing body of a Jewish virgin girl living in Nazareth, Israel named Meriam/Mary. This is the package He decided to use and she was willing to go along with His decision. He then decided to implant this young girl with His son Who would be the Light of the world on the 25th of December, not to be revealed to the world till nine months later. The Perfect Gift at the perfect time to be revealed at His chosen Feast of Tabernacles (Succoth). The Hebrew word ‘Succoth’ means, God with us. Yes, the Light of the world entered the world at December 25th but the world did not know of it till nine months later when He was fully formed. That is when the angels gave the shepherds the news, in September, before the rainy season when they would have been in the fields watching over their sheep. (Sheep’s wool absorbs a lot of water and they would become too heavy to move around in the rainy season) In Israel, you will not find but extremely few sheep or shepherds in the fields from November till March. The Word proves all of this, by the way. Enough said for today. You are welcome to make comments.

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Lost and Found

Sheep of Israel

Matthew 14:24 “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

It has come to me quite unexpectedly as I was pondering the magnitude of diversity and the glory that this awesome God puts in flowers, that the Messiah was born as a Jew and came expressly to minister to the Jewish nation of Israel. The Father God has chosen the people of Israel to show the world His love, kindness, justice and attributes through. It all started with this one man called Abram way back in Chapter 12 of Genesis. Genesis 12:1-4 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And God made covenants (promises that could not be broken) with Abram that still hold true to this day. We are talking about four thousand years ago as we count time. The old testament of the bible is a written testimony of His dealings with this people. Then, in what is called the new testament of the bible, He sent His Son Yeshua (Jesus, was or is the Gentile version of His Jewish name) to testify about the goodness of His Father God to the people He had chosen. And why did the people flock to Him, because He did give testimony of the goodness of His Father.

Now, as the Holy Spirit showed me this morning, He testified about the Christian church that wanted to take the Glory for themselves. Matthew 21:33-41 Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit.  And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.  Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’  But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’  So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.  “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” 41 They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.”  Now I ask, why is there so much anti-Semitism in the Christian church and community? As I see it, the Christian church has bought into the lie that it has replaced Israel; they have taken the vineyard away from God’s chosen people and said effectively, ‘How dare He choose the Jewish people.’ Romans Chapter eleven needs to be fully understood by the church as a whole today. Fortunately there are a few who have grasped this understanding and support Israel and its people. 

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Genesis One – Day Six Conclusion

Genesis 1:29-31

Genesis 1:29-31 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

I get the impression that the Creator had in mind a vegetarian diet. Basically an eternity of joy and happiness without the slaughter of animals lay before them. How very blessed they were and I am of the belief that this supernatural Creator God has an even greater eternal existence in store for those who will follow Him in His Holiness and Love. I do believe that there will be an exciting time of unending discovery and beauty that awaits true believers and followers of this most awesome God with whom nothing is impossible. I want to know all there is to know about this wonderful Creator and that will be a never ending story.

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