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Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 42

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/8/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 26, 5778 until sunset.

      Aside from revelations, the patriarchs knew God’s teaching brought forward through Noah. Appropriate times were set aside for sacrificial worship. (Genesis 4:3; “At the designated time Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering to the Lord.”) They knew the seventh day was set aside for thanksgiving, worship and looked forward to peace on earth. (Gen 2:1-3; The heavens and the earth were completed with everything that was in them. By the seventh day God finished the work that He had been doing, and He ceased on the seventh day all the work that He had been doing. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it He ceased all the work that He had been doing in creation.”) God began setting aside His covenant people by having them circumcise their males, including servants on the eighth day. (Gen 17:9-11; Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep the covenantal requirement I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: Every male among you must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder of the covenant between Me and you.”) That belonging covenant looked forward to the greater and spiritual circumcision of the heart. He had Jeremiah write the following: (Jer 9:25; The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.”)

       All compliances to God’s will for our good, NOT a works of the law to gain favor or salvation. We honor these things out of loving respect, because He is our God, NOT for show nor gain, but demonstrating to whom we belong. 

       (Mark 2:27; Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. For this reason the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”)

      The Lord God Jesus rested and reflected on His re-creative and creative work on the seventh day, commanded that believers IN Him “His people” do the same. Never suggesting that keeping rules saved. The Pharisee types self-righteously do works “thinking to gain.” The holy scriptures teach “we can’t do the will of God perfectly from within our inherited sin nature.” Keeping God’s set aside holy times demonstrates our recognizing Him as Creator, Re-creator, Redeemer, Deliverer and Mediator. When Jesus returns the whole world will ultimately become to be at one with Him. Satan will be bound and ultimately destroyed; “knowledge of Jesus will covers the earth as water the sea.”

       God is allowing Satan to deceive the whole world to the degree of Sodom and Gomorra, “for His ultimate purpose.” From Sabbaths God set aside to “times honoring imaginary gods of paganism.” Satan has led Moslems to select the sixth day and professing Christians the first. When we recognize Jesus as Creator, we’re compelled to observe His Sabbaths.

      We have examples of God’s dissatisfaction with these types. Israelites wanted a king like the gentiles during Samuel’s day: God told Samuel. “they are rejecting Me.” The results are for our learning.

      Jeroboam was one of the bad kings. (1Kings 12:28- Jeroboam made two golden calves. Then he said to the people, “It’s too much trouble for you to go up to Jerusalem. Look, Israel, here are your gods who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” He put one in Bethel and the other in Dan. (30) This caused Israel to sin; the people went to Bethel and Dan to worship the calves. He built temples on the high places and appointed as priests people who were not Levites. Jeroboam inaugurated a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the festival celebrated in Judah. On the altar in Bethel he offered sacrifices to the calves he had made. In Bethel he also appointed priests for the high places he had made.” Always study the whole.

        Needless to say, “The Lord God Jesus wasn’t pleased. Through Isaiah, He affirms distaste for assemblies of our own making.

       (Isaiah 1:13-20; “Do not bring any more meaningless offerings; I consider your incense detestable! You observe new moon festivals, Sabbaths, and convocations, but I cannot tolerate sin-stained celebrations! I hate your new moon festivals and assemblies; they are a burden that I am tired of carrying. (15) When you spread out your hands in prayer, I look the other way; when you offer your many prayers, I do not listen, because your hands are covered with blood. (16) Wash! Cleanse yourselves! Remove your sinful deeds from My sight. Stop sinning! Learn to do what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow! (18) Come, let’s consider your options,” says the Lord. “Though your sins have stained you like the color red, you can become white like snow; though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet, you can become white like wool. If you have a willing attitude and obey, then you will again eat the good crops of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” Know for certain that the Lord has spoken.)

      God cares about His reputation. Through Ezekiel He shares His disdain for Israel’s disobedience, His forgiving will toward them and His ultimate delivery.

      (Ezek 20:1-5; “In the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth of the month, some of the elders of Israel came to seek the Lord, and they sat down in front of me. The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and tell them: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Are you coming to seek me? As surely as I live, I will not allow you to seek me, declares the sovereign Lord.’ “Are you willing to pronounce judgment? Are you willing to pronounce judgment, son of man? Then confront them with the abominable practices of their fathers and say to them:

“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: On the day I chose Israel I swore to the descendants of the house of Jacob and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt. I swore to them, “I am the Lord your God.”

      (6-8; “On that day I swore to bring them out of the land of Egypt to a land which I had picked out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands. I said to them, “Each of you must get rid of the detestable idols you keep before you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” (8) But they rebelled against Me and refused to listen to Me; no one got rid of their detestable idols, nor did they abandon the idols of Egypt. Then I decided to pour out My rage on them and fully vent My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.”

      (9-11; I acted for the sake of My reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations among whom they lived, before whom I revealed Myself by bringing them out of the land of Egypt. “‘So I brought them out of the land of Egypt and led them to the wilderness. I gave them My statutes and revealed My regulations to them. The one who carries them out will live by them!”

      (12-13;  “I also gave them My Sabbaths as a reminder of our relationship, so that they would know that I, the Lord, sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness; they did not follow My statutes and they rejected My regulations (the one who obeys them will live by them), and they utterly desecrated My Sabbaths. So I decided to pour out My rage on them in the wilderness and destroy them.”

      (14-17; “I acted for the sake of My reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. I also swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them to the land I had given them – a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands. (16) I did this because they rejected My regulations, did not follow My statutes, and desecrated My Sabbaths; for their hearts followed their idols. Yet I had pity on them and did not destroy them, so I did not make an end of them in the wilderness.”

      (18-26; “‘But I said to their children in the wilderness, “Do not follow the practices of your fathers; do not observe their regulations, nor defile yourselves with their idols. I am the Lord your God; follow My statutes, observe My regulations, and carry them out. (20) Treat My Sabbaths as holy and they will be a reminder of our relationship, and then you will know that I am the Lord your God.” “‘But the children rebelled against Me, did not follow My statutes, did not observe My regulations by carrying them out (the one who obeys them will live by them), and desecrated My Sabbaths. I decided to pour out My rage on them and fully vent My anger against them in the wilderness. But I refrained from doing so, and acted instead for the sake of My reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. I also swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the lands. I did this because they did not observe My regulations, they rejected My statutes, they desecrated My Sabbaths, and their eyes were fixed on their fathers’ idols. (25) I also gave them decrees which were not good and regulations by which they could not live. I declared them to be defiled because of their sacrifices – they caused all their first born to pass through the fire – so that I would devastate them, so that they will know that I am the Lord.’

      (27-30; “Therefore, speak to the house of Israel, son of man, and tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: In this way too your fathers blasphemed Me when they were unfaithful to Me. I brought them to the land which I swore to give them, but whenever they saw any high hill or leafy tree, they offered their sacrifices there and presented the offerings that provoke Me to anger. They offered their soothing aroma there and poured out their drink offerings. So I said to them, What is this high place you go to?’” (So it is called “High Place” to this day.)

      (30-31; “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Will you defile yourselves like your fathers and engage in prostitution with detestable idols? When you present your sacrifices – when you make your sons pass through the fire – you defile yourselves with all your idols to this very day. Will I allow you to seek Me, O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will not allow you to seek Me!’

      (32-38; “‘What you plan will never happen. You say, “We will be like the nations, like the clans of the lands, who serve gods of wood and stone.” As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, with a powerful hand and an outstretched arm, and with an outpouring of rage, I will be king over you. I will bring you out from the nations and will gather you from the lands where you are scattered, with a powerful hand and an outstretched arm and with an outpouring of rage! I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. Just as I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you, declares the sovereign Lord. (37) I will make you pass under the shepherd’s staff, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. I will eliminate from among you the rebels and those who revolt against Me. I will bring them out from the land where they have been residing, but they will not come to the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

      (39- “‘As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Each of you go and serve your idols, if you will not listen to me. But my holy name will not be profaned again by your sacrifices and your idols. For there on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord, all the house of Israel will serve me, all of them65 in the land. I will accept them there, and there I will seek your contributions and your choice gifts, with all your holy things. When I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the lands where you are scattered, I will accept you along with your soothing aroma. I will display My holiness among you in the sight of the nations. (42) Then you will know that I am the Lord when I bring you to the land of Israel, to the land I swore to give to your fathers. And there you will remember your conduct and all your deeds by which you defiled yourselves. You will despise yourselves because of all the evil deeds you have done. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for the sake of my reputation and not according to your wicked conduct and corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord.’”

       The old covenant had to do with circumcision of a chosen people. “Abraham‘s descendents.” Abraham believed IN God before He commanded circumcision as a seal of belonging.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 41

Friday, September 7th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/7/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 25, 5778 until sunset.

      Study of the patriarchs’ lives demonstrate a difference between “believing IN and believing that.” Believers IN are set aside, called and gifted with a desire to be at one with their God. (Believers that, “as Cain, Joseph’s brothers and Abimelech” believe God exist, but had no gifted desire to be obediently at one with Him.) God reveals He’s the same yesterday, today and forever: “people He reveals Himself to are spirit led to practice living that’s pleasing to Him. At our point of study in this Genesis account, “Joseph is holding brother “Simeon” captive, while demanding they bring “Benjamin” the younger back. Reluctantly Israel is sending Benjamin.

      (Gen: 43:15-22; “So the men ‘brothers’ took these gifts, and they took double the money with them, along with Benjamin. Then they hurried down to Egypt and stood before Joseph. When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the servant who was over his household, “Bring the men to the house, slaughter an animal and prepare it, for the men will eat with me at noon.” The man did just as Joseph said; he brought the men into Joseph’s house. But Joseph’s brothers were afraid when they were brought to Joseph’s house. They said, “We are being brought in because of the money that was returned in our sacks last time. He wants to capture us, make us slaves, and take our donkeys!” (19) So they approached the man who was in charge of Joseph’s household and spoke to him at the entrance to the house. They said, “My lord, we did indeed come down the first time to buy food. But when we came to the place where we spent the night, we opened our sacks and each of us found his money – the full amount – in the mouth of his sack. So we have returned it. We have brought additional money with us to buy food. We do not know who put the money in our sacks!”

      (Gen 43:23-27; “Everything is fine,” the man in charge of Joseph’s household told them. “Don’t be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks. I had your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them. The servant in charge brought the men into Joseph’s house. He gave them water, and they washed their feet. Then he gave food to their donkeys. They got their gifts ready for Joseph’s arrival at noon, for they had heard that they were to have a meal there. (26) When Joseph came home, they presented him with the gifts they had brought inside, and they bowed down to the ground before him. He asked them how they were doing. Then he said, “Is your aging father well, the one you spoke about? Is he still alive?” “Your servant our father is well” they replied. “He is still alive.” They bowed down in humility.”

      (Gen 43:29-34; “When Joseph looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said, “Is this your youngest brother, whom you told me about?” Then he said, “May God be gracious to you, my son.” Joseph hurried out, for he was overcome by affection for his brother and was at the point of tears. So he went to his room and wept there. (31) Then he washed his face and came out. With composure he said, “Set out the food.” They set a place for him, a separate place for his brothers, and another for the Egyptians who were eating with him. (The Egyptians are not able to eat with Hebrews, for the Egyptians think it is disgusting to do so.) They sat before him, arranged by order of birth, beginning with the firstborn and ending with the youngest. Joseph’s brothers looked at each other in astonishment. He gave them portions of the food set before him, but the portion for Benjamin was five times greater than the portions for any of the others. They drank with Joseph until they all became drunk.”

      (Gen 44:1-5; “Joseph instructed the servant who was over his household, “Fill the sacks of the men with as much food as they can carry and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack. Then put my cup – the silver cup – in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the money for his grain.” He did as Joseph instructed. When morning came, the men and their donkeys were sent off. They had not gone very far from the city when Joseph said to the servant who was over his household, “Pursue the men at once! When you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil? Doesn’t my master drink from this cup and use it for divination? You have done wrong!’”

      (Gen 44:6-13; “When the man overtook them, he spoke these words to them. They answered him, “Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing! Look, the money that we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. Why then would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? If one of us has it, he will die, and the rest of us will become my lord’s slaves!” (10) He replied, “You have suggested your own punishment! The one who has it will become my slave, but the rest of you will go free.” So each man quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it. Then the man searched. He began with the oldest and finished with the youngest. The cup was found in Benjamin’s sack! They all tore their clothes! Then each man loaded his donkey, and they returned to the city.”

      (Gen 44:14-26; “So Judah and his brothers came back to Joseph’s house. He was still there, and they threw themselves to the ground before him. Joseph said to them, “What did you think you were doing? Don’t you know that a man like me can find out things like this by divination?” Judah replied, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? How can we clear ourselves? God has exposed the sin of your servants! We are now my lord’s slaves, we and the one in whose possession the cup was found.” (17) But Joseph said, “Far be it from me to do this! The man in whose hand the cup was found will become my slave, but the rest of you may go back to your father in peace.” (18) Then Judah approached him and said, “My lord, please allow your servant to speak a word with you. Please do not get angry with your servant, for you are just like Pharaoh. My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ We said to my lord, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young boy who was born when our father was old. The boy’s brother is dead. He is the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.’ (22) “Then you told your servants, ‘Bring him down to me so I can see him.’ We said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father. If he leaves his father, his father will die.’ But you said to your servants, ‘If your youngest brother does not come down with you, you will not see my face again.’ When we returned to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. “Then our father said, ‘Go back and buy us a little food.’ But we replied, ‘We cannot go down there. If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go, for we won’t be permitted to see the man’s face if our youngest brother is not with us.’

      27-33; “Then your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife gave me two sons. The first disappeared and I said, “He has surely been torn to pieces.” I have not seen him since. If you take this one from me too and an accident happens to him, then you will bring down my gray hair in tragedy to the grave.’ “So now, when I return to your servant my father, and the boy is not with us – his very life is bound up in his son’s life. When he sees the boy is not with us, he will die, and your servants will bring down the gray hair of your servant our father in sorrow to the grave. (32) Indeed, your servant pledged security for the boy with my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then I will bear the blame before my father all my life.’ (33) “So now, please let your servant remain as my lord’s slave instead of the boy. As for the boy, let him go back with his brothers. For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see my father’s pain.”)

      (Genesis 45:1-13; “Joseph was no longer able to control himself before all his attendants, so he cried out, “Make everyone go out from my presence!” No one remained with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. He wept loudly; the Egyptians heard it and Pharaoh’s household heard about it. (3) Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” His brothers could not answer him because they were dumbfounded before him. Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me,” so they came near. Then he said, “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. Now, do not be upset and do not be angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to preserve life! (6) For these past two years there has been famine in the land and for five more years there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. (7) God sent me ahead of you to preserve you on the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now, it is not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me an adviser to Pharaoh, lord over all his household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Now go up to my father quickly and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: “God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not delay! You will live in the land of Goshen, and you will be near me – you, your children, your grandchildren, your flocks, your herds, and everything you have. (11) I will provide you with food there because there will be five more years of famine. Otherwise you would become poor – you, your household, and everyone who belongs to you.”’ You and my brother Benjamin can certainly see with your own eyes that I really am the one who speaks to you. So tell my father about all my honor in Egypt and about everything you have seen. But bring my father down here quickly!”)

       Remember the definition of a Believer IN opposed to one that believes that? There are many divisionary ways of believing that! Some believe that our Creator is God; “others believe He created through evolution.” Others believe in a god who turned everything over to a universal church. Some believe in a god that allows people to choose when they may be saved etc.

       To believe IN God as He is manifested to be in this historical account, “is to be gifted with spiritual knowledge.” To believe IN God as He’s manifested to be in the holy scriptures, “is to know He predestines who He will reveal Himself to.” He has predestined Satan’s fate, the resurrections, peace on earth, judgments and another beginning when New Jerusalem comes down.” Believing IN God as Abraham did is accounted to us as righteousness.

      (Rom 4:2-7; “For IF Abraham was declared righteous by the works of the law, he has something to boast about – but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (See Gen 15:6) Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to obligation. But to the one who does not work, but believes IN the one who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness.”)

      PAUL’S meaning is NOT that people should not try to keep the law. If one could be save through works of the law, “that would be an obligation on God’s part!” Because no one can keep the law of God perfectly, “we can only be saved by God’s grace.” He being all knowing, reveals Himself to whom He chooses; “predestines.”

      (Romans 4:6-9; “So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.” Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the un-circumcision? For we say, “believing IN” faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.”)

      (Ephesians 2:1-3; And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…

      (Eph 2:4-10; But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! – (6) and He raised us up with Him ‘Jesus’ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (8) For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. (10) For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) As His workmanship, “our duty is to consider ourselves clay in His hand” constantly yield to His molding, grow in His grace and knowledge and overcome our inherited sin nature to the end.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 40

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/6/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 24, 5778 until sunset.

      Sarah’s maid “Hagar” and Abraham’s first born “Ishmael” believed Abraham’s God was real.” An angel was sent to assure Hagar of Ishmael’s future heritage. The point is that God chooses to whom He will reveal Himself, show mercy, grace and knowledge of His Way. Others know through observation that God sustains, has power to bless and that His law is their guardian - teacher. Remember Abimelech who took Sarai to be his wife until it was revealed “she was Abraham’s.” (See Gen 20:)

      Others: Enoch, Seth, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph were gifted with knowledge of God, “chosen by grace for God’s purpose.” Their believing IN faith “became their guardian - teacher.” (Joseph didn’t need a written law, “don’t commit adultery” when he refused the advances of his master’s wife.) (Is it not the same with “born from above people” in this age? “People fathered by God?”) All are under God’s law “as guardian until God calls, reveals Himself and gifts, by grace, His spirit, “making each at one with Himself.”

      Joseph gradually understood, “he was God’s instrument.” His brothers respected Israel’s God and felt guilt for having wronged him. They weren’t spiritually gifted by grace as was Joseph. Now their dilemma was to sell Israel on letting Benjamin go to Egypt with them to purchase food.         

       Seemingly Israel had forgotten God’s promises; “we all seem to forget God’s promises in time of trouble.” At the time, Israel was not faithfully remembering God’s promise at Bethel. Lets review.

      (Gen 25:11-12; “Then God said to Israel, “I am the sovereign God. Be fruitful and multiply! A nation – even a company of nations – will descend from you; kings will be among your descendants! The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you. To your descendants I will also give this land.”)

      Joseph’s dreams as recorded in chapter 37, are unfolding according to God’s plan. Nothing is impossible with God, “The called are His workmanship, for His purpose.” We’re witnessing how God molds the clay. Our Creator God is a predestining God. His prophesies are timed and no human nor Satan’s efforts are able to alter them.

      (Isaiah 29:15-16; “Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, “Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” Your thinking is perverse! Should the potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the Potter, “He doesn’t understand.?”)

      This is what believing IN God is about! Knowing, He knows each of us individually. Abraham believed God and that belief IN was counted to him for righteousness. If God has revealed Himself and we are led to believe IN, “an obedience to His will be imputed to our nature.” (With His nature in us, “we can’t knowingly practice ways He considers lawless, “sin.”) Only then is Jesus indeed our Lord. Its the difference in believing IN and believing that.

      (Isaiah 41:21-29; “Present your argument,” says the Lord. “Produce your evidence,” says Jacob’s king. (“the Lord Jesus”) “Let them “unbelievers” produce evidence! Let them tell us what will happen! Tell us about your earlier predictive oracles, so we may examine them and see how they were fulfilled. Or decree for us some future events! Predict how future events will turn out, so we might know you are gods. Yes, do something good or bad, so we might be frightened and in awe. Look, you “unbelievers” are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting. I “the Lord God” have stirred up one out of the north and He advances, one from the eastern horizon who prays in My name. He steps on rulers as if they were clay, like a potter treading the clay. Who decreed this from the beginning, so we “believers IN” could know? Who announced it ahead of time, so we could say, ‘He’s correct’? Indeed, none of those “unbelievers” decreed it! Indeed, none of them announced it! Indeed, no one heard you say anything! I “the Lord God” first decreed to Zion, ‘Look, here’s what will happen!’ I sent a herald to Jerusalem. (28) I look, but there is no one, among them there is no one who serves as an adviser, that I “the Lord God” might ask questions and receive answers. Look, all of them “unbelievers - false prophets” are nothing, their accomplishments are nonexistent; their metal images lack any real substance.”)

       Believers IN know  “our Lord Jesus inspired Isaiah’s words.” (Review John 1:1-5, Colossians 1”15:20 & Hebrews 1: for proof.) We know “NO image has substance and to look to them is idolatry.” Much of the world will be worshiping images at this “equinox time of the year comes.” Even images of a Jesus “that doesn’t exist.”

       God caused the unbelievers “Abraham partnered with” to respect and yield to him when he was rescuing Lot. God intervened in the minds of those that took Abraham and Isaac’s wives to their homes. God caused Jacob’s would be adversaries, “Laban and then Esau to act favorably toward him.” God caused the Pharaoh to believe in Joseph. Jesus’ apostles knew the scriptural history of the Patriarchs and that they were tools in God’s hand. Paul taught the parallels. Go back and study Romans 9:12-33.)

      We should never question why some people are hardened and some are compassionate. Why some are called and some aren’t. The Patriarchs’ were God’s Elect; “they and each Believers IN’S name were written in the Lamb’s book of life “before the foundation of the world.” (If clergy type individuals taught people to study God‘s Word, seek His Way, understand they’re the clay and wait on God’s revelation, rather than choosing a fitting religion; perhaps more people would persevere spiritually.)

      The result of our inherited from Adam nature without god’s intervention is, “an evolution toward the ways of Sodom and Gomorrah.” We see it in this present age. People practicing and condoning detestable to God life styles, inspired by Satan, are getting to the point “except God shorten the time, no flesh would be saved alive.”

      (Matt 24:22) “But for the Elect’s sake, time will be shortened.) The Patriarchs, Joseph and many more are God’s Elect. They’re examples to Believers living in these latter days.

      Joseph’s brothers acting out of jealously “played into God’s plan and purpose for Joseph’s preplanned life.” When Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt for food, they were treated harshly by Joseph and jailed, “only then did they began to ponder their past.”

      Though weak in the flesh, “son’s of Israel were taught the Ways of God.” Consider; “Jacob’s family may have been the only people on earth, who were taught the Ways of God.” Thus Joseph’s brother’s words, “what has God done to us?” (What percentage of today’s population do you think, “know the Ways of God?”) How many are mentally and spiritually led to practice them?

       Israel displayed his fleshly nature as we all do at times. Having God’s spirit imputed to the mind doesn’t shut out all self serving thoughts. The spirit don’t necessarily make us recognize each fleshly thought, “but His spirit leads His people to overcome to the end.”

      (Isaiah 29:15-16; “Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, “Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” Your thinking is perverse! Should the potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the Potter, “He doesn’t understand.?”)

       It’s what believing IN God is about! Knowing that He knows each of us individually. If Abraham’s believing IN God “counted for righteousness, “our believing IN is counted for righteousness.” When God reveals Himself and we’re led to believe IN, “a desire to be obedient to His will is imputed to our nature.” (With His nature in us, “we don’t knowingly practice ways He considers lawless, “sin.”) Jesus becomes our Lord.

      As was each apostle’s letter, “these studies are to encourage.” We know unbelievers and denominational minded are likely to be offended. Followers of Jesus are personally called by and for God’s purpose. To live among pagan cultures, “is likely the training we need.” Knowing God is allowing Satan to be the god of this world is for our benefit. Knowing God sanctifies, “sets aside” people for His purpose is a benefit.

      When God delivered the twelve tribes of Israel from pagan Egypt, “that event parallels His delivering individuals from a love of this world’s system of things, “today’s paganism”) Unbelievers don’t comprehend that God is allowing the whole world to be as old and current Egypt. The whole world is in a state of pagan confusion. During the life time of Jesus’ apostles God was allowing the pagan apostate to take place within God’s churches. (Study Jude’s short book prayerfully.) Even those early followers of Jesus had to flee persecutions. Study how the so called universal church began to develop and prayerfully consider why they brought in a mix of Judaism, Egyptian and other pagan countries’ practices. Consider why the Roman calendar days of the week are named for pagan gods.

      The Hebrews writer has a whole chapter devoted to faith. In the latter part of chapter 11: he describes how afflicted people of faith endured.

      (Hebrews 11:35-40; “But others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain resurrection to a better life. And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (the world was not worthy of them); they wandered in deserts and mountains and caves and openings in the earth. And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.”)

       The apostate Jude wrote about was becoming a mix of paganism and Judaism and still referred to as Christian in this latter age.

      Jesus pulled no punches about the effect of His Word on communities and families.

      (Matthew 10:32-39; “Whoever, then, acknowledges Me before people, I will acknowledge before My Father in heaven. But whoever denies Me before people, I will deny him also before My Father in heaven.” “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.” “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.”)

      Followers of Jesus have never fit in this pagan world. Seemingly Egypt was the most powerful nation on earth when God sent Joseph there. God’s Word and activities zeroed in on this part of the world. What may have been happening across oceans, “at the time” isn’t dwelt with in the holy scriptures. Primarily God’s Word deals with His chosen people; Noah’s son Shem’s descendents included Terah, “Abraham’s father” and through his spiritual descendents the world is blessed. God promised the Patriarchs and Joseph’s sons that kings and multitudes of descendents would come through them, “this assumes they would be scattered.” In this Genesis history of Abraham’s descendents, we see God’s blessings being passed through Joseph. In this Genesis history God reveals that He is all knowing, He chooses whom He will reveal Himself and who is allowed to go the way that seems right to themselves. (see Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25; (“There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.”)

      Practicing the way one thinks is right, “independent of what God says is right, is idolatry and the way to eternal death.”

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 39

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/4/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 23, 5778 until sunset.

      Seemingly Abraham would have wrote about God’s promises for his descendents; including their future time of bondage to a foreign power. If Jacob had such, it isn’t revealed at this point. Based on God’s promises; seemingly Jacob would have known the severe drought reducing him to poverty and the report of his favorite son being killed was all in God’s plan. His knowledge of these things is only revealed to us in his final years. 

      (Genesis 42:1-19; “When Jacob, “Israel” heard there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why are you looking at each other?” He then said, “Look, I hear that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy grain for us so that we may live and not die.” So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “What if some accident happens to him?” So Israel’s sons came to buy grain among the other travelers, for the famine was severe in the land of Canaan.

      6-10; Now Joseph was the ruler of the country, the one who sold grain to all the people of the country. Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the ground. When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger to them and spoke to them harshly. He asked, “Where do you come from?” They answered, “From the land of Canaan, to buy grain for food.” (8) Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. Then Joseph remembered the dreams he had dreamed about them, and he said to them, “You are spies; you have come to see if our land is vulnerable!” But they exclaimed, “No, my lord! Your servants have come to buy grain for food! We are all the sons of one man; we are honest men! Your servants are not spies.” “No,” Joseph insisted, “but you have come to see if our land is vulnerable.” (15) They replied, “Your servants are from a family of twelve brothers. We are the sons of one man in the land of Canaan. The youngest is with our father at this time, and one is no longer alive.”

      14-19; But Joseph told them, “It is just as I said to you: You are spies! You will be tested in this way: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not depart from this place unless your youngest brother comes here. One of you must go and get your brother, while the rest of you remain in prison. In this way your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If not, then, as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!” Joseph imprisoned them all for three days. On the third day Joseph said to them, “Do as I say and you will live, for I fear God. (19) If you are honest men, leave one of your brothers confined here in prison while the rest of you go and take grain back for your hungry families. But you must bring your youngest brother to me. Then your words will be verified and you will not die.” They did as he said.”)

      Consider believing the truthfulness of this account and the reality of God’s working things out according to His plan. Joseph’s whole life was preplanned. The Patriarchs belonged to God by promise, as do each called out Believer IN, “Christian.” The Patriarchs all died not having inherited the promises. In Christ they will be made alive. Paul taught it.

      (1Cor 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. “Jesus” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.”) As always, study the whole text.

       All will be made alive and be judged by Jesus’ Word. (John 12:44-50; “But Jesus shouted out, “The one who believes IN Me does not believe in Me, but in the one who sent Me, and the one who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes IN Me should not remain in darkness. If anyone hears My words and does not obey them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects Me and does not accept My words has a judge; the Word I have spoken will judge him at the last day. For I have not spoken from My own authority, but the Father Himself who sent Me has commanded Me what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told Me.”

      Not only did Jesus speak, He speaks through prophets and is still speaking through studies such as this.

       God does work in the minds of unbelievers as He chooses. God caused unbelievers Abraham covenanted with, to respect and yield to Him when He was rescuing Lot. God intervened in the minds rulers who took Abraham and Isaac’s wives to their homes. (God caused adversaries such as Laban and Esau to act favorably toward Jacob.) God caused the Pharaoh to believe in Joseph. Jesus’ apostles knew the scriptural history of the Patriarchs and that the Pharaoh were tools in God’s hand. Paul taught the parallels.

      (Romans 9:12-20; It was said to Rachel , “The older will serve the younger,” (Gen 25:23) just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” (Mal 1:2-3) What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! For He says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then, it does not depend on human desire or exertion, but on God who shows mercy. For the scripture says to Pharaoh: “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may demonstrate My power in you, and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” (See Exodus 9 :)

      (18-20; So then, God has mercy on whom He chooses to have mercy, and He hardens whom He chooses to harden. You will say to me then, “Why does God still find fault? For who has ever resisted His will?” But who indeed are you – a mere human being – to talk back to God?”)

      We shouldn’t even question why some people are hardened and some compassionate. The Patriarchs’ names were written in the Lamb’s book of life before the foundation of the world. (If clergy type individuals taught people to study God‘s Word, seek God’s Way, know they are the clay and wait on God’s revelation, rather than choosing a fitting religion; perhaps more people would persevere with spiritual understanding.)

      (Rom 9:20-33; “Does what is molded say to the molder, Why have you made me like this?” Has the Potter no right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use? But what if God, willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared for destruction? (23) And what if He is willing to make known the wealth of His glory on the objects of mercy that He has prepared beforehand for glory – even us, “we followers of Jesus” whom He has called, not only from the Jews “Israelites” but also from the Gentiles? As He also says in Hosea: “I will call those who were not My people, My people, and I will call her who was unloved, My beloved.’” “And in the very place where it was said to them, You are not My people, there they will be called sons of the living God.’” (Hosea 1:10)

       27-33; And Isaiah cries out on behalf of Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, only the remnant will be saved, for the Lord will execute His sentence on the earth completely and quickly.” Just as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of armies had not left us “His chosen” descendants, we would have become like Sodom, and we would have resembled Gomorrah.” (30) What shall we say then? – that the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness obtained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith, but Israel even though pursuing a law of righteousness did not attain it. (32) Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but (as if it were possible) by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, just as it is written, “Look, I am laying in Zion a stone that will cause people to stumble and a rock that will make them fall, yet the one who BELIEVES IN Him will not be put to shame.”)

       The result of our inherited from Adam nature is, “an evolution toward the ways of Sodom and Gomorrah.” We see it now in this present age. The practicing and condoning of detestable to God life styles, inspired by Satan, are now getting to the point that except God shorten the time, “no flesh would be saved alive.” (See Matt 24:22) But for the Elect sake, time will be shortened. (The Patriarchs and Joseph were elected to be examples to us who live in these latter days.)

      Joseph’s brothers acting out of jealously as did Cain. They played into God’s plan and purpose in Joseph’s preplanned life. When Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt for food, they were treated harshly by Joseph and jailed, only then did they began to ponder their past.

      (Genesis 42:21-28; “They said to one other, “Surely we’re being punished because of our brother, because we saw how distressed he was when he cried to us for mercy, but we refused to listen. That is why this distress has come on us!” Reuben said to them, “Didn’t I say to you, ‘Don’t sin against the boy’ but you wouldn’t listen? So now we must pay for shedding his blood!” (23) (Now they did not know that Joseph could understand them, for he was speaking through an interpreter.) Joseph turned away from them and wept. When he turned around and spoke to them again, he had Simeon taken from them and tied up before their eyes. Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to return each man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. His orders were carried out.

      26-28; So they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left. When one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey at their resting place, he saw his money in the mouth of his sack. He said to his brothers, “My money was returned! Here it is in my sack!” They were dismayed; they turned trembling one to another and said, “What in the world has God done to us?”)

       Though weak in the flesh, these son’s of Israel had been taught the Ways of God. Consider; Jacob’s family was probably the only people on earth, who were taught the Ways of God. Thus their words, “what has God done to us?” (What percentage of today’s populations; “know the Ways of God?) How many are mentally and spiritually led to practice them?

      (Gen 42:29-34; “They returned to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan and told him all the things that had happened to them, saying, “The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly to us and treated us as if we were spying on the land. But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies! We are from a family of twelve brothers; we are the sons of one father. One is no longer alive, and the youngest is with our father at this time in the land of Canaan.’ (33) “Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘This is how I will find out if you are honest men. Leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain for your hungry households and go. But bring your youngest brother back to me so I will know that you are honest men and not spies. Then I will give your brother back to you and you may move about freely in the land.’”

     (35-38; When they were emptying their sacks, there was each man’s bag of money in his sack! When they and their father saw the bags of money, they were afraid. Their father Jacob said to them, “You are making me childless! Joseph is gone. Simeon is gone. And now you want to take Benjamin! Everything is against me.” Then Reuben said to his father, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Put him in my care and I will bring him back to you.” But Jacob replied, “My son will not go down there with you, for his brother is dead and he alone is left. If an accident happens to him on the journey you have to make, then you will bring down my gray hair in sorrow to the grave.”)

      (Gen 43:1-6; “Now the famine was severe in the land. When they finished eating the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Return, buy us a little more food.” But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ If you send our brother with us, we’ll go down and buy food for you. But if you will not send him, we won’t go down there because the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’” Israel said, “Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had one more brother?”)

       Israel is displaying a little fleshly nature as we all do at times. Having God’s spirit imputed to the mind doesn’t shut out all fleshly thoughts. The spirit may not make us recognize fleshly thoughts for what they are, perhaps later rather than soon, but God’s spirit leads His people to overcome to the end.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 38

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/2/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 22, 5778 until sunset.

      God’s plan to create in Himself one people to be at one with Himself is ongoing. He began to call and choose the linage through whom He would come as “the son of man” from the foundation of the world. The example of Isaac being the son of promise, to whom God would bless and Jacob’s

descendents being over Esau’s is for our learning. (God the Father calls a chosen people for His purpose.) Jesus selected His apostles and the foundations of New Jerusalem were to be named for them before the foundation of the world. Our all knowing creator and sustainer God planned the beginning and ending. He is the architect of the universe.      

      God’s looking out for His people aren’t always what seems right to us. Seemingly all Jesus’ apostles except John were killed; “John was persecuted and banished to an island.” It was there that Jesus gave John revelations about the unfolding of events in these latter days. (Remember Revelation 13:7; “The beast was permitted to go to war against the Saints and conquer them.”) Satan is taking this world’s populations down the broad path to destruction. Jesus foretold the bad times that are coming.

      (Matt 24:9-14; “Then they will hand you “Believers IN Me” over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of My name. Then many will be led into sin, “lawlessness” and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”)

       Study Revelation 11: (Two witnesses are going to prophecy.) Through God’s chosen “use of the internet and His message is beginning to go to the whole world.” However His two witnesses seems to be primary. It seems Satan’s concentration is on Judea and God’s church in these latter days.

      (Matt 24:15-28; “So when you see the abomination of desolation – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house, and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. Remember, I have told you ahead of time. So then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”)

       The word Israel, means “God fights or God fights for.” Believers IN Jesus are spiritual Israelites - Jews. Followers of Jesus understand that the whole world is deceived. Through Satan’s cunningness he has deceived the many users of Jesus’ name, “people believing that Jesus lived aren‘t necessarily believers IN His message.” The Patriarchs were and all God’s chosen are led to practice a submissive to God life of overcoming to the end.

      The Patriarchs were Christ like persons, “called to inherit blessings to be passed to their descendents.” Each believed in the resurrections and knew their ultimate blessing “was to be with God in His future millennial kingdom.” Even Enoch “the seventh from Adam” preached the message. (See Jude 1:14) Knowing God’s Way and practices were gifted to the Patriarchs and Jesus’ apostles; Peter taught Believers IN. (1 Pet 3:8-12; “Finally, all of you “Believers IN” be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate and humble. Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing. For the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit. And he must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears are open to their prayer. But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. (Quotes from Ps 34:12-16)

       We have no record of the Patriarchs teaching or attempting to convert unbelievers in whom they lived among. For example: there is no record of Jacob talking to his father in law,” Laban” about doing away with his little figurine idols. The Patriarchs were led to walk with; “live by God’s Word regarding worship and be submissive to Him regarding good and evil.”

      (1Peter 3:13-22; “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken.” (Quote from Isa 8:12.)

      (15-22; But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess “or hope in you.” Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil. (18) Because Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring you to God, by being put to death in the flesh but by being made alive in the spirit. In it “the spirit” Jesus went and preached to the spirits in prison, after they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. (21) And this prefigured baptism, “emersion” which now saves you – not the washing off of physical dirt but the pledge of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God with angels and authorities and powers subject to Him.”)

       All things are possible with God. Jesus’ being put to death in the flesh and baptism, “symbolizes putting the fleshly way to death” Now regarding Jesus’ power and authority in the spirit, there is much to consider.

       (1Pet 3:19; “In the spirit Jesus went and preached to the spirits in prison, after they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed.”)

      All things are possible with God. A majority use this text to support their immortality doctrine. That doctrine? “everyone is born to live forever someplace.” Some teach that Jesus went in the spirit to announce His victory over evil to the fallen angels who await judgment for their role in leading the Noah generation into sin. OTHERS teach Christ preached repentance through Noah to the unrighteous humans, now dead and confined to a place of torment. Perhaps understanding all God’s dealings with spirits isn’t for our understanding just yet. (To help us understand God’s power, let’s consider the demonic in relation to spirit power and acknowledge the power God allows Satan.)

      We read in Revelations; about God’s allowing demonic powers over rulers in this latter age. (We acknowledge demonic works were prevalent among the non-Israelite people groups during the Patriarch and Moses’ day. God addressed that evil through Moses.)

       (Deut 18:9-14; “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must not learn the abhorrent practices of those nations. There must never be found among you anyone who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, anyone who practices divination, an omen reader, a soothsayer, a sorcerer, one who casts spells, one who conjures up spirits, a practitioner of the occult, or a necromancer. Whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord and because of these detestable things the Lord your God is about to drive them out from before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God. Those nations that you are about to dispossess listen to omen readers and diviners, but the Lord your God has not given you permission to do such things.”) (Study this whole chapter)

       We have the example of Saul, leaning to witchcraft after God stopped blessing him.

      (1Samuel 28:3-25; “Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had lamented over him and had buried him in Ramah, his hometown. In the meantime Saul had removed the mediums and magicians from the land. The Philistines assembled; they came and camped at Shunem. Saul mustered all Israel and camped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was absolutely terrified. So Saul inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him – not by dreams nor by Urimm nor by the prophets. (7) So Saul instructed his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so that I may go to her and inquire of her.” His servants replied to him, “There is a woman who is a medium in Endor.” (8) So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothing and left, accompanied by two of his men. They came to the woman at night and said, “Use your ritual pit to conjure up for me the one I tell you.’ But the woman said to him, “Look, you are aware of what Saul has done; he has removed the mediums and magicians from the land! Why are you trapping me, so you can put me to death?” But Saul swore an oath to her by the Lord, “As surely as the Lord lives, you will not incur guilt in this matter!” The woman replied, “Who is it that I should bring up for you?” He said, “Bring up for me Samuel.” (12) When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out loudly. The woman said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!” The king said to her, “Don’t be afraid! What have you seen?” The woman replied to Saul, “I have seen one like a god coming up from the ground!” He said to her, “What about his appearance?” She said, “An old man is coming up! He is wrapped in a robe!” Then Saul realized it was Samuel, and he bowed his face toward the ground and kneeled down. (15) Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul replied, “I am terribly troubled! The Philistines are fighting against me and God has turned away from me. He does not answer me – not by the prophets nor by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what I should do.” Samuel said, “Why are you asking me, now that the Lord has turned away from you and has become your enemy? The Lord has done exactly as I prophesied! The Lord has torn the kingdom from your hand and has given it to your neighbor, David! Since you did not obey the Lord and did not carry out his fierce anger against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this thing to you today. The Lord will hand you and Israel over to the Philistines! Tomorrow both you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also hand the army of Israel over to the Philistines!” Saul quickly fell full length on the ground and was very afraid because of Samuel’s words. He was completely drained of energy, not having eaten anything all that day and night. When the woman came to Saul and saw how terrified he was, she said to him, “Your servant has done what you asked. I took my life into my own hands and did what you told me. Now it’s your turn to listen to your servant! Let me set before you a bit of bread so that you can eat. When you regain your strength, you can go on your way.” But he refused, saying, “I won’t eat!” Both his servants and the woman urged him to eat, so he gave in. He got up from the ground and sat down on the bed. Now the woman had a well-fed calf at her home that she quickly slaughtered. Taking some flour, she kneaded bread and baked it without leaven. She brought it to Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they arose and left that same night.)

       Was this Samuel or a demon posing as Samuel? Either way, the power of demonic forces aren’t something to play with!

       The point in sharing this Deuteronomy and “1 Samuel text” is so we may understand that God allowed and still allows demonic forces power when unbelievers submit to them. Acknowledging these demonic powers; we should know that Jesus had no limitations in His going to and preaching to the spirits in prison, after they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed.”)

       Remember, God is allowing Satan to be the god of this world. (Satan has power to deceive, cause people to believe lies and do miracles. Joseph was put among such people.)