Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 7

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/13/19, God’s 1st month 8th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

Remember, we’re blessed indeed when we know we’re Believers IN. Seemingly more than 12 apostles were traveling with Jesus in route to Jerusalem. He was giving parables along the way. One about the Kingdom of God: a rich landowner hiring workers and paying those who worked less the same as the early hires. “So the last will be first, and the first last.” The strong indication is “some at the close of this age will be first.” Apparently hearing Jesus’ parable, Zebedee’s wife knelt before Jesus and ask that her two sons sit on Jesus’ right and left hands in His kingdom. Jesus said, “you don’t know what you ask, it’s already prepared by My Father.” (Matt 20:23)

Then Jesus called to the two brothers and said; (Matt 20:25-28; “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”)

(Matt 20:17-19; As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve aside privately and said to them on the way, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the experts in the law. They will condemn Him to death and will turn Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged severely and crucified. Yet on the third day, He will be raised.”)

It was about the 7th day of Nisan and perhaps Jesus was thinking back to His delivering the Israelites through Moses at this season of the year and saying to him; (Exodus 11:9-10; Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” So Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not release the Israelites from his land.” Even back then in Egypt, Jesus was looking forward to His being the sacrificial Lamb of God. (Jesus had said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month is to be your beginning of months; it will be your first month of the year. Tell the whole community of Israel, ‘In the tenth day of this month they each must take a lamb for themselves according to their families – a lamb for each household. If any household is too small for a lamb, the man and his next-door neighbor are to take a lamb according to the number of people – you will make your count for the lamb according to how much each one can eat. Your lamb must be perfect, a male, one year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. (6) You must care for it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then the whole community of Israel will kill it around sundown. (7) They will take some of the blood and put it on the two side posts and top of the doorframe of the houses where they will eat it. They will eat the meat the same night; they will eat it roasted over the fire with bread made without yeast and with bitter herbs. Do not eat it raw or boiled in water, but roast it over the fire with its head, its legs, and its entrails. You must leave nothing until morning, but you must burn with fire whatever remains of it until morning. This is how you are to eat it – dressed to travel, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You are to eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.”) (Exodus 12:1-11) It’s the season and events followers of Jesus must focus on, for worship and contemplation on how the season fits with events soon to come.

(Exodus 12:12-16; I ‘the Lord Jesus said to Moses’ will pass through the land of Egypt in the same night, and I will attack all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both of humans and of animals, and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment. I am the Lord. (13) The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, so that when I see the blood I will pass over you, and this plague will not fall on you to destroy you when I attack the land of Egypt. (14) This day will become a memorial for you, and you will celebrate it as a festival to the Lord – you will celebrate it perpetually as a lasting ordinance. For seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. Surely on the first day you must put away yeast from your houses because anyone who eats bread made with yeast from the first day to the seventh day will be cut off from Israel. On the first day ‘the 15ththere’ll be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day ‘21st day’ there’ll be a holy convocation for you.

(Exodus 12:26-28; “When your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then you will say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, when He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when He struck Egypt and delivered our households.’” The people bowed down low to the ground and the Israelites went away and did exactly as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.”)

In two days, particularly the ‘10th of Nisan’ we should be remembering Jesus’ mind set as He rode a donkey into Jerusalem, “allowing Himself to be “put up” as a lamb for slaughter until the 14th day. The 14th around sunset should be a solemn remembrance as we celebrate Jesus’ new covenant ordnance, sacrificial death, the 15th first annual Sabbath, His three nights and days entombed, His resurrection “tomb empty” on the 18th day of Nisan. Think on putting away sin and celebrating the second annual Sabbath on the 21st day of Nisan. It’s the first of three holy seasons of the year ordained by God for believers IN to celebrate.

(Matt 27:50-56; On the stake or a cross Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. Just then the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks were split apart. (52) And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died were raised. (They came out of the tombs after His resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.) Now when the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what took place, they were extremely terrified and said, “Truly this one was God’s Son!” Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and given Him support were also there, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.”) (Remember this is the same mother that ask Jesus that her two sons sit on Jesus’ right and left hand in His Kingdom.)

(Matt 27:57-61; “Now when it was evening, ’the 14ththere came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut in the rock Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away. (Now Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there, opposite the tomb.”)

On or soon after the 18th day of Nisan Jesus appeared to two. Seemingly the weekly Sabbath fell on the 17th day of Nisan that year.

Matt 28:1-10; Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord1 descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. (3) His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. (5) But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for He has been raised, just as He said. Come and see the place where He was lying. (7) Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see Him there.’ Listen, I have told you! So they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. (9) But Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to Him, held on to His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee. They will see Me there.”)

Receiving the Great Commission.

(Matt 28:16-20; “So the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted. Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”)

Scholars deny the trinitarian baptismal formula in the Great Commission, was part of the original text of Matthew, there’s no manuscript support for their contention. F. C. Conybeare and the Eusebian Form of the Text of Matt. 28:19,” based his view on a faulty reading of Eusebius’ quotations of this text. The shorter reading has also been accepted, on other grounds, by a few other scholars. For discussion (and refutation of the conjecture that removes this baptismal formula), see B. J. Hubbard, The Matthean Redaction of a Primitive Apostolic Commissioning (SBLDS 19), 163-64, 167-75; and Jane Schaberg, The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (SBLDS 61) 27-61.

We don’t think this something to argue over, we do need to allow the holy scripture complement one another, beware of translators with agendas and who lean on tradition. One consideration is that Believers IN are promised the gifted “spirit of truth” “comforter or advocate” which makes each literally children of God. Jesus said; (John 14:15-17; “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – (17) the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept because it ‘the world’ does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides with you and will be in you.”) Another consideration is that Jesus’ apostles never used or named the spirit of truth in their salutations with “God the Father and God the Son.” They did all agree “they were recipients of the Holy Spirit making them atOne with God the Father and God the Son.”

Jesus made it clear that many could not believe because they weren’t His sheep.

John 10:26-30; “But you “unbelievers” refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. (30) The Father and I are One.”) See Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5, & Hebrews 1,  (We are blessed indeed when we know we’re Believers IN.)

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