Circumcision of heart, chapter 3

Feb 13, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 17, year 5,780

To: 23,573 family units, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

Jesus was keeping the seventh of seven annual Sabbaths “end of Feast of Tabernacles” when He shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let the one who believes in Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’ ” (See John 7:37-38) (Now He said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

The third annual Sabbath “Pentecost” represents ‘first fruits’ of the spring harvest and the first fruits among God’s chosen who receives the Holy Spirit. The Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension was the first fulfillment but a larger fulfillment is prophesied by Jesus’ through His prophet Joel. It’ll be after Jesus’ kingdom on earth is established.

(Joel 2:28-32; After all of this I will pour out My Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; your young men will see prophetic visions. Even on male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth — blood, fire, and columns of smoke. (See Matthew 24: also)The sunlight will be turned to darkness and the moon to the color of blood, before the day of the LORD comes — that great and terrible day! (32) It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be delivered. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the LORD has promised; the remnant will be those whom the LORD will call.”)

The prophecy; (Joel 2:1-2; Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm signal on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear, for the day of the LORD is about to come. Indeed, it is near! It will be a day of dreadful darkness, a day of foreboding storm clouds, like blackness spread over the mountains. It is a huge and powerful army — there has never been anything like it ever before, and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come! (Jesus had Joel describe His take over.)

(Joel 2:11;The voice of the LORD thunders as He leads His army. Indeed, His warriors are innumerable; Surely His command is carried out! Yes, the day of the LORD is awesome and very terrifying — who can survive it?)

Planned but there’s pity when people Return to the Lord

Joel 2:12-16; “Yet even now,” the LORD says, “return to Me with all your heart — with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your garments!” Return to the LORD your God, for He is merciful, compassionate, slow to anger and boundless in loyal love — often relenting from calamitous punishment. Who knows? Perhaps He will be compassionate and grant a reprieve, and leave blessing in His wake — a meal offering and a drink offering for you to offer to the LORD your God! (15) Blow the trumpet in Zion. Announce a holy fast; proclaim a sacred assembly! Gather the people; sanctify an assembly! Gather the elders; gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out from his bedroom and the bride from her private quarters. Let the priests, those who serve the LORD, weep from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. Let them say, “Have pity, O LORD, on your people; please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked, to become a proverb among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, “Where is their God?”)

The Lord’s Pity

(Joel 2:18-27; Then the LORD became zealous for His land; He had compassion on His people. The LORD responded to His people, “Look! I am about to restore your grain as well as fresh wine and olive oil. You will be fully satisfied. I will never again make you an object of mockery among the nations. (20) I will remove the one from the north far from you. I will drive him out to a dry and desolate place. Those in front will be driven eastward into the Dead Sea, and those in back westward into the Mediterranean Sea. His stench will rise up as a foul smell.” Indeed, the LORD has accomplished great things. (21) Do not fear, My land! Rejoice and be glad, because the LORD has accomplished great things! Do not fear, wild animals! For the pastures of the wilderness are again green with grass. Indeed, the trees bear their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield to their fullest. (23) Citizens of Zion, rejoice! Be glad because of what the LORD your God has done! For He has given to you the early rains as vindication. He has sent to you the rains — both the early and the late rains as formerly. The threshing floors are full of grain; the vats overflow with fresh wine and olive oil. (25) I will make up for the years that the ‘arbeh-locust consumed your crops — the yeleq-locust, the hasil-locust, and the gazam-locust — My great army that I sent against you. You will have plenty to eat, and your hunger will be fully satisfied; you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has acted wondrously in your behalf. My people will never again be put to shame. (27) You will be convinced that I am in the midst of Israel. I am the LORD your God; there is no other. My people will never again be put to shame.”) (Chapter 3 is about Israel’s restoration agreeing with Ezekiel, Isaiah and Jeremiah. Study the whole.)

Jesus’ apostle Peter was mindful of Joel’s prophecy. When the Holy Spirit came liken to the wind and the people began speaking in languages not foreknown to them, some accused them drunk. Peter proclaimed; (Act 2:16  But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it will be,’ God says, ‘that I will pour out My Spirit on all people, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. And I will perform wonders in the sky above and miraculous signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will be changed to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. (21) And then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, wonders, and miraculous signs that God performed among you through Him, just as you yourselves know — this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. (24) But God raised Him up, having released Him from the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held in ’death’s’ power.”

(Acts 2:25-41; For David says about Him, ‘I saw the Lord always in front of me, for He is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced; my body also will live in hope, because you will not leave my soul in Hades, nor permit your Holy One to experience decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of joy with your presence.’

(29) “Brothers, I ‘Peter’ can speak confidently to you about our forefather David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. So then, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne, David by foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did his body experience decay. (32) This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it. So then, exalted to the right hand of God, and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he has poured out what you both see and hear.

For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to My lord,: “Sit at My right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” ‘Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.” (37) Now when they heard this, they were acutely distressed and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” With many other words he testified and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse generation!” So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added.”) (Paul too later showed himself mindful of Joel’s prophecy.)

Romans 10:11-21;

For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

How are they to call on One they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in One they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.” (16) But not all have obeyed the good news, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report ?” (17) Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ. But I ask, have they not heard? Yes, they have: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. But again I ask, didn’t Israel understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous by those who are not a nation; with a senseless nation I will provoke you to anger.” And Isaiah is even bold enough to say, “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I became well known to those who did not ask for Me.” But about Israel He says, “All day long I held out My hands to this disobedient and stubborn people!”)

Remember Jesus ascended to be glorified after resurrected, returned and appeared over about forty days. His Apostles were commanded to wait in Jerusalem until what God had promised would come.

Pentecost the third of seven annual Sabbaths.

(Leviticus 23:15-17; “‘You must count for yourselves seven weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day you bring the wave offering sheaf; they must be complete weeks. You must count fifty days – until the day after the seventh Sabbath – and then you must present a new grain offering to the Lord. From the places where you live you must bring two loaves of bread for a wave offering; they must be made from two tenths of an ephah of fine wheat flour, baked with yeast, as first fruits to the Lord.” (21) “‘On this very day you must proclaim an assembly; it is to be a holy assembly for you. You must not do any regular work. This is a perpetual statute in all the places where you live throughout your generations. When you gather in the harvest of your land, you must not completely harvest the corner of your field, and you must not gather up the gleanings of your harvest. You must leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.’”)

(Acts 2:1-4; “Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. (4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.”)

(John 3:7-8; Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

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