The Family, chapter 7

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   Concerning the world at large Jesus continued answering the hostiles. (Matt 13:14-15; The prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.) (Quote from Isaiah 6:9-10)

    Fleshly minded folks are dull of understanding, ‘hard of hearing and have closed minds.’ Don’t regard God‘s awesomeness, because the inherited from Adam nature desires deciding for self, ‘rather than trust and believe in God.’ (Let’s call it the ‘Adam and Eve inherited syndrome.’) All who aren’t called depend on their fleshly, own rationale. Dependency on ‘fleshly intellect’ rather than our Creator God is idolatry.

    Jesus is saying, ‘you hostiles listen carefully, try to comprehend’ your minds aren’t attuned to spiritual matters. (Example could be, ‘hostile people rationalize that God didn’t really speak to a prophet, through the mouth of a donkey,’ or ‘God didn’t really allow the devil to speak to Eve through a serpent.’) These don’t see the significance of exact fulfillment of prophecy, and that God’s Word regarding Abraham’s descendents being in bondage 430 years was fulfilled.

    (Exodus 12:40-41; Now the length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, on the very day, all the regiments of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt.) (Always study whole.)

    A look at Paul’s letter in two translations show the need for proving.

   (Titus 2:11, ‘the Net Bible translation reads, for the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people.) ‘Has appeared & bringing’ indicate that salvation has already been brought to all people.

    (The King James translation reads, ‘now the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.’ Consider translations, and allow scripture interpret scripture.

    (Titus 2:12-13; It (the gifted grace of God) trains us to reject godless ways, and worldly desires, to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.)

    Jesus promises to return and bring peace to this planet, and His gifted spirit trains us to reject the fleshly, reliance on intellect. The many teach, ‘decides for self, what’s right, wrong good and evil’, reject God’s Word, which explicatively spells it out. The Christian hope? ‘The happy fulfillment of Jesus’ appearing and His promises.’

     (Titus 2:14; He, gave Himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness, and purify for Himself a people who are truly His, who are eager to do good.)

     When believed in, ‘Jesus’ lovingly giving of Himself sets us free from our inherited fleshly nature, which is bondage. Lawlessness is in our fleshly nature, and causes folks to lean on their own minds. Paul explains to God’s chosen.

    (Rom 8:6-7; For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so.)

    The fleshly mind can’t grasp, ‘the nature we inherited from Adam is naturally hostile toward God.’

    (Example; remembering the Sabbath looks back to, ‘the Lord’s resting after re-creating a (void and without form earth), creating mankind in His image, looks forward to His return, a millennial of rest, Satan bound, peace, judgment, and God the Father’s coming down with New Jerusalem.)

    Jesus said, when Judea faces, ‘the abomination of desolation spoken about by Daniel the prophet’, they’re to flee to the mountains, and pray your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.’ See Matthew 24:15-20 and remember God’s Sabbaths are perpetual.

    Satan is the culprit, causing worldwide deceptions and confusion ‘he will be held responsible’, but God is yet going to deliver Israel, and take away their sins. Years after delivering Israel from Egypt through Moses, the Lord God Jesus prophesied a future deliverance through Isaiah.

    (Isaiah 51:1-11; There’s hope for the future, Listen to Me, you who pursue godliness, who seek the Lord! Look at the Rock from which you were chiseled, at the quarry from which you were dug! Look at Abraham, your father, and Sarah, who gave you birth.

     When I summoned Abraham he was a lone individual, but I blessed him and gave him numerous descendants. Certainly the Lord will console Zion; He will console all her ruins. He will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the Garden of the Lord. Happiness and joy will be restored to her, thanksgiving, and the sound of music.

     Pay attention to Me, My people! Listen to Me, My people! For I will issue a decree, I will make My justice a light to the nations. I am ready to vindicate, I am ready to deliver, I will establish justice among the nations. The coastlands wait patiently for Me; they wait in anticipation for the revelation of My power.

    “Look up at the sky, Look at the earth below! For the sky will dissipate like smoke, and the earth will wear out like clothes; its residents will die like gnats. But the deliverance I give is permanent; the vindication I provide will not disappear.

     “Listen to Me, you who know what is right, you people who are aware of My law! Don’t be afraid of the insults of men; don’t be discouraged because of their abuse! For a moth will eat away at them like clothes; a clothes moth will devour them like wool. But the vindication I provide will be permanent; the deliverance I give will last.”

     Wake up! Wake up! Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the Lord!

Wake up as in former times, as in antiquity! Did you not smash the Proud One? Did you not wound the sea monster? Did you not dry up the sea, the waters of the great deep? Did you not make a path through the depths of the sea, so those delivered from bondage could cross over? Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return; they will enter Zion with a happy shout. Unending joy will crown them, happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and suffering will disappear.

    (Isa 51:12-15; I, I am the One who consoles you. Why are you afraid of mortal men, of mere human beings who are as short-lived as grass? Why do you forget the Lord, who made you, who stretched out the sky and founded the earth? Why do you constantly tremble all day long at the anger of the oppressor, when he makes plans to destroy? Where is the anger of the oppressor? The one who suffers will soon be released; he will not die in prison, he will not go hungry. I am the Lord your God, who churns up the sea so that its waves surge. The Lord who commands armies is His name!) (See also Isaiah 22: 35: 51: & 65)

     God doesn’t love Israel or Jesus’ followers for sake of their goodness, not their being numerous, but because they are His chosen people and for His perpetual promise to Abram, Isaac and Jacob. He will yet deliver; keeping all promises, restore Israel and Judah.

    Jeremiah 31:1-21; At that time I will be the God of all the clans of Israel and they will be My people. I, the Lord, affirm it!” The Lord says, “The people of Israel who survived death at the hands of the enemy will find favor in the wilderness as they journey to find rest for themselves. In a far-off land the Lord will manifest Himself to them. He will say to them, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love. That is why I have continued to be faithful to you. I will rebuild you, my dear children Israel, so that you will once again be built up. Once again you will take up the tambourine and join in the happy throng of dancers. Once again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria. Those who plant them will once again enjoy their fruit.”

     “Yes, a time is coming when watchmen will call out on the mountains of Ephraim, “Come! Let us go to Zion to worship the Lord our God!” Moreover, the Lord says, “Sing for joy for the descendants of Jacob. Utter glad shouts for that foremost of the nations. Make your praises heard. Then say, ‘Lord, rescue your people. Deliver those of Israel who remain alive.’ Then I will reply, ‘I will bring them back from the land of the north. I will gather them in from the distant parts of the earth. Blind and lame people will come with them, so will pregnant women and women about to give birth. A vast throng of people will come back here. They will come back shedding tears of contrition. I will bring them back praying prayers of repentance. I will lead them besides streams of water, along smooth paths where they will never stumble. I will do this because I am Israel’s father; Ephraim is My firstborn son.’

    Hear what the Lord has to say, O nations. Proclaim it in the faraway lands along the sea. Say, “The One who scattered Israel will re-gather them. He will watch over His people like a shepherd watches over His flock.” For the Lord will rescue the descendants of Jacob. He will secure their release from those who had overpowered them. They will come and shout for joy on Mount Zion. They will be radiant with joy over the good things the Lord provides, the grain, the fresh wine, the olive oil, the young sheep and calves He has given to them. They will be like a well-watered garden and will not grow faint or weary any more.”

     The Lord says, “At that time young women will dance and be glad. Young men and old men will rejoice. I will turn their grief into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy in place of their sorrow. I will provide the priests with abundant provisions. My people will be filled to the full with the good things I provide.”

    The Lord says, “A sound is heard in Ramah, a sound of crying in bitter grief. It is the sound of Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are gone.” The Lord says to her. “Stop crying! Do not shed any more tears! For your heartfelt repentance will be rewarded. Your children will return from the land of the enemy. I, the Lord, affirm it!

    “Indeed, the people of Israel are My dear children. They are the children I take delight in. For even though I must often rebuke them, I still remember them with fondness. So I am deeply moved with pity for them and will surely have compassion on them.” I, the Lord, affirm it! I will say, ‘My dear children of Israel, keep in mind the road you took when you were carried off. Mark off in your minds the landmarks. Make a mental note of telltale signs marking the way back. Return, My dear children of Israel. Return to these cities of yours“.

     “How long will you vacillate, you who were once like an unfaithful daughter? For I, the Lord, promise to bring about something new on the earth, something as unique as a woman protecting a man!’)

     See last study to comprehend the covenant portion of Jeremiah 31:

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