The Family, chapter 13

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     Our God doesn’t change, He’s the same yesterday, today and forever, He’s that rock who led Israel from Egyptian bondage, and reveals that He hates paganism. So what’s paganism? Looking to, worshipfully practicing activity thinking to receive benefit. In Moses’, and the prophet’s day they had shrines and images destroyed because of the harm such did to His people. (Study Ezekiel 8:12-18, & 1Cor 10:4)

    All pagan activity shows hostility toward the true God. Comes from an outlook of the fleshly inherited from Adam nature, and Satan’s demonic influences.  Jesus had His apostle Paul explain.   (Romans 8:7; 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.) Until God supernaturally changes a person’s fleshly outlook to spiritual, all people are opposed to God’s loving spiritual way. Meaning? Each person desires to do and live according to what seems right to that fleshly inherited from Adam nature. Let’s pray for a God gifted spiritual outlook, a mind that comprehends God’s spiritual teachings.

    Throughout God’s Word, the facts that we’re born mortal jumps out, proving that Satan lied when calling God a liar: ‘saying surely you will not die, for God knows when you eat from what He forbid, your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.’ (Gen 3:5)

     God requires death for sin, and the only way to immortality is through belief in the Originator of Life, ‘Jesus.’ To believe in Jesus the mind must accept that He’s all He says He is, be called and gifted with the desire to immerse one’s self in Him. Jesus explained in His own parable verbiage. (Study Matt 13:10)

     John 6:41-51; Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus began complaining about Him because He said, I am the bread that came down from heaven, and they said, isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven?’ Jesus replied, Do not complain about Me to one another. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ (Quote from Isaiah 54:13)

    Everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to Me. (Not that anyone has seen the Father except the One who is from God – He has seen the Father.) I tell you the solemn truth, the one who believes, ’these things’ has eternal life.

    I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person may eat from it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world My flesh.) Review some biblical facts.

      (1) We can’t decide from within our fleshly nature to believe IN Jesus. (v44)

      (2) People gifted to believe IN Jesus will raise at the last day.

      (3) The day is coming when all Israel will be taught by God.

    (Isaiah  54:13-14; All your children will be followers of the Lord, and your children will enjoy great prosperity. You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. You will not experience oppression; indeed, you will not be afraid. You will not be terrified, for nothing frightening will come near you.)

      (4) Everyone who learn from God the Father comes to Jesus.

      (5) Everyone who believes IN Jesus has eternal life.

    Jesus had Jeremiah proclaim, to the people of Judah.

    (Jeremiah. 7:23-26; I also explicitly commanded them, to obey Me. If you do, I will be your God and you will be My people. Live exactly the way I tell you and things will go well with you. But they did not listen to Me or pay any attention to Me. They followed the stubborn inclinations of their own wicked hearts. They acted worse and worse instead of better. From the time your ancestors departed the land of Egypt until now, I sent My servants the prophets to you again and again, day after day. But your ancestors did not listen to Me nor pay attention to Me. They became obstinate and were more wicked than even their own forefathers.) The following could apply to any nation in this day and time.

     (Jer 7:27-29; Then the Lord said to me, When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you. When you call out to them, they will not respond to you. So tell them: ‘This is a nation that has not obeyed the Lord their God and has not accepted correction. Faithfulness is nowhere to be found in it. These people do not even profess it anymore. So, mourn, you people of this nation. Cut off your hair and throw it away. Sing a song of mourning on the hilltops. For the Lord has decided to reject and forsake this generation that has provoked His wrath!’)

    People’s inherited fleshly nature is so stubborn that when disaster of any kind strikes, ‘rather than turn to God, they harden their hearts.’

     (6) The Deliverer through Moses fed the Israel manna 40 years, and looked forward to when spiritual Israel would feed from that Deliverer spiritually.  Remember He’s the Vine and we the branches.

     (John 15:4-6; Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me — and I in him — bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up.)  Always study the whole.

   (It was Jesus who created Adam and Eve, put in their physical bodies the breath of life and creative characteristics similar to His own, He put in their minds, ‘the potentiality of believing IN Him and inheriting Eternal Life.) Thus, be gifted with spiritual characteristics and a loving nature likened to His own. Only humankind is created with these Godly attributes, imaginations, creative abilities, to plan, grow in knowledge and seek God’s blessings. The gifted ability to independently observe, learn, create and plan is proof of creation. Additionally God gives special talents and abilities according to His prerogatives, will and purpose. This is made clear from a study of God’s dealings with His people. (Example; back in Moses’ day and again in Solomon’s, the Lord God had the Israelites construct a temples for worship, and He gave various individuals special talents in construction skills. God preserved that record for our learning. (See Exodus 37: & 38: a man named Bezalel was given special talents.)

(People rejecting these facts is proof of their hostility toward God.)

    By God’s will we are each sovereign beings with gifted fleshly logic and talents. As sovereign individuals our logical thinking differs in the way we digest and disseminate learning. Through these differences people are able to compare, prove and develop learning techniques from one another.

    Satan put forth a huge obstacle, selling Adam and Eve on deciding morality issues for themselves. Their disobedience is the cause of each individual’s inherited nature that wants to decide for self, what‘s right, wrong, good and evil. The nature becomes an agenda, ’to replacing Godly integrity with one’s own.’ People to hold their views higher than God’s.

    Testing God becomes a major component of our inherited self serving nature. People hold to the idea, ‘if God didn’t intervene or punish for my disobedient action, apparently it was okay.’ It’s the nature, outlook, mentality type we each inherited through Adam. Pulling in the direction of making decisions based on what seems right to our intellect, and to what’s pleasurable.

    Thus, we’re born in, ‘a bondage to lawlessness - sin.’ Likened to Israel’s physical bondage to Egypt, which is a type of our own. Like they we’re in need of a Deliverer. Sin’s bondage continues until God intervenes spiritually, ‘similar to His intervening and delivering Israel through Moses.’ His spiritual deliverance includes, ‘revealing Himself and giving us a desire for a nature change. Review Philippians 2:13 to discern, ‘both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God. As always study the whole.

     As a youth, Moses made a spiritual decision from his inherited fleshly logic. God intervened, giving understanding to Moses’ parents and then Moses. ‘That faith understanding is ‘being called in the New Testament terminology.’ Gifting spiritual understanding beyond that inherited from Adam.

      (Heb 11:23-25; By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure.)

    God’s calling miraculously replaced Moses’ fleshly logic with revealed knowledge of His needs. Led Moses to faith in his Creator; a desire to flee sin’s pleasures for God’s way. Jesus had Peter spell it out for our day.

     (2Pet 2:1-3; But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. These false teachers will infiltrate your midst with destructive heresies, even to the point of denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring swift destruction on themselves. And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. Because of these false teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation pronounced long ago is not sitting idly by; their destruction is not asleep.)

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