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The Good News according to Luke, chapter 19

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

To: 37,868 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/28/22, God’s 4th month Tamuz 29, 5,782.

Almighty God and our Lord and Savior Jesus: Thanks for Your callings, revelations and gifted discernments. Lead us away from boastfulness of spiritual comprehension and humbly give You the glory and thanksgiving. Give us the mind to fervently pray that Your kingdom soon come, that some prophetic events described in Matt 24 fail and some spared. In the holy and gifted nature of Jesus we pray. AMEN.

Faithfully watching, being alert and overcoming our inherited from Adam nature to the end is the calling of Jesus’ followers. (Luke 21:34-36; “But be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness. worries of this life, that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. For that day will overtake all who live on the face of the whole earth. But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”) Remember Jesus’ Words will be our judge.

When Jesus was delivering the Israelites through Moses. He had them put up a lamb or goat on the 10th day of His first month. Looking forward to when He would ride a donkey into Jerusalem on the tenth day of His first month. “Adar - Abib or Nisan” as Judaism calls God’s first month.” Jesus allowed Himself to be “hemmed in” as the sacrificial lamb to be killed. He was aware of what would occur on that 14th day at sunset and before the next sunset. (It was preplanned, and important to the Israelites to entomb before that 15th date annual Sabbath. (God’s set aside seasons and annual Sabbaths never fall on particular week days, thus the resurrection theory on first day of week is a fluke.)

(Luke 21:37-38; “So every day Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, but at night He went and stayed on the Mount of Olives. And all the people came to Him early in the morning to listen to Him in the temple courts.”)We have no need to know why Judaism gave God’s months names nor why they call God’s first day of His seventh month “the new year.” Next first day of His seventh month “Tishrei 1”  they count year “5,783” corresponding to Sept on the Roman calendar. (Study Leviticus 23) It has been about 5,782 years since Jesus re-created earth from the chaotic condition it had become  and created Adam. So, why should followers of Jesus be mindful of God’s calendar? Paul taught gentile Believers IN Jesus, “that God entrusted the Jews with His oracles.” (See Rom 3:1-4) Non-Israel groups had developed their own calendars, so it was important that followers of Jesus understand who God’s oracles were entrusted to.

(Romans 3:1-4; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”) God’s calendar keeps Judaism and Christians mindful of His set aside seasons, “Sabbaths” and is a major reason why the hostiles to Jesus’ way hates both.

When Jesus instructed Moses about keeping the Lord’s Passover in Egypt, “His own sacrifice for the remission of this world’s sins had long since been preplanned, as were individual predestinations, the calling and saving through gifted belief IN Jesus.” (Every part of that preparation activity in Egypt foreshadowed Jesus’ own sacrifice as our Passover.) Christendom’s attempt to replacing God’s Passover with Easter is ludicrously disobedience, an abomination. (Review Leviticus 23:4-8)

(Exodus 12:1-11; “The Lord ‘Jesus’ 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. You must care for it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then the whole community of Israel will kill it around sundown. 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, sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You are to eat it in hast. It is the Lord’s Passover.”) (All foreshadowing Jesus’ Passover ordinance, to demonstrate His humble loving service, gifted trust in His shed blood sacrifice for the remission of sin.)

(Exodus 12:12-15; “I 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. 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. 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.”) Yeast, a puffing up agent, likened to our own vanity of doing things according to what seems right to our fleshly intellect, “regarding what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” Putting yeast out is a physical reminder to put sin away and we’d be wise to eat unleavened bread during the seven days. Knowing God’s holy times are perpetual for His called people.

During Jesus’ time in the flesh, Israelites were coming to Jerusalem from all over, to celebrate God’s holy seasons. Before Jesus’ death His miracles and teachings were well publicized making more people than usual to come.

(Luke 22:1-6; “Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. The chief priests and the experts in the law were trying to find some way to execute Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. He went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers of the temple guard how he might betray Jesus, handing Him over to them. They were delighted and arranged to give him money. So, Judas agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus when no crowd was present.”) (We ponder, how Judas could not have believed IN Jesus as the Messiah, but Jesus was aware, after all it was He who prophesied Judas’ betrayal. Satan is a powerful enemy, and we know God allows him to be the god of this world’s populations until a set time.)

(Luke 22:7-13; “Then the day for the feast of Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us to eat.” They said to Jesus, “Where do you want us to prepare it?” He said to them, “Listen, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters, and tell the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples? Then he will show you a large furnished room upstairs, make preparations there. So, they went and found things just as Jesus had told them, and they prepared the Passover.”)Likely it was the 13th day of God’s first month, planning the 14th Jesus knew the donkey would be waiting for His ride into Jerusalem on the 10th. Jesus knew the upper room was being prepared. At this point Jesus’ apostles were still thinking God’s government on earth was about to be established. But Jesus is about to establish a new ordinance for spiritual Israelites, “Christians.”

(Luke 22:14-27; “Now when the hour came, Jesus took His place at the table and the apostles joined Him. And Jesus said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then Jesus took a cup, and after giving thanks He said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way Jesus took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”) Followers of Jesus should assemble on the 14th day of God’s first month at about sunset and do these things in memory of Jesus’ life, death, and promises. “But look, the hand of the one who betrays Me is with Me on the table. For the Son of Man is to go just as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” So they began to question one another as to which of them it could possibly be who would do this. A dispute also started among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. So, Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ Not so with you, instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as One who serves.”) (Understand, at this point in Jesus’ apostles’ lives, they’re thinking fleshly. Later Jesus opened their minds and gave them understanding of the scriptures. Today’s professing Christians think they can understand spiritual scripture through fleshly intellect.)

(Luke 22:28-34; “You are the ones who have remained with Me in My trials. Thus, I grant to you a kingdom, just as My Father granted to Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. “Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you Simon; that your faith may not fail. When you have turned back, “strengthen your brothers.” But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!” Jesus replied, “I tell you Peter; the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”) Jesus’ Words do not fail. His twelve apostles will be in the first resurrection, and the twelve tribes of Israel restored to former borders under their authority. He strengthened Simon Peter so he could strengthen others. Apostles’ thinking was elementary before His spirit was gifted. They didn’t realize until later, how instinctively fleshly their thinking was as they debated who would be the greatest etc. They and all people can’t grasp spiritual understanding until it’s gifted.


Good News according to Luke, chapter 18

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

To: 37,867 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/27/22, God’s 4th month Tamuz 28, 5,782.

   God’s uses numbering which are more precise, than any of man’s sciences. 5 is the number of God’s grace or goodness toward man: mentioned 318 times in the Bible. (5 offerings God commanded to offer on the alter.) (10 commandments have two sets, 1 of 4 & 1 of 6 = 10 - 4 toward God & 6 toward neighbor.) (The Psalms are divided into 5 books.) (5 books of the law also known as the Pentateuch.) (4 gospels plus Acts equals 5 or, the New Testament Pentateuch-revealing Jesus’ teachings concerning the Law and the Prophets.) (The apostle John wrote 5 books centered on the grace of God & eternal life. John 3:16) When these numbers are added (3+1+6 is 10 or 2×5=10. (New Testament Greek has 24 letters, however it has two forms of the letter (sigma ‘o’ & ‘c’, making a total of 25 letters.) (5 is the number of grace; 5×5=25, or “grace upon grace, See John 1:16)

   (Luke 18:1-43; Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people. There was also a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but later on he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out by her unending pleas.’” 

 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! Won’t God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay long to help them? I tell you, He will give them justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?) 

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Jesus also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else. “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortionists, unrighteous people, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’ 

  The tax collector, however, stood far off and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful to me, sinner that I am!’ I tell you that this man went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” 

Let the Children Come to Me. Now people were even bringing their babies to Him for Him to touch. But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. But Jesus called for the children, saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.

The Rich Ruler. Now a certain leader asked Him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’” The man replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws since my youth.” When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was extremely wealthy. When Jesus noticed this, He said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. Those who heard this said, “Then who can be saved?” He replied, “What is impossible for mere humans is possible for God.” And Peter said, “Look, we have left everything we own to follow you! Then Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of God’s kingdom who will not receive many times more in this age – and in the age to come, eternal life.” 

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time. (No parable here.) Then Jesus took the twelve aside and said to them, Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For He will be handed over to the Gentiles; He will be mocked, mistreated, and spat on. They will flog Him severely and kill Him. Yet on the third day He will rise again. But the twelve understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what Jesus meant. (Until Jesus later breathed on them, opening their minds to understand the scriptures did they understand scripture.) 

Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar. As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was going on. They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.” So he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front scolded him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar to be brought to Him. When the man came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” And immediately he regained his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they too gave praise to God. 


The Good News according to Luke, chapter 17

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022

To: 37,555 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/23/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 24, 5,782, (The Sabbath until sunset.)

   Followers of Jesus know they’re the few, aren’t political but proves all things holding fast to what’s good. They know commentaries and news media folk have agendas; backgrounds based on educational philosophies, which are recognized in view of Jesus’ teaching. They see things through Jesus’ view which isn’t of this world.    

 God’s use of numbers is seen in creation and His Holy Scripture; example, number 6 is man’s number, his weakness, evils of Satan and manifestation of sin. Man was created on the 6th day and appointed to work 6 days. Hebrew slaves were to serve 6 years and be released the 7th. 6 is associated with Satan in his tempting Jesus. 666 is the number and mark of the Beast of Revelations 13. 6 symbolizes man’s system separated from God and under Satan’s rule in 2 ways; 6 divided by 2 = 3; man’s system is made of 3 parts, each separated by a 6: (1) man’s government under Satan, (2) man’s religion worshiping Satan, (3) & man’s economic systems under Satan. 666 is multiplied by 7 it equals 4,662, which depicts man’s complete imperfections under Satan. When these numbers are added across, 4+6+6+2=18, & 18 divided by 3=6.

    Jesus and Zacchaeus. (Luke 19:1-20:18; Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.”

  So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully. And when the people saw it, they all complained, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 

The Parable of the Ten Minas. While the people were listening to these things, Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. Therefore He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. And he summoned ten of his slaves, gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to be king over us!’ When he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted to know how much they had earned by trading. So the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And the king said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, you will have authority over ten cities.’

  Then the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ So the king said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Then another slave came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina that I put away for safekeeping in a piece of cloth. For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You withdraw what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow. The king said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! So you knew, did you, that I was a severe man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? Why then didn’t you put my money in the bank, so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’  And he said to his attendants, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ But they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ 

  ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and slaughter them in front of me!’”

The Triumphal Entry. After Jesus had said this, He continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. Now when he approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples, telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent ahead found it exactly as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt, and had Jesus get on it. As He rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As He approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of His disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen: Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!” 

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem. Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.  For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. They will demolish you – you and your children within your walls – and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.” 

Jesus Cleanses the Temple.  Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling things there, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of robbers! Jesus was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate Him, but they could not find a way to do it, for all the people hung on His words.

The Authority of Jesus Challenged. Now one day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the gospel, the chief priests and the experts in the law with the elders came up and said to Him, “Tell us: By what authority are you doing these things? Or who is it who gave You this authority?” He answered them, “I will also ask you a question, and you tell me: John’s baptism – was it from heaven or from people?” So they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From people,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they replied that they did not know where it came from. Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by whose authority I do these things.” 

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants. Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went on a journey for a long time. When harvest time came, he sent a slave to the tenants so that they would give him his portion of the crop. However, the tenants beat his slave and sent him away empty-handed. So he sent another slave. They beat this one too, treated him outrageously, and sent him away empty-handed. So he sent still a third. They even wounded this one, and threw him out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my one dear son; perhaps they will respect him.’ But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours!’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they said, “May this never happen! But Jesus looked straight at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstoneEveryone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.)  



The good News according to Luke, chapter 16

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

To: 37,693 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/21/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 22, 5,782, (Day 5 until sunset.)

   Genuine and true followers of Jesus are led to know The Message and as such can’t be deceived, they’re Jesus’ Elect. He said the world would see demonic, miraculous signs to the degree that “if possible the Elect would be deceived. (Matt 24:24-25; “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.”) Satan has Christendom denominations condoning one another’s doctrine, saying, “we’re all trying to get to the same place,” but Jesus’ apostles desired Jesus’ gifted faith.

    (Luke 17:1-5; Jesus said to His disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”) (People through whom stumbling blocks come, are those teaching assumed doctrines. Denominationalist assuming the law and Moses is done away with for the most part.)

   (Luke 17:5-6; The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” So the Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”) (Jesus’ apostles were asking for an increase in the depth of faith. But Jesus is speaking of gifted knowing faith. To believe IN Jesus faith is from God our Father’s calling.(Revealed faith, ‘knowing God’s will in advance is knowing faith.’ Such knowing faith was gifted to Jesus’ apostles at appropriate times after His ascensionAn example is at Acts 9:39-41.) Peter was in Joppa when Tabitha – ‘Dorcas’ died. They sent for Peter, so he got up and went with them. Peter sent them all outside, knelt down, and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the Saints and widows and presented her alive.”) Peter was gifted with knowing faith. Another example is Paul’s; See Acts 20:9-12; where Jesus set the example. (Luke 8:49-56; A synagogue ruler’s daughter died, when Jesus was told He said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When Jesus came to the house, He didn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, the child’s father and mother. Jesus said “Stop your weeping; she is not dead but asleep.” They made fun of Him, because they knew she was dead. But Jesus gently took her by the hand and said, “Child, get up.” Her spirit returned, and she got up immediately. Then he told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but Jesus ordered them to tell no one what had happened.) (Denominations attempt to conjure up faith; “a belief in images and organizations.” People gifted to know Jesus, know He has power over the physical, disease, life and death.)

   (Luke 17:7-10; (Would any one of you say to your slave who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’? Won’t the master instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready to serve me while I eat and drink. Then you may eat and drink’?  He won’t thank the slave because the slave did what he was told, will he?) So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’”) So it is with people who’re gifted to be Believers IN Jesus! We’re born with a sin nature inherited from Adam, ‘born mortal inheriting eternal death.’ “When God our Father reveals Jesus and gives His gift of repentance, He fathers us with His nature, making us His Elect and heirs with Abraham.” Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to understand and explains to Jesus’ followers.

   (Galatians 3:23-29; ‘Now before Jesus’ faith came (gifted) we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ (was reveled), so that we could be declared righteous by (His) faith. But now that (His) faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through (His) faith. For all of you who were baptized, (immersed) into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are ONE in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)  (Praise God for His love, planning and gifted understanding!)

   Most religions say everyone’s a child of God. (From a physical creative point of view, all belong to God.) However we’re not God’s spiritual children, (members of His spiritual family) until spiritually fathered, (that is until begotten by God the Father, through God the Son.) Such people are God’s church! “Spiritually born from above, recipients of His spirit.” Individuals He chose and imputed with a new nature. People in whom gifted faith is gifted. Before God’s calling, His revealing Jesus and Himself,  all are under the guardianship of His law. Meaning, (“God’s law defines what’s sin in His View.”) When called, God the Father, God the Son revealed and we turn from the way that seemed right to His way “we’re being saved.” A degree of His nature and faith is imputed. A love of God’s Way replaces the old love of self serving ways! A desire to please God replaces the desire to please self! A desire to be Jesus’ slave becomes priority in living practices. SO Jesus’ apostle Paul could exclaim to God’s called out people; “those in whom faith has come” are now, “children of God through faith.” Before our calling and Jesus’ gifted faith imputed, “we’re not God’s children through faith!” Paul explains. (Review Galatians 3:23-29)

   (Romans 5:8-11; “But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His ‘Jesus’ blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”)

   In parable form Jesus explained that we servants should expect no special praise for having done our duty. (Luke 17:10-19; “So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’” “Now on the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. As He was entering a village, ten men with leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance, raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When Jesus saw them He said, “Go and show your-selves to the priests.” And as they went along, they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He fell with his face to the ground at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.    (Now he was a Samaritan.) Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?) Then Jesus said to the man, “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.”) (Apparently all ten were healed, the Samaritan was more blessed because he was gifted to humbly give thanks, perhaps called.)

   (Luke 17:20-35; Now at one point the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming, so Jesus answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.) (Referring to Himself as is clear in the next passage.) “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. Then people will say to you, ‘Look, there He is!’ or ‘Look, here He is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. For just like the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He “the Son of God” must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot, people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone who is on the roof, with his goods in the house, must not come down to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”)

   (Compare this text with Matthew 24:.) Jesus personally made a comparison of the times in both, “life practices in this age, are as before the flood and in Sodom.” No need to look for signs, we’re seeing them in people’s agnostic life practices.

The Good News according to Luke, chapter, 15

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

To: 37,441 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/12/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 13, 5,782, (Day 3 until sunset.)

 The number 4 marks God’s re-creative works. It’s the signature of the world. The material creation was finished on the 4th day;-with the sun, moon and stars ordained for 4 things: signs, seasons, days and years. (The 4th commandment- ‘Remember the sabbath to keep it holy’ was given to man at creation.) There are 4 accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry: Matthew, Son of David, and King: Mark, The suffering servant: Luke, The perfect man: and John, The only Begotten Son of God. (His view assemblies)

 Salt Without Taste Is Worthless. Luke 14:34-  “Salt is good, but if salt loses its flavor, how can its flavor be restored? It is of no value for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 

The Parable of the Lost Sheep. Luke 15:1-5; Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming to hear Him. But the Pharisees and the experts in the law were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So Jesus told them this parable: “Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent. 

The Parable of the Lost Coin. Luke 15:8-32; “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.” 

The Parable of the Prodigal Son. Then Jesus said, “A man had two sons.  The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that will belong to me.’ So he divided his assets between them. After a few days, the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered his wealth with a wild lifestyle. Then after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and worked for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He was longing to eat the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. But when he came to his senses he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger!  I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.”’ So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him. Then his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe, and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet! Bring the fattened calf and kill it! Let us eat and celebrate, because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate. 

  “Now his older son was in the field. As he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the slaves and asked what was happening. The slave replied, ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he got his son back safe and sound.’ But the older son became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, but he answered his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet you never gave me even a goat so that I could celebrate with my friends! But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your assets with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him! Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. It was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’” 

   The Parable of the Dishonest Manager. Luke 16:1-32; Jesus also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations that his manager was wasting his assets. So he called the manager in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Turn in the account of your administration, because you can no longer be my manager.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m too ashamed to beg. I know what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes. So he contacted his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ The man replied, ‘A hundred measures of olive oil.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man replied, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries than the people of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, so that when it runs out you will be welcomed into the eternal homes. “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches? And if you haven’t been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 

The Law and the Kingdom of God. The Pharisees (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed Him.  But Jesus said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized among men is utterly detestable in God’s sight. The law and the prophets were in force until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter in the law to become void. 

Divorce and Remarriage. “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery. (Remember, why parables?)

The Rich Man and Lazarus. “There was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen who feasted sumptuously every day. But at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus whose body was covered with sores, who longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs came and licked his sores. “Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. - And in Hades, as he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us. So the rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus to my father’s house, (for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don’t come into this place of torment.’  But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to them.’ Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”) (This last verse is the crux, “if folks refuse Moses, they refuse the resurrected Jesus.)



The Good News according to Luke, chapter 14

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

To: 37,437 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/12/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 13, 5,782, (Day 3 until sunset.)

    God’s use of the number ‘3:’ Used 467 times. Pictures completeness, though to a lesser degree than 7. There were 3 righteous patriarchs before the flood- Abel, Enoch and Noah. There were 3 righteous patriarchs after the flood, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Peter, James and John, the key apostles who witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration. Jesus prayed 3 times in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest. Jesus was crucified at the 3rd hour and died at the 9th hour. 3 x 3= 9. There were 3 hours of darkness from the 6th hour to the 9th hour. There are 27 books in the New Testament. 3×3x3- or completeness to the third power.

     (Luke 13:1-30; Now there were some present on that occasion who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. He answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? 

  No, I tell you! But unless you repent, you will all perish as well! Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower in Siloam fell on them, do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? I tell you! But unless you repent you will all perish as well! (People tend to think of sin as in degrees, but it’s the nature we inherited from Adam that must be turned from and to Jesus’ gifted nature, as in ‘born from above.’)  

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree. Then Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For three years now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it I find none. Cut it down! Why should it continue to deplete the soil?’ But the worker answered him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer on it. Then if it bears fruit next year, very well, but if not, you can cut it down.’” 

A Woman with a Disabling Spirit. Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath, and a woman was there who had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely. When Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.” Then He placed his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. But the president of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, There are six days on which work should be done! So come and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day.”  Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from its stall, and lead it to water? Then shouldn’t this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be released from this imprisonment on the Sabbath day?” When He said this all His adversaries were humiliated, but the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things He was doing. 

The Mustard Seed and Leavening. Thus Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the wild birds nested in its branches.”  Again, He said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all the dough had risen.” 

The Narrow Door. Then Jesus traveled throughout towns and villages, teaching and making His way toward Jerusalem. Someone asked Him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” So He said to them, “Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, let us in!’ But he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and You taught in our streets.’  But He will reply, ‘I don’t know where you come from! Go away from Me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out. 

  Then people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table in the kingdom of God. But indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” 

Lament over Jerusalem. (Luke 13:31-35; At that time, some Pharisees came up and said to Jesus, “Get away from here, because Herod wants to kill you.” But He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work. Nevertheless I must go on My way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible that a prophet should be killed outside Jerusalem.’ - O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it! Look, your house is forsaken! And I tell you, you will not see Me until you say, Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

 (Luke 14:1-31; Now one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine at the house of a leader of the Pharisees, they were watching him closely. There right in front of Him was a man whose body was swollen with fluid. So Jesus asked the experts in religious law and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they remained silent. So Jesus took hold of the man, healed him, and sent him away. Then He said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” But they could not reply to this. 

The Parable of the Wedding Feat. Then when Jesus noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, He told them a parable. He said to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host?  So the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, you will begin to move to the least important place. But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” 

The Parable of the Great Banquet. He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. But when you host an elaborate meal, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. When one of those at the meal with Jesus heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will feast in the kingdom of God!” But Jesus said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time for the banquet he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ But one after another they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going out to examine them. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ So the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ Then the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ So the master said to his slave, ‘Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled. For I tell you, not one of those individuals who were invited will taste my banquet!’” 

The Cost of Discipleship.  Now large crowds were accompanying Jesus, and turning to them he said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate (love less by comparison)  his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.  For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, all who see it will begin to make fun of him. They will say, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’ Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot succeed, he will send a representative while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. In the same way therefore not one of you can be My disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions.)

 NOTE; Dr Luke as a professional journalist quotes Jesus’ parables, but doesn’t do doctrine nor add prophecy on like subjects as do Jesus’ apostles.


The Good News according to Luke, chapter 13

Saturday, July 9th, 2022

To: 37,227 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/9/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 10, 5,782, (The Sabbath until sunset.)

   God’s use of the number ‘two’: Signifies union, division and verification by witness. The union of husband and wife as one. The union of Christ and the church. The union between the Old and New Testaments. The witness of God in the Old and New Testaments. God requiring a minimum of two witnesses in any trial or dispute. Jesus sent His disciples out to witness in pairs. The final two witnesses of God during the tribulation. (See Revelations 11)

   The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath: Sabbaths are set aside to put trivial pursuit, fleshly work, concerns we can do nothing about nor change and anxiousness away. A time to contemplate God’s purpose for our lives. Jesus inspired His apostles to address each of these.  

   True Blessedness. Luke 11:27-54; As He said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed!” But He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

The Sign of Jonah. As the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign to this generation. The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here! 

The Light in You. “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a hidden place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in can see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, your body is full of darkness. Therefore see to it that the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” 

Woes to the Pharisees and Lawyers. As He spoke, a Pharisee invited Jesus to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table. The Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus did not first wash His hands before the meal. But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? But give from your heart to those in need, and then everything will be clean for you. “But woe to you Pharisees! You give a tenth of your mint, rue, and every herb, yet you neglect justice and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats in the synagogues and elaborate greetings in the marketplaces! Woe to you! You are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it! One of the experts in religious law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult us too.” But Jesus replied, “Woe to you experts in religious law as well! You load people down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch the burdens with even one of your fingers! Woe to you! You build the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. So you testify that you approve of the deeds of your ancestors, because they killed the prophets and you build their tombs! For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ so that this generation may be held accountable for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation.  Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered those who were going in.” 

  When He went out from there, the experts in the law and the Pharisees began to oppose Him bitterly, and to ask Him hostile questions about many things, plotting against Him, to catch him in something He might say.)

 Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees. (Luke 12:1-21; Meanwhile, when many thousands of the crowd had gathered so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to His disciples, “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing is secret that will not be made known. So then whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.  “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more they can do. But I will warn you whom you should fear: Fear the one who, after the killing, has authority to throw you into Gehenna. Yes, I tell you, fear Him! Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. In fact, even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows. 

Acknowledge Christ Before Men. “I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before God’s angels. But the one who denies Me before men will be denied before God’s angels. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

  But when they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you must say.” .

The Parable of the Rich Fool.  Then someone from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But Jesus said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or arbitrator between you two?”  Then He said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” He then told them a parable: “The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop, so he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.” )

Do Not Be Anxious. Luke 12:22-  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! And which of you by worrying can add an hour to his life?  So if you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the flowers grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, how much more will he clothe you, you people of little faith! So do not be overly concerned about what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. For all the nations of the world pursue these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, pursue his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 

 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven that never decreases, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

You Must Be Ready. “Get dressed for service and keep your lamps burning; be like people waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. Blessed are those slaves whom their master finds alert when He returns! I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, have them take their place at the table, and will come and wait on them! Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night and finds them alert, blessed are those slaves! But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” 

Then Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” The Lord replied, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds at work when he returns. I tell you the truth, the master will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave should say to himself, ‘My master is delayed in returning,’ and he begins to beat the other slaves, both men and women, and to eat, drink, and get drunk, then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know his master’s will and did things worthy of punishment will receive a light beating. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.)

   Remember why Jesus spoke in parables.




The Good News according to Luke, chapter 12

Friday, July 8th, 2022

To: 37,197 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/8/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 9, 5,782, (Day 6 until sunset.)

   In recognition of revelations and research done by editors of and & (From York Publishing Co, P.O. Box 1038, Hollister, Ca. 95024-1038, on THE HOLY BIBLE IN ITS ORIGINAL ORDER, A New English Translation and EDITOR Dr. Will Tomory, Professor of English, Southwestern Michigan College.) (Available at:

 (God’s Divine Design of the Holy Bible & its Numeric Connection is without parallel, nor is the most magnificent architecture or is space exploration up to its par.)

 (The Number One: Signifies unity and oneness. The unity & oneness of God) (Deut 6:4 Hebrew: “Our one Elohim is Jehovah.” (The unity and oneness of God the Father and Jesus Christ John 10:30: & 17:21) By His one sacrifice Jesus removes our sins forever; (Jesus is the One Mediator and One Shepherd. Tim 2:5. John 10:16) (There is one body, The Church: One Spirit, One Lord, One faith, One baptism. Eph 4:4-6) Plus the eventual; unity and oneness of true belief with God. John 17:21)

   Proving God’s planning past and future, Matthew provides at Matt 1:17; So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, fourteen generations. 

 The same Lord God Jesus, Luke’s good news account follows also, inspired Jeremiah, Ezra, Nehemiah, Isiah and Daniel.

    (Luke 10:1-16; After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of Him two by two into every town and place where he himself was about to go.  He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest. Go! I am sending you out like lambs surrounded by wolves. Do not carry a money bag, a traveler’s bag, or sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whenever you enter a house, first say, ‘May peace be on this house!’ And if a peace-loving person is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not, it will return to you. Stay in that same house, eating and drinking what they give you, for the worker deserves his pay. Do not move around from house to house. 

  Whenever you enter a town and the people welcome you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in that town and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come upon you!’ But whenever you enter a town and the people do not welcome you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town! 

Woe to Unrepentant Cities. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you! And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be thrown down to Hades! “The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me, and the one who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.” 

The Return of the Seventy-Two. Luke 10:17-37; Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!” So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven.” 

Jesus Rejoices in the Father’s Will. On that same occasion Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. All things have been given to Me by My Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him. Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said privately, Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” 

The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Now an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you understand it?” The expert answered, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But the expert, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, but when he saw the injured man he passed by on the other side. So too a Levite, when he came up to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan who was traveling came to where the injured man was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring olive oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever else you spend, I will repay you when I come back this way.’ Which of these three do you think became a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers? The expert in religious law said, “The one who showed mercy to him.” So Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” 

Martha and Mary. Luke 10:38-  Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what He said. But Martha was distracted with all the preparations she had to make, so she came up to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work alone? Tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things, but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the best part; it will not be taken away from her.

 Luke 11:1-26; (The Lord’s Prayer. Now Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He stopped, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, may your name be honored; may your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And do not lead us into temptation. Then He said to them, (“Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him. Then he will reply from inside, ‘Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though the man inside will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s sheer persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.) “So I tell you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” 

Jesus and Beelzebul. Now He was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, and the crowds were amazed. But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the ruler of demons, He casts out demons!” Others, to test Him, began asking for a sign from heaven. But Jesus, realizing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and a divided household falls. So if Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 

  But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his possessions are safe. But when a stronger man attacks and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s armor on which the man relied and divides up his plunder. Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters. 

Return of an Unclean Spirit. “When an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it passes through waterless places looking for rest but not finding any. Then it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ When it returns, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so the last state of that person is worse than the first.” (To be continued.)


The Good News according to Luke, chapter 11

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022

To: 37,160 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/6/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 7, 5,782, (Day 3 until sunset.)

   Only our Creator is precise in all things, He knows the names of all the stars, His universe is completely orderly and the use of number seven is the  foundation for the entire Word of God. Seven is the number of completeness & perfection, is tied directly to God’s creation of the heavens and earth. (The word ‘creation’ is used 7 times describing God’s creative works. Gen 1:1, 21, 27 three times; 2:3, 2:4) Seven days in a week, the Sabbath is the seventh day, the seventh year is the land Sabbath and there are seven annual feast day Sabbaths beginning with the Passover season. There are seven weeks of the spring harvest. In the book of Revelations there are seven churches, seven angels of the seven churches, 7 seals, seven trumpet plagues, 7 thunders and seven last plagues. The first resurrection takes place at the 7th trumpet, completing salvation for the churches. There are 7 divisions of the Bible: 1) the law, 2) the prophets, 3) the writings, 4) the gospels and Acts, 5) the general epistles, 6) the epistles of Paul, and 7) the book of Revelations. There are 49 original books of the Bible – 7 x 7 – demonstrating the absolute perfection of the Word of God.

    Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ. (Luke 9:18-54; Once when Jesus was praying by Himself, and His disciples were nearby, He asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.” Then He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 

Jesus Foretells His Death. But He forcefully commanded them not to tell this to anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus. Then He said to them all, “If anyone wants to become My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it.  For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I tell you most certainly, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the kingdom of God.” 

The Transfiguration. Now about eight days after these sayings, Jesus took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray. As He was praying, the appearance of His face was transformed, and His clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. Then two men, Moses and Elijah, began talking with Him. They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about His departure that He was about to carry out at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, but as they became fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with him. 

  Then as the men were starting to leave, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying. As he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. Then a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One. Listen to Him!” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So they kept silent and told no one at that time anything of what they had seen. 

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit.  Now on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him. Then a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son – he is my only child! A spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing him severely. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so. Jesus answered, “You unbelieving and perverse generation! How much longer must I be with you and endure you? Bring your son here.” 

  As the boy was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground and shook him with convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.

Jesus Again Foretells His Death. Then they were all astonished at the mighty power of God. But while the entire crowd was amazed at everything Jesus was doing, He said to his disciples, “Take these words to heart, for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this statement; its meaning had been concealed from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet they were afraid to ask Him about this statement. 

Who Is the Greatest? Now an argument started among the disciples as to which of them might be the greatest. But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, He took a child, had him stand by His side, and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in My name welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me, for the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.

Anyone Not Against Us Is For Us. John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him because he is not a disciple along with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.” 

A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus. Now when the days drew near for Him to be taken up, Jesus set out resolutely to go to Jerusalem. He sent messengers on ahead of Him. As they went along, they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance for Him, but the villagers refused to welcome Him, because He was determined to go to Jerusalem. Now when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them? But Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went on to another village.) 

Jesus is Re-creator, Creator, Deliverer, Redeemer, the Resurrection, Mediator, Savior, King of Kings that’s going to bring peace, bind Satan and deliver Israel again.

 (The Preeminence of Christ.) (Colossians 1:15-23; Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created in Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. (SUSTAINER) He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. 

 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And you were at one time strangers and enemies in your minds as expressed through your evil deeds, but now He has reconciled you by His physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish, and blameless before Him: if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, without shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.) ”Remember, many believe that, few believe in.”

The Good News according to Luke, chapter, 10

Monday, July 4th, 2022


To: 38,073 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/4/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 5, 5,782, (Day 2 until sunset.)

   The same Lord God Jesus that Luke is following, inspired Jeremiah, Ezra, Nehemiah, Isiah and Daniel.

   Christian patriotism to countries should be to the degree that its Godly. Israel’s history gives us many clues. God allowed the Babylonians burn down God’s temple, wall of Jerusalem and fortified buildings, destroying all its valuable items. The king of Babylon deported all who escaped from the sword, until the Persian kingdom rose to power. This took place to fulfill the Lord’s message spoken through Jeremiah and lasted until the land experienced its sabbatical years. After the time of its desolation the land rested in to fulfill the seventy years. See 2Chron 36:20-21.

   (According to the books of Ezra–Nehemiah, a number of decades later about 538 BCE, the Jews in Babylon were allowed to return to the Land of Israel, due to Cyrus’s decree. He had been named by Jeremiah and Isaiah years before his birth. God made Cyrus the Persian Empire’s king in modern day Iran spanning several centuries, ‘from the sixth century B.C. until the twentieth A.D. His empire became one of the largest in history stretching across Europe.)

   According to the Bible, Cyrus the Great, king of the Achaemenid Empire, was the monarch who ended the Babylonian captivity. In the first year of his reign, he was prompted by God to decree that the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt and that Jews who wished could return to their homeland for this purpose. (The Proclamation of Cyrus) (2Chron 36:22-23; In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in fulfillment of the LORD’s message spoken through Jeremiah, the LORD motivated King Cyrus of Persia to issue a proclamation throughout his kingdom and also to put it in writing. It read: “This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: ‘The LORD God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build a temple for Him in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Anyone of his people among you may go up there and may the LORD his God be with him!”) This was prophesied in Leviticus 26:34; “‘Then the land will make up for its Sabbaths all the days it lies desolate while you are in the land of your enemies; then the land will rest and make up its Sabbaths.  )

   Jeremiah 26:5-12; You must pay attention to the exhortations of My servants the prophets. I have sent them to you over and over again. But you have not paid any attention to them. If you do not obey Me, then I will do to this temple what I did to Shiloh. And I will make this city an example to be used in curses by people from all the nations on the earth.’” The priests, the prophets, and all the people heard Jeremiah say these things in the LORD’s temple. Jeremiah had just barely finished saying all the LORD had commanded him to say to all the people. All at once some of the priests, the prophets, and the people grabbed him and shouted, “You deserve to die! They are prophesying lies to you and claiming my authority to do so. But I did not send them. I, the LORD, affirm it! “For the LORD says, ‘Only when the seventy years of Babylonian rule are over will I again take up consideration for you. Then I will fulfill my gracious promise to you and restore you to your homeland. For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. When you call out to Me and come to Me in prayer, I will hear your prayers.) 

   Daniel 9:1-5: In the first year of Darius son of Ahasuerus, who was of Median descent and who had been appointed king over the Babylonian empire: in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, came to understand from the sacred books that the number of years for the fulfilling of the desolation of Jerusalem, which had come as the LORD’s -message to the prophet Jeremiah, would be 70 years. So I turned my attention to the Lord God to implore h=Him by prayer and requests, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God, confessing in this way: (“O Lord, great and awesome God who is faithful to His covenant with those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned! We have done what is wrong and wicked; we have rebelled by turning away from Your commandments and standards.) 

   (Isa 44:24-28; This is what the LORD, your Protector, says, the one who formed you in the womb: “I am the LORD, who made everything, who alone stretched out the sky, who fashioned the earth all by Myself, who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers and humiliates the omen readers, who overturns the counsel of the wise men and makes their advice seem foolish, who fulfills the oracles of his prophetic servants and brings to pass the announcements of His messengers, who says about Jerusalem, (‘She will be inhabited,’ and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt, her ruins I will raise up,’ who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry! I will dry up your sea currents,’ who commissions Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd to carry out all my wishes and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’”)

   Ezra 1:1-11; In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in fulfillment of the LORD’s message spoken through Jeremiah, the LORD motivated King Cyrus of Persia to issue a proclamation throughout his kingdom and also to put it in writing. It read: “This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: “‘The LORD God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build a temple for him in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Anyone of his people among you (may his God be with him!) may go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and may build the temple of the LORD God of Israel – he is the God who is in Jerusalem. Anyone who survives in any of those places where he is a resident foreigner must be helped by his neighbors with silver, gold, equipment, and animals, along with voluntary offerings for the temple of God which is in Jerusalem.’” Then the leaders of Judah and Benjamin, along with the priests and the Levites – all those whose mind God had stirred – got ready to go up in order to build the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem.  All their neighbors assisted them with silver utensils, gold, equipment, animals, and expensive gifts, not to mention all the voluntary offerings. Then King Cyrus brought out the vessels of the LORD’s temple which Nebuchadnezzar had brought from Jerusalem and had displayed in the temple of his gods. King Cyrus of Persia entrusted them to Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the leader of the Judahite exiles. The inventory of these items was as follows: 30 gold basins, 1,000 silver basins, 29 silver utensils, 30 gold bowls, 410 other silver bowls, and 1,000 other vessels. All these gold and silver vessels totaled 5,400. Sheshbazzar brought them all along when the captives were brought up from Babylon to Jerusalem.) 

   Now some six thousand years or so years later this same Lord God Jesus is demonstrating who He is and sends Out the Twelve Apostles

Luke 9:1-6; Jesus called the twelve together, He gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey – no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic.  Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave the area. Wherever they do not receive you, as you leave that town, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them. Then they departed and went throughout the villages, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere. 

Herod Is Perplexed by Jesus

  (Luke 9:7-17; Herod the tetrarch heard about everything that was happening, and he was thoroughly perplexed, because some people were saying that John had been raised from the dead, while others were saying that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had risen. Herod said, “I had John beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus.) (Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand,) When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then He took them with Him and they withdrew privately to a town called Bethsaida. But when the crowds found out, they followed Him. He welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and cured those who needed healing. Now the day began to draw to a close, so the twelve came and said to Jesus, “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and food, because we are in an isolated place.” But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish – unless we go and buy food for all these people.” (Now about five thousand men were there.) Then he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” So they did as Jesus directed, and the people all sat down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks and broke them. He gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over was picked up – twelve baskets of broken pieces.) 

   This Creator Jesus is now the Christian’s Mediator in heaven, He’s being worshiped by angels, saved people whose spirits are being perfected and will return with Him.