The Good News according to Luke, chapter 19

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.

 

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