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The Good News according to Luke, chapter, 15

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

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

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

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: www.amazon.com.)

 (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

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

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.  

The Good News according to Luke, chapter 9

July 2nd, 2022

To: 37,004 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/2/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 3, 5,782, (The Sabbath until sunset.)

   Messengers from John the Baptist 

   Remember the account of The Baptist’s birth, how an angel appeared to his dad, told of John’s birth and Zachariah was not able to speak until he wrote ‘his name is John.’ Elizebeth was in her sixth month when Mary visited, baby John jumped in her womb and to Elizebeth it was revealed that Mary was pregnant with our Savior Jesus. It was told to Zachariah that (John will go as forerunner before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.)

  Luke 7:18-35; John’s disciples informed him about all these things. So John called two of his disciples and sent them to Jesus to ask, “Are You the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You to ask, ‘Are You the one who is to come, or should we look for another?) At that very time Jesus cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, and evil spirits, and granted sight to many who were blind. So He answered them, “Go tell John what you have seen and heard: The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.” 

  When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Look, those who wear soft clothing and live in luxury are in the royal palaces! What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’  I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he is.” 

  (Now all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God’s justice, because they had been baptized with John’s baptism. However, the Pharisees and the experts in religious law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.) “To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? (They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’  The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at Him, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’  But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.” 

A Sinful Woman Forgiven

(Luke 7:36- Now one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so He went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. Then when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus was dining at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfumed oil. As she stood behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfumed oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” So Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, “Say it, Teacher. 

  “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more? Simon answered, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then, turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss of greeting, but from the time I entered she has not stopped kissing My feet. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with perfumed oil. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little loves little.” 

   Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”)

   (Luke 8:1-3; Some time afterward Jesus went on through towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and disabilities: Mary (called Magdalene), from whom seven demons had gone out,  and Joanna the wife of Cuza (Herod’s household manager), Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their own resources.)       (The Parable of the Sower) While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from one town after another, He spoke to them in a parable: (“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds devoured it. Other seed fell on rock, and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns, and they grew up with it and choked it. But other seed fell on good soil and grew, and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” As he said this, he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” (The Purpose of parables.)

  (Luke 8:9-15; Then His disciples asked Him what this parable meant. He said, You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand.  (Jesus is quoted what He gave Isaiah long before, He gave parables so the masses would not understand.)

  “Now the parable means this: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in a time of testing fall away. As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance.)  (This parable Jesus explained to His disciples, to majorities He did not.)      (A Lamp Under a Jar) 

(Luke 9:16-21; No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in can see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be made known and brought to light. So listen carefully, for whoever has (understanding) will be given more, but whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.”)  (The called and gifted with understanding, differs from those who decide for themselves what they think is right, wrong, good and evil.) 

(Jesus’ Mother and Brothers)  “Now Jesus’ mother and his brothers came to Him, but they could not get near Him because of the crowd. So He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” But He replied to them, “My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”)  (You and I are family of God when we obey out of love, when we willingly do out of loving respect for our Creator.)      (Luke 8-22- One day Jesus got into a boat with Hs disciples and said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed He fell asleep. Now a violent windstorm came down on the lake, and the boat started filling up with water, and they were in danger. They came and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are about to die!” So He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they died down, and it was calm. Then He said to them, “Where is your faith?” But they were afraid and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him!” 

The Good News according to Luke, chapter 8

June 29th, 2022

To: 36,993 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 6/29/22, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 30, 5,782, (Day 5 until sunset.) See a new moon tomorrow.

   What’s pagan in God’s view? All who go the way seeming right to themselves. Only Noah and family were believers in God after the flood in his day, from there most of Noah’s descendants went the way that seemed right, ‘becoming pagan.’ Much later The Lord God Jesus chose Abraham and his faithful descendants to build His kingdom from. Jesus Himself prophesied through His called prophets about His own coming as the prophesied Lamb of God who’d take away people’s sins, who’d be called believers as Abraham.

   Abraham’s descendants included Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel; ‘meaning, God fights or fights for.’ Thus, Jacob’s twelve sons and descendants to this day are called Israelites, a people who God gave perpetual promises to.

   God gave the tribe of Judah ‘Jews’ the responsibility of maintaining His calendar and had His apostle Paul tell us; (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 (eloquence) 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.)  

    World’s pagan calendars are going to be obsolete after Jesus’ return, including days of week named after pagan gods. See last study & Zachariah 14: AND about unidentified flying objects? Does not the scientific community and Christians know God has an army?

  (Luke 5:12-16; “While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came to Him who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” So, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. Then Jesus ordered the man to tell no one, “but commanded him, Go and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded as a testimony to them.”

   But the news about Jesus spread even more, and large crowds were gathering, together to hear Him and to be healed of their illnesses. Yet Jesus Himself frequently withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.”) 

  (Jesus set up the temple system under Moses, demonstrated respect for priest duties and customs while He was serving as the Lord God of Israel. The priesthood was changed when Jesus ascended to His previous position, ‘now as mediator of a new and better covenant.’ When willing Jesus can still heal sicknesses completely and miraculously as He did in this Luke 5 account. In this Luke account, Jesus was healing all who came asking. Remember Jesus healed many when Peter’s shadow passed over them, demonstrating His power over the physical. (Jesus’ New Covenant doctrine regarding healing and our commanded practices are spelled out in Hebrews. We must note the result of people’s practicing apostasy “that is the yielding to pagan practices as well.” We take liberty to expound. (From Heb 5:13-14; For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, ‘because he is an infant.’ But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 6:1-4 “Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary  instructions about Christ and move on to maturity: (that is from the discernment of good and evil through the law; to beliefs in Jesus’ faith to grow in.) not repeating this foundation again, but move on to the following) (1) “repentance from dead works” first we’re led to turn from the old fleshly practices) (2) “and Faith in God” (The called are led to trust in God’s Word, not religions.) (3) “Heb 6:2; Teaching about baptisms,” (Understand that water baptism foreshadows our being immersed in Jesus and that the unrepentant will ultimately be baptized with fire.) (4) “Laying on of hands” (A spiritual transfer demonstrating covenant obedience at baptism, at ordinations and when asking for faith healing.) (5) “Resurrection of the dead,” (Believe in the resurrection of the dead as promised, ‘the first to spirit like Jesus‘, and others to the physical restoring Israelites. (Being born again is likened to a resurrection, ‘in that, minds are renewed.’) (6) “Eternal judgment.” Unrepentant people will die a second death, Judgment on the last day is final.’) (7) “Move on to maturity.” Heb 6:1. We are commanded to overcome to the end, always maturing in Christ.)

  (Hebrews 6:3-6; “This is what we intend to do if God permits. For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, (turn to paganism) to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding Him up to contempt.) (Only God can enlighten, ‘open a mind and father with His spirit.’) Only through “Christ Jesus” can we taste the good word of God and believe IN the miracles of His coming age. Once God changes our nature, it is not likely He’ll lose even one.)

   (Luke 5:17-20; Now on one of those days, while He was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem) and the power of the Lord was with Him to heal.

   Just then some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. But since they found no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down on the stretcher through the roof tiles right in front of Him. When Jesus saw their faith He said, ‘Friend your sins are forgiven.’) (Action demonstrated total reliance and belief in which is life.)

   (Luke 5:21-26; Then the experts in the law and the Pharisees began to think to themselves, “Who is this man who is uttering blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their hostile thoughts, he said to them, “Why are you raising objections within yourselves? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he said to the paralyzed man – “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher and go home.” Immediately he stood up before them, picked up the stretcher he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all, and they glorified God. They were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen incredible things today.”) 

Jesus Calls Levi

   (Luke 5:27-32; After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax booth. “Follow me,” He said to him. And he got up and followed him, leaving everything behind. Then Levi gave a great banquet in his house for Jesus, and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. But the Pharisees and their experts in the law complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.) (The Pharisee mentality was self- righteous, not realizing they too were sinners.) 

A Question About Fasting

   (Luke 5;33-39; Then they said to Him, “John’s disciples frequently fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours continue to eat and drink.” So Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, at that time they will fast. He also told them a parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. No one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’”)         Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

(Luke 6:1-5; Jesus was going through the grain fields on a Sabbath, and His disciples picked some heads of wheat, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them.  But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is against the law on the Sabbath?” Jesus answered them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry – how he entered the house of God, took and ate the sacred bread, which is not lawful for any to eat but the priests alone, and gave it to his companions? Then He said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” (Jesus is Lord all the time, but He isn’t Lord of the sixth or first day as in holy, but of the Sabbath.)

  Allow Jesus’ revelation to Paul on the subject of a change. (Phil 2:5-11; You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped but emptied Him-self by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.)

  Jesus never regarded or thought to change what was established through Moses, On Mt Sanai ‘The Lord Jesus’ gave Moses the commandments for His people’s good, making the commandments holy as stated in the fourth.)  

The Good News according to Luke, chapter 7

June 28th, 2022

To: 36,864 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 6/29/22, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 30, 5,782, (Day 4 until sunset.)

   Remember Luke writes in “Acts of the Apostles and Luke;” ”I have followed all things carefully from the beginning, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know for certain the things you were taught.” Luke is not an apostle but an excellent reporter and follower of Jesus. (Luke 6:6-11; On another Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and was teaching. Now a man was there whose right hand was withered. The experts in the law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they could find a reason to accuse him. But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” So he rose and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?”  After looking around at them all, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with mindless rage and began debating with one another what they would do to Jesus.) (Jesus knows our thoughts and our needs before we ask; we still need to ask. Today’s denominations evolve with the times, like the Pharisees, are hostile toward Jesus’ law and particularly the Sabbath. Few who think Jesus changed the Sabbath to the first day, don’t attempt to keep it holy either. The trouble with folks doing what seems right to themselves is, ‘what seems right evolves with the times.)     The Twelve Apostles

   (Luke 6:12-16; Now it was during this time that Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent all night in prayer to God.  When morning came, He called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom He also named apostles: (1) Simon (whom he named Peter), and his brother (2) Andrew; and (3) James, (4) John, (5) Philip, (6) Bartholomew, (7) Matthew, (8) Thomas, (9) James the son of Alphaeus, (10) Simon who was called the Zealot, (11) Judas the son of James, and 12) Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.)  (It wasn’t a mistake calling Iscariot,  (John 6:64; But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.)            Jesus Ministers to a Great Multitude

  (Luke 6:17-19; Then He came down with them and stood on a level place. And a large number of His disciples had gathered along with a vast multitude from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. They came to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases, and those who suffered from unclean spirits were cured. The whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power was coming out from him and healing them all.) (Note that having an unclean spirit is also a sickness that can be cured.)

The Beatitudes (Luke 6:20-23; Then He looked up at His disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God belongs to you. “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil on account of the son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors did the same things to the prophets.) (Even people who go along to get along with the world’s evolving views are rejected by majorities.)           Jesus Pronounces Woes:

Luke 6:24-26; “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your comfort already. “Woe to you who are well satisfied with food now, for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. “Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for their ancestors did the same things to the false prophets.( Something is wrong spiritually when a preacher is roundly popular in a community.)       Love Your Enemies

  Luke 6:27-36; “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other as well, and from the person who takes away your coat, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your possessions back from the person who takes them away. Treat others in the same way that you would want them to treat you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to ungrateful and evil people. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.) (This requires a supernatural nature change, ‘being born again-Fathered by God as does NOT judging others.)            Judging Others

Luk 6:37-42; “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” (He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? Won’t they both fall into a pit? A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while you yourself don’t see the beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.) (Without being spiritually shepherded we are all somewhat hypocritical. Through Jesus’ imputed nature to our being we have power to overcome our inherited from Adam nature and put on Jesus’.) A Tree and Its Fruit; (Luke 6:43-45; “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from brambles. The good person out of the good treasury of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury produces evil, for his mouth speaks from what fills his heart.) 

Build Your House on the Rock

 Luke 6:46-49; “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you? “Everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words and puts them into practice – I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep, and laid the foundation on bedrock. When a flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the person who hears and does not put My words into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against that house, it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed!”)

   Luke 7:1-10; After Jesus had finished teaching all this to the people, He entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave who was highly regarded, but who was sick and at the point of death. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, asking Him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they urged him earnestly, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, because he loves our nation, and even built our synagogue. So Jesus went with them. When He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof! That is why I did not presume to come to you. Instead, say the word, and my servant must be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, He was amazed at him. He turned and said to the crowd that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith!” So when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.)

  (Unless we know Jesus has ultimate control, we do not know Him. He is, Re-creator, Creator, Deliverer, Healer, Shepherd, The resurrection, ‘The Vine in whom each believer, (as a branch) get their nourishment, Redeemer, Mediator, Savior and coming King of Kings.)  

  Luke 7:11-17; Soon afterward Jesus went to a town called Nain, His disciples and a large crowd went with Him. As he approached the town gate, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother (who was a widow), and a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  Then He came up and touched the bier, and those who carried it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”  So the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they began to glorify God, saying, “A great prophet has appeared among us!” and “God has come to help His people!” This report about Jesus circulated throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.) (This Lord Jesus is coming back to rule from Jerusalem, bring peace, prosperity to His people and salvation to all who love Him.

  (Zachariah 14:16-21; Then all who survive from all the nations that came to attack Jerusalem will go up annually to worship the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, and to observe the Feast of Shelters. But if any of the nations, anywhere on earth refuse to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, they will get no rain. 

  If the Egyptians will not do so, they will get no rain – instead there will be the kind of plague which the LORD inflicts on any nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Shelters. This will be the punishment of Egypt and of all nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Shelters. On that day the bells of the horses will bear the inscription “HOLY TO THE LORD.” The cooking pots in the LORD’s temple will be as holy as the bowls in front of the altar.  Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will become holy in the sight of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, so that all who offer sacrifices may come and use some of them to boil their sacrifices in them. On that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.

The Good News according to Luke, chapter 6

June 25th, 2022

To: 36,782 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 6/25/22, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 26, 5,782, (The Sabbath until sunset.)

  (Luke 5:12-16; “While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came to Him who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” So, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. Then Jesus ordered the man to tell no one, but commanded him, “Go and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded as a testimony to them.” But the news about Jesus spread even more, and large crowds were gathering, together to hear Him and to be healed of their illnesses. Yet Jesus Himself frequently withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.”) (Jesus set up the temple system under Moses, demonstrated respect for priest duties and customs while He was serving as the Lord God of Israel.

   The priesthood was changed when Jesus ascended to His previous position, now as mediator of a new and better covenant. When willing Jesus can still heal sicknesses completely and miraculously as He did in this Luke 5 account. In this account, Jesus was healing all who came asking. Likewise, after Jesus’ ascension, He healed many when Peter’s shadow passed over them, demonstrating His power over the physical. Jesus’ New Covenant doctrine regarding healing and our practices are spelled out in Hebrews. We must note the result of people’s practicing apostasy “that is yielding to pagan practices as well.” We take liberty to expound. (From Heb 5:13-14; For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 6:1-4 “Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary  instructions about Christ and move on to maturity: (that is from the practices that discern good and evil ‘the law’ to belief’s we need to grow in) not repeating this foundation again: (but move on to the following) (1) “repentance from dead works” first we’re led to turn from the old fleshly practices) (2) “and Faith in God” (The called are led to trust in God’s Word, not religions.) (3) “Heb 6:2; Teaching about baptisms,” (Understand that water baptism foreshadows our being immersed in Jesus and that the unrepentant will ultimately be baptized with fire.) (4) “Laying on of hands (A spiritual transfer demonstrating covenant obedience at baptism, at ordinations and when asking for faith healing.) (5) “Resurrection of the dead,” (Believe in the resurrections of the dead as promised, the first to spirit like Jesus‘ and second to physical, restoring Israelites. (Born again is likened to a resurrection, in that minds are renewed.) The unrepentant will die a second death. See Rev 21:8.) (6) “Eternal judgment.” Judgment on the last day is final.) (7) Move on to maturity. Heb 6:1. We are commanded to overcome to the end, always maturing in Christ.)

  (Hebrews 6:3-6; “This is what we intend to do if God permits. For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding Him up to contempt.) (Only God can enlighten, open a mind and father with His spirit.) Only through “Christ Jesus” can we taste the good word of God and believe IN the miracles of the coming age. Once God changes our nature, it is not likely He’ll lose even one.

   (Luke 5:17-20; Now on one of those days, while He was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem) and the power of the Lord was with Him to heal. Just then some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. But since they found no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down on the stretcher through the roof tiles right in front of Him. When Jesus saw their faith He said ‘Friend your sins are forgiven.’) (Action demonstrated total reliance and belief in which is life.)

   (Luke 5:21-26; Then the experts in the law and the Pharisees began to think to themselves, “Who is this man who is uttering blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their hostile thoughts, he said to them, “Why are you raising objections within yourselves? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he said to the paralyzed man – “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher and go home.” Immediately he stood up before them, picked up the stretcher he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all, and they glorified God. They were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen incredible things today.”) 

Jesus Calls Levi

   (Luke 5:27-32; After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax booth. “Follow me,” He said to him. And he got up and followed him, leaving everything behind. Then Levi gave a great banquet in his house for Jesus, and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. But the Pharisees and their experts in the law complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.) (The Pharisee mentality was self- righteous, not realizing they too were sinners.) 

A Question About Fasting

  (Luke 5;33-39; Then they said to Him, “John’s disciples frequently fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours continue to eat and drink.” So Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, at that time they will fast. He also told them a parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. No one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’”)   Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

(Luke 6:1-5; Jesus was going through the grain fields on a Sabbath, and His disciples picked some heads of wheat, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them.  But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is against the law on the Sabbath?” Jesus answered them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry – how he entered the house of God, took and ate the sacred bread, which is not lawful for any to eat but the priests alone, and gave it to his companions? Then He said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” (Jesus isn’t Lord of the sixth or first day, but of the Sabbath.)

  (Phil 2:5-11; You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.) (Jesus never regarded or thought to change the Sabbath, He gave it to Moses on Mt Sanai for the people’s good, and made it holy as stated in the fourth commandment.)