March 18, 2016
The Love of God
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the most kind, compassionate, merciful and loving God. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life" (Begotten means the only one of this kind). To quote from Jeremiah 31:3: "The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee." He loves us continuously even though we commit wrong. God is love. "He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love (1 John 4:8). The Almighty is like a friend speaks to a friend as He spoke unto Moses like a friend. Jesus called us friends. I quote John 15:15: "Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends." Indeed he is a loving and caring. He has no master and slave relationship with His children as He is our heavenly Father.
Sometimes children of God may pray earnestly with a request to provide their wants and desires instantaneously. It may be a genuine cause / case or may not be However God knows precisely when to give how to give where to give. God always gives, gives and forgives. Man gets, gets and later forgets. Supposedly answered the prayers instantly and showered blessings they may not utilize for a good cause / case instead squander immediately. So when He chooses to provide it is at His discretion / appointed time which remains for everlasting.
We are all born free. God gave Adam and Eve a free will in the Garden of Eden and to eat any of the tree except one command forbidding eating of good and evil tree located in the midst of the garden for in the day that you eat of it you shall die. The serpent asked Eve did God say, you shall not eat any tree of the garden. And Eve said we may eat any fruit of the tree except one tree located in the midst of the garden, which you will not touch lest you die. The serpent beguiled/enticed Eve saying you will not die for God knows when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God knowing good and evil. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food Eve found the forbidden tree was a delight/pleasant to her eyes. Sin does only matters to God. God punished the man to till the ground in his hard sweat and to woman bearing children in labor pain. After the transgression did man and woman die eating from the forbidden tree food? No. However the sayings of God; death means body and soul’s permanent death. Once a person transgressed the commandment of God, sin entered into human and this sin has distanced / kept great chasm between a human and a Holy God. Conspicuously a human eye commits 50 percent of the sins. The first sin of Eve and Adam was from the delight to her eyes. A human’s other limbs of body; the ear, hands, mind, legs, mouth, heart and the senses commits remaining 50 percent of the sins.
Prophesy: Jesus coming in Flesh
Ever since the creation, God loved His children and gave a way-out from the first transgression. God came down to earth in flesh to save soul of a human from everlasting death to a living soul eternally in the heaven. I quote Genesis 3:15: "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." A Woman’s seed (Jesus) shall come to defeat the divisive tactics of Evil. The Satan deceived and provoked killers of Jesus subsequently increased afflictions as Jesus bore all our sins and nailed on the cross. The Cross of Jesus became heavy; painful and afflictions of Jesus were increased / bruised. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and we are all free from the Sin of Adam and Eve through the blood of Jesus Christ because Jesus was without sin and without blemish. As per the Old Testament sin offering should be without blemish. The prophesy states that Jesus, a sinless person shall come to carry the sins of the world to offer a perfect greatest unique sacrifice. A sinner cannot carry the sins of the world without blemish and spotless. Jesus was young, (30 years, first born, even first-born from the dead) without blemish pure, sinless, and spotless. John 8:46
Prophesy: Abel's Offering and Slaying
Cain and Abel both brought first fruit of the ground an offering to the Lord and Cain’s countenance fell. Abel also brought firstlings of his flock as offering to the Lord. The Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. Cain became jealous and angry against the Lord. The good offering was established and the deficient offering was not likened to God. Cain the jealous got angry and Killed Abel who offered first fruit to the Lord without blemish. Here the prophesy states that a good righteous person will be killed by the jealous, unrighteous wicked people. I quote Genesis 4:9-10: "And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground." Cain asks God "Am I my brother’s keeper?! Just realize how much Cain was stubborn to respond to God stubbornly. Thousands of years later Jesus the righteous, sinless, spotless and faultless was killed and the blood was shed from the cross on to the ground.
Prophesy: Noah’s Ark Measurements
God asked Noah the righteous person to build an Ark to save themselves from the flood waters as a great destruction is to come upon the unrighteous and wicked people. To save Noah and his sons and daughters God provided only three measurements to build an ark. He never gave four or more measurements instead only three measurements which itself is a prophesy. Genesis 6:15 "This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits".
The boat was God the Father, Jesus was the Captain and the Holy Spirit was moving the boat to save Noah and his family from the flood waters. 300 cubits depicts God the Father, Jesus started his ministry precisely at the age of 30 and preached the Gospel for three or three and half years and after sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection exactly on the 50th day Holy Spirit came down to Apostles in a fire of tongues. While Jesus was on this earth planet guiding, teaching and strengthening to his disciples Jesus says: John 14:26 But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you". The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in a fire of tongues on the 50th day of Pentecost after Jesus death and resurrection. The disciples of Jesus filled with the Holy Spirit and preached the Gospel boldly remembered whatever Jesus had taught them without fear or dread.
Prophesy: Test of Abraham’s Faith
Prior to the great sacrifice on the cross a human has to sacrifice an animal without blemish as sin offering. There is no remission of sin without shedding the blood. I quote Hebrews 9:22: "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." God tested Isaac to sacrifice his only son on the mount of Moriah I quote Genesis 22:2: "And he said take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. Isaac asked his father, where is the lamb for sacrifice."
In response to Isaac Abraham with faith spoke to him I quote Genesis 22:8: "And Abraham said, my son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering." Abraham bound Isaac and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called him from heaven and stopped Abraham sacrificing his own son Isaac and a voice said I shall provide thee (Prediction: God himself will provide a Lamb for sacrifice) and gave Abraham a Ram on the spot which was stuck in a thicket with its horns to sacrifice on the wooden altar. Remember a lamb is different from a Ram. A Ram has has horns.
Prophesy: Passover Lamb in the time of Moses
Later God spoke to Moses to tell the congregation of Israel to take a Lamb without blemish a male of the first year from the sheep or from the goats according to the number of the souls. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the houses, And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s pass over. Sprinkling of blood on the two side posts and on the upper door post predicts Jesus shed blood on the wooden cross to save us, the sinners.
The compassionate nature is seen while one of his disciples smote a right ear of Malchus and Jesus touched his ear and healed a soldier’s ear Luke 49:50-51. One of the thief crucified along with Jesus rebuked another thief saying I quote Luke 23:40-41: "But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear. God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss." Luke 23:41. "And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise" Luke 24:43. Every human has a chance to humble himself before breaths his last to repent whole heartily and the power of forgiveness shall transform into heavenly bliss.
At this juncture few critics may question now we are all free from the sins as Jesus bore all our sins and died on the cross. So you don’t have sins, even committing daily and everybody can enter into heaven. Yes. We the people have an assurance to go to heaven through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross. Yet we have to constantly purify ourselves and ask forgiveness whole heartily and remain not sinning. Jesus is the way the truth and the life. Truth comes from God and of course the truth has come in flesh and through the scriptures. I quote John 14:6: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Scriptures are from God and the children of God believe and follow the scriptures.
Abraham’s only legitimate son was through Sarah. Ishmael is also a son of Abraham through Hagar the bondwoman (Genesis 15:3; 21:10). The salves / bondwomen are bought and paid daily or monthly or yearly on agreement (Paid servants). Legitimacy is not considered in a bonded man and a bonded woman bought on agreement. Abraham and Hagar had a Master and Slave relationship. Husband and wife have no master and slave relationship but having equal rights and relationship. Once the husband dies inheritance goes to wife and not to any of a Master’s bonded-women or her children. I quote "For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman" (Galatians 4:22). Noah, his wife and children were saved from the flood waters likewise whosoever follows the faith in Jesus Christ should be baptized in water in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost as taught by Jesus Matthew 28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost"." The Jealous man Cain killed a righteous person. Jesus is a righteous person, sinless and faultless was killed by the jealous and wicked men shedding the blood on cross to the earth. Jesus proclaimed Abel is a righteous and a prophet (Matthew 23:34-35). Jesus predicted His sufferings, crucifixion, and death on the cross and on the third day He shall rise again.
Right from the beginning God’s promise was redeeming humans from Adam and Eve’s transgression. Our ancestors lived through the law sacrificing animals as sin offering. In the last days God in flesh and whosoever believeth shall live through the faith because Jesus shed blood on the cross once for all and all of us are free from sacrificing any animal or bird as sin offering. Eating such sacrificial meat is also forbidden to all the Christians. Thus Jesus accomplished all the laws without blotting out an iota of God’s laws. He is a righteous and a Just God. His lamp is for our feet and a light to our Path. May the love of God and Peace from the Prince of Peace be with you all. This is the Love of God, a Great and Unique Sacrifice. We have cell phones. If you have any doubt you can call 24x7 to this number Jeremiah 33:3.
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