31 August 2016

Remember Forever

Isaiah 41: 18

How does and will our memory serve us?

The human experience recalls the past according to the highlights imprinted on our conscious and subconscious.

We recall the emotional triggers and the lessons learned.

We forget the things that we were not ready or able to accept at that time.

Yet when the past is recalled at a later time, and experience has allowed for more lessons to be learned, the previously missed lessons can then be realized, learned and accepted.

Life is a constant growing process.

Life is fluid.

Life is beautiful, even when ugly things happen.

Have you noticed that when something 'bad' happens, a valuable and important lesson (or many lessons) is being taught?

The person who has triumphed after having failed many times in pursuing a goal, a project, a task or a dream, has learned that perseverance is a key ingredient to success.

And this is evident in all walks and aspects of life.

Work.

Family.

Faith.

Community.

Life.

It is our individual struggle, our personal and unique experience when confronting the challenges faced in life, that determines the outcome.

A builder of homes and real property follows specific instructions in the building plans.

Deviating from the plans and measurements may cause a catastrophic accident if / when a storm, earthquake or other unforeseen event occurs.

The buyer of a new vehicle receives a manual along with their purchase.

Failing to follow the maintenance instructions may cause the vehicle to fail prematurely, and may lead to injury or a loss of value in the vehicle.

And in life, most importantly and overshadowing all of life's events and experiences, where is the “manual” or “building plans”?
My son, keep your Father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 
   Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck. 
When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; 
   when you awake, they will speak to you. 
For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, 
   and correction and instruction are the way to life. 
- Proverbs 6: 20-23
His Word is instructions to the Way, to life.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart 
   and lean not on your own understanding; 
in all your ways submit to Him, 
   and He will make your paths straight. 
- Proverbs 3: 5-6
According to His Way He will make your paths straight.
Stand firm, and you will win life. 
- Luke 21: 19

30 August 2016

Sailing Social Media's Rough Seas

Distortions Abound

How does one navigate through political or religious discussions online today?

Carefully.

Sometimes, not at all.

Boarding the ship of discussion on social media is easy enough.

Just type and click.

There is always a calm before the storm, 'they' say.

But not so in Today's instant worldwide messaging at the speed of light.

Prepare for the reverberating hurricane caused by cognitive dissonance.

Batten down the hatches and brace for wave after wave of strife.

You try sailing past the illogical rants and finger pointing by reefing your sail to lighten your wake.

You're tempted to aim cannons at the mocking comments and personal attacks.

Yet you remember:
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, 
   and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. 
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, 
   and discerning if they hold their tongues. 
- Proverbs 17: 27-28
You try to reason by raising the a white flag of peace, calling for reason and asking others to consider a glance through their telescope from another perspective, as you desire to consider theirs.

After questioning the sanity of the respondents, and also questioning your own sanity, you remember the duality found in the lesson mentioned here:
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, 
   or you yourself will be just like him. 
Answer a fool according to his folly, 
   or he will be wise in his own eyes. 
- Proverbs 26: 4-5
You realize that responding to foolish comments by making foolish comments yourself is not the way.

Doing so causes you to run the risk of becoming a foolish captain on a ship sinking quickly from foolishness.

A titanic trap.

Rather, pursue the point made by your dialogue partner, sailing along with them for a mile or so.

Explore the depths of their logical or illogical basis.

When casting out your net in search of the few factual fish among the seas of opinions believed-to-be facts, be careful not to moor to an opinion prior to exploring its validity.

Remember also to be open to learning something new, while also allowing yourself to be proven wrong.

Otherwise, this lesson is for you and not those who respond to your political and religious banter:
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? 
   There is more hope for a fool than for them. 
- Proverbs 26: 12

26 August 2016

Beyond Sand, Sea & Sky


As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. 
- Proverbs 27: 17
I visited a friend and broke bread with them yesterday.

We shared stories from our past.

We spoke of triumphant moments and moments of disgrace.

Both he and myself are now married.

We share quite a few things in common, most importantly our faith in the risen Christ.

We have have experienced extraordinary events in many ways.

We've both seen darkness reveal itself, and light vanquish the darkness.
Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. 
- Isaiah 32: 2
He shared several testimonials how faithful prayer brought forth God's glory in supernatural ways.

I learned many valuable lessons.

What was validated is how God works in ways we can never predict or expect.

We shared many things that could have easily been read in the book of Acts.

We were recollecting events and experiences from our lives, and we see how the Spirit of Yeshua is still very much alive and effective both near and far.

My friend is from a country in central Africa.

He thinks many more manifestations of the spirit world occurs in places that the first-world considers forgotten by God.

I think it is people who have forgotten God.
And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. 
- Matthew 13: 58
We both realized that God is not without allowing certain things to happen to bring forth His plan and good will.

And perhaps faithlessness, idolatry and chasing after the wind is destined for many who perceive themselves in the first-world in order for God's will to be realized throughout the entire world.
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Yeshua, with eternal glory. 
Here is a trustworthy saying: 
  If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 
if we endure, we will also reign with Him. 
  If we disown Him, He will also disown us; 
if we are faithless, He remains faithful 
  for He cannot disown Himself. 
- 2 Timothy 2: 10-13

24 August 2016

Christology Of Accomplishment

Psalm 19: 1

Is God limited in what He can do, or are humans limited in their belief and understanding of what He can do?

Is God limited at all?

If not, then there should be nothing too amazing that would be deemed impossible for God to do, correct?

So it seems that the thought of limitation is a concept born from men, a shortcoming in understanding what God can do, and has done, and will do.

This is what mankind is challenged with when it comes to believing God, and what God can do, according to what He has spoken.
“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, 
  “and My servant whom I have chosen, 
     so that you may know and believe Me 
   and understand that I Am He. 
Before Me no god was formed, 
   nor will there be one after Me. 
     I, even I Am the Lord, 
   and apart from Me there is no savior. 
I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— 
   I, and not some foreign god among you. 
     You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I Am God. 
   Yes, and from ancient days I Am He. 
No one can deliver out of My hand 
   When I act, who can reverse it?” 
- Isaiah 43: 10-13
- God mentions “witnesses” in a plural manner (more than one witness)

- God mentions “servant” in a singular manner (one servant)

Does God then mention to the witnesses “so that you may know and believe Me and understand” that He (God) is that servant “I Am He”?

- God mentions before Him “no god was formed” and “nor will there be one after Me”

“Formed” like created, or formed as in manifested and made known to mankind so mankind can understand 'who' and 'what' and 'how' God is?

- “no one can deliver out of My hand”

What did Yeshua declare in combining both His hand and the Father's hand?
My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.” 
Again His Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone Him, but Yeshua said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone Me?” 
“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” 
- John 10: 27-33
Read the rest of the passage in Isaiah considering that God is speaking of Himself manifested, revealed in a way as no other time before (or after).

It is from this understanding that the concept and definition of “Messiah” was derived, understanding that Messiah would mean God manifested before and among His creation; mankind.

This is where the term / name “Immanuel” is derived, which means “God with us” in Hebrew.

Later in Isaiah 43 it says:
This is what the Lord says— 
   your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: 
     ... I Am the Lord, your Holy One, 
   Israel’s Creator, your King.” 
- Isaiah 43: 14a-15
- the Lord... is the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the Holy One, the Creator and King of Israel

There are many earthly kings, many have been and many still Today.

Kings made by themselves or made kings by other men, yet some are appointed and anointed by God while the others are simply men pursuing wealth, power and glory for themselves.

Many religions have been derived from such men making themselves kings or calling themselves prophets and such, yet by their fruits you will know them.

But what of the Lord, the God of heaven?

What about the King whom God has become, or better yet, the King He has always been?
But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their King. 
- 1 Samuel 8: 6-7
People reject God's lordship and Him being “King” over them when they place other men, or themselves, or other ideas as king in place of God's kingship and sovereign authority over their lives.

This is why the confession “Yeshua is Lord” is so universally and spiritually powerful.

This declaration speaks eternally to what God has always been, and completes who God has revealed Himself to be since the beginning in His testimony we read in the Scriptures.

This confession declares that not the self, nor the ideas of men, nor even an ideology or religious group is 'lord' and 'king' of one's heart, mind and affairs, but that Yeshua is Lord, King and the Sovereign over one's heart, mind and earthly efforts.

Since we have learned that the God of heaven is the Lord, the Holy One, the One who declared “I Am God”, then what does the confession “Yeshua is Lord” mean?
The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Yeshua of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 
“Be quiet!” said Yeshua sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. 
The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey Him.” 
- Mark 1: 22-27
- Yeshua didn't invoke God in prayer, but simply spoke His authority over the impure spirit who confessed 'who' Yeshua is

- creations; angels, demons, humans, nature, etc., obey God's command and authority

Why did the impure spirit obey Yeshua's command?

Some people believe that Yeshua was the best of God's many creations, or the first of His creations.

But can something created do anything outside of God's will or without God's authority?

Doesn't creation submit to God's will, or ask permission from God to act or do anything?

In all the prophets who preceded the Messiah Yeshua, we see clearly how they invoked God in doing anything.

Why was the manner in which Yeshua spoke and acted so different?

Either Yeshua was God manifested in the flesh as the Mystery of the Gospel declares, or people are incorrect in their conclusions that Yeshua was separate from God or simply another man / prophet of God.

Have the prophecies of old been incorrect in their message, or have some men interpreted incorrectly in their fulfillment?

Did God fail in His message to mankind, or has some members of humanity been excluded from seeing what God has done?
But He continued, “You are from below; I Am from above. You are of this world; I Am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I Am He, you will indeed die in your sins.” 
- John 8: 23-24
Yeshua proclaims the eternal attribute of God within Himself, echoing and fulfilling the prophetic message in Isaiah 43.

What is also quite difficult for unbelievers and some believers to accept, is the sin of not believing (denying) that Yeshua is He (I Am He).

Yeshua is the fulfillment and accomplishment of God manifesting Himself in the flesh as all the prophets of God have mentioned in many places prior.
Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day; he saw it and was glad.” 
“You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to Him, “and you have seen Abraham!” 
“Very truly I tell you,” Yeshua answered, “before Abraham was born, I Am!” 
- John 8: 56-58

Yeshua proclaims His eternal existence in the timeless and authoritative response I Am”.

This is the same response echoed from the time Moses asked God for a name, and God responded with this eternal declaration befitting only to God.

God said to Moses, “I Am who I Am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I Am has sent me to you.’ ” 
- Exodus 3: 14

23 August 2016

Seeing My Past In The Present

Breaking This World's Patterns

This afternoon on my walk, I came across a couple having an issue.

Drama.

The man is asking the woman to hurry up in a very banal way.

I'm walking along a path next to the shore.

I guess they've been at the beach for a while and he is ready to leave, but she doesn't seem ready to leave just yet.

He starts play fighting with her, and is connecting lightly with her stomach, her breasts and her face.

Steam goes off in my heart and my mind, and my flesh desires to pummel him instantly.

He is playing, but still touching her and speaking to her in a way that seems quite disrespectful and ill-mannered.

She is simply standing there without much of an expression, not surprised by his words or actions.

I pray as I quietly walk by.

I want to let her know that it seems this man doesn't respect her at all.

I walk a short distance, stop and turn around to observe them.

They go back and forth, still seeming to be playful in their own way, using language that I think isn't to be used towards a spouse or anyone at all.

I realize that it isn't so much the man who at first I had a sharp eye on, but it is also the woman.

The exchange between them reminds me of a certain time in my life.

A time of disrespect, carelessness and constant drama.

I remember attempting to court some women who would be very suspicious when I'd open a door for them, or speak kind words to them.

Or some women who seemed to appreciate my kind efforts towards them, but they somehow also expected disrespect and abuse from me; projecting their upbringing or their past relationships with men.

Sadly, I eventually learned to be selfish, careless, rude and disrespectful towards women... and this ineptitude would attract more women to me the harder my heart became.

It was quite bizarre.

Over time my heart became cynical and hardened towards life and love.

My attitude towards women in general was seeing them as objects instead of partners.

I was a broken mess and I would attract broken women who were a mess themselves, being also attracted to such women, to such weakness and emptiness.

I crossed paths with this couple again as we left the beach area.

I prayed for them individually and as a couple again.

I also had to check myself regarding the judgment I was contemplating in my heart, firstly towards the man, and then also towards the woman, now remembering how I was somewhat like him and how I used to pursue women just like her.

When I first heard and saw the manner he was talking to and treating her, my flesh desired to become violent with him.

Sin is deceitful, and when witnessing dark matters, temptation isn't too far off from us.

At times, what we find distasteful in others may actually be a poor reflection of our past, or even present shortcomings.

I can't help but feel sad and sorry for the woman, and also for the man, but I really don't know where they've been nor in which direction they are going.

I also can't help but be so grateful to God for snapping me out of my stupor, my earth-bound trajectory of times past.

Repentance is a constant gift revealing God's grace, and such things never fail to produce fruit.

22 August 2016

The Joy of Learning



I recently saw a man who had nothing more than stubs for fingers on one hand.

We are perfectly and wonderfully made in God's image, yet the manner in which we are initially made 'perfect' is already a good finished product, and later if / when we are perfected, is dependent on our attitude.

Considering the 'perfect' manner in which we are made:

Can you consider the person who is born with what we may call 'imperfections' or not 'normal' as being anything less that perfect in the sense of their role and their purpose?

Every human being that has ever existed was made / created for a purpose, whether significant to many, or significant to a few.

The significance is evident to whomever is paying attention.

The child born with a disability can be seen as a hindrance and challenge to some, yet those looking beyond the obvious can see the saving grace for that family.

Perhaps that needy child helps keep the family together, teaching those family members valuable lessons regarding pearls of wisdom in terms of love, patience and gratitude.

The child born blind, thought of as a sad reality for themselves and their family, may be destined to grow in the other senses like no other child who has eyesight.

If only we can always see past the obvious, or the popular notions we typically see the world through.

If so, perhaps we can see the blessings of God disguised and labeled as shortcomings by others.

Regarding the thought of being perfected:

Do we not suffer or realize the consequences of our choices, good and bad?

Has God made us all as robots without choice?

No.

We have choice in every single thing we do.

Our thoughts, our words and our actions are all derive from our choices.

For some of us, it may seem our thoughts run away from us.

Is this because we have lost control?

Or is this because for too long we have allowed our thoughts to run ahead of us?

Man's pride and arrogance prevents him from acknowledging Him who holds all things in His hand.

To ignore the reality of God Above and in every single thing visible and invisible is to likewise ignore our existence.

One is a natural temptation, while the other is near impossible to do since we eventually see ourselves in the mirror.

It is by trial, by shortcoming, by the challenges imposed on us in this world that we overcome, grow, and bear fruit.

It is through the trial by fire that we are perfected.

If it wasn't for challenges, how would we then learn what perseverance, trial and victory is like?

Imagine the individual who never had anything go wrong their entire life... or had never experienced disappointment, failure, or something 'bad' in happen their lives.

Do we not see the greatest examples of human triumph in our collective histories from those who have faced the most daunting of trials and perils?

Be grateful for the challenges of life, for these are the tools which help form your character and which are used by God to strengthen your heart and fortify your mind.

It is these perceived 'imperfections' which 'perfect' that which He has purposed for us to become: children of God!

21 August 2016

Words From Above


In Islamic theology and thought, the Quran is believed / taught to be a word-for-word, perfect and without mistake message from an angel to a man who memorized the message, and then that man repeated verbally without mistake this message to other men, who also memorized the message, while yet others wrote down the message they heard.

The account varies, as do many reports within Islamic history, with some reports stating scribes of Muhammad were the writers of the Quran, taking dictation from him.

There is even a report of one scribe helping Muhammad edit and rephrase certain portions of the Quran, but this is simply a point besides what I'd like to illustrate.

What I'd like to highlight, and correct, is the framing a perception has when placed onto something quite different.

Regarding how the Gospel came about, a typical Muslim polemic points to the variety of translations, versions and questioning which language the Gospel message was first written in.

This, as previously stated, follows the Islamic frame of mind when considering their believed-to-be inspirations from God in how their book came about.

This is not the manner Christian theology and thought understands the manner the Gospel message was recorded.

When reading the Old Testament accounts, God's Word was revealed and recorded in various ways.

Sometimes, someone was witnessing and writing the event(s) after the fact.

Other times, a prophet received an inspiration and then wrote down what they were seeing, experiencing, hearing, etc..

With the New Testament, we see the same manner of communication from Above, with Zechariah, Mary, John the Baptist and others.

As with what Christ said and did, there were at least 12 constant witnesses since the beginning of His ministry, and we read four of their accounts in the Gospel.

The letters are written by several men, writing about their experiences, what they heard and saw.

In my judgment, much more has been written, but not every believer understands or accepts if God's hand has worked through others beyond what has been popularly labeled “canon”.

The canon having changed several times (the addition or removal of certain writings) is another issue besides, but I mention it to further my point.

For me personally, I have read some writings that are surely inspired from Above.

Here is why:

It is like reading works by a favorite author.

People who are avid readers usually like the style and 'voice' a certain author has, and thus they look forward to the next book by this particular author, for they can 'hear' and identify with the manner the author writes.

This is what I see in the case of Scripture / God's Word.

Every book in the bible has the same 'voice' and manner of expression, the same spirit in the message.

One can also 'see' and 'read' God's voice in other writings that are not part of the bible.

In contrast, one can also distinguish the false writings; the false can be quite obvious to some, not too noticeable to others.

The Gospel message speaks to the heart.

The use of more words beyond the message will never answer the questions the Gospel message already answers.

Ears are 'opened' not by human effort, but by God's will.

Here is why:

The Word of God is a message that God desires to be written on your heart, by His hand.
Keep My commandments and live, and My teaching as the apple of your eye. 
Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 
- Proverbs 7: 2-3
God promised long ago a very amazing thing, a certainty that goes beyond religion, repetitive rituals and exterior efforts of religious observance:
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; 
I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 
- Ezekiel 11: 19
God's Spirit dictates what is written on the heart.

The individual who has God's Spirit in them can decipher what is from Above and what is not.

This is how the men who witnessed Christ were able to write down their experience and were able to remember what they heard Christ teach.

What else did God promise?
As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and My words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord. 
- Isaiah 59: 21
Here's another promise: a new covenant between God's Spirit and man's heart.
But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the Lord, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 
- Jeremiah 31: 33
People do try to memorize Scripture, and rightly so, but somehow God has already written His message in the hearts of believers, placing His message on the lips of His chosen.

This means God still speaks Today, and people are still writing what they hear from Him.

The misperception of something written in a book and being called the "words of God" prevent many who only look to certain sources, or make critical analysis of words and sentences, while never reflecting the manner the message is speaking to their heart in order to understand what the Gospel message is saying.

When men desire to prove that the "original" Gospel, whether it was written in Hebrew, or Aramaic, or Syriac, is no where to be found, they are only arguing against 'what' they do not know and 'who' they know not.

They do not know what God has done, nor what God is capable of still doing Today:
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 
- Acts 2: 1-4
Notice how they were "enabled" to speak in different tongues / languages.

In times prior, God would usually speak through one or a few prophets in any given generation.

After Christ, God began to speak through many people.

He still speaks Today through His church, those in which the kingdom of God resides by His Spirit.
For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. 
- Hebrews 4: 12-13
The Word of God is LIVING and ACTIVE.

If something is living and active, has it ceased to speak?

God is continuing to speak, even Today, through His chosen.

Amen.

18 August 2016

Would You Like To Dance?


I used to be a part of a particular church group that frowned upon playing musical instruments 'in church'.

Only singing was allowed when I was a member of this group; I think their policy may have changed since in some parts of this part of the body of Christ.

The singing was beautiful and inspiring.

Every time we'd gather for 'church', some very gifted and talented solo singers and choir songs were guaranteed to be heard.

When some church members began to question the disallowance of musical instruments to accompany the singing, these questions sometime were thwarted with certain passages of Scripture.

Other times, the tradition of the church never having musical instruments was the answer.

I understood that a fear of the 'worship service' would become a time of entertainment instead of a time of expressing joy in a public setting.

The internet is full of heart-felt songs, with or without instruments, that are quite amazing and inspiring.

You can also find videos of people 'performing', or possibly shining brighter than the praise they seem to be expressing.

Perhaps some instances, online or in a church group setting, is about people finding purpose among the family of believers; finding their role, their expression, their place in the greater body of Christ.

And aside from the various ways that a 'church service' or 'worship service' is conducted around the world among a plethora of church groups, either regimentally organized or loosely gathered, a constant thread can be realized.

We were created and made to praise God.

And praising God is realized in a variety of methods and manners.

One does not have to be a professional singer or have a beautiful voice to sing to God or sing about His glory.

One also does not have to be an expert musician to qualify as someone who can express their heart's desire in praising the Lord.

Yet, these are the aims: to express His gifts and talents bestowed upon His creation as best you can.

You were created and made to shine like a light.

And the manner His creation expresses their gratitude and love for God is reflected in words, singing, music, dance... and so much more.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; 
  it is fitting for the upright to praise Him. 
Praise the Lord with the harp; 
  make music to Him on the ten-stringed lyre. 
Sing to Him a new song; 
  play skillfully, and shout for joy. 
- Psalm 33: 1-3
Notice that the instrument mentioned is a ten-stringed instrument.

The west knows of the popular six-string guitar, while the east knows of the sitar with up to 21 strings!

And there are thousands of musical instruments in between, from the past and Today, with more or less strings or different mechanisms that produce sound.

Other ways to praise, worship and pray to God occurs in the manner you treat others.
Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the Name of our Lord Yeshua Christ. 
- Ephesians 5: 18b-20
God hears, sees and knows all things.

In serving and edifying others we also praise the Lord.
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me. 
- Matthew 25: 40
Sadly, there may always be those who think that praising and worshiping God is to be done according to their own interpretation of praise and worship.
Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. 
As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart. 
- 2 Samuel 6: 13-16
And not all people will be satisfied seeing someone express their heart's content before God and man regarding the good things God has done for them.

God sees and hears your prayers, even the inaudible ones; the ones you are speaking in your heart and mind but cannot find the words to verbally express.
As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.” 
“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.” 
- 1 Samuel 1: 12-15

Praise the Lord in thought, word, deed and from your heart... for He is great and He is good.

17 August 2016

Missing Link For Muslims

Every Eye Will See Him

Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. 
- Hebrews 9: 28

Mainstream Muslim theology explains Christ will return to earth, coming down from heaven.

This is in agreement with what Scripture revealed prior to the 6th Century.

However, regarding what is believed and accepted as 'truth' about Christ going into heaven and later coming down, there is an important detail missing from this understanding.

The entire Gospel is based on the revelation of Messiah, not only as a Prophet, but as God's sacrifice for the sins of many.

The prior testament, the Old Testament, points towards Messiah many times and in many places.

The reality that Messiah was to be a sacrifice was clearly prophesied in the 8th century before Christ through Isaiah:

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 
He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. 
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. 
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. 
Like one from whom people hide their faces He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem. 
Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. 
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. 
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; 
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth. 
By oppression and judgment He was taken away. 
Yet who of His generation protested? 
For He was cut off from the land of the living; 
for the transgression of My people He was punished. 
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. 
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the Lord makes His life an offering for sin, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in His hand. 
After He has suffered, He will see the light of life and be satisfied; 
by His knowledge My righteous servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities. 
Therefore I will give Him a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. 
For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. 
- Isaiah 53


We see how God had purposed and willed for His Messiah to suffer, die, and then see the light of life afterwards: to be raised from dead.

What, then, is the relationship between Yeshua and the Father?

“I Am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me—just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to My voice, and there shall be one flock and One Shepherd. The reason My Father loves Me is that I lay down My life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.” 
- John 10: 14-18

Yeshua had the choice to lay down His life.

Is Yeshua, then, a creation of God, or is Yeshua eternal?


“I and the Father are One.” 
Again His Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone Him, but Yeshua said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone Me?” 
“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” 
- John 10: 30-33

It was clearly understood 'who' Yeshua was claiming to be: God.

Who, then, is Yeshua?

Who has Yeshua been the entire time (from eternity)?


While we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Yeshua Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good. 
- Titus 2: 13-14


Yeshua is our Lord, great God and Savior.

15 August 2016

Looking Beyond The Shore

She Holds The Water
The other day I saw three women with their three young children playing along the ocean shore.

At first it was a single woman with her daughter, of maybe six years of age.

Shortly thereafter, another woman approaches with her daughter, aged two or three.

The little girls began to play with one another in the sand and in the water as it washed upon the shore.

The mothers began exchanging few words with one another in reference to their children.

In due time another woman who also had a young daughter approached, and all six of them interacted with each other.

Strangers they were prior to this moment.

The three women were from different backgrounds; what was obvious to the observing eye.

What caught my heart's attention was that although the news propaganda is constantly pushing racial tensions instigating certain ethnic groups against one another, these women here represent the supposed 'divisions' portrayed in the news.

Instead of following suit with the media programming, I see their effort in being considerate human beings.

They are reflecting their likeness; their motherhood and their children, and enjoying fun activities in the sun, sand and surf.

This event that unfolded before my eyes is what should be on the nightly news, showing how people can still get along despite being instigated by propaganda on a daily basis.

However, I'm sure it would be difficult to demonize, dramatize or deflect blame onto past events when people Today make honest effort to be friendly, looking at their similarities and not their shallow differences.

Skin tone is only skin deep.

The human's skin is quite shallow considering the rest of the body and the depths of the heart.

Go ahead and pinch the skin on your arm and see how thin it really is.

Realize how skin tone makes no difference with what is in your heart, nor 'who' you are.

Love looks past outer appearances.

Love reflects our humanity and realizes how grace is ever-present.

13 August 2016

A Son Is Born; Chips Off The Old Block

We Are Cut From The Same Lumber... God Created The Forest

I think each individual on the face of the earth has their specific and unique Christology.

Yes, even atheists and those who deny Yeshua as the Son of God will also have a Christology.

How can this be?

Simple.

All things will be revealed and made clear in due time to every single person.

The concept of “God” and “Son of God” and “the Divine walking the earth” is found in practically every culture the world over, both today and in ancient times.

The concept of spiritual, invisible and heavenly things being put into human terms and earthly understandings is a constant theme of mankind.

These are the things religions are made of.

Those who passed yesterday and today know for sure what has been hidden, their Christology now being unified with the Absolute Truth.

No more fleshly filter.

Those of us still breathing on the earth will have our opportunity to see what is invisible when we cease to exist on this plane.

Considering man's Christology, developed over the ages in all corners of the earth among all societies and peoples, I too have my perception of the Mystery of God in Christ.

The early church became divided over the understanding of this Mystery after it was finally revealed.

Instead of patiently struggling with one another and learning from the cultural backgrounds of previous religious thoughts of others, and in doing so keeping the bond of peace through love, lack of love caused the faithful to go their separate ways doctrinally and mentally.

But as far as I see things, separation actually did not occur since there is one faith, one church, just as there is one Lord, one God.

The divisions and separations are in our minds, with our minds being limited according to our limited understandings of one another and what we are communicating.

When considering the Son...

Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate His rule with trembling. 
Kiss His Son, or He will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for His wrath can flare up in a moment. 
Blessed are all who take refuge in Him. 
- Psalm 2: 11-12

- there is a "Son" attributed to God

- those who fail to acknowledge the "Son" will unfortunately suffer destruction and God's wrath

- however, "blessed" are all who take refuge in the "Son"


In the same chapter it states:

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: 
He said to Me, “You are My Son; today I have become your Father. 
- Psalm 2: 7

- the prophet proclaimed the Lord's decree (what the Lord said)

- the Lord declares a "Son" and says He (God) has become a "Father"


When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son.  
- 2 Samuel 7: 12-14a

- Literally and in that point in time, it is speaking to David regarding David's desire to build a physical temple for God... but David shed blood, and thus the Lord restricted David from building a holy temple for God.

- Literally speaking to David's son Solomon, God calls Solomon His "son" and says He (God) will be his Father.

Logic may deduce that the king over God's people is considered God's "son".

This passage also speaks to prophecy regarding Yeshua, but we can simply go with the literal interpretation of "son" in relation to God for the moment.

Who has gone up to heaven and come down? 
Whose hands have gathered up the wind? 
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? 
Who has established all the ends of the earth? 
What is His Name, and what is the Name of His Son? 
Surely you know! 
- Proverbs 30: 4

- in this passage, it speaks of someone who "has gone up to heaven and come down"

- speaks of someone having power over the wind, waters, and having established the ends of the earth

- it asks for the "Name" of who has power over creation... and asks for the "Name" of "His Son"

The following prophecy is interestingly also mentioned in the Quran, one of 50% of truths found therein regarding God's Word revealed from Above:

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel. 
- Isaiah 7: 14

- Immanuel is Hebrew for "God with us"

- this speaks of a "Son", called "Immanuel" (God with us) to be a "sign" (which is another truth echoed in the Quran regarding Isa / Jesus / Yeshua)

For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. 
And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. 
He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. 
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. 
- Isaiah 9: 6-7

- this passage concludes what was mentioned in 2 Samuel regarding David's "son" inheriting the kingdom

- here it clarifies that it is someone else, not only Solomon; Solomon was a man and was not called "Mighty God" or held other such titles, Solomon was an earthly king over God's kingdom at that time

- both the literal prophecy was fulfilled in Solomon, while the distant spiritual prophecy was fulfilled in Yeshua, who is from David's progeny and is the One who built the spiritual temple of God, the church

- this passage is understood by both Jews and Christians as speaking to the Messiah, defining the Messiah's attributes

- this passage continues with the prophecy in chapter 7 regarding to a "Son" being born

- "the government will be on His shoulders"

- "He will reign on David's throne"(the promise God gave to David)

- He will reign "forever"

- this 'person' or 'entity', understood to be the Messiah, will be called:

- "Wonderful Counselor"

- "Mighty God"

- "Everlasting Father"

- "Prince of Peace"

Notice how the "Son" is also called "Everlasting Father" and "Mighty God".


There is much more to write about the Son, for there has been much more revealed, but this should server as a preview into the Mystery of what "Son" means when speaking of the Son of God.

As you can see, "son" does not speak to a physical fathering of a son; as if God gave physical birth to a son as a human male does along with a human female.

The understanding has always been a spiritual situation, a mystery, thus why "the virgin will be with child", a point found clearly in the Quran which should agree that Yeshua was without 'father' in the physical sense, although God did supernaturally cause Mary the virgin to conceive.

A typical polemic against Christ, and Yeshua being called the "Son of God" is this question:

"How can God have a son, did God have relations with a human being?"

This is a ridiculous and blasphemous thought, but people vacant of faith make this argument... perhaps because they cannot perceive spiritual understandings or fail to realize that God is greater than man's low logical vernacular.

11 August 2016

Traditional Directions Change

One-Way to Heaven... According to His Right Hand

What is a tradition you are proud of?

Is it a cultural tradition?

Is it a religious tradition?

Is it a tradition not based on highly held beliefs, but something that simply makes you happy?

Is the tradition based on fact, or just the fact that it has been held as a tradition for a long time?

Some people have a traditional summer retreat they visit for vacation, others a favorite place to visit to celebrate a birthday (born-day)... others, a special dinner with family and friends every year or as often as possible.

Some traditions, however, have been manifested over time.

To challenge traditional beliefs built upon centuries of acceptance is to ask for a miracle where no faith is allowed, but blind acceptance of traditional stories.

To challenge these beliefs is to challenge what many people build their faith upon.

Archeology is an interesting science.

When people dig up the efforts of the past, many things can be deduced from what is found.

Ancient buildings can be seen for their foundational footprint, their specific layout and even the direction the building was 'pointing' towards.

Did you know that the earliest mosques (Muslim places of worship) were built facing Jerusalem?

This fact is revealed according to archeological evidence and in Islamic texts.

Only the later mosques and refurbished mosques would face Mecca, the central focal point of worship and prayer for the Muslim today.

Of course, one's belief system depends on which traditional report one believes or follows.

The earliest Islamic sources themselves point to Jerusalem as the direction of worship, while later traditions explain why the change occurred or simply ignore this change having occurred.

An issue of contention I'm sure for some, but truly a moment to see what facts are revealed despite tradition speaking a different 'fact'.

Revision of history happens in every culture and political climate, not only in the middle-east and Islam during the middle ages.

Yet scholarship and fact-finding is already on the shelves of the world's libraries, and available at your fingertips on the internet.

In my personal journey to separate fact from fiction, righteousness from religiosity, and truth from repeated opinions touted as truth, I have explored the negative attacks against the things I believe in.

I've searched the extra writings that were either left out of the bible by choice, or by circumstance, labeled as heretic or something else... in determining for myself (according to God's granting of understanding) if there was something I was missing or was not told.

I've looked into the historical development of the church, before and after attaining temporal power over the political state.

I've read the critical arguments against Christ, His divinity claims, and of church doctrine in general.

It was taking the road less traveled, which challenged my belief system and faith at times, that actually brought greater depth in understanding the dramatic love story God has written from heaven.

Taking the same approach in searching out Islam's claims to truth, a man's claim to prophethood (and unique claim of being the final prophet to mankind), and the further claims of a 'religion of peace' as correct and true, I have also searched for the truth as God would allow me to see and understand.

Yet, far too many people are comfortable in their traditions, in their ideologies and in what has been planted in their hearts as the truth of all matters past and present.

Sometimes the truth speaks only to your heart, no matter what other information you come across.

Yet other times, the truth is inconceivable no matter what information is read or understood.

The truth today doesn't convince people who believe wholeheartedly in their political leaders, or their religious leaders, or their traditional rituals.

I see a desire to further reinforce beliefs rather than question other possibilities... in searching for more truth, since truth is something that continues to be revealed in deeper layers the further one goes.

I don't think it was possible for me to disbelieve that God existed, but I did question 'who' God was and how it would be possible for me to know God... and know the Way.

This is where only truth can speak to one's heart, no matter the efforts made or the books read.

This is where opinions depart and facts are made clear, either in scholarship or religious dogma or historical significance.

Just as science reveals God's hand in nature (to the believer), not everything science can 'observe' is actually visible to mankind, and thus not observable, and thus difficult to scientifically measure.

Not every bit of historical documentation is going to explain the prophecies of old and their later fulfillments, thus why many fulfillments are missed and other religions can attempt to unearth the foundation (if that were possible, yet possible for those believing what they believe).

But where religion, philosophy and history doesn't speak, truth speaks to the heart.

For the religious, religious observance of several traditions is meaningful to them, helping them in their minds and hearts to come closer to God and in becoming better.

For the scientist, evidence is crucial in developing an understanding and making sense of the world.

For the faithful, no amount of religious effort brings peace other than the peace placed in one's heart by God's right hand.

And 'who' is at God's right hand?

Only the faithful who live in peace with their enemy know... and God is praised no matter what direction the faithful pray towards.

10 August 2016

Embracing Others And Learning


In earlier times mankind grew apart from one another in developing unique cultures and inventions.

Today, these developments are discoveries ready to be absorbed and adopted.

If the individual can look not with a skeptical eye, but with learning curiosity, the individual can appreciate the layered varieties different humans have produced.

If the individual can look not through an arrogance of self, but can search for the good, the individual can find much good in others and how the cultures of others have developed.

You may currently abhor a particular religious brand, culture, societal behavior, or political ideology, but have you noticed the good and decent developments that may have produced?

These are the challenges that life throws our way.

In looking at things we may not agree with, we may actually find agreeable things, and maybe even new things that can be accepted, imitated and adopted.

These are growing and learning opportunities that life provides for us to look past our self-centered identity; the pride and arrogance we have with our specific religious brand, culture, ideology, political affiliation, etc..

The reality is that our individuality, within our respective culture, is built upon a facet of previous cultures, some having already been blended throughout the ages although we may think our cultural standards are original.

Your specific culture, whether it is eastern or western, liberal or conservative, religious or secular, is a product of earlier peoples and their cultures, value sets, beliefs... and the blending back and forth between extreme points has occurred more than once.

The blending is always happening today, now that world-wide events are broadcast as they occur.

Modern societies have adopted, by default, the good inventions, good ideas and good manners from previous societies.

And isn't this what the human experience calls for?

Adopting and absorbing what is good, eliminating and rejecting what is bad.

The lesson, and possibly arduous task for some of us, is to acknowledge the good being exemplified in others, their belief systems, their values, and being honest with ourselves and the things we hold to be 'good' yet may be not as good as what we're observing.

Or our observance of how others go about their ideas could teach us what our closely-held ideas really are.

Western / secular cultures can learn from eastern / religious cultures regarding modesty, arguments for 'rights' and 'expressions' being put aside for the moment.

Eastern / religious cultures can learn from western / secular cultures in accepting all people and granting them a safeguarded voice, despite their lifestyles being deemed unacceptable, arguments for 'religious' rules being put aside for the moment.

Who is to say that God doesn't allow certain people, certain things and certain ideas to exist to find out whether you will honor Him in all things, and will love others as you would yourself, and go as far as loving your 'enemy'?

09 August 2016

The Path Is First Revealed In The Heart


If only the individual can look at new information without fear of losing their current position.

When a religion, or political party, or family member prevents you from looking at something that may not agree with your / their current ideology, is this caution always warranted?

It is sad the Protestant is suspicious of the Catholic, the Sunni the Shia, the Atheist the Deist, the Republican the Democrat, the black man the white man, etc., and vice versa.

What I've discovered, when looking past my preconceived identity when looking at other ideas, is not only the similarities, but the differences that also teach great lessons.

I say preconceived, because almost every idea we hold in our minds was mentioned and formulated by someone else prior to reaching your ears.

And since we accept our current position as 'true' and 'correct', we usually never question our position, but always the position of others.

Default opposition.... pride... arrogance.

The Muslim is taught to ignore and avoid reading the Bible, hearing repeatedly that their Quran holds all the answers and is without fault, continuously hearing the polemic that the Bible has been altered, changed and corrupted.

Yet scholars of antiquity are still waiting to be presented with such evidence.

A suspicious opinion overshadows reality, facts and scholarship.

The same attitude is taught to the Protestant regarding the Catholic, and so on with practically every group or identity that stands across from another.

Usually fallacies are used to discredit an 'opposing' party / group.

I write 'opposing', but another group / party isn't really an opposition unless you believe them to be.

But what do we truly have?

Human beings.

The human being of any time, generation and geographic location grows up believing what they are taught, what they see in society, along with the prejudices and information they are taught (whether factual or fictional).

We simply have human beings divided by thoughts and ideas accumulated in their minds, guiding their hearts to further press the idea of separation, difference and opposition.... or further building upon unity, peace and love.

Do you (and / or your group) gather or scatter?

Do you (and / or your group) justify hate towards another human being (or their ideas) while puffing your chest out in thinking you know or are part of 'the truth'?

If you have ever viewed an animal video of two distinct specie of animal getting along like friends, like part of the same specie, you would then realize they most likely were raised to be at peace with one another.

This has also occurred in some modern societies with people of different backgrounds.

This effort is being realized Today in places that have a plethora of ideologies, religious notions, political affiliations and opposite views regarding any given subject... because people make the effort to get alone despite their perceived differences.

What they hold true in their hearts doesn't have to outwardly destroy a perceived enemy, unless the person holding truth in their hearts thinks they must hate in place of love their enemy.

Loving your enemy is building a bridge between your differences in striking a friendship.

You can disagree with what someone believes in or does in practice, while still working on a friendship in understanding one another.

Yet, if your ideology forbids you to be kind to another human being, then how much light and love is in that ideology you identity with?

In some societies, being 'different' or having a different point of view is cause for concern... and religion or political aims are justified in exterminating thoughts and ideas that are not popular... going so far as to exterminate people as well.

Do popular notions equal truth?

Do popular ideas establish truth?

Truth being relative, one's understanding of what is true or not is dependent on that person's reflection in the mirror.

Their heart may be resonating what is true, or may reflect the obviousness of depravity, dissolution, and imitation of banality.

Have you ever witnessed someone in denial?

Have you ever been in denial?

People can acknowledge truth in their heart, despite their verbal denial and mental capacity wrestling away the challenge of allowing truth to change them from the inside out.

This is why love covers over all grievances that people may complain about.

Love beckons the truth to first revolutionize the heart, then the mind, and then the activities which are perceivable by others (exterior actions).

Be sure not to place your hope on religious devotion to achieve love, nor political affiliation to achieve justice, nor group association to achieve knowledge.

Many people boast in holding such high earthly offices, but are quite empty of love... and thus are also empty of the light from Above.

08 August 2016

From The Rabbit Hole Onto The Path

Yeshua Is The Straight Path (Az Zukhruf 61) 

Answering questions from the Muslim perspective.

Answering questions for the Muslim's perspective, clarifying the Islamic understanding of Yeshua as Messiah and revealing the Christology.

In the writings originating in Arabia that are believed to have been inspired by God in heaven, a request is asked of its believers – to consider what preceded Muhammad and the Quran:

Say: "O People of the Book! ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord." It is the revelation that cometh to thee from thy Lord, that increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. But sorrow thou not over people without Faith.

- Sura Al Maida 68

If thou wert in doubt as to what We have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee: the Truth hath indeed come to thee from thy Lord: so be in no wise of those in doubt.

- Sura Yunus 94

It reads that these two verses (suras) from the Quran asks the Jewish and Christian community to "stand fast" to the Law (Old Testament) and the Gospel (New Testament).

Should the Muslim also consider these revelations from Above?

It says these revelations are from the Lord.

The second verse asks the Muslim who may doubt or question what is found in their Quran to ask questions to those who have the Old and New Testaments, stating that the "Truth" is found in the Old and New Testaments.

It also asks the Muslim to not be a doubter and not doubt this Truth.

Is it wise for the Muslim to deny or ignore the Truth that preceded Muhammad and the Quran?

Why, then, are some Muslims suspicious of the Old and New Testaments?

Why do some Muslims disbelieve what is written in these Scriptures?

The Quran states that God's Word cannot be changed.

The word of thy Lord doth find its fulfillment in truth and in justice: None can change His words: for He is the One who heareth and knoweth all.

- Al Anam 115

Did men overpower God's will and change His Word somewhere in the past?

Isn't this a doubtful and faithless response to what is written in Scripture?

Does the Quran ask the Muslim to believe or doubt the Old and New Testaments?

Can men truly change God's Word?

For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity.

- Yunus 64

What has been mentioned many centuries before Muhammad and the Quran in the Scriptures?

As for God, His way is perfect: 
The Lord’s Word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. 
- Psalm 18: 30

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. 
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. 
The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. 
The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; 
they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 
- Psalm 19: 7-10 


This article answers questions regarding God having a Son, "who" the Son is, and the significance found in this Sign to all mankind for all ages.

It also speaks to the reality and fact that God's message found in His Word cannot be changed.

One must realize that God's messages are not always literal, but based on spiritual revelations and hidden things... and not every human being will understand or realize God's signs.

In other words, the revelations of God are at times metaphorical, other times symbolic, and hidden until God allows the person to realize and believe... if God chooses to reveal the message.

This needs to be understood when considering God having a Son "physically".

Did God have a Son as a man and woman would have a child?

As with anything that is subject to faith in order to be understood; if the testimony of the Old and New Testaments are to be read with suspicion, or considered to have been 'corrupted' (reading them with doubt, and not faith), then proof of corruption must be shown along with the reasons for such suspicion.

If no proof is made evident, then perhaps the suspicion is based on nothing but conjecture and misunderstandings of what God has revealed from Above.

As a Muslim would invite a non-Muslim to believe the writings they consider to be from God, so does the person who places their faith in God, who is One, also asks the Muslim to consider the testimonies found in the Old and New Testaments Scripture about Yeshua:

The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 
He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying, 
“I have installed My King on Zion, My holy mountain.” 
I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: 
He said to Me, “You are My Son; today I have become your Father. 
Ask Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 
You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” 
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 
Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate His rule with trembling. 
Kiss His Son, or He will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for His wrath can flare up in a moment. 
Blessed are all who take refuge in Him. 
- Psalm 2: 4-12

- the Son will be King

- the Father declares a Son

- those who take refuge in the Son will be blessed



What is God's Name; the Father's Name; the Lord's Name; the 100th Name?


My faithful love will be with Him, and through My Name His horn will be exalted. 
I will set His hand over the sea, His right hand over the rivers. 
He will call out to Me, ‘You are My Father, My God, the Rock My Savior.’ 
And I will appoint Him to be My firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth. 
I will maintain My love to Him forever, and My covenant with Him will never fail. 
I will establish His line forever, His throne as long as the heavens endure. 
- Psalm 89: 24-29

- through the Father's Name will the Son's horn be exalted

- the Son is the firstborn

- the Son will call out to the Father

- the Son is the most exalted of all kings of the earth

- the Father will establish a covenant with the Son that will never fail



Where is God's “Name” found in the Old Testament?

Is God's “Name” similar to how we think a 'name' is?


Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His Name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 
God said to Moses, “I Am who I Am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I Am has sent me to you.’ ” 
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The I Am—the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ 
“This is My Name forever, the Name you shall call Me from generation to generation. 
- Exodus 3: 13-15

- “I Am” is God's “Name” forever, from generation to generation.

- is the “Name” “I Am” a 'name' as men understand a name like Amir or Musa or Mahmoud?

- what does God's “Name” reveal about God?


Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day; he saw it and was glad.” 
“You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to Him, “and you have seen Abraham!” 
“Very truly I tell you,” Yeshua answered, “before Abraham was born, I Am!” 
- John 8: 56-58

- Yeshua echoed the affirmative and timeless expression that God answered Moses with

What is the significance of “I Am”?


“I Am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” 
- John 10: 9

- Yeshua is the gate; whoever enters through Yeshua will be saved


What else about “I Am” is significant?


Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 
Yeshua answered, “I Am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really know Me, you will know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.” 
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 
Yeshua answered: “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I Am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The words I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work. Believe Me when I say that I Am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” 
- John 14: 5-11

- Yeshua is the way to the Father; the Way, the Truth and the Life; the Straight Path

- seeing Yeshua is seeing the Father

- Yeshua is in the Father and the Father is in Yeshua

- the Father lives in Yeshua

- believe the testimony, or at least believe the evidence of the miracles


Why the “Name” Yeshua?

What does “Yeshua” mean?



“Yeshua” in Hebrew is a verbal derivative from "to rescue", "to deliver".


In summary:

- “Blessed are all who take refuge in Him”

- “My covenant with Him will never fail”

- “Say to the Israelites, ‘The I Am—the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is My Name forever, the Name you shall call Me from generation to generation.”

- “Very truly I tell you,” Yeshua answered, “before Abraham was born, I Am!”

- “I Am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.”

There is much more written in Scripture regarding Yeshua the Messiah.

Those individuals who view the world through a Muslim perspective are invited to consider what has been revealed from Above regarding the Christology of Yeshua according to the Old and New Testaments.

May the hearing ears hear and accept what is being spoken to their hearts:

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First He says: 
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. 
I will put My laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 
- Hebrews 10: 15-16  

07 August 2016

Purposed Relationships



We were created and made by God to serve one another.

In serving one another, we are truly our brother's keeper.

The first question recored in the bible posed to God by a man was by Cain who was tempted to commit sin (Genesis 4: 9b).

Who is the best example found in recorded history, secular or religious, of a man serving one another?

Yeshua, the man who laid His life down for the sake of mankind.

As Yeshua was hanging on the cross, He said "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do".

This is quite profound considering that people were willfully killing Yeshua.

Understanding how difficult it can be to forgive others when they hurt you, let alone when they purposely hurt you, here we see something quite amazing.

Some would argue that Yeshua served a purpose for a certain place and time.

This argument follows that Yeshua's peaceful demeanor isn't an adequate response to the injustice found on earth today.

But let us consider: if our spirits / souls continue to exist despite our flesh being murdered, what effort would we be making in seeking earthly justice when paradise is promised to those who submit to God's will?

Looking at Yeshua, it was God's will for Him to be punished and hung to die on a cross.

This act may sound unjust, and it surely was considering Yeshua never trespassed on anyone (committed no sin).

Yet, it was God's good will for the righteous Yeshua to die a horrible death.

Why?

The Gospel declares that Yeshua rose to life!

We realize hope after death.

Yeshua vanquished death, and what is more evident was what happened after His resurrection:
And when Yeshua had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His Spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Yeshua’s resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. 
- Matthew 27: 50-53
Many holy people who had died, who had been turned to dust, came back to life in full view of many people!

If we are called heavenward by the Almighty, who is in control of all things (even allowing His faithful to die a seemingly 'unjust' death), then what would be the purpose to 'fight' and 'be violent' if men attack?

Why would those who are called to be holy, to love their neighbor and their enemy, to always forgive, and to respond to hatred with love and evil with good, disobey God and repay evil for evil?

Why respond to war with war, when the battle is the Lord's and it is He who causes His angels to action in defense of His faithful?

Thus, it is evident, when considering the eternal spiritual realities, that it is proper and correct to always stay at peace, to love one another and to love one's enemies, for in this God's righteousness is fulfilled in us... the righteousness of God that was revealed in Yeshua the Christ.