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Question of the day

Why is godliness not the loving standard displayed in a man loving his friends to the extent of laying down his life for them?

Time wasting quests

We spend our time going round the proverbial mountain when the journey required awaits.

You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north, (Deuteronomy 2:3, NASB)

  • Faith and love are the prime lessons of what hope can be
  • There are not many ways of righteousness
  • The greatest virtue is love
  • The greatest love is not shaky human promise or hope to do all that God has said
  • Love is defined by GOD loving us, not by we loving GOD
  • Christ love for his FATHER is to be summed up in the command to lay down his life for the lost
  • Without the picture of the loving Saviour we have only blurry ideas of who GOD is

Still we want to think that godliness can be something other than a caring attitude. Go on!

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Question of the day

Why does YHWH say “I will bless you” in verse 2 and “So let me bless those who bless you” in verse 3?

Weak-kneed translations hide the subtle textual facts, again.

אברכך

ואברכה

The short answer is: saying the nicer things about Abram (blessing him) has to leap past the entrenched tribalism to embrace all people without prejudice and acknowledge that all people are accepted by YHWH on the same basis.

If you think that is easy to get to, please read Acts 3, Romans 4:13, Galatians 2, and Hebrews 7.

For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.

Acts 3:26

For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith

Romans 4:13

The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.  So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.

Galatians 3:8-9

Now if perfection [the ending] was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?

Hebrews 7:11

A longer answer

Watch for consideration of the theories that tinker on the edges of the Biblical appreciation of the progenitor of the Hebrew people.

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Question of the day

What can “sources close” to the Messiah say to muddy the waters and trample the green grass? (Ezekiel 34:16)

Here are an outrageous few

To set up the answers let me connect the dots of water, the grass, and the “close sources”.  You have likely heard the popular opener for many news items, which instead of feeding the news follower the facts from the subject, the anchor or reporter keeps teasing people with what unnamed “sources close to” who ever have to say.  This introduces us to a host of people spouting “thees” and “thines” while conveniently skipping “doest” and “loveth”.

GOD punishes you but not me for violating the law

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But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? (Romans 2:3, NASB)

Grace makes them obedient to law

The gift of life can turn out to be a mistake

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.  (John 5:21, NASB)

Eternal life is a testing stage like Sinai, and Messiah does more killing than giving life

We have to teach you the doctrines for you to become a child of God

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“…Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 18:3, NASB)

Neither kids nor adults need a knowledge base for access to God’s kingdom

A man can’t be God

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The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” (Luke 5:21, NASB)

Hard-hearted and impenitent things

Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. (Romans 7:4, NASB)

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And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law;” (Acts 21:20, NASB)

To be married to the law is adultery

Muddy water is not good for consumption by beast or man.  Trampled grass loses its nutrient value.  People who need to put their own stamp on what God has said (the water and the grass for his flock) are obviously not sources close to GOD.  They are not even close to his eyewitnesses.  From the start, there was one way into the kingdom,  “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15, NASB)

It is not the Gospel and something else that constitutes the pure life water. It is not Christ and someone else who speaks for God. Sinai streams no good news. Faith’s channel is not debt, but grace. People who have insurmountable problems interpreting a 200 year old constitution have nothing to tell us about the 2000 year plus sayings of the Nazarene.

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Question of the day

Who benefits when one embraces the tree planted by the rivers of water identity but surrenders the fadeless leaves and seasonal fruit outcomes?

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalms 1:3, NASB