Wed, Feb 12th - 9:27PM
THE MEASURE OF JESUS CHRIST
Every profession, and ordinary people too
have some way of satisfactorily measuring things, whether in medicine,
chemistry, or baking a cake etc. to ensure the things measured will come out
well for its intended uses. There are all kinds of tools of measurements most
have been set to a certain standard depending upon the area the instrument is
to be used. God has given us His Son, our Saviour, High Priest, Mediator/Advocate
as the eternal Standard for His people. God has set the new covenant or new
testament as the absolute eternal boundaries whereby we live in Him, according
to His sovereign will.
This is not true of the unsaved world. People
will not get better, kinder or good on their own. The Bible, holy people, declares
that: 2Ti 3:13 But
evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
This is because the Adamic sin nature of itself is incapable of improvement and
does not get better with time. To the contrary, when men live rejecting God,
there is no abomination that they will not do. We have God’s record of the
former world that He had to destroy in the flood with the exception of Noah,
his wife and daughters: Gen 6: 5And
GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that
every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was
only evil continually. 6And
it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at
his heart. 7And
the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the
earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air;
for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
God also leaves us the record in this
present world the Bible of the continual degeneration of those who reject
salvation: 2 Pe 3: 1This
second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up
your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2That
ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets,
and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after
their own lusts, 4And
saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep,
all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5For this they willingly are ignorant of,
that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of
the water and in the water: 6Whereby
the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7But
the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store,
reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the
Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The
Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Pe 3: 17Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye
know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the
error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
1 Thes 5: 1But
of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as
a thief in the night. 3For
when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon
them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4But
ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a
are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the
night, nor of darkness. 6Therefore
let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7For
they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the
let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and
love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9For
God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus
died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11Wherefore
comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Dearly beloveds, we have but One standard,
Jesus Christ by which we measure absolutely that which is good and that which
is evil. It is by His power within the fortress of the boundaries set in His
precepts and commands that we overcome and endure in a dead and dying world to
bring the message of hope and salvation to all that we can, while there is
Thu, Feb 6th - 1:52PM
The Life of Jephthah-FROM
TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH
Brothers and sisters, we
move forward in the story of Jephthah understanding that the Bible keeps
hammering away the eternal truth that God gave no human being the authority nor autonomy on their own to
worship God by sacrificing another human being, but absolutely forbade it.
God’s law, brethren, let
us keep in mind had an absolute standard and strict boundaries to control
virtually every aspect of the life of the nation of Israel whether of the
priesthood or the people. it is supremely evident in meticulous detail, that
Jephthah well understood the Law of burnt offerings. God gave no command to
compel people to make a vow it was completely voluntary. God also allowed
people not to make any vow or oath at all without penalty: Deu
23:22 - But if thou
shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.
Once a person made a vow
to devote a person or thing to God, he had to keep it, this kind of vow, which could
not be redeemed by giving certain things in exchange for it to the priests. Num
30:2 - If a man vow a
vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not
break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
God designated both the
altar and the place where all vows, and burnt offerings were to be brought: Exo
20:24 - An altar of earth thou shalt make unto
me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings,
thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come
unto thee, and I will bless thee.
12:13 - Take heed to
thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:
12:14 - But in the
place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings,
and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.
Obviously, saints (G40
Hagios), the people well understood that human sacrifice on the altar was
forbidden, this cannot be said often enough.
12:26 Only thy holy things which thou hast, and
thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the LORD shall choose:
thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar
of the LORD thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon
the altar of the LORD thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.
Again obviously, God
never commanded nor permitted cannibalism. Mizpeh was God’s designated place
for the congregation in the time of Jephthah: The congregation of the Lord was
in Mizpeh: Jdg
21:5 - And the children of Israel said, Who is
there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation
unto the LORD? For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up
to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely
be put to death.
she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two
months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows. 38And
he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her
companions, and bewailed
her virginity upon the mountains.
Jdg 11: 39And
it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father,
who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel, 40[That]
the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a
It is absolutely clear
that Jephthah didn’t kill his kid and sacrifice her upon the altar as a burnt
offering to God. She bewailed not her death, but that she would never marry and
experience the life of an ordinary woman of Israel, but remain a virgin devoted
to God. The dedication of Samuel best reflects this story, except Samuel was
allowed to marry and have children to also serve God. Samuel’s family had its
flaws too. Feel free to study that further on your own.
Dearly beloveds, we end
the story of Jephthah understanding that God never promises that we won’t
suffer hardships, trials, rejections, and persecutions in this world. Despite
terrible beginnings Jephthah kept the faith and raised a godly child, because
he trusted in God and God saved him. Jephthah was rooted in the knowledge of
the covenants, and held true to live within the fortress of its boundaries
which enveloped the totality of his life. Therefore, Jephthah was saved from
terrible beginnings-hatred, rejection by his bio-family and hardships
Nevertheless, Jephthah chose the will of God over his own will, and overcame
his past and rose to defeat the enemy of Israel and deliver his people.
Holy people, regardless
of whether we came from good or bad families, we will be hated in this world. We
are THOSE PEOPLE who are and will be hated because we belong to Jesus Christ.
Brethren, praise God, we
have the new covenant of Jesus Christ which envelops the totality of our lives.
We are to live by it Standard, and our lives are to be lived within the
fortress of its boundaries, which shield us in a crooked, perverse, wicked and
corrupt world. Let us continually put our trust and hope in Jesus Christ. Let
us, out of love, bring all the tithes of the new covenant to our only Saviour
and High Priest; our time, talent, treasure, our conduct, conversation,
character, our hearts, minds, spirits, feelings and emotions, intentions and
motives. We can trust Him to justly evaluate
the intrinsic spiritual value of our offering to Him, as everything we give
freely out of love will be stored up for our reward in heaven and earth: Mat 6:20 - But
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth
corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21 - For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Let us, dearly beloveds also quickly bring any broken hearts, hurt,
our pains and suffering to our great Saviour, High Priest/Advocate Jesus Christ.
The eternal love and
truth of God is able to blot out any of our years that the canker worm ate and
to make our darkness brighter than the noon day sun.
Fri, Jan 31st - 10:32AM
The Life of Jephthah-FROM
TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH
Brothers and sisters, we
understand Jephthah, that in love and devotion to the covenant, although it
hurt him greatly to give up his daughter, he well accepted and understood that the
real tragedy would have been for him not to keep his vow to his God. Jephthah,
therefore, valued putting the will of God above his own will. Jephthah’s story
is an amazing one, although he lived in the midst of a family given to
corrupting, and cherry picking the word of God, and practicing abominations,
some not even done by the gentile nations, Jephthah emerges as a shining
example of faith and triumph in God even in the midst of the most corrupt of
times and despite being abused and rejected by his family.
Dearly beloveds, knowing
full well from God himself that He absolutely
forbade human sacrifice to be done in worship of Him, we fully understand that Jephthah
would absolutely not have been permitted by God to offer up his daughter to Him
by actually burning her up as a sacrifice. Let’s get the interpretation of
these verses posted earlier in terms of what God meant by putting things to
death in carrying out the vow of things devoted to God: : Lev 27: 28Notwithstanding no
devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the LORD of all that he hath, both
of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or
redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the LORD. 29None devoted, which shall
be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.
The above verses, saints
(G40 hagios), were given to a people well acquainted with the Law; they knew
from the Law that God was absolutely not commanding them to kill the persons
that they had devoted to God, in worship of Him. Would Israel have been able to
put the fields they devoted to God to death? Of course not, there is no
recorded instance of Israel worshipping God by destroying fields that they had
devoted to Him. Holy people, God regulated
virtually every aspect of worship as well as the daily lives of His people by
the Law. This means that the devoted fields that Israel devoted to God could no
longer be taken back or redeemed by the giver and put back to use by the common
people ever again, instead it was to be put to use for the priests only: Lev 27:21But
the field, when it goeth out in the jubile, shall be holy unto the LORD, as a field devoted; the possession thereof shall
be the priest's.
Regarding the devoted
beasts, Israel understood and was taught that these beasts were no longer to be
put to use for the common people anymore, but given over to the priests only: Lev 27:9 And
if it be a beast, whereof men bring an offering unto the LORD, all that any
man giveth of such unto the LORD shall be holy.10 He shall not alter it,
nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: and if he shall at all
change beast for beast, then it and the exchange thereof shall be holy.
Brothers and sisters, we
cannot fail to understand that in the case of persons devoted to the Lord, they
were taken from among the common people and put in service to the priests as
handmaids or servants. We note in the new testament that the high priest had
such handmaids and servants. Brethren, let us look at Jephthah’s vow again: Jdg 11:30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt
without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, 31 Then
it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me,
when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD'S, and I will
offer it up for a burnt offering.
Holy people, Jephthah is
not some demented psycho at all. His intention was to obey the Law concerning
things God allowed Israel to voluntarily vow to devote to God. Jephthah’s vow
was a vow solely related to the devotion of a person, who was to be given to
the priests for service, and taken out from among the common people. This vow
was not of those kinds of vows that could be fulfilled by the offering up of a
burnt offering, which absolutely excluded any human being.
Every and anything, recorded
in the Law that could be offered to God by first killing it and then burning it
up on the altar as a burnt offering in worship to God absolutely excludes human
beings. We have to keep this out front, human sacrifice in worship to God was
absolutely forbidden by God under pain of death.
Wed, Jan 29th - 2:26PM
The Life of Jephthah-FROM
TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH
Dearly beloveds, although
Jephthah’s story is gritty, despite its harshness, and a measure of darkness of
man’s capability for cruelty and sin against man, the Holy Spirit sheds a great
deal of light to the broken in heart, and in this story to “those people” of
the house of God, such hope and healing that cannot be found outside of His
healing comfort, protection and care.
In this age of assault on men and masculinity,
some men fear to be seen as soft, to cry, to show emotion or tenderness. In the
presence of God even in private, some may hold themselves back when they “talk”
to God as though they were speaking to another man, not praying in deference to
Almighty God who has no equal.
But, brothers and
sisters, back in the Old testament godly men did not have such problems. We see
how humbly, like a child to his Father, that Jephthah requested help and
victory over the enemy from the true Helper and Deliverer of Israel. Godly men,
in their troubles are found frankly pouring their hearts out and crying out in
humility and high- octane prayers fueled by their love, trust, and faith in God
in their times of need. They put no trust in the arm of flesh: Ps 126: 3Put not your trust in
princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
God still heals the
broken hearts of His people Psa 147:3 - He
healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psa 147:6The LORD lifteth up the meek:
he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
Psa 113:7 - He
raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the
dunghill; 8That he may set him with princes, even with the
princes of his people. Jephthah most certainly had to be among those who
trusted in God and had experienced His healing hands.
Saints (G40 hagios),
again, this is the same God that we have today that can heal even a broken
heart if we will just turn to Him for His help and comfort. Keep continually in
mind that God is not presenting the human family as a model in any sense as some
flawless Disneyesque faux presentation of the family. All human systems
including the family are marred by sin. God wants to permeate the families of
those whom He has saved with His absolute standard and cause them to live
within the eternal framework of His boundaries so that families can be true
godly safe families. This is a work in progress within our natural families and
the church as a whole, through the power of God, although we know that family
can be jerks sometime.
Sadly, brethren, worse
things happened to children in their families back then and even worse things
today. Some children do not, will not survive being members of their families,
they will die. Old statistics say that one in eight children are murdered or
killed in their families on a daily basis. These are old statistics, child
protective agencies admit they do not have an accurate count and think it is
higher, because some of these cases slip through the system and are not
reported as such.
We have to keep digging
into scripture to understand better Jephthah’s so called “tragic vow”, which
has been allowed by some to overshadow his triumph over family rejection and
the enemy of Israel. We will not find one word of God’s condemnation of
Jephthah’s vow. Jephthah never goes “Oops Lord, I didn’t mean to include my kid
in this vow”. Indeed, Jephthah counts his own intentions irrelevant. So much
so, he accepts the pain of offering his kid rather than go back on His word to God.
God in His omniscience knew what Jephthah would say and do before Jephthah did;
therefore, God places Jephthah for this and so much more in the roll call of
God set the standard and
the boundaries for virtually everything in the life of Israel. God did not grant
to Israel or anyone then, now or ever the authority or right to burn up a human
being in sacrifice to worship Him. We have God’s own commands He left for us to
know absolutely that He would never allow or receive such worship from people.
WHO-GOD, IN HIS OWN WORDS:
Deu 18:10 - There shall not be found among you any
one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or
that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a
32:35 - And they built the high places of Baal,
which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and
their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not,
neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause
Judah to sin.
Eze 20:31 - For
when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye
pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be
enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.
Some might say what about
Abraham? We can dismiss that out of hand as God clearly stated it was a test of
faith. We can see Jephthah’s vow too, as a test of faith. Keep in mind we are
addressing anyone worshipping God by burning folks up as an offering. We must
conclude, for it is impossible for God to lie, that He gave no one now or ever
the authority to worship Him by murdering people by burning them up as a
sacrifice. God expressly and abundantly warns and commands His people against
this very thing. They were commanded not to imitate this abomination that was commonly
practiced among the heathen. Later the record shows that Israel did start this
practice, to the idols of the nations they had defeated, and God never gave any
approval of it, indeed the punishment for it was death. When people live without or reject God’s
standard and boundaries, any abomination that men can do will be done.
Fri, Jan 24th - 3:09AM
The Life of Jephthah-
FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMP
How an outcast overcame
Brothers and sisters, as
we continue to dig into the word of God by way of the Holy Spirit, through faith
in Jesus Christ, we see the necessity of adding a title that more correctly
fits or identifies the story of Jephthah’s life. Whenever Christians study the Bible
or it is taught, God through the Holy Spirit opens it up and reveals its
absolute eternal love and truths to us as well as corrects and deepens our
understanding of the word of God.
Many of the studies on
Jephthah, dearly beloveds, are dismissive of his triumph over the egregious: (shocking · horrific · horrifying · horrible · terrible · awful · dreadful · ghastly), circumstances,
merely focusing on him as the man who made a tragic vow. This dismissive focus,
mars, hides the power of God in the life of His people, especially that
Almighty God is concerned about each individual person and the whole as well. It
clouds the truth that God still operates in the lives of all of His people on an
individual basis as well as the whole. Through Jephthah, we learn how tender-
hearted God is to us and that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit offers us
tremendous comfort, hope, help, healing, and wisdom from our God and Saviour Jesus
Christ, regardless of our situations, circumstances or conditions. What ever me
you or any of us are going through, let us be fully persuaded, convinced and
convicted that our great, All- powerful God never forgets us and still helps us
as He did Jephthah. The just shall live by faith.
Jephthah would not
compromise, would not be discouraged or downcast, he would not give in to
doubt, nor throw away his confidence in God due to his difficulties in life. Even
so we, brethren, should not doubt but, remain steadfast in the faith, because God’s
roll call of faith is an open book at this present time. All who believe and
remain steadfast in faith and love towards Jesus Christ are written in God’s
roll call of faith, just as Jephthah is. Therefore, holy people: Heb 10:35 - Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompence of reward.
Don’t lose heart, don’t faint
brethren, take the eternal view of this present age from God’s unchanging,
uncompromising, true view point. God is not only concerned with just our physical
bodies, but also the hearts, minds and the spirits of His people. The Bible is
His designated place to come to know, understand, and find all of our needs to be
met His way.
and other mind sciences, holy people, are still grappling and not even close in
understanding the human mind, how to cure ills of the mind and help people be
happier, and to be better people. None of the mind sciences are integrated and
each field uses different terminology for helping people, mainly for billing
insurance companies for payment based on the ICD 9 and/ or 10. Even now, NASA, the
space agency, with all of its fabulous technology understands it will always
have a glitch in its systems-man himself. The nuclear nations tremble in fear
of those whom it has put in charge of its lethal powers, sleeping with one eye
open and the other only half closed in watchfulness for anything out of order
with them-lest they do the unthinkable and destroy them all. Sin has corrupted
all mankind with all of it systems in the world. The secular activists are right
about one thing they have correctly identified the core source of what is
killing people, the earth, the air, animals, even the sky-Mankind. They plead
with mankind in hopes of changing mankind, stopping mankind from doing bad stuff
all the time. However, there is only One permanent cure for mankind and its
The Bible encourages, and
warns that salvation through Jesus Christ is mankind’s last chance to be saved,
for God the Father has set a time for this earth to be completely destroyed, and
for the righteous to be rewarded and for the wicked to be punished. Brethren,
we know that Mankind has now and always stellar ambitions to rule the earth
forever, but God alone reigns over all now and forever, He is unbeatable,
unconquerable, and none can ever defeat Him.
What has arisen among us
today, saints (G40 hagios) is the so- called Christian counselors or therapists
claiming that they have married, or integrated the Bible with secular mind
sciences, so that they can better counsel the Christian. Some of these counselors
have no direct knowledge of scripture, just second- hand faulty knowledge
comingled with secular theories. This is an unbiblical and disastrous course to
take for anyone claiming to be a Christian. Indeed, neither they nor anyone
else have absolutely no such authority from God to add or take away from the
word of God. The mind sciences have some truth, but easily bends with pressures
of the times to accept what God never accepts forever.
One psychologist, who is a Christian posits
that the church can counsel the Christian with emotional issues among others, and
it should never be a paid position. Furthermore, he posits that humble brothers
and sisters well grounded in scripture can counsel. This is because the Bible encompasses
the field of all the sciences without error, including the mind, and nature
itself, from which the Christian can counsel and draw on/depend to help those
in need under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth.
I have in earlier posts
posited that a Christian who counsels for a living should be paid, but I think
this brother has it right. This doesn’t mean Christians cannot go into the mind
sciences field, as it is addressed to the secular world. But counseling Christians
should be the domain of the body of Christ within the church for the believer and
is not dependent upon having a degree from the secular world.
As mentioned earlier,
brethren, in some ways this is quite an unsettling story. This is an ugly, sad,
troubling, unsettling picture of the family presented by God in the Bible, but
certainly not the only one. In it and many places in the Bible God unmasks the Disneyesque
image of the family to expose not just its good but its failures through
systemic sin. Again, all earthly systems are corrupted and damaged by sin on
We must keep in mind,
holy people, that during the time of Jephthah, but not the only time, Israel
lapsed into idolatry in serving other gods and even sacrificing their children
to them. Jdg 17: 6In
those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that
which was right in his own eyes.
Based on this, each
person doing their own thing due to having no king, some wrongly say that
Jephthah burned up his kid. However, this is absolutely not true. Despite, the
apostasy of the times, and its evil influence upon many in Israel, Jephthah was
not among them, but remained faithful to the Law of Moses out of love for God. It
is true he made his vow rashly; however, it was only in the sense that he made
it generally and did not designate a specific person to offer. Nevertheless, it
was permissible in the Law of Moses to offer a person up for a burnt offering: Lev 27: 28Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote
unto the LORD of all that he hath, both of man and
beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every
devoted thing is most holy unto the LORD. 29None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be
redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.
Brothers and sisters,
raise your hand if the above verses didn’t horrify you upon reading them, (I
raised mine). But let us keep calm, we can count on the Holy Spirit to reveal
the who, what, when, where, and why related to this kind of vow to know exactly
what Jephthah did or did not do.