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          Beloveds, we must clear up the lie that when the Lord told Joshua he would have good success through obeying the Law, that this was meant for Christians today. The Lord told this to Joshua that in obeying the Old Covenant of the Law God would give him success in conquering certain lands and taking these lands for the nation of Israel: Joshua 1: 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
          
          
          
          Also in keeping the Old Covenant of the Law, (which is all they had from God), he would not face the wrath of God and die as Aaron and Moses did for their disobedience to God in not keeping the Old Covenant of the Law: Num. 27: 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
          
          Moses never preached that the Old Covenant of the Law would make anyone permanently righteous in the sight of God. Here is the truth, preached by our Saviour Jesus Christ: Jhn 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
          
           Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.
          
          See Galatians 3, which explains God’s purposes for the Law; and how Jesus Christ has delivered us from it for all time. Feel free to study on your own the numerous verses that fully declare that Jesus Christ is the eternal Saviour and final sole source of eternal salvation for all time for all who believe in Him. See John 14:6.

          

          Anyone willfully claiming salvation based on keeping the Old Covenant of the Law and/ or combining it with the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, or anything else is not considered a Christian according to the Bible.

          
          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.

          
          Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the CURSE: for it is written, CURSED is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that NO MAN is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

          1Ti. 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
          7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

          1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

          John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

          
          

    Fri, Aug 23rd - 3:34PM



    THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

    Brothers and sisters, the Samaritan woman in her statement of fact, showed that she was looking for the coming of Jesus Christ who was above all men and He alone would tell people all things and all things about themselves. Jesus Christ responded to her statement of faith of the truth about the Messiah not as though He was answering a question, but gave her the absolute confirmatory statement that He indeed is the One she had described: Jhn 4: 26  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

     

    The Samaritan woman, dearly beloveds,  was initially asking questions but at the last she made a statement of truth, because she was convinced of who Jesus is and had no need of further questionings as she understood Jesus is greater than Jacob, greater than the fathers, Jesus is greater than all men, greater than any carnal Law, higher than any mountain, deeper than any well, and alone can freely give to all who believe the waters of salvation leading to eternal life.

     

     

    Jhn 4: 27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

    It was a common practice in Jesus’s day, saints (G40 hagios),  that women who were deemed as “loose” or outright sexual sinners received a bad reputation, and would be treated as outcasts. The so called decent men would be questioned for even being seen talking to such a woman , many men would not  want to damage their reputation by being seen with such a woman openly: Luk 7:39.

    Here Jesus’s disciples find Him freely talking to such a woman, but they did not dare ask Him any questions about it, but no doubt they had questions.

    The disciples had no clue as to what had taken place between Jesus Christ and the Samaritan woman.  

    Psa 103: 10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

    Mat 1:21 - And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

    Jhn 10:16 - And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

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    Thu, Aug 22nd - 1:47AM



    THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

    Brothers and sisters, Jacob’s prophecy concerning Judah:  

    Gen 49:10The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. 11Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

     

    Pro 31:10Who can find a virtuous woman, her price is far above rubies.

    Brothers and sisters, based on the biblical record, one would not be likely to find such a woman in Samaria. Yet the king of glory did not come to Samaria looking for such a woman in the first place. It is dangerous for a woman to be completely alone with a man who was a stranger, Yet Jesus Christ is the safest, kindest, and most gentle man a woman could ever know. Jesus Christ is the best friend a man could ever have. Lord Jesus came looking for this Samaritan woman, few men if any would seek such a woman out.

     

    However, her Maker knowing the depths of her sins and who and what she was came from eternity and went through mountains to get to her: Psa 86:5 - For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. The Lord would not come looking for up standing squeaky clean ladies in pretty dresses, nice gents in their Sunday best, children from the best families. No, He came looking for sinners for all have sinned…

    Isa 1:18 - Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

    Isa 52:7 - How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

    Isa 53:11 - He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

    Isa 53:12 - Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

     

    Isa 66:23 - And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

     

    Mic 7:19 - He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

    Jesus Christ knew what the Samaritan woman needed and what her heart and soul truly thirsted after: Isa 55: 1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. 6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

     

    The Samaritan woman was shaken to her core. Could this man who spoke so kindly, gently and freely to her, who knew things about her that she never revealed to him, could He be the man who could give her want her heart and soul truly thirsted for, and without price? Had she lived among the Jews, practicing the Law outside of Samaria, it is likely she would have been rejected out of hand as a sinner not worthy or acceptable to the good folk.

     

    Dearly beloveds, the Samaritan woman speaks she is not asking a question but stating a fact and she has got it right this time: Jhn 4: 25The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jhn 1:41.

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    Fri, Aug 16th - 4:26PM



    THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

     

    Brothers and sisters, Jesus was not angry at the woman, neither did He laugh in her face as she in error thought she was schooling Him on how the Samaritan way of worship was so much better than that of the Jews. Others tried to school Jesus too, and bring Him under the Law which He came to and would fulfill totally. Nobody has the power to take or drag Jesus Christ any place He did not want to go. Brethren, we know that Jesus knew neither Samaritans nor Jews truly worshipped God neither kept they the whole Law in their lands. Neither the Samaritans nor the Jews went up into their respective mountains to worship God, but instead went there a whoring after the gods they had made with their own hands and also committed horrific abominations therein: The Bible records Israel was worse at it than the Samaritans: Jer 3:6 - The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot. Harlot is being used generically, applied to both the men and the women by God.

    God Himself said that Israel had broken Him: Eze 6:9 - And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.

    Jesus did not question the Samaritan woman as to how she supposedly came to a well with only a water pot and no bucket to draw water with. She had had five husbands and now living with a man she was not married to. There is good reason to understand that Jesus Christ knew what she really came for at that well, but gave her what she really and truly needed as only He could do..

    Jesus addressed none of the aforementioned with her, because He came to preach a salvation absolutely not  based on tribal, or national origins: John 4: 21Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

    Amen. brothers and sisters. Jesus schools the Samaritan woman as only Jesus Christ can do. The Samaritans did not know what they were worshipping in their mountain, although the Bible  records devils are behind idols: Lev 17:7; Deu 32:17; 2Ch 11:15; 2Ch 11:15.

     

    True worship of God has nothing to do with physical location. The place of true worship begins in the hearts of all whomsoever has seen and believes the truth of God and worships Him in the spirit wherever they are. It did not matter what the Samaritan woman had done, how low she had fallen, how sinful her life, outcast from Israel, with no chance of redemption under the Law of Moses. Jesus Christ- here was a Jew declaring not the Law of Moses, but a higher Law, a deeper worship bringing the Salvation that arises out of the nation of Israel for all men and women too everywhere, as Jesus said Whomsoever will drink of the water He will give it will spring up into everlasting life in them.

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    Wed, Aug 14th - 5:36PM



    THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

    Saints, G40 hagios), God’s intent from before the beginning is that all should be saved, His promise of salvation would not be only for the nation of Israel under the Law, but to all peoples, all nations under a new covenant.

    Brothers and sisters, most of us know that God allowed believing strangers to be a part of the nation of Israel except no stranger could be a part of the earthly Levitical priesthood: the Levitical priesthood was exclusively given to the tribe of Levi alone; Heb 8:4 - For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 6But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

    8For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

    CIRCUMCISION OF BELIEVING STRANGERS :

    Exo 12:48 - And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

     

    BELIEVING STRANGERS BOUND WITH ISRAEL UNDER THE LAW:

    Deu 31:12 - Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:

    Nevertheless, the voice of the prophets throughout the ages would proclaim a new Day, a New Law for all, not limited by reason of nationality, ethnicity, but freely given to all who believe in the Messiah, Saviour, Deliverer, Redeemer to come.

    Psa 86:9 - All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

     

    The Samaritan woman had been rejected all her life as having no legitimate claims of belonging to the nation of Israel. Surely, receiving this free gift, this living water, receiving this eternal life freely given and being available to anyone who wanted it would at last catch her attention at last. To be freely accepted, no more putdowns, no more fighting to claim her identity, no more life of shame and rejection. Here was a Jew like none she had ever met before, so welcoming, so accepting of her. Now she responds to Lord Jesus Christ:

    Jhn 4:15The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

    Uh oh, brothers and sisters, Jesus would never harm her, but there she was a woman alone with a Jew, and she had to know how Jews dealt with unmarried woman being with a man, long before the law was established: Gen 38:24 - And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.

    Jesus here is telling her that her boasting about being so much more faithful to the law than the Jews is not true at all. She cannot justify herself under the law and it seems that she felt it was time to quickly change the subject to something else. Jhn 4: 19The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

    Jesus does not correct her for God for God rebuked Israel for worshipping in the mountain of Samaria: Amo 6:1. Instead God had  established His place of worship to be: Isa 27:13 - And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem. Isa 66:20 - And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. Zec 8:3 - Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.

    Jesus knew the history of Jerusalem also being occupied by Jebusites along with Israel,  and would respond to the woman in a shocking way:  Jos 15:63 - As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day. Jdg 1:21 - And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

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    Mon, Aug 12th - 3:19PM



    THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

    Brothers and sisters, what questions Jesus posed to the Samaritan woman…If she knew the gift of God…who it is that spoke to her…who had power to give living water!!!

    One would expect the Samaritan woman to want to ask who such a person claimed to be, what was this gift, and what was this living water. Instead the Samaritan woman replies: John 4: 11The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

    Her response expresses doubt tinged with insult-seeing is believing and she notes Jesus doesn’t even have a bucket to draw up any water. Here is where we need to get out our microscopes, brethren, she claims Jacob as her father making herself an heir of his, but makes no mention of the tribe she belongs to. In Israel you had to belong to a tribe or you did not belong at all.

     

    We know Jacob had 12 sons out of whom the 12 tribes of Israel came. We know Jesus came out of the tribe of Judah the fourth son of Leah, Jacob’s second wife. Then the woman frankly dares and challenges Jesus in that she believes no one is greater than Jacob. She said this to the most powerful and greatest human being who ever walked on the face of the earth.  Jesus will not be drawn in the direction she would like to lead, about who is the greatest, who are the true heirs, Samaritan vs Jews. Jesus does not even ask her what tribe she is from, but in her reply to Jesus we now know her origins is that she was born of the strangers God brought into Samaria and never received by the Jews outside of Samaria as having any legal right to belong to a tribe. Jesus could have insulted her back by noting she was tribeless and rejected by the Jews outside of Samaria. She had yet to understand that His message to her is beyond righteousness based on national or tribal affiliations.

     

    Instead Lord Jesus Responds with absolutely no references to tribes, or Jews vs Samaritans or even the Law: John 4: 13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

     

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