An example of the importance of one’s identity is found in a Will or Trust. This is exactly the point of the Holy Scriptures! The Bible is divided into two sections, the Old Testament and the New Testament. A Testament is a Will that names certain beneficiaries. This point is never brought up in Bible colleges, yet this should be the context of any serious Bible lesson. No one seems to take seriously the proper nouns and pronouns used in the Scriptures, nor the names of the beneficiaries. Is this not crazy? This should be the first question to ask when interpreting Scripture – what is the context and to whom is the Bible written? The Bible is a Testament or Covenant so we should see it as a Last Will and Testament from God to His covenant people.
Our Scripture reading contains much we could talk about...
Israel (not the Jews) had been slaves less than a half-century previously in Egypt. Their God had led them out of Egypt in a very dramatic fashion by performing many miracles. He led them like a shepherd leading the sheep from Goshen (Egypt) to the Promised Land (Canaan Land).
But Israel failed to believe that they could conquer the giants who had intermingled into the family of the Canaanites living in the Promised Land. Because they believed this lie, they were made to wander till forty years had expired. Therefore, only two of the men of the 12 spies older than 20 years old, could enter the land west of the Jordan River. They were the only two men, Joshua and Caleb, who spoke for the Israelites to fight against the Canaanites. So much for democracy. Democracy failed. That was one reason that ancient Israel never had one—they were a theocracy and then a monarchy. Moses then died, being 120 years old, and Joshua became the next commander of Israel.
Joshua led Israel in conquering the Canaanites in the Promised Land. But even though the Israelites were strong, they failed to drive out all the Canaanites. Chapter one of the book of Judges tells us what happened after Joshua died. It first tells of the victories of Judah, the first tribe of Israel who fought against the Canaanites. The latter part of the chapter tells of Isreal’s failures: it names the tribes that were strong and didn’t have the courage to drive out all the Canaanites. If they had, they would have been a separate nation. But they weren’t. What happened next?
Our Scripture reading is a summation of God’s love story: Yahweh God is the Husband and Israel is the bride. There is a lot of Scripture in this lesson; but I felt it necessary, for the judeo-Christian world does not seem to be aware that such verses exist; and if they do, they are ignored.
If you were to ask the typical judeo-Christian to complete the phrase, “God is a God of ________,” nine times out of ten they would complete it with the word “love.” In this story, Yahweh is cast as the God of love. God’s love has been so often talked about in Christian circles that they really have a lopsided view of God’s character; and they do not know the love of God as well as they think they do. The purpose of this story is to reveal the true, one and only, object of God’s love. Only then, can one truly appreciate the love of God and how it is shown in your life.
Greetings kindred and fellow sheep. We are on a first name basis here. My name is Walter. In Indiana the ministry given to me is family coach. I coach families to be good soldiers with these old fallen bodies on this side of life subsequent to the Fall of Adam in the Garden. On our plantation of a decimal point less than an acre my wife and I minister to families at the cottage. At the end of the day, after helping people deal with their lusts, I go up to the house and deal with mine. On this side of life, it is far too easy to throw something down the hatch that is no good for us. Is it just like sheep to lust for the no good!?
This is our second lesson on Bible Biology. After God dragged me to His Son Jesus Christ, the thought occurred to me to re-examine a four year course of four thousand six hundred twenty hours of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, lab analysis, pathology, diagnosis, and clinical work using the Scriptures as my road map, template, and light unto my path.
Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell at 7:30 am in the morning last week, according to police. He was under “suicide watch,” which was of course a designation placed on him roughly two weeks ago to set up the back story for what just happened. Jeffrey Epstein was murdered for the simple reason that dead men don’t talk. And Epstein had a lot to say that would have implicated Bill Clinton and dozens of high-profile global power brokers who happily raped young boys and girls that were provided by Epstein as part of his blackmail-based wealth creation scheme.
The Clinton Body Count is already about 70 dead; people who have mysteriously died after possessing potentially damaging information about the Clintons. Think about this for a little bit. From the two teen age boys who were supposedly killed by a train while they were lying down on the tracks in a drug stupor, to the suicide of Epstein, there has been about 70 others murdered in mysterious ways. Found dead in a car, killed in a plane crash, found dead after supposedly jumping off a high building, found dead at home with a gun shot wound, etc
This sermon will not be a study of the Book of Revelation. There is much symbolism and controversy regarding the meaning of the book. Of course, it depicts the great struggle between good and evil. The chasm between the good and the evil continues to grow larger. America needs a racial revelation to dissuade us from the current trend.
There are the various views of interpreting the book: Preterism, Historicism, Futurism, Idealism; and there are various combinations and mixtures of these systems of thought. Because there is controversy surrounding the book does not mean we should not read it. In fact, it is the only book in the Bible that grants a blessing to those who read, hears, and keeps the things written in it. That alone gives us more reason to take notice of this book.
The late Pastor Mark Downey ran for a political office when he lived in the state of Washington. During his candidacy, he and the other candidates were at a question and answer session held at a local high school sponsored by the local election committee. The purpose of this meeting was for the voters to get an idea of which candidate they would vote for in the upcoming election. So, after they gave their introductory remarks, the student body could ask the candidates questions.
During this meeting, Mark was asked the following question by a high school female student, “Mr. Downey, what is your position on homosexuals?”
Mark gave what I think was the perfect answer. He didn’t tell the young student what he thought, or what the founding fathers thought, or what anyone else thought—except his LORD God. He just quoted from memory Leviticus 20:13, our introductory verse. He gave what the LORD God of Israel thought. He said, “Leviticus 20:13” and then he quoted the entire verse, word for word.
What do you think was the reaction from the full auditorium of high school students? It was like it is in our nation. Half of the audience cheered, and the other half of the audience booed. It was a split decision. Why was the reaction so contradictory?
In I Corinthians 9:27, what kind of example is Paul setting? What is he saying about the house for his spirit and soul? What does “keep under my body” mean? What is this “subjection” into which he brings his body? “Keep under” is translated from the Greek verb “to subdue. “Bring into subjection” is translated from the Greek verb “to enslave”, or “be a slave driver”.
There is a second witness in the Scriptures to our bodies being slaves. I am almost daily amazed at the understanding of God’s Word the men of King James appointment brought to the Authorized Version 1611. In Revelation 18 God’s servant John heard a voice from heaven list the Bible Biology.
Merchandise of Mystery Babylon. This list of merchandise begins with the most highly valued, and descends to the cheapest.
Revelation 18:12-13: "The merchandise of gold and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots and slaves and souls of men."
The “slaves and souls of men” are dead last. “Slaves” is translated from the Greek word for body, soma. The Greek word “soma” appears in our English expression “psychosomatic” and “somatopsychic” indicating the soul-body connection.
This lesson is Bible Biology. In sharing this lesson together, our hope is we will be much more alert to matters of biology in The Scriptures, and we will have more of the mind of Christ in being good soldiers with these fallen bodies.
Compiled from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore
July 21, 2019
Scripture Reading: 1John 3:10: “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”
there was the headline in the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper on July 11, 2019 which said that Cincinnati’s Redeemer had died. Cincinnati’s redeemer…did Cincinnati have one? Was their redeemer a he, she, or an it? I quickly scanned the article and I found that they were referring to Marian Spencer who had died on July 8th. She lived from 1920 till 2019—99 years.
She was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, home of the Bob Evans farm which later became a restaurant chain, and she was descended from a former slave named Henry Walker Alexander. Her parents were Harry Donal Alexander and Rosanna (Carter) Alexander. But she grew up in her grandfather’s home, a freed slave with her brothers and twin sister and her parents. There was very little information available about her family tree, except for the fact that she was a mongrel. She was a mixture of Scottish, Indian and Negro seed. I couldn’t find out what ethnic group the Scottish man was, whether he was Ashkenazi Jew or not, or about what tribe of Indian—but that “if she had one drop of black blood in her, then she would claim to be black.” So, she called herself “black.”
She was named “Cincinnati’s redeemer” by United States federal judge, Nathaniel Jones in the 1970s.