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Posted: Abril 19, 2011 in Pansarili
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Condensed from my Missions Course (2008).

Why did Jesus cry “It is finished”?

The gospels record 7 last words or statements that Jesus uttered from the cross. The last one was a commitment of his spirit to his Father just before he died. But preceding that was a loud and triumphant cry, “It is finished.”

What was finished?

Jesus lived a sinless life, resisting and overcoming all of the enemy’s temptations, and presented a perfect, spotless sacrifice on the cross to pay for mankind’s sins. By atoning for our sins, Jesus brought us back into right standing with the Father as though we had never sinned. It was for this purpose that Jesus came and lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to his Father’s will. It was in exultant triumph that he declared the conflict won.

The enemy had lost.

The work of redemption was complete. (The tense of the original language means that this act of completion was done once and for all time and its results would abide continuously.)

The work was finished.

The victory was obtained.

And we are the beneficiary of that victory.

R.S.P.

John 19:30

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.

May the redeeming blood of our Lord Jesus Christ shines in victory in us!

Condensed from my Missions Course (2008).

Why were the wise men “late” in arriving to celebrate Jesus birth?

The wise men were students of the stars who had observed a heavenly phenomenon (a star in the East) which they interpreted as a sign of the birth of the King of the Jews. So they traveled from their home in Persia to Jerusalem in search of the babe, sleeping by day and traveling by night, the better to follow the bright star that led them.

Their query “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” so unsettled King Herod that he vowed to eliminate this pretender to the throne. He inquired of the chief priests and scribes where Christ was to be born and they quoted the prophecy that identified Bethlehem. Next he had to determine how old the child was, and to do this he asked the wise men how long it had been since they had first seen the star.

Finally he had to find out where this babe was, so Herod persuaded the wise men to bring him a report so that he too could “worship” the new king. The star that had guided them into Jerusalem but disappeared from the night sky now reappeared to lead the wise men and stood over where the young child was. Notice that Jesus was no longer a babe but a child, and neither was he any longer in a manger. The bible narrative says that the wise men came into the house where the child and his mother were. Jesus’ parents had moved into a house from the animal stall where Jesus had been born.

This new address was what Herod eagerly desired from the wise men’s reports he had prevailed upon them to give him. But God warned the wise men in a dream not to return to Herod and so they returned to their country another way.

Traveling from a far-off country took over a year and so the wise men in our timeline appear to be late as our understanding goes. They don’t seem to historically and accurately belong in a crèche or nativity tableau. But no one is really ever late to come to Jesus. So the wise men rejoiced greatly to have been able to see the child Jesus and they went home rejoicing. Their interpretation of the stars, very likely a divine gift with some insight from a prophet named Balaam, had led them on a joyous journey to worship.

R.S.P.

Numbers 24:17; Micah 5:2; and Matthew 2:1-12.

Blessed weekend to all!

Condensed from my Missions Course (2008).

What was the eye of the needle?

In the United States, some homes have a small opening in the bottom of their back doors with a swinging cover, to allow house pets easy access and exit. In Israel today, some homes have a similar door within a door but much larger than those in the United States. They take up the lower half of the door. Tour guides like to point them out as the “eye of the needle” that Jesus referred to.

If so, the hyperbole is still preserved as a device which Jesus effectively used to drive home his point, but a fresh application is revealed. In such a large eye of the needle, it is still possible for a camel to go through but it would first have to be divested of any load on its back, and it must get down on its knees. Even then, it would be with extreme difficulty to have it pass through this opening.

R.S.P.

A blessed weekend to all!

For any questions (Bible reference for this post) please feel free to e-mail Pong.

Condensed from my Missions Course (2008).

Why did Adam and Eve sew fig leaves together?

Adam and Eve were created perfect. When they sinned, their eyes were opened for they now had the knowledge of both good and evil, and they saw their nakedness. So they gathered some fig leaves and sewed them together to make a covering.

God gave them an advance look into the plan of salvation. Instead of the garments of their own making, they received tunics which God made to clothe them. The skins came from an innocent animal which had to suffer a death it did not deserve in order to clothe man whose sin created the need for a covering.

R.S.P.

For any questions (Bible reference for this post) please feel free to e-mail Pong.

Adam and Eve Series: The Curse

Posted: Agosto 29, 2010 in Pansarili
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Condensed from my Missions Course (2008).

Why did God curse the ground for Adam’s sake?

God avoided placing a curse directly on Adam. Instead, He placed it on the ground, perhaps in acknowledgment that Adam was made from dust. The earth which represented a part of Adam’s makeup was placed under judgment. God said “Cursed is the ground for your sake.”

God would later promise blessings to man for his obedience to His commands by blessing the ground, giving rain, causing a fruitful yield and prospering man’s tilling of the soil. They would eat their fill and even dwell there in safety. In the same command, God also warned that if man disobeyed, the ground would not bear its expected yield, there would be no rain as the heavens would be shut up, the fruits of man’s labor would be disproportionately small, and in general the land would be cursed for man’s disobedience.

There was another sense in which the cursing of the ground was done for Adam’s sake. By the sweat of his brow, man would toil the earth, but this exercise would prove a blessing to man.

Even here we see the redemptive mercy of God who refuses to curse the crowning act of His creation. He directs blessing and cursing instead to the ground and man indirectly receives the result of blessing or cursing. Many years later, God spoke through Moses to give a list of blessings and curses that would attend obedience or disobedience to his commandments. A large portion of them was expressed through the ground’s yield.

As for his wife, the pain in child bearing, giving birth and desire for her husband will increase as well as the fact that her husband will rule over her. In this particular event, Adam named his wife Eve meaning “the mother of all the living.”

R.S.P.

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Condensed from my Missions Course (2008).

How could Eve have been attracted to a serpent?

It would seem today that the appearance of a serpent would have caused Eve to recoil with dread. If that had been Eve’s reaction, she would have avoided the serpent. But the serpent then didn’t look the way it does today. It would have been one of the most beautiful of the created beings for the enemy to use it. Added to that fact, Eve was enchanted by hearing the serpent speak.

Because of the serpent’s role in being used by the Tempter to deceive Eve, God cursed it, consigning it to move on its belly and eat dust. That would imply that it neither moved on its belly nor ate dust before it was cursed. In its being curse, it assumed the image we have of it today so that its appearance would repulse man.

R.S.P.

For any questions (Bible reference for this post) please feel free to e-mail Pong.

Condensed from my Missions Course (2008).

How did Eve open herself to deception by the serpent?

In the first place, she wandered away from her husband. Had he been with her, he might have helped to draw her away from the tempter.

Eve was enchanted by a talking serpent and in the ensuing dialogue, she misquoted God’s instructions. The serpent craftily inquired if it was true they couldn’t eat of every tree of the garden. When Eve answered, she added to what God had told Adam. (These instructions were given Adam before Eve was created but as his wife, she was made aware of God’s instructions and commands.)

What God had said was that they could eat of every tree of the garden except of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day they ate of it, they would surely die. What Eve said was “God has said ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

What Eve added was “nor shall you touch it.”

The serpent took advantage of this, assuring her “You will not surely die” and demonstrated by touching the fruit. Eve had unwittingly opened the door to deception and the serpent exploited it.

R.S.P.

For any questions (Bible reference for this post) please feel free to e-mail Pong.

A blessed week-end to all!