Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Broken Covenant

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

Early in my Christian walk, I learned that the New Testament is hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament is revealed in the New. Today’s study is one of many examples of the truth of this statement. 

Reading the Book of Revelation comes with its own blessings. And in the final chapter, there are warnings: 

1. Anyone adding to God’s words would result in the plagues of Egypt being added to that person’s life. 
2. Anyone taking away (deleting) the words of this prophecy, will have their name removed out of the Lamb’s Book of Life

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The God Who Saves

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

The false gods of the Israelites in ancient Judea are the same gods that their neighboring nations worshiped. In fact, the entire Mediterranean region mostly worshiped the same gods, though they were called by different names according to each culture. From Egypt to the Middle East, from southern Europe to Asia minor, their false gods were just the same pagan gods that every non-Jewish culture followed and to which sacrifices were made. Ashtoroth, for example, was the goddess of fertility. She was also known as Astarte, Ishtar, Dianah and was called by several other names throughout the inhabited world. These gods ranged from the absolute paganism of ancient Egypt and Canaan, to the mythological gods of Greece and Rome. Each deity had their own counterpart in different cultures. 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Father’s Heart

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

If we believe that Jesus was God-in-the-flesh, then He shows a depth of emotion as He wept at the death of Lazarus. It was His personal sorrow. Perhaps even more is revealed as Jesus says, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem...” He spoke of the Jews as a whole, because they killed the prophets, and rejected their words; even God’s words. This then, is the heart of the Father. He has emotions! John 6:63 says this: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” 

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Middle East Update

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

This week's Bobservations is taken from "BEHOLD ISRAEL" NEWSLETTER - Amir Tsarfati, week of 9/15/19

"The Middle East is once again on the brink of war, and once again, Iran is in the center of the saga.  The 19 cruise missiles and drones that Iran sent towards the largest Saudi refineries in eastern Saudi Arabia managed to paralyze half of its daily oil production and cause some major tremors in the global energy markets.  Both the Americans and the Israelis can confirm that low-altitude cruise missiles were used in the Saudi oil attack and they were flown in from the north.  The missiles and drones were launched from an Iranian base near the border with Iraq.  US officials said that intelligence indicates that Iran was the staging ground for a debilitating attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry and have shared the information with Saudi Arabia.  Both countries are weighing retaliatory strikes.  Iran, as always denied involvement." 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

I will be your God

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

There are numerous verses in the Bible that tell us of God’s plan for His people here on Earth. While God’s love for mankind is never ending, and freely given, God offers us a conditional promise that accompanies His unconditional love. Namely, if we obey His word, He will be our God, and we shall be His people. As testimony to His grace and mercy, the Old Testament records this promise several times as God speaks through His Prophets to a rebellious and “stiff-necked” people.

A promise like this sounds to me like an exercise in frustration, but for our God, who forgives upon asking, and whose mercies are new every morning, it appears to be do-able. In addition to the promise itself, it’s His Word throughout all generations, and not applicable to the Jews only. Heaven is open to all who will return His love, and honor Him in all His mighty works by praising Him and living in righteousness.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Guard Your Heart

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

We learn growing up about friendships. In our youth it happens without noticing, and in our adult years, it’s often more deliberate. We meet someone and enjoy their company. We learn of common interests, and find ourselves spending a little extra time with that other person. Ideas are exchanged, and experiences shared. A friend can become a close friend, and then even distance cannot divide the friendship. A distant friend may come to visit, and all the time of separation disappears.

But if there’s a rift between friends, there’s also a tearing of the fabric of the friendship. Then the friendship is in danger of being lost unless reparations are made and the disagreement is resolved. Frankly, the same is true in our relationship with God, and His Son Jesus the Christ. With Him, it’s His love that is the fabric of the relationship, and that’s not something to take for granted. 

Today in Jeremiah 6, we learn more of God’s Holy land, His Holy City, His Chosen People, and the Chosen Tribe of Judah living in that Holy City. They have corrupted themselves, and departed from God’s Holy Ordinances and His Word. And there’s the rift in a relationship with the Lord. God’s Chosen have done what Cain did in Genesis 4. Judah lived the way they wanted to live, not even perceiving to Whom it was that they were turning their backs. Genesis 4:16 says, “Cain went out from the presence of the Lord...” Deliberately ! 

We’ve heard of this before; a Christian friend may say they don’t feel close to the Lord any more. Well? Guess who moved in the relationship? God is not given to change. It is their own declaration that exposes their turn from our Lord. The loss of His favor is felt lightly at first, but it will increase and increase until our hearts are humbled and our repentance flows freely. 

Check in with Jesus regularly. Keep the friendship open and above boards. Allow yourself to be “transparent” (modern lingo) with the Lord. Ask Him to examine your heart and “see if there be any wicked way in (yourself.)” And then listen for His response.

“Search me O God, and know my heart:
try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any
wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23, 24

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Before Romans Chapter 1

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

Growing up in the 1950’s, there were many temptations around the neighborhood. We learned who it was OK to play with, and who it was not a good idea to play with, and where we could ride our bikes, and how far we could go. Sometimes those limitations were based in common sense, and sometimes they were established “Because I said so,” to quote our parents. 

Behind the houses across the street from me was a small wooded glen with a shallow creek that ran through it. The glen ran up to a steep embankment, so in the heat of the summer, the glen was a cool place to play, or to fish, or just to catch crayfish from the water. And in the winter, the embankment made a great hill to ride our sleds down to the frozen creek. Of course, every ride down we’d be dodging trees, rocks, and maneuvering at the bottom to avoid the creek. 

The glen, and the corner lot where there was always a baseball game going on in the summer were places where all the neighborhood kids played together. But there was an underlying bigotry when it came to being real friends with anyone. Catholics had Catholic friends, Protestants had Protestant friends. It became really pointed when a Jewish family moved into the neighborhood. They had just one daughter. She dutifully rode the school bus with everyone else, but never had a playmate, and never invited anyone to her house. Socially, there was a separation that was never breeched. I didn’t understand it, but then, there was a lot I didn’t understand in the 1950’s. We had been taught in school that the USA was a “melting pot” where all could find a home and cultures would be blended. 

But 30 years later, in the 1980’s, I began to understand some of the limitations. God does not want His children to live in a melting pot where everything was mingled with everything else. He calls for us to be uniquely His among all mankind. It is a provision from God to protect our faith in Him, and guard us from false gods and the doctrines of men. 

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what
communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Called To Holiness

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

Today in our reading we read what I think is one of the scariest verses in the entire Bible. God’s chosen people, whom He has called the apple of His eye, have turned their back on Him repeatedly, and He says He leaving them until such time as they come to their senses. He’s leaving them!
Reading in other passages, we know God draws them back, but how could we live without His daily presence, especially after once knowing Him? 

What is it that keeps us turning away from God? We have read it in the Bible: it’s that lie that Satan spoke to Eve. Genesis 3:5 – “For God knows that in the day that you eat the fruit of that tree, your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be like gods, knowing good from evil.“ But such Godly knowledge must first be accompanied by Godly wisdom to make it apply to daily living!

Rejecting God takes place everyday. We hear it among our youth and among the strong-willed. Feeling immortal in so many ways, they say “You’re not the boss of me; nobody’s getting hurt here, we’re all consenting.” It is the rejection of authority, and the rejection of God’s warnings. 

Our culture has barred God from having access to our children, our next generation. And even among churched families, Sunday School is not enough; the parents must hold true to teaching their children of God’s plan of salvation, and His laws regarding Godly and ungodly behaviors. There is an epidemic of sin in today’s world: heroin and opioids, crack cocaine, marijuana, and an array of sexuality choices like we’ve never seen before. Yet God’s Word stands as it is, giving warning. Those that eat the fruit of THIS tree shall surely die. 

I wonder how many fentanyl victims, how many heroin victims, how many users of LSD, cocaine, practitioners of a free-love lifestyle and AIDS patients might ask for a “do-over” had they just seen the consequences of their choices. 

“Being as a god” is beyond the finite human mind, but some are not convinced until it’s too late. There’s too many choices, and too much wisdom that we lack! We can be grateful that Christ Jesus saved us from all that, and from His wrath in the future, and we find that God’s Word is absolutely true:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the
knowledge of the holy is understanding.”  ~~ Proverbs 9:10

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Treachery to Triumph

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

Just as our families have all been touched by the hand of the Lord, we have seen the devil at work there as well. Too often, the blessings of marriage have been dissolved due to unfaithfulness and/or the waning of affection between husbands and wives. Divorces and separations within the Church are as numerous as in the general population. How fickle the human race can be! Being of one mind one day can turn rapidly into being double-minded the next.
This problem in humanity is one of the weaknesses of the flesh, and it is universal, as statistics show. The reasons can be multiple, and complex, but unless maturity, ethics, and shared goals are in the mix of a relationship, every relationship can be headed down hill! 

As a Pastor, it’s always a blessing to officiate at a wedding. And conversely, it is a horrible disappointment when one of those marriages falls by the wayside into divorce. I’ve married couples whose marriages have lasted 30 years, and others whose marriages lasted just two weeks. And in retrospect, I can truthfully say that the ones that have endured life’s storms, have enjoyed the “staying power” of the Lord Jesus Christ at their core. Each party of those marriages has had a commitment to Christ resulting in His blessings, and their longevity. 

This spiritual relationship is what Jeremiah is speaking of to the northern and southern tribes. But when God impresses this upon them, they are dull of hearing, and filled with hatred towards God’s messenger, Jeremiah. As the Apostle Paul wrote of a Godly marriage relationship in Ephesians 5:20-33, his words should reverberate in our own hearts: “This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Eph. 5:32) 

Jeremiah reminds us today that for the sins of backslidden Israel, God has “put her away,” and given her a bill of divorcement. Yet, God’s promises to the nation remain in-place: “I will bless those that bless you, and curse those that curse you,” (Gen. 12:2) and “Your numbers will be as the sand upon the shores of the seas” (Gen. 22:17). God’s mercy and grace is defined here: Whether we are worthy or not, God stands by those that are His!
“I will be your God, and ye shall be my people.”  ~~ Lev. 26:12, 2 Cor. 6:16

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Complacent Faith

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

The Spiritual condition of today’s Church is reflected in the second and third chapters of the Book of Revelation. John’s letters to each of the seven churches in Asia give us insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the churches, and therefore, of leaders of them and the believers in them. 

Within those letters, there is also a pattern developed that is applicable as the “Church Age” has progressed from that first Pentecost after Jesus’ Resurrection, to the final days of the Church on Earth, which ends at the Rapture of the Church. Ephesus to Laodicea, we can follow Church History during the era of the Church Age. 

From the false professors at Ephesus, to facing the wealth, comfort, and deadness of the Loadicean Church, Solomon would remind us that there is “nothing new under the sun.” His and Jeremiah’s messages remind us that people are the same everywhere throughout history, and faith ebbs and flows as times change from peaceful and easy to difficulty and hardship. But it is always in the more difficult years when faith flows and grows! 

Hardships that press us beyond our abilities cause us to drop to our knees asking for God’s help, and mercy. It is then that we realize that we are helpless, and He alone is our only hope!

Jeremiah’s message to Israel could just as well have been included in John’s letters to the churches in Revelation. Our nations and lands are sick these days. Change begins with us, with the Church. “The west” is as the Roman Empire at its end: we are rotting from within, destroying our nation with infighting, accusations, lies, and all sorts of sin. It should be obvious even to an atheist. But for the Jew and the Christian... even the Law and the Spirit, can turn a nation away from destruction. Maybe even the whole world!

“If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” ~~2 Chronicles 7:14 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Obedience? Or Sacrifice?

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

The Prophets of the Old Testament were set as Watchmen over the nation of Israel. The Watchmen over a city were always strategically placed to be able to see enemies approaching, and to sound the trumpet to alert the inhabitants of the city, and prepare to do battle. The Officers on board a military ship do the same: spotting a threat, the alarm sounds, and “Report to battle stations” echoes throughout the ship. Cities and ships all have Watchmen, and with the Prophets, they were told they were assigned as Watchmen over the nation of the Israelites. 

Our reading this morning speaks of the gravity of the position of watchman; one that calls to arms, and an advanced warning system, all from God’s loving provision towards those that are His. 

The Prophet Samuel was sent to King Saul, to give direction concerning the Amalekites! (1 Samuel 15). Saul had disregarded the word of the Lord and failed obliterate and destroy all the descendants of Amalek, and their possessions. After his victory over the Amalekites, pride set in and he decided that a spoil of the Amalekites’ goods was in order. Saul saved the best of their flocks of sheep and oxen. And by failing to obliterate all memory of Amalek, some Amalekites escaped the judgment of God. Later on, it was an Amalekite that slayed Saul! 

So by ignoring the warnings of God’s Watchmen over the nation, the King’s fate was set. It was only a matter of time before Saul’s judgment would come. 

For the Church, Jesus said, “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that, miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” 1 Cor. 12:28 and Eph. 4:11. Among others in the church, God has set prophets to warn, Watchmen to give His Word and to sound an alarm! Remember to heed to Word of the Lord, when the Prophets speak and prophesy.  “Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” ~~1 Samuel 15:22

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Marriage of the Lamb

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

No study on the End-Times would be complete if we did not also look at the return of Christ in Glory. All of history and End-Times prophecies in particular culminate in Jesus’ return to Earth as He begins His millennial reign from David’s Eternal Throne. For that we turn to Revelation 19, the fulfillment of Isaiah 63:1-6 and Zechariah 14:4, 5, but the Invitations were all sent out. 

There are a limited number of verses concerning the marriage and its resulting Wedding Feast, so we’ll look elsewhere in the Word to find out about a Wedding Feast appropriate for the Lord God, Jesus Christ.
The Jewish Tradition for weddings is an interesting mix for such a grand celebration with family and friends. But the Bride of Christ will include Faithful from hundreds of ethnicities and just as many marriage traditions including those of God’s Chosen People who received Christ. The Church, Christ’s Bride, will have prepared herself for the marriage, in every detail. The Bride will have “made herself ready.” 

What that means precisely must be taken from scriptures. 1 John 3:3 says, “and every man that hath this hope, purifieth himself, even as (Christ) is pure.” Ephesians 5:24-27 describes a husband that loves His Bride enough to purify her for Himself. 

The marriage of the Lamb will be holy, and the Bride will have been taken out of the world in the Rapture, she will serve the Lord completely, and unreservedly. Her dedication to Him will mean she is at perfect peace, and willingly allows and expects the purification process. This is sanctification on Earth with the expectation of holiness as Jesus’ Bride in heaven. The will love His wife; and the wife will revere her Husband (Ephesians 5:33). 

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth
not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He
shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.”
  1 John 3:2

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Post-Rapture Events

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

As we look again today at end-times prophecy, we may want to ask what the purpose of prophecy is in the first place. As Paul outlines the order of those who rise to meet the Lord in the air, he writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:13, “But I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep...” This phrase gives us the purpose of prophecy: to share information. Prophecy in the Bible is God’s means of sharing information with us, usually the foretelling of future events that may otherwise baffle us, or catch us off-guard. Paul writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that God does not want us to be ignorant, or un-learned. God wants us to be prepared!

So to prepare us for His perfect will, He tells us in advance through the prophets of the Old Testament and the evangelists of the New Testament. As Christians we live and believe because we have seen how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old, and now we live in the New Testament times. 

In the Old Testament, Jewish believers had to go to their priests to get the teachings of the prophets. Today, Jesus has called Believers a royal priesthood because He lives in us; a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek – Psalm 110:4. (Melchizedek was met by Abram and called him a Priest of the most High God – Genesis 14:18.) 

So while the prophets foretold of events, the priests told the people. Now, WE are the priests, but who are we telling about events which shall soon come to pass? This is the evangelical nature of the Church, and spreading the Good News is our responsibility. As I read recently, there is the foretelling of events, and then there is the forth-telling of them; sharing them with others. 

End-times prophesies can strike fear in the hearts of unbelievers, but they should bring comfort to the believer because, if being told correctly, believers will not be here on Earth during difficult times of the Great Tribulation. It will be a time of God’s wrath against an unbelieving world, such as never has been seen before. 

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.”  -Jeremiah 30:7

If Jacob is Israel, and Christ’s Church has been grafted into Israel, then we too shall be saved from that day (See Romans 11:17-23).

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Rapture

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

In recent months, events on Planet Earth, and in the heavens have taken an up-swing in frequency. The frequency of severe storms, the many Blood Moons recently, the wars and battles that go on around us and in foreign lands have become so obvious, that even secular people have taken notice and wonder what’s going on. Sometime during their lives, someone mentioned something about it, but all they remember is that the warnings came from the Bible.
Well, all these issues have given rise to questions, and a wide variety of writers have undertaken the task of trying to explain. All that we see around us socially, financially, religiously are spoken of in the Bible. Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 and other places in scripture reference all that we see and lump them under the heading “End Times Prophecy.” Perhaps most unnerving is that people are identifying current events and realizing the parallels to what these three Gospel writers have recorded in the Gospels that bear their names.
But lest we think that they wrote of their own accord, we need to realize something that other writers of scripture clearly state: their words are not their own! Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God...” it is literally “God-breathed” not humanly sourced. Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:21 that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Again, the words of the prophets have been inspired by God, not sourced from any human mind. We’ll look today at God’s words and learn from Him.
This should lead us to thinking about prophecy as Divine Information that the God of this world wants to share with us. In several places the scribes of the New Testament wrote that God would not want us to be ignorant about certain things. Much of this is the Divine Information God wants to give to us so that we are neither caught off guard, nor unprepared for the troublesome times that lay ahead for mankind, but our faith and hope in Jesus Christ can carry us through. For today though, we’ll look at what it means to be saved: the rough times, the storms of our lives can be smoothed, and fear removed for future trails and hardships. 

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,
and which entereth into that within the veil;"

~ Hebrews 6:19

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Real Hope And Change

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

The harsh and destructive events that Nahum speaks of regarding Ninevah, can be applied to every nation, country, ethnic group, or army of invaders that has ever come against the nation of Israel, and God's Chosen People.  As we've seen just in modern times, Israel's attackers find themselves under judgment from God, and those that seek harm to the Jewish people find themselves under the same judgments.

The city of Jerusalem has been besieged twenty-eight times in the course of history, yet it still stands.  The era of Hitler's Third Reich is well known, and it came to an abrupt end.  Nazi Germany was dispensed with, and the country was divided east and west among her enemies.  Since the 1948 birth of Israel, God's Holy Land has been involved in fourteen modern era wars, and two major defensive operations.  God has kept His people, and His land against attacks by Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Russia, and the Palestinians from within Israel's borders.

This is God's faithfulness to His Covenant with Abraham:  Israel still stands in spite of the horrendous cost in human lives.  Modern history is no different from ancient history.  The Egyptian Empire came to a halt after the Jewish Exodus; it has been a Third World nation ever since.  The Philistines, Canannites, Hivites, Jebusites, Edomites all went by the wayside, not because of anything that the Israelites did, but rather because God promised to keep Israel.  Ninevah was swallowed up by the City of war torn Mosul.  Babylon remains to be in ruins, and once again little Israel is surrounded on all sides by her enemies.  It is the story of David and Goliath all over again, but on an international scale, and God's Covenant is still in-place.

God said to Abraham: "I will bless those that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all nations of the Earth be blessed." - Genesis 12:3

God's promises stand for every believer as well!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The City Is Judged

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

The severity of the judgment against Nineveh is not surprising. The Ninevites and the Assyrians in general were a vicious and violent people. It is not surprising then, that Jonah was reluctant to go to Nineveh when God sent him there 150 years before Nahum wrote of them. In Jonah 1, the Lord said to Jonah, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.”

Jonah did rise up, but he ran in the opposite direction! The reputation of this large city was known throughout Mesopotamia. Cities and Tribes that the Assyrians conquered had their citizens brutalized and killed in the cruelest ways.

Ethnically diverse from the rest of Mesopotamia, the Assyrians worshipped two primary gods: Ishtar was a goddess of love and fertility, and Adramelech was a sun god. Ishtar’s likenesses are found in many ancient civilizations, Ashteroth, Ashtoreth, Dianah of the Ephesians, etc. Adramelech, however, was an odd composite beast, that we actually find described in Romans 1, having the head of a man, wings of a bird, and a four footed beast with hooves for feet. (Google images are available on-line.) He’s simply grotesque!

Idol worship like this will lead a nation into vile affections, and sexual confusion, exactly as stated in Romans 1:21-27. Adramelech is a god of human design, as men saw each parts’ role in their world. Worshiping the things of Earth will have a direct adverse effect on every relationship we have, and in spite of all our “higher learning,” idolatry such as this has resulted in the traits identified in Romans 1:29-32.

Our society is laden with sin because that’s what God’s Word states it will be. Our only hope is in the soon return of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Insulate yourself in these confusing times; put on the full armor of God! The Apostle Paul warned the Greeks of Corinth, “Wherefore my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry” (1 Corinthians 10:14). And to the Colossians, Paul wrote:

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” ~ Colossians 2:8 ~

Sunday, June 23, 2019

God’s Love For His People

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

We read a familiar verse in the New Testament that speaks of God’s love for His Creation: John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” That’s God’s sacrifice for us, because He loves us.

Could we go to such an extreme? Could our love for one be set aside so others could be saved? How could we possibly choose?! Yet, that’s exactly what God did for our sakes, and for His own glory. And, God knew just how He would make this incredible sacrifice. Create a perfect embryo and have it miraculously placed in a nice young girl, that she might nurture it, and raise it to adulthood as His only earth-born Son. As her son, the child would experience the joys and pains of life; He would be one of us. As His begotten Son, the Child would be imbued with knowledge and abilities far beyond what was normal for a human. He would teach, and heal, and possess the uncanny ability to know what was coming in the future. That the Word of God was willing to come to Bethlehem so He could go to Calvary 30-some years later is more than we can comprehend. His trial would be unfair. The witnesses against Him would be liars. His execution on a cross would be excruciatingly painful, and “by His stripes we would be healed.” 

There is nothing too difficult for God; He had a plan all along. We find that the Father has gone to great lengths to supply our need(s) indicates a jealous love towards us. He does not want His own creation worshiping someone or something that had nothing to do with our creation. Credit should go to Whom is due!

He asks us to be zealous in returning our love to Him. Zealous? Jealous? There is a correlation between the two. “We love Him because He first loved us.” Our Loving God is jealous for our love, as He supplies all our need(s). 

“For thou shalt worship no other god, 
for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”  
Exodus 24:14

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