Thursday, August 17, 2017

Peter Denies Knowing Jesus

John 18:25-27, "As Peter stood warming himself, he was asked, 'You are not one of His disciples, are you?' Peter denied it saying, 'I am not.' One of the priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter cut off (and Jesus healed), challenged him. 'Didn't I see you with him in the olive grove?' Again Peter denied it and at that moment a rooster began to crow."

Matthew 26:74-75 further entails, "He (Peter) began to call curses on himself and swore to them, 'I don't know the Man!' Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the Words Jesus had spoken, 'Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.' "

Mark 14:71-72, Luke 22:59-62 records the same incident.

"It is a serious sin to disown Christ, but Jesus forgave Peter (John 21:15-17). No sin is too great for Jesus to forgive if you are truly repentant. He will forgive even your worst sin if you turn from it and ask His pardon." (Bible commentary.)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cast Out

Last week we saw GOD cast out Adam, Eve, and the animal kingdom out of the Garden of Eden upon the fall of man. Due to her sin, GOD told Eve, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing. Your desire will be for your husband and he shall rule over you.' To Adam, He said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from The Tree, cursed is the ground. Through painful toil you will eat of it all of your life. Thorns and thistles will produce. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food." (Genesis 3:16-19)

(Genesis 4:1-7) Eve, by pain bore a son, Cain. Then later she bore another son, Abel.

Cain worked the soil and brought fruit offerings to the LORD.

Abel kept flocks and brought fat portions from the first born as an offering to the LORD (causing death to come to the animals offered). God looked with favor on Abel, but did not look with favor on Cain's. 

The first murder of man occurs when in jealousy Cain kills Abel.

The LORD questions Cain and then says, "What is this you have done! Your brother's blood cries out to Me. The ground will no longer yield its crop to you." Cain became a wanderer. GOD placed a mark on Cain as a warning for no one to kill him. (Genesis 4:10-15) 

Mankind and the animal kingdom began to multiply and increase in number (and size). The Niphilim were giants 9-10 feet tall and used their size to their advantage to oppress the people (Genesis 6:4, Numbers 13:33, 1 Samuel 17). 

The wickedness of man became great upon the earth and the LORD was grieved He had made man. the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind whom I have created from the face of the earth, men and animals, and creatures along the ground, birds of the air. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD." (Genesis 6:7-8) Again the animal kingdom will suffer due to man's sins.

Not much is focused on the animal kingdom in these few chapters of Genesis other than the mention of being used for sacrifices. Yet again we see where they suffer due to man's sins. 

Next week's post will deal with the annihilation of mankind and the animal kingdom as well as the preservation of Noah's family and the animals GOD leads to the ark. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Annas Questions Jesus

John 18:12-24, "The soldiers arrested Jesus. They brought Him first to Annas. Peter and another disciple followed. Jesus went into the high priest's courtyard, but Peter waited outside at the door. The other disciple spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in. She spoke out, 'You are not one of His disciples are you?' the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, 'I am not.' Meanwhile the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples teaching. Jesus replied, 'I have spoken openly to the world. I taught in the synagogues, at the temple where the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question Me? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.' When Jesus said this, an official nearby struck Him on the face. Annas then sent Him to Caiaphas the high priest."

Have you ever been accused of saying wrong things when all you said was the truth? If so, you can understand Jesus as He stood before those who wanted to get rid of Him. The saying, "The truth hurts," was what the Jews were feeling. They had ancient Scripture that prophesied Jesus and what He did for salvation of the human race. But, they were jealous because it included the Gentiles' salvation as well as their own. "The Gospel is the power of GOD for the salvation of everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then for the Gentile." (Romans 1:16)  Jesus said, "I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) He also said in John 10:9, "I Am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved." Have you entered that gate of His salvation by coming to Him with the confession of your sins and asking Him to come into you through His Holy Spirit? It is as simple as that if you do it from your heart and not your intellect. Meet your Savior today if you don't already know His salvation for you!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Animal Creation Continued

Last Sunday we saw from Scripture on the fifth day, the animals that were created in the waters after their own kinds and the species of birds created after their own kinds.

This Sunday we will look from the Scripture the animals that were created after their own kinds on the sixth day as was man after all the animals were created.

Genesis 1:24-25, "And GOD said, 'Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds; livestock:

creatures that move along the ground:

(as well as small mammals after all their own kinds.)

...wild animals after their own kind (just to show a few):

And, yes I believe even the dinosaurs as part of the "great Creatures" mention in previous post. I will speak more on that in future posts.

And so it was. GOD saw that it was good."

Genesis 1:26, "Then GOD said, 'Let Us (God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them (male/female) rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the livestock over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

Genesis 1:27, "So GOD created man in His Own image, in the image of GOD He created male and female and told them to be fruitful and multiply."

So, all was in harmony with God's blessings for all provisions for the animals and man/woman.
Man was placed in control over all the animals of the earth and the animals were all under man's control to tend...until the fall occurred (see previous Sunday posts).

Next Sunday we will see what man's choice to sin would do to mankind and the animal kingdom.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested

John 18:1-11, "When Jesus finished praying, He left with His disciples...Now Judas, who betrayed Him, knew the place (they went) because Jesus had often met them there. So Judas came to the grove guiding a detachment of soldiers, officials, chief priests and Pharisees. They carried torches, lanterns, and weapons. Jesus, knowing what was going to happen to Him, asked, 'Who is it you want?' They replied, 'Jesus of Nazareth.' Jesus said, 'I Am He.' They drew back from the Him and fell to the ground. 'If you are looking for Me, then let these men go.' This happened so that the words He spoke would be fulfilled: 'I have not lost one of you.' (Speaking of the disciples.) Peter drew his sword and struck the high priest's servant Malchus, cutting off his right ear. Jesus commanded Peter, 'Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?'"

Luke 22:51, "...He (Jesus) touched the man's ear and healed him." A miracle right before their eyes!

Matthew 26:53 shares Jesus' words, '...I can call on My Father and He will at once put at My disposal more than 12 legions of angels, but how then would the Scriptures  be fulfilled?' 

Jesus is the salvation for all mankind who come to Him in forgiveness of their sins. Let Him save you from your sin if you have not done so. All you need do is admit you are a sinner, no matter how great or small your sin may be it keeps you from being "perfect" and GOD only expects perfection! Jesus takes your sin upon your request for Him to do so and you are made perfect in Father GOD's sight. When you have done this, the Scripture promises, "You (GOD) hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:19) Isaiah further records, "I Am He Who blots out your sins, for My Own sake, and remember your sins no more."(Isaiah 43:25) Christ Jesus has opened up the Gates of Heaven for your salvation. Come to Him today and know in your heart you belong to His forever kingdom where He has gone to prepare a place for you! (John 14:3)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Animal Creation

As we saw last week, the animal kingdom (land and water) was created before man and they were placed in the Garden of Eden, flew across the expanse of the sky, and were in the depths of the sea.

Genesis 1:20-23, "On the fifth day of creation GOD created life teeming with living creatures in the water  and birds flying across the expanse of the sky (after all their own kind). He created the GREAT CREATURES OF THE SEA and every living and moving thing in which the waters teem. He told them to be fruitful and multiply."

Let's look at some of those animals:
There are so many of the beautiful  birds all over the world! Some live only in certain areas while others move all about the planet in 
their migratory flight. Even some don't fly at all such as the different species of penguins. Where I live, we have the Sandhill Cranes  
and Ibis all about our yards and owls in the woods of our backyards. Below are my pet birds that I've had for many years. What a joy they are!

Jerry is an African Gray Congo Parrot. I got him when he was 4 months old. I hand fed him until he was a year old. He is now 24 years old!   
Cuddles is a Cockatiel that flew onto the school campus where I was a teacher. The vet said he was about 8 months old. He is now 18 years old and talks "up a storm" as does Jerry, even to each other, ha!

Max is a Blue and Gold Macaw that I had for 13 years. I gave him to a friend who built an outside 25 foot flight cage that he spends part of his day then back inside the house he goes. I taught him to say, "I want out!" I surely miss him, but I know in my heart I'll see him again in eternity as so my other pets (future post).

The LORD also created the animals in the sea on the same day as He did the birds. Let's look at some of them.

Some of those animals are schools of fish after their own kind. Not only fish were created, but also mammals such as dolphins and whales.
They breath air where fish have gills which extract oxygen from the water. But some of the most fascinating animals 
of all are the GREAT CREATURES OF THE SEA. Sperm whales, which are mammals.
A GREAT CREATURE in the fish category are the Basking Sharks which feed on plankton, Krill. See the diver?
What about reptiles in the ocean? Not only sea turtles with flippers instead of feet like the land turtles, but there are also other reptiles such as 
Plesiosaurs which no longer are with us (future post).  There are so many animals but I'll list one more that is a reptile that spends most of its time in the water and that is the sea iguanas.
They look much like those that are on land, but as you will see in the next picture of a pet iguana, it has a slight difference.
One day we found an iguana that was in our yard. He loved to eat the hibiscus flowers as a snack! We never did find out to whom he belonged.
Frenchy was a French Angel fish we found around a bridge piling. She was only an inch long, but grew to 6 inches in the tank. In the wild they grow much bigger! Next week we will take a look at the animals GOD created on the sixth day before He created mankind.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jesus Prays For Future Believers

John 17:20-26, "...I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their (disciples) message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I Am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. I have given them the glory that You gave Me that they may be one as We are One. I in them and You in Me...complete unity that the world may know You sent Me and have Loved them even as You have Loved Me. Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I Am and to see My glory because You have Loved Me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, the world does not know You. I know You and they know that You have sent Me. I have made You known to them AND WILL CONTINUE TO make You known in order that the Love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them."

If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, He is in you by His Holy Spirit. You know without a shadow of any doubt you belong to Him and His forever Kingdom. Hallelujah! If you don't know our Almighty GOD's salvation, come to Him today by confessing your sins to Him and asking Him to come into you and save you. It's that simple to know our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD!