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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #65 on: June 25, 2021, 12:39:08 pm »
Slave to Two Masters...
Matthew 6:24 ďNo one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.
First some background.  In Biblical times the most common form of slavery was that of the indentured servant.  The person would owe money and thus ďsellĒ himself out as a slave to pay for the debt.  One example of this though it was not a debt but what Jacob wanted is found in Genesis 28.  Jacob is in love with Rachel and wants to marry her so he gives himself to her father as a servant in exchange for her hand in marriage.  Of course, as the story goes, he is tricked into marrying her sister and thus pledges himself to her father for another seven years of service in order to marry Rachel.  When talking about slavery in Biblical days this is the most common and well-understood meaning for what a servant is, a bondservant who is paying of a debt of some kind or in the case of Jacob, purchasing something. 
There are many teachings in scripture about being a slave, things like submitting to your master.  (Titus 2:9; I Peter 2:18) Consider your master worthy of honor. (I Timothy 2:9; I Timothy 6:1) Even obedience to the master. (Ephesians 6:5-6; Colossians 3:22)  In a world that sees slavery as an evil thing, something that is detestable, the early church taught that being a slave was another opportunity to live out our faith. The teaching doesnít stop there though, it goes on to talk about those who want to be first must become slaves. (Matthew 20:27; Mark 10:44)  That the slave cannot become greater than the master, thus a place of humility. (Matthew 10:25)  The Lordís servant is not to be unequally yoked with wickedness, or the fruitless deeds of darkness. Rather wickedness is to be exposed. (II Corinthians 6:14-17; Ephesians 5:11)
One of the most intriguing passages to me about the slave or bondservant is found in the law. Deuteronomy 15:16-17 (HCSB) 12 ďIf your fellow Hebrew, a man or woman, is sold to you and serves you six years, you must set him free in the seventh year. 13 When you set him free, do not send him away empty-handed. 14 Give generously to him from your flock, your threshing floor, and your winepress. You are to give him whatever the Lord your God has blessed you with. 15 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you; that is why I am giving you this command today. 16 But if your slave says to you, ĎI donít want to leave you,í because he loves you and your family, and is well off with you, 17 take an awl and pierce through his ear into the door, and he will become your slave for life. Also treat your female slave the same way. 18 Do not regard it as a hardship[d] when you set him free, because he worked for you six yearsóworth twice the wages of a hired hand. Then the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do. (Exodus 21:5) The slave has a right to choose if he stays with the master or leaves.  A pierced ear is a sign of willful slavery. 
When we apply this understanding of slavery to passages about being a slave to sin or to righteousness, it enhances our understanding of these passages.  For example, Romans 6:20 tells us that if we are a slave to sin, we are free from the obligation to righteousness.  Likewise, Romans 6:16 tells us we are a slave to whatever we obey, whether a slave to sin or to righteousness.  We choose which to have as our master, whose doorpost so to speak we want to be pierced on.  We can give ourselves to God or to wickedness, but not both. (Romans 6:13)  We begin by being sold into slavery to sin, but choose to remain a slave to sin or to be a slave of the Living God. (Romans 7:14)
The Pharisees who were lovers of money show us the dangers of piercing our ears on the doorpost of money. (Luke 16:14) They sold God for profit. (II Corinthians 2:17; Titus 1:10-16)  This love of money is only going to get worse as the day of the Lord approaches. (II Timothy 3:1-3) The key to being free from the Love of money is to learn to be satisfied with what you have (Hebrews 13:5; Philippians 4:11-13; Luke 3:14; Luke 12:15; I Timothy 6:6-8; Hebrews 13:5) and to trust God to provide you with what you need. (Matthew 6:8; Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:29-31)
Christ sets us free from our slavery to sin. (II Peter 2:19) In order to remain free from sin and slaves to Christ, we need to stand firm, refrain from submitting ourselves to sin again.  It is to not make excuses to indulge the flesh. It means we live in the obedience Love. (Galatians 5; John 8:32)  Our slavery is one in which we proclaim freedom to the captives and recover sight to the blind. (Luke 4:18)  When we enslave ourselves to God, we become sons of God, a son that is forever part of the household, just as the slave that pierces his ear on the masterís doorpost. (John 8:30-47)  So how can we learn to be satisfied and trust God so that we do not love money and allow ourselves to be slaves only to God?  We learn to be satisfied (Hebrews 13:5)  and trust by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ and living in that freedom He gives. (Romans 8:1-2; I Corinthians 7:22; II Corinthians 3:17; Revelation 1:5) By understanding that we received Christ free of charge, therefore we need to share Him free of charge as well. (Matthew 10:8; I Corinthians 9:18-19)  It involves crucifying the fleshly desires. (Romans 6:6-8; I Peter 2:16)  Eventually, all of creation will be set free from the bondage of corruption but our freedom can begin in this life as we grow into maturity of the faith. (Romans 8:21)

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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #66 on: July 02, 2021, 11:35:31 am »
The Cure for Anxiety...
Matthew 6:25 ďThis is why I tell you: Donít worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isnít life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They donít sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Arenít you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height
  • by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they donít labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If thatís how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, wonít He do much more for youóyou of little faith? 31 So donít worry, saying, ĎWhat will we eat?í or ĎWhat will we drink?í or ĎWhat will we wear?í 32 For the idolaters[p] eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God[q] and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 
   When I first began looking at this teaching, I wondered what could be added to our understanding of such a simple truth, GOD is our PROVIDER.  It didnít take long to figure out that there was more to glean if we just looked.  So letís jump in.  Donít worry...we already talked about this and how we canít add anything to our lives by worrying.  (Luke 10:38-42; Luke 12:11; Philippians 4:6; I Peter 5:7)  Each of these passages deserves our full attention but there is more to get to so I will leave that to the reader. 
   We are not to worry about what to eat or drink.  Food and water are essential to life yet we are not to worry about them.  I remember the day our three oldest kids were young and we had left everything to follow Godís call on our life.  That particular day we had a can of green beans and a little bread and nothing more for three growing and hungry boys.  I know full well how hard it is to trust God with our daily bread, I have lived it many times over but I can also testify to how liberating it is to simply trust Him with our needs.  Didnít He send manna and quail?  (Exodus 15:22-16:1-36)  But Deuteronomy 8:3 puts a unique spin on the entire account when it says, (HCSB) He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  There was a greater purpose to God providing manna, quail, even water and that greater purpose was to teach the children of Israel that there is so much more to life than simple survival and that greater is God Himself and every word that He speaks.  Throughout scripture we see this teaching but it would seem we seldom spend time meditating on what it means. (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; I Corinthians 10:1-13) Consider I Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for Godís glory.  When we go back to the previous lessons, what we see is that it is about God NOT about us.  When we get this right, all things fall into place.  When we figure out that it is about God not about us and our fleshly needs we begin to seek God and when we seek Him and His Kingdom, ALL these things will be added.  (Matthew 6:33)
   Next we come to clothes, we are not to worry about what we will wear.  What a beautiful picture of the birds of the air and flowers of the field, some of each are so beautiful that it is hard to describe in words just how brilliant the colors, how clear the contrasts and compliments and yet we are more important than these.  Like the food and drink that is talking about more than just our fleshly needs, the clothes we wear is not just about the flesh.  We are to put on sackcloth and ashes.  In Biblical days, one used sackcloth and ashes to demonstrate their brokenness and repentance of the sins they had committed.  It was an outward show of an inward condition.  (Genesis 37:34)  When we wash our clothes in the blood of the Lamb, in other words come to Christ broken, in sackcloth and ashes for garments, He gives us a white robe, wedding clothes.  (Exodus 19:14; Matthew 22:12; Mark 9:3; I Peter 3:3; Revelation 3:4-18)  When we fail to grasp these concepts, it is because we lack faith. (Matthew 6:30)  When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25)
   So what then is the lesson...obviously the lesson is not to worry, but it is the why that is most intriguing to me.  Matthew 6:32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
First because God already knows what we need, even before we ask Him.  (Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 6:8; Philippians 4:19; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 9:8)  When we are able to shift our focus from the things of the flesh to the things of God we begin to discover freedom and life beyond our wildest dreams.  Itís about trust.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Secondly, He has made a promise to you and He will keep His promises.  That promise is that if you do shift your focus and seek Him and His Kingdom which is wherever the Spirit is, all these things, the food, drink, and clothes that the flesh needs will be given to you.  One of the ways God shows His Love to us is by being our Father, a Father that looks out for us and cares for us.  (Matthew 7:11; Psalms 84:11; Luke 11:13; Romans 8:32; James 1:17)
34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
And lastly, because today has enough struggle and difficulties, there is nothing beneficial from looking ahead to the struggles yet to come.  Focus in the moment of finding a way to glorify God in the current struggle and let that struggle yet to come be dealt with when God takes you to that moment.  (John 16:33; John 14:27; John 15:18; Acts 14:22; Romans 8:37) Trusting God to be the provider of all that is good,  (I Timothy 6:17-19) not just with the things of the flesh but the things of both the flesh and the spirit.

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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #67 on: July 03, 2021, 09:31:24 pm »
The Cure for Anxiety...
Matthew 6:25 ďThis is why I tell you: Donít worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isnít life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They donít sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Arenít you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height
  • by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they donít labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If thatís how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, wonít He do much more for youóyou of little faith? 31 So donít worry, saying, ĎWhat will we eat?í or ĎWhat will we drink?í or ĎWhat will we wear?í 32 For the idolaters[p] eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God[q] and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 
   When I first began looking at this teaching, I wondered what could be added to our understanding of such a simple truth, GOD is our PROVIDER.  It didnít take long to figure out that there was more to glean if we just looked.  So letís jump in.  Donít worry...we already talked about this and how we canít add anything to our lives by worrying.  (Luke 10:38-42; Luke 12:11; Philippians 4:6; I Peter 5:7)  Each of these passages deserves our full attention but there is more to get to so I will leave that to the reader. 
   We are not to worry about what to eat or drink.  Food and water are essential to life yet we are not to worry about them.  I remember the day our three oldest kids were young and we had left everything to follow Godís call on our life.  That particular day we had a can of green beans and a little bread and nothing more for three growing and hungry boys.  I know full well how hard it is to trust God with our daily bread, I have lived it many times over but I can also testify to how liberating it is to simply trust Him with our needs.  Didnít He send manna and quail?  (Exodus 15:22-16:1-36)  But Deuteronomy 8:3 puts a unique spin on the entire account when it says, (HCSB) He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  There was a greater purpose to God providing manna, quail, even water and that greater purpose was to teach the children of Israel that there is so much more to life than simple survival and that greater is God Himself and every word that He speaks.  Throughout scripture we see this teaching but it would seem we seldom spend time meditating on what it means. (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; I Corinthians 10:1-13) Consider I Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for Godís glory.  When we go back to the previous lessons, what we see is that it is about God NOT about us.  When we get this right, all things fall into place.  When we figure out that it is about God not about us and our fleshly needs we begin to seek God and when we seek Him and His Kingdom, ALL these things will be added.  (Matthew 6:33)
   Next we come to clothes, we are not to worry about what we will wear.  What a beautiful picture of the birds of the air and flowers of the field, some of each are so beautiful that it is hard to describe in words just how brilliant the colors, how clear the contrasts and compliments and yet we are more important than these.  Like the food and drink that is talking about more than just our fleshly needs, the clothes we wear is not just about the flesh.  We are to put on sackcloth and ashes.  In Biblical days, one used sackcloth and ashes to demonstrate their brokenness and repentance of the sins they had committed.  It was an outward show of an inward condition.  (Genesis 37:34)  When we wash our clothes in the blood of the Lamb, in other words come to Christ broken, in sackcloth and ashes for garments, He gives us a white robe, wedding clothes.  (Exodus 19:14; Matthew 22:12; Mark 9:3; I Peter 3:3; Revelation 3:4-18)  When we fail to grasp these concepts, it is because we lack faith. (Matthew 6:30)  When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25)
   So what then is the lesson...obviously the lesson is not to worry, but it is the why that is most intriguing to me.  Matthew 6:32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
First because God already knows what we need, even before we ask Him.  (Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 6:8; Philippians 4:19; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 9:8)  When we are able to shift our focus from the things of the flesh to the things of God we begin to discover freedom and life beyond our wildest dreams.  Itís about trust.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Secondly, He has made a promise to you and He will keep His promises.  That promise is that if you do shift your focus and seek Him and His Kingdom which is wherever the Spirit is, all these things, the food, drink, and clothes that the flesh needs will be given to you.  One of the ways God shows His Love to us is by being our Father, a Father that looks out for us and cares for us.  (Matthew 7:11; Psalms 84:11; Luke 11:13; Romans 8:32; James 1:17)
34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
And lastly, because today has enough struggle and difficulties, there is nothing beneficial from looking ahead to the struggles yet to come.  Focus in the moment of finding a way to glorify God in the current struggle and let that struggle yet to come be dealt with when God takes you to that moment.  (John 16:33; John 14:27; John 15:18; Acts 14:22; Romans 8:37) Trusting God to be the provider of all that is good,  (I Timothy 6:17-19) not just with the things of the flesh but the things of both the flesh and the spirit.

You said and wrongly so:"When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25) "

God does not need our Help...It is we who needs His help. As a servant, we follow his commands in obedience not help him out out of the goodness of our heart.

"Help" is used 126 time in 117 verses  in the KJV and not once does it say that We are to Help God!
1 Cor 15:3-4.."For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Acts 17:11.."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #68 on: July 04, 2021, 12:43:18 pm »
The Cure for Anxiety...
Matthew 6:25 ďThis is why I tell you: Donít worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isnít life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They donít sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Arenít you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height
  • by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they donít labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If thatís how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, wonít He do much more for youóyou of little faith? 31 So donít worry, saying, ĎWhat will we eat?í or ĎWhat will we drink?í or ĎWhat will we wear?í 32 For the idolaters[p] eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God[q] and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 
   When I first began looking at this teaching, I wondered what could be added to our understanding of such a simple truth, GOD is our PROVIDER.  It didnít take long to figure out that there was more to glean if we just looked.  So letís jump in.  Donít worry...we already talked about this and how we canít add anything to our lives by worrying.  (Luke 10:38-42; Luke 12:11; Philippians 4:6; I Peter 5:7)  Each of these passages deserves our full attention but there is more to get to so I will leave that to the reader. 
   We are not to worry about what to eat or drink.  Food and water are essential to life yet we are not to worry about them.  I remember the day our three oldest kids were young and we had left everything to follow Godís call on our life.  That particular day we had a can of green beans and a little bread and nothing more for three growing and hungry boys.  I know full well how hard it is to trust God with our daily bread, I have lived it many times over but I can also testify to how liberating it is to simply trust Him with our needs.  Didnít He send manna and quail?  (Exodus 15:22-16:1-36)  But Deuteronomy 8:3 puts a unique spin on the entire account when it says, (HCSB) He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  There was a greater purpose to God providing manna, quail, even water and that greater purpose was to teach the children of Israel that there is so much more to life than simple survival and that greater is God Himself and every word that He speaks.  Throughout scripture we see this teaching but it would seem we seldom spend time meditating on what it means. (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; I Corinthians 10:1-13) Consider I Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for Godís glory.  When we go back to the previous lessons, what we see is that it is about God NOT about us.  When we get this right, all things fall into place.  When we figure out that it is about God not about us and our fleshly needs we begin to seek God and when we seek Him and His Kingdom, ALL these things will be added.  (Matthew 6:33)
   Next we come to clothes, we are not to worry about what we will wear.  What a beautiful picture of the birds of the air and flowers of the field, some of each are so beautiful that it is hard to describe in words just how brilliant the colors, how clear the contrasts and compliments and yet we are more important than these.  Like the food and drink that is talking about more than just our fleshly needs, the clothes we wear is not just about the flesh.  We are to put on sackcloth and ashes.  In Biblical days, one used sackcloth and ashes to demonstrate their brokenness and repentance of the sins they had committed.  It was an outward show of an inward condition.  (Genesis 37:34)  When we wash our clothes in the blood of the Lamb, in other words come to Christ broken, in sackcloth and ashes for garments, He gives us a white robe, wedding clothes.  (Exodus 19:14; Matthew 22:12; Mark 9:3; I Peter 3:3; Revelation 3:4-18)  When we fail to grasp these concepts, it is because we lack faith. (Matthew 6:30)  When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25)
   So what then is the lesson...obviously the lesson is not to worry, but it is the why that is most intriguing to me.  Matthew 6:32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
First because God already knows what we need, even before we ask Him.  (Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 6:8; Philippians 4:19; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 9:8)  When we are able to shift our focus from the things of the flesh to the things of God we begin to discover freedom and life beyond our wildest dreams.  Itís about trust.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Secondly, He has made a promise to you and He will keep His promises.  That promise is that if you do shift your focus and seek Him and His Kingdom which is wherever the Spirit is, all these things, the food, drink, and clothes that the flesh needs will be given to you.  One of the ways God shows His Love to us is by being our Father, a Father that looks out for us and cares for us.  (Matthew 7:11; Psalms 84:11; Luke 11:13; Romans 8:32; James 1:17)
34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
And lastly, because today has enough struggle and difficulties, there is nothing beneficial from looking ahead to the struggles yet to come.  Focus in the moment of finding a way to glorify God in the current struggle and let that struggle yet to come be dealt with when God takes you to that moment.  (John 16:33; John 14:27; John 15:18; Acts 14:22; Romans 8:37) Trusting God to be the provider of all that is good,  (I Timothy 6:17-19) not just with the things of the flesh but the things of both the flesh and the spirit.

You said and wrongly so:"When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25) "

God does not need our Help...It is we who needs His help. As a servant, we follow his commands in obedience not help him out out of the goodness of our heart.

"Help" is used 126 time in 117 verses  in the KJV and not once does it say that We are to Help God!
So you disagree with Matthew 25...thanks for letting us know that scripture is not your authority, I will disagree with you and trust that Matthew 25 was intended by God to be included in scripture because it is there.

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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #69 on: July 04, 2021, 01:30:43 pm »
Heís right Lorió Matt 25 has nothing to do with the point you are trying to make.

ĎTo him who has much, more will be given and to him who has little, the little he has, even that will be taken away.í

Iíve heard other false teachers use this same passage to say ĎGod helps those who help themselvesí and also by prosperity teachers to convince folks to ďinvestĒ in their ministry.

God has no need of your money. He has no need of your help.

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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #70 on: July 04, 2021, 01:33:15 pm »
The Cure for Anxiety...
Matthew 6:25 ďThis is why I tell you: Donít worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isnít life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They donít sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Arenít you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height
  • by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they donít labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If thatís how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, wonít He do much more for youóyou of little faith? 31 So donít worry, saying, ĎWhat will we eat?í or ĎWhat will we drink?í or ĎWhat will we wear?í 32 For the idolaters[p] eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God[q] and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 
   When I first began looking at this teaching, I wondered what could be added to our understanding of such a simple truth, GOD is our PROVIDER.  It didnít take long to figure out that there was more to glean if we just looked.  So letís jump in.  Donít worry...we already talked about this and how we canít add anything to our lives by worrying.  (Luke 10:38-42; Luke 12:11; Philippians 4:6; I Peter 5:7)  Each of these passages deserves our full attention but there is more to get to so I will leave that to the reader. 
   We are not to worry about what to eat or drink.  Food and water are essential to life yet we are not to worry about them.  I remember the day our three oldest kids were young and we had left everything to follow Godís call on our life.  That particular day we had a can of green beans and a little bread and nothing more for three growing and hungry boys.  I know full well how hard it is to trust God with our daily bread, I have lived it many times over but I can also testify to how liberating it is to simply trust Him with our needs.  Didnít He send manna and quail?  (Exodus 15:22-16:1-36)  But Deuteronomy 8:3 puts a unique spin on the entire account when it says, (HCSB) He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  There was a greater purpose to God providing manna, quail, even water and that greater purpose was to teach the children of Israel that there is so much more to life than simple survival and that greater is God Himself and every word that He speaks.  Throughout scripture we see this teaching but it would seem we seldom spend time meditating on what it means. (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; I Corinthians 10:1-13) Consider I Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for Godís glory.  When we go back to the previous lessons, what we see is that it is about God NOT about us.  When we get this right, all things fall into place.  When we figure out that it is about God not about us and our fleshly needs we begin to seek God and when we seek Him and His Kingdom, ALL these things will be added.  (Matthew 6:33)
   Next we come to clothes, we are not to worry about what we will wear.  What a beautiful picture of the birds of the air and flowers of the field, some of each are so beautiful that it is hard to describe in words just how brilliant the colors, how clear the contrasts and compliments and yet we are more important than these.  Like the food and drink that is talking about more than just our fleshly needs, the clothes we wear is not just about the flesh.  We are to put on sackcloth and ashes.  In Biblical days, one used sackcloth and ashes to demonstrate their brokenness and repentance of the sins they had committed.  It was an outward show of an inward condition.  (Genesis 37:34)  When we wash our clothes in the blood of the Lamb, in other words come to Christ broken, in sackcloth and ashes for garments, He gives us a white robe, wedding clothes.  (Exodus 19:14; Matthew 22:12; Mark 9:3; I Peter 3:3; Revelation 3:4-18)  When we fail to grasp these concepts, it is because we lack faith. (Matthew 6:30)  When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25)
   So what then is the lesson...obviously the lesson is not to worry, but it is the why that is most intriguing to me.  Matthew 6:32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
First because God already knows what we need, even before we ask Him.  (Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 6:8; Philippians 4:19; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 9:8)  When we are able to shift our focus from the things of the flesh to the things of God we begin to discover freedom and life beyond our wildest dreams.  Itís about trust.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Secondly, He has made a promise to you and He will keep His promises.  That promise is that if you do shift your focus and seek Him and His Kingdom which is wherever the Spirit is, all these things, the food, drink, and clothes that the flesh needs will be given to you.  One of the ways God shows His Love to us is by being our Father, a Father that looks out for us and cares for us.  (Matthew 7:11; Psalms 84:11; Luke 11:13; Romans 8:32; James 1:17)
34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
And lastly, because today has enough struggle and difficulties, there is nothing beneficial from looking ahead to the struggles yet to come.  Focus in the moment of finding a way to glorify God in the current struggle and let that struggle yet to come be dealt with when God takes you to that moment.  (John 16:33; John 14:27; John 15:18; Acts 14:22; Romans 8:37) Trusting God to be the provider of all that is good,  (I Timothy 6:17-19) not just with the things of the flesh but the things of both the flesh and the spirit.

You said and wrongly so:"When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25) "

God does not need our Help...It is we who needs His help. As a servant, we follow his commands in obedience not help him out out of the goodness of our heart.

"Help" is used 126 time in 117 verses  in the KJV and not once does it say that We are to Help God!
You might want to correct Mr. E's misrepresentation of what was said. Since he has forbidden me from speaking to him it's on your shoulders until as PJ says, HE GROWS UP.

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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #71 on: July 04, 2021, 01:47:26 pm »
Another lie by Lori.  Actually the same lie, 3 times.

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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #72 on: July 04, 2021, 01:55:33 pm »
The Cure for Anxiety...
Matthew 6:25 ďThis is why I tell you: Donít worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isnít life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They donít sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Arenít you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height
  • by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they donít labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If thatís how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, wonít He do much more for youóyou of little faith? 31 So donít worry, saying, ĎWhat will we eat?í or ĎWhat will we drink?í or ĎWhat will we wear?í 32 For the idolaters[p] eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God[q] and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 
   When I first began looking at this teaching, I wondered what could be added to our understanding of such a simple truth, GOD is our PROVIDER.  It didnít take long to figure out that there was more to glean if we just looked.  So letís jump in.  Donít worry...we already talked about this and how we canít add anything to our lives by worrying.  (Luke 10:38-42; Luke 12:11; Philippians 4:6; I Peter 5:7)  Each of these passages deserves our full attention but there is more to get to so I will leave that to the reader. 
   We are not to worry about what to eat or drink.  Food and water are essential to life yet we are not to worry about them.  I remember the day our three oldest kids were young and we had left everything to follow Godís call on our life.  That particular day we had a can of green beans and a little bread and nothing more for three growing and hungry boys.  I know full well how hard it is to trust God with our daily bread, I have lived it many times over but I can also testify to how liberating it is to simply trust Him with our needs.  Didnít He send manna and quail?  (Exodus 15:22-16:1-36)  But Deuteronomy 8:3 puts a unique spin on the entire account when it says, (HCSB) He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  There was a greater purpose to God providing manna, quail, even water and that greater purpose was to teach the children of Israel that there is so much more to life than simple survival and that greater is God Himself and every word that He speaks.  Throughout scripture we see this teaching but it would seem we seldom spend time meditating on what it means. (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; I Corinthians 10:1-13) Consider I Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for Godís glory.  When we go back to the previous lessons, what we see is that it is about God NOT about us.  When we get this right, all things fall into place.  When we figure out that it is about God not about us and our fleshly needs we begin to seek God and when we seek Him and His Kingdom, ALL these things will be added.  (Matthew 6:33)
   Next we come to clothes, we are not to worry about what we will wear.  What a beautiful picture of the birds of the air and flowers of the field, some of each are so beautiful that it is hard to describe in words just how brilliant the colors, how clear the contrasts and compliments and yet we are more important than these.  Like the food and drink that is talking about more than just our fleshly needs, the clothes we wear is not just about the flesh.  We are to put on sackcloth and ashes.  In Biblical days, one used sackcloth and ashes to demonstrate their brokenness and repentance of the sins they had committed.  It was an outward show of an inward condition.  (Genesis 37:34)  When we wash our clothes in the blood of the Lamb, in other words come to Christ broken, in sackcloth and ashes for garments, He gives us a white robe, wedding clothes.  (Exodus 19:14; Matthew 22:12; Mark 9:3; I Peter 3:3; Revelation 3:4-18)  When we fail to grasp these concepts, it is because we lack faith. (Matthew 6:30)  When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25)
   So what then is the lesson...obviously the lesson is not to worry, but it is the why that is most intriguing to me.  Matthew 6:32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
First because God already knows what we need, even before we ask Him.  (Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 6:8; Philippians 4:19; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 9:8)  When we are able to shift our focus from the things of the flesh to the things of God we begin to discover freedom and life beyond our wildest dreams.  Itís about trust.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Secondly, He has made a promise to you and He will keep His promises.  That promise is that if you do shift your focus and seek Him and His Kingdom which is wherever the Spirit is, all these things, the food, drink, and clothes that the flesh needs will be given to you.  One of the ways God shows His Love to us is by being our Father, a Father that looks out for us and cares for us.  (Matthew 7:11; Psalms 84:11; Luke 11:13; Romans 8:32; James 1:17)
34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
And lastly, because today has enough struggle and difficulties, there is nothing beneficial from looking ahead to the struggles yet to come.  Focus in the moment of finding a way to glorify God in the current struggle and let that struggle yet to come be dealt with when God takes you to that moment.  (John 16:33; John 14:27; John 15:18; Acts 14:22; Romans 8:37) Trusting God to be the provider of all that is good,  (I Timothy 6:17-19) not just with the things of the flesh but the things of both the flesh and the spirit.

You said and wrongly so:"When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25) "

God does not need our Help...It is we who needs His help. As a servant, we follow his commands in obedience not help him out out of the goodness of our heart.

"Help" is used 126 time in 117 verses  in the KJV and not once does it say that We are to Help God!
BTW Blade, I would love to hear your take on Colossians 1:24...it clearly says something was lacking in Christ's sacrifice,.  The passage tells us what was lacking, but you claimed that there is nothing HE needs from us...so prove it in scripture...explain how something was lacking but isn't lacking...that would be double talk.

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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #73 on: July 04, 2021, 06:02:53 pm »
The Cure for Anxiety...
Matthew 6:25 ďThis is why I tell you: Donít worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isnít life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They donít sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Arenít you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height
  • by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they donít labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If thatís how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, wonít He do much more for youóyou of little faith? 31 So donít worry, saying, ĎWhat will we eat?í or ĎWhat will we drink?í or ĎWhat will we wear?í 32 For the idolaters[p] eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God[q] and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 
   When I first began looking at this teaching, I wondered what could be added to our understanding of such a simple truth, GOD is our PROVIDER.  It didnít take long to figure out that there was more to glean if we just looked.  So letís jump in.  Donít worry...we already talked about this and how we canít add anything to our lives by worrying.  (Luke 10:38-42; Luke 12:11; Philippians 4:6; I Peter 5:7)  Each of these passages deserves our full attention but there is more to get to so I will leave that to the reader. 
   We are not to worry about what to eat or drink.  Food and water are essential to life yet we are not to worry about them.  I remember the day our three oldest kids were young and we had left everything to follow Godís call on our life.  That particular day we had a can of green beans and a little bread and nothing more for three growing and hungry boys.  I know full well how hard it is to trust God with our daily bread, I have lived it many times over but I can also testify to how liberating it is to simply trust Him with our needs.  Didnít He send manna and quail?  (Exodus 15:22-16:1-36)  But Deuteronomy 8:3 puts a unique spin on the entire account when it says, (HCSB) He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  There was a greater purpose to God providing manna, quail, even water and that greater purpose was to teach the children of Israel that there is so much more to life than simple survival and that greater is God Himself and every word that He speaks.  Throughout scripture we see this teaching but it would seem we seldom spend time meditating on what it means. (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; I Corinthians 10:1-13) Consider I Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for Godís glory.  When we go back to the previous lessons, what we see is that it is about God NOT about us.  When we get this right, all things fall into place.  When we figure out that it is about God not about us and our fleshly needs we begin to seek God and when we seek Him and His Kingdom, ALL these things will be added.  (Matthew 6:33)
   Next we come to clothes, we are not to worry about what we will wear.  What a beautiful picture of the birds of the air and flowers of the field, some of each are so beautiful that it is hard to describe in words just how brilliant the colors, how clear the contrasts and compliments and yet we are more important than these.  Like the food and drink that is talking about more than just our fleshly needs, the clothes we wear is not just about the flesh.  We are to put on sackcloth and ashes.  In Biblical days, one used sackcloth and ashes to demonstrate their brokenness and repentance of the sins they had committed.  It was an outward show of an inward condition.  (Genesis 37:34)  When we wash our clothes in the blood of the Lamb, in other words come to Christ broken, in sackcloth and ashes for garments, He gives us a white robe, wedding clothes.  (Exodus 19:14; Matthew 22:12; Mark 9:3; I Peter 3:3; Revelation 3:4-18)  When we fail to grasp these concepts, it is because we lack faith. (Matthew 6:30)  When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25)
   So what then is the lesson...obviously the lesson is not to worry, but it is the why that is most intriguing to me.  Matthew 6:32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
First because God already knows what we need, even before we ask Him.  (Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 6:8; Philippians 4:19; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 9:8)  When we are able to shift our focus from the things of the flesh to the things of God we begin to discover freedom and life beyond our wildest dreams.  Itís about trust.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Secondly, He has made a promise to you and He will keep His promises.  That promise is that if you do shift your focus and seek Him and His Kingdom which is wherever the Spirit is, all these things, the food, drink, and clothes that the flesh needs will be given to you.  One of the ways God shows His Love to us is by being our Father, a Father that looks out for us and cares for us.  (Matthew 7:11; Psalms 84:11; Luke 11:13; Romans 8:32; James 1:17)
34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
And lastly, because today has enough struggle and difficulties, there is nothing beneficial from looking ahead to the struggles yet to come.  Focus in the moment of finding a way to glorify God in the current struggle and let that struggle yet to come be dealt with when God takes you to that moment.  (John 16:33; John 14:27; John 15:18; Acts 14:22; Romans 8:37) Trusting God to be the provider of all that is good,  (I Timothy 6:17-19) not just with the things of the flesh but the things of both the flesh and the spirit.

You said and wrongly so:"When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25) "

God does not need our Help...It is we who needs His help. As a servant, we follow his commands in obedience not help him out out of the goodness of our heart.

"Help" is used 126 time in 117 verses  in the KJV and not once does it say that We are to Help God!
Blade, my husband pointed out that because of how I worded the text, you have an opportunity that you took to twist what I said into something different, something you could use to feel offended....so here is a corrected version for you...God gives us good things so that we can show His Love by giving those things to those in need.

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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #74 on: July 04, 2021, 08:22:57 pm »
The Cure for Anxiety...
Matthew 6:25 ďThis is why I tell you: Donít worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isnít life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They donít sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Arenít you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height
  • by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they donít labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If thatís how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, wonít He do much more for youóyou of little faith? 31 So donít worry, saying, ĎWhat will we eat?í or ĎWhat will we drink?í or ĎWhat will we wear?í 32 For the idolaters[p] eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God[q] and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 
   When I first began looking at this teaching, I wondered what could be added to our understanding of such a simple truth, GOD is our PROVIDER.  It didnít take long to figure out that there was more to glean if we just looked.  So letís jump in.  Donít worry...we already talked about this and how we canít add anything to our lives by worrying.  (Luke 10:38-42; Luke 12:11; Philippians 4:6; I Peter 5:7)  Each of these passages deserves our full attention but there is more to get to so I will leave that to the reader. 
   We are not to worry about what to eat or drink.  Food and water are essential to life yet we are not to worry about them.  I remember the day our three oldest kids were young and we had left everything to follow Godís call on our life.  That particular day we had a can of green beans and a little bread and nothing more for three growing and hungry boys.  I know full well how hard it is to trust God with our daily bread, I have lived it many times over but I can also testify to how liberating it is to simply trust Him with our needs.  Didnít He send manna and quail?  (Exodus 15:22-16:1-36)  But Deuteronomy 8:3 puts a unique spin on the entire account when it says, (HCSB) He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  There was a greater purpose to God providing manna, quail, even water and that greater purpose was to teach the children of Israel that there is so much more to life than simple survival and that greater is God Himself and every word that He speaks.  Throughout scripture we see this teaching but it would seem we seldom spend time meditating on what it means. (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; I Corinthians 10:1-13) Consider I Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for Godís glory.  When we go back to the previous lessons, what we see is that it is about God NOT about us.  When we get this right, all things fall into place.  When we figure out that it is about God not about us and our fleshly needs we begin to seek God and when we seek Him and His Kingdom, ALL these things will be added.  (Matthew 6:33)
   Next we come to clothes, we are not to worry about what we will wear.  What a beautiful picture of the birds of the air and flowers of the field, some of each are so beautiful that it is hard to describe in words just how brilliant the colors, how clear the contrasts and compliments and yet we are more important than these.  Like the food and drink that is talking about more than just our fleshly needs, the clothes we wear is not just about the flesh.  We are to put on sackcloth and ashes.  In Biblical days, one used sackcloth and ashes to demonstrate their brokenness and repentance of the sins they had committed.  It was an outward show of an inward condition.  (Genesis 37:34)  When we wash our clothes in the blood of the Lamb, in other words come to Christ broken, in sackcloth and ashes for garments, He gives us a white robe, wedding clothes.  (Exodus 19:14; Matthew 22:12; Mark 9:3; I Peter 3:3; Revelation 3:4-18)  When we fail to grasp these concepts, it is because we lack faith. (Matthew 6:30)  When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25)
   So what then is the lesson...obviously the lesson is not to worry, but it is the why that is most intriguing to me.  Matthew 6:32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
First because God already knows what we need, even before we ask Him.  (Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 6:8; Philippians 4:19; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 9:8)  When we are able to shift our focus from the things of the flesh to the things of God we begin to discover freedom and life beyond our wildest dreams.  Itís about trust.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Secondly, He has made a promise to you and He will keep His promises.  That promise is that if you do shift your focus and seek Him and His Kingdom which is wherever the Spirit is, all these things, the food, drink, and clothes that the flesh needs will be given to you.  One of the ways God shows His Love to us is by being our Father, a Father that looks out for us and cares for us.  (Matthew 7:11; Psalms 84:11; Luke 11:13; Romans 8:32; James 1:17)
34 Therefore donít worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
And lastly, because today has enough struggle and difficulties, there is nothing beneficial from looking ahead to the struggles yet to come.  Focus in the moment of finding a way to glorify God in the current struggle and let that struggle yet to come be dealt with when God takes you to that moment.  (John 16:33; John 14:27; John 15:18; Acts 14:22; Romans 8:37) Trusting God to be the provider of all that is good,  (I Timothy 6:17-19) not just with the things of the flesh but the things of both the flesh and the spirit.

You said and wrongly so:"When we go back to previously taught lessons, we also see that as Godís ambassadors, it is up to us to help Him by providing food, water, clothing to the least. (Matthew 25) "

God does not need our Help...It is we who needs His help. As a servant, we follow his commands in obedience not help him out out of the goodness of our heart.

"Help" is used 126 time in 117 verses  in the KJV and not once does it say that We are to Help God!

Blade, my husband pointed out that because of how I worded the text, you have an opportunity that you took to twist what I said into something different, something you could use to feel offended....so here is a corrected version for you...God gives us good things so that we can show His Love by giving those things to those in need.

you said:"Blade, my husband pointed out that because of how I worded the text, "

Lori, you are a teacher of the WORD of GOD...If you word it wrong, then the people listening to your wording will remember it....Will it steer them in the wrong direction, I don't know?

I spoke those words not to twist it into something else but to as I said, to enhance....My apologies to your and your husband for interfering with your teaching of the Word of GOD..

Blade
1 Cor 15:3-4.."For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Acts 17:11.."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #75 on: July 05, 2021, 11:21:41 am »
you said:"Blade, my husband pointed out that because of how I worded the text, "

Lori, you are a teacher of the WORD of GOD...[/quote] please show me where I taught anything to anyone????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I simply did a study and presented it as per what God showed me...if you learn something that is between you and God.
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If you word it wrong, then the people listening to your wording will remember it....Will it steer them in the wrong direction, I don't know?
so after praying and talking to my husband we decided that I was right in the wording. 

So let me lay it out for you....I used the word ambassador which is a word scripture uses, I could have just as easily used the word slave...which by the way you left out of your critic and my husband wonders if you leave out important words in what I say, are you doing the same in scripture to disagree with scripture...oh well that you will have to decide in prayer.  So what does a servant/slave/ambassador do?  The obey their Master, right?  In obeying their Master, what are they doing?  They are helping the Master with whatever task they are given...iow's as ambassadors of Christ, we are helping Him to spread the gospel of Love when we give to the poor...just like I said...if you want to take on the question of whether or not God needs us, let me know, that is a different discussion but one I can show you in scripture if you decide to learn something.
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I spoke those words not to twist it into something else but to as I said, to enhance....My apologies to your and your husband for interfering with your teaching of the Word of GOD..

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Blade, where did I teach anything?  I posted scriptures it's a directed bible study...if any learning happened it was purely God...if any lack of learning, it is pride and arrogance that prevented it because it is just scripture after scripture after scripture....btw, I notice you didn't answer my question about Colossians and what was missing in Christ's afflictions, it really is amazingly beautiful if you take the time to look into it.

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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #76 on: July 06, 2021, 04:02:54 pm »
Do Not Judge...
Matthew 7:7 ďDo not judge, so that you wonít be judged. 2 For with the judgment you use,[a] you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck in your brotherís eye but donít notice the log in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ĎLet me take the speck out of your eye,í and look, thereís a log in your eye? 5 Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brotherís eye. 6 Donít give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.
   Most of this teaching seems like common sense, at least till we get to the last line of it.  Then suddenly it seems like it doesnít fit that maybe we got something wrong.  Jesus starts out by telling us that we are not to judge.  The Websterís dictionary definition that would fit here is: one who gives an authoritative opinion.  Thereís an old saying that opinions are a dime a dozen.  People as a general rule want to be heard and what they want heard is their opinions because their opinions are in their own mind truth that should not be challenged.  It happens all the time in all different walks of life.  Politics is a big one where we see it.  The political view of the one speaking is assumed by the speaker to be true and there is no compromise in their one mind.  It isnít just politics or theology or even religion where this happens.  Unfortunately it also happens when it comes to the character or nature of a person.  Jesus warns us against judging others.  The reason He gives us for not judging is because if we judge others, we also will be judged. 
   As an elementary teacher by trade, one of my pet beliefs is that kids are in the classroom way way too long.  I am so passionate about this that when I taught my own kids, I would use anything, even play time that I could use to justify time in class so that their education fit the government guidelines but was on my terms of understanding of what is a good education.  Anyone who knows me at all knows how strictly I hold to the idea that kids spend too much time in formal education and yet someone close to me once accused me of putting my kids in school all day long and even past bedtime...lol.  The judgment of me was not based on anything that even resembled my beliefs and passion and yet the judgment was made, as unbelievable as it was.  Jesus warns us here that if we judge others, we will be judged by the same judgments.  In other words, the person who judged me on emotion rather than facts will himself be judged on emotions rather than facts.  It is a hard lesson to learn to be sure especially in the heat of battle so to speak when our emotions are going crazy and we want to hurt the other person and so we make judgments to do harm, never thinking about the harm that will come to us as a result. (Romans 2:1) If we take the time to consider what is wise, we will refrain from judging others.  First, we ourselves are not without sin. (John 8:7)  Even non active things can be sin if we allow our thoughts to venture where they should not go. (Matthew 5:28; Proverbs 6:25)  Sometimes, in the heat of our emotional judgments, we speak out of our own sin, our own jealousy and covetous desires. (Exodus 20:17)  In fact, instead of judging, we are to forgive. (Luke 6:37) God is our judge and is the only one qualified to judge. (John 8:15-16; I Corinthians 10:29; Luke 12:57; Acts 4:19; I Corinthians 4:5; John 7:24; Romans 14:3)  Thus we also need to guard ourselves against manís judgments of us. (Colossians 2:16; Romans 14:22) 
   Measuring is somewhat different from judgment.  When we measure another we have a ruler or guide for which we use.  For example, there are a set of rules in the classroom.  If your behavior does not conform to the rules, you are measured and found wanting.  (Daniel 5:27) but again, this is something that God should do. (Job 31:6; Proverbs 16:2; Proverbs 21:2; I Samuel 2:3; I Samuel 16:7; Ephesians 4:7)  This does not mean that we cannot correct someone caught in sin, it simply means there is a right way and wrong way to do so. (Galatians 6:1; Psalms 141:5; I Corinthians 2:15; II Corinthians 2:7; Matthew 18:15)  Again, whatever measure we use on others will be used on us so make sure it is a measure you can and are living by. (Mark 4:24)
   Jesus' teaching goes on to say that the judges among us are hypocrites.  The Pharisees were being so legalistic with the people that they put unnecessary burdens on them because they thought that it was their job and right to judge and measure what they themselves were not willing to live by. (Matthew 23:4; Luke 11:46) The Pharisees were not the only ones who were hypocrites, all who judge are hypocrites according to Jesus teaching here.  (Romans 2:1; Matthew 23:31-33)  If you must measure, be sure to make it a measure you yourself can measure up to. (Mark 4:24; Romans 7:13) We can remain pure by examining ourselves not others with sober judgment, (Romans 12:3; II Corinthians 13:5; Lamentations 3:40; I Corinthians 9:27; I Corinthians 11:28; Psalms 17:3; Psalms 26:2; Psalms 119:59; Psalms 139:23-24; Psalms 19:12) through the power of the Living God who reveals to us where we ourselves fall short. (Psalms 143:10; Psalms 51:2; Psalms 90:8; I Thessalonians 2:4; Job 31:6)  Until or unless we allow God to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, we cannot even begin to help our brother (or sister in Christ) who might not meet up to our desired height of righteousness or idealism.
   Then comes the line that gives so much trouble.  Donít give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.
If we read the sentence using common literary rules for comprehension we see that holy and pearls are referring to the same thing.  Just like dogs and pigs are both referring to the same thing.  So what is holy?  Holy is that which is hallowed, sacred, or sanctified.  God is holy, (Revelation 4:8; Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 6:3) and everything that is of God is holy. (Exodus 3:5; Joshua 5:15; Acts 7:33; Mark 6:20; Mark 8:38; Luke 1:72)  There are a couple of different ways dogs are used but the one that seems to fit here is that of a dog being an evil person. (Philippians 3:1-11) So donít put what is holy before evil men and women.  In the case of this teaching, donít put correction before men and women who are evil and want to do evil because they will simply return to that evil as a dog returns to his vomit or a washed pig returns to the mud.  Only God can change a heart and thus judge in such a way as to cleanse the one in sin.  (II Peter 2:22; Revelation 22:15) There are many passages that talk about a foolish man not adhering to Godís correction or wise counsel, some I found especially interesting. (Proverbs 9:8-9; Proverbs 1:5; Proverbs 10:8, 18-19, 21;  and 14; Ecclesiastes 10:12; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 26: 7, 8, 11,12, 17, 20, 21, 23; Psalms 39:8; Proverbs 1:7 and 32; Proverbs 13:19; Proverbs 14:8 and 9; Proverbs 16:22; Ecclesiastes 5:1)

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