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« Reply #72 on: August 16, 2023, 03:43:36 PM »

Gen 32:6-7 . . The messengers returned to Jacob, saying: We came to your
brother Esau, and furthermore he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men
are with him. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed

Long story short: roughly twenty years previous, Jacob tricked his father Isaac into
giving him a blessing intended for Esau; which caused bad blood between the

Gen 27:41-42 . . So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing
with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said to himself: The days of
mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.

But Jacob fled to the land of Rebecca's brother Laban before Esau had a chance to
act. So, here we are twenty years later and God has ordered Jacob to return. So;
Jacob arranged a peace offering if perchance it might reconcile their differences.

Gen 32:13-15 . .Then he selected from what he had with him a present for his
brother Esau: two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes
and twenty rams, thirty milking camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls,
twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.

God did something similar with us; only in reverse, viz: in our situation God the
offended party would be Esau, and we the offending party would be Jacob; only it
would be God reaching out with a peace offering instead of Jacob and the offering
would've really gone the extra mile because God offered us His own next of kin, i.e.
His one and only heir apparent; thus proving how anxious God is to restore peace
between Himself and mankind.

John 3:16-17 . . For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did
not send His son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be
spared through him.

1John 4:10 . . This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent
His son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

2Cor 5:18-19 . . God reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the
ministry of reconciliation, to wit: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in
Christ, not counting men's sins against them. (cf. Rom 5:10, 1Cor 5:18, and Col

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« Reply #73 on: August 17, 2023, 05:45:55 PM »
Why Jesus Was Baptized

Matt 3:13-15 . .Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by
John. But John tried to deter him, saying: I need to be baptized by you, and do you
come to me? Jesus replied: Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all
righteousness. Then John consented.

An important point worth noting is that everything Jesus did, it was to please his
Father. (John 8:29)

Also, Jesus did nothing on his own initiative. His daily itinerary was planned for him
(John 6:38 and John 8:28). In other words: Jesus was micro managed.

However, John's baptism was unto repentance (Matt 3:11). This is curious because
according to Isa 53:9, John 8:29, 2Cor 5:21, Heb 4:15, 1Pet 2:22, and 1John 3:9;
Jesus committed no sins of his own; and as he always pleased his Father, then
there was never a time when Jesus needed to ponder his life's direction and think
about turning from evil and returning to God.

Another of John's purposes is stated in Malachi 4:6 wherein is said:

"See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of The
Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts
of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse."

* John wasn't the actual Elijah in person, but he was close enough. (Matt 11:14)

Now according to Luke 2:51, Jesus was a good son; so he didn't need correction in
that area.

The actual reason for Jesus' baptism is very simple: his Father required it. Even if
Jesus didn't know the reason why God wanted him to submit to John's baptism, it
was the right thing for Jesus to do at the time because it was God's will; just as
baptizing Israel was the right thing for John to do at the time because it was God's
will. Both men were acting in compliance with God's directions. (John 14:31)

Elsewhere; in Luke 2:22-24 is says:

"When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses,
they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to The Lord, just as it is written in
the law of The Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the
Lord," and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in
accordance with the dictate in the law of The Lord."

The birds were for Jesus' mom. Some folks try to use that passage to prove that
she was a sinner, but that's kind of a reckless assumption seeing as how whether
she was a sinner or not, the birds still had to be offered because it's a requirement,
i.e. the right thing to do.

Obedience fulfills righteousness, e.g. Eph 6:1 where it's said:

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right."

* Dystopian societies-- e.g. Communist China --tend to ban religions like
Christianity because one of their means of control is to turn children against their
parents. This particular management practice was put into full swing during the
Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao Zedong back in the era 1966-1976.

NOTE: Efforts to remove parents from parenting are gaining ground in the USA,
e.g. a minor child's right to doctor/patient confidentiality, and school sanctioned
transgender influences going on with kids without their parents' knowledge.

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« Reply #74 on: August 18, 2023, 03:49:10 PM »
Why Christianity's Human Sacrifice Isn't Wrong

God's codified law per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy is very
narrow, viz: any human sacrifice-- whether consenting or non consenting --is illegal
because none are specified.

Deut 4:2 . .You shall not add anything to what I command you or take anything
away from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I enjoin upon

Deut 5:29-30 . . Be careful, then, to do as the Lord your God has commanded you.
Do not turn aside to the right or to the left: follow only the path that the Lord your
God has enjoined upon you.

However: the codified law isn't retroactive (Deut 5:2-4, Rom 4:15, Rom 5:13, Gal
3:17) This is extremely important because Jesus was designated, and scheduled, to
give his life a sacrifice for the sins of the world not only prior to God's codified law,
but also prior to God creating even a single atom for the current cosmos. (1Pet
1:18-21 & Rev 13:8)

In other words: Christ wasn't an EMT sent to a train wreck; no, he was on the way
before rails for the train were even laid. (Gal 4:4)

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« Reply #75 on: August 19, 2023, 02:26:08 PM »
Jesus' Posterity 

According to Isa 53:8, Jesus left behind no one to carry on his name.

FAQ: What is meant by Isa 53:10 wherein it says: "He will see his offspring"

REPLY: The Hebrew word translated "offspring" basically means seed which, in
Jesus' situation, pertained to his crucifixion.

John 12:24 . . Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the
earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Wheat's fruit is sometimes referred to as progeny, i.e. offspring. (cf. Heb 2:10-14)

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« Reply #76 on: August 20, 2023, 04:57:18 PM »
Mercy vs Sacrifice

Matt 9:13a . . But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice.

In order to comply with Jesus' instructions; it's necessary to go back into the Old

Hos 6:4-6 . .What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears. Therefore I
cut you in pieces with my prophets, I slaughtered you with the words of my mouth;
My judgments flashed like lightning upon you. For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and
acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

Some folks have actually attempted to repeal the entire God-given book of Leviticus
with that verse. But that's not it.

In a nutshell; the people in Hosea's day were attempting to compensate for their
lack of the milk of human kindness with rituals.

Take for instance Israel's elite: the Pharisees. They were religious to the bone--
they offered all the required sacrifices, they observed all the holy days of obligation,
they paid their tithes and Temple taxes, and cooled their heels during the sabbath
day. But they were sorely lacking in virtues like sympathy, kindness, forgiveness,
generosity, courtesy, and compassion.

To put that in modern context: there are Christians at large so far out o
compliance with Jesus' instructions relative to one's neighbor that they'd honestly
be better off spending Sunday morning with a televised football game rather than
insulting God with their presence in church.

Mic 6:8 . . He has told you, O man, what is good-- and what does The Lord
require of you but to love kindness. (cf. Isa 1:1-20)

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« Reply #77 on: August 21, 2023, 03:54:52 PM »
2Macc 12:48-46

The story tells of a Jewish military commander's attempt to atone for his dead
soldiers' pagan amulets which he believed is a crime against God for Jews to wear.
So Judas Maccabeus passed the hat among his surviving men and collected about
2,000 silver drachmas which were sent to Jerusalem intended for a sacrifice to
expiate his dead men's sin so that it wouldn't jeopardize their resurrection.

The covenant that Moses' people agreed upon with God as per Exodus, Leviticus,
Numbers, and Deuteronomy is very narrow. There are no sacrifices stipulated in it
for expiating the unforgiven sins that people take with them over to the afterlife;
ergo: the very Law that Judas sought to appease makes it a crime to either amend,
embellish, add to, revise, edit, upgrade, update, or subtract from the covenant.

Deut 4:2 . .You shall not add anything to what I command you or take anything
away from it, but keep the commandments of The Lord your God that I enjoin upon

Deut 5:32-33 . . Be careful, therefore, to do as The Lord, your God, has
commanded you, not turning aside to the right or to the left, but following exactly
the way prescribed for you by The Lord, your God,

Deut 26:16 . . This day The Lord, your God, commands you to observe these
statutes and decrees. Be careful, then, to observe them with all your heart and with
all your soul.

Bottom line: What Judas did was just as pagan as the amulets that his men were
wearing when they died.

FAQ: Just because somebody's personal beliefs are recorded in the Bible does not
make their personal beliefs eo ipso truth. Judas believed it was possible for living
Jews to offer sacrifices for the unforgiven sins of deceased Jews. Is it? No;
absolutely not! Were it possible, then a procedure for that purpose would be
specified in the covenant.

Atonements for the dead fall into the category of sins of presumption; viz:
unauthorized behavior.

If 2Mcc 12:38-46 teaches anything at all it?s that the Israel of Judas Maccabeus?
day was spiritually decadent-- just as decadent as it was in the days of the Judges
when every man did that which was right in his own eyes rather than the eyes of
The Lord their God.

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« Reply #78 on: August 22, 2023, 04:39:43 PM »

Rom 8:15 . . For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again,
but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out: Abba!

Abba is neither Geek or Hebrew; it's an Aramaic word that means "father" in a
grammatically different sense than the usual Greek noun for father. It's "father' as
a filial vocative; for example:

When my son points me out to one of his friends and says: "That's my dad over
there" then his use of "dad" simply indicates how he and I are related. But when he
shouts: "Hey dad, I'm over here!" then his use of "dad" is a filial vocative because
he's addressing me personally to get my attention-- same noun; different sense.

FAQ: Should I be calling out to God to get His attention before I tell Him what's on
my mind?

REPLY: Personally I'm not comfortable talking to God like that so I let the Spirit do
it for me; for example:

Gal 4:6 . . God has sent forth the Spirit of His son into our hearts, crying: Abba!

In a nutshell; when I'm ready to speak with God, the Spirit gets His attention for
me, i.e. the Spirit alerts my father in Heaven that I'm looking for Him.

Rom 8:26-27 . .The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we
ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words
cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.


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