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Joel 3

2 I will also gather all nations,   
        comment: The Lord is directing to every nation of the Earth                             
And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
        comment: The Valley of Jehoshaphat was when King Jehoshaphat prayed to God and God gave him the victory
        without they fighting.  Three nations plot together against them and they end up killing each other.
And I will enter into judgment with them there
On account of My people, My heritage Israel,
        comment: The whole nation of Israel, not just Judah.
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
They have also divided up My land.
         comment: The Nations had divided God’s land.
They have cast lots for My people,
Have given a boy as payment for a harlot,
And sold a girl for wine, that they may drink.
   
      comment: Young children of Israel sold

“Indeed, what have you to do with Me,
O Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia?
       comment: Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia took the gold and silver from God’s temple
Will you retaliate against Me?
But if you retaliate against Me,
Swiftly and speedily I will return your retaliation upon your own head;
        comment: Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia took the gold and silver from God’s temple
Because you have taken My silver and My gold,
And have carried into your temples My prized possessions.
Also the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem
You have sold to the Greeks,
        comment: Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks to take their land.
That you may remove them far from their borders.

“Behold, I will raise them
Out of the place to which you have sold them,
And will return your retaliation upon your own head.
I will sell your sons and your daughters
        comment: Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia were sold by the Jews to the Sabeans

Into the hand of the people of Judah,
And they will sell them to the Sabeans,
       comment: Eventually many Sabeans emigrated as far as China and Spain ( http://phoenicia.org/sabaeans.html )
To a people far off;
For the Lord has spoken.”
        comment: God has spoken.  It’s like adding His signature and what He has said.

12 “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
       comment: This will happen at the right time.  The harvest is symbol of God’s taking and hiding
his people from the suffering coming to the world.
Come, go down;
For the winepress is full,
The vats overflow—
For their wickedness is great.”
      comment: The Lord will come when there is too much wickedness to bear.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and moon will grow dark,

     That is the same sign of Joel for the last days..
And the stars will diminish their brightness.

In the story of the dinner where the woman anoints Jesus with an expensive perfume, only one of the gospels writers identifies the woman.  This is John, the last of the gospels.  The book was written much later than the rest.

He is not ashamed of Mary.   John 11:1-2 (1Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.))

The other writers pretend not to know the woman, probably because of her condition of sinful woman as described by Luke in Luke 7:37. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.” They don’t even mention the resurrection of Lazarus.  How could they forget such event.

They were probably protecting Mary as well as Lazarus from the Pharisees, considering that the Pharisees wanted to kill Lazarus and Jesus and Mary was a sinner to them.  Those gospels do not mention Nicodemus or the blind man who was blind by birth either.  At the time the gospel of John was written, all these people were death.  I guess, it was safe to talk about it.

But, maybe Judas  The Iscariot disproved the friendship between Jesus and the sinful woman.

Judas couldn’t accept Mary’s conversion.  He never really believed Jesus.  He turned to the side of the Pharisees.  He thought like they did.

Judas took the decision to deliver The Lord, just right after the dinner in the house of Simon.

Jesus not only favoured the woman with his parable of the two debtors, but he also accepted her anointing and besides he forgave her sins in presence of Simon and everyone who was there.  Right after, Judas took the decision of handing out The Lord to The Pharisees.  Peter also denies Jesus after he was taken by the High Priest.  All the apostles left Jesus alone, except John.  They were afraid, depressed.  They were hopeless.  They doubted.

This was only two days before the Passover.

According to The Gospel of Mary, Mary was present the night of the Passover dinner.  That was when The Lord told Judas to do what he was going to do.  Judas just went and delivered The Master to the Pharisees.

This probably did not scandalized all the apostles, but Judas.  And probably it was one of the reasons why most of the Apostles left Jesus alone and doubted of Jesus as their Messiah while he was being crucified.  They saw Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion as the end to all their dreams of glory.

The reason I say this is because later, Judas regretted what he did saying “I had delivered innocent blood.”  At some point he thought Jesus was guilty of something.

What is the reason for going to a church?

  • To bring up the kingdom of God (This is the main theme of Jesus Christ).
    Where God is king, everything goes well.
  • To meet other like-minded people and operate with them as one body (one family).
  1. They will remind you Jesus mission.
  2. They will help you to stay focus on it
  3. They will be your partners on accomplishing it.
  • To give by grace what you had received by grace ( Salvation, forgiveness, love, peace and hope ).
  • To make new disciples to continue the mission.
  • For the church to empower you and for you to empower the church  into taking the gospel to everyone.
    Not everyone will believe, but everyone needs to hear it.  The sewer of the story through the seeds on all types of soil.

What is real worshiping?

  • True worshiping is to honor God by obeying His words.
  • It’s to meditate on His words and commandments and fear His judgment.
  • It’s to remain calm in the midst of trouble knowing that He is good, He Almighty and He is in charge.
  • It’s to give thanks on every circumstance because whatever happens, it will work for good.
  • It’s to say God is good, not because you must say it, but because you know it.

The hypocrisy of traditional religion establishes that when someone falls, everyone goes against him(her).  I guess that is what the questions is about.

Here comes the point that there is a difference between being wounded and being death.  The church is supposed to heal the wounded and bury the death.

But who are the death in church?  Those whose hearts are bad and won’t give any good fruit, but rather would destroy the rest.  Their hearts are corrupted with evil (They lie, they consent it, they care more about men opinions than God’s) .  They should not be part of the church.  We have an example in Acts 5 about the couple who lied to The Spirit.

On the other hand, the wounded are those who got hurt by other people sins, weakness, etc and given the right treatment, they will get healed.  Their hearts are not corrupted.   Their corruption is just in appearance.  Once they understand they did wrong, they will repent and gain forgiveness.

This is true in most good Christians.

But do the church kills the wounded instead of just burying the death?  As a human institution the church suffers the same weaknesses we suffer.  And yes, times are when the wounded are buried and the death are leading.

But one thing remains true, God is in charge and those who are alive will heal and those who are death will remain death.

Justice

Justice

So many sinners (people doing bad under the name of God) getting thides and leading the church of Christ.  

In other times, to be a religious leader did not represent wealth or earthly reward whatsoever.  At that time, only true Christian will try to lead the church.  But when the church becomes powerful and highly rewards its leaders, leadership becomes appealing even to all sort or money seekers without any sincere conversion.

This does not mean that there is no true leadership within the church.  It only means that the good days has brought a crisis of some bad leaders.

Jesus die for the true.  Christian should stand for the true and take away all those bad leaders who are a shame for the church of Christ.  They are killing the sheep for which our Lord Jesus died.

Do not gossip about a pastor that does evil in the church.  If you are sure that you are telling the true, tell the elders.  If they are equally bad, expose them publicly.  If nobody wants to do what is right, go to another church, but serve God.

Often you see that two or more Christian denominations have a very different point of view about the same subject.  They both claim to base their arguments in the bible.

And I will tell you, this is true.  They are both based in the scriptures.  Does this means the bible contradict itself?

To your surprise, I will tell you, the bible does not contradict itself.  The bible could be complex to outsiders because it speaks of the relationship of God and his people.

Let’s use this example.   Some denominations affirm that Jesus is God, others that he is not God, and some will say that he is the only God.

This three groups have a sincere conviction on what they are saying.   They all support these affirmation with scriptures. Continue Reading »

Slaves of Love

If you noticed when people are reading the bible, some even change their way of speaking.

Slaves of Love

Slaves of Love

What are they actually thinking? I was there too.

Then I realized Jesus was not like that. The Pharisees were like that.

They saw a God that was so high, too high to touch their lives. They tried to be good with all their strength. But, there was no way they could. But they thought they were good and even that they were following the law of God.  And what was worst, they thought they were better than other people. Continue Reading »

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