The Sabbath-New Testament


For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”[AMP, Matthew 12:8]

Now when evening came, after the sun had set [and the Sabbath Day had ended, in a steady stream] they were bringing to Him all who were sick and those who were under the power of demons,[AMP, Matthew 1:32]

Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath [and He has authority over it].”[AMP, Mark 2:27-28]

So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.[AMP, Luke 4:16]

While the sun was setting [marking the end of theSabbath day], all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them [exhibiting His authority as Messiah].[AMP, Luke 4:40]

Jesus was saying to them, “The Son of Man (the Messiah) is Lord [even] of the Sabbath.”[AMP, Luke 6:5]

Now it was on a Sabbath day that Jesus made the mud and opened the man’s eyes.[AMP, John 9:14]

Therefore let no one judge you in regard to food and drink or in regard to [the observance of] a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. Such things are only a shadow of what is to come and they have only symbolic value; but the substance [the reality of what is foreshadowed] belongs to Christ.[AMP, Colossians 2:16-17]

So there remains a [full and complete] Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has once entered His rest has also rested from [the weariness and pain of] his [human] labors, just as God rested from [those labors uniquely] His own.[AMP, Hebrews 4:9-10]

 

The Sabbath-Old Testament


“Remember the Sabbath (seventh) day to keep it holy (set apart, dedicated to God).“Remember the Sabbath (seventh) day to keep it holy (set apart, dedicated to God).[AMP, Exodus 20:8]

but the seventh day is a Sabbath [a day of rest dedicated] to the Lord your God; on that day you shall not do any work, you or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock or the temporary resident (foreigner) who stays within your [city] gates.[AMP, Exodus 20:10]

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and everything that is in them, and He rested (ceased) on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy [that is, set it apart for His purposes].[AMP, Exodus 20:11]

“But as for you, say to the Israelites, ‘You shall most certainly observe My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you may know [without any doubt] and acknowledge that I am the Lord who sanctifies you and sets you apart [for Myself].[AMP, Exodus 31:13]

Therefore, you shall keep the Sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it must be put to death; for whoever does work on the Sabbath, that person (soul) shall be cut off from among his people [excluding him from the atonement made for them].[AMP, Exodus 31:14]

For six days work may be done, but the seventh is theSabbath of complete rest, sacred to the Lord; whoever does work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.[AMP, Exodus 31:15]

So the Israelites shall observe the Sabbath, to celebrate the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’[AMP, Exodus 31:16]

“You shall work for six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; [even] in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest [on the Sabbath].[AMP, Exodus 34:21]

“For six days work may be done, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of complete rest to the Lord; whoever does any kind of work on that day shall be put to death.[AMP, Exodus 35:2]

It is a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall humble yourselves; it is a permanent statute.[AMP, Leviticus 16:31]

Each of you shall respect his mother and his father, and you shall keep My Sabbaths; I am the Lord your God.[AMP, Leviticus 19:3]

You shall keep My Sabbaths and revere My sanctuary. I am the Lord.[AMP, Leviticus 19:30]

[ The Sabbath ] ‘For six days work may be done, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation (calling together). You shall not do any work [on that day]; it is the Sabbath of the Lord wherever you may be.[AMP, Leviticus 23:3]

“Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I am giving you, then the land shall keep a Sabbath to the Lord.[AMP, Leviticus 25:2]

You shall keep My Sabbaths and have reverence for My sanctuary. I am the Lord.[AMP, Leviticus 26:2]

‘Observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy (set apart, dedicated to God), as the Lord your God commanded you.[AMP, Deuteronomy 5:12]

but the seventh day is a Sabbath [a day of rest dedicated] to the Lord your God; on that day you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock or the stranger who stays inside your [city] gates, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.[AMP, Deuteronomy 5:14]

You shall remember [with thoughtful concern] that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.[AMP, Deuteronomy 5:15]

“Blessed (happy, fortunate) is the man who does this, And the son of man who takes hold of it, Who keeps theSabbath without profaning it, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”[AMP, Isaiah 56:2]

“If you turn back your foot from unnecessary travel on] the Sabbath,
From doing your own pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a [spiritual] delight, and the holy day of theLord honorable,
And honor it, not going your own way
Or engaging in your own pleasure
Or speaking your own [idle] words,

Then you will take pleasure in the Lord,
And I will make you ride on the high places of the earth,
And I will feed you with the [promised] heritage of Jacob your father;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”[AMP, Isaiah 58:13-14]

You shall not carry a load out of your houses on theSabbath day nor do any work, but keep the Sabbath day holy [by setting it apart as a day of worship], as I commanded your fathers.[AMP, Jeremiah 17:22]

I gave them My statutes and explained My ordinances to them, which, if a man keeps, he will live. Also I gave them My Sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know [without any doubt] that I am the Lord who sanctifies them (separates and sets them apart). But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness. They did not walk in My statutes and they despised and rejected My ordinances, which, if a man keeps, he will live; and they greatly profaned My Sabbaths. Then I decided to pour out My wrath on them in the wilderness, to annihilate them.[AMP, Ezekiel 20:11-13]

 

The Tongue


Some of the things that God’s Word says about the tongue…

Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit.(AMP, Psalm 34:13)

The mouth of the righteous proclaims wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice and truth.(AMP, Psalm 37:30)

I said, “I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will muzzle my mouth While the wicked are in my presence.”(AMP, Psalm 39:1)

“You give your mouth to evil And your tongue frames deceit.(AMP, Psalm 50:19)

Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.(AMP, Psalm 52:2)

I cried aloud to Him; He was highly praised with my tongue.(AMP, Psalm 66:17)

The tongue of the righteous is like precious silver (greatly valued); The heart of the wicked is worth little.(AMP, Proverbs 10:20)

The mouth of the righteous flows with [skillful and godly] wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.(AMP, Proverbs 10:31)

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.(AMP, Proverbs 12:18)

A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a tree of life, But a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm and depress] crushes the spirit.(AMP, Proverbs 15:4)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.(AMP, Proverbs 18:21)

He who guards his mouth and his tongue Guards himself from troubles.(AMP, Proverbs 21:23)

“Their tongue is a murderous arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor, But in his heart he lays traps and waits in ambush for him.(AMP, Jeremiah 9:8)

 In the same sense, the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See [by comparison] how great a forest is set on fire by a small spark! And the tongue is [in a sense] a fire, the very world of injustice and unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our members as that which contaminates the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life [the cycle of man’s existence], and is itself set on fire by hell (Gehenna). For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and sea creatures, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the human tongue; it is a restless evil [undisciplined, unstable], full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way [for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts].(AMP, James 3:5-10)

Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words].(AMP, 1 John 3:18)

Gossip


What God’s Word says about gossip…

A perverse man spreads strife, And one who gossips separates intimate friends.(AMP, Proverbs 16:28)

You shall not go around as a gossip among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor [with slander or false testimony]; I am the Lord.(AMP, Leviticus 19:16)

And when one comes to see me, he speaks empty words, While his heart gathers malicious gossip [against me]; When he goes away, he tells it [everywhere].(AMP, Psalm 41:6)

He who goes about as a gossip reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy and faithful keeps a matter hidden.(AMP, Proverbs 11:13)

A perverse man spreads strife, And one who gossips separates intimate friends.(AMP, Proverbs 16:28)

He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, But he who repeats or gossips about a matter separates intimate friends.(AMP, Proverbs 17:9)

The words of a whisperer (gossip) are like dainty morsels [to be greedily eaten]; They go down into the innermost chambers of the body [to be remembered and mused upon].(AMP, Proverbs 18:8)

He who goes about as a gossip reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with a gossip [who talks freely or flatters].(AMP, Proverbs 20:19)

For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer [who gossips], contention quiets down.(AMP, Proverbs 26:20)

The words of a whisperer (gossip) are like dainty morsels [to be greedily eaten]; They go down into the innermost chambers of the body [to be remembered and mused upon].(AMP, Proverbs 26:22)

Now at the same time, they also learn to be idle as they go from house to house; and not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies [meddlers in things that do not concern them], talking about things they should not mention.(AMP, 1 Timothy 5:13)

 

Proverbs: Parents and Children


Wisdom for both parents and children…

A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish [stubborn] son [who refuses to learn] is a grief to his mother. (AMP, Proverbs 10:1)

A wise son heeds and accepts [and is the result of] his father’s discipline and instruction,
But a scoffer does not listen to reprimand and does not learn from his errors.(AMP, Proverbs 13:1)

He who withholds the rod [of discipline] hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines and trains him diligently and appropriately [with wisdom and love].(AMP, Proverbs 13:24)

A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.(AMP, Proverbs 15:20)

He who becomes the parent of a fool [who is spiritually blind] does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool [who is spiritually blind] has no joy.(AMP, Proverbs 17:21)

A foolish son is a grief and anguish to his father
And bitterness to her who gave birth to him.(AMP, Proverbs 17:25)

A foolish (ungodly) son is destruction to his father,…(AMP, Proverbs 19:13a)

Discipline and teach your son while there is hope,
And do not [indulge your anger or resentment by imposing inappropriate punishment nor] desire his destruction.(AMP, Proverbs 19:18)

He who assaults his father and chases away his mother
Is a son who brings shame and disgrace.(AMP, Proverbs 19:26)

Whoever curses his father or his mother,
His lamp [of life] will be extinguished in time of darkness.(AMP, Proverbs 20:20)

Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents],
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.(AMP, Proverbs 22:6)

Do not withhold discipline from the child;
If you swat him with a reed-like rod [applied with godly wisdom], he will not die. You shall swat him with the reed-like rod
And rescue his life from Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead).(AMP, Proverbs 23:13-14)

Listen to your father, who sired you,
And do not despise your mother when she is old.(AMP, Proverbs 23:22)

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And he who sires a wise child will have joy in him.(AMP, Proverbs 23:24)

Let your father and your mother be glad,
And let her who gave birth to you rejoice [in your wise and godly choices].(AMP, Proverbs 23:25)

The rod and reproof (godly instruction) give wisdom,
But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.(AMP, Proverbs 29:15)

Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;
Yes, he will delight your soul.(AMP, Proverbs 29:17)

 

Easter: Eggs-Bunnies-Chicks


Easter Cross Backdrop 3 | Backdrops BeautifulChapter 11: Jesus appears.

And the angel answered and said to the women,

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. [KJV, Matthew 12:40]

From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. [KJV, Matthew 16:21]

And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. [KJV, Mark 8:31]

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: [KJV, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4]

The true meaning of Easter is about Jesus and how He died for our sins and rose from the dead, not as a spirit but truly alive. However, it does not state in the Bible a festival called “Easter” as being observed or celebrated.

The Easter that is celebrated today is full of bunnies, baby chicks, and eggs. These are all symbols of fertility. The symbols of fertility are associated with a pagan celebration to worship and honor Ishtar [Astarte, Inanna, Asherah, Asheroth, Ashtoreth, Ashtaroth, Isis]; the goddess of sex, love, fertility, and war.

Ishtar is defined as the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love and war, identified with the Phoenician Astarte, the Semitic Ashtoreth, and the Sumerian Inanna. Ishtar was known as the guardian of harlots, as well as the priestess of virgins which were not to marry. She was said to be a moody god; showing love or vengeance.

The Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, Eostre, who may have been connected to Ishtar, is speculated as inspiring the name of Easter.

Resources:

Ishtar. (2014, April 23). New World Encyclopedia, . Retrieved 13:12, March 12, 2016 from http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/p/index.php?title=Ishtar&oldid=980616.

ishtar. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 12, 2016 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/ishtar

What I Have Learned…


Older men:
Be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, sound in love, and sound in patience.

Older women:
Be reverent, do not slander, do not be given to much wine, teach good things, instruct young women.

Young women:
Love your husband and children, be discreet, be chaste, be homemakers, be good, be obedient to your husband.

Young men:
Be sober-minded, show yourself to be a pattern of good works, showing integrity –  reverence – incorruptibility – sound speech.

Be obedient to your boss, be pleasing, do not answer back, do not pilfer, be honest.

Be subject to rulers and authorities, obey rulers and authorities, be ready for every good work, do not speak evil of anyone, be peaceable and gentle, showing humility to all men.

Maintain good works
Avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law.

What I Have Learned…


Pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with true believers.

Do not quarrel; be gentle to all

Turn away from those who are: lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.

We have a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind given to us by God.

What I Have Learned….


There may not be anyone who sees or knows of my sin, but God sees and knows all of my unconfessed sins (even the ones I myself am not aware of). My sin is not against man, but it is against God. I must take responsibility for my own sin, not blaming others, admit and acknowledge what I have done, be truly sorry for it from my heart, turn away from it, confess it to the Lord and receive His forgiveness, the sin is then gone and I am wiped clean of it.(Psalms 49-54)

Every creature of God is good; nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving.

Treat older men as fathers and younger men as brothers. Treat older women as mothers and younger women as sisters. Honor true widows (60 and above in age).

Do not receive an accusation against an elder, without it coming from two to three witnesses.

Elders keep yourselves pure. Use a little wine for the stomach and infirmities.

Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.

Be content with food and clothing. If rich,   do not trust in riches (trust in God), do good, be ready to give, be willing to share, storing up for the things of eternal life (not storing up for this temporal life on earth).

What I Have Learned…


Make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanks for all men.

Make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanks for all kings and those who are in authority.

Men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or doubting.

Women wear modest clothing [with proper behavior/manners-avoiding extremes or excessess], without braided hair, gold, pearls, or costly clothing.

Women submit while learning in silence.

Women do not teach or have authority over men;remain in silence.

Women continue in faith, love, holiness, and self-control.