HE IS RISEN! Happy Easter!

[COLOR=Blue]The Glory of the Risen Christ!

When anyone considers the glorious person and finished work of Jesus Christ and then rejects Him, there can only be one explanation. The god of this world (Satan) has blinded their minds to keep them from seeing the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:4). Following are the spiritual blessings the Lord Jesus Christ offers to those who repent and trust Him alone for eternal life.

He provided the only way for sinners to be saved (Acts 4:12).

He testified to the truth. Those who seek the truth listen to Him (John 18:37).

He is the truth for those who are deceived (John 8:31-32; 14:6).

He is the life for those who are dead in sin (John 14:6).

He is the only way to the Father for those who are lost (John 14:6).

He gave His life as a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28).

He died for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6).

He died for sins, once for all, to bring His people to God (1 Peter 3:18).

He bore the sin of His people in His body on a tree (1 Peter 2:24).

He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice to God (Eph. 5:2).

He purifies all sins with His precious blood (1 John 1:7).

He became sin for His people so they could become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).

He forgives all the sins of every believer (Col. 2:13-14).

He reconciles believers to God, changing their relationship from enmity to peace (Eph. 2:14-18).

He completely satisfied divine justice for the sins of His people (1 John 2:2).

He redeems believers from the power of sin (Gal. 3:10-14).

He justifies every believer by declaring them righteous forever (Rom. 3::23-25, Heb. 10:14).

He puts away the sins of every believer and will never take them into account (Heb. 9:26; Rom. 4:6-8).

He saves every believer from judgment and condemnation in the eternal fire of hell (John 3:18, 5:24).

He delivers every believer from the kingdom of darkness into His glorious kingdom of light (Col. 1:13).

He promises to glorify every believer and has given them the gift of eternal life which can never be lost or revoked (Rom. 8:30; 11:29).

May He receive all glory, honor and praise today and forever!

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March 31, 2013 Bible Reading

March 31

Reading for Today:

Deuteronomy 23:1–24:22

Psalm 39:1-6

Proverbs 13:1-3

Luke 5:17-39

Notes:

Psalm 39:5- handbreadths. He measures the length of his life with the smallest popular measuring unit of ancient times (1 Kin. 7:26); see “four fingers” (i.e., about 2.9in.) in Jeremiah 52:21. and my age is as nothing before You. On “measuring” God’s age, see Psalm 90:2. vapor. For the same Hebrew word, see Ecclesiastes 1:2ff., “vanity” (a total of 31 occurrences of this term are in Eccl.); Psalm 144:4. On the concept in the New Testament, see James 4:14.

Luke 5:26- strange things. The response is curiously noncommittal—not void of wonder and amazement, but utterly void of true faith.

Luke 5:30- eat and drink. Consorting with outcasts on any level—even merely speaking to them—was bad enough. Eating and drinking with them implied a level of friendship that was abhorrent to the Pharisees (7:34; 15:2; 19:7).

Luke 5:33- fast often. Jesus did fast on at least one occasion (Mat. 4:2)—but privately, in accordance with His own teaching (Matt. 6:16-18). The law also prescribed a fast on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:29-31; 23:27)—but all other fasts were supposed to be voluntary, for specific reasons such as penitence and earnest prayer. The fact that these Pharisees raised this question shows that they thought of fasting as a public exercise to display one’s own spirituality. Yet, the Old Testament also rebuked hypocritical fasting (Is. 58:3-6).

DAY 31: What does Deuteronomy 24:1–4 say about divorce and remarriage?

This passage does not command, commend, condone, or even suggest divorce. Rather, it recognizes that divorce occurs and permits it only on restricted grounds. The case presented here is designed to convey the fact that divorcing produced defilement. Notice the following sequence:

if a man finds an uncleanness (some impurity or something vile, see 23:14) in his wife, other than adultery, which was punished by execution (see 22:22);

if he legally divorces her (although God hates divorce, as Mal. 2:16 says; He has designed marriage for life, as Gen. 2:24 declares; and He allowed divorce because of hard hearts, as Matt. 19:8 reveals);

if she then marries another man;

if the new husband then dies or divorces her, then that woman could not return to her first husband (v. 4). This is so because she was “defiled” with such a defilement that is an abomination to the Lord and a sinful pollution of the Promised Land.

What constitutes that defilement? Only one thing is possible—she was defiled in the remarriage because there was no ground for the divorce. So when she remarried, she became an adulteress (Matt. 5:31, 32) and is thus defiled so that her former husband can’t take her back. Illegitimate divorce proliferates adultery.

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214, www.thomasnelson.com.

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March 30, 2013 Bible Reading

March 30

Reading for Today:

Deuteronomy 21:1–22:30

Psalm 38:9-22

Proverbs 12:26-28

Luke 5:1-16

Notes:

Deuteronomy 22:5- anything that pertains to a man…woman’s garment. Found only here in the Pentateuch, this statute prohibited a man from wearing any item of feminine clothing or ornamentation or a woman from wearing any item of masculine clothing or ornamentation. The same word translated “abomination” was used to describe God’s view of homosexuality (Lev. 18:22; 20:13). This instance specifically outlawed transvestism. The creation order distinctions between male and female were to be maintained without exception (Gen. 1:27).

Deuteronomy 22:22–29- Adultery was punished by death for the two found in the act. If the adulterous persons were a man with a woman who was pledged to be married to someone else, this consensual act led to the death of both parties (vv. 23, 24). However, if the man forced (i.e., raped) the woman, then only the man’s life was required (vv. 25–27). If the woman was a virgin not pledged in marriage, then the man had to pay a fine, marry the girl, and keep her as his wife as long as he lived (vv. 28, 29).

Luke 5:4- let down your nets. Normally, the fish that were netted in shallow water at night would migrate during the daylight hours to waters too deep to reach easily with nets, which is why Peter fished at night. Peter may have thought Jesus’ directive made no sense, but he obeyed and was rewarded for his obedience (v. 6).

DAY 30: What specific crimes were listed in the Old Testament as deserving the death penalty?

CRIME — SCRIPTURE — REFERENCE

1. Premeditated Murder Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:12–14, 22, 23

2. Kidnapping Exodus 21:16; Deuteronomy 24:7

3. Striking or Cursing Parents Exodus 21:15; Leviticus 20:9; Proverbs 20:20; Matthew 15:4; Mark 7:10

4. Magic and Divination Exodus 22:18

5. Bestiality Exodus 22:19; Leviticus 20:15, 16

6. Sacrificing to False Gods Exodus 22:20

7. Profaning the Sabbath Exodus 35:2; Numbers 15:32–36

8. Offering Human Sacrifice Leviticus 20:2

9. Adultery Leviticus 20:10–21; Deuteronomy 22:22

10. Incest Leviticus 20:11, 12, 14

11. Homosexuality Leviticus 20:13

12. Blasphemy Leviticus 24:11–14, 16, 23

13. False Prophecy Deuteronomy 13:1–10

14. Incorrigible Rebelliousness Deuteronomy 17:12; 21:18–21

15. Fornication Deuteronomy 22:20, 21

16. Rape of Betrothed Virgin Deuteronomy 22:23–27

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214, www.thomasnelson.com.

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Thousands of Christian pilgrims gather in Jerusalem to celebrate Easte

Thousands of Christian pilgrims gather in Jerusalem to celebrate Easter

March 29, 2013

Under high security for the Jewish feast of Passover in Jerusalem, the Israeli government has a large security force in place for the Easter weekend as well as thousands of Christian pilgrims flood the city for this very special holy day that marks the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. With both holidays happening at the same time this year as it did some 2000 years ago, the city of Jerusalem has come virtually to a standstill as both Jewish and Christian worshipers gather into the Old City for special events.

These two holy days, Passover for the Jews and Easter for the Christians, are an intricate part of the faith and experience of both Jews and Christians.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

The Jewish holy day of Passover and the Christian celebration of Easter have a unique relationship and a prophetic significance.

This year, the Jewish feast day of Passover and the Christian holy day of Easter happen at the same time as they did in 30 AD in the city of Jerusalem. Almost 2000 years ago, the Jews were celebrating the Passover Seder, the same night that Jesus gathered his disciples around him in an upper room in Jerusalem to also go through the traditional Jewish meal to mark the Passover. On that first Easter weekend, resurrection weekend, Jesus Christ raised from the dead after having been crucified on a cross at 3:00PM Passover afternoon.

The biblical account of this historic event shows that the one proclaimed to be the Jewish Messiah was buried on the Jewish feast of Unleavened Bread and rose from the dead on the Jewish feast day of First Fruits. These Jewish feast days Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, have a prophetic significance in that Jesus was Passover Lamb for the Christians (I Corinthians 5:7). The Apostle Paul also wrote in I Corinthians 15:20 that Jesus was the First Fruits for those who will receive Him as their Savior.

The person Jesus Christ, the Messiah, fulfilled the first three of the Spring feast days for the Jewish people as was foretold. Jesus Christ will fulfill the last three Fall Jewish feast days as well and by doing so, become the Jewish Messiah and the Christian Savior, becoming the fulfillment of Bible prophecy for both Jews and Christians.

http://news.prophecytoday.com/2013/03/thousands-of-christian-pilgrims-gather.html

White House Easter Egg Roll party to include a “Yoga Garden”

White House Easter Egg Roll party to include a “Yoga Garden”

The White House announces that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will include a “Yoga Garden” for children and their parents who attend the traditional Easter Egg Roll festivities on Monday.

“Come enjoy a session of yoga from professional instructors,” reads the announcement reminding participants that the event’s theme is “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!”

Professional athletes will join the president for the “Eggtivity Zone” including NFL stars Anquan Boldin and Adrian Peterson as well as NASCAR’s Danica Patrick

According to the White House, more than 30,000 people from all 50 states……………

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A conversation using the Hebrew language in 1891 set the stage for Bib

A conversation using the Hebrew language in 1891 set the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled

March 28, 2013

In a Paris cafe in 1881, a group met to have a conversation, a conversation using the Hebrew language and it may have been the first modern conversation in Hebrew in some 2000 years.

Eliezer Ben Yehuda was one of the group speaking in Hebrew and Ben Yehuda would use this conversation to launch an effort to revive the Hebrew language as a spoken language a language that would become the mother tongue of the Israeli people today.

Ben Yehuda would during his lifetime establish an institution which would create new Hebrew words for today’s society and give the Jewish people the language of their forefathers that is a spoken language once again in our world.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

The revival of the Hebrew language, the mother tongue of Israelis today, is evidence that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled.

Eliezer Ben Yehuda, a European Jew in the late 1800’s who immigrated to Israel to raise his family would become the man credited with reviving the ancient Hebrew language. For almost 2000 years, Hebrew was not a spoken language with the exception of a few phrases used in religious activities. Ben Yehuda, starting with a conversation with friends in Paris, France developed a modern day usage of the language of the Jewish people for the first 2000 years of their existence.

Modern day Hebrew is made up of Biblical Hebrew which is 80% of modern day Hebrew and 20% of new Hebrew words that have been created over the last 130 years. Ben Yehuda put together the first Hebrew dictionary for modern Hebrew and developed the way to teach the language which is called “Ulpan”. This account of how Hebrew was revived for usage today is an evidence of how Bible prophecy is being fulfilled today.

Jeremiah, an ancient Jewish prophet wrote 2500 years ago that when the Jews would return to the land of their forefathers, Jeremiah 31:8-17, the Lord would give them back the language of their forefathers, the language they would use to bless the Lord, Jeremiah 31:23. Another Jewish prophet, Zephaniah, also predicted that the pure language of Hebrew would be revived in the last days, Zephaniah 3:9.

Israelis speaking Hebrew today proves that Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.

http://news.prophecytoday.com/2013/03/a-conversation-using-hebrew-language-in.html

March 29, 2013 Bible Reading

March 29

Reading for Today:

Deuteronomy 19:1–20:20

Psalm 38:1-8

Proverbs 12:23-25

Luke 4:31-44

Notes:

Deuteronomy 20:1- do not be afraid. When Israelites went into battle, they were never to fear an enemy’s horses or chariots because the outcome of a battle would never be determined by mere military strength. The command not to be afraid was based on God’s power and faithfulness, which had already been proved to Israel in their deliverance from Egypt.

Deuteronomy 20:5–8- Let him go and return to his house. Four exemptions from service in Israel’s volunteer army were cited to illustrate the principle that anyone whose heart was not in the fight should not be there. Those who had other matters on their minds or were afraid were allowed to leave the army and return to their homes, since they would be useless in battle and even influence others to lose courage (v. 8).

Proverbs 12:23- conceals. Unlike the fool who makes all hear his folly, the wise person is a model of restraint and humility, speaking what he knows at an appropriate time (see 29:11).

Luke 4:38- Simon’s wife’s mother. Peter was married (1 Cor. 9:5), though no details about his wife are given anywhere in Scripture. a high fever. Matthew 8:14, 15 and Mark 1:30, 31 also report this miracle. But only Luke, the physician, remarks that the fever was “high” and makes note of the means Jesus used to heal her (v. 39).

DAY 29: What did the law warn about bringing false witness against another person?

In Deuteronomy 19:15, the law required that “by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.” More than one witness was necessary to convict a man of a crime. This principle was to act as a safeguard against the false witness who might bring an untruthful charge against a fellow Israelite. By requiring more than one witness, greater accuracy and objectivity was gained (Deut. 17:6;Matt. 18:15–17; 2 Cor. 13:1).

However, it was possible that “a false witness [might rise] against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing” (v. 16). In some cases, there would only be one witness who brought a charge against someone. When such a case was taken to the central tribunal of priests and judges for trial, and upon investigation the testimony of the witness was found to be false, the accuser received the punishment appropriate for the alleged crime (v. 19). Others looking on would be taught to “hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you” (v. 20). When the fate of the false witness became known in Israel, it would serve as a deterrent against giving false testimony in Israel’s courts.

In Israel, the principle of legal justice (called lex talionis, “law of retaliation”) or “eye for eye” (v. 21) was given to encourage appropriate punishment of a criminal in cases where there might be a tendency to be either too lenient or too strict (Ex. 21:23–25; Lev. 24:17–22). Jesus confronted the Jews of His day for taking this law out of the courts and using it for purposes of personal vengeance (Matt. 5:38–42).

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214, www.thomasnelson.com.

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