is the key word here.
Many non-catholic translationns use other words like 'rejoice'.
This is interesting when the heavenly Mystery of the Virgin Mary still has not dawned on the hearts of so many non-Catholic believers; so here is a study from the Scriptures about the Holy Rosary which I now pray everyday.
My introduction to Mary came from no person on earth. My introduction to her was in the light and glory of Jesus we call
The Miracle of CommnionFire.
The Rosary and Sacred Scripture
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Luke 1:28 "And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you."
The Greek kecharitomene means favored by grace, graced. Its tense suggests a permanent state of being "highly favored," thus full of grace. Charity, the divine love within us, comes from the same root. God is infinite Goodness, infinite Love. Mary is perfect created goodness, filled to the limit of her finite being with grace or charity.
Blessed art thou among women
Luke 1:41-42a "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth,
filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Most blessed are you among women..."
Luke 1:48 "For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed."
Among all women is a way to say the highest/greatest etc. of a group in Semitic languages (these words would likely have been spoken in Aramaic). Mary is being called the greatest of all women, greater than Ruth, greater than Sarah, greater than EVE! Since Eve was created immaculate (without original sin), Mary must have been conceivedimmaculate. And, although Eve fell into sin by her own free will, Mary must have corresponded to God's grace and remained sinless. She could not otherwise be greater than Eve. Thus, as the Fathers of the Church unanimously assert, Mary is the New Eve who restores womanhood to God's original intention and cooperates with the New Adam, her Son, for the Redemption of the world.
Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus
Luke 1:42b "and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
Jesus is Mary's fruit. Good fruit does not come from anything but a good tree
(Mt. 7:17-18)! The all-holy Son of God could not be the fruit of any other tree than the Immaculate Virgin.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Luke 1:43 "And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
Kyrios is the Greek word used by the Jews in the Septuagint Bible (Greek translation) for Yhwh, the Divine Name of God. In her greeting of Mary, Elizabeth is saying: "How is it that the mother of my God should come to me." Against the heresies of the 4th and 5th centuries which tried to split the Person of Jesus into two, divine and human, denying one or the other, the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD proclaimed Mary Theotokos (God-bearer, i.e. mother of God). Jesus is a single Person, a Divine Person, the 2nd Person of the Most Holy Trinity. To be mother of the Person Jesus is to be mother of a Person who is God. Mary's title protects this truth against errors which emphasize or deny, either the divinity or humanity of the Lord.
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death.
Luke 2:35 "...and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
John 2:5 "His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you."
Mary sees a need and appeals to Her Son to satisfy it. He does. We turn to Mary to ask her to intercede with her Son in our daily spiritual and material needs, but especially at the hour of our death. At that moment our salvation hangs in the balance as the devil makes his final foray to deter us from the path to God (Rev. 2:10). It is not surprising, therefore, that both the Hail Mary and the Our Father conclude with an appeal to be delivered from the evil one.
The Power of Intercessory Prayer:
Intercessory prayer proceeds from faith in God that holy men and women who have died are as alive today as they were on earth (Luke 20:38). If the prayer of the just man avails much, how much more the prayer of the one made perfect (Rev. 21:27) and living with God in heaven (the patriarchs, apostles and other holy men and women).
James 5:16b "the fervent prayer of a righteous man is very powerful."
Rev. 5:8 "When he took it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones.
The angels, too, mediate our prayers. This is taught explicitly in the Jewish book of Tobit (Tob. 12:12), accepted by Christians as inspired until Luther on his own authority rejected it. It remains part of the Catholic Bible.
Tobit 12:12 I can now tell you that when you,
Tobit, and Sarah prayed, it was I who presented
and read the record of your prayer before
the Glory of the Lord; and I did the same thing
when you used to bury the dead.
Rev. 8:3 "Another angel came and stood at the altar,
holding a gold censer. He was given a great quantity
of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the
holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the throne."
Is the Rosary mindless babbling?
The purpose of the different beads on the rosary is to count the various prayers as they are said. Unlike the Moslem prayer beads and the mantras of Buddhism, the prayers of the rosary are meant to occupy our whole being, body and soul, while meditating on the truths of the Faith. Any prayer is vain, however, if said mechanically without devotion. Simply to repeat prayers is not the vain repetition condemned by Christ (Mt 6:7), since He Himself repeats His prayer in the Garden three times (Mt 26:39, 42, 44) and the Psalms (inspired by the Holy Spirit) are often very repetitive (Ps 119 has 176 verses and Ps. 136 repeats the same phrase 26 times).
Matthew 6:7 In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Praise the LORD, who is so good;
God's love endures forever;
Praise the God of gods;
God's love endures forever;
. . . Praise the God of heaven,
God's love endures forever.
Matthew 26:39 He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer,
saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me;
yet, not as I will, but as you will."
Matthew 26:42 Withdrawing a second time, he prayed again,
"My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass
without my drinking it, your will be done!"
Matthew 26:44 He left them and withdrew again and prayed
a third time, saying the same thing again.
The Church believes that it is necessary for a Christian to meditate (prayerfully think about) the will of God, the life and teachings of Jesus, the price He paid for our salvation, and so on. Unless we do this we will begin to take these great gifts for granted and ultimately fall away from the Lord. Every Christian must meditate in some way in order to preserve the gift of salvation (James 1:22-25).
Many Catholic and non-Catholic Christians prayerfully read and apply Scripture to their lives, that is, meditate on them. With the rosary this can be done virtually anywhere and anytime.
From St. Louis De Montfort: After Holy Communion
270. After Holy Communion, close your eyes and recollect yourself. Then usher Jesus into the heart of Mary: you are giving him to his Mother who will receive him with great love and give him the place of honour, adore him profoundly, show him perfect love, embrace him intimately in spirit and in truth, and perform many offices for him of which we, in our ignorance, would know nothing.271. Or, maintain a profoundly humble heart in the presence of Jesus dwelling in Mary. Or be in attendance like a slave at the gate of the royal palace, where the King is speaking with the Queen. While they are talking to each other, with no need of you, go in spirit to heaven and to the whole world, and call upon all creatures to thank, adore and love Jesus and Mary for you. "Come, let us adore."
272. Or, ask Jesus living in Mary that his kingdom may come upon earth through his holy Mother. Ask for divine Wisdom, divine love, the forgiveness of your sins, or any other grace, but always through Mary and in Mary. Cast a look of reproach upon yourself and say, "Lord, do not look at my sins, let your eyes see nothing in me but the virtues and merits of Mary." Remembering your sins, you may add, "I am my own worst enemy and I am guilty of all these sins." Or, "Deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man." Or again, "Dear Jesus, you must increase in my soul and I must decrease." "Mary, you must increase in me and I must always go on decreasing." "O Jesus and Mary, increase in me and increase in others around me."
273. There are innumerable other thoughts with which the Holy Spirit will inspire you, which he will make yours if you are thoroughly recollected and mortified, and constantly faithful to the great and sublime devotion which I have been teaching you. But remember, the more you let Mary act in your Communion the more Jesus will be glorified. The more you humble yourself and listen to Jesus and Mary in peace and silence - with no desire to see, taste or feel - then the more freedom you will give to Mary to act in Jesus' name and the more Jesus will act in Mary. For the just man lives everywhere by faith, but especially in Holy Communion, which is an action of faith.
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As I have previously written, most of my life has been one bad decision after another. This rocky road started for me when I was 14 years old and decided to leave the Catholic Church. It was all downhill from there. Since that first wrong turn, so many decades ago, there have been only two decisions in my life that have withstood the test of time: marrying my husband, and returning to the Catholic Church. As I have also written, even upon returning to the Church, I still made very bad decisions which took me in very wrong directions.
I have finally come to the conclusion that I can't trust myself. The theme of my life can be summed up by Proverbs 14:12: "There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death." I have also recently come to see, more clearly than ever, just how sinful and evil I really am. My sins completely distort my view of God and His Will.
Getting good counsel, reading all the right things, going to Mass every day, receiving the Sacraments - in other words, doing all the right things, still brings me up short because, even with the great, limitless mercy of God, a lifetime of sins has left me a spiritual cripple. I can keep going as I am, but my spiritual progress is long and slow as I fight my greatest enemy: myself.
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Now a great sign appeared in heaven:
a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
Fatima 100th Anniversary Year ~ What Happened 33 Years Ago and Why is that Important to the Whole World? Part Two: A momentary release from the harness of time and space to interrupt one woman for the sake of all mankind...
...I did some... math...
I was reading 33 Days to Morning Glory on a journey with the Holy Spirit to Marian Consecration.
On Day 21 I ran across some dates that were very revealing to me. I haven't heard of others who have noticed this as yet.
If my theological assumptions as a South Carolina baptacostal, evangeliical, charismatic ragamuffin are anywhere close, maybe even 'within the ballpark', consider:
Saint Anna gives birth to the Emmaculata: Mary (by virtue of a miracle that can only be traced to God's grace and eternal blessing)
Saint Gabriel Comes to Virgin Mary to announce birth of Jesus
Holy Spirit becomes the eternal, heavenly spouse of Mary to conceive Jesus
Mary goes to Elzabeth who says "How is it that the Mother of My Lord comes to my house?"
This is told by one, who knew Jesus His whole life, to Luke and Luke (not one of the 12) writes one of the four Gospels, which is even considered to be 'synoptic' to Matthew and Mark. John has his very own distinction as the one who Jesus loved. Meaning an additional heavenly grace and blessing on one of the Sons of Zebedee.
As told to Him by... ready for this? The Holy Mother of God, The Theotokos, The Ever Virgin Mary who is living with Saint John after the Crucifixion.
.Without immediate details from the map of how I arrived to this conclusion... at this point, please, for a moment, rediscover, like an excited kid who wants to hear one more good story before going to bed, your hunger to collect clues as the story unfolds.
Mary has 33 years (30 of which are alone with Jesus and and a few years with Saint Joseph). Mary spent every day of her life from the womb to the tomb at Jesus side.
She knows things that it would take 2,000 years for the world to even begin to know. Saint John himself said that there were not enough books in the world to contain all that Jesus said and did in 3 years! Can you imagine what Mary, his beloved Mother, must have known? By living with John can you imagine what else John came to know about His Savior and Lord and best friend? And what did he, apart from the other 11 learn about Mary outliving the others by 30 years or so?
Then, what about Luke? He knew Saul/Paul before He met Jesus and then didn't meet Mary until who knows how long? but when He did come to know Her as the Holy Virgin Mother of God ad interviewed her before the writing of His Gospel, Luke for conveying some very important moments from those things that she pondered in her heart. Then Luke wrote the book of Acts for Paul, or the revelation of Paul's Gospel.
Got your attention yet?
Isn't it possible that she was unique among all humankind and selected from all women in all of creation to be the celebrated Holy One of a kind human vessel that, though born with the Adamic nature like the rest of us, was somehow preserved by od to be without the stain of sin who was the only one worthy of God, because of his great love for us and for His only Son, to become the other of God become flesh?
Mary was a little bit more than selected, she was chosen before the begining to become the new Eve who would bring redemption into the world by giving birth to the Only Son of God to be the Son of Man as the Lamb of God who could take upon Himself the sin of Adam and the sins of the whole world. He was to become the only one who could take upon hHimself our sin so that He could make anyone 'heaven-ready' by His grace.
Think about this too. Mary would 'house God in her womb' for nine months she became the Ark of the Covenant, She would give birth to HIm in a perfect and emaculately clean, pure and holy wormb, because we know that darkness cannot house light! Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit when He overshadowed her and she said, "okay" to becoming the Mother of the Lord. In this case then, the arc of time and space was put on hold for a miraculous, one time event in the midst of His own creation to Create a relationship with one woman that would produce the Word made flesh to dwell among us just as He dwelled inside of Mary for 9 months.
Keep reading, imagining and faith-pretending if you will for the moment. Don't we all kind of faith-pretend until faith is rewarded by ways that God confirms the truth to us so that the blindness of faith rewards us with the birth of truth!
What if the Lord, by His Holy Spirit asked you to give Him a penny or a dime or a quarter when you were twelve or a bag of chips that you wanted to a homeless person? Do you emember the relie and then the joy that caught your heart the very first time? Isn't it wonderfuul that God rewards us with a greater sense of His reality when we do something He leads us to do and we find His grace to do it and then He goes on to reward us for our conduct and attitude.
What if you were 13 or 14 year old youong lady and an angel came from the very Throne of heaven and told you, "Hail chosen one, God wants to bless you! He wants you to become the Mother of His Son!"
Mary said, "If that is what God wants, i belong to Him, so that is fine with me. But how is this physically possible since I am a virgin?"
The Archangel Gabriel said to her, "This is a very special occasion and this will happen as a miracle in your womb when the Holy Spirit overshadows you."
Mary said, "May this be done to me according to the message you delivered to me."
Mary then runs to Her older Aunt Elizabeth (also called cousin, who was the sister of her Mother, St. Anna) Anna like her sister Elizabeth was barren and therefore considered cursed by God. The Archangel Gabriel visited her as well and told her husband Zacharius that Elizabeth's son would be named John, just as he told mary that her son was to be named Jesus!
I know this sounds like family stuff... but don't get bored... this is not just any family. This is the only and one of a kind family that never was before nor ever shall be agin. The wheels of heaven were in motion and God was moving to earth by virtue of His onl begotten Son and this would be announced by the miraculous boirth of His cousin John, the greatest (Jesus said it) prophet of all Old Covenant time.
We will be covering a few of the following in the coming days and weeks.
* The first 9 day Novena was led by Jesus Mother, Mary, with the 120 until the Coming of the Holy Spirit! Mary was giving a nine day prayer seminar on "How to Receive Miracles from God!"
* Saint Pope John Paul II Went to heaven on the eve of the Feast of Divine Mercy
* Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, French (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) was a French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor. He was known in his time as a preacher and was made a missionary apostolic by Pope Clement XI. As well as preaching, Montfort found time to write a number of books which went on to become classic Catholic titles and influenced several popes. Montfort is known for his particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the practice of praying the Rosary. Montfort is considered as one of the early writers in the field of Mariology. His most notable works regarding Marian devotions are contained in The Secret of Mary and the True Devotion to Mary. The Roman Catholic Church, under the pontificate of Pope Pius XII canonized Montfort on July 20, 1947. A "founders statue" created by Giacomo Parisini is located in an upper niche of the south nave of Saint Peter's Basilica.
Saint Maxmillian Kolbe (Polish) 1. Mary appeared to him as a boy.
Baptized as Raymund Kolbe, our saint was a normal child and the stories of his childhood don’t have the false patina that Flannery O’Connor said exist in the stories of pious children. Yet there is this one stunning exception. One night in Kolbe’s childhood, Our Lady appeared to him in a dream holding a white crown and a red crown. He later related, “She asked if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.” So, yes, St. Maximillian had a normal childhood, but with one tremendous difference that was to define the course of his life.
Lourdes and St. Bernadette (France)
Fatima Saint Lucia (Portuguese)
St Theresa of the Little Flowers
St. Padre Pio (Italian)
St. Faustina and Divine Mercy (Polish)
St. John Paul II (Polish)
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Brittish)
Pope Francis 2017
We are living in a time unequalled in all of Jewish, Muslim and Christian History. We are living in the days when Jesus Christ will return in the clouds with power and great Glory!
This is the most exciting moment in Time/Space History!
And a child shall lead them...
Blessed Jacinta Marto, of Fátima, 1917. Shortly before her death at age 9, Jacinta asked everyone to consecrate to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
CommunionFire Word-Smithing: Cosmosian
The supernatural realm of unseen cosmos micro and macro - only accessed through ongoing true scientific theory and faith that is Communion-centric.
It is the power released in essence and resident in the bread and wine that has been blessed by Jesus Christ. By grace through faith of those who believe in their heart and confess their faith through conversion, conversation and tangible expressions of worship and missions of mercy, empowered by Holy Spirit baptism by Jesus Christ, can see and hear spiritually.
Science has been talking about parallel dimensions, parallel universe structuring and string theory upheld by the basics of Newton, Einstein and others. The bending of time or flat universes perceives that flt may not be flat but slightly bent as talked about through Steven Hawking and Michio Kaku
Occasionally my rant will include preaching that says "Cosmosian Theology" a kind of String theory, parallel Universe concept creating a need for cosmic theology.
What does this entail?
How about what happened between Genesis 1:1a and Genesis 1:b
Could that be the Ice Age or "Ice Epic"? before the Flood Age of Noah?
What about an antidaluvian people group?
Come on don't tell me you haven't heard of these or how about...
Job and the ultimate barriers of time and space being broken through by level of vision that pierced through to see revelation of the first and second coming of Jesus in Job 19.
Rant: Jesus is Very Pro-Supernatural
So are the Creeds... In the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit... "I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth..."
What about the OT appearances of the 4th man or the Angel of theLord?
These are types and shadows of Jesus?
Or were thay actual appearances of Christ, the Word of God taking on the appearance of a man or Angel capital "A" ?
King and High Priest Melchizzadek?
The Angel and other two angels of Abraham to negotiate for the the judgement on Sodom?
What about Heaven's intervention with a Ram from God in place of Isaac, the type of Christ or the ladder of Jacob, which like Jesus revealed angels ascendng nd descending into the vestibule of heaven?
What about the 70 plus Moses, Joshua and Abner who went halfway up Sinai before the Law was given in Exodus 24 where they found themselves on a field of lapis lazuli - stone so clear blue they thought they were standing on the sky as they ate and drank with God?
There are so many episodes in the OT pointing to Jesus that we are working on another book to deal with this phenomenon.
Then what about Gospel fulfilment of the times and seasons of Jewish culture and law in the life of Jesus?
Mary, His Mother becomin Queen of heaven by Jewish culture and history? Or did you know abut that one? What about the early Church that had no New Testament Canon of Scripture for the first 400 years of the Chuurch? How did they possibly get along without aNew Testament? Ever hear off Jesus, the Word made Flesh who then sent His Holy Spirit to confirm the reality of His presence accessed through the bread and wine of Communion that Jesus called His flesh and Blood? Is Commnion just a symbolic act? Is it just a Memorial?Or is it something powerfilled from heaven, full of grace and truth like Holy Virgin Mother Mary Queen of Heaven and John's declaration as Jesus approached him for baptism, "Behold the Lamb of God Who Takes Awaythe Sins of the World!"
What about Sola Scriptura vs. Apostolic Succession, Liturgy and Holy Scriptuure that includes the Apocrypha? (There is the Roman version and the Easten Orthodox versions of the Apocrypha... hmmmm
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What to do?
Where are the non- roman catholic/eastern catholic theologians who:
Etc... 2017 Its time to fly toward heaven.
Where are the Catholics (Eastern and Western)
And And And
What will you do when you see Him coming in the clouds? Are you going to judge who should or should not
Have eternal Life
Be embraced by Him for Eternity
Be raised up
Be "In Him"
In whom He should dwell
Our stampswill not get us to heaven
Only the Seal of Grace by the power of the Holy Spirit for all who BElIEVE
For Zeb from Bob-Bob
To The Young Man of God and Potler Tribe
The B-Boys and The Starmen and Starwomen,
Blessed be the name of Jesus Christ
by whom we have eternal life
As said by G.K.Chesterton
A Thing Worth Doing by ACS
QUESTION: I keep hearing people quote Chesterton as saying,
"If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”
Where did he say that? And what on earth did he mean by it?
ANSWER: To answer your first question first, he said it in his wonderful and timely book, What’s Wrong with the World, which was written in 1910.
Why in Genesis does Abraham and his wife keep going into kingdoms and saying they are just brother and sister? Zeb 11/8/16
In the following three parts I will at least try to answer your very good question badly! Love You! bob-bob
Background: Brief outline of the life of Abraham
Take a look at the first part summarizing the chapters in Genesis that have to do with Abraham's life.
Part Two: 2 Chapters you refer to in your question
Genesis Chapters 12 and 20 in two columns
Part Three: Below the 1st Song
A Brief Commentary
Man's Fallen Condition
God's Continued Love & Grace
Before the Law of Moses,
During the Law of Moses and finally
in the days of God's love shown in the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus to the full day.
Descendants of Noah - Shem, Ham & Japheth
verse 10 These are the records of the generations of Shem [from whom Abraham descended]. Shem was a hundred years old when he became the father of Arpachshad, two years after the flood.
There were 9 generations from Shem and Abram was the tenth generation since the days of Noah.
Noah - Shem - Arpachshad - Shelah - Eber - Peleg - Reu - Serug - Nahor - Terah - Abram, Nahor and Haran <-firstborn and was father of Lot
verse 31 Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went out together to go from Ur of the Chaldeans into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran [about five hundred and fifty miles northwest of Ur], they settled there.
Genesis 12 see below
Abram and lot go their separate ways
Abraham rescues Lot and defeats 4 enemy kings and kingdoms and rescues 5 'friendly' ally kingdoms and takes the spoil of victory with 318 men! It was lot, his nephew that was his motive for asking and finding divine deliverance. Then Melchizzadek, King and high Priest of Salem appeared bringing Bread & Wine and Abraham responded by 'tithing' 1/10th of all the spoils of war and did war no more! From then on The Lord dd all the judgment and warfare - from heaven! He intervened with dreams, angels, visions and other supernatural revelations blessing those who blessed his family and brought destruction on those who refused him or his people. In Abrahams life and the life of his sons, Isaac and Ishmael and Jacob and Esau we see the honor of god for the people He loves by covenant or agreements until the days of Moses, David, Elijah and the 1st Coming of the Word made Flesh - God become man giving Him the name Jesus!
Abram and Melchizedek
17 Then after Abram’s return from the defeat (slaughter) of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18 [c]Melchizedek king of Salem (ancient Jerusalem) brought out bread and wine [for them]; he was the priest of [d]God Most High. 19 And Melchizedek blessed Abram and said,
“Blessed (joyful, favored) be Abram by God Most High,
Creator and Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High,
Who has given your enemies into your hand.”
And Abram gave him a tenth of all [the treasure he had taken in battle].
God Promises Abraham son
Barren, Sarah offers Hagar to have the promised son
God creates the Covenant of circumcision to set apart Abraham's children from the rest of the world, begining with Ishmael and Abram becomes Abraham and Sarai becomes Sarah (the "ah" means the name of God so as to ratif the covenant of circumcision.)
The Three Angels visit Abraham to announce that Sarah will give birth to the son God promised Abraham and to warn Abraham about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; Abraham intercedes for Lot and his family. 2 angels go to rescue Lot and family and Abraham. Type of Jesus and foreshadow of angels and deliverance of God's family.
Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, death of Lot's wife. Lot and his family relocate, daughters get him drunk and sleep with him and one gives birth to Moab father of the Moabites and the other daughter gives birth to Ben-Ammi, father of the Ammonites. Type of the last days
Genesis 20 see below
Isaac Born; verse 4 So Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, just as God had commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born. Shadow of the Covenanted people
Isaac on Mount Moriah as type of Golgotha
Death and Burial of Sarah as type of Mother Mary? (Isaac)
Bride (Rebekah) for Isaac as type of Bride of Christ, second coming and wedding feast of the Lamb
Abraham's Death and the children of Ishmael and Isaac
The Green indicates the Brother/Sister references
The Black indicates general text of the story
The Yellow indicates where or how the Lord intervened
The Red Burgundy is where we follow Abraham
Blue headers and names
Amazing Grace Breaks Every Chain
Covenant is About Being Part of
God's Family First and Always
The Revelation of God's Love Melts Away
The Icy Grip of Knowing Good and Evil
The Ocean of God's Eternal Love
Constantly Pounds My Heart with Waves of Jesus' Grace
Why in Genesis does Abraham and his wife keep going into kingdoms and saying they are just brother and sister? Zeb 11/8/16
Abraham was called by God to become the father of His Holy People Israel. He did this by Agreements He made with Abraham. His intention was to have a people for His name that would have an eternal relatonship with Him. The Trinity of God is Love because God is love and He needed to extend the object of His love so He made man in His image. Man fell but God's love or him never failed. (The word "Man" is inclusive of all mankind; ie., men and women, mankind and womankind).
Man had to be given the free choice to love Him back but that did not change His eternal love for His created family. Man fell pray to the serpent's cleverness who manipulated Adma and Eve into thinking God's command not to eat from one tree He created, The Tree of Knowlege of Good and Evil.
God said they would die if they disobeyed this one little demand among the thousands of blessings, trees, produce and great provision He created for them to live in free of labor and filled with the presence of His love.
So for the next era of generation from Adam to Noah there was a progression of children, Cain and Abel on through to Enoch, Methusela, Lamech and Noah. (10 generations Genesis 5)
Father Adam actually lived almost to the days of Noah's flood so that he saw most of those ten generations. Then the earth was destroyed by a global flood and Noah began where Adam and Eve left off by his 3 sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth to create a people for His name. Now man was fallen and corrupt by the serpent's deception of Eve and Adam and Eve's disobedience. So, God created a covenant with Noah (the rainbow) to assure them he would not destroy the earth by flood ever again.
So from the sons of Shem came 10 genrations to the birth of Abram. By that time another set of fallen humanity had evolved through the sons of Ham and Japheth. God was preparing through Abram's seed to create then next event of the Patriarchs of the Hebrew people. This would lead to the advent of Joseph and benjamin the first and the last of the sons of Jacob, who both shared the same mother Rachel, Then through a series of events came 400 years in Egypt, the miracle preservation of Moses and 80 years later the release from slavery and Egypt of a nation of people destined to inherit the promised land establiished by the Patriarchs 440 years earliier.
So in the days of Abraham God gave him power to conquor the inhabitants of the land God promised to him. After defeating the enemies of God, Melchizzadek the High Priest and King of Salem brought bread and wine and Abraham dd war nomore. This advent of peace meanth that God would protect and battle for Abraham and Sarah, nomatter what the situation. Abraham was suspicious of everyone and knew that if he was killed Sarah would not survive and God's plan for a nation that would be a blessing to all the nations of the earth would perish. So Abrraham to protect himself and the promise of God took it upon himself to insure a future.
The first threat came from Pharoah's request to have the 65 year old "sister" of Abram, Sarai become a part of his 'harem'. God intervened and told Pharoah he could not have Sarai because she was married to Abram. So he dealt with Pharoah and Pharoah came to Abram and said, "Why did you decive me and compromise me with your God?"
Abram got his sister/wife Sarai back, plus slaves, livestock and treasures. Abraham points out that Sarai is the daughter of his father but from a different mother. So, in his mind, he was protecting the future of a promised people and a covenant with God. He no longer did war so he offered Sarah in place o taking up arms with Egypt.
The second threat came from King Abimalech of Gerar of the Negev. Abraham convinces himself that he needs to protect God's covenant and his life and the life of Sarah and leave the rest up to God. So he aske Sarah to go along with him and say that she is his "sister"! She goes along with him and, again, God intervenes. This time through a series of supernatural events that included an encounter with God by Abimalech, Sarah was returned to Abraham from a terrified king who met God. He blessed Abraham
So whydid Abraham do this?
1) He was not Adam - He was a man whose faith counted as righteousness but still bound by the same fallen condition and sin of Adam + 20 generations of people who did not know God personally like Abram.
2) Though a man of faith, Abraham had been an undefeated warrior, and for lack of military tact reacted in despration to a circumstance he was ill- equipped to deal with.
3) The situaton with Pharoah, God directly intervened and for all he knew, was surprised that somehow Pharoah figured out that Abram and Sarai were married. There were no 'laws' of marriage in those days... but God made it clear that Pharoah's desire for Sarai was unacceptable.
4) With Pharoah Sarai was 64-65 yeas old and Abram was 75 years old. Somehow grandmom was still so beautiful that Pharoah wanted her for his harem. 25 years later Sarah was 90 years old and Abraham was 99 years old. On top of that Sarah may have been pregnant with Isaac when they faced off with King Abimalech, because Isaac was born when Sarah was 91 and Abraham was 100 years old. So at 90 years old she was still so beautiful that the King wanted her for his harem!
It is the failing of Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah to understand the eternal scope of God's covenant promise so they reacted to their situation without 'violence' and not knowing what to do relied on their own intellect to 'handle' both situations 25 years apart from eachother. But The Lord did not hold it to their charge but to the natural appetite of those that had the power to separate and kill them before God could fulfill His promises to them. The enemy is always trying to distract God's family by twisting the situation n such a way we try to solve things ourself instead of trusting the Lord, His promises and the great love he has for those He covenants with.
5) How do we see Jesus in all of this? It is during their lives that Abraham meets King and High Priest Melchizzadek (perhaps an OT appearnce of 'the Word of God') alone, bringing Abraham bread and wine (the law of first mention for Communion as seen in the upper room with Jesus!
6) Then after that there were the three angels for whom Abraham provided bread, wine and meat in addition to supplies. 2 of the angels leave for Sodom and the other Angel (again a type or forshadow of Christ - and perhaps was another OT appearance of Jesus) is negotiated with by Abraham to 'save' Sodom. Are there enough righteous to make it worth saving? When the Angel said no, then Abraham interceded for His nephew Lot and his family to be delivered from Sodom before the fire fell.
7) what do we learn about the nature and character of God here? Abraham becomes the friend of God and they become "blood brothers" by virtue of a covenant that God outlines in Chapter 12. So in effect Abraham grows in his relationship with God and God makes him victorious over all the power of the enemy. Then, after Communion with Him in the person of Melchizzadek, Abraham gves Melchizzadek a tenth of all the spoils of war and does war no more. Now he enters another covenant when the three angels come and tell Abraham that Sarah will give birth at 91 years old! Sarah laughs but God fulfills his promise and protects her through the decision of Abraham to try and help God. Before the Covenant of a Communion meal God delivers Abraham from a half truth and after the Communion 25 years later He still delivers Abraham and Sarah a scond time; from the exact same decision made by fear rather than by faith 25 years earlier!
Old Covenant or New - the only ransformation that can happen is from God's end. He loves us first, cares and provides for us, protects us and gives us a peace that ony comes from Him. We see this in both Abraham and Sarah's life and then in the lives of those who are his direct descendants even if He has to show up Himself to insure the safety of His Covenant with us!
When Jesus said, "It is finished" it was. There's nothing else He can do to save you any more than that. If you believe, He promises you eternal life and that He will raise you up on the last day. When we respond to His invitation to sit down at His Table to dine with him and upon Him, He gives us daily our daily bread and drink with enough revelation or his life and love that it satisfies our hunger and thirst, igniting our heart with His fire and passion to get through each day!
In the face of Jesus we awaken to His reality for He is truth. When we dine with Him by dining upon and drinking in His provison of Himself, it is to lead us into His presence personally so that He might fill us and flood us with the glory of His presence! Commuunion = Christ in you the hope of glory! Alleluia!
The Greater Glory of the New Covenant
(Ratified by the same meal that Melichizzadek brought to Abraham, that God provided to the 73 on Mount Sainai (Exodus 24) and by Jesus at the Last Supper or First Communon. Jesus said (John 6) if you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have eternal life and i will raise ou up in the last day!)
2 Corinthians 3:7-18
7 Now if the ministry that brought death,
which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory,
so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was,
8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious,
how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 For what was glorious has no glory now
in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 And if what was transitory came with glory,
how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. (The glory faded after his encounter with God)
14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read.
It has not been removed,
because only in Christ is it taken away!
15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory (as in a mirror or glass),
are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory,
(from glory to glory to glory to glory)
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
"Give us calendar day by calendar day our daily Communion Bread of your flesh & Wine of your blood!"
Thanks be to God for His eternally amazing gift of Himself every day!
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Almost every night for 17 months, I prayed for my dear sweet Mother, Betty Jean. There is quite a backstory that perhaps I will share one day, but for now: A miracle this week.
I started doing daily, evening prayer walks June 6, 2015 and as I got stronger after my open heart surgery in March 2016, I took to the road on my red, .church flea market purchased, $20 Huffy, 'Good Vibrations' bicycle.
The odd thing about these prayer walks and bike rides was that I started praying the Roman Catholic Rosary! After 44 years of daily prayer and study of prayer; intercession with international, national and local focuses everything changed. I grew up, even before I was born again saying The Lord's Prayer once a day. I was a committed stuudent of prayer and evangelism,
But, I had honestly never seen so much direct answer to prayer until I started praying the Rosary a year and a half ago. Uniting with Holy Mother Mary in prayer has a tremndous impact on the effectiveness of personal prayer to Jesus. Some misconceive, as did I, that the RC Rosary is worship of Mary. It is not prayer to Mary or in any form worship of Mary, but prayer with Mary and the Holy Spirit as our advocates or prayer partners in praying to Jesus -our intercessor. Mary too is by virtue or her position as Queen of Heaven and our Heavenly Mother the best co-intercessor to Jesus because she is Jesus physical and Heavenly Mother. (More on that at another time). But Jesus' Mother has a role to point us to Jesus, to do as He says but keep in mind she was with Him step by step for 33 years and for nine months was the Ark of the New Covenant. Mary gav.e Jesus her flesh in the womb. In effect, she was the way God chose to become flesh. She knew Him ten times longer, plus nine months within her, than any other person on earth! In Jewish culture the Queen was alwys the mother, not the wife. When the time came Mary becae the Mother of the Church and the Queen of Heaven after Jesus filled the throne of David.
Most of those who are reading this may understand the 5 decades and 5 mysteries of each of 4 mysteries of The Rosary, of but for those who don't know - The Rosary is a prayer that joins us to the Holy Mother of God, We hold hands with the "Theotokos" Mother of God, ever Virgin Mary and with the Saints in heaven as well as to those billion earthbound Roman Catholics around the world who, at one place of other, at any time day or night are praying the same prayer called The Rosary. this has been going on in the church for over a thousand years.
The Rosary is about our meditation and reflection on the 4 Mysteries of Jesus: as Suffering Savior, Joyful Word made Flesh, Glorious Redeemer and Luminous Lord and King. Other aspects of prayer includes 7 repetitions of the Lord's Prayer within each full Rosary each day, The Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and prayer of dependence upon Jesus, "O My Jesus, forgive us our sins"
Each Rosary begins with The Sign of The Cross, "In the name of The Father, The Son and Holy Spirit" (puting on the whole armour of God) and then the declaration to all power in heaven and earth of The Apostle's Creed. "I Believe in God the Father Almighty Maker of He,aven and Earth, etc....
Each of the four Mysteries has five parts about Jesus and Mary. Between each meditation or reflection are 10 Hail Mary Prayers for a total of 5 decades (ten) for each Mystery.
My way of doing this was to pause and pray between each of ten "Hail Mary" prayers with a prayer or (intention) for 1 of 50 different people, family members, friends, people groups and various targets as directed by the Holy Spirit. Now the way I prayed was, again as the Holy Spirit led.
For example: 1st of fifty Hail Marys each night might include:
Hail Mary full of grace
The Lord is with you
Blessed are you among women and
Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God
Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death
(Then as The Holy Spirit led, I would insert specific intentions; for exammple: "Lord I pray for all who travel tonight, that you protect and grant them safe passage wherever they are going" or for example "Mary please pray for (insert specific name of someone)'.
Then I would pray the next Hail Mary and so on.
Now when I got to praying for my Mother, Betty Jean - (now almost 90 years young) I would pray the following every night:
"Mother Mary please ask Jesus for me, to send divine intervention to my Mom (on earth); to restore her faith and if necessary, even to awaken her in the middle of the night or visit her in her dreams and let her know how much you love her."
It was like this every night for almost 17 months! During that time I also had open heart surgery and even then I managed to pray when I was cognizant.
.This past monday evening my mom called. She announced from her "nursing home hacienda" - in Georgia, "Bobby I have good news! She told mme about some healing going on fo one of my amily members!" That particular situation was an answer to prayer and part of my evening Rosary prayer walks. But its what she told e next that was a blockuster moment for me..
I said, "Mom that is answered prayer and I will keep praying for them."
Then she said, "I also have some other news and I just had to call you! Last night I heard from heaven. Jesus wants me to write a book for children about how much He loves them and how they don't have to be afraid of Him. He wants the story to be about His friends to see He was a real boy who had to grow up just like all His friends. I think I want it to start with Matthew and then Mark and Luke and john! Do you think you could help me?"
"Wow Mom! Thats wonderful, of course I'll do anything I can to help... "
Mary, Jesus and all of heaven must have been involved. Mom was so excited and she said her faith, that had become cold and distant for much of her life, had been restored in one dream and she said it with a sense of mission as well. As my Pastor in California, Rick Warren said, "She had found purpose that allowed Jesus to take the drivers seat in her heart." Just like that, prayer had been answered, Mom was restored in faith and the Lord gave her new purpose.
St. Padre Pio said that the Rosary is the power of the Church in the last days. I think he may be on to something.
Please note, I am not Roman Catholic per se, I grew up Methodist, born-again through the witness of Campus Crusade for Christ, was baptized in the Chesapeake bay by Dr. John Pepper of Furnace Branch Baptist church, then became a street Christian, evangelical and charismatic. for 40 years. I did all the stuff that various chuurches, groups, movements, authors and teachers told me. But almost 5 years ago, Camille, my wife and I started having Communion at home together every morning.
It was in CommunionFire one morning that I saw Mary with her Son for the first time. Then months later she spoke to me for the first time, just three words, "Bob, Be Bold." thus the name of this blogsite! So, with heaven's help, their prayers and yours, I am going to document the writing of this book with my earthly Mother and the assistance of my Heavenly Mother as part of my Bob Be Bold postings. I hope you can follow along with us and watch as Heavn reveals another part of its tresuries!
Scripture Notes on The Rosary see:
#Bob Be Bold - Part 1 - Theotokos
#BobBeBold- Part 2 - Full of Grace
#Bob Be Bold - Part 3 - The Rosary
#BobBeBold - Part 4 - The Sign of the Cross
Blessed: Part One - Elizabeth
Blessed: Part Two - Mary's Prophecy
Blessed: Part Three - Gabriel's Greeting
Blessed: Part Four - Gabriel's Visitation to Zechariah
Blessed: Part Five - The Witness of Simeon and Anna
Thank you also to the prayers of St. Pio who I have great regard for along with St. Francis.
Here are a few comments from St. Pio with regard to His love for His and our heavenly Mother Mary.
With the feast day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) coming up this Tuesday, September 23, I found it fitting to provide you 10 quotes of his speaking about the Blessed Virgin Mary. Like many of the saints before him, Padre Pio had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother, particularly though the Holy Rosary. Padre Pio knew the importance Our Lady plays in the life of every Christian and knew the importance the Rosary plays in the hands of us Christians. For him, the Rosary is the weapon against Satan.
For us who face many trials these days in our world, St. Pio of Pietrelcina is one of the saints we must turn to for prayers and guidance. He faced his trials and sufferings head on through prayer, the Holy Eucharist, and the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Always remember these words from him – “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry.”
It is my hope that you will share this blog post with your family and friends as well as use some of these quotes on your social media sites as a way to evangelize for Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother through the divine inspired words of the great 20thcentury Franciscan saint, Padre Pio –
1. “Let us bind ourselves tightly to the Sorrowful Heart of our Heavenly Mother and reflect on its boundless grief and how precious is our soul.”
2. “May the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, always smile on your spirit, obtaining for it, from her Most Holy Son, every heavenly blessing.”
3. “Go and keep company with Jesus in His Passion, and with His Sorrowful Mother.”
4. “…It is enough for you to know that Mary is the Mother of Jesus…She loves us so much that she offered to God the Father His only natural Son to save His adopted sons…She is a great and inestimable treasure who encloses in herself an infinite treasure, the Son of God.”
5. “…If we do what we have always done, what our fathers did before us, we cannot go wrong. Satan wants to destroy this prayer, but in this he will never succeed. The Rosary is the prayer of those who triumph over everything and everyone. It was Our Lady who taught us this prayer, just as it was Jesus who taught us the Our Father.”
6. “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother.”
7. [When asked if the Blessed Virgin is present during the Holy Mass], “Yes, she places herself at a side, but I can see her, what a joy. She isalways present. How can it be that the Mother of Jesus, present in Calvary at the foot of the Cross, who offered her Son as a victim for the salvation of our souls, not be present in the mystical Calvary of the altar?”
8. “Let us endeavor, like so many elect souls, to follow this blessed Mother, to walk always close to Her, not following any other path that leads to life, except the one trod by our Mother.”
9. “Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendor.”
10. “Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.”
St. Pio of Pietrelcina…Pray for us.
Posted by Kresta in the Afternoon on September 23rd, 2014
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This morning during our Communion, Camille made an innocent comment, "Oh I'll bet Jesus comes in the middle of the night - while I am sleeping!" : ) A bit tongue in cheek but something I think all of us talk about or at least think about. Simultaneously for two mornings in a row Camille kept getting the story about the man who goes to his neighbors house at midnight to get bread for a friend who has traveled quite distance!
I started to do a little study because the Lord doesn't often repeat a message two mornings in a row. However the second morning (today) I woke up from a dream about seeing the Bride and "she had made herself ready!"
What if "The Man" Jesus spoke about was an angel or even Jesus Himself?
Exodus 11:4 (1-7)
1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go from here: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out from here altogether. 2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man request of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. 3 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people.
4 And Moses said, Thus says the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:
5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sits upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. 7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that you may know that the LORD does put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
Ruth 3:8, 7-9
7 When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down.
8 It happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet.
9 He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your maid, for you are a close relative.
Acts 16:25, 24-26
24 On receiving this order, he placed them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. At once all the doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose