September 21, 2006
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
This scripture can seem strange coming from the mouth of the Savior. Should we be like sperpents? Isn’t the serpent a symbol of deceit, of evil, of the devil? Well… not really. The serpent has a dual nature in the scriptures. It is both good and evil; it represents birth and death. The symbol of the serpent has been seared into our minds negatively because of our cultural baggage. Nevertheless in those old days the serpent was more than what we think of today. Just food for your thought.
P.S. have you seen the serpent on the cross on ambulances and in drug stores… has that something to do with its ancient meaning?
August 3, 2006
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
These two scriptures are super interesting. Verse 16 is interesting because it tells the members of the church to not be offended when others will judge them in regards to things they do different. Meat, drink holidays, new moons and the sabbath seem to be some of these things they do differently. The interesting comment here is that the sabbath was different. That infers that they did not keep the sabbath on the seventh day, but on another, and we assume it is the first day of the week (Mark 16: 2, 9; Acts 20: 7).
Verse 18 is interesting also because it seems to be a prophecy about the decay of the doctrines of Christ. Apparently some will come and beguile the members of the church to believe that worshipping angels is fine. Worshipping angels, saints and other things is idolatry. The members of the Godhead (God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost) should be the only ones worshiped.
Comment if you agree or not.
August 2, 2006
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
This is fairly straight forward. I love this scripture because it is so clear on what we are not supposed to do; follow the philosophies of men and their vain deceit. The world is filled with much crap that is supposed to make our life better. Many philosophies of life just take us away from Christ. He should be the center of our life… not what the TV says.
April 28, 2006
24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
In this scripture Paul is preaching the gospel, according to the prophecy, to kings and to all the gentiles. Hearing, "king" Agrippa feels the spirit and is
feels that he needs to say something to not that he is interested. He accuses Paul of insanity even though he knows he is saying the truth. When we get mad we are not rational and make accusations that are not serious. That's what Agrippa did when he called Paul mad. Paul sensed that and told the king that he was speaking words of truth and soberness. He also told Agrippa that he knew that he believed the prophets — meaning that he knew that he also believed the prophecied about Jesus.
Knowing that Paul read him openly told him honestly that he was almost converted. The reason Agrippa did not convert was because of his pride and because he cared
too much about what his servants thought of him. It is the reason most people won't repent and be healed.
The work goes on. I am glad Paul did not give up and gave us a great spiritual legacy to carry on.
April 19, 2006
11 O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the strait gate, and continue in the way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life.
12 O be wise; what can I say more?
What can he say more? Be wise is such a good advice. My father told me to always look twice where Ii step so I don't step in some dog crap. I know it's funny but I can relate this saying of my father to this scripture. Jacob says pretty much the same thing, be wise so you can enter at the strait gate. To enter through it one has to always do more and more better himself/herself every day and always seek for truth. Paul has a great recommendation for this. It is found in Phil 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
April 17, 2006
(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
I find this scripture funny because it is so out of the ordinary. It shows how Paul or Luke felt about the Athenians at that time. Also, like the Athenians in that time I see that many of us do the exact same. Instead of working out our salvation we tend to bussy our lives with trite things. Well for now i will try to do something productive and get back to work.
April 4, 2006
9 […]Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
This is passage always confused me a bit. Why you might ask?… well because this vision teaches Peter that the Gospel is ready to go to the gentiles. The Gospel has not been available for the gentiles until then, it was only for the Jews (house of Israel). But the gospel has been available to non-Jews before this. Acts chapter 2 is the chapter where the apostles receive the Holy Ghost and speak with tongues and convert many non Jews on the day of the Pentecost. Maybe I am wrong because all of those were gathered at the Pentecost festival from all over the world, but were of the Jewish faith. Also the Eunuch that Philip baptized was not a Jew.
Anyway the Gospel was first preached to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. Cornelius seems to be the first one that received it. I am not sure what is up with the story of the eunuch, maybe he was a Jew also. If you know better say it in the comments.