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Showing posts with label Damascus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Damascus. Show all posts

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday - Called to Preach - Acts 9:10 - 20 - 8/20/17

(Jesus Calls Saul/Shaul/Paul on Damascus Road - Saturday - 8/19/17)

Paul was an outstanding missionary, theologian, and writer of the early church.

Paul was born in a Jewish family in Tarsus. Paul's family was of the tribe of Benjamin. Paul probably came from a family of tentmakers or leatherworkers and, according to Jewish custom, was taught this trade by his father. Apparently the business thrived and Paul's family became moderately wealthy.

The true way of the Lord was one of the earliest names for Christianity. The glory of God (or Christ) is often described as the light. The street called Straight, which runs through Damascus from east to west. Saul, like the prophets, was chosen for a special purpose.

Saul's conversion marks a turning-point in the history of the early church. The encounter with Christ was followed by three sightless days: Saul was identified with Jesus in his death and three days in the grave, and identified with him too in baptism and newness of life.

The Way was the name given to the church before the people of Antioch invented the new name 'Christian.'

Damascus, a key commercial city, was located about 175 miles northeast of Jerusalem in the Roman province of Syria.

As Paul traveled to Damascus, pursuing Christians, he was confronted by the risen Christ and brought face to face with the truth of the Gospel.

Paul refers to this experience as the start of his new life of in Christ. At the center of this wonderful life was Jesus Christ - Paul did not see a vision, he saw the risen Christ himself (Acts 9:17).

Anyone who persecutes believers today is also guilty of persecuting Jesus because believers are the body of Christ on earth.

Paul opened his eyes - but could not see - he was temporarily blinded.

Ananias was sent by God to Paul. He greeted Paul as "Brother Saul." Ananias feared this meeting because Paul had come to Damascus to persecute believers and take them in chains to Jerusalem. But in obedience to the Holy Spirit, he greeted Paul lovingly.

Immediately after receiving his sight and being with the believers in Damascus, Paul went to the synagogue to tell the Jews about Jesus Christ. Paul took time alone to learn about Jesus before beginning his worldwide ministry, but he did not wait to witness. Although we should not rush into a ministry unprepared, we do need to wait before telling others what has happened to us.

Reference summary used from The New Oxford Annotated Bible with The Apocrypha RSV; The Life Application Bible, KJV, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL; and The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday - Wash & Be Healed - II Kings 5:10-14 - 11/14/16

Elisha , sending Naaman to Jordan, cureth him of his leprosy.

Verse 10 ... And E-li'sha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and ... wash in Jordan 7 times, & thy flesh shall come again to thee, & thou shall be clean. ... The 7 means fullness/completeness in Biblical times.

II Kings 4:41 ... But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; & he said, pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot (evil thing).


II Kings 5:11 ... But Na'a-man was wroth, & went away, & said, ... (I said) (Or said with myself He will surely come out) thought, He will surely come out to me, & stand & call on the name of the LORD his God, & ... strike (move up or down) his hand over the place, & recover the leper.


II Kings 5:12 ... Are not Ab'a-na (Amana) & Phar'par rivers of Da-mas'cus, better than all the waters of Is'ra-el? may I wash in them, & be clean? so he turned & went in a rage.


II Kings 5:13 ... And his servants came near, & spake unto him, & said, my father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, & be clean?


II Kings 5:14 ... Then went he down, & dipped himself 7 times in Jor'dan, according to the saying of the man of God: & ... his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child ...

Job 33:25 ... His flesh shall be fresher (than Childhood) than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:


II Kings 5:14 ... & he was clean.

Luke 4:27 ... And many lepers were in Is'ra-el in the time of El-i-se'us the prophet: & none of them was cleansed, saving Na'a-man the Syrian.


Scripture reference used from The KJV Bible, SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sibling Rivalry ... 10/20/2013 Sunday School Lesson

Genesis/Bereshith . Hebrews 11 . Beer-sheba . Paran . Abraham . Issac . Ishmael . Pray (Global peace for all peoples of faith & Christian Arabs) . angel of God . Eliezer . Damascus . Hagar . Sarah . Beer-la-hai-roi . Kadesh . Moriah . Jehovah-jireh . Abimelech . Gerar . Ahuzzath . Faith . Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Genesis/Bereshith 21:13-14,17-21; 26:2-56,12-13 (Devotional Reading: Hebrews 11:17-22; Background Scripture: Genesis/Bereshith 15:1-6; 16; 17:1-14,18,20-27; 21:9-21; 26:1-25).

Genesis 21:12b-13 ... In all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Issac shall thy seed be called. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

Beer-sheba (well of the oath) city and site of three great wells, with Christian ruins, now called Bir-es-sebaast.

Paran, site of the Israelite encampment. ... desert of, in Arabia Petraea.

Eliezer (my God is help), Abraham's steward.

Damascus, an ancient and celebrated city of Syria. ... apostle Paul's journey to.

Beer-la-hai-roi, a well near Kadesh-barnea.

Kadesh (holy) or Kadesh-Barnea (sacred desert), a place on the borders of the promised land, modern Ain Qadees, 12 miles east-southeast of Beer-sheba.

Moriah (provided by Jehovah).

Jehovah-jireh (the Lord will provide).

Abimelech, Issac rebuked by and makes a covenant with. (Not the same King of Gerar, that was reproved by God about Abraham's wife).

Gerar (halting place), a royal city of the Philistines.

Ahuzzath (possession).


Hebrews 11:17-22 ... The nature and fruits of faith. The worthy fruits thereof in the father's of old time.


Genesis 21:13-14

Verse 13 ... Other Nations; Offshoots Of The Abrahamic Stock; Ishmaelites

Verse 14 ... The Family; The Institution & Laws of Marriage; Polygamy & Concubinage Practised, Trouble from It.

(Genesis 21:10; 13 ... Reference Scripture in Sunday School Book)






Genesis 21:17-21

Verse 17 ... Angela; Good Angels: The Angel of The Lord, Or, Of God; Instances of His Appearing.

Verse 18 ... Angels; Good Angels: The Angel of The Lord, Or, Of God; Utters Predictions.

Verse 19 ... Miracles; Supernatural Bodily Gifts & Deprivation; Gift of Bodily Vision.

Verses 20,21 ... Other Nations; Offshoots Of The Abrahamic Stock; Ishmaelites.

(Genesis 21:15-16; 16:3)


Genesis 26:2-5,12-13

Verses 2,3 ... The Hebrews; God's Chosen People; Canaan Promised.

Verse 3 ... The Upright Are Blessed & Prospered (Prosperity means different things to different individuals).

Verse 4 ... Other Nations; The Conversion Of The Gentiles; The Promise Made to Abraham ... The Hebrews; The Height from Which the Hebrews Fell, The Prosperity Promised.

Verse 5 ... Works of God; God's Providence In Moral Discipline; Their Prosperity.

Verse 12 ... Industrial Employments & Products; Tilling The Ground; How Fertile It Was.

Verse 13 ... Civil & Social Life; Social Relations & Duties; Riches, Instances.

(Genesis 22:1-19; 23; 25; 26; 12:10; Galatians 3:8)


Monday - October 14, 2013 - The Promise of Many Descendants - Genesis 15:1-6

Verse 1 ... The Lord's Love & Care for HIS Children. Safety from All Harm & Danger. (This does not mean you will not have trials & tribulations).

God encourageth Abram: promiseth him a son & a numerous seed: he is justified by faith.


Tuesday - October 15, 2013 - A Child Born in Affliction - Genesis 16:7-16

Verse 13 ... The Lord's Love & Care for HIS Children.

Hagar fleeth from her mistress, is sent back by an angel to submit to her. Ishmael is born.


Wednesday - October 16, 2013 - The Symbol of the Covenant - Genesis 17:9-14

Circumcision instituted.


Thursday - October 17, 2013 - Abraham's Test of Faith - Genesis 22:1-8

Abraham offering Issac.


Friday - October 18, 2013 - Abraham's Obedience Blessed - Genesis 22:9-18

Abraham is stayed by an angel: he is blessed again.


Saturday - October 19, 2013 - The Blessed of the Lord - Genesis 26:26-31

Verse 29 ... The Lord's Love & Care for HIS Children. The Upright are Blessed & Prospered.

Abimelech's Covenant with Issac.


Sunday - October 20, 2013 - Blessing Two Family Branches - Genesis 21:13-21; 26:2-5,12-13


Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Handy Teacher's Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible & KJV Topical Edition Bible