Showing posts with label Hosanna. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hosanna. Show all posts

Thursday, June 15, 2017

4 of ... The Heart: The Key to Everything in the Christian Life - Book Review

The Second Soil of the Heart: Rocks, Scorching & Withering.

Let's examine the second soil of the heart & what happens when the seed of the Word of God is sown into it.

As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word & immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, & when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. (Matthew 13:20-21, ESV)

On the surface, this second soil of the heart looks like good, fertile ground for the Word of God. The seed has a sudden, brief growth spurt, but its young root can never develop & become strong. Once it hits the rock, the root soon withers away causing the tiny plant that has emerged from the soil to die. The second soil of the heart is the great enemy to the growth of the Word of God.

Never forget how important it is for the seed of the Word of God to take root deeply in our hearts so it can produce fruit. The seed of the Word of God contains everything that God is: His love, righteousness, grace, salvation, goodness, holiness, faithfulness, peace & joy just to name a few. Faith comes by hearing this magnificent seed of the Word of God & allowing it to grow & become engrafted into the very fiber of the heart.

Importance of a Strong Root System. For the seed of the Word of God to prosper & grow into a strong, healthy tree, it must have a deep root system. The root system allows the heart to be anchored to the character of God.

2 Kings 19:30 declares that we must take root downward, so that we can bear fruit upward! Proverbs 12:12 declares that the root of the righteous yields fruit, & shall not be moved, because it is anchored in the Word of God.

It is imperative as Christians that we cultivate a deep root system of the Word of God in our hearts. The truth in Psalm 1 is vital to maintain a healthy spiritual heart.

The word "blessed" describes the condition of our heart should be in daily & it is linked to what it is rooted in. The Hebrew word "blessed" conveys the idea of happiness that flows from a sense of well-being & righteous. Bad company will corrupt the heart & destroy its root system. Our delight, desire, & longing must be to know God & His Word as the great treasure of our heart.

Do we delight in the pure words of Scripture more than the words from television, radio, Internet & chatter of the trival that relentlessly bombards our lives daily?

When we delight in the Word of God & mediate upon it daily, the spiritual root system of our heart is strong in God.

Jesus Christ is the true vine & we are to abide in Him if we are to be branches that bear much spiritual fruit.

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, & let your lives be built on him.

Let's examine tribulation & persecution in more depth & see how they have such a dramatic effect on the heart.

Tribulation: The Forceful Squeezing of the Heart. The Greek word for "tribulation" is thlipsis which means to press, squeeze, compress, & crush. It was used to describe the squeezing of olives in a press to extract oil & the squeezing of grapes to produce juice.

The Lesson of Joseph. Thlipsis is the word to describe what Joseph went through before He was made governor in Egypt.

The world specializes in thlipsis.

Jesus Christ: Our Example in Times of Thlipsis. Thlipsis is nothing to Jesus Christ. He endured the worst thlipsis ever known to mankind in the ordeal of the crucifixion. His sweat was like great drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane in intense prayer to his Heavenly Father. He was about to go through forty hours of beatings, mocking, torture, physical disfigurement, & unbearable pain. He endured this brutal physical punishment to pay the price for our sin & crush the power of the kingdom of darkness, ushering us as citizens into his kingdom.

Only in Jesus Christ can we be victorious over thlipsis. Only in Jesus Christ can we endure & overcome the blistering heat of the kosmos, the entire system that the Devil has set up as the Prince of the Power of the Air.

Only in Jesus Christ can we withstand this pressure & emerge over every burden & weight thrown at our heart.

Thlipsis & the Birth of Extraordinary. God always births something extraordinary in the heart when we come through a season of thlipsis still firmly rooted in Christ & the Word of God.

God uses the word "thlipsis" to describe the anguish the female body endures in labor. The woman is pregnant with something extraordinary & amazing with a wonderful, beautiful baby forming in her womb.

Likewise our heart is pregnant with the extraordinary plans, purposes & works of God Almighty, but it is only when we come through the labor pains of thlipsis that the heart gives birth to something extraordinary. How tragic that we never give birth to God's amazing plans & purposes for our life because under the crushing pressure of thlipsis we have a miscarriage.

Jesus Christ endured the intense thlipsis of the crucifixion & bearing the sin of the human race, but now he is seated at the right hand of God having obtained eternal redemption for all those who believe.

Look what was birthed out of the heart of Joseph when he passed the thlipsis test. What an extraordinary thing God birthed in the heart of Joseph to go from a slave, condemned in prison, to a ruler of a mighty kingdom.

God birthed an extraordinary calling & work in the heart of David as he became the greatest king in the history of Israel & a man after God's own heart.

The Apostle Paul was deeply rooted in Christ & the Word of God & endured great thlipsis during his journeys to spread the gospel. He suffered beatings, stoning, false accusations, imprisonment, shipwreck, hunger, weariness, riots & persecution. His ministry turned the world upside down, & he shook the gates of hell with the truth of the gospel.

Jesus Christ: The Focal Point of all Persecution. Persecution arises out of the violent clashing between two spiritual kingdoms. The Word of God is the mighty weapon of one kingdom. The heart is at the center of this fierce battle. The Book of Revelation speaks of this. (Revelation 12:4b-5,7,9,12b,17)

Jesus Christ is the focal point of all persecution because He is God's plan for redemption. He is the Savior, the Great Shepherd, the second Adam, the Alpha & Omega, the light of the world, the bread of life, the way, the truth, the life, & the door to God's kingdom. He restored everything that Adam & Eve had lost in the Garden of Eden & conquered sin & death.

The Greek word for "hatred" in John & Luke means to pursue with hatred, to detest, to have extreme hostility towards, & to abhor.

Surprising Source of Most Persecution. The Devil is very subtle as persecution often arises from our inner circle: our churches, fellow-christians, family, friends, co-workers, teachers, professors, neighbors, & community.

The devil loves religion because it has nothing to do with the true God & is an easy facade to hide his deceptions. Look at our Savior as the constant persecution to his ministry was from the Pharisees, Sadducees, chief priests & scribes, who were the religious elite of his day. The great religious men & their corrupt system crucified their Messiah.

Persecution also comes from the inner circle of our family, friends, & close associates whom the Devil craftily influences to shake our faith in God & His Word.

When Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem near the time of his crucifixion, great multitudes of apparent followers & disciples cried out "Hosanna (save us please) to the son of David, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord even the King of Israel! Hosanna in the highest!" This whole multitude rejoiced & praised God with a loud voice. Many of these people had been with Jesus when he called Lazarus out from the grave & had heard about this great miracle. The entire city of Jerusalem was moved & the multitude declared "This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee!"

The Greek word for "seize" means to take hold of forcibly, to take into custody & arrest, to continually hold back, to hinder & restrain, to prevail & rule over, & to take into one's possession.

Jesus Christ: The Prince of Peace. Without Jesus no person on earth can ever have true peace.

In Hebrew, the word for peace, shalom, means wholeness, completeness & soundness. It is an inward & outward tranquility, a quiet assurance, & a complete well-being where nothing is lacking or broken. Peace is the highest measure of contentment, joyfulness, happiness, & satisfaction in life.

God is the source of all peace, & we have peace because of our relationship with Him. His peace is our peace. Peace can not live in a heart of unbelief.

The author, Tim Rowe has a doctorate of jurisprudence & a bachelor's degree in biblical studies, history & classics. He is president of Goodness of God's Ministries & lives in Indianapolis with his wife & son.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The SON of David ... 3/9/2014 Sunday School Lesson

Matthew 1 . Isaiah 9:6-7 . Child is born - SON is given - upon HIS shoulder - HIS name - Wonderful - Counsellor - mighty God - everlaasting Father - The Prince of Peace . Isaiah/prophet . Matthew 12:20 (Whosoever Will May Be Saved ... Pardon for Iniquities & Sins) . virgin with Child - SON - Emmanuel - God with us . knew her not - her 1st born SON - JESUS/Yeshua . Bethlehem of Judaea. Herod/king . wise men - from east - Jerusalem . King of the Jews . star in east - worship HIM . rule my people Israel . Healed all . Temple of God . Court of Gentiles . house of prayer - den of thieves . Hosanna/son of David . Chief Priests - Pharisees . Jericho . blind Bartimaeus - Jesus/Yeshua of Nazareth - cry out - have mercy on me . Holiness . David - HIS seed - endure forever - HIS throne established forever . moon . faithful witness in Heaven . Matthew 2; 12; 21; 22; . Mark 10 . Psalm/Tehillim 89 . Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Psalm/Tehillim 89:35-37; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-21 (Devotional Reading: Mark 10:46-52; Background Scripture: Psalm/Tehillim 89:3-14; 30-37; Isaiah 0:1-7; Matthew 1:18-2:6; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 1:26-33) for 3/9/2014.

The Sunday School Lesson for 3/16/2014 ia shared from: Psalm/Tehillim 110:1-4; Acts 2:22-24,29-32 (Devotional Reading: Psalm/Tehillim 16:7-11; Background Scripture: Psalm/Tehillim 110; Acts 2:22-36; Psalm/Tehillim 89:35-37

Emmanuel (Immanuel) (God with us)

name ... represents title & dignity of the Lord, authority, rank, character, majesty, power, excellence, etc., of everything that the name covers

JESUS/Yeshua (Joshua, Jeshua) ... Joshua (Jehovah is Salvation) (Hoshea, Jeshua, Jesus)

Holiness ... godliness, right relation to God, character-growing toward perfection, holiness in personal conduct

government ... govern, to guide, lordship, dominion, guides in a local Church

Bethlehem (house of bread), The Church of the nativity, with cave and manager, is found there

Judaea ... southern division, of Palestine(Then) - Holy Land(Now),l the land of the Jews

Herod (hero-like), the Great, king of Judea

Jerusalem (the habitation of peace). Mount Zion has been applied to the western hill - eastern hill called Mount Moriah

The Temple - The House of the Lord

Hosanna (save, I beseech thee), children sing to Christ ... Hebrew means 'save, we pray,' utterance of praise rather than of prayer. Originally, probably, a cry for help.

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Pharisee ... Hebrew word meaning to separate. They were intolerant of those who were different from them. A class among the scribes. Sanctimonious in manner & hypocritical in character. Spirtually proud & without moral excellence

Jericho (moon city), a royal city of great antiquity (ancient times)

Bartimaeus (son of Timesus)

Timaeus (unclean)

throne ... symbol of supreme power & dignity (Genesis/Bershith 41:40 ... Matthew 19:28; 25:31)

moon, the lesser light (Genesis/Bereshith 1:16)

Psalm/Tehillim 89:35-37

(Verse 32 - visit their transgression with rod & their iniquity with stripes)

(Verse 34 - My Covenant - will not break)

(Verse 31 - break statues - keep not commandments)

Verses 36,37 ... The Hebrews; The United Kingdom; Promises to David's Line

(Psalm/Tehillim 89; II Samuel 7:12-29; Psalm/Tehillim 73-89; II Samuel 7:12-16; II Samuel 7 ... Reference Scriptures in Sunday School Book)

Isaiah 9:6-7

(Verse 1 - vexation - afflicted the land of Zebulum - land of Naphtali - beyond Jordan - in Galilee - of nations)

(Verse 2 - seen a great light)

(Verse 4 - day of Midian)

(Verse 5 - fuel of fire)

(Isaiah 9:2 - Pardon for Iniquities & Sins)

Verse 6 ... Jesus Christ; Prophecies Concerning Christ; Divinity ... Jesus Christ's Divinity; HE IS Called God ... Jesus Christ; Christ's Humanity; Christ's Incarnation

Verse 7 ... Jesus Christ; Prophecies Concerning Christ; Kingship

(Isaiah 25:1; 10:21; II Samuel 7:16; Isaiah 7:14; Psalm/Tehillim 45:61)

Matthew 1:18-21 ... Jesus Christ; Genealogy, Birth & Christ's - As Recorded by Matthew

Verse 18 (Luke 1:27)

Verse 21 (Luke 1:31)

Monday - March 3, 2014 - A SON Named Emmanuel - Matthew 1:22-25

The Birth of Jesus/Yeshua

Tuesday - March 4, 2014 - The King of Jews - Matthew 2:1-6

The Visit of the Wise Men - Magi - the Star went ahead of them

Wednesday - March 5, 2014 - Is This the SON of David? - Matthew 12:12-17

The Healing of the Withered Hand - The Healing of the Multitudes

Thursday - March 6, 2014 - Hosanna to the SON of David - Matthew 21:12-17

Jesus/Yeshua in the Temple

Friday - March 7, 2014 - Whose SON is the Messiah? - Matthew 22:41-45

About David's Son

Saturday - March 8, 2014 - Following the SON of David - Mark 10:46-52

The healing of Bartimaeus

Sunday - March 9, 2014 - The SON of David - Psalm/Tehillim 89:35-37; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-21 ... Sunday School Lesson 'Family Connections'

Reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Edition, KJV Special Arrangement New Testament, Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words, Zondervan Bible Commentary & Reader's Digest Oxford Complete WordFinder