Tuesday, December 07, 2021


Psalm 29 verse 3 - 9 describes the voice of the Lord with stunning imagery the evokes a sense of great and awesome power. The passage reads like this.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders,  the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.

The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. 

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.

The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. 

The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;  the Lord is enthroned as King forever.

The start of this passage likens the voice of the Lord to the sound of thundering mighty waters. His voice would sound like gigantic ocean breakers rolling up to land and crashing against the shore. This would be powerful and majestic as the psalmist declares.

The passage also graphically illustrates what effect God's voice has by using visceral natural phenomena that we sometimes experience in the world to describe God's voice.

The voice of the Lord is described to break the  cedars which are huge trees. These trees, large as they are, break to pieces under the power of God's voice. Trees in the scriptures are often symbolic of administrative  organizations (for example, the kingdom of God is likened to a mustard tree). The ability of the voice of God to break cedars tells of the power of God's voice to shatter kingdoms and other structures of administration.

The passage continues on to describe God's voice as striking like flashes of lightening. Lightening strikes are among the most fearsome phenomena experienced by humans. The core of a lightening bolt can exceed 50,000 degrees farenheight which is 5 times hotter than the sun's surface. Here, God's voice is likened to an extremely swift and exceedingly dangerous occurrence that speaks of the refinement and judgement that the voice of God brings.

The voice of the Lord also shakes the desert with  earthquakes. The amount of energy that earthquakes contain is unimaginable. To consider a voice that can trigger geologic shifting that cause earthquakes is sobering. This shaking of the earth's surface also represents the power of God's voice to shake kingdoms either to re-awaken them or bring them to ruin.

The last phenomenon mentioned in the passage is the voice of God that twists the oaks and strips the forests bare of foliage. This describes a atmospheric occurrence of a tornado that violently rips through a forest and twists the sturdy trees and tears off all the leaves. The imagery of a violent twister slashing through a forested area describes the culling and pruning  that the voice of God can do in the hearts of men to remove the  dross of impurity and uproot the unfruitful works of men.

The voice of the Lord will break the cedars.

The administrative structures of men will be broken down in pieces from their lofty places


Monday, December 06, 2021


Continuing from yesterday's discussion, the three men from the east, having given their gifts of gold, frankinscence and myrrh, returned to their home country  by another route so as not to let King Herod know the whereabouts of the child Jesus.

They knew that if Herod learned where Jesus was,  he would have sought to destroy Him as a potential rival to the throne of Israel.

Despite the evasive measures of the three wise men, Herod went on a warpath to find the child to kill Him and so an angel came to Joseph in a dream to warn him to take his family to Egypt to escape the hand of Herod. The passage in Mathew 2 verse 13 - 16 reads this way;

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

Jesus, having been smuggled to earth under cover of a Roman administrative census that mandated the movement of the people of Israel around their country to get registered, it now became necessary to flee to Egypt to escape the murderous rage of King Herod.

In the care of His family in Egypt, Jesus was safe for two years and when reports came that Herod had died, His father Joseph was visited by an angel  in a dream and told that He could return his family to Israel. 

Thus did Jesus live as a refugee in Egypt for two years while fulfilling the words of the prophet, "Out of Egypt I called my Son".

Bless the Lord our God.


Sunday, December 05, 2021


Jesus was born in Bethlehem as the scriptures foretold. In the subterfuge of intrigue, Jesus was born exactly where the prophets foretold He would be born, but the time in which He was to arrive was hidden from the powers of darkness for they planned to stop the arrival of the Messiah who was the hope of Israel.

The God of Israel undertook a  massive orchestration of Roman governance over the land of Israel in order to provide the cover under which Mary and Joseph could travel from Nazareth to  Bethlehem and have Jesus born where prophecy plainly  indicated he would be born while precluding any human or spiritual interference with the receiving of Jesus to the earth.

This logistical feat permitted the Messiah to arrive into history as scheduled  and also allowed for a visitation of men from the east who had been waiting for Him from a distance and had seen His star in the heavens.

These men, likely scholars of the work of the ancient prophet Daniel, travelled from afar following the star that heralded His appearing and they finally arrived in Bethlehem to find the young child whom had been foretold in the writings they studied.

Upon encountering Him, they bowed down and worshipped Him and presented Him with three gifts.

As a symbol of His Kingship, they gave Him Gold. To represent His Priesthood, they gave Him Frankinscence.   To represent the sacrifice of His life unto death for us all, they gave Him Myrrh.

This is summarized in Mathew 2 verse 10 - 11:

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.

 Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts,  gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Thus the Lord Jesus was honoured  by people from distant lands who had waited for Him and sought Him.  They may not have known but this child they were blessing was not only the hope of Israel but also the hope of the whole world.


Saturday, December 04, 2021


The Lord our God is truly wise. 

Romans 16 verse 25 - 27 says;

Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith —  to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

The message of the gospel that apostle Paul was proclaiming is the culmination of  long hidden mysteries that had worked quietly through a great span of time carried by the words of the prophets to secure the redemption that was able  to be received by us gentiles  through faith.

This astounding feat of layered planning and the marshalling of nations and peoples over so many years to weave the fabric required to make possible so great a  salvation,  was suddenly  revealed as the completed work of Jesus Christ when He died on a cross, was buried and  rose from the dead. Because of this, any person around the world could turn to the Lord Jesus in faith and be saved.

The deep wisdom of God  to accomplish this became visible after the powers of darkness were humiliated and defeated and the triumph of the Lord Jesus Christ became evident to all creation  when Jesus was resurrected and ascended to a throne of great glory in heaven.

We gentiles gratefully acknowledge the gargantuan effort it took the Lord to provide a way out of the pagan darkness in which we were lost until the coming of the wonderful gospel of Jesus.

Psalm 147 verse 5 rightly says;

Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.

As does Job 12 verse 13:

“With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.

Bless our Lord the only wise God.


Reference Resource: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com

Reference Resource : desiringgod.org

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Thursday, December 02, 2021


The Lord Jesus was born as a child and grew up in every way that a man would, except that He was absolutely perfect.

Perfection in this sense means that He was completely righteous to the degree that He could not contravene any law in anyway and would have rather died than break even a single law of God.

At the end of His time on earth, Jesus faced that very conundrum where He could either avoid the horror of death on a cross or he could surrender Himself to be put to death so that He would not disobey His Father in heaven.

He, being flawless, set His face to flint and underwent the Roman execution of crucifixion and fulfilled what His father had asked of Him. He Himself had  no fault whatsoever but  suffered the death that a sinful man would have deserved.

In death, Jesus descended into the courts of the spirit where He was to undergo scrutiny so that his enemies could justify His death and admittance to hell. 

Psalm 7 verse 1 - 6 describes the defense Jesus mounted in that court. He spoke of the consequences that were hanging over Him if any fault was found in Him. He also said  that if He had done anything wrong, He would rightly be chased and torn apart and trampled to death by His enemies.

But Jesus, innocent, claimed exoneration and called on God the Father to rise in rage against His false accusers. The passage says this;

Lord my God, I take refuge in you;  save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands—if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe—then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.

Arise, Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies.

In Ezekiel chapter 18, the prophet, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, painstakingly outlined the legal position that Jesus was in at that  court session in the spirit.

The word of the Lord came to me:  “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:

“‘The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?

“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.  For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.

In the context of the passage, the question raised was whether a son could be culpable for his father's sins or if a father could be culpable for his son's sins. 

Here, the Lord God declares, "The one who sins is the one who will die" which unequivocally stipulates that if a person did not sin themselves, they will surely live. It is this fundamental law that underwrote Jesus' resurrection from the dead. As Ezekiel 18 verse 9 continues;

He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous he will surely live, declares the Sovereign Lord.

But if Jesus, the eternal and sinless one suffered and died even though He was innocent, God made it possible for the suffering and death that Jesus endured to be transferred to our account so that we sinners who deserved  death, could have our sins paid for.

Because we believed in Jesus and asked Him, in His mercy, to save us, He undertook to redeem us and ransomed us from the kingdom of darkness and moved us into His kingdom of light.

Bless the Lord who underwent death that we could be made alive in Him.


Wednesday, December 01, 2021


The Lord Jesus, after a long journey through Samaria, sat by a water well as He waited for His disciples to return from buying food.

A Samaritan woman came by the well to draw water for herself and He asked her for a drink of water. She, knowing the customs of the day, was surprised because Jews had no dealings with Samaritans. 

Because of this, she asked Him how he could expect her to draw water for Him when their cultural identities forbade interaction.

Jesus responded to her by telling her that if she knew who was asking her for a drink, she would have asked Him and He would have given her living water. In John 4 verse 10, Jesus  said to her;

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

Jesus, in this passage, revealed a profound spiritual truth about how the Holy Spirit was going to fill people and that the Spirit of God would be a spring of living water who would well up to eternal life in those who believed in Jesus.

This concept was further clarified by Jesus in John 7 verse 37 - 39 as he taught  around the temple courts in Jerusalem. The passage says this;

 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

Here, the Lord Jesus again used the imagery of  living water flowing like a river inside of us when we believed in Him. 

The apostle John, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, resolves for us in this passage, that the living water is, in fact, the Holy Spirit with whom those who believed in Jesus are filled.

Bless the great Lord of Heaven and earth, who gives us living water and whose Spirit then seals  us till the day of redemption.


Reference Resource: knowing- jesus.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2021


While the Lord Jesus was teaching in the Galilee area, a contentious issue came up. 

The  people were trying to find Jesus and Jesus discerned that they were looking for Him because He had miraculously provided food for the crowds. Jesus wanted to disabuse them of the idea that His value to them was that he could provide food for them.

He informed the people that His true value to them was that He was the bread of life and that their responsibility before God was to believe in Him.

He told them that believing in Him was how they could enter into eternal life by partaking in the bread of life which was His body (being broken and sacrificed on a cross to pay for their sins).

The contention arose when Jesus told them that they would have to eat His flesh and drink His blood in order to attain  life. This was controversial to his listeners and even to His own disciples who grumbled at Jesus' words and said it was a hard teaching to accept.

Now,  Jesus was using the metaphor of eating to signify believing.  Believing is a form of ingestion into ones heart where to disbelieve is to reject while believing is accept and take into ones heart.

Jesus, who corporealy came down from heaven, was like bread from heaven that can be compared to the manna that God sent down from heaven to keep the children of Israel alive in the wilderness.  

Now, to believe in Jesus who came down from heaven is pictorialized in the eating of the manna and thus the metaphor is extended to include the eating of the flesh of the one who was sent from heaven and drinking His blood.

The following passage out of John chapter 6 verse 30 - 59, touches on these points.

So they asked him (Jesus), “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 

All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 

For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

“Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered.  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 

I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.  But here is the bread that comes down from heaven,  which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Thus the Lord taught us how believing in Him makes us alive in Him.

Bless His holy name.


Monday, November 29, 2021


For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 27 verse 5 says that in the day of trouble, our Lord will hide us in His dwelling place where we are concealed in His sacred tent and placed out of reach upon a perch.

Isaiah 25 verse 4 says this;

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.

For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall

Here, the Lord shields us from distress  from storms and from the heat. He also protects us from the ruthless who would otherwise pummel us like a storm driving against a wall.

The Lord highly favours those who dwell in the shelter of the most high. Psalm 91 lists the calamities against which the Lord shields those who seek shelter in Him.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Thank you great God of heaven and earth.


Reference resource  : Biblereasons.com

Sunday, November 28, 2021


In a stunning development in the narrative as the time of Jesus' crucifixion came near,  Jesus reveals some of the machinations that were on going in the spirit realm as the kingdom of darkness tried to figure out what the kingdom of light was doing.

The calculus settled on was that testing Simon Peter so that he buckled and thus discrediting him was the best way to preclude the setting up of the kingdom of light after Jesus was killed.

In the court of heaven, Satan demanded that that he be granted access to Simon Peter and he was given the access by the court. Jesus prayed for Simon Peter so that after he fell, he would be restored from weakness and that he would be a source of strength for the fledging group of believers. Luke 22 verse 31 - 32 reads this way;

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.

The Lord prayed for Peter so that he would be restored to the best possible footing as a source of strength for the others.

In His magnificent High Priestly prayer, Jesus prayed for all His people who had followed Him as well as all those who were going to follow Him in the future. John 17 verse 20 - 21 says;

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.

This High Priestly role continues to this day where Jesus continually intercedes for us before the Father as described in Hebrews 4  verse 14 - 16;

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Bless the Lord our God who prays for us.


Reference resource: Gotquestions.org

Saturday, November 27, 2021


To 'draw' is to attract or to pull. It means that a subject at a distance, is brought near by either being pulled ( for example by a rope 'drawing'  a bucket of water out of a well) or by interest (for example by the music that 'draws' people to a carnival)

In John chapter 12 verse 31 - 33, Jesus spoke these words about His impending death and the effect it would have.

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

This he said, signifying what death he should die. 

Being lifted up on a  cross publicly to die even though He was perfectly innocent  gave Him the right to use that pedestal of death to call on the hearts of all men to believe in Him and be saved.

The book of James chapter 4 verse 8 says that the 'drawing' is a reciprocal process  in the sense that the Lord will draw all men to Himself and those of us who draw near to Him, will be met by the Lord and by believing in Jesus, we are made children of God and we can then begin the sanctification for the cleansing of our hands and  purification of our hearts. The passage says it this way;

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Bless our Lord who draws us to Himself.


Friday, November 26, 2021


In the book of Romans chapter 3 verse 25, it says:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

There is no human being exempt from this maxim. All human beings have sinned and are in a state of separation  from God and we have adjoined ourselves to the kingdom of darkness.

This means that because we are participants in the kingdom of darkness, we will share in the harvest of condemnation that was reserved for the devil and his angels.

Our creator and God, seeing the fate that we humans had earned for ourselves, embarked on a plan of redemption that would purchase back any of us who did not want to share in the reward due to satan.

This meant that a perfect person, who had lived in this world but who had never partaken in the sins of this world would have to suffer the penalty of death in order to pay for our sins.

God's Son, Jesus, was the person who could dwell on earth, never sin once and then surrender himself to die on the cross for us.

It is this payment that Jesus made on our behalf that has the power to save us out of darkness and bring us into the kingdom of God.

Believe on the Lord Jesus for it is believing that is counted as having invoked the salvation purchased by the blood of Jesus. It is believing that Jesus died for us and has the power to save us from our sins that causes the cost of our  sin to be charged against the account that Jesus funded by His blood. Having believed in Jesus, we must say it out loud before witnesses to confirm publicly what our hearts believe.

As Romans 10 verse  10 says, For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Bless the Lord



Adoption in the context of the bible is the legal and spiritual inclusion of a person from outside a family into a family.

The adoption, once formalized, is a spiritual bond that links an adopting parent with an adopted child in a way that is spiritually identical to the  bond between biological parents and their child.

In the book of Romans chapter 8 verse 14 - 19, the Apostle Paul explains how those who believe in Christ and are led by the Spirit of God receive a Spirit of adoption as sons whereby we were once orphans but now are sons who can refer to the Lord our God as Father. The passage reads this way.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us

The adoption brings us into the household of God and we become sons with the privileges and responsibilities of the heirs of the househild. Roman chapter 8 continues with a description of the adoption process.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 

                                  - Romans 8 verse 22 - 23

We, who the first fruits of the Spirit groan within  our orphaned selves. We  then wait eagerly for adoption into sonship which is associated with the redemption of our bodies.

After being saved, there a period of time that we wait before we are adopted to sonship. That waiting period is a maturing out of childhood, no longer being babes in Christ but instead, being like arrows in the Lord's quiver like it says in Psalm 127 verse 4 - 5;

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.

How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Bless the Lord our God


Reference resource: https://www.eph320foundation.org/verses.htm

Thursday, November 25, 2021


In the book of John chapter 14 verse 6, Jesus declared that there is only one way by which we might be saved. Jesus said it this way;

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

This unequivocal statement excludes any other proposed path to reach God. 

In Mathew 28 verse 38 - 40, a description of what happened just before Jesus was arrested, illuminates the exclusivity of Jesus as the way to God. The passage says this:

Then He (Jesus) said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”

And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

Jesus said that He was the only way to the Father and then, just before He was crucified, He tested the exclusivity of that claim in great grief. 

As He agonized over undertaking the severity of dying on a cross, He asked His Father if it were possible, to let the cup of pass from Him but He, at the same time, deferred to His Father's will.

That cup that was before Him was the horrific sacrifice of His life that He would have to endure and He was testing all the knowledge reserves  of God the Father to find another acceptable way that we humans could be saved but none was found. 

Jesus, knowing that the will of God was that He suffer and die to provide the only path of salvation, surrendered to the soldiers who were looking for Him and He was led away for trial and execution.

If God the Father could not find another path of salvation for mankind other than the death of His Son, it is a patent lie for a mere human to suggest that they have somehow devised another way of salvation other than the one way that was paid for at so high a price.

If  completing some pilgrimage and giving to the poor or meditating for long hours or self- flagellation or paying money to certain organizations were enough to save men from the kingdom of darkness, God would have spared Jesus at His request and prescribed the other viable method. 

But God the Father did not offer another way and Jesus, the perfect and righteous Son of God was beaten, broken and crucified. He thus died to pay for our sins so that we could be extricated from darkness and translated to the kingdom of light.

All other suggested ways to God the Father are deceptions, for if they were viable ways, Jesus would not have had to die for us.

This way of salvation is offered freely to any who hears it for this message of the death of Jesus to pay for our sins is the power of God unto salvation and by believing this message and accepting that Jesus died to save us, we are set on the path to salvation away from darkness and towards the light of God.

Let us accept this great offer of salvation and be saved by Him who paid with His life for us.

Bless the name of Jesus our Lord.



We humans are made in the image and likeness of God as it says in Genesis 1 verse 27.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Being made in the image and likeness of God means that we look like Him and we operate like Him. One of the attributes we inherited from our creator is the ability to laugh. We humans tend to laugh when we encounter absurd things and this the same  response that our Lord has to absurdities as well.

An example can be  found in Psalm 2 verse 2 - 4 where the kings of the earth resolve to oppose God and His anointed

The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”

He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

The absurdity of those who are from the created order vainly believing that they could successfully resist the will of the creator of all things provokes laughter from God.

Another example is found in Psalm 37 verse 12 - 13 where the wicked plot evil against the righteous and the Lord laughs for He know the end from the beginning and can see where the wicked end up.

The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth.

The Lord laughs at him, For He sees his day is coming.

The Lord laughs at the devices and plots of the wicked but, as it says in James 4 verse 6, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Bless the Lord our God.


Wednesday, November 24, 2021


The Lord Jesus, having lived humbly in our midst, having walked our dusty roads and having been tempted in every way as we are, proved Himself to be perfect in His life, death and resurrection. 

God the Father thus appointed Him as the Judge over the living and the dead.

Acts 10 verse 42 says it this way;

He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 

It will be before this appointed judge that we shall all appear as it says in 1 Corinthians  5 verse 10:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

It is a fearsome thing to come before the judge who is so exalted and commands the existence of all things. Revelation 19 verse 11 - 13 describes it like this;

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 

His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 

The One who walked humbly with us now appears in power and judges in righteousness.

Seek Him earnestly and trust in Him now so that you may know Him before He is  revealed in great glory as judge of the living and the dead.

Bless His holy name.


Reference source: knowing-jesus.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2021


You O God art high and lifted up

You O God art highly exalted

You O God art high and lifted up

You O God art highly exalted

I will praise thy name 

Forever !  Forever !

I will praise thy name

Forever ! Forever !

Monday, November 22, 2021


To be summoned is to receive a formal authoritative order to appear at a defined location at a defined time.

Psalm 50 verse 1 says that the Lord summoned the earth to its course by what He has spoken. It says it this way; 

The Mighty One, God, the LORD, has spoken, And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 

On a meta scale, the Lord's formal and authoritative word commands the perpetual  patterns and cycles of our universe.

On a small scale but equally important, a person can also be summoned to attend to an important event that is pivotal in the progression of the kingdom of God. An example of such is found in Acts 10 verse 22 that says this;

They said, “We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message.”

Here, the gospel of kingdom of God was about to cross  the threshold from the realm of the nation of Israel into the world of the gentiles.  This critical moment in history required a formal summons that a Holy angel directed the gentile Cornelius to issue to the Apostle Peter.

When Peter heeded the summons, the gigantic history-making tidal wave of gentiles entering the kingdom of God began.

As for us believers, we are invited to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus in order to be saved. This invitation is not a summons but rather an entreaty by the Lord. 

However,  we who believe will receive a summons to the wedding banquet of the Lamb that is illustrated in a parable told by the Lord Jesus in Mathew 22 verse 2 - 10:

The kingdom of heaven is like a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn’t want to come. Again, he sent out other servants and said, ‘Tell those who are invited: See, I’ve prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

“But they paid no attention and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged, and he sent out his troops, killed those murderers, and burned down their city.

“Then he told his servants, ‘The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Go then to where the roads exit the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ So those servants went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests.

This sombre caution tells of people who did not heed the summons of the banquet of the King's Son. The king then instructed his servants to invite  other people to replace the ones who ignored the summons they received.

We, as people of God, must always be ready to obey the summons of our Lord. When He calls us to duty in intersession or in ministry to others or in any function in the kingdom, we must practice our ear to listen for summons and ready our feet to attend to the summons we receive from heaven lest we become used to  ignoring calls and invitations and summons from the Lord, and miss the final great summoning to the banquet that will be the commencement of the millennial reign of the Lamb of God.

Lord, teach us to hear your summons and to  follow you leading.


Sunday, November 21, 2021


Psalms 110 verse 1 - 2 is an enigmatic passage that describes a conversation between two incredible persons. 

One of the persons is promoting the other to the highest throne in heaven and is pledging to  make His enemies a footstool for His feet.  The first person also declares that He will extend the second person's mighty scepter from Zion and that He will rule in the midst of His enemies.

The passage puts it this way;

The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies.

When confronting the religious teachers of the day, Jesus quoted this passage to challenge their understanding of scripture. He asked them whose son the Messiah was. When they replied, "the son of David", Jesus then referred to this scripture and asked them, if the Messiah was the son of David, why did David call Him Lord? 

In other words, why would a progenitor of a person call his own descendant "Lord".

This is truly a difficult question to answer.  Jesus was showing the Pharisees that even though they thought they knew everything in the scriptures, they actually had a lot more to understand.

By the grace of God, we in our dispensation, know why David called his own descendant "LORD". 

The great mystery that was hidden through the ages was that the Son of God, Jesus, was the one who would emerge from the line of David as a  descendant from the line of David but not by blood. He was born of the Spirit into a family that was from the line of David. 

As such, David called the Messiah "Lord", because Jesus is the Son of God and is God but  He is also the heir to the throne of David by descent.

The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."

Bless our Lord and our God.


Saturday, November 20, 2021


In the book of Exodus 19 verse 5,  the Lord declares that His people will be His  treasured possession on the condition that they obey Him.  It is said this way;

Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,

The book of Malachi 3 verse 17 (NIV) says; 

“On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.

This allusion to how much our God treasures us is a poignant prophecy of the time that was to come and now is when the Lord would gather to Himself highly valued sons and daughters whom He set apart as those who would serve Him.

To be the Lord's treasure requires us to seek Him and His righteousness and to learn His voice and to follow Him and to serve Him. The Lord Himself will give us who believe on His name, the power to become the  sons of God and as sons, His treasured possessions.

Bless the Lord our God.


Friday, November 19, 2021


The Lord Jesus and the disciples were journeying up from Jericho to Jerusalem.

This was a tense journey because it was known that the leaders in Jerusalem were seeking to kill the Lord and instead of travelling away from Jerusalem, He was heading towards the city.

The disciples were likely hoping to adopt a low profile and quietly enter Jerusalem without stirring up too much ferment and try to avoid gaining the interest of  the authorities and their informants.

However, as they travelled,  a blind man, hearing that Jesus was passing by, realized that  this was the one chance in his life to have his sight restored so he began shouting to gain Jesus' attention. 

The people around Jesus, edgy because of the tense situation of travelling towards Jerusalem, warned the man to shut up but He made even more of a commotion likely raising tempers among the crowd. Here is how the story goes from Mark 10 verse 46 - 48.

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

The testy group was upset because their anonymity was blown and others on the road to Jerusalem now knew who was on the road with them.

The Lord Jesus, the epicenter of the vortex of the taut situation, stopped the convoy and an encounter between He and the blind man occured in verse 49 and onward;

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Inspite of everyone trying to get Bartimaeus to pipe down, Jesus heard his shouts for mercy and responded to his persistence.

He stopped and called the blind man to Himself and asked him a surprisingly warm-natured question; "What do you want me to do for you?"

Bartimaeus, so desperately wanting to see, summarily responded that he wanted to see.

Jesus immediately restored his sight and the man followed Jesus up the road.

The persistence of the man paid off. He pressed his luck to try to contact Jesus and Jesus heard him over the commotion. The generous and compassionate  Jesus responded and gave Him the desire of his heart.

When we call out to Jesus with persistence and urgency, He will hear us too and respond to us as the scriptures say in Psalm 145 verse 18 - 19:

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.

Bless our gracious Lord.


Thursday, November 18, 2021


The Lord our God called the young Samuel in the night by his name. Samuel ran to the high priest, Eli, thinking that the call came from him. The story is told this way in 1 Samuel chapter 3 ;

The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Sam,llppuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.

Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Eli told Samuel that he did not call him and to return to his bed but after two more instances of Samuel running to Eli, he caught on to what was  happening and so Eli told Samuel to respond as to God because it was the Lord calling him. The passage continues this way;

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

This instructive passage models the way the Lord calls His people and how we can respond to God when the call comes to us. We can first recognize who is calling us and then be prepared to listen to Him.

The Lord Jesus calls us to belong to Him as it is  related in Roman's 1 verse 6. From among all people on earth including gentiles, the Lord calls us to Himself.

Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

Our calling is a call to a purpose and role. The Lord has specific functions for which we are designed and when we are called, we are matriculating into line of kingdom commissions for which we were created to the glory of our Lord Jesus.

In Roman's 8 verse 28, we then understand that what we are called to is the central driving force of what our lives in the spirit will consist of. The Lord will align circumstances around us in order to turn all things to our advantage in the service of our calling in Him. The passage says it this way:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

The calling of God is a highly significant centerpiece of our lives in the spirit with eternal ramifications.

This is why apostle Peter, in 1 Peter 1 verse 10, says;

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,

Bless the Lord our God.


Wednesday, November 17, 2021


In the famous definition of love by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 verse 4 - 7, one of the hallmarks of love is that it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,  it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

This property of love that forgives and erases wrongs is what makes long term and even eternal relationships based on trust possible. When all records of wrong are erased, friendships and marriages can be renewed everyday with trust and tenderness because they are not encumbered by the weight of guilt or bitterness.

Our God, being love Himself, demonstrates His faithfulness to clear all records of wrongs.

In Psalm 103 verse 11 - 12, it reads;

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Here, the Lord is shown to completely separate from any trace of transgression from those who fear Him.

Again in Hebrews 8 verse 12, we see the same promise;

For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.

The Lord will not remember the sins of His people and they will be able to boldly go before the throne of grace before our God who is merciful.

Bless our wonderful God.


Tuesday, November 16, 2021


The apostle John, in describing a vision he had of Jesus, wrote this in Revelation 1 verse 15:

His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.

When metal glows, it means that it is holding a huge amount of heat energy and some of this energy is radiated as light which gives off  the glow. 

Described by the prophet Ezekiel in the book of Ezekiel 1 verse 26 - 28, a very similar vision captures a glimpse of the effulgent Lord shining with great glory.

Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. 

Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. 

As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.

The Lord's appearance in glory is dazzling and fearsome enough for a person's senses to be overwhelmed and cause him to drop to the ground as happened to both apostle John and prophet Ezekiel.

 Such a great God of righteousness shines brilliantly in His eternal light.

Bless and honor His wonderous name.


Monday, November 15, 2021


When our Lord Jesus walked our dusty roads, He lived in an extraordinary way.

He lived the life of a humble itinerate preacher moving from town to town praying for the sick and oppressed and preaching the good news of the kingdom of God. 

Sometimes, His budgets were tight where even the obligations of temple fees and taxes were beyond His ability to pay thus requiring a miracle to relieve the financial pressure.

Sometimes He couldn't afford shelter as He mentioned that foxes had holes and birds had nests but the Son of Man had no place to lay His head. 

Food was sometimes scarce for the group who followed Him to the degree that they needed to pick raw grain from fields to supplement their diets.

Against this backdrop, Jesus was unfailingly generous and was always prepared to serve the people who sought His help. 

An example of Jesus' sense of service was demonstrated when He was in the fishing town of Capernaum. He was suddenly summoned across the lake and He interrupted his visit to the town to sail to Gennaserette where a lost solitary soul, tormented by demons, ran naked among the tombs, cutting himself with stones.

Jesus, with an unwavering sense of duty and service, undertook the mission to find the demon-oppressed man and restored him to His right mind when the instruction to find this lost sheep was issued from heaven.

Another example of His sense of service while in Capernaum occurred when a temple administrator named Jarius and his wife, came to ask Him to heal their dying daughter. Jesus responded immediately and diverted His route towards their home. Even though the girl died before He got there, Jesus pressed through a scoffing crowd to raise Her from the dead.

In a final act of humble service to His followers, after the last supper, Jesus took a basin of water and wrapped a towel around His waist. Our Lord then knelt down and washed His disciples' feet and  dried them with the cloth he was wrapped with. 

This is the highest expression of service when the Lord, having been given all power and authority by God the Father, humbled himself to do the most menial and humble of tasks in service of those who were His students.

This passage in John 17 verse 3 - 17, tells of the  events that took place and the things that were said;

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.

I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Our Lord set a very counter-intuitive example.

Worldly norms expect that the people of high status be served by people of low status.

However,  through the course of His ministry, Jesus not only taught that "...whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave", Jesus also set an example for us by humbly serving those around Him (even his enemies) in a practical way.

Bless our wonderful Lord.


Sunday, November 14, 2021


Psalm 24 verse 1 - 2 declares that the whole earth belongs to God and everything that dwells in pa bu by merit of His having founded and established it.

The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

In Psalm 2 verse 7 - 8, the psalmist describes a promise God the Father made to His Son Jesus saying that God will make Jesus the heir to all of God's claims of the earth and everything in it:

He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.

Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

The scriptures then tell how the Lord will not forsake His inheritance in Psalm 94 verse 12 - 15;

Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord, the one you teach from your law; you grant them relief from days of trouble,till a pit is dug for the wicked.

For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.

Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

Here, our Lord promises not to forsake His inheritance that was given to Him by His Father.

We who believe in the salvation of God through Jesus are His inheritance and we are secured by Jesus' promise and power and authority.

Bless the Lord our God.


Saturday, November 13, 2021


Continuing from yesterday's study of Romans 1 verse 20 - 21, the last attribute of God that is revealed from the created order is our Lord's divine nature. The Lord's divine nature is the expression of His being as God.

In the way the universe and its contents point to the divine nature of God, we would be able to deduce that God is personal and that He is triune which means God is one but in three persons.

An aggressive inquiry into the origin of the universe reveals a logical impasse that cannot be breached aside from conceding that there is a personal decision maker involved in the building of our universe.

To presume that the universe sprang up on its own, one would quickly run into an intractable infinite recursion loop from which there is no escape.  At every layer of recursion, one would either have to have an infinitely old unstable singularity that suddenly and inexplicably destabilized or go back one recursion level and end up with the same improbable conundrum ad infinitum.

To get out of the loop, we are forced to introduce a deliberate or intentional choice to initiate a destabilization that results in the emergence of the universe. It is this intentionality requirement that points to a person as the originator of the universe. 

Getting to the triune part of God's  divine nature, could the existence of the natural world convincingly express the triune nature of God to minds that are willing to understand?

Yes. Once you conclude that there is a personal God who created the universe out of nothing  and who then made all things within the universe including the living creatures around us and, of course,  we ourselves, we must then consider the characteristics of this person who is able to do this. 

This is a sentient being who can create  out of nothing and, as well, conceptualize and create entities outside of Himself. A thought experiment will take you to a surprising revelation about such a being.

Think of this being conceptualizing a chair and a chair is materialized. A being who made the universe would have to be able to do this by definition. Now,  imagine this being thinking about Himself. In view of His powers, a second being would materialize who is a representation of Himself.

Remember, God is eternal and has always been able to think of Himself and so this second person is eternal as well. We are able to reach an understanding where at least two eternal persons axist as part of the divine nature of God.

When God says, "This is my Son in whom I am well pleased", this is how the Son exists eternally and is an exact representation of God the Father. This is why Jesus could say, " He who  has seen me, has seen the Father" in John 14 verse 9.

An especially astute student of nature  could go further, consider the nature of the personal creator of the universe and  wonder if the God of the universe and His Son could properly be understood to be alive?  

In our realm, there is a distinction between living and not-living creatures and the living property seems to be independent of the material part of these creatures. That is why a living thing can become a non-living thing without losing any material and even though some would say life is about the organization of material and not about a spark of life, the presence of life itself seems to do the organizing and is not the result of the  organizing of material.

 That is why a cell can multiply from a single cell into the highly organized state of trillions of cells forming a human being and being alive remains the characteristic that permits the continuation of this process.

One could then say that the property of life was introduced right from the initiation of living things and is continually passed down from one generation to the next especially when no known examples exist of non-living material giving rise to living things. The living 'flame' so-to-speak, that is given from God is also the one who gives the Son of God the properties of life and as such, must be eternal as well and must have the power and extent of God in order to be the life of God. 

It is this line of thought that would yield the conception of the Holy Spirit who is also named the Spirit of Life in the scriptures in Romans 8 verse 1 - 2.

It can hereby be exclaimed that the created universe reveals the divine nature of God pertaining to His personhood and His triunity.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Bless the Lord's mighty name.