Friday, October 12, 2018

Weekly Bible Study – October 15, 2018; Study: Dispensation of Promise. Meet an unbeliever with more integrity than a believer.


Dispensation of Promise.
Meet an unbeliever with more integrity than a believer.

cross-1-2


Scripture References, Word & Phrase descriptions: the “Logos Reftagger” scripture links are hover pop-up active, meaning the scripture reference will just pop-up if you hover your cursor over it (don’t click on the link, just hover your cursor over it), when finished reading, hover your cursor off the scripture reference link. If the Reftagger pop-up doesn’t show all the verses, left click on the “More” button in the Reftagger pop-up window and it will take you to the online bible. If RefTagger pop-ups don’t work on your computer, that’s OK, try left clicking the link if it’s highlighted which should open a window with all the verses at the Biblia.com website; or if that doesn’t work, you can always use your Bible to look up the verses. Word or Phrase definition links may not have a website that opens. If you are running PCMatic, the pop-ups may not work; if that’s the case, email PC Matic Support to see if they can fix that problem for you.

Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


Study to show yourself approved to God!

35929761866_72b3191cfb_o


Grace Bible Church
Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries



The Tree of Life is a weekly teaching summary:
God’s Word is taught Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday


STUDY TITLE:


Dispensation of Promise.
Meet an unbeliever with more integrity than a believer.


Before we get ready to conclude the Fourth Dispensation in our study of the Doctrine of Dispensations, which deals with what is known as the Dispensation of Promise, we need to wrap up this dispensation, or period of time, by understanding the life of Jacob as he relates to the title that our Lord claimed to be when He said “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

For example, in Mat 22:23-33, one day when the Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to our Lord and questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies, having no children, his brother as next of kin shall marry his wife, and raise up an offspring to his brother. Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother; so also, the second, and the third, down to the seventh. “And last of all, the woman died. In the resurrection therefore whose wife of the seven shall she be For they all had her.’” But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God. “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ He is not the God of the dead but of the living.’” And when the multitudes heard this they were astonished at His teaching.

Now, slowly but surely our Lord identifies Himself with Jacob as a reminder of what type of individuals He uses in spite of the deceitfulness of others. I truly believe He identified with Jacob to shock those religious Sadducees of what kind of individuals the Lord desires. John 4:23-24, “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

As the writer of the book of Hebrews states, that no matter how much we do not meet the self-righteous standards of the legalistic believers, He is not ashamed of us at all. As stated in Heb 2:11, For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren…However, notice what God the Holy Spirit chooses to reveal to us, in Matt 22:34, But when the Pharisees heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence, they gathered themselves together.

Mark 12:26, our Lord also Identifies with the fact that all of His people including those who lived like Jacob, if they are truly saved, will be raised from the dead and have resurrection life. “But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. This is what the apostle Paul said to us in 1Co 3:11-15, For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.

It’s interesting that when it comes to the doctrine of Resurrection that Jacob is used many times in the Bible as an illustration of the kind of people that God raises from the dead, Luk 20:37; Exo 3. In Acts 7:32, the Lord identified Himself as the Deliverer of the people of God as He used Jacob as an illustrator of the deliverance.

Acts 7:20-32, “And it was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God; and he was nurtured three months in his father’s home. And after he had been exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away, and nurtured him as her own son. And Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him; but they did not understand. And on the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another’ But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘ Who made you a ruler and judge over us. ‘You do not mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you’ “And at this remark Moses fled, and became an alien in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons. And after forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning thorn bush. And when Moses saw it, he began to marvel at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord: so, notice what our Lord says in Acts 7:32-34. “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.’ And Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look. But the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. I have certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt, and have heard their groans, and I have come down to deliver them; come now, and I will send you to Egypt.’

Again, we see our Lord identifying Jacob with Himself as an illustration of how God can take a weak man or woman and make them great spiritually, not because of their ability but because of their availability.

Exo 3:1-6. Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So, Moses said, “I must turn aside now, and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush, and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Notice next, even though we are reading a lot of the Word….next is the astonishment of what we’re noting:

Exo 3:7-16, And the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. And now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them. Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt” And He said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.” Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name’ What shall I say to them” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” And God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial name to all generations. Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying,” I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.

Notice that over and over again, this man Jacob, who appeared to be filled with so many shortcomings is being used by the mighty hand of God. If he were with us today, I would say to him, though it is not profound to most believers today, I would say something like: “You go Guy, you are THE MAN!”

One day when Moses had to reveal that the power of Jehovah Elohim, the Lord God was with him and For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’” Then we read in Exo 4:2-5, And the Lord the children of Israel, Moses asked the Lord “What if they will not believe me, or listen to what I say said to him, “What is that in your hand” And he said, “A staff.” Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail” so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” Notice here that identification with a person like Jacob was given to Moses by the Lord as proof that Jehovah Elohim, or the Lord God, was with him. Just like He is with us and those who have believed and trusted in His name or His person. Now, before we conclude this dispensation of promise we need to make sure that we complete the place of Jacob in this dispensation and to do so we need the consider the three major failures of Jacob in this chapter.

Let me give them to you as we conclude this point of doctrine in the dispensation we are ready to finish with the final failures of Jacob.

1. The first failure was in his manner of meeting Esau, verses 1-11, which we noted the past week or so.

2. The second failure will be in the deceit to which Jacob resorted to, to free himself from Esau’s company, when Esau offered him the protection of his armed men, 12-16.

3. The third failure was in settling at Shechem, a place which he will totally regret which represents going only half way with the Lord. The first failure which was in his manner of meeting Esau, verses 1-11.

Gen 33:1-3, Then Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. And he put the maids and their children in front, and Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. But he himself passed on ahead of them and bowed down to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

”Bowing down to the ground” was an honor and a tribute that you would do in the ancient world toward a king or someone you would highly respect. Now, Jacob is not doing this because he highly respects his brother Esau, he is doing this because he is living in fear of what he “BELIEVES” or is “PRESUMING” that his brother Esau is about to do to him. In fact, later on, one of his very own favorite sons, a man called Joseph will say to all of his brothers, who are Jacob’s sons who thought that Joseph was going to do evil against them…he will say to them in that very popular passage that most of you are familiar with:

Look at it Gen 50:20, “And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.

So, Esau was not coming to beat Jacob but to greet him. Jacob is just in bondage to transference arrogance. Jacob is thinking that Esau is coming to destroy him rather than to enjoy him! Some of you may be dreading a meeting with your Esau tomorrow; Some creditor! Some demand for payment! Some awkward problem! Some difficulty! Some bad financial news or bad news from the doctor or the hospital!

Prov 25:25, Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land.

Jer 49:23, For they have heard bad news; They are disheartened. There is anxiety by the sea, It cannot be calmed.

Now, today you may be like a Jacob, worrying, planning, scheming, and contriving, as Jacob did, in arranging his wives and children, and servants, and then to¬morrow you will go cringing and creeping trying to solve your problems. Listen to a more excellent way. Do not lift up your eyes and look for the Esau’s, the bad news of life. Those who look for troubles will find it! The Lord said in Mat 6:34, Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

If you’re going to look for something in life, do what Heb 12:2 says, Heb 12:2, looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Look at the solution and not the problem! Those who have seen the face of God, as believers in the church-age do through the intake of doctrine, they do not need not fear the face of man. And as with Jacob so with us, To have power with God is to have power over all the evils that threaten us. So back in Gen 33:4, Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.

Isn’t this interesting! As I mentioned on Friday evening, t our Lord might have even had this passage in mind when He told the parable of the prodigal son where we see the father’s forgiveness toward his son, Luk 15:20, “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him.

And so in Gen 33:5-7, And he [Esau] lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, “Who are these with you” So he [Jacob] said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” Then the maids [concubines] came near with their children, and they bowed down. And Leah likewise came near with her children, and they bowed down; and afterward Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed down.

Notice that the trial and the tribulation turned out to be much less than anticipated.

Gen 33:8, And he [Esau] said, “What do you mean by all this company which I have met” And he said, “To find favor in the sight of my lord.”

Esau desired to know the meaning of those flocks of cattle which had been sent on to him earlier as a present. And Jacob’s answer is quite straightforward, but it shows where Jacob was placing his confidence in. He was depending on his gifts and his presents to Esau rather than upon God, to try over his brother Esau.

So in Gen 33:9, But Esau said, “I have plenty, my brother; let what you have be your own.”

Notice the plain implication of Esau’s words, and in them we are shown the futility and needlessness of Jacob’s conniving and his scheming. Jacob had devoted so much of his time and energy to the problem of how he could satisfy his brother Esau whose anger he lived in fear of and he had gone to much expense and trouble to do so! And if he could speak to us today from headquarters in Heaven, he would tell us that his thoughts and schemes and plans accomplished absolutely nothing.

It was all vanity and needless energy as this passage shows. He had wasted his time in unprofitable labor!

Psa 127:1, Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

Solomon said in, Ecc 2:11,Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.

The point being is that not only are all of our fleshly planning and efforts dishonoring to God, but they are uncalled for and unnecessary.

Gen 33:10, And Jacob said, “No, please, if now I have found favor in your sight, then take my present from my hand, for I see your face as one sees the face of God, and you have received me favorably.

Now, the reason why Jacob is begging Esau to take the gift is because of a custom in the ancient world at the time in which they lived! The acceptance of the gift of the person giving it was considered to be the absolute proof that all was well.

So in Gen 33:11-14, Jacob says, “Please take my gift which has been brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have plenty.” Thus he urged him and he took it. Then Esau said, “Let us take our journey and go, and I will go before you.” But Jacob said to Esau, “My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds which are nursing are a care to me. And if they are driven hard one day, all the flocks will die. “Please let my lord pass on before his servant; and I will proceed at my leisure, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord at Seir.”

It’s incredible that Jacob practiced a deception on his generous brother in order to get rid of him by promising what he never meant to fulfill which was to visit him at Seir. Jacob, at once, begins to devise excuses as to why they should journey separately. And this brings out that second failure of Esau in this passage.

1. The first failure was in his manner of meeting Esau, verses 1-11.

2. The second failure was in the deceit to which Jacob resorted, to free himself from Esau’s company, when Esau offered him the protection of his armed men, 12-16.

Do not think for a single moment that Jacob really meant to go to Seir; for as soon as he had seen the rear of Esau’s retiring forces, he journeyed in the contrary direction to Succoth. All such deceitfulness and lying were utterly unworthy of the man who had seen God’s angels face to face and then God Himself. Gen 33:15, And Esau said, “Please let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “What need is there Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.” Esau suggested that some of his own army should stay behind with Jacob to afford protection for Jacob and his herds while passing, through a wild and dangerous country. But Jacob seems to have suspected some un¬friendly design which was behind Esau’s offer, and so he declined it!

Jacob politely refuses to travel with Esau, but he does say that he will follow at a slower pace behind him until he meets him in Seir. So Esau sets out for his homeland to the south, and we hear of him no more. But Jacob, contrary to his word, moves westward toward the Jordan Valley and stops at Succoth and never goes to Seir. Gen 33:16, So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. Note that Esau kindly accepted the presents of Jacob to make Jacob feel better about his wronging Esau. And I have said before, sometimes the unbeliever has a lot more integrity then the believer. Esau kindly received the wives and children of Jacob. Thirdly, Esau goes on the way before Jacob to make the way clear. Fourth, Esau acts as his brother’s guide and vanguard. A vanguard is someone who takes the leading position in an army for the purpose of protecting those who are behind! Fifthly, Esau shows his forgiveness by deeds as well as by words. Six, the point is that Esau is pictured in this chapter as a noble and with a chivalrous character.

He forgives and forgets his brother’s past wrongdoings. Jacob, however, is still mistrustful of the one whom he had betrayed and he gives Esau the slip by going toward Canaan instead of following him to Seir as he had promised. And yet again, for whatever reason, the Lord says “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Here is another passage where an unbeliever has more character and integrity then a believer!


The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Internet Church Service – October 14, 2018; Sermon: The Sixth Commandment: Thou Shall not Murder.

EMBEDDED VIDEO SERMON in HD – NOTES
The Sixth Commandment: Thou Shall not Murder.


35161118493_8e27c90df0_o


Please join us as we fellowship in the Word of God, listen to
Christian Music, Pray in Christ’s Name, and Praise the Lord
in our Hearts and Minds.

ALL ARE WELCOME

35971062575_649f5d6517_o
from - Romans 8:38-39

Hymn #1






Hymn #2




Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



Romans12.2

Our Pastor-Teacher is:




This ministry is non-denominational and is dedicated to
teaching the Word of God from the original languages and
making it available at no charge throughout the world.


Sermon



NOTES
Unlike the bible study, these notes are not just for reading without watching the video. These notes are more designed to follow along during the sermon and to bring up the “hover pop-up scripture references” (some websites may require to left click the link, if that doesn’t work then look them up in your Bible) when the Pastor asks everyone to turn to that passage in their bibles.


Sermon: The Sixth Commandment: Thou Shall not Murder.


Mosaic Law – provide a stabilized population of young men who are willing to defend not only their right woman, but every right woman for every right man in the nation as well as their families.

The Ten Commandments provide a phenomenal basis for establishing a stabilized military organization made up of men and women who have an understanding of the basic concepts of authority.

Individuals who have the moral courage to go out and vigorously defeat and neutralize the enemy to the point of unconditional surrender, annihilation, or both.

“What about Thou shalt not kill?”

As we shall see in our exegetical study of the sixth commandment, the word for “kill” should be translated “murder”; therefore, it has nothing to do with military life.

The word kill in this passage is ratsach which refers to murder whereas the Hebrew word harag means to kill legitimately.

The Hebrew verb for kill is harag not ratsach which means to kill the enemy in battle or to execute the criminal.

Violence and war can be right timing, or it can be wrong timing.

If you are in the military or law enforcement, there are times when you must practice violence.

In the laws of divine establishment, capital punishment is the way that crime is controlled.

So, a “time to kill” refers not only to capital punishment for criminals, but also to the fact that when you serve your country in the military, you should kill the enemy.

Exo 20:13, the Bible does NOT say “You shall not kill”, it says “You shall not murder.”

If you kill when it’s time to heal then you’re a murderer.

To kill the enemy as a military representative of your country is not only compatible with the plan of God, but is commanded and should be done “as unto the Lord.”

There is no Biblical support for the position of a “conscientious objector” which refers to individuals who are not willing to fight for their country because it’s against their beliefs.

This situation could be drastically changed if the military were made up of a mature believers with Bible doctrine or even unbelievers with the principles of the divine institutions in their right lobes.

The principles contained in the Decalogue (10 commandments) are for both the believer and the unbeliever.

The Biblical principle in fighting a war calls for the defeat of the enemy, and that entails killing and neutralizing the enemy.

You do not stop wars by playing games with the enemy; you stop wars by KILLING THE ENEMY!

In spite of man’s efforts for peace, there will be warfare until the Second Advent of Jesus Christ (Mat 24:6; Mar 13:7; Luk 21:9).

MAR 13:7 “And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.

MAR 13:8 “For nation will arise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

You cannot stop wars by being a peacenik; you cannot stop wars by disarmament. The only way to stop war is to be ready for war; and adequate preparation demands a strong military.

The Jews in the Old Testament had the greatest military record of any national entity in the ancient world, with the possible exception of the Assyrians.

It was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Hosts, the Commander of the Armies, who gave the orders for the Jewish Army to fight and defeat, and in some instances, to annihilate the enemy.

A man must have a lot of character to fight and die for his country and to do it right

The sixth commandment: Exo 20:13 is the Prohibition of Murder. In the English this commandment reads: THOU SHALT NOT KILL.

The Hebrew word in this verse is “ratsach,” which does not mean “to kill,” but “to murder,” and there is a vast difference between killing and murder. – The Bible = Thou shalt not murder. (Mat 19:18).

This commandment deals with the crime of murder; it prohibits murder.

The Word of God calls for capital punishment for the violation of this commandment (Gen 9:6; Lev 24:17; Rom. 13:1-4).

The first time someone died was Abel, and in Gen 9:6, the Lord said “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”

Lev 24:17 ‘And if a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death.”

The prohibition of murder is designed for the preservation of Divine Institution #1 — Volition.

In committing murder, you are depriving another of his life and freedom.

The operation of free will is the basic issue in the angelic conflict, and the Decalogue is designed to protect every free will during the course of the angelic conflict.

Salvation by faith in Christ requires non-meritorious exercise of free will, and free will is cut off abruptly by an act of murder.

Your position in Christ required an act of free will, as positive volition expressed itself through faith.

Observation of this prohibition is basic to human liberty and to the function of civilized society.

There would be a thousand people who no longer possessed freedom.

How can people live close together, get angry at each other and still survive? Because of the divine law, “Thou shalt not commit ‘homicide’ “ — that is how!

Murder is prohibited by God, whereas killing IN DEFENSE of one’s own person or nation is sanctioned by the Word of God and is absolutely necessary in many instances for the preservation of freedom.

TLJC says 5 times, to five different churches rebound, or metanoeo meaning to change your mind, name your sin and recover.

When you have no rebound, it means we keep on the low road and intensify misery and divine discipline.

Rebound, on the other hand, recovers us immediately from that and rebound however is not victory over sin, it’s just recovery from sin.

Anguish or sorrow, as God would have it, is given in order to encourage the believer to rebound.

Point 1. The Concept of Warfare as Taught in Scripture.

There will be no warfare in the Millennium (1,000 years) says Isa 2:4.
Isa 2:4 Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.

Man has never accomplished and will not accomplish in the Church- age or Tribulation what only Jesus Christ can accomplish in the Millennium……which is perfect world peace.

Just as TLJC made perfect peace with God at His first advent, so He will provide the basis for no more war at his Second Advent or the Second coming.

War is used by God to kill off the leaches of society; in reality it is a cleansing agent.

Ecc 3:8 that “There is a time for war, and there is a time for peace.”

There is a book of wars that comes directly from the Lord
Num 21:14 Therefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, what He did in the Red Sea, and in the brooks of Arnon.

The misnomer of war is the word “sword” in Matt 26:52, “For all who draw the sword shall perish by the sword.”

Peter thought that he had a “just cause” as a Christian so he advocated civil disobedience.

TLJC rebuked him and said that: “All those who draw the sword as a criminal in civil disobedience shall perish by the sword.”

The sword also refers to capital punishment in Rom 13:4.

Gen 9:6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God he made man.

There is a difference between the sword as a criminal and the honor of fighting for your country as a military soldier.

Make sure that you understand that the book of Numbers is the book of the war plans for Israel.

Point 2. A strong military prevents war and protects divine establishment. All freedom comes through military victory.

1. The spiritual factor of Bible doctrine in the soul, prayer, and the grace of God, Neh 4:8-9.

2. Military preparedness, Neh 4:8-9, 13 15.

3.The spiritually mature believer

Prin-Freedom, prosperity, and life are sacred under the laws of divine establishment and must be fought for in order to be protected.

Failure of society,
Lack of training,
No respect for authority,
Lack of courage,
No self-discipline.

Social degeneration is always characterized by disdain of the military and police.

God uses the military to demonstrate the degeneracy and decline of a nation.

One military leader said; “Victory depends on training, not numbers.”

In fact, true courage is intensified by thoroughness of training.

Freedom – perpetuated because the people became courageous in battle. Heb 11:34 They quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Notice the phrase “became mighty in war”

So, the principle – Under the laws of divine establishment, all national freedom and security comes through military victory.

My main point here is that killing is legitimate when we are at war, whereas murder is taking a life and violating another’s free will.

In fact, the book of Jeremiah teaches that Jewish military failure in 586 B.C. was attributed to the spiritual and moral decline of the people.

Hymn #3









The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Internet Church Service – October 7, 2018; Sermon: The Three Witnesses in the Church-age.

EMBEDDED VIDEO SERMON in HD – NOTES
The Three Witnesses in the Church-age.


35161118493_8e27c90df0_o


Please join us as we fellowship in the Word of God, listen to
Christian Music, Pray in Christ’s Name, and Praise the Lord
in our Hearts and Minds.

ALL ARE WELCOME

35971062575_649f5d6517_o
from - Romans 8:38-39

Hymn #1






Hymn #2




Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



Romans12.2

Our Pastor-Teacher is:




This ministry is non-denominational and is dedicated to
teaching the Word of God from the original languages and
making it available at no charge throughout the world.


Sermon



NOTES
Unlike the bible study, these notes are not just for reading without watching the video. These notes are more designed to follow along during the sermon and to bring up the “hover pop-up scripture references” (some websites may require to left click the link, if that doesn’t work then look them up in your Bible) when the Pastor asks everyone to turn to that passage in their bibles.


Sermon: The Three Witnesses in the Church-age.


This spiritual intelligence which was once classified information, concealed and restricted from both angels and mankind, is what the Bible now calls a mystery.

Even the elect and fallen angels had to be taught this mystery by the church and they either responded or reacted.

In 1Co 4:9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.

In Eph 3:10, angels need to be taught this mystery, for we read in order that the multi faceted or many-sides of the wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.

Angels observe believers receiving commands from headquarters in heaven; 1Ti 5:21 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.

Even the fallen angels desire to look into the things God has graciously given the Church-age.

In Matt 18:10, angels also observe and protect children Matt 18:10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father who is in heaven.

In Luk 16:22, angels also were present when Lazarus a believer died and he was escorted to paradise by the angels, Luk 16:22 “Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom;

And in 1Co 11:10 angels observe the attitude that the woman has toward her husband and the symbol of authority that it represents.

This rejection of legitimate authority was the first sin committed in the garden of Eden.

Many times people quit because they lack the discipline needed to continue and to be successful, namely perseverance.

For the invisible hero of the Church-age, it is the second most important witness in the appeal trial of Satan NOT Christian marriage.

It only remains secret to the “willful ignorance” on the part of believers in Jesus Christ; 2Pe 3:5.

For if a believer desires to know the truth about any biblical subject, it will be revealed; John 7:17, Jer 29:13.

John 7:17 “If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself.

1Co 4:1 says Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

The most powerful thing in all the Bible is Throne Words.

The only way mystery doctrine gets across is through the exegesis of the New Testament Epistles and the mystery doctrine given to the Church-age believer.

Ignore and reject these principles and without a doubt you will be identified as a loser believer.

The born again believer in the Church-age who reaches spiritual maturity and then passes the most serious undeserved suffering can endure all things through Acts 1:8; Heb 4:12; Phi 4:13.

Satan had to ask permission to test Job and his response to the legitimate authority over him beginning in Job 1:6.

Satan is saying, “I am the ruler of the world and I have been roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”

Satan always makes it clear that “While God had put Adam in charge of the world as it’s ruler, Satan recovered that rulership back.”

Matt 9:34, – “the ruler of the demons.”
2Co 4:4, – god of this world.
Eph 2:2, – prince and the power of the atmosphere.

His angelic sin of arrogance resulted in rejecting the authority that was over him, Jehovah Elohim in which he said, “I will be like the Most High God,” Isa 14:13 14; Eze 28:12 19.

He is the origin of murder and violence in the human race, Gen 4-6, John 8:44.

He is the enemy of B.D.; Matt 13 and attacks your capacity for life.
He is the enemy of the Church, Rev 2:9-13.
He is the enemy of Christ, Rev 12:4.

The Devil rules certain believers through demon influence (not demon possession) and the involvement of the believer in the cosmic system.

Negative volition in the soul creates a vacuum in the soul which sucks the doctrine of demons into the stream of consciousness in the soul.

All of these verses are based upon us understanding “HOW” the believer can handle the subtle attacks made by Satan and his kingdom of darkness.

The power and authority that our Lord Jesus Christ used when He functioned and pioneered the spiritual life for the believer.

This pioneering of the spiritual life is called the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union which now overflows into the Church-age.

1Jo 4:4. “Greater is He who is in you [omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit in the PPOG] than He who is in the world [power of Satan as ruler of the world and cosmic system].”

Satan is a very powerful king on earth whose desire is to first, seduce us and then to ultimately defeat us, but the Lord gave us the victory!

As a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, you have the capacity in your local assembly, marriage, family, on your job, you have the most phenomenal, magnificent privilege and potential and opportunity.

If you teach the principle of authority in all realms, both spiritual and natural, you will be branded a “Winner Witness.”

The spiritual life that was pioneered by the Lord Jesus Christ had been passed on by Him to you.

It is a unique spiritual life. No one lived it before the humanity of Christ did and then passed it to the church with two added extras, both of which we need desperately, rebound and occupation with Jesus Christ.

Rev 4:11 “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power;

Isa 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name, I have created for My glory, the ones whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

Isa 43:21 “The people whom I formed for Myself, Will declare My praise.”

John 15:8 “By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and {so} prove to be My disciples.

This motivation needs to be checked when it comes to your local assembly, your marriage, your family, your job, and especially how you handle legitimate authority in life.

(1) Volition; Gal 6:7.
(2) Marriage, Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives.
(3) Family, Eph 6:1 Children, obey your parents.
(4) Nationalism, Rom 13:1 “Be in subjection to the governing authorities.”

Whenever a believer begins to have any form of success in the spiritual realm, there will always be an attack made against that believer to try and stop that believer’s momentum in the plan of God.

Once the serious student of the word of God, or the believer who wants to have an impact in the spiritual realm recognizes this, then he will see the importance of God’s word as far as others are concerned.

Mal 3:10 Behold I will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing which you will not be able to contain.

Since that blessing cannot be contained by the believer in time, it overflows to those in his or her periphery, family, community, even nation, and generation.

For David said when he recognized that blessing, Psa 23:5, My cup overflows

It overflowed to his children, to his heritage, to his nation.

David served and benefited his generation…..and also many generations to come, including ours.

You have the capacity in your local assembly, in your marriage, your family, on your job, you have the most phenomenal, magnificent privilege and potential and opportunity to glorify the Lord.

Unique spiritual life = no one ever lived it before the humanity of Christ became incarnate and pioneered it, and then He passed it to the church with two added extras, rebound and occupation with Jesus Christ.

John 15:8 “By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and {so} prove to be My disciples.

This motivation needs to be checked when it comes to your local assembly, your marriage, your family, or your job.

The predominant problem with the woman toward the man is lack of respect.

Eph 5:22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

In the Bible there are only two “Adams, the first Adam lost the divine provisions established by God in the Garden of Eden, whereas the Last Adam, TLJC restored all that the first Adam lost.

The Last Adam recovered these things and gave them back to man while improving or making them better than they were originally designed.

In the garden of Eden, Adam or the original man possessed an absolute righteousness, lived in perfect environment and was given the gift of a relationship of intimacy with the woman.

In the Church-age, the last Adam, TLJC [The Lord Jesus Christ], provided a way for man to recover all that the first man, Adam, lost, and even more.

We have received more now than Adam had in the Garden.

Man received the natural provisions first, now through the Last Adam, TLJC, man receives the greater provisions, which are spiritual.

Angels do not experience the intimacy of the relationship of marriage which is why 1Co 11:10 Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

1. The responsibility of man to reveal his love for his wife, Eph 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself as a substitute for her.”

2. The responsibility of the woman, which is to show respect for his authority as the husband; Eph 5:33….let the wife see to it that she respect her husband.

3. The mutual responsibility of both the husband and the wife, forgive as Christ forgave, Eph 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Angels observe these principles for they have no idea what marriage is all about since they have never entered into marriage with one another, Matt 22:30, Angels neither marry, nor are given in marriage.

Demons and elect angels are watching Christian marriages, because it is a part of fulfilling the uniqueness of the Church-age, Eph 5:32.

Elect angels observe Christian marriage while fallen angels oppose Christian marriage.

Marriage of two believers is the proving ground for the commands and duties which demand the highest form of virtue that has ever existed.

If you could look at marriage like this, you wouldn’t be so subjective about it or hypersensitive, you would realize that it is a part of your Christian service and your spiritual life.

Marriage between two believers in the Church-age is to become the ultimate in Christian service.

For marriage is much more demanding than any relationship in life.

This is the only dispensation where every believer can take the fantastic spiritual life provided by God and fulfill certain passages such as being content in whatever state you’re in, Phil 4:11-13.

1. Respect, especially on the woman’s part.
2. Love – as Christ loved
3. Forgiveness

How can a husband expect his wife to love him, when he is a loser through jealousy, bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, etc., and becomes vicious and vile?

A woman can only respond to a man in freedom.

Capacity for love expands where one is under authority.

It takes a greater capacity for love to respect a man and be under his authority.

Respect has to be the mandate for the Christian wife, because she is under the authority of her husband.

Virtue and values always meet in one place, coalescence of bodies and coalescence of souls.

Freedom in marriage belongs to both spouses, but you must have values to avoid anarchy.

Freedom without authority is anarchy, disorder or confusion.

Freedom must be exercised on the basis of spiritual values related to the mystery doctrine of the PPOG.

Once you take the pressure off the role of the husband and wife in marriage and focus in on the glorification of TLJC as an invisible hero, then you do not enter into unrealistic expectation in the marriage.

In less than a hundred years, you’re not going to be married to that person anymore forever and ever, says Matt 22:30.

For others of you, the love boat is going to dock as God gives you time to build .

Only one life will soon pass, and only what is done for Christ will last.

Hymn #3









The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Weekly Bible Study – October 8, 2018; Study: Dispensation of Promise. What is the socket of your thigh?


Dispensation of Promise. What is the socket of your thigh?

cross-1-2


Scripture References, Word & Phrase descriptions: the “Logos Reftagger” scripture links are hover pop-up active, meaning the scripture reference will just pop-up if you hover your cursor over it (don’t click on the link, just hover your cursor over it), when finished reading, hover your cursor off the scripture reference link. If the Reftagger pop-up doesn’t show all the verses, left click on the “More” button in the Reftagger pop-up window and it will take you to the online bible. If RefTagger pop-ups don’t work on your computer, that’s OK, try left clicking the link if it’s highlighted which should open a window with all the verses at the Biblia.com website; or if that doesn’t work, you can always use your Bible to look up the verses. Word or Phrase definition links may not have a website that opens. If you are running PCMatic, the pop-ups may not work; if that’s the case, email PC Matic Support to see if they can fix that problem for you.

Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


Study to show yourself approved to God!

35929761866_72b3191cfb_o


Grace Bible Church
Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries



The Tree of Life is a weekly teaching summary:
God’s Word is taught Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday


STUDY TITLE:


Dispensation of Promise. What is the socket of your thigh?


We continue our study with Gen 32. Now, this passage is often quoted as an illustration of Jacob’s earnestness in prayer and it is nothing of the sort. Actually this passage is an illustration God’s devotion and dedication to take from us all that hinders our relationship with Him while we resist Him with our human power, human plans and human schemes. It was not that Jacob wished to obtain something from God but that the Lord had some strife and struggle with this double-dealing crafty child of His.

The Lord was desirous to break up and destroy Jacob’s self-sufficiency forever and to begin the development of the people of Israel. For this is the next dispensation which we are getting ready to note, the dispensation of Israel or the Jews. There was much in Jacob that needed to be broken and laid aside. There was much self-sufficiency in him requiring for him to be broken down! So, the faithfulness and the love of God drew near to him on this over burdened and anxious night, to wrestle these things from him at whatever cost.

Jacob was not wrestling with this Man to obtain a blessing, instead, the Man was wrestling with Jacob to gain some objective from him. And the objective was to reduce Jacob to a sense of his nothingness and to cause him to see what a poor, helpless and worthless creature he was. It was to teach us through him that all important lesson that in recognizing our weakness lies our strength.

As the apostle Paul said in 2Co 12:10, Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Now, notice that it says in Gen 32:24, Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

There are those who have taken exception to the view that this was the Lord Jesus Christ and who argue that if it was God who was wrestling with Jacob for the purpose of bringing him to a sense of his impotency and helplessness then He wouldn’t have had to wrestle with him all night. Now, this is an important point, why? Because this wrestling match was not designed to hurt Jacob but to teach him. And such objections as this lose sight of the tremendous patience that the Lord has toward us and that He exercises toward His own and how He is longsuffering.

In fact, it is because the Lord is filled with lovingkindness and truth that He can be so patient with each and every one of us. Think of how patient the Lord has been with you over the years! As Psa 86:15 says, But Thou, O Lord, art a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger [patient and longsuffering] and abundant in lovingkindness and doctrine.

Patience and longsuffering is also related to the compassion of the Lord, in Psa 103:8. Because He is compassionate He operates in patience and longsuffering. Psa 103:8, The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger [patient and longsuffering] and abounding in lovingkindness.
Patience and longsuffering is related to the power or omnipotence of God, Nahum 1:3. When you have perfect power and omnipotence, you are not so concerned with how things turn out. You know that at any moment you have the power to do what has to be done. Nah 1:3, The Lord is slow to anger [patient And longsuffering] and great in power. The patience and longsuffering of God is related to the principle of repentance, Rom 2:4, Psa 18:35. Many believers throughout the ages can testify with David in Ps 18:35, that the gentleness of the Lord has made them great or matured.

Psa 18:35, Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy salvation, And Thy right hand upholds me; And Thy gentleness makes me great.

Rom 2:4, Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

The Lord is very sensitive and compassionate to those who are guilty and need to repent! The patience and longsuffering of God is related to the Lord’s tolerance and endurance with us, 1Ti 1:16, And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.

So, in this passage, we have a picture of our Lord’s perfect patience toward the wicked sinner! And this is one of the reasons why our Lord let the struggle go on! His patience and longsuffering allows Him to bear with us but, in the end, He accomplishes His purpose and grace always triumphs. The delay only serves to provide opportunity for Him to display His infinite forbearance.

So Gen 32:24-25, Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 32:25 And when He [the Lord Jesus Christ] saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him.

Jacob is now brought to the point where human devices and human ingenuity can no longer serve him purpose. His own schemes and cleverness that he always relied on now prove to be inadequate. Jacob has only the Lord left in this extremity and he learns that even though it costs him something, namely a physical disability for life, that this hard struggle paid off and he learns to cast himself upon the mercy of God. And this will leave its’ mark upon him for the rest of his life.

Now, what does this mean in verse 25, “when he saw that he had not prevailed against him”? The Lord saw that He could not prevail against Jacob! Now, this statement does not challenge God’s omnipotence but it does effectively portray the power of prayer. And here’s another one of those important principles, God does allow the prayers of men to be mighty and meaningful in His sight. This is why I’ve taught you that prayers are a part of the divine decrees! Remember that according to Hosea’s commentary, Hos 12:4, this “wrestling” on Jacob’s part involved weeping and supplication, as well as physical tenacity and contact.

Hos 12:4, Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and sought His favor. He found Him at Bethel, And there He spoke with us,

In fact, Hosea compared Jacob’s holding to the Angel with his determination in holding onto his brother’s heel as he was born, both testifying of his great desire to be the recipient of God’s greatest blessings and responsibilities.

Hos 12:3-4, In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he contended with God. Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and sought His favor. He found Him at Bethel, And there He spoke with us,

So, when God saw that He could not prevail against Jacob, He finally gave him the blessing that he sought. This, of course, does not suggest that God was weaker than Jacob, but does show that God desires men to persist in prayer and that He delights to yield to such prayers.

So, as we continue our passage in Gen 32 let’s make sure that we understand what happened. Again Gen 32:24 says, Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. It’s not until Jacob is left alone with the Lord that his named is changed to Israel, a prince with God. Remember that “to be left alone with God” is the only true way of arriving at an accurate knowledge of ourselves and our ways through objective evaluation from residual doctrine. Jacob needed to have his “human-strength” battered out of him. Remember that Jacob has been relying on human strength, human power, human viewpoint, human gimmicks, to try and get blessings in life as well as to try and solve his problems! Jacob also needed to be made conscious of his standing with God so that he would stop conniving, plotting, scheming, and using human solutions to try and solve his problems. Therefore, God initiates this wrestling match which ends in the defeat of the “old” Jacob.

It is God who will “touch the socket of his hip” and Jacob’s hip will be dislocated while he wrestled with him. And it is God who breaks the stubborn, willful, self-reliant Jacob and brings him to his senses. This means that TLJC is dealing directly and personally with Jacob to change his life and to give him a new name signifying a change in his character. It is God who is wrestling with Jacob not Jacob with God. The reason why this wrestling match took place was not because Jacob wished to obtain something from God but that the Lord had some strife and struggle with this double-dealing crafty child of His. Jacob was not wrestling with this Man to obtain a blessing, instead, the Man was wrestling with Jacob to gain some objective from him.

The objective was to reduce Jacob to a sense of his nothingness and to cause him to see what a poor, helpless and worthless creature he was. The objective was also to teach us through him that all important lesson that in recognized weakness lies our strength. Gen 32:25, And when he [TLJC = The Lord Jesus Christ] saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. Notice that the Lord touched the hollow of his thigh.

Whatever it is that prohibits a person from receiving God’s highest and best and stands in his way, God will touch it. It may be money! It may be a business! It may be a job! It may even be a relationship or friendship! However, if it is hindering your spiritual growth, it will not be spared, God will touch it! As Heb 12:27 says there will be the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

It may be something as minute as the socket of your hip or thigh but if it robs a man of spiritual blessing, God will touch it. For Jacob, it was the socket of his thigh, a small thing but its influence in making Jacob strong in his resistance of blessing was the reason that God condemned it. This is why you should ask God to show you what the socket of your thigh is or that which hinders your relationship with God. And by that I mean the strong things in your life for strength can be a hindrance just like weakness can! And you should ask Him to touch or to reveal it to you so that you shall not be able to hold out anymore against His will for your life! And this passage brings out another important lesson!

Notice that Gen 32:25 says, so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. It seemed to be a defeat for Jacob but it was not! And the principle is that there are times that we are apparently unsuccessful but in reality we are really most successful. It’s just that according to the world, it looks like we have been defeated when in reality we have been promoted. The point is that we may not obtain the very thing we seek after at the time, but the spiritual strength we acquire in the effort may be infinitely more important than the thing itself. All during Jacob’s life had been the struggle of a clever and strong and self-confi¬dent and self-sufficient person, who would always use his strength and wit to overcome others! However, in this wrestling match, God desired to break his strength and wisdom in order to bestow upon him divine strength and divine wisdom.

For many believers, there are times when God intervenes between us and a greatly desired goal which we have been seeking to attain and counting upon as we place all of our human efforts into it. In fact, the expectation of accomplishing these goals or possessions have determined our decisions and even shaped our life in a dramatic way! And in some cases, it even seems as if God has been encouraging us to achieve these goals! And then, like Jacob, when it is nearly within reach, and when we are ready to seize the opportunity, we are seized by a strong an irresistible hand, the hand of God. Why?

Many times, the reason is that God wishes us to be in such a state of mind that we shall receive it as His gift so that it becomes ours totally by the power and the grace of God.

1Co 1:29, that no man should boast before God.

Jer 9:23-24, Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, “declares the Lord.

Many believers, for example, desire to attain their escrow blessings for time and eternity, and they are dedicated and devoted to do so¬. However, there’s a tendency to fall into the trap of thinking that this accomplishment depends solely on their own endurance, therefore God intervenes. And they end up with obstacles in their path that they did not expect…obstacles that even seem to come from God. And so then the questioning comes in….does God really want me to do this or accomplish this? And I in the right place for my life? And in many cases it is simply because of the fact that he does not want any help from us whatsoever and that He desires it to be performed but by His might and power! We need to learn that very vital lesson of Zec 4:6, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

Now, what I’m saying to you is that many believers forget that the possibility of them receiving God’s highest and best which they long for is not decided by their readiness to pass through any ordeal, spiritual or physical, which may be required of them, but by God’s power and willingness to give it.

Now, don’t misunderstand me! I’m not saying that they do this willingly and knowingly, I am saying that it is a very subtle thing that the believer can fall into without even recognizing it! In the life of such believers there must therefore come a time when their own energy seems to collapse and they are now in a hopeless helpless situation forced to rely totally upon the intervention and power of God! And in reality they have experienced a spiritual dislocation.

In that hour the believer learns the most valuable truth he can learn concerning this which is Rom 9:16, So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

Gen 32:25, And when he [the Lord Jesus Christ] saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him.

Alright we’re ready for a summary of this verse:

1. In choosing and arranging the present for his brother Esau, we see the character and activities of the “flesh” deceiving and scheming.

2. In Jacob’s experience with this Wrestler we are shown the worthlessness and helplessness of the “flesh.”

3. We also learn from this passage that our nothingness can be discovered only we get “alone” with God.

4. The fact that the wrestling match lasted all night is a picture of the patience that God exercises toward us and the slowness of His process in dealing with our human nature experientially.

5. In the touching of “the socket of Jacob’s thigh” we see the method God pursues with us which is to bring us to a vivid realization of our utter helplessness.

6. Many times that which hinders us in our spiritual growth is not so much our weakness but our natural strength.

7. The laming of Jacob’s thigh represents the weakening of the strong part of the old sin nature which can hinder our relationship with God.

8. The failure of his natural power is the turning-point in this wrestling match and it symbolizes the transition in Jacob’s life and character from reliance upon self to reliance upon God, his divine Antagonist.

9. If we are ever to become like Jacob, a prince with God, dependence on self must be broken and lamed in order that we may grasp the hand that smites us and find divine power for our weakness.

10. At first Jacob held his own, the “Lord saw that He prevailed not against him”, therefore, the Lord must take some severe measures which will give us no alternative but to give in.

The strength that years before had rolled the stone from the well for Rachel’s sheep, was still vigorous. And we do the same in our own way. We resist the love of God at times! We carry out our own plans! We follow our own will! We do things our way! We are strong in our own self-sufficiency!

As the Lord said to Peter in Joh 21:18, “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself, and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.”

Each one of us have had many experiences where we have held on to human power and resisted divine guidance and the Lord knows that He cannot prevail against us, without taking some severe measures which will give us no alternative but to give in!


The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.