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Jesus the Good Shepherd at the Feast of the Tabernacles Teaching the Disciples
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Living Water and Conflict during the Feast of the Tabernacles
"Then he brought me back to the temple;266 and there was water,267 flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the alter.
"He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.
"And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits; and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles.
"Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist.
"Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.
"He said to me, 'Son of man, have you seen this?' Then he brought me and returned to the bank of the river.
"When I returned, there, along the bank of the river were very many trees on one side and the other.
"Then he said to me: 'This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed.
"'And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be great multitudes of fish, 268 because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.
"'It shall be that fishermen269 will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, 270 exceedingly many.
"'But its swamps and marshes271 will not be healed; they will be given over to salt.
"'Along the bank of the river on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be food, and their leaves for medicine [Ezekiel 47:1 – 12 NKJV]."
At the Feast of the Tabernacles, Jesus would tell the people to do God's will and follow Jesus. The Jews were looking for Jesus to kill Him, and were asking where He was. Many of the people were discussing Him, some saying He is good and others saying He is bad and deceiving the people. No one spoke openly in favor of Jesus because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders.
Then in the middle of the feast, Jesus went up to the temple and taught, quoting from the scriptures. And the Jews were amazed and asked, "How does this man know how to read when he never had an instructor?" Jesus answered and said, "My teaching is not from me, but from He who sent me. He who desires to do God's will can understand if my teaching is from God or if I am just speaking of my own accord. Whoever speaks for himself does so to gain honor; but whoever desires to glorify the one who sent him speaks the truth, and there is no deception in his heart.
"Did Moses give you the law? Even so, none of you obey the law. Why do you want to kill me?"
The people answered, "You are crazy; who wants to kill you?"
Jesus replied, "I have done one work and all of you marvel. Moses taught you circumcision, not because it was from Moses, but because our forefathers taught it to Moses; and yet you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. You circumcise on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses may not be broken. But you criticize me for healing a man on the Sabbath?" Circumcision only affects one part of the body, while Jesus healed the entire body. Therefore, Jesus' work on the Sabbath was much more important than circumcision.
"Do not judge by preconception," Jesus continued, "but judge justly."
Then some of the people of Jerusalem said, "Isn't this the man that they want to kill? Yet he speaks openly and they have nothing to say to him. Maybe our elders have discovered that he is the Messiah. Even so, how is it that when the Messiah comes, no one will know where He comes from, but we know where this man is from?"
Jesus then raised His voice and said, "You know me and you know where I am from; but I have not come of my own accord, but he who sent me is true, and you do not know Him. But I know Him because I am from Him, and He sent me."
Then they wanted to seize Him; but they did not, because it was not yet the right time. Even so, many of the people believed in Him and were saying, "When the Messiah does come, will He do greater wonders than this man does?"
The Pharisees heard Jesus saying this, so they and the high priests sent solders to arrest Him. Then Jesus said, "I will be with you only a short time and then I am going to Him who sent me. You will seek me; but you will not find me because where I am going you cannot come."
Then the Jews conversed among themselves, "Where is he going that we cannot find him? Is he planning to go to the Gentile countries to teach the pagans? What does he mean, 'you will seek me; but you will not find me because where I am going you cannot come'?"
On the seventh day of the feast, which is the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted, "If anyone is thirsty, come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, just as the scriptures said, the rivers of living water shall flow from within you!"272
Jesus was referring here to the Holy Spirit that would indwell those who believe in Him. The Holy Spirit was not given yet because Jesus was to be glorified first.
When they heard this, many of the people said that Jesus is truly a prophet. Others said that He is the Messiah; but some questioned whether it is possible that Messiah should come from Galilee, a region of mixed races from Assyria placed there during the captivity of the Jews centuries earlier. They asserted that the scripture in Micah 5:2 said that Messiah should come not from Nazareth in Galilee where Jesus lived and they presumed He was born in Bethlehem, which is where Jesus was born because Mary and Joseph had to go there for the census and taxation. So the people were divided as to whether Jesus was the Messiah or not.
Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one dared to touch Him. Then the soldiers returned to the high priests and Pharisees who asked why they did not bring Him. The soldiers told them, "Never has a man spoken as this man speaks." Then the Pharisees exclaimed, "What? Have you also been deceived? Have any of the leaders or Pharisees believed in him? No, only this cursed people that do not know the law!"
One of them was Nicodemus who had gone to Jesus at night before and responded, "Does our law convict a man unless we first hear from him and know what he has done?"
Then the priests and Pharisees argued, "What! Are you also from Galilee? Search the scripture and see for yourself that no prophet will rise up from Galilee."273
So it was that the temple of the Living God was defiled by the high priests and Pharisees who wanted to kill the Messiah during the sacred Feast of the Tabernacles.
266. This is the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem where Jesus will rule the world.
Perhaps this means that Jesus and his disciples will teach (out of their bellies
will flow rivers of living water).
267. Living water.
268. Perhaps people to become Christians.
269. Perhaps Christian missionaries.
270. Perhaps meaning the entire world.
271. Perhaps the decadent people of world.
272. Psalm 36: 8-9; 46:4; Song of Solomon 4:7, 12–15; Jeremiah 2:13; Zechariah 14:8.Revelation 7:16; 21:6; 22:17; Isaiah 12:3; 44:3.
273. John 7:11–53.
Throw the First Stone
"For by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one [Jesus] shall many be made righteous. Moreover, the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
That as sin reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein” [Romans 5:19–6:2 KJV].
It is possible that of the story of the woman taken in adultery was not in the Scripture translated by the Frenchman John Calvin (1509–64), one the founders of the Reformed and Presbyterian Churches and the Calvinistic Methodist Church. An account of this event is not in the ancient Peshitta, but it occurs in later Aramaic scripture.274 It also is not included in The Revised English Bible with the Apocrypha.275 This accounts for some of the differences between Calvinist moralists and other Christians.
The Apostle Paul and the disciples, however, clearly wrote that our sins are covered by faith in Jesus the Christ. And when the disciples wanted to kill the Samaritans who would not let them stay, Jesus told them, "The Son of man did not come to destroy lives, but to save lives." It is interesting that the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson was raised by a staunch Calvinist nanny, and this caused him to reject Calvinism as impossible for him and his attitude influenced all of his writings.
After His confrontation with the Jewish leaders, Jesus went up on the Mount of Olives and the next morning went back to the temple. The people all gathered around Him, and He sat down and taught them.
There was a woman caught in the act of adultery, and the scribes and Pharisees brought her and made here stand in the middle of the crowd. Curiously, they did not also bring the man. They said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught openly in the act of committing adultery. In the Law of Moses it is commanded that women like this should be stoned, but what do you say?"
The scribes and Pharisees did this to tempt Jesus so that they would have a reason to accuse Him. Jesus bent down and wrote something on the ground. We can only speculate what Jesus wrote. Was He meditating? Was He writing the law, 'Thou shall not commit adultery'; or was it perhaps 'All have sinned and come short of the glory of my Father'?
Then He straightened Himself and replied, "He who is among you without sin, let him throw the first stone at her." Then Jesus bent over again and wrote in the dirt. As He did so, one by one they all left, beginning with the elders of the temple.
Jesus and the woman were left alone and Jesus straightened Himself again, and said to the woman, "Where did they go? Did not any man condemn you?"
She answered, "No man did, Lord." Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go away and do not sin again."276
There is such beauty and truth in this story; it is interesting that some Bibles have omitted it. Does it not belong in the Bible, or is guilt of the truth that we have all sinned and have no right to judge others a reason for deliberately omitting it?
274. Lamsa, George M., 1961. The Holy Bible from Ancient Eastern Manuscripts
Containing the Old and New Testaments Translated from the Peshitta, The
Authorized Bible of the Church of the East. A. J. Holman Company, Philadelphia.
275. Oxford University Press, Cambridge Press, 1989.
276. John 8:12–20.
Teachings during the Feast of the Tabernacles
the Lord said,
'Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths,
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,
Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work
Among this people,
A marvelous work and a wonder;
For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.'
"Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the LORD,
And their works are in the dark;
They say, 'Who sees us?' and, 'Who knows us?'
Surely you have things turned around!
Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay;
For shall the thing made say of him who made it,
He did not make me'?
Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it,
'He has no understanding'?
"'Woe to the rebellious children,' says the LORD,
'Who take counsel, but not of Me,
And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit,
That they may add sin to sin” [Isaiah 29:13–16; 30:1 NKJV].’ “
God instructed the Jews to assemble regularly for feasts or festivals to celebrate historic events or seasons. One of these was the Feast of Tabernacles,277 observed on the fifteenth day of the seventh month for eight days in remembrance of the wandering of Israel in the wilderness, when the Israelites lived in temporary shelters. During this festival, the people were commanded to live in booths of palm trees and willows to commemorate their shelters. Many sacrifices were made on each day of this event. As the time of Jesus’ crucifixion was nearing, Jesus used this occasion to once again tell the people to believe in Him and follow Him.
On the last day of the feast, Jesus stood up in the treasury and spoke to the people again, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the dark, but will find for himself the light of life." The Pharisees then answered, "You testify of yourself, so your testimony is not true."
Jesus replied, "Even though I testify about myself, my testimony is true because I know where I came from and I know where I am going. You judge according to your flesh, but I do not judge anyone. But if I should judge, my judgment would be true because I am not judging alone. My Father who sent me and I are judging. Your own law says that the testimony of two men is true. And I testify concerning myself, and my Father who sent me also testifies in my behalf."
Then the Pharisees asked, "Where is your father?" And Jesus answered, "You do not know me or my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also."
Again no one dared to arrest Him because the time for His crucifixion had not yet come (John 8:19; Matthew 11:25–27).
The Gospel of Philip is a beautiful book. Unfortunately, it cannot be understood by a Pharisee, by Agnostics, Masons, non-Christians or even some Christians. 1Corinthians 1:18-21 tells us that the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those that perish. Because of its difficulty to understand, it is good that the Gospel of Phillip was left out of the Bible by the Nicene Council. Even many Spirit-filled Christians cannot understand this gospel. One must first ask the Father to have the Holy Spirit explain it because of a lifetime of never having been exposed to these teachings.
Gross misinterpretation of the Gospel of Philip has caused many Agnostics and the other secret societies such as the Masons and also today's women's rights advocates to believe that God is a woman and that Jesus was an ordinary mortal who had a worldly father. It is these groups that want to rewrite the Bible so that God is a woman and Mary, the human mother of Jesus was not a virgin, but an ordinary woman. It has caused the secret societies to Worship Mary Magdalene as the feminine God and to worship the "divine feminine" and the female genital as the source of all life, and has caused some Catholics to worship Jesus' mother Mary as the Mother of God the Father in heaven. Neither the Bible, nor the unaccepted gospels or writings of the Apostles, including the Gospel of Philip say any of these things.
In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon calls Wisdom a woman. Christians and non-Christians alike do not relate this Wisdom to the Holy Spirit. In the original Greek words and even in the Chinese language today there is no gender. In the New Testament, the Greek words for "he", "she", "himself" "herself" "him", and "her" or even "it" are either masculine or feminine, depending on the context in which it was written (see Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible). Even though modern Bibles call the Holy Spirit "he", the word could be he or she or it. God is neither a man nor a woman. It is my opinion that God is one entity, but has three characteristics. One aspect of God is masculine, one aspect is feminine, and one is that of an obedient Son. The masculine part is the Father. It is He who makes the decisions and causes things to happen. The feminine aspect is the Holy Spirit, who heals those that the Father asks it to and who does what the Father tells it to (John 16:13). And of course the Son is Jesus, who was with God and the Holy Spirit when the world was created (John 1:1-14).
The Holy Spirit has all the attributes of a mother. It is the Comforter (John 14:26) who comforts Christians like a mother. What child does not go to his or her mother to be comforted when he or she is hurt, either physically or mentally? The Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26.27). The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace (Galatians 5:22). The Holy Spirit is the Counselor (Proverbs 8) who is like a mother that instructs a child in how it should behave. The Holy Spirit, like an obedient wife (Ephesians 5:22), does nothing unless the Father tells it to. It is the Holy Spirit, who like a mother prophesies and teaches us to speak in the heavenly language of other tongues, whereby we can communicate with God, the Father (Acts 2:4). It is the Holy Spirit who has the heavenly aspect of a gentle dove (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32). The Holy Spirit is not a woman as a human, but as an integral part of the Triune God. And so, Philip refers to the Holy Spirit as a woman. When one understands this, instead of causing most all who read it to believe in falsities and to go off in the wrong direction, the Gospel of Philip gives one an intimate understanding of the nature of the one God, comprising the Father, the Holy Spirit and God's only begotten Son, Jesus. God made both man and woman in "His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). And the Holy Spirit may very well be the feminine counterpart of God the Father.
Then Jesus told them, "I am going away and you will look for me. You will die in your sins; and where I am going, you cannot come." The Jews said, "What is he going to do, kill himself? He says we cannot go where he is going." And Jesus said, "You are from below and I am from above. You are from this world, and I did not come from this world. I told you that you would die in your sins because unless you believe that I am he who the Father sent, you will die in your sins."
Then the Jews said, "Who are you?" And Jesus said to them, "Even if I should begin to speak to you, I have many things to say and to judge concerning you and your behavior, and I speak in this world only those things that I have heard from him who sent me, and He who sent me is true."
They could not understand that Jesus was speaking to them about the Father God. So Jesus spoke again, "When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will understand that I am he, and that I do nothing of my own will, but only what my Father has taught me; and this is why I speak just like Him. And my Father who sent me is always with me and has never left me alone because I always do what pleases Him." While Jesus was saying this, many people believed in Him.
Jesus then said to those Jews who did not believe in Him, "If you do what I say, you are truly my disciples. And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
They answered, "We are the offspring of Abraham and we have never been enslaved by any man. So why do you say that we will be free people?" And Jesus answered, "Whoever commits sin is a slave to sin. A slave does not remain in the house forever, but the Son of man remains forever. Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed, and will not remain a slave to sin. I know that you descended from Abraham; but still, you want to kill me because there is no room in you for my word. I speak about what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have seen with your father."
Then they said, "Our own father is Abraham." And Jesus said, "If you were the sons of Abraham, you would be doing the works of Abraham. But instead, you want to kill me, a person who told you the truth that I heard from God; this is not what Abraham did. But you do the works of your father."
They answered, "We are not born of fornication; we have one Father, who is God." Jesus then said, "If God were really your Father, you would love me, because I came from God. I did not come according to my own wishes, but because God sent me. So why do you not understand what I am saying? Is it because you cannot obey what I say? You are from the father of accusation. You want to do the lusts of your father who is a murderer of men from the very beginning and who never stands by the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks, he lies because he is a lair and the father of all lies. So because I speak the truth, you do not believe me. Which one of you can rebuke me because I have sinned? If I speak the truth, why don't you believe me? He who is of God hears God's words. And for this reason, you do not hear, because you are not of God."
Then the Jews that did not believe in Jesus answered, "Did we not say well, that you are a Samaritan and are crazy?" And Jesus said to them, "I am not crazy! I honor my father, and because of that, you curse me. I do not glorify myself. There is one who seeks and judges. But I tell you truthfully that whoever obeys my words shall never see death."
Then the Jews said, "Now we know for sure that you are insane! Abraham and the prophets have all died. And even so, you say that whoever obeys your words will never taste death. What? Are you greater than our father Abraham who died? Who do you think you are?"
Jesus answered, "If I honor myself, my honor amounts to nothing. But it is my Father who honors me; the one who you say is your God. Yet you have not even known Him, but I know Him; and if I should say that I do not know Him, I would be a liar like you. I know Him and I obey His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad."
Then the Jews said, "You are not yet fifty years old, and yet you have seen Abraham?" And Jesus answered, "I tell you truthfully that before Abraham was born, I existed." He said this because He was with God in the beginning.
The Jews picked up stones to stone Him, but Jesus hid Himself before their very eyes, and He went out of the temple and walked right through the midst of them and left.278
Jesus was not of this world, but was sent by God. "He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:10–12 NKJV). We are all slaves to sin. Jesus was without sin, while all those of this world sin. Jesus is the light of the world. If you follow Him, you will walk in the light. Believe in Jesus and what He has said, and you will know the truth and the truth will free you from sin. Jesus came from God who lives forever. Believe in Jesus and you also will live forever.
277. Exodus 23:16; 34:22; Leviticus 23:33–36; 39–43; Numbers 29:12–32;
Deuteronomy 16:13–16; Ezra 3:4; Zechariah 14:16, 18–19.
278. John 8:12–59.
Yeshua Jesus Heals the Blind Man
"While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
"Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God. Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is; which keeps truth forever: which gives food to the hungry. The LORD looses the prisoners: The LORD opens the eyes of the blind: the LORD raises them up those that are bowed down: the LORD loves the righteous: The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the faithless and the widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down” (Psalm 146:2–9].
After the Feast of the Tabernacles, Yeshua saw a man that was born blind. We call Him Jesus today, but Mary and Joseph named Him Yeshua, which means 'God Our Salvation'. His disciples asked Him, "Who sinned that made him be born blind, this man or his parents?"
Jesus answered, "Neither he nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so the works of God might be seen in him. I must do the works of Him who sent me during the day, for the night will come when no one can work. As long as I am here in this world, I am the light of the world."
When He said this, He spat on the ground and mixed clay with His saliva. Then he pasted it on the blind man's eyes.
Ah Lord, I would that thou wouldst spit on me!
Then He said to the blind man, "Go and wash in the baptismal pool of Shiloam.
This pool was built by King Hezekiah to provide water during an expected siege by the Assyrians. It was also used to purify the Levites (Numbers 8:7) by sprinkling water on them. It may be that John the Baptist or Jesus used this pool to baptize the people.
When the blind man went and washed the clay off his eyes, he could see. Then his neighbors and those who had seen him begging before said, "Isn't this the man who used to sit and beg?" And some said that it was, but some thought not, but that he resembles him. So they asked him, "How were your eyes opened that you can now see?" And he answered, "A man whose name is Yeshua made clay and placed it on my eyes. He told me to go and wash in the water of Shiloam and when I went and washed, I can now see."
The people asked him, "Where is this so-called Yeshua?" And he answered, "I don't know."279
279. John 9:1-12.
Finding Fault with God
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under
A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal…” [Ecclesiastes 3:1–3a NIV].
They took the man who was blind from his birth to the Pharisees because it was the Sabbath when Jesus made the clay compress and opened his eyes.
Has anyone other than God ever healed a man who was blind from birth? When you cut yourself, a doctor can stitch the wound back together, but only God can cause the wound to heal. This type of healing takes time. If you break a leg, a physician can set the bones in place, but only God can cause the bones to grow back together, and it takes a month or so, including the Sabbaths that occur during that time. The healing progresses on the Sabbath as well as every other day. Was Jesus only a doctor who knew that spit and clay would cause a blind man to see as soon as he washed the clay off?
If so, should we curse God for giving the blind man sight on the Sabbath? Jewish prophets such as Elijah (1 Kings 17) and also Jesus and many Christians alike have all through prayer invoked God to heal. Or was it because Jesus put clay on the blind man's eyes on the Sabbath? If Jesus sinned by working on this day, why would God answer Jesus' request and heal the man? If I were a Jew, even if I had reason to doubt that Jesus was the Messiah, I would still have reason to doubt the religious leaders I follow for finding fault with gifts of God. This alone is reason for a Jew to question what he or she believes. Should Jesus then be put to death because God chose to heal on the Sabbath?
Even so, the Pharisees asked the man how he received his sight and the man answered, "He put clay on my eyes, and when I washed it off, I could see." So the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God because he does not comply with the laws concerning the Sabbath." But others said, "How can a person perform miracles like this if he is a sinner?"
So they were divided in their assessment of the situation.
Then they asked the healed man, "What do you think about the man who opened your eyes?" He answered, "I think he is a prophet."
The Jews did not believe the man who was healed, so they called for his parents and asked them if this was their son who had been born blind, and if so, how is it that he can see now? The parents were afraid because they knew that if anyone said that Jesus is the Messiah, they would be excluded from the synagogue. So they answered, "Yes, he is our son and we know that he was born blind. But we do not know how he sees now or who enabled him to see; he is of age, so ask him and he will speak for himself."
So they told the man who had been blind, "Give praise to God, for we know that this man is a sinner." The healed man replied, "I don't know if he is a sinner; all I know is that I was blind and now I can see."
"What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"
"I have already told you, and you did not listen. So why do you want to hear it again? Is it because you want to become his disciples?"
This angered the Pharisees and they cursed him and said, "You are his disciple but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God talked to Moses; but as for this man, we don't know where he came from."
The man replied, "I am surprised that you do not know where he came from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not hear sinners; but he hears those who worship him and do his will. Over the ages, no one ever heard of a man who opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not from God, he could not have done this."
The Pharisees responded, "You were born wholly in sins, and you teach us? Get away from us!" And they threw him out of the synagogue.
Jesus heard that they cast him out, so He found him and asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of God?"
"Tell me who he is, my Lord, so that I can believe in him."
"You have seen him," Jesus answered, and he is the one who is speaking to you now."
The blind man fell down and worshipped Jesus saying, "I do believe, my Lord." Then Jesus told him, "I have come for the judgment of this world, that those who cannot see may see, and those who see may become blind."
When some Pharisees there heard what Jesus said, they exclaimed, "What? Are we also blind?" And Jesus told them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see'; and because of this your sin continues."279
279. John 9:13–41.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths” [Proverbs 3:5 NKJV].
Jesus continued speaking to the Pharisees, "Truly I tell you that he who does not enter by the door of the sheepfold but climbs over the fence to get into it is a thief and a bandit. He who comes in through the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The doorkeeper opens the door to him and the sheep hear his voice. He calls out to his sheep by their names and brings them out.
"Then when he has taken them out, he goes before them. There are several flocks in the fold, but his own sheep know his voice so they follow him. The sheep do not follow a stranger, but run away from him because they do not know the voice of a stranger."
Of coarse the Pharisees could not understand what He was telling them, because Jesus spoke in a parable. So then Jesus went on to tell them, "Truthfully, I say to you that I am the door for the sheep. If the sheep do not hear all those who come, it is because they are bandits and thieves. I am the door; if any one enters by me, he shall live and he shall come in and go out as he pleases and find pasture to feed. A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd and a good shepherd risks his life for the sake of his sheep. The hired hand who is not the shepherd or the owner of the sheep leaves the sheep and runs away when he sees the wolves coming; so the wolves come and seize the sheep and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because he is only hired to care for them, but he does not really care for the sheep.
"I am the good shepherd and I know those who belong to me and they know me. Just as my Father knows me, I also know my Father; and I lay down my life for the sake of my sheep. I also have other sheep that are not of this fold and I must bring them also. They also will hear my voice and all the sheep will become one flock with one shepherd."
Jesus was talking about the Gentiles, those who are not Jews, but the Pharisees could not understand this.
Then Jesus went on, "This is why my Father loves me, because I will lay down my life so that I may take it up again. No one can take my life away from me, but I will lay it down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down and I have the power to take it up again. I received this command from my Father."
The Jews were divided again because they could not understand what Jesus was saying. Many of them said, "He is insane and rambles. Why do you listen to him?" But others said, "Can a crazy man open the eyes of the blind? These are not the words of a crazy man."280
Only true disciples can understand this parable, for true disciples hear Jesus' voice and He knows His disciples and they know Him, and they follow Him.
280. John 10:1–21.
In Chapter 67, Jesus sent His twelve disciples to go throughout Israel and heal the sick and cast out demons.
As He was about to go to many other cities, He had many disciples following Him. He selected seventy of these and told them to go to every city and every place where He was about to go to heal the sick and warn them that the kingdom of God is coming near them.
He told the seventy disciples, “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Therefore ask God, the owner of the harvest, to bring forth laborers to help with the harvest.
“Go, but I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Don’t carry purses, bags or shoes. And don’t greet any person on the road. Whatever house you go to, first say “Let peace be upon this house. And if a peaceful man is there, let your peace be felt by him. If not, you will know it.
“Stay in that house and eat and drink whatever they offer because a laborer is worthy of his wages. Don’t go from one house to another.
Whatever city you go to, if they do not receive you, go into the street and tell them that even the sand of your city that cleaves to your feet you shake off of you; but know this: that the kingdom of God has come near you, and it will be much easier for Sodom than for that city. And woe to you, Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the mighty works that were done in your cities had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they might have repented in sackcloth and ashes. It will be easier for Tyre and Sidon at the Day of Judgment than it will be for you, and you, Capernaum, who exalted yourselves as high as heaven, will be cast down into hell. He who hears you hears me, and he who hates you hates me who sent you.”281
The same is true today of every city in which Jesus is preached, and is rejected. So these instructions should be followed by missionaries today, who go to cities where they are rejected, imprisoned or killed. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). And so, even today He appoints missionaries to deliver His messages. Tell them what Jesus told the seventy missionaries to say.
281. Luke 10:1–16.
Auguste Comte (1798–1857) ascribed three successive phases of human development in his philosophical work, A Course of Positive Philosophy. Stage 1, he said was theological. In this stage the people seek to account for the world by super-natural beings. According to Comte, the only benefit of theology was the introduction of marriage and the family. Stage 2 is metaphysical. This stage seeks to use abstract forces to account for the world. The third stage, which Comte called the positive stage uses science to study the relation of phenomena to each other.
Comte goes on to say that theology, the belief in God, at one time had a beneficial influence on society, but then declined and gradually decayed. He said that the metaphysical stage made progress in removing the impediments to progress by destroying the theological conceptions that retarded the development of human intelligence and society. The metaphysical stage, however, while destroying the old, did not permit the new. Its chief dogma has always been liberty of conscience, but absence of intelligence.
Comte then takes us to the “positive” stage of science, which is to explain everything in the world and lead us to the perfect society. And this is what science was striving to do in the time of Comte.
Since Comte's highly-respected work, many changes have taken place. Despite the vested interests of the artificial drug manufacturers and their attempts to hide scientific discoveries that would hinder their profits, science has discovered that virtually all drugs have harmful side effects ranging from impotence to destruction of the liver, bladder and kidneys, ulcers, cancer and ultimately to death. Natural God-given herbs and foods, science has discovered, prevent and heal diseases without harmful side effects.
Science has also discovered, in spite of the vested interests of the artificial pesticide manufacturers, that virtually all manufactured pesticides produce cancer, heart disease, nerve and brain damage, deformed, autistic and mongoloid children and a host of other health problems. Nature, scientific investigation has revealed, produces superior pesticides with virtually no harmful side effects.
Careful investigation has also proven that virtually every theory of evolution has been fraudulent or simply untrue. There are three forms of the various theories of evolution: The first form is those that were "discovered" and then disproved (e.g. Piltdown man). The second is those that were invented with no evidence (e.g. the transition from reptile to bird). The third is pure fraud, such as gluing moths that never rest on trees onto two different colored trees to "prove" that moths change colors to adapt to the environment.
So Comte, in his time, could not predict the fourth stage of human development: scientific proofs that the universe is the product of intelligent design. This takes us back to the newest stage: Theology. Science has effectively proven the existence of God, and while many scientists still reject God, it is becoming more and more evident that scientists that reject God are not true scientists, but unfortunate individuals misled by many unscientific falsehoods. Rejection of the many falsehoods still extant in science leads one to the truth that there is, in fact an intelligent Creator of the universe whose intelligence may be infinite, or at least infinite in comparison to mere man's intelligence.
After Jesus sent the seventy out, when Jesus was talking to other disciples, a scribe stood up to test Him. The scribe asked, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus asked the scribe how he reads the law and what is written in it.
Comte, through science, had come to the conclusion that for society to succeed, one should reject God and love one's neighbor as one's self. The science of Darwin and other scientists of the day had led Darwin away from God. Comte would have answered, "Study science, and you will know that there is no eternal life."
The scribe, believing the Holy Scriptures, and believing in God, answered, "You must love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with your entire mind; and you should love your neighbor as yourself."
Jesus, God's Son sent to the world to lead us to eternal life, told the scribe, "You spoke the truth. Do this and you will live."282
282. Luke 10:25–28; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:33.
When Jesus agreed with the lawyer that he should love his neighbor as himself, the lawyer wanted to justify himself, because the Jews could not even obey the Rabbinical laws. So he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus then told the story of the Good Samaritan. He said, “There was a man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. As he traveled, bandits attacked him and robbed him, beat him and left him nearly dying as they went away.
“A priest by chance was going down the road and saw the dying man, but continued on his way.”
For a priest to touch a Samaritan, it would make him unclean for seven days and nights and separated from his fellow believers. The priest would then have to be immersed in water. This was just too much trouble for him to help some poor soul.
“Then a Levite came by, saw the man and passed him.”
Levites were priests that offered sacrifices at the temple and assisted other priests in their services.
“A Samaritan on a journey came to where the man was.”
Samaritans, who were half-Jews but did not follow the Hebrew laws and the Samaritans and Jews mutually despised each other.
“When the Samaritan saw him, he had compassion on him and he went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on the wounds to aid against infection.”
(We now know oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, and wine is a symbol of the blood of Jesus that was given for forgiveness of our sins and for our healing).
“Then he placed the man on his donkey and took him to the nearest inn where he took care of him for the night.
“In the morning, he took out a day of his wages and gave them to the innkeeper and told the innkeeper to take care of him; and whatever it cost more than this, he would pay the innkeeper when he returns on his trip.”
Jesus then asked the lawyer, “Who of these three does it appear to you, became a neighbor of the man who fell into the hands of the bandits?”
The lawyer answered, “The one who had compassion on him.” Jesus said, “You also go and do likewise.”283
283. Luke 10:25-37.
As Jesus was travelling from city to city, He came to the village where there were the two sisters, Mary and Martha, and they invited Jesus and his disciples to eat with them. When they got to their house, Mary sat down at Jesus’ feet and listened to what He had to say. This is the Mary who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and anointed them with perfume [Chapter 50].
Martha was busy preparing the meal, and she went to Jesus and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister left me to do all the work? Tell her to come and help me." Jesus answered, "Martha, Martha, you are busy and troubled about many things. But Mary has chosen to do that which she needed and the best part, which shall not be taken away from her."284
Which one are you, the busy and egotistical one, trying to accomplish things on your own, but accomplishing little or nothing? Or do you go to Jesus with your thirsty questions and sit at His feet and listen? What will come out of your heart, dead water and illogical concepts about life's toughest questions, or living water which comes from the Holy Spirit as you go right to the Source and ask the One who created this universe? In my opinion, it is impossible for those who do not believe in God to function properly. Doing things without God and His Son Jesus usually leads to nonsense or chaos. It is impossible for atheistic, evolution- believing scientists to comprehend the atom or the universe. An atheist attempting to explain what God created and that they believe was an accident always results in total nonsense, such as fictitious particles in atoms, the existence of time dilation and other universes, antimatter, black holes, worm holes and the Big Bang theory. Creation scientists have disproved all evolutionary theories, including the supposed billions of years since the time of creation. See www.intelligentdesigntheory.info
284. Luke 10:38–42.
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