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Passover 2

Garden of Gethsemane

The Unattractive Servant

As The Passover Lamb looks into the Gethsemane skies, the Lord’s peace offering is fully aware that His body was made for the atonement for the sins of the world. Our Lord enters the garden where He often prays with His faithful companions.
Luke 22:39 And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed Him. When He arrived at the place [called Gethsemane], He said to them, “Pray continually that you may not fall into temptation.”

The Bible Dictionary Definition for Temptation

3986. πειρασμός peirasmós; gen. peirasmoú, masc. noun from peirázō (G3985), to make trial of, try, tempt. Trial, temptation, a putting to the test, spoken of persons only. When God is the agent, peirasmós is for the purpose of proving someone, never for the purpose of causing him to fall. If it is the devil who tempts, then it is for the purpose of causing one to fall.
(I) Generally, trial of one’s character (1 Pet. 4:12, “to try [or prove] you”). By implication, trial of one’s virtue, temptation, solicitation to sin, especially from Satan (Luke 4:13; 1 Tim… Complete Word Study Bible Dictionary

The Bible speaks of Jesus’ disciples, but there is another group of faithful attendants present that is rarely appreciated.
Bible students don’t say much about Christ’s secondary comrades, but King David identified with them in Psalms 52:8.

First of all, these companions are very unattractive and not much to look at; however, their beauty is their tenacity in which their faithfulness is only surpassed by that of Adonai, God of Israel. For example, they were in the garden every time Jesus prayed.

The unattractive servants
King David says in Psalms 52:8

Psalms 52:8
But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.
I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.
I will praise you forever, O God,
for what you have done.
I will trust in your good name
in the presence of your faithful people.

According to the Easton’s Bible Dictionary
The oldest olive-trees in the country are those which are enclosed in the Garden of Gethsemane. I don’t believe Easton’s Dictionary committee is saying that these are the same olive trees where The Messiah prayed. But where do these trees get a source of vitality that extends their lives?

The two “witnesses” mentioned in Rev 11:4 are spoken of as “two olive trees standing before the God of the earth.” (Comp. Zech 4:3 11-14.)

When we try to understand the sacred loyalty of God while comparing His devotion to the human species, there is little to associate with His trustworthiness as we have with the mysterious olive tree. This character of an olive tree becomes more apparent when the reader understands that the Messiah is the one who anoints, furthermore, before there is an anointing there has to be a crushing of the olive in the olive press.

 

The Tender Plant

A tender plant
Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

The Hebrew word for “was bruised” is “daka” the Lord’s will to crush the Servant. God pours out His wrath against sin while at the same time, offering a covenant for peace.

H1792. דָּכָא dāḵā’: A verb meaning to crush, to beat down, to bruise, to oppress. The Hebrew word is often used in a poetic or figurative sense. Eliphaz spoke of those who lived in houses of clay, whose foundations were crushed easily (Job 4:19). The psalmist prayed that the king would crush an oppressor (Ps. 72:4) and accused the wicked of crushing the Lord’s people (Ps. 94:5). The wise man exhorted others not to crush the needy in court (Prov. 22:22). Isaiah said that it was the Lord’s will to crush the Servant (Isa. 53:10…)

When the sinner sees this anointed King, who left His Throne in Heaven to be made humble, scorned and despised; the lost will come to His aid and thank Him for His grace and treat this King with love and respect. This act of God leaves little room for Satan’s excuse for rebellious and arrogant behavior amongst angels and people who reject the Lamb of God.

The Hare

Eoster Easter Eastre Ostara Equinox Moon Goddess Germanic gods and goddesses Teutonic gods and goddesses Anglo-Saxon gods and goddesses.

 

The Hare

(Heb. ‘arnebeth) was prohibited as food according to the Mosaic law (Lev 11:6 Deut 14:7, “because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof.” The habit of this animal is to grind its teeth and move its jaw as if it actually chewed the cud. But, like the cony (q.v.), it is not a ruminant with four stomachs, but a rodent like a squirrel, rat, etc. Moses speaks of it according to appearance. It is interdicted because, though apparently chewing the cud, it did not divide the hoof.
There are two species in Syria, (1) the Lepus Syriacus or Syrian hare, which is like the English hare; and (2) the Lepus Sinaiticus, or hare of the desert. No rabbits are found in Syria.

In the Lutheran translation of the Bible, the Hebrew word “arneweth” is translated as ‘hare’. This seems to be the correct translation. The Hebrew word “arneweth” is connected with the Arcadian word “annabu”, which means “jumper”. Besides this, we find in the Latin Vulgate the word ‘hare’ translated as the name of the species “lepus”. In the Talmud, we can find more evidence that “arneweth” is a hare. The orthodox Jews always translated “arneweth” as a hare. And finally we find confirmation in the Jerusalem Bible-Zoo that the “arneweth” is a hare.

There are two kinds of hare in the Holy Land – lepus syriacus and lepus aegtiacus. There are only small differences between these two kinds of hare and rabbits. A hare is born with open eyes and a full coat of fur; and a hare also has a different tail than the rabbit. However, their feeding habits are similar.
The Bible also uses the Hebrew word “gera” to describe a hare. In most English Bible translations the expression “cheweth the cud” is used. According to the Talmud the hare is a ruminant (Hul.59a). The Targum considers the hare to be “an animal that chews the cud.” (B.Kam 28b).

The hare does not have a stomach with three or four chambers, as is typical for all animals that chew the cud, however, it chews the cellulose food twice, so that the nutrients which were not consumed the first time will be digested. The stomach of the hare is different to that of cattle which have three or four chambers, however, it functions in a similar manner.
The hare excretes two different kinds of droppings. In addition to normal excrement, it passes another kind of “pellet” called Caecotroph, which the hare eats again. This type of dropping is usually passed during the night or in the early hours of the morning; an average person would not get to see this procedure. As soon as the Caecotroph is thoroughly chewed and swallowed it is collected in the stomach to be digested a second time.

The Caecotroph is produced in the Caecum (intestine) and is rich in Vitamin B, especially Vitamin B1. This is important for the hare’s nourishment. The hare does not just chew the food twice, but as in ruminating cloven-hoofed animals, bacteria breaks down the cellulose. The Bible, therefore, makes no mistake in stating that the hare chews the cud, as this is now scientifically proven.

In Leviticus 11:6 it was forbidden to eat hare. This commandment was probably given because blood parasites could be transferred through the handling of hare carcasses. This hygiene rule was far ahead of its time.
Translated from the German: “Der Hase”
https://www.cai.org/bible-studies/harelord

Chief Corner Stone

Chief Corner Stone

The words Strong Foundation atop large granite or marble columns to symbolize strength, resilience, dependability.
As Christians, after coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, few can explain what we felt at the beginning; all we know is that it was genuine and real. Sadly, after a time, that feeling of exhilaration fades, and one may wonder, what happened to those “first-love” emotions we felt on the day we received Christ. It was the Lord’s warm presence of His Love and Forgiveness that gave us peace of mind within. While our experiences differ, we can all say that our lives have changed for the better.  Some may desire to know how Christians can hold on to that new place in God and where do we go from here.
The changes that the new birth brought into our lives were so impactful, for the first few days after accepting Christ as our Savior, we felt as though we were walking on thin air. Then the reality of the world of sin and its old nature returned, and what we must be aware is that temptation is only a choice away; this is why it is essential to know God’s will, for developing children of God.  But, glory to Adonai (God of the Armies of Heaven) Who has already given us His divine plan! Just as a newborn deer has to learn to run in the same hour it’s born to avoid awaiting enemies that are crouching nearby; a baby Christian has to discover the Lord’s purpose for living a Christian life or they will get eaten by spiritual wolves.
Pressing Toward The Mark
Standing on the ROCK of my Salvation

As the Apostle Paul admonished us, we are to press toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus. Likewise, mature believers should be running forward while at the same time, reaching back to build up and encourage younger members in the faith and protect them from wolves in sheep clothing.

This Way
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Ephesians 4:12-14  [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church];                                                                                                       13  until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].          14  So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit].
The good news is that the Lord will always have a remnant who Adonai reserves for Himself. These faithful ones are rare, and  referred to as the “peculiar people.” In the last days, it is Christ Himself who will cause them to stand, where they shall be a light unto the world. And mature saints shall teach the younger believers the true Gospel of the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
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Ephesians 4:12-14 12   Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.                  13   This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14   Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
What helps many in the body of Christ is when young believers are studying and observing the pathway “measuring up to the complete standard of Christ.” And when the believing community of believers understand the goals set for them by the suffering Messiah, Who paid ransom for us to become priests in the Sanctuary and not carnal Christians hanging out on the periphery or outside of the Sanctuary, they will gain a renewed internal motivation to please God.
1 Peter 1:3 3     All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation.
 
1 Peter 1:3-4                                                                                                                          3  Blessed [gratefully praised and adored] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant and boundless mercy has caused us to be born again [that is, to be reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose] to an ever-living hope and confident assurance through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,                                                          4  [born anew] into an inheritance which is imperishable [beyond the reach of change] and undefiled and unfading, reserved in heaven for you,
The Apostle Peter was one of the most prominent disciples of the ministry of Jesus and had a tremendous impact on the early church. The first twelve chapters of Acts are devoted to his ministry and to the development of the church in the East where he was the dominant figure. Paul mentioned him in 1 Corinthians (1 Cor. 1:12; 3:22; 9:5; 15:5) and Galatians (Gal. 1:18; 2:7-9, 11, 14), and he wrote two New Testament books. This first letter is addressed to the five Roman provinces in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) north of the Taurus Mountains (1 Pet. 1:1).
It was written to encourage the believers to endure the intense persecution that was prevalent in that area and to prepare the readers for the difficult times ahead of them.
1 Peter 2:2-12                                                                                                                       2   As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3   If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4   To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
Someone is standing today because they see you standing for Christ.
5   Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6   Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7   Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8   And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9   But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
10   Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11   Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12   Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
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1 Peter 1:5 5  who are being protected and shielded by the power of God through your faith for the salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time.
Revealed
ἀποκαλύπτω (G2572), to cover, conceal. Literally, to remove a veil or covering exposing to open view what was before hidden. To make manifest or reveal a thing previously secret or unknown.
Salvation
 σωτηρία sōtēría; gen. sōtērías, fem. noun from sōtḗr (G4990),
a savior, deliverer. Safety, deliverance, preservation from danger or destruction.
Revelation
602. ἀποκάλυψις apokálupsis; gen. apokalúpseōs, fem. noun from apokalúptō (G0601), to reveal. Revelation, uncovering, unveiling, disclosure. One of three words referring to the Second Coming of Christ (1 Cor. 1:7; 2 Thess. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:7, 13).
In Dan 2:45 it also refers to the Messiah. He is described as “cut out of the mountain. (See Rock)
A Stone of suffering, rejection, by the Priest and the people, He was not pretty, but He passed the character tested.
Beautiful Salvation
 1Peter 2:7   Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
Daniel 2:45 45   Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Hebrews 6:4-6 4     For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit,5   who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—6   and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.

To Be Seen

To Be Seen

 

Christ gives us a caring Heart

As the Body of Christ prepares for the glorious day of the Lord’s return, our hearts are filled with the joy of serving our great King. While many in Biblical times followed Christ for His ability to do for them, others followed Christ’s desire to help those who couldn’t help themselves.

Jesus placed value on the disadvantaged. The Jewish Yeshua was the manifestation of the Father’s love in an earthly form. He (Yeshua) avoided politics and church bureaucracy, but at the same time, Jesus ministered to the needs of those who could not change their own situations.
We can all say that Jesus demonstrated “pure motive, with a pure heart.”

Pure Heart

Satan’s authority in the earth is to test an individual’s heart and to search out any potential for further contamination – “And, don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.” (Mat 6:13 NLT)

Fortunately, the Lord has given us a new heart, and a new perspective of viewing our world.

For example, the Bible says, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” While atheists call Matthew 5:8 and 1 John 4:12 contradictions in the Bible, true Bible students can explain why they are not.

8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. (Mat 5:8 NLT)

When the Jewish Messiah the Lord Jesus Christ said that an individual with a pure heart can see God, it was not because a pure-hearted person can see better. Not at all. It was because of the Greek term, ὀπτάνομαι opt anomia
Meaning: 1) to look at, behold or to allow one’s self to be seen, to appear. So, God allows an individual to see Him as He works in our lives.

So, Adonia allows an individual to see Him as He works in our lives.

The Scriptures, 1John 4:12 and Matthew 5:8 tell us why it is possible to “see God” even though no man has ever seen God. In other words, if we love each other we become eyewitnesses of God’s work in one another.

NLT 1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is brought to full expression in us.
(1Jo 4:12 NLT)

2513 καθαρός katharos {kath-ar-os’}
Meaning: 1) clean, pure 1a) physically 1a1) purified by fire 1a2) in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit 1b) in a Levitical sense 1b1) clean, the use of which is not forbidden, imparts no uncleanness 1c) ethically 1c1) free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt 1c2) free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine 1c3) blameless, innocent 1c4) unstained with the guilt of anything.

Seeing God as HE is
Some believers only see God as a servant to themselves – Who is sitting in Heaven waiting for their next prayer requests. Others believe that we are God’s hands and feet in this world, ministering to those who need to see God for themselves. Plus, true Faith is serving the hurting and living a lifestyle that exhibits God’s power working in us.

we have seen

(The Message Bible)
12 No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!
13 This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. 14 Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. 15 Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. 16 We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. 1 John 4:12-16

26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (Jam 1:27 KJV)

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (Jam 3:17-18 KJV)

53 ἁγνός hagnos {hag-nos’}
Meaning: 1) exciting reverence, venerable, sacred 2) pure 2a) pure from carnality, chaste, modest 2b) pure from every fault, immaculate 2c) clean
KJV 2 Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:

(2Pe 3:1-2 KJV) 1506 εἰλικρινής heilikrines {i-lik-ree-nace’}
Meaning: 1) pure, sincere, unsullied 2) found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light
Origin: from heile (the sun’s ray)

As we learn to walk with Christ and see the just requirement of faith, we are drawn into a continual development, becoming more and more like Him. This is also when many believers in the Body of Christ begin to purify their hearts by the Word of God and start enjoying deeper truths in God’s Word. This aligns itself with 1John which says: “every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself.” (1 John 3:3)

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1Jo 3:2-3 KJV)
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
(1Jo 3:3-8 KJV)

48 ἁγνίζω hagnizo {hag-nid’-zo}
Meaning: 1) ceremonially 1a) to make pure, purify, cleanse 2) morally
Origin: from 53; TDNT – 1:123,19; v
Usage: AV – purify 5, purify (one’s) self 2; 7

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Mat 5:6 KJV)
The Greek word “δικαιοσύνη” meaning righteousness is the reward of a person enjoying a life patterned after regular daily devotion to ADONAI the God of the Holy Bible.

The Greek dikaiosune {dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay} is the condition acceptable to God or the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state that is approved of God. Jesus sat and taught His disciples to hunger and thirst after righteousness. Seeking God is a condition of the heart and soul. Did you know that hunger and thirst are controlled by the human brain? For example, as powerful as the brain is, thirst and hunger can be turned off by distractions or preoccupation. And if our daily lives are filled with fixations, obsessions, and other important concerns; we may ignore the Voice of our spirit man even though it is crying out for worship to God.

Carol M. Porth

Thirst occurs due to a variety of causes. According to Carol M. Porth, author of “Essentials of Pathophysiology, “Two main causes are when your brain senses that the blood circulating through your body is either too concentrated, or your blood volume is low. Some people have thirst disorders such as hypodipsia, which is when your body does not recognize thirst, or polydipsia, which is when you have a false sense of being thirsty. Porth points out the difference between thirst and drinking, as thirst is when you realize you need to drink, and drinking is a habit that most people have that occurs before the feeling or sensation of thirst.
The same goes for hunger. A sudden feeling of hunger that comes on even though you’ve eaten recently is more likely to be a craving rather than real hunger. Find something else to do, such as talking to a friend or taking a walk, to distract yourself until the craving passes.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/448676-what-should-i-drink-if-im-thirsty/

From a scientific perspective, messages from the brain send essential health advice influencing the body to act properly to keep the human body healthy. In a very similar situation, our spiritual status depends on proper attention to reading the Word of God, reinforced with prayer. Where the big difference lies is when an individual has made “searching hard after God” his life pursuit, it can equate to a thirst and hunger after Righteousness.

 

Working in mysterious ways

Working in mysterious ways

 

A frequent phrase heard from many pulpits is “God moves in mysterious ways.” What works for me while acknowledging the manifold wisdom of God, is to try to keep a humble heart toward God’s Word. This way, my human reasoning will not interpret God on a human plane nor will I insert my western idea of what the Divine voice text is speaking. In Ephesians, we read where Paul explains his qualifications to function as a teacher of the Ephesians’ Gentile converts.

While before his conversion, history tells us that Paul was an enemy of the early church; Christ saw his tenacious spirit within the personality of the man. Christ recognized that once Paul was engaged, he would work hard and faithfully to the end. Nevertheless, Paul saw himself as undeserving.

8 Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.
9 I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.
10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
13 So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored.
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father. (Eph 3:8-14 NLT)

One does not find Paul teaching from an ancient text of the Talmud or the Mishna, but we see Paul explaining the eternal plan of God in the person of Yeshua (The LORD’s Salvation) – a living Testament walking out the pages of the Bible.

Jesus was the fulfillment of the Messiah to the Jews and a Savior to the Gentiles. By God’s Grace, Mercy, and Adoption we all benefit from God’s offering of peace and security.

 

Instead of using the phrase “God moves in mysterious ways,” I would offer the word “Providence,” which is the foreseeing care and guidance of God especially when conceived as omnisciently leading the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence. The Almighty directs the world’s path to fulfill His Will.

Excellent examples are both the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the recognition of Israel as a sovereign nation by the United Nations.

Out of all the books found, the book of Isaiah was still in its entirety. Recently, another batch of scrolls which are called the “Cairo Scrolls” was discovered. But, what’s interesting is a single controversial passage where there seems to be a reference to the “adversary” Hebrew= {ha saw-tawn’}. The scroll attributed this statement to the Jewish Messiah as saying, “Satan is no more.” How can this be true when the book of Revelations mentions Satan seven times? Rev 2:9; Rev. 2:13: Rev. 2:24; Rev. 3:9 Rev 12:9 Rev 20:2; Rev 29:17.

First of all, should a Bible student even translate this?
We have no responsibility to translate this text.
But, if for some reason someone thought that this text was too far-out to be taken seriously, they should try to interpret Mark 16:17 where the Scripture says the “Lord worked through them” as earthly agents, while He is the Heaven.
Sometimes, it seems like God has more faith in us than we have in Him. For instance, in the book of Daniel, the angel said that he was sent to help when Daniel first set it in his heart to pray and gain knowledge.

21 As I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice.
22 He explained to me, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding.
23 The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.
(Dan 9:21-23 NLT)

I enjoyed seeing the Mighty Hand of God while in Africa. A girl was floating in the air positioned as if she was in a coffin.

We prayed in the Powerful name of Yeshua (Jesus Christ of Nazareth), and the girl descended slowly to the floor, within minutes. Miraculously, she came out of the trance, and we asked for local pastors to continue with pastoral care and mentorship.
In closing, is there a reason why the LORD kept the book of Isaiah in such perfect condition? And, is the message of Isaiah important for this generation?

17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.
18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”
19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs. (Mar 16:17-20 NLT)

We read it, but how many of today’s Christians believe it? Is Mark 16:17 relevant today? In the above Scriptures, we see that Heaven bare witness to the disciples’ preaching and our Lord worked miracles through them, confirming the Word of G-d.

Like his contemporary Amos (who delivered God’s messages at the shrine in Bethel to the unrepentant people of Israel), Isaiah clearly saw that lip-service worship leads to self-serving social ethics.

Perhaps, this generation will not backslide into a dry and powerless church. Maybe this is the generation of people who want to please God rather than pleasing themselves. If so, G-d delights in us and again, He will show Himself Mighty.

When the world sees Christ in us, then they will realize that a successful life in Christ is possible. As a result, the Word of God has free course in their hearts and minds, then all men will be drawn to the living G-D.

According to the prophet Isaiah;
For these are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction (Is. 30:8, 9). The people’s sinfulness is defined by their disregard of God’s law or God’s covenant claims on them as his people. The prophecies against the sinful people are so strong that one could describe the situation as follows: God’s desire for those whom he has called as his people is such that if they are not his people, then they will be no people at all.
https://www.theologyofwork.org/old-testament/isaiah/an-overview-of-the-book-of-isaiah/