UNDER MY SKY

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Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. (‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭25-37‬ KJV)

A PARABLE is a earthly story with a Heavenly meaning. While I study the Parables, I like to keep that definition in mind. It tells me that Jesus is using things on this Earth to explain to me what it means Spiritually.
Now when Jesus taught his disciples, he used Parables but also within the Parable there was symbols. For example, when Jesus was being Baptized…He (God the Son, JESUS) was standing in the river, a voice from heaven (God the Father, Lord) and a Spirit descended like a dove ( God the Holy Spirit). This has been commonly referred to as the Trinity…Colossians 2:8-10 calls it the GODHEAD. Anyways, Jesus often uses symbols. In John 10:25-37 I will try to identify some of the symbols so we can understand this parable from Jesus.

LAWYER= a lawyer in this time and day was not associated with the judicial system. But he was an expert in the Law of Moses. So he was an interpreter of the Law of Moses. Just because he was an interpreter DOES NOT make him a follower of God, or a Christian. Even though I walk into a garage, I am not a car. Even so, if I go to church that does not make me a Christian. Some lawyers in this time were also Levites, maybe it was in this case. It may have been causing this lawyer to squirm a little.

CERTAIN MAN= this man fell among thieves. In this area, you did not want to travel alone. Because thieves would hide behind rocks and jump you from behind once you passed by. They would also steal all your goods, and obviously beat you until you are half dead. Since this man fell and was helpless, and half dead, this would represent us, or HUMANITY.

Thieves= symbolizes the devil. In John8:44 Jesus declares the devil to be a murderer from the beginning. In John 10:8 Jesus says that all that came before Him are thieves and robbers. When they arrested Jesus Matt 26:55 In that same hour Jesus said to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. (‭Matthew‬ ‭26‬:‭55‬ KJV) The devil is a thief and a liar. Jesus was crucified between to thieves.

Priest = symbolizes ritualism or ceremonialism. Ritualism is doing things by a ceremony or ritual. Some churches rely heavily upon ceremonies and rituals which do not save a person. For example, being stuck doing the same things the same way every time. Ceremonies and rituals cannot save a person. This man may have seen that he had been robbed. He didn’t want to lose what he had therefore, he passed by on the other side.

Levite = Symbolizes legalism. Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, Judaizers, and Nicolatians were some the groups that thought keeping the Law would save them. They boasted about how and what they did to observe the law. They were very knowledgable about what was legal and what was not. Although they didn’t trust Christ as Savior, they were trusting in their legalisms and in their own ability to observe certain traditions and laws.

Good Samaritan = Represents Christ. When we are helpless sinners and half dead, Jesus comes and quickens (means to make alive) us. He binds up our wounds and pours in oil and wine…which indicates the Holy Spirit. He is the only one that can save us from our sins.

Neighbor = the neighbor is anyone that we can help. Not just people we live beside. But anyone at all, any race, any color, and any language. These are our neighbors.

There are 3 philosophies that can be taken from this parable.

1) The thieves said, “what you have is mine, and I’m going to steal it.”
2) Priest and Levite said, “what I have is mine and I’m not going to share.”
3) Good Samaritan said, “I have the means to help you and I will. This should be all our philosophies. This is the Christ-like attitude.

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WARNING

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LEGALISM

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GIVE ME JESUS

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Jealousy

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PRAYER

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“WE DWELL IN HIM”

“We dwell in Him.”
1 John 4:13

Do you want a home for your soul? Do you ask, “What is the price?” It is something less than a proud human nature will like to give. It is without money and without price. Ah! you would like to pay a respectable rent! You probably would love to do something to win Christ? Then you cannot have the home, for this home is “without price.” Will you take my Master’s home on a lease for all eternity, with nothing to pay for it, nothing but the price of loving and serving Him for ever? Will you take Jesus and “dwell in Him?” See, this home is furnished with all you want, it is filled with riches more than you will spend as long as you live. Here you can have intimate communion with Christ and feast on His love; here are tables well-stored with food for you to live on for ever; in it, when weary, you can find rest with Jesus; and from it you can look out and see heaven itself. Will you have the home? I f you are homeless, you will say, “I should like to have the home; but may I have it?” Yes; there is the key—the key is, “Come to Jesus.” “But,” you say, “I am too shabby for such a house.” Never mind; there are garments inside. If you feel guilty and condemned, come; and though the home is too good for you, Christ will make you good enough for the home along the way. He will wash you and cleanse you, and you will yet be able to sing, “We dwell in Him.” Believer: you are happy to have such a dwelling-place! Greatly privileged you are: for thou hast a “strong habitation” in which you are ever safe. And “dwelling in Him,” thou hast not only a perfect and secure house, but an everlasting one. When this world shall have melted like a dream, our house shall live, and stand more imperishable than marble, more solid than granite, self-existent as God, for it is God Himself—”We dwell in Him.”

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FOUR BLOOD MOONS

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Is Everything About to Change? The First of Four Blood Moons Occurs April 15

April 15, 2014|8:03 am

Astronomical events have been making headlines lately. On April 8, the orbits of Mars, Earth, and the sun fell into a straight line in a rare cosmic alignment called an opposition. Precisely one week later, we will see the first of four extremely unusual total lunar eclipses.

Is there any significance to these extraordinary celestial events? Could it be that God is using the sun, moon, and stars to communicate with us and to announce things to come? The answer is yes!

The Bible is clear that the sun, moon, and stars are connected to Israel and biblical prophecy. Throughout history God has used the science of astronomy (never astrology!) in connection with historical events to write prophetic messages in the heavens.

One significant way God reveals coming events is through a phenomenon that scientists call “Blood Moons.” These are total lunar eclipses in which the moon appears to be blood red.

The coming message from God is so urgent that He is going to sovereignly arrange the sun and the moon to perfectly align themselves to create not just one Blood Moon, but a Tetrad-a series of four consecutive Blood Moons!

NASA has projected that the next Tetrad will begin on April 15, 2014 and end on September 28, 2015. It will occur in the following sequence:

1. Passover-April 15, 2014
2. Feast of Tabernacles-October 8, 2014
3. Passover-April 4, 2015
4. Feast of Tabernacles-September 28, 2015

Four Blood Moons (Tetrads) that are significant to Israel and also occur during Jewish Feasts are extremely rare-they have happened only three times in more than five hundred years.

To understand the significance of this coming series of Four Blood Moons, we need to consider the globally significant religious events connected with the previous three Tetrads.

The Four Blood Moons of 1493–94 announced the Edict of Expulsion, which banished from Spain all Jewish people who, despite being tortured, refused to convert to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition. But their tears ended in triumph when Christopher Columbus found a haven for Jews around the world: America.

The Four Blood Moons of 1949–50 followed the birth of the State of Israel, in which God gathered the Jewish exiles from the nations of the world and brought them home to the land of covenant as foretold by the Old Testament prophets.

The Four Blood Moons of 1967–68 coincided with the Six-Day War, when the city of Jerusalem was finally reunited with the State of Israel. Today, Jerusalem is more than the country’s “undivided capital”-it’s where Christ was crucified for the sins of the world and where He will return to rule a global kingdom that will never end.

Three series of Four Blood Moons.

Three important historical events that affected the Jewish people-and the world.

And it’s about to happen for a fourth time!

What is God saying to us in the Four Blood Moons of 2014–15?

Unlike the others, this series of Four Blood Moons not only contains a total solar eclipse, but it also contains a Shemittah year, which occurs every seventh year-or every Sabbath year. Astoundingly, this Shemittah year will begin on the first day of the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) on September 25, 2014 and conclude on the following Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) on September 13, 2015.

Follow this astonishing phenomenon:

The occurrence of a Tetrad, or four consecutive Blood Moons, is rare.

A Tetrad with a total solar eclipse within its series is very rare.
A Tetrad with a total solar eclipse that is significant to Israel’s history and Jewish Feasts is very, very rare.
A Tetrad with a total solar eclipse historically significant to Israel and Jewish Feasts that includes a Shemittah year is very, very, very rare.
But a Tetrad with a total solar eclipse, historically significant to Israel, falling on Jewish Feasts, and including a Shemittah year that corresponds with the Feast of Trumpets is astronomically rare!
The fourth Tetrad is coming. God is shouting to us, “Something big is about to happen!”

The Four Blood Moons of 2014–15 tell us that God is getting ready to change the course of human history once again.

God is clearly speaking to us through the coming series of Four Blood Moons. The question is, are we watching and listening?

Pastor John Hagee, author of Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change and the founder and Senior Pastor of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members.

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NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN

NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN

                       
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  Luke 2:1-14 KJV)

   Imagine having to walk to the town in which you were born. Joseph walked to Bethlehem after Caesar Augustus ordered all men to pay taxes. While Mary being with child and nearly ready to deliver her baby rode a donkey back the Bethlehem.  The men were to go back to their home town, and be counted and pay the government. 

What is a MANGER?  A manger is a feeding trough for animals. Certainly it
is a filthy place where animals eat. Imagine a mother laying her newborn baby in a feeding trough, or a manger which is the same thing.  Well, Mary the mother of Jesus did just that. Mary and Joseph were very poor.  In Bible times, and some places today it is considered a great honor to house strangers. Later when travel became more common, towns would have small accommodations and even smaller for their animals.  One person would be appointed the Inn Keeper. It was just this way when Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem on that starry night. 
One reason Christ Jesus was laid in a manger was in Isaiah 53 the Bible says,
          “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.” (Isaiah 53:3, 4 KJV)
Jesus left His splendor of heaven to be born in a world that did not want Him.  He was despised, rejected, and he knew what grief was.  Christ was born on purpose in a world that did not want Him only to die on a cruel cross to save His people from their sins.( Matt 1:21)   But this little manger was His royal cradle.  Jesus Christ was born the King. Yet He never owned a home, and never had a place to lay his head.  If Jesus was born rich, and given a throne in the town, instead of being lain in a manger, we would tremble at the thought of coming to Christ. But this lowly manger invites us ALL poor and rich.  The manger shows that coming to Christ is indeed free. The Gospels shouts from the manger that all can come to Christ rich or poor, and most importantly those who sin.  Furthermore, we have all sinned. (Romans 3:23)   Therefore we can all come to Christ without feeling as if we should change first.  Christ will change you after you come to Him.  

 

None of the shops in the Bethlehem had room for Jesus.  In this country there is no room for Jesus in the public schools.  During Jesus’ life there was no room for Him in the synagogues, or the Temple, and today there is no room for Him in the very churches that “worship” him.  In fact in these places is where he found most of his enemies.  Today, there is no room for him in the department stores.  Many stores refuse to say Merry Christmas.  Instead they say, happy holidays, or call it a holiday tree, or the children are on winter break and not Christmas break.  Jesus is used to being pushed out of this world.  It is because He is not of this world. 

There is a lot of talk about TOLERANT.  The definition of tolerant is the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.  There is toleration to everything, except Christ.  If you feel and believe your Christianity should be spread; there is no room for Him in the public.  However many are very tolerant of all other forms of religion and beliefs but we dare not speak the name of Jesus or quote the Bible.  It is frowned upon when a Christian tries to spread their beliefs, however if people of different lifestyles want to spread their agenda in our schools, and communities that we have to tolerate that junk.  Yet Christians are not allowed to do that at all. There is no room for Him in the public at all. 

In this world we can talk about teachers, preachers, ministers or anything connected to the church.  But we are NEVER allowed to utter the name of JESUS. We cannot talk about God or the Godhead because there is no room for Him in this world. 

In the workplace we have room for cussing, alcohol, drugs, nasty jokes and pornography, lewd conversations but no room for Christ. The Bibles says, ” to come out from among them and be separate and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you unto myself, and be a Father unto you and ye shall be my sons and daughters.”  That is what Christ says to us all.  That means that Christians are to be different. We are to be looked as being peculiar.  Because we are separate we are not like this world.  Some believe that Christianity is a bunch of rules. Ye shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall set you free.  Jesus is the TRUTH. No room for Him in their lives.

Do you have room for Christ?  Today is the accepted time, today is the day of salvation.  “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and let me in I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with me Rev. 3:20.”    We all need to cleanse the manger of our hearts, and change it to God’s Throne, and let Him reign forever Lord of our lives. Do you have room for Christ in your heart?

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Worship in Spirit and in Truth

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