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The Gentle Gentile God

Monday, March 13, 2017 11:45
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By Sean Gooding

Matthew Chapter 12:15-21 (continued)

“But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great crowds followed Him, and He healed them all, and warned them that they should not make Him known, to fulfill what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

‘Here is My Servant, whom I have chosen, My Beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will render judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not struggle nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not quench, until He renders judgment unto victory and in His name will the Gentiles trust.’”

We saw last time how easy it was for religion to take over the truth of Christianity. We saw how religion can even drive us to judge God and call into questions His actions as the religious leaders did to Jesus. Even more frightening is that religion can bring you to the point of wanting to kill off God since you put your faith in the ritual and not the God of the ritual.

One of the hardest things to learn as a Christian is that mankind measures people by what they don’t do most often. BUT God measures you by what is inside your heart. There are many religious people who do not have a heart for God, they don’t actually serve Him.  But there are many fallen, broken people who try to fight the flesh each day because they have a deep and abiding love for the Lord.

Man would call Samson a scoundrel and the High Priest a servant. Jesus called the priests hypocrites and Samson His servant (in Hebrews 11:32).  True Christianity is about realizing that we are nothing without Jesus. We live in such a time of affirmation, and intrinsically there is nothing wrong with that. But, we have taken it to the extreme.

You and I are not OK! We are lost sinners without Jesus. Further, the more time you spend with God in His Word and in prayer the more sinful you see yourself, and the more gracious you should become. For those who depend on religion they become more self-righteous and thus less useful to God. True Christianity elevates those around us and grounds us. In contrast, religion elevates us and puts down everyone else. Beware of religion, it is not of God it is a counterfeit pagan belief masking as Christianity.

Today we will take a closer look at Jesus Himself. This short passage gives us a lot to rejoice about and it would be wise for us to look and learn.

Jesus Healed Them All, Verse 15

This is an awesome statement. Jesus simply healed everyone who came to Him. This is a reminder to us of the graciousness of Jesus. He healed everyone, even as He was moving away from danger. He took the time to heal all that came His way. True Christianity is the most inclusive relationship to God that there is.

Jesus not only healed all these people physically but He is willing to heal all spiritually as well.  God loves everybody.  He hates that we are a fallen people; the future He had planned for us and the catastrophe we have created are literally eons apart.  Yet God is doing all He can to salvage the future for us. Jesus simply healed everybody. John tells us this in John 21:25:

“There are also many other things which Jesus did. Where every one of them to be written, I suppose that not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written. Amen.”

The gospels give us a “Coles Notes” version of all that Jesus did. Jesus healed hundreds and more likely thousands in His 3 plus year ministry. He cast out demons, He made the blind see, the deaf hear, the sick well, the lame to walk, the dead came back to life and the outcast were brought into the family of God forever. Jesus healed Jew and Gentile alike, He did not discriminate and He showed God’s love to people who had been treated as dirty by the Jews.  He revealed Himself to an entire Samaritan city called Sychar in John 4 and redeemed the majority if not all of them.

We are too discriminating in the Lord’s churches today. We select those who we will help and who we won’t help. Jesus, on the other hand helped everybody. What if we actually behaved like Jesus to the people around us?

I am doing a bit of reading about the whole issue of healing. I am not sure if that gift is for us today, for years upon years I did not think so and for the most part today I still don’t but I want to grow in the Lord so I am always researching. Forget about healing or raising the dead.

What if we just need to serve the living? Serve the ill? Serve the outcasts? What if we could make an eternal difference in the life of someone in our homes, our schools, our neighborhoods and our cities? Jesus is still healing; our job is to be like John the Baptist and simply point people to Him.

Jesus Is a Gentle God, Verses 18-20

I like action heroes; I have watched the Terminator series, most of the John Wayne series and most if not all of the Clint Eastwood cowboy and cop movies as well as a host of other movies. I like guys who are “men.” They are tough and can take a hit; they don’t take anything from anyone. This is not Jesus. He was certainly a man’s man. After all, He was a carpenter. He would have had rough hands, the hands of a working man. But Jesus was a gentle man. He dealt gently with people. He understood the fragility of life, the fragility of our minds and spirits. He treated us with genuine love and care as He revealed Himself to us.

Right now I am reading through the Old Testament and the God we see is one who seems to be showing His wrath a lot.  But as you truly sift through the verses you find that years, even decades and sometimes a hundred years will pass between episodes of God’s wrath.

God hated and still hates idolatry. He did not tolerate it for long. But in general, God is a patient and kind God who is slow to wrath and quick to forgive. He deals gently with us even in the hard times. Every disaster has a ray of sunlight in it to offer us hope; God’s glory is shown in His grace through our pain and His promises keep us going when our minds, bodies and spirits yell at us to stop.

In Genesis we read of the Flood in chapter 6 and it seems to us that it was a short time to get from the wonder of the Garden of Eden to the global flood.  But it took over 1000 years to get there. God sent warning after warning, just the Ark alone took Noah 100 years to build.

God made it big enough to house all who would enter, when the Ark was finished building God waited 7 days before He closed the door. Folks, God did not want to kill anyone at all in that Flood; He wanted everyone to repent and He offered them 1000 years of grace and provided a way of salvation, the people simply refused.

We live in similar times and all too often preachers, me included, preach a “Tough Guy” God as opposed to the loving, gentle, caring, patient, merciful, gracious and kind God that Jesus really is. Yes, He is coming back with an army, yes He will rule with a “rod of iron.” But by that time He would have offered the world 2000 plus years of grace and kindness. Up until that glorious unveiling in Revelation 19 Jesus is still this gentle God who is calling all to repentance and will refuse none who come to Him.

Jesus the God of the Gentiles, Verse 21

I am glad that Jesus is the God of the Gentiles. Jesus came to His own people but they rejected Him, John 1:11-13:

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

The Jews rejected Jesus and they opened the door for the New Testament church made up primarily of Gentiles. God always intended the Jews to take the gospel of Jesus to the Gentiles and the nations around them, but the Jews simply took on the gods of the surrounding nations way too often. Rather than leading they followed, they allowed the light of God to be shaded by idolatry.

Sadly, the modern New Testament churches are in the same boat. We have more programs and more options that any church era before us.

Yet, there is a lukewarmness that permeates the local church like never before.  Sadly, church has become an accessory to too many people and not the main thing that it should be.

Jesus is the God of the Gentiles; we should count this as a privilege and not take it for granted. He would have been in His right as the righteous and holy God to simply call it quits and started again in a new dimension with a new Eden.

But NO! Jesus is not that guy. He gave all to redeem the few and He made a way when there was none and then He entrusted the message to us Gentiles. We should be over- flowing with gratitude and thankfulness that God would give us a chance to do what Israel should have done, to take the cross the world.

Yes, we have the privilege of taking the message of freedom and forgiveness to the people all across the world and just to make it easier God has literally brought the world to us. Get up, get out and do something to let the other person know about Jesus. Remember Jesus heals everyone.

“The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

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  • Firmament Does Exist

    YAHUWAH’s name can not be ” lord” as a “lord” serves a King.
    MatithYAHUW:12
    15 YAHUW, perceiving their intentions, withdrew from there. Yet great multitudes followed Him and He healed them all,
    16 and charged them that they should not make Him known.
    17 This was so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through YashaYAHUW (The Savior is YAHUW, sn. Isaiah 42:1-4) the Prophet, saying,
    18 “Behold, My Servant in whom We have loved the whole world. Behold, This is My Beloved in whom my My Soul delights. My Spirit is in Him. He will proclaim My QadUWsha Ways to My People YAsarel.
    19 He will not suffer long nor cry out in protest. Neither will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
    20 :evil: He will not even break a bruised reed. He will not, by force, even extinguish the pagan burning incense until Almighty Loving YA of All Creation leads His QadUWsha People, the YAHUWans to victory.
    21 In His Name (YAHUW) alone can the Seekers in the foreign nations find faith.”
    True Christianity comes straight from Rome and is not the faith of YAHUWshua.
    I.H.S., Hesus Horus Krishna, jesus h. christ is not the name of The Messiah YAHUWshua.

  • goastdale

    123’s of true Christianity v popular & damnable heresies
    (simply because you “confess” it does not mean you actually are, the devil has deceived many of his own children to believe they are Christians 2Tim 3:5)
    #1 “ONE” not triune: THE ANTI CHRIST….WHERE? WHERE?….EVERYWHERE!!! …..IT”S YOU O TRINITARIAN!

    “WHO” it was (what person) that came “IN THE FLESH”, IS THE DETERMINING FACTOR IN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE “ANT-CHRIST”! Even Islam claims Jesus was the Jewish messiah/Christ who was to come in the flesh) they all deny “WHO” it was (what person) that came (to be the Christ) in the flesh!?!…….To deny the father is to deny the son because they are one and the same person that came in the flesh! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/part-6-anti-christ-where-everywhere-allen-daves?trk=mp-reader-card

    JOHN 14: 8-20 where Christ specifically identifies himself (his person as the person of both the father and the HS; the only distinction is in “location” and “method of manifestation” …….Note Isaiah 9:6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: …: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, … the everlasting Father ….The son, father/Holy Spirit are all the same person, NOT like two different persons working together even as “one flesh” ….The “oneness” between Christ and the father is not comparable to a man & his wife, for only a fool would say “When you have seen me you have seen my wife, how sayest thou then, Shew us your wife?” Notice they asked to see THE FATHER and the response was Jn 14:9 ..“HAVE I BEEN SO LONG time with you, and yet hast THOU NOT KNOW ME, Philip…..Now image some fool trying to claim that statement if you asked to see his wife!?!!? You want to see the FATHER but have I been with you but you don’t know me!?!?! https://www.scribd.com/doc/305367608/The-Trinity-Heresy

    Jn 14 continued….…………..17. Even THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH; (Jn 14:6 I AM the way, THE TRUTH,) whom the world cannot receive, .. for HE DEWLLETH WITH YOU, (present tense/standing next to them in the flesh) and SHALL BE IN YOU… (future tense “In them”) 18. I will not leave you comfortless: I WILL COME TO YOU (future tense “In them”) Note: The spirit of Christ is the sprit of God and the holy spirit that is why Christ said “I will come to you” (to comfort them, because Christ is the comforter). The spirit was standing next to them in flesh… ….latter it would come to them to be inside of them (inside of their flesh as the spirit we are given)…..that is why. he would send the spirit…… However, Jesus himself here makes the point that the same person who was the HOLY SPIRIT that would come was standing next to them but lets them know “I will come to you again to be Inside of you”

    The whole point to Gal 3:20.a mediator is NOT A MEDIATOR OF ONE, (HEIS) but GOD IS ONE. (HEIS) again, point blank, identifies the number of persons of God! The “but” points out the contrast between multiple persons in a mediation party v the “one” of God. God is not like a mediation party with multiple different persons. …..”the express image of his person” ( the person of God; singular not plural).Any attempt to lay claim otherwise is willful ignorance and delusional nonsense https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/part-1-echadechadmy-godgod-echad-allen-daves?trk=mp-reader-card

    NOTE: don’t be that one in prov 26:12 over my use of the word “fool” here prov 18:13 (https://www.scribd.com/presentation/322007258/Fools ) “But but, the gospel of John…the Gospel of John …look look…” which is quite ironic since the gospel of John does not leave ANY room for multiple different persons of Jesus and father. However the gospel of John does leave a few verses that facilitate God’s promise in 2 Thess 2:11/ Isaiah 66:4 (take note of “HAND” in verse 2,14..You just can’t make this stuff up…God is surely laughing at these fools; Ps 2:1&4)

    ……Mark 12:28…Which is the first commandment of all? 29. …Hear, O Israel; THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD: 30. And ………..this is the first commandment….. 31. And the second is…..
    JESUS IS GOD AND IS THE FULLFILMENT OF ALL THE LAW AND PROPHETS SO IF YOU CAN’T GET THIS “FIRST OF ALL COMMANDMENTS” RIGHT, ALL THE REST OF YOUR “FAITH” AND PREACHING ON SIN IS MOOT

    TRINITARIANS CONFESS JESUS /THEY ARE NOT POLYTHEIST BUT ARE MONOTHEIST LIKE A LIAR & THIEF WHO “CONFESS” THEY DO NOT LIE OR STEAL The simple fact is that just because you confess or deny that you are in an adulterous relationship and denounce all forms of adultery has nothing to do with whether or not it is in fact adulterous! .. …A rose by any other name is still just a rose AND calling it a water lily does not change the definition of what a water Lilly or a rose is either!…No, Trinitarians confess & preach literally …”ANOTHER JESUS” 2 Cor 11:4

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/part-2-pgs-91-101-chapter-eight-lets-talk-us-allen-daves?trk=mp-reader-card

    - Like a thief in your house caught stealing your things insisting he was not there stealing “I CONFESS I am NOT stealing”. You just do not “properly understand” what he is doing/saying. Further, since you never had a “proper understanding” of what he is doing/saying you have no business accusing him since you do not even know what you are talking about in the first place. It is with and in your own ignorance that you base your “false accusations” & “ad homonym attacks” against him…… Ridiculous of course it is ……2Thess 2:11; Titus 1:16; 2Tim 3:5;

    - A Favorite tool for pathological liars is to use incongruent definitions or create oxymorons out of synonyms such as “a person” and “a being” so as to claim that your god is THREE DIFFERENT PERSONS but ONLY ONE BEING: Which is (1) no different then trying to claim that “THREE DIFFERENT CARS” is “THE ONE VEHICLE” (2) blatant demonstration of the dishonesty & sorcery these children of hell will employ with “a strait face” (which is in part what it means to be a pathological liar)
    ……but, ah i remember how this game is played… “God is three in one” (or 1in 3 or 3in one et al) should have given you a hint, harking back to Satan in The garden…God said you will die…Satan comes along and states no you will be more WISE……today .God said He is one; but Satan’s children come along and say no three is more WISE and humble in the face of God’s grandeur only “a mystery” that can be understood “in faith”. God uses head and right arm to explain the distinctions between father and son.. However, the Trinitarian heretics say to the effect: “NO, that is just a figure of speech, or that is not what God really means. What God is really saying is that God is three different persons”. Fools, hypocrites and blind guides, God said he was One and by your traditions and vain imaginations have taken the words of God and made them of no effect, refashioning God into your image!

    You can download the complete FREE book from
    https://www.scribd.com/doc/305367608/The-Trinity-Heresy
    OR
    https://www.academia.edu/23463667/THE_TRINITY_HERESY

    http://www.scribd.com/user/249756770/Allen-Daves

    independent.academia.edu/AllenDaves

    https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/0_0wXAPxHFpV6o3_6erj3ZFe?trk=prof-sm

    #2 SECOND COMING Thou Fool! “I come quickly” so “Hold fast
    till i come”… NOT …“in another 2000 yrs I might be coming soon any time now, so hold fast”!?! …those that deny the second coming of Christ in the war of AD70 are practicing a damnable heresy in denying the lord that bought them ( 2Peter 2:1-2 ;2Tim 4:8/ you cant love an appearing you deny& the context is the 2nd coming not the first)… Mat 7:23..”I NEVER KNEW YOU” …..Mat 10:33. But whosoever shall deny me before men……..sound familiar?…. If I said I am coming to your house in this generation when these things happen but no one knows the day or hour what fool would think I might be coming in 2000 years latter!?!? ..2 Tim 4: 4. And
    they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be TURNED UNTO FABLES.
    2Thess 2: 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    DOWNLOAD FREE THE ENTIRE 480PG BOOK AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS
    https://www.scribd.com/doc/305366745/Revelation-the-First-Gospel-of-the-Kingdom

    or

    https://www.academia.edu/23464127/REVELATION_THE_FIRST_GOSPEL_OF_THE_KINGDOM

    #3 There is a sharp contrast between THREE groups :

    (1) “PREDESTINED DAMNED” who were NEVER written in the book of life ………..Rev 17: 8 WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, …as contrasted …EPH 1: 4. According as he hath CHOSEN US in him BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD

    (2) “MANY CALLED”= ONLY and ALL SAINTS (those who come to Christ) are written in the book of life … Philippians 4:3… ……Rev 21:27; (Only saints are Called and elect; Rom 1:6-7 et al) This is THE CHRUCH and ONLY these can have their names blotted out of the book of life ….….Heb 12:23 to the general assembly and CHURCH of the firstborn … WHICH ………are WRITTEN in heaven,

    (3) THE FEW CHOSEN: Those saints who were alive in group #2 who are now physically dead. They died “faithful” these are the FEW that were chosen faithful…….Rev 3:5. ……; and I
    will not BLOT OUT HIS NAME OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, (Ps 69:28) …. These are the FEW that are CHOSEN and now that they have died and are saved then “once saved THEY CAN NEVER BE LOST”

    Predestination….its true..its all true…download here

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/306868420/Most-True-Christians-Go-to-Hell

    https://www.academia.edu/25217564/Most_True_Christains_Go_to_Hell

  • Man

    Euthyphro dilemma isn’t a thing you know.

    “Is what is morally good commanded by God because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by God?”

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