Daily Archives: June 4, 2019

June 4 Faith Defined

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1–8

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

So much is written about faith these days. We think and talk about trusting God, and try, even though we stumble at times, to walk by faith. Many times, it is our trying that trips us up. God wants us to learn to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). This means living with the idea that He is able to do what we cannot do for ourselves. What a victorious thought! It is also a marvelous invitation to experience freedom from doubt, worry, and disbelief.

Before we can trust God fully, we must come to a point of helpless dependence. It is here that we realize we simply cannot do it all, be all that is needed, and have all the answers. If we could, there would be no need for God. We would be in total control and very proud of it. While God gives us the ability to solve many of the problems we face, His greater desire is for us to live our lives dependent on Him. Godly dependence is not a sign of weakness but one of immeasurable strength and confidence. There are problems in life that only God can solve, tasks only He can perform, and solutions that can only be discovered through the wisdom He gives.

The basic foundation to faith is this: trust God more than you trust yourself. When you do this, you gain wisdom and hope for every area of life.

Dear Lord, help me to trust You more. Give me a confident conviction that You keep Your promises.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 163). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 4 Keys to Triumph

Scripture Reading: James 1:1–8

Key Verse: James 1:2

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.

Problems, heartaches, and pressures have always been a part of the Christian life. The early church suffered greatly at the hands of Roman and Jewish leaders. Early church members often worshiped in secret to avoid arrest and persecution.

How could the early church handle such extreme pressure? The people learned to turn their trials into triumphs by praising and worshiping God. In fact, historians say if one word could be used to characterize the early church, it would be joy.

Throughout the ages, God has always moved in response to the praise and worship of His people. The power of praise and joy opened the doors to Paul and Silas’s jail cell. A shout of praise to God brought down the walls of Jericho. Praise led Hezekiah’s army into victorious battle.

The heartbeat of James’s message to the early church was simple—don’t allow your trials to overcome you. Instead, turn your trials into triumphs.

The keys to triumph are a joyful heart, a willingness to understand God’s ways, a surrendered life, and an attitude of faith. No matter how fierce the trial, how strong the temptation, you can experience victory today by expressing your praises to God.

O God, I don’t want to let my trials overcome me. Give me the ability to turn them into triumphs by understanding Your ways and rejoicing in You. Give me a joyful heart of praise.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 163). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 4 A Winnable War

Scripture reading: Colossians 3:8–11

Key verse: Romans 7:17

It is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

In the 1860s our nation was embroiled in a bitter civil war—one part of our country pitted against the other. In the twentieth century, America fought in wars with and against other nations.

As a believer, you participate in a spiritual battle with consequences that are just as deadly. Understanding the nature of the conflict, however, can greatly alter the outcome.

Here’s why: when you received Christ as Savior, you received a new spirit, and you became a distinctly new person. Your old identity apart from Christ was done away with.

How does that affect your walk with Christ? Tremendously. As a new creature in Christ, you are no longer at war with yourself. It is not a civil war—the old John Doe versus the new John Doe. If that were the case, you would always be at odds with yourself, and that would be frustrating at best. Such tension often leads to a mediocre Christian experience—winning some and losing a lot.

The truth that sets you free is this: the battle you face is partisan—the new you against the principle and power of sin that still indwell you. This is a winnable war.

Thank You, Lord, for the truth that sets me free. I praise You that I am a new creature in Christ.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 163). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Flashback From Four Years Ago: George Soros Admits to Funding the Forced Migration of Muslims Put into Place by the U.N – A Step Closer to the NWO

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Hard to believe that I wrote this article four years ago. I want the reader to see clearly how this invasion of Muslims into Europe was accomplished.

When the United Nations teams up with George Soros – watch out world!!

Original article from 2015

In this past September’s Sustainable Development Summit at the United Nations, a plan was put in place to ensure that their goals would be met by the year 2030. You can always be sure that a shadowy figure is lurking behind the scenes when plans for One World Government are discussed at the U.N.

This shadowy and unscrupulous man is none other than George Soros – a man who has used his billions to destabilize nations and governments – a man who turned in his own Jewish brothers and sisters to the Nazis during the Holocaust, and facilitated the mass confiscation of the property and wealth…

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Esteemed NSA Whistleblower Bill Binney Says He Has Evidence DNC was NOT Hacked – “The Mueller Report and the Rosenstein Indictment Is All Based on Lies!” — The Gateway Pundit

Roger Stone is requesting proof that the Russians hacked the DNC server, as was reported in the Mueller report. He claims if the Russians didn’t hack the DNC, his case should be dismissed.

An IT expert and NSA Whistle blower who looked at the data online can confirm that the DNC data leaked by WikiLeaks was definitively not hacked, it was copied to a disk or flash drive.

We reported on May 11, 2019, that Roger Stone and his legal team are requesting the report from Crowdstrike, the firm connected with the Deep State who reportedly did inspect the DNC server after emails were released by WikiLeaks.

Their position is that if the Mueller team and the FBI did not inspect the DNC server, then how can they know that the server was hacked. This logical argument makes sense –

The Mueller team is fighting back against the Stone team and arguing that it is not necessary to see the documents that support that Russia hacked the DNC –

We’ve been saying for months that the entire Russia collusion delusion is a sham. To date there has been no information reported that ascertains that the DNC was hacked by the Russians. No reports to date show that the DNC server was inspected by the Mueller team and the FBI. Since this is the case, there is no way the Mueller team can claim the server was hacked.

More people believe that the DNC has emails stolen by an insider and this is how the DNC emails reached WikiLeaks. The WikiLeaks team has stated numerous times that Russians did not provide them the DNC emails.

Since there is no proof for the emails being hacked, the reports Russians involved in the collusion delusion evaporate. This would and should destroy the entire Russian sham make-believe case.  Our reporting has been confirmed by others in the Intelligence community.

Overnight it was reported that former NSA employee and whistle blower, Bill Binney, has reviewed the information provided online and it shows that the data coming from the DNC was not hacked but rather copied to a disk or flash drive!

Binney says:

The problem with the Mueller report and the Rosenstein indictment is it’s all based on lies.  I mean the fact they’re still lying about the, saying the DNC was hacked by the Russians and the Russians gave it to WikiLeaks.

Well, we had some of our people and our group, the VIPS, the Veteran Intelligence Professionals, look at the data that WikiLeaks posted on the DNC data.  They actually posted the DNC data…

…that entire set of data was read to a thumb drive or a CD Rom then physically transported.  Now this is what Kim Dotcom is saying.  This is what Julian Assange basically was inferring. Others have been saying the same things.”

It’s clear the DNC was not hacked and it’s more likely an insider like Seth Rich copied the files to a disk drive than that the Russians hacked the DNC.

The major problem Stone has with his case is that his judge is the corrupt Obama appointed Judge Amy Berman Jackson. As we reported, the judge overseeing the Roger Stone case, Amy Berman Jackson, has demanded that she see the entire unredacted Mueller sham report in order to oversee Stone’s case. Judge Jackson is a corrupt Obama appointee who will go to any length to stop a conservative from receiving justice.

Sadly, Judge Jackson has a horrible far left record on the bench. In 2013 Judge Jackson rejected arguments from the Catholic Church that Obamacare’s requirements that employers provide cost free coverage of contraceptive services in spite of being contrary to their religious beliefs. This was overturned by the Supreme Court.

In 2017 Judge Jackson dismissed the wrongful death suit against Hillary Clinton filed by two of the families who lost loved ones in Benghazi. The families argued that Clinton had done little to help their sons and then lied to cover it up.

Then on January 19, 2018, Paul Manafort’s case was reassigned to Judge Jackson on January 19th, a few weeks after being filed.  She put Manafort in solitary confinement.

No individual who disagrees with Obama will receive justice in Judge Jackson’s court.

Judge Jackson was next somehow assigned to the Roger Stone case. She also placed a gag order on Stone as she did Manafort, preventing him from defending himself in the public square while Jackson’s colleagues in the media and at the Mueller team defame Stone daily.

Judge Jackson ordered that she should see sections of the Mueller report related to Roger Stone –

A federal judge in Washington on Thursday ordered the Justice Department to turn over any unredacted sections of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report on Russian activities during the 2016 presidential campaign that relate to longtime Republican political operative Roger Stone.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave federal prosecutors until Monday to “submit unredacted versions of those portions of the report that relate to defendant Stone and/or ‘the dissemination of hacked materials.’” Jackson said she would review the material in private to see if it is relevant to the case and to decide whether Stone and his defense team will have access to the material, likely under strict supervision.

Roger Stone will have to wait until corrupt judge Jackson looks at the unredacted Mueller report and determine whether he is allowed to see it! This is unbelievable!!!

Mueller, Weissmann and Judge Amy Berman Jackson should be thrown in jail for their blatant abuse of the US judicial system in torturing and destroying the lives of those who worked with President Trump all based on a pile of lies. Americans want justice!

via Esteemed NSA Whistleblower Bill Binney Says He Has Evidence DNC was NOT Hacked – “The Mueller Report and the Rosenstein Indictment Is All Based on Lies!” — The Gateway Pundit

Judicial Watch: The Russia Hoax “Rests Entirely on Mr. Obama and His Administration… Let’s Get Obama Under Oath!” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

The Gateway Pundit reported in February 2018 that a text message was released reportedly from corrupt FBI lovers and former Mueller investigators that implicates former President Barack Obama as being involved in the spygate scandal…

FOX News released the text implicating President Obama in the Russia Hoax:

Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing.
The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by FOX News. The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016 about prepping Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” Senate investigators told FOX News this text raises questions about Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.

Among the newly disclosed texts, Strzok also calls Virginians who voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s wife for a state Senate seat “ignorant hillbillys.” (sic)

Corrupt lovers Strzok and Page both worked at the FBI.  As a matter of fact, they were both very high up at the FBI and are both very corrupt.  Strzok is famous for his activities in protecting Hillary Clinton from criminal charges in 2016.

Both these characters were selected by Robert Mueller to assist in his Russia – Trump farce investigation along with a team of similar characters – all Clinton and Obama cronies.

Yesterday, Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell said the following about this text on Obama:

…These folks are so far out of bounds and so far beyond that pale.  When people talk about it being a coup, there’s no exaggeration there. It was a coup.  It was an effort to unseat or destabilize the Trump Administration, the President personally but actually his entire administration and we’ve never seen anything like it.

This makes, you know, pick your favorite scandal, Watergate, Whitewater, whatever, it makes all that look like Keystone cops. This was a very sophisticated, very thought out….

There’s a very important text message from Lisa Page to Peter Strzok and that is from November of 2016 and the context for the text message is – Strzok asks Lisa Page, “Hey, what are you doing?”  or words to that effect.

She reports back very excitedly that she’s preparing talking points for Director Comey to go brief the President on what they’re doing.  And the quote from Lisa Page is quote – “POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing” – closed quote.

That POTUS of course is Barack Obama.  And, I will take Lisa Page at her word. It’s an off the cuff communication with her paramour.  She’s excited.  She’s getting the Director prepped.

I want to know, what did Obama know.  What did he approve?  What did he tacitly nod his head for?  What did he explicitly authorize?

This entire, it’s a tragedy.  It’s a scandal we’ve never seen before constitutionally.  This rests entirely on Mr. Obama and his administration.  It starts with them and we need real accountability.  Let’s get Mr. Obama under oath.

President Obama – What did you know and when did you know it?  And more importantly, what did you approve and what were you behind?

via Judicial Watch: The Russia Hoax “Rests Entirely on Mr. Obama and His Administration… Let’s Get Obama Under Oath!” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Grieving the Holy Spirit — Servants of Grace

Ephesians 4:30, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

From our knowledge of the Triune God, we know that each person of the Triune God delights in that which the other persons are doing. To that end, there is a mutual indwelling among the persons of the Godhead—the Father in the Son and the Holy Spirit; the Son in the Father and the Holy Spirit in the Father and the Son. When we put on Christ, we put on the Father and the Holy Spirit to live out the new life in Christ according to the pattern the Scriptures prescribe so that God’s people may live in a manner that pleases the Triune Creator. When Christians violate the standards given to disciples of Jesus, not only is the Son of God grieved but so also the Father and the Holy Spirit.

In our passage today, Ephesians 4:30, Paul makes this very point when he warns Christians not to “Grieve the Holy Spirit of God.” When Christians sin, the Holy Spirit experiences grief in a manner appropriate to His deity. The Holy Spirit cannot stand the presence of sin and hates it when God’s people, His dwelling place, entertain transgression (Hab. 1:13). Even though the reality of His grief proves the Holy Spirit’s personhood, this particular grief is not the same as ours. The Holy Spirit cannot be paralyzed by grief for His grief, unlike ours, is always holy, undefiled by sin, ungodly jealousy, and all the other flaws that attend our grief.

The Holy Spirit’s grief is ultimately a mystery as John Calvin comments, “No language can adequately express this solemn truth, that the Holy Spirit rejoices and is glad on our account, when we are obedient to him in all things, and neither think nor speak anything, but what is pure and holy; and, on the other hand, is grieved when we admit anything into our minds that is unworthy of our calling.”

The Holy Spirit is sensitive to sin because of His close relationship with His people, those who have been saved, set apart, and defined as the Lord’s holy people because of Christ alone (1 Peter 1:13-16). The Holy Spirit seals God’s people “for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30). The Holy Spirit dwells within the people of God the moment they trust in the Lord Jesus, marking them as the people of God who will be spared divine wrath on the day of judgment. Through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, Christians are daily being conformed into the image of the Lord Jesus. A return to a pattern of life wholly dominated by sin for Christians is impossible for all those whom the Holy Spirit has sealed (Romans 8:29-30). Even though Christians may fall into significant sin, which grieves the Holy Spirit, introducing a distance between Him and His people in relation not to their security in Christ, but to their fellowship and communion with Christ.

Before listing the various attitudes and actions that spring from being forgiving, the apostle says, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit” (Eph. 4:30). These words challenge our theology as much as they encourage our hearts. We are not accustomed to thinking of our thoughts and actions affecting God’s heart. There are even aspects of our theology that make us question whether it is proper to think this way. The apostle, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, speaks with incredible intimacy about the nature of our God and his heart for us. Just as Christ can be touched by the feelings of our infirmities (Heb. 4:15), his Spirit grieves over our failure to love as we should in the Christian community. There is some poignancy in the consideration that the Holy Spirit, the One who is our Comforter (John 14–16), is himself grieved by our sin. The thought is meant to arrest us and correct us. The same Spirit who convicts my heart of sin, generates in me love for God, gives me new birth, provides my apprehension of the beauty of grace in the world, and seals my redemption until the coming of my Lord—this same Spirit who loves me so intimately and perfectly, I can cause to grieve. Not wanting to hurt him is a strong motivation for not intending the harm of his people or purpose.

The purpose of the Holy Spirit informs us most specifically why antagonisms that disrupt the church disturb him. What is the Holy Spirit’s purpose? It is to testify of Christ. The Spirit’s witness in my heart of the truth of the gospel is the seal on my heart that I am his for the day of redemption. Jesus said, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (John 15:26 KJV). When we are indwelt by the Spirit but possess attitudes or actions that are not reflective of Jesus, we undermine the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the progression and witness of the gospel require not grieving the Spirit by any form of malice that creates disturbances within our heart or his church.

When God’s people sense a distance in their relationship to God, it’s wise to ask ourselves if we are engaged in some persistent, sin that grieves the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit may withdraw for a time so we might recognize that our sin has grieved Him and that we need to deal with it. When Christians do sin, we are to turn from sin to Christ alone who offers forgiveness for sin (1 John 1:9), since He is our Advocate (1 John 2:1), so that they may not grieve the Holy Spirit and live according to the pattern God has prescribed for His people in His Word.

via Grieving the Holy Spirit — Servants of Grace

Hillary Clinton’s Russia collusion IOU: The answers she owes America — Christian Research Network

“In short, the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with pressure — and bad intel — until an investigation of Trump was started. The bureau and its hapless sheriff at the time, James Comey, eventually acquiesced with the help of such Clinton fans as then-FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.”

(John Solomon – The Hill)   During the combined two decades she served as a U.S. senator and secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s patrons regularly donated to her family charity when they had official business pending before America’s most powerful political woman.

The pattern of political IOUs paid to the Clinton Foundation was so pernicious that the State Department even tried to execute a special agreement with the charity to avoid the overt appearance of “pay-to-play” policy.

Still, the money continued to flow by the millions of dollars, from foreigners and Americans alike who were perceived to be indebted to the Clinton machine or in need of its help.

It’s time for the American public to call in their own IOU on political transparency.  View article →

via Hillary Clinton’s Russia collusion IOU: The answers she owes America — Christian Research Network

Rachel Maddow’s Ratings Plunge, CNN Ratings Drop Another 16% In Prime-Time — The Gateway Pundit

Rachel Maddow’s reign is coming to an end.

The hard-left MSNBC talking head has pulled strong ratings since Donald Trump was elected. But things have changed dramatically since the report from special counsel Robert Mueller was released.

Maddow has pushed the Russia-Trump collusion for more than two years, but Mueller’s report said there was insufficient evidence to prove the charge. Mueller also refused to proceed with charges of alleged obstruction.

In May, Maddow’s show suffered its worst ratings since Trump took office, losing 500,000 viewer, Fox News reports.

There appears to be a direct connection to the Mueller report, which was released April 18. In the first quarter of 2019, Maddow averaged 3.1 million viewers each night. But in May, she averaged just 2.6 million viewers.

“Maddow lost nearly 500,000 viewers for her first episode following the release of Barr’s letter,” Fox reported. “Then she plummeted 13 percent in April compared to the same month in 2018, according to TVNewser, falling behind “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in the process. In May she averaged 2.6 million – her worst month since Trump took office – and a far cry from the 3.1 million viewers she averaged during the first quarter of 2019.”

What’s more, the New York Times doesn’t want its reporters to appear on Maddow’s show, Vanity Fair reported. The Times wasn’t worried about ratings, though, but rather the fact that Maddow is just “too partisan.”

Meanwhile, CNN’s prime-time ratings have crumbled again, dropping 16% last month. The liberal network’s prime-time viewers averaged 761,000 viewers. Worse, the network’s viewers total viewers daily dropped to only 559,000 viewers. Fox News, meanwhile, averaged 2.3 million prime-time viewers and more than 1.3 million total day viewers.

CNN has been nuking conservative contributors over the past several months. Last week, the network fired former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli after reports emerged that he was in the running for a Department of Homeland Security post in the Trump administration.

The network also canned economic analyst Stephen Moore after Trump said he was going to nominate him to serve on the Federal Reserve Board. CNN and other outlets reported about old comments Moore made about women and President Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, and Moore withdrew his name from consideration.

Moore wasn’t happy. “CNN is the hate Trump network,” he said. “They just trash Trump every single hour of every single day. All they’ve talked about for two years is the [special counsel Robert] Mueller report — and how bad does it make them look now that it proved nothing?”

After Mueller’s highly anticipated report on alleged collusion between Trump and Russia came and went in April with a whimper, CNN’s prime-time ratings plunged 26% from the same period in 2018. CNN suffered its lowest-rated month in viewers since October 2015, according to Nielsen Media Research’s ratings. CNN had just 767,000 average prime-time viewers, down from 1.04 million in April 2018.

Bryan Lanza, a former Trump campaign deputy communications director, said the plunging numbers are because CNN is now purely “anti-Trump.” “If you hate Trump, you tune to CNN to validate your hatred,” Lanza told Mediaite. “Not sure it’s a winning formula — and I’m validated by their last-place performance against other outlets.”

via Rachel Maddow’s Ratings Plunge, CNN Ratings Drop Another 16% In Prime-Time — The Gateway Pundit

Disagreeing with Beth Moore is ‘Cyberbullying’ and ‘Attacking,’ Says Her SJW Allies — Christian Research Network

Moore eventually deleted her tweet after outrage. She made the mistake of being too blatantly honest about her position, as the evangelical social justice strategy is nuance, not clarity. However, the Social Justice Warriors came out in full defense of her and even accused Mohler (and others who disagree with Moore) of “bullying” and “attacking.”

(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen)  There are real-life consequences of the Social Justice Movement that extend well-beyond the daily Twitter orgy that regularly has evangelical SJW’s in a dogpile of slathering, self-flattering, virtue-signaling accolades and sensual backslaps. What the Social Justice Movement represents is an absolute undoing of evangelical conservatism. And we are seeing that undoing particularly in the realm of perceived gender roles.

Our argument has been that progressive and leftist agitators have been infiltrating historically conservative evangelical circles through primarily New Calvinist parachurch organizations like 9Marx, The Social Gospel Coalition, The White Horse Inn, the ERLC, and Southeastern Seminary. These organizations all take money (lots of it) from leftist financiers like James Riady, George Soros, and the Kern Foundation. And their goal, so we have argued, is to convince conservative evangelicals that they can maintain their conservatism while also embracing leftist positions on important social issues that are ideologically grounded in political theories like Cultural Marxism, Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and Liberation Theology. And most recently, we have seen the consequences of the Great Awokening for our position on women in ministry.

So-called “conservative” evangelical leaders, who Pulpit & Pen has been telling your for a decade are leftist change agents – Ed Stetzer, Russell Moore, Thabiti Anyabwile, and most at the Gospel Coalition – have circled their wagons around the wild-eyed charismatic prophetess, Beth Moore, as she has pressed hard for full egalitarianism. Letting her do their dirty work of changing the evangelical mindset on women preaching, they have encouraged her frenzied social media activism. Absurdly and with all the subtleness and craftiness of Satan, these evangelical leftists are still insisting they are complementarian, even though they oppose everything that complementarianism stands for. They are trying to retain the word, while outright rejecting its position. View article →

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via Disagreeing with Beth Moore is ‘Cyberbullying’ and ‘Attacking,’ Says Her SJW Allies — Christian Research Network

Satan’s DREAM TEAM: Radical Islam and the LEFT

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Many of us have pondered in the last few years about the close association between the Left and Radical Islam.

What do these two groups of people have in common?  The only answer I could deduce had to do with hatred for America.  But now I believe that it is much deeper.

A Conservative Muslim

Recently, I met a man on FB who is a Muslim and a Trump supporter. He is American born and articulated his thoughts so well;  I became a his FB friend.

One day, I asked him if he had time for me to ask a few questions.  I told him that the questions had to do with Linda Sarsour of Women’s March fame and the Muslim freshman in our House: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

This Muslim man told me that Americans don’t understand how these women are viewed in the Muslim world.  He said…

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BREAKING REPORT: Christopher Steele to Speak With US Investigators About Dossier Allegations — The Gateway Pundit

Christopher Steele

Former British spy and author of the 35-page, Hillary-funded Russia dossier Christopher Steele, has agreed to be questioned by US investigators, reported Fox News.

Former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier of salacious and unverified claims about the president’s ties to Russia, has agreed to be questioned by investigators from the United States, according to a report in Britain.

The Times (UK) cited sources close to Steele on Tuesday in reporting that the 54-year-old is set to be interviewed in London within weeks. The development comes as attention has returned to the dossier authored by Steele — especially since its more sensational claims were not substantiated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

It is unclear who will be questioning Christopher Steele but he previously refused to cooperate with Barr and Durham, however, he was willing to speak with IG Horowitz in his parallel investigation.

Last week it was reported that Christopher Steele, who was paid by Hillary Clinton and the DNC to compile a 35-page dossier smearing Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election is refusing to cooperate with US Attorney John Durham in his investigation into the origins of Spygate.

Attorney General Bill Barr and US Attorney John Durham are currently conducting an inter-agency investigation into the origins of Spygate.

Hillary Clinton hid her payments to Steele by paying him through Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented the DNC during the 2016 presidential election.

Steele worked as a CHS [Confidential Human Source] for the FBI while simultaneously working for oppo research firm Fusion GPS to compile a 35-page dossier full of lies against Donald Trump, using his “Russian” intel sources.

Even though the FBI terminated Christopher Steele, he continued to feed the US government information through DOJ official Bruce Ohr who was acting as a backchannel to the FBI.

The FBI ultimately used the phony, Hillary-funded salacious dossier to obtain a FISA warrant and three subsequent renewals on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page in order to spy on Trump during the 2016 election.

The main reason why Steele was willing to cooperate with the IG is because Horowitz has no teeth — he cannot impanel a grand jury — he can only criminally refer people to the DOJ.

In contrast, Durham’s investigation spans across multiple intel agencies and he has the power to convene a grand jury.

via BREAKING REPORT: Christopher Steele to Speak With US Investigators About Dossier Allegations — The Gateway Pundit

June 4, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

The Trump administration denied accusations that it concealed evidence that its plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census was aimed at boosting Republicans’ electoral power, and said its accusers were making up a conspiracy theory.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised Britain a “phenomenal” post-Brexit trade deal and pledged to work out any differences with London on the role of China’s Huawei in building 5G networks.

President Donald Trump said NATO allies had no choice but to increase their military spending, repeating his demand that all those in the alliance meet the target of spending 2% of GDP a year on defense.

The U.S. Congress on Monday approved legislation providing $19.1 billion in emergency funding for disaster recovery efforts throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico, sending it to President Donald Trump to sign into law.

Mexico said on Monday it would reject a U.S. idea to take in all Central American asylum seekers if it is raised at talks this week with the Trump administration, which has threatened to impose tariffs if Mexico does not crack down on illegal immigration.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said on Monday he does not believe the fact that he is gay and married to another man will hurt him with America’s voters.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday said he expects to reach a deal with the United States over immigration before Washington carries out its threat to enact punitive tariffs.

China’s commerce ministry on Tuesday urged dialogue and negotiation to solve trade differences with the United States.

At least 15,000 Syrian children will be at risk of homelessness if the Lebanese government goes ahead with the planned demolition of “semi-permanent structures” built by refugees in eastern Lebanon, aid agencies warned on Tuesday.

New orders for U.S.-made goods fell in April and shipments dropped by the most in two years, indicating continued weakness in manufacturing activity that could undercut the broader economy.

China will stockpile up to 7 million tonnes of soybeans bought from the United States during an earlier truce in the trade war between the nations, two traders familiar with the matter said, rather than crush them for immediate sale as a feed ingredient.

AP Top Stories

The Arkansas River near Little Rock is cresting at its highest level since 1945 as the region braces for more rainfall. Dozens of levees in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas have failed, with more rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kurdish authorities in northeast Syria on Monday started sending home 800 Syrian women and children who had been evacuated from the Islamic State group’s “caliphate”.

Qantas Airways has asked Airbus and Boeing to present their “best and final offer” for planes capable of flying 21-hours non-stop from Sydney to London by August.

The Navy has begun work on a new generation of attack submarines with never-before-seen weapons, quieting technology, undersea attack drones, sonar and communications networking… to emerge at some point over the next 10 years or more.

Carnival Corp. reached a settlement Monday with federal prosecutors in which the world’s largest cruise line agreed to pay a $20 million penalty because its ships continued to pollute the oceans despite a previous criminal conviction aimed at curbing similar conduct.

The death of a transgender woman from El Salvador at an El Paso hospital is reigniting concerns about the treatment of detained transgender and gay migrants.

Fighters have set fire to thousands of acres of wheat and other crops in northwest Syria in a campaign that has turned food supplies in a “weapon of war” and forced hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

A Rhode Island bishop is facing a sharp backlash after advising Catholics not to attend LGBTQ Pride Month events, claiming they don’t align with Catholic values and can be harmful to children.

The victims of America’s latest mass shooting had been dead for less than a day when police and city officials released a detailed presentation with their names, photos, job titles and the cities or towns in which they lived. In all, 12 people – 11 of them city employees – were killed by the shooter who opened fire inside a municipal building. Far less was revealed Saturday about the man who authorities say carried out the shootings. There was no photo. And authorities promised to utter his name only once.

BBC

Canada is complicit in a “race-based genocide” against indigenous women, a government inquiry has found. The report cited research finding indigenous women were 12 times more likely to be killed or to disappear than other women in Canada.

Mexico City Mayor has announced that pupils attending state schools will no longer have to wear gender-specific uniforms. “Boys can wear skirts if they want and girls can wear trousers.”

A top university in Australia has said it has been hacked, with unauthorised access to staff and student data extending back for 19 years.

WND

Leaders of some 130 organizations are warning Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of the possible dangers of a proposed law designed to improve school safety. It’s because the bill would require schools to set up “threat assessment teams” to identify students deemed a suicide risk and turn them in to mental health authorities.

78 percent of college students believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases.


Mid-Day Snapshot · June 4, 2019

The Foundation

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” —Fourth Amendment

Tech Monopolies Under Scrutiny

Meanwhile, Facebook breaches user privacy to help Leftmedia dox a private citizen.


King Corn Wins Again

Trump’s EPA authorizes expanded use of E15 through the summer months.


Desperate Dems Turn to Watergate Figure

As Mueller report hearings kick off, the first witness will be Nixon’s lawyer.


Why Remembering Midway Matters

As we mark 75 years since D-Day, another battle 77 years ago this week merits mention.


Economist Arthur Laffer and the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Of course the Leftmedia cries foul, as Keynesianism is their only method.


WWII Vet Drafted During Senior Year Walks at Graduation

“95-year-old Joe Perricone finally reach the milestone he’d left behind all those decades ago.”


Video: Big Tech Is Big Brother

Today, it’s 1984 all over again. Big Brother is back – with an important twist.


Video: A Gun Is NOT Enough

Self-defense tips and self-defense training isn’t something to take lightly.



Today’s Opinion

Dennis Prager
Why So Many Mass Shootings? Ask the Right Questions and You Might Find Out
Scott Powell
Far More Than a Culture War Rages in America
Cal Thomas
Robert Mueller’s Upside-Down Justice
Jeff Jacoby
With the Market Making Parental Leave Routine, Who Needs Congress?
Stephen Moore
Are Men Becoming Economically Expendable?
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Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Border lawsuit, African migrants, antitrust, green scam, disaster aid, and more.


Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Seth Moulton, Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, and more.



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News – 6/4/2019

Judge tosses House Dems’ lawsuit over Trump’s use of emergency military funds for border wall
Washington, D.C., district court Judge Trevor McFadden threw out House Democrats’ lawsuit seeking an injunction against President Trump’s emergency border wall funding reallocation, saying that the matter is fundamentally a political dispute and that the politicians lack standing to make a legal case.

House Democrats announce antitrust probe of Facebook, Google, tech industry
“The growth of monopoly power across our economy is one of the most pressing economic and political challenges we face today. Market power in digital markets presents a whole new set of dangers,” Cicilline said in a statement. “After four decades of weak antitrust enforcement and judicial hostility to antitrust cases, it is critical that Congress step in to determine whether existing laws are adequate to tackle abusive conduct by platform gatekeepers or whether we need new legislation to respond to this challenge.” The probe will include a series of hearings held by the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, Cicilline’s office said. Representatives from Facebook, Amazon and Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Google and Twitter declined to comment.

NASA sees strong storms in developing gulf system 91L
Even if System 91L does not develop into a tropical cyclone, forecasters at NHC said the disturbance will likely produce heavy rainfall over portions of southern and eastern Mexico during the next few days. Heavy rainfall is also likely to spread over southeastern Texas and Louisiana through Thursday.

Illinois’ Reckless $45 Billion Capital Spending Binge Exposed
To get a sense of the enormity of that number, consider that it’s over twice the state’s combined annual revenue from personal and corporate income taxes. It dwarfs all recent capital spending programs. How will Illinois pay for this? That’s not entirely clear since nobody has had a chance to fully digest the legislation and disclosures so far have been horrible….

“Minority Report” Moment Arrives: Amazon, Facebook Reading Human Emotions
Facebook and Amazon’s insanity only seems to continue with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Now, the two big conglomerate giants want to move into the uncharted territory of reading human emotions, both in their own ways. On the Amazon front, it seems more than likely the company will want to use this technology in a variety of different digital gadgets, ranging from personal assistants such as Alexa to new technologies that the retail giant is currently developing. Amazon has announced it’s developing a personal assistance robot, so the new emotional technology could easily be integrated into this at-home robot as a means to “serve the consumer better.” A horrifically terrifying thought indeed.

Sun’s Solar Cycle Is Governed by the Alignment of the Planets, Scientists Discover
The sun’s 11-year solar cycle is governed by the alignment of the planets, with Venus, Earth and Jupiter’s tidal forces influencing the solar magnetic field, scientists have found. The discovery helps explain why the sun operates on such a regular cycle—something researchers had previously struggled to account for. “There is an astonishingly high level of concordance,” Frank Stefani, lead author of the study, said in a statement. “What we see is complete parallelism with the planets over the course of 90 cycles. Everything points to a clocked process.”

Border Patrol Catches 116 Africans at Texas Border
Agents assigned to at the Del Rio, Texas, sector apprehended 116 individuals last week from African countries as they crossed the border from Mexico. Those caught around 10:30 p.m. CT May 30 included nationals from Angola, Cameroon, and Congo.

Law would let schools diagnose kids ‘mentally ill’
Leaders of some 130 organizations are warning Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of the possible dangers of a proposed law designed to improve school safety. It’s because the bill would require schools to set up “threat assessment teams” to identify students deemed a suicide risk and turn them in to mental health authorities.

Most violent weekend in Chicago this year: At least 50 shot, 10 fatally
At least 50 people were shot across Chicago over the weekend, the most violent of the year with a toll even higher than the long Memorial Day holiday just a week earlier. More than half the victims were wounded during a 12-hour burst of gunfire from Friday evening to Saturday morning. At least four of the 31 people shot during that time died following attacks on the West and South Sides. By the time the weekend ended, at least 10 people were dead, according to the Chicago Police Department. The level of violence eclipsed the three-day Memorial Day weekend….

Minor earthquake reported off Atlantic City coast
Earthquakes in New Jersey are very rare and, according to the state’s government website, nobody has ever been killed by one in the Garden State. “Damage in New Jersey from earthquakes has been minor: items knocked off shelves, cracked plaster and masonry, and fallen chimneys,” the site states.

Earthquake Storm rattles Southern California
California is earthquake country and Southern California is living through an earthquake storm. 400 earthquakes have shaken the Inland Empire area east of Los Angeles since May 25. The quake swarm is centered in the Glen Avon area of Jurupa Valley.

Knesset Member Calls for Israel to be Governed by Torah Law
“We want the justice portfolio because we want to restore the Torah justice system,” Smotrich said. The post is currently vacant after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Ayelet Shaked earlier in the day. Smotrich stated that he would like to be appointed interim justice minister until the new government is formed after the upcoming elections on September 17. Smotrich followed up his statement in an interview on Monday on Kan radio. “The Jewish people is a special people that needs to live according to the Torah,” he said in the interview.”

Despite Gaza border tension, Israel to increase Gaza fishing zone
Despite the tension at the southern border, Israel decided to increase the Gaza fishing zone to 15 miles on Tuesday, according to Israeli media. Flaming balloons from Gaza have continued to blow into Israel since the end of May. According to Walla, there have been over 50 incidents of incendiary devices this past month.

Mexico-US tariffs will harm both countries, warn officials
Mexico has warned US President Donald Trump that tariffs on Mexican goods could worsen illegal immigration to the US and end up hurting both countries. The warning came as Mr Trump tweeted that Mexico could “stop the flow of people and drugs” across the border “if they want”. Mexican and US officials are in talks while Mr Trump is in the UK.

‘Pumping heart patch’ ready for human use
A “pumping” patch containing millions of living, beating stem cells could help repair the damage caused by a heart attack, according to researchers. Sewn on to the heart, the 3cm (1in) by 2cm patch, grown in a lab from a sample of the patient’s own cells, then turns itself into healthy working muscle. It also releases chemicals that repair and regenerate existing heart cells.

CBP’s Airport Facial Recognition ‘Is Not a Surveillance Program’
Lawmakers and civil liberties advocates might be pressing law enforcement agencies to scale back their use of facial recognition software, but international travelers should only expect to see more of the tech in the years ahead. It’s been almost two years since Customs and Border Protection began deploying facial recognition systems at U.S. airports, and despite the recent backlash…the agency’s efforts show no signs of slowing down.

Israel destroys last Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon
The Israeli military says it has finished sealing the last of a series of Hezbollah attack tunnels under the country’s northern border with Lebanon, roughly six months after they were found. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters Monday during a tour of the tunnel that it was “the longest and deepest attack tunnel that Hezbollah dug,” plunging more than 80 meters (260 feet) below ground.

Erdogan says Turkey committed to Russian missile defense deal
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday it was out of the question for Turkey to take a step back from its deal with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems. Speaking to reporters after morning prayers, Erdogan also said an offer from the United States to sell Patriot missiles to Turkey was not as good as the Russian offer.

California snowpack 202% of average for this time of year
The amount of snow blanketing the Sierra Nevada is even larger than the 2017 snowpack that pulled the state out of a five-year drought, California water officials said. As of Thursday, the snowpack measured 202% of average after a barrage of storms throughout winter and spring, according to the Department of Water Resources.

How catastrophic flooding could change the course of the Mississippi River
Floodwater rushing toward the rising Mississippi River has forced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make the decision to open the rarely used Morganza Spillway on Thursday, June 6 to divert part of the river’s flow into the Atchafalaya Basin.

More rain during early June could push river levels higher, expand flooding in central US
As waters reach levels seldom seen along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, and reach new heights along portions of the Arkansas and Illinois rivers, the risk of more levee failures and flooding will continue in the coming days and weeks.

Prominent White South African Farmer Is Gunned Down in His Home While Having Dinner, Wife and Friend Survive Attack
Prominent South African farmer Stefan Smit was the latest white farmer to be murdered on his farm. The farm has been in the family since 1986.

Cell Phone Tower Removed From School After Children Get Cancer
Sprint was forced to shut down a cellphone tower that was located outside of a school in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. The tower location became a topic of controversy in recent years, as numerous children in the school have developed cancer.

Mexican government admits 80% of its populated territory is run by cartels, including key border areas
As of last year, the Taliban controlled or contested 46 percent of the districts in Afghanistan’s civil war. That was enough justification for us to keep our military perpetually engaged there in combat.

Leftist Billionaires Use Dark Money To Sway Midwest Voters
The fact that liberals are setting their sights on the Midwest should alarm all voters, not just conservatives, because we know the left isn’t above stealing, cheating, and rigging elections. But that’s exactly what’s happening right now.

Indictments are Coming for Obama officials who executed the ‘Coup’ Against Trump
Here’s the warning⏤indictments coming for a number of officials who participated and implemented the silent coup against Trump. Those under the Russia investigation will soon face criminal charges.

Hamas founder says he is willing to send his mother & daughters to a suicide mission
WHOOPS! Hamas Terror Leader Admits the Truth and DESTROYS Liberal Media Narrative.  Hamas leader admits he “sacrificed the bodies of our women and children” to “force the whole world to split its TV screen” at the US embassy opening.

Pope Francis Approves Change To Lord’s Prayer
Pope Francis finally approved the changes he has long wanted to implement to the Lord’s Prayer by replacing “lead us not into temptation” with “do not let us fall into temptation,” reports UCatholic.

‘Dark day’: Illinois lawmakers pass abortion bill far worse than New York’s
The Illinois Senate has passed SB 25, and Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced his intention to sign the bill.

Scam alert: Fake DNA kits used to steal senior citizens’ information
Scammers are giving senior citizens free DNA swab kits, saying they’re offering genetic testing as part of Medicare — but in reality they’re trying to steal personal information, the government warned Monday.

School Teaches Pupils God is GENDER NEUTRAL, Bans Word ‘Father’ From Prayer
Some Catholic schools in Australia are teaching their pupils that God is ‘gender -neutral’ while banning words like ‘Father,’ ‘Son’ and ‘Lord’ from prayers.

CNN Tries Turning Trump “Special Day of Prayer” Into “White Evangelical” Day
…Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, has called a “Special Day of Prayer” to protect President Donald Trump from his “enemies”. While Franklin Graham is revered by millions of Christians world wide as an inspiring Evangelist, just as his father was before him, according to CNN Religion Editor Daniel Burke, he’s a “White Evangelical”. Because Evangelists come in all colors and all races,  calling Franklin Graham a “White Evangelical”  is racist.


Headlines – 6/4/2019

Netanyahu: Sunni Arab states ‘moving faster’ than the Palestinians on peace

Kushner says Palestinians “should have self-determination” but won’t commit to 2 states

Pompeo clarifies comments that peace plan could be seen as biased toward Israel

Netanyahu rejects MK’s call to run Israel according to Jewish religious law

In about-face, PM expected to drop Justice Ministry post due to legal woes

Hamas launching mass-funding campaign

‘Israel will no longer tolerate Arab riots on Temple Mount’

Jordan, Palestinians condemn ‘raids’ on Temple Mount

Israel destroys last Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

Damascus pounds jihadist bastion, ignoring Trump warning – Syrian, Russian, forces kill six civilians in strikes on northwestern Syria

Syrian troops take village in last rebel stronghold

Report: For 2nd straight day, Israel strikes military targets in Syria

‘We are ready’ for any Iranian proxy attack, says senior Israel Navy officer

Mossad intelligence helped link Iran to UAE tanker sabotage

German intel: Iran buying illegal technology for weapons of mass destruction

U.S. Sanctions Are ‘Economic War,’ No Talks Until Lifted, Iran’s Zarif Says

US aircraft carrier, bombers and fighters flex their muscles near Iran with simulated strikes

Trump calls for prosecuting John Kerry for talking to Iran

Yemeni drone targets Saudi-led military parade in Aden

At Least 30 Dead After Sudanese Troops Violently Crush Civilian Protests

Sudan’s military council calls for snap elections in wake of deadly protests

Judge tosses House Dems’ lawsuit over Trump’s use of emergency military funds for border wall

As calls for impeachments proceedings rise, House to hold contempt vote for Barr, Ross

Former key Mueller witness George Nader arrested on child pornography charges

Man accused of faking ‘drunk Pelosi’ video wants to sue reporter who outed him

The vote-by-phone tech trend is scaring the life out of security experts

CBP’s Airport Facial Recognition ‘Is Not a Surveillance Program’

Your Wake-Up Call On Data-Collecting Smart Beds And Sleep Apps

Quest Diagnostics Says Up to 12 Million Patients May Have Had Financial, Medical, Personal Information Breached

That major Google outage meant some Nest users couldn’t unlock doors or use the AC

U.S. moving toward major antitrust probe of tech giants

The government is threatening big tech – and the market just took notice

Bullard says Fed may have to cut interest rates soon due to trade wars, low inflation

On fourth try, House passes $19.1B disaster aid package

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Sibolga, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Sibolga, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Opotiki, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Iquique, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

Series of small quakes felt across Inland Empire, a ‘perennial hotspot’ for temblors

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 32,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Tropical threat in Gulf of Mexico may bring more misery to flood-ravaged central US

Arkansas losing over $20M a day from record flooding as residents brace for water to keep rising

‘Completely Catastrophic’: Flooding And Tariffs Causing Chaos For Farmers

Lake Erie breaks all-time high water record

World Bank provides Ghana with $200m to tackle floods in Accra

Environmentalism: Evidence Suggests it Was Always and Only About Achieving World Government

Florida mom warns: ‘There’s Lyme disease everywhere’

Religious Exemption Targeted Amid Measles Outbreaks

DNA mutation that protects against HIV raises death rate

China gene babies’ mutation linked to higher mortality: study

Minister Calls Out ‘Hypocrisy’ of Republican Lawmakers Toward Unborn During Wisc. Republican State Convention

‘Stunningly bizarre’: Ohio public library cancels LGBT Pride event after backlash

Bishop says ‘Pride Month’ activities are harmful to kids, faces huge international backlash

Sunny Hostin On ‘The View’: Jesus Would Be Attending A Gay Pride Parade

Alabama church to screen shunned Arthur episode featuring gay wedding

A Kentucky pastor sent a message to minor seeking a ‘threesome,’ police say


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Rev. Ernest Angley’s former restaurant headed for sheriff’s auction

Pastor’s son died trying to save lives during Virginia Beach mass shooting

Kentucky Pastor Arrested After Trying to Set up Threesome With Underage Girls

Catasauqua congregation bids farewell to 167-year-old church, which will become Islamic worship center

Historic Montreal Church Is Backdrop for Queer Love Story Dance Video

Christians Beware: Biden Declares His #1 Priority Will Be the Anti-Christian LGBTQ ‘Equality Act’


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for June 4, 2019

June 4, 2019

WES VERNON — Bernie Sanders and his bride spent their honeymoon in the Soviet Union in June 1988, when he was serving as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, a city of about 40,000. The newlyweds traveled to the USSR to establish a “sister city” relationship with the city of Yaroslavl, a community on the Volga River of about 500,000…. (more)


June 3, 2019

BRYAN FISCHER — Donald Trump is getting some bad advice from somebody. That’s on the “somebody,” whoever that is, but the president has taken their advice, and that’s on him. Trump is already running for reelection, although the formal announcement won’t come for a couple of weeks. But somebody (Javanka?) has convinced him that it will help him in 2020 to launch a global campaign for homosexuality today…. (more)


June 3, 2019

BYRON YORK — One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation – – and there have been many – – is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate over allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election. (Just for the record: It didn’t.)… (more)


June 3, 2019

DAILY CALLER — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suggested Mexico might be ready to step up migration control measures in response to President Donald Trump’s tariff ultimatum. Lopez Obrador said Mexico could be ready to strike a deal with the United States by helping prevent illegal border crossings into the U.S. during a news conference, Reuters reported…. (more)


June 3, 2019
RED STATE — On January 5, 2017, a meeting of senior Obama administration officials was held in the Oval Office. The topic – – the Russia collusion investigation. Among the participants were President Obama, Vice President Biden, FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and several others…. (more)

June 3, 2019
NEWSMAX — China’s defense minister warned Sunday that its military will “resolutely take action” to defend Beijing’s claims over self-ruled Taiwan and disputed South China Sea waters. Speaking at an annual security conference in Singapore, Gen. Wei Fenghe did not direct the threat at the U.S. but loaded his address with criticism of activities by Washington, including support for Taiwan and leading so-called freedom of navigation operations in the strategic waterways that China virtually claims as its own…. (more)

June 2, 2019
DAILY SIGNAL — Climate isn’t the same as weather – – unless, of course, weather happens to be politically useful. In that case, weather portends climate apocalypse. So warns Elizabeth Warren as she surveyed Iowan rainstorms, which she claims, like tornadoes and floods, are more frequent and severe. “Different parts of the country deal with different climate issues,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-Malthusia, cautioned as she too warned of extreme tornadoes. “But ALL of these threats will be increasing in intensity as climate crisis grows and we fail to act appropriately.”… (more)

June 2, 2019
Tells intel chiefs he will impose ‘vigorous oversight’

WORLDNETDAILY — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who for two years has maintained he has undisclosed evidence of Trump campaign “collusion” with Russia, now is moving to insert himself in the president’s order allowing Attorney General William Barr to declassify documents related to the origins of the Russia probe…. (more)


June 1, 2019
CBS SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom took a step Friday to support women’s rights to have an abortion and even indicated women can come to California to have one if they want…. (more)

June 1, 2019

NEW YORK POST — Zheng Qiaozhi – – we will call him George – – still has nightmares. He was interning at China’s Shenyang Army General Hospital when he was drafted to be part of an organ-harvesting team…. (more)


June 1, 2019
YOUTUBE — In an exclusive interview with “CBS This Morning,” Attorney General William Barr highlights why he opened an investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation. Barr tells CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford there is evidence that makes him believe senior government officials may have acted improperly to authorize surveillance of President Trump’s 2016 campaign. He says that led to “spying” on the campaign…. (more)

June 1, 2019
YOUTUBE — In an exclusive interview with “CBS This Morning,” Attorney General William Barr says special counsel Robert Mueller could have said whether he believes President Trump committed a crime. CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford traveled with Barr to Alaska, where he is listening to the unique concerns of native Alaskans. She pressed the attorney general on issues ranging from obstruction of the Russia investigation, to his review of how that probe began in 2016…. (more)

May 31, 2019
YOUTUBE — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz react to AG Barr’s comments on Robert Mueller’s statement…. (more)

May 31, 2019

WES VERNON — Day by day, we are witnessing the build-up of Communist China in pursuit of its ultimate goal to depose the United States as “the world’s lone super power.” One of several methods utilized by the Chinese to accomplish this is to make inroads with U.S. allies, by luring them into being less reliant on America strategically – – in trade issues and every other field. China attempts this first gradually and then in larger steps. The obvious purpose, ultimately, is to weaken ties between America and U.S.-friendly nations worldwide…. (more)


May 30, 2019
BRYAN FISCHER — A revisionist Western was released in 2007 – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – that portrayed the relationship between Jesse James and a ne’er-do-well named Robert Ford.James, of course, was famous worldwide as an outlaw, a bank robber, and a train robber. Ford was a nobody, a fringe member of the James gang. When a reward of $10,000 was posted for James, dead or alive, Robert Ford shot him in the back of the head while James was rearranging a picture on the wall. (He only got $500 for his trouble.)… (more)

May 30, 2019
NEW YORK POST — Special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s statement upon the shuttering of his two-year investigation into the Trump campaign was weird even by the standards of the weirdness of the past couple of years. “Charging the president with a crime was not something we could consider,” he reported. Indeed, even pursuing that question, he added, would have been unconstitutional under long-standing Justice Department guidelines…. (more)

May 30, 2019

NEWSMAX — Robert Mueller was out of line to imply President Donald Trump might have obstructed justice during the two-year Russia investigation, attorney Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV. Minutes after Mueller addressed the media and the American public Wednesday morning to wrap up his Russia probe, Dershowitz joined Newsmax TV host John Bachman for his immediate thoughts…. (more)


May 30, 2019

ANDREW MCCARTHY — Bob Mueller decided to shoot up the town before he rode off into the sunset. It is fair enough to observe that in his short but explosive speech, delivered at the Justice Department Wednesday morning, the special counsel did not say anything that wasn’t already set forth in his report – – a point being emphasized by the White House. The sprawling report is 448 pages long, however. In his nine-minute address, Mueller quite consciously highlighted the portions of the report that fuel the Democrats’ calls for impeachment…. (more)


May 30, 2019
NEWSMAX — Outgoing special counsel Robert Mueller wrote a “convoluted, complex” report that did not conclude anything about President Donald Trump, but there was not any reason he could not have said the president was guilty of wrongdoing if the evidence presented itself, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday…. (more)

May 30, 2019
NEWSMAX — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s first and only public statement about his two-year probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was a “disservice to the public,” Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy said Wednesday…. (more)

May 30, 2019
‘He appears to have this a little backwards, no?’

WORLDNETDAILY — Twitter users had a field day with special counsel Robert Mueller’s statement Wednesday that he couldn’t say for certain that President Trump isn’t guilty of obstruction of justice. “If we had had confidence that the president had clearly not committed a crime we would have said so,” he said, announcing he was shutting down operations after his $35 million probe found the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia and did not find sufficient evidence to refer obstruction charges…. (more)


May 30, 2019
‘Only problem…there isn’t any evidence’
WORLDNETDAILY — When former special counsel Robert Mueller announced on Wednesday that his office is closing and he’s quitting the Department of Justice, he reiterated many points he made in his 448-page report concluding the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia in the 2016 election…. (more)

May 30, 2019
If law prevented conclusion on obstruction, why decide on collusion?
ART MOORE — Special counsel Robert Mueller demonstrated Wednesday that he didn’t understand his task as a prosecutor when he insisted that the reason he couldn’t reach a conclusion on obstruction charges was because a sitting president can’t be indicted, contends former assistant U.S. attorney Andy McCarthy…. (more)

May 30, 2019
NARAL co-founder confessed deceiving media 50 years ago
ART MOORE — The repeated claim by the president of Planned Parenthood that “thousands” of women died before the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling because they lacked access to safe abortion is a “big lie” that was spread by activists a half century ago, according to a co-founder of the leading pro-abortion group NARAL…. (more)

 

June 4, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Self-Denial (10:43–45)

Continuing His lesson, Jesus contrasted the worldly, self-promoting path to greatness with true greatness in God’s kingdom. He told the apostles, “But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.” Paradoxically, the path to greatness in the kingdom lies in humble self-denial; in being a servant and a slave of all.

The desire to be honored in the kingdom is a noble desire. Paul wrote, “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him” (2 Cor. 5:9). To that end he “discipline[d his] body and [made] it [his] slave, so that, after [he had] preached to others, [he would] not be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27). Nearing the end of his life, he penned,

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Tim. 4:7)

The apostle John cautioned believers, “Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward” (2 John 8). “Behold, I am coming quickly,” Jesus declared, “and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done” (Rev. 22:12).

But the road to that greatness in the kingdom lies in selfless service. Diakonos (servant) literally refers to those who waited on tables (it is so used in John 2:5, 9). Doulos, though frequently translated “servant” in English Bibles, actually means slave (cf. John MacArthur, Slave [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010]). The Lord’s point is that believers are to consider everyone their master, and themselves slaves to serve all.

The perfect example of such humble service is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of Man. Unlike the world’s leaders, He did not come to be served, but to serve; not merely to be Lord and Master but also to be a slave of His Father and do His will (John 4:34; 17:4), and to serve sinners by the sacrifice of Himself. As noted earlier, the most profound illustration of Christ’s humble service and obedience to the Father is His death (Phil. 2:5–8), when He gave His life a ransom (lutron; the price paid for the release of a slave) for many. Having made the greatest sacrifice, Jesus received the greatest honor:

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:9–11)

In His vicarious, substitutionary death on behalf of sinners, He gave His life to pay to God in full the price of sin for all the people who would ever be saved throughout history. Christ’s death propitiated God’s wrath and fulfilled the demands of His justice for the elect, the redeemed. The one sacrifice of the Son of Man paid the ransom for the many who believe (Rom. 5:12–21; 1 Tim. 2:6; 1 Peter 2:24).[1]


45 The climax to the episode comes in this verse. In the kingdom of God humble service is the rule, and the Son of Man is the example par excellence, especially in his redemptive mission. Every part of this verse is important. “Son of Man” is the veiled messianic title Jesus often uses of himself. The title is sometimes contrasted with “Son of God” and assumed to refer to Jesus’ humble human nature. Yet its primary background is the exalted messianic figure of Daniel 7 (see comments at 8:31), where “one like a son of man” (i.e., a human being) is presented before the Ancient of Days and given “authority, glory and sovereign power.” All the nations of the earth worship him, and he receives an eternal dominion and an indestructible kingdom (Da 7:13–14). This exalted background explains why Jesus says, “Even [kai] the Son of Man”—even the glorious Messiah, who will receive all glory, power, and dominion—“did not come to be served, but to serve.” This statement summarizes Jesus’ incarnate life. He did not come as a potentate whose every personal whim was to be catered to by groveling servants, but he came as a servant himself. And his coming meant giving “his life as a ransom for many.”

The word translated “ransom” is lytron, which means “the price of release” (cf. BDAG, 605). The noun occurs in the NT only here and in Matthew’s parallel (Mt 20:28). In Koine Greek lytron was often used of payment for the release of slaves or captives. The LXX uses the term for various payments, including compensation for crimes (Nu 35:31–32) or the redemption of those who, because of poverty, had sold their tribal land or themselves into slavery (Lev 25:26, 51–52). Since every firstborn, whether human or animal, belonged to the Lord, a “ransom” was to be paid to redeem the firstborn son (Nu 18:15). The verb lytroō could mean “to set free by paying a ransom” but commonly meant simply “to set free, deliver, or rescue.” It is used in the LXX of God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt (Ex 6:6; Dt 7:8; 9:26; etc.). Paul uses the cognate apolytrōsis for the redemption from sins accomplished through Christ’s death (Ro 3:24; 8:23; 1 Co 1:30). The sense in the present passage is that Jesus’ death pays the price to set his people free.

The prepositional phrase “for many” translates anti pollōn. The ordinary meaning of the preposition anti is “in place of” or “instead of”—a clear indication of substitution. Although it can be used to mean “in behalf of,” this meaning is not its usual one, and here its use with lytron seems to demand the sense “instead of.” The expression “the many” is not to be understood as a limiting adjective, meaning “some but not all,” but rather in contrast to the one: the one died for the many. A single life is given for the ransom of others (see Bratcher and Nida, 337). The entire phrase “to give his life a ransom for many” therefore emphasizes the substitutionary and atoning element in Jesus’ death. The one takes the place of the many. What should have happened to them happened to him instead.

Significant debate has focused on two key issues related to the ransom saying: its background and its authenticity. While it was once widely assumed that the conceptual background to the ransom saying was to be found in Isaiah’s fourth Servant Song (Isa 52:13–53:12), this conclusion was seriously challenged by C. K. Barrett (“The Background of Mark 10:45,” in New Testament Essays, ed. A. J. B. Higgins [Manchester: Manchester Univ. Press, 1959], 1–18), and M. D. Hooker, 129–31. Both scholars argue against Isaianic Servant imagery and instead find the background in Daniel 7 and in the experience of the Maccabean martyrs, who suffered and died so that the nation might live (see 2 Macc 7:37–38; 4 Macc 6:28–29; 17:21–22). While scholars continue to debate this issue, there is good evidence that Jesus indeed has Isaiah’s fourth Servant Song in view: (1) The language of service that permeates Mark 10:43–45 recalls the role of the Servant, who sacrificially gives himself for others. Although the word “servant” in Isaiah 52:13 LXX is pais instead of diakonos or doulos, the terms are conceptually similar, and the cognate verb douleuō does appear with reference to the Servant in Isaiah 53:11 LXX. (2) The phrase “give his life” in Mark 10:45 is very close to Isaiah 53:12, where the Servant “poured out his life unto death” (cf. 53:10b). (3) In Isaiah 53:10 the Lord makes the Servant’s life a “sin offering,” i.e., a sacrifice covering the sins of others. Similar language appears in v. 6b, where “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all,” in close parallel to the Son of Man’s role as a “ransom” or payment price (lytron) for the sins of others. (4) Perhaps most significantly, the striking image of the one suffering for the many appears both in Isaiah 53:11–12 and Mark 10:45 (cf. 14:24). Though individually none of these allusions are conclusive, together they make a convincing case that behind Jesus’ words lies Isaiah’s image of the Suffering Servant, who offers himself as a sacrifice for others.

The second key issue related to Mark 10:45 is its authenticity and whether Jesus attributed atoning significance to his own death. A strong case may be made for the authenticity of the saying: (1) The claim that the saying was created under the influence of Pauline theology of the atonement is unlikely, given the fact that Paul never uses lytron to refer to the redemption Jesus has accomplished (see Cranfield, 344). (2) The saying has a strong Semitic flavor and is easily translatable back into Aramaic (see S. Kim, The Son of Man as the Son of God [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1985], 39). (3) The idea of the suffering or death of one person’s providing atonement or benefit for others was not alien to Jesus’ world; the idea appeared in Maccabean and other Jewish sources (2 Macc 7:37–38; 4 Macc 6:27–29; 17:22; 18:4; 1QS 5:6; 11QtgJob 38:2–3; Pr Azar 3:38–40; L.A.E. 3:1; cf. Evans, 122; McKnight, Jesus and His Death, 168–71). (4) Evans, 124 (citing V. Taylor, “The Origin of the Markan Passion-Sayings,” in New Testament Essays) points out that the Semitic phrase “son of man” (which is natural Hebrew and Aramaic but very awkward Greek or Latin) certainly has its origin in the ministry of Jesus rather than in the later Hellenistic church. Similarly, the description of Jesus as “servant” “would be open to serious misunderstanding, even ridicule” in the Greco-Roman world. As the gospel moved out of its Jewish and Palestinian contexts, titles such as “Lord,” “Son of God,” and “Savior” became preferred titles for Jesus. Both the Son of Man traditions arising from Daniel 7 and the Servant traditions of Isaiah “are better explained as originating in the teaching of Jesus, rather than in the early church” (Evans, 124).[2]


45 The reversal of all human ideas of greatness and rank was achieved when Jesus came, not to be served, but to serve. He voluntarily veiled his glory as the Son of Man (cf. Chs. 8:38; 13:26; 14:62) and assumed the form of a slave who performed his service unto death because this was the will of God (cf. Phil. 2:6–8). In verse 45, which subsumes verses 43–44, the death of Jesus is presented as his service to God and as a vicarious death for many in virtue of which they find release from sin. Each of the components of this highly compressed saying is significant. The formulation “The Son of man came …” places the entire statement in the context of Jesus’ messianic mission (cf. Ch. 2:17). The service in which the royal will of the Son of Man is displayed is fulfilled in his giving of himself. In a Jewish frame of reference this expression was characteristically used of the death of the martyrs (e.g. 1 Macc. 2:50; 6:44; Mekilta to Ex. 12:1). In this context it expresses the element of voluntariness or self-sacrifice in the death of Jesus who offers himself in obedience to the will of God. His death has infinite value because he dies not as a mere martyr but as the transcendent Son of Man.

The ransom metaphor sums up the purpose for which Jesus gave his life and defines the complete expression of his service. The prevailing notion behind the metaphor is that of deliverance by purchase, whether a prisoner of war, a slave, or a forfeited life is the object to be delivered. Because the idea of equivalence, or substitution, was proper to the concept of a ransom, it became an integral element in the vocabulary of redemption in the OT. It speaks of a liberation which connotes a servitude or an imprisonment from which man cannot free himself. In the context of verse 45a, with its reference to the service of the Son of Man, it is appropriate to find an allusion to the Servant of the Lord in Isa. 53, who vicariously and voluntarily suffered and gave his life for the sins of others. The specific thought underlying the reference to the ransom is expressed in Isa. 53:10 which speaks of “making his life an offering for sin.” Jesus, as the messianic Servant, offers himself as a guilt-offering (Lev. 5:14–6:7; 7:1–7; Num. 5:5–8) in compensation for the sins of the people. The release effected by this offering overcomes man’s alienation from God, his subjection to death, and his bondage to sin. Jesus’ service is offered to God to release men from their indebtedness to God.

The thought of substitution is reinforced by the qualifying phrase “a ransom for the many.” The Son of Man takes the place of the many and there happens to him what would have happened to them (cf. Ch. 8:37: what no man can do, Jesus, as the unique Son of Man, achieves). The many had forfeited their lives, and what Jesus gives in their place is his life. In his death, Jesus pays the price that sets men free. The sacrifice of the one is contrasted with those for whom it is made, in allusion to Isa. 53:11f. In rabbinic literature, and even more strikingly at Qumran, “the many” is a technical term for the elect community, the eschatological people of God. The majestic figure of the Son of Man is linked here with the community which will be vindicated and saved in the eschatological judgment because Jesus goes to his death innocently, voluntarily and in accordance with the will of God. This corresponds perfectly with the main thought of Isa. 53. The ultimate meaning of Jesus’ vicarious suffering and his giving himself as a ransom, however, can be understood only from the reality of his life, death and resurrection as narrated in the Gospel. In Mark there is complete correspondence between the ransom saying and the death of Jesus. Because Jesus’ will is synchronous with the will of God he must die in the place of guilty men (Ch. 8:31, 33). This is what it means for him to offer his life as a ransom for the many.

This painful and glorious destiny of the Son of Man is something unique to his mission and in a definite sense is incommunicable: only he can accomplish this service. Nevertheless, his submission to the servant’s vocation is here proposed as an example to the Twelve, who are summoned to pattern their lives after the humility of the Son of Man. Jesus’ sacrifice of his own glory is the ground of a renewal of life to self-sacrificial obedience. The disciples were to experience this power of his death in themselves. That John, the son of Zebedee, ultimately understood Jesus’ intention is clear from 1 John 3:16: “He laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”[3]


45. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many—“instead of many,” that is, “In the kingdom about to be set up, this principle shall have no place. All My servants shall there be equal; and the only greatness known to it shall be the greatness of humility and devotedness to the service of others. He that goes down the deepest in these services of self-denying humility shall rise the highest and hold the chiefest place in that kingdom; even as the Son of man, whose abasement and self-sacrifice for others, transcending all, gives Him of right a place above all!” As “the Word in the beginning with God,” He was ministered unto; and as the risen Redeemer in our nature He now is ministered unto, “angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him” (1 Pe 3:22); but not for this came He hither. The Served of all came to be the Servant of all; and His last act was the grandest Service ever beheld by the universe of God—“He Gave His Life a Ransom for Many!”, &c. “Many” is here to be taken, not in contrast with few or with all, but in opposition to one—the one Son of man for the many sinners.[4]


45 καὶ γὰρ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου οὐκ ἦλθεν διακονηθῆναι ἀλλὰ διακονῆσαι καὶ δοῦναι τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ λύτρον ἀντὶ πολλῶν, “For the ‘son of man’ came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” This is by far the most remarkable and probably most disputed saying in Mark. Most commentators have tended to regard this saying as originally independent, whether authentic or not. Of course, many have regarded it as a later Christian formulation, especially in light of comparison with Luke 22:24–27 (Klostermann, 108–9, with regard to v 45b), perhaps deriving from Pauline circles (Branscomb, 190–91; Nineham, 280–81). Strecker (Int 22 [1968] 432 n. 30) thinks the saying is “an independent logion” that originated in “Hellenistic-Jewish Christianity.” Similarly, Bultmann speaks of the saying as originating “from the redemption theories of Hellenistic Christianity” (History, 144) and so is a secondary formulation “of a later stage” (History, 155). Lohse (Märtyrer und Gottesknecht, 117–22) also believes that the saying is inauthentic but that it derives from the early Jewish community. Others who regard the saying as inauthentic include Pesch (2:162–64), S. K. Williams (Jesus’ Death as Saving Event: The Background and Origin of a Concept, HDR 2 [Missoula, MT: Scholars Press, 1975] 211–12), and Roloff (NTS 19 [1972–73] 38–64). The authenticity of the saying is strongly defended by J. Jeremias (TDNT 5:706, 708, 710, 712–13, 715) and in more recent years by Stuhlmacher (“Vicariously Giving His Life,” 16–29) and his student Grimm (Weil ich dich liebe, 231–77). Others who regard the saying as authentic include Lagrange (281–83), Rawlinson (146–48), Taylor (445–46; NTS 1 [1954–55] 159–67), Schürmann (Jesu Abschiedsrede, 85–86), Barrett (“Background”), C. Colpe (TDNT 8:448, 455), Cranfield (343–44), Schmid (200–201), Hooker (Son of Man, 140–47), Hampel (Menschensohn und historischer Jesus, 302–42), France (Jesus and the Old Testament, 116–21), Radermakers (270–71), Patsch (Abendmahl, 170–80, 205–11), and Gundry (587–90).

Boiled down, the controversies surrounding v 45 are three in number: (1) the unity of the saying and its relationship to vv 35–44; (2) the relationship of the saying to Second Isaiah, especially the Suffering Servant Song of Isa 52:13–53:12; and (3) the authenticity of the saying. All three of these disputed elements are in various ways related to one another. The position taken in this commentary is that the saying was originally a unit, that it was part of the whole pericope that makes up vv 35–45, that themes from Second Isaiah do indeed lie behind it, and that the saying derives from Jesus. The detailed discussion that follows will justify this position.

First, there are good reasons for allowing the saying to stand as a unity and as part of the whole dialogue between Jesus and his disciples as presented in vv 35–45. Claims made by Wellhausen (84–85) and Nineham (281) that v 45 stands in tension with vv 35/41–44 are overdrawn. Jesus enjoins his disciples to assume the roles of “servant,” even “slave” (vv 43–44), if they are to be great in the kingdom of God (as implied by v 37). To take part in Jesus’ glory, the disciples must be willing to endure a time of suffering (i.e., drinking the cup Jesus drinks, being baptized with his baptism), even martyrdom (as taught in vv 38–39). The ransom saying in v 45 properly connects to this teaching about suffering. The reference to serving (διακονῆσαι) links the saying to v 43, where the cognate word (διάκονος, “servant”) occurs, and v 44, where a synonym (δοῦλος, “slave”) occurs. The examples of being a servant or slave anticipate an allusion to the Suffering Servant of Isa 52:13–53:12. The willingness to give one’s life in behalf of others does not introduce a new theme, one that is ill-suited for the present context or is “out of harmony,” but rather brings the discussion to a fitting and logical conclusion (Casey, Aramaic Sources, 216, rightly says that v 45 “effectively … draws the whole passage together”). To be great in the kingdom of God will require a willingness to suffer (vv 37–38) and a willingness to serve (vv 43–44), and the prime example of one who is willing to serve and to suffer is the “son of man,” who “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (v 45).

Second, there are good reasons to understand the ransom saying in terms of themes and images drawn from Second Isaiah, particularly the Suffering Servant Song. At one time this had been a given among scholars (e.g., Engnell, BJRL 31 [1948] 54, who speaks of the “indisputable role” that the Servant theme played in Jesus’ self-understanding; cf. also Jeremias, “Lösegeld”), but in the wake of publications by Barrett (“Background of Mark 10:45,” 1–18) and Hooker (Jesus and the Servant), many scholars have reconsidered this influence. However, in recent years there are signs that the pendulum is swinging back to the older opinion (cf. Moulder, NTS 24 [1977–78] 120–27; France, Jesus and the Old Testament, 116–21; Hengel, Atonement, 49–65; Pesch, 2:163–64; Stuhlmacher, “Vicariously Giving His Life”; id., Jesus of Nazareth, 49–57; Davies and Allison, Matthew 3:95–100; Hagner, Matthew 2:582–83; Painter, 150). Let us consider every element in the ransom saying that may reflect the Suffering Servant Song or some other Isaianic passage:

διακονῆσαι, “to serve”: It has often been suggested that this word alludes to the Servant of Isa 52:13; 53:11 (both times פעבְדִּי ˓abdî, “my servant”). διακονεῖν, “to serve,” and its cognates do not appear in the LXX. (In 1 Kgs 18:36; 2 Kgs 9:36; 10:10 Elijah is called the Lord’s עבד ˓ebed, “servant,” while in Josephus, Ant. 8.13.7 §354, Elisha is called Elijah’s διάκονος, “servant.”) The synonym δουλεύειν, “to serve (as slave),” appears in LXX Isa 53:11 (δουλεύοντα πολλοῖς, “serving many”; cf. MT: פעבְדִּי לָרַבִּים ˓abdɩ̂ lārabbɩ̂m, “my servant, for the many”), and its cognate also appears in Mark 10:44 (πάντων δοῦλος, “slave of all”). Hooker (Jesus and the Servant, 74) concedes that this linguistic overlap “supports the claim that the concept of the Suffering Servant may lie behind Mark 10.45.” Nevertheless, she goes on to reject the allusion, arguing that the contrast between the great men who lord it over others and the servant who gives up his life does not fit well the function of the Isaianic Servant. After all, the Servant is in fact the Lord’s servant, not the servant of others. To this France (Jesus and the Old Testament, 118) replies by noting that in v 44 διάκονος, “servant,” and δοῦλος, “slave,” occur in parallelism and that διακονεῖν, “to serve,” which appears in v 45, and δουλεύειν, “to serve (as slave),” which does translate עבד ˓ābad, “serve,” in the LXX, are synonymous. Therefore διακονεῖν may very well translate an Aramaic term that echoed עבד ˓ābad (such as פלח pĕlaḥ, “serve,” which in fact does translate עבד ˓ābad). Davies and Allison (Matthew 3:96) agree, adding that “διακονῆσαι accurately describes what the ˓ebed does.”

δοῦναι τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ, “to give his life,” closely approximates part of Isa 53:10: אִם־תָּשִׂים אָשָׁם נַפְשׁוֹ ʾim-tāśɩ̂m ʾāšām naps̊ô, “when you place/make his life [as] a guilt offering” (nrsv, adapted), and 53:12: הֶעֱרָה לַמָּוֶת נַפְשׁוֹ he˓ĕr̯ lammāwet napšô, “he poured out his life to death” (nrsv, adapted), or Tg. Isa. 53:12: מסר למותא נפשׁיה mĕsar lĕmôtāʾ napšêh, “he delivered up his soul to death.” The language of giving (διδόναι), ransom (λύτρον), and life (ψυχή) is thoroughly biblical, e.g., LXX Exod 21:30: ἐὰν δὲ λύτρα ἐπιβληθῇ αὐτῷ, δώσει λύτρα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ, “And if ransoms should be imposed on him, he shall give ransoms for his life”; Sir 29:15: χάριτας ἐγγύου μὴ ἐπιλάθῃ· ἔδωκεν γὰρ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ὑπὲρ σοῦ, “Do not forget all the kindness of your surety, for he has given his life for you”; and 1 Macc 2:50: νὺν τέκνα ζηλώσατε τῷ νόμῳ καὶ δότε τὰς ψυχὰς ὑμῶν ὑπὲρ διαθήκης πατέρων ἡμῶν, “Now, my children, show zeal for the law, and give your lives for the covenant of our fathers.”

λύτρον ἀντί, “ransom for,” approximates אָשָׁם ʾāšām, “guilt offering,” but because λύτρον does not appear in LXX Isa 53 and never translates אָשָׁם ʾāšām in the LXX, Barrett and Hooker discount it as a possible allusion to the Suffering Servant, a point with which Casey (Aramaic Sources, 212) agrees. But Mark 10:45 is not a translation of any portion of Isa 52:13–53:12 (a point that is underscored by Davies and Allison, Matthew 3:96); it is a summary of the task of the Servant. It is true that Jesus has not said that the “son of man” has given his life as a guilt offering; rather he says that the “son of man” has given his life as a ransom. But a ransom for what? Why would a ransom be required? The last part of Isa 53:12 answers this question in saying that the Servant “bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Jesus’ proclamation, following John’s, called for repentance. Israel had not repented but instead had rejected God’s messengers (in killing John and soon in killing Jesus). Jesus’ life would constitute the ransom that would free Israel from divine penalty; his blood would make the hoped-for new covenant a reality (Mark 14:24).

The preposition ἀντί means “in the place of” (or “for” in the sense of exchange). On λύτρον, see MM, 382–83, and Deissmann, Light, 327–28. According to Deissmann (327), “when anybody heard the Greek word λύτρον, ‘ransom,’ in the first century, it was natural for him to think of the purchase-money for manumitting slaves.” See Stuhlmacher (Jesus of Nazareth, 33–35, 49–54). According to Wilcox (“On the Ransom-Saying,” 178), “it seems that the most promising choice of meaning is that of a payment for release of prisoners or hostages.” This idea is consistent with Mark’s portrait of Jesus as the one who is “stronger than” the strong man (i.e., Satan) and is thus able to rescue those whom the evil one has taken captive. The meaning of λύτρον is also consistent with the immediate context, for unlike the great men of late antiquity who lord it over others and by doing so often make slaves of them, Jesus is willing to give his life in exchange for their freedom from bondage.

πολλῶν, “many,” probably alludes to לרבים lārabbɩ̂m, “for the many,” which appears in Isa 53:11 (LXX: πολλοῖς, “many”) and 12 (LXX: πολλῶν, “of many”) “to describe the beneficiaries of the Servant’s sacrifice” (France, Jesus and the Old Testament, 120). לרבים lārabbɩ̂m may also be alluded to in Mark 14:24, when Jesus says his blood will be ἐκχυννόμενον ὑπὲρ πολλῶν, “poured out for many.” This phrase is a close approximation of the words of Isa 53:12: הֶעֱרָה פלמָּוֶת נַפְשׁוֹ … וְהוּא חֵטְא־רַבִּים נָשָׂא he˓ĕr̯ lammāwet napšô … wĕhǔʾ ḥēṭʾ-rabbɩ̂m nāśāʾ, “he poured out his life to death … yet he bore the sin of many” (nrsv, adapted). There are at least five Jewish texts that antedate Christianity that entertain ideas about the death or suffering of a human being as providing either atonement or benefit for others. (1) One immediately thinks of the courageous sons who refused to abandon their faith in the face of severe persecution, one of whom says to Antiochus Epiphanes: “I, like my brothers, give up body and life for the laws of our fathers, appealing to God to show mercy soon to our nation and by afflictions and plagues to make you confess that he alone is God, and through me to bring to an end the wrath of the Almighty which has justly fallen on our whole nation” (2 Macc 7:37–38, emphasis added). (2) It is said of the deaths of righteous martyrs in 4 Maccabees: “By their endurance they conquered the tyrant, and thus their native land was purified through them” (1:11); “Be merciful to your people, and let our punishment suffice for them. Make my blood their purification, and take my life in exchange for theirs” (6:28–29). (3) God responded to Job the righteous sufferer: “God hearkened to Job’s voice and forgave them their sins on account of him” (11QtgJob 38.2–3 [= Job 42:9: “and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer”]). (4) In the Prayer of Azariah we read, “In our day we have no ruler, or prophet, or leader, no burnt offering, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, no place to make an offering before you and to find mercy. Yet with a contrite heart and a humble spirit may we be accepted, as though it were with burnt offerings of rams and bulls, or with tens of thousands of fat lambs; such may our sacrifice be in your sight today …” (LXX 3:18–21 = nrsv 3:15–17). (5) In the Life of Adam and Eve, Eve asks Adam to kill her, explaining, “Then perhaps the Lord God will bring you again into Paradise, for it is because of me that the Lord God is angry with you” (3:1). In view of these texts, it is simply inaccurate to maintain that human atonement ideas could not have been derived from Palestinian Judaism. (Another text sometimes mentioned is T. Benj. 3:8: “The innocent will be defiled for the lawless, and the sinless one will die for the ungodly”; but Christian editing can be detected in the immediate vicinity, so this passage may not represent pre-Christian Jewish ideas.)

Recently Grimm (Weil ich dich liebe, 231–77) and Stuhlmacher (“Vicariously Giving His Life,” 22–26) have argued that the ransom saying may reflect the language of Isa 43:3–4: “For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give [ נָתַתִּי nātattɩ̂] Egypt as your ransom [ כָפְרְךָ koprĕkā], Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you [תַּחְתֶּיךָ taḥtêkā]. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give man in return for you [ וְאֶתֵּן אָדָם פתּחְתֶּיךָ wĕʾettēn ʾādām taḥtêkā], peoples in exchange for your life [ פתּפחת נַפְשֶׁךָ taḥat napšekā].” The linguistic and thematic coherence between this passage and the ransom saying is intriguing. Isaiah’s כפר kōper, “ransom,” is the equivalent of Mark’s λύτρον, “ransom” (cf. Pesch, 2:164: “λύτρον … is based on כֹּפֶר”); תחת taḥat, “in exchange for,” corresponds to ἀντὶ (πολλῶν), “for (many)”; ואתן אדם wĕʾettēn ʾādām, “I give man,” may approximate Mark’s ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου … δοῦναι, “the ‘son of man’ … to give”; and נפשׁ nepeš, “life,” corresponds to Mark’s τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ, “his life.” However, Gundry (592) expresses reservations. Davies and Allison (Matthew 3:96) find the proposal “attractive but not demonstrable.” Given the concentration of vocabulary and the thematic coherence (though admittedly not exact), it is probable that Isa 43:3–4 has contributed to the matrix out of which Jesus’ saying was fashioned. It is not necessary to view Isa 53 and Isa 43 as competing alternatives; rather they may be viewed as prophetic sources out of which Jesus’ mission, message, and self-understanding could be formed.

Finally, there are two important elements that reflect Dan 7:

(1) ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, “the son of [the] man,” is an articular, specific reference to the פבר אֱנָשׁ bar ʾĕnāš, “son of man,” of Dan 7:13. The Aramaic is anarthrous and is neither technical nor titular. Jesus’ messianic self-understanding has been informed by this mysterious heavenly figure. He is the figure to whom dominion and authority have been given. (For more discussion of the “son of man,” see the Introduction as well as the Comment on 8:31.)

(2) διακονηθῆναι, “to be served.” Even the “son of man” himself, contrary to what might be inferred from Dan 7:14 (“And to him was given dominion … that all peoples … should serve [Aramaic: יִפְלְחוּן yiplĕḥûn; LXX: λατρεύουσα; Theodotion: δουλεύσουσιν] him”), “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (v 45). Casey (Aramaic Sources, 212–17) believes that the OT background to the ransom saying has more to do with Daniel and stories of the Jewish martyrs (in the Maccabean literature) than with Isa 53 or 43, though he allows for some formal and thematic similarities (“It remains possible that Jesus was informed by Isa 53, among many other texts, as he meditated on his death”). However, the Danielic elements do not necessarily compete with or contradict the underlying elements from Isaiah. The two scriptural traditions complement each other, with the Suffering Servant of Isa 53 redefining the mission and destiny of the “son of man” of Dan 7. Indeed, the “son of man” will someday “be served,” but he first must serve, even suffer and die, as the Servant of the Lord.

Elsewhere in the dominical tradition there is evidence of Jesus subverting teaching in Daniel. Jesus’ Prayer of Thanksgiving is an especially interesting example: “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will” (Matt 11:25–26 = Luke 10:21). Grimm (Jesu Einspruch gegen das Offenbarungssystem Daniels [Mt 11,25–27; Lk 17,20–21], vol. 1 of Jesus und das Danielbuch, ANTJ 6.1 [Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 1984]) has suggested that Jesus has alluded to Daniel’s similar prayer in Dan 2:19–23, parts of which read: “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might … he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and mysterious things” (vv 20–22). This shows that Jesus’ hermeneutic was dynamic and experientially oriented. He was at once informed by Scripture but not necessarily confined by it. It also reflects the Jewish interpretive principle of two passages interpreting each other (gĕzêr̯ šāw̯). Davies and Allison (Matthew 3:97), commenting on Matt 20:28 (the parallel to Mark 10:45), rightly state that “Daniel 7 is not rejected. Rather, it is creatively reinterpreted through combination with another Scripture.” They go on to point out that elements from Dan 7 and Isa 53 are combined in 1 Enoch 37–71.

Third, Taylor (“The Origin of the Markan Passion-Sayings”) argues compellingly for the authenticity of the ransom saying along with the other passion sayings (8:31; 9:31; 10:32–34) on the grounds that in Paul, Matthew, Luke-Acts, and the Johannine writings the Suffering Servant concept is on the wane. The popularity of the concept, as appropriate for understanding Jesus, was much earlier. Since the popularity of the epithet “son of man” also seems limited to the very earliest period of the development of the Jesus traditions, the two concepts, “servant” and “son of man,” may have been in fact quite primitive, with only lingering echoes in later christological formulations. This makes perfect sense as it relates to the emergence and expansion of Christianity. The epithet “son of man” would have been dropped in the Greco-Roman world, for it would make no sense in either Greek (ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου) or Latin (filius hominis), whereas the concept “servant” (whether παῖς, διάκονος, or δοῦλος) would be open to serious misunderstanding, even ridicule. As Christian preaching moved beyond the confines of Jewish Palestine toward an increasingly hellenized and romanized world, the preferred titles for Jesus became ὁ κύριος, “Lord,” ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ, “Son of God,” and ὁ σωτήρ, “Savior,” titles that resonated with the overtones of the imperial cult of the divine emperor. The lingering and rarely exploited fragments of tradition indebted to the language and imagery of Dan 7 (the “son of man,” authority, reception of kingdom, struggle against demonic forces) and Second Isaiah (the messenger, announcing the kingdom, announcing good news, healing, the servant, suffering for many) are better explained as originating in the teaching of Jesus, rather than in the early church, only to be muted, reformulated, or dropped altogether in subsequent years.

Evidence for this contention is seen in the parallel in 1 Tim 2:5–6: εἷς καὶ μεσίτης θεοῦ καὶ ἀνθρώπων, ἄνθρωπος Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς, ὁ δοὺς ἑαυτὸν ἀντίλυτρον ὑπὲρ πάντων, “and there is one mediator between God and humans, the human being Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all” (author’s tr.). Jeremias (“Lösegeld”) argued that this statement represents a later, hellenized version of the dominical ransom saying (with which Stuhlmacher, “Vicariously Giving His Life,” 17–18, concurs): ἄνθρωπος, “human being,” replaces the odd-sounding, Semitizing ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, “the son of [the] man”; ὁ δοὺς ἑαυτόν, “who gave himself,” replaces δοῦναι τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ, “to give his life”; the hellenizing ἀντίλυτρον, “ransom,” replaces λύτρον, “ransom”; and ὑπὲρ πάντων, “for all,” replaces the Semitizing ἀντὶ πολλῶν, “for many.” The form of the saying in 1 Timothy gives us a clearer idea of what form a hellenizing tradition of this sort would take and stands in noticeable contrast to the older, more Semitic form of the saying in Mark 10:45, thus seriously undermining the claims made by some that Mark 10:45 represents either a Pauline formula or some other hellenizing formula.

Finally, as Allison shows (Jesus of Nazareth, 64–65), the ransom saying corresponds to other sayings of Jesus, notably Luke 12:51–53 (= Matt 10:34–35 [Q]), where a saying beginning with “I come” is followed by an antithesis, a reference to suffering, and a scriptural allusion. The ransom saying of Mark 10:45, which thematically coheres with Mark 14:24, formally coheres with this saying in Q. Coherence such as this supports the claim to authenticity.

Explanation

The request made by James and John is innocent enough, but Jesus quite possibly perceives the proverbial tip of the iceberg: the all-too-human desire for honor, power, and prestige. Although Jesus does not rebuke his disciples, he does challenge them. If they want what Jesus has to offer, are they prepared to experience it? If they want to sit next to him, then are they prepared to share his fate? They say they are able (as many Christians today affirm), but do they really understand what lies ahead? On previous occasions Jesus has spoken of his suffering and death, and there was little indication that the disciples fully understood or accepted such discouraging teaching.

Jesus teaches his disciples that the places of honor are not his to appoint. But he can tell them what is expected of them. They are not to be like the “great ones” of the world, who like to rule over people. No, the disciples are to seek opportunities of service. The supreme example of this service is seen in Jesus himself, who as “son of man” does not in fact desire “to be served” (as Dan 7:14 depicts) but instead seeks “to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” If the disciples are able to follow this example, then the places of honor will follow.

Hengel is correct to argue that Mark 10:45 and 14:24 underscore how important Jesus’ atoning death is for the Markan evangelist. To conclude that no more than two references imply little interest in Jesus’ death is to misunderstand the evangelist by failing to observe the contexts in which these passages occur (see Hengel, Studies, 37–38). The evangelist’s economy should not be confused with lack of emphasis. Just as Jesus’ acknowledgment as “Son of God” occurs only a few times (notably in 1:1; 14:61–62; and 15:39), so disclosure of Jesus’ role as the suffering “son of man” occurs only a few times. Their relative rarity allows them to stand all the more in sharp relief.[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2015). Mark 9–16 (pp. 108–109). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Wessel, W. W., & Strauss, M. L. (2010). Mark. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, pp. 875–877). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Lane, W. L. (1974). The Gospel of Mark (pp. 383–385). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 83). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[5] Evans, C. A. (2001). Mark 8:27–16:20 (Vol. 34B, pp. 119–125). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

June 4 Guilt

scripture reading: Romans 8
key verse: Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

One of Satan’s most potent weapons is the fraudulent use of guilt in your life. He enjoys seeing you wrestle with unnecessary guilt. He understands that if unresolved, it can lead to a miserable Christian existence, destroying joy and peace.

This doesn’t have to happen to you or any believer. God has made full provision for the problem of guilt through proper understanding of His remedy and discernment of Satan’s deceptive tactics.

When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the penalty of your sin and its condemning guilt. You are forgiven of all your sins—past, present, and future. Your sin debt is paid in full when you receive Christ as Savior.

When you sin after salvation, the Holy Spirit convicts you of specific transgressions. Any guilt feelings are the Spirit’s loving prompting for confession and repentance. Such confession agrees with God that you have violated His truth and allows you to experience His complete forgiveness.

If you seem to be walking around in a cloud of guilt but you cannot point to a specific act of sin, then it is a lie of Satan. Reject it. Refuse it. God loves you unconditionally and never puts false guilt on you.

Thank You, Lord, that the penalty for sin is paid in full. I am free from condemnation. I reject and refuse the guilt Satan has tried to put on me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

4 june (preached 3 june 1860) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Constraining love

“Oh love the Lord, all ye his saints.” Psalm 31:23

suggested further reading: 1 John 4:7–12

Christ’s love to us we sometimes guess at, but, ah, it is so far beyond our thoughts, our reasonings, our praises, and our apprehension too, in the sweetest moments of our most spiritual ecstasy,—who can tell it? “Oh, how he loved us!” When Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus, the Jews exclaimed with surprise—“Behold how he loved him.” Verily, you might say the like with deeper emphasis. There was nothing in you to make him love you, but he left heaven’s throne for you. As he came down the celestial hills, methinks the angels said “Oh, how he loved them.” When he lay in the manger an infant, they gathered round and said, “Oh how he loves.” But when they saw him sweating in the garden, when he was put into the crucible, and began to be melted in the furnace, then indeed, the spirits above began to know how much he loved us. Oh Jesus! When I see thee mocked and spat upon—when I see thy dear cheeks become a reservoir for all the filth and spittle of unholy mouths—when I see thy back rent with knotted whips—when I behold thy honour and thy life both trailing in the dust—when I see thee charged with madness, with treason, with blasphemy—when I behold thy hands and feet pierced, thy body stripped naked and exposed—when I see thee hanging on the cross between heaven and earth, in torments dire and excruciating—when I hear thee cry “I thirst,” and see the vinegar thrust to thy lips—when I hear thy direful cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me,” my spirit is compelled to say, “Oh how he loves!”

for meditation: How cold and hardhearted we must be to ever question the Lord’s love towards us (Malachi 1:2).

sermon no. 325[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 162). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

4 JUNE 365 Days with Calvin

Possessing God

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23

suggested further reading: John 1

The name Emmanuel implies a contrast between the presence of God exhibited in Christ and every other kind of presence that appeared to the ancient people before the coming of Christ. If the reason for this name began to be actually true when Christ appeared in the flesh, it follows that it was not completely, but only in part, that God was formerly united with the patriarchs of faith.

Hence arises another proof that Christ is “God manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim. 3:16). From the very beginning of the world, Christ held the office of Mediator, but as his true identity with God wholly depended on the latest revelation, he is justly called Emmanuel when he is finally clothed, as it were, with a new character. He appears in public as a priest to atone for the sins of men by the sacrifice of his body and to reconcile them to the Father by the price of his blood. In a word, he fulfills every part in the salvation of men.

The first thing we ought to consider in this name is the divine majesty of Christ. We may thus yield to him the reverence that is due to the only and eternal God. At the same time, we must not forget the fruit that God intended us to collect and receive from this name. For whenever we contemplate the person of Christ as God-man, we ought to be certain that if we are united to Christ by faith, we possess God.

for meditation: The miracle of the Incarnation contains great mystery. How is Christ Emmanuel to you? How are we to reverence him as God manifest in the flesh in our prayers and worship? How are we to reverence him in everyday work? In short, how does it transform our everyday lives when we see and possess God?[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 174). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Tuesday Briefing June 4, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

PART I

 30 Years after the Tiananmen Square Massacre: One of the Darkest Days of the 20th Century and its Meaning

PART II

 Totalitarian History: The One-Party Chinese State Rewrites the History of Tiananmen Square

PART III

 Kamala Harris’s Abortion Proposal Subverts Federalism: Abortion Extremism in a New Form

PART IV

 Nationalizing Abortion Laws? A New Threat to Both Unborn Life and Constitutional Order


DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING

PART I

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Tiananmen: The Crackdown That Defined Modern China, by Orville Schell

WALL STREET JOURNAL

 In 1989, the U.S. Decided to Let Beijing Get Away With Murder, by Gerard Baker

PART II

PART III

PART IV