Daily Archives: April 29, 2020

April 29th The D. L. Moody Year Book

It is written.—Matthew 4:4, 7, 10.

CHRIST overcame Satan by the word. He simply said: “It is written”; and a second time, and a third time, “It is written”; and that was the arrow that shot right into him and drove him away. The devil does not care a bit about our feelings. He can make our feelings good or bad; he can take us up on the mountain, or down into the valley, and we can only vanquish him by the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word.[1]


[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (pp. 80–81). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

April—29 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.—1 Peter 3:4.

My soul! where is this to be had? Hast thou considered it in its importance, or in its attainment; whence it cometh, and on whose account it is given? Sit down, this evening, and ponder over it. What is a meek and quiet spirit, but grace, in all its blessed properties and saving effects, keeping the heart and mind through Christ Jesus? Now mark some of the many precious things belonging to it. The fountain of it is God; for “every good gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights; with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17.) It is also the purchase of Christ’s blood, and the fruit of the Holy Ghost; arid so infinitely important in its operation, that believers are said thereby “to be made partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4.) And what a lustre doth the possession of it impart to the whole man! Being a portion of the same spirit which was given to the manhood of Jesus without measure, it produces a resemblance and similitude in the character of every renewed soul to him. As a fair and beautiful countenance gives a loveliness to the natural form, so grace is that which gives the whole that can be called blessed or engaging to the spiritual. Hence a poor man, with grace in his heart, is infinitely more lovely in the sight of God than the persons of the great, void of it, though the blood of kings were to flow through their veins. It is this which is the source, and it is this which gives the finishing gracefulness to the whole man. And as it flows from God, so all its tendencies are to God. Next to the person of Jesus, the grace of Jesus is, or ought to be, the one earnest object and desire of every soul. Until we have this ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, every man by nature, in the sight of God, is of no esteem. There can be nothing lovely or desirable in the unregenerate. “He that liveth in pleasure, is dead while he liveth,” saith the scripture. (1 Tim. 5:6.) And however, to our view, the actions of such may carry with them much moral sweetness, yet as those actions are not quickened from the Spirit of grace, they are no other than as flowers strewed over the bodies of the dead. They are of no esteem in the sight of God. The person must be first sanctified by grace, and then the action follows. The Lord had respect first to Abel, and then to his offering; but as to Cain, as he had no respect, so neither could his offering be acceptable. (Gen. 4:4, 5.) My soul! what saith thy experience to these things? Hast thou this precious grace, this saving grace, this sanctifying grace, which flows at once from God the Father’s gift, the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ, and the regenerating influences of God the Holy Ghost? Are those blessed effects wrought in thee, which saving grace is sure to work? Is God’s glory your delight; his Christ your Christ; his salvation your salvation? Hast thou felt the renewing, transforming, confirming, establishing principles of grace, flowing in from the spirit of Jesus upon thy spirit, so that the new man is “renewed in knowledge, after the image of him that created him?” In a word, hast thou so beheld, as in a glass, “the glory of the Lord, that thou art changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord?” If, my soul, thou hast these blessed tokens, these ornaments of a meek and quiet spirit, which are in the sight of God of great price, then dost thou possess that which all the world can neither give nor take away. “It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.” Precious Jesus! it is the purchase of thy blood, it comes from the sovereign gift of God the Father, and is the earnest of the Holy Spirit! Lord, seal my soul with it “to the day of eternal redemption!”[1]


[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 129–131). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

April 29, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. This affirmation of Jesus’ prediction of his resurrection picks up the three passion predictions in 16:21; 17:22–23; 20:17–19, each of which mentions Jesus’ resurrection.

28:7 go quickly and tell his disciples. It would[1]

Ver. 6.—He is not here. He is not in this tomb; his bodily presence is removed from this his whilom resting-place. St. Matthew’s account is greatly condensed, and omits many details which harmonists try to fit into our text. The attempt is not to be commended, for it really involves greater confusion, and, after all, is forced and only conjectural. For he is risen, as he said. If they had believed Christ’s often-repeated announcement, they would not have come seeking the living among the dead. (For Christ’s predictions concerning his resurrection, see ch. 12:40; 16:21; 17:23; 20:19.). On this simple, but pregnant sentence “He is risen,” depends the phenomenon of Christianity, in its origin, existence, continuance, extension, and moral power. “Death began with woman; and to women the first announcement is made of resurrection” (Hilary, quoted by Wordsworth, in loc.). Come, see the place where the Lord lay. The angel invites them to satisfy themselves that Christ’s body was no longer in its resting-place. That Jesus was designated as “the Lord,” ὁ Κύριος, by the disciples is obvious (see John 20:18; 21:7, etc.), but it is doubtful whether the words are genuine here, though they are found in many good manuscripts and in the Vulgate. They are omitted by א, B, 33, etc., and by Tischendorf and Westcott and Hort in their editions. Regarding them as genuine, Bengel calls them “gloriosa appellatio,” which indeed it is, for it is equivalent to “Jehovah.” Harmonists suppose that the angel was at first not seen by the women; that Mary Magdalene, observing the stone removed, at once hurried to the city to tell Peter and John; that, the rest of the women remaining, the angel made himself visible to them and bade them enter the sepulchre; and that, doing so, they beheld another angel sitting on the right side of the recess. Thus, it is conjectured, the accounts in Mark and John may be harmonized with that in our text. (See also Westcott on John 20, where is given a provisional arrangement of the facts of the first Easter Day.)[2]

The fulfilled predictions (28:6)

The note of fulfilment has been prominent in this Gospel and it is prominent at the end. Three times in the Gospel account Jesus had predicted that he would rise again on the third day. This chapter shows the fulfilment of that prophecy. The chief priests and Pharisees had a shrewd idea that his disciples might attempt to fake a resurrection. That is why they had approached Pilate on the Sabbath for a guard on the tomb (27:64). And the angel underlined it again: ‘He is not here; he has risen, just as he said’ (6). The other Gospels suggest some hints of the resurrection in the Old Testament Scriptures. There is very little foreshadowing of it in the Old Testament; certainly not enough for anyone to have set out from those predictions and postulated a resurrection to fulfil them. On the day of Pentecost, Peter quotes Psalm 16:8–11 and 110:1. But Matthew does not quote them. He emphasizes the fulfilment of the words of the new Moses. Fulfilled prophecy is hard to gainsay.[3]

28:6 “He has risen” In this context the Father’s acceptance and approval of the Son’s words and works are expressed in two great events.

  1. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead
  2. Jesus’ ascension to the Father’s right hand[4]

6. He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. See on Luke 24:5–7. Come [Δεῦτε], as in ch. 11:28, see the place where the Lord lay. Charming invitation! ‘Come, see the spot where the Lord of glory lay: now it is an empty grave: He lies not, but He lay there. Come, feast your eyes on it!’ But see on John 20:12; and Remarks below.[5]

[Ver. 6.—Hilary: “Through woman death was first introduced into the world; to woman the first announcement was made of the resurrection. Chrysostom: Observe how our Lord elevates the weaker sex, which had fallen into dishonor through the transgression of Eve; and how He inspires it with hope, and heals its sorrows, and makes women the messengers of glad tidings to His disciples.]

For I know.—The reason why they need not fear.[6]

6 The women are told οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε, “he is not here.” The angel has not opened the tomb so that Jesus may come out. No one, indeed, saw Jesus come out of the tomb. All the women have thus far are the brief words of the angel. The reason he is not there is made very plain in the triumphant words ἠγέρθη γάρ, “for he has been raised,” a divine passive with God as the acting subject (cf. v. 7). This declaration rules out all alternative explanations of the empty tomb. It alone explains the empty tomb. The words καθὼς εἶπεν, “just as he said,” refer to his predictions of his resurrection in 16:21; 17:23; 20:19 (cf. 12:40; 26:61; 27:40, 63). The women are invited into the tomb to see where Jesus “lay” (ἔκειτο) as proof that the body was not there. Yet faith in the resurrection does not result from the empty tomb itself (Nauck). The women will yet see the risen Jesus for themselves.[7]

[1] Brown, J. K. (2015). Matthew. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 317). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St. Matthew (Vol. 2, pp. 640–641). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[3] Green, M. (2001). The message of Matthew: the kingdom of heaven (p. 316). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[4] Utley, R. J. (2000). The First Christian Primer: Matthew (Vol. Volume 9, p. 236). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[5] Brown, D., Fausset, A. R., & Jamieson, R. (n.d.). A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments: Matthew–John (Vol. V, p. 132). London; Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Company, Limited.

[6] Lange, J. P., & Schaff, P. (2008). A commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Matthew (p. 545). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Hagner, D. A. (1995). Matthew 14–28 (Vol. 33B, p. 870). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.


The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is one of the fastest growing and insidious movements in the visible church. One of the ways to identify leaders and their followers (NARites) in this movement, is by paying attention to the terminology or buzzwords they use. Some of the words in this list are biblical, but the meaning and application are far removed from what scripture actually teaches (biblical terminology to gives credence to their aberrant doctrines) Certain words used in the NAR appear to be sci-fi or computer buzzwords, and their applications originate in the minds of the false apostles and prophets that drive this movement. The words listed are not exclusive to the NAR, but occur in some Charismatic, Word of Faith and other movements.


April 29 Streams in the Desert

Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are.”

(James 5:17)

THANK God for that! He got under a juniper tree, as you and I have often done; he complained and murmured, as we have often done; was unbelieving, as we have often been. But that was not the case when he really got into touch with God. Though “a man subject to like passions as we are,” “he prayed praying.” It is sublime in the original—not “earnestly,” but “he prayed in prayer.” He kept on praying. What is the lesson here? You must keep praying.

Come up on the top of Carmel, and see that remarkable parable of Faith and Sight. It was not the descent of the fire that now was necessary, but the descent of the flood; and the man that can command the fire can command the flood by the same means and methods. We are told that he bowed himself to the ground with his face between his knees; that is, shutting out all sights and sounds. He was putting himself in a position where, beneath his mantle, he could neither see nor hear what was going forward.

He said to his servant, “Go and take an observation.” He went and came back, and said—how sublimely brief! one word—“Nothing!”

What do we do under such circumstances?

We say, “It is just as I expected!” and we give up praying. Did Elijah? No, he said, “Go again.” His servant again came back and said, “Nothing!” “Go again.” “Nothing!”

By and by he came back, and said, “There is a little cloud like a man’s hand.” A man’s hand had been raised in supplication, and presently down came the rain; and Ahab had not time to get back to the gate of Samaria with all his fast steeds. This is a parable of Faith and Sight—faith shutting itself up with God; sight taking observations and seeing nothing; faith going right on, and “praying in prayer,” with utterly hopeless reports from sight.

Do you know how to pray that way, how to pray prevailingly? Let sight give as discouraging reports as it may, but pay no attention to these. The living God is still in the heavens and even to delay is part of His goodness.—Arthur T. Pierson.

Each of three boys gave a definition of faith which is an illustration of the tenacity of faith. The first boy said, “It is taking hold of Christ” the second, “Keeping hold” and the third, “Not letting go.”[1]


[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 132–133). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

April 29 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

April 29.—Morning. [Or August 25.]
“Keep the door of my lips.”

1 Samuel 21:1–3; 6–7

THEN came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: (David being driven away by Saul from the prophet Samuel, fled at once to the priests. He loved the servants of God, and would not leave their company:) and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee? (Seeing David alone, and evidently in distress, Ahimelech suspected something wrong.)

And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know anything of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee.

Here David spake falsely, and his error is recorded not to his honour, but for our warning. This sad falsehood led to terrible consequences. O that good men could always trust in the Lord.

Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.

So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the Lord, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.

This act was a violation of the ceremonial law, but in a case of necessity it was justified, for the Lord loves mercy better than sacrifice.

Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, and his name was Doeg, an Edomite.

This man, being full of enmity, hastened away to accuse the priests of succouring a traitor.

Chapter 22:9–23

9, 10 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech. And he enquired of the Lord for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.

11, 12, 13 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech, the priest, and all his father’s house, the priests that were in Nob: and they came all of them to the king. And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my lord. And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast enquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?

14, 15 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king’s son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house? Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it far from me: let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of all this, less or more. (The simpleminded high priest was blameless, he knew nothing of the feud between Saul and David. David had deceived him, and Doeg knew that he had done so, but did not mention that circumstance. When we report a matter, we are bound to tell it all, or the most innocent may be made to appear guilty.)

16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father’s house.

17 ¶ And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the Lord; because their hand also is with David. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the Lord.

18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod. (None but a foreigner would fulfil the cruel edict. Thus the house of Eli was again smitten as the Lord had threatened, but base was the wretched spy whose one-sided report caused so many murders, and hateful the king who commanded the slaughter.)

19 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.

20 ¶ And one of the sons of Ahimelech, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David.

21 And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had slain the Lord’s priests.

22 And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father’s house.

23 Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard. (David must have been cut to the heart when he saw the result of his falsehood. The Lord keep each of us true in every word that we utter.)

April 29.—Evening. [Or August 26.]
“I will praise Thee for ever.”

Psalm 52

DAVID, at this time, wrote a psalm, of which the title is

To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.

Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? (Doeg had small room for boasting in having slaughtered a band of defenceless persons who never drew a sword. He ought to have been ashamed of his cowardice. If David here refers to Saul, the words are equally forcible; how could a man who had in former days been valiant in arms, now rejoice in the murder of the helpless?) the goodness of God endureth continually. (If priests be slain, their Master lives. God’s cause lives on, though good men be hunted down.)

Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. (Eastern barbers use the razor so well that a man scarcely knows that his hair is shorn; and so with wily cunning, base men injure the servants of God. Doeg’s tongue with its soft but sharp speeches, cut off the priests of the Lord. May the Lord save us from slanderers and backbiters.)

Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

See how low a man can descend so as not only to utter falsehoods, but to love them better than truth. It is a mark of the foulest character when a man actually prefers dishonesty to justice.

Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. (Some evil persons have a taste for calumny, they are never better pleased than when they can injure those who are better than themselves. Shun them. Above all never fall into their sin.)

God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah. (God will one day deal out justice to slanderers, he will pull them up like ill-weeds, and cast them into the fire. A terrible portion awaits all liars. They will not let others live, and God will not let them live.)

The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness. (Good men will look down upon plotters and slanderers with supreme contempt, and the Lord will give them good cause to do so, for they shall be taken in their own net, their subtlety shall slay them. Persecutors may be rich, but their wealth shall not save them; justice has ways and methods for bringing the great ones of the earth to its bar. God cannot be bribed; he will avenge his own calumniated servants, and that right early. Therefore let us patiently endure all manner of slander for Christ’s sake.)

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. (Though much abused and, hated, David was not plucked up nor destroyed as his enemies would be. He was one of the divine family, and found himself in the household of God everywhere; and yet more, he found himself fresh and vigorous at all seasons like an evergreen olive. If Nob was, as some think, situated upon the Mount of Olives, we can understand why the Psalmist was led to adopt this simile. Though Nob was gone the olives stood, and David also lived on despite Saul’s enmity. The psalmist’s faith, like an olive, was abiding and perpetual, its leaf did not wither, neither did its fruit fail. It renewed its youth from day to day, and possessed a sacred immortality. He knew God’s mercy to be eternal, and in that he trusted. What a rock to build on! What a fortress to fly to!)

I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints. (David’s thankfulness was continual, like the mercy in which he rejoiced; he looked upon God’s punishment of his foes as already accomplished—“thou hast done it,” and therefore he waited patiently till the bright days should dawn for himself and the persecuted church. He felt, as we ought to feel, that quietly to tarry the Lord’s leisure, is good for all those who would be accounted the Lord’s saints, and is also one of the best means of doing good to our fellow-believers, who from our patient waiting will learn how to possess their souls in peace.)[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 249–250). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Progressive Mag CounterPunch: Sexual Misconduct Allegations ‘Swirling Around Biden for Many Years’

A 2008 column in the far-left magazine CounterPunch accusing Joe Biden of “loutish sexual advances” in the U.S. Senate has become a lightning rod in the debate over Biden and his former staffer Tara Reade’s allegation of sexual assault in 1993.

Source: Progressive Mag CounterPunch: Sexual Misconduct Allegations ‘Swirling Around Biden for Many Years’

Dem VP shortlisters condemned Kavanaugh: Here’s their response to Biden accusation

Here’s what the senators who voted against Kavanaugh’s confirmation in 2018 had to say then, and what they have to say about the allegation against Biden now.

Source: Dem VP shortlisters condemned Kavanaugh: Here’s their response to Biden accusation

5 people corroborate details of Tara Reade’s sex-assault claim against Biden | WND

Tara Reade

By Peter Hasson
Daily Caller News Foundation

More and more details of Tara Reade’s sexual assault accusation against former Vice President Joe Biden have been corroborated.

Reade, a former staffer for Biden while he was in the Senate, has accused the former vice president of pushing her up against a wall, kissing her, touching her and penetrating her with his fingers without her consent in 1993.

Biden has yet to personally address Reade’s accusation, though a campaign spokesperson has denied that the alleged incident ever happened. Biden’s campaign hasn’t returned repeated requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Five people have corroborated details of Reade’s account against Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, a Daily Caller News Foundation review of public statements found.

Reade’s mother

Reade’s late mother appeared to corroborate details of her account while calling into “Larry King Live” in 1993, shortly after Reade left Biden’s office. A transcript and video of the segment was uncovered after Reade mentioned in an interview that her mother had called into “Larry King Live” about her alleged assault.

“I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington? My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him,” a woman from Reade’s hometown told King.

Reade confirmed to the DCNF that it was her mother’s voice on the call.


Reade’s brother

Reade’s brother, Collin Moulton, confirmed to the Intercept that she told him about the alleged assault around the time that it happened — long before she went public with her claims against Biden. Her brother also confirmed that Reade’s mother had encouraged her to contact the police about the alleged assault.

The former neighbor

Reade’s former neighbor, Lynda LaCasse, corroborated key details of Reade’s account in an interview published Monday.

“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” LaCasse, a Biden supporter, told Business Insider.

“I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” she added. “And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.”

LaCasse’s account of what Reade told her decades ago tracks with how Reade is describing the event now. Reade has accused Biden of pushing her against a up wall in a Senate corridor, kissing her, touching her and penetrating her with his fingers without her consent.

Reade’s close friend

One of Reade’s close friends, who remained anonymous, also confirmed to The Intercept that Reade had described the alleged assault around the time it was said to have happened. Ryan Grim, the reporter at The Intercept who spoke to Reade’s close friend, confirmed to the DCNF on Tuesday that the friend in the story is not LaCasse.

The former coworker

Reade’s former coworker, Lorraine Sanchez, also corroborated details of her account against Biden. Sanchez and Reade worked together at a California state senator’s office in the mid-1990s.

Reade told Sanchez that “she had been sexually harassed by her former boss while she was in D.C., and as a result of her voicing her concerns to her supervisors, she was let go, fired,” Sanchez told Business Insider. She recalled Biden was Reade’s former boss, but didn’t remember if Reade named Biden when describing the incident.

This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Source: 5 people corroborate details of Tara Reade’s sex-assault claim against Biden

Bank Stocks About To Send Monumental Message To The Broad Market! — Kimble Charting Solutions

A healthy banking system is the hallmark of a growing economy. So when back stocks turn “south”, investors should tune in.

Like the broader stock market indices, the Bank Index (BKX) crashed in March before bouncing back into April.

That bounce has the Bank Index testing triple resistance at (1).

This area is market several trends and channel lines, all meeting up here!

Bullish message to Banks and the broad market = Breakout above triple resistance at (1)

Bearish message to Banks and the broad market = Banks turn lower just below triple resistance at (1).

This article was first written for See It Markets.com. To see the original post CLICK HERE

via Bank Stocks About To Send Monumental Message To The Broad Market! — Kimble Charting Solutions

The Rise of Statism and the Reduction of the Individual — CultureWatch

We all should be alarmed at government overreach in the corona crisis:

“Gathering outdoors is the next freedom to be restored,” said a front-page article from the Daily Telegraph. Um, am I the only one who was shocked by that sentence – and others like it? Gosh, isn’t that swell of the State to allow us to go outside a bit. So very kind of them.

Um, since when was it the right of governments to simply take away our right to freely assemble as we decide in the first place? Am I now supposed to grovel before the State and thank them profusely if they take away my right to eat or breathe and then ever so graciously give it back – if I behave?

I have said it before and I will keep saying it (no matter how much the alarmists dislike me for doing so): The two most shocking things about the corona crisis are these: one, the absolute speed and ease in which governments have shut down and locked down entire nations; and two, the ready, eager and unquestioning acceptance of all this by the masses.

BTW, I have been saying this for several months now. However, just moments ago I saw a brand-new article by Dennis Prager in which he says this: “But the ease with which police state tactics have been employed and the equal ease with which most Americans have accepted them have been breathtaking.” Hmm, we sure seem to be on the same page here.

And all this has utterly shocked me and saddened me. Yes it really has. Worse yet, I fully realise that the only thing so many folks are worried about is when their beloved footy team will be playing again. But there actually are some things that matter a whole lot more. Like freedom. Like the individual. Like democracy. Like the rule of law. Like the ability to think for oneself and ask questions.

But far too many folks really do not seem to give a rip that so much of this is being taken away from us. The masses just do not seem to care. The sheeple could not be bothered with even raising an eyebrow here. Too many simply trust the government implicitly. ‘My country right or wrong’ has now morphed into ‘My State right or wrong.’

And even more shocking is how many Christians have fallen into line here. ‘Well the government said it, so it must be right. Who am I to question?’ And, ‘Why are you so worried about technology? What could ever go wrong?’ Hmm, why do I suspect that far too many of these naïve, apathetic and undiscerning believers would just as happily intone, ‘The State is my shepherd’?

Or as Ben Davis has recently put it:

Our Government in Canberra,
Hallowed be thy name,
Give us this day our daily support payments,
And increase our debts.
Lead us not into temptation to violate your stay at home orders,
But deliver us from COVID-19.
For the power and glory are yours,

Yes, there is a place for taking sensible precautions, for some government intervention, and for some limited restrictions on our liberties. I have been saying this from day one as well. But we seem to have gone far beyond this. If the State tells us to download a questionable app, most folks will do it. If the State tells us to snitch on our neighbours, most folks will do it. If the State tells us that we cannot leave our homes unless the State allows us to, most folks will do it.

And when Big Tech and the Big State get into bed together and fully support each other in this draconian overreach and abuse of power, then you know we really are getting to the end of freedom as we know it. I have been documenting this for quite a while now, but for too many folks it simply goes in one ear and out the next.

Let me offer just one scary case in point of what we are up against. For a few days now I – and millions of others – have shared a very important, fact-filled video of two California doctors sharing informed, balanced and evidence-filled concerns about the accepted narrative on corona.

They have dared to ask how a nation-wide lockdown makes any sense, based on all that we now know about COVID-19, how it spreads, who is really at risk, and so on. It was seen over 5.5 million times. But then YouTube decided that you – the people – are too stupid and it is too dangerous to have a video like this being seen.

So they pulled it. The head honcho said that only points of view that go along with groups like WHO will be allowed. Um, if anyone thinks that WHO has handled this whole crisis well, they need to go to the back of the class. Here is just one of many pieces on the appallingly bad way that WHO has dealt with this: thefederalist.com/2020/04/09/why-the-who-is-a-danger-to-public-health/

And see this damning expose of the head of WHO: http://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/10/5-shocking-facts-about-who-chief-tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus/

But the censors and mind-controllers at YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and so on have all decided that certain ideas and points of view are now verboten. The people will NOT be allowed to get a differing point of view. You will only be allowed to hear what the State thinks you should hear. But I refuse to submit, and the full 68-minute video can be seen here: newtube.app/user/anthony/GlkxUvo

Please watch it and share it. One article explains the situation with this pulled video:

Drs. Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi … decried California’s COVID-19 related lockdown in particular on medical and economic grounds. Part 1 carried the heart of the doctors’ remarks in about 50 minutes…. They focused on their own experience and widened the discussion to take in California generally. They made many of the same points we have been making here over the past month, but tied the discussion to their experience as physicians and owners in the business of treating patients in need of urgent care.

Laura Ingraham invited Dr. Erickson on for a segment of her FOX News show last night, and she got action! As events transpired, she was able to report in real time that YouTube had removed the viral part 1 video following the segment — for violating YouTube’s terms of service, of course. http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/04/was-it-something-he-said-4.php

Another Fox News host who has constantly been trying to sound the alarm on all this is Tucker Carlson. This short video clip is also must-viewing and must-sharing: video.foxnews.com/v/6152742822001

In it examines the collusion of Big Tech and Big Government, discusses the censored video, and then says this: “Of all the many ironies of this moment, so many of them bitter, the hardest to swallow is this one: As we fight this virus, we are becoming far more like the country that spawned it – we are becoming more like China. It’s horrifying.”

I mentioned just above a new piece by Dennis Prager. Let me speak to it a bit further. In it he offers these 4 signs of a police state:

No. 1: Draconian laws depriving citizens of elementary civil rights.
No. 2: A mass media supportive of the state’s messaging and deprivation of rights.
No. 3: Use of police.
No. 4: Snitches.

He concludes the article this way:

It is said that about 1 in every 100 East German citizens were informers for the Stasi, the East German secret police, as superbly portrayed in the film “The Lives of Others.” It would be interesting, and, I think, important, to know what percentage of New Yorkers informed on their fellow citizens. Now, again, you may think such a comparison is not morally valid, that de Blasio’s call to New Yorkers to serve a Stasi-like role was morally justified given the coronavirus pandemic. But you cannot deny it is Stasi-like or that, other than identifying spies during World War II, this is unprecedented in American history at anywhere near this level.

This past Friday night, I gathered with six others for a Shabbat dinner with friends in Santa Monica, California. On my Friday radio show, I announced I would be doing that, and if I was arrested, it would be worth it. In my most pessimistic dreams, I never imagined that in America, having dinner at a friend’s house would be an act of civil disobedience, perhaps even a criminal act. But that is precisely what happens in a police state. townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2020/04/28/our-dress-rehearsal-for-a-police-state-n2567744

Lastly, let me take that final point about snitching and share what another writer has said about it:

That is not America. In East Germany, the Communists built a collective of informants. In the Soviet Union, informing on your neighbors and even your parents proved your loyalty to the state. This behavior has no place here. We’re Americans. Our first allegiance is not to the state, but to each other. In America, treason is not a betrayal of the state, but of the rights of the individual to be free of the state. Socialists betray the individual to the state and their pandemic response reinforces that first betrayal of the individual. It is no coincidence that the 1-800-INFORM phenomenon has taken root in the blue parts of the country. The culture of informants values the collective and suppresses the individual.

To the socialist, governments never fail. The experts are always wise and the public officials all-knowing. Government only fails because individuals subvert, sabotage, and undermine its well-meaning efforts. The informant helps the authorities redirect the blame for their failures by locating individual scapegoats. A nation of informants can only arise in a socialist system where people put the state first. They scowl and plot against their neighbors, spying and informing on them for the freedom they feel in their souls. The pandemic is a threat to the body of the nation, but 1-800-INFORM threatens the soul. thewashingtonstandard.com/1-800-inform-report-your-neighbors-to-authorities-its-the-un-american-way/

There are so many things happening right now that should concern every single one of us. And what concerns me so very much is that so few people seem concerned at all!

via The Rise of Statism and the Reduction of the Individual — CultureWatch

Multiple credible witnesses corroborate rape charge against Joe Biden


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In this post, I want to report on the criminal charge filed by Tara Reade with the police against Joe Biden. And list out all the witnesses we have to corroborate her testimony so far. Then we’ll review the mainstream news media’s response to the scandal. Then we’ll see why Joe Biden (of all people) should have no right to legal counsel, due process, or any other basic rights as defendant.

First, a criminal complaint has been filed, according to far-left Newsweek:

Tara Reade filed a criminal complaint with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department of accusing the 2020 Democratic nomination of pushing her against the wall in a Senate corridor and penetrating her with his fingers, according to Business Insider.

This is important, because she can be held criminally responsible for making a false charge. This is not a frivolous woman…

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Biden Says He Doesn’t Recall Tara Reade Or Where He Is Or Why There’s A Bunch Of Reporters In Front Of Him — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Presidential candidate Joe Biden finally addressed sexual assault allegations against him, telling the press he had no recollection of any Tara Reade. Furthermore, he said he also could not recall where he was and had no idea why a bunch of people were in front of him asking questions.

“I don’t know of any Tara Reade,” Biden told the reporters at the press conference his staff had scheduled. “And where am I? Who are you people? What’s going on? All of you: Off my lawn! Is this my lawn? And why are you wearing masks?”

Biden did not take any follow-up questions and seemed rather irate, going on a rant about how “whippersnappers” were always “walking on his lawn” and “asking to be his running mate.”

The press conference ended with Biden spotting a monitor displaying a President Trump press conference that was going on at the same time. “You all have to leave now,” Biden told the reporters. “The Apprentice is on. I love that show!”

via Biden Says He Doesn’t Recall Tara Reade Or Where He Is Or Why There’s A Bunch Of Reporters In Front Of Him — The Babylon Bee

April 29, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day


Come to Me, (11:28a)

Just as man’s part in salvation is to come humbly, it is also to come in faith. Although finite minds cannot fully comprehend the truth, divine grace and human faith are inseparable in salvation. God sovereignly provides salvation, which includes the fact that man must give himself to the Lord Jesus Christ in commitment before it becomes effective. Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me,” and then immediately added, “and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37).

Salvation is not through a creed, a church, a ritual, a pastor, a priest, or any other such human means—but through Jesus Christ, who said, Come to Me. To come is to believe to the point of submitting to His lordship. “I am the bread of life,” Jesus declared; “he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). Comes and believes are parallel just as are hunger and thirst. Coming to Christ is believing in Him, which results in no longer hungering and thirsting. Other biblical synonyms for believing in Christ include confessing Him, receiving Him, eating and drinking Him, and hearing Him.

Peter declared, “Of Him [Jesus Christ] all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins” (Acts 10:43). And the Lord Himself said, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:14–16).

Repentance and Rest

all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (11:28b)

All who are indicates a condition that already exists. Those whom Jesus invites to Himself are those who already are weary and heavy-laden. Although this aspect of Jesus’ invitation is mentioned after faith (“Come to Me”), chronologically it precedes faith, referring to the repentance that drives the humble, seeking person to Christ for salvation.

Kopiaō (to grow weary, or “to labor”) carries the idea of working to the point of utter exhaustion. John uses the term to describe Jesus’ fatigue when He and the disciples reached Sychar after a long, hot journey from Jerusalem (John 4:6).

Weary translates a present active participle and refers figuratively to arduous toil in seeking to please God and know the way of salvation. Jesus calls to Himself everyone who is exhausted from trying to find and please God in his own resources. Jesus invites the person who is wearied from his vain search for truth through human wisdom, who is exhausted from trying to earn salvation, and who has despaired of achieving God’s standard of righteousness by his own efforts.

Heavy-laden translates a perfect passive participle, indicating that at some time in the past a great load was dumped on the wearied person. Whereas weary refers to the internal exhaustion caused by seeking divine truth through human wisdom, heavy-laden suggests the external burdens caused by the futile efforts of works righteousness.

In Jesus’ day, the rabbinical teachings had become so massive, demanding, and all-encompassing that they prescribed standards and formulas for virtually every human activity. It was all but impossible even to learn all the traditions, and was completely impossible to keep them all. Jesus spoke of the heavy loads of religious tradition that the scribes and Pharisees laid on the people’s shoulders (Matt. 23:4); and at the Jerusalem Council, Peter noted that the Judaizers were trying to saddle Christianity with the same man-made “yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear” (Acts 15:10).

Although the term itself is not used in the text, Jesus gives a call to repent, to turn away from the self-centered and works-centered life and come to Him. The person who is weary and heavy-laden despairs of his own ability to please God. He comes to the end of his own resources and turns to Christ. Desperation is a part of true salvation, because a person does not come to Christ as long as he has confidence in himself. To repent is to make a 180-degree turn from the burden of the old life to the restfulness of the new

Repentance was the theme of John the Baptist’s preaching (Matt. 3:2) and the starting point of the preaching of Jesus (4:17), Peter (Acts 2:38; 3:19; cf. 5:31), and Paul (17:30; 20:21; cf. 2 Tim. 2:25). The person who humbly receives God’s revelation of Himself and His way of salvation, who turns from the unbearable burden of his sin and self-effort, and who comes to Christ empty-handed is the only person God will save.

Anapauō (to give … rest) means to refresh or revive, as from labor or a long journey. Jesus promises spiritual rest to everyone who comes to Him in repentance and humble faith.

God’s rest is a common Old Testament theme. The Lord warned Israel, “Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness; when your fathers tested Me, they tried Me, though they had seen My work.… Therefore I swore in My anger, truly they shall not enter into My rest” (Ps. 95:7–9, 11). After quoting that passage, the writer of Hebrews warns those who make a pretense of faith in Christ but have not really trusted Him: “Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God” (Heb. 3:12). To intellectually acknowledge Christ’s deity and lordship is a dangerous thing if it does not lead to true faith, because it gives a person the false confidence of belonging to Christ.

In the time of the early church many Jews were attracted to the gospel and outwardly identified themselves with the church. But for fear of being unsynagogued, ostracized from the worship and ceremonies of Judaism, some of them did not truly receive Christ as saving Lord. They went part way to Him but stopped before full commitment. “As a result” of such superficial allegiance, John says, “many of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore” (John 6:66). Consequently they would not enter God’s rest, that is, His salvation, because they still possessed “an evil, unbelieving heart” (Heb. 3:11–12).

Just as those Israelites who rebelled against Moses in the wilderness were denied entrance into the Promised Land because of unbelief, so those who refuse to fully trust in Christ are denied entrance into God’s kingdom rest of salvation for the same reason (v. 19). “Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, ‘As I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest’ ” (4:1–3).

The dictionary gives several definitions of rest that remarkably parallel the spiritual rest God offers those who trust in His Son. First, the dictionary describes rest as cessation from action, motion, labor, or exertion. In a similar way, to enter God’s rest is to cease from all efforts at self-help in trying to earn salvation. Second, rest is described as freedom from that which wearies or disturbs. Again we see the spiritual parallel of God’s giving His children freedom from the cares and burdens that rob them of peace and joy.

Third, the dictionary defines rest as something that is fixed and settled. Similarly, to be in God’s rest is to have the wonderful assurance that our eternal destiny is secure in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. It is to be freed from the uncertainties of running from philosophy to philosophy, from religion to religion, from guru to guru, hoping somehow and somewhere to discover truth, peace, happiness, and eternal life.

Fourth, rest is defined as being confident and trustful. When we enter God’s rest we are given the assurance that “He who began a good work in [us] will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). Finally, the dictionary describes rest as leaning, reposing, or depending on. As children of God, we can depend with utter certainty that our heavenly Father will “supply all [our] needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).[1]

28 The “me” is grammatically unemphatic but in the wake of v. 27 extremely important. Jesus invites the “weary” (the participle suggests those who have become weary through heavy struggling or toil) and the “burdened” (the passive side of weariness, overloaded like beasts of burden) to come to him; and he (not the Father) will give them rest. There is an echo of Jeremiah 31:25, where Yahweh refreshes his people through the new covenant.

While there is no need to restrict the “burdens,” it is impossible not to be reminded of the “heavy loads” the Pharisees put on men’s shoulders (23:4; cf. 12:1–14; see M. Maher, “ ‘Take my yoke upon you’ [Matt. xi.29],” NTS 22 [1976]: 97–103). The “rest” (cf. use of cognate term in Heb 3–4) is eschatological (cf. Rev 6:11; 14:13) but also a present reality.[2]

28 Jesus has spoken to God about the revelation of truth in vv. 25–26, and in v. 27 he has spoken in general terms about how the Father can be known only through the Son. Now this special revelatory role of the Son is expressed in a direct invitation to find the solution to life’s problems by coming to Jesus. The terms he uses reflect the Jewish understanding of the divine Wisdom as the intermediary between God and his people. I mentioned above (p. 441) that already in vv. 25–27 it is possible to trace conceptual links with aspects of the Jewish Wisdom tradition, and so to see Jesus as, in Matthew’s view, himself taking the place of the personified divine Wisdom, hidden from human cleverness, but able to communicate to those who seek her the truth about God which she alone truly understands. As the focus moves in vv. 28–30 from knowing the truth to finding rest, the echoes of Wisdom literature become even clearer. The most obvious source for Jesus’ language here is Sir 51:23–27 (cf. Sir 6:23–30), in which the sage invites the unlearned to come near to him to find Wisdom, to put their necks under Wisdom’s yoke so that their souls receive instruction, and informs them that in this way he himself, having toiled only a little, has found much rest. The echoes of the Greek text are clear: the words for “to me,” “toil,” “yoke,” “find,” “rest” and “soul” are all the same. But the way these themes are combined is significantly different. Whereas the sage is himself the recipient of Wisdom’s blessings, and invites others to share what he has received from her, Jesus is no intermediary but issues “Wisdom’s” invitation in his own person. Wisdom’s yoke is now his yoke, and it is he who offers rest to those who toil.

The invitation to “come here to me” is an important counterbalance to the statement in v. 27 that the knowledge of God is open only to those to whom the Son “is willing” to reveal him. That willingness is here shown to be not restrictive but open-ended, the invitation being issued to “all.” The only requirement is that those who come to him must recognize their need for help and be willing to accept his yoke and learn from him. This is an invitation which the “wise and intelligent” may well choose to ignore, while the “little children” come willingly. The invitation is there for all, but (as in vv. 20–24) not all will respond to it; many are invited but few are chosen (see on 22:14).

The “toiling” and “loading” which form the background to this invitation are not explained. They may be metaphors for the difficulties and pressures of life in general,28 but in 23:4 “heavy, cumbersome burdens on people’s shoulders” is a metaphor for the legal and ethical demands made by the scribes and Pharisees. The metaphor of a yoke, which in the OT commonly denoted social or political oppression (Gen 27:40; Exod 6:6–7; 1 Kgs 12:4–14; Isa 58:6, 9; Jer 28:2–14, etc.) and had a strongly pejorative sense, came to be used in later Jewish literature for the demands of the law upon people’s obedience, usually understood in a positive sense, an obligation freely accepted by “putting on the yoke of the Torah.” It is possible, then, that here we should understand the heavy burdens in the light of 23:4 as the unreasonable demands of the scribes with their excessive concern to regulate people’s behavior; cf. Acts 15:10, where the “yoke” is an unreasonable legal demand. But the wording in this passage does not make that application explicit, and a wider reference to life’s difficulties cannot be ruled out.[3]

Ver. 28.—Come (δεῦτε); ch. 4:19, note. There is less thought of the process of coming than in the very similar invitation in John 7:37. Unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden. The toilers and burdened (οἱ κοπιῶντες καὶ πεφορτισμένοι). Our Lord purposely did not define in what the toil and burden consisted; for he would include all, from whatever quarter their toil and burden came. But since the spiritual is the central part of man (ch. 5:3, note), the more that the toil or burden is felt there so much the stronger would our Lord’s reference to it be. He would therefore be inviting most especially those that toil in legal ways of righteousness (Rom. 10:2, 3), and are burdened under Pharisaic enactments (Luke 11:46). And I. Emphatic (κἀγώ). However others may treat you. Will give you rest (ἀναπαύσω ὑμᾶς). Not to be identified with the phrase in ver. 29 (see there). As contrasted with παύω (see Bishop Lightfoot, on Philem. 7 and on Ignat., ‘Eph.,’ § ii.), ἀναπαύω refers to temporary rather than permanent cessation from work, and it thus especially connotes refreshment of body and soul obtained through such rest. In conformity with this we find ἀνάπαυσις regularly used in the LXX as a translation of sabbathon (“Sabbath-keeping,” e.g. Exod. 16:23, for which σαββατισμός comes in Heb. 4:9 as an equivalent). The thought, therefore, here is not that those who come to Christ will have no more work, but that Christ will give them at once such rest and refreshment of soul that they may be fit for work, should God have any in store for them.[4]

28. Come to me all that labour. He now kindly invites to himself those whom he acknowledges to be fit for becoming his disciples. Though he is ready to reveal the Father to all, yet the greater part are careless about coming to him, because they are not affected by a conviction of their necessities. Hypocrites give themselves no concern about Christ, because they are intoxicated with their own righteousness, and neither hunger nor thirst (Matth. 5:6) for his grace. Those who are devoted to the world set no value on a heavenly life. It would be in vain, therefore, for Christ to invite either of these classes, and therefore he turns to the wretched and afflicted. He speaks of them as labouring, or groaning under a burden, and does not mean generally those who are oppressed with grief and vexations, but those who are overwhelmed by their sins, who are filled with alarm at the wrath of God, and are ready to sink under so weighty a burden. There are various methods, indeed, by which God humbles his elect; but as the greater part of those who are loaded with afflictions still remain obstinate and rebellious, Christ means by persons labouring and burdened, those whose consciences are distressed by their exposure to eternal death, and who are inwardly so pressed down by their miseries that they faint; for this very fainting prepares them for receiving his grace. He tells us that the reason why most men despise his grace is, that they are not sensible of their poverty; but that there is no reason why their pride or folly should keep back afflicted souls that long for relief.

Let us therefore bid adieu to all who, entangled by the snares of Satan, either are persuaded that they possess a righteousness out of Christ, or imagine that they are happy in this world. Let our miseries drive us to seek Christ; and as he admits none to the enjoyment of his rest but those who sink under the burden, let us learn, that there is no venom more deadly than that slothfulness which is produced in us, either by earthly happiness, or by a false and deceitful opinion of our own righteousness and virtue. Let each of us labour earnestly to arouse himself, first, by vigorously shaking off the luxuries of the world; and, secondly, by laying aside every false confidence. Now though this preparation for coming to Christ makes them as dead men, yet it ought to be observed, that it is the gift of the Holy Spirit, because it is the commencement of repentance, to which no man aspires in his own strength. Christ did not intend to show what man can do of himself, but only to inform us what must be the feelings of those who come to him.

They who limit the burden and the labour to ceremonies of the Law, take a very narrow view of Christ’s meaning. I do acknowledge, that the Law was intolerably burdensome, and overwhelmed the souls of worshippers; but we must bear in mind what I have said, that Christ stretches out his hand to all the afflicted, and thus lays down a distinction between his disciples and those who despise the Gospel. But we must attend to the universality of the expression; for Christ included all, without exception, who labour and are burdened, that no man may shut the gate against himself by wicked doubts. And yet all such persons are few in number; for, among the innumerable multitude of those that perish, few are aware that they are perishing. The relief which he promises consists in the free pardon of sins, which alone gives us peace.[5]

28. The last three verses of the chapter contain many echoes of the invitation of Jesus Ben Sira in the appendix to his wisdom book (Ecclus. 51:23–27; cf. also Ecclus. 6:24–31) to men to come and learn from him and take up wisdom’s yoke, so that they may find rest. No doubt Jesus and his hearers knew and valued this book, but Jesus’ invitation reveals a higher authority: it is his own yoke that he offers, and he himself gives the rest which Ben Sira had to win by his ‘little labours’.

Jesus issues his invitation to all who labour and are heavy laden. The last word is unusual, and reminds us of 23:4, where the scribes and Pharisees are accused of making the people carry ‘heavy burdens’ by their legalistic demands. Scribal religion was meant to honour God, but its effect was to condemn the ordinary Jew to hard labour. The rest Jesus offers instead is not a release from all obligations; 5:20 shows that his demands are greater. But because of who he is (v. 29), his demands are such that to respond to them is rest (‘relief’ would be an equally good translation). As with the beatitudes of 5:3–10, while there is an eschatological aspect to this promise (cf. the ‘rest’ of Heb. 4:1–10), to interpret it as wholly eschatological would deprive it of its practical value to those who are burdened by legalism. Even here and now discipleship to Jesus, for all its stern demands, is rest as compared with all human religion.[6]

Ver. 28. Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden.

The burdened directed to Christ:

  1. The persons whom our Lord here addresses. 1. As burdened with convictions of sin and the keen remorse of a wounded conscience. 2. That sinners under these circumstances labour to be released from their burden. (1) They resolve in their own strength to forsake their sins. (2) There are others who are ignorant of the righteousness of God, and go about to establish their own righteousness. (3) In looking to the mercy of God irrespective of Christ’s propitiatory sacrifice.
  2. Our Lord’s tender solicitude for the happiness of such. 1. The invitation is condescending. 2. It is extensive and unconditional.

III. The promise annexed. 1. Rest in your conscience from the dread of Divine wrath. 2. Rest in the will from its former corrupt propensities. 3. Heavenly rest for the people of God. (R May.)

Rest in Christ for the heavy-laden:

  1. What it is. “Rest,” not rest in sin, not rest from trouble. It is rest from sin—its guilt, misery, power. It is rest in trouble.
  2. Of whom is this blessing to be obtained. The conscious greatness these few simple words indicate. Have you ever tried to comfort a troubled heart? Beyond your power. It is the prerogative of Him who made the soul to give it rest. There is more power in Him to comfort than in the world to disquiet.

III. Who may obtain this rest from Him—“All that labour.” These words express the inward condition of man. We do indeed toil. Some weary themselves to work iniquity. The world has worn some of you out. The burden of affliction; guilt—our corruptions.

  1. How they who desire may obtain it—“Come.” 1. Literally, when lie was on earth. 2. Faith in operation. Hagar went to the well and drank, and was saved. Those who have found rest in Christ, remember where you found it. See on what easy terms we may find rest. Some know they are sinners, but are not weary of sin. (C. Bradley.)

Rest for the weary:—1. The promise is faithful. 2. It is a precious promise. 3. It is an appropriate promise. 4. It is one of present accomplishment. (D. Rees.)

The way of coming to Christ:—1. The most obvious is Christ historically taught. 2. Men seek to come to Him speculatively. Who can find out a being by a pure process of thought? 3. There are those who seek Christ by a sentimental and humanitarian method. This will not fire zeal. How then are men to come to Christ? Through a series of moral, practical endeavours to live the life which He has prescribed for us. (H. W. Beecher.)

Christ’s word to the weary:—There are three sorts of trouble. 1. There is head-trouble—to do what is right. 2. There is heart-trouble. The interior grief. 3. There is soul-trouble. Christ gives rest from these. (W. G. Barrett.)

A special invitation:—1. It is personal—“Come unto me.” God directs to Christ, not to His members. 2. It is present—“Come” now, do not wait. 3. So sweet an invitation demands a spontaneous acceptance. 4. He puts the matter very exclusively. Do nothing else but come to Him. Arguments which the Saviour used:—1. Because He is the appointed mediator—“All things are delivered unto me of My Father.” 2. Moreover the Father has given all things into His hands in the sense of government. 3. Christ is a well-furnished mediator—“All things are delivered unto Me.” He has all the sinner wants. 4. Come to Christ because He is an inconceivably great mediator. No man knows His fulness but the Father. 5. Because He is an infinitely wise Saviour. He understands both persons on whose behalf He mediates. 6. He is an indispensable mediator—“Neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son.” (C. H. Spurgeon.)

Invitation based on saving power:—In a previous verse our Lord had said, “All things are delivered unto me by My Father: meaning that all power is given unto Him for the instructing, ruling, and saving of mankind; from whence He infers those comfortable words in the text. I. A gracious invitation made by our Saviour. II. The persons invited. III. A promise of ease and benefit. IV. The way and manner of coming to Christ. V. A farther encouragement hereunto, from an inward sense and feeling of the promised rest. VI. A good reason to back and enforce it—“My yoke is easy.” (Matthew Hole.)

Ways of coming to Christ:—Coming to Christ and believing, are in Scripture used to signify one and the same thing. I. The first step in coming to Christ is by baptism. II. The next step is by prayer. III. A farther step is by repentance and confession of sin. IV. We are said to come to God by hearing His Word, and receiving instruction from Him. V. Also by receiving His Holy Supper: and—VI. By putting our whole trust and affiance in Him, relying upon Him for salvation, and placing all our hopes and confidence in His merits and satisfaction. (Ibid.)

Coming to Christ:—This implies three things.

  1. Absence: for what need is there of oar coming to Christ unless we are previously at a distance from Him? Such is the condition of every man. Naturally, all are without Christ as to saving influence; as to a proper knowledge of Him, love to Him, confidence in Him, and union and communion with Him.
  2. Accessibleness. We come to Him; we can find and approach Him. Not to His bodily presence. As man He is absent; as God He is still present. He said to His apostles, “Lo, I am with you always; even unto the end of the, world.”

III. Application. For this coming to Him is to deal with Him concerning the affairs of the soul of eternity. (W. Jay.)

Christ’s rest:

  1. A negative description. (1) Rest, not lethargy. A condition in which the powers of the soul are quickened, rendered alive to its capacities, duties, and privileges. (2) Rest, not inactivity. Release from weariness rather than from labour. (3) Rest, not confinement. Not isolation or routine. (4) Rest, not leisure. Not a brief season of relaxation, but a lasting state of peace and strength.
  2. A positive description. (1) Rest, that is, peace. Conscience is at ease. The mind is satisfied. The heart is filled with love. (2) Rest, that is, fearlessness. Not only is there present satisfaction, but assured confidence in the future. (3) Rest, that is, fortitude. The burden may not be removed, but Christ gives us such a temper that we are as happy with our burden as though we were without it. (4) Rest, that is, security. He shields us from every adverse power. He gives us ground for our confidence. (Stems and Twigs.)

Christ relieving us of natural burdens:—1. Spiritual burdens. 2. Mental burdens. 3. Providential burdens. 4. Physical burdens. (Bishop Simpson.)

Christianity lightens physical burdens:—Go to-day into heathen countries, into Mohammedan lands, and what do you find? The village on the hill top, the old walls, the spring down near the foot of the hill, the water carried by hand, the pitcher, the goat skin—just as it was in ancient times. The burden is borne by men upon their backs. Go to China, and travel from place to place. It is difficult, and oftentimes the traveller must be carried by men, and, if not by men, by a rude cart. When I was in Palestine, a year ago, there was only one wheeled vehicle in the whole territory, and that had been brought there by the Russian Embassy. Burdens were borne on the back, and in the simplest way. Turn to Christian lands, and what are they? See what you call civilization—that is, Christianity affecting the minds and occupations of men—how it works! How is this city of a million and a quarter supplied with water? A great engine pumps it up from the river; iron pipes carry it to every house. You turn the tap and have it in almost every room. There is no broken back or burdened frame carrying from some spring this water. Go into countries partly civilized, and you find a few public pumps or wells, and the multitudes go there. It is a mere physical thing, you say. Yes; but it is God working in the subjugation of nature to man’s comfort. Moreover, you turn these taps in your room without thinking of it; and yet you have here a proof that God is taking care of the labour-burdened, and ought to remember how Christ has said, “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Go out into the fields. What was the old way? Men, bowed down in the heat of an August sun, took the sickle in hand, and tried to reap the harvest. Now the reaping-machine, drawn by horses, moves into the field, throws out its bound-up sheaves without human toil: and the harvest is gathered without man being bowed down to the earth. What is it? “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Go into the house: long ago, needlewomen, from early morn until night, and late into the night, stitched carefully, slowly, regularly, on their endless task. Now look at the sewing-machine, and see the amount of work that can be done without, comparatively speaking, human toil. Turn your eyes over to this light, and whence comes it, and how? Look at the little lamp of old, with its lard and wick, then the tallow candle; and now, wandering through all these pipes, comes this air or gas to be lighted, and what a change in human labour! From the darkness, from the atmosphere around us, men are gathering this electric fluid, and throwing light over the darkest of streets and alleys of your city, and thus enabling thousands of men to work as by daylight in your manufactories. What a change in human labour! There must still be labour, but it is not to be of that toilsome character that it once was. (Bishop Simpson.) It is not a local coming to Christ, which is now impossible, but a movement of heart and mind to Him.

  1. The class of persons that our Saviour wan supposed to have in view. 1. Such as were laden with the burden of ceremonial obedience. The observances of Christianity were few and simple, neither occupying much time, nor incurring much expense. They recommended themselves by their significance and force. 2. Such as are oppressed and burdened with a sense of guilt. 3. Such as are endeavouring to erect an edifice of righteousness out of their own performances. 4. Those who are overwhelmed with worldly calamities—the victims of worldly sorrow. 5. Those who are engaged in a restless, uncertain pursuit after felicity in the present state. 6. Those who are heavy laden by speculative pursuits in matters of religion. (Robert Hall, M.A.)

A word in season to the weary:—Causes of weariness. 1. Wounded affections. 2. The disappointment of our desires. 3. Vacancy of mind and the sense of monotony. 4. The load of a guilty conscience is fatiguing. 5. The burden of earnest thought and noble endeavour. (E. Johnson, M.A.)

Desire outruns faculty and causes weariness:—The result would be something monstrous if their energies and abilities grew as fast as their aspirations or their ambitions. As the eye carries the mind in the flash of a moment over a space of country which it would require hours to traverse in the body, so the hot speed of human Desire outruns our slow and pausing faculties. And this a great cause of fatigue; we cannot keep up with ourselves; one part of our nature lags behind another. Or, no sooner is the goal which we had thought a fixed one reached, than another starts up in the new distance, and Desire is still goading us on, refusing us rest. (Ibid.)

Rest not found in mere ceremonial observances:—Both the Wesleys, and Whitefield also, fell for a time into the same mistake. In their endeavours to obtain peace of conscience, in addition to attending every ordinary service of the church, they received the sacrament every Sunday, fasted every Wednesday and Friday, retired regularly every morning and evening for meditation and prayer; they wore the coarsest garments, partook of the coarsest fare, visited the sick, taught the ignorant, ministered to the wants of the needy; and, that he might have more to give away, John Wesley even for a time went barefoot. And yet, with all this, they did not obtain the peace for which their souls craved. (R. A. Bertram.)

The reality of rest:—“Come,” saith Christ, “and I will give you rest.” I will not show you rest, nor barely tell you of rest, but I will give you rest. I am faithfulness itself, and cannot lie, I will give you rest. I that have the greatest power to give it, the greatest will to give it, the greatest right to give it, come, laden sinners, and I will give you rest. Rest is the most desirable good, the most suitable good, and to you the greatest good. Come, saith Christ—that is, believe in Me, and I will give you rest; I will give you peace with God, and peace with conscience: I will turn your storm into an everlasting calm; I will give you such rest, that the world can neither give to you nor take from you. (Thomas Brooks.)

Rest only in God:—Lord, Thou madest us for Thyself, and we can find no rest till we find rest in Thee! (Augustine.)

The weary welcome to rest:—A poor English girl, in Miss Leigh’s home in Paris, ill in body and hopeless in spirit, was greatly affected by hearing some children singing, “I heard the voice of Jesus say.” When they came to the words, “weary, and worn, and sad,” she moaned, “That’s me! That’s me! What did He do? Fill it up, fill it up!” She never rested until she had heard the whole of the hymn which tells how Jesus gives rest to such. By-and-by she asked, “Is that true?” On being answered, “Yes,” she asked, “Have you come to Jesus? Has He given you rest?” “He has.” Raising herself, she asked, “Do you mind my coming very close to you? May be it would be easier to go to Jesus with one who has been before than to go to Him alone.” So saying, she nestled her head on the shoulder of her who watched, and clutching her as one in the agony of death, she murmured, “Now, try and take me with you to Jesus.” (The Sunday at Home.)

Rest for all:—There are many heads resting on Christ’s bosom, but there’s room for yours there. (Samuel Rutherford.)

Rest not inaction:—It is not the lake locked in ice that suggests repose, but the river moving on calmly and rapidly, in silent majesty and strength. It is not the cattle lying in the sun, but the eagle cleaving the air with fixed pinions, that gives you the idea of repose with strength and motion. In creation, the rest of God is exhibited as a sense of power which nothing wearies. When chaos burst into harmony, so to speak, God had rest. (F. W. Robertson.)

Rest in trouble:—I say that men want rest from their troubles, and that the only worthy rest is rest in our trouble. We have our first real impression of what toil is, when we begin, as an apprentice, to learn some trade. Our first real impression of toil brings the first real desire for rest. But all the rest the young man thinks of is the rest of laying down his tools, and leaving the workshop or the warehouse to spend the evening in manly sports. He has no thought yet of that higher rest, which will come, by-and-by, out of skill and facility in the use of tools. (R. Tuck, B.A.)

Resting on the Bible:—In Newport church, in the Isle of Wight, lies buried the Princess Elizabeth (daughter of Charles the First). A marble monument, erected by our Queen Victoria, records in a touching way the manner of her death. She languished in Carisbrook Castle during the wars of the Commonwealth—a prisoner, alone, and separated from all the companions of her youth, tilt death set her free. She was found dead one day, with her head leaning on her Bible, and the Bible open at the words, “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The monument in Newport church records this fact. It consists of a female figure reclining her head on a marble book, with our text engraven on the book. Think, my brethren, what a sermon in stone that monument preaches. Think what a standing memorial it affords of the utter inability of rank and high birth to confer certain happiness. Think what a testimony it bears to the lesson before you this day—the mighty lesson that there is no true rest for any one excepting in Christ. Happy will it be for your soul if that lesson is never forgotten.[7]

28 Jesus has previously given an invitation to discipleship with the words δεῦτε ὀπίσω μου, “come after me” (4:19), but only here in all the NT is the direct invitation δεῦτε πρός με, “come to me,” found. Jesus furthermore here continues to call πάντες, “all,” thus including Israel, to himself. The invitation “come to me” is spoken by personified Wisdom several times in Sirach (24:19, 51:23). Sir 51:23–27 (cf. too Sir 6:23–31) serves as a particularly promising background for the present passage. Direct dependence, though probable, cannot be proved. (On the alternative theory of Davies-Allison, arguing for dependence on Exod 33:12–14, see the concluding Comment on v 27 above.) After the initial invitation “draw near to me,” Sirach exhorts his readers to “put your neck under the yoke” (51:26) and notes that after laboring “little” one may find “much rest” (51:27). Jesus thus speaks here in the way that Wisdom was regarded as speaking (rightly Suggs, Wisdom, 106–7), and we have here another important element in wisdom Christology (cf. on 11:19b; see too 23:34), where the Christ is identified with the Wisdom that existed with God from the beginning (cf. Prov 8:1–21, 32–36; 9:4–6). The invitation of Jesus is offered in particular to οἱ κοπιῶντες καὶ πεφορτισμένοι, “those who are laboring and bearing burdens.” These are not the disciples of Jesus (pace Stanton) but those who are not yet his disciples (rightly Deutsch, Hidden Wisdom; Davies-Allison). From the context that follows (see v 29) with its reference to “the yoke,” the reader naturally assumes that this refers to those who are burdened with the effort to obey the law and in this way to arrive at the goal of righteousness (cf. Sir 6:25). It was, however, not the law itself that was burdensome (the law instead was the delight of the pious Israelite; cf. Ps 119 passim) but rather the overwhelming nomism of the Pharisees. The tremendous burden of the minutiae of their oral law fits the description especially well (cf. 23:4: “They bind heavy burdens [φορτία], hard to bear, and lay them on peoples’ shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger”). The Pharisees spoke of 613 commandments, and their hălākôt (“rulings”) involved a complicated casuistry. Jesus appeals particularly to the Pharisaic scribes, the Pharisees and their disciples. Jesus promises to give rest to those who come to him and thus speaks not only as Wisdom does (cf. Sir 6:28; 51:27) but as Yahweh does to Moses in Exod 33:14: “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Astonishingly Jesus calls people in the first instance to himself and only subsequently to the yoke of discipleship. It is moreover he, rather than God, who gives rest. Jesus stands not only in the place of Wisdom and truth but even in the place of Yahweh. ἀναπαύσω, “I will give you rest,” connotes here a refreshing and a fulfillment, and thus anticipates messianic or eschatological blessing (on the present experience of the eschatological sabbath, cf. Heb 4:1–11; see Bacchiocchi).[8]

11:28 “Come unto Me” Notice the emphasis was on personal relationship, not on doctrinal content or ritual only. This same truth was repeated often in the Gospel of John.

“weary” This is a PRESENT ACTIVE PARTICIPLE. The terms in this verse describe heavy labor. They are synonymous.

“heavy-laden” This is a PERFECT PASSIVE PARTICIPLE. These two terms related to the heavy obligations of rabbinical Judaism (cf. Acts 15:10). This same idea was expressed by the Hebrew idiom “yoke” (cf. vv. 29, 30; Matt. 23:4). This was also used metaphorically for the oral tradition of the Jews (Talmud) which had become such a burden that it separated mankind from God rather than bringing them to Him. Judaism had become a barrier instead of a bridge! (Be careful, church!)

“I will give you rest” This is an emphatic grammatical construction. Jesus was saying, “I, myself, will lead you into rest.” “Rest” did not refer to perpetual inactivity but to a time of refreshment and training so as to move out into useful service for Christ.[9]

11:28 Come. To come means to believe (Acts 16:31); to receive (John 1:12); to eat (John 6:35); to drink (John 7:37); to look (Isa. 45:22); to confess (1 Jn. 4:2); to hear (John 5:24, 25); to enter a door (John 10:9); to open a door (Rev. 3:20); to touch the hem of His garment (Matt. 9:20, 21); and to accept the gift of eternal life through Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23).

to Me. The object of faith is not a church, a creed, or a clergyman, but the living Christ. Salvation is in a Person. Those who have Jesus are as saved as God can make them.

all you who labor and are heavy laden. In order to truly come to Jesus, a person must admit that he is burdened with the weight of sin. Only those who acknowledge they are lost can be saved. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is preceded by repentance toward God.

and I will give you rest. Notice that rest here is a gift; it is unearned and unmerited. This is the rest of salvation that comes from realizing that Christ finished the work of redemption on Calvary’s cross. It is the rest of conscience that follows the realization that the penalty of one’s sins has been paid once for all and that God will not demand payment twice.[10]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 2, pp. 274–276). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, pp. 321–322). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (pp. 447–448). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St. Matthew (Vol. 1, pp. 450–451). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 2, pp. 42–44). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[6] France, R. T. (1985). Matthew: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 1, pp. 203–204). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[7] Exell, J. S. (1952). The Biblical Illustrator: Matthew (pp. 222–225). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[8] Hagner, D. A. (1993). Matthew 1–13 (Vol. 33A, p. 323). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[9] Utley, R. J. (2000). The First Christian Primer: Matthew (Vol. Volume 9, p. 102). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[10] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1246). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

April 29, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered meat-processing plants to stay
open to protect the food supply in the United States, despite concerns
about coronavirus outbreaks, drawing a backlash from unions that said
at-risk workers required more protection.

The United States has reported more than a million coronavirus infections
only because of its testing, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday,
hailing the effort as being “much better than any other country in the

Two of the most popular Democrats, Senator Elizabeth Warren and
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said on Tuesday they would
introduce legislation to stop many mergers while the United States
struggles economically during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Senate Democrats unveiled legislation on Wednesday requiring the
Pentagon to name a civilian officer to oversee the nation’s supply and
production of medical supplies and equipment needed to combat the spread of
the new coronavirus.

Gross domestic product declined at a 4.8% annualized rate last quarter,
weighed down by sharp decreases in consumer spending and a drawdown of
inventory at businesses. That was the steepest pace of contraction in GDP
since the fourth quarter of 2008.

Satellite imagery showing recent movements of luxury boats often used by
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his entourage near Wonsan provide
further indications he has been at the coastal resort, according to experts
who monitor the reclusive regime.

A mosque in the western German city of Wuppertal is delivering meals to
elderly Muslims unable to break the fast with their families due to
lockdown as well as to non-Muslims struggling to make ends meet.

The Japanese government is planning to extend the state of emergency over
the new coronavirus pandemic by about one month for the entire country, the
Nikkei business daily reported.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that the Tokyo
Olympics could not take place next year unless the coronavirus pandemic is
contained, as the city’s governor called for an extension of the nationwide
state of emergency.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday was preparing to unveil his plan
for loosening restrictions on business activity in one of the most populous
states in the United States as data showed the economy contracted 4.8% in
the first three months due to the shutdowns aimed at battling the

The U.S. insurance industry is promoting the idea of an insurance plan
backed by the federal government that would help businesses that in the
future suffer losses from a pandemic, people familiar with the effort told

Amazon.com has bought cameras to take temperatures of workers during the
coronavirus pandemic from a firm the US blacklisted over allegations it
helped China detain and monitor the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities,
three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Oil prices jumped on Wednesday after U.S. stockpiles rose less than
expected and gasoline stocks fell, with support also coming from hopes that
demand will improve as some European countries and U.S. cities moved to
ease coronavirus lockdowns.

Boeing said on Wednesday it would cut its workforce by about 10%, further
reduce 787 Dreamliner production and try to boost liquidity as the
coronavirus pandemic drove the plane maker to a net loss for the second
straight quarter.

AP Top Stories

Libya’s renegade field marshal Khalifa Haftar was accused of carrying out a
coup after he declared the agreement that created a post-Gaddafi government
a “thing of the past” and said he was placing eastern parts of the country
under direct military rule. In a televised address broadcast late on Monday
night, Gen Haftar said his self-styled Libyan National Army was proud
“proud to be mandated with the historic task” of leading Libya and would
soon set about setting up state institutions to do so.

A US government panel on Tuesday called for India to be put on a religious
freedom blacklist over a “drastic” downturn under Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, triggering a sharp rebuttal from New Delhi.

American companies making crucial goods like ventilators, face masks and
military equipment are unable to get parts and materials they need because
the Mexican government has shuttered hundreds of factories and is refusing
to reopen them during the pandemic.

A Palestinian teenager stabbed an Israeli woman on Tuesday before being
shot and wounded by a bystander, Israeli police said. Israel has seen a
series of shootings, stabbings and car-ramming attacks in recent years,
mostly carried out by lone attackers with no apparent links to armed
groups. Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups have praised the
attacks but have not claimed them.

Dozens of beef, chicken and pork processing and packing plants have shut
down across the nation as COVID-19 infections soar among workers. More
plants are on the verge of closing on account of sick workers or facilities
that need to be sanitized. Left with few buyers for their animals, farmers
have begun to kill and dispose of healthy livestock while they wait for
slaughterhouses to reopen. There will continue to be plenty of meat in
grocery stores until the stock of stored frozen foods is depleted sometime
in May – unless, of course, people panic about the potential shortage and
start hoarding.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threw his weight behind Turkey’s
top Muslim cleric, who caused a storm by claiming homosexuality “brings
disease and causes this generation to decay.”

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said on Tuesday that business travel
could take more than five years to return to 2019 levels, as the airline
reported its first quarterly loss since 2011 amid an “unprecedented” and
“breathtaking” crisis for the global airline industry.


Swiss authorities say it is now safe for children under the age of 10 to
hug their grandparents, in a revision to official advice on coronavirus.
The health ministry’s infectious diseases chief Daniel Koch said scientists
had concluded that young children did not transmit the virus. However, he
said such meetings should be brief and not involve babysitting.

The US House of Representatives will not reconvene next week following a
revolt from lawmakers who complained that it was too soon to return. On
Monday, members were told to return to the Democratic-controlled chamber.
However, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday the plan was
scrapped after consulting the House doctor.

More than 20 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last few weeks
and for many that also means losing health insurance.

On 29 April 1770, explorer James Cook arrived in Australia. He would later
claim the region for the British crown. But celebrations in Australia for
the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyage have been a muted affair.
This is mainly down to the coronavirus lockdown but there is also
significant unease over marking the “discovery” of a land already inhabited
for millennia.

A Nigerian woman put up for sale on Facebook in Lebanon has been rescued –
days after a man suspected of involvement in the advert was arrested. The
advert caused an outcry in Nigeria.

A Kenyan court has upheld the ban on an award-winning film about a lesbian
love story.

India has said millions of people stranded by a nationwide lockdown can now
return to their home states. A notice issued by the home ministry says
people will need to be screened for symptoms at both source and
destination, and be quarantined. However, the movement of people will be
only possible through state government facilitation, which means people
cannot attempt to cross borders on their own.


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple colleges are still committed to hiring
administrators for diversity initiatives on campus. This comes as thousands
of universities around the country collect billions of dollars in bailout
money from American taxpayers.

While private schools with billion-dollar endowments bicker with
politicians over coronavirus relief funding, Franciscan University of
Steubenville, a small Catholic university in eastern Ohio, is offering a
semester of free tuition for all new students.

1,895 U.S. citizens over the age of 18 were surveyed earlier this month,
and 72% said they expect to reach a “breaking point” by mid-June if
stay-at-home orders aren’t lifted. In fact, 100% of respondents said they
would snap if this all lasts for longer than six months.

With staff wearing masks, checking customers’ temperatures and using
disposable paper place mats, some of the nation’s restaurants reopened for
dine-in service Monday as states loosened more coronavirus restrictions.
But many eateries remained closed amid safety concerns and community

The Chinese Communist Party is using the shift to online learning spurred
by the coronavirus pandemic to increase its influence over American school

Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 29, 2020

The Foundation

“With reference either to individual, or National Welfare, Agriculture is of primary importance. In proportion as Nations advance in population, and other circumstances of maturity, this truth becomes more apparent; and renders the cultivation of the Soil more and more, an object of public patronage.” —George Washington (1796)

Interruptions of Food Supply Have Cascading Effects

Millions get a firsthand look at why heavy-handed, regulation-happy Big Government is bad.

Endorsements, Coverage of Biden Reveal Damning Hypocrisy

Former “believe all women” proponents are lining up behind the Democrat presidential candidate.

Lawsuits May Prove COVID Isn’t the Only Pandemic

Businesses that reopen need a measure of protection from liability lawsuits.

New Filings Show FBI Set Up Michael Flynn

A secret side deal reveals that Mueller prosecutors pressured Flynn into his guilty plea.

SCOTUS Balks at Chance to Reinforce 2A Protections

Justices dismiss Second Amendment case against New York after sly modification.

Thank You, Mr. President?

Another Democrat praised President Donald Trump. She now faces censure.

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US to recognise annexation of occupied West Bank, Jordan Valley

PA “foreign ministry”: US willingness to accept Israeli sovereignty is “an extension of the US bias” in favor of Israel

Up against the clock and the constitution, new coalition is far from a done deal

Lapid Offers to Back Netanyahu in Canceling Rotation Deal With Gantz

Blue and White tells High Court indicted Netanyahu should be PM

High Court to hear petitions next week against Netanyahu becoming PM

Lighting torch at Independence Day ceremony, Gantz issues call for unity

Nationwide curfew goes into effect for Independence Day

Yair Netanyahu slams ‘evil globalist’ EU for backing coexistence program

Appearing to confirm Syria airstrike, Bennett says IDF will keep fighting Iran

Bomb Blast Kills 40 People in Syria’s Afrin

Thousands Of Migrants Head Back To Venezuela To Flee Colombia’s COVID-19 Lockdown

US coronavirus cases surpass 1 million and the death toll is greater than US losses in Vietnam War

Mideast Economies Take Big Hit With Oil Price Crash

Man dies after Lebanon economic protest turns violent

France investigating car-ramming that injured 3 cops as terror attack

Coronavirus Widens Europe’s North-South Economic Divide

Brazilian foreign minister compares social distancing to concentration camps

Dr. Fauci Backed Controversial Wuhan Lab with Millions of U.S. Dollars for Risky Coronavirus Research

Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history

Losing It: 72% Of Locked-Down Americans Say They’ll Reach ‘Breaking Point’ By Mid-June

Exasperation Grows Over Delays Trying To Sign Up For Unemployment, ‘People Have No Food, People Are Talking About Suicide’

Piglets aborted, chickens gassed as pandemic slams meat sector

Trump to invoke Defense Production Act to keep meat-processing plants open amid fears of supply shortage

Coronavirus Relief Often Pays Workers More Than Work

Coronavirus may deal the final blow to Social Security and Medicare

The Lakers Got Federal Aid and Your Corner Shop Didn’t

Mnuchin Says Big Companies Should Apologize for Taking Small Business Loans

Mnuchin Says No Bailout for States With Badly Managed Budgets

The US will need to spend trillions more as economy takes until 2022 to fully recover: CNBC survey

Pelosi: A Minimum Guaranteed Income May Now Be ‘Worthy of Our Attention’

Pelosi to Trump: Ice cream in freezer is ‘better than having Lysol in somebody’s lungs’

Reversing course, House won’t return to D.C. next week because of coronavirus threat

JetBlue, Delta seek U.S. OK to suspend flights to 25 U.S. airports

JetBlue becomes first US airline to require passenger face coverings

US considering coronavirus testing on some international flights

Pandemic Passports And The Danger Of Immuno-Discrimination

Germany flips on smartphone contact tracing, backs Apple and Google

Masks, temperature checks mark ‘new normal’ at restaurants

Thermal imaging cameras could play “critical role” in keeping people safe from COVID-19

UPS to deliver medicine by drone to large Florida retirement community

CDC recommends social distancing for pets after some test positive for coronavirus

Coronavirus has ‘exposed every fracture’ in US workplace safety, top labor union leaders say

Mitch McConnell Wants to Shield Companies From Liability in Coronavirus-Related Suits

New York Will Have Coronavirus ‘Circuit Breaker’ in Place as Economies Reopen

California urgent care doctor questions stay-at-home orders: ‘You can get to herd immunity without a vaccine’

YouTube removed the viral video of frontline doctors calling for an end to quarantine and comparing COVID-19 to the flu

Tucker rips YouTube for pulling ‘problematic’ coronavirus video: ‘Censorship never is about science’

New York City ER doc on frontline of COVID-19 battle explains why America should reopen immediately

Brit Hume: Why the Case for National Lockdown Is Getting ‘Weaker and Weaker’

Pope’s call for ‘obedience’ on Mass restrictions both pastoral and political

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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

April 29 The Greater Works

John 14:12

He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

It is exciting to me to understand what begins to happen as we pray. It’s not that we pray in order that we might do the work. Take another look at the verse: “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do.” If you ask anything in His name, He will do it.

That is no small distinction! Sometimes Christians get weary because we forget. We think God wants us to do His work for Him. That will make you tired very, very quickly. You can’t do it! I can’t do it! Our legs are too short to run with God! What Jesus is saying is this: When we pray, God is going to do His work through us, and we will be channels for His work.

I remember hearing about a preacher who said he could build a great church even if there was no God. I’m not sure that’s a compliment. Sometimes we do commendable, praiseworthy things in the energy of our flesh. But when God begins to do the work through us, it is an entirely different proposition altogether. Incredible things begin to happen.[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 124). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

April 29 Life-Changing Moments With God

Consider what great things He has done for you.

Lord, my God, I shall remember that You have led me all the way these many years in the wilderness, to humble me and test me, to know what was in my heart, whether I would keep Your commandments or not. I should know in my heart that as a man chastens his son, so You, Lord God, chasten me.

I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You, Lord, have chastened me severely, but You have not given me over to death. You have not dealt with me according to my sins, nor punished me according to my iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is Your mercy toward those like me who fear You. You know my frame; You remember that I am dust.

Great are the things You have done for me—

even in the wilderness! I praise You, heavenly Father,

for Your love and faithfulness.

1 Samuel 12:24; Deuteronomy 8:2, 5; Psalm 119:75, 71, 67; Psalm 118:18; Psalm 103:10–11, 14[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 132). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 29 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me

Isa. 49:23

Quiet waiting before God would save from many a mistake and from many a sorrow.

J. Hudson Taylor[1]


[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

16 Truths You Should Know: God Created the Universe – Rebecca Writes

“In the beginning,” the Bible begins, “God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).” God’s message to us starts with this truth: The universe exists because he made it.

Out of Nothing at His Command 

Nothing at all existed (except God himself, of course), and out of that nothingness, God made everything. As he worked, what was not began to be (Rom. 4:17). Latin-loving theologians call this creation ex nihilo—or “creation from nothing.” God created the universe and everything in it out of nothing.

And he made it all by simply calling things into existence. “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,” the psalmist wrote, “and by the breath of his mouth all their host. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Ps. 33:6, 9). God said, “Let there be”—and there were. Theologians have a Latin term for this aspect of creation, too. They say God created by fiat, which simply means that he created “by command.” He commanded the universe to come into existence, and in response, the universe came.

If you can’t wrap your mind around something coming from nothing in answer to God’s call, you’re in good company. J. I. Packer writes, “To say that [God] created “out of nothing” is to confess the mystery, not explain it.”1 How could we explain it? We create—if we can call it that—by rearranging and reshaping material that already exists. We brush paint on canvas to make pictures, or cut fabric and sew it to make quilts, or saw wood and join it to make boxes or furniture. But we can’t create from nothing, nor can we create by commanding something to exist.

But God can and he did. He commanded and everything came to be—the heavens and all the heavenly bodies, and the earth with all its plants and creatures (Ps. 148:1–12).

Undergirding God’s creative act was his independent will (Revelation 4:11). He chose to make the world, not because of any need he had (Acts 17:25), but because he had a purpose to accomplish in it. He wanted to show his own glory through the things he made (Romans 11:36; Psalm 19:1). 

One Triune Creator

The creation story leaves room for only one God—the God who created everything. What we don’t know from Genesis (although there are hints in the creation account), is that the one God who created the universe exists as Trinity. Later in scripture, we’ll learn that all three persons of the Trinity were active in creation. For instance, 1 Corinthians 8:6 teaches that all things exist from the Father and through the Lord Jesus Christ. And the Spirit? Job 33:4 says he made us and gave us life.

All three persons of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Spirit—worked together to create the universe. They were not independent from each other, but, writes Louis Berkhof, “the whole work … is ascribed to each one of the three persons.We don’t know exactly how this cooperation worked, but we can say that creation is from the Father, through the Son, and in the Spirit.3

He Rules the Universe

God created everything, so he owns everything. All creation and all creatures belong to him, and he rules over them. “[W]e should not be surprised to find [God] sovereign over what he has made,” says Mark Dever in a sermon on the book of Genesis. “The author of all has authority over all.4

One way God rules the universe is by unfolding its history according to his plan. He accomplishes his will through every event and every circumstance everywhere in creation throughout all time.

He also governs creation by sustaining it and providing for the creatures in it. The universe only continues to exist because God continues to uphold it (Hebrews 1:3). Creatures continue to eat only because God feeds them. Creation is completely dependent on God who created it.

And as the creator and ruler of the universe, God defines the things He made. He sets their limits, and assigns their duties. Creatures don’t define themselves, but are what God their creator, owner, and ruler says they are. He determines their proper place and their rightful purpose in His creation.

He Rules Us

Our proper place as human creatures is under God’s rule. Our rightful purpose is to glorify him by worshipping him alone and doing what he commands. Understanding and accepting our place and purpose as creatures keeps us setting ourselves up as our own rulers or gods, and makes us willing servants of the God who made us. 
We can glorify God and fulfill our purpose as his creatures by

  • acknowledging our dependence on him and trusting him to provide for us.
  • thanking him for all his material gifts to us. After he created the material world, he pronounced it good, so we should see it as good, too. We should receive God’s earthly blessings with thanksgiving.
  • finding our fulfillment in him. We were made for him, so we should be focused on him.
  • observing the glory of God as it is proclaimed in the universe he made. To quote D. A. Carson: “The more we know about the created order—its vastness, its complexity, its physics … the more our response ought to be adoration and genuine awe.”5

1Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs by J. I. Packer, p. 21.
2Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof, p. 129.
3Berkhof, p. 129, although Berkhof uses the words out of instead of from in regards to the Father.
4The Message of the Old Testament by Mark Dever, page 71. 
5The God Who Is There by D. A. Carson, p. 21.

Previous post in this series:

  1. 16 Truths You Should Know: God Has Spoken
  2. 16 Truths You Should Know: God Is One and God Is Three
  3. 16 Truths You Should Know: God Is Who He Is
  4. 16 Truths You Should Know: God Has a Plan
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