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Deadly “Murder Hornet” Swarms Arrive In North America | ZeroHedge News

We nearly sprayed Red Bull all over our screens last night when we stumbled across a New York Times story with the headline “‘Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet”.

Americans who were alive all the way back in the late 1990s (as well as the mid-2010s) probably recall the panic that erupted over the rise of the ‘africanized’ honeybee. The hyper-aggressive bees were reportedly wreaking havoc in South America while moving inexorably northward toward Texas.

Whatever happened next, nobody really remembers: the bees apparently gave up, or joined the Wu Tang Clan. We’re not really sure.

But as North America and South America struggle to suppress SARS-CoV-2, it appears a new breed of ‘killer bee’ has arrived – this time from Asia (Japan, to be exact).

The Asian Giant Hornet – the Murder Hornet’s government name – is much larger and significantly more aggressive than its North American cousins. Queens can grow to be more than 2 inches wide. And the soldiers posses powerful venomous stingers. Only a handful of the bees have been officially cited in North America over the last year. But several reports of beehives being ‘plundered’ suggest swarms of the hornets might be active in the US.

One beekeeper who went to check on his hive one day only to find the entire colony had been brutally murdered. The heads of the soldiers had been seemingly twisted off their thoraxes and left behind as evidence of the attack. The beekeeper was stunned. In his decades of experience, he had never seen anything like it.

There was only one likely explanation.

In his decades of beekeeping, Ted McFall had never seen anything like it.

As he pulled his truck up to check on a group of hives near Custer, Wash., in November, he could spot from the window a mess of bee carcasses on the ground. As he looked closer, he saw a pile of dead members of the colony in front of a hive and more carnage inside – thousands and thousands of bees with their heads torn from their bodies and no sign of a culprit.

“I couldn’t wrap my head around what could have done that,” Mr. McFall said.

Only later did he come to suspect that the killer was what some researchers simply call the “murder hornet.”

Since the attack, scientists in the US have begun a full-scale search for any evidence of murder hornets. Should the invasive species be allowed to populate, the risks to our ecosystem are surprisingly high. Murder bees could wipe out the population of most North American honeybees.

For people who don’t understand how nature works, this NYT story explains how bees are essentially the foundation of the food supply chain because they help pollinate crops.

Since two Murder Hornets were discovered in Washington State not far from the ravaged hive, scientists are starting their search in the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. McFall still is not certain that Asian giant hornets were responsible for the plunder of his hive. But two of the predatory insects were discovered last fall in the northwest corner of Washington State, a few miles north of his property — the first sightings in the United States.
Scientists have since embarked on a full-scale hunt for the hornets, worried that the invaders could decimate bee populations in the United States and establish such a deep presence that all hope for eradication could be lost.

“This is our window to keep it from establishing,” said Chris Looney, an entomologist at the Washington State Department of Agriculture. “If we can’t do it in the next couple of years, it probably can’t be done.”

The NYT describes the hornet’s distinctive look as resembling a caricature of Spider-Man’s mask.

Beyond its size, the hornet has a distinctive look, with a cartoonishly fierce face featuring teardrop eyes like Spider-Man, orange and black stripes that extend down its body like a tiger, and broad, wispy wings like a small dragonfly.

Mr. Kornelis contacted the state, which came out to confirm that it was indeed an Asian giant hornet. Soon after, they learned that a local beekeeper in the area had also found one of the hornets.

Dr. Looney said it was immediately clear that the state faced a serious problem, but with only two insects in hand and winter coming on, it was nearly impossible to determine how much the hornet had already made itself at home.

Over the winter, state agriculture biologists and local beekeepers got to work, preparing for the coming season. Ruthie Danielsen, a beekeeper who has helped organize her peers to combat the hornet, unfurled a map across the hood of her vehicle, noting the places across Whatcom County where beekeepers have placed traps.

“Most people are scared to get stung by them,” Ms. Danielsen said. “We’re scared that they are going to totally destroy our hives.”

Wildlife officials in Vancouver assigned a local beekeeper the task of exterminating a hive of murder hornets discovered on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The keeper tried to sneak up on the hive at night, when all the bees would be home. But he made a grave error that triggered what could have been a fatal assault.

Crews were able to track down the hive on Vancouver Island. Conrad Bérubé, a beekeeper and entomologist in the town of Nanaimo, was assigned to exterminate it.

He set out at night, when the hornets would be in their nest. He put on shorts and thick sweatpants, then his bee suit. He donned Kevlar braces on his ankles and wrists.

But as he approached the hive, he said, the rustling of the brush and the shine of his flashlight awakened the colony. Before he had a chance to douse the nest with carbon dioxide, he felt the first searing stabs in his leg — through the bee suit and underlying sweatpants.

“It was like having red-hot thumbtacks being driven into my flesh,” he said. He ended up getting stung at least seven times, some of the stings drawing blood.

Fortunately, the brave keeper was able to eliminate the colony, but not without suffering through the most painful mission of his career.

Jun-ichi Takahashi, a researcher at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan, said the species had earned the “murder hornet” nickname there because its aggressive group attacks can expose victims to doses of toxic venom equivalent to that of a venomous snake; a series of stings can be fatal.

The night he got stung, Mr. Bérubé still managed to eliminate the nest and collect samples, but the next day, his legs were aching, as if he had the flu. Of the thousands of times he has been stung in his lifetime of work, he said, the Asian giant hornet stings were the most painful.

The mild temperatures of moist woods of Washington State present an ideal habitat for the ‘Murder Bees’ to breed. Entomologists have been setting traps in heavily wooded areas in hopes of catching a Queen looking for an ideal location to start a colony. So far, they haven’t had any luck – which is unfortunate since genetic testing has determined that there have likely been at least two “introductions” – ie established hives” – in the Pacific Northwest.

A genetic examination, concluded over the past few weeks, determined that the nest in Nanaimo and the hornet near Blaine were not connected, said Telissa Wilson, a state pest biologist, meaning there had probably been at least two different introductions in the region.

Dr. Looney went out on a recent day in Blaine, carrying clear jugs that had been made into makeshift traps; typical wasp and bee traps available for purchase have holes too small for the Asian giant hornet. He filled some with orange juice mixed with rice wine, others had kefir mixed with water, and a third batch was filled with some experimental lures — all with the hope of catching a queen emerging to look for a place to build a nest.

He hung them from trees, geo-tagging each location with his phone.

In a region with extensive wooded habitats for hornets to establish homes, the task of finding and eliminating them is daunting. How to find dens that may be hidden underground? And where to look, given that one of the queens can fly many miles a day, at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour?

We suspect the newfound interest in these scientists’ work will hopefully drive more resources their way, since most Americans (correctly) see the bugs as the stuff of nightmares.

Sometimes, reality can be just as funny as comedy.

Tyler Durden Sun, 05/03/2020 – 12:45

Source: Deadly “Murder Hornet” Swarms Arrive In North America

BOOM! Maria Bartiromo NAILS Lindsey Graham for LYING TO AMERICAN PUBLIC About Calling in Deep State Criminals to Testify (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On May 1, 2019 Lindsey Graham, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, promised investigations on how the Mueller probe started.

He made the the comments during testimony by US Attorney General Bill Barr in front of the US Senate.

But Lindsey Graham lied.
Lindsey Graham is a fraud.

Lindsey Graham has scheduled NO COMMITTEE HEARINGS on Deep State, FBI, CIA, Spygate, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, Mueller, Stefan Halper, George Papadopoulos, Tom Fitton, Sidney Powell, Joe diGenova, John Brennan, James Comey, Chris Wray, etc.

Here is the list of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings since Lindsey Graham made that lie back on May 1, 2019.

In October 2019 Maria Bartiromo confronted Lindsey Graham about his promise to call in deep state witnesses before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Lindsey lied and said he would call in deep state witnesses after the Horowitz Report was released in December.
He never did.

On Sunday Maria Bartiromo again confronted Senator Lindsey Graham about calling in deep state witnesses before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Lindsey NOW SAYS he will wait to call witnesses until the General Flynn case is over.
Wow!

Good for Maria Bartiromo for continuing to call out Senator Graham for his continued lies.

Via Sunday Morning Futures:

via BOOM! Maria Bartiromo NAILS Lindsey Graham for LYING TO AMERICAN PUBLIC About Calling in Deep State Criminals to Testify (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

MUST READ: 15 Questions for Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx Before They Completely Annihilate the US Economy — The Gateway Pundit

We now know that it was Dr. Tony Fauci  and Dr. Deborah Birx who persuaded President Trump to kill the economy and force Americans into a lockdown… And we also know they did this based on wildly inaccurate models and predictions.

Back in March the two doctors went into the Oval Office and urged President Trump to lock down the economy or 2.2 million Americans would die.

Of course, their original mortality predictions were 33 times what has occurred and yet they have not altered their lockdown recommendations to date.

In interviews to date the two doctors have been given softball questions.  Their expertise is respected despite the fact that over 30 million Americans have lost their jobs and livelihoods thanks to these doctors and their faulty models.

If Americans are asked to give up their livelihoods and their businesses, it is only fair that these two doctors answer a few important questions. 

We list 15 questions below:

1.)  Did you believe WHO Director Tedros when he claimed the coronavirus mortality rate was 3.4% on March 3rd?  Do you believe it was appropriate for him to compare this mortality rate with that of the flu which has an estimated mortality rate of 0.1%?  Did you know at the time that the comparison was completely inaccurate?  Did you know the flu mortality rate includes millions of Americans who have had the flu but are not tested?  Why did you not highlight this error in the WHO’s reporting?

2.) How many more children and young adults die from the flu than coronavirus?

3.) What is the average age of coronavirus deaths in the US?  In Italy the average age of deceased victims was 81-years-old.  Is that what we are seeing in the US?  Why are you hiding this from the American public?

4.) How many of the US fatalities were in nursing homes?  What percentage of US coronavirus victims were living in nursing homes or assisted living?

5.)  When did you learn that children are not carriers of the disease? What percent of victims are under 20-years-old?

6.) Now that we know MILLIONS of Americans have had the virus and were asympotmatic why would you not reevaluate your original lockdown orders?

7.) Does it make sense to lock down and decimate the economy because your initial predictions were completely inaccurate?

8.) Why do you keep moving the goalposts? …From “flattening the curve” to “herd immunity” to “we must have a vaccine”?

9.) Why do you recommend closing schools and playgrounds when children have almost zero fatality risk from the China coronavirus?

10.) Why do you recommend shutting down outdoor activities like surfing, golfing and hiking when there is almost no chance of passing the coronavirus doing these activities?

11.) Why are you not telling us what the real mortality rate is for the China coronavirus?  Is this because this will show your absolute errors in predicting this outbreak?

12.) Why do you think the entire country should be shut down when more than 50% of China coronavirus deaths are in the New York City area?

Justin Hart @justin_hart

Mind-blowing stat:
– The 44 counties within 100 miles of NYC have half of all US deaths (28K)
– That’s 67 deaths per 100K population
– Other similar-sized counties had ~12 deaths per 100K
– If the NYC 44 had that same ratio… total US deaths would have just hit ~20K

13.) Some believe it is a federal crime to intimidate or coerce the population  under domestic terrorism laws.  Do you believe your miscalculations that were based on faulty if not fraudulent computer models were intimidating and caused the US to shut down the economy which has cost lives and massive financial losses in the trillions?

Ned Nikolov, Ph.D. @NikolovScience

Fauci mislead @realDonaldTrump to lock down the US economy via INTIMIDATION using faulty computer models projecting up to 2.2 M deaths in the absence of ACTUAL empirical evidence for emergency.

Did you know such an act qualifies for “Domestic Terrorism”?https://law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2331 

14.) Is the Swedish model working?

15.) What do you say to the 30 million Americans who have lost their jobs because of your faulty models and predictions?

These two doctors have gotten away with so much and have caused so much pain in the process.  Their work has diminished Americans’ perceptions of their profession.  It’s time for a new direction.

via MUST READ: 15 Questions for Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx Before They Completely Annihilate the US Economy — The Gateway Pundit

Go The Extra Mile — The Midwestern Baptist

The following is a sermon delivered on the Lord’s Day, May 3, 2020, at First Southern Baptist Church in Junction City, KS. The text was from Matthew 5:38-42 on the subject of retaliation.

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. 39 But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”

In this short passage, you may have noticed two very common Christian sayings: “Turn the other cheek,” and “Go the extra mile.” I had thought about titling the sermon today, “Turn the other cheek.” But that was before I realized that Jesus is telling us here to do more than turn the other cheek. After all, you have sinned against God, and He didn’t merely turn the other cheek. He gave His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for sins. Let us worship God and praise Him all the more for the gospel of Christ as we consider His word this morning.

Here Jesus gives to us the fourth of five “You have heard that it was said” statements The first was in verse 21, then verse 27, last week in verse 33, and next week we’ll look at the last one in verse 43. Look now at verse 38: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

An eye for an eye is in the Law of God, and it is a just Law. In no way is Jesus overthrowing the Law of just measures, though many have assumed that’s exactly what Jesus is doing here. There’s a famous quote attributed to Gandhi, who said, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” It turns out Gandhi did not say this, but his biographer Louis Fischer, who believed from Gandhi’s teaching that Jesus actually thought “an eye for an eye” was unjust. But that’s not what Jesus was saying here at all.

The purpose of the Law here is very simple—the punishment must fit the crime. The law of just or equal measures was to prevent excessive punishment or favoring one social class over another. Jesus is not altering this law in any way. It is God’s law. It is a just law, intended for civic use to be imposed by civil authorities. But the Pharisees were applying it to personal matters, and that’s what Jesus was rebuking here. Jesus was not overthrowing the death penalty, nor was He saying police officers can’t use force, nor was He saying you can’t be a soldier, nor was he saying a nation can never go to war against another nation, all things that have been repudiated by those who twist and abuse the word of Christ here in Matthew 5:38-42.

We are called to be a just people, and doing justice means punishing those who do evil. Psalm 106:3 says, “Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times.” Proverbs 28:5 says, “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.”

Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” In verse 23, you see this is being spoken to a people who are not doing justice: “Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not bring justice to the fatherless, and the widow’s cause does not come to them.”

When people read Matthew 5:38, and they think that Jesus is overthrowing the Law of God, then they are not listening to the God of justice. Rather, they pervert justice. They make the same mistakes that the pharisees were making, who claimed Jesus was speaking contrary to the Law of God. The most common interpretation of Matthew 5:38 is to say that Jesus is abolishing “an eye for an eye.”

Desmond Tutu, a South African Anglican Cleric, said, “In the sentiment of Mahatma Gandhi, when we practice the law of an eye for an eye, we all end up blind.” Red Letter Christian author Shane Claiborne used this passage in favor of abolishing the death penalty: “You’ve heard it said, ‘an eye for an eye,’ but I tell you there is another way.” This comes from Christians who claim that they love Jesus and they love the Sermon on the Mount. How can someone who loves the Sermon on the Mount get their interpretation so very wrong?

It was this time a year ago that Rachel Held Evans died, May 4, 2019. Her death was very tragic. She got so sick she had to be admitted to the hospital, and then had an allergic reaction to medication. She went into a coma from which she never woke up. Evans and I were just a few months apart in age. She had a husband and two young children. But what was the most tragic about her death is that she died not knowing the Lord—in fact, she hated the Jesus of the Bible. She and I had similar backgrounds, but while I grew to love the word of God, she came to hate it.

Evans was an anti-fundamentalist. That’s really the best way to contextualize her beliefs. Her entire shtick was to fight against the Christianity she believed had oppressed her in her youth. She brought up her fundamentalist background all the time as the experience that validated every argument she raised against Christianity. If historic orthodox Christianity was for it, she was against it. By the time she died, she was pro-gay, pro letting little boys become little girls, she would refer to God as a woman, she expressed doubt that He even existed at all, and she was against just about anything the Bible said was true.

Yet Evans repeatedly said that she loved the Sermon on the Mount. How could someone who hated the Bible as much as she did love Jesus’s most famous and hard-hitting sermon?  In one comment, she said, “I love it when you go to the Sermon on the Mount to prove a point and then Jesus turns around and convicts the hell out of you.” She also said, “The minute I go to the Sermon on the Mount to mine it for proof texts, I’m hit with a familiar wave of conviction.” She said, “I think Jesus meant that stuff in the Sermon on the Mount, and I hope to follow those teachings myself.” Finally, she said: “I don’t think I heard a sermon on the Sermon on the Mount until I left evangelicalism in my early 30s. It just wasn’t talked about.”

Those last two comments are really the most damning. She did not follow these teachings, and there are boat loads of sermons on the Sermon on the Mount. When we started our series, I held up to you this book—Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon On the Mount. Other theological giants like John Piper and John MacArthur (both of whom Evans loathed), also Albert Mohler and Sinclair Ferguson—these guys have taught verse by verse through the Sermon on the Mount. There’s no excuse for saying in an internet age, “I never heard a sermon on the Sermon on the mount.” It’s not that Evans had not heard a sermon on the Sermon on the Mount—she just didn’t want to.

Yet she expressed such love for it, and many other creatures who hate the Bible will likewise express a sort of reverence for the Sermon on the Mount. Why is that? I think there are two possible reasons for this, and one or both reasons may apply.

The first reason is tokenism. What do I mean by tokenism? It’s when you take a person, a way of thinking, or some kind of popular idea—in this case, the Sermon On the Mount—and you express admiration to impress people, or qualify yourself, or give the appearance of being virtuous. If you wear a cross around your neck, and that’s the most meaningful expression of your faith that you can make, that would be about the most literal example of tokenism.

You can probably think of many other examples of this. People do this with Jesus all the time. Even pagans say they love Jesus and they don’t even know Him. Gandhi said he loved Jesus—no, he didn’t. He loved his own version of Jesus, but not the Jesus of the Bible.

In our own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, the word “Gospel” gets tokenized all the time. I hate hearing the way the word “Gospel” gets thrown around among Southern Baptists, as if we can validate doing anything as long as we attach the word “Gospel” to it. Our upcoming convention in June, which has been cancelled, was going to be titled “Gospel.” Yet there was a lot going on leading up to the convention that was contrary to the “Gospel.” (I won’t go into all of that here. I’ve written about it on my blog if you want to know more.)

So much false teaching has made its way into the church branded with tokenism. If it’s got a cross on it, then it must be good. And people also do this with the Sermon on the Mount. To make themselves look like a genuine Jesus-follower, they will express their love for this sermon when the reality is that they’re probably more like the pharisees than they are disciples of Jesus. They twist the word; they don’t love the word.

A second reason that a person who hates the Bible may express love for the Sermon on the Mount is because they read Jesus’s sermon apart from the context of the Old Testament. For this person, Matthew chapter 5 is Genesis chapter 1. They read the Sermon on the Mount in a vacuum, as if nothing came before it, nothing comes after it, and so it becomes a sermon full of philosophical sayings they will use to qualify whatever worldview they have.

I want you to be aware of this so you will neither do it nor will you fall for it. A teacher may say they love Jesus, or they love the Sermon on the Mount, but how do they treat the rest of the words of Jesus? What do they think of the rest of the Bible? Does God’s word govern their ethics? Is the Bible their first authority? Jesus said you will know them by their fruit—which, by the way, comes from the Sermon on the Mount.

When a person has ripped the Sermon on the Mount out of the context of the rest of Scripture, and they get to Matthew 5:38 where Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you…” what they think Jesus is doing here is they think Jesus is saying an “eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” is bad. They think Jesus is saying this is the old way of thinking, but He came to bring us a new way of thinking.

Remember what Jesus said back in verse 17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets.” But when a person hears Jesus saying “an eye for an eye” is vengeful and wrong, what that person is doing is they’re abolishing the Law and the Prophets. Let the reader understand!

As Voddie Baucham has said, the God on the left side of the book is the same God on the right side of the book. At the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, Jesus was not absent, nor was He in disagreement. The same goes for the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. In fact, it was from Jesus Himself this law was given.

In Exodus 21, just one chapter after the Lord gave the Ten Commandments to Israel, read the following in verses 22-25:

“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

Is that not fascinating? The very first time “eye for an eye” is mentioned in the Law, it’s regarding the life of an unborn child. If a conflict between men results in a woman being struck—even if it’s an accident. It doesn’t even appear as if she was involved in the altercation. If she’s struck and her children come out, but there is no harm, there will still be a fine, a penalty, for those who caused this serious incident.

But if her child comes out and the child dies, then capital punishment should be exercised on the ones who caused this to happen, and they shall be put to death. The Bible here places the life of an unborn child as equal to the value of an older man. Let’s say the premature birth causes the child to have broken legs, and the child will be crippled for the rest of his or her life. Then you shall take the legs of the offender who caused the pre-mature birth.

If anyone ever says to you, “Abortion isn’t even mentioned in the Bible,” take them to Exodus 20:13, “You shall not murder.” Then turn the page over to Exodus 21:22-25 where it says that if an unborn child dies, if someone caused the unborn child’s death, they shall be put to death.

Isn’t it fascinating what you discover when you read the Law of God? This is an expression of value. God places just as much value on the unborn child as he places on a full-grown man. You might say, “Well, then isn’t the death penalty a contradiction then? You’re taking another person’s life! Then someone has to take your life. And then someone has to take the life of your executioner! It’s a never-ending cycle!”

Nonsense. We’re talking about justice here. If a person is killed unjustly, what was their life worth? God says justice is that the person who killed unjustly must pay the price with their life. A life for a life. Justice has been served. What you will never find in the Law of God is any sentence of imprisonment. That’s not justice. When a man murders another man and receives a life sentence, society is saying the life that was lost is not worth as much as this criminal’s. A guilty criminal is worth more than an innocent victim. That’s unjust. Proverbs 18:5 says, “It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.”

I’ve spoken in favor of the death penalty before and had someone tell me, “Hey, he’s locked away. He can’t hurt anyone else.” Sure, he can. I’ve personally spoken face to face with a man in prison—nothing but a plate of glass between us—who had just received a second life-sentence because he killed another man in prison. It didn’t matter to him. He was already in prison for life. Therefore, there could be no further penalty if he killed again. He’d still be in the exact same place with absolutely zero consequences.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a story about a man in Florida named Joseph Edward Williams. He was released from jail on March 19 as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus. Do you know what he was in jail for? Murder. Guess what he did when he was let go? He murdered someone. He went and killed a man in Tampa and was re-arrested on April 13. If our culture placed more value on life than it does, Williams would have received a death sentence, that sentence would have been carried out swiftly, and he would not have been able to kill again.

In Leviticus 24:17, we read, “Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.” Yes, my friends—capital punishment is biblical. A life for a life. Verse 18 says, “Whoever takes an animal’s life shall make it good, life for life.” So if someone killed his neighbor’s mule, he had to pay his neighbor to buy another mule. The life of an animal is not equal to the life of a man, but it’s still worth something.

Verses 19-20 say, “If anyone injures his neighbor, as he has done it shall be done to him, fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has given a person shall be given to him.” This is the law of just measures, and one of the functions of this law was so that an offender would not be excessively punished for an offense. This law protects offenders as much as it also protects the righteous.

Say a man gets in a fight with his neighbor and he punches him in the eye, and the punch causes his neighbor to lose his eye, the man is not to lose his life over the punch, but he should receive a just punishment. An equal and just punishment would be for him to also lose his eye.

Just so you don’t miss the point, the Lord repeats Himself in verse 21: “Whoever kills an animal shall make it good, and whoever kills a person shall be put to death.” You might say, “Well that just applied to Israel.” Look at verse 22: “You shall have the same rule for the sojourner and for the native, for I am the Lord your God.” It didn’t matter whether they were an Israelite or a Gentile—the justice of God applies to all people because as it says in Romans 3:29, God is the God of Gentiles also.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Why are you telling us all of this? We just read in Matthew 5:39, Jesus said, ‘Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.'” As I said in the beginning, Jesus is not saying to overthrow the law and there should never be any civil justice done for any crimes. I bring you back to the Old Testament to see it in context so you will love God’s law and you will likewise desire to uphold it (see Romans 3:31).

Though Jesus is not confronting civil law, He is telling you, “Don’t make a federal case out of everything.” With regards to personal offenses, be merciful! As Jesus said here in Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” And in Luke 6:36, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” Consider the example that Christ has set for us, and be imitators of Jesus. Consider what we read in 1 Peter 2:19-25:

“For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth. When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but He continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

People are going to treat you unjustly. They will be unfair to you and walk all over you, just because you love righteousness. How are you to respond? By entrusting yourself to Him who judges justly.

Consider what Jesus has already said in the Sermon on the Mount thus far. Look back up at verses 10 and 11: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Here, Jesus says more than “Turn the other cheek.” Rather, He says, “Go the extra mile.” This is where that expression comes from. He says, “Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”

I know of a man, a Christian author, who was betrayed by some very close friends, a couple who had fallen into serious sin, and that sin led to financial difficulty. But rather than repent of their sin and ask their church for help, they came to this author and demanded that he pay up on a sizeable debt they believed he owed to them. They showed him the paperwork, a financial oversight that was several years old. He asked for some time to investigate the matter, and they gave him one week.

He did his due diligence and took up the discrepancy with his bank. It just so happened that this couple banked at the same place, so a bank clerk was able to look in both accounts, and she assured the author that he did not owe the money this couple insisted that he owed. It cleared when he paid it the first time. He went home and prayed about the matter with his wife, and he was reminded that Jesus said let every charge “be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses” (Matthew 18:16).

A couple of days later, he returned to the bank and he spoke with a different financial examiner. This clerk reviewed the matter with fresh eyes and got the same result. She also assured the author he did not owe this couple the money. If they had any further questions, they could come into the bank. The author shared that with the couple, and he even offered to go to the bank with them. But they remained indignant. They demanded he pay up. But in frustration, the author replied that he investigated the matter thoroughly, and he was not going to pay what they were demanding he pay.

Later that evening, his conscience began to weigh on him. He was reading his Bible, and he was reminded of another word from Jesus—this one in Matthew 5:40-41: “If anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”

In 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, the Apostle Paul rebuked the Corinthian Christians for taking one another to court. He said, “To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers.”

Would this couple try to sue the author? He didn’t know. Already he had been astonished how quickly they’d been turned by their sin. But he wondered if going ahead and paying them the money would diffuse any further escalation. It was a lot of money. But was it worth the legal battle that might happen if he didn’t pay? Would they be dragging mutual friends into this, forcing them to have to choose sides? And as an author, someone with a platform, what was the possibility that this would become a bigger deal over a few dollars? The gospel would be mocked by unbelievers observing the behavior of these Christians—it didn’t matter to them who was right and who was wrong.

So the author and his wife made a decision—they were going to pay the money. The author contacted the couple and personally apologized, he expressed his embarrassment for the mistake, he wrote the check himself, and his wife delivered it by hand.

When he was asked later by a member of his church why he did it, even after two witnesses at the bank told him he didn’t owe the money, he said, “I’d never been faced with such a situation before. But here I had a real opportunity to live out the words of Jesus: ‘If anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.’ So I paid the money to the glory of God. My only regret is that I didn’t pay them sooner, and I didn’t pay them more.”

My brothers and sisters in the Lord, do you understand what you deserve for you sin, and do you understand what you’ve been given instead? You have betrayed God, and you have gone after your sin, and it’s sin that begat sin that begat more sin. What you deserve for this treason against God is death. And more than death, but eternal punishment at the hand of God who is eternally just. But what you receive by faith in Christ Jesus is life. And more than life, but eternal life, and more than eternal life but life with Him as a fellow heir of His eternal kingdom.

Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” We know God is merciful when we know God is just. If you do not know the God of justice, then you do not know the God of mercy. Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.”

If you are watching this sermon today, or you’re listening to the audio, or maybe you are reading it online and you don’t know Jesus, I admonish you to repent of your sin and follow Him. God is just, and He will punish the wicked. But Jesus paid for the sins of His people with His death on the cross. He rose from the grave that all who believe in Him will not perish but will be saved unto everlasting life.

Romans 3:25-26 says that God put forward His Son “as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

via Go The Extra Mile — The Midwestern Baptist

“We Have Peace With God” — Romans 5:1-11 — The Latest Post

Here is the video and audio for this Lord’s Day:  Week Eight in Exile

Sermon

Video:  “We Have Peace With God” — Romans 5:1-11

Audio:  “We Have Peace With God” — Romans 5:1-11

Catechism

Video:  Rev. Lenzner: “The Comfort of the Forgiveness of Sin” — Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 21

Audio:  Rev. Lenzner: “The Comfort of the Forgiveness of Sin” — Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 21

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God’s Tent — HeadHeartHand Blog

How would you teach a class of 1-2 million people who are living in the desert, are constantly on the move, and have no education? To make it even harder, you have to teach them about God, and you have no Bible or any other books.

This was the situation God faced when he delivered Israel from their slavery in Egypt. What did he do to teach them about who he was? He designed and pitched a tent! “Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them” (Ex. 25:8).

For more see my sermon notes and infographic.

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GOOD QUESTION: President Trump Piles On After Pete Hegseth Questions George W. Bush’s Sudden Call for Unity (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

The George W. Bush Library put out a video on Twitter this weekend encouraging Americans to be their best selves during the coronavirus pandemic.

FOX News host Pete Hegseth responded to George W. Bush’s video this morning on FOX and Friends saying, “The Bush Presidential Library sharing this video as part of the Call to Unite Benefit Livestream. And those are your headlines. Good message guys but I said it before and I’ll say it again, I wish the former president would have said something when there was an investigation into a sitting president when an impeachment was going on and talk about maybe put partisanship aside then. Not a whole lot then but at least we got this now.”

President Trump piled on.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

.@PeteHegseth “Oh bye the way, I appreciate the message from former President Bush, but where was he during Impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside.” @foxandfriends He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!

Trump is right. Where was George W. Bush during the constant attacks on Trump? And the criminal attempts to impeach this president?

via GOOD QUESTION: President Trump Piles On After Pete Hegseth Questions George W. Bush’s Sudden Call for Unity (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

Sunday’s Hymn: Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet — Rebecca Writes

Jesus, where’er Thy people meet,
There they behold Thy mercy seat;
Where’er they seek Thee Thou art found,
And every place is hallowed ground.

For Thou, within no walls confined,
Inhabitest the humble mind;
Such ever bring Thee, where they come,
And, going, take Thee to their home.

Dear Shepherd of Thy chosen few,
Thy former mercies here renew;
Here, to our waiting hearts, proclaim
The sweetness of Thy saving name.

Here may we prove the power of prayer
To strengthen faith and sweeten care;
To teach our faint desires to rise,
And bring all Heav’n before our eyes.

Behold at Thy commanding word,
We stretch the curtain and the cord;
Come Thou, and fill this wider space,
And bless us with a large increase.

Lord, we are few, but Thou art near;
Nor short Thine arm, nor deaf Thine ear;
O rend the heavens, come quickly down,
And make a thousand hearts Thine own!

—William Cowper

via Sunday’s Hymn: Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet — Rebecca Writes

May 3 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord

1 Cor. 15:58

Activity in doing good is one recipe for being cheerful Christians; it is like exercise to the body, and it keeps the soul in health.

Bishop Ryle[1]

 

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

May 3 Streams in the Desert

And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered.” (Joel 2:32)

WHY do not I call on His name? Why do I run to this neighbor and that when God is so near and will hear my faintest call? Why do I sit down and devise schemes and invent plans? Why not at once roll myself and my burden upon the Lord?

Straightforward is the best runner—why do not I run at once to the living God? In vain shall I look for deliverance anywhere else; but with God I shall find it; for here I have His royal shall to make it sure.

I need not ask whether I may call on Him or not, for that word “Whosoever” is a very wide and comprehensive one. Whosoever means me, for it means anybody and everybody who calls upon God. I will therefore follow the leading of the text, and at once call upon the glorious Lord who has made so large a promise.

My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered; but this is no business of mine. He who makes the promise will find ways and means of keeping it. It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels. I am His servant, not His solicitor. I call upon Him, and He will deliver.—C. H. Spurgeon.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 135–136). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

May 3 Whatever He Chooses

Psalm 89:6

For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord?

A young boy was waiting after church for his family, and the pastor struck up a conversation with him. Since the boy had just come from Sunday school, the clergyman decided to ask a little question to see how much he was learning. He said, “Young man, if you can tell me something God can do, I’ll give you this apple.” The boy thoughtfully replied, “Sir, if you can tell me something God can’t do, I’ll give you a whole box of apples.”

There really isn’t anything God can’t do. The Bible speaks of God’s almighty power by using the word omnipotent. To be almighty is to have all the power. Only God has all the power. A theologian has defined the omnipotence of God like this: It is the power of God, or His ability and strength, whereby He can bring to pass whatsoever He pleases, whatsoever His infinite wisdom may direct, and whatsoever His purity of will may resolve. In other words, God is able to do whatever He chooses to do.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 130). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

EChurch@Wartburg: 05/02/2020: Wade Burleson: Beyond All Things, Put on Love — The Wartburg Watch

LCMS 3 Year Series Prayers

Loving Shepherd, You loved the world enough to shed Your blood, a
nd You desire that all would be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
Inspire and equip Your Church and her ministers to speak faithfully and boldly Your Word,
and bless all those who serve us on Your behalf.
Bless us especially when we are persecuted for the faith
or suffer for the sake of the good that honors You and is obedient to Your Word.
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Amen

LCMS 3 Year Series Prayer

Merciful Shepherd,
Your wounds are our healing and Your voice calls us to You in time of need.
Hear us on behalf of all those who suffer in body or mind,
who grieve those whom they love, and to whom death draws near.
We pray especially for those we name in our hearts.
Grant them healing according to Your will, grace to sustain them in the day of trouble,
and hope of the new and everlasting life to come.
Be with the unemployed and the distraught, and return them to health and livelihood.
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Amen

A prayer of St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430

Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know Thee, And desire nothing save only Thee.
Let me hate myself and love Thee.
Let me do everything for the sake of Thee.
Let me humble myself and exalt Thee.
Let me think nothing except Thee.
Let me die to myself and live in Thee.
Let me accept whatever happens as from Thee.
Let me banish self and follow Thee, and ever desire to follow Thee.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in Thee,
that I may deserve to be defended by Thee.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee, and let me be among those who are chosen by Thee.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in Thee.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of Thee.
Let me cling to nothing save only to Thee, and let me be poor because of Thee.
Look upon me, that I may love Thee.
Call me that I may see Thee, And forever enjoy Thee.
Amen

Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17 NIV

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
since as members of one body you were called to peace.
And be thankful.
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly
as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom
through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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A Scottish benediction

Life is short and we do not have much time
to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.
So be quick to love, and make haste to be kind.
And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
be among you, and remain with you forever.

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Internet Church Service – May 3, 2020; — God’s Gift of Eternal Life Blog

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The Vinedresser [God the Father] and the Vine [our Lord Jesus Christ] and the branches [believers] all have a very interesting analogy.
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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.
1 John 1:9, says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND
If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:
John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV
Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.
John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but 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 everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV
Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:
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Sermon: The Vinedresser [God the Father] and the Vine [our Lord Jesus Christ] and the branches [believers] all have a very interesting analogy.
One of the main principles that our Lord used in His teachings on the parables and other biblical references dealt with the doctrine of the Vine and the Vinedresser.
The Vinedresser [God the Father] and the Vine [our Lord Jesus Christ] and the branches [believers] all have a very interesting analogy.

Three of our Lord’s parables are connected with vineyards (as Matt 20:1 ff; 21:28-33 ff both teach.

It is the challenge to produce divine good and Christian service which is acceptable to God is found in the vine and the branch metaphor of John 15:1-8.

The apostle John uses the vine, the vinedresser and the branches as a metaphor to represent the relationship of the believer with the Lord Jesus Christ.

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another.
Here we have the vine and the branches used as a metaphor to represent the unity between the Lord Jesus Christ and the Church-age believer.

The vinedresser metaphor refers to God the Father as the author of the Predesigned Plan of God.

The vine metaphor refers to the humanity of Jesus during the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.

The vine is the basis for the production of divine good or fruit-bearing.

Fruit through the branch is a symbol of the Church-age believer producing fruit.
No fruit or production can be any better than the vine which produces it.

Because of positional sanctification, our union with the Lord Jesus Christ plus the grace provision of God, it is possible for the believer to produce divine good.

The vine metaphor emphasizes the fact that all precedence and all production of divine good in the Church-age comes from the vine – our Lord Jesus.

The branch is a metaphor for the Church-age believer.

“in me” is a reference to the believer in Union with the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are the branches in Union with the Vine, the Lord Jesus Christ.

dead branches” representing dead works on the part of the believer or the production skills minus Spiritual skills.

“production skills minus spiritual skills” = we know what we should be doing as far as our the production skills are concerned, but the average believer lacks the spiritual skills needed.

Three Principles of Doctrine:

1. Two Power Options.

2. Three Spiritual Skills.

3. Four Spiritual Mechanics.

Two Power Options = e being filled with the Spirit and the power of the word of God.

The filling of the Holy Spirit is the first power option and the first spiritual skill in the spiritual life.

The filling of the Spirit converts human I.Q. into spiritual I.Q., so that we have equality to learn spiritual phenomena.

The third spiritual skill is the problem-solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul also known as the Forward line of troops which is a military acronym.

#3. Four Spiritual Mechanics – includes: the filling of the Holy Spirit, metabolized Bible doctrine, the ten problem solving devices, the execution of the PPOG [predesigned Plan of God]. The “dead branches” represent dead works on the part of the believer or the production skills minus spiritual skills which means that we produce human good with human power.

As a branch with life from the Vine, the “live branches” represent the ability of the believer who knows that divine good only results from living by using the spiritual skills.

The branch “in me” that does not bear fruit refers to the believer who does not produce divine good.

Dead works is not fruit-bearing and is punishable or subject to divine discipline.
In verse 2, God the Father removes and takes away all dead wood, dead branches, branches which produce dead works.

Disciplinary Suffering

1. The law of volitional responsibility.

2. Divine Discipline.

Matt 7:17 “Every healthy tree produces good fruit. And every diseased tree produces worthless [degenerate, or evil] fruit.

Matt 7:18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree produce good fruit.

Matt 7:19 every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

1. The law of volitional responsibility which produces a tremendous amount of self-induced misery and divine discipline.

2. We also have the principle of pruning which is necessary to redistribute where the energy for divine production should go. The branch that does bear fruit has to be pruned occasionally so that the spiritual skills will increase and maximize = suffering for blessing.

Prin: Just as God provides divine discipline and punitive action for the non-fruit bearer, so God provides suffering for blessing for the ruit-bearer.
In verses 3-4, we are the cleansing of the branches for production.
Verse three is salvation cleansing of the branches.

Nothing in your life, including what you thought, what you said and what you do, can ever hinder your spiritual life = including your past.

Isa 43:25 “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.

Isa 44:22 “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud, And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”

Nothing that ever happened to you before salvation should be a hindrance to your worship of the Lord and the production of divine good.

Post-salvation refers to the cleansing of the branches from personal sins which took place after your salvation and that is which is found in 1Jo 1:9 for us as it was found in Psa 32 for the OT believers.

John 15:4 “abide in me [fellowship], and I in you [mandate for doctrine]. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit from itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me.”

The fact that “abide” is a command means that it is an experience after salvation and not a reference to positional sanctification.

We are never commanded to be in Union with Christ and this is a command to remain in fellowship with God through the use of 1Jo 1:9, so that divine good can be produced.

The branch in John 15:2 is positional sanctification, but the branch commanded to abide in verses 4, is the believer mandated to experiential sanctification through the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Also note the phrase in verse 4, “I in you” = a command for the believer to learn and metabolize Bible doctrine where the Lord and His thinking is revealed in us — and that would be Gal 2:20 for every believer .

Paul is dealing with the hypocrisy of the apostle Peter also known as Cephas who compromised the grace of God by telling the Gentiles that now that they are born-again, they should follow the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Gal 2:2, the apostle Paul is really blaming the apostle Peter for compromising the Law with the grace of God by telling the Gentiles to live the spiritual life in the Old Testament.

The O.T. [old testament] was given to the Jews while the New Testament was written for both Jews and Gentiles as believers in the Church-age who were to follow the grace of God and not the Mosaic Law.

John 1:16-17, For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

It’s one thing to withdraw from other believers who are sent by Satan and the Kingdom of Darkness.

It is another thing when you drag other believers down into your little system of hypocrisy.

John 1:17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

“were realized” is the aorist-passive-indicative of the verb ginomai which means to become something that one was not before, or to finish, to follow, to fulfill.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

Rom 7:5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.

Rom 7:6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

Notice in Gal 2:12, the apostle Paul was referring to the self-righteousness and the legalism that came from certain men from James who were still under legalism.

These “certain men from James” refers to those legalistic individuals who thought that they should still be under the Law and they were trying to put others under the law as well.

Does the Lord want us to convert those who were becoming grace-oriented believers or does our Lord want His people, His ambassadors, to put others under the burden of the Mosaic law?

If they are unbelievers, they need to become born-again and saved from the eternal lake of fire.

If they are believers in bondage to the Cosmic Systems of Satan and his kingdom of darkness, then they need to be delivered from those Cosmic Systems.
They are Cosmic 1 and Cosmic 2, which are systems that Satan and the kingdom of darkness have developed to deceive the whole world or all mankind.

1. There is COSMIC ONE which consists of grieving the Spirit and relying on human viewpoint or human power.In Cosmic one the believer becomes involved with sin or preoccupation with self which causes the believer to sin, then to exit the predesigned plan of God (PPOG).

Once in cosmic one the believer only needs rebound (1Jo 1:9), to get back in fellowship with God.

2. Cosmic Two consists of quenching the Spirit which is man’s exit from the predesigned plan of God by way of antagonism toward God and the plan of God.Cosmic two entails more than sin per se in that it moves into evil.

The evil is especially identified by the prophet Isaiah in Isa 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

In the Word of God, Evil is more than sin; it is a system of thought based on disputes, rejection and contradiction to the Word of God.

Evil attempts to frustrate the grace policy of God.

This “human viewpoint” takes more than mere rebound to re-enter fellowship with God, it requires recovery as well.

Recovery being the cleansing of the mind through consistent inculcation of the accurate teaching of the Word of God.

Gal 2:20, “We have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer you and I who live, but Christ lives in us; and the life which we now live in the flesh [human body] we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us, and delivered Himself up for us.

Notice that they are said to be “bewitched or demonized” which refers to the Doctrine of Demonism infiltrating the souls of the Galatian believers at that time.

The weakness experienced by the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ today, whether individually or corporately, as well as throughout its history, is primarily due to its ignorance of the truths pertaining to the deeper life.

A life that we are called to is a deeper life of understanding how the life of God can dwell in the souls of men.

Question: How can the life of God become alive in us who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit; Rom 8:4?

Phil 3:7 But whatever quality of things were gains to me, those things [gains] I have concluded as an expert as loss for the sake of Christ.

Phil 3:8 Not only this but more than this, I conclude as an expert all things [Paul’s pre-salvation human celebrityship and achievement] to be loss because of the surpassing greatness of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord,

for whom I have forfeited all things, also, I keep on concluding as an expert them to be piles of dung in order that I may win for Christ,

Phil 3:9 and that I may be found in Him, not having my own righteousness derived from the source of the Law,

but that [righteousness] which is acquired by means of faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from the source of the God at the point of faith,

Phil 3:10 that I may come to know Him, and the power of [behind] His resurrection and the participation of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

Phil 3:11 if, in some way, I may attain to the resurrection (life) away from the dead ones.

Phil 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it [the resurrection life or the ultra supergrace status], or have already reached the objective, but I continue pressing on that I may attain that [or overtake that, or gain that, arrive at the objective] on account of which I was overtaken by Christ Jesus.

Phil 3:13 Brethren [members of the Royal Family of God], I evaluate myself as not yet having attained the objective [ultra-supergrace or the ultimate objective in time, living in resurrection life;]

but one thing I concentrate upon: constantly forgetting the things that lie behind and pursuing vigorously to what lies ahead,

Phil 3:14 I keep on pressing on toward the objective for the purpose of the reward belonging to the upward call of God [Father], by means of Christ Jesus.

Phil 3:15 Therefore, as many as are spiritually mature, let us have this attitude, in fact, if in anything you have a different attitude, the God will also reveal that to you.

Phil 3:16 However, the status to which we have attained [that is the spiritual growth from our discipline toward perception, metabolization and application of doctrine] let us keep marching or advancing in.

Phil 3:17 Brethren [members of the royal family], be co-imitators of me, and be having respect for the same ones, who constantly walk according to the pattern you have in us.

Phil 3:18 For many keep walking, concerning whom I have warned you many times, and now continue to affirm, even weeping, the enemies of the cross of Christ,

Phil 3:19 whose termination is destruction, whose god is their emotion, and whose time of glory will be a momentary time of shame, who keep thinking about earthly things.

Phil 3:20 For our citizenship [politeuma, or heavenly privilege] exists in heaven, from which place we eagerly anticipate the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

Phil 3:21 who will transform the body of our humble station into conformity with the body of His glory, from which operational power that He and only He keeps on being able even to bring under authority all things to Himself.

Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

Hymn #3
The following link is to a good-news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about of their eternal future.

via Internet Church Service – May 3, 2020; — God’s Gift of Eternal Life Blog

May 3, 2020 Morning Verse Of The Day

† 39:42 — According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did all the work.

God calls us to obey Him in all things, whether we understand all of His commands or not. The people carefully carried out all of Moses’ instructions, even down to little details that might not have seemed crucial to them.[1]


39:42 according to all that Lord had commanded: The constant stress throughout these chapters is for Israel to construct the tabernacle and all of its furnishings in compliance with divine command. These projects would only have significance in their holy worship of God if they were done just as He had commanded.[2]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ex 39:42). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 148). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

May 3 – From and to — Reformed Perspective

“John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – Revelation 1:4-6

Scripture reading: Romans 11:33-36; Ephesians 3:14-21

Today we have the blessed privilege and remarkable responsibility to gather with the body of Christ, His holy bride, His church. It was on the Lord’s Day (vs. 10) that John received the Revelation which we still have with us to this day.

Our text tells us that the original recipients of this letter were the seven churches in the province of Asia. This is the area we today know as Turkey. Each of the seven churches held their own significance in the various areas of the region.

In worship, we are busy in covenantal dialogue. The Lord speaks and we may answer. And as the Lord begins His conversation with us in worship, He gives us His comforting greeting. To be greeted by God – what an encouraging, soul strengthening blessing!!

Pause and think about this in your meditations today (Don’t read God’s Word too quickly; I confess I do far too often). To have grace and peace announced to the congregation  – that is precisely what we need. Grace is not our deserving. Peace with God, secured by our Redeemer in this sin-stained world (including the sin in our lives), gives us life heartening perspective. These words are from Christ Himself Who, “loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (vs. 5). He calls us to His service – to be His kings and priests. Amazing! Amazing grace! Do not take God’s greeting to us for granted. All glory and dominion belongs to Christ forever!!

Suggestions for prayer

Earnestly and prayerfully reflect on the wonder-working love of our Saviour. May the song in our heart be “Glory to God the Father, glory be to God the Son, glory be to God the Spirit, God Almighty, Three in One! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Glory be to Him alone.” (Trinity Psalter Hymnal 213:1)

Pastor Peter Vellenga serves as an itinerant preacher in the churches of Southern Ontario. This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

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You Qualify | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all who call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:12-13

She didn’t feel worthy of praying to God herself, so she came to my office for prayer. The potholes on her road in life were numerous and she knew she needed God’s help. Many of her problems had been of her own making so she felt unqualified to go to him. She wanted me to ask for her. She felt God would hear me better than he would hear her. But she was wrong.

She didn’t know that God had already made a statement through Paul in Romans 10:12-13 about this very thing.

God does not meet our needs because of who we are, but because of who He is. The Lord is rich unto all who call upon Him. What a promise! His wealth of love, compassion, forgiveness, help, strength, wisdom, and all his riches are available to those who call upon him.

Don’t waste another minute thinking you somehow don’t qualify for God’s help because of the messes in your life. The same Lord over all”includes you! You are invited today to call on him. He waits to hear your voice and to come and save you and meet your needs out of his riches.

Father God, thank you that I can come to you and call upon you, not because of who I am but because of who you are. Thank you that you are the same Lord over all of us and you will show yourself to those who call on you. I cry out to you today to come into my life and my circumstances. Forgive me for messes I have made and meet my needs today out of your rich supply of strength and wisdom. You know what I need today, Lord. Thank you that I can ask because of who you are. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

By Gail Rodgers
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3 May 2020 – Rapture Ready News

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of Crete, Greece
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.6 hit near the coast of Crete, Greece at 12:51 UTC on May 2, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles). The quake was followed by M5.3 at 13:33 and M4.7 at 13:45 UTC, according to the USGS.

Hillary Clinton: “Every Woman in This Country” Must be Able to Kill Their Baby in an Abortion
Hillary Clinton suggested that pro-abortion politicians should use the coronavirus crisis to push for more abortions during a conversation Tuesday with Joe Biden.

Asian Giant Hornets Invading Washington State, Pose Numerous Threats To U.S.
A new invasive species of giant hornets from Asia has been discovered in the Washington state area, and scientists are now rushing to locate the destructive insects to exterminate them before they spread throughout the United States and become impossible to eradicate.

Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history
The new coronavirus is real. The response to the coronavirus is hyped. And in time, this hype will be revealed as politically hoaxed.

MAY DAY: French President Emmanuel Macron Says ‘May 11 Will Not Be The Passage To Normal Life’ In Chilling Warning To The People Of France
This time last year, Emmanuel Macron was besieged by the Yellow Vest protests that threatened to topple his presidency, but oh, what a difference a year and a global lockdown can do to quell civil unrest.  Having regained control of his citizenry, Macron has no intention of ‘letting freedom ring’ in France as he gives chilling warning to citizens to expect a very restrained unlocking of the French economy. Indeed no one in any country should expect to ‘return to normal’, as ‘normal’ was the first casualty of this war against ‘the invisible enemy’. But maybe the ‘enemy’ is not so ‘invisible’ after all. We see you, Macron, oh boy, do we ever see you.

Shocking — MedRX Study Finds Western Europe’s Draconian Lockdowns May Not Have Saved Any Lives Compared to Less Restrictive Measures
There are several things we know today about the Wuhan coronavirus that we did not know two months ago: ** It is not as dangerous as first reported. The mortality rate is somewhere around 0.1% to 0.3% similar to a seasonal flu unlike the 3.4% number that the WHO was throwing around in early March.

Bill Gates Defiantly Tweets Out That Every Human On Earth Will Be COVID-19 Vaccinated And There Can Be ‘No Alternative’ To This ‘Global Effort’
ON April 30, Bill Gates defiantly tweeted that there can be and will be no alternative to every person on earth receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, that it was the only way that the world would be allowed to ‘return to normal’. In doing so, Bill Gates has declared himself to be the enemy of freedom, liberty, and every concept humans have ever had about having free will to decide our own destinies. Bill Gates wants to take all of that away from us in one shot, pun absolutely intended.

Elon Musk Changes Twitter Avatar to Game That Predicted Globalist Takeover
Tech billionaire Elon Musk changed his Twitter avatar to the box art of a 20-year-old video game that took place in a dystopian future that at the time seemed like pure science fiction, but now is looking disturbingly prophetic.

Pedophilia in Anime: 10 Times Anime Normalized Extremely Questionable Acts (Which You Never Realized) 
The following article exposes some of the sexualization of children in anime. The article also highlights other aspects of anime that the writer feels are unjust. We’re sharing this specifically to highlight the normalization of pedophilia along with the normalization of disrespectful sexual views and practices, such as violating personal space without repercussion. As always, we offer this for your consideration, not to say we endorse or agree with everything that the article has to say.

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