Daily Archives: May 8, 2020

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Press Briefing – Video and Transcript.. — The Last Refuge

Earlier today White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany held a briefing with the press pool. During the press briefing Ms. McEnany highlighted the targeting of Michael Flynn. Video and Transcript below:

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via White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Press Briefing – Video and Transcript.. — The Last Refuge

“Shifty Schiff, Nine Inches Around the Neck – World’s Smallest Collar – Should be in Jail!” – President Trump Unloads on Liar Adam Schiff following Document Release — The Gateway Pundit

On Friday afternoon Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) asked President Trump about the non-stop lies of the left and the documents released on Thursday on the attempted coup by the Obama deep state.

Trump unloaded on serial liar Adam Schiff.

President Trump: A lot of bad things went on. All we can do is keep winning and if we keep winning eventually they’re going to come around one way or another. It may not be from them because I’m not sure you can do it with them. Tremendous dishonesty from Schiff and from others. And they know… These are not stupid people. They know it was a hoax. They know better than anyone in this room it was a hoax. They set it up. They’re not aggrieved. I watched Schiff, shifty Schiff. Nine inches around the neck. And I watch this guy, uses the world’s smallest collar. But I watched him, I guess this morning talking about. He acts so aggrieved. So aggrieved. He knows it was a… He got caught! And not only caught, if he weren’t in the halls of Congress he’d be in jail because he made up phony stories and phony speeches and everything was phony.

President Trump is right.
Documents released on Thursday prove Adam Schiff and several Obama Democrats lied for years about Trump-Russia collusion.
And they all knew it was a lie.

via “Shifty Schiff, Nine Inches Around the Neck – World’s Smallest Collar – Should be in Jail!” – President Trump Unloads on Liar Adam Schiff following Document Release — The Gateway Pundit

Do We Have To Go To Church On Sunday? — Wretched

-Episode 2687-

Is going to church on Sunday biblically required? The Bible does instruct us “not to forsake the assembling of the saints”, but what does that mean practically? In this mailbag episode, Todd discusses this question along with others, such as: Should we pronounce a curse on viruses and diseases? If God is sovereign, why do we pray?

via Do We Have To Go To Church On Sunday? — Wretched

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! — Testimony Reveals Deep State Spy Joseph Mifsud Is Member of the Clinton Foundation — The Gateway Pundit

Joseph Mifsud is connected to the Obama Spygate Scandal after presumably setting up George Papadopoulos and General Flynn in London.

We knew he was close to Hillary Clinton and even dined with her in 2016.

Now we know Mifsud was a member of the Clinton Foundation.

In March 23 we reported that the Mueller gang blamed George Papadopoulos for withholding information that ended up preventing the government from investigating Mifsud leading to their letting him go.

On page 193 of the Mueller report, the Mueller gang claimed that Popadopoulus’s false statements impeded the FBI’s investigation into Joseph Mifsud who was interviewed in a hotel lobby a month later on February 10, 2017.  The Mueller gang next referred to the Papadopoulos case rather than an FBI 302 in their report. This happens for Mifsud even though for everybody else, there is an FBI 302 created with a description of what was said to the FBI. In fact, the Mueller report never references any FBI302 for Mifsud. And it gets even more interesting….

Not only that but Mifsud is accused of omitting that he drafted messages to Papadopoulos. Everyone else was indicted for lying to the FBI but for some reason Mifsud was protected. Rep. Jim Jordan called this out to Robert Mueller in front of Congress in the summer of 2019 and Mueller wouldn’t answer why:

According to investigative journalist Paul Sperry, there never was a FBI 302 created related to the FBI’s interview with Joseph Mifsud in February 2017:

Why is there no FBI 302 on the discussion with Joseph Mifsud?

As we noted in February 2019, candidate Trump’s unpaid volunteer George Papadopoulos stated he believes he was spied on by the Deep State through Joseph Mifsud. This is the same Mifsud who dined with Hillary Clinton and a group of Italian socialists prior to the 2016 election.

Last year Italian prosecutors reported the notorious deep state spy Joseph Mifsud was dead after he had gone missing for two years. Then he went missing.

For the past two years Mifsud’s whereabouts were unknown, many suspected he was dead.

As we reported in mid-September, General Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell requested that the US government provide her and her client, General Mike Flynn, documents related to Deep State spy Joseph Mifsud from an event in late 2015.

We also reported that two of Joseph Mifsud’s phones with UK serial numbers are being held by the DOJ – General Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell requested that the DOJ turn over the contents of two phones related to Joseph Mifsud. We now know those phones were from the UK, the country that is more suspect than Russia ever was!

We also reported that former and fired FBI Director James Comey and Joseph Mifsud met in Australia. ProDreamer1 reported that Joseph Mifsud and James Comey were both in Australia the week before the George Papadopoulos meeting.

RT News put together an excellent video on Mifsud –

Today, due to the release of the transcripts yesterday, we now know Mifsud was a member of the Clinton Foundation:

According to witness Mangiante (currently George Papadopoulos’s wife) in her testimony.
pages 50-51

The Russia Collusion investigation is a sham – Americans are being lied to.

(Information from previous post provided by D. Manny)

via THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! — Testimony Reveals Deep State Spy Joseph Mifsud Is Member of the Clinton Foundation — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump Lengthy Interview With Fox and Friends – FBI Director Chris Wray Skating on Thin Ice… — The Last Refuge

Earlier this morning President Trump called-in to Fox and Friends morning broadcast for a lengthy interview.  You can tell there are aspects to the interview adverse to the political interests of Fox News by the fact they did not present the interview for distribution.

However, that said, here’s a copy of the broadcast where President Trump discusses the efforts of the previous administration to target him and eliminate his presidency. If you want to understand President Trump’s perspective on FBI Director Chris Wray skip to @13:00 point of video; and comments on Jeff Sessions @15:20.

 

via President Trump Lengthy Interview With Fox and Friends – FBI Director Chris Wray Skating on Thin Ice… — The Last Refuge

Survey Finds Only 18 Percent of American Christians Believe Their Purpose in Life is to ‘Know, Love, and Serve God’ — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

New data from a multi-part survey exploring how Americans view the world shows that while the majority believe life has a specific purpose, less than one-fifth say life’s purpose is knowing and loving God.

In the latest installment of the bi-weekly American Worldview Inventory from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, new findings reveal that Americans overwhelmingly are unsure about what life’s purpose is.

The data is based on a nationally representative sample of 2,000 American adults and includes interviews with a nationwide random sample of 1,000 adults via telephone and 1,000 adults interviewed online. The data has an error margin of 2 percentage points.

According to the data, 86% of Americans believe there’s a “universal, shared purpose” that human life possesses. About two-in-three respondents (66%) believe they have a “unique, God-given calling or purpose.”

But only 18% believe the universal purpose is “knowing, loving and serving God.”

“Even among the 71% of Americans who consider themselves to be Christians, fewer than 20% adopt the biblical view that our purpose is to know, love and serve God,” an analysis of the data reads.

These percentages reveal that the vast majority of Americans — including those who identify as Christians — appear to be seeking meaning without God at the center of their thinking.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter

via Survey Finds Only 18 Percent of American Christians Believe Their Purpose in Life is to ‘Know, Love, and Serve God’ — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

EPIC! Matt Gaetz Tosses Trey Gowdy Under the Bus with Paul Ryan for Blocking GOP Subpoenas of Deep State Operatives (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Rep. Matt Gaetz, attorney-author Alan Dershowitz and investigative journalist John Solomon joined Sean Hannity Friday night to discuss the latest House Intelligence Committee document release that proves the Obama administration had nothing on Trump and Russia. It was all a hoax and they pushed forward with their investigations anyway.

During the segment Rep. Gaetz tossed former Rep. Trey Gowdy under the bus for blocking the subpoenas of deep state operatives.

Matt Gaetz: Devin Nunes is a patriot. And I’m glad you went through Trey Gowdy’s exquisite questions in 2017 to these corrupt officials. I guess my questions Sean would be why was it then in late May in 2018 that Trey Gowdy went on Martha MacCallum’s show and said the FBI did exactly as all of our fellow Americans would have wanted them to do and that it had nothing to do with Donald Trump. Both of those things have now been proven to be untrue and it seems that Gowdy’s brilliant lawyering back in 2017 that we’re only able to see now proves those statements untrue. The number one question I get asked from Americans is why no one has gone to jail and is held accountable. Unfortunately, when Nunes and Meadows and Jordan and I wanted subpoena power it was Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy that wouldn’t give us that subpoena power. Democrats sent out hundreds of subpoenas. When we had control and could have run this to ground in 2017 we didn’t send out a single subpoena. Not one. And that’s a failure of our Republican leadership.

Good for Matt Gaetz!

As we have reported for years here at The Gateway Pundit Paul Ryan blocked subpoenas of deep state operatives.
So did Gowdy.

HUGE–> President Trump: Paul Ryan BLOCKED SUBPOENAS of Democrats! — Ryan Was On The Other Side!

Via Hannity:

via EPIC! Matt Gaetz Tosses Trey Gowdy Under the Bus with Paul Ryan for Blocking GOP Subpoenas of Deep State Operatives (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Matt Gaetz Goes Full Wolverine on Trey Gowdy – Exposes Gowdy and Paul Ryan Working on Coup Effort… — The Last Refuge

Oh my gosh; too funny. First, this will not come as a big surprise to those who have been following along for several years; but it’s still funny… perhaps even, well, ugly.

Earlier today President Trump held a meeting of the congressional war council; essentially the new 2020 Trump-branded version of the republican congressional caucus.  Apparently Matt Gaetz felt inspired because a few hours later he appears on Sean Hannity and throws a sunlight grenade directly into the broadcast.

Matt Gaetz, calls out the duplicity of Trey Gowdy and points out how the former rep and former House Speaker Paul Ryan blocked their 2017/2018 House investigative committees from issuing subpoenas against the coup-plotters. WATCH:

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Both Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy, amid a host of others, retired in 2018.  Below is the segment that Matt Gaetz draws attention to:

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Los Tres Amigos…

Chaff and Countermeasures…

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via Matt Gaetz Goes Full Wolverine on Trey Gowdy – Exposes Gowdy and Paul Ryan Working on Coup Effort… — The Last Refuge

Obama Panics – President Obama Gives Political Operatives and Media Talking Points to Protect Him… — The Last Refuge

 

The good news is former President Obama is panicked by recent sunlight; the slight possibility of a U.S. DOJ that may soon have him in the cross-hairs; and the more obvious possibility the American people will discover the scale of his corrupt weaponization of intelligence to target his political opposition.

The better news is former President Obama is so heavily concerned about the looming possibilities; rather than relying on intermediary instructions through Media Matters; he is giving political operatives and national media his instructions directly.  LISTEN:

via Obama Panics – President Obama Gives Political Operatives and Media Talking Points to Protect Him… — The Last Refuge

May 8th The D. L. Moody Year Book

Have not I sent thee?—Judges 6:14.

GOD knows and you know what He has sent you to do. God sent Moses to Egypt to bring three millions of bondmen up out of the house of bondage into the promised land. Did he fail? It looked, at first, as if he were going to. But did he? God sent Elijah to stand before Ahab, and it was a bold thing for him to say there should be neither dew nor rain: but did He not lock up the heavens for three years and six months?

But did he fail? And you cannot find any place in Scripture where a man was ever sent by God to do a work in which he failed.[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.) (p. 85). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Biden’s Latest Bizarre Stunt Doesn’t Go So Well – Watch Biden Struggle to Take off His Face Mask During Livestream (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

This was awkward.

Biden’s latest stunt didn’t go so well.

77-year-old Joe Biden wore a face mask at the beginning of his livestream on Friday, then struggled to take it before speaking.

“Good afternoon,” said Biden after yanking the mask off of his ear.

Why would Biden wear a face mask while he is in his own home?

WATCH:

Biden’s livestream town halls have never gone smoothly.

Joe Biden’s virtual campaign rally in Tampa on Thursday was marred by glitches, pixelated images, blank screens and a whole lot of awkwardness.

The 49-minute campaign rally was livestreamed on YouTube and it was a total disaster.

Every one of Biden’s speakers appeared pixelated and the audio kept cutting out making it difficult to understand what they were saying.

At one point, the screen went blank for several minutes.

Biden previously wandered off camera during a livestream as he blathered on about rain forests.

And this guy thinks he can run the country?!

via Biden’s Latest Bizarre Stunt Doesn’t Go So Well – Watch Biden Struggle to Take off His Face Mask During Livestream (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

May—8 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work, and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.—Genesis 5:29.

I still think, and believe that I always shall think, that holy men of old possess great superiority of faith to New Testament believers, in the attention they paid to the choice of names given to their children. Our choice, for the most part, is from caprice, or respect to our relations or earthly connections: they had an eye to heaven. Thus, in the instance before us, Lamech evidently called his son Noah, which signifies rest, in reference to “the rest which remaineth for the people of God!” and, as such, had an eye to Christ, the promised seed, in whom alone that rest was to be found. I do not presume to suppose that Lamech thought this child to be himself the promised seed, as our first mother Eve did at the birth of Cain, when she said, “I have gotten a man,” or, as it might be read, “the man, from the Lord.” (Gen. 4:1.) No doubt, she considered this her first-born son to be the very man, the Ishi, promised: and hence, when her second son was born she called him Abel, which means vanity, thereby intimating, what is indeed true, that every other man but the God-man is but vanity. Poor woman! how sadly mistaken she found herself! But though Lamech had not such high views of his son, as to suppose him the very Christ, yet in calling him Noah, it should seem probable, that he desired, in the remembrance of this child, to keep up an eye to Christ in him as a rest, and his son as a type of Christ, which Noah eminently was. And indeed the latter part of Lamech’s observation seems to confirm it: “This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.” It would be a strange, not to say an unnatural thought, in a tender parent, to take comfort in the prospect of a son’s arriving to manhood, to take off all toil and labour from his parents, that they might enjoy ease; which would be the case had Lamech meant nothing more than the rest of this mortal life. In this sense, indeed, what is the curse here spoken of, and how could the labour of Noah take it away? But on the supposition that Lamech was so well taught of God, as to be looking forward to the day of Christ afar off, and under the believing expectation of Christ’s coming in the fulness of time, who would take away the curse, by being made both sin and a curse for his redeemed, he called his son Noah, that he might, as often as he should look upon the child, remember Christ. There is somewhat very sweet and striking in this circumstance, which may serve to explain why the Holy Ghost hath thus caused it to be so particularly recorded. My soul! gather a sweet improvement from this scripture, and do not fail to observe how graciously God the Holy Ghost dealt with the patriarchs, in causing, by so many ways, the one glorious event of Jesus and his salvation to be kept alive, in ages so remote from the accomplishment of redemption. And what hast thou to comfort thyself with, concerning thy work, and the toil of thine hands? What is thy rest, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed? Hast thou thy Noah, thy Jesus, who is thy hope, thy rest, thy righteousness? Precious, precious Noah! I would look up to thee, my Lord Jesus, and say, Thou hast comforted me, thou dost comfort me, under all the toil and sweat of brow in which I eat my daily bread! Thou hast taken away the curse of the ground, and art indeed thyself the whole blessing of it. Thou, blessed Jesus! art the rest “wherewith the Lord causeth the weary to rest; and thou art the refreshing!” (Isaiah 28:12.) “Return then to thy rest,” thy Noah, “my soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.” (Psalm 116:7.)[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 142–143). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

May 8, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

22:24 he has not hidden his face. We are not aware of the moment when this change of direction and attitude occurred, but we have hints of it in the psalmist’s review of Israel’s past (22:3–5) and his contemplation of the Lord’s care at his birth (22:9–10).[1]


24. Sweet and blessed testimony of our God himself. It is as if Jesus had said, My Father hath not despised, nor abhorred the affliction of me his afflicted One, but hath accepted me, and my offering for you, my redeemed. What an encouragement is this, at all times, for Jesus’s afflicted ones to go to a mercy-seat, in his most precious name. Oh! how sure of success. John 16:23.[2]


Ver. 24.—For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted. The Father might seem by his passivity to disregard his Son’s affliction; but it was not really so. Every pang was marked, every suffering sympathized with. And the reward received from the Father was proportionate (see Isa. 53:12, “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death;” and Phil. 2:8–11, “He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross; wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”). Neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. There was no real turning away, no real forsaking. Every cry was heard, and the cries were answered at the fitting moment.[3]


24. For he hath not despised. To rejoice in one another’s good, and to give thanks in common for each other’s welfare, is a branch of that communion which ought to exist among the people of God, as Paul also teaches, (2 Cor. 1:11,) “That for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons, thanks may be given by many on our behalf.” But this statement of David serves another important purpose—it serves to encourage every man to hope that God will exercise the same mercy towards himself. By the way, we are taught from these words that the people of God ought to endure their afflictions patiently, however long it shall please the Lord to keep them in a state of distress, that he may at length succour them, and lend them his aid when they are so severely tried.[4]


24. “For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted.” Here is good matter and motive for praise. The experience of our covenant Head and Representative should encourage all of us to bless the God of grace. Never was man so afflicted as our Saviour in body and soul from friends and foes, by heaven and hell, in life and death; he was the foremost in the ranks of the afflicted, but all those afflictions were sent in love, and not because his Father despised and abhorred him. ’Tis true that justice demanded that Christ should bear the burden which as a substitute he undertook to carry, but Jehovah always loved him, and in love laid that load upon him with a view to his ultimate glory and to the accomplishment of the dearest wish of his heart. Under all his woes our Lord was honourable in the Father’s sight, the matchless jewel of Jehovah’s heart. “Neither hath he hid his face from him.” That is to say, the hiding was but temporary, and was soon removed; it was not final and eternal. “But when he cried unto him, he heard.” Jesus was heard in that he feared. He cried in extremis and de profundis, and was speedily answered; he therefore bids his people join him in singing a Gloria in excelsis.

Every child of God should seek refreshment for his faith in this testimony of the Man of Sorrows. What Jesus here witnesses is as true to-day as when it was first written. It shall never be said that any man’s affliction or poverty prevented his being an accepted suppliant at Jehovah’s throne of grace. The meanest applicant is welcome at mercy’s door:—

“None that approach his throne shall find

A God unfaithful or unkind.”[5]


[1] Bullock, C. H. (2015). Psalms 1–72. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 1, p. 161). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Job–Psalms (Vol. 4, p. 232). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 154). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[4] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 381). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 1-26 (Vol. 1, p. 332). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

Was Jesus a Failed Messiah? — The Master’s Seminary Blog

Was Jesus the true Messiah, or was Jesus a failed Messiah? Did His death confirm His failure? Or did His death confirm His triumph?

This question is relevant to every person alive. If we confess Jesus as the true Messiah, then we will serve Him as King forever. If we consider Jesus a failed Messiah, then we will be separated from Him forever. This is the difference between salvation and damnation. This is the difference between heaven and hell.

The Disciples’ Initial Confidence

This also is a question that the followers of Jesus asked. Initially, they were convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. Consider, for example, the great confession of Peter in Matthew 16:13-16. Jesus asked His disciples,

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ [i.e., the Messiah], the Son of the living God.” (see e.g., Mark 8:27–30; 10:35–45; John 1:43–51)

This was the conviction of the disciples and of the other followers of Jesus prior to the death of Jesus.

The Disciples’ Confidence Shaken

However, when Jesus was arrested and then crucified, their confidence faltered. They began to think that they had misjudged Jesus, and that He had failed.

When Jesus was arrested, Peter disassociated himself from Jesus and asserted: “I do not know the man” (Matt. 26:72). Later, after the death and resurrection of Jesus, Thomas refused to believe that Jesus was different from any other person who dies, and declared: “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). Thomas was essentially stating: “We had hoped that Jesus was the Messiah, but He died.”

In short, when Jesus died, the hope of his followers was crushed.

Three Reasons for the Disciples’ Shaken Confidence

Why then did the followers of Jesus think that Jesus failed when He died? Of course, each disciple may have had his or her own particular reaction to the death of Jesus. But the following are three flawed perspectives that contributed to the sentiment that Jesus failed.

Erroneous Human Perspective

The followers of Jesus evidently believed that death meant human failure. This is the very assumption of the two men traveling to Emmaus. When Jesus asked the two men what they were talking about, they responded:

Concerning Jesus of Nazareth…and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. (Luke 24:19–21)

They had initially thought that He was the Messiah, but then He was killed; therefore, the reasoning goes, He failed to fulfill the role of the Messiah.

We also see in Acts 5:35–39 that this notion—that death means failure—was accepted broadly at that time. After Jesus had already risen from the dead, His disciples began to preach that He was the Messiah. Opposing this message, the Jewish leadership deliberated how to stop the disciples. At one such deliberation, a prominent Pharisee named Gamaliel offered a suggestion, which exhibits a belief that death means failure.

Gamaliel said,

Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God. (Acts 5:35–39)

Gamaliel is essentially saying: “We have seen this before. A charismatic personality rises up, gains a following, dies, and then the movement falls apart.” Under normal human circumstances—that is, if God is not involved—death marks the end of every leader.

This is evidently how the disciples saw it too. Jesus died, therefore, Jesus failed. Their human perspective that death means failure clouded their understanding of the Scriptures and the very things they had heard from Jesus Himself. They failed to see that the death of the Messiah was different from every other death—that it would achieve victory!

Faulty Theological Perspective

The followers of Jesus also believed that death was divine punishment—a tenet that is indeed true at its core—but this theological point produced an irreconcilable conundrum for them concerning the death of Jesus. If Jesus is the Messiah, the unique servant of God, then how is it that He suffers divine punishment?

That death is divine punishment is an accurate theological truth. We know this from Ezekiel 18:4: “The soul who sins shall die”; or Roman 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death.” But the culture of that time took it to an unbiblical level, and associated every experience of suffering and death directly with the person’s presumable sin. In John 9:2, Jesus and the disciples encountered a blind man, and the disciples asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” The disciples assumed that the man’s suffering was directly linked to his or to his parents’ sins.

In Luke 13, Jesus comments on an incident in which a tower in Siloam fell and killed eighteen people, and in His remarks Jesus states: “Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Why did Jesus say this? Because that’s what the people were thinking—that those who died were worse sinners and that God was punishing them.

With this mindset, the disciples viewed the death of Jesus and were puzzled. What made this even more unfathomable was that Jesus was crucified on a cross—that is, by a form of death that was reserved for those who were cursed by God (Deut. 21:22–23). When Jesus died, His followers and the rest of the Jewish community thought that He was being punished by God. But if He was being punished, then how could He be the Messiah?

This response, however, is the very response that Isaiah predicted would be expressed by the people of Israel about the death of the Messiah: “We esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted” (53:4). Isaiah wrote that the Jewish people would in fact misinterpret the Messiah’s suffering and death as divine punishment for His sins. However, the very point of this prophecy is that this was a faulty theological perspective. Isaiah proceeds to say in 53:5:

But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.

The apostle Paul articulated this principle and applied it to Jesus as follows: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).

Yes, the Messiah was punished by God, but not for His own sins. The Messiah was punished for the sins of the sinners. Because the followers of Jesus failed to understand this role of the Messiah, they misinterpreted the nature of the death of Jesus, and they wrongly concluded that He had failed.

Outright Unbelieving Perspective

Additionally, the death of the Messiah was an inconceivable and an unacceptable notion for the followers of Jesus.

The refusal to believe that the Messiah must suffer and die is clearly evident within Peter immediately following his confession that Jesus is the Messiah. As Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He would suffer and die, Peter rebuked Jesus, and said: “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you” (Matt. 16:22).

This lack of belief is also what Jesus confronts the two men about on the road to Emmaus. After the men expressed their disappointment that Jesus failed as Messiah because He died, Jesus replied: “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24:25-26).

In other words, the followers of Jesus failed to see and to believe the revelation concerning the death of the Messiah in the Scriptures. They refused to believe the fact that the death of the Messiah was the plan of God, and they missed that the death of the Messiah served a specific purpose. Isaiah 53:6 states: “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but Yahweh has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”

This was the purpose—redemption. And Jesus made this very point about Himself in Mark 10:45, when He said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” The ultimate purpose of the life of Jesus was His death, but the disciples and the followers of Jesus missed this because they refused to believe.

Due to their unbelieving hearts, the followers of Jesus thought that Jesus was a failed Messiah because He died. The fact is that if Jesus had not died, then He would have been a failed Messiah, because then He would not have fulfilled the Scriptures.

However, inasmuch as Jesus did fulfill this key messianic prophecy—to die and to bring redemption in His resurrection from death—Jesus must necessarily be the true Messiah.

Jesus and the Scriptures Today

Today, people refuse to confess Jesus as the Messiah for the very same reasons. The question is: How should we respond? Well, how did Jesus respond when He was on the road to Emmaus with the two men who thought that He had failed?

Beginning with Moses and the prophets, He interpreted to them the Scriptures concerning Himself (Luke 24:27). Just like Jesus, we must also go back to the Scriptures, because it is the Scriptures that demonstrate that Jesus is the Messiah.

[Editor’s Note: For more on learning to rightly handle the Word of God, see our free guide: Handling Scripture.]

via Was Jesus a Failed Messiah? — The Master’s Seminary Blog

May 8 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

May 8.—Morning. [Or September 12.]
“Wait on the Lord.”

DAVID waited seven years and more before he came to the throne of Israel. He reigned meanwhile with great wisdom and justice over that portion of the land which owned his sway, and by his conduct commended himself to general esteem. It was far better to be preparing for the crown than to be plotting to obtain it.

2 Samuel 5:1–3

Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.

Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.

So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David king over Israel.

Thus without David’s having made a single violent grasp at the crown it came to him by general consent. When providence has ripened a blessing for us, it will drop into our lap; but we must not put forth an unholy hand to seize it before the time. David’s past conduct, and the fact that he was chosen of the Lord could not always be overlooked. Men have bad memories, but in due time they must and shall remember the deservings of those who have done valiantly. The united tribes were right glad to crown the man who was so worthy to wear the diadem.

1 Chronicles 12:39, 40

39, 40 And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them. Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel. (Those who were nearest to Hebron had not to bear the expense of a long journey, and therefore they provided the feast. Those who can best afford it should do the most for the honour of our Lord’s kingdom.)

2 Samuel 5:4–9

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

Being anointed, David was now eager to prove himself a king by clearing his country of lurking enemies; and therefore he determined to expel the Jebusites from their citadel upon mount Zion.

And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. (The probable meaning is that David had called their gods both blind and lame, and now they retorted that their blind and lame gods were quite sufficient to keep him out of their stronghold.)

Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain. (Joab led the van in this fearful fight—fort after fort was captured: the gigantic battlements were scaled, and Israel’s warriors climbed over the walls, and smote their enemies in hand to hand encounter.) Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

That is to say, it became a proverb that Israel would not look to lame and blind deities, and set them up in their houses as a shelter, for they were proved to be worthless defenders.

So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. (Thus the sacred mount of Zion was wrested out of the hands of enemies, and became the site of David’s palace, and thus the church, saved from all her adversaries is the abode of Jesus her King.)

Are there no foes for me to face?

Must I not stem the flood?

Is this vile world a friend to grace,

To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign;

Increase my courage, Lord!

I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,

Supported by Thy word.

May 8.—Evening. [Or September 13.]
“Fight the good light of faith.”

DAVID soon found that the honours of royalty brought with them toils and conflicts. It was true of him, as it is also of all believers, that he who would reign must fight.

2 Samuel 5:17–25

17 ¶ But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.

18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

Their success against Saul made them bold to attack David, for they knew not the essential difference between the two men. Saul, forsaken of God, was easily overcome; but David, upheld and strengthened by the Lord of Hosts, was a very different antagonist. It is vain to contend against a man who has God for his ally.

19 And David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

David’s path was plain, but he desired to see God going before him in every step he took. No one ever lost his way by enquiring too often. To seek the Lord’s guidance is never superfluous. Every member of our family should follow David’s example, and if we do so we shall walk in ways of peace all our days.

20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. (David smote them, but he gave all the glory to the Lord. Grace is active and fights, but it is also humble and renders praise to him who gives the victory.) Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim. (Or “the master of the breaches,” because the Lord had broken the ranks of the enemy, and made a way for David to scatter them.)

21 And there they left their images; and David and his men burned them.

As the Philistines had once captured the ark, so now the Israelites seized upon the idols of Philistia, and utterly destroyed them, both to shew their detestation, and to prevent their becoming a snare to Israel.

22 ¶ And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

23 And when David enquired of the Lord, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.

24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. (When the wind rustled among the leaves of the trees, David was to regard it as a sign for battle. God gives to his waiting people hints as to when to bestir themselves more than usual; and surely, whenever we hear that the Spirit of God is moving like the wind through the churches it is time for us to arouse ourselves for sevenfold activity.)

25 And David did so, as the Lord had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.

If we do as the Lord commands us, he will command success to attend us.

THUS, by successfully defeating the invading foe, David was firmly seated on his throne. How he resolved to act in his eminent position he tells us in

Psalm 101

I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.

I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.

Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.

If thou see thy foe in need,

Haste with cheerful hand to feed;

House him, clothe him, grant him rest,

Bless him as thou wouldst be blest.

If thy foe be in thy hand,

Every vengeful thought withstand;

Let not anger’s sword be bared,

Spare him as thou wouldst be spared,

 

Oh praise ye the Lord

With heart and with voice;

His mercies record,

And round him rejoice.

Ye children of Zion,

Your Saviour adore!

And learn to rely on

His grace evermore.

Repose on his arm,

Ye sheep of his fold!

What terror can harm

With him to uphold?

His saints are his treasure,

Their peace will he seek;

And pour without measure

His gifts on the meek.

Go on in his might,

Ye men of the Lord:

His word be your light,

His promise your sword.

The king of salvation

Your foes will subdue;

And their degradation

Bring glory to you.

 

No, I shall envy them no more

Who grow profanely great,

Though they increase their golden store,

And rise to wondrous height.

Yes, you must bow your stately head,

Away your spirit flies,

And no kind angel near your bed,

To bear it to the skies.

Go now, and boast of all your stores,

And tell how bright they shine;

Your heaps of glittering dust are yours,

And my Redeemer’s mine.

 

If I must die, oh! let me die

With hope in Jesus’ blood—

The blood that saves from sin and guilt,

And reconciles to God.

If I must die, then let me die

In peace with all mankind,

And change these fleeting joys below

For pleasures all refined.

If I must die—and die I shall—

Let some kind seraph come,

And bear me on his friendly wing,

To my celestial home!

Lord, when I lift my voice to Thee,

To whom all praise belongs,

Thy justice and Thy love shall be

The subject of my songs.

All sinful ways I will abhor,

All wicked men forsake;

And only those who love Thy law

For my companions take.

Lord! that I may not go astray,

Thy constant grace impart;

When wilt Thou come to point my way,

And fix my roving heart?[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 268–270). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

May 8 Life-Changing Moments With God

It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief.

Lord Jesus, You prayed, “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? For this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” Father answered, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” You also prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” An angel appeared to You from heaven, strengthening You.…

In appearance as a man, You humbled Yourself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore Your Father loves You, because You lay down Your life that You may take it again. For You came down from heaven, not to do Your own will, but the will of Your Father who sent You. Shall You not drink the cup which Your Father has given You?

Your Father has not left You alone, for You always do those things that please Him. You are His beloved Son, in whom He is well pleased … His Elect One in whom His soul delights!

Jesus, enable me to follow Your obedience, courage, and faith.

Isaiah 53:10; John 12:27–28; Luke 22:42–43; Philippians 2:8; John 10:17; John 6:38; John 18:11; John 8:29; Matthew 3:17; Isaiah 42:1[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 143). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Trump says new transcripts show Obama, Biden complicit in phony Russia investigation

President Trump said on Friday that newly released House transcripts on the Russia investigation show that former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden were complicit in the investigation into Trump’s alleged communication with Russia during the election.

Source: Trump says new transcripts show Obama, Biden complicit in phony Russia investigation

Schiff documents show Joe Biden’s connection to Flynn case | WND

What did Joe Biden know and when did he know it?

That question arises from the newly released documents in the Michael Flynn case, longtime Washington analyst Byron York reported in a Washington Examiner column following the release of 57 witness transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Russia investigation.

The release came after the Justice Department dropped its case against the onetime Trump national security adviser as evidence mounted that he had been framed by the FBI under Barack Obama.

Biden was Obama’s vice president, and York points out there’s “a Joe Biden connection deep inside the documents released as part of the Justice Department’s decision to drop charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.”

He explained that Sally Yates, Obama’s deputy attorney general, played a key role in the Flynn investigation. But she told special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors she was unaware of the phone call at the center of the Flynn case between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak until she was told about it by Obama.

Yates was part of a group that met with Obama regarding the Intelligence Community’s findings on the Russian collusion allegations.

The meeting included Obama’s top national security officials. Among them were FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

According to records, Obama eventually dismissed the group but asked Yates and Comey to stay. The president then explained he had obtained information about Flynn’s conversation with Kislyak.

“What does that have to do with Biden? The interview notes made no mention of the vice president,” York writes.

“But think back to one of the stranger moments in the Trump-Russia investigation: Rice, on January 20, 2017, at almost the exact minute the Obama administration left office, sent an email to herself documenting the January 5 meeting. This is how it began: ‘On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.'”

York points out that the email always seemed “to be an oddly timed effort to cover for Obama,” since it stressed that Obama instructed that all issues be handled “by the book.”

“A lot of Republicans, as they tried to figure out what steps the intelligence and law enforcement agencies took against incoming President Trump, have always wondered just what Obama knew about it,” York noted.

“But now, it just so happens that another person who was in the room — the Oval Office — is running for president. So it seems reasonable to ask what Joe Biden knew about the intelligence and law enforcement efforts against the Trump team.”

Trump campaign spokesman Matt Wolking commented: “Joe Biden was in the room when one of the greatest abuses of power by an administration in American history was in progress. … What did Joe Biden know and when did he know it?”

Source: Schiff documents show Joe Biden’s connection to Flynn case