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12 Chosen Disciples Cheat Sheet

In response to a question regarding the names of the Apostles.  This is something you may want to look at.  When you read a name from the Chosen Disciple List,  it is important for you to know their other names as well as their nicknames AND their family heritage sometimes.  It is important to know so that when you get up to Heaven and you see James or Jude (the “Apostles”) you don’t say “Love the book you wrote!” or “Wow, what was it like being brothers with Jesus!” They are totally different people.  Also note that some key people in the NT are not one of the Original 12. 

These 12 men were called directly from Jesus during His 3 year ministry.  The first 11 were from the North (Galilee) area and the last one Judas the traitor was from Judea (South).  Some had important jobs they left, some had families,  and some were very knowledgable in Scripture.  Jesus spent 40 days praying and fasting and then Chose the Original 12 that would then carry the message of the Gospel to the World.  Through them we meet others, like James (brother, author) Judas (Jude) the other half-brother of Jesus, Lazarus, Mary, Barnabas, Luke, Mark, Paul, Philip (in Acts) Timothy, Simeon….and others.  But here is a list for you to bookmark when names get confusing.

Peter

  • Simeon (Simon son of Jona)
  • Cephas (Rock)
  • Simon Peter
  • Simon

James of Zebedee

  • Boanerges (son of Thunder)
  • James the Elder
  • James the Great

John

  • Son of Zebedee
  • “the Evangelist”
  • The Beloved Disciple
  • Boanerges (Son of Thunder)
  • The Revealer

Andrew

  • Protokletos (means First Called)

Philip

Bartholomew

  • Nathanael

Matthew

  • Levi
  • Levi the son of Alphaenus

Thomas

  • Didymus (twin)
  • Judas Thomas
  • Doubting Thomas

James

  • James son of Alphaeus
  • James the Younger
  • James the Less

Thaddaeus

  • Jude
  • Judas son of James
  • Lebbaeus

Simon the Zealot

  • (Zealot was a Political Party)\
  • Simon the Cananaen

Judas Iscariot

  • Judas the betrayer
  • Judas son of Simon
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Matt 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6

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Sabbath.  I try to take note to everything in the Bible but a lot slips me by, but if you have read any of the OT and now just the little of the NT you will see the topic of the Sabbath is spoken of often.  SO where did it start and does it apply to Christians?  The 10 commandments were given twice in the Bible…and they weren’t the same.  Which one changed?  The Sabbath. 

Exodus 20: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy…For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (We rest because the Lord rested, referring to the Creation)

Deuteronomy 5: “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you… Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day. (referring to the Exodus)

In the prophecy Books,  the Lord describes that one of the many sins His people did was not observing the Sabbath.  The Sabbath is mentioned by name 151 times in the Bible.  So is this for the nation of the Jews alone?  No.  Why, because we have the Sabbath day as a remembrance of the Resurrection.  The single most important event in History for all people.  It is said to us in the book of Hebrews:

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.

Does that mean serving the Lord’s work?  No.  Jesus in all the examples was serving the Lord for the greater kingdom.  Never mistaken our work with the Lord’s work.  Keep your Sabbath Holy.  He made it FOR us.

Matthew 12:7  “I desire mercy not sacrifice”

  • Mercy (eleos in Greek) means: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them

The next part of Matthew is when the crowds start to follow and he tells them not to tell everyone who he is.  Why?? Because it is not time yet.  Jesus has ministry and teaching to do first.  He has 12 chosen men that are going to go out and start the spreading of the Gospel, he has to teach them first (just like us, and we are learning everyday in His Word).

Again we are in Matthew, the audience of this book is the Jews so Jesus quotes Isaiah 42.  I took a moment to read this in a better translated version.  Look who Jesus is talking about:

 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: 
    BEHOLD, MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN;
         MY BELOVED IN WHOM MY SOUL is WELL-PLEASED;
         I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM,
         AND HE SHALL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES. 
    HE WILL NOT QUARREL, NOR CRY OUT;
         NOR WILL ANYONE HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS. 
    A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF,
         AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT,
         UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY. 
    AND IN HIS NAME THE GENTILES WILL HOPE.” (NASB Version)

 In Mark they mentioned the “Herodian”.  Just know that there were several religious/political parties in Christ’s day: Pharisees, Sadducee, Herodians, Zealots, Teachers,  and the Essens.   Here is the deal, they all opposed each other but when it came to confronting Jesus, they all became allies with each other.  Hmm.  In this text the Herodians were the supporters of the Herod Dynasty.  They were concerned about Jesus coming in and creating Political instability.

UNDERLINE Mark 3:28-29.  ALL sins against MAN are forgiven.  There is one sin that is not.  There is only 1 Sin in this whole Life that Jesus’ blood will not cover!  Blasphemies the Holy Spirit is rejecting Christ.    If someone rejects Christs Death and the work of the Holy Spirit,  you are GUILTY.  All other sins WILL be forgiven.

Luke.  Lord how do I keep this short??  The 12 chosen Apostles? The Beatitudes? The Golden Rule? Fruit? Foundation?  All in one reading! Incredible.  But let me tell you what I know…Something stood out to you.  The Lord for certain made something a message to you.  Maybe you were saddened by it.  Maybe you didn’t get it.  Maybe your heart sank cuz its the one thing you won’t do.  Maybe you were filled with joy because you now get it.  Maybe you read it and nodded..Amen, I know that’s right.  Whatever it is I KNOW the Lord spoke to each of us today. I can feel it.

It’s Saturday.  Stay up a little late tonight and re-read Luke 6 all cozied up in a blanket.  Nearly ALL of it is the Words of Jesus himself.  Better yet, Read it to your kids.

Matt 4; Luke 4-5; John 1:15-51

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I have prayed to keep it short today.  So here it goes! 

Matthew:  Many people totally grasp the reality of Jesus but struggle with the reality of the devil.  As if the devil might be a fictional character.    Please take away not only the realness of the devil but his character.  Not only was he the tempter, he knows what to tempt and how to do it.  He tempted with physical desire, possession,  power, and pride.  But what  was his back up plan…to use scripture.  Did you notice that? He quoted Psalms. Satan knows the Scriptures BETTER than I do.  The smallest twist in them and it’s called FALSE.   Please be very alert!  (many denominations have been birthed from a twist of Scripture)

Second, so what in the Old Testament Law applies to us?  Very Important if you are wanting to live according to His ways.  Here is how you know: If Jesus repeats it in the New Covenant, it is for US.  So you don’t have to get out a piece of paper or a clay tablet to jot them down let me tell you, Jesus came to fulfill the Law.  Fulfill means to “render into effect’ or ‘to expand’.  He came not to demolish the Law but to  expand on the Law, and as you read you will see them weaved throughout the Scriptures, like in Matthew 4:10…Jesus is quoting from the 10 Commandments already.

Did you look up, Psalm 91:11-12 to match Satan’s quote or Isaiah 9:1 matching Matthew 4:15

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Luke:  The devil left until an “opportune time” (vs 13).  Guys, we know this.  Keep your guard up and our Sword ready!  Do you know what your Sword is?? 

Now for my favorite part!  Picture the Scene:  Jesus, on the Sabbath, goes into the synagogue  Verse 16, and opens the Old Testament Scriptures of Isaiah and reads Isaiah 61 ABOUT himself!

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
      because he has anointed me
      to preach good news to the poor.
   He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
      and recovery of sight for the blind,
   to release the oppressed, 
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21.

(I promise I will keep this short!..I will bullet my thoughts)

  • 4:28  They were furious BECAUSE the stories were of Gentile Healings.
  • 4:34 Even the Demons know of God’s Destruction and that He is the HOLY ONE of God
  • “Be quiet”.  Jesus has Ministry work to do first.
  • 4:42 In Galilee (Gentile area) and Judea (Jews), Jesus says why He is sent

 Luke 5…Good grief, we can brew a pot of cawfee and sit here all day.  I would if you would.  I am going to skip to 27 to spare you a long blog.  Jesus eats at a Sinner’s house.   (Levi is Matthew).  First, know it is rare for a Teacher or Rabbi to say Follow Me.   Usually they were so pompous that people had to earn a right to follow them.  Not Jesus way.  Anyway, this is a VERY special story for me because a friend in my life, Beth, came with a Christ Like heart when I was an atheist and friended me in the Buckle of the Bible Belt.  She loved me.  Prayed for me.  Yes, invited me to church (I said NO WAY ARE YOU GETTING ME IN A CULT) and she STILL was willing to let me have ”dinner” with her family.  Jesus comes for the Lost, so don’t turn your back when they ACT lost.  Beth didn’t and God used her to bring me to Him. 

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

 John: WOW. (I promise…short!) Take a moment to feel what you are reading.  You are reading the fulfillment of the Scriptures SO THAT was know this Jesus is THE Messiah.  Please flip back to Isiah 40.  And then in verse 29 we hear the words “The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World”  After reading the Old Testament I am heartbroken that HE will be the Unblemished Lamb that will be put on the Brazen Altar to substitute our life.  The Lamb of God.  Born for that very purpose….a Sacrifice.

For those of you have read the Old Testament, take a minute to really soak in.  Everything we have read is now being fulfilled.  Jesus didn’t come to abolish the Law but to fulfill the Law.  We end the reading with a great vision Scripture “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” This statement goes all the way back to Genesis 28, when Jacob had a vision of a ladder that shows a Way to Heaven.  Something can take us from this Earth to the Heavenly Heaven!  The JACOB’S LADDER is standing in front of them.  Jesus is that WAY.

Matthew 3; Mark 1, Luke 3

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Heather this is going to be another Long blog…I can’t help it.

Matthew: So 30 years has passed in the reading but you actually have to think more like it has been over 400 years.  Over 400 years since a prophet has spoken, and now here comes John the Baptist.   It says in verse 4 he had a garment of hair and a  leather belt on his waist. (It was to look like Elijah so the Jews would recognize him to usher in the Messiah…Look at 2 Kings 1:8!!)   John is Baptizing as a sign of repentance (this was done before the Messiah came, so we know this has no saving quality to is, just symbolism)  It states in verse 11,  man baptizes with water for repentance, God’s Baptism is of the Holy Spirit (internal).

(this is for Brian) John the Baptist has a following of disciples and it is now the proper time that Jesus gets baptized to fulfill all righteousness.    Saying it is now time to follow Him.  And at that time,  we see the Trinity in all it’s Glory show itself, for it is now time for Jesus to start his Ministry. We also have the introduction of the Pharisees and the Sadducees (2 political/religious parties legalism, pompous and corrupt).  Normally they oppose each other but now that the Messiah is coming for ALL people (not just the Jews) they will be allies.  Both Religious parties grew after the Maccabean period (I am sure your Bible talks about this between the OT and NT, take a peek…)

  • Pharisees: Strict group of Jews who preach strict obedience,  laws,  and traditions (many man created) .  They applied all the books of the Bible to the times at hand.
  • Sadducees: Wealthy upper class priests who ONLY subscribed to the first 5 books of the Bible (Torah) as the Word of God.  The do not belive in angels, demons, or the Resurrection.

Mark: New book today.  Wow, very different style.  Mark is speaking to Christians on Rome.  Rome is worshipping MANY gods so he is going to stress that Jesus in the son of one true God!  In this book of Mark we start to be introduced to the Followers of Jesus.  Exciting isn’t it.  There will be 12 that are Chosen as Disciples, and then others will follow.  We meet brothers Simon and Andrew, fishing with nets to catch fish.  They will now learn how to fish with the Gospel for Men.  Then we meet James son of Zebedee and his brother John (fishing with their Dad and their hired help)  You know I could write a page on all this don’t you!  I won’t.

SO they go to Capernaum.  We already know that he is in Galilee (mostly Gentile) Capernaum was the headquarters to the Roman army, a Very wealthy town,  a great way (tough way)  to start his ministry.  SO Jesus goes to the Synagogue.

  • When the Jews were in captivity in the O.T. the Jewish people didn’t have a temple (it was destroyed at the time) to attend so they created centers of learning and teaching.  Because it was not the Holy Temple, anyone could speak at them.  Each Sabbath, the Synagogue would be packed with men to hear the Scriptures read.  Most often visiting teacher were the speakers and often quoted other great teachers to show authority.  Note Jesus didn’t do that, prove authority, He spoke as the one who had the authority (of course He did).  SUch authority that again the demons recognize him as the Holy One of God!

A lot of great stuff happens in Mark, I needed a commentary for some of it so PLEASE ask if you have questions (I did).  The one that interested me was the man with Leprosy, after he was healed why did he have to go to the priests instead of the people?  The Laws in Leviticus 13 and 14 were very specific on procedure and Jesus always followed the Word of God.   This is how we know He didn’t just come onto the scene like a renegade challenging everything God put into practice, the mere OPPOSITE…he followed it all.  Important to note.

Luke: (I like his style)

SOme name introductions:

  1. Tiberius Caesar: Emperor in Rome (14 A.D. to 37 A.D.)
  2. Pontius Pilot: The appointed roman Governor placed in Judea (where Jerusalem is) (South)
  3. Herod, (Antipas) (1 of 4 that governed the area of Galilee (North)
  4. Annas and Caiaphas the high priests.  Annas was the high priest, but the priesthood by this time is so corrupt, the roman’s had then placed Caiaphas in the position too for political control.

So to make this easy for you, Caesar is in Rome while Rome used Pilot, Herod and Caiaphas to control the Palestine area.  Does that make sense, I want you to get all this.

And again we see this repeat phrase from the Jews “We have Abraham as our Father”, and John, in Spirit tells them that being born of Jewish Descent is not the way of salvation (as it was being taught). Then we see John the Baptist goes to prison for rebuking Herod for being with his brother in laws wife (and other stuff he was doing) and finally a Genealogy.  Luke you will notice reiterates All Mankind will see God’s salvation!  Matthews Genealogy proved Jesus to me related to all Jews (Abraham) but Luke here will prove that Jesus is related to ALL mankind, taking it back to Adam.

I am sorry again for making this long.  After this foundation they will be super short blogs.

Matt 2; Luke 2:39-52

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Wow.  You can really feel the difference between the authors God chose.  Matthew clearly writes straight from the OT scriptures.  He quotes directly from the Prophets of Micah, Isaiah, Hosea and Jeremiah. I would RATHER you forgo the Blog and instead every time it says “As a Prophet wrote” or “As it is written” look up the original text by cross referencing.  If you do not know how to do that, e-mail me and I will write you back Pszyman@comcast.net

Let’s talk about the Magi, or as we like to call them the Wise men.  How many were there? Not sure, but you can count on the fact that whether their were 3 or 30 they traveled in a large entourage, so don’t let the Jesus movies fool you.  You read that the Magi had direct contact with Herod, even though Herod lied to them and said “bring him here I will worship him” yeah right! He’s crazy and we know he would have killed Jesus if found.  Herod considered himself King to the Jews.  Anyway, some time within the first few years of Jesus’ life the Magi greeted Him and brought him 3 gifts:

  1. Gold: for royalty, Jesus is King.
  2. Incense: symbolic of Prayers of the High Priest rising up tp Heaven. (Jesus is the High Priest)
  3. Myrrh: a burial oil, a foreshadow of His death.

How did they know how to find Jesus?  Any of the Old Testament readers remember the story of Balaam and the talking Donkey ?(one of my favorites!) This visit was prophesied through the oracle given to Balaam the Sorcerer.  Numbers 24. (start in 22)

“I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob;
a scepter will rise out of Israel.
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,
the skulls  of all the sons of Sheth. Nu 24:17

Luke 2:39-52.  The Jews were required to visit the Temple in Jerusalem 3 times.   The Passover was the most important pilgrimage.  The Passover was a remembrance of the Exodus out of Egypt when the Angel of Death in the last plague “passed over” the homes with the sacrificed animal blood and spared the first borns of the Jews.  The reason to note this is because when Jesus stayed at “His Father’s House” He was to be sitting learning from the top teachers, Rabbis’ in the land for they would be visiting too.

Since we are reading this chronologically did any of you write in your Bible, “Jesus first written Words in the Bible” next to:

“Didn’t you know I would be in my Father’s House?”

Here are some words I circled in Matthew

  • Jerusalem (it means Heritage of Peace) vs 2
  • Disturbed, )Ummm I told you as long as things stay QUIET the Jews can rule themselves) vs 3
  • Look at Matthew 2:15 and then Hosea 11:1
  • Matthew 2:6 then Micah 5:2
  • Archelaus (they avoided him because he just killed 3000 Pharisees) vs22
  • Nazareth (means The Branch) vs 23
  • Jeremiah 31:15 look up :)

Matt 1; Luke 2:1-38

Posted October 2, 2010 by Patricia in Luke, Matthew. 6 Comments | Edit

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Even if this is your first time reading the Gospel I think was can all surmise that this is the what some call the birth of Jesus, often called the Incarnation.  This  is God in the flesh so this is not a new being, He is just in a different form.  If you have trouble with this,  think of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) as Water.  Water can be Ice, Water and Mist, and water can be liquid,  they are all the same, in different forms.  Anyway, most of us understand the reading today, so I will just take a minute to give some “History”

First Matthew.  Matthew  writes to the Jews so genealogy is very very important. (it still is today for them).  The Jews knew that the Messiah would come from 2 origins.

  • Through the line of Abraham, the  father of all Jews
  • Through the line of David.  Both fulfill the Old Testament Prophecies.

Please take some time to look at some of the people in Jesus family earthly family tree.  He comes from ALL people for ALL people.  In there are heroes to harlots!  Jews and GENTILES!  (Ruth and Rahab were not Jewish woman by birth) INTERESTING TO THINK ABOUT FOR A MINUTE!

Now Luke: Romans were the world power, and we know from the prophecy book Micah (click here to read it!!)  the Messiah would be born in a town called Bethlehem.  Did anyone look that word up in Greek?  You will be blessed if you do.   Anyway, God, of course in  control,  moves Caesar Augustus to order a census whether for tax purposes or military count at the appropriate time to get Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem (God can orchestrate it all!).  Also it is VERY important to look at who He chose: Mary and Joseph were BOTH from the Line of David.

The Shepherd visits Jesus (was I the ONLY one who read this in a  Linus voice from the Peanuts Christmas Special).

Then the reading ends with a Prophecy of Simeon.

29“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”

At the Birth of Jesus we already are talking about Revelation!  The Greek word in this text is  apokalypsis.  (Apocalypse) and the definition is

1) laying bare, making naked

2) a disclosure of truth, instruction

a) concerning things before unknown

b) used of events by which things or states or persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all

3) manifestation, appearance

Well, you can end reading here unless you want some more “History”.

I want to take a little time on the Circumcision:  VERY important background here.  Jesus was not born above the law, instead He filled it perfectly!  So these paragraphs are very important.

  1. The Circumcision is part of the Abrahamic Covenant .  In Genesis 12 God promises that through Moses ALL people on earth will be blessed.  In Genesis 15 God makes that promise a Covenant.  With every covenant there must be a death and blood must be shed. (why Jesus had to sacrifice himself).  So if you go to Genesis 17 the Jewish part of that Covenant was circumcision.  It represented being set apart from all others and their relationship with the Lord.
  2. Luke 2:23 talks of the consecration of the first born.  Why? WOW this is awesome, go back way back to Exodus 11-13.  Remember when the Jews were Delivered out of Egypt.  Do you remember how? Yes! The Plagues.  Each one to combat a false god.  The last plague was the death of the first born children, and God sent an angel of death to take them all but the Jewish children were spared called the Passover.  In remembrance of God’s Deliverance and Mercy the Jews Consecrate their first born to the Lord acknowledging that it is all His!

In between the Testamants

In past years I would have people over and we would spend a LONG time on what happened in those 400 years.  We left the OT with Ezra and Nehemiah building a little Temple, everyone is speaking Hebrew, and few people are in Jerusalem to…….A huge temple, everyone is speaking Greek, the high priest seat is corrupt and Rome is in charge!

What in the world happen in those 400 years!  Well A LOT!

Alexander the Great….the Macabees…the Hasmoneans became the Pharisees and Saducees….the AntiChirst appearance….Cleopatra!  And a whole lot more!!

Unfortunately, I have a bit on my plate and can’t do a class on it this year but I did email out a handout on it (7 pages ha!).  If you did not get it let me know.

Luke 1; John 1:1-14

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JUST in case there are some new readers I am going to give a small recap…skip if you want.

The O.T. (Old Testament) leaves off with the Jews under a Persian Empire, after years of warning to repent from their sins from Prophets,  God finally pulled them out of the Promise Land that Joshua brought them into  as a punishment of correction to get their attention.  King Cyrus (Persian King) released them out of this captivity  to go back to Jerusalem.  Not many went back but the ones that did were mostly Levites and Benjaminties (Temple caretakers) , those that would rebuild the temple.  Since then,  Persia fell to the Greeks under Alexander the Great and eventually the Roman Empire was dominant.  This is where we pick up.  The political figure in Rome was Caesar Augustus, but the appointed leader in Judah (Jerusalem) was Herod the Great).  The Jews were a self governing body as long as they remained peaceful and quiet.  Jesus, the Messiah is being born, and that will stir things up for sure.

Anyway, Priests (from the tribe of Levi)  took turns taking care of the temple, chosen by a  “lot system” (like dice that God controlled) to see whose turn it is daily.  Part of taking care of the temple was burning incense which represented prayer (the smoke going up to the Heavens like our prayers do).  So this day it was Priest Zechariah’s  day chosen by God.  It is noted that Zechariah is a descendant of Aaron.   Aaron was Moses brother, which meant Zechariah came from a line of High Priests (great importance).

OK, back to Luke.  Theophilus may have been Luke’s friend, his lawyer, his financer,  but I think of it this way…Theopholus means “one who loves God” in Greek.  So when it is said Luke  is writing it to Theophilus,  I think the Book is written to me, (and you).  So Gabriel the Angel comes down again to be a messenger for the Lord.  I say again because we might recall he spoke to Daniel.  He must be a top angel because he speaks to Daniel, John the Baptist’s Father,  and Mary.

Anyway, Gabriel tells him that his barren wife who is beyond years will give birth to a son named John.  John will be dedicated to the Lord by not drinking wine or fermented drink.  Do you remember this? Go way back in the brain to Numbers 6 (click here) , the Nazarite Vow.  A parent could dedicate their child to the Lord and in return the child must never cut their hair, drink wine alcohol or touch anything dead.  Other Nazarites in the Bible included Sampson and  Samuel.  So we see the birth of the Prophet, filled with the Holy Spirit, who will proclaim and pave the way for the Messiah to come! (Just as Scriptures said they would)  John is coming in the spirit of Elijah!

In the same time,  Gabriel now speaks to Mary about Jesus being  born through her.  Jesus, the Greek word for Joshua in Hebrew means “the Lord Saves”. Do notice that Mary believes Gabriel not just because an angel is before her but because she is a woman of faith, and KNEW the Word of God through studying scripture.

You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Mary Praised the Lord through a song called the Magnificat (which parts of it were from the song Moses sand just after the parting of the Red Sea) and Zechariah praised God through a song too called the Benedictus.  I am sure it did not surprise you that on the exact day as according to law,  John was circumcised as part of the Abrahamic Covenant of being set apart is a chosen nation (Gen 17).  Circumcision is a SIGN, just like Baptism is today.  It sets us apart and proclaims our faith for all to see.

(The blogs won’t all be this long, I had history to cover.   I promise!)

John 1, the first 14 Scriptures only.  Now that we have read about the virgin conception we turned to John whose purpose in writing this entire book is stated at the end on  John 20:31

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

We may have only read 14 verses in John but here is all that it says:

  • Jesus was in the Beginning (He was present at Creation)
  • All things are from the Trinity
  • Darkness can not overthrow the Light
  • JOhn was sent BY God to precede the coming Messiah for ALL
  • If you believe in his name, He will make you a child if God**
  • God became Flesh, to come dwell with us, full of God’s glory, Grace and Truth.

**Underline John 1:12 in your Bible.  Change HOW you talk about Salvation.  He  chooses us to be a Child of God.   We are not born into it, not by husband’s will, and also not by Human decision.  You don’t decide to become a Christian.    Listen to me, do not say “I asked Jesus to come into my heart”  or “I accepted Jesus into my life”  You can do NOTHING.  By your Faith He SAVED you.  The only thing we can do or have,  is Faith.  He does EVERYTHING ELSE!!!  He CHOOSES TO SAVE YOU….you don’t choose Him.  It’s HIS Covenant, not ours.

FRIENDS this is the Gospel.  Read is Fresh.  This is the most important words you will ever read in your entire life.  Is there is a single verse that you do not understand PLEASE do not pass over it.  Comment or E-mail me directly Pszyman@comcast.net.  There is a lot of Old Testament wrapped up in today’s read so ASK me anything.  Priest?  Temple? Offerings? genealogy? Incense?

Luke Overview

When you think of the authors of the New Testament you probably think they are Gentiles (not Jews) ? Yes? No? Well I did since it is my “church” book.  Ummmm Luke was the only one.  No kidding.  He was from Syria, a very educated man and was also the author of Acts which actually gives him more written scripture than Paul in the NT.

Luke’s Gospel was written for the Greeks, and the Greeks knew that the Messiah would be the Son of Man, sooo the genealogy will prove that Jesus was a direct descendant from Adam ( you may say well we all are, my point is Jewish genealogy did not matter to the Greeks).   This book is written in CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER (that is why it is the choice of translation for missions).  Luke is a physician so he writes in great detail!  Luke was a close friend and traveled with Paul, so he heard first accounts from the other disciples.

The Gospel of Luke is a wonderful book from the Lord for the professed sinner.  The story of Luke will touch anyone feeling not worthy of salvation.  It is a book based around tax collectors and sinful woman.  The pure meaning of Grace will flow from this book.