Jesus Birth Part One

Luke 2,1-7

NIV Study Notes wrote, Quirinius. This official appears to have been in office for two terms, first 6–4 BC and then AD 6–9. A census is associated with each term. This is the first; Ac 5:37 refers to the second. According to John MacArthur, he wrote following,” In light of Luke’s meticulous care as a historian, it would be unreasonable to charge him with such an obvious anachronism. Indeed, archeology has vindicated Luke. A fragment of stone discovered at Tivoli (near Rome) in A.D. 1,764 contains an inscription in honor of a Roman official who, it states, was twice governor of Syria and Phoenicia during the reign of Augustus. The name of the official is not on the fragment, but among his accomplishments are listed details that, as far as is known, can fit no one other than Quirinius.  

 Furthermore he wrote,” With regard to the dating of the census, some ancient records found in Egypt mention a worldwide census ordered in 8 B.C. That date is not without problems, either. It is generally thought by scholars that 6 B.C. is the earliest possible date for Christ’s birth. 

Halley’s Bible Handbook Notes wrote (The purpose of the census was taxation, as the kjv indicates.) Roman historical records place the census of Quirinius in a.d. 7, which was 10 to 13 years after Jesus was born. This historical discrepancy was for a long time troublesome to Bible students. But in recent years ancient papyri have been found that show that Quirinius was governor of Syria twice. Luke expressly says that this was the first census. It has also been discovered that people were indeed required to go to their ancestral homes for the census. Thus, the spade of the archaeologist goes on, confirming one by one and in detail the historical accuracy of biblical statements. The Amazing Providence of God The Messiah is to be of the family of David and is to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2–5). But, the chosen parents live in Nazareth, 100 miles from Bethlehem. A decree of Rome requires them to go to Bethlehem just as the child is about to be born. Thus, God makes the decree of a pagan empire the instrument for fulfilling His prophecies Micah 5:2 .

Bethlehem meaning house of bread because the area was a grain producing region five miles south of Jerusalem with rolling hills where sheep graze and king David was a shepherd

 

While trek had been very difficult on the account of mountainous terrain; however, they needed to  registered in Bethlehem where King David was born resulting from Jewish custom found in 2 Sam. 24). Both Joseph and Mary were from descendants of David and therefore went to their tribal home in Judea. 

2:5  it states” who was engaged to him and was pregnant In Matt. 1:25. Mary and Joseph were married but, they not intimate  until after the birth of Jesus where they where they consummated their marriage vows proving Joseph not the father Jesus; however, In 2:49  Jesus uttered these words “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house? Also, it states in Mat 1:16 the husband of Mary who gave birth to Jesus who is called the Messiah and Luke 3:23 thought to be the son of Joseph. Indicating Joseph was not his father but Holy Spirit planted the seed

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Luke 2; 7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn  Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the lodging place.

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible wrote,” Parents and midwives wrapped an infant’s limbs in long strips of cloth to help them to grow straight. They could be used until the infant’s limbs became firm or for as long as two months. manger. A feeding trough for domestic animals; people sometimes kept animals in caves by the house. Gentiles had a few stories of deities born in caves (though also stories of deities born elsewhere). Luke does not specify a cave as the place of the manger, but the tradition that Jesus was born in a cave is early, information apparently already circulating in Bethlehem by the early second century.” Reformation Study Bible wrote,” The birth of the baby is described simply. ” Swaddling cloths ” were strips of cloth used to wrap a baby. That the Child was put in a manger may mean that the birth was in a stable. There is a tradition that Jesus was born in a cave, which could have been used as a stable. Mangers were often outdoors, so it is possible that Jesus was born in the open air. Another possibility is that the place was the home of a poor family, where the animals would be under the same roof. 

There was nowhere for them in the inn. This may mean that the innkeeper did not want to have them there.

Dr Charles Stanley wrote,” Amazingly, God stepped into this world not as the reigning King with pomp and ceremony, but as the humble Child who was wrapped in simple swaddling clothes. Far from a royal crib, Jesus’ first resting place was a primitive feeding trough.

 

2:7 There was no room for them at the lodging place or there was no room for them in the inn. Likely because many were returning to this ancient town to register in the census order by Augustus. Or may mean that the innkeeper did not want them there resulting from her pregnancy. A typical inn small town during New Testament was one room guest house where the innkeeper would provide food and drink for the lodger. Where the traveling caravans, including the people, and their animals provided shelter for them where the animal would discharged their order. The Greek word is “kataluma meaning an inn, lodging place. 

 

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The Story Of The Candy Cane

The Story Of The Candy Cane

 Every year when I went to my brother for Christmas I would give my niece and nephews a candy cane as a Christmas gifts. Here the story behind the Candy Cane;

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would remind people of the true meaning of Christmas; so he made the candy cane to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

The candy maker then shaped his cane into the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to the earth as Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down to to reclaim the fallen lambs who, like sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

A candy cane. (perhaps enough for each child

To many people, the candy cane is a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time or just a piece of candy to be eaten and enjoyed. I hope that this year, every time you see a candy cane, you will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.

Scripture: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his stripes you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

 

Lord, we thank you that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who keeps us from harm. We thank you that because of his suffering and death on the cross, we have life everlasting. Help us to remember that we find the true meaning of Christmas in him.

 

 Zechariah’s Prophecy

 

Luke 1; 57- 79 

Zachariah was a high priest from the Abijah’s division, and was married to Elizabeth both were from the tribe of Aaron and he served as a High Priest . Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord.They had a son name John in the latter part of their lives. While Elizabeth expecting John was he  unable to speak because did not believe the angel words while performing priestly in Herod Temple .

When Eliizbeth  gave birth to John on the eighth day they circumcise him, however, the people were going to call him Zachariah, after his father. But his mother responded, “No! He will be called John. They summon  Zachariah and he wrote the name John.  Immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue was set free, and he began to, praising God and pronounce a benediction, and filled with the Holy Spirit and began to prophesied concerning the future of the Messiah and his son John known as John Baptist. 

KJV Bible Commentary wrote, ” In fact, there are no less than sixteen direct quotations or allusions to the Old Testament contained  these few verses. Zachariah utters a remarkable prophecy which heralds the coming of the Messiah and His forerunner. It is in some ways The New Testament reiteration of the last chapter of the Old Testament.”

 To understand Zachariah you need to think like a High priest and understand the sacrificial system written in the Old Testament handed down by God written by Moses.  

  

1:69 provided redemption for His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David,

 

Redemption for His people; Redemption means liberation, deliverance, release from a debt. The Greek word is  lutrósis; a feminine noun properly, the payment of the full ransom-price to free a slave. In short to purchase or redeemed mankind from the curse of sins. 

Dictionary of Bible Themes,” Jesus Christ redeems believers from all forms of sinful bondage and oppression through his death and resurrection. The price of that redemption, his own death, represents a ransom paid to secure the freedom of those held in bondage to sin.”

Matthew Henry wrote, He has wrought out redemption for them: He has redeemed his people. This was the errand which Christ came into the world, to redeem those that were sold for sin, and sold under sin; even God’s own people, his Israel, his son, his first-born, his free-born, need to be redeemed, and are undone if they be not. Christ redeems them by price out of the hands of God’s justice and redeems them by power out of the hands of Satan’s tyranny, as Israel out of Egypt.

1:69 Horn of Salvation; It means a mighty deliverer.  Eastern Bible Study defines as, The expression “horn of salvation,” applied to Christ, means a salvation of strength, or a strong Saviour triumph (xPs. 89:17, 24). To “lift up” the horn is to act proudly (Zech. 1:21). Horns are also the symbol of royal dignity and power (Jer. 48:25; Zech. 1:18; Dan. 8:24)

Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary wrote, “In Lk 1:69, Zac

hariah song praising Jesus’ coming birth uses keras to apply the Messiah’s “saving power ” referred to in Ps 18:2. ” Raising up the horn of salvation ” communicates a dramatic increase in power (cf. Deut 33:17). Several OT passages point to the coming of the Messiah by depicting the horn of David as exalted e.g., Ps 89:24; 132:17.” A symbol of power, victory, and salvation; e.g., Ps. 18:2; cf. Lk. 1:69  Barnes notes on the Bible, “So the Redeemer “may be ” called the “horn of salvation,” because those who flee to him are safe.” 

Believer bible Commentary wrote, “A horn was used to hold the oil for anointing kings; therefore it might mean here a King of salvation from the kingly line of David. Or it might be a symbol of power and thus mean “a powerful Savior.”’ 

John Calvin wrote,” He hath raised up the horn of salvation. That is, saving power: for, when the throne of David was cast down, and the people scattered, the hope of salvation had to all appearance perished. Zacharias alludes to the predictions of the prophets, which hold out that a sudden revival would take place, when the state of affairs should have become melancholy and desperate. This mode of expression is borrowed from the passage, “There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed,” (Ps. 132:17.) But if it is only in Christ thatc God has put forth his power to save us, we are not at liberty to depart from that method, if we desire to obtain salvation from God. Let it c very be also observed, that this horn brings salvation to believers, but terror to the ungodly, whom it scatters, or bruises and lays prostrate.

 

1:69 In the house of His servant David; Since both Zacharias and Elizabeth were Levites. The One raised up “In the house of…David” could not be John, but spoke of Someone greater than John.

In 2 Samuel 7:16  God told King David your throne will be established forever. Since the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 AD where all family records were kept. Christ’s Davidic reign will continue to reign through Christ found in Matthew1;1-16 and Luke 3;23-38 

Luke 1;70 just as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets in ancient times; When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit they spiritually died, and saw they naked were afraid, and sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Than the Lord put a curse on them; However, God address the snake first in Genesis 3:15  uttering the words, I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed, and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel. Than God slaughtered an animal made clothing out of skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them to cover their shame. A shadow of the reality that God would someday kill a substitute to redeem sinners.

 

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers wrote, “His holy prophets, which have been since the world began.–The words were probably more than a lofty paraphrase of the more usual language, “of old time,” “of ancient days,” and imply a reference to the great first Gospel, as it has been called, of Genesis 3:15, as well as to those made to Abraham who is the first person named as a prophet (Genesis 20:7).

 1:71 God had promised to deliver the Israelites from their enemies. In Luke, these enemies include both human and spiritual forces (4:16–30; 11:14–26).

John Calvin wrote Zachariah was well aware, that the principal war of the church of God is not with flesh and blood, but with Satan and all his armament, by which he labours to accomplish our everlasting ruin. Though the Church is also attacked by outward foes, and is delivered from them by Christ, yet, as the kingdom of Christ is spiritual, it is chiefly to Satan, the prince of this world, and all his legions, that the present discourse relates. For example  Job was attacked by Sabeans and Chaldeans ruin his life took everything from him; however, Satan and host were behind the attacks.

 

Matthew Hendry wrote Zacharias uttered a prophecy concerning the kingdom and salvation of the Messiah. The gospel brings light with it; in it the day dawns. In John the Baptist it began to break, and increased apace to the perfect day. The gospel is discovering; it shows that about which we were utterly in the dark; it is to give light to those that sit in darkness, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. It is reviving; it brings light to those that sit in the shadow of death, as condemned prisoners in the dungeon. It is directing; it is to guide our feet in the way of peace, into that way which will bring us to peace at last, Ro 3:17.   

 

Luke1:72–73; Zechariah cites three aspects of God’s redeeming work: “salvation” (v.71), “mercy” (v.72), and the remembrance of God’s holy covenant 

 

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible wrote  to our father Abraham. When God acted to redeem his people in the past, he did so in remembrance of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Ex 2:24). He had also promised to do so whenever Israel turned to him (Lev 26:42). This showed his grace (2Ki 13:23; 1Ch 16:16; Ps 105:9). Scripture often speaks of God’s oath to the patriarchs (see especially Ge 22:16 – 18). See Genesis 12:1–3; 13:14–17; 15:1–6; 22:15–18

 

The words “covenant” and “oath” form the central point of the song, emphasizing the importance of God’s covenant and his faithfulness to it. Not only does this serve as an important theme in Luke, but it also gives encouragement to us to trust the promises of God.

 

Luke 1:781:79 The Dawn from on high; The coming of the Messiah. Meaning, “Dawn from heaven will visit us.”  Providing the light of truth and forgiveness to those blinded by the darkness of their sins.

While the wicked will be devoured by the heat of His wrath, those who fear Him will feel His warmth with healing in His “rays” or “beams”. Is. 30:26; 60:1, 3.

Believer Bible Commentary wrote,”Christ’s coming is likened to the sunrise. For centuries, the world had lain in darkness. Now through the tender mercy of our God, dawn was about to break. It would come in the Person of Christ, shining on the Gentiles who were in darkness and the shadow of death, and guiding Israel’s feet into the way of peace (see Mal. 4:2).

 

 Zachariah would physical would not witness  or hear his son utter these words “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me. Nor  did his father physical see Jesus Christ  die on the cross; however, Zachariah did witness Jesus birth and his son birth  who is the forerunner of Christ foretold by the prophet Isaiah who said”: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight.” He physical saw the Savour of the world Jesus. The Adamic Covenant found in Genesis 3:16-19  will be fulfilled through 

Jesus Christ  where Satan head bruised  and Satan would bruise His heel. In short, Zachariah  physical saw prophecies about to be fulfilled fold told by the Old Testament prophets 

    

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+40%3A3&version=NIV 

https://www.gotquestions.org/Adamic-covenant.html 

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/adamic-covenant/ 

 

 Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

 

Remembrance Day

 

 

 

On November 11, is a day of remembrance for those brave men and women who fought courageous, sacrificing their lives, and many sacrifice their lives, for the sake of our freedom. The Poppy is a reminder of those brave men and women who love their country and willing to sacrifice their lives, so we can live in freedom . This quote came from The Poppy Campaign, “Every year, from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, The Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign. Canadians have donated money to support the services we provide and to clearly show their recognition of the debt owed to so many Canadians who gave their lives for our freedom.” 

Below is several pictures of our uncles who risk their lives, to rescue those who were oppressed by Nazi regime and were a threat to the world. Here’s a brief summary from novelette, Wherever You Go written by Martha Turkstra- Tigchelaar on  page 41, “These were days of great anxiety on the home front, for our parents and our church. Our concern was for boys as dad and mom lovingly called them. Needless to say, many prayers went up for each one of them.” Further on page 43,  “on May 4th and 5th, 1945 the Germans finally withdrew the troops. Uncle Wilfred travel throughout Holland. That was time of great rejoicing for our family in Holland, to actually hear, to touch and see a Turkstra clan in a Canadian uniform. Many Canadians have fallen in the battle to free Holland, and thousands lay buried there. This was truly amazing. Hedser Turkstra, a cousin, told Wilford that Dad’s debt to his family – incurred years earlier to make the move to Canada – was now settled because three of his sons had joined in the fight to free Holland.” When see see poppy remember the vets!! 

On my desk top is a Picture of several medics recusing wounded solders out of harm way. One of them is my uncle. 

 

Hebrew 12; 1; a; 12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,

Mary Mother Of Jesus

 Luke 1;31-45

 

Mary mother of Jesus was from the tribe of Judah, born in Nazareth  and in the line of king David she was engaged to Joseph they were both in the line King David. Joseph was in royal line King David found in Matthew 1; 2-16 and Mary family tree is found Luke 3; 23-38. As promise in 2 Samuel 7:12-13  Where the royal established  in King Solomon line where the royal   1 Chronicles 3:5–8 and 1 King 1:30,

 

She bore him four sons and several daughters, theirs names areJames, Joses, Judas and Simon, and the daughters were unnamed (Matthew 13:55, 56; Mark 6:3) She was relative of Elizabeth from the tribe of Aaron who married to Zachariah was a high priest, and the parent of John Baptist. Where the Angel of Gabriel appear before her  proclaiming that should she would have a son and that Holy Spirit will overshadow her and impregnate her . She only women who had a child without being intimate  with another man, and the child name is Jesus who came into the world to redeem mankind from the curse of sins.

 

While the Catholic doctrine believes in the Immaculate Conception; however, Mary was a godly young woman (Luke 1:28) but she not without sin. Since she herself refers to herself who needing a Savour in (Luke 1:47  

 

1:33  Since the second Temple was destroyed in 70 AD were all the family tree of the Jewish descendant were kept in great details and they were scattered throughout Europe and Asia, and  would have been impossible  to trace Judah line never mind David line found in 2 Samuel 7:12-13 especially King Solomon line where the royal line was established, in 1 Chronicles 3:5–8 and 1 King 1:30, Believer Commentary wrote,” It seems obvious that the Messianic line ended with the Lord Jesus. No one else can ever present a valid legal claim to the throne of David. 

 

 However, there is a record  found in  Luke 3; 23-38 and Matthew 1; 1-16  this was the line of King David Mary and Joseph was in king David line. Mary was found in Luke 3; 23-38 for example in Luke 3 (v. 23) was the father-in-law of Joseph and the father of Mary.also was descended from David through his son Nathan (v. 31 Solomon brother. Joseph  line found in Matthew 1; 1-16 where in Matthew 1:6 it states Solomon mother of Bathsheba. Where royal line was established as promise by King David found in 1 Chronicles 3:5–8 and 1 King 1:30. Since God promised King David that his line would reign forever found in 2 Samuel 7:12-13 However,Joseph was not Jesus’ true father since the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary found in Matthew 1:16 and Luke 3:23.   

Believer Commentary wrote, In Jeremiah 22:30 God pronounced a curse on this man: Thus says the LORD:” Write this man down as childless, A man who shall not prosper in his days; For none of his descendants shall prosper, Sitting on the throne of David, And ruling anymore in Judah. The nations of Jewish people were capture and were into exile into Babylon where they.cease ruling on the throne; however, the family tree continued on until Joseph

 “If Jesus had been the real son of Joseph, He could redeemed mankind from the of their sin.Since Joseph was also part of Adam curse where  Jesus could not be  the true lamb of God that would take away the sin of the world. As scriptures declares,” I was sinful when my mother conceived me. For I am conscious of my rebellion,and my sin is always before me. Yet, He had to be the legal son of Joseph in order to inherit the rights to the throne of David.

The problem was solved by the miracle of the virgin birth: Jesus was the legal heir to the throne through Joseph. He was the real Son of David through Mary. The curse on Jeconiah did not fall on Mary or her children since she did not descend from Jeconiah shall not prosper, “Yet He had to be the legal son of Joseph in order to inherit the rights to the throne of David.    

   When God had pronounced a curse on the snake found in Genesis 3:15, I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed, and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his {Jesus} heel. Since the seed had needed to be implanted by a man for woman to become pregnant the seed needed to be without defect hence. The Holy Spirit impregnated Mary with a seed.  

Also, the Son of God needed to experience every human tempting every difficult situation known to mankind yet without sinning.  As scripture declares, ” but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are yet he did not sin. In short, Jesus needed to be both God and mankind to conquered sin.  The genealogy nonetheless establishes Jesus claim to the throne of David as Joseph’s legal heir.

 Luke 1:38; While Mary said yes NIV Student Bible wrote,”Saying yes to God usually involves sacrifice. It did for Mary who endured the doubts of her fiancé and the scorn of neighbors who saw her pregnant before marriage. Saying yes meant bearing the pain of childbirth. It meant fleeing to far-off Egypt to protect her baby from Herod’s soldiers. It meant raising a child she did not completely understand. (Once during his ministry she came to take charge of Jesus, thinking him out of his mind [see Mark 3:21].) Hardest of all, it meant watching her son die on the cross. 

In Biblical times, no women could ever, get pregnant without having sex with a man  in Jewish cultures adultery was punishable by death by stoning under the Mosaic law. Deut. 22:23, 24.NIV Culture Background Bible Study wrote, “For a woman who was betrothed but not yet married to be pregnant violated social standards.”

When Holy Spirit impregnated Mary carrying a wonderful gift; however,  she would eventually would have to reported to her future husband Joseph that Holy Spirit impregnated  with a Son. While it was honour to be chosen by God to conceived the Holy One without sin. Even thou she was  telling the truth it would very difficult pitch this to her future husband

  The only logical conclusion Joseph could that Mary was pregnant by another man not by the Holy Spirit  in other words, that she had committed adultery under the Mosaic law. Deut. 22:23, 24. A common response would be been that Joseph would been very upset for “plowing her  heifer. As scripture declares “For jealousy enrages a hush and , and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not be appeased by anything or be persuaded by lavish gifts.”

The Gospel of Matthew explains that Jospeh was a “righteous man, yet unwilling to expose [Mary] to shame” so he decided to “divorce her quietly.” If he follow through it would bring great shame to Mary and her family; however, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be   afraid to   take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. While Joseph did honourable thing by honouring engagement. In Luke, 2:5 Mary still engaged to Josep and was pregnant with Jesus while travelling to Bethlehem.

The Jewish society frown upon permissive women often shun them Dr Charles Stanley wrote,” Jewish tradition demanded harsh treatment for unmarried pregnant women. Religious leaders would have dealt with her severely.

Luke 2:5 To be registered along with Mary who was engaged to him and was pregnant.

 In John, 8:41  The Jew’s leader also accused Jesus being  illegitimate child meaning. The Jews knew the story about Mary’s betrothal and that Joseph was not Jesus’ real father; thus, they implied that Jesus’ birth was illegitimate.  Often, Roman Solider would sleep with young women in local community promising great wealth or forces them to have sex Remember Mary was chosen by God and did not sex with another man  

in Luke 1:27 Mary was still a virgin and engaged with Joseph and admitted herself that never being intimate with a man. The angel Gabriel  uttered these words in Luke 1:28  Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you, and furthermore He stated in

 Luke 1:30, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. ” In short Mary had to bear the shame it   Mary was  willing to bear the disgrace Even thou she was carrying the greatest gift that God gave to mankind His Son Jesus Christ, and she agreed to these term wilily.  In Luke, 1:38  Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

 The people in her day view her with shame. However, those who sins had been redeemed by Christ view her as a blessed mother who bore the Savour of the world that redeemed mankind from Adams curses  

In short, Mary child would be the Savour of the World taking mankind sins. He’s known as the second Adam. As holy prophets in ancient times had predicted in Genesis 3:15, it about to be fulfilled foretold in the Old Testament by the prophets. He would remove Adam and Eve curse as promise by God  and sealed with a convent by killing an animal  Genesis 3:21  a fore shadow of the reality that God would someday kill a substitute to redeem sinners burden of sin . 

This child would be abolished the ceremonial law found in Leviticus 4-6,16  Since it was It be impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. He became the lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world replace the lamb found in Exodus 12; 13, Genesis 3; 21, and Genesis 22; 13 note the phase, ” took the ram, and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.” 

As scripture declares, “He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.” Bob Durtko said The Blood of Christ is most powerful force on the earth.” George Macleod wrote; I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not  crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves. 

Lastly, Dr John Stott wrote about follower of Christ, “Who am I? What is myself? The answer is that I am Jekyll and Hyde a mix up kids, having both dignity because I was created had been re-created in the image of God, and depravity because I have fallen and rebellious nature. I am both noble, ignoble beautiful, ugly good, bad, upright, and twisted image and child of God yes sometimes yielding obsequious homage to the devil from whose clutches Christ has rescue me. My true self is what I am by creation which Christ came to redeem, by calling myself what I am I am by the fall, which Christ came destroy.”

 

P. P. Bliss wrote, “I will sing of my Redeemer and his wondrous love to me; on the cruel cross he suffered, from the curse to set 

me free. Sing, O sing of my Redeemer! With his blood, he purchased me; on the cross he sealed my pardon, paid the debt, and made me free.  I will tell the wondrous story, how my lost estate 

to save, ”  He was not only her child; he was her Lord and savour. To that, Mary said yes.

As a follower of Christ if Mary was willing bear the shame for accused of being a permissive women even thou she not commit adultery and  still was a virgin  found in 1:271:30 , 1:34. Lastly Angel Gabriel declares in 1:28 Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you. 

Are we willing bear the insults hardship and being called idiot for believing in Christ atoning works As Apostle Paul wrote,” Five times I received 39 lashes from Jews. Three times I was beaten with rods by the Romans. Once I was stoned by my enemies. Three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the open sea. On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the open country, dangers on the sea, and dangers among false brothers; labor and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and lacking clothing. Further he wrote. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.

 

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https://hymnary.org/text/i_will_sing_of_my_redeemer 

 

Thomas Drowry 

Prior execution Bishop Hooper he examined a blind boy concerning his faith and the cause of his imprisonment. He looked on him steadfastly, tears standing in his eyes, and said, “Ah! Poor boy, God hath taken from thee thy outward sight, for what reason He best knoweth; but He hath endued thy soul with the eye of knowledge and faith. God gives thee grace continually to pray unto Him, that thou lose not that sight, for thou wouldst then be blind both in body and soul.” The boy’s name was Thomas Drowry.  He was blind; however, when one sense goes they the developed the other senses such as your hearing , and the ability to recall recite the exact words spoken to them.  

Thomas Drowry had such abilities while being examined Dr. Williams, Chancellor of Gloucester, He asks “Dost thou not believe that after the words of consecration, spoken by the priest, there remaineth the very real body of Christ in the sacrament of that altar?” “No,” answered the blind boy, “that I do not.” 

 Than the Bishop condemn as a heretic ask him who taught you this heresy?  You, Master Chancellor pointing toward pulpit ‘When you preached there ” (naming a day) “a sermon to all men, as well as me, upon the sacrament. You said the sacrament was to be received spiritually, by faith.

On May, 15th 1556 Thomas Drowry was taken to the stake in Gloucester. Place fasten to the pole and executioner lit fire went and consumed by the flames; however, the first person he saw was Jesus the Son of God. Entering through the Gates of Splendour and receiving the martyr crowns.

http://www.scionofzion.com/blind.htm

http://www.exclassics.com/foxe/foxe343.htm

 

Joan Waste.

Joan was born in 1534 and had twin brother named Roger to a Derby barber, William Waste and his wife Joan. She was born blind.

While Edward was upon the throne, the people of England had church services in their own language instead of Latin. 

Joan was moved by the Holy Spirit to go to hear the Bible readings and sermons. She was converted to Christ her Saviour. Who has found own poor lost blind sheep and gave her a new of saving faith along with spiritual insight.

Even thou she was blind she wanted a Bible even thou the books were very expensive. She able saves enough to purchase a New Testament by applying her trade knitting and making rope. Even thou it took her time or two find someone to read the Bible. Eventually, she found an elderly man in Derby Gaol called John Hurt who said he would gladly read to her everyday a chapter until illness finally rendered him from reading However, she able find someone else to even thou cost her every time someone read her the investment paying off.

Joan was able to recite long passages of Scripture, and refuted all false doctrines, and rebuked those sinned against the Bible, exhort those commit their lives to Christ or face Judgement   

In 1553, Queen Mary came to the throne and in January 1555 it was made illegal by Parliament to hold Protestant view were expected to attend Roman Catholic Masses. Nonetheless, Joan would not submit to heresy of the Roman Catholic dogma and believe that the Scriptures had the finial authority not the pope. She also denied the Sacrament of the Altar where the body and the blood of Christ transubstantiation, in the bread, and wine.  Immediately, the Bishop requested that Joan turn away from the faith of the Bible, and trust in the Holly Church.

 At this point, the Bishop and his Chancellor became angry. First, they tried to persuade her that the Son of God was easily and regularly brought down and changed into bread and wine but, when it was clear that she would not listen, they threatened her with imprisonment, torture, and death if she refused to believe in this “Sacrament of the Altar.”

Then, she reminded her hearers that a number of sincere Christians had recently been imprisoned and then burnt to death for believing the same things that she did rather than embrace the doctrines of Rome, boldly she went on,  “Are you prepared to die for your doctrine? If not, then for God’s sake stop troubling me no more. I am but a poor, blind, uneducated woman, but with God’s help I am ready to yield up my life in this faith.” 

On August 1st 1556, she taken to Windmill Pit were many of her brothers and sisters were martyred because their faith in Jesus Christ. Before her execution, she called upon the multitude to pray for her. That Christ would have mercy upon her. Where the light of the everlasting sun of righteousness would beamed upon her when the departed spirit.

  Excerpt From: John Foxe. “Fox’s Book of Martyrs  

  https://www.revolvy.com/topic/Joan%20Waste http://www.otteryreformed.freeola.net/jwaste.htm

https://historywitch.com/tag/joan-waste/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Waste

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Waste 

http://religion.wikia.com/wiki/Joan_Waste  https://www.biblestudytools.com/history/foxs-book-of-martyrs/joan-waste-and-others.html 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E90g9AXo25w

 

Mary Visit Elizabeth

Mary’s Visit t Elizabeth
Luke 1;39-45

Elizabeth was from the tribe of Aaron, and was married to Zechariah who was a high priest. They were both righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord.They had a son in the latter part of their life, and named him John who was known as John Baptist. The fore runner to Christ foretold by Isaiah in Isaiah 40:3. She was also a relative of Mary the mother of Jesus.She also spoke three times in gospel of Luke found in Luke 1:25, Luke 1;42-45 and Luke 1:60. Luke was only person who address Zechariah and Elizabeth in his account.
After Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit she visited Elizabeth and she was filled with the Holy Spirit found in Luke1:41 and in Luke 1;42-45 ; You are the most blessed of women, and your child will be blessed! How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me!  She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled!” Note Luke 1;43 in that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
Matthew Henry commentary wrote,” Elisabeth was herself filled with the Holy Ghost, or a Spirit of prophecy, by which, as well as by the particular suggestions of the Holy Ghost she was filled with, she was given to understand that the Messiah was at hand, in whom prophecy; emphasis added foretold in the Old Testament by the prophets concerning the Messiah.
Believer’s Bible Commentary wrote,” There was not a trace of jealousy in her heart; only joy and delight that the unborn baby would be her Lord. Mary was blessed among women in that she was given the privilege of bearing the Messiah. The fruit of her womb is blessed in that He is Lord and Savior. emphasis added redeeming both Mary and Elizabeth from the curse of sin. “
NKJV Study Bible wrote,” Elizabeth marveled at the grace that allowed her a role in God’s great plan. She knew God owed her nothing; but she also knew that God had mercifully given her much.”
Like her husband Zechariah she witnessed the birth of the Messiah meaning the chosen one who will be the Savour who will be Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! Declared by her son John. She uttered these words, ”She who has believed is blessed.” Matthew Henry wrote,” (Luke 1:45): Blessed is she that believed. Believing souls are blessed souls, and will be found so at last; this blessedness cometh through faith, even the blessedness of being related to Christ, and having him formed in the soul. They are blessed who believe the word of God, for that Word will not fail them.”

Mary Magnificat
Luke1; 46-55

Magnificat is Latin vulgate meaning to glorifies.or my soul doth magnify the Lord in the hymn of the Virgin Mary in Luke1; 46-55 and it is filled with OT allusions and quotations. It reveals that Mary’s heart and mind were saturated with the Word of God. It contains repeated echoes of Hannah’s prayers,
Got A Question define it as The Latin translation of Mary’s response begins with the word magnificat, which simply means “magnify” (or “exalt,” “glorify,” etc.). The Magnificat is a poem of praise to God, praising Him for His blessing to Mary and His faithfulness to Israel. The Magnificat also highlights a series of reversals in which the proud are humbled and the humble are exalted—not the least being a poor young girl who will be the mother of the Messiah.
It is filled with OT allusions and quotations. It reveals that Mary’s heart and mind were saturated with the Word of God. It contains echoes of Hannah’s prayers
Luke 1:47 & 1:48 like James and Judah Jesus half brothers where they wrote in their epistles,  James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ: or Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, Greek work slave or bondservant is doulos meaning someone who belongs to a bond slave another, without any ownership rights of their own. is used with the highest dignity in the NT – namely, of believers who willingly live under Christ’s authority as His devoted followers. Where in Luke 1:48 Greek word for slave is doulé meaning female slave, bondmaid. In both incident they mention slaves not brother or Son While Mary was His mother and James and Jude was Jesus was their brother. They also recognize Jesus and as Lord and Savour who redeemed them from theirs sins as indicated in Luke 1:47. As Dr John MacArthur wrote Mary referred to God as “Savior,” indicating both that she recognized her own need of a Savior, and that she knew the true God as her Savior.

In 1:28 who did Lord find favour with a man or woman” Who conceived the Messiah a man or woman? Who did the angel appeared before bearing the good news about the Messiah a man or woman? Who uttered my mother of my Lord should come to me, You are the most blessed of women, and your child will be blessed a man or woman? In Luke Who uttered these words found in Luke1; 46-55 a man or woman In 1:47 who uttered these words God my Savior, a man or woman? in Luke 1:45 who uttered these words,  “She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled!” a man or woman? in 1:6 Zechariah and Elizabeth were they both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord. Lastly how does Godly man view his wife ? Or how does God view a woman or what does bible say about woman and the role woman play in the church and family or society?
Is woman part of the salvation plan and their sin purchased on the cross
In Galatians 3; 28-29 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.
John MacArthur wrote,” you are all one in Christ Jesus. All those who are one with Jesus Christ are one with each other. This verse does not deny that God has designed racial, social, and sexual distinctions among Christians, but it affirms that those do not imply spiritual inequality before God. Nor is this spiritual equality incompatible with the God-ordained roles of headship and submission in the church, society, and at home. Jesus Christ, though fully equal with the Father, assumed a submissive role during His incarnation (Phil. 2:5–8).”

https://www.gotquestions.org/Magnificat.html

1 John 5:14-16

1 John 5:14-16; verse 14-15;1, When you’re seeking God will or according to His will meaning you’re interested in His will not your own will than God will hear your prayer than God will give confidence carry it out since acting on His will John Macarthur wrote ’” John already specified that answered prayer also depends on obedience to God’s commandments and avoidance of sin (3:21Ps. 66:18John 15:71 Pet. 3:7). Since genuine believers know God’s Word (i.e., His will) and practice those things that are pleasing to Him, they never insist on their own will, but supremely seek God’s desires (Matt. 26:39–42).”
 
Verse 16-17 16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not bring death, he should ask, and God will give life to him—to those who commit sin that doesn’t bring death. There is sin that brings death. I am not saying he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin that does not bring death. I’ll use the link you sent since I like     Dr John Gil commentary which I enjoyed reading like Matthew Henry, Thomas Aquinas, and John Calvin where they wrote commentary on the Old & New Testament in which many Biblical  scholars  enjoy their works in the past, present and futures below are the link to all his commentaries
 
Verse 16;  If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not bring death, Matthew 18; 15, states,” If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. Gils wrote following,” for fallen believers; for a “brother”; not in a natural or civil sense, but in a spiritual sense, one that is judged to be born again, and belongs to the family and household of God, and is a member of a Gospel church; and so is under the watch, inspection, and care of the saints; and is observed to sin, as the best of men are not without it, nor the commission of it, in thought, word, or deed: and this sin of his is a sin [which is not unto death 
Resulting from Adam and Eve disobedience when they ate the forbidden fruit they died a spiritual death and eventually died physically death where Gil wrote, “every sin, even the least sin, is in its own nature mortal, or deserving of death; the proper wages of sin is death, yea, death eternal. However, those being chosen by God. Will fall asleep and their souls will wake up in heaven, 1 Corinthians 15; 5 Gil wrote, “yet none of the sins of God’s elect are unto death or issue in death; in fact; which is owing not to any different nature there is in their sins, or to their good works which counterbalance them; but to the grace of God, and to the blood and righteousness of Christ, by which they are pardoned and justified, and freed from obligation to punishment, or eternal death.”
However, their times when follow of Christ continue fall into sins even thou know it wrong they continue fall unto same sin again and again for example, the Apostle Paul in Romans 7; 15-18  For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that nothing good lives in me that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. Gil wrote,” that sin he sins is not a governing one in him; though he falls into it, he rises up out of it through divine grace and abides not in it; and he has a sense of it and is sorry for it, after a godly sort, loaths it, and himself for it; is ashamed of it, ingenuously confesses it, and mourns over it, and forsakes it. As scripture declares,’ or though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again. When sees a brother or sisters fall into sin they comfort them and pray for them and encourage them get up again. That is, God shall give the sinning brother life; by which may be meant comfort that which will revive his drooping spirits, and cause him to live cheerfully and comfortably, that so he may not be swallowed up with over much sorrow; or he shall grant a discovery of the pardon of his sin unto him, which will be as life from the dead, and will give him a comfortable hope of eternal life, of his right unto it, and meetness for it:

Verse 16; There is sin that brings death. Reformed Bible Study wrote, Some connect this sin with the unforgivable sin mentioned in Matt. 12:3132Mark 3:28–30Luke 12:8–10. More likely, John is referring to a stubborn refusal to accept the message of the gospel. 

KJV Bible Study wrote,”may refer to blaspheming the Holy Spirit, rejecting Christ as Savior, rejecting the humanity or deity of Jesus, a specific sin such as murder (3:1215), or a life of habitual sin. Whatever it is, the sin seems to be a flagrant violation of the sanctity of the Christian community 
 
 Gils wrote,”here is a sin unto death;which is not only deserving of death, as every other sin is, but which certainly and inevitably issues in death in all that commit it, without exception; and that is the sin against the Holy Ghost, which is neither forgiven in this world nor in that to come, and therefore must be unto death; it is a sinning wilfully, not in a practical, but doctrinal way, after a man has received the knowledge of the truth; it is a wilful denial of the truth of the Gospel, particularly that peace, pardon, righteousness, eternal life, and salvation, are by Jesus Christ, contrary to the light of his mind, and this joined with malice and obstinacy; so that there is no more or other sacrifice for such a sin; there is nothing but a fearful looking for of wrath and fury to fall on such opposers of the way of life; and as the presumptuous sinners under Moses’s law died without mercy, so must these despiteful ones under the Gospel; see ( Matthew 12:31  Matthew 12:32 ) ( Hebrews 10:26-29 ) . Some think there is an allusion to one of the kinds of excommunication among the Jews, called “shammatha”, the etymology of which, according to some Jewish writers, is (htym Mv) , “there is death

 
 To me one evident when you sin against the Holy Spirit you deny Jesus is Lord and his atoning on the cross. The Apostle Paul wrote,”Therefore I inform you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
 However, someone commits a murder, and was found guilty, and was sentence to die and became a committed follower of Christ, and repented, confess and believe that Jesus took their sins. Than their sins will no longer remember in heaven. They eventually  were executed due to the crime they committed before they accept the Lord the government was within right carryout this sentence As scripture declares,”  Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God.” Romans 13;1