Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4:14)

ISSUE: #109


(Messianic Email Message)
Psalms 119:97 - 104
Seeking The Truth
MEM Index
Article Index

And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

For His Glory!


The Wages of Sin

What is the your understanding of sin? Do you have a list of do’s and don’ts? What if your list does not agree with my list? Do we use our list to compare ourselves with others? What is sin and where does it come from?

In Yeshua’s (Jesus’) day the religious leaders had a long list of do’s and don’ts, especially concerning the Sabbath. In fact they used their list to accuse Yeshua and His disciples of breaking the law. However Yeshua got to the core of the sin issue by stressing the need for personal repentance, forgiveness of sin, and a new heart - a covenant that focused on the inner man rather than a particular list. Why?

Our need for humility:

Andrew Murray wrote: "God has so constituted us as reasonable beings that the greater the insight into the true nature or absolute need of a command, the quicker and more complete will be our obedience to it. The call to humility … is simply the sense of entire nothingness that comes when we see how truly God is everything. When the creature realizes that this is a place of honor, and consents to be-with his will, his mind, and his affections-the vessel in which the life and glory of God are to work and manifest themselves, he sees that humility is simply acknowledging the truth of his position as creature and yielding to God His place."

So as reasonable beings let us understand YHVH’s view of sin, of our nature, and our need.

As we approach the Passover season let us examine ourselves for any sin (the cause of Yeshua’s crucifixion), so that we might receive forgiveness and be released from any bondage to sin.

1Cor 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

What about Sin?

Sin is that which is against the will of the Creator. YHVH wants His people to understand the depravity of sin and our need for Righteousness. Humbly seek His help thru prayer and study of His Word; then apply that to your personal life; not a list that applies to others.

Clear instruction from YHVH’s Word:

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death… (NAS unless indicated)

Jas 1:15 … when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.

1John 3:8 … the devil has sinned from the beginning…

1John 3:4 … sin is lawlessness.

1John 5:17 All unrighteousness (wrongdoing-ESV) is sin…

Jas 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Jas 2:9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Gal 3:22 But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin… (has concluded all under sin KJV)

Mankind’s normal condition:

The moral depravity of mankind is total in that "the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be" (Rom. 8:7). Apart from Christ, all are "dead in trespasses and sins" (Eph. 2:1).

Jas 4:1 What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?

Understand - Being naturally a sinner, we are:

without a share in The Kingdom of God - we have missed the mark - we err; we are missing or wandering from the path of uprightness and honor; we wander from the law of God, or violate God's law; sin is an offence, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act…

ISBE: (edited for length)

Sin lays the conscience under a load of distress - Sin blights and paralyzes the faculties to such a degree that only the mightiest of tonic forces can bring back health and strength … Sin is serious, because it thwarts life. Sin is given so large a place in the thought of the Biblical writers simply because it blocks the channel of that movement toward the fullest life which the Scriptures teach is the aim of God in placing men in the world. God is conceived of as the Father in Heaven… sin has a deeply disturbing effect in restraining the relations between the Father and the sons and of preventing the proper development of the life of the sons. Francis J. McConnell

Scripture reveals the deeds of the flesh that come from within (our natural state):

Gal 5:19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.


Easton (On Sin [edited]):

The moral character of a man's actions is determined by the moral state of his heart. The disposition to sin, or the habit of the soul that leads to the sinful act, is itself also sin (Rom. 6:12-17; Gal. 5:17; James 1:14, 15).

Adam's sin (Gen. 3:1-6) consisted in his yielding to the assaults of temptation and eating the forbidden fruit. It involved in it, (1) the sin of unbelief, virtually making God a liar; and (2) the guilt of disobedience to a positive command. By this sin he became an apostate from God, a rebel in arms against his Creator. He lost the favor of God and communion with him; his whole nature became depraved…

Original sin. "Our first parents being the root of all mankind, the guilt of their sin was imputed, and the same death in sin and corrupted nature were conveyed to all their posterity, descending from them by ordinary generation." …the moral corruption of their whole nature inherited by all men from Adam. …It is called "sin" (Rom. 6:12, 14, 17; 7:5-17) …"alienation from the life of God" (Eph. 4:18, 19). … the spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1; 1 John 3:14).

The universality of death:

Rom 5:12 Just as sin entered into the world by one man, and death by means of sin, so death was imposed upon all men, inasmuch as they all have sinned: (see Rom. 5:13-20).


Our sinful nature reveals the need for God’s Law:

Gal 3:19 Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions…

Rom 3:20 … for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

1Cor 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; (because it defines sin)

1Tim 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous (law obedient) man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Does the Law negate God’s purposes?

Gal 3:21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! …

Ps 119:97 O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day.

Ps 119:165 Those who love Thy law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble.


Here is our hope:

1John 3:8 The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.


What is the solution?

It is with this seriousness of sin before us that we must think of forgiveness from sin. We can understand very readily that sin can be forgiven only on condition that men seek forgiveness in the name of the highest manifestation of holiness which they have known. But the forgiveness is to be taken seriously. In both the Old Testament and New Testament repentance is not merely a changed attitude of mind. It is an attitude which shows its sincerity by willingness to do everything possible to undo the evil which the sinner has wrought (Luke 19:8 And Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much." 9 And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.). If there is any consequence of the sinner's own sin which the sinner can himself make right, the sinner must in himself genuinely repent and make that consequence right. In one sense repentance is not altogether something done once for all. The seductiveness of sin is so great that there is need of humble and continuous watching …constant alertness to keep to the straight and narrow path is everywhere enjoined as an obligation (Gal 6:1).

Understand Forgiveness:

There is nothing in the Scriptures which will warrant the idea that forgiveness is to be conceived of in such fashion as would teach that the consequences of sin can be easily and quickly eliminated… The changed attitude affects the personal standing of the sinner in the sight of God. But God is the person who creates and carries on a moral universe. In carrying on that universe He must keep moral considerations in their proper place as the constitutional principles of the universe… The personal forgiveness may be complete, but the elimination of the consequences of the evil life is possible only through the long lines of healing set at work… The mind which has thought evil must be cured of its tendency to think evil…The will which has been given to sin may feel the stirrings of sin after the life of forgiveness has begun. Forgiveness must not be interpreted in such terms as to make the transgression of the Law of God in any sense a light or trivial offense. But, on the other hand, we must not set limits to the curative powers of the cross of God. With the removal of the power which makes for evil the possibility of development in real human experience is before the life. The word of the Master is that He "came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly" (John 10:10). Francis J. McConnell


Wisdom reveals our part:

Proverbs 4:14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not proceed in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on. 16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day. (A process)


The Gift of the Father:

Rom 6:23 …but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Need for Repentance:

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Look to YHVH, Rejoice in our Maker for through Yeshua we have victory over sin and death; thus culminating in Life Eternal.

Heb 10:22 (LAM) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled and cleansed of evil thought (conscience), and our bodies washed with pure water.

Heb 10:16 (LAM) This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts. 17 And their iniquities and sins will I remember no more.

Heb 10:18 (KJV) Now where remission G859 of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

G859 - Strong's: freedom; (figuratively) pardon: - deliverance, forgiveness, liberty, remission; release from bondage or imprisonment; forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty

Thank You Master Yeshua - Amen


Additional Comments about Sin

Sin involves the denial of the living God:

Denial of His Restoration, Atonement, and Redemption, our need for Repentance, and His offer of Forgiveness and Salvation.

"SIN - lawlessness (1 John 3:4) or transgression of God’s will, either by omitting to do what God’s law requires or by doing what it forbids. The transgression can occur in thought (1 John 3:15), word (Matt. 5:22), or deed (Rom. 1:32).

Mankind was created without sin, morally upright and inclined to do good (Eccl. 7:29). But sin entered into human experience when Adam and Eve violated the direct command of God by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:6)."

"Violation of the law of God in thought, word, and deed shows the sinfulness of the human heart."

"Sin is not represented in the Bible as the absence of good, or as an illusion that stems from our human limitations. Sin is portrayed as a real and positive evil. Sin is more than unwise, inexpedient, calamitous behavior that produces sorrow and distress. It is rebellion against God’s law-the standard of righteousness (Ps. 119:160)."

"Mankind originally fell into sin at the temptation of Satan. As the tempter, he continues to lure people into sin (1 Pet. 5:8); nevertheless, people remain fully responsible for what they do."

"God is holy and cannot sin (James 1:13). Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came to earth in human form, is also sinless. His perfection arises from His divine nature, as well as His human nature (1 Pet. 2:22)."

Our solution - Yeshua our Deliverer, our Savior.


Blessed be YHVH:

He is creating us in His image thru His Redemption, the forgiveness of sin and by the power of His Spirit; heed His call to repentance and yield to His direction.

There is a whole section under ‘Sin Study’ in this issue. Taken from the Thompson Chain Reference it is well worth the time to do this study, or at least read the headings.

Thy Kingdom come… Amen

(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary(s))


Proverbs 14:9 Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.

Proverbs 14:21 He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

Proverbs 21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin.

Proverbs 24:9 The devising of folly is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.

Proverbs 13:21 Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.

In the Proverbs we find much about the way opposed to righteousness (YHVH’s will for His people) - the deceptive way of sin and its consequences are evident if we are not blinded to the truth revealed in YHVH’s Word.

Almighty YHVH - source of life grant us insight into the truth of Your righteousness.

Saying (s)

"If you don’t invest very much then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting." Dick Vermeil

We are admonished again and again by Yeshua in the gospels to put every effort into seeking the goal of our salvation, the Kingdom of God. We are encouraged to "ask" to "seek" to "knock" to "call" out to receive the power that will keep us in the will of the Father.

Matt 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

Matt 7:7 "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.

Matt 13:45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Matt 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.

Luke 11:10 "For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened.

John 4:23 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.


Thank You Father for Your faithfulness. Help us to enthusiastically seek You until the very end.

Bible Quiz
  1. Complete the Beatitude, "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will…"
  2. Who wrote most of the Proverbs?
  3. From what country was Barnabas?
  4. What will also be where you treasure is?
  5. How many stars did Joseph see in his dream?
  6. Who was fed by ravens?
  7. Who said, "No one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him"?


In our pursuit of humility:

(Lessons from humility and sin.)

Paul said in 1Timothy 1:13, 15 "Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. …Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst"

"The texts we have quoted are often appealed to as Paul’s confession of sinning daily. But one has only to read them carefully in their context to see that this is not the case. They have a far deeper significance. They refer to the power of God that endures throughout eternity to keep us in awe of the humility with which the ransomed bow before the throne as those who have been washed from their sins in the blood of the Lamb. Never, even in glory, can they be any other than ransomed sinners; never for a moment in this life can God’s child live in the full light of His love without feeling that the sin out of which he has been saved is his one right to grace. The humility with which first he came as a sinner acquires a new meaning when he learns how it becomes him as a creature. And again, the humility in which he was born as a creature has its deepest, richest tones in the memory of what it is to be a monument of God’s redeeming love." Andrew Murray


And so it is that we need to be ever mindful of our original condition that needs to be redeemed. Oh the grace of YHVH that reached down to lift us out of a pit of despair; to be washed and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. Be ever humble and thankful by allowing Yeshua to do His restoration, regeneration and renewing work in us by the Holy Spirit.

1Cor 6:11 And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.

Eph 5:26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

Heb 10:22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Rev 7:14 And I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.


Father keep us ever humble; never forgetting Your redeeming love. Amen


Understanding the precepts of prayer.

Understanding this prayer of David, reveals his heart. Understanding the severity and the mercy of YHVH requires the reading of chapter 24 in 2nd Samuel. Consider your heart

Note; Israel incited YHVH to anger:

2Sam 24:1 Now again the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, "Go, number Israel and Judah."

2Sam 24:3 But Joab said to the king, "Now may the LORD your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see; but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?" 4 Nevertheless, the king's word prevailed …So Joab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king, to register the people of Israel.

2Sam 24:8 So when they had gone about through the whole land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. 9 And Joab gave the number of the registration of the people to the king; and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

Conviction and Prayer:

2Sam 24:10 Now David's heart troubled him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the LORD, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Thy servant, for I have acted very foolishly."

A penalty is to be paid:

2Sam 24:11 When David arose in the morning, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, 12 "Go and speak to David, 'Thus the LORD says, "I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I may do to you."'"13 So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, "Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days' pestilence in your land? Now consider and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me."

David chooses:

2Sam 24:14 Then David said to Gad, "I am in great distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the LORD for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man." 15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time; and seventy thousand men of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.

YHVH has Mercy:

2Sam 24:16 When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity, and said to the angel who destroyed the people, "It is enough! Now relax your hand!" And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

David accepts responsibility:

2Sam 24:17 Then David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who was striking down the people, and said, "Behold, it is I who have sinned, and it is I who have done wrong; but these sheep, what have they done? Please let Thy hand be against me and against my father's house."

Atonement needed:

2Sam 24:18 So Gad came to David that day and said to him, "Go up, erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite." 19 And David went up according to the word of Gad, just as the LORD had commanded…

Araunah has a giving heart:

2Sam 24:22 And Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take and offer up what is good in his sight. Look, the oxen for the burnt offering, the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. 23 Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king." And Araunah said to the king, "May the LORD your God accept you."

David wants to pay the price:

2Sam 24:24 However, the king said to Araunah, "No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

YHVH accepts the Atonement and Prayer:

2Sam 24:25 And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the LORD was moved by entreaty for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.

Entreaty H6279(Strong’s) to pray, entreat, supplicate


Holy One of Israel give us a heart of entreaty for Your people and forgive us our trespasses.

Heart of God

How does God feel about issues we face today?

Using Help

Matt 7:7 "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. 8 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.

If you need help ask; but be prepared to receive it, use it. It is a man hanging from a cliff screaming for help but unwilling to let go and take the hand offering to pull him up. He isn’t really asking for help - he is just complaining about the situation he is in with no intention of changing it or making the effort to change. Too often we whine and complain about our issues and problems but are we taking the hand offered to us? There is lots of information available - libraries, the internet and people; but are we using them, taking advice, making changes or just hanging there screaming; are we just "whining, whining, and whining"? Yes there are issues, yes something needs change but don’t just act like a victim. Life situations are happening, don’t just complain, do something about it.

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.

Did you know

Oklahoma  and Interesting Facts

1. The bread twist tie was invented in Maysville. 

2. The shopping cart was invented in Ardmore in 1936.

3. The nation's first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935.

4. The first Girl Scout Cookie was sold in Muskogee in 1917.

5. Cimarron County, located in the Oklahoma Panhandle, is the only county in the U.S. bordered by 4 separate states - Texas, New Mexico, Colorado & Kansas .

6. The Oklahoma State Capital is the only capital in the U.S. with working oil wells on its grounds.

7. Boise City, Okla., was the only city in the United States to be bombed during World War II. On Monday, July 5, 1943, at 12:30am., a B-17 Bomber based at Dalhart Army Air Base, Texas, dropped six practice bombs on the sleeping town, mistaking the city lights as target lights.

8. WKY Radio in Oklahoma City was the first radio station transmitting west of the Mississippi River.

9. The nation's first "tornado warning" was issued March 25, 1948 in Oklahoma City minutes before a devastating tornado. Because of the warning, no lives were lost.

10. Oklahoma has the largest Native American population of any state in the U.S.

11. The name ' Oklahoma ' comes from two Choctaw words -  Okla meaning "people" and humma meaning "red." So the name means, "Red People." The name was approved in 1890.

12. Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state.

13. Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state (including Caddo County's Fort Cobb Lake).

14. During the "Land Rush," Oklahoma City and Guthrie went from vast, open prairie to cities of over 10,000 in a single day.

15. The nation's first "Yield" traffic sign was erected in Tulsa on a trial basis.

16. The Pensacola Dam on Grand Lake is the longest multi-arched dam in the world at 6,565 feet.

17. The Port of Catoosa (just north of Tulsa) is the largest inland port in America.

18. The aerosol can was invented in Bartlesville.

19. Per square mile, Oklahoma has more tornadoes than any other place in the world.

20. The highest wind speed ever recorded on earth was in Moore Okla., on May 3, 1999 during the Oklahoma City F-5 tornado. Wind speed was clocked at 318 mph.

21. The Will Rogers World Airport and the Wiley Post Airport are both named after two famous Oklahomans, both killed in the same airplane crash.

Lighter Side

The Airport Solution...

Have a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you.

It would be a win-win for everyone, and there would be no complaints about racial profiling and this method would eliminate a long and expensive trial.  Justice would be quick and swift.  Case closed!

This is so simple that it's brilliant.  I can see it now: you're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion.

Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers we now have a seat available on flight number..."


Have a good day!

The Modern Church

95 Theses to the Modern Evangelical Church

by Greg Gordon - (founder of SermonIndex.net)

44. Run from churches where men, and not Christ, are glorified. (Col 1:18; Jude 25; John 16:14)

45. Run from churches where there is no Bible, no cross, no mention of the blood of Christ. (1Pt 1:18-19; Eph 3:13; Rev 1:5)

46. Run from churches where the worship leaves you cold, where there’s no sense of God’s presence. (1Cor 5:4; Ps 80:14-15; Jeremiah 12:11)

Cause and Effect


(By Michael Boldea Jr.)

…How can we have rest in a restless world? How can we see everything that is happening and still be at peace?

Short answer, trust in God and know that you are in His will. We must remember the Disciples of Christ were hysterical with fear, inquiring of Him if He did not care that they were perishing, all it took for Jesus to calm the windstorm and the waves beating into the boat and filling it were three simple words: "Peace, be still!"


It’s a growling man who lives a dog’s life

Wise people will make more opportunities than they find

The hardest instrument to play gracefully is second fiddle

Memories are a paradise from which you can’t be driven away

You can’t touch another’s heart with anything less than your own

Experience is what causes people to make new mistakes instead of old ones

The happiest people don’t always have the best of everything… they make the best of what they have


Roots of Relational Difficulties

The story of Joseph is one of the longer and more involved narratives in the Bible. It is a wonderful story of God's providential hand at work in the midst of human jealousy and hatred. Every time I read it, one of the things I wonder about is what was Joseph really up to in how he dealt with his brothers during their two excursions to Egypt to buy food?

Whatever issues the brothers had with Joseph, if they had loved their father the way they should, they would have controlled their feelings toward Joseph. Don't get hung up on the fact that God used their evil actions toward Joseph for good. That God makes good come out of evil is no excuse for human misbehavior.

I don't know if the brothers ever consciously understood that the abuse of Joseph was rooted in their disregard for their father. In the same way I wonder how much of our relational difficulties actually have to do with issues relating to our own fathers, but we don't know it. God may want to use those difficulties to get us to deal with our relationships with our fathers. And in some cases getting our hearts right with our earthly fathers will also make a huge difference in our relationship with God.  

By: Alan Gilman
TorahBytes Communications

Psalm Promise

Psalm 147:3, 11

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted, And binds up their wounds.

Psalm 147:11 The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.

For man it is common (natural) for him to seek a solution for a problem by fixing it himself. And if by the power of our own prowess we succeed it can become a source of pride. That makes it difficult to humble ourselves before our Creator, to seek His face and wait for His deliverance. Impatience is also another trait of mankind. Yet we have YHVH’s promise to be in His favor if we fear Him, then wait for His lovingkindness. Trust Him.

Eccl 12:13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.


Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)

Study on Sin

TCR (Thompson Chain Reference):

   (A) SIN

(1) Definition of

- Vain Talk Pr 10:19

- Contempt for Others Pr 14:21

- Foolish Thoughts Pr 24:9

- Unbelief Ro 14:23

- Neglect of Opportunity Jas 4:17

- Transgression of the Law 1Jo 3:4

- All Unrighteousness 1Jo 5:17

(2) Origin of

Gen 3:6; Ps 51:5; Matt 15:19; Jas 1:15; Jas 4:1

(3) Universality of

Gen 6:5; 1Kgs 8:46; Ps 14:3; Ps 53:3; Ps 130:3; Prov 20:9; Eccl 7:20

Isa 53:6; Isa 64:6; Mic 7:2; Rom 3:23; Gal 3:22; 1John 1:8; 1John 5:19

(4) Consequences of Parents' Sins upon Children

Exod 20:5; Num 14:33; Ps 37:28; Prov 14:11; Isa 14:20; Lam 5:7

(5) Sin Deceptive

Rom 7:11; Eph 4:22; 1Tim 2:14; 2Tim 3:13; Titus 3:3; Heb 3:13

Re 19:20

(6) Despised by Saints

Ps 101:3; Ps 119:104; Ps 119:113; Prov 8:7; Prov 8:13; Rom 7:15; 2Pet 2:7

(7) Forbidden

Isa 1:16; John 5:14; John 8:11; Rom 6:12; 1Cor 15:34; 1John 2:1

(8) Forgiven

2Sam 12:13; 2Sam 85:2; Mark 2:5; Col 2:13

(9) To be Forsaken

Job 11:14; Isa 55:7; Eph 4:22; Col 2:11; Heb 12:1

1Pe 2:11

(10) Inexcusable

John 15:22; Rom 1:20; Rom 2:1

(11) Loved by Men

Job 15:16; Ps 52:3; Prov 2:14; Isa 5:18; Jer 14:10

Mic 3:2; 2Thess 2:11; 2Thess 2:12

(12) Hateful to God

Deut 25:16; 2Sam 11:27; Ps 5:4; Ps 11:5; Prov 6:16; Zech 8:17

Lu 16:15

(13) Destructive

Ps 34:21; Ps 140:11; Prov 8:36; Prov 11:3; Prov 11:19; Prov 18:7; Isa 3:9; Hos 13:9

Matt 7:13; Rom 7:11; 1Tim 6:9

(14) Allurements of

Gen 3:6; Josh 7:21; Prov 9:17; Prov 14:12; Jas 1:14; 2Pet 2:18


(1) Death, Physical and Spiritual

Gen 2:17; Deut 32:51; 1Chr 10:13; Prov 11:19; Ezek 18:4

Rom 5:12; Rom 6:23

(2) Separation from God

Exod 33:3; Josh 7:11; Josh 7:12; Ps 66:18; Isa 59:2; Isa 64:7; Hos 5:6

(3) Abandonment by God

Judg 16:20; 1Sam 16:14; 1Sam 28:6; 2Chr 30:7; Ps 81:12; Prov 1:28

Matt 23:38; Acts 7:42; Rom 1:24

(4) Penalty Sometimes Delayed

Gen 15:16; 1Kgs 11:12; 1Kgs 21:29; 2Kgs 13:23; Eccl 8:11; Isa 48:9

Luke 13:7; Luke 13:8; Luke 13:9; 1Pet 3:20

(5) Inevitable, No Escape from

Prov 11:21; Prov 16:5; Prov 19:5; Jer 11:11; Amos 5:18; Amos 5:19; Amos 9:2

Matt 23:33; Rom 2:3; 1Thess 5:3; Heb 2:3; Heb 12:25

   (C) SINS

(1) Of Ignorance

Lev 4:2; Acts 3:17; 1Tim 1:13

(2) Of Omission

Matt 23:23; Matt 25:45; Luke 11:42; Luke 12:47; Jas 4:17

(3) Our Deliverance from, through Christ

1Cor 15:3; Gal 1:4; 1Pet 2:24; 1John 2:2; Rev 1:5

   (D) SAVIOR, Christ our

(1) Came to Earth to be

Luke 2:11; Luke 19:10; John 3:17; Acts 5:31; Acts 13:23; 1Tim 1:15

2Tim 1:10; Heb 7:25; 1John 4:14

(2) Became Man's Substitute

Ps 69:9; Isa 53:5; 2Cor 5:21; Gal 3:13; Heb 2:9; Heb 9:28

1Pet 2:24; 1Pet 3:18

(3) Bore the Sins of Many

Isa 53:12; Heb 9:28; 1Pet 2:24; 1John 3:5

(4) Carried the Burdens of Humanity

Isa 53:4; Matt 8:17; John 19:17

(5) Became Mediator between God and Man

1Tim 2:5; Heb 8:6; Heb 9:15; Heb 9:24; Heb 12:24; 1John 2:1

(6) Called the "Lamb of God"

Isa 53:7; John 1:29; 1Cor 5:7; 1Pet 1:19; Rev 5:6; Rev 6:1; Rev 7:9

Rev 12:11; Rev 13:8; Rev 14:1; Rev 15:3; Rev 17:14; Rev 19:9; Rev 21:22

(7) Offered Himself as a Sacrifice

John 15:13; 2Cor 8:9; Gal 1:4; Eph 5:2; Titus 2:14; Heb 9:26

1Pet 3:18; 1John 3:16; Rev 1:5

(8) Suffered and Died to Redeem the Race

Isa 53:12; John 10:11; John 12:23; John 12:24; Rom 5:6; Rom 14:9; 1Cor 15:3

2Cor 5:15; Col 1:22; Heb 2:9; Rev 5:9

(9) Absolutely Indispensable

The Only Intercessor Isa 59:16

The Only Remedy John 3:14; John 3:15

The Only Nourishment John 6:35

The Only Source of Truth John 6:67; John 6:68

The Only Savior Ac 4:12

The Only Foundation 1Co 3:11

Quiz Answers

1. "be called the Sons of God" - Matthew 5:9

2. Solomon

3. Cyprus - Acts 4:36

4. Your heart - Luke 12:34

5. Eleven - Genesis 37:9

6. Elijah - 1 Kings 17:2-6

7. Nicodemus - John 3:1-2