Monday, August 31, 2015

God's economy 8/31/15

I happened to observe something recently, it was a segment of dialogue from a new show that definitely plays into the mindset of paranoia and the everyday struggles we all face in current society. The digital age, consumption based society, 'The haves' and 'The have-nots'; the divide is great and it's increasing. It is a problem of perception as well as deception.

The enemy wants us to believe that our resources and general welfare is depletable, disruptable. It seeks to drive normal sane people into a frenzy of competition for fear of missing out (which is an actual phobia) which results in tired, stressed out, over extended lives. They pay for it with their sanity, their sleep and the intimacy of the relationships they neglect, most especially, the one with God. The real truth is that there is enough resources and natural supplies on this earth for everyone to live with plenty of food and shelter. What keeps it from those in need is carelessness, greed, indifference and laziness.

God created ALL things. That means every dollar you earn or spend, the paper, the trees, the soil it grew in, the firmament its rooted in and the atmosphere that supports it! He is a thorough God, who is conscientious and attentive. There is not one provision that he has left out. We are so utterly blessed by every breath and the simple Miracles of everyday life that work seamlessly underneath the veil of our consciousness.

Part of that dialogue I began talking about, was a man recounting an experience as a young boy. A happy and bitter memory; a heap of sand that made its way back to his living floor, from the trip to the beach he had taken with his since departed father. His father explained to him that everyday, we change the world, bit by bit. Every handful of sand, every unprovoked act, every deliberate kindness. We get to choose what that impact will be.

We have that right and responsibility because of a SOVEREIGN God, who loves us enough to not interfere but able to intervene. There is order, justice and integrity in EVERYTHING that God does. We do not always believe this or see this BUT it doesn't change the truth or the validity of God's goodness. We have to remember that we are not privy to all of the details comprised, in any given set of circumstances or situation. He oversees and knows all of the possible outcomes, perfectly balancing the laws of nature with the laws of creation. He never abuses His authority but is beneficent in every act.

We need to mindful of how we will change the world from minute to minute. What we will sew and what we will reap. Do not buy into the mindset that acquiring and surviving is all there is. We have a God of Power, Provision and Perpetuity. He is FOREVER invested in our welfare. We need only step into His economy, with trust, surrender and thankfulness.

Lord, help us to step into Your economy, by surrendering our fears in exchange for Your grace, for the favor and blessings of Your Kingdom that is sufficient to every good work.

 Be the change that wish to see in the world! You can not be something to everyone but you can be everything to someone.

Matthew 5:13  “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.”

Deuteronomy 32:4  For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God! “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.

Numbers 23:19  God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change

Proverbs 3:6  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Romans 10:13 For Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
Romans 12:12  Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

enLIGHTenment 8-24-15

 I just love how the Lord speaks to me, this week has shown some very interesting overlapping signs. In the news I've seen beams of light appearing mysteriously all across the world, there have been reports of fire rainbows in the sky; one of which definitely appeared to look like the Holy Spirit, the Dove. Keys have come up several times, there's been discussions about keys, for various reasons, doors, doorways, entrance ways and such.

As does happen, quite regularly, I'm laying in bed waking up and impressions start flooding my experience; I'm recalling a dream that I had a couple years ago but not really remembering exactly when it was and feeling an intense desire to get up in search it out and find out exactly what the message entailed that I wrote previously for the Monday morning message and located precisely so that I can reference it again and take a closer look.

Go read it, its partly unfolding now before our very eyes.....

The Vision: Light in the Night (beams of light)

#Fire rainbow:

#Unexplained beams of light (across the world) :

Some definite things that are easy to recall is that when I first was given these visions I had the impression that I was to wait for certain signals from Him before I spoke about it. So, I sat on the information for a while, before I felt confident that I was getting a green light to go ahead and speak and talk about it. Secondly, one of the things that I do know is that God does everything with a purpose so why would He choose to have certain accounting beforehand of an occurrence that was to happen and give it to somebody, anybody or me, these insights, into those things?! Well, the spirit is telling me that it's to get peoples attention. I have been speaking of, promoting, sowing seed, deliberately pointing the way toward the Kingdom of Heaven and what God has shown me for quite a few years now, the Monday Morning Message is going into it's sixth year

So, what can we take away from this?! We need to recognize that the word of God is real, it's alive, it's active, it has conquered sin and death and it is not going away, it can't be pretended away or ignored! There is a chance for you , if you're alive & breathing, you know you've made mistakes, you know you have sinned and fallen short, there's a chance for repentance! Be forewarned though, that chance is fleeting, you may not always get an opportunity to repent. Right now you have an opportunity to choose, the time for that choice is now, the symbolism, the signals, God will use anything and everything to reach out to us, to a sin stricken world that is earmarked for destruction. I'm sure you've heard it before and if you haven't, well,  history repeats itself and it'll only go on and go around just so many times. What we're seeing in today's society and in life all around us, is referred to as Sodom and Gomorrah all over again. We all know how that ended, it wasn't good. So, find yourself on the right side of eternity make that choice now. choose Salvation!

 Isaiah 22:22 
and the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder so he shall open and none shall shut and he shall shut and none shall open.

 This is the word of the Lord, talking about Jesus Christ our Savior the risen king who holds the keys of life and death, The Lion Of Judah; there is power, there is possession, there is purpose and there propitiation. None can come into the provision unless they submit and surrender

I have two things to say about the beams of light. #1. God knew beforehand (as He knows everything) that it would occur,  it is a "heads Up" alert, meaning get right or get left!

#2 regardless of whether it can be explained, we are not to get caught up in the signs and wonders BUT get caught up in the one who warns us, advises us, educates us.

If your kid goes missing, what do you do?! You go searching, you bring the flashlight and you go on a quest to seek and search them out. I believe we have symbolic occurrences of our Heavenly Father combing the face of the earth to find faith, His lost children.

Lord, let me be an eternal beacon. AMEN!

Faith comes by hearing the word about Christ (Romans 10:17)

For the most part, in this day and age,  signs and wonders are NOT of God, which He warns us of in the word. exhorting us not to be moved!

2 Thess. 2:9-10 "Even him who is coming after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not a love of the truth that they might be saved."

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Stop and smell the roses...

One thing God reminded me of, is the smell that precedes the roses is often not as sweet, LOL

As with all things, there is a season and a reason. Today, my intended schedule got shifted around a bit, which is OK. My usual routine would be writing out what impressions and lessons God has shown to me through the week. 

In a way, I am sort of doing that now! Although this is a bit informal. My PC is currently getting a deep scan by antivirus, seems I picked up some malware along the way and it was proliferating my system. I trust in The Lord and He knows how much I need and use this computer, so in am asking The Lord, to walk through that system scan right along with it!  Clean it, restore it and protect it!

 As I take inventory of this week, I am thankful. I see God's miracles and mercy at every turn. I am thankful for those dear to me who have turned to The Lord in their times of need and have not been ashamed!  He is Mighty and He is so faithful! We must remember to take time to be thankful, to basque in the glory of H is goodness! 

Today, that is what I am doing, Trusting, learning to yield and not panic...allowing for the new things and being content when something doesn't quite go as expected? KNOWING all the while that He has my best interest at heart as well as all of those whom I care for! SUCH peace!!

Thank you LORD!!! Bless every eye that sees this, every heart that it touches belongs to YOU! 

Thank you LORD for my family, for all the many blessings You have bestowed upon me, for the many things present in my life that are gifts of mercy and love by YOU! You are the treasure of this life and I am so blessed!!

before. I go, let me share with you a great APP, every Christian should have's called 
PrayerMate you can get it for your smartphone or your iPhone. Download it today! Prayer changes things! 

Everyone, have a blessed week and stop back next week for the next Monday Morning Message!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Covering, cover to cover 8/10/15

The bible is a book, written by men, inspired by God through the Holy Spirit. In society, if we have an eye witness, their testimony is considered valid (unless otherwise proven invalid, but essentially it is given credence based on its own standing). Likewise, if someone dictates a letter and someone else types it, who wrote it?! Not the person that typed it, but the person who dictated it. The Bible is Gods word, dictated out over hundreds of years, to key individuals. Its valid, active, undeniable, irrefutable and 100 percent trustworthy!

Get ready to be astounded, this video and the information contained will clarify many misnomers that affect the beliefs of practically everyone we know. Knowledge is power and lack of knowledge is the advantage of enemy. Find out what you need to know. God made sure that we have access to the truth, but it requires that we actually place forth the effort to capture and discern it.


 A wonderful Video to watch. This Man set out to disprove the Bible & Christianity, see what He found....



The Old Testament


Genesis explains how everything began. In fact, the Bible is the only sacred book that accurately does so. Genesis explains how God created the universe, including all the animals and humans. It describes the temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It includes a good narrative of human history up to the time of the Jewish exile in Egypt. There are some lists of family trees, generally lasting a page or so, which are mostly of interest to scholars.

Note: You do not have to believe the Bible just because we say so—the Bible has been proven to be true. We provide proof at many locations within the Clarifying Christianity site, including our “How Do You Know The Bible Is True?,” “Creation Versus Evolution,” and “Dinosaurs and the Bible” pages.


Exodus explains how God, using Moses as his earthly commander-in-chief, freed the Jews from the Egyptian pharaoh using ten plagues. This book includes the famous climax of the Jewish escape—the crossing of the Red Sea. The book then describes the people’s wanderings and rebellious nature, and how the Ten Commandments came to be. The book concludes with a detailed description of the making of the first temple of worship. Readers should not be concerned if they do not understand all of the descriptions in this scholarly “temple” section.


The book of Leviticus contains a lot of information. The topics include instructions for various ceremonies and holidays, allowed/forbidden behavior (and the penalties for disobedience), sacrifices, priest’s duties, dealing with various diseases, and property rights. However, many of these instructions only applied under the “Old Covenant” with God (covered in the Old Testament part of the Bible) and no longer apply under the “New Covenant” (covered in the New Testament part of the Bible). We explain the New Covenant in our section “Getting Right With God.” Since many of these instructions no longer apply, you may wish to put off reading Leviticus until you have read all the New Testament books.


Numbers is a combination of an ancient census and job description for God’s people more than 3,000 years ago. Although early chapters are not easy reading, the book becomes a historical adventure starting in Chapter 10. (If you just glance at the first 9 chapters the first time you read this book, we won’t tell anybody )


Moses, now an old man, summarizes the history of the Jewish nation. Joshua is chosen as Moses’ successor to lead the people into the “promised land” they have been looking forward to settling in for forty years.


Joshua is a book of war and conquest, including the famous attack on the city of Jericho. Anyone who thinks that followers of the Bible are limp-wristed sissies, has not read this book! After the military victories, the land is divided between the tribes of people. We suggest reading Joshua early in your program, but when you get to the chapters about the division of land, just read them quickly to get an idea what happened. After reading the whole Bible, you can return and study this section with a map of ancient Israel (and some patience) if you want to understand it better.


The violence and intrigue in the book of Judges makes it read somewhat like today’s newspaper! Showing just how far some people can fall morally, the mere fact that these awful events are recorded add proof that the Bible is not an edited book. You may recognize a number of famous names and stories in this book—including the adventures of Samson.


Taking place during the time of the book of Judges, Ruth is the story of a beautiful young widow who comes to Israel from a foreign land. A very popular story, this is a book anyone can read in a half-hour.

1 Samuel

The scrolls of long ago could only hold so much handwritten information before they became too big to handle. The book of Samuel was one of these books, so it was divided into two parts: First and Second Samuel.

First Samuel includes a number of famous stories, including that of David and Goliath.

2 Samuel

In Second Samuel, David is now king—but there is a great deal of trouble brewing. If you thought everyone in the Bible was perfect, you have not read the book of 2 Samuel, for sure. There is enough murder, adultery and intrigue in this book (and all historically true, of course) to put a soap opera to shame.

1 Kings

The history of Israel’s kings continues, including the wisest and richest (Solomon) and the most evil (Ahab—with plenty of help from his queen, Jezebel). Even God’s prophets and the idol-worshiping priests of Baal join in the constant conflict.

2 Kings

The conflict and intrigue continue. Good kings, bad kings, prophets, and miracles fill this book. Ultimately, almost everyone degrades morally to the lowest level until God can not take it anymore, and He has the Assyrians and Babylonians crush Israel. (You have to read the book to understand how this takes place.) Although 2 Kings does not have a happy ending, this is an accurate recording of history.

1 Chronicles

First Chronicles is sort of a combination of Numbers and 1 Kings. Do not feel bad if you put off reading this one until later.

2 Chronicles

Second Chronicles is a parallel of the book of Second Kings, from the perspective of the Jewish priests.


After the fall of the Babylonian Empire, the Persian king allows some Jewish captives to return to their homeland with Ezra. This book focuses on their return and the rebuilding of their city, temple, and lives. Surrounded by enemies, it was not easy.


Nehemiah, sort of a “religious storm trooper,” decides Israel has taken enough abuse from their enemies and organizes the rebuilding of a fortified wall surrounding Jerusalem. This documentation of Nehemiah’s courage and leadership is very inspiring.


Another of the Bible’s great “story” books. This true account of a beautiful queen and an evil prime minister is better than fiction!


This book, pronounced like “Joe,” but with a “b” ending, is thought to be the first of the Bible books written. Job marvelously demonstrates the conflict of good and evil. It also shows how well-meaning friends can cause more damage than good. In Bible terms, this book is considered “wisdom literature” because of the wisdom and insight it gives to the reader.


Psalms is the longest book in the Bible—and probably the most loved. Believed to be song lyrics, we recommend reading one or two psalms each day and doing the rest of your reading (if any) in another book of the Bible. Reading the book of psalms straight through is like reading a book of poetry straight through. Some of us can do it, but most of us can not.


Proverbs is the most practical book in the Bible. The first seven chapters read like the written advice of a father to a son. The rest of the book is a series of sentences that apply to many daily situations. Many people read a chapter in Proverbs each day as a way of sharpening their business skills while they sharpen their spiritual skills.


In some respects, Ecclesiastes is the strangest book in the Bible. It describes many pursuits tried by the author to gain pleasure. Yet, they all ended up making him feel hollow, rather than satisfied. (Sound familiar?) Not surprisingly, the general lesson of this book is that life is futile without God. Note: this is not a book to read when you are depressed!

The Song of Solomon

Also entitled “Song of Songs,” this book describes the love between a man and a woman (which the Bible strongly supports in marriage, by the way). Although not sexual by today’s standards, some societies and cultures discouraged their young people from reading of this book until they were a little older.

Special Note on the Books of Prophecy That Follow
(Isaiah through Malachi)

The bible is unique in the world of “sacred writing” when it comes to its books on prophecy. As an explanation, prophecy describes two things:

Things the people were told to do by God.
Things that would happen if the people did or did not do what God told them to.

The Bible clearly states that although many people claim to speak for God, only a few really do. The writers of these books were true prophets of God, and proved themselves in the most spectacular way. Of the events that were to have taken place by now, every revelation of God given through these prophets was fulfilled with 100% accuracy. This is a statement that can not be truthfully made about any other “sacred writing.”


Isaiah is one of the more difficult books in the Bible to understand. Yet, it was the book of prophecy most often quoted by Jesus. (That sounds like an endorsement to us.)


Jeremiah is the longest book of prophecy in the Bible. This is another book for the experienced Bible reader.


Lamentations is a series of 5 poems about Jerusalem after its capture by the Babylonians. It naturally follows the book of Jeremiah, where he told the people they would be destroyed if they didn’t change their ways, yet they refused to listen.


Of all the books in the Bible, this one comes the closest to describing the physical appearance of God and his angels.


Daniel includes several of the most famous stories in the Bible, including Daniel in the Lions’ Den (surprise)! You will definitely want to read the first 6 chapters of Daniel soon after you start reading the Bible. The last chapters are very symbolic and difficult to understand, though. You may want to put off reading them until later.


The book of Hosea has an unusual story line—the prophet is commanded by God to marry a prostitute. You will understand why when you read the book.


Joel is a short and interesting book. Through this prophet, God uses an analogy of a locust plague to warn the people of Jerusalem that judgment (through the Babylonians) is coming.


Amos is one of those books of prophecy that gives the everyone an important weapon—the ability to recognize some cults. The book is straightforward (for a book of prophecy) yet many cults refer to the book of Amos, claiming some of its verses were written about them or one of their “prophets.” Read it yourself and see that Amos was writing to (the residents of) various 8th century BC capital cities and not about someone who lived in the last 200 years or so.


Obadiah is the shortest book of prophecy. It is also the shortest book in the Old Testament. It describes the future destruction of one of Israel’s enemies, the ancient country of Edom.


Jonah contains one of the most widely recognized stories in Bible, that of Jonah being swallowed by a “large fish.” Why not read the “original” yourself?


This little gem is most famous for the passage in chapter 5 that predicts the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem more than 700 years later. Check it out!


Nahum is a book written to the people of Assyria (the greatest nation in the world at that time) and their capital of Nineveh. Nahum tells them their world empire will come to an end if they do not change their ways. They did not believe this prophet from the puny nation of Israel, and they were destroyed a hundred years later in 612 BC.


This is a cool book. Habakkuk told the people in Judah (what was left of Israel in those days) to change their ways. Reacting like most people and nations to God’s prophets, they told him to get lost. Habakkuk then asked God why the people would not respond properly. God’s answer starts in chapter 1, verse 5. Note: this book does not include any “God said” or “Habakkuk said” phrases, so you must determine who is “talking” from the context of each sentence. It will be easy to follow the “conversation” using your common sense.


Zephaniah is another book warning the people in 6th century BC Judah (and a few other nations) that judgment was coming if they did not change their ways.


Haggai passes on God’s message, encouraging his contemporaries to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem that was destroyed during the Babylonian conquest. It ties in nicely with the book of Ezra.


This is a great book. You not only get a glimpse of what God and the angels are really like, but this book explains many symbols used in prophetic writing. (For that reason, it is one of the first “prophecy books” you should read.) It also refers to the restoration of the temple in Israel after the Babylonian conquest, tying in with the book of Haggai that precedes it. Finally, it contains many important prophecies regarding the coming Messiah—fulfilled 500 years later by Jesus Christ.


Malachi contains what amounts to a humorous and somewhat sarcastic dialogue between God and his hypocritical followers. This is a good book to read early on.

The New Testament


Matthew is one of the four “biographies” of Jesus in the Bible. (Strictly speaking it is not a biography, but it is close enough that you get the idea.) The original audience was the Jewish people who converted to Christianity or were thinking about doing so. For that reason, Matthew starts with a list of the ancestors of Jesus. This would be important to a Jewish audience, since Old Testament prophecies required Jesus to have a specific parentage. This explains how Jesus met that requirement.

For the rest of us, hang in there until you get past the list of names. The book is very interesting and contains Jesus’ most famous teaching, the Sermon on the Mount (Chapters 5, 6, and 7).


Mark is the second of the four Biblical “biographies” of Jesus. Shorter, and more fast-paced than the other biographies, we recommend making Mark the first book in the Bible you read.


Luke is the longest of the four “biographies” of Jesus in the Bible. This is the book in the Bible that best covers the birth of Jesus we hear each Christmas. It also contains a story in chapter 16 that gives us a glimpse of heaven and hell. Like the book of Matthew, this book contains a list of Jesus’ ancestors. Yet, it traces the ancestry of Jesus through Mary rather than through Joseph, as the book of Matthew does.


John is the last of the four “biographies” of Jesus in the Bible. Different from the others, John opens his book with symbolism that may be confusing to the first time Bible reader. Although many people believe that John is the best of the four biographies, we recommend “saving the best to last,” and reading the other biographies earlier since they are easier to understand.


Acts, whose full title is “Acts of the Apostles,” describes the adventures of the 11 apostles that remain after Jesus’ resurrection. This wonderful book starts out with the apostles picking a twelfth “apostle” to replace Judas, who committed suicide after betraying Jesus. Christ later shows the world who He wanted as the twelfth apostle—an unlikely Christian-hater named Saul.


The book of Romans is one of the most important in the Bible. We recommend it as the first one to read after getting a “foundation” with the books of Mark and Acts. It describes why a person would want to be a Christian, and how they can become one.

1 Corinthians

First Corinthians is a letter written to the most corrupt Christian church specifically addressed in the Bible. Appropriately, Chapter 13 is one of the most famous in the Bible, powerfully explaining a simple principle that would help get this church (and the rest of us) back on the right track.

2 Corinthians

Second Corinthians can be thought of as the sequel to 1 Corinthians. The church followed some of the earlier advice, but still had some problems. A special feature of this book is that it lets Christians know what their heavenly bodies will be like.


The letter to the Galatians addresses a problem seen in many churches today: adding man-made requirements for being a Christian. This book beautifully reveals how free from external requirements Christianity really is. This is another good book to learn what separates true Christianity from some cults that masquerade themselves as a “superior” Christianity.


Ephesians has at least three special points of interest. First, it explains how people receive special abilities when they become Christians. Second, it outlines the roles of the husband, wife, and child in a family. Third, it describes the “spiritual battle” taking place around us, about which most of us are not aware.

Note: If the idea of a spiritual battle involving angels, demons, and humans interests you, Frank Peretti wrote a fictional book titled This Present Darkness that you would certainly enjoy. This book will not increase your understanding of the Bible, but it can provide some “enjoyment on the side” that is nicely related to a topic covered in the Bible.


Philippians is a wonderful book. If life is stressing you out, this short book is a good place to go.


Colossians is another short book. It is especially suited to reading by new Christians yet anyone, Christian or not, can benefit from reading Colossians.

1 Thessalonians

First Thessalonians is not only easy to read, but it contains one of the best descriptions in the Bible of what happens to departed Christians.

2 Thessalonians

Second Thessalonians is a short “sequel” to 1 Thessalonians. Another short book, it would be easy for anyone to read them both in an evening.

1 Timothy

If you want to learn what separates a real church leader from a phony, First Timothy is a great place to find out.

2 Timothy

Second Timothy is not only the best “sequel” in the Bible, but it also provides comfort for those “reaching the end of their road.”


Titus is a short letter of guidance and encouragement to a young pastor that includes great advice usable by all of us.


Philemon is a letter, a story, and a lesson rolled into one.


Hebrews is another of the most important Books in the Bible. It is not the easiest book to understand, so read a number of other New Testament books first to give you some background information.


James is a cool book. Written by Jesus’ (half) brother, you will find this book very relevant to today’s world.

1 Peter

Would you like to hear from someone who literally walked the Earth with Jesus for three years? If so, this is a great book to read.

2 Peter

This letter contains more great teaching from one of the apostles.

1 John

A letter written by the same person who wrote one of the Bible’s four “biographies” of Jesus.

2 John

A short letter that warns us all to watch out for and avoid false teachers.

3 John

This book is a short letter of encouragement.


The second of two books in the Bible written by a (half) brother of Jesus. It is another warning against listening to false teachers and false teaching.


Revelation is the New Testament’s one book of prophecy. It is also the only book of prophecy that we in 1998 really have not gotten to yet “time-wise.” Revelation’s language is very symbolic, which makes it a difficult book to understand. Still, everyone should read this book at least once, since it does reveal everyone’s future. (Remember, every prophecy in the Bible came to pass exactly as it was stated when its time came to be fulfilled. Therefore, that will also be the case for the writings in this book.)

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Monday, August 3, 2015

God's Promises are always a Guarantee 8/3/15


I had the pleasure of watching this Movie a few weeks ago, through Movie Night over at GFB

Take the time time necessary to watch this movie in its entirety! You will be blessed!

 There is nothing impossible for the Lord. His word is iron clad, true and trustworthy. We must  never forget that He can and will make good on His promises.
The Story of Abram who became Abraham and Sarai who became Sarah is one that I am so fond of. 

"Figuratively speaking, he did received him back", that is, by way of a symbol and type of the resurrection.  Put to death by his father's zeal, he came back to life at the word of the one who prevented the slaughter.  In him the type of the saving passion was also prefigured.  Hence the Lord also said to the Jews, "Your father Abraham rejoiced at the prospect of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."  Interpretation of Hebrews 11,
Theodoret, Bishop of Cry (Cyrrhus) 393-466AD,
commenting on Hebrews 11:19
Comparisons between the "offering up" of Isaac in sacrifice found in Genesis 22:1-18, know in Hebrew as the "akeidah" [the binding] and the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ:
  • Isaac and Jesus were "only, beloved" sons of a righteous father; Ishmael had been sent away in Genesis 21:14 [Genesis 22:2].
  • Both Isaac and Jesus are identified as the "son of Abraham" [see Genesis 21:3; 22:2; Matthew 1:1].
  • Both were offered in sacrifice [Genesis 22:2; John 1:29; Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:33; John 11:5019:17-18].
  • The sacrifice was offered in the land of Moriah – Jerusalem [Genesis 22:2; 2 Chronicles 3:1; Matthew 16:21-23].
  • Both sons carried the wood for their own sacrifice [Genesis 22:6; John 19:17]
  • Both were "bound" and placed on top of the wood [Genesis 22:9; John 19:18-19; Philippians 2:8].
  • Both willingly allow themselves to be offered in sacrifice [Genesis 22:7-8; Colossians 2:6-8].
  • Both sons were "resurrected" or "given back" the their fathers on the third day.  Isaac was essentially "dead" to his grieving father when God commanded him to sacrifice his son.  On the "third day" God provided another sacrifice and his son was restored.  God's son died on the Cross and was resurrected on the third day! [Genesis 22:4; Matthew 16:21; 17:23; 20; 19; Mark 9:31; 10:34; Luke 9:22; 18:22; 24:7, 44-47; Acts 10:40; 1 Corinthians 15:4].

Genesis 12:2

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

Genesis 17:5
And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

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