The Word: Episode 0692 Ephesians 4:7-10

“Give Thanks…”

December 31, 2018

“Give Thanks…”

Blessings folk!

It is the last day of the year…according to man. Happy
A time of giving thanks to the Lord.
The world even speaks of giving thanks…they are just a little fuzzy as to who is receiving the thanks.
Just listen to folk.
They talk of thanks, yet they deny God - by word and deed.
Wonder who they are thank’n…

Regardless of what transpired this past year, we are to give thanks.


Psa 65:11
You have crowned the year with Your bounty,
And Your paths drip with fatness.

The Lord has brought forth His bounty.
His path…literally “wagon tracks” drip with fatness…provision, fullness.

Read the entire Psalm.
Give close attention to…

  • What God does
  • Who God is

Psa 65:1-13

For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God,
And to You the vow will be performed.

O You who hear prayer,
To You all men come.

Iniquities prevail against me;
As for our transgressions, You forgive them.

How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You
To dwell in Your courts.
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Your holy temple.

By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation,
You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;

Who establishes the mountains by His strength,
Being girded with might;

Who stills the roaring of the seas,
The roaring of their waves,
And the tumult of the peoples.

They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs;
You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.

You visit the earth and cause it to overflow;
You greatly enrich it;
The stream of God is full of water;
You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth.

You water its furrows abundantly,
You settle its ridges,
You soften it with showers,
You bless its growth.

You have crowned the year with Your bounty,
And Your paths drip with fatness.

The pastures of the wilderness drip,
And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing.

The meadows are clothed with flocks
And the valleys are covered with grain;
They shout for joy, yes, they sing.

Do you really believe?
If so…
Give thanks to the Lord.
…to be continued…

The Word: Episode 0691 Ephesians 4:4-6

“A Place to Begin Again - Go!”

December 30, 2018

“A Place to Begin Again - Go!”

Blessings folk!

At the end of the year/beginning of a new year my heart and mind are always drawn toward a couple of incidences in Jesus’ life.

Here is one.

Read carefully.

The bottom line is this - Jesus gives us a place to begin again.

John 8:1-11

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them.

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery,
and having set her in the center of the court,

they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.

“Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?”

They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.
But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.

But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them,
“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.

When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones,
and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.

Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

Do you need a place to begin again?
The Lord will grant it.

Then, do as He said - “Go!”

The Word: Episode 0690 Ephesians 4:1-3


December 29, 2018


Blessings folk!


This is the Word of the Lord to those who truly believe.

Why do some who profess to believe, not “go”?
Likely because they are not true believers.

Those who truly believe will “go”.

They will profess the name of the Lord.
They will speak of the things of the kingdom…boldly…in all places, in many and varied ways.
They will live the life of the kingdom.
They will reject sin.
They will pursue the Lord…in all things.
They will worship in Spirit and in Truth.
They will love.

The life of the true Believer will be that of a “goer”…in all things.

They will…

Isa 40:31
Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

Do you believe?
If so, go…

The Word: Episode 0689 Ephesians 3:20-21


December 28, 2018


Blessings folk!

At the end of each gospel we have an account of the Lord saying the same thing.
“Make disciples!”

We need to be reminded of this at the end of the year.
We need to refocus at the beginning of a new year.

Mat 28:18-20
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying,
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Mar 16:15
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Luk 24:45-48
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

and He said to them,
“Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,

and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

“You are witnesses of these things.

John 20:21
So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

The Lord has sent us.

One last verse.

Mark tells us where Jesus went/is…

Mar 16:19

So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them,
He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

Jesus is in heaven seated at the right hand of Father.
Jesus is awaiting the command to come and fetch us.
He is also interceding on our behalf.

Do you believe?

The Word: Episode 0688 Ephesians 3:14-19

“The Sick Recover”

December 27, 2018

“The Sick Recover”

Blessings folk!

Signs will accompany those who believe.
They will…
  • Cast out demons, in His name
  • Speak with new tongues
  • Pick up serpents
  • Drink deals poison, it will not hurt them

One more…

Mar 16:17-18
“These signs will accompany those who have believed:
in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

they will pick up serpents,
and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them;
they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

They will lay hands on the sick.
The sick will recover.

Note “they will”…not “they might”, “they should”, etc.

There are many Scriptural examples of this.
There are many contemporary anecdotal examples.

Give heed…

James 5:14-15
Is anyone among you sick?
Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, 
anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;

and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick,
and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

Acts 19:11-12
God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul,

so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick,
and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.

Luke 9:1
And He called the twelve together,
and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.

Believers have power and authority to heal.

There is no need to “ask the Lord”.

We are told to do it.
By faith.
By belief.

Do you believe?

The Word: Episode 0687 Ephesians 3:13-16

“Poison Will Not Hurt Them”

December 26, 2018

“Poison Will Not Hurt Them”

Blessings folk!

Those who believe will be accompanied by signs…
They will cast out demons in Jesus’ name.
They will speak with new tongues.
They will “pick up serpents”.

Mar 16:17-18

“These signs will accompany those who have believed:
in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

they will pick up serpents,
and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them;
they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Those who believe will not be hurt if they drink any deadly poison.

Like the picking up of serpents, I do not believe this refers to intentionally drinking deadly substances to prove faith.

I believe it refers to the protection of the Lord related to unintentional harm.

Many are the accounts of believers who have drank questionable water/drink without harm.

That is the main purpose of “the blessing” over our food.
Not just the giving of thanks, but also asking the Lord to protect us from harm from that which we ingest.

Several examples are given in the Word…water purified, etc.

Here is one…

2 Ki 4:38-41

When Elisha returned to Gilgal, there was a famine in the land.
As the sons of the prophets were sitting before him, he said to his servant,
“Put on the large pot and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.”

Then one went out into the field to gather herbs,
and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds,
and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, for they did not know what they were.

So they poured it out for the men to eat. And as they were eating of the stew, they cried out and said, “O man of God, there is death in the pot.” And they were unable to eat.

But he said, “Now bring meal.” He threw it into the pot and said,
“Pour it out for the people that they may eat.” Then there was no harm in the pot.

The Lord will protect.
By revelation.
By intervention.

He will do so for those who believe.

Do you believe?

The Word: Episode 0686 Ephesians 3:10-12

“They Will Pick Up Serpents”

December 25, 2018

“They Will Pick Up Serpents”

Blessings folk!

Those who believe will be accompanied by signs…
They will cast out demons in Jesus’ name.
They will speak with new tongues.

Mar 16:17-18

“These signs will accompany those who have believed:
in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

they will pick up serpents,
and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them;
they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

They will pick up serpents.

Oh yeah, this one (and the next) always cause disruption.

It is actually easy to understand.
The Word reveals the truth to us.

A couple of examples.

We are not to tempt the Lord…

The devil tempted Jesus.
Jesus responded…

Mat 4:7

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

The devil was trying to get Jesus to “do things” to prove Who He was.

We are not to tempt the Lord…by picking up snakes to prove our faith, etc.

So, what does it mean?

The Word gives an example.

Act 28:1-6

When they had been brought safely through,
then we found out that the island was called Malta.

The natives showed us extraordinary kindness;
for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold,
they kindled a fire and received us all.

But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire,
a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.

When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, “Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea,
justice has not allowed him to live.”

However he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm.

But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead.
But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him,
they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.

I believe it is this kind of incident to which the Lord refers.

Paul should have been dead.
The natives judged him guilty due to the bite.
When he lived, they judged him a god.
Both were wrong.
It opened a door to the gospel.
They believed.
Many were healed of sickness and disease.

Believers will cast out demons in His name.
Believers will speak in new tongues.
Believers will “pick up serpents”.

Do you believe?

The Word: Episode 0685 Ephesians 3:8-10


December 24, 2018


Blessings folk!

Jesus told the Believers to “go!”
He told them to “preach the gospel”.
He told them they would not be alone…something would accompany them.
Other Scriptural accounts tell us the Spirit will be with us.
Mark tells us that “signs will accompany those who believe”.

We briefly looked at “casting out demons” yesterday.


Mar 16:14-18

Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table;
and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart,
because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved;
but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

“These signs will accompany those who have believed:
in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

They will speak in new tongues.

There are several examples of such in the New Testament.
Acts 2 is a major one.
Acts 10, 19 are others.

1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14 reveal that “tongues” is a gifting of the Spirit for the building up of the Body of Christ and a sign to unbelievers.

1Co 12:10
and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.

 1Co 12:28
And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.

 1Co 12:30
All do not have gifts of healings, do they?
All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?

1Co 14:22a
So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers;

Do you believe?
Will you receive what the Lord has for you?

Live not in fear.
Live in faith.

The Word: Episode 0684 Ephesians 3:1-7

“In My Name They Will Cast Out Demons”

December 23, 2018

“In My Name They Will Cast Out Demons”

Blessings folk!

Do you Believe?

Do you believe that Jesus is who He and Father said He is?
Do you believe His Word?
Do you believe His deed?

The scripture is clear.
Those who believe will be accompanied by signs.

We have seen them the past couple of days.

Think a little more…

Mar 16:14-18

Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table;
and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart,
because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved;
but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

“These signs will accompany those who have believed:
in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Notice the signs will accompany believers.
Too often folk “seek the signs” rather than seeking the life of the Kingdom accompanied by signs.

Those who believe will, in the name of the Lord, cast out demons.

There are many examples in the Word of believers doing exactly that.
Here is one…

Act 16:16-18

It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer,
a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us,
who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.

Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying,
“These men are bond-servants of the Most High God,
who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”
She continued doing this for many days.
But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit,
“I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!”
And it came out at that very moment.

A spirit of divination was with the girl.
An unholy spirit.
She spoke the truth - “there men are bond-servants…” - so, why would it irritate Paul.

He did not want the true God to be associated with false gods.

After a period of days, Paul commanded the spirit by the name of Jesus Christ to leave the girl.

It did.

This precipitated a cascade of interesting events…beyond our point now.

In His name signs will accompany believers.
They will cast out demons.
They will set the captive free.

Do you believe?

The Word: Episode 0683 Ephesians 2:14-22


December 22, 2018


Blessings folk!

To be a True Christian one must truly believe.

Believing is the foundation of true faith - thus the term I use constantly, True Believer.

Jesus said that those who believe and are baptized (deed declaring belief) will be saved.
Those who disbelieve shall be condemned - to the lake of fire for all eternity.

Reread the passage.

Note what will happen in/through those who believe…

Mar 16:14-18

Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table;
and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart,
because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved;
but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

“These signs will accompany those who have believed:
in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”


This often “rattles” folk.

Signs will accompany those who believe.
A sign does a couple of things.
It instructs.
It directs.
It informs.

What are the signs?

  • In My name they will cast out demons
  • They will speak with new tongues
  • They will pick up serpents
  • If they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them
  • They will lay hands on the sick and they will recover

These signs will accompany those who believe.
Do you believe?

The Word: Ephesians 2:11-16


December 21, 2018


Blessings folk!

Do you believe what Jesus did?
Do you believe what Jesus said?

Jesus had reproached the disciples for their lack of faith and belief.

Read the passage again…

Mar 16:14-18

Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table;
and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart,
because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved;
but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

“These signs will accompany those who have believed:
in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

So, Jesus corrected them for believing more in what they saw/thought than in what He said/did.

Jesus then gave them a commandment.


“Go” where?
Into all the world.

Preach the gospel to all creation.

Notice we are to preach to all.

Jesus reveals the basic simplicity of the gospel.
One must believe.
That does not mean that we must understand everything.
We simply must believe.

We must believe that Jesus is Who He said He was.
We must believe that Jesus did what Father told Him to do.
We must believe that He is Messiah Who died for mankind.

He came in the form of flesh, the very creation that He spoke into existence.
He lived a sinless life.
He died.
He was buried.
On the third day He was resurrected from the dead!

It is that simple.
Do you believe?
Truly believe?
Not an intellectual assent.
Not a religious, social activity.

True belief.

He who has believed and is baptized shall be saved.
He who does not believe, disbelieves, shall be condemned.

If so, are you willing to allow the Lord to do as He desires?


The Word: Episode 0681 Ephesians 2:8-12

“Jesus Reproached Them”

December 20, 2018

“Jesus Reproached Them”

Blessings folk!

Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene.
The “12” refused to believe her report.

Jesus appeared to the two disciple traveling to Emmaus.
The “12” refused their report.

Read what Mark writes next.
We will read the entire thought and look at it over a couple of days.

Mar 16:14-18

Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table;
and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart,
because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved;
but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

“These signs will accompany those who have believed:
in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Jesus Himself appeared to them.
The door was locked.
No problem…

John 20:19
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together,
with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders,
Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

It does not seem that Jesus knocked on the door and entered in a traditional manner.

He appeared.

He reproached them…”reproached” is a strong word.
He upbraided them.
He chewed them out.
He exhorted them.
He corrected them.


Because they had not believed the reports that He was risen from the dead.

Jesus had told them ahead to time…

Mat 16:21
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem,
and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed,
and be raised up on the third day.

He had told them.
Reports had verified.

Yet, they did not believe.


Hardness of heart.
Refusal to believe those who had seen/experienced.

Nothing is new.

The same occurs today with many who profess to believe.

Many/most do not believe.

They say they believe, yet they deny much of the Word.
They deny by word.
They deny by deed.

They either have a false belief.
They need to be exhorted in belief!

Where do you stand?

The Word: Episode 0680 Ephesians 2:10

“In A Different Form”

December 19, 2018

“In A Different Form”

Blessings folk!

Jesus had risen from the dead.
He had appeared to Mary Magdalene.
She shared this with the disciples…”the 12”.
They did not believe.


Mar 16:12-13

After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them
while they were walking along on their way to the country.

They went away and reported it to the others, but they did not believe them either.

You likely know the incident that is referenced - the two disciples that were traveling to Emmaus.

What is meant by “He appeared to them in a different form”?
He appeared to them, but He looked different.

Do take the time to read the complete account…

 Luk 24:13-35

And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus,
which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.

And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place.

While they were talking and discussing,
Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them.

But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.

And He said to them,
“What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?”
And they stood still, looking sad.

One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him,
“Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things
which have happened here in these days?”

And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people,

and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death,
and crucified Him.

“But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.
Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.

“But also some women among us amazed us.
When they were at the tomb early in the morning,

and did not find His body, they came,
saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive.

“Some of those who were with us went to the tomb
and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.”

And He said to them,
“O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

“Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?”

Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets,
He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

And they approached the village where they were going,
and He acted as though He were going farther.

But they urged Him, saying,
“Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.”
So He went in to stay with them.

When He had reclined at the table with them,
He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them.

Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.

They said to one another,
“Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road,
while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”

And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem,
and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them,

saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.”

They began to relate their experiences on the road
and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

Luke gives the details and shows that the two disciples shared the experience.
Mark tells us that the other disciples did not believe.

Things are the same today.

Most do not believe.
Even true believers do not believe many things revealed in the Word.

Most are blinded by the cares and concerns of the world.
Most are consumed with matters of self rather than matters of the Kingdom.
They do not see Jesus.

Will you believe/be aware when Jesus appears in a different form to you?

The Word: Episode 0679 Ephesians 2:1-9

“They Refused to Believe”

December 18, 2018

“They Refused to Believe”

Blessings folk!

We are quickly reaching the end of Mark.

Note what happens…

Mar 16:9-11

Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week,
He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.

She went and reported to those who had been with Him,
while they were mourning and weeping.

When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.

Check the facts the Word gives us…

  • Jesus arose early on the first day of the week - Sunday, after sunset, before sunrise.
  • After arising from the dead, Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene
  • Mary Magdalene was demon possessed when she met Jesus
  • Jesus cast seven demons out of her

The same occurs today.
People are still demon filled.
They need to be set free!
Believers are empowered by the Holy Spirit to set the captive free…

Isa 61:1-2

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;

To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,

We can/should do the things that Jesus did…

John 14:12
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who be believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

Facts continue…
- Mary reported to those who were with Him…the disciples…while they wept and mourned

  • They heard He was alive
  • They heard she had seen Him
  • They refused to believe her

Refusing to believe will quench the Spirit.

That is the reason we do not see/experience all that the Lord has for us.

Do you truly believe?

The Word: Episode 0678 Ephesians 2:1-3

“…Just As He Told You…”

December 17, 2018

“…Just As He Told You…”

Blessings folk!

It has been three days and three nights since Jesus was buried.

Some ladies were coming to the tomb to anoint the body…

Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him.

Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.

They were saying to one another,
“Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”

Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.

Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe;
and they were amazed.

And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.

“But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee;
there you will see Him, just as He told you.’”

They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them;
and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

The women brought spices.
They were prepared, yet, they had not made plans as to how they would gain access to the tomb.
They realized this.

When they arrived, they found the stone removed.

They entered and found a young man seated to the right, wearing a white robe.
The other gospels tell us that he was an angel, a messenger.

Note what he told them…

  • Do not be amazed
  • Jesus, Whom you are looking for, has risen
  • He is not here
  • Go, tell the disciples and Peter (that is interesting, pointing out Peter)
  • Tell them that He is going to Galilee as He had said.
  • He will see you there

How did they respond?
They trembled.
They were astonished.
They were afraid.
They fled the tomb.
They did tell the disciples, according to the other gospels.

Can you imagine?
With what emotion would we be gripped?

What did the phrase the angel spoke, “just as He told you”, do in their mind?

All the Words of the Lord rushing through their minds and spirits.

Do the Words of the Lord live in our mind?

The Word: Episode 0677 Ephesians 1:15-21

“Tender and Confusing”

December 16, 2018

“Tender and Confusing”

Blessings folk!

Jesus had died.

Mark now gives us insight into one of the more tender, poignant moments in the Word.

Joseph of Arimathea had approached Pilate for permission to take the body of Jesus.


Mar 15:42-47

When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is,
the day before the Sabbath,

Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council,
who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God;
and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.

Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion,
he questioned him as to whether He was already dead.

And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.

Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down,
wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were looking on to see where He was laid.

Pilate was surprised, he wondered, to hear that Jesus was already dead.
A centurion confirmed to Pilate that Jesus was dead.

Pilate granted the body to Joseph.

I suspect that Pilate was curious as to why a Jewish leader would want the body of a supposed heretic and insurrectionist.

But, the political benefit of granting the body was positive.

Then we see a tender confusing moment.

Tender in the way that Joseph handled the body.
He brought a linen cloth.
He took Jesus down from the cross.
He wrapped Him in the linen.
He laid Him in a tomb…not just any tomb, hole in the ground or cave, but one hewn out of rock. Time consuming. Expensive.
He rolled the stone against the entrance.

Joseph would have had physical help.

It was a tender, intimate, heart-breaking moment.

The confusion.

I suspect that the two Mary were wondering as to what was occurring.
They were looking to see where they took the body, likely expecting the Roman soldiers to remove the body.
But, they see a senior Jewish leader lovingly addressing the matter.
They see Jesus laid in a tomb, not dumped in the wilderness.

Why was all this happening?
What had happened to what the Lord had said?

They would soon see.

The Word: Episode 0676 Ephesians 1:15-20

“Joseph Asks For Jesus’ Body”

December 15, 2018

“Joseph Asks For Jesus’ Body”

Blessings folk!

Jesus had died.
John had witnessed it.
Women who followed Jesus had witnessed it.

Watch what happens next in Mark’s account.
Very important…

Mar 15:42-43

When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day,
that is, the day before the Sabbath,

Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council,
who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God;
and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.

Joseph was a prominent member of the Council.
What council?
Jewish leadership.
He was a leader of the leaders.
He was awaiting the Kingdom of God.
By this time he knew that Jesus was Messiah.

Even this highly esteemed, great man of leadership, feared.

He had to gather courage to go before Pilate to ask for the Body of Jesus.


Because he would be revealed.

Pilate would assume that Joseph was a disciple of Jesus…a developing truth.
The Jewish leadership would also assume the same.

Joseph was laying all his position, power and prestige before the Lord.

Note when this occurred.
This is extremely significant.
We have covered this before, but review is good.
Evening had come…the closing of a day and the beginning of a new one.
Remember, the Hebrew day begins at sunset.
It was the day of preparation.
Preparation for what?

John gives us some insight…

John 19:14

Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour.
And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!”

It was Nisan 14 - Leviticus 23:5

It was the day they prepared the Passover meal.
At sunset they sat down to partake of the meal.
At sunset a new day began - Nisan 15.
Nisan 15 was a Holy Day, a Sabbath, the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread.

Lev 23:6-7

‘Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.

‘On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.

This is the Sabbath mentioned in the Mark account.
Not the weekly sabbath (Friday sundown until Saturday sundown).

This is the reason that we know that Jesus died on Nisan 14 - a Wednesday that year.
He was buried before sunset Nisan 15 - a High Sabbath day…the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread.

John 19:31
Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation,
so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath
(for that Sabbath was a high day),
asked Pilate that their legs might be broken,
and that they might be taken away.

 John 19:42
Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation,
since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Jesus was in the belly of the earth three nights and day.
Night/Day - Thursday
Night/Day - Friday
Night/Day - Saturday

Fulfilling the Word of the Lord Himself…

Mat 12:40

for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

At sunset Sunday begin.
At some point thereafter Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
The ladies found the empty tomb before sunrise.

Give close heed to the Word.
It reveals that which the Lord wants us to know.

The Word: Episode 0675 Ephesians 1:15-17


December 14, 2018


Blessings folk!

Jesus set the captive free.

He did so by His death and resurrection.

He set all free…
  • Women
  • Men
  • Slave
  • Free
  • All

There were many people in the vicinity of the cross where Jesus died.

Here is one group…

Mar 15:40-41

There were also some women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the Less and Joses, and Salome.

When He was in Galilee, they used to follow Him and minister to Him;
and there were many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.

A group of women were looking from a distance…

  • Mary Magdalene
  • Mary, the mother of James the Less and Joses
  • Salome

There were others also

Many women were following Jesus as He journeyed to Jerusalem.
They followed Him.
They ministered to Him.
It is believed they provided financially for Jesus and His disciples.

They saw the Lord die.

Yes, they grieved.
Yes, they were free!

What would happen now?

The Word: Episode 0674 Ephesians 1:13-14

“Veil Torn, Centurion Knows”

December 13, 2018

“Veil Torn, Centurion Knows”

Blessings folk!

Jesus uttered His last and died.

Watch what Mark recounts as happening next…

Mar 15:37-39

And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last.

And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him,
saw the way He breathed His last, he said,
“Truly this man was the Son of God!”

The veil in the temple…

  • Very tall
  • Very think
  • Was torn in two from top to bottom
    • Impossible by the hand of man
  • The torn veil would reveal what was in the holy of holies
    • Nothing
    • The Ark had long been gone…since the time of the Babylonian captivity (~600 years)
    • There had been no true sacrifice of blood before the Lord
    • The glory of the Lord had not appeared
    • Their religion was a sham
  • The separation between God and man now no longer existed.

A vivid picture of most religion today.
Even “evangelical”.

The centurion, a Greek, knew the truth.
“Truly this man was the Son of God.”

He had seen how Jesus had endured.
He had seen how Jesus gave up His Spirit (normally it took much longer to die in this manner).
He had experienced the darkness at noon.
He experienced the earthquake and breaking of rock…

Mat 27:54

Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus,
when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening,
became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Those “with ear” could have heard.
Those “with eyes” could have seen.

Do we hear and see what the Lord has done for us?

The Word: Episode 0673 Ephesians 1:7-12

“He Breathed His Last…”

December 12, 2018

“He Breathed His Last…”

Blessings folk!

It is good that we come to this portion of the gospel of Mark at this time of year.

Christmas Day is quickly arriving.
The day we ‘celebrate’ the birth of the Lord (though He was born on Sept. 11, 3 B.C….another discussion for another time).

We do well to be ever reminded of why He came.

To reconcile man to Father.
To do so by offering Himself as a blood sacrifice.

No one “killed” Jesus.
He gave Himself.

Mar 15:33-37

When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour.

At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice,
“ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” which is translated,

When some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, “Behold, He is calling for Elijah.”

Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink, saying, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.”

And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last.

Jesus is hanging on the cross.

At noon darkness fell upon the land until 3 pm.

At the ninth hour Jesus cried out.
It was a cry arising from bearing the weight of the sin of mankind.
The Lord knew in the wondrous mystery of the Godhead the purpose and plan.
Yet, the Lord as fully man, experienced pain beyond anything man had before.
Pain of sin.

There appeared to be a moment of compassion…an offering of sponge of sour wine…until we see what was spoken.
A snarky “let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.”

The other gospels give additional detail.
(It is good/necessary to read all accounts to receive the complete picture.)

Mark simply states that He uttered a loud cry and breathed His last.

He died.

He gave Himself up.

John 19:30
Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!”
And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

For you.
For me.
Do you truly believe?

The Word: Episode 0672 Ephesians 1:7-10

“‘He Cannot Save Himself’”

December 11, 2018

“‘He Cannot Save Himself’”

Blessings folk!

Jesus is being led out to be crucified.

Watch how the insults, the mocking, the beating continued.

 Mar 15:21-32

They pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene
(the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross.

Then they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.

They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it.

And they crucified Him, and divided up His garments among themselves,
casting lots for them to decide what each man should take.

It as the third hour when they crucified Him.

The inscription of the charge against Him read, “THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left.

[And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with transgressors.”]

Those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying,
“Ha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,

save Yourself, and come down from the cross!”

In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself.

“Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.

Prophetic scripture was fulfilled.
He was numbered with transgressors.
He had hurling abuse thrown at Him.
He was beaten.
He was mocked.
His garments were divided, lots cast for them.
He was crucified.

The mocking reveals that the people had listened.
They had heard what He had said about the temple.
They knew that He had saved others.

Yet they misinterpreted.
They listened to the perverse twisting of their religious leadership (nothing had changed).

They continued.
They mocked their own belief.


The same occurs today.
People say “I will believe, if…?”

If they do not believe by what the Lord has done, they will not believe.

Do you truly believe?

The Word: Episode 0671 Ephesians 1:3-10

“For You”

December 10, 2018

“For You”

Blessings folk!

It was prophesied.
It was fulfilled.

Jesus was…
  • Mocked
  • Beat
  • Spat upon
  • Humiliated
  • Given faux worship crowning Him with thorns
  • Stripped

Note who did what.

Mar 15:16-20

The soldiers took Him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium),
and they called together the whole Roman cohort.

They dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him;

and they began to acclaim Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

They kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting on Him,
and kneeling and bowing before Him.

After they had mocked Him,
they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him.
And they led Him out to crucify Him.

All endured for His creation.

All for us.

All for you.

Do you believe?

Have you believed unto salvation?

The Word: Episode 0670 Ephesians 1:1-5

“Pilate: Crucify Him”

December 9, 2018

“Pilate: Crucify Him”

Blessings folk!

Pilate knew what was happening with Jesus.
He knew that the religionists were envious of Jesus.
He also knew the politics of the situation.
It was not good for Pilate.

He sought a way out, a solution.

Mar 15:6-15

Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested.

The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection.

The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them.

Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”

For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.

But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead.

Answering again, Pilate said to them,
“Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”

They shouted back, “Crucify Him!”

But Pilate said to them,
“Why, what evil has He done?”
But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!”

Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them,
and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

At the Jewish feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread Pilate was accustomed to releasing a political prisoner at the behest of the people.

The crowd went up and demanded this.

Pilate seized the moment…”do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”

But, the chief priests had stirred up the crowds to ask for the release of Barabbas.

Pilate then made a serious mistake.
He asked the people what they wanted to do with “the King of the Jews”.

The shouted “crucify Him”.

Pilate demanded to know the evil?

They demanded “crucify Him”.

Pilate was weak.
He wished to satisfy the people.
He feared the religious rulers.
He had the testimony of Jesus.
He knew about his wife’s dream about Jesus.

Yet, he still allowed Jesus to be crucified.

Compromise of truth always leads to weakness.

Do not do so.

The Word: Episode 0669 Acts 19:28-41

“It Is As You Say”

December 8, 2018

“It Is As You Say”

Blessings folk!

The plot and plan of the Jewish leadership progressed.
God was not surprised.
It had been prophesied.


Mar 15:1-5

Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus,
they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate.

Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
And He answered him, “It is as you say.”

The chief priests began to accuse Him harshly.

Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying,
“Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!”

But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed.

Pilate asked a direct question.
“Are You the King of the Jews?”

Jesus answered directly.
“It is as you say.”

The religious leadership launched again with the accusations.

Pilate questioned Jesus.
He wanted to know why Jesus did not respond to the accusations.
Pilate was amazed.

Why did Jesus not respond?
Because the Father did not tell Him to.
This was prophesied centuries before…

Isa 53:7
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.

Jesus was “silent before its shearers”…the religious rulers.
He did speak to the political leadership.

This passage in Isaiah was also found later in the Word…

Act 8:32
Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:

Jesus knew the Word.
Jesus knew the Father.
Jesus did only that which Father instructed.

May we do likewise.

The Word: Episode 0668 Acts 19:24-28

“Once, Twice, Three Times”

December 7, 2018

“Once, Twice, Three Times”

Blessings folk!

Jesus had just been judged and condemned as blasphemous.
Still, He bore the punishment.

Peter viewed from nearby…

Mar 14:66-72

As Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came,

and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said,
“You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.”

But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.”
And he went out onto the porch.

The servant-girl saw him, and began once more to say to the bystanders, “This is one of them!”

But again he denied it.
And after a little while the bystanders were again saying to Peter,
“Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too.”

But he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this man you are talking about!”

Immediately a rooster crowed a second time.
And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him,
“Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”
And he began to weep.

A bold servant-girl of the high priest saw Peter.
She confronted him.
Note that it was not a question.
It was a statement.
“You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.”

Peter denied her statement…denial one.

Peter relocated to the porch.

The servant-girl saw him again.
This time she proclaims the confrontational statement by telling those who were standing by “this is one of them.”

Peter denied her statement…denial two.

A short period of time passed.

Now the bystanders…more than one…said to Peter “surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too.”

Peter denied their statements…with a curse and by swearing…denial three.

Immediately a rooster crowed a second time.

The Word of the Lord to Peter came true…

Mar 14:30

And Jesus said to him,
“Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice,
you yourself will deny Me three times.”

Peter weep bitterly.

Think not that we can stand firm in our own strength.

Only by the power of the Lord can we press on and stand firm as days darken.

Prepare now through the small things.

The Word: Episode 0667 Acts 19:23-25

“I AM, You Will See…”

December 6, 2018

“I AM, You Will See…”

Blessings folk!

Jesus is before the high priest
False accusers have come and gone.
Even those who hated Jesus and wanted Him dead knew that the accusations were not credible.
They needed more.

Mar 14:60-65

The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying,
“Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?”

But He kept silent and did not answer.
Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him,
“Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”

And Jesus said,

Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?

“You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?”
And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.

Some began to spit at Him,
and to blindfold Him,
and to beat Him with their fists,
and to say to Him,
And the officers received Him with slaps in the face.

The high priest pressed in with questions after the false accusers.
Why did Jesus not answer?
Why have you not responded/defended Yourself against these men?

The priest cut to the issue.
“Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”

Jesus answered.
“I AM”
The response God gave upon Moses’ inquiry as to Who was sending him.

Jesus was acknowledging that He was “I AM’, but He did not stop there.

“You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

Jesus was referencing the Old Testament - Daniel 7:13-14 to be exact.

Dan 7:13-14

“I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.

“And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.

They knew what Jesus was saying.
You saw the responses:

  • The high priest tore his clothes
  • The high priest declared blasphemy
  • They all condemned Him to death
  • Spit
  • Blindfolded
  • Beat
  • Mocked by demands to “prophesy”
  • Slapped

As we are in the season of celebrating His coming the first time, remember what He endure for us.

Rejoice in His coming soon…and all that will be done then.

The Word: Episode 0666 Acts 19:18-23

“Their Testimony Was Not Consistent”

December 5, 2018

“Their Testimony Was Not Consistent”

Blessings folk!

On January 3, 2018 I wrote that we were taking a “short side bar” from the gospel of Mark to look at some things in the life of David.

Eleven months later…

Back to Mark…

A young man had just fled from the arresting officers sent to fetch Jesus.
The young man fled naked…they had tried to apprehend him…it is believed that this is Mark.

Mar 14:51-52

A young man was following Him,
wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him.

But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.

The account continues…

Mar 14:53-54

They led Jesus away to the high priest;
and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes gathered together.

Peter had followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest;
and he was sitting with the officers and warming himself at the fire.

Jesus is arrested and hauled before the religious rulers.
Peter was following from a distance…curious…fear-filled…wanting to know what was happening…but as we will see, scared of being associated with Jesus in this venue.

Then, Jesus experiences what all true-believers will experience.
False accusations.

Read and note the falsehoods.

Mar 14:55-59

Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any.

For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent.

Some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying,

“We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands,
and in three days I will build another made without hands.’”

Not even in this respect was their testimony consistent.

The political chicanery of man.

We see such all time.
In political realms.
In the organizational “church”.

They sought testimony against Jesus.

Many were giving false testimony.
To ingratiate themselves to “the powers that be”?

But, it was clear that their testimony was not consistent.
This was stated twice.

They gave twisted interpretations of the Words of Jesus, “destroying the temple…”>

Know this, the enemy uses the same strategy against us.

May we handle such in the way that Jesus did.

The Word: Episode 0665 Acts 19:13-17

“Act According to Your Wisdom”

December 4, 2018

“Act According to Your Wisdom”

Blessings folk!

David continues his final words to his son Solomon.

David told Solomon to keep the Word of the Lord.

Then, David dealt with some specific concerns upon his mind…

1 Ki 2:5-12

“Now you also know what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me,
what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner, and to Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed; he also shed the blood of war in peace.
And he put the blood of war on his belt about his waist, and on his sandals on his feet.

“So act according to your wisdom, and do not let his gray hair go down to Sheol in peace.

“But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who eat at your table; for they assisted me when I fled from Absalom your brother.

“Behold, there is with you Shimei the son of Gera the Benjamite, of Bahurim;
now it was he who cursed me with a violent curse on the day I went to Mahanaim.
But when he came down to me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the LORD, saying,
‘I will not put you to death with the sword.’

“Now therefore, do not let him go unpunished, for you are a wise man; and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you will bring his gray hair down to Sheol with blood.”

Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David.

The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years:
seven years he reigned in Hebron and thirty-three years he reigned in Jerusalem.

And Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.

David told Solomon to act according to his wisdom.
Before his death David knew the wisdom of Solomon.

What was Solomon to do?

  • Not let Joab’s gray hair go down to Sheol in peace…in other words, execute him.
  • Show kindness to the sons of Barzillai
  • Deal with Shimei. David had promised to spare him, which he did. But, Solomon was free to bring forth punishment, which he did.

(The Word tells us that Solomon did all these things.)

David then slept with his fathers…he died.
David reigned 40 years.

Solomon now sat on the throne of David.
Solomon’s kingdom was firmly established.

David, the man whose heart was after God’s, was now in the presence of the Lord…awaiting what is yet to come…(he will rule over Jerusalem!)

The Word: Episode 0664 Acts 19:8-12

“Solomon Charged”

December 3, 2018

“Solomon Charged”

Blessings folk!

David is nearing the transition to glory.

The Lord gives us his last words.

Simply give heed to these truths…

1 Ki 2:1-4

As David’s time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying,

“I am going the way of all the earth.

Be strong, therefore,

and show yourself a man.

“Keep the charge of the LORD your God,
to walk in His ways,
to keep His statutes,
His commandments,
His ordinances, and
His testimonies,
according to what is written in the Law of Moses,
that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn,

so that the LORD may carry out His promise which He spoke concerning me, saying,
‘If your sons are careful of their way,
to walk before Me in truth
with all their heart and
with all their soul,
you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

Do it.
Be strong.
Show yourself a man.
Keep the charge of the Lord.
So that the Lord may carry out His promise…

…more to come…

The Word: Episode 0663 Acts 19:1-8

“Worthy or Wicked”

December 2, 2018

“Worthy or Wicked”

Blessings folk!

Solomon was now king.

Adonijah was terrified.
He went and grabbed the horns of the altar.

Adonijah feared that Solomon would put him to death.

1 Ki 1:50-53

And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went,
and caught hold on the horns of the altar.

And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon:
for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying,
Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with the sword.

And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man,
there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth:
but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die.

So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar.
And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon:
and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.

Holding the horns of the altar was a form of protection for those accused.

Adonijah wanted Solomon to swear that no harm would come to him.

Solomon agreed, with this caveat…

If Adonjah should himself to be a worthy man, then no harm would come his way.
Not hair of him would fall on the earth.

But, if wickedness was found in him, then he would die.

Adonijah was fetched from the altar.
He came and bowed before King Solomon.
Solomon sent him home.

Wonder how this will work out…?

Be worthy.
Be not wicked.

The Word: Episode 0662 Acts 18:18-28


December 1, 2018


Blessings folk!

David passed the baton.
Solomon was now king.
The people rejoiced.

1 Ki 1:40

All the people went up after him,
and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy,
so that the earth shook at their noise.

The people rejoiced with such energy that the earth shook!

How did Adonijah learn of the situation?
What was his response?

1Ki 1:41-49

Now Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they finished eating.
When Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, “Why is the city making such an uproar?”

While he was still speaking, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came.
Then Adonijah said, “Come in, for you are a valiant man and bring good news.”

But Jonathan replied to Adonijah, “No! Our lord King David has made Solomon king.

“The king has also sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites; and they have made him ride on the king’s mule.

“Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon,
and they have come up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar.
This is the noise which you have heard.

“Besides, Solomon has even taken his seat on the throne of the kingdom.

“Moreover, the king’s servants came to bless our lord King David, saying,
‘May your God make the name of Solomon better than your name and his throne greater than your throne!’ And the king bowed himself on the bed.

“The king has also said thus, ‘Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who has granted one to sit on my throne today while my own eyes see it.’”

Then all the guests of Adonijah were terrified; and they arose and each went on his way.

Adonijah and all is guests heard “it”, the roar of the city.
They received the report of Jonathan.
Solomon was king.
Adonijah was not.

They learned that David had initiated and confirmed the transition.
David rejoiced that he lived to see the day with his own eyes.

Adonijah’s guest’s response?
They arose.
They went their own way.

One moment Adonijah’s false kingdom appeared unified with people joining him.
The next moment the true kingdom of David and his line was exalted.

The choice is the same today.
Satan offers a false kingdom.
Jesus Christ is the True Kingdom.

Of which are you?