2/6/12

Removing all doubt


My oldest daughter would be glad to know that I am aware of what Schroedinger's cat is about.  Glad because she gave me the DVDs of the Big Bang Theory and I have watched them.  For those who don't watch the series, someone name Schroedinger put a cat in a box along with a lethal poison and closed the box.  As long as no one opened the box, the cat could be said to be either alive or dead.  And that was it, except that you could believe it to be alive or dead as you wished.  Some experiment; heartless to say the least!  I do not enjoy such ambiguity, which is why I admired Jesus so much; he said what he meant to say and that was the end of it, period.  The following is a prime example...

WEB: Matthew Chapter 8

[5] When he came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking him, [6] and saying, “Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented.”

[7] Jesus said to him, "“I will come and heal him.”"

[8] The centurion answered, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed. [9] For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and tell another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

[10] When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, "“Most certainly I tell you, I haven’t found so great a faith, not even in Israel. [11] I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, [12] but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”" [13] Jesus said to the centurion, "“Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.”" His servant was healed in that hour.
The Jews were a special people; chosen by God to be his and to do his will.  God taught them, cared for them and blessed them.  They believed in God because he had proved himself to them over and over again.  Not so with the Gentiles; and for Jesus to find one with such outstanding faith was truly amazing.  Who really understands faith, anyway?  Why does it reside so strongly in one heart and not at all in others?  I wish I had a good answer; I do not.  But, I do know that when Jesus spoke, people listened!  They listened because he spoke like no one before him or after.  As far as I am concerned, he left nothing to doubt and therefore you either believe or not and unlike the cat... no box is required.

OT Bible Reading 2/6/12


Feb. 6
Genesis 37

Gen 37:1 Jacob lived in the land of his father's travels, in the land of Canaan.
Gen 37:2 This is the history of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives. Joseph brought an evil report of them to their father.
Gen 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors.
Gen 37:4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, and they hated him, and couldn't speak peaceably to him.
Gen 37:5 Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him all the more.
Gen 37:6 He said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed:
Gen 37:7 for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves came around, and bowed down to my sheaf."
Gen 37:8 His brothers said to him, "Will you indeed reign over us? Or will you indeed have dominion over us?" They hated him all the more for his dreams and for his words.
Gen 37:9 He dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, "Behold, I have dreamed yet another dream: and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me."
Gen 37:10 He told it to his father and to his brothers. His father rebuked him, and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Will I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves down to you to the earth?"
Gen 37:11 His brothers envied him, but his father kept this saying in mind.
Gen 37:12 His brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
Gen 37:13 Israel said to Joseph, "Aren't your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." He said to him, "Here I am."
Gen 37:14 He said to him, "Go now, see whether it is well with your brothers, and well with the flock; and bring me word again." So he sent him out of the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
Gen 37:15 A certain man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field. The man asked him, "What are you looking for?"
Gen 37:16 He said, "I am looking for my brothers. Tell me, please, where they are feeding the flock."
Gen 37:17 The man said, "They have left here, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.' " Joseph went after his brothers, and found them in Dothan.
Gen 37:18 They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him.
Gen 37:19 They said one to another, "Behold, this dreamer comes.
Gen 37:20 Come now therefore, and let's kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, 'An evil animal has devoured him.' We will see what will become of his dreams."
Gen 37:21 Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, "Let's not take his life."
Gen 37:22 Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him"--that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father.
Gen 37:23 It happened, when Joseph came to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him;
Gen 37:24 and they took him, and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty. There was no water in it.
Gen 37:25 They sat down to eat bread, and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing spices and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
Gen 37:26 Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?
Gen 37:27 Come, and let's sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not let our hand be on him; for he is our brother, our flesh." His brothers listened to him.
Gen 37:28 Midianites who were merchants passed by, and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. They brought Joseph into Egypt.
Gen 37:29 Reuben returned to the pit; and saw that Joseph wasn't in the pit; and he tore his clothes.
Gen 37:30 He returned to his brothers, and said, "The child is no more; and I, where will I go?"
Gen 37:31 They took Joseph's coat, and killed a male goat, and dipped the coat in the blood.
Gen 37:32 They took the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, "We have found this. Examine it, now, whether it is your son's coat or not."
Gen 37:33 He recognized it, and said, "It is my son's coat. An evil animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces."
Gen 37:34 Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days.
Gen 37:35 All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. He said, "For I will go down to Sheol to my son mourning." His father wept for him.
Gen 37:36 The Midianites sold him into Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, the captain of the guard.

NT Bible Reading 2/6/12 & 2/7/12


Feb. 6, 7
Matthew 19

Mat 19:1 It happened when Jesus had finished these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the borders of Judea beyond the Jordan.
Mat 19:2 Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there.
Mat 19:3 Pharisees came to him, testing him, and saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?"
Mat 19:4 He answered, "Haven't you read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,
Mat 19:5 and said, 'For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall join to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?'
Mat 19:6 So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, don't let man tear apart."
Mat 19:7 They asked him, "Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?"
Mat 19:8 He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so.
Mat 19:9 I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries her when she is divorced commits adultery."
Mat 19:10 His disciples said to him, "If this is the case of the man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry."
Mat 19:11 But he said to them, "Not all men can receive this saying, but those to whom it is given.
Mat 19:12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven's sake. He who is able to receive it, let him receive it."
Mat 19:13 Then little children were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.
Mat 19:14 But Jesus said, "Allow the little children, and don't forbid them to come to me; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like these."
Mat 19:15 He laid his hands on them, and departed from there.
Mat 19:16 Behold, one came to him and said, "Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"
Mat 19:17 He said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."
Mat 19:18 He said to him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, " 'You shall not murder.' 'You shall not commit adultery.' 'You shall not steal.' 'You shall not offer false testimony.'
Mat 19:19 'Honor your father and mother.' And, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' "
Mat 19:20 The young man said to him, "All these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?"
Mat 19:21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
Mat 19:22 But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions.
Mat 19:23 Jesus said to his disciples, "Most certainly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty.
Mat 19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."
Mat 19:25 When the disciples heard it, they were exceedingly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"
Mat 19:26 Looking at them, Jesus said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Mat 19:27 Then Peter answered, "Behold, we have left everything, and followed you. What then will we have?"
Mat 19:28 Jesus said to them, "Most certainly I tell you that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Mat 19:29 Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life.
Mat 19:30 But many will be last who are first; and first who are last.

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