Did she cheat. . .?

Matthew 1:18–21 (NIV)

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,  because he will save his people from their sins.”

My Thoughts:  Me, if it was me today, would I of been able not to divorce my wife if she became pregnant before our wedding, even if I believed I was spoken to by an angle.

In most books, the pictures are depicted as though the angle was seen by the human, as though they had a live conversation.  When the angle came to Joseph, was it so real, but it might have or was a dream.  What would you say, if your loved one became pregnant and somehow you knew it was from God – would you believe.

Do you think Joseph believed the entire time or was he finally set at ease, not until Jesus became the Messiah he was meant to be.  Do you, I do, presume he may have had doubts.  During his marriage, do you think he asked Mary about the pregnancy, or did they just kind of not talk about it.

Whether Jesus was born to Mary or not, regardless, I think Joseph should get credit, for he was totally faithful, he won regardless of the outcome of Mary’s birth.

That is the hardest lesson, to know you are going to “win” regardless of the outcome if you have done it in the name of Jesus, you believe it was in, for and motivated by the Holy Spirit, do you agree?

Amen!!

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Matthew 18:21–22 (NIV)

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 

My Thoughts:

This is good for me, it asks when do I get to get angry, when do I get to have my vengeance, when do I have to stop taking what this person, what life is giving me.  When can I hate?

In its simplest form, I read this is do not take anything personally, if you do, forgive them; if you still take it personally, forgive them again.  If they keep doing what is triggering you to hate, forgive them even more.

God cannot hate, therefore, God does not except hate!  I just had an epiphany; I believe this is our true key into heaven, the lack of hate, or the abundance of love.  We should love God so much, we will do what he asks, and he has asked us to forgive those whom we have conflict.

 

 

 

Forgive VS Pardon – and more . . .

First things first.  When I looked up the word forgive in my software version of the Bible, I have two versions, NIV and ESV, I just found that the ESV does not use the word forgive, it used the word pardon.  The ESV is said to be a word for word translation, I find the use of the two different words interesting in itself.  What is the difference between pardon and forgive?

Pardon: the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
Forgive: to give up resentment of or claim to requital (see requital 1) for forgive an insult :  to grant relief from payment of
The difference to me between the two words is the emotional part.  Forgive not only does not hold the action against you, meaning expecting a payment a payback, but also eliminates any emotional hostility, anger, bitterness that goes with it.  A pardon simply means, you sinned, I won’t hold the act against you, forgive means, I am emotionally disconnected from your act as well, I will not bring it up again when I want to use it against you for my benefit.

Exodus 23:20–26 (NIV)

God’s Angel to Prepare the Way

20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. 23 My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. 24 Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. 25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

Commentary:  This makes me think, the statement Exodus 23:22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. Is that truly us being a Christin is supposed to be, thus God’s commitment to us as he asks of us our commitment.  The difference, today, is God does forgive us and thank God for that.  If you do all that I say, God says in Exodus 23:22, isn’t that right on the verge of being perfect?

The quote made me think, am I doing all that God says?  How much of it am I doing and why?  Maybe I will make a list and start working on checking off the things I am doing which is not of God asking me to do.

 

God Bless,

Leland

 

 

Proverbs 22 (ESV)

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,

and favor is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord

is riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)

Train up a child in the way he should go;

even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:8 (ESV)

Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,

and the rod of his fury will fail.

Proverbs 22:11 (ESV)

11  He who loves purity of heart,

and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

Proverbs 22:15 (ESV)

15  Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,

but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Words of the Wise

Proverbs 22:17–18 (ESV)

Words of the Wise

17  Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise,

and apply your heart to my knowledge,

18  for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,

if all of them are ready on your lips.

Proverbs 22:22–23 (ESV)

22  Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,

or crush the afflicted at the gate,

23  for the Lord will plead their cause

and rob of life those who rob them.

Proverbs 22:24–25 (ESV)

24  Make no friendship with a man given to anger,

nor go with a wrathful man,

25  lest you learn his ways

and entangle yourself in a snare.

Proverbs 22:28 (ESV)

28  Do not move the ancient landmark

that your fathers have set.

The Way of Wisdom & The Way of Folly

Proverbs 9:1–2 (ESV)

9 Wisdom has built her house;

she has hewn her seven pillars.

She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;

she has also set her table.

Proverbs 9:6 (ESV)

Leave your simple ways, and live,

and walk in the way of insight.”

Proverbs 9:7–8 (ESV)

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,

and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;

reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Proverbs 9:9 (ESV)

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 9:12 (ESV)

12  If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;

if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

The Way of Folly

Proverbs 9:13–18 (ESV)

The Way of Folly

13  The woman Folly is loud;

she is seductive and knows nothing.

14  She sits at the door of her house;

she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,

15  calling to those who pass by,

who are going straight on their way,

16  “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”

And to him who lacks sense she says,

17  “Stolen water is sweet,

and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

18  But he does not know that the dead are there,

that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Jude 1:17-21 NIV

Jude 1:17-21 NIV

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. [18] They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” [19] These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. [20] But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, [21] keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.