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Guy Fawkes & The KJV


Guy Fawkes & The KJV

 

“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?”

Ecclesiastes 8:4


This past Thursday, November 5, 2009 a fellow by the name of Malik Nidal Hasan shot up the army base at Fort Hood killing 13 and wounding 31. (I believe the Obama administration calls it “Workplace Violence.”) But something you may not know is that the British celebrate November 5 (Guy Fawkes Day) kind of the way we celebrate 9/11.

654px-Dynamite-5.svgNovember 5, 1605 was the day a group of Catholics had plotted to blow up the King of England along with the entire parliament. Most Catholics of that day like most Muslims of our day wouldn’t have participated but wouldn’t have felt too bad about it either.

In 1605 the economy was on the rise and thriving kind of like it was in 2001 when terrorists flew planes into the twin towers. The King knew he had opposition but never imagined it would escalate to the level it did.

The name of the King was James and he was a student of the Bible.  He wrote a paraphrase of the Book of the Revelation and even translated some of the Psalms.

But being king of England wasn’t James’ first crowning achievement.  In fact, James was only 13 months old when he was crowned James VI of Scotland on July 29, 1567. Five months earlier his father had died in a bomb blast at his home. Then 20 years later his mother was beheaded at the age of 44. Finally, in 1603 when Elizabeth died, James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England.

I don’t know if James was a saved man but when you study the history behind Nov 5, 1605, you can’t help but see the hand of God at work.  Historians speculate that they would have carried out the plot sooner but for some strange reason the meeting of parliament had been delayed.

If you’ve ever noticed in football, sometimes when one team goes to kick a field goal the other team will call a timeout.  They don’t call a timeout because they need it.  They call a timeout because they want the kicker to get shook up thinking about his next kick.  And when God delayed the meeting of parliament those men got nervous.

Some of them even took the time to try and warn several members of Parliament to stay away from the court that day (all of which were Catholics too). One of those was Lord Chamberlain Monteagle.  When he received an anonymous letter telling him to avoid parliament that day, he immediately brought it to the attention of the King

The king and his people had little to go on. On November 4, 1605 they were still investigating and looking for clues, when, at the stroke of midnight they discovered Guy Fawkes standing outside the cellar door of Westminster Palace. The men had searched the cellar before and found nothing.  But after finding a tinderbox and some matches in the pocket of Guy Fawkes, they decided to search it again.

This time, under a pile of firewood and coal they found 36 barrels of gunpowder sitting right under the spot where King James would be standing in just a few short hours.

noose-smallSo at 1 AM they woke up the King and drug Fawkes in to stand before him. Historians say that he stood emotionless, regretting only that he had failed in his attempt to kill the King. If I’m not mistaken they used “enhanced interrogation techniques,” otherwise known as “torture” to make him give up the names of his buddies.   None of them ever stood trial but died in a shootout when authorities tried to apprehend them. Not long afterward, Guy Fawkes was tried and hung all by himself in St. Paul’s churchyard.

400 years later the British celebrate Guy Fawkes Day as a day they killed the Catholics who tried to kill their King.

Now, why would Satan have wanted to destroy the King and his parliament? Perhaps because only a year before that day the new King had given permission to a large group of scholars to begin work on a new translation of the Bible.   This translation would never have been completed had Fawkes and his Catholic co-conspirators been successful.  But they weren’t and in 1611 the new translation was completed, presented, and dedicated to King James.

Most King James Bibles still have this dedication in the front of the Book.

TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE

JAMES,

BY THE GRACE OF GOD

KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH,

The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy and Peace, through JESUS CHRIST, our Lord.

GREAT and manifold were the blessings, most dread Sovereign, which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent Your Majesty’s Royal Person to rule and reign over us. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished not well unto our Sion, that upon the setting of that bright Occidental Star, Queen Elizabeth of most happy memory, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overshadowed this Land, that men should have been in doubt which way they were to walk; and that it should hardly be known, who was to direct the unsettled State; the appearance of your Majesty, as the Sun in his strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto all that were well affected exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the Government established in Your Highness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with peace and tranquillity at home and abroad.

But among all our joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts, than the blessed continuance of the preaching of God’s sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven.

Then not to suffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in that state, wherein the famous Predecessor of Your Highness did leave it: nay, to go forward with the confidence and resolution of a Man in maintaining the truth of Christ, and propagating it far and near, is that which hath so bound and firmly knit the hearts of all Your Majesty’s loyal and religious people unto You, that Your very name is precious among them: their eye doth behold You with comfort, and they bless You in their hearts, as that sanctified Person who, under God, is the immediate Author of their true happiness. And this their contentment doth not diminish or decay, but every day increaseth and taketh strength, when they observe, that the zeal of Your Majesty toward the house of God doth not slack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting itself abroad in the farthest parts of Christendom, by writing in defence of the Truth, (which hath given such a blow unto that man of sin, as will not be healed,) and every day at home, by religious and learned discourse, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherishing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a most tender and loving nursing Father.

There are infinite arguments of this right christian and religious affection in Your Majesty; but none is more forcible to declare it to others than the vehement and perpetuated desire of accomplishing and publishing of this work, which now with all humility we present unto Your Majesty. For when Your Highness had once out of deep judgment apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the Original Sacred Tongues, together with comparing of the labours, both in our own, and other foreign Languages, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be one more exact Translation of the holy Scriptures into the English Tongue; Your Majesty did never desist to urge and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the work might be hastened, and that the business might be expedited in so decent a manner, as a matter of such importance might justly require.

And now at last, by the mercy of God, and the continuance of our labours, it being brought unto such a conclusion, as that we have great hopes that the Church of England shall reap good fruit thereby; we hold it our duty to offer it to Your Majesty, not only as to our King and Sovereign, but as to the principal Mover and Author of the work: humbly craving of Your most Sacred Majesty, that since things of this quality have ever been subject to the censures of illmeaning and discontented persons, it may receive approbation and patronage from so learned and judicious a Prince as Your Highness is, whose allowance and acceptance of our labours shall more honour and encourage us, than all the calumniations and hard interpretations of other men shall dismay us. So that if, on the one side, we shall be traduced by Popish Persons at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor instruments to make God’s holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they desire still to keep in ignorance and darkness; or if, on the other side, we shall be maligned by self-conceited Brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil; we may rest secure, supported within by truth and innocency of a good conscience, having walked the ways of simplicity and integrity, as before the Lord; and sustained without by the powerful protection of Your Majesty’s grace and favour, which will ever give countenance to honest and christian endeavours against bitter censures and uncharitable imputations.

The Lord of heaven and earth bless Your Majesty with many and happy days, that, as his heavenly hand hath enriched Your Highness with many singular and extraordinary graces, so You may be the wonder of the world in this latter age for happiness and true felicity, to the honour of that great GOD, and the good of his Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour.

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Boyfriend Application


Boyfriend Application

After jokingly telling a young lady at our church her next boyfriend would have to fill out an application I realized it wasn’t really a bad idea. Here are the questions I have compiled so far.

Preliminary Information:

Name _____________

Date of birth __/__/____

Place of birth: Country ______ State_____________ City ___________

Mother’s name ____________________

Fathers name _____________________

E-mail address _________________________________

Phone number __________________

Driver’s License Number ____________________

Please Answer “Yes” or “No” In The Spaces Provided.

1. ____Are you a Christian?

2. ____ 1Corinthians 7:1 says, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” Do you believe the Lord really expects you to keep your hands off a woman until you get married?

3. ____How often do you attend services?

a. Once a week

b. Twice a week

c. Three times a week

d. More

4. ____Do you smoke tobacco?

5. How fast can you run

a. 40 yards ______sec.

b. Two miles ____min.

6. ____Do you chew tobacco?

7. What is your blood type:_______

8. ____Other than a speeding ticket have you ever been convicted of a crime? (If yes, please explain and give dates.)

9. ____To your knowledge do you have any STDs?

10. ____Do you have any tattoos? (If yes tell how many, where, and what kind they are.)

___________________________________________________

___________________________________________________

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11. ____Do you have any piercings? (If yes tell how many, where, and what kind they are.)

___________________________________________________

___________________________________________________

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12. ____Have you sinned since you got saved?

13. ____Do you have a valid driver’s license?

14. In 50 words or less, describe what “Don’t ever, ever, touch this girl” means to you.

___________________________________________________

___________________________________________________

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15. ____Do you own a vehicle? (If so give the make and model and list at least four of the preset stations your radio is tuned to.)

___________________________________________________

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16. ____If the need arose could you take your Bible and lead a person to Christ right now? (If so list some of the Bible verses you might use.)

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17. ____Have you consume any alcoholic beverages in the last six months? (If so tell when, where, and how much.)

18. ____Have you taken any medication in the last six months that was not prescribed to you? (If so tell when where and how much.)

19. ____Did Jesus make alcoholic wine?

20. ____Have you smoked marijuana in the past six months?

21. ____Have you, other than by accident, ever hit a woman?

22. ____Would you hit a larger woman if she attacked your girlfriend and you were unable to restrain her otherwise?

23. ____Have you ever been in a physical altercation (a fight) with another man? (If so how many times)

24. ____Do you know CPR?

25. ____Have you ever led anyone to the Lord?

26. ____Do you have any gospel tracts on you right now?

27. ____Do you have any children?

28. ____ Are you a member of any secret society such as the Masons, Shriners, skull and bones, etc?

29. ____Have you ever been married?

30. ____Have you ever been engaged?

31. ____Have you been scripturally baptized?

32. ____Have you ever been accused of rape?

33. ____Are your biological parents still alive?

34. ____Are they married?

35. ____Do you work or go to school? (If yes tell where, for how long, and briefly describe your schedule)

___________________________________________________

___________________________________________________

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36. How much cash do you have on you right now? _________________

37. What is the longest you’ve ever held a job and where was that?

___________________________________________________

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38. Other than John 3:16 write out a verse of Scripture from memory.

___________________________________________________

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39. Write out another verse from memory.

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40. When did you get saved? __________________________

41. Complete the following sentences:

a. If I were to be shot, the last place I would want to be shot is in the _________

b. If I were to be beaten, the last bone I would want to be broken is ___________

c. The one thing I hope this application does not ask is ______________________

d. In the unfortunate event of my untimely death, I would like my ashes scattered

____________________________________________________

e. My greatest fear is _____________________________________

42. What do you want to be if you grow up? _________________________________

43. Where did you get saved? __________________________

44. Have you ever been fingerprinted? Yes ____ No _____

45. What church do you attend? __________________________

46. Are you a member of that church (if not, please give the name of the church you are a member of) Yes ____ No _____

47. What is the longest relationship you’ve ever been in? _____________________

48. How many times have you been baptized? __________________________

49. Did you get baptized before or after you got saved? __________________________

50. What is your pastor’s name? ___________________

51. (Other than playing Call of Duty) List some of your hobbies:

___________________________________________________

___________________________________________________

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52. Do you have any identifying marks? (Birthmarks, scars, tattoos etc.) Yes ____ No _____ (if yes please explain and give locations)

53. My dentist is ______________________ City ______________ State _______

I hereby swear that all the information supplied above is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

Signed ____________________________________ Date __/__/____

Thank you for your interest. Please allow 4 to 6 years for processing.

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The Amendments


Amendment I

 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 

Amendment II

 

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

 

Amendment III

 

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

 

Amendment IV

 

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

 

Amendment V

 

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

 

Amendment VI

 

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

 

Amendment VII

 

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

 

Amendment VIII

 

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

 

Amendment IX

 

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

 

Amendment X

 

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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Hear Ye The Rod! Judgment’s Voice


 

“…Hear   Ye   The   Rod…”

The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.”

(Micah 6:9)

In Micah 6:6-9 the Lord has a controversy with

Ignorance

Not ignorance in general, I’m talking about willful ignorance… being stupid on purpose. People don’t like it when you say this or that is God’s judgment.

You want controversy?  Just say Katrina was the judgment of God or tell people Haiti’s earthquake was the judgment of Almighty God.  If you really want to stir them up, say that AIDS is God’s judgment on sodomites.

That’s when people tell you what they really think. Oh, “You’re not very Christlike… Jesus preached love… Jesus said you shouldn’t judge… He said let him that is without sin cast the first stone…” and all that other stuff liberal Devils love to twist and take out of context. (See picture to right)

But even they have to admit, whether you’re talking about AIDS, whether you’re talking about 9/11 or some natural disaster, God still knew about it before it happened… He knew who would get hurt; He knew how many people would die; but He let it happen anyway!

God rules and overrules in the affairs of men and there’s not a tragedy in this world that has ever taken Him by surprise.  In fact I believe He does things to shake us up every now and then… get us out of our comfort zone. “Hear ye the rod!

The purpose of a rod is to bring the pain.  It’s got no mouth but it speaks volumes.  Let me illustrate.  My nephew is a great kid but he can be every bit as stubborn as his uncle Jason.  Mom can say, “Seth, stop that…” But he won’t pay her a bit of attention. She can say, “Stop that or I’ll call your dad…” and he’ll probably hand her the phone.

But when he hears Papa’s belt unbuckle and that pap-pap-pap sound it makes coming out of the belt loops… son, does he ever get cooperative!  He knows he’s sinned and he’s real anxious to get it right.  He hears the rod! And because he hears it, he might not have to feel it.

The problem we have in this country is the same problem Israel had.  We FEEL the rod but we don’t HEAR it. “For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.” (Isaiah 9:13)


….MORE TO COME….


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Praying For A New Tongue?


Praying For A New Tongue?

Most Folks Can’t Handle The One They’ve Got!

When a prophet named Balaam was headed somewhere the Lord didn’t want him to go God sent an angel to block his way.  The beast on which Balaam rode was apparently more sensitive to spiritual things than he was.  Because the animal kept turning out of the way to avoid the angel, Balaam became frustrated and started beating her.

And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?” (Num 22:28)

Notice first of all (1) something is speaking that shouldn’t be.  2Peter 2:16 says this “dumb (mute) ass” was speaking “with a man’s voice.”  This is not the 1st time you find an animal speaking in the Bible (the serpent spoke to Eve in the Garden) but this is interesting.  Notice also, Balaam’s ass was a ‘she’.  In the average charismatic church, I’d say, women do 90% of the tongues speaking.  Paul was dealing expressly with the gift of tongues when the Holy Ghost moved him to write:

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” (1Co 14:34-35)

Paul knew it was the will of God for the “women to keep silence in the churches” when it came to the matter of tongues.   But Paul was also a realist.   He knew that people do not like being told what they can and can’t do.  Paul knew that later on liberal scholars would rise up out of the crevices of Hell and downplay what he had just written.  Accordingly, some argue that the prohibition against women speaking in tongues here in 1Corinthians 14 and the qualifications of a pastor in 1Timothy 3 are all just Paul’s “opinion.” Paul anticipated all of this and wrote verse 37 for everyone who tries to justify their charismatic grandma or one of their friends who happens to be a woman preacher. In an almost sarcastic manner, he says:

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1Co 14:37) jimmy put the "swag" in swaggart

Paul knew many folks don’t care what the Bible says.  So he writes in verse 38: “But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.” (1Co 14:38)

Secondly, (2) this unnatural behaviour didn’t appear strange to Balaam.  Any sane person would have found this event beyond bizarre.  But remember, Balaam is not right with God.  People who are out of fellowship with the Lord are frequently and strangely comfortable in unusual circumstances.  For instance, when Jonah was running from God, the Lord sent a storm that nearly destroyed the ship he was in. The heathen sailors were calling on every god they could think of!  (It’s just natural to pray when you’re going thru a storm.)  “…But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.” (Jon 1:5)  In his backslid condition Jonah seemed immune to his problematic surroundings.  If you have the slightest knowledge of the Bible you should know the Holy Ghost won’t make you act like a complete fool.  If you see nothing wrong with men and women foaming at the mouth and babbling on like idiots, then there’s something wrong with you (you’re spiritually retarded).

The Mosaic Law demanded that God’s people (the Jews) abstain from unclean meats. Many of the Jews continued to observe these dietary laws even after they were converted.  They did this more out of habit than necessity.  But, in their defense, there was no verse in the Old Testament that said, “After you become a Christian you can eat whatever you want.”  So in their minds, certain things like pork were still taboo.  When Gentiles started getting saved, because of their eating habits, many of the believing Jews were uncertain whether or not they should fellowship with them.  (It was hard for them to believe God would bless someone who ate bacon.)  On one occasion, because of this mindset, God revealed to the Jewish companions of Peter that He did indeed pour out His spirit upon Jew and Gentile alike.

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,” (Ac 10:44-46)

Again the Bible says they spoke with “tongues” (plural) and not with an “unknown tongue” (singular). Tongues were necessary since, as 1Cor 1:22 says, “The Jews require a sign.”  Until the New Testament scriptures were complete, the sign gifts were necessary for unbelieving Jews.  Mark 16:20 indicates the Apostles had been commissioned to confirm (authenticate, backup, or validate) the Gospel with signs.  The purpose of tongues was to confirm that God had indeed stretched out His saving arm to the Gentiles.

The word ‘tongue’ in Scripture refers to either: a language or an actual part of the body known as the tongue.  As far as the Bible is concerned, the gift of tongues was the supernatural ability to speak in a language not previously learned. For instance if I was suddenly endowed by God with the ability to speak and understand Japanese, that would be similar to the gift on Pentecost.  1Corinthians 14 gives instruction concerning the utilization of this gift.   Many of these rules are violated and completely disregarded in charismatic circles.  However, the utter confusion, which “they” refer to as ‘speaking in tongues,’ is NOT that gift described in the Bible.  Tongues, such as in Acts 2 and 10, were known languages and not ecstatic, unintelligible, gibberish.

Some say that “speaking in tongues” is evidence of being filled with the Holy Ghost.  Some go even further, saying that you’re not even saved if you don’t speak in tongues.  I strongly disagree.  Take Jesus for example.  Can you think of anyone more sanctified and Holy than the Lord Jesus Christ?  None would ever accuse Him of not being Spirit filled.  Yet in my Bible, I never find a single instance where Jesus ever spoke in tongues.  If “tongues” is the evidence of having the “baptism of the Holy Ghost“, why did the Lord not leave us that example in His life as He did with water baptism and communion? Moving on…

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” (1Cor 4:2)

The word “spirit in this verse is lowercase.  It refers to our spirit and not God’s Holy Spirit. Notice, the word “unknown’ here is italicized, and the word ‘tongue’ is singular. ‘Unknown tongue’ refers to any language not understood by others.  We are told not to forbid people to speak with ‘tongues’ (plural) in 1Cor 14:39. However, the Bible does NOT say “Forbid not to speak in the unknown tongue” (singular) this is Bible Doctrine, not merely my opinion.

And as Forest Gump once said, “That’s all I got to say about that.”

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More Compromising: Billy Graham, God, & George Bush


Reading George Bush’s new book Decision Points, I was shocked to read Billy Graham’s answer to Bush Sr.’s question.  He basically asked, “Is it essential to be born again?” You’ll have to read this for yourself…Its unbelievable!  

In the summer of 1985, we took our annual trip to Maine. Mother and Dad had invited the great evangelical preacher Billy Graham. Dad had asked him to answer some questions from the family after dinner.  That was typical of Dad, always willing to share.

It  would  have  sent  a  signal  of importance  to  have  had  Billy  to  himself,  but  that  is  not George H.W. Bush. He is a generous man, devoid of a big ego.  So  there  we  sat,  about  thirty  of  us—Laura,  my grandmother,  brothers  and  sister,  first  and  second  cousins —in  the  large  room  at  the  end  of  the  house  on Walker’s Point.

The first question was from Dad.  He said, “Billy, some people say you have to have a born-again experience to go to heaven.  Mother [my grandmother] here is the most religious, kind person I know, yet she has had no born-again experience. Will she go to heaven?

Wow, pretty profound question from the old man.

We all looked at Billy.  In his quiet, strong voice, he replied, “George, some of us require a born-again experience to understand God, and some of us are born Christians.  It sounds as if your mom was just born a Christian.” (Pgs. 48-49 of the Ebook)

Hopefully, Bush misremembers Graham’s exact words.  Otherwise, this is compromise of the nth degree!

Jesus said, “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) It’s imperative.  It’s essential.  There’s no getting around it.  “…Ye MUST be born again.” (John 3:7)

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Matthew 3


Chapter

3

In the previous chapters, the birth of Christ had stirred up a lot of things. There was political unrest and parents were uneasy.  Now, another prophet is unveiled.

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

“In those days”   This man named John was raised up for “such a time as this!” In the darkest of times God often sends His brightest lights.

“…Preaching in the wilderness…” Luke 1:80 says that John “…was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” Like Moses on the backside of the desert, John had a long dry spell of his own before his ministry kicked into high gear.

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

John the Baptist preached “repentance!”  John had a large following but he did not offer a free camel ride to whoever brought the most people to hear him preach, nor did he give an autographed copy of Isaiah to the oldest grandmother present. He was his own publicity and needed no press agent. (6) He said “repent” because the kingdom of heaven is “at hand“.   Like a man would say, “I like to keep my gun handy.”  “At hand” means close by.  John was saying the kingdom wasn’t far away.  In fact, Heaven’s King was about to begin His ministry on earth.

“Kingdom of heaven” is a phrase which appears thirty-two times in Matthew but nowhere else in the New Testament.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.[1]

Preparing “the way” involves removing stumbling blocks.  Accordingly, John’s preaching involved a lot of stump pulling.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

“Raiment” means clothing. I find it interesting that it only took 62 words before the Holy Ghost told us about John’s clothes. He was a preacher, but he didn’t dress like one (or should I say ‘he didn’t dress the way we think a preacher should‘).  Notice, everything about John was rough.  He wore camel’s hair coats, leather britches, and ate insects.

At the Bible College I attended, we had chapel services each night.  For a long time, it seemed all we heard were ‘encouraging‘ messages.  Don’t misunderstand me: I’m for encouragement, but when that is all you have, it kind of makes you sick.  On a particular occasion, I noticed the preacher they had in was wearing a bowtie.  I thought to myself, “Great! We’re about to hear a sermon from Mr. McGoo!”  To make a long story short, he preached the devil out of us Bible college students and most of the staff too.  When he was done, I didn’t have enough hide left to close my eyes.  It was Harold Sightler’s grandson.  He was a normal looking man; however, that bowtie threw me off.  If not for that experience you’d never convince me that the power of God and a bowtie could be on the same man. That just goes to show you, you cannot put God in a box and you cannot always judge a book by its cover.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

John’s pattern would later be a commandment.   Just as he started in “Jerusalem and all Judaea,” the disciples were told in Acts 1:8 “…ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

The Sadducees and many of the Pharisees didn’t believe what John was preaching, but they came anyway.  Why?  Because John was popular and religion always wants to be part of the latest thing.

Note: this is the first mention of “O” in the New Testament. “O generation of vipers” John said, “Yall come from a long line of snakes!”  There are several things you should know about snakes: (1) they cannot hear, (2) they respond to movement, and most importantly (3) they will bite you!  In fact, they pose the greatest danger when their mouths are open.

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet[2] for repentance:

“Repentance:” Regret is being sorry mentally only (King Saul, for example). Remorse is being sorry both mentally and emotionally (like Judas).  Repentance is being sorry mentally, emotionally, and volitionally (like Matthew, among others). (5)

“Fruits meet for repentance” include a (1) denial of sin, (2) departure from sin, (3) desire for Scripture, and (4) dependence on the Saviour.

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Many of the Jews believed their Abrahamic descent alone was pleasing to God.  John, however, chopped their Theology to pieces.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Remember, John was preaching to a mixed multitude.  Some would be saved and some would not.  Those who were not saved would be baptized in Hellfire.

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

“Unquenchable” means: greedy, ravenous, unappeasable, unsatisfiable, or limitless. (7)

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

In being baptized by John, Jesus was identifying Himself, not only with John’s ministry but with the three Old Testament offices and anointing.  There were three substances used to anoint people.  These included; water, oil, and blood (Lev 8:6, 12, 23).  The three offices were prophets, priests, and kings.  While prophets and kings were anointed with oil only, priests were anointed with all three of the above.  Jesus, as Prophet, Priest, and King was anointed: with water by John the Baptist (vss. 15-16), with oil by the woman with an alabaster box[3], and with blood by Himself[4].

Since many misunderstand the meaning of baptism, it is necessary to point out that getting baptized has never saved anyone.  If water could wash away sins they’re in revival at Myrtle Beach.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

Many times as preachers we have more honors bestowed upon us than we deserve.  However, if it be the will of God, we are not to decline from our duty, even though it may flatter us.  We can do no more than our duty; we should desire to do no less.  Note: it was John the Baptist.  Not John the Methodist or John the non-denominational.

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

They say, “Never think too highly of yourself, even God became a baby!”  And here, the Son of God submits Himself to baptism.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

The wording here demands baptism by immersion.  For it would be difficult if not impossible to come “Up…out of the water…” if you’re only being “sprinkled.” In other words, sprinkling is not the Biblical mode of baptism.  Furthermore, water is the only proper element to be baptized in.  That should be elementary.  In fact, I wouldn’t have brought it up had it not been for a humorous story involving the translators of the King James Bible.

One day, when the translators were discussing baptism in front of King James, the Bishop of Peterborough made an off the cuff comment.  He said that he knew of one case in which an ancient father had baptised with sand instead of water. James blurted out, “A turd for the argument. He might as well have pissed on them, for that had been more liker to water than sand.” (8) Reportedly, the bishop’s reputation never recovered.

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

In this chapter we see all three Persons of the Godhead manifested: the Son in the water, the Spirit in the air, and a sound from the Father in heaven.  We serve a God that is so big He had to manifest Himself in three Persons!

It is true that the word “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible.  However, it is also true that the word “Bible” does not appear in the Bible, yet both exist.  “Godhead” is the King James word for “Trinity”.  It is only fitting then, that the word “Godhead”[5] appears three times in Scripture.  Three, of course, is the number for divine completeness or perfection.  Jehovah’s Witlesses question the doctrine of the Trinity on the grounds it is hard to understand.  Speaking of which, someone has well said, “To try and understand the Trinity is to lose your mind; to deny it is to lose your soul.”

The Apostle John asked a good question: “Who is a liar?”  We could answer that by listing the JW’s, LDS, etc.  Why?  Because a liar is any man “…that denieth that Jesus is the Christ…” and “He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” (1John 2:22) Again he says, “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” (1John 2:23) I do not attempt to fully comprehend; much less explain the Trinity.  The Bible does teach it, however, and I accept it.  Someone has said, “The Bible says it; I believe it; that settles it.”  But if the Bible says it, it does not matter who believes it; it is still true.


[1] Isaiah has 66 chapters just like the Bible has 66 books.  Matthew is the 40th book in the Bible.   The quotation in Matt 3:3 is from Isaiah 40:3.  Students of Bible Numerology will find this connection interesting.

[2] “Meet” means fit; suitable; proper; qualified; convenient; adapted, as to a use or purpose. (Webster)

[3] “There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.” (Matt 26:7)

[4] “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matt 26:28) “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Heb 9:12)  “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Heb 1:3)

[5] Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9

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Matthew 2


Chapter

2

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

In the book of Exodus, God’s people had been in Egypt for over four hundred years. In all that time, over four centuries, the Lord never sent them a prophet or even a message from Heaven. Then one day the children of Israel began to cry out for deliverance. They had been slaves to Pharaoh for many years. But it wasn’t until they began to groan under weight of their burdens that God sent them a deliverer whose name was Moses

The life of Moses, his birth and ministry parallels that of our Lord Jesus Christ. For instance, when Moses first revealed himself to his fellow Israelites, he was rejected; likewise with Christ at His first advent.  Both of them did great miracles and brought salvation through the blood of the lamb.  When Moses was born, along with being under the rule of a foreign government, multitudes of innocent children were being slaughtered.  What am I getting at?  I’m saying I believe the second coming of Christ will in many ways be similar to the first coming. That being said, I want to look at the conditions in Christ’s day and then compare them to our own.

First of all, in vs. 1, there were very few wise men left! In fact, these had to be imported from the East. (By the way, we generally think of “three” wise men, but the Bible does not say how many there were.) Though it is hard to imagine wise men coming from the land of Iraq, these men were probably from Babylon[1] and had knowledge of Daniel’s seventy weeks (Dan 9:24).

I believe the Bible calls these men “wise” for two reasons. First of all, vs. 2 says, after they saw his star, (after they ‘saw the light’) they came “to worship him!” Today wise men still worship Him! Secondly, I believe they were called ‘wise’ because they feared God.   That is not in our text but Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”  You don’t even come close to wisdom until you fear God.  And if America lacks anything today, it is the fear of our God.

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

In the Old Testament, the first question God asked of man is, “Where art thou?” (Gen 3:9)  In the New Testament, the first question man asks was “Where is he…?”[2]

“His star in the east…”[3] After studying the nativity story, my mom confessed she had always assumed the lady’s group known as the Eastern Stars had something to do with the star of Bethlehem. She was mistaken.   These men were in the East when they saw His star.  That would have made it, if anything, a western star. Cults like the Eastern Stars, Masons, Shriners, Ku Klux Klan, etc. have nothing to do with the Babe in the manger.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

The Herods were an Edomite line of kings, who, under Rome, got control of Judea shortly before Christ. Herod the Great (37-3 B.C.),[4] got his throne, and kept it, by crimes of unspeakable brutality, murdering even his wife and two sons. He was cruel, cunning, coldblooded. It was he who slew the children of Bethlehem in an effort to kill Christ. His son, Herod Antipas, some 33 years later, killed John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29), and mocked Christ (Luke 23:7-12). His grandson, Herod Agrippa I, 14 years still later, killed James the Apostle (Acts 12:1-2). His great grandson, Herod Agrippa II, 16 years later, was the king before whom Paul was tried Acts 25:13-26:32). (4)

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,[5]

Herod was told to look for Jesus in Bethlehem.  “Bethlehem” means the House of God or a place of bread.  If a man is looking for Jesus, he ought to be able to find Him at the house of God.  Herod, however, did not seek the Lord for the right reasons.

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Herod “had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together.”  This is one of the most striking parallels between Christ’s day and our own.  Herod gathering all the religious leaders together reminds me of the Ecumenical[6] movement infesting churches today. It seems like every time you turn around, some spiritually-retarded Church wants to get everybody together.  Baptists, however, have always been diametrically opposed to everything the Roman Catholic Church stands for.

Recently, the news media (Fox) has been lambasting John Hagee for calling the Catholic Church a “Great Whore.”  In fact, the Bible calls the Catholic Church a “great whore” and a “mother of harlots” in Revelation 17.

Dr. Sightler used to say, “There’s strength in division” and he was right.  I would still rather be divided by truth than united by error. The Bible says, “…come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord…” (2Cor 6:17) But for some reason, many professing Christians don’t see a thing wrong in fellowshipping sixteen different faiths.

By the way, let me throw this in; Baptists are not Protestants.  We did not come out of the Catholic Church.  We never were part of it.  Before Martin Luther or John Calvin ever came along, there were men standing up with a Bible saying, “What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”   No, the name “Baptist” does not go all the way back to the days of the Apostles.  But down through the ages, there have been men who believed the basic tenets of what we believe today.  Unfortunately, the established church of their day persecuted them, branded them as heretics, and forced them into obscurity.  Baptists need to read books like J.M. Carroll’s Trail of Blood or Fox’s Book of Martyrs and develop some doctrinal backbone.

But notice something about the ecumenical movement in our text. In Vs. 2 the wise men saw His star in the east. We read elsewhere, that shepherds saw it. However, we don’t read where Herod, the Scribes, or the Pharisees ever saw the light!  The religious crowd knew about Jesus. In fact they told Herod where He would be born.  But we don’t read where they ever looked for Him much less found Him. Might I say that the prominent, so-called preachers; the Joel Osteens, Jim Bakers, and the Oral Roberts may know a lot about God, but they’ve never met God!

7 Then Herod, when he had privily[7] called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

Note: when Jesus came the first time, the country was governed by two-faced lying politicians[8].  Herod made out like he loved God and he loved children, but in reality, he was a devil! He told the wise men to find Him because he wanted to worship Him too!  But Herod didn’t care a thing about that little baby, he didn’t care about the wise men, he just told them what they wanted to hear in order to get the information he wanted.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

Broadus says it was common in the East to travel by night and avoid the heat of the day. (9)

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

These wise men were perhaps the first Gentiles to worship Jesus.  What a privilege.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:[9] and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

“Into the house:” Apparently then, some time had elapsed as the scenery changes from a stable to that of a house.  In fact, judging from Herod’s orders in vs. 16, Jesus was probably around two years old at this time.

Notice, the wise men did not give gifts to Mary. They gave gifts to Jesus. God knew that Joseph and Mary were poor.  Without these gifts, especially the gold, they probably wouldn’t have been able to afford their escape to Egypt (Vs. 14).

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

After “being warned of God” the wise men didn’t go back the same way they had come.  They went “another way.”  There’s a whole lot in that verse.  After you meet Jesus you will walk another way too!  It will change your direction.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

Notice, after the marriage, divine directions are given to the man and not Mary.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

They left by night, indicating that Joseph wasted no time in heeding God’s warning.

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.[10]

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men[11], was exceeding wroth,[12] and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

With all the other signs of His soon coming, isn’t it strange that when Jesus came the first time, the mass murder of children was sanctioned by the state?   Today, there are some who believe certain situations exist where abortion might not be that bad.  People with this mentality can be found, even among professing Christians.  What do you think?  Would you consider abortion in any of the following four situations?

(1.)     There’s a preacher and wife who are very, very poor. They already have fourteen children, and now she finds out she’s pregnant with the fifteenth. They’re living in tremendous poverty. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending an abortion?

(2.)     In one family, the father is sick and the mother has tuberculosis (TB). Of their four children; the first is blind, the second recently died, the third is deaf, and fourth has TB. The mother finds that she’s pregnant again. Given their extreme situation, would you consider recommending an abortion?

(3.)     A white man has raped and impregnated a thirteen-year-old black girl. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending an abortion?

(4.)     A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiancé is not the father of the baby and he is highly upset. Would you consider recommending an abortion in this situation?

If you said yes to the first case, you just killed John Wesley, one of the great evangelists in the nineteenth century. If you said yes to the second case, you killed Ludwig van Beethoven. If you said yes to the third case, you killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer who thrilled audiences for many years at Billy Graham Crusades around the world. And, if you said yes to the fourth case, you killed Jesus Christ. (5) Would you have killed anybody important?

Isn’t it strange the same bleeding-heart liberals, who talk about how important it is to educate our children, can turn around, and in the same breath, promote killing them in abortion clinics?

The average politician today is a low-down, sorry, tax-raising, fag-loving, baby-killing devil. That is exactly right!  They might get some heathen’s vote because of it but they’re selling this country down the river.  But brethren, the Bible is still true.  Queers are still going to Hell and abortion is still murder in the eyes of God.  I don’t care whether you call it an embryo or a fetus, it is a baby!   And God hates “hands that shed innocent blood.”  (Prov 6:17)

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy[13] the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.[14]

Herod had a warped sense of mercy.  It probably made him feel better that he didn’t have anyone killed who was over a certain age.  Rachel is mentioned because she was buried in Ephrath which is Bethlehem[15].  Thus Micah refers to it as Bethlehem Ephratah.[16]

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Herod was a formidable foe, but now “Herod was dead.”  Mary’s husband Joseph has a lot of similarities with the Joseph of Genesis.  Both had dreams (Gen 37:5) and both had a daddy named “Jacob” (Matt 1:16).

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Notice, Jesus was a Nazarene and not a Nazarite.  This difference is important to point out when dealing with the subject of long hair.[17]


[1] H.A. Ironside says these men had probably read the LXX.  (See comment and footnote under 12:21)

[2] “The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?” (Song 3:3)

[3] Thus begins the first “Star Trek.”

[4] When you’re dealing with time before Christ (B.C.) the years go down.

[5] “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”  (Mic 5:2)

[6] “Ecumenical” Relating to, involving, or promoting the unity of different Christian churches and groups (often at the expense of Bible doctrine).

[7] Secretly

[8] The word “politics” comes from poli (many) and tics (blood sucking creatures).

[9] “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” (Psalm 95:6)

[10] “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” (Ho 11:1)

[11] Note:  sometimes wise men mock public figures.

[12] Note:  Herod was “exceeding wroth” liberals can’t stand to have their authority questioned.

[13] See the comment on Matthew 27:10

[14] (Jer 31:15)

[15] (Gen 35:19)

[16] “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”  (Mic 5:2)

[17] “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?” (1Cor 11:14)

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Matthew 1


Chapter

1

The lineage in Matthew is Christ’s mother’s ancestry which shows His legal claim to the throne of David.  While not of the same bloodline; Christ is in the royal line.

1 The book of the generation[1] of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

This verse commences a brief overview of the Lord’s earthly ancestry.  Matthew’s target audience consisted of Jews.  It is logical therefore, that he begins with Abraham; the patriarch of Judaism.

2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

Abraham begat Ishmael before Isaac, and others after him, but they are not mentioned; because the Messiah was not to spring from any of them. Jesus would come from Isaac’s descendents.  “…In Isaac shall thy seed be called.” (Gen 21:12) (3)

Jacob was later renamed “Israel.”  “Judas” or “Judah” was one of Jacob’s sons and also head of the tribe out of which Christ came.  This is why Jesus is called the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev 5:5).[2]

3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

“Thamar” is the same Tamar who tricked Judah into sleeping with her.   (Gen 38:15-16)

4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

Rachab” is the next one mentioned in vs. 2.  She is not a very pretty character especially in Joshua 6. There she is called Rahab the harlot. But she did become a wonderful person after she came to a knowledge of the living and true God. “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace” (Heb 11:31). She got into the genealogy of Christ for the simple reason that she believed. She had faith. Notice the progression here. (4)

Booz” not booze but Boaz from the Book of Ruth. Ruth, if you remember, was a native of Moab and so was Orpha.  These two non-Jewish girls married Mahlon and Chilion; the sons of Elimelech and Naomi.  When Naomi’s children[3] and husband died, Orpha (a type of the old nature) went back to her old ways but Ruth clave unto her mother-in-law. Naomi tried to persuade Ruth to go back to her own people but she refused.  One of my favorite passages in Scripture is where Ruth told her mother-in-law:

“…Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:  Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17)

“Obed” was the child of Ruth and Boaz.  Obed means “worship.”   When Ruth was put in the family, she had a little worship!  Not bad for a girl who was once an alien from the commonwealth of Israel, “…having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph 2:12).

6[4] And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

Even though David was said to be a man after God’s own heart, the sin which he committed followed him all the way into the New Testament. The sword truly never departed from his house.  (2Sam 12:10)

Note: Solomon wasn’t David’s firstborn son by Bathsheba.  David’s firstborn child died as a direct result of David’s sin.[5] The firstborn in the Bible is often a type or illustration of a lost person; someone who has been born only once.  Ishmael illustrated this.  Being the firstborn, he despised the son of promise: Isaac.  “For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid (Ishmael, Abraham’s firstborn child), the other by a freewoman (Isaac). But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh;[6] but he of the freewoman was by promise.” (Gal 4:22-23)

Anyhow, David wasn’t able to keep that first birth but oh; that second birth was magnificent.  The Lord said that there was none like Solomon, nor would there ever be (1Kings 3:12).  That second birth was one of a kind.  In fact, it was a royal birth.  (John 3:3)

7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

In 1Kings 15:11 the Bible says, “Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD…” (1Kings 15:11) What was it that so pleased God, the Bible records he “…Did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD?” I don’t have time to mention them all, but the first thing he did right was “…he took away the sodomites out of the land….” (1Kings 15:12) By “took away” it means Asa killed that crowd.  I say hallelujah for king Asa!   You cannot have the blessings of God in a land overrun by perverts!   If it was sin 2000 years ago, it is still sin today, and it always will be sin.  The dictionary defines sodomy as a “crime against nature!”

8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;

13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

Four questionable women appear in this genealogy. It was not customary to list the names of women in a genealogy; therefore, the inclusion of these names must be deliberate on the part of the author. Tamar, mentioned in verse 3, was the mother of two illegitimate sons (Pharez and Zerah) by Judah. Rahab was the converted harlot of Jericho and the mother of Boaz. Ruth, the wife of Boaz, was a godly foreigner (Moabitess).

The wife of Uriah is none other than Bathsheba whose adultery with David is infamous. However, she later became the legitimate wife of David and the mother of Solomon. The curious feature of mentioning these women in this genealogy indicates that the evangelist wished to disarm Jewish criticism about the unusual virgin birth of Jesus by showing that some irregular unions were divinely blessed in the Messiah’s legal ancestry. (5)

16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

Here we find three sets of fourteen.[7] Fourteen is the number which represents deliverance or salvation. It is used some 26 times in the Bible.

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

The most amazing thing about Mary was she was still a virgin when she got married.  I have been to several weddings where the bride wore the wrong color but Mary was a virgin.  Never forget, Mary may have given Him His bottle, but God gave Him His blood.

Several things about Mary’s pregnancy are similar to getting saved.  Notice; a new birth is on the way and man had nothing to do with it.[8] The Bible says, “She was found with child” before she ever knew (had sex with) a man.

Secondly, her conception was “of the Holy Ghost.”  One young man said, “I believe we have all we need inside of us!”  But that would be ridiculous; unless you were Mary!  Isn’t it amazing that Mary was to deliver her Deliverer? For nine months God lived inside this girl named Mary. But if you are saved, He lives within your heart[9] and thank God; He will be there forever.

Also, there was likely a change in Mary’s appearance.  She may have kept her pregnancy a secret at first, but it wasn’t long before it started to show.  That reminds me of a little girl who said, “I don’t see how such a big God can live on the inside of me and not poke out every now and then!”

No doubt there was also a change in Mary’s appetite.  Pregnant women often have strange cravings.  These desires wake them up in the night and make them drive to the grocery store.  A good dose of Holy Ghost salvation will have similar effects: for, “As newborn babes,” you will “desire the sincere milk of the word” (1Peter 2:2).  I believe there was a change in Mary’s associations as well.  As you will see; the new life within her caused family problems.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

Mary and Joseph had probably been High School sweethearts and gotten engaged early in life. Then the poor girl just lost her mind. She started talking about angels and prophecies, and here she is pregnant with somebody else’s baby. I mean really! Can you imagine being in Joseph’s shoes? Your engagement has already been announced in the paper; you have had all the pictures made; and your family has already paid for the honeymoon. Then your blushing bride-to-be, whom you have never touched, comes up pregnant?

Joseph was ashamed, brokenhearted, and disgusted with her. Though the Bible says Joseph was a just man at the end of the day, every man is still just a man.  Besides, according to the law, he would have been just if he had stoned her! Nonetheless, the Bible says Joseph was going to “Put her away privily.” If I was in Joseph’s shoes that would mean “I was looking for a good place to hide the body!” But God says “…I desired mercy, and not sacrifice…” Joseph didn’t try to humiliate the person who had hurt him. So, how do you deal with hurt?

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Praise God! If ever somebody needed a little encouragement from Heaven it was Joseph! God sent a messenger to tell him, “…Fear not!” In other words: ‘God is going to take that very thing causing trouble in your marriage and use it to save the world!’ What Joseph thought was a disaster turned out to be a deliverer. The tragedy of his life became the biggest blessing the world had ever known. And God allows things in our lives that we don’t understand right now. But “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

“…That which is conceived in her…” Mary was the only saved person who didn’t have to believe the virgin birth by faith.  She experienced it! “For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.[10]

No earthly person could have told Joseph what the child would be. Remember, this was before sonograms. But God declares the “end from the beginning.”

“…Jesus…shall save his people from their sins.”  Are you among “his people?”  If so, what sins has He saved you from?[11]

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23[12] Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Vs. 23 – in Bible numerology, many believe that twenty three is the number of death.  If so, from Christ’s birth we see death lingering ever near Him.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Modern perversions of the Bible omit the word “firstborn” from this verse. For example, the ASV says, “…and knew her not till she had brought forth a son…” The King James (the right Bible) uses the word “firstborn” for a good reason.

“Firstborn” implies that Mary had children other than Jesus.   The Roman Catholic Church, however, teaches that Mary was a perpetual virgin (she never had sex).  Therefore, when Catholics pray to “Mary,” they profess to pray to the “Virgin” Mary. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been a virgin for two-thousand years. The “virgin” Mary and Joseph had children like rabbits after Jesus was born[13]. They are praying to someone who does not exist. Besides, there is only “…one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1Tim 2:5) and Jesus said, “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Note: ASV stands for American Standard Version: which is a humorous name for a Bible since American Standard is also the name of a company that makes toilets.  I do not know if these two companies are related. It would be fitting if they were.  After all, both their products contain the same thing.


[1] “This is the book of the generations of Adam…”  (Gen 5:1)

[2] “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda…” (Heb 7:14)

[3][3] Naomi’s husband and children were “Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah.”  No doubt they were called so, because Ephratah was one of the names of Bethlehem.(5)

[4] Six is the number of man. The sixth word in verse six is “King.”

[5] “…And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick…And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died…”  (2Sam 12:15-18)

[6] “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6)

[7] It was the 14th day of the first month of the year when the children of Israel were delivered from Egyptian bondage, and from the stroke of judgment which fell upon the firstborn of the Egyptians. (Ex 12:6-7; Ex 12:12-13; Lev 23:4-5) The number 14 is found three times connected with Christ’s coming into the world, and He came to save, or deliver His people from their sins. The Salvation of the soul takes place when one believes, at which time, he comes under the blood of Christ, “Our Passover”. But the body will not be delivered from the bondage of corruption until the resurrection of the believer or the rapture of the saints, then the redemption of our body takes place. (Rom 8:20-23) This explains why the numbers 14 and 3 are found together. 14 is for deliverance and 3 is for the resurrection. (65)

[8] “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph 2:9)

[9] “…The Spirit…dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:17)

[10] “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  (Isa 7:14)

[11] “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature….”  (2Cor 5:17)

[12] Vs. 23 – in Bible numerology, many believe that twenty three is the number of death.  If so, from Christ’s birth we see death lingering ever near Him.

[13] (Matt 13:55-56)

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