The Causes of Physical and Spiritual BLINDNESS

What Caused the Blindness?

“AS HE passed along,  He noticed a man blind from his birth.  His disciples asked Him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?    Jesus answered,  It was not that this man or his parents sinned, but he was born blind in order that the workings of God should be manifested (displayed and illustrated) in him”  (John 9:1-3 AMP).

“When He had said this, He spat on the ground and made clay (mud) with His saliva, and He spread it [as ointment] on the man’s eyes.  And He said Go, wash in the Pool Of Siloam–which means Sent. So he went and washed, and came back seeing”  (John 9:6-7 AMP).


It might not be blindness that comes your way but it certainly can be other disorders:  Cancer, heart disease, diabetes (I know that personally!), deafness, etc.  When this happens to us or to family and friends, we want to know the reason, as was the case of Jesus’ disciples in John 9:1-3.  They wanted to know who to blame for the “blind man’s” suffering.  The disciples couldn’t go back to the blind man’s parents to expose a sin; tell them “if only” his mother had eaten the right foods, taken the right pre-natal vitamins, handled stress better, exercised more or less.  Her son would have been born with all five senses.

Scientific Reasoning–

There is a true explanation, a more simple one right in front of us!  We don’t have to go through with all sorts of reasoning; the “what if’s”, the “if only’s” to find the reason of the man’s blindness.

There are two issues here in this passage of physical infirmities:

#1.  Jesus was dispelling the Jewish belief that all deformities and disabilities are a result of sin by an individual or his or her parents (Exodus 20:5; 34:7).  In a general sense, these things came into the world as a consequence of sin, BUT…not a direct punishment for individual sin.

#2.  Jesus never said God created man to be blind, so Jesus could cure him.  Only that this man’s condition of blindness allowed the work of God displayed in his life.  It’s the application of Genesis 50:20: ‘What the enemy intended for harm, God intended for good.’

After reading The Book of Job, in chapter 1, we can see that Job lost his wealth, his family and everything that he had.  And yet the Word tell us that Job had sinned not nor did he blame God foolishly (Job 1:22).

A Story of Two Blind Men:

I read a story yesterday about two blind men who were both healed by Jesus.  They happened to meet one day, each man being excited to meet someone else who had been healed.  I enjoy conversing about Diabetes; the ups and downs of the disease.  The discussion can be encouraging to someone who has been recently diagnosed.  I have dealt with the disease for 54 years.

The two men talked about the wonder of sight; the color of flowers, the glory of sunrise, the faces of children and grandchildren.  They conversed about the power that came in seeing Jesus’ face.  They enjoyed laughing, telling stories of their blind experiences and generally having a great time together.  When one of them said,  “And do you remember when Jesus took spit, made mud and put it into your eye?” [John 9:6-11]

The other guy looked somewhat stunned, and answered,  “Why no, he just said, ‘Receive your sight,’ and I could see.” [Mark 10:46-52]

The first man said,  “Wait a minute.  You mean he didn’t use any mud?”


“Well, did he at least have you wash in the Pool of Siloam?”

“No, of course not.  Who ever heard anything as ridiculous as mud in your eye, washed off in the pool?”

“Well,” said the first man, “if he didn’t put mud in your eyes and have you wash in the Pool of Siloam, you are still blind!  Blind, do you hear me?  Because that’s the way Jesus healed me, that’s the way he does it!”

Then the second man became angry.  He shouted, “Mud, mud!  Who ever heard of using mud?!  That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard!  You still have mud in your eyes.  You’re the one who’s still blind!”

They got into a big argument and their relationship was destroyed right then and there.  They immediately formed the first two denominations in history because of their disagreements; the Mudites and the Antimudites!  So who’s blind now?

The Physical and the Spiritual  BLINDNESS Connection

The Physical/Spiritual Connection

John’s Gospel story is long and detailed concerning the discussion of blindness: its causes, its cures and whose blindness remains.

Jesus and the disciples see the man blind from birth and the disciples want to know whose fault it is that he’s blind.  Notice the question they asked, “Was it his fault or the fault of his parents?  Thus the multi part story begins with Jesus telling His listeners, neither the man or his parents had caused his problem  Meaning that their questioning was wrong!

What He could have told them was,  “It’s nobody’s fault.  God didn’t make this man blind as a punishment. This particular blind man came to us so you can be made to see.  Now open your eyes and watch this!”

Adding Spit to Dirt and NOT Making a Mess!

When the blind man was able to see for the first time, his neighbors didn’t even recognize him.  He looks like our neighbor alright, and yet…

“So they said to him, How were your eyes opened?”  (John 9:8-10).

He replied, The Man called Jesus made mud and smeared it on my eyes and said to me, Go to Siloam and wash.  So I went and washed, and I obtained my sight!”  (verse 11).

In this act, Jesus runs afoul of the Pharisees (the religious leaders)… Big Time!  John goes on to tell us that Jesus had performed the miracle on the Sabbath and on the Sabbath, one must not work at all; it was a day of rest.

Jesus mixing dirt with saliva, spreading the mixture on the man’s eyes, was WORK.  Had Jesus just sat still, told the blind man his sight had been restored, there wouldn’t have been a real exchange between the Pharisees and Jesus.  BUT, He did it so we get to the rest of John’s story.

The Pharisees find out what had happened and begin to question the man.  They want the man to tell them that Jesus was a sinner, or got his power from someplace else other than God.  BUT, the man answers,

I do not know whether He is a sinner and wicked or not. BUT

one thing I do know, that whereas I was blind before, now I see.”

John 9:25

Then the Pharisees summon “the name of Moses”—the chief cornerstone of their faith–and they tell the man that they have no idea where Jesus comes from.  What is the implication here?  “BUT we’re pretty sure it’s not from Moses like us.”  So who was blind?

Barbara Brown Taylor, a professor and writer explains that the Pharisees in this story were in their eternal hunt:

“Not ‘what if it is God and I believe that it is’ but, ‘What if it is God and I believe that it is not?’

That is the question the Pharisees forgot to ask.  They were so sure of everything–that God

did not work on Sundays, that Moses was God’s only spokesman, that anyone born blind

had to be a sinner, and ditto for anyone who broke the Sabbath, that God did not work through

sinners, that god did not work on sinners, and that furthermore no one could teach them anything.”

(Barbara Brown Taylor, in Christian Century (March 6, 1996) p.260)

Aren’t you glad that the Pharisees are not around us today?  Those people who were faced with miracles, signs and wonders (The WORD Detective blog; Miracles, Signs and Wonders Are Alive! January 23, 2012).  They were face to face with the incarnate God, Jesus Christ, right in their midst.  Yet, they couldn’t see who and what Jesus was.  They who were clueless, bordered on hopelessness.  Boy, I sure glad to know we don’t have  spiritual blindness around us today.  But then again…

Pharisaical Blind Spots

We all have our “Pharisaical blind spots, don’t we?”  By looking into our hearts and souls we make an allowance of Jesus–the Light of life to shine on us and really examine our lives to look and see where we act pharisaically.  You see, blindness affects us all.  It’s OK.  Go ahead and take a look at yourself.  God already knows about our blind spots.  He just waiting for our eyes to be opened and believe!  It is by His grace that we can see!

A -maz-ing graceHow sweet the soundThat saved a wretch like me!

I   once was lost but now am found,  Was blind but now I see.

The sons of God: “Demons, Degenerates or Despots?”

“The Genius Factory”

There are over 30,000 children born a year produced by sperm donors.  There is a book that came out in 1980, which spoke of sperm donors who were Nobel Prize winners.  It was later found, there wasn’t actually contributors to the sperm bank who were Nobel Prize winners…Not YET!  However, the sperm banks who do claim to have super donors; super athletes, very tall and handsome, college degrees and many more desirable traits have been difficult to verify.   However, a woman can go to the internet, pay a fee, then present her desirable qualifications that will hopefully be reproduced with her impending pregnancy.  The fee is determined by how much information is made available to the recipient and her specific wishes (ex.: hair color, intelligence, physical stature, looks, etc.).

"Giants" of Society

It can be frightening to realize that today, genetic scientist are seriously working to create the master human race.  This idea isn’t a new one. Adolph Hitler had his scientist working towards the same goal over 70 years ago.  Even today’s proponents, who support abortions being employed in the world; to systematically eliminate the undesirables goes on in laboratories as I write this blog.  This whole inception is recorded in the beginning of the human race in Genesis Chapter 6:

“WHEN MEN began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them.  The sons of God saw the daughters of men were fair, and they took wives of all they desired and chose”  (Genesis 6:1-2).

There is more disagreement in understanding this passage than almost anywhere in the Bible.  Conservative scholars seem to have the most difficulties with the verses.  I think the reason might be that they don’t take the Bible either literally or seriously.  They are quick to call the given account a myth, in spite of Moses’ claim that it is a historical document.

Great differences arise in the interpretation of an issue that does not fundamentally affect critical issues in Scripture; the ones that underlie eternal salvation.  Who I most often  disagree with in the meaning of this passage are my brothers and sisters in Christ.

I hope this particular blog-post causes you to meditate on and research the Scriptures I’ll give you; that you will be encouraged to learn even more.  My whole purpose of this particular subject is to motivate you and for that matter, any blog-post of mine.  So, let’s get started!

Who were the ‘sons of God’?  Is this a mistranslation?

The interpretation of Genesis 6:1-8 hinges on the definition of three key terms:

1.  ‘the sons of God’ (verse 2, 4). 

2.  ‘the daughters of men’ (verses 2, 4).

3.  And the ‘Nephelium’ (verse 4).

There are also three major interpretations of these terms, beginning with that which in my mind, is the least likely.  Then ending with the one I have found to be the most satisfactory.

View #1:  Merging of the Ungodly Cainite with the Godly Sethites:

Those who hold this view is of a godly man, of the Sethite line and ‘the daughters of men’, daughters of the ungodly Cainite.  Who also adhere that the Nephelium are ungodly and violent men, a product of this unholy union.

The major support for this view comes from the context of Genesis 4 and 5.  Chapter four describes the ungodly generation of Cain and chapter five, the godly Sethite line.

In Israel, separation was a vital part of the religious responsibility for those who truly worshiped God.  What took place in Genesis 6, is the breakdown on separation ideology.  It threatened the godly seed whom the Messiah was to be born.  This breakdown caused the flood which would follow.  It would destroy the ungodly world and preserve righteous Noah and his family through the promise of Genesis 3:15 being fulfilled.

While this viewpoint is commendable; explaining the passage without creating any doctrinal, any theological problems.  What it offers, in terms of orthodoxy but at the expense of accepted Biblical exegesis (“a critical explanation of any Biblical text”), clouds the interpretation.

First and foremost, this interpretation doesn’t provide definitions that arise from within the passage or even adapts to the text.  Nowhere are the Sethites called ‘the sons of God.’  The contrast made between the godly line of Seth and the ungodly line of Cain may well be overemphasized.  I’m not even sure the line of Seth, as a whole, were godly.  While all the Cainite line appears godless, only a handful of the Sethites are godly.

Moses points out in chapter 5, God has preserved a righteous remnant and His promises to Adam and Eve will be accomplished.  The distinct impression given is that few were godly in these days (Gen. 6:5-7, 12).

It seems only Noah and his family could be called righteous at the time of the flood.  Would God have failed to deliver any who were righteous?  Also the ‘daughters of men’ are hardly restrictive to the Cainites.

“When men began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them”  (Genesis 6:1).

It becomes difficult to conclude that the ‘men‘ were not men in general or mankind.  It would then carry over in reference to their ‘daughters‘, they equally are in general.  So, to conclude that the ‘daughters of men’ in verse 2 is something different, to a more restrictive group, again ignores the context.

Therefore these reasons and others, I can conclude exegetically that this particular view is unacceptable.  It might meet the test of orthodoxy but fails to submit to the laws of interpretation.

View #2 – “The Despot Interpretation”

What in the heck is “despot interpretation”?  In my investigation this week, that was my first question too!  So I pulled out my hand The Roget’s Thesaurus in Dictionary Form and looked up the word DESPOT; (n.) autocrat, dictator, tyrant, oppressor (ruler, control).

I like the scholarly quote, “Let the Bible define its own terms.”  If biblical definitions are not found when you are meditating on while studying Scripture, then look at the language and culture of the era.

Like the fallen angel view (view #3), it has its roots in antiquity.  The ‘sons of God‘ in the despot view are referred to as ‘nobles, aristocrats and kings‘ of the era.  This interpretation goes on to say that the despots lusted after power and wealth; desiring to become ‘men of name’, that is, ‘somebodies(Gen. 11:4).  Do you know of, or heard of, any despots today?

Their sin wasn’t ‘intermarriage between two groups–whether two worlds (angels and man); two religious communities (Sethite and Cainite); or two social classes (royal and common)’.  The sin was POLYGAMY.  The same sin as Lamech practiced.

In the transgression of polygamy, the ‘sons of God‘ frequently violated the sacred trust of their office.  Guardians of the general ordinances of God on human conduct.  In spite of these factors, the despot interpretation would never been considered the ‘problems’ which the ‘fallen angel view’ creates.  This definition chooses to ignore the precise definition of the ‘sons of God’ given by the Scriptures.

Furthermore, the whole idea of power-hungry men, seeking to establish a dynasty by the acquisition of a harem (polygamy), seems forced in the passage.  Also, the definition of the Nephelium as merely being violent, tyrannical men seems inadequate.  Why would these men be singled out for special consideration merely like all other men of that day (6:11-12)?

While the despot view does less violence to the text than the Cainite/Sethite view, it seems to me and others inadequate.

View #3 – “The Fallen Angel Interpretation”

The Bible does define the term ‘the sons of God’ quite clearly for us to understand in Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7; Psalm 89:6; Daniel 3:25.  The Amplified Bible says in Job,

“Now there was a day when the sons (the angels) of God cane to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the adversary and accuser) also came among them”  (Job 1:6).

Rejecting the fallen angel interpretation is a violation of reason and Scriptural reference.

QUESTION: Are angels sexless?

Jesus in Matthew 22 answers the questioning of ‘some Sadducee s, who say there is no resurrection [of the dead]’ (verse 23):

“But Jesus replied to them, You are wrong because you know neither the Scriptures nor God’s power.  For in the resurrected state neither do [men] marry nor are [women] given in marriage, but they are like angels in heaven”  (Matthew 22:29-30 AMP).

Jesus doesn’t say that angels are sexless; just no marriage in heaven; there isn’t female angels generating offspring with other angels.  Angels were never told yo ‘be fruitful and multiply’ as man.

It is very clear in Genesis, and with other Scripture passages that angels can assume human-like form and their sex is masculine (Gen. 19:1, 5; Heb. 13:2).  In the New Testament, I found two passages that refer to the incidents of Genesis 6 and adds support to the ‘angel’ viewpoint:

“For God did not [even] spare angels that sinned, but cast them into hell, delivering them to be kept there in pits of gloom till judgment and their doom”  (2 Peter 2:4 AMP).

Don’t believe in a physical place called hell?  This verse in 2 Peter gives a descriptive picture of such a place.  Moving on:

“And the angels who did not keep (caree for, guard, and hold to) their own first place of power but abandoned their proper dwelling place—these He has reserved in custody in eternal chains (bonds) under the thick gloom of utter darkness until the judgement and doom of the great day”  (Jude 6 AMP).

The “Fallen angel” viewpoint:

According to this view, the ‘sons of God,’ Genesis 6:2, 4 are fallen angels; taking the form of masculine-like creatures.  The angels then married women of the human race (either Cainites or Sethites) with the resulting offspring called the Nephilim.

The Nephilim WERE GIANTS; physical superiority, establishing themselves on earth.  The men were known for their physical strength and military might.  Even in today’s culture, often physical attractiveness in finding mate gets our attention, and I’m sure the women in Genesis 6 were no different.

This race of half-human creatures were wiped out by the flood along with mankind in general who were sinners in their own right (verse 11, 12). Scholars who reject this view do acknowledge the precise term– ‘the sons of God’ being clearly defined in Scripture.  The Bible verses I listed in Job, Psalms, Daniel, Matthew, 2 Peter and Jude give indications that some angels who fell with Satan to earth were not content in ‘their proper dwelling place.’  Therefore they began living amongst men (and women) taking human-like form.

God’s judgment was to place them in bonds (chains) that no longer promoted Satan’s purposes on Earth, as the unbound fallen angels who continued to do his bidding.

The result of the union:

The fallen unbound angels and womankind produced what is clearly defined as the Nephilim.  Word studies produced several suggestions for the meaning of the term when I meditated on Numbers 13:33:

“There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”

Therefore I now understand more clearly that the Nephilim were a race of super-humans; the product of the angelic invasion of Earth.

The Meaning of Genesis 6 for Christians Today:

While the New Testament has much more to say about the activities of Satan and his demons, few of us take our spiritual warfare very seriously.  Often we try to live the spiritual life in the power of the flesh.  We even urge people who are being attacked by the enemy to rededicate and redouble their lives and efforts.  We fail to remind them that our only strength is supplied from God.

The Battle today—

When I began my investigation (studying the Word of God), there was a battle going on.  Each day when I would close down the computer, I felt that I had been a battle.  I know as a believer in Christ Jesus, there is a war going on but this was spiritual battle that was raging as I put down my thoughts.  A battle between the sons of Satan and a son of God (in the New Testament sense: John 1:12; Romans 8:14, 19).

This battle is still raging today in our churches; even more intense than the days of old.  Satan’s doom is sealed and he knows it (Matthew 8:29).  Therefore, let us put on the spiritual armor that God provides from His armory (the Bible); equipping us for the spiritual warfare which we are a part of (Ephesians 6:10-20).

To Contend In Our Faith! Is That A Mandate?

First of all, I had no intention this morning of blogging about “contending“, but here I am.  Actually, I have been investigating the truths; different viewpoints regarding ‘the sons of God and’ the daughters of men’ in Genesis 6.  Then, while reading God’s Word on the subject, I was led by the Spirit to go to The Letter of Jude regarding “angels” in verse six.  I have a trained habit of reading Scripture in context and since Jude is a short letter, I began reading the entire passage.  And then I heard a ‘still small voice’; God’s Spirit speaking to my spirit.

“Beloved, my whole concern was to write to you in regard to our common salvation.  [But] I found it necessary and was impelled to write you and urgently appeal to and exhort [you] to contend for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints [the faith which is that sum of Christian belief which was delivered verbally to the holy people of God]”  (Jude 3 AMP).

The Investigation Begins

The word contend in this verse 3  is much different from contending in verse 9.  The Greek word is epagonizomai for contend in verse 3.  It means, “to contend about a thing as a combatant.”  In verse 9 of Jude, the Greek word for contend or contending is diakrino; means “to separate oneself from.

When ‘the world, the flesh and the devil’ are pressing in on our faith; our choices and decisions, how are we contending?  Are we acting like combatants, or are we simply separating ourselves from the truth?  And that is not wrong!  But are we in the believing Church in readiness to receive and proclaim our faith to the world around us by our choices?  Our we as the church in Beroea?

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true”  (Acts 17:11 NIV).

Our Decisions and Choices We Make in a Lost World

When we make everyday choices; food that we eat, establishments we choose to drink Lattes in, aluminum foil that we use in our kitchens, search engines that we surf the web on…what are we in the faith making our decisions on?  Are we indeed being combatants, separating ourselves based on how we feel about controversy?  Or are we a church in readiness to receive and proclaim the truth as the Bereans did; searching and examining the Scriptures every day and listening for that still small voice in our inner ear?  Our natural feelings about a topic should have little to do about the decisions and choice we make in society.  If we put all of this into practice as the Berean church did, be prepared for the results.

“Many of them became believers, together with not a few

prominent Greeks [non-believers in Washington State and your community], as well as men.”

Acts 17:12

Miracles, Signs and Wonders Are Alive!

“The Wonder Of It All”

Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told them, “you will never believe at all”  (John 4:48).

“Signs” are never pointed to themselves or the human performer!  Rather, they point to the Person; the Work of Christ.”  Let me get you started with Bible verses that attest to that thinking:  (Acts 2:4-12, 22, 43; 3:7-9; 11-12, 16; 4:30; 6:8; 14:3; 15:12; Romans 15:19; 2 Corinthians 12:4-12; Hebrews 2:4; 6:1-2).

There is a debate amongst many schools of thought between Christians.  Many say that miracles, signs and wonders have stopped.  Others say they are functioning today but are rare.  Others go overboard with manipulation, using electronic and magician tricks to seek and perform and captivate a crowd in “Jesus name.”

The Bible gives no indication that miracles, signs and wonders have stopped.  They may be rare but they are here and working praise God!

“On A Foggy Morning”

Almost a year ago (Feb. 11, 2011) I published a post entitled, “Getting Results in Prayer- A Foggy Day”.  It was a personal story of mine in Southern California 1979; about my experience on an early foggy morning.

I was a ‘long-distant’ commuter in those days.  I traveled from Poway to San Bernardino daily–95 miles one way!  I would leave the house no later than 6:15 AM and travel Interstate 15 all the way to my place of business.

One morning, it was unusually “foggy”.  So much so, even with headlights on, I couldn’t see any further than 20 feet in front of me or behind me.  And just ahead was the expected traffic light.  I knew it was there but seldom was it ever Red–STOP. 

As I pulled up and stopped, another vehicle pulled up beside me and came to a halt, both of us waiting patiently for the light to change green. 

And then, it happened.  I made a quick glance in the rear-view mirror while waiting and seeing nothing but two high-beamed headlights racing toward us both.  The on coming car obviously couldn’t see our tail lights or the red traffic signal aheadI tightly closed my eyes, preparing for impact and prayed out loud, “Jesus, keep us both safe!”  And then the miracle, the sign and wonder happened!  With approximately four feet between the two stopped cars, the oncoming vehicle drove between us and disappeared in the dense fog ahead, never slowing down.  I looked wide-eyed at the car stopped next to me and he looked back with the same expression on his face. 

The light turned green, but we both just sat there for a moment in amazement and maybe a little ‘shock’.  How did it happen and why didn’t a horrific accident not take place?  I believe to this day that it was a miracle and a sign.  And the driver that was next to me?  I don’t know but all I could say then and now, “Thank You Jesus for answered prayer and Your saving grace, the Miracle You performed today.”

Often, when we do see and experience miracles, signs and wonders, we become discerning, seeking scientific and psychological reasons–preventing us from jumping to conclusions to what ‘just happened.’  We don’t want to get ourselves into trouble or fall prey to shysters and manipulators. 

We need to recognized and trust in the words of an old hymn:

The Wonder of It All

There’s the wonder of sunset at evening,  The wonder as

sunrise I see But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul

Is the wonder that God loves me.

O, the wonder of it all!

Written by–George Beverly Shea

Are Signs and Wonders–Miracles For Us Today?

YES!  It is often debated to the normalcy aspect; whether or not it still continues today in the church.  Some scholars propose that miracles are no longer a function of the church.  We’re just a part of “redemptive history.”

There isn’t Scriptural support for that position!  Miracles may be rare but to say they don’t exist today puts a limit on God’s sovereignty.  God has no limits; hence, why “process theology” (God is evolving, such as evolution), or “dispensationalism” (God is limited to time periods in history and contracts).  These theologies are not rooted in Scripture but only the minds of men.

Methods that are laid down for us ~

These methods are taught in the Book of Acts in your Bible.  They are as much for today’s believers as they were for that day.  I and others believe that God set down a pattern for us to follow this path.  It is a dependence upon His means and promotion of His ends.

Miracles have different accents:

— a “sign” is a miracle.

— a “wonder” is a miracle.

— a “miracle” is a miracle.

The miracle has the accent upon the power of the act.

The sign puts the accent; the pointing of the act; pointing to the word and His grace; pointing to His servants; pointing to Jesus!  It is sort of affirmation of the person, the message and the means and methods.

Then the wonder has to do with the effect of that the miracle on the observer.  They get into the wonder of it all. Be careful, you might miss it; the sunrise, the sunset, the wonder that God loves me!

So you see, they are All Miracles!

The Methods In Scripture of Advertising the Miraculous

“He Who supplies you with His marvelous [Holy] Spirit and works powerfully and miraculously among you do so on [the grounds of your doing] what the Law demands, or because of your believing in and adhering to and trusting in and relying on the message that you heard”       (Galatians 3:5 AMP).

Do you know what we need to do?  We need to pray and say,  “God, sharpen my spiritual ears.” 

God, get the sin of the world out of my ears so that I might have a better spiritual hearing!  Because if miracles take place by the hearing of faith, then give me the faith that hears.

I want to take you to some scriptures I found in investigation of the truth; to show you how much God put miracles, signs and wonders in the evangelism of the Bible.

“For [of course] I will not venture (presume) to speak thus of any work except what Christ has actually done through me [as an instrument of His hands] to win obedience from the Gentiles [nonbelievers], by word and deed”  [19] “[Even as my preaching has been accompanied] with the power of signs and wonders, [and all of it] by the power of the Holy Spirit. [The result is] that starting from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel [faithfully executing, accomplishing, carrying out to the full the good news] of Christ (the Messiah) in its entirety”  (Romans 15:18-19 AMP).

Paul constantly says, “my Gospel was not in word only,” and he tells us about this deed in verse 19I decided to do some further research on the verses I quoted in the Letter of Paul to the Romans.  I did so to see if I could find what the words contained in verses 18 and 19 are actually saying to me.  My conclusion results: there is a partial gospel and there is a full gospel.  If you want to preach the full gospel you can’t divorce it from miracles, signs and wonders: “I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ.”

So, if you want to fully preach it–it’s through miracles, signs and wonders bythe Power of the Holy Spirit!  We want the power of God; we don’t want to separate the spirit and the word.  We want God, through His Spirit, working with and in us.

Getting Our attention inActs 2:22

“You men…, listen to what I have to say:  Jesus of Nazareth, a Man accredited and pointed out and shown forth and commended and attested to you by God by the mighty works and [the power of performing] wonders and signs which God worked through Him [right] in your midst.”

Jesus of Nazareth, a Man accredited (approved) by God in your midst.”   You have heard of schools that were accredited and non-accredited.  But Jesus was accredited with miracles, signs and wonders in the middle of the people around Him; where He was preaching the Gospel.  God put His stamp of approval on Jesus by the signs, wonders and miracles.  Should we as believers in Jesus have the same opportunity today?

Jesus said, “Greater works shall you do because I go to my Father.”  Now I’m not saying I have it all but I am certainly open to what God has for me.  I admit the need, I admit that I need more, the anointing of the spirit; I need more of God working through me by His Spirit.

I believe that the church today needs to go back to the patterns of the church of Acts 2:22; not a churches denomination or doctrine or a Pastor who has dreamed up and developed a plan with their own traditions and misunderstandings of God’s Word.

The human body has an “outer ear” and an “inner ear”.  What we hear in the pastor’s message in church, we initially hear with the outer ear; the logos word.  What we need to hear more often is the rhema word; the words we hear with our inner ear, from the Spirit of the living God.  If we do, we will see more miraculous, more manifested presence of God, more conviction of sin and more things that cause people to fear God in a good way.

Jesus Didn’t Go to the University of Jerusalem!

Jesus didn’t get his accreditation from school or membership in the local church.  He didn’t say, “See the sheep skin I have on the wall.”  He didn’t go up to someone being possessed by demons, “In the name of the Alma Mater of the University of Jerusalem, come out!”  It didn’t work that way then and it doesn’t work that way today.  God backed Him and He is still backing His adopted sons and daughters today.

The disciples and the town folk that day were amazed and even the spirits obeyed His voice.  And so it was the miraculous signs that began to spread in the land and is also spread throughout the Bible to show the importance of miracles, signs and wonders.  How we can ignore the evidences in God’s Word I don’t know.

The writer of The Letter to The Hebrews takes the thought even further:

“[Besides this evidence] it was also established and plainly endorsed by God, Who showed His approval of it by signs and wonders and various miraculous manifestations of [His] power and by imparting the gifts of the Holy Spirit [to the believers–you and I] according to His own will”  (Hebrews 2:4 AMP–my addition; you and I).

Scholars who ignore the power imparted to the church today by the gifts of the Holy Spirit are missing the importance of the rhema word; the Holy Spirits whispering in the inner ear.  They separate the logos from the rhema.  It just doesn’t work in that way.

Are you still in doubt of your God-given authority?

“And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages”  (Mark 16:17)  [verse 20]  “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied [it]. Amen (so be it).

I don’t know about you, but I want to be a believer like is described here; that these signs might follow me as I go out!

Then in verse 19:

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

Come on Church…the people who heard Jesus when He raised His hands and blessed them is still confirming it today right where you are living; with Miracles, Signs and Wonders as we go out to preach the Gospel.  That is Church Evangelism Father.  He gave us the power as believers to perform miracles, signs and wonders through the gifting of the Holy Spirit.

The Acceptable’Talcum Powder’ Kind of Worship

Finished my reading in the Book of Isaiah this morning and ran across a verse that was prompted by the Spirit for me to investigate.  These are the verses:

“THUS SAYS the Lord: Heaven is my throne, and the earth is My footstool.  What kind of house would you build for Me?  And what kind can be My resting place?  For all these things My hand has made, and so all these things have come into being [by and for Me], says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard:  he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word and reveres My commands”  (Isaiah 66:1-2 AMP).

When reading in God’s Word, I often underline, high-light and jot down my previous thoughts of past readings.  I also write down supporting Scripture to reference my thoughts.  The two above verses were no exception; and I immediately turned to the Psalms for which I had noted.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise”  (Psalm 51:17 NIV).

David, the writer of this Psalm, uses the Hebrew word “shabor” for “broken spirit”.  It means “to shiver, to break to pieces or to reduce.”  A spirit that trembles in God’s presence, broken into multiple pieces, is classified as acceptable sacrifice in worshiping God.  And if we as believers in Christ Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, will need to know and learn how to worship God “in spirit and truth”.  Why do we need to worship Him in that way?  Because His Word says so:

“A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is SEEKING just such people as these as His worshipers.  God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him MUST worship Him in spirit and in truth”  (John 4:23-24 AMP).

I intentionally capitalized “SEEKING” and “MUST” in John as Jesus was also giving emphasis to the woman at the well:  ‘God is seeking real (in spirit and in truth) worshipers. There isn’t any other way to do so; you must worship Him in that way–in spirit and in truth.’  I know, you might be thinking to yourself right now, “How can I tell if I am worshiping in spirit and in truth. I want my worship to be acceptable to God?”  It starts by internalizing God’s Word.

The Psalmist David’s thoughts

In Psalm 51, David doesn’t indicate whether the spirit may have been broken by God, the worshiper or the harsh realities of life.  He just indicates–no matter what has broken us, we can bring that brokenness to God in sweet surrender and an accepted attitude of worship.

When David spoke of a “broken heart”, he uses a different Hebrew word: “dakah“; meaning “to crumble, to beat to pieces, to bruise, to crush.”  It adds to the expression “a contrite heart.”

“Contrite” is a word used to describe the process of making talcum powder.

"Contrite" Talcum Powder Applied!
“Contrite” Talcum Powder Applied!

In days gone by, some brands of talcum powder came in containers, similar to the one in the picture, which were printed:  “This is stone that has been contrite d.”  It simply means, what was once part of a mountain has now been ground and pounded so fine, it will float on water.”  My mom told me years ago that there was actually a brand name of powder call “Contrite” talcum powder.

Now the form becomes entirely different in this bible verse.  Did the prophet have this in mind when he wrote,  “Is not My word…like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock?”  (Jerm. 23:29).

Worship Requirements Are Still In Effect!

We have built such protective walls around our emotions and when I say “we“, that includes myself.  We have difficulties of releasing openly tenderness, love and adoration.  Men especially seem to have the biggest difficulty with this type of openness.  We are more like the alabaster box than the ointment that was poured out.  Until something breaks that ‘rock-hard’ attitude, no love is poured out on Christ.  I’ll talk about the ‘love attitude’ later.

Tears are not only an evidence of being broken and contrited, but also an expression of full emotion.  Jesus tell us,

“…you shall love the Lord your God out of and with

your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life)

and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought

and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength”  (Mark 12:30 AMP).

Usually, with this much concentration; the alls build a wave of emotion and release the tears.  I don’t watch many beauty pageants on television anymore but when I did, I always noticed how tensions would build.  When the climatic moment finally arrives and the winner is announced.  The atmosphere becomes electrifying.  Generally the winner burst into a flood of tears, along with my wife and those in the audience, releasing the pent-up emotions that have been building.

Should worship be any different for us?  Tears are nothing to be ashamed men (How about those Bears?”); even great athletes weep for joy after winning an event.  But our society, secular and non-secular has installed a high barb-wire fence around our displays of emotions (especially men), our attitude of worship has been squelched by the world around us.  Is there anything that can be done? A prayer before worship service might go like this:  “Father, please have your Holy Spirit give me the right attitude this morning of a contrite spirit”.

Have you been at an airport and watched people’s reactions when they greet friends and loved ones arriving; meeting and embracing in joy?  It is a good place to witness tearful emotions.  Should we expect to burst out at times, crying in true worship, in spirit and truth as we come into the presence of the loving God?  Do we truthfully go into Sunday morning services or other times of worship with EXPECTATION?

“Let Us Worship in Humility”

When God was speaking through the prophet Isaiah, He declared:

“For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy,  I dwell on a high and holy place,  And also with the contrite and lowly (the humble) And revive the heart of the contrite”  (Isaiah 57:15 NAS).

I hear of many churches in the land praying for revival in their communities.  Before this can happen, our own hearts must be revived first.

God declares that He not only dwells with the angels in heaven but He also dwells with the contrite and humble in spirit.  Brokenness and humility form a dwelling place of the Almighty God.  God’s presence is a necessary prerequisite to worship and revival too.

The necessary sacrifices of Worship

A contrite heart/spirit is a heart that isn’t ‘full of itself’; is able to admit mistakes; admit to not being perfect and is open to receive from someone.”

A hard or proud heart says, “I am fully capable of deciding everything myself and don’t need anyone to tell me anything.  I am complete in myself and nobody can tell me anything because I KNOW IT ALREADY!”

You’ve probably heard this definition of insanity:

To keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results.”

A contrite heart recognizes it has a need, open to change of thinking and is willing to break out of insanity.  Continuing to walk a path of  “I’ll fake till I make it” worshiping in church.  It will always lead to the same dead-end.  If this is you, STOP!

If we approach God in the pride of our being, our accomplishments in our churches, our position in the church; we are pushing away from and not Romancing the Divine (from Romancing the Divine by Don Nori).

But if we approach God in a contrite and humble spirit, He draws us into Himself; none can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:35, 39).  Worshiping without these qualities is like love without commitment.  The worship is shallow, emotional and fleeting.

I remember when I was a ‘babe in Christ’ in Southern California and attended my first Men’s Retreat at Forrest Home.  When I was on top of the mountain I was feeling worshipful.  When I came down from the mountain top… what happened a week later?  I had lost my commitment of praise and worship!

The LOVE Attitude in ‘Talcum Powder’ Worship

“And standing behind Him (Jesus) at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with [her] tears; and she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed His feet [affectionately] and anointed them with the ointment (perfume).” [38]    “Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw it, he said to himself, If this Man were a prophet, He would surely know who and what sort of woman this is touching Him–for she is a notorious sinner (a social outcast, devoted to sin)” [39] (Luke 7:38-39 AMP).

With what is cost these days for a woman to get her hair done in a salon, to wipe someones feet with her own hair, in front of a religious leader or anyone else, most people would say your “nuts”.  But the woman didn’t give it a thought to what the Pharisee would say.  What she did wasn’t to impress but it constituted and act of heartfelt worship; her hair was a symbol of her glory and she was simply giving it as a sacrifice to Jesus in worship (1 Cor. 11:15); in contriteness, humility and demonstrated LOVE.

The attitude of LOVE is exemplified in this story for our learning– The Acceptable ‘Talcum Powder’ Kind of Worship.  Jesus’ acceptance of this woman wasn’t merely that she felt love of Him or even felt love for Him.  It was acceptance of her expression; what she felt in her heart, her soul and all her mind (intellect) ~ Matthew 22:37.  An acceptable ‘Talcum Powder‘ kind of worship!  She poured love out in unashamed, nonsexual manner.  She evidenced that love in kissing Christ’s feet.  Unloving worship is worse than an uncaring stepmother.  If our worship on Sunday morning is going to be acceptable to God in heaven, then we are going to have to change our attitudes here on earth.  Fellowship among believers is beneficial and uplifting before worshiping in the sanctuary, but preparation for worship is what’s needed.  A change in thinking.

“But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord.  At an acceptable and opportune time, O God, in the multitude of Your mercy and the abundance of Your loving-kindness hear me, and in truth and faithfulness of Your salvation answer me”  (Psalm 69:13).

God’s Co-Workers–“That us!”

Working with wheelbarrow in the garden

Are you on the right path of understanding?

In Creflo Dollar‘s 8 Steps to Your Destination series, he says that “your words should be determined by God’s Word; right words determine right thinking and wrong words determine wrong thinking.”

This past Sunday, our Pastor mentioned that Adam “worked in the garden” long before sin entered into Eden.  I began turning pages in The Book of Genesis, trying to find where God’s Word says or even implies man was working before he ‘ate the forbidden fruit.’  I had the understanding that Man didn’t have to really ‘work’; after he disobeyed God.  Where did I get such a notion?  Was I the only one who ms-understood? It was all because, I had the wrong understanding; my words instead of God’s words had determined my thinking and I was headed in the wrong direction.

My favorite thing to do in the Northwest is enjoy my dahlia garden in late summer and early fall.  The planning, the ordering new tubers, adding compost and fertilizer to the soil, planting and waiting for the dahlias to bloom into magnificence.  I love all of it!  However, what I thought “work” meant came from a different source than from Scripture.  Gardening duties versus a ‘job’–sitting at a desk, answering the telephone, managing people was work and running my fingers through the dirt in the planting beds was not.  It was likely the fact that I was being paid for my job and not for putting out snail bait as dahlias began poking their heads through the soil.  Having fun in the garden seemed counter-intuitive to being at the workplace.

A Cultural dilemma

The word work can be defined by paid employment.  The matter of ’employment’  can certainly define who we are in the eyes of our culture.  If we have that definition in our thinking, we need to understand what work means biblically, then possibly change our thinking.

Today’s thinking doesn’t line up or connect well with ancient world’s ideas concerning work.  The Biblical writer’s world was home and employment, relationships and activities as not separate entities but had real everyday connection.  So in order to read scripture correctly, we need to develop a broader definition of work.

Here are but two examples that I found of people trying to accomplish this concept:

“Human activity designed to accomplish something that is needed as distinct from activity that is satisfying in itself.”  By Paul Marshall–

“The expenditure of energy (manual or mental or both) in the service of others, which brings fulfillment to the worker, benefit to the community and glory to God.”  By John Stott–

I never thought raising dahlias was actually WORK.  It is satisfying, there is the expenditure of energy both manual and mental but I never considered it work.  I had wrong thinking and understanding.

The Nature of God – God is a Worker

A starting point for understanding the biblical view of work is found in Genesis 1. The week of creation was a week of work!  An interesting exercise that I did this morning was to read the first few chapters of Genesis and underline (or high-light) the verbs that describe the activities engaged by God or others (action words).

Genesis 1:1  “IN THE BEGINNING God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) and created the heavens and the earth”  [AMPLIFIED Bible]

“God separated the light from the darkness”  (Gen. 1:4).

And God made”  (Gen. 1:7).

“And God made the two great lights–the greater light (the sun) to rule the day and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night. He also made the stars”  (Gen. 1:16).

“And God set them (stars) in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth”  (Gen. 1:17)

God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness”  (Genesis 1:26 AMP).

I think you get the idea, that at the very beginning of the Bible, we are faced with the inescapable conclusion; God Himself is a worker!  It is part of His character and nature.

Creation–Born to Work in Partnership with God

God’s creative work tells us much about who He is and what He is like.  It is not a complete picture by any means but it gives us a glimpse of His character.  Particularly, His creation of humankindGenesis 1:26 says, “Let us make humankind in our image according to our likeness…”

The implications are not just that we have been made to resemble and reflect who God is, but if that is the case, then work is a part of God’s nature;  the work is intended to be a part of us as well.

My wife will sometimes remind me , “Mel, you are acting just like your father when you say and do things that he has done.”  That statement can have positive and negative meanings.  But the point is, our work ethics should be like our heavenly Father.  When was the last time someone who knows about you personally said, “….you are acting just like your heavenly Father.”

We are workers because we are made in the image of God who works.  We have an imparted need to be engaged in creative and purposeful activities.  It is fundamental to the essence of who we are or should be.

Being ‘under employed’ means that we become deprived; we are robbed of something essential for our well-being.  No one knows that feeling better than myself.  I was employed in the construction industry in different positions for 35 years.  Because construction employment has its highs and lows, management and office personnel is often terminated; let go; fired in the first wave.  When that happened, I felt  deprived and not just of a paycheck but of my well-being; I had been attacked, robbed of work and self-worth.  Not only that, but the work God intended to be done by us is in partnership with Him; to help bring about His purposes.  For having been ‘made in His image’, we are His representatives here on earth; we are the ‘body of Christ’ and a physical body has feet and hands to work!

The mandate God gives Adam and Eve is to share in His work (Genesis 1:26-30).  God also tells man,  “And the Lord God took man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it [to work in the garden]”  (Gen. 2:15).

God is prepared to entrust the garden to humans.  It should become clear to us that God’s intention is for us to become His Co-Workers!

In Labor Together – “Incarnation is Fuzzy”

“LABORING TOGETHER [as God’s fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them–do not receive it to no purpose]”  (2 Corinthians 6:1 AMP).

Creation and incarnation are ‘go together’ themes in Scripture.  They serve as starting points for understanding our work as a vocation in our lives. The Apostle Paul says that God created the world through Jesus Christ (Col. 1:6).  John repeats this same affirmation with the Word of God in the beginning verses of John 1.  They connect the incarnation with the creation work of Genesis 1.

Now it gets a little fuzzy at this point.  Incarnation involved divinity and choosing to engage with the world’s imperfections, confusion and compromise.  Christians who desire to become “Christ-like” in the world find the same “fuzziness” becoming the agent for God in the midst of less than perfect workplaces.  If Jesus is drawn to the places where sin is the most present, as believers, we then are to live and work in the “fuzzy” areas.  Such as, in law, medicine, business, the entertainment industry, politics and other areas of cultural influence where sin is entrenched.  Remember, you are not alone in this work.  You are laboring together with God; you are God’s co-workers.  Knowing who your helper is will give you the confidence needed.  Where there are possibilities of redemption for God’s purposes; transformation of these pockets in the Kingdom of God on earth.

As I once heard on the television show “Dirty Jobs”, You don’t clean up a cesspool by standing outside of it.”  Having the Holy Spirit living inside of us as Christians, may require that we “get dirty”.  Becoming ministers in that work of reconciliation, Christians will have to live and work in discernment.  Even in a “fuzzy” environment; to preserve the opportunity to speak or act when it really counts.  We can engage those places without fear (2 Timothy 1:7), knowing God wants to redeem those areas in our workplaces for His created purpose.  Paul says in the Letter to the Colossians:

“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,   Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah)”  (Colossians 3:23-24 AMP).

Could put the inheritance, your real reward in a garden wheelbarrow I don’t believe that there is a “wheelbarrow” big enough!

Finding Jesus at Work

Jesus transforms our occupations into vocations linking God’s purposes with our daily work.  Whatever our task might be, God is present in our work to give us purpose.

The message of Scripture is, God wants all of us to become “incarnational” agents.  What do I mean by “incarnational” agents?

“And the Word (Christ Jesus) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us…”  (John 1:14).

And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore yo life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you  (Romans 8:11 AMP).

Then as believers, we are “incarnationalagents in His church (Ephesians 5:23, 30).  God wants all of us in His church to be His co-workers; who can change the world through continuing and managing His work of creation; in places of influence sometimes.  Even some of us in jobs that seem routine, menial as netting and throwing fish.

WORK is where the disciples first met Jesus and Jesus makes His first post-resurrection appearance where people are at work fishing.  Jesus instructs the disciples to lower their nets into the water in His presence.  When they do so, the nets are filled to the overflowing.  Upon seeing the miracle, John shouts out, “It  is the Lord!” (John 21:7).  The disciples return to the shore, feasting on their catch-of-the-day and find Jesus already on the beach cooking for them.  Although all the fish in the sea are His, He asks for some of the fish they had caught.  Why?  Because God always works with our work to create and renew.

Whatever your circumstance at work may be, know this:  We are the redeemed,  we are God’s Co-Workers– “That us!”

“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself approved (tested by trial), a WORKMAN who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of truth”  (2 Tim. 2:15).

Thoughts In A Bottle!

Thoughts In A Bottle!

I had just finished my morning’s devotions [reading God’s Word], meditating on His words, until they spoke to me.  Then spent some time in prayer; asking Him with my mouth and not just with my thoughts.  “Lord, what do you want me to share with others today?  Tell me from your Word.”  Then, pulling out my high -back fake leather chair, I moved to my desk and sat down at the computer; looked to my right and there, perched on a shelf as it always is was God’s answer!  In a bottle.

Thirteen years ago, Dianne and I went on our first cruise vacation to the Caribbean for ten days.  Our last stop on the ship that year was Puerto RicoAlthough this wasn’t my favorite destination to visit ever, it was an island my wife had been anxiously looking to visit for most of her life.  Her dad was born there and she always desired to go there one day and here we were.  And now…here we were!

We didn’t have much time in Port that day, about four hours as I remember, but we wanted to see as much of San Juan as we could.  To my surprise, the first thing Dianne wanted to do was to take her shoes off and walk through the sand and down to the water.  My first thought was some what ‘selfish’; okay mostly selfish.  I casually said, “With our limited time here, shouldn’t we go into town and do what a typical tourist does?”  Her answer was quick and to the point and with a big smile on her face she said, “We will have time to go into town but I want to bring back home some beach sand from Puerto Rico, a memento of where my dad was born.”  And what does all this have to do with answered prayer?

Sitting on a small shelf at my desk is a bottle of sand, with a cork in the top, and Dianne’s hand written tag attached:

How Precious to me

Are Your thoughts

O God!

How Vast is the

Sum of them.

Were I to count them

They would outnumber

The grains of Sand!

Psalm 139:17-19

I find myself ‘stumped’  at times regarding ideas and topics to blog about when it comes to God’s Word.  “What thoughts Lord do you want me to bring forth this week?  What is the message You want me to share with others?”

The sand in the bottle from a distant seashore is always the answer to my prayer and I will look to His Word for encouragement. 

Moving Into the Sonlight–“Enoch Walked With God”

Moving With God

“And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God”

Genesis 5:22-24


There isn’t much written about this man in Scripture.  But I did find  a “lost book” for reference; I almost felt like Indiana Jones looking for the lost artifact in the movies.

In fact, the book is referenced in the Bible in two places:

“And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the nation took vengeance upon their enemies. Is not this written in the Book of Jasher?” (Joshua 10:13).

“Behold, it is written in the Book of Jasher”  (2 Samuel 1:18).

The Book of Jasher

The first translation of a Hebrew book in 1613 was called “Sepir Ha Yasher”; The Book of the Upright.  Later, in 1750 it was translated as “The Book of Jasher“.  You can download the entire book from the internet.  I will get back to The Book of Jasher a little later in this blog.

Moving with God

“Feelings change, but walking with God takes faith.  It takes commitment.  And it takes consistency“.  Keeping this thought in mind

“And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not”  (Genesis 5:24 AMP).

What an Epitaph for a man to put on his grave marker or headstone.  Enoch was not WHAT???

When you turn on the television anymore, it seems like the latest Hollywood divorce made the headlines–again!  There seems to be the understanding of commitment or feelings in the relationship wasn’t what it seemed to be in the beginning.  Our relationship with God at times, can be with passion, excitement in being a Christian and feeling great joy.  And there are times that I don’t feel it.  But I can’t say, “That’s it.  I’m not going to follow Jesus anymore.  It’s just too hard to please God.”

The Bible doesn’t say, “The just shall live by feelings,” rather it says “The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith”  (Romans 1:17 AMP).

FEELINGS change, while walking and moving with God takes FAITH; it takes COMMITMENT, and it takes CONSISTENCY.


Enoch lived during a unique time in human history as I believe we are living in unique times.  Enoch is a prototype of the last-days believer; how we are to live and move in the Son-light; waiting on the Lord to return and translate us; remove us from this earth; taking us home (Genesis 5:24). 

There are questions that arise:

— What set Enoch apart in his world?

How was he able to live a godly life in an ungodly world with sexual perversion and uncontrolled violence all around him?

3 Important Principles:

Principal One:  “Enoch walked with God”

Walking with God in the Christian life is used throughout Scripture.  But what does it mean to “walk with God”?  Is it really possible?

Walking or moving with God is not merely living by rules and regulations.  I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore because I wind up breaking them later.  It’s much more than that!

The prophet Amos reveals an important truth; about what it means to walk with God:

“Do two walk together except they make an appointment and have agreed?”  (Amos 3:3).

The word “together” gives the idea of two people moving in rhythm.  Like riding a tandem bicycle.  It is NOT getting God in rhythm with us but it is getting in rhythm with Him.  That’s what it means to walk with God; getting in a rhythm.

Principle Two:  Enoch was well-pleasing to God.

“And the soul of Enoch wrapped us in the instruction of the Lord, in knowledge and in understanding; and he wisely retired from the sons of men, and secreted himself from them for many days” ~ The Book of Jasher 3:2.

“Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God”  (Hebrews 11:5 Amp).

In Genesis 5:21-24, the Amplified Bible says that Enoch walked in habitual fellowship.  God knows our weaknesses and shortcomings better than anyone else.  God is not as hard to please as we might think.  So how do we please God?

“For even this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable [AMP says, well-pleasing] with God”  (1 Peter 2:19-20 KJV).

That is “conscience toward God” and not conscientiousness in an ordinary sense.  But in the conscious sense, it is ones relationship to God.  Verse 19 should remind us,  conscience toward God comes from a pure desire of pleasing Him.  That my friends is what God is seeking in our lives. A PURE HEART!

Principle Three:  “Enoch was a witness for God”

By now, we know that Enoch moved and walked with God.  We know that he was well-pleasing to God; as Enoch walked, as he pleased God.  And Enoch had a testimony and a witness.

I have been told before by well-meaning evangelistic minded Christians, that Christians should go out witnessing more.  The statement would be better put to us by saying, “Witness as you go.”  Every Christian has a testimony as Enoch did.  People were watching Enoch as he walked with God and people are watching us in our walk.  They are observing us.

In the Book of Jasher, Chapter 3, verse 3, it says that Enoch spent many years serving the Lord; praying before Him in his house.  Then the Angel of the Lord, which I believe was the pre-incarnate Christ, called to Enoch from heaven.  The “Angel of the Lord” is the visible Lord God of the Old Testament, as Jesus Christ is in the New Testament.

[4] “And he said, Rise, go forth from this house where you are hiding, appear before the sons of man and teach them the way they should go, the work they must accomplish to enter the ways of the Lord

[5] “And Enoch rose up according to the word of the Lord”  (Jasher 3:4-5).

We get to comfortable in our Christian settings; the church, the Bible studies, even our own prayer closets.  If we are going to walk with God we need to show some MOVEMENT and not just stand there debating about how we are going forth, eventually.  I’m not talking just to you, I’m talking to myself as well.

Enoch left his house, his place of comfort and protection and went to the sons of men; taught them the ways of the Lord, assembled them, acquainted them with the instruction of the Lord.  Enoch witnessed as he went, as he moved, as he walked with God.  I find myself too comfortable and …well, a bit lazy in my exercise of walking and moving into the ‘Sonlight’.  How about you?  Feeling a bit lethargic spiritually?  If your answer is YES, then you need to get “walking”.

Different Ideas of How to Please

Do you find yourself wanting to please those who are around you?  Most of the time I find myself wanting to please others for my own selfishness.  I want to be recognized, be praised, etc.  We all do.  We do deeds; we volunteer for a task to get recognized, to be publicly praised by the Church Pastor or Elders or Deacons or other believers.

Let me give you some Biblical ideas that please God, rather than what you think pleases God:

— DOING DEEDS!  “No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God”  (Romans 4:20 AMP).

— PUBLIC PRAISE!  “These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me”  (Matthew 15:8).

— FALTERING FAITH!  [17] “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead)”  (James 2:17-26).

— RELIGIOUS RITUALS!  “If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religious service is worthless (futile, barren).  External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this:  to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world”  (James 1:26-27 AMP).

Enoch was not controlled by the world (Jude 14-16). The life of this man Enoch was that of a ‘preacher-man.’  He was a man who was separated to the task of getting out God’s message.  Not many of us are committed to that task, proclaiming the message of God.  What might the reasons be?

1.  Unpopular to the ungodly (Jude 14-15).

2.  Loss of loved ones (Jude 16).

3.  Jotting of Judgement (Jude 14).

Those particular reasons come from FEARFEAR doesn’t come from God.  You need to be moving into the Son Light!

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning FEAR), but [He has given us a spirit] of POWER and of LOVE and of CALM and WELL-BALANCED MIND and DISCIPLINE and SELF-CONTROL”  (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP).

In God’s perfect timing, we too will be as Enoch:

“Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him]”  (Genesis 5:24 AMP).

The “Corridor of Glory”–Living in the Millennial City (PART 2)

The Centerpiece of God’s Eternal Plan:

“Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose).  [And it is this:]  In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him,  [10] [He planned] for the maturity of times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on earth.”

(Ephesians 1:9-10 AMP)

The “Corridor of Glory”

1.  The centerpiece of God’s eternal plan is Jesus’ return to earth.

2.  Establish His Kingdom rule.

3.  Joining the heavenly and earthly realms together.  Both realms must come together to express God’s personality and purposes.

The spirit realm and the material realm coming together:

In the image above, we see the New Jerusalem descending to just above the Millennial City; THE LORD IS THERE (Ezk. 48:35; Rev. 21:12, 13, 16).  The two Jerusalem s will be connected by the “Corridor of Glory”.

Stage one:  The descent of the New Jerusalem is partial yet substantial in the Second Coming of Christ.

Stage two:  The descent of the New Jerusalem is total and ultimate after the Millennium.

Where will the saints live?

The residences of the “saints” will be in the New Jerusalem and they will rule with governmental responsibility on earth.  Kind of like senators living in their home state; then a government office in Wash., DC.

“But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior.”  [20]

“Who will transform and fashion a new body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.”  [21]

~ Philippians 3:20-21 AMP

What kind of body will the “saints” have?

According to the passage in Philippians, the bodies will be “transformed and fashioned anew“.  They will have a solid material body with supernatural abilities.

“On saying this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing [there], but she did not know (recognize) that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, Women, why are you crying [so]?  For Whom are you looking?  Supposing that it was the gardener”  (John 20:14-15 AMP).

“Morning was already breaking when Jesus came to the beach and stood there.  However, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.  So Jesus said to them, ‘Boys (children), you do not have ant meat (fish), do you?”  (John 21:4-5 AMP).

Jesus spoke with His disciples for forty days in His resurrected body (Acts 1:3).  Sometimes spirit beings (demons and angels) do appear in the natural realm to interact with people in natural bodies.

Resurrected  Saints

The resurrected saints will occupy the highest positions of government in the Spirit; in the Millennial earth.  Parallel yet a superior relationship of angels to demonic principalities at this present time (Eph. 6:12; Daniel 10:12-13).

Why will priests be needed in the Millennial earth?

Natural people” still have a sin nature which causes them to be selfish and sinful.  They will live in Paradise and surrounded by bounty and yet still find reasons to complain.  Sound familiar to those around us today on earth?

The presence of the “natural” have survived the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon and judged righteous.  They will experience the same life cycle of all mortals.  They will:







“There shall  no more be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who dies prematurely; for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner who dies ONLY a hundred  years old shall be [thought only a child, cut off because he is] accursed”  [20]

“They shall build houses and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards and eat fruit of them”  [21]

“They shall not build and inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat [the fruit]. For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My chosen and elect shall long make use of and enjoy the work of their hands”  [22]

“They shall not labor in vain or bring forth [children] for sudden terror or calamity; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them”  [23]

“And it shall be that before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear”  [24]

“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy Mount [Zion], says the Lord”  [25]

~ Isaiah 65:20-25 AMP.

“Natural people” in the Millennium Kingdom explains the need of priests (Ezekiel 42:13, 14; 44:15-13; Revelation 5:10).

A priest, by definition, is someone who intercedes or mediates between God and another person.  If everyone in the Millennial Kingdom had a new, everlasting, regenerated and intimate relationship with God, there would be no need for priests.  Since there will be many “natural people“, priests will be needed.

Death will be rare on the earth, for one who dies at 100 years of age will be considered a youngster.

You might be asking yourself, “How about that verse in the Book of Psalms about living to the ripe old age of 70 or 80?”  You are referring to Psalm 90:10 most likely, A Prayer of Moses the man of God:

“The days of our years are threescore years and ten (seventy years)–or even, if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty years)” 

The footnote in the Amplified Bible says that, “This psalm is credited to Moses, who is interceding with God to remove the curse which made it necessary for every Israelite over twenty years of age (when they rebelled against God at Kadesh-Barnea) to die before reaching the promised land (Num. 14:26-35).  Moses says most of them are dying at seventy years of age.  This number has often been mistaken as a set span of life for all mankind. It was not intended to refer to anyone except those Israelites under the curse during that particular forty years. Seventy years never has been the average span of life for “natural man” (humanity).  When Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes, had reached 130 years (Gen. 47:9), he complained that he had not attained to the years of his immediate ancestors. In fact, Moses himself lived 120 years old. Aaron 123, Miriam several years older, and Joshua 110 years of age.  Note as well in the Millennium a person dying at 100 will still be thought a child (Isa. 65:20).”

Whatever your position or thinking might be regarding the Tribulation or the Millennial Kingdom coming is not the point of this blog.  The only point is to present you with the evidence found in my detective investigation.  I look forward to your comments.

Living In the Millennial City; The Land of “NO MORES”

The Millennial Capital

In 1980, the company that I was working for in Southern California, presented my family and I with a terrific opportunity (I thought).  Taking over as Branch Manager of their location in Washington state.  We had visited the great Northwest on vacations, even thought the area might be good to raise a young family in.  So, I cautiously–no, I jumped at the opportunity, as we all went forth while praying.

Since I needed to be in place by March  and our three kids needed to finish their school year– and the house needed to be sold, I came up to the unknown territory by myself, to a place called THERE.  I had no idea where we were going to live, what schools our children would attend, types of clothing we all needed (we had lived in Southern California all our lives), etc., etc.  I knew that God would answer our specific prayers on what to do, where to live and all the rest BUT…if I only knew for sure of His promises before leaving Southern California.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we knew when the Lord called us home in death or in the Rapture, we would be with Him in heaven.  Here comes another BUTBut how about the ‘and-after-thats’ that arise in our up-coming destination?– the topics of conversation and doctrines in the church are sometimes…confusing and need clearer explanations.  What will we be like and what will we do in the 1000-year reign of Christ on earth?  Will all we do is just pray, worship and sing hallelujah?  Not that isn’t a good thing BUT…   I decided to start my investigation with the TRUTH of God’s Word on such mattesr and the discernment that the Holy Spirit gives to enlighten the results of my findings and maybe answer some questions.


“The distance around the city shall be 18,000 [4 x 4,500] measures; and the name of the city from that day and ever after sha be, THE LORD IS THERE”  (Ezekiel 48:35 AMP).

“It had a massive and high wall with twelve [large] gates, and at the gates [there were stationed] twelve angels, and [on the gates] the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were written:”  [12]

“On the east side three gates, on the north side three gates, on the south side three gates, and on the west side three gates.” [13]

“The city lies in a square, its length being the same as its width.  And he measured the city with his reed—12,000 stadia (about 1500 miles); its length and width and height are the same.”  [16]  (Revelation 21:12, 13, 16 AMP).

Now there is some specific details of an area that you might be going to someday and living there for a 1000 years.  You will only be able to actually visualize that if you are or become a “overcomer“!

“Who will occupy the Millennial City?”

There will be two distinct groups occupying the Earth:

1.  Those with glorified bodies.

2.  Those with earthly bodies; those who lived through the Tribulation, continuing into the Millennial Kingdom.

Those with glorified bodies (the Church) receives glorified bodies at the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:21-23, 51-53).  Those who have earthly bodies will be subdivided into two groups:

1.  Believing gentiles.

2.  Believing Jews (Israel).


There can be some confusion on this matter.  Revelation 19:11-16 is about Jesus’ second coming.  The Rapture, as it is called; the “taking up” ; “caught up”) at the appearing of Christ in the air, is NOT His second coming.

In the Bible, there is the distinction between the Rapture and Jesus’ second coming; there is no mention of the Rapture in Revelations 19 thru 20.  The implication is that the saints who are on the Earth when Christ returns remain on Earth, entering the millennial kingdom in their natural bodies The only event resulting in believers receiving ‘glorified bodies‘ is found in Revelation 20:4-6.  They become believers during the tribulation; then are martyred because of their faith and then resurrected, receiving glorified bodies (Daniel 12:2).


In Matthew 25:31-46 gives us a clear picture of the separation; the righteous and the unrighteous Gentiles.  Jesus will judge the unrighteous Gentiles (goats) and cast them into the Lake of Fire in eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46).  No unbelieving Gentile will survive living on into the Millennial Kingdom.

The righteous Gentiles (sheep) will live on into the Millennial Kingdom; give birth to children and populate the Earth.  They will not be the only ones producing children.  Remember, in the Book of Exodus, Jacob and his family entered Egypt with 70 people and livestock.  Some 430 years later, the Israelites grew to 600,000 men on foot, besides women and children (over 1-million plus; Exodus 12:37-41).

On Christ’ return, Israel will trust in Jesus (Zechariah 12:10; Rev. 1:7).  They won’t receive glorified bodies and they too will produce children.  So, believing Gentiles, Israel, the resurrected raptured believers (all who have resurrected bodies) will occupy the Earth.  It should be noted, however, believers with glorified bodies will not be reproducing.  There is no marriage after this life (Matthew 22:30).


These children born will grow up having the responsibility of faith in Christ as all people of past ages have (faith in Christ since His coming); and faith in God before, Genesis 15:2-6; Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 3:20.  Unfortunately, not all children born will come to faith in Christ.  Those who do not will be led into rebellion by Satan at the end of the millennium, when Satan is set loose for a short time (Rev. 20:7-10).

Who will then live in the millennial city? The given answer is found in the following Scriptures:  Isa. 2:2-4; Zech. 14:8-21; Ezek. 34:17-24; Dan. 7:13-14; Mic. 4:1-5.


Millennium comes from the Latin “mille” or “a thousand”, “annus” means a  “year”.

At this time the Kingdom of God will be made manifest worldwide and affecting every sphere of life on Earth:




economic, etc.

They will be initiated by Jesus’ coming:  Rev. 19:11 -20:6; Isaiah 9:6-9; Psalm 2; Acts 3:21.  Kings of the earth will be saved and worship Jesus (Psalms 72:11; 102:15; 138:4; 148:11; Isaiah 62:2; Revelation 21:24), basing their national governments on His Word.  The results during the 1000-year period?

1.  PEACE.




“Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him, all nations shall serve Him”  (Psalm 72:11).

“All the kings of the land shall give You credit and praise You, O Lord, for they have heard of the promises of Your mouth [which were fulfilled]”  (Psalm 138:4 AMP).


“And on His garment (robe) and on His thigh He has a name (title) inscribed, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS”  (Rev. 19:16 AMP).

He will govern a worldwide Kingdom from Jerusalem (THE LORD IS THEREEzek. 48:35) with two sets of kings: the Millennial kings with non-resurrected bodies and the resurrected kings (the saints).  Together they will establish a basically based social order affecting every sphere of life (Isa. 2:1-4; 9:6-9; 11:1-16; 60-62; 65:17-25; Acts 3:21).

The saints with resurrected bodies are counted worthy in their time on Earth.  They will be made kings and priests to His God and Father (Revelation 1:5-6).

(26)  “He who overcomes I will give power to sit with Me on My throne”

(27)  “he shall rule them”  (Revelation 2:26-27).

The two functions most emphasized for the saint (Priests and Kings)--Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 20:6.  They will worship, intercede, communicate the knowledge of God to others who are on Earth during the millennium; the non-resurrected people and to the saints and angels in the New Jerusalem.

The saints will reign (rule) with judicial responsibility and authority given to evaluate the past (judging); determining action plans for the future of the people. and the areas that they will rule over.  The saints will rule/judge angels (1 Cor. 6:2).


“Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end,upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from the [later] time forth, even forever more. The zeal of the Lord of host will perform this”  (Isaiah 9:7 AMP).

His government will spread to all nations (Isaiah 16:5; Jerm. 23:5):

— Social improvements.

— Healing of the nations will be progressive; not instantaneous.  The Tree of Life will minister to the leaders of the nations promoting healing to their nation.  What kind of healing? Both physical and spiritual healing:

“Through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing and the restoration of the nations”  (Revelations 22:2).

To the measure that wisdom is learned and applied in many areas of life progressively improve: vegetation, economy, longevity of life, technology, science, etc..  It will take a 1000 years for righteousness to spread and fully mature in every area of every nation before the final testing (Rev. 20:7-8).


Life in this age can be likened to a 70-year internship (Psalm 90:10), preparing us for our life to come in the age to come.  Our next stage of life in the Millennium, when our primary ministry calling begins, last for a 1000-years (Rev. 20:4-6). 

Our 7–year internship has two issues to determine at this point:  To decide if we want to be in God’s family as voluntary lovers; To decide if we want to function in Jesus’ government (initially for 1000-years) then for all eternity.

The measure that we develop in our internship is:



Revelation (of His Word)

Those qualities will determine our place and function in His eternal government (Matt. 7:14; 19:30; 20:16, 20-27; 22:14; Lk. 13:34).  Our ministry in the age to come has nothing to do with how much we accomplish outwardly in this age.  It’s how much we develop inwardly; the choices we make in our 70-year internship.  The choices we made determine where and how we will function in the 1000-yer ministry assignment.

Being a OVERCOMER now!

Jesus gave a great promise to the compromising church in Laodicea.  He motivated them to resist compromise and passivity, then offered them a place in His Millennial government; the same way Jesus motivated Peter, John and the other apostles:

“He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne”  (Revelation 3:21).

What will living in the New Jerusalem be like in the Millennial Kingdom?  I will try to uncover the truths in Scripture in PART TWO of “Living In the Millennial City; The Land of “NO MORES’.  If you have enjoyed PART ONE, you will love PART TWO in this series.