Tag Archives: Vermont

The Count to Pentecost #1

50 days

 

Fr Paul Stewart

ALEPH א

Psalms 119: 1-8

 

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath…Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.”

(Leviticus 23: 15-16 NKJV)

The Counting of the Omer- a fifty day period of time from the feast of first fruits until Pentecost.  Seven complete weeks plus one – 50 days.  Fallowing the inspiration of the dove given to us at Passover, let us journey together with expectation for the feast of Pentecost!

Moving now from our great celebration of the Resurrection we can continue with Psalm 119, stirring the condition of our hearts toward Jesus.  It is one of the most powerful Psalms in which King David praises the wonders of God.  Led by the Holy Spirit, our hearts can be taken over by the Testimonies, precepts, Commandments, and Statutes of the Living God. 

Listen to the still, small voice within you, be carried away like David in the simple ways of worship within you.  Your voice like David’s will please the heart of God; it will cause you to want more intimacy with Jesus.  A heart submitted, willing for the breath of God.

Psalms 119: 1-8

  1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD!
  2. Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!
  3. They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.
  4. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently.
  5. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!
  6. Then I would not be ashamed When I look into all Your commandments.
  7. I will praise You with uprightness of heart When I learn Your righteous judgments.
  8. I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

 

Advertisements

Passover Season

DSC03777

By Fr Paul Stewart

Setting aside a time to be in His presences.  The seven Feasts, God-given prophetic outline of His completed work of redemption from sin through Jesus.  The picture of the Holy Spirit.

Four spring feasts- in Jerusalem fulfilled the first time.  Feast days are feasting on the Lord.  When you have an appointment with God, he meets you at these places.  Three remaining feasts will be fulfilled at his second coming.

Passover, the feast of unleavened bread, the feast first fruits, the feast of Pentecost.

Passover is the first chronologically and the first in the matter of importance, the foundation of all the others.  It is the beginning.

Nations celebrate the day it’s born.  The Feast of Passover marks the beginning of the nation of Israel.  Romans 11  we are grafted into the tree, the root of Israel.

On this day Israel is made a free and Holy Nation of priests unto him.  To us today the Egypt that we walk is the walk that we walk outside of the Lord, outside of the separation unto Him.  The Lord has his hooks in the Nations and is going to cause us to come out and be blessed by God.  We have been in Israel, we have seen the unbelief there, but God has not taken away this eternal calling of the physical nation of Israel.  Romans 11:28-29

The secret to our future is found in our daily routine.  Lord gives us the 613 moments with God, the commands of God.  They are the first five books of the Bible.  85% of the New Testament deals with these.  It is these moments that generate momentum in your life.  These are the Godly habits of God.  You do not decide your future your habits do.  One of them is called the feast of Passover.  God creates a moment, which generates a habit, which produces your future helping each of us to operate in a new season in your life.  The Lord uses this same pattern in the life of a born again believer and their family; this is how they came out of my Egypt.  In Israel, the celebration takes the form of a special meal called the Passover Seder.  For the Christian, it’s the commemoration of the mass.

Everything is transferred through the blood.  7 Covenants, Edam, Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic.  Abraham cuts the animals in half, represent people, Abraham in a temporary sleep.  The two pieces of animal made a covenant by blood.

Today to demonstrate the New Covenant Jesus uses a meal.  The cup, blood of Jesus, and the bread, the bread of life, separated by the Word of God.  The Seder was to remind the Jewish Nation; the Mass is to remind us. “Do this in remembrance of me.”  The Seder is the oldest, on-going religious rite in the world- nearly 3,500 years old!  Moses received it about 3500 years ago at Mount Sinai.  (Instructed, Exodus 12:8 ) 3 things: lamb or shank bone, matzah bread, unleavened bread, bitter herbs.  The order of this meal goes 700 years before Jesus, and he celebrated it. The order of the meal still the same.

The eternal principals of God’s salvation are eternal principles, illustrated and explained in the Passover Meal.  These same principles are also relieved in the seven biblical feasts, also in the 7 thousand millennial years, the seven days of creation as well as the completion of your life, Jesus uses this meal to reveal the New Covenant Luke 22:19.

Blessed as we Celebrate this Feast in remembrance of the freedom that Jesus paid for each of us, bringing us out of the world and into our Promised Land.

Son’s of Jacob Part Two, Fr paul

Is there a connection between the Sons of Jacob & My Salvation in Christ?

Jeremiah 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

What does God mean when he says he is the father to Israel & Ephraim is my firstborn?

How big is the prophetic land mass promised to Abraham?

Genesis 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
THIS WEEK:
Fr. Paul will answer these questions and more, as he unpacks the word of God, revealing the Christian roots of our faith. He will unveil the tools hidden in Gods word, empowering each of us to fulfill our callings, learning to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!

CCO WORD STUDY ONLINE BIBLE STUDY.

James: Patience & The Perfect Work

2016-10-06-haring-fishing-for-food

Heart Knowledge

As we continue to explore the Epistle of James, the very first chapter of James talks about trials that are evident in the body of believers (re James a Covenant People). The truths that we will be walking through, and studying in this Epistle will open up to us to a creative experience with God’s Word working in and through our lives, recognizing that it is just not an intellectual knowledge, but an essential heart knowledge that is so badly needed in the lives of Christians today. James 1:3 Knowing G1097 this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. The word knowing has the meaning of knowing through experience, to understand, being aware, through feelings, to have a knowledge of, to perceive. This same word that is used, in Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew H3045 Eve his wife, and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. This word knew is important to understand, because it reveals just how we experience God in our lives through an intimate experience. Adam representing wisdom and Eve representing understanding and when they come together it creates experiential knowledge, sharing in the very act of creation.

Find Joy in our trials

Keep in mind that we are sharing in the act of creation, one experience that God uses in our lives is our trials, and If we would be honest with ourselves, none of us enjoys the experience of trials, and counting it all joy just seem impossible, if not a little crazy. However, when thinking about it, there are ways that we can understand what James means when he says we should have joy in our trials. One way to understand this, for instance, you have a goal, and it is something you want, your willing to do anything for it or to achieve it, you will defer pleasures and be uncomfortable, you will even endure trials to achieve whatever it maybe. It is in this place that you will feel an incredible sense of joy, knowing the result or knowing the reward. It in this state that we realize the fruit of our trials brings forth this “Patience” James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. In other words, our trials will bring patience and this patience that James is talking about brings us to perfection.

What is Perfection ?

Now we realize that the Lord is looking for perfection in our lives, it is important to ask ourselves what the biblical idea of perfection is! I can tell you what it’s NOT, it is NOT an adjective meaning without any flaws. The Greek word that James is referring to G5046 teleios meaning; fully grown, adult, of full age, mature wanting nothing necessary to completeness. We read in Genesis 6:9 these are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. When we look up the same word perfect that God is referring to regarding Noah, it is the Hebrew word tamiym H8549 meaning sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity. Thus giving each of us hope, knowing that the reward of our trials is Patience and this patience is working as a catalyst bring each of us to a place of maturity with a sound mind. Also, David proclaims Psalm 119:71 it is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Even David recognized that trails were beneficial to his walk with the Lord! 

If you are worried about your sins, as you should be as well as your flaws and imperfections, there is and always has been a remedy. Jesus’ going to the cross He paid the ultimate price for us because we broke our marriage covenant, that was made with Abraham. I encourage you to read the articles (The Levitical Priesthood) + (The Book of the Covenant) to get a better understand of the Covenant.

See you online every Thursday Evening @ 7:45pm for a live online study in God’s Word. 

James: A Covenant People

dsc02244

James 1:1 is encouraging the household of faith “Israel” the twelve tribes, meaning you and me, those that have received the revelation, as born again spirit filled Christians. We are called Spiritual Israel; Ephesians 2:8 for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, those that are called, fulfilling God’s desire to dwell within each of us in a covenant relationship. The most important reason for Jesus being Crucified on the Cross and Rising from the dead, was to fulfill and establishing this New Covenant as prophesied, Jeremiah 31:31- 33 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the LORD: however, this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. As it is written in 1 Peter 2:9 Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; with Jesus as our High Priest… Again this is whom James is writing to, the brides and the priesthood of the New Covenant that what ratified by a covenant confirming meal at the last supper, and by the sprinkling of very blood as our High Priest, Jesus the anointed messiah. This is the meal as recorded in Matthew 26:26-28 as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Moreover, he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. What sins you may ask? The sins against the covenant, that was broken all the way back in the book Exodus as referenced in Jeremiah!

Understanding the context of his letter! Realizing why James is encouraging the brethren by saying “count it all Joy” because we are participating in the work of the covenant, as a kingdom of Priests and Brides participating with our High Priest Jesus sharing in His suffering along with and his brother James, establishing the kingdom of God throughout the scattered tribes of Israel. James writes in James 1:2 my brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; the Joys is a result of the knowledge of knowing the reason for the struggle on a personal and a corporate level, James describes in his Epistle that the trying of your faith works patience, Letting patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James reminds us to ask for in prayer without wavering single-minded, and it shall be given to you we can be bold asking for wisdom because it is Gods desire that we would have this wisdom offering it to us liberally.

He also warns us that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and when we are unstable in our thinking James 1:7 we should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Remember crowns are for a Kingly people with dominion over a kingdom, this is something that we lost when the covenant was broken, and with the establishment of the New Covenant Jesus gives us dominion, and shared authority in His kingdom, it is shared through enduring the trials and temptations of this life.

See you Thursday evening for online CCO Bible Study @ 7:45 PM Click for Info! 

Who is Israel? Study of James

 

Our study of the epistles, starting with James 1:1 the first thing that we notice is whom dsc00328James is addressing his letter to, the twelve tribes scattered abroad. Most of us reading this epistle are of Gentile descent, so is he addressing this letter to us? Are we Israel? This informative subject will be discussed at length throughout the year; it’s an important narrative because the tribes of Israel is our story. We will learn about who we are as Christians, where we come from and how we fit into the matrix of Gods Kingdom, as spelled out from the book of Genesis all the way to revelation. So the answer, in short, is A RESOUNDING, YES, the letter is addressed to you, and I! Most of us fit in with the tribe of Ephraim representing the seat of the Northern ten tribe’s; some call the ten lost tribes. I submit “you’re not lost,” God knows where you are and who you are, you are also called Israel. We are the fulfillment of Genesis 48:19 the blessing of Ephraim and as Manasseh, in the story, Jacob blessed the younger Ephraim giving a prophetic word that “his seed shall become a multitude of nations.” The tribe of Judah being to the South, and the tribe of Benjamin merged with Judah; this is the physical Israel we see today in the land of Israel we see in the news daily with all the conflict in the middle east. You and I are spiritual Israel when we received Jesus into our heart we who were once lost, have been found, Ephraim is wakening up. We read in Psalm 80:2 -3 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up (H5782 Awaken) thy strength, and come and save us. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

As we continue to put things into context; James 1:2-4 in the time of James when he wrote this letter the church was very Hebraic in its thinking, and we need to realize that it was going through great turmoil. Because they were living in a time of the greatest reformation, with Jesus’ death and resurrection, he becoming our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, we read in Hebrews 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession. The priesthood of Aaron was now fully reunited with the priesthood of Melchizedek no longer was Israel a nation with a priesthood, but once again we are a nation of priests, 1 Peter 2:9 however, ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: we also read in Acts 6:7 And the word of God increased, and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly, and a great company of the Priests were obedient to the faith. As a result, the world had changed, and the old guard was persecuting this new movement. James the brother of Jesus being the Bishop of Jerusalem is encouraging the believers; we read in James 1:2-4 my brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. However, let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

This brings to light why James was encouraging Israel and the context of the times, and what Jesus did for each of us, the tremendous blessing we have received as we touch and explore the context of what was happening at the time of the early church. Gaining an appreciation of the turmoil that they were going through and the priesthood that you and I are a part it says in Exodus 19:6 and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. So you see this was always what God intended for his people.