Vain Repetitious Prayers
While the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ continues to be mindlessly recited in congregations who gather in their ‘houses of worship,” not many know the origin or the meaning of the prayer. Y’hoshua’s preliminary instruction on how to pray to the Father in heaven is this:
“When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray… that they may be seen of men… And don’t use vain repetition as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows the things you have need of, before you ask Him. Therefore you should pray in this manner: Continue reading “Deliver Us from Evil”
The ‘Beatitudes’ address those who are: “poor, in spirit; they that mourn; the meek; those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; the merciful; pure in heart; the peacemakers; persecuted for righteousness’ sake.” Y’hoshua said to those people, “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so did they persecute the prophets who were before you… You are the Light of the world, a city set on a mountain… to give light to all that are in the house… Let your Light shine before the people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. That’s in Matthew chapter 5. It sounds like he’s talking to the children of God who are the “Lights of the world.” In fact in Romans 8:19 Paul says, “For the earnest expectation of the whole creation waits for the manifestation of the children of God!” Now that’s amazing! Where can these people be? Who is expecting them?
Continue reading “On Earth as it is in Heaven”
If we look to the Nelson’s Bible dictionary to answer this question it tells us that the Firmament is an “expanse of sky and space in which the stars and planets are set. God made the Firmament on the second day of creation to divide the waters that covered the earth from those which surrounded it (Gen 1:16).” and “…on the fourth day of creation God placed the stars, the sun, and the moon in the “firmament of the heavens.” (Gen 1:15-18)
What the Firmament reflects is the greatness of God who created it. Let’s take a look in God’s Word to see what it says and what all this might mean. “The Firmament shows forth His handiwork.” (Ps 19:1) And in the Day of Trouble/Tribulation, such as there never has been, God’s people will be delivered from evil, and those who are wise, shall shine as the brightness of the firmament and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever.” (Dan 12:1-3) It sounds like those ‘wise’ are the stars!
Y’hoshua states in Matthew 6:9, “After this manner you pray, ‘My Father, who is in Heaven, Holy is Your Name; Your kingdom come, Your Will be done, upon earth as it is in heaven… and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…” Continue reading “What or Who is the Firmament?”