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Everlasting Father

Everlasting FatherIsaiah 9:6
Excerpt ‎This Deliverer will also be called the Everlasting Father. Many people are puzzled by this title because the Messiah, God’sSon, is distinguished in the Trinity from God the Father. How can the Son be the Father? Several things must be noted in this regard.

First, the Messiah, being the second Person of the Trinity, is in His essence, God. Therefore He has all the attributes of God including [eternity]. Since God is One (even though He exists in three Persons), the Messiah is God.

Second, the title “Everlasting Father” is an idiom used to describe the Messiah’s relationship to time, notHis relationship to the other Members of the Trinity. He is said to be everlasting, just as God (the Father) is called “the Ancient of Days” (Dan. 7:9). The Messiah will be a “fatherly”Ruler.

Third, perhaps Isaiah had in mind the promise to David (2 Sam. 7:16) about the “foreverness” of the kingdom which God promised would come through David’s line. The Messiah, a De…

Her First Born

Her First BornLuke 2:7 Excerpt ‎The reference to Jesus as the “firstborn” does not preclude Mary’s and Joseph’s later having had children as “only” (monogenēs) would, but it need not require the birth of other children either.
An ancient grave inscription that speaks of the deceased as having died while giving birth to her “firstborn” son proves this (cf. also 2 Esdr 6:58; Pss. Sol. 13:9; 18:4). In light of the later references to the “brothers and sisters of Jesus” (Luke 8:19–21; Acts 1:14; cf. Mark 6:3; etc.), Luke probably used “firstborn” instead of monogenēs because he knew of other sons. Luke clearly did not want to indicate that Jesus was Mary’s only son, or else he would have used monogenēs. 
In addition Matt 1:25 strongly implies that Joseph and Mary lived in a normal marital relationship after Jesus’ birth. This reference to Mary’s firstborn son prepares the reader for Luke 2:22–24.
Stein, Robert H. Luke. Vol. 24. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. Th…

Ancient Hebrew Conception of the Universe

Ancient Hebrew Conception of the  Universe
‎The ancient Israelites divided the world into Heaven, Earth, Sea, and the Underworld.


BethlehemLuke 2:4
Excerpt ‎The great importance of Bethlehem for Christians throughout the centuries is that the Gospels record the birth of Jesus as having taken place there, in fulfillment of a prophecy of Micah (Mic. 5:2; Matt. 2; Luke 2; John 7:42). 
The traditional site of the manger in which the infant Jesus was laid (Luke 2:7) is a cave under the great Church of the Nativity, the place of the manger being marked by a star with the Latin inscription Hic De Virgine Maria Jesus Christus Natus Est, ‘Here Jesus Christ Was Born of the Virgin Mary.’ A bitter dispute between the Orthodox and Roman Catholics about this star (1847-53) was one of the causes of the Crimean War (1853-56). 
The tombs of Jerome (d. 420) and his friends Paula (d. 404) and Eusebius of Cremona (d. ca. 423) are in neighboring grottoes. Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 107. Print.

House of St. Peter, Jaffa

House of St. Peter, Jaffa

‎Descending from the highest part of Jaffa to the extreme northwest corner of the city, we find the house of Simon, the Tanner, “by the sea.” Tradition says, it was here Peter prayed about the sixth hour, fell into a trance, saw heaven open and the great sheet let down.

A distinguished writer says, “We Gentiles should regard this vision of Peter with special interest, and I see no reason why tradition may not have preserved the knowledge of the site. Both Christians and Mohammedans reverence the place. The roofs of the houses even now have a wall or balustrade around them where a person may sit or kneel without exposure to the view of others.” Dr. Hackett says, “At Jerusalem I entered the house of a Jew early one morning and found a member of the family sitting secluded and alone, on one of the lower roofs, engaged in reading the Scripture and offering his prayers.” 

When surrounded by battlements, and shaded by vines trained over them like those of the pres…

The First Christmas (As Told by the FSB)

The First Christmas (As Told by the FSB)December 24, 2013 By    |   Leave a Comment 0 Each Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’ birth and retell his origin story. But it’s hard to celebrate Christmas without also thinking about the reasons for Jesus’ birth and the world-changing events of his lifetime. As Bob Coy explains in his devotional on Jesus’ humanity: “The humanity of Jesus made Him completely relatable. None of us can accuse the Lord of not understanding what it is like to be human. From conception to resurrection, there is no phase of our existence that Jesus has not already walked through. He understood firsthand what it was like to get hungry, get sick, get betrayed, get tired, and get stung. He experienced the blistering heat of the day and the persistent chill of the night. Jesus knew what it felt like to experience all that is part of the human experience on earth. Christ’s ability to completely relate to us was key in enabling Him to serve as our heavenly high p…

Lord of Hosts

Lord of HostsIsaiah 9:7 Excerpt ‎[Lord of Host is] a term describing all the forces that operate at God’s command throughout his whole creation (e.g., Ps. 89:6-8). It is an old title for God who, in the role of divine warrior, was the leader of the armies of Israel. He was believed to be enthroned upon the cherubim on the Ark of the covenant. For that reason, when the Israelites were preparing to go to war against the Philistines, they sent to the shrine at Shiloh in order to get the Ark, so that God, who was enthroned on the cherubim, might accompany them into battle, thus ensuring, they thought, their success (1 Sam. 4:4). In the nt, the term occurs in Rom. 9:29 and James 5:4.
Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 574. Print.

Zebulun NS Naphtali

Zebulun NS NaphtaliIsaiah 9:2 Excerpt ‎With typical Hebrew parallelism the prophet described the effect of the Messiah on this northern part of Israel. The people were in darkness (cf. 8:22) and in the shadow of death. Then they  saw a great light and light...dawned on them.  Matthew applied this passage to Jesus, who began His preaching and healing ministry in that region (Matt. 4:15-16).
Martin, John A. “Isaiah.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 1052. Print.

THE Fig Tree

THE Fig Tree ‎Due to its sweetness, the fruit of the fig tree is highly appreciated in the Near East. The tree with its deeply loped leaves is an ideal shade tree in the hot summer months. ‎Gen 3:7; Deut 8:8; Judg 9:10–11; 1 Kings 4:25; 2 Kings 18:31; Ps 105:33; Prov 27:18; Isa 34:4; Jer 5:17; 8:13; Hos 9:10; Joel 1:7, 1:12; 2:22; Micah 4:4; Zech 3:10; 1 Macc 14:12; Matt 21:19–21; Mark 11:13, 11:20–21; Luke 13:6–7; 21:29; John 1:48, 1:50; James 3:12; Rev 6:13

The Chosen People

The Chosen People1 Peter 2:9 Excerpt ‎Peter again echoed the Old Testament, specifically Isaiah 43:20. “Chosen people,” which used to apply only to Israel, was now used of both Jewish and Gentile believers. The responsibility once solely trusted to the nation of Israel has now, during this Age of Grace, been given to the church.
Raymer, Roger M. “1 Peter.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 845. Print.

The Trinity

The Trinity1 Peter 1:2 Excerpt ‎Peter laid the theological foundations for this letter of encouragement. “God” the Father in His grace had chosen them and God the “Spirit” had sanctified them through the atoning blood of God the Son, Jesus Christ. (All three Persons of the Trinity are mentioned in this verse.) Thus Peter greeted his readers with the prayerful wish that they might experience in abundance God’s grace (charis) and peace (eirēnē, equivalent of the Heb. šālôm; cf. 5:14).
Raymer, Roger M. “1 Peter.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 840. Print.

Place where Christ was Baptized

Place where Christ was Baptized

‎There has been much speculation concerning the exact spot of the baptism of Jesus by John. It was either at the Ford of Jordan, “right against Jericho,” where Israel crossed dry-shod, or, as Dr. Thomson holds, as far up the Jordan as the Ford of Damiah—the nearest point, if Jesus“came from Nazareth of Galilee” by vale and brook, that leads from Sâlem to the river (“and John was baptized in Enon, near to Salem”). 
The bathing place of the Latin pilgrims is nearly due east from Jericho in Judea, and beyond the ruined convent of St. John. It is this part of the Jordan we see in the picture. It is “over against Jericho” and about four miles above the place where the Jordan empties into the Dead Sea. John had been baptizing in the River Jordan perhaps about six months, when, in the winter of A. D. 27, according to the harmony of Dr. Andrews, Jesus left Nazareth and came to the River Jordan and was baptized, This was a remarkable period of the world’s histo…

Be Ready for Action

Be Ready for Action1 Peter 1:13 Excerpt ‎Have your minds ready for action is literally “gird up the loins of your mind.” To “gird the loin” was an appropriate metaphor for people in the Middle East at that time. These people normally wore long gowns, and when someone prepared for any strenuous activity, he “girded” his robe, that is, he tied his robe securely (by using a belt, for example), to make sure that his robe would not be in the way. The metaphor therefore came to mean “be ready for action.” The area of readiness in this verse is the mind, and the full meaning of the metaphor is therefore to prepare oneself mentally...
Arichea, Daniel C., and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the First Letter from Peter. New York: United Bible Societies, 1980. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

My Prayer for Today

Prayer Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy 
Father, I thank You for this day of Your creation and being in my right mind. My eyes and ears were opened this morning, to deaths on the highways and city streets nearby; Father, I pray for those families that will miss their loved ones this Christmas eve;

Give them strength to see their loved ones deaths that they may look toward heaven And You for their strength during this time of "home-goings."

Bless us as we live to always be prepared, because we do not know when, where or How You will send the "death angle"  for our souls.

I pray that the people will see that it is not the giving of gifts, money and revelings That You incarnated Your Son Jesus--Immanuel to come in the flesh as a man without sin To die for the sins of all mankind.

So I pray that Christians that are drawn in by the cunningness of corporations in buying, giving gifts, and railings as a symbol of Jesus' birth to behoove that they are worshiping Satan and not Jesu…

The Wise Men

The Wise Men
Note: There is nowhere in the Scriptures that say that there was three wise men that followed the star; the wise men only brought "gold, frankincense and  myrrh. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy 

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 24
You Should Do This, but Maybe You Shouldn'tProverbs 26:1–11
We all know the feeling. When someone belittles us in front of others, we want to rail against them or make their lives miserable by filtering our rage through our best passive-aggressive behavior. When a friend continuously doles out inflammatory remarks, it’s easy to snap and say (or tweet) something inspired by the white-hot rage sweeping through us.

We’d be better off turning to the book of Proverbs, which can offer wisdom for dealing with these situations. The book seems to deliver hard-and-fast rules for life we can easily apply—do this; don’t do that. Do this and you’ll prosper; do that and you’ll suffer for your foolishness. However, Proverbs 26 delivers statements that confuse those who live by the rules: “Do not answer a fool according to his folly lest you become like him—even you. Answer a fool according to his folly, or else he will be wise in his own eyes” (Prov 26:4–5). Do we answer the fool or…