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Psalm 103

AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST

A proof from the bible that the earth is round

If you travel around the circumference of the globe in one direction, either east or west, you will always keep to that bearing and never meet the other cardinal point. The same does not apply for north and south where there are poles. You can travel from north to south and when you reach the south pole the only direction you can travel to is north. Therefore east can never meet west. 


A loving God has shown us, in this one verse, how far He will go to remove our sin. The verses from Psalm 103 prove that God's word in the Bible is true. Most people believe that Galileo proved the earth was a sphere. He was, in fact, condemned as a heretic for postulating this. Yet as we can see  King David knew this through inspiration many thousands of years earlier when he wrote: 'as far as the east is from the west, so far does he [God] remove our transgressions from us.'

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RE-ESTABLISHING THE VINEYARD

Genesis 9: After The Flood

After forty days and forty nights at sea Noah's Ark  rested on dry land and Noah built an altar to make an offering to God. God then made a covenant with Noah never to flood the earth again. Noah's next act was in becoming a man of the land was to plant a vineyard and in so doing he re-established the vine on the earth. However, Noah drank too much of the new wine and was caught drunk and naked in his tent by his son Ham who called to his brothers to come and see their father. Shem and Japheth covered their Father's nakedness but Noah woke and cursed Ham. 


Though it's perhaps understandable after such a long afloat that Noah would need to relax and unwind with a drink he overdid it and fell asleep, cursing the son who caught him. This passage is usually seen as a rebuke to Shem by his father but also shows that even after being saved from God's anger people can sin. Some will fall away even after being with Christ during the Millenial Reign.


In John 15, Jesus says,"I am the true vine and God is the vinedresser." It is only in Him that we bear fruit and keep from sinning. Without Christ we are nothing and will always fail. Jesus is the New Covenant and through his blood covenant we find forgiveness and keep from sinning.


 


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THE TEMPTATION OF JESUS: A LEGAL ARGUMENT

Case 1: Matthew 4: 1-11

After forty days and nights in the desert the devil tempts Jesus. 

Satan "Tell these stones to become bread, Jesus."

Jesus "It is written: man does not live on bread alone. but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

Jesus is 'The Bread of Life' and 'The Word'. The Bread and the Word support Jesus' testimony as witnesses. Out of two witnesses my Word is established. Also read about the two witnesses in prophecy.

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The devil takes Jesus to the highest point of the temple - the pinacle of religious authority in Jerusalem. 

Satan "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” 

The devil quotes scripture "it is written" and adds 'for' as a legalistic emphasis, attempting to give weight to his case. 

Jesus  "Again it is written - Jesus adding 'again' - "You shall not put the Lord thy God to the test."

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Satan tries a new tactic in his defence of 'the sinful nature of man'. He makes an appeal to ego and offers a compromise. The devil takes Jesus to a very high mountain and shows him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. 

Satan "All these I will give you, if you fall down and worship me."

This is an appeal by the devil - a plea bargain. With his closing statement Jesus,  rejects the deal - he already has the deeds and owns legal title to all nations. Jesus uses the devil's proper name, 'Satan' to directly address him.

Jesus "Be gone, Satan!  For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve."

Received wisdom states that only a fool defends himself in a court of law. Though Jesus was on trial but has the Law behind him. Jesus uses the letter and the spirit of the law with his own testimony of God. He will say in Matthew 5 that he did not come to take away from the Law but to fulfil it. "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."  

Satan lost that particular case but he is still the accuser of the bretheren. After the lengthy trial angels came to minister to Jesus. Case 2 will see Jesus in front of Pilate and case 3 will see Jesus act as our Advocate before God.  Amen.

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