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Sunday, March 15, 2009

BACKGROUND CHECK

The United States government performs extensive background checks on potential employees that are being considered for intelligence or defense positions. Years ago, there was a nine month period where investigations were performed by numerous agencies for potential new employees.


I have heard that the burial sites of Grandparents, if they were deceased were confirmed to ensure that all information by applicants were correct! Even after employment, every three years additional security checks are made with neighbors, friends, associations and educators of employees.



In that context, I have done an extensive background check in the Word of God regarding Christ, the Messiah!



This same Jesus led Moses and the Children of Israel through the Wilderness. He was the fourth man walking around in the Babylonian furnace with the three Hebrew children in Daniel's day. He is the same Christ that appeared and conversed with Abraham when the precious promises were given him. This is the same Christ that appeared before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, when fire and brimstone fell from the heavens and destroyed those societies for their blatant sins that had reached into the heavens.



This same Jesus came in human form as a baby conceived of the Spirit of the living God. He walked among us. He gave Himself totally for us. He, as it is said, poured out His soul like wax on our behalf. He allowed Himself to be despised and rejected of men; a man of great sorrows, acquainted with grief. This same Man allowed Himself to be beaten, scourged, afflicted, mocked and ridiculed by the religious establishment and government of the day.



There is NO SEPARATION from what we in the West call the Old Testament and the New Testament. There is no new interpretation of this Christ; He is the same yesterday, today and forever!


There are some who are offended by Old Testament passages that give great detail of the Christ and the Father-How can their be two interpretations of the same Person if there was never a gap in their activities? The 400 year silence between Malachi and Matthew is just that, a 400 year period of silence. God did not change. This period did not change who He is, how He operates, His ways of operation and dealing with fallen man.


He is God. He does not change! Christ said He came to do the Father's will; not His will. The difference is that He came in the flesh, as are we, to live a holy and sinless lift to die on our behalf, so that we could, through Him, partake of His Kingdom; in this present life, and in the eternal to come.



God, who says in the Old Testament that He will lead us through the fires, but we will not burn is the same God. He who said that we will pass through the waters but that they will not overtake us is the same God. The God who said that He would break in pieces gates of brass and cut bars of iron asunder is the same. He who created darkness and reveals the hidden treasures that are there to His children as we pass through, with Him by our side is the same. He that has hidden treasures in secret places that we do not yet know has not changed.


He is the God of Israel. He saw us as we were being formed in the womb of our earthly mother. He is the LORD, there is no other!


He forms light, and creates darkness;
He makes peace and creates evil, He the LORD does all of these things! (Isaiah 45)

Read the New and the Old!
I get great comfort in the writings of the Prophets of old. Their prophecies give the foundations of our faith.


How can one separate the two testaments? This is a deception that has fallen upon the last day Believers and by the grace, long suffering and mercies of God which are renewed daily, this will begin to change. Especially as the LORD begins to wrap up the era of mankind on this earth having it his way!


Read the background of our Saviour and our God! My mother used to say when I would read something and there were good points and bad; to "eat the meat and throw away the bones...."


The Old Testament and the New are all meat to be eaten in due season, which is right now!


Take, eat, for this is His background, His revelation, His dealings with His own and with fallen mankind. This same Christ will lead His own through the deep and through the fire. He changes not!


HE LEADETH ME
Joseph H. Gilmore 1832-1918 William B. Bradbury 1816-1868
He leadeth me!
O blessed tho't!
O words with Heav'nly comfort fraught!
Whate're I do,
where'er I be,
Still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me!
CHORUS
He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.
Sometimes 'mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden's bowers bloom,
By waters still, o'er troubled sea,
Still 'tis His hand that leadeth me!
Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine,
Content, whatever lot I see,Since 'tis Thy hand
that leadeth me!
And when my task on earth is done,
When, by Thy grace the vict'ry's won,
E'en death's cold wave I will not flee,
Since
God thro' Jordan leadeth me!
CHORUS~
He leadeth me,
He leadeth me,
By His own hand
He leadeth me;
His faithful foll'wer I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.









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