Jeremiah 45:5 in the Day of the Lord

Jeremiah 45:5 ‘But you, are you seeking great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I am going to bring disaster on all flesh,’ declares the LORD, ‘but I will give your life to you as booty in all the places where you may go.'”

These words that Jeremiah spoke to Baruch on behalf of the Lord are relevant to us today – for we live in the day of the Lord.  The “disaster on all flesh” speaks of the judgment that is upon the earth.  Our “life” speaks to us of the grace the Lord gives us in the midst of this judgment – we who look to Him and live righteously for His sake.

Christ is our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7).  Thus the “disaster on all flesh” passes over us as we enjoy fellowship with the Lamb of God.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Haggai 1:12

Haggai 1:12 …And the people showed reverence for the LORD.

These words were fulfilled in Acts through Revelation.  That is, God raised Jesus from the dead and the people of God – the true people of God – showed Him reverence.  That includes Peter and James and John and Mary and Paul and Apollos and many, many others.

The saints of the New Testament showed reverence for the Lord.  And because they did, we have the New Testament, and through it the knowledge of God’s all-encompassing work through Jesus Christ.

Let us walk in the footsteps of the New Testament church by showing reverence for the Lord in our generation!  (A common biblical exhortation to show reverence for the Lord is the expression “Fear the Lord!”)

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Haggai 1:13

Haggai 1:13 …”I am with you,” declares the LORD.

Who is saying this but Jesus Christ our Lord?  And when He says “I am with you,” He means it in the most significant and relevant way possible.  That is, He became one of us.  He became a human being and experienced life as we experience it.  Only He lived it without sin.  None of the rest of us can say that.

This is Immanuel: God with us:

Matthew 1:23 “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”

What the Lord Jesus declares is eternally true.  He is with us.  Always!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify: Matthew 1:23 is referring to Isaiah 7:14; 8:10; 9:6.)

Jesus in Ezekiel 18:32

Ezekiel 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord GOD. “Therefore, repent and live.”

Can you hear this cry of Jesus’ heart?  He came to His brethren to warn them of the judgment that was coming upon the nation of Israel.  And indeed in 70 A.D. the Romans utterly destroyed Jerusalem.  Many Jews lost their lives.  Jesus had warned His fellow citizens of this crisis throughout His ministry and even as He was being led to His crucifixion.  Remember:

Luke 23:27 And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him.
Luke 23:28 But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
Luke 23:29 “For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’
Luke 23:30 “Then they will begin TO SAY TO THE MOUNTAINS, ‘FALL ON US,’ AND TO THE HILLS, ‘COVER US.’
Luke 23:31 “For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Jesus was taking no pleasure in the death of the wicked.  Think about that.  People were wrongfully torturing and killing Him, yet He took no pleasure in the retribution that would come their way.  Instead, He hoped they would repent and be spared.

Let us be like this One.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify: Luke 23:30 is quoting or alluding to Hosea 10:8 and possibly Isaiah 2:19.)

Jesus in Obadiah 1:15

Obadiah 1:15 “For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you.
Your dealings will return on your own head.

Jesus is the Lord and this is His day.  And He is judging us according to our ways.

As we do, so it shall be done to us.  Therefore, let us fear Him and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Zechariah 13:6

Zechariah 13:6 “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will say, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’

Jesus may have been crucified by Roman authorities, but it was His friends – His own countrymen – who turned Him over to the Romans.  Thus the apostle John says:

John 1:11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

“Did not receive Him”?  That’s putting it mildly.

He was rejected by the nation that had the most reason to accept Him.  That’s how it will be for all those who walk in His steps.  So, do not be surprised when it happens to you.  And, if it does, love those who oppose you as He loved those who opposed Him.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Zechariah 14:17

Zechariah 14:17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.

Jesus sent His apostles into the world…to the Jews first.  The King was Jesus of Nazareth, He who was crucified with the sign “King of the Jews” hung above His head.  He was made Lord of all (Acts 10:36) – thus He was “Lord of hosts.”

Gifts of the Holy Spirit were poured out like rain (Acts 2:17; Hebrews 6:7-9) on those who came to the Jerusalem above (Galatians 4:26).

Let us rejoice in this King…the One who reigns forever and ever!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Malachi 3:3

Malachi 3:3 “He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.

This is our Jesus…seated in glory.  His eyes are like – well, let me have the apostle say it:

Revelation 1:14 …His eyes were like a flame of fire.

These eyes see into the deepest parts of our soul.  And if we remain mindful of these eyes, they will purge the evil from our hearts, for we only want to think and be motivated by what pleases Him.  Thus will we be purified for Him.  As Paul wrote to Titus:

Titus 2:14 [Christ] gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Thus is Jesus Christ our Lord the fulfillment of what God promised through the prophet Malachi in Malachi 3:3.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Ezekiel 38:1

Ezekiel 38:1 And the word of the LORD came to me saying,

Is Jesus not “the word of the Lord” to us?  See what the apostle John says about Him:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

So, yes, Jesus is “the word” of the Lord to us.  John also said this:

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

And so we can see that Jesus is “the word of the Lord” come to us.  And that word says:

1 Peter 1:16 …”YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

Therefore, let us heed the word of the Lord…and be holy unto Him.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify: 1 Peter 1:16 is quoting Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; 20:7.)

This Is Not the Day of Church; It is the Day of the Lord

The day of the church was New Testament times.  We can read there the glory of that church that bore glorious witness to her Lord.  The light of that witness shines so bright that it is still enlightening us today – and will be lighting creation for all eternity.  Their witness shall never be silenced.

But they did not live in the day of the Lord.  Read their letters: they looked forward to the day of the Lord and saw themselves as on the eve of it.  That day came as that generation was passing away.  And since it is an eternal day, it burns as brightly for us.

The members of the New Testament church would be the first to tell you; relinquish your grasp of the church that you might fully grasp the Lord.  For this is His day!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Bible Is a Record of God’s Interaction with His People

The Bible is a collection of ancient writings that record God’s interactions with His people across many generations.  We who live in modern times can learn from it because “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) and “no temptation has overtaken us but such as is common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13).  Even Jesus’ short life of 33 years was long enough for Him to be “tempted in all things as we are” (Hebrews 4:15).  Therefore, Paul was able to write of Satan, “we are not ignorant of his schemes.”

From the compendium of the Bible we are able to find parallels to the temptations we face in life.  We have no need of a modern text for this purpose; the ancient one will do just fine.  Satan has no new tricks.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Proper Study of the Bible Is Devotional, Not Intellectual

The Bible can be studied intellectually, but that doesn’t mean this is the best way to study it.  If it were, intellectuals who study the Bible would be the people most like Jesus.  However, we know that it’s often humble, and relatively uneducated, people who remind us most of our Lord.

Yes, you should use all of your mind to study the Bible just as you should use all of your soul and body and strength.  But do not think that a mind with educational degrees is able to absorb any more of the life-changing spiritual power in those words than a mind without them.

Make sure your study of the Bible is primarily devotional, and not intellectual, in nature.

And by devotional, I don’t mean reading it and forgetting it.  I mean reading with a view to do.  That is, study the Bible devoted to the purpose of practicing what it teaches you about our Lord.

Intellectual reading of the Bible produces theologians; devotional reading of the Bible produces saints.  God is interested in producing saints, not theologians.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Are We To See a Connection Between the Good Samaritan’s Story and Martha’s?

The story of the Good Samaritan occurs in Luke 10:25-37.  It is immediately followed in Luke 10:38-42 by the story of the sisters Mary and Martha: one of whom sat and listened to Jesus while the other tried to serve Him, being “worried and bothered” in the process.  Can it be that Luke (or, more importantly, the Holy Spirit) wants us to see the similarity between Martha’s “busyness” for the Lord and the hurrying of the priest and Levite right by the wounded traveler?

Might this sort of dynamic also be a reason for James’ admonition in James 4:13-17?  He chides those who do not recognize that even if you believe you are “going to Jericho for the will of God” it can still be the will of God for you to stop along the way to help someone in need.  Even if it makes you a day late and a dollar short.

Read the two passages from Luke 10 mentioned above and see if you see at least a slight similarity between Martha and the priest and the Levite.  Then, be willing to stop anywhere along the way of your life in order to do the will of God.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

How Can God Be Found True If No One Can Be Sure What He Has Said?

Paul wrote:

Romans 3:4 May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar…

Some say that the Bible is subject to interpretation and that therefore it’s pointless to argue about what God has said.  But if we cannot know what God has said, then the idea that He does not lie is useless.

That God testifies through the prophets and apostles that He does not lie is therefore evidence that He does not consider it impossible to be sure about anything He has said.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Feast of Booths

The first biblical reference to booths is found here:

Genesis 33:17 Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built for himself a house and made booths for his livestock; therefore the place is named Succoth.

Moses expanded this idea into a time of celebration for Israel:

Leviticus 23:34 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the LORD.

Booths were temporary housing which foreshadowed the church of saints first drawn to the resurrected Christ that we see in the New Testament.

It was not God’s intent that Israel live indefinitely in booths.  Neither was it His intent that the New Testament church go on indefinitely.  It was only to house the believing until the kingdom of God came.  And that was to happen, of course, before the generation of Jesus’ contemporaries had all passed away (Matthew 10:23; 16:28; 24:34).  (If you are in doubt, see Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again.)

See also these posts:

The Feast of Temporary Housing

When Christ Was King of Israel and When He Became King of All Nations

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus Was Anointed on Earth, and the Son of God in Heaven

The New Testament confession of Jesus was “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” as voiced famously by the disciple Peter in Matthew 16:16.  This confession was echoed in John 20:31.  These and other such confessions are echoes, of course, of Psalm 2 – quoted most extensively in Acts 4:25-26.

Jesus was certainly seen as anointed by God while on earth.  As Peter said:

Acts 10:38 “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

And Jesus was seen as the Son of God most notably in His resurrection from the dead.  As Paul wrote of Him:

Romans 1:4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead…

Linking the resurrection of Jesus to Psalm 2, Paul says:

Acts 13:32 “And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,
Acts 13:33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘YOU ARE MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.’

Thus Jesus was viewed as anointed like a prophet while on earth (Isaiah 61:1), and crowned as the Son of God in His resurrection (Psalm 110:1).  This is not to say that He could not be seen as the Son of God on earth or as anointed in heaven.  It is to say, however, that He ministered as a prophet on earth and not as a king.  He didn’t begin to reign as king until His elevation to heaven.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify – e.g. Acts 13:33 above which is quoting Psalm 2:7.)

The Righteous Scepter of the King

The righteous scepter of the King of the kingdom of God – who is, of course, Jesus our Lord – is the life He lived on earth.

A rod is a branch that is cut off from the tree.  And, of course, Jesus was the Branch (Isaiah 4:2 and elsewhere) and He was cut off from the living (Isaiah 53:8).

Jesus lived a perfect life.  He loved everyone – even His enemies.  He turned the other cheek; He walked the extra mile.  To put it succinctly, He practiced what He preached.  That perfect life was cut short (“cut off”).

It is by this life that He measures righteousness.  If you want to be righteous, measure up to that.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

When the Kingdom of God Was Partial

In the post “‘Something Greater Than…’ = ‘When the Perfect Comes…’,” I quoted this verse (among others):

1 Corinthians 13:10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.

The kingdom of God was partial in the nation of Israel.  That’s why, when Jesus came, He could make this statement to them on the eve of His crucifixion and resurrection:

Matthew 21:43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.

Thus “the kingdom of God” was partial or provisional in Israel.  Of course, the people to whom it was given are chronicled in the New Testament from the book of Acts onward.

Then, at the coming of the kingdom, prophesied in Matthew 24-25 and throughout the New Testament, the kingdom was taken away from the visible church and given to those within it who were truly sanctified – those found worthy of the fullness of the kingdom.  The New Testament is not able to tell us who they were  by name because it was written by the apostles who were largely martyred before the kingdom came.  This, too, was as Jesus had prophesied.

Thus the partial (ancient Israel and the New Testament church) was done away when the perfect (the kingdom of God) came.

Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Church Was a Transitional Stage Between Ancient Israel and the Kingdom of God

God used the church (that is, the one that existed in New Testament days) as a bridge between ancient Israel and the kingdom of God.  It was therefore a temporary ordering of things, just as the Feast of Booths had foreshadowed – and just as the time Noah and his family spent on the ark was a temporary ordering of things.

From the beginning, God had been planning to administer a redeemed creation (that is, redeemed from the sin that had marred it) through the kingdom of God.  The New Testament church was the last stage of preparation for that kingdom and therefore did not need to last long.

This explains why today’s churches have to write by-laws for themselves when, by contrast, ancient Israel had theirs provided by God through Moses.

If the church was God’s vehicle for today, there would only be one church instead of the myriad denominations we have.  A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand, and God’s kingdom is certainly not divided against itself.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Kingdom of God Replaced the Church as the Church Had Replaced Israel

When God does a new thing, the old thing is supplanted.  Thus, once Messiah came, the temple was rendered obsolete for God’s purposes.  This is the way of God.  This is how He works.

Therefore, when the church came into being, the nation of Israel was rendered obsolete for God’s purposes.  And, similarly, when the kingdom of God came, the church was rendered obsolete for God’s purposes.  Granted, the time frame of the church was much shorter than that of the nation Israel.  It was approximately 1,500 years from the time God used Moses to form a bunch of slaves into an independent nation until the time of the church, but only one generation after that before the kingdom of God came.  Nevertheless, the church became obsolete just as the nation of Israel had because the kingdom of God superseded it just as it had superseded Israel.

Nothing will supersede the kingdom of God, however, for we have been clearly told that it is eternal (Isaiah 9:6-7, Daniel 7:13-14, and elsewhere).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

“Something Greater Than…” = “When the Perfect Comes…”

Jesus used the expression “Something greater than ______ is here” three times in the Gospel of Matthew:

Matthew 12:6 “…something greater than the temple is here.”
Matthew 12:41 “…something greater than Jonah is here.”
Matthew 12:42 “…something greater than Solomon is here.

Paul used an expression with similar meaning:

1 Corinthians 13:10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.

This is the way of God: When He does something greater, the lesser becomes obsolete.

As it says in Hebrews:

Hebrew 8:13 When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete…

Therefore, when God does a new thing, let us not keep clinging to the old thing.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

God Is Faithful – and Even Zealous – to Keep His Promises

Jeremiah 1:11-12 tells us that God says, “I am watching over my word to perform it.”  It not as though God makes a promise and then forgets about it.  Even if it takes thousands of years – which it did for His promises about Messiah to come true – He remembers and keeps His word.

For this reason, Abraham was right to trust God and be “fully assured that what He had promised He was able also to perform” (Romans 4:21), and Sarah was right to consider Him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).

God does not make His promises lightly.  We may be a vapor that appears for a while and vanishes away, but God has a reputation to maintain before the host of heaven.  Thus He is not just faithful to keep His promises, but zealous to do so as well.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Daniel 2:44

Daniel 2:44 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.

“The days” being spoken of here are the days we read about in the New Testament, for it was in those days that the kingdom of God was established to reign eternally.

This prophecy was being given in the days of Daniel, centuries before the kingdom of God would be established.  Thus Daniel was subsequently told that the ultimate meaning of these words would be concealed until “the end time” (Daniel 12:9) – that is, what we call New Testament times.  For in New Testament times, prophecy was no longer under seal (Revelation 22:10).  The end had come.  We therefore live in the new and eternal age which was to come after “the end” to which Daniel was pointed.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Daniel 2:34

Daniel 2:34 “You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them.

Jesus – the Messiah – is “the stone” (Psalm 118:22 and elsewhere).  That it was a stone “cut without hands” is a reference to our Creator.  That is, Messiah was not the work of men; Messiah was the work of God.

Messiah’s kingdom struck down and prevailed over Satan’s kingdom of the world.  Thus the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of God through His Messiah (Revelation 11:15).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Luke 2:38

Luke 2:38 At that very moment she [i.e. Anna, an 84-year-old woman who prayed regularly in the temple] came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him [i.e. the infant Jesus, who was being presented in the temple by his parents] to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Just as Anna spoke of Jesus to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem, so we should speak of Jesus to all those who are looking for the redemption of the earth – for it is the same Jesus who redeems them both.  First, He redeems Jerusalem, and through Jerusalem, all creation.

Let us never stop speaking of Him…even if people are dull of hearing (Hebrews 5:11).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Luke 2:32

Luke 2:32 A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

Even in infancy, Jesus was called “a light of revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of God’s people Israel.”  Truly, this was the light of the world in the early stages of His human life.  He was the most glorious Israelite who ever lived, and He became the brightest light to the Gentiles that the Jewish people had ever given.

This infant grew up to reveal to the world what God was like, and simultaneously to reveal to humans how they should live if they wanted to please their Creator.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.  Luke 2:32 is quoting Isaiah 42:6; 49:6.)

Genesis 35:13

Genesis 35:13 Then God went up from him in the place where He had spoken with him.

As God went up from Jacob in the place where He had spoken to him, so Jesus went up from Jacob’s descendants from the place (Jerusalem) where He had spoken to them.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Genesis 25:5

Genesis 25:5 Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac;

As Abraham gave all that he had to his only begotten son Isaac, so God the Father gave all that He had to His only begotten Son.

Therefore, let us honor the Son with the Father’s glory.  That is, let us honor the Son as we would honor the Father (John 5:22-23).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Genesis 24:58

Genesis 24:58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.”

What a vulnerable, poignant…and powerful moment!  As Rebekah was willing to “leave and cleave” so we who love Jesus have embraced Him for a whole new way of life.  We are leaving behind the futile way of life inherited from our earthly families (1 Peter 1:18) to embrace the altogether spiritual life that He offers us.

Let us go to him with the hope and the willingness and the vulnerability with which Rebekah went to Isaac.  Jesus will not disappoint us.  On the contrary, He will be “even more than we could ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Genesis 24:36

Genesis 24:36 “Now Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master in her old age, and he has given him all that he has.

As Sarah bore Isaac to Abraham in her old age, so ancient Israel bore Jesus of Nazareth to God in her old age.  And as Abraham gave Isaac all that he had, so God the Father gave Jesus all that He had.  As it is written:

Matthew 11:27 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father…

The Son is indeed “heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:1-2).  Let us therefore worship and serve Him with all of our hearts!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Exodus 4:16

Exodus 4:16 “Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him.

In this verse, God is telling Moses to use his brother Aaron as a spokesman.  God is using the following analogy:  As God uses a prophet to speak for God, so Moses should use Aaron to speak for Moses.

I want to draw your attention to the word mouth, and how it is being used as figurative speech for spokesman.  Thus we may say that Jesus Christ is the ultimate spokesman for, or mouth of, God.

In this light, consider this verse (which is quoting Deuteronomy 8:3):

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'”

We, therefore, should heed “every word that proceeds out of…Jesus!”

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)