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“…And on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” That is from Luke 2:14 in the King James Version of the Bible. It was a message meant for all mankind, carried by angels to announce the birth of the long-expected Messiah, the peace-offering of God. Most of us use the name “Christ,” rather than “Messiah,” due to influence of the Greek language. I hope that you believe the message the angels brought.

Most ancient cultures, in the form of stories and myths, have retained some memory of God’s prophecies concerning the Savior of mankind. The mythological records don’t give us the detailed record that we have in the Bible however. I wish that all the prophetical and historical information concerning Jesus could be pulled together into one panoramic writing about Christmas. I guess it’s better to do something halfway, rather than to do nothing at all, so I’m writing a few inadequate words for the sake of Christmas.

After Adam and Eve chose to rely upon their own fragmentary comprehension of “knowledge” rather than to trust God, God gave us (Genesis 3:15) the first biblical hint of the virgin birth of a savior. It is the “seed” of the woman who will crush the serpent’s head, and finally bring peace to the earth. Only this “Seed” can fulfil the promise of God. The leaders of nations have long promised world peace, and the Antichrist will promise world peace, but only Christ can bring it to pass. Sad to say, that will only happen after mankind has brought the world to the brink of total destruction.

Unless you have studied genetics somewhat, you probably will not completely understand the following statement. According to the biblical account of his birth, Jesus would have received all of his human DNA from his mother, none at all from a human father. He would not have had the normal Y-chromosome DNA inherited from a human male, but only what he directly inherited from God. That’s why the Bible didn’t say “the seed of the man,” in Genesis 3:15 (reference Y-chromosome Adam and Mitochondrial Eve, and my April 2012 post, “Genetics and Jesus”).

The prophet Isaiah may have been considering Genesis 3:15 and other such verses when he understood that a child would be born to a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). It is foretold in that verse that the child will be called Immanuel (God with us). In that name, “El” is the short form of the Hebrew word for God, and you also see the word “man.” “Man” in Hebrew however, is the word for the bread from heaven that fed the Israelites during their wilderness trek. We get our word “manna” from this.

Amaryah is a biblical name meaning God has promised. What has God promised? The secret is in the name itself. “Amar,” means “promise.” “Yah,” is the shortened form of “YHWH,” the personal name of God. “MarYah” is an Aramaic name for Jesus. In “MarYah,” you can see the name of the virgin mother Mary, and Yah, the name of God the Father. God has promised himself (Immanuel, or Emmanuel) to us.

When an angel informed Mary of her conception, she questioned how that could happen without seed being implanted by a man, yet she believed the answer that she was given. In Matthew 1:20-23, an angel told Joseph in a dream to give Mary’s child the name “Jesus.” The angel then reminded Joseph of the prophecy of Isaiah. I haven’t the time to go into detail but according to Old Testament prophecy, the Christ’s given name would be “Jesus,” (ref. the Septuagint translation of the name Joshua as “Jesus”). The name “Immanuel” (or Emmanuel) tells us who he really is, “God with us.”

In Luke 2:10, the announcement of the advent of Jesus the Christ is called, “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” The fact that we don’t yet see peace on earth doesn’t mean that God has abandoned his desires and plans for the earth. In the song, Bells on Christmas Day, there is a line; “Then in despair I raised my head, there is no peace on earth, I said.” We will all probably feel that way at one time or another in our lives, but the way we feel will not cancel God’s promise. Ideals should not be abandoned just because they are difficult to establish, and God is not a quitter.

Sometimes in the past, for just a little while, the coming of Christmas has interrupted the bitter conflicts of war. In some cases, common beliefs in Christ between countries have prevented them. A great monument called the “Christ the Redeemer of the Andes,” (not the great statue in Rio with a similar name) is erected at an elevation of 12,572 feet on the border of Argentina and Chile. It commemorates a peaceful resolution avoiding a war between the two countries because of their common submission to Christ.

One meaning of the word “mass,” refers us back to the communion, the bread from heaven broken for us (Matthew 26:26), the word “mass,” being taken from “maza,” a Greek word for a barley cake. Merry Christ’s mass! Spend the Holyday with your family, and remember the birth of our Lord and Savior. He will yet bring “Peace on Earth.”


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The life of God is more important than my own. I can hardly do anything to help myself or anyone else, but God can bring us back to life. He lives to mend our hearts desires, and to give them to us in a world without end. Obviously, the existence of God is more important than my own.

On the day that we meet our maker, nothing will shine except that which we have sacrificed to help our fellow human beings along their way to God. There is much done “in his name” that doesn’t reflect God’s love for the world. Such ignorance, and any “sacrifices” that were for our own glory do not qualify as self-sacrifice. Only that which is done for his good name’s sake is real. It is then part of the Lord’s own cross, and of his own sacrifice.

God could have done nothing more noble than to come into this world as one of us, and die drawing us into reconciliation. While the evil things of life are evidence that something is seriously wrong, good things are evidence that God is good. That is plain scientific reasoning, but every good thing that I can think of is often misused. There is no further need for proof of the existence of evil. We can each see the evidence in our own mirrors.

All of us need however, to know that God is good, and that he cares for us in spite of the way things are at the moment. There is nothing that can show the love of God so plainly as his cross, either today or in the world to come. Now that I have understood this, when life is painful, as it often is, I can look at Jesus on the cross and see that he bears our blame too much already. I can’t rightfully blame God for anything. He’s not the cause of our problems, but along with us is a target of them.

It is very important that we treat other people with fairness and compassion; for love, beauty, and the good things of life, when not abused, can help us to see through the mists into another world. There will be a new world where we can truly belong. If we could only grasp how important our lives and happiness are to God, it would make a tremendous difference, even now in this world.

It is as simple as Matthew 1:23. Immanuel; God is with us, in the joy, and through the pain of life and death, and into the Everlife (ref. “Come To The Everlife” by Stryper).

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There is a lot of basic doctrine to be found in the pattern for prayer that Jesus gave us in Matthew 6:9-13. It is usually called “The Lord’s Prayer,” but it is actually a general prayer guide for his followers. It was given at the request of one of his disciples (Luke 11:1-4). I don’t see anything in the Bible that annuls this pattern or supersedes its particular doctrines. As usual, please forgive my inconsistent grammar in this writing.

“Our Father in Heaven,” I am glad that you have a haven where all would be welcomed if all would welcome you; a place where you can take us when this world becomes more than can be borne. Evolutionists believe in “Father Time,” but time is not our father. Time is a creation of God, our caring Father.

“Hallowed be your name.” The name of God; the name of Jesus, is despised, dishonored, and dragged through the mud.

“Your kingdom come.” The peaceful kingdom where the lion eats straw like the ox will become a reality. This earth whose nations now reject you, and wage war upon each other, will one day become a world where there will no more hurt or destruction. Your kingdom will become a physical reality (Isaiah 11:6-9).

“Your will be done on Earth as in Heaven.” Jesus is Lord, but we don’t yet see all things in submission to his will (Hebrews 2:8). We are far from it, which is why we are to pray for it. The perfect will of God has not permeated this world since the day Adam and Eve undertook to reinterpret all knowledge. Things are not beyond God’s control, but God is not a puppeteer.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Sustain us Immanuel (manna and man, Man of Heaven); bread that is broken for us.

“Forgive our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We all offend in many ways (James 3:2), but love covers a multitude of sins (1st Peter 4:8).

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” A man in the Old Testament (Proverbs 30:8-9) prayed for God to give him “neither poverty nor riches,” but only that which was sufficient for him. He recognized the fact that just about anything can lead to trials for us. Lead us in some other way Lord. Let us not enter temptation. God tempts no man (James 1:13), even though all are tempted by life itself. Do we really want what we feel like we want? Sometimes our freewill does not feel free. Deliver us from the evil one.

“For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, to forever.” You have the right, and the power when you choose to exercise it. Hallowed be your name. One day your name will be cleared. Man’s assumptions and accusations against God will be proven false, and the truth will be evident. That is the true definition of the “glory of God,” not the vainglory of human definition. One day Jesus will be seen in his own true light, without our shadows casting doubts and deceptions about him. “For your’s is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, to forever. Amen.”

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In this world, things which God must suffer to exist often overshadow that which he desires. We don’t always enjoy this world, and we can get many mistaken ideas about God’s will, but he doesn’t like the way things are either. God must even allow us the freedom to doubt him if we are so inclined, and many false beliefs arise in this mist of misunderstanding.

The following verses show a difference between the desire of God, and that which he must allow. Jesus said in Matthew 9:13, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” In that verse, mercy is the thing desired, whereas sacrifice is something that must exist. Just as we sometimes must do things that we would rather not, so it is with God, and his cross is heavier than ours.

Second Peter 3:9 says the Lord is, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” According to that verse, everyone would be saved if God’s heart’s desire were fulfilled. Many wonderful things simply do not happen because even though God is willing, we are not (Luke 13:34). We need to pray for God to help us in spite of our reluctance.

I’ve been writing about Genesis 8:20-9:17, Noah, and sacrifice in particular, but I’m going to leave that subject for now. Genesis 9:2-6 is about God suffering man to attempt to govern the earth. Those verses hint of civic duty in regard to other people, and of responsibility to God. The idea is for man to become involved in establishing order to offset the natural tendency toward chaos. In the process, man should learn something about God, and about himself.

God desires human beings to exercise self-control, but when that fails, some form of law must come into play. Galatians 3:19 tells us that the law was “added” because of transgressions. Laws and rules don’t make anything perfect (Hebrews 7:19), but they allow society to function. We’ve heard the argument that morality cannot be legislated, and that’s true of the inner morality of the heart which God desires, yet all laws are an attempt to control outward morals.

By the same token, love cannot be legislated, yet God tells us to love. Jesus said in Matthew 22:36-40 that all biblical law can be summed up by the commandments to love God, and to love our neighbor as ourself. Commanding us to love doesn’t make it happen, nor is love always an easy thing, but it lets us know where God stands.

Genesis 9:2-6 doesn’t give a lot of rules, but in those verses, God states his opposition to “the shedding of man’s blood.” At the same time, he upholds the right of man to exact judgement rather than restraining it as he did in Cain’s case (Genesis 4:8-15). God suffered the establishment of governments, even though his own blood would be shed in a terrible misapplication of justice under the Romans. The alternative to government is chaos, and “every man for himself.”

In spite of chance, and God’s gracious intervention at times (Ecclesiastes 9:11, and Romans 9:16), history furnishes endless records of injustices forced upon people by those more powerful than themselves. The animal kingdom also suffers under man. In Genesis 9:2-4, which I wrote of in an earlier post, God sanctions the use of animals for food to sustain human life. A commandment is given that the animal not be eaten alive. You might think that such a command would be unnecessary, but maybe we should take a closer look at man’s appetite.

On 3-21-14, there was an article on foxnews.com about animals that are eaten alive by humans around the world, so, this wasn’t something done only when man was less civilized. Debates about animal cruelty are currently occurring over these practices. Man’s dominion is over that of the animal kingdom, but that doesn’t mean that God approves of man’s cruelty.

Genesis 9:2-4 is often taken only as a command against the eating of blood (ref, Leviticus 17:11-12, Hebrews 10:4-10), but I believe in a stricter interpretation of the verse. Without its blood, the animal is dead, and released from further suffering. God cares for all his creation, and his covenant in Genesis 9:12-13, is not only with man, but with all living creatures. One day, when God’s dominion over the earth is finally established, peace will come to our world, and to the animal kingdom (Isaiah 11:6-9).

This is a world in transition, and earth’s creatures are transient beings, but this is only the beginning for us; not the destination, and not the end. There is a rainbow; the token of the promise of God. I’m praying to write something about the rainbow next, but the truth seems to be as elusive as the rainbow itself.

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Without thinking, many times I’ve assumed that I knew the meaning of a word when I actually only understood it in a general sense. The difference can sometimes be important.

An old Webster’s dictionary states that sin is “an offense against God,” and a “misdeed, or fault.” That definition seems to convey the idea that sin is harmful to others, and to God. That is how life actually is, though only God is aware of all the repercussions of our actions. Only God can rightly define sin.

A Webster’s from a later date defines sin as “the breaking of religious law or a moral principle, especially through a willful act.” That definition isn’t quite so good, because people invent all kinds of conflicting “religious” and “moral” rules. The religious leaders of the day called Jesus a sinner (ref. the ninth chapter of John, esp. 9:24,25) though he was actually God in human form. Sin distorts our view others, ourselves, and God.

The same dictionary gives a definition of “innocence,” as “freedom from guilt or sin, especially through lack of knowledge of evil.” That’s a pretty good definition, but innocence is another word with many shades of meaning. It doesn’t mean a total absence of potential for sin. Webster’s gives the origin as the Latin word “nocere.” By attaching the prefix “in,” the literal meaning becomes “without harm.” “Nocere” means “to harm,” and is related to “gnosis,” the Greek word for knowledge. Knowledge is a tool often used in harmful ways.

Before going any further, I want to say that I’m afraid we sometimes try to define words and doctrines to such length that we unintentionally hinder the Lord’s desire. When there is so much fine print, the most important meanings can sometimes be overlooked. I don’t want to minimize the importance of correct doctrine, but interpretations of Bible doctrine cannot take the place of Jesus. Jesus is alive, and he is the savior.

I am sure that God had given Adam and Eve a high level of intelligence before they ate from the tree of knowledge, but there was an absence of guile. Now our world has become one great altar of the innocent. The innocent seem to get caught in the middle of everything, and even though God extends special grace to them, they yet suffer along with the guilty. They are dragged into the guilt.

God is often blamed for the suffering of the innocent, but the evils of this world are caused by the freewill of man, and not the ill will, or non-existence of God. We abuse our freedom of will in every way imaginable, and then blame God for failing to prevent us. Sometimes God, who is guilty of nothing, does interfere with us, and then we blame him for interfering.

Although we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, and God has made all of us of one blood (Acts 17:26), a divisive force called sin separates us from one another, and from God. A person who has wronged someone will often try to avoid that person due to feelings of guilt, even if the injured party is seeking reconciliation. If the offending party feels no guilt, that makes reconciliation even more difficult. If the truth were told, most often there’s enough guilt for everyone to share.

Obviously, man is not “good enough” to inhabit a perfect world for eternity. For a heaven to exist for us, God must alter (altar) the physics of our very being. We must be given a new “heart,” and even a new body (1st. Corinthians 15:40-57), or we would spoil paradise just as quickly as did Adam and Eve. The teaching of evolution is that the suffering and sacrifice of the innocent will continue so long as life exists, but the Bible predicts a very different future.

The day of at-one-ment has not yet been realized in the physical world, but the Lord who knows the potential of every child, and the secrets of every soul, has become the sacrifice of the atonement. The idea of the world being “as one,” was first the dream of God himself, and it is the height of vanity for us to imagine that we can achieve this without God and Christ. There is not only sky above us, but also the living God, who has shed his own innocent blood for us. Only he can deliver us into lasting communion.

To repeat something said in an earlier post; Noah was told (Genesis 6:14) to pitch the ark inside and out with pitch (Hebrew “kopher”), a substance formed along with tar (ref. my preceding post). You can see in that word the origin of our words, “coffer,” and “cover.” Noah’s ark was the only vessel to carry survivors to safety in the new, post-flood, world. In other cases, forms of the word are translated as “ransom,” or used in speaking of sin that has been purged, and as the name for the golden cover of the ark of the covenant (the mercy seat). The same basic Hebrew word (kaphar), is used for that which is known as the sacrifice of the atonement (at-one-ment).

Can God “cover” us within, and without, so that we can be “one,” and our sin become as if it had never been? Paul, in Galatians 2:20, speaks of himself as being crucified with Christ, and yet living, and Christ living within him. I think that God would experience a “crucifixion” just by living with man, and certainly by coming to live “within” us. Colossians 3:3 says of the believer, “For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” No matter how wild the storms may grow, those who are “in Christ” are ultimately as safe as Noah and his family were in the ark.

God has become one with us in the suffering of this world. The innocent, and the forgiven, will someday live in at-one-ment with God in a world far beyond the reach of suffering (John 3:16). The physics of the atonement are a mystery, but the existence of sacrificial love helps us to believe in it. People who love each other must believe in each other, and because of our human weakness, we must sometimes believe in something beyond each other.

P.S.   I’ve tried retyping a section of the text of this post where the font size appears different. It will not come out right, no matter what I try. I will have to leave it as it is.

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The dove has universally become known as a symbol of peace. I suspect that’s primarily because of the ancient influence of the writings of the Bible upon many nations, but also because of the dove’s gentle nature. Doves have long been sacrificed as food for man. Until I did some research on them, I had no idea that they were so often hunted for food and sport. Pigeons are of the dove family, and the Passenger Pigeon was hunted to extinction in the early 1900’s.

The scientific name for the dove family is Columbidae. Columbine, the Colorado community where several school children were shot and killed by two other students in 1999, is named after the Columbine flower. The flower in turn, received its name from the scientific name for the dove family. That apparently came about because the individual petals of the flower can resemble a dove when viewed from a certain angle.

I certainly don’t believe that our names, or the names of places, determine our fate. That would be contrary to the Bible’s call for us to have faith in God, but strange things do occur. I don’t believe that everything can be dismissed as coincidence. God knows beforehand that the freewill of man will lead to tragedy after tragedy (Matthew 18:6,7). It’s possible that God, foreseeing the Columbine tragedy, could have suggested the name for this flower and community. It’s even possible that he could have created this flower beforehand because of these children.

God is identified in the Bible with a gentle bird that is sacrificed by man, and the dove has become a symbol for the Spirit of God. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the Spirit of God came down in the form of a dove and rested upon him (Matthew 3:16, John 1:32-33). Jesus is the resting place of the dove.

Incidentally, in the Old Testament sacrifice (Leviticus 1:17), after the dove was killed, its wings were pulled out of joint much as the arms of Jesus would have been on the cross. I believe that this Old Testament sacrifice offered a prophetic picture of the crucifixion of Jesus. At least the dove was killed before its wings were torn apart.

The Hebrew word for “dove” in Genesis 8:8-12 is “jonah.” Jonah means dove, though the biblical prophet Jonah wasn’t very dove-like. “Jonah,” is the English form, or transliteration, of the Hebrew word “yownah.” The Hebrews didn’t actually have a “j” in their alphabet. I intend to write more on the substitution of letters in the transliteration of words later.

In answer to demands by certain people for Jesus to prove by signs that he was the Messiah (Matthew 12:39,40), he said that no sign would be given except the sign of the prophet Jonah, “for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly (or hollow) of the whale, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Both doves, and ravens are highly intelligent birds. I’ve never heard of a raven being awarded a war medal as homing pigeons have, but ravens are generally thought to possess greater intelligence. Ravens and crows are from the same family, and are among the birds that can imitate human speech. Ravens are more at home with the violence of this world than are doves. The old poem, “The Twa Corbies,” has two crows talking about a knight who has fallen in battle becoming their next meal.

The Hebrew name for a raven is “oreb.” There are several interesting words that come from this same word family. I mentioned in my last post that the name Noah (Noach) means “rest,” and that a similar Hebrew word was used for the resting place of Noah’s ark. “Arabets,” (compare to Ararat) is a word from the same family as “oreb” and also means “rest,” but in the darker sense of something lurking around. “Oreb,” also means “dusk,” or “dark.”

In myths, ravens have long been associated with the forces of darkness. Naturalists tend to look upon the ravens as simply performing a necessary function in the cycle of life. Superficially, the Bible sometimes seems to go along with this view, but at its core the Bible teaches that things are no longer as God created them to be. The Bible also teaches that one day God will restore nature to a state where nothing harmful exists ( Isaiah 65:25).

It’s interesting to me that it was orebs (ravens) that brought bread and meat twice a day to Elijah when he was hiding in the wilderness (1st.Kings 17:5,6). I would have been concerned about where the meat came from if it had been me. I’m thankful that I’ve never been in Elijah’s situation. A little later when Elijah was running from Queen Jezebel, he fled to Horeb (1st. Kings 19:5-8), the mountain where Moses saw the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-3) The name Horeb, means “desolate,” and is from the same word family as “Oreb.”

The type of information in my last post, and in this one, has sometimes been taken to be Bible trivia. I suppose it could be. I believe however, that the keys to unlocking great mysteries are sometimes hidden behind that which may seem trivial about the Bible. I don’t know if any of this is relevant to whether remains of Noah’s ark yet exist, or its location; I’m mainly taking note of some things that are interesting to me about the Hebrew names for ravens and doves, the birds that Noah released while the waters of the great flood were receding (Genesis 8:4-12).

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Sometimes words are defined and redefined to the point of meaninglessness. “Species,” is one such word. It wouldn’t matter much except that it’s used to deceive people into thinking new “species” are evolving. Much of the argument over evolution is really about semantics. All scientists are actually seeing is variety within the “kinds” of things that were created.

The mechanisms created by Elohim, to produce individuality within each species, are sometimes given credit for all life. The actual mechanism used by Elohim to generate life is not yet known. By “mechanism,” I mean that he probably established pre-conditions for the generation of life. If science discovers how he created life, many will claim they’ve discovered the secret of evolution.

There are possibly different methods that could have been used in creation, but life was no accident. The Script records that Elohim called specifically for certain types of life. The careful way in which the opening chapters of the Script are written is evidence that the arguments against it were anticipated. That’s one of the reasons I’m calling it the Script. It isn’t just a collection of writings. It is an ancient writing that foretells the major moves that mankind is going to make, from the beginning to the end.

Living things weren’t intended to reproduce carbon-copies of themselves. The Hebrew word “miyn,” (see note below) is usually translated “kinds.” The words “species,” and “kinds,” can mean pretty much the same thing. The Script gives a short scientific definition of “kinds,” by the references it makes to reproduction (Genesis 1:11,21,24-25). If animals can reproduce, they are from the same kind, or species. Sterile hybrids wouldn’t be excluded from their particular kind.

The fact that a lion and a tiger can produce a “liger” shows that both came from the same “kind.” To me, a liger looks very much like the saber-toothed tigers have been depicted, only without the great fangs. Ligers are strange-looking creatures, especially when grown. A cat and a dog cannot reproduce because they are different “kinds” of creatures. The different kinds cannot cross unless science interferes with their very nature.

Sometimes when I’m writing about the Script, I will mention something that appears to me to be strange, though I may not know what it means. The Script reads as though fish and birds were created out of water, while other types of animals were made out of earth (Genesis 1:20 & 1:24). That seems significant to me, though too much is often “read into” the Script.

Here is another strange thing about the Script. Elohim is said to have spoken to the animals that he created, “blessing” them, telling them to reproduce (Genesis 1:22). So, he talks to the animals. I like that. The last book of the Script has animals speaking to him (Revelation 5:13). I don’t think that is just fanciful writing, but a fascinating fact.

Atheistic science laughs at the Script because of this sort of thing. They seem blind to the research that proves them wrong. Scientists have learned to communicate with honey bees. By using a robotic “bee,” they can tell honey bees which direction to go to find food. These scientists are talking to insects, and the bees can understand the robotic bee just as they do other bees.

Another strange thing recorded in the Script is that all creatures were originally designed to eat only plants (Genesis 1:29,30). Something has gone terribly wrong, and creation has grown wild. The Earth is no longer the garden that it was intended to be.

Note: The Hebrew word “miyn,” may be the origin of several English words, though they may come to us through other languages. The prefix “mini,” could have come about because baby animals are mini-versions of the parents. “Many,” is probably another related word. A similar word “mene,” means numbered (Daniel 5:25,26). “Mean,” (middle) and “mine” are likely other words derived from “miyn.”

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