THE Trinity in Jersey http://thetrinityinjersey.org THE Trinity in Jersey - a series of weekly newsletters under the title "info for islanders" linking the Bible, Jesus Christ and Jersey. Immediately after his resurrection and just before his ascension in AD 33, Jesus Christ instructed his key followers to make disciples of all nations. They were to do this in two ways: first, by immersing them into the name (all the attributes and facts about) the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; second, by teaching them to observe and obey all that he had commanded them. THE Trinity in Jersey "info for islanders" seeks to assist in both those ways in making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. en Mon, 26 Aug 2019 05:05:29 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 12 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=656 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. Jesus (prior to AD 30) often taught the crowds by the sea. On this occasion the crowd was very large. They remained on the land and Jesus was on the sea – seated. Looked at metaphorically, Jesus may have been signaling that, for those on earth, he remains in charge of our unpredictable sea of life. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it." ‘I have decided to follow Jesus / no turning back / no turning back. / The world behind me / the cross before me / no turning back / no turning back.’ (Hymn) (Isaiah’s record of the LORD’s instructions, c. BC 735) “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” The key didactic method of Jesus was “parables” – a word meaning “parallel”, or “metaphor”. His listeners have to think for themselves. They cannot merely listen and learn by rote. Truth must be discovered not merely received. This time, his key subject matter was “sowing”. Three times in this “parallel” he used the same word: - “sower”, “to sow”, “sowed”. He doesn’t use the word “seed” – the two mentions of “seed” above were added by translators to assist our understanding. It’s the sower that counts – only the sower. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=656 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 11 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=655 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” Jesus (prior to AD 30) has just appointed 12 “sent-out-ones” and his family has taken this as a sign of being “out of his mind” – probably because the key number 12 was thought to be indicative of political rebellion by descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel (known then and today as Jews) against Rome. The “scribes” who came down from Jerusalem were a key part of Jerusalem’s “the-great-and-the-good”. Many were lawyers with civil-servant type roles. Their rational conclusion about Jesus was not “out of his mind” but something much more serious. ‘I have decided to follow Jesus / no turning back / no turning back. / The world behind me / the cross before me / no turning back / no turning back.’ (Hymn) (Isaiah’s record of the LORD’s instructions, c. BC 735) “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” ‘My Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights are inalienable. They must be enforced upon other people – by law and by force and even by war, if necessary.’ (Anon.) ‘Depth of mercy, can there be/ mercy still reserved for me? / Can my God his wrath forbear / me the chief of sinners spare?’ (Charles Wesley, 1740) And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.” So, Jesus called these “scribes” and explained to them “in parables” (using parallels) that “Satan” (the original Greek word means “adversary”) will never ever be able to rid the world of “Satan”. Looking at and listening to world news today, it is indeed abundantly clear that people and groups are adversaries of one another. Conflict – division – sums up us human beings, at every level. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=655 Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 10 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=654 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And he (Jesus of Nazareth, c.AD 30, Israel) went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. Up until this point in the life of Jesus, he has called several men to follow him. They have left their daily work and done just that. Whilst following him they have heard him teaching, have seen him cleansing lepers and curing all kinds of sicknesses and, maybe in particular, have been present when “evil” people have been cleansed inside. Inside out – not outside in. ‘I have decided to follow Jesus / no turning back / no turning back. / The world behind me / the cross before me / no turning back / no turning back.’ (Hymn) (Isaiah’s record of the LORD’s instructions, c. BC 735) “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” ‘My Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights are inalienable. They must be enforced upon other people – by law and by force and even by war, if necessary.’ (Anon.) ‘Depth of mercy, can there be/ mercy still reserved for me? / Can my God his wrath forbear / me the chief of sinners spare?’ (Charles Wesley, 1740)‘Twelve Tribes of Israel, in the Bible the Hebrew people who… took possession of the Promised Land of Canaan… Because the tribes were named after sons or grandsons of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel… the Hebrew people became known as Israelites..’ (Encyclopedia Britannica) ‘When it was evening, he came with the twelve, and as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me”.’ (Passover night AD 30) Now Jesus does something different. First, he goes up a mountain – as though to show that this is a high-level thing. Second, he calls to him those “whom he desired” – he wants these twelve “to be with him”. Third, he “appoints” them. Fourth, he calls them “apostles” (sent-out ones). Fifth, he sends them out to “preach” (teach) and to “cast out demons” (demons - inner intangible, harmful invisible stuff within human beings).He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=654 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 9 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=653 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” This is the second time that Jesus is in the synagogue in Capernaum, in Galilee around AD 30. That first time, a man was there with an unclean spirit. The two go together of course. If I’m not clean inside, my ability to do stuff is withered – shrunken. The basic Greek word Mark used was xeros meaning “dry”. Xerox printers which produce copies by a “dry” process, adopted the Greek word. What would you like to see happen to this person? Jesus, like all of us, wanted to restore the man. But, for some, the Sabbath was not the day for it. They were strongly religious.And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. Jesus asks the religious whether good may lawfully to be done on the Sabbath and whether (tellingly) harm may lawfully be done on the Sabbath. What about saving life on the Sabbath? Is it lawful to kill on the Sabbath?What do you think? Should religion tell me not to do a good thing on a particular Day? Should religion tell me that, on a particular Day it’s OK to kill another person? The latter is definitely occurring today in our world. ‘I have decided to follow Jesus / no turning back / no turning back. / The world behind me / the cross before me / no turning back / no turning back.’ (Hymn) (Isaiah’s record of the LORD’s instructions, c. BC 735) “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” ‘My Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights are inalienable. They must be enforced upon other people – by law and by force and even by war, if necessary.’ (Anon.) ‘Depth of mercy, can there be/ mercy still reserved for me? / Can my God his wrath forbear / me the chief of sinners spare?’ (Charles Wesley, 1740)‘Twelve Tribes of Israel, in the Bible the Hebrew people who… took possession of the Promised Land of Canaan… Because the tribes were named after sons or grandsons of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel… the Hebrew people became known as Israelites..’ (Encyclopedia Britannica) ‘When it was evening, he came with the twelve, and as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me”.’ (Passover night AD 30)‘And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.’ (From the opening pages of the Bible, the book called “Genesis” ("beginning”)) And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=653 Fri, 02 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 7 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=652 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”The year is around AD 30. The place Galilee. The man Jesus is failing greatly in the eyes of the religious. So are his followers.On one of the days when fasting was mandatory, they had all deliberately not done so. Jesus gives his reasons. The Jewish religion is an old garment. What then is a “piece of unshrunk (literally “uncarded”) cloth”? We don’t realise it but all our wool, cotton and similar clothing materials have been carded. According to Wikipedia, “carding is a mechanical process that disentangles, cleans and intermixes fibres” so that the cloth can be used. ‘I have decided to follow Jesus / no turning back / no turning back. / The world behind me / the cross before me / no turning back / no turning back.’ (Hymn) (Isaiah’s record of the LORD’s instructions, c. BC 735) “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” ‘My Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights are inalienable. They must be enforced upon other people – by law and by force and even by war, if necessary.’ (Anon.) ‘Depth of mercy, can there be/ mercy still reserved for me? / Can my God his wrath forbear / me the chief of sinners spare?’ (Charles Wesley, 1740)‘Twelve Tribes of Israel, in the Bible the Hebrew people who… took possession of the Promised Land of Canaan… Because the tribes were named after sons or grandsons of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel… the Hebrew people became known as Israelites..’ (Encyclopedia Britannica) ‘When it was evening, he came with the twelve, and as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me”.’ (Passover night AD 30)‘And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.’ (From the opening pages of the Bible, the book called “Genesis” ("beginning”)) ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Moses’ report about Sabbath work, c. BC 1350) ‘I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit’).’ (John the Baptist’s message about Jesus, c. AD 30) No one would sew an uncarded cloth patch onto an old garment. Is Jesus that “uncarded patch”. Is he that different from “religion” – that unruly? If he is added to “religion” will that religion become even more torn?And what about Jesus being “new wine”? Is he “new wine” which, with all its vigour, cannot be contained within lifeless religion? Who is this man?One Sabbath he was going through the grain fields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=652 Fri, 26 Jul 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 6 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=651 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And as he (Jesus, c. AD 27, Capernaum, Galilee) reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” ‘I have decided to follow Jesus / no turning back / no turning back. / The world behind me / the cross before me / no turning back / no turning back.’ (Hymn) (Isaiah’s record of the LORD’s instructions, c. BC 735) “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” ‘My Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights are inalienable. They must be enforced upon other people – by law and by force and even by war, if necessary.’ (Anon.) ‘Depth of mercy, can there be/ mercy still reserved for me? / Can my God his wrath forbear / me the chief of sinners spare?’ (Charles Wesley, 1740)‘Twelve Tribes of Israel, in the Bible the Hebrew people who… took possession of the Promised Land of Canaan… Because the tribes were named after sons or grandsons of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel… the Hebrew people became known as Israelites..’ (Encyclopedia Britannica) ‘When it was evening, he came with the twelve, and as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me”.’ (Passover night AD 30)‘And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.’ (From the opening pages of the Bible, the book called “Genesis” ("beginning”)) ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Moses’ report about Sabbath work, c. BC 1350) ‘I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit’).’ (John the Baptist’s message about Jesus, c. AD 30)‘Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven; whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.’ (King David after receiving forgiveness from the LORD God for adultery and murder. c. BC 990) ‘In that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal’ (i.e. ‘My Master’”).’ (The LORD God’s message to his people through Hosea c. BC 720) The house in question where Jesus was that of Levi, the tax-farmer. Jesus had called him, saying to him personally, while he was actually at his tax office, “Follow me.” Tax farmers collected taxes from the people and always collected more than was required by the Roman authorities. The tax-farmer paid Rome up front and collected additional amounts so as to make a profit for himself. To the “scribes of the Pharisees” (experts in Jewish Law who were also members of a religious-political party) such people were traitors. Many of these traitors came to Levi’s house for the evening meal and were accompanied by other “sinners”. The Pharisaical scribes didn’t approach Jesus about this. They raised the matter with his disciples. “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” What possible reason could there be for eating with such people? And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=651 Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 5 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=650 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And when he (Jesus c, AD 27, Galilee) returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. ‘I have decided to follow Jesus / no turning back / no turning back. / The world behind me / the cross before me / no turning back / no turning back.’ (Hymn) (Isaiah’s record of the LORD’s instructions, c. BC 735) “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” ‘My Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights are inalienable. They must be enforced upon other people – by law and by force and even by war, if necessary.’ (Anon.) ‘Depth of mercy, can there be/ mercy still reserved for me? / Can my God his wrath forbear / me the chief of sinners spare?’ (Charles Wesley, 1740)‘Twelve Tribes of Israel, in the Bible the Hebrew people who… took possession of the Promised Land of Canaan… Because the tribes were named after sons or grandsons of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel… the Hebrew people became known as Israelites..’ (Encyclopedia Britannica) ‘When it was evening, he came with the twelve, and as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me”.’ (Passover night AD 30)‘And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.’ (From the opening pages of the Bible, the book called “Genesis” ("beginning”)) ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Moses’ report about Sabbath work, c. BC 1350) ‘I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit’).’ (John the Baptist’s message about Jesus, c. AD 30)‘Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven; whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.’ (King David after receiving forgiveness from the LORD God for adultery and murder. c. BC 990) ‘In that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal’ (i.e. ‘My Master’”).’ (The LORD God’s message to his people through Hosea c. BC 720)‘I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.’ (The LORD’s words to Isaiah the Jerusalem prophet c. BC 710) ‘I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.’ (BC 970 confession of King David of Israel.) Jesus returns to the house of Simon and Peter in Capernaum. Last time he was there (page 4 in this series) the whole village had come to that house one Sabbath evening for healing. Jesus, after prayer, had resolved to teach in all the other villages. In one of those, he had cleansed a man of leprosy – and told him to seek cleansing from sin inside by going to the priest in accordance with the Mosaic law. The man seemingly had failed to do that and instead boasted of his healing.Back in Capernaum he is still preaching. It’s not possible to get anywhere near him. Too many people. Among the many people in the house are some seated “scribes”. The Greek word Mark used was “grammateus” - “writers”. These were educated religious experts in the Mosaic law. The needy paralytic couldn’t get in. But, totally without strength as he was (and therefore totally useless to everybody), he had four who loved him. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=650 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 4 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=649 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And immediately he (Jesus, c. AD 30, Capernaum, Galilee) left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. Wonderful things had happened that Sabbath day in the Capernaum synagogue – a place for teaching the Jewish ancient Scriptures. Jesus had taught as the author of them. And “spirits” within an outwardly respectable man had disclosed that Jesus was the holy one of God and obeyed him. Then the five men go to the home of two of them in that seaside town. They tell him about the mother-in-law of one of them. She is lying down “burning” (the underlying Greek word is “pyresso”). Jesus (1) goes to her, (2) takes her hand, and (3) raises her. She serves them. A complete putting out of fire within followed by willing work for others. Maybe her fire of desire was replaced by its opposite - a servant heart. ‘I have decided to follow Jesus / no turning back / no turning back. / The world behind me / the cross before me / no turning back / no turning back.’ (Hymn) (Isaiah’s record of the LORD’s instructions, c. BC 735) “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” ‘My Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights are inalienable. They must be enforced upon other people – by law and by force and even by war, if necessary.’ (Anon.) ‘Depth of mercy, can there be/ mercy still reserved for me? / Can my God his wrath forbear / me the chief of sinners spare?’ (Charles Wesley, 1740)‘Twelve Tribes of Israel, in the Bible the Hebrew people who… took possession of the Promised Land of Canaan… Because the tribes were named after sons or grandsons of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel… the Hebrew people became known as Israelites..’ (Encyclopedia Britannica) ‘When it was evening, he came with the twelve, and as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me”.’ (Passover night AD 30)‘And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.’ (From the opening pages of the Bible, the book called “Genesis” ("beginning”)) ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Moses’ report about Sabbath work, c. BC 1350) ‘I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit’).’ (John the Baptist’s message about Jesus, c. AD 30)‘Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven; whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.’ (King David after receiving forgiveness from the LORD God for adultery and murder. c. BC 990) ‘In that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal’ (i.e. ‘My Master’”).’ (The LORD God’s message to his people through Hosea c. BC 720)‘I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.’ (The LORD’s words to Isaiah the Jerusalem prophet c. BC 710) ‘I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.’ (BC 970 confession of King David of Israel.)‘When you feel my heat, look into my eyes/ It's where my demons hide, it's where my demons hide/ Don't get too close, it's dark inside/ It's where my demons hide.’ (Song released 2012 by Imagine Dragons) ‘The priest shall offer the sin offering, to make atonement for him who is to be cleansed from his uncleanness. … Thus, the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.’ (Instruction to Moses regarding a former leprous person. Leviticus 14) That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=649 Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 3 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=648 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he (Jesus, c. AD 27) saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. These two brothers are the very first men whom Jesus called – personally called – to follow him. Mark doesn’t record any prior meeting with Jesus. But they had probably heard him speak and heard about John the Baptist saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” But why follow immediately – just like that? Simon and Andrew were getting fish out of the sea with a net. Their livelihood was to take out of the sea as much as they could. To follow Jesus meant that, instead, they would become those who would rescue men and women out of the sea. The sea of life? Or something else? ‘I have decided to follow Jesus / no turning back / no turning back. / The world behind me / the cross before me / no turning back / no turning back.’ (Hymn) (Isaiah’s record of the LORD’s instructions, c. BC 735) “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” ‘My Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights are inalienable. They must be enforced upon other people – by law and by force and even by war, if necessary.’ (Anon.) ‘Depth of mercy, can there be/ mercy still reserved for me? / Can my God his wrath forbear / me the chief of sinners spare?’ (Charles Wesley, 1740)‘Twelve Tribes of Israel, in the Bible the Hebrew people who… took possession of the Promised Land of Canaan… Because the tribes were named after sons or grandsons of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel… the Hebrew people became known as Israelites..’ (Encyclopedia Britannica) ‘When it was evening, he came with the twelve, and as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me”.’ (Passover night AD 30)‘And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.’ (From the opening pages of the Bible, the book called “Genesis” ("beginning”)) ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Moses’ report about Sabbath work, c. BC 1350) ‘I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit’).’ (John the Baptist’s message about Jesus, c. AD 30)‘Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven; whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.’ (King David after receiving forgiveness from the LORD God for adultery and murder. c. BC 990) ‘In that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal’ (i.e. ‘My Master’”).’ (The LORD God’s message to his people through Hosea c. BC 720)‘I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.’ (The LORD’s words to Isaiah the Jerusalem prophet c. BC 710) ‘I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.’ (BC 970 confession of King David of Israel.)‘When you feel my heat, look into my eyes/ It's where my demons hide, it's where my demons hide/ Don't get too close, it's dark inside/ It's where my demons hide.’ (Song released 2012 by Imagine Dragons) ‘The priest shall offer the sin offering, to make atonement for him who is to be cleansed from his uncleanness. … Thus, the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.’ (Instruction to Moses regarding a former leprous person. Leviticus 14)‘When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled.’ (From an ancient poem in the Hebrew Scriptures) ‘When you feel my heat, look into my eyes/ It's where my demons hide, it's where my demons hide/ Don't get too close, it's dark inside/ It's where my demons hide, it's where my demons hide.’ (Song released 2012 by Imagine Dragons) And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=648 Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 2 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=647 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Those days? Around AD 27. Also, the days when John the Baptist was baptizing thousands who were deeply mourning over their sinfulness and seeking to show that to all by being baptized by John. Galilee still goes by that name – an area in north Israel.Those days? The days when John was continually saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” ‘I have decided to follow Jesus / no turning back / no turning back. / The world behind me / the cross before me / no turning back / no turning back.’ (Hymn) (Isaiah’s record of the LORD’s instructions, c. BC 735) “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” ‘My Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights are inalienable. They must be enforced upon other people – by law and by force and even by war, if necessary.’ (Anon.) ‘Depth of mercy, can there be/ mercy still reserved for me? / Can my God his wrath forbear / me the chief of sinners spare?’ (Charles Wesley, 1740)‘Twelve Tribes of Israel, in the Bible the Hebrew people who… took possession of the Promised Land of Canaan… Because the tribes were named after sons or grandsons of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel… the Hebrew people became known as Israelites..’ (Encyclopedia Britannica) ‘When it was evening, he came with the twelve, and as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me”.’ (Passover night AD 30)‘And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.’ (From the opening pages of the Bible, the book called “Genesis” ("beginning”)) ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Moses’ report about Sabbath work, c. BC 1350) ‘I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit’).’ (John the Baptist’s message about Jesus, c. AD 30)‘Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven; whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.’ (King David after receiving forgiveness from the LORD God for adultery and murder. c. BC 990) ‘In that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal’ (i.e. ‘My Master’”).’ (The LORD God’s message to his people through Hosea c. BC 720)‘I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.’ (The LORD’s words to Isaiah the Jerusalem prophet c. BC 710) ‘I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.’ (BC 970 confession of King David of Israel.)‘When you feel my heat, look into my eyes/ It's where my demons hide, it's where my demons hide/ Don't get too close, it's dark inside/ It's where my demons hide.’ (Song released 2012 by Imagine Dragons) ‘The priest shall offer the sin offering, to make atonement for him who is to be cleansed from his uncleanness. … Thus, the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.’ (Instruction to Moses regarding a former leprous person. Leviticus 14)‘When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled.’ (From an ancient poem in the Hebrew Scriptures) ‘When you feel my heat, look into my eyes/ It's where my demons hide, it's where my demons hide/ Don't get too close, it's dark inside/ It's where my demons hide, it's where my demons hide.’ (Song released 2012 by Imagine Dragons) ‘By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he … was in the act of offering up his only son, …. He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.’ (From Hebrews - a first century letter to Jewish Christians) ... “Because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and … in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” (BC 1350 record of God’s words to Abraham after the Moriah incident.) <p class="MsoNormal">And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” </p>No one knows what it was really like when the heavens (literally “the skies”) were torn open. Or when the Spirit came down “like a dove”. But one thing is very clear. The voice from the skies indicated the Father’s delight in the Son. Those words from the opened skies would have been well known to some standing there as relating to an incident in a book kept and read in AD 30 in many synagogues. Moses has recorded the incident in his book titled “Genesis” – now reproduced in all Christian Bibles. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=647 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT