1. ABBA, FATHER

    This morning it is my intention to confront you with the reality of what it means to be a Christian. In order to understand, you will be asked to determine whether you are an Isaac or an Ishmael. In order to determine that, you need to look at the way you view your God. How you react to the what you discover will depend on whether you desire to follow the Holy Spirit. It will depend on what you are seeking in your life. It will depend on whether you believe God’s Word or not. At stake is your very trust. Who are you going to trust this morning? Let’s pray.
    The Distinctiveness of Abba Christians
    Romans 8:14-15 (ESV) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
    Vs. Idiots
    Galatians 3:1 (Phillips NT) O you dear idiots of Galatia, who saw Jesus Christ the crucified so plainly, who has been casting a spell over you? I will ask you one simple question: did you receive the Spirit of God by trying to keep the Law or by believing the message of the Gospel? Surely you can't be so idiotic as to think that a man begins his spiritual life in the Spirit and then completes it by reverting to outward observances? Has all your painful experience brought you nowhere? I simply cannot believe it of you! Does God, who gives you his Spirit and works miracles among you, do these things because you have obeyed the Law or because you have believed the Gospel? Ask yourselves that.
    Paul was calling the Galatians ‘idiots’ for a very good reason. They failed to see the significance of the Holy Spirit for their lives. They were having a difficult time with a ‘no rules’ Christianity. They found the legalism of Judaism much more comfortable and ‘religious’. In fact, they were making stupid statements like:
    God, I would rather be your slave than your child
    Galatians 4:9 (NASB) “how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?”
    Jesus did not die on the cross to save us to be His slaves. Sure, in a sense we belong to Him, we owe our lives to Him, but our Christian life is a life of sons and daughters, not the life of slaves. It is a life of freedom, not bondage.
    We see this presented through the example of Ishmael and Isaac, in Gal 4:21-31:
    Galatians 4:21-31 (ESV) Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband.” Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.
    A. ISHMAEL
    Ishmael was the child born according to the flesh. The rules were followed, it was perfectly legal. His birth represented the “Old Covenant”. Hagar bore children of slavery, slaves to the flesh, to pleasing God according to the flesh.
    The Old Covenant was based on the law and flesh. God laid the responsibility on the people-“Thou shalt not…” It was fleshly effort to please God and win His favor.
    B. ISAAC
    Isaac was the child of promise. God promised his conception and birth. There was no physical way he could have been conceived and carried to birth. His birth was totally by promise of God. He was born not a slave to the flesh but a free man blessed with all the wealth of his father Abraham. His wife was provided for him, his home, his property, all was provided.
    The New Covenant is based on the Spirit and promise-I will I will…Jesus Christ fulfilled the demands of the law and gave forth His Spirit of Promise to fulfill God’s demands!
    Ishmael is a picture of religion in the flesh, what man can accomplish by himself, in his own strength.
    Isaac is a picture of a God’s grace, and what God accomplishes in His power on our behalf. It is not natural religion, but supernatural way of life.
    YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
     If you have a relationship with God, you tend to be either an Ishmael or an Isaac.
    Ishmael’s see God as a Master, whom you have to try your hardest to please. You believe it is up to your strength and efforts to please God. Yours is a religion of the flesh. Yours is a religion of do’s and don’ts. Your religion is constantly evolving based upon what you are going through at the time, what God seems to be doing at the time. They feel they are either in or out of God’s favor depending upon the circumstances.
    Isaac’s see themselves as capable of nothing that could ever please God. They see God as a wonderful Father who provides everything for them. They see themselves as son’s enjoying a marvelous relationship that is always aimed at their growth as sons. Circumstances are always seen as growth tools, opening their eyes to more and more of the Father’s love for them.
    Are you an Ishmael or an Isaac?
    HOW DO YOU VIEW GOD WHEN YOU PRAY?
    What the Galatians failed to see was that life with Jesus Christ opens the doors to ‘son ship’ with God. Only in Christ can we inherit the promises, receive the grace and enjoy the freedom of God!
    The Galatians were entering into a relationship with Jesus, only to revert back to slavery to rules and laws. They were slaves to their flesh, and their efforts to please God. They failed to see that Jesus brought this wonderful NEW relationship to them, one which required that they do nothing to please God! All they had to do was enter into this new relationship by faith!
    Do You See God as Your Abba, Father?
    Jesus had a unique way of addressing His Father. His disciples heard Him all the time:
    Mark 14:36 (ESV) And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
    Romans 8:15 (ESV) For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
    Galatians 4:6 (ESV) And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
    THE MEANING OF ABBA FATHER
    To Jews the Name of God carries such an awesome mystique that it cannot be pronounced.
    Pronouncing the name of God in 1st century Palestine constituted blasphemy and brought the death penalty. The idea of referring to God as "Father or as some say “daddy" must have been controversial.

    Jesus taught His disciples to pray saying “Our pater (Father)”
    Evidently Jesus in His private prayers said “Abba, pater”. He combined the Aramaic term for father with the Greek. It was as if He was saying “Father, my Father”
     Abba was Aramaic for ‘father’
     The name Barabbas in the New Testament comes from the Aramaic phrase Bar Abba meaning "son of the father".
    ἀββᾶ abbá; transliterated from the Aramaic ʾAbbaʾ. Father, my father. This double expression was common in the early church.
    ABBA AS ‘DADDY’ ORIGIN
    This stemmed from an idea that was originally proposed by a scholar named Joachim Jeremias (b1900-d1979); mainly, that ‘abbā’ was "a child’s word"; originating from "child-babble." This led too quickly to the conclusion that abbā meant "Daddy”, but which has come back to haunt the study of the Gospel traditions ever since However, this idea was immediately challenged by a number of other scholars, such as James Barr who published an article entitled "Abba Isn't 'Daddy'" (in the Journal of Theological Studies) which outlined the numerous problems with such an assertion and addressed them in detail.
     I believe that Mary Rose D'Angelo summed up what happened next nicely:
    "Jeremias began almost at once to retreat from the claim that "abba" had the same connotations as "daddy." In a sense, Barr's title (but only his title) misrepresents Jeremias. Even as Jeremias acknowledged that the word was in common use by adults and was used as a mark of repect for old men and for teachers, he continued to stress the origins in babytalk and the consequent intimacy as a special component of Jesus' use of the word. This meaning seems to have been the basis on which he regarded Jesus' use as absolutely distinct from the Judaism of his time .
    In light of Barr’s article, Jeremias changed his position, but the idea of Abba as Daddy was popularized by his follower’s, and is taught even today.
    Many years after Jeremias' death, modern linguistic study of how children pick up speech has completely discounted his conclusions of abba as "babytalk."
    But...there is still a point of confusion: In Modern Hebrew, "abba" has become commonly used as... You guessed it: "Daddy." So, when a Hebrew speaker happens upon this anecdote, to them it makes "perfect sense."
    DADDY, DAD OR FATHER
    However you believe Jesus referred to His Father, as “daddy” or “father my Father”, you will agree that Jesus had a relationship with God that was different than the people around Him, even the very religious ones.
    Addressing Jehovah as Abba Father was so unique that Paul encouraged Christians to do the same.
     Why should we address God as Abba Father?
    There is something special that comes through faith in Christ that we could never get by the works of the Law: it gives us the position of sons of God. It brings us to the place of full-grown sons. When we start out in the Christian life, we are babes and we are to grow to maturation. However, God gives us the position of a full-grown son to furnish us with a capacity that we would not otherwise have.
    WE ARE NOT TO BE CHILDREN
    Galatians 4:1 (ESV) I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything,
    I have no problem calling myself a “child of God”. After all, it seems that I am a child. But to think of myself as a “Son of God” almost seems sacrilegious, for that is Jesus. But we must understand what God expects of us, and we see this in Galatians 4, beginning with verse 1.
    The word child in this verse is not the same as child in Galatians 3:26 (KJV) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus; where it is from the Greek word huios, meaning "son." Here it is nepios, meaning a little child without full power of speech. "The heir, as long as he is a child (a little one in the family), differeth nothing from a servant."
    Again we will have to go back to the Roman customs to see Paul's illustration in action. In a Roman home servants had charge of different possessions of the master. Some had charge of the house, others of the livestock, others kept books for him, and others had charge of his children. When a little one was born into the home, the servants cared for him and dressed him in play clothes so that he didn't look any different from the children of the servants with whom he was playing. And he had to obey the servants just like the other children did. This is mentioned in verse 2:
    Galatians 4:2 (ESV) but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father.
    "Until the time appointed of the father." What time was that? It was the time when the father recognized that his son was capable of making decisions of his own, and he brought him into the position of a full-grown son.
    Such were we
    Galatians 4:3 (ESV) In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.
    "Under the elements of the world" means under the Law; “the elementary lessons of outward things (literally, "of the [outward] world" . Paul is saying that it was the childhood of the nation Israel when they were under rules and regulations.
    GOD WANTS US TO BE SONS
    The father determines when his son has reached the age of maturity. It wasn't an arbitrary law as we have in our society. In Paul's day, it was the father who decided when the age of maturity was reached. When a boy reached his majority, he discarded the crimson-bordered toga (toga praetexta) of a child and donned the pure white toga of a man. This was the toga virilis, and it was marked by a ceremony, procession to the forum, and a sacrifice to their god. The toga virilis, gave him the position of a full-grown son in the family.
    A SPECIAL DAY
    One day the Roman father realizes his son has changed. The father says, "Bring him here." So they bring him in -- he's a fine strapping boy -- and the father says, "Well, now we must have the toga virilis, and we'll send out invitations to the grandmas, the grandpas, the aunts, and the uncles." So they all come in for the ceremony of the toga virilis, and that day the father puts around the boy a toga, a robe.
    Without uttering a single word, any Roman onlooker knew that regardless of the boy's young age, he was a free born male citizen.
    In Roman society, there was a fundamental status distinction, as the jurist Gaius stated: 'The main classification in the law of persons is this: all men are either free (Iiberi) or slaves (servi) .... among free men, some are free-born (ingenui) while others are freed (libertini). Freedom (libertas) was a fundamental concept with a distinctly civic character. As Wirsmbski explains, it 'consists in the capacity for the possession of rights nd the absence of subjection.. ..the Romans conceived libertas as an acquired right, and not as an innate right of man. The assumption of the toga marked the acquistion of full citizenship and full Freedom, though not independence, a distinction that could never be overemphasized.
    THE PRODIGAL SON WAS RECEIVED AS A FULL-GROWN SON
    That is what our Lord meant in His parable of the Prodigal Son. When the boy came home the father didn't receive him as just an ordinary son, he received him as a full-grown son, put the robe around him, and put a ring on his finger. The ring had on it the signet of his father, which was equivalent to his signature and gave him the father's authority. You could see that boy walking down the street now with that robe on. The servant better not say anything to correct him now, and he'd better not try to paddle him now. In fact, he'll be whipping the servant from here on because he has now reached the age of a full-grown son.
    That is what Paul meant when he went on to say:
    Galatians 4:4 (ESV) But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law.
    At the time determined by God, God the Father sent forth God the Son, born of a woman, born under the Law. Mary was a Jewish woman. Now what was God's purpose in sending forth His Son?
    Galatians 4:5 (ESV) to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
    God had a twofold purpose in Jesus Christ:
    1. To redeem those under the Law.
    • They were children under the Law.
    • The Law never made anyone a son of God.
    2. That they might receive the adoption of sons.
    WHAT WAS ROMAN ADOPTION?
    Adoption has a meaning different from that of our contemporary society. We think of it in relationship with a couple that may not have children of their own. They go to a home where there are children for adoption and see a precious little baby there. Their hearts go out to him, and they adopt him in their family by going through legal action. When the little one becomes their child we call that adoption. However, the Roman custom in Paul's day was to adopt one's own son. That was what was done in the toga virilis ceremony. Adoption (the Greek word is huiothesia) means "to place as a son."
    A believer is placed in the family of God as a full-grown son, capable of understanding divine truth capable of being LED by the Holy Spirit!
    If you want to know about Christ, only the Spirit of God can reveal Him to you. Even a mature Christian who has been in the Word for years is as helpless in studying the Bible as a newborn babe in Christ, because the Spirit of God will have to teach each of them.
    If you are a new believer, the same Spirit of God who is teaching me can teach you. If you are God's child, He has brought you into the position of a full-grown son, into the adoption. And, my friend, there is nothing quite as wonderful as that!
    THE EXPERIENCE OF THE SONS OF GOD
    This brings us to the next thing that faith in Christ does for us that the Law could never do for us, which is the experience of sons of God.
    Galatians 4:6 (ESV) And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
    Galatians 4:7 (ESV) So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
    "Because you are sons" is a very strong statement.
    PAUL EXPLAINS THIS FULLY IN ROMANS 8:11-16
    Romans 8:11-14 (ESV) If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
    If you are a child of God, you will be led by the Spirit of God. The flesh may get a victory in your life, but it will never make you happy. You will never be satisfied with it, because "...ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear."
    You don't need to say, "My, I'm not living as I should live, and I wonder if I'm a child of God."
    You have a New Relationship with God for you wear the TOGA VIRILIS:
    Romans 8:15-16 (ESV) For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
    The Spirit, therefore, gives us an experience of being a son of God, whereby we can cry out -- not just saying the word or putting on a false "piety" -- and call God our Father, because the Spirit is bearing witness with our spirit. This gives us the experience of being a son of God.
    There are many who believe that the only way you can have an intimate relationship with Holy God is either by reaching a high degree of holiness or you have to have some ‘baptism with fire’ experience.
     Let me assure you, if you are a new believer or a weak believer, that you can experience God as your Abba Father regardless of your ‘spiritual level’, because son ship comes to you through faith in Jesus Christ.
    When you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, God gives you the “Toga Virilis” ceremony. He sees you just as He sees His Son. He is saying “This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased”,
    When people reach a high level of spirituality, they tend to think they are superior to the rest of us. However, we are always God's foolish little children. We are always filled with ignorance and stubbornness and sin and fears and weaknesses. We are never wonderful; He is wonderful. The Lord Jesus is wonderful, and faith in Him will give us a wonderful experience.
    One preacher said, "The old nature that you and I have is just like an old dead cat. What you need to do is reach down and get that old dead cat by the tail and throw it as far away as you can."
    I wish I could get rid of my old nature. Problem is, our old nature has 9 lives, and then some! When you throw him away, he is going to be right back tomorrow." We will never become perfect saints of God, but we can experience being sons of God by faith in Jesus Christ.
    "And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God."
    Many times you and I plod along in our Christian lives, and we don't have an experience with God. Sometimes life becomes very drab and a little monotonous. But there are other times, especially when God puts us on trial and really tests us, that we have a wonderful experience with our Heavenly Father.
    I don’t like attention, especially attention that comes through dumb mistakes that end you up in the Emergency Room. Laying on the bed, with big John the EMT twisting a tourniquet around my wrist, I didn’t know what damage the bullet had done. I know I wanted there to be no damage, for things to be ok and be on my way.
    "Lord, I want you to know that I have been here many times, and I have patted people on the hand and told them that You would be with them. As their pastor I prayed for them and then walked out. But I am on the bed now, and I don’t know what is going to happen”.
    I know what I wanted God to do, but I just welled up inside, and said, "Abba Father, I’m in Your hands. Whatever You want done, You do it. You're my Father and I am your son."
     He was so wonderful to me. That is when He becomes a reality.
    THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS US TO EXPERIENCE ABBA FATHER
    We need to experience Him as our Abba, Father. " The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God " (Rom. 8:16).
    Now, I don't wish you any trouble, but I think it is generally in times of trouble that God makes Himself real to us.
    John G. Paton was a pioneer missionary in the New Hebrides. He went to the mission field as a young man with a young bride. When their first child was born, the child died and the wife died. He buried them with his own hands. Because he was among cannibals, he sat over the grave for many days and nights to prevent them from digging up the bodies and eating them. His testimony was that if the Lord Jesus Christ had not made Himself real to him during that time, he would have gone mad.
    God reveals Himself as Abba during times of distress
    2 Timothy 4:16-17 (ESV) At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
    The Lord stood by Paul. He stood by John Paton. He stood by me. He will stand by you. How reassuring it is to have a Father like that! At such a time He says, "...I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Heb. 13:5).
    WE NEED AN ABBA CHRISTIANITY
    We need to see and love God as a Son does. On the one hand we are confident Sons, wearing our toga virilis, on the other, we are reaching to our Father with all the confidence and trust of a small child.
    In the garden Jesus was certainly all man, willing to take on the crucifixion and the cross, yet on the other, he was a child crying out to His Daddy, asking that He not have to drink the cup of His wrath. Yet Jesus drank from that cup, so that you and I could experience ABBA Father.
    A. Abba Christianity is Founded upon a Loving Father
    God is a loving Father and wants you to see Him as someone who is loving and wants to be helpful and redemptive in your lives. An Abba relationship sees that everything that happens in our lives has a redemptive sonship quality. It is designed to bring us into a closer more intimate relationship with our Abba Father.
    1. An Abba Christian Sees God as an Intimate, Involved Father.
    You view God as an intimate Father. He is always there. He is always proud. He is always going “Attaboy!” He knows your failures, your defeats, yet He loves you so. He knows you aren’t the star athlete, yet He cheers you on anyway.
    Scriptures teach that God is very near and intimate with us: “In Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). He is not some remote creator who set nature in motion and went away.
    2. An Abba Christian sees God as a Caring Father.
    Often this is the very place the devil attacks our faith, trying to make us believe that God does not care about us personally. He is not distant, self-absorbed like your earthly father. He is not someone who does not want to be bothered with your problems.
    3. An Abba Christian sees God as a Trustworthy Father.
    God is the Father you can trust completely. “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). Sometimes life gets heavy, and if you can feel the love of God underneath you, you can trust His everlasting arms to hold you up.
    B. Abba Christianity sees Yourself as His beloved Son
    1. See the Value of His Sonship
    An Abba Christian sees the value that God places upon His children. This is not a matter of pride or conceit, but a realization of our position and responsibilities. We are the Son of God. We are wearing the Toga Deitis, the Garment of God!
    Most Christians react to positive attitude thinking. But an Abba Christian is a confident Son of an all-powerful Father! There is a thin line between confidence and conceit, but Abba Christians can be confident without being conceited.
    If you do not see yourself as a person of worth, then the devil has blinded you to the true meaning of Christ’s sacrificial death on Calvary. From God’s point of view, you are a person of worth, and no matter how low you might feel about yourself, you should never forget that.
    2. See the Confidence of Sonship
    “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
    Abba Christians are Confident of Christ living through them, confident of their value, confident of forgiveness, and confident that God is ever working in their life!
     There is no room for pride for God is never finished with us until He takes us home.
    C. An Abba Christian develops a compassionate Care for others
    1. Abba Christians are secure in their Father, and need not fear man.
    Everyone is a potential friend because of your relationship with the Father!
    2. Abba Christians can be more accepting of others because of their acceptance before their Father.
    Look at the contrast between Jesus’ view of other people and that of the Pharisees. They were very intolerant, very judgmental. But Jesus was open and accepting with a wide variety of people. He could be at home with tax collectors, adulterers and prostitutes.
    3. Abba Christians see a responsibility to reach out to others in the Name of their Father.
    You need to develop a compassionate care for others. We should be serving others and doing things for them as though we were doing it for the Lord. We love and serve others not to be seen by them, but out of our love for the Lord and our love for them.
    ABBA CHRISTIANS VIEW LIFE DIFFERENTLY
    It is not always easy to find God’s will in the circumstances of a person’s life, but it is always simple to know God’s will concerning our attitude toward life: “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Thanksgiving and gratitude open the gates of God’s presence in our lives.
     Thankfulness has to do with WHO I AM not with WHAT I AM EXPERIENCING.
    I will go through many experiences in life for which I am not thankful. But even as I pass through those experiences, I can still be a thankful person, i.e., in the midst of those circumstances, give God thanks.
    The word for children emphasizes the relationship.
    But son emphasizes character. If someone calls you a son of a dog, they aren't talking about your parentage. They're talking about your character.

    • DO You Know Abba Christianity?
    • Are You being Led by the Holy Spirit?
    • Are you overcome by your circumstances, or do you know Who you are?
    Who's Your Daddy?
    A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, TN. One morning, they were eating breakfast at little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to table visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, "I hope he doesn't come over here." But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.
    "Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice. "Oklahoma," they answered.
    "Great to have you here in Tennessee." the stranger said. "What do you do for a living?" "I teach at a seminary." he replied.
    "Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really great story for you." And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple. The professor groaned and thought to himself, "Great... Just what I need... another preacher story!
    The man started, "See that mountain over there? (pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey boy, Who's Your Daddy?'
    Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question, 'Who's Your Daddy?' He would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would avoid going in to stores because that question hurt him so bad.
    When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's Your Daddy?'. But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd. Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, Who's Your Daddy?'
    The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your Daddy'. This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him, and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that scared little boy...
    'Wait a minute!' he said. 'I know who you are. I see the family resemblance now. You are a SON of God.' With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, 'Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.' With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a Son of God'."
    The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, "Isn't that a great story?" The professor responded that it really was a great story! As the man turned to leave, he said, "You know, if that new preacher hadn't told ME that I was a SON of God, I probably never would have amounted to anything!" And then he walked away.
    The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked her, "Do you know who that man was who just left that was sitting here at our table?"
    The waitress grinned and said, "Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper. He's the former governor of Tennessee!"

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  2. Paul Harvey told about a 3-year-old boy who went to the grocery store with his mother. Before they entered the grocery store she said to him, "Now you’re not going to get any chocolate chip cookies, so don’t even ask."
    She put him up in the cart & he sat in the little child’s seat while she wheeled down the aisles. He was doing just fine until they came to the cookie section. He saw the chocolate chip cookies & he stood up in the seat & said, “Mom, can I have some chocolate chip cookies?” She said, “I told you not even to ask. You’re not going to get any at all.” So he sat back down.
    They continued down the aisles, but in their search for certain items they ended up back in the cookie aisle. “Mom, can I please have some chocolate chip cookies?” She said, “I told you that you can’t have any. Now sit down & be quiet.”
    Finally, they were approaching the checkout lane. The little boy sensed that this may be his last chance. So just before they got to the line, he stood up on the seat of the cart & shouted in his loudest voice, "In the name of Jesus, may I have some chocolate chip cookies?” And everybody round about just laughed. Some even applauded.
    And, according to Paul Harvey, due to the generosity of the other shoppers, the little boy & his mother left with 23 boxes of chocolate chip cookies.

    This morning, we are going to discover all the boxes of chocolate chip cookies God gives us through His Son, Jesus Christ!

    Romans 5:1-9 (Phillips NT) Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things he has for us in the future. This doesn't mean, of course, that we have only a hope of future joys - we can be full of joy here and now even in our trials and troubles. Taken in the right spirit these very things will give us patient endurance; this in turn will develop a mature character, and a character of this sort produces a steady hope, a hope that will never disappoint us. Already we have some experience of the love of God flooding through our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us. And we can see that it was while we were powerless to help ourselves that Christ died for sinful men. In human experience it is a rare thing for one man to give his life for another, even if the latter be a good man, though there have been a few who have had the courage to do it. Yet the proof of God's amazing love is this: that it was while we were sinners that Christ died for us. Moreover, if he did that for us while we were sinners, now that we are men justified by the shedding of his blood, what reason have we to fear the wrath of God? If, while we were his enemies, Christ reconciled us to God by dying for us, surely now that we are reconciled we may be perfectly certain of our salvation through his living in us. Nor, I am sure, is this a matter of bare salvation - we may hold our heads high in the light of God's love because of the reconciliation which Christ has made.
     Don't Overlook the Excitement of Paul:
    Romans 5:11 (NLT) So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

    Martin Luther wrote...In the whole Bible there is hardly another chapter which can equal this triumphant text

    W E Vine observes that the fifth chapter shows what we have THROUGH CHRIST, while the sixth shows us what we are IN CHRIST. "THROUGH CHRIST" is the keynote of chapter five. Chapter 5 unfolds the subjects of the effects of the death and resurrection of Christ...(as Paul so richly described in Romans 3:21-25). (Vine, W. Collected writings of W. E. Vine. Nashville: Thomas Nelson

    Romans is a book of supernatural logic which is knitted together with a fine thread of “therefore's” (term of conclusion)...
     Therefore of giving over - Ro 1:24
     Therefore of condemnation Ro 3:20
     Therefore of justification - Ro 5:1
     Therefore of no condemnation - Ro 8:1
     Therefore of dedication - Ro 12:1
    Romans 1:16-17 (ESV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
    The Power of God is on Display
    Paul began Romans with the Power of God on display, the power to bring sinful man into a right and righteous relationship with God! Romans 5 reveals that this is all TROUGH Jesus Christ and how marvelous the benefits of that Right Relationship are!
    The result of Chapter 5 is that God now puts His Children of Faith on Display!
     Goal of God is our Salvation.
     Salvation is ours when we enjoy His Righteousness by Faith.
    The word "therefore" reaches back to the contents of chapter four — therefore being justified (made righteous-the righteousness of God), not by works (1-8), not by rituals (9-12), not by obedience to the law (13-25), but by faith (our belief in the truth of God), we have peace.
     Your works, your rituals, even your following the law will never bring peace to your heart and soul.
    All that follows from the 5th chapter, 1st verse to the end of the 8th chapter describes the fruit or results of justification, the inheritance of those who are justified. Having been justified by faith, that which Paul now discusses, chapters 6, 7 and 8, shall be true of us.
    We must fully understand and envision what Christ has done for us if we are to live the Christian life that Paul will detail in Romans 6,7 and 8!

    THEREFORE (Through Faith in Jesus Christ):
    I. THE REALITY OF JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH
    To begin with, Paul sees justification as an accomplished work, "Therefore being justified," or "since we are justified." Justification is not hypothetical, not just a vague possibility, but a present reality for him who trusts in JESUS CHRIST.

    A. A legal declaration of righteousness. It isn't that a sinner is merely made to 'feel' righteous in a subjective way. Rather, God "declares" the sinner to be objectively righteous in a forensic or judicial sense -- regardless of his or her feelings.
    B. A genuine righteousness.
    1. God doesn't simply decide to overlook the sinner's sinfulness and "pretend" that he or she is righteous when that really isn't the case;
    2. He simply "cover up" the sinner with the righteousness of Jesus in such a way as to conceal his or her real condition of sinfulness from His eyes -- as though simply covering him or her with a "righteousness" coating.
    3. When God justifies a sinner, He declares that sinner to be made really, genuinely, completely righteous, because that sinner is "in Christ."
    C. An imputation of righteousness.
    1. To "impute" something means to 'attribute' it or 'credit' it to something or someone else.
     If, for example, I had a 'zero' balance in my checking account, I would draw some money out of my savings account and have it "imputed" or "credited" or "attributed" to my checking account.
     The only way that the checking account could have cash value is if it is "imputed" into it from another account.
    2. When God justifies a sinner, he or she is not made "righteous" on the basis of anything that they do -- nor on the basis of anything God enables them to do.
    3. God completely "imputes" genuine righteousness to them -- "attributing" it to them, or "crediting" it to their account.
    D. A righteousness through faith as opposed to works.
    1. Sinners are not "justified" on the basis of their faith -- or on the basis of any other work they could do, for that matter.
    2. They're declared righteous before God on the basis of two things: that their sins were placed onto Jesus when He died on the cross; and that His perfect obedience and righteousness imputed to them -- He became sin for them (and died in their place); and they became the righteousness of God in Him.
     Faith isn't the cause of justification;
     Faith is the means by which the sinner comes into possession of that imputed righteousness.
     As it says of Abraham in Gen. 15:6, when God made the promise to him that, even though he was childless, he would one day have as many children as the stars in heaven, "Then he believed the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness
    Paul reinforces the proof of justification with three strong propositions:
     Verse 6, "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
     Verse 8, "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
     Verse 10, "When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son."

    II. THE RESULTS OF JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH
    1. Peace with God
    Romans 5:1 (KJV) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
    A sign in front of a church said, "If life is a puzzle, look here for the missing peace" and spelled that last word p-e-a-c-e!
    “It means to be in a relationship w/God in which all hostility caused by sin has been removed!”
    Oh, caution! - Peace with God = War with Satan! You’ll never read anywhere in Scripture that you’ll have Peace w/Satan!

    ἔχωμεν let us have (Word Studies)= let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
    Peace (eirene from verb eiro = to join or bind together that which has been separated) literally pictures the binding or joining together again of that which had been separated or divided and thus setting at one again, a meaning convey by the common expression of one “having it all together”.
     "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace" (Ephes. 2:14-15).
     "And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven" (Col. 1:20).
     harmonized relationship between God and man (Vine's).
    D L Moody..A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is to enter into it
    2. Continuous Access to God's Grace (place of privilege)
    Romans 5:2a (KJV) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand...
     Note it is through Christ that we have access into this grace. The word "access" (prosagōgēn) means to bring to, to move to, to introduce, to present. The thought is that of being in a royal court and being presented and introduced to the King of kings. Jesus Christ is the One who throws open the door into God's presence. He is the One who presents us to God, the Sovereign Majesty of the universe. POSB
     It can refer to one’s “introduction” into a relationship or it can refer to “ongoing access” in an existing relationship. Paul’s use of the same term in Ephesians 2:18; 3:12 seems to suggest that what is in view in Romans 5:2 is continued access to God, and not so much on the initial introduction into the relationship.
    A. Wonderful Grace
    1. He hasn't merely reconciled us to Himself and then left it up to us to keep ourselves in that state.
    2. He has placed us "in Christ"; and in Him, we have been made "the righteousness of God" by His grace.
    3. And being in that state of righteousness, it's only by His grace that we stay that way!
     Through Jesus Christ His Son, we "have obtained (place of continuous access to God).
     We are not left to ourselves to keep from wandering in and out of God's favor all the time. We've been introduced to a state of favor before Him through Christ; and in Christ, it's in this state of favor that, by being in Christ, we forever "stand"!
    B. Paul wrote to the Galatian church about this very issue.
    1. The Christians in Galatia were fearful that, even though they were brought into God's favor by His grace, they needed to keep the old Jewish ceremonies of the Old Testament in order to stay in God's favor.
    2. Paul wrote to them very strongly and urged them not to place themselves under those rules and ceremonies.
     "Are you so foolish?", he asked them; "Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?" (Gal. 3:3).
     "It was for freedom that Christ set you free," he reminded them; "therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery" (5:1).
    3. Hope of the Glory of God
    Romans 5:2b (KJV) ...and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
    A. Whole New Outlook.
    1. We now share together with Christ in His glory.
     We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is" (1 John 3:2).
    2. That prospect comes from being "in Christ".
     Jesus Himself prayed to the Father, "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as we are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me" (John 17:22-23).
    B. It's not called a "hope" because we merely hope it will happen.
    1. Paul's meaning is that it's a "hope" in the sense of a certain expectation;
     Romans 8:29-30, "whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified."
    2. Those whom God has justified will also be glorified!
    I heard about an old, saintly Christian gentleman who said, "I may not be much to look at right now; but one day, I'm goin' on parade!!"
    4. Rejoicing in Trials
    Romans 5:3-5a (KJV) 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation(thilipsis-pressure) worketh patience(endurance, constancy); 4 And patience, experience(dokimos-approved); and experience, hope: 5 And hope(elpis-anticipate with confidence) maketh not ashamed...
    Tribulation = word that means to "squeeze" or "press" something; Picture of pressing circumstances or distressing hardships. “It describes distress that is brought on by outward circumstances.”
    LOOK at the way God uses the "pressure times" in the life of someone that He has declared "righteous" before Him.

    A. Tribulations produce "perseverance" or "patient endurance".
    1. Endurance-constancy
    2. They produce the quality of learning to trust in God and wait upon Him, relying upon His strength in the knowledge that He has nothing in mind for us but our good.
    3. “The capacity to endure calmly, confidently, & w/o complaint.” (J. Sidlow Baxter)
     Trials work for us, not against us. And they develop Christian character!
     Tribulation is a thorny tree, but it yields sweet fruit.
     Example: A guitar string only fulfills its purpose when it is removed from its old package, stretched as tight as it will go, & then plucked!
     Example: When a storm comes at sea, a ship turns to face the tempest. If the vessel allows the storm to hit its side, it will capsize. If it turns its back to the storm, the storm will drive it wherever the wind blows. Only in facing the storm is the ship safe.
    4. God is not punishing us.
     All our punishment has already gone onto Christ, and He took our punishment for us.
     And what's more, His righteousness before God was placed to our account.
     What a difference between the man who crosses the finish line and the one who drops out of the race ten yards from the tape,
     between the fighter who fights until the bell rings and the one who throws in the towel
     We are Justified with God, so there's nothing left to think about our troubles and trials but as things that our sovereign God permits to come upon us in order to make us grow into the glorious image of Christ that He has predestined us "in Him" to be.
    B. Perseverance produces "proven character." (Reveals what we really are inside.)
    1. Dokimos-approved coinage, approved soldier
    2. The difficult times of life don't make us into anything different -- they just show us to be what we really are.
     If someone comes out of their trials a bitter person, it's because, deep within, they were already bitter in the first place -- and the circumstance simply proved their true character.
     If someone comes out of their trials with a sense of confidence in God, giving praise to Him for what He has done, it's because God developed perseverance in them through the exercise of their faith in Him -- and the circumstance simply proved their true character.
    C. Proven character produces "hope".
    1. Confident Anticipation that it will be worth it all!
    2. This "hope" is the praise we'll receive from Jesus for having been faithful to Him -- even while undergoing a time of trial; His "Well done!"
    3. This is a hope that "does not disappoint", as it says in verse 5, "because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
    4. It's a hope that already has a guarantee of victory to it because He already loves us! All this, because He has declared us righteous in Christ!!
     the present in no way jeopardizes the future (5:5).
     Paul’s emphasis here is that in light of justification and the indwelling Spirit, God can actually use our difficult experiences in life to work a deeper hope in us—i.e., a deeper longing for him and desire to experience him.
    5. Confidence in God's Love for us
    Romans 5:5b-8 (KJV) 5 ... the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
    A. God Loves us the Same as His Son
    1. "O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that you sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them" (17:25-26).
    2. In fact, Jesus even prayed that the extent of God's great love for us would become clearly known; "... that the world may know," He prayed, "that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me" (John 17:23).
    B. How can we help but gasp when we read that -- that the Father loves us as much as He loves His own Son Jesus!!
    1. Through the Holy Spirit
     Fills our hearts with God's love
    2. Though Jesus Christ
    Billy Graham, When we preach atonement, it is atonement planned by love, provided by love, given by love, finished by love, necessitated because of love. - When we preach the resurrection of Christ, we are preaching the miracle of love. When we preach the return of Christ, we are preaching the fulfillment of love.
    C. The Hope of the Weak and Powerless
    1. Hope always burns brightly in those whose character has been developed through overcoming trails.
     Paul is not talking about the objective love of God shown to us in the cross (3:25; 5:8), but rather the subjective apprehension (i.e., in our hearts) of God’s love. For Paul this is primarily an emotional experience with a force greater than the doubt inflicted through trials (cf. Phil 4:6-7).
     “Hope is not the tuition we pay as we enroll in the school of adversity. Rather, it is the diploma awarded to those who by the grace of God do well on the tests.”
    Priest and poet George Herbert wrote in The Temple (1593-1633), "He who lives in hope dances without music."
    2. Just when you need Him
    D. Experience the great love as displayed by Jesus
    1. There is a saying among Italian sculptors, who often miss the chisel and hit their own hands with the hammer: "When the blood flows out, the mastery enters."
    2. It was so with Jesus. It was his death on Calvary that made him the master of our souls. "There is power in the blood."
    6. A Living Salvation
    Romans 5:9-10 (KJV) 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
    A. Saved by His Life: we will also be completely saved from sin and death by Christ’s resurrection life and our union with him
    1. If He so loved us when we were still sinners -- which is the far greater thing; then now that we've been declared righteous by Him out of His love for us, He will surely spare us from His wrath against sin -- which is the lessor thing.
    2. Just as God is gracious and ready to forgive; He is also just and is fully prepared to pour out His wrath on sinners that will not receive His merciful offer, but who continue to defiantly rebel against Him.
     He declares His own character to Moses in this way: "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty upunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations" (Exodus 34:6-7).
    B. There Will be A Judgment
    1. This gives us cause to stop and remember that while He is always and ever ready to forgive any sinner that cries out to Him, "God, be merciful to me, the sinner!"; He still remains a holy God and will not put up with sin. To those who will not turn from their sins and receive His gracious offer of "justification by faith", there remains this warning of His wrath.
    7. Friendship with God
    Romans 5:11 (KJV) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
    A. Our New Life in our Living Savior allows us to offer praise to God
    "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy" (1 Peter 2:9-10).
    B. Our New Life in our Living Savior allows us to Rejoice in our Relationship with God
    Revelation 7:15-17; "... they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."
    C. Our New Life in our Living Savior allows us to enjoy the experience of ever-satisfying, ever-thrilling, ever-expanding fellowship with Him for all eternity.
     John 10:10 (ESV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
     John 17:3 (ESV) And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
     John 15:14-15 (ESV) 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
    D. In these eleven verses Paul has given what might be called the three phases of redemption.
    1. Justification, (freedom from guilt, imputation of righteousness);
    2. Sanctification, the operation of righteousness and grace received when justified, which results in Christian growth
    3. Glorification - the resurrection of our glorified body to dwell with God for all eternity
     Justification, the beginning of the Christian experience;
     Sanctification, the development of the Christian experience;
     Glorification, the consummation of the Christian experience.

    The Pit and the Pendulum
    Edgar Allen Poe wrote a horrifying story set in a dungeon during the Spanish Inquisition.He takes us beneath a castle into a horrible dark, rat-infested dungeon. There we find an unnamed man who has been tried and found guilty.The stench of death and human feces is overpowering. He can hear tha rats scampering all around him. He tries to search the dungeon to see if there is a way of escape, but it’s too dark. He stumbles around and nearly falls into a huge pit in the center of the cell. He is knocked unconscious. When he wakes up, he realizes that he is strapped into a torture device that houses a swinging, razor-sharp pendulum. The pendulum gradually lowers closer and closer to his heart. The man goes mad as he watches the pendulum grow near.
    He uses his free hand to wipe the remains of his last meal onto the strap that sits between his body and the pendulum. This attracts the rats, and they chew through the strap, freeing him. As soon as he stands, the pendulum is raised and the iron walls— which have been heated to a dangerous level—close in on him. The hero is forced closer to the pit’s opening. Just before he falls, General Lasalle’s French army arrives and rescues him.
    Our enemy Satan has thrown mankind into a dark miserable dungeon of sin. He makes us godless, senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless, worthless and powerless. He binds us with our sins, he tortures us, and he is constantly pushing us into the pit of his Hell.
    We are absolutely powerless to escape, to try to save ourselves. The walls are closing in, and all seems lost,
    "When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. For... God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners...Romans 5:6-8 (NLT)

    God has given us so much, so that we can have so much!
    III. THE LIFE OF JESUS IS OUR SALVATION
    1 John 5:11-12 (ESV) 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
    Because He Lives and through our faith in Him, we know we have:
     Peace with God
     Continuous Access to God's Grace
     Hope of the Glory of God
     Rejoicing in Trials
     Confidence in God's Love for us.
     A Living Salvation
     Friendship with God
    Are you content to hear the swooshing of the pendulum blade as it swooshes closer and closer to your heart? Do you enjoy the rats of sin? DO you enjoy the stench of death and decay? God wants you to enjoy Him, to enjoy His Love, His peace, His grace, His friendship. And it is all freely given to you through His Son, Jesus Christ!

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  3. Passover and Shavuot is connected by fifty days and within that is the "longest continuous observance of any commandment in the bible." It is this that should make us consider why the “counting of the Omer is so important?” Counting of the Omer has significance: Connects Pesach, the Passover (Exodus) to Shavu'ot (giving of the Torah)

    Today we look at Passover to Shavuot and the Omer. In this for the counting of the Omer we consider some points by Ari Sorku Ram of Maoz Israel who a number of years ago sent me an email on this regard. Ari has a ministry in Israel, he is a Messianic Jew who with his wife and family are reaching out in Israel today, heralding Yeshua the Son of God who died for the sins of men, including the Jews in Israel. Today, we read and consider the points he makes in the counting of the Omer.

    The Lord commanded the children of Israel to count the Omer for fifty days starting from Passover. On the fiftieth day they were to celebrate the Feast of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost).

    An Omer is a sheave. Counting the Omer is a very important principle and commandment in the Biblical calendar. Counting the Omer required fifty days of obedience. For fifty days the children of Israel were commanded by the Lord to do something. They were to do it every year. Obeying this law requires the longest continuous observance of any commandment in the Bible so we should take note of it. As I see it - if the Lord reminds us to do something every year for fifty days, there is surely something in this commandment very important for us to learn and experience. [Ari Sorku Ram, Maoz Israel]

    Passover to Shavuot [Pentecost] constitutes what we call the spring feasts. They are full of teaching, guidance, and hope for us today. While many churches do not recognize the feasts, opting for the current holidays set down by churches; the truth is; these feasts are "feasts of the Lord." The connection to these feasts, take us directly back to the Lord himself who kept the Passover, as did his disciples, the early church, and even Paul who also kept the feasts. It seems only the church today in America has departed from Original Apostolic doctrine in keeping the Passover feast and other feasts of the Lord.
    Counting of the Omer: This symbolic countdown from Pesach [Passover] to Shavuot [Pentecost] shows the connection between the two holidays. Our freedom from slavery was not complete until we received the Torah, which gives our lives purpose and meaning. Haggadah, P.T. JewishProphet.com
    While many call these Jewish feasts, may I say our Lord, his disciples were Jews; they in fact were not Jewish feasts. They are the Lords feasts, kept by Jews and also the early church. To take away the truth of the Jewish line, the feasts, and the fact our savior was the "root of David", the "tribe of Judah" is paramount to denying who our Savior was in fact and in truth. So for us, we keep the feasts of the Lord and honor the Messiah, the Son of God, the greater son of David, Yeshua ha Massiach. To do any less would be to deny the truth of this Jewish Messiah who came and died upon the cross for us all, including the Gentiles.

    Leviticus 23:15-16
    And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.

    Passover, Pentecost, Omer Resources on WIBR/WARN sites:
    warn-usa.com warn-radio.com wingswatchman.org ddayforamerica.com dday4america.com

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  4. Episodes 10a and 10b are now outdated, so we start with Episode 10c. Backstory for Paul's meter, just as for the OT writers, deals with the 'time bank' of the Gentiles, which was short 54 years. Abraham's Maturity On Time meant the 54 years could be repaid.. if Israel herself didn't run short of 'time' funds.

    But she did, by 14 years. Moses knew she would. Isaiah knew she would. God told Daniel how that 14 shortage would be made up during Messiah's time and the Trib, were Israel positive.

    She wasn't positve. Hence the insertion of Church, just like the insertion of the 70 years between Temples. Paul uses this analogy to explain the legal precedence for Christ's Decision to create Church (per Father's discretion) in Matt16:18, John 17 prayer. But Paul shows it, through the memorized meter pattern every Jew knew to use, to tell what TIME it was in Israel's Time Bank book.

    Due largely to longstanding anti-semitism among the Catholics and Calvinists -- for they adhere to the false doctrine of Replacement Theology and hence preterism -- we Christians don't know this doctrine of God's Time Meter, used ever since Moses.

    But we can prove it, right in Bible. Future videos will show how: here is more material, to get you started:

    For one 'master' (comprehensive) explanation and set of links, get brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.doc (use 'htm' if you don't care about formatting). You need BibleWorks fonts to read the Greek, freely downloadable at bibleworks.com/fonts.html . PDF: brainout.net/Eph1DecreeSyllablesREPARSED.pdf .

    That meter is color-coded for easier analysis. So the gold/orange numbers clearly show he's mapping to Psalm 90 and Isaiah 53 meter 'paragraphs'. Shocking. Compare to these meter maps of Ps90 and Isa53: brainout.net/Isa53Hypo4Dotted3.pdf and brainout.net/Ps90Parsed.pdf . Isaiah 53's meter map is clearer, here: brainout.net/Isa53Map.jpg . A trilingual parsed version of Psalm 90, is here: brainout.net/Psalm90ParsedTrilingual.pdf .

    WEBPAGES. brainout.net/brainoutFAQ.htm#6 gives you the quickest Bible proofing, but will still take hours to vet. Read through its 6b. On the meter rules, see brainout.net/BibleHebMeterCharacs.htm , and (now outdated, but still relevant for methodology), brainout.net/Isa53trans.htm . Hub page on How God orchestrates time (with all the other links) is brainout.net/Mirroring.htm . If you want to first get a comprehensive orientation to the Time Rules, start with Mirroring. It will take you months to vet the material.

    YOUTUBE (and vimeo) PLAYLISTS. Their video descriptions contain links to the above webpages. It's a lot of material, since this doctrine is Bible-provable, but unknown in Christendom. The vimeo playlists are easier to navigate from my vimeo home page: vimeo.com/brainout . Just click on its 'Collections', and then 'Channels'. The Youtube channel/playlist links, are listed individually below.

    Genesis: my pastor began teaching how Believers Buy Time, with Genesis 5. So I had to make a playlist of the dates. Start in the Genesis series Episode 8c1, where I cover how to use the (Genesis 5 etc) timeline worksheet: youtube.com/view_play_list?p=AB5BE9F40D2918FB

    How God Constructs Time: use this playlist to get an overview of the issues. Link: youtube.com/view_play_list?p=32D5DBC20BF4163F

    Isaiah 53 Meter Hypothesis: youtube.com/view_play_list?p=8523934356BE4BDC . 2nd and third videos introduce you to the conclusions. Videos after that are in chrono order, showing how I learned the meter. You can just skip to the 7th video in the playlist, and watch in order from there. 12-13th videos show a complete retranslation in English, but using the same meter as Isaiah's Hebrew, to show the cadence Isaiah intended.

    Psalm 90 Meter of Time: youtube.com/view_play_list?p=FF2856603C945631 . This playlist is unfinished, and the meter shown in the videos has been corrected, but the meaning expressed in the videos is the same per verse. Ephesians 1 keys off Ps90 and Isaiah 53 both in content and meter, antiphonally.

    Yapping Most High: start in Episode 10, youtube.com/view_play_list?p=40216F6E28F05780 . I learned of Jewish Dispensationalism AFTER learning Psalm 90's meter. Episode 10 is still unfinished. I have to match each Isa53 clause to the then-future historical events he prophetically references. He does that, so Israel can always know where she is within her 2100-year time allotment, countdown to Messiah.

    File Name: 10cGGSintro.wmv, 12/27/10.

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  5. Overview of 1 Peter 1:1-12's Meter structure, here through 5e2-7. Sorry for the weird numbering system. Original Youtube description, follows below.
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    Now we have DEFINITIVE proof of when Peter writes, and as usual, the meter conforms to the earlier 'scholar' dates for Bible books. Heh. Parts 1-3 introduce you to why I know that, but of course the rest of 5e (very long!) will illustrate more testing via Hebrews and Mark textual links. My, the Quelle 'scholars' are inept!

    Quick video showing the Greek of 1Peter1:1-3, how Peter plays off both Psalm 90:1-4, and PAUL's meter. I still need to do a lot more work on this, so treat this video as a mere heads-up. Kill me now. Why am I allowed to live?

    Will be several weeks before I can come back to this. Meanwhile, try Googling on 'Herod's Temple 18 BC', and pick the first pdf you see (though it gets Christ's birthdate completely wrong), plus jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/14304-temple-of-herod . See also bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEHerods_Temple00000006.htm Scholarship is very uniform, here, but there are some nutters. Wasn't God thoughtful, to invent a dateline meter convention so we can have better certitude about our Bible books and Bible's own timeline? Heh.

    So look at Haggai 2, and realize that 84 x 7 = 588, so 66 (Bible's AUC for its anno domini version, per Paul's meter) - 588 = 522 BC (end), when God commands Zerubbabel, on the anniversary of the FOUNDATION being laid for 2nd Temple, to REBUILD. Yeah, and that's when Zerubbabel is told he is Seed of Christ, so to set up Christ's birthday on what WILL BECOME Chanukah, in 4 BC (2BC per Paul's own anno domini accounting in Eph 1). Yikes!

    Yeah, because the 2nd Temple is about to go DOWN, when Peter writes; the 40 years' credit remaining on Abraham maturing 54 years early -- 14 of which was overtime spent on REBUILDING the 2nd Temple, shown in Isaiah 53's meter -- the remaining 40-year credit for the TEMPLE (cuz it was 40 years late getting built due to Israel's wandering in the wilderness) -- is almost UP.

    See the import of learning the meter, and it's all DOCTRINAL, baby. Syrupy text in translation alerts you to meter, as here, in Peter.

    Kill me now.

    File Name: RFG5e2HebOnPeter2METERED.avi , 9/30/13.

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