Benefits of reading the bible. Why should I read the bible? Why should I study?

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Someone asked me: “Why do you read the bible?” I didn’t know how to respond, the question got me off guard.  I’ve never been asked a question like that.   They laughed and thought it was funny that I bothered reading the bible.  I was silent, but in my mind were millions of reasons I read the bible but I just couldn’t put it into words.
How can I explain the wonders, the joy, and the power of the Word of God?   I decided I would search the scriptures so I would be ready next time someone asks- why do you bother reading the bible?

 “ Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” Eph 4:14

Why should we study the scriptures?
Why should we seek Him?

For I am always thinking of your laws. I meditate on them day and night. I write to you who are God’s children because you know the Father, I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you whoa re young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts and you have won your battle with the evil one. 1 John 2:14

 My Exhausting Study of why I study. 🙂

Taken from Scripture, here are just a few of the benefits of continuing to study, obey, and meditate on the Word of God

  1. Revives me Ps 119:50-52, Ps 19:7-11
  2. Brings me joy Ps 119:50-52
  3. Comforts me in my distress Isaiah 51:12, Ps 23. Ps 119
  4. Gives me Hope Luke 10:22
  5. Refines me Ps 52
  6. Gives me life Ps 119:28,  Job 4:3-6
  7. Teaches me tPs 119:36
  8. Encourages me he Lord’s will Eph 3
  9. It is the mirror to my life 1 James 23-25
  10. Keeps me standing firm and unshakable in my trials Luke 46:46, Jer 17:7. prov 1:33
  11. Blesses me as I live according to it (obedience) James 1:22
  12. Power to save my soul James 1:21
  13. Teaches me the fear of the Lord- which is the beginning of all wisdom Is66:2. Pr. 9:10. Pr. 111:10 Deut 17:19
  14. Leads me along the path that is true and right Hosea 14:9. Ps119:101
  15. shows me my sins- pierces my heart Act 2:37
  16. Always brings forth fruit and produces a great harvest in our life when we cling to His Word Luke 8:15, Is 55:10
  17. keeps me from stumbling Ps 119:65, Prov 6:21
  18. Helps us teach what is true 2 Tim 3:16, Hebrews 4:12
  19. Shows me all the great and precious promises He has given us. 2Peter 2:1-3
  20. Helps me escape the world’s corruption through His Promises which enable me to share His divine nature  2 Peter 1:4
  21. Shows me what is wrong in my life 2 Tim 3:15
  22. Corrects me when I am wrong and teaches me to do right 2 Tim 3:16
  23. Prepares and equips God’s people to every good work 2 Tim 3:17
  24. Keeps me from drifting away, keeps me from backsliding Heb 2:1
  25. keeps me from sinning ps119:11-15
  26. helps me stay pure Ps 119:8
  27. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.Romans 1:16,
  28. Teaches me wisdom and understanding
  29. Reminds me how I should live – forgiving others, loving, getting rid of bitterness,
  30. Rids me of my shameful ways – like a sword piercing through bone and marrow Hebrews 4:12
  31. Brings success, prosperity  Joshua 1:8,Ps 1:2-3, Jer 17:7-8
  32. We live by every word from the mouth of God Matthew 4:4
  33. Helps me stand firm in my trials Ps 1:2-3,Luke 6:46, Jer 17:7-8 Rom 5:3-4, Js 1
  34. His gracious hand is upon those who study, obey and teach the Word Ezra 7:0
  35. Reminds me to repent
  36. Gives understanding: the more we study and read, the more understanding He gives us Mat 13:12, Eph 3:3-5
  37. Discernment between right and wrong teachings and knowing the difference between truth and those who teach from their false imaginations–so I won’t be tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes Eph 4;14, Ez 13:17 “Now, son of man, speak out against the women who prophesy from their own imaginations. Ephesians 4:14
  38. My Sword: Helps me in spiritual warfare, it is my sword of truth in battle, my weapon- the sword, which is the Word of God. Eph 6:17
  39. It is the Power of God at work, it is alive and powerful and never comes back void, it burns like a fire in my heart Is 55:10-11, R. 1:16, Heb. 4:12, Jer 20:9
  40. His Word accomplishes everything He wants it to Is 55:10-11
  41. Shows me how the Lord wants me to live and obey His Words Rev 22:7
  42. Source of understanding as I keep searching to understand Him and know Him
  43. Increases Faith : Builds my faith Romans 10:17
  44. Makes me wiser than my enemies Ps 119:98-99
  45. Gives me more insight than my teachers Ps 119:98-99
  46. Helps me abandon my shameful ways Ps 119:38
  47. Stirs my Spirit
  48. Teaches me how to live
  49. Opens my eyes to what I need to know
  50. Reminds me to teach my children Deut 6:5-9, Deut 32:46, prov 4:4
  51. Tells me where I have gone wrong
  52. God speaks to me through His Word
  53. To know and understand the Warnings He’s given us Malachi 2:2
  54. Helps me in prayer! “ if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!” Claim His Promises
  55. Lifts me up when I am discouraged Job 4;3-6
  56. Reminds me to be strong and courageous for Him Joshua 1
  57. Warns me to stay on the right path and listen Heb 12:25
  58. Instructs me
  59. Teaches me how to live a holy life John 17:17
  60. Salvation-The Power of God at word, saving everyone who believes the Good News about Christ- the Jew first and also the Gentile Romans 1:16, 1 Peter1:23, Phil 2:16, Acts 7:38 John 6:68
  61. Gives me life, they are not empty words- they are life! John 6:68, Matt 13:22, Deut 32:47, Prov 4:4
  62. How we get faith – from hearing the Word- need more faith? Read His Word Rom 10:17
  63. His Words bless me Rev 1:3
  64. Teaches me the truth and the truth sets me free John 8:31
  65. Warns me of times ahead
  66. Prepares me for persecution and rejection from others
  67. Keeps my heart strong for Him while battling adversity
  68. Fills our heart and mind with Godly wisdom and knowledge.
  69. It is what the Lord expects us to do- “Haven’t you read the Scriptures” the Lord Jesus asked this 6x in Mathew and 3x in Mark
  70. Sets me free James 1:22-25
  71. keeps me from being proud Deut 17:20
  72. Prevents me from turning away from his commands, even in the smallest way Deut 17:21
  73. Teaches me to live a blameless life so I may worship in His Sanctuary Ps 15:1

 Hear the Word of the Lord:

             Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. I meditate on your age-old regulations; O Lord, they comfort me. Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.  For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.  You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.  But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. I have tried hard to find you— don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. I praise you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. I have recited aloud all the regulations you have given us. I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word (Ps 119:7-16, Ps 119:50-52, James 1:22-25, Ps 119:2)

For the gracious hand of his God was on him. This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel. Ezra 7:10

Instructions from Deuteronomy: He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees.  This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel. Deut. 17: 18-21

  Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

PROMISE: “The Lord your God will then make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and he will cause your fields to produce abundant harvests, for the Lord will again delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors.  The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.“This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach. Duet 30: 9-11

Listen to Him

 Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.” So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.  Matthew 13:11-13, John 8:47, Heb 2:1, Heb 12:25, Rev 1:3, is 55:6

Remain in His Word: But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!  Ps 119:10, John 15:7, 1Peter1:25, Ps 119:28

Delight in the Law. Meditate on it Day and Night: But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul.The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for the Lord is pure,lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. Ps 119:2, Ps 1:1-3, Josh 1:8, Ps 19:7-11 

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.119:65. 105

 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it.  It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6:46-49, matt 4:4

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! John 15:7, John 8:31

 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 1God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.Romans 1:16, Eph 6:17, Heb 4:122 Tim 3:16

 He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. D 17:9

My heart is broken because of the false prophets, and my bones tremble. I stagger like a drunkard, like someone overcome by wine, because of the holy words the Lord has spoken against them.

 

The Chosen, a fan fiction phenomenon – A christian review

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Instructions on how to watch the series ( from the producer) “You don’t understand everything yet, you won’t know it’s in the bible, don’t say ” I don’t recognize this from the bible or ask where did they get that from? Just watch it like a normal show and pretend you don’t know much and enjoy it”

-That’s right clear your mind, especially from all the truth of the gospel- who needs that? Clear your mind of all you’ve been taught and let us show you the authentic Jesus with “true stories of the gospel of Christ”. Open your mind and don’t ask any questions. That’s what they said, not me. They said that’s the best way to watch this.

The Chosen is a multi-series based on the “authentic Jesus”  (they proclaim) and begins with this introduction: “The Chosen is based on the true stories of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

I just finished watching episodes 1 and 2. I haven’t seen any truth of the gospels within their money-making endeavor to bring all religions together. What they did do, is take characters from the Bible and made up stories about them aka “Fan Fiction”.  Nicodemus seems to be the main character throughout episode one with “Lillith” but scripturally, Nicodemus is only found 3 times in the book of John. He once questioned Jesus and later we find Nicodemus honoring Christ at his death- nothing more is said of his life so all 45 minutes of his story in The Chosen is fiction, it’s not a true story.

Lilly the she-demon enters the scene:  Mary or Lillieth -who they named her (lilly) while she was possessed, but the film doesn’t really go into her true story. They made up a possible rape and a made up name which you should know that is based on ancient rabbinical studies of a she-demon lilly – who some say was the she-demon who tempted Adam and was also his first wife- but why am I sharing this? Because this film was produced executively by an LDS /Mormon, with input from a Rabbi and the other 4 producers are evangelical (or so they proclaim) and catholic and some are unknown.  So there is a good chance, and so far I’ve already seen it- that there is quite a mix of beliefs mixed in here very subtly.  The lily fictional name obviously came from Rabbinical input, but to be fair, that belief isn’t held true by everyone in the Jewish faith and it isn’t in the scriptures.

There is some hinting at Peter possibly having affairs by his wife and then we see him and the wife kiss, and a possible rape of Mary (Lilly) by a Roman soldier. In the episode,  when Jesus comes to Mary, if one doesn’t know scripture, no one really knows what her problem is. If you know the scripture, we know she was delivered of 7 evil spirits, anything beyond that – in episode 1 and 2 is purely fictional – completely made up and not a true story of the gospel of Christ -as the producers fiercely and falsely proclaim, but you’re supposed to open your mind and get rid of any truth, so maybe it’s different if we play stupid.

Where are the watchmen? Where are the Bereans? Does anyone see the blasphemy here?

One of the producers, the Christian one, tells us and I quote; “ You don’t understand everything yet, you won’t know it’s in the Bible, don’t say ” I don’t recognize this from the bible or ask where did they get that from? Just watch it like a normal show and pretend you don’t know much and enjoy it.”

That just makes me fume, excusing himself from the lies, hypocrisy, heresy and abomination they are putting out there. He is so happy that all religions can come to one, all worshipping the same Jesus, under a big lie they created – this sounds like the “we all worship the same God” deal from years ago when the Muslims and Christian leaders signed a covenant saying they worship the same God – total lie – see my articles on the Quran to see how false this is. Rick Warren was the big signer on that. The God of Islam is the opposite of God of Christianity and the Jewish religion, who do you think that is? The executive producer, being LDS and the Christian producers are excited to share with the world that they worship the same Jesus, but this is not true.

Who are the producers?

  1. Darrel Eves : Executive producer and LDS leader
  2. Matthew Faraci – Christian, involved in the entertainment business
  3. Dallas Jenkins -son of the author of the Left behind series
  4. Ryan Swanson – producer of movie Mr and Mrs Smith
  5. Tyler Thompson
  6. consultant- Rabbi Jason Sobel

Goal: Chosen unites multiple religions and contributes to the growing brotherhood of LDS faith.

According to scripture, they have just cursed themselves.

Warning Scripture:

  1. You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commands of the Lord your God which I command you. Dt 4:2 
  2.  I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.Revelation 22:18-19
  3. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.Proverbs 30:6
  4. But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.Matthew 22:29
  5. Anyone who walks away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son 2 John 1:8
  6.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.Galatians 1:8-9
  7.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.2 Cor 11: 3-4

The Mormons argue that these scriptures only mean we can’t change anything in the book of revelation, but you see clearly, it is the entire bible that the scripture is talking about. They further argue that man cannot change the words but ” continuous revelation that guides prophets and the Church in any age” can change.  (this is from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints)

Are Latter-Day Saints Christian?
(2 Cor 11:14-15, 2 Jo 1:9-10, 2 Cir 6:14

  • they believe 14 year Joseph Smith in 1820/1830 brought a new gospel because Christianity and the bible was flawed, information was given to him by an angel – similar to Mohammed
  • they are iffy on hell, no one really goes there. The main goal is to get to the top of the 3 heavens by obedience to laws and church and here you can become your own god – just like our God and you’ll be given your own planet so reproduce and rule your own world , and your marriage is also eternal
  • God Almighty was once a man like us – flesh and bones- and attained greatness through obedience so he was given the planet we are on, and we can do the same. He has a wife and Jesus and Lucifer are brothers among many others.
  • They believe in the book of Mormon, Doctrine of Covenants (prophets of LDS) and Pearl of Great price (writings of John Smith)
  • The bible is not the final word of God
  • They have some offensive ideology on black people but I find it so offensive I will not write more on it
  • There are many gods p163 Mormon book
  • God lives near the star Kolob (in book of mormon and pearl book)
  • God is married to his goddess wife
  • There is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet of God(doctrins of salvation 188)
  • bible has errors but book or Mormon doesn’t
  • Joseph Smith was a master mason, freemason (notice inputs of mason in the movie)
  • They can baptize the dead
  • the work of the Mormon Jesus was not sufficient for our salvation, one has to believe in Joseph Smith
  • it is one the fasted growing religion in the US – Islam is the fasted growing in the World
  • It’s a mix of truth and untruth, much like Islam, you have to dive deep to see the heresy

Jenkins says this film is an “accurate portrayal of Jesus” This is so infuriating, this is purely fictional. They have taken real people out of the Holy Scriptures and made new stories. They respond – It’s bringing people to Christ – but this is purely evil. The bible clearly warns us – reread all the scripture I posted above.

  • Matthew eats Shabbot with a dog and didn’t have a relationship with his father – NOT TRUE
  •  They nickname John the Baptist ” Creepy John” NOT TRUE- disgusting, nothing funny about that .

IN the bible, we are told Jesus cast 7 demons out of Mary but in the movie, we see this strange woman crying, raped, doing drugs and Jesus comes up to her and says “You are mine” and she cries in his arms – that’s it – it’s a moving scene, but a lie. Then fake Nicodemus asks her who healed her and she responds she doesn’t know…really? and goes on to say it is not yet His time yet – that’s not true either- that was said at this first miracle at the wedding.

You should know the actor playing Jesus in the film is a Roman Catholic,  he is also an ordained Papal knight , he also, when accepted his award gave praise to God and Allah.

In the Chosen, (Fictional)  Nicodemus,when trying to save (fictional) Lilly, says “I adjure you by the holy angels, Michael, Gabriel, Rafael, Uriel and Razel”   Who in the bible has ever called upon the angels of God? And who are Rafael, Uriel and Razel? Where In the Bible are we told to “adjure” them? Rafael is the angel of restoration in LDS, no mention of that angel of the other 2 in the Holy Scripture. Some are found in the Tobbit which is accepted by Catholic Church, but in all my years growing up Catholic, I never once heard of that book.  The story is that God turned Tobbit into an Angel like Rafel. Fake Nicodemus goes on to “adjure the watchers and holy ones” and that just scares me. I can’t even go into it.

So apparently, as the movie continues,  they think some of the Jewish men are drunks, they get into fights, so far the movie is quite dark – literally and figuratively . I just don’t think they portrayed the Jewish people correctly. Those I’ve met from Israel talk about their country like they are all brothers, I don’t get that impression so far in this movie. They made them look like a bunch of babbling smelly drunks that live idle lives. However, to be fair, I’ve only watched 2 episodes, I don’t think I could stand to watch any more.  Mary and Peter are both told they smell in two different scenes, that is so weird –

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 john 4:1 

I normally would not have watched this, I’m so done with Christian movies and their blasphemy, but my small group decided to do a study on it. I honestly thought it was a story of Jesus but I was so confused when I watched episode one. Who was sitting on Peter’s lap? they kissed? Why is lilly at a bar? I didn’t know Nicodemus was married, who is lilly? I had to watch it twice and then I realized… Oh, I didn’t follow their directions! I didn’t know I was supposed to enter this drama with a moronic no knowing stupid mind, ugh, then It would have been so much better.

All that comes to mind now is an old song – everybody, everybody, let’s get stupid – This should be the Chosen theme song, this isn’t a Christian song and it’s not politically correct, but I sang “let’s get stupid in here” as I finished this post.

My disclaimer – seriously  I have to write this and highlight it because people read the title and 3 sentences and go off on a long-winded comment – which I love! Lol , I’m not calling anyone stupid! I’m saying the producers want you to watch it with a stupid mind so you don’t ask questions on its authenticity related to the Bible. I am also NOT judging anyone watching this! I am only frustrated that no one is warning others of the danger, leaders and hierarchy are bringing all kinds of ungodly things in the church.  There’s no doubt this is a well directed and drama-filled show that keeps our attention but it is not a true story of the gospel and doesn’t show the authenticity of Christ as it claims. It’s like I read in Jeremiah , God said to look around – look at the other nations – show me another religion /nation who has exchanged their god for another as we have.

fun facts:

according to cbn news and the Washington post, LDS , Mormonism, is the fastest growing faith group in America

Jenkins says he proclaims he is portraying the real Jesus, but he also said 95% the chosen is not scriptural (interview with Melissa Dougherty). It’s “plausible,”  Jenkins said to those who question the chosen: : ask yourself if you are correct, and to those who complain, ask yourself, could this be plausible? and think about your own biases, so before you get angry, check yourself to see if you are accurate and don’ speak before the facts”  so look at yourself, omg I can’t stand this guy.

Jenkins , in the same interview, said he studied the LDS faith in seminary but when questioned about their beliefs he said he didn’t know enough about them to say publicly, and in another interview he said he has learned so much more about the lds and their faith while filming. I quote ” I am going to defer that question and say I don’t know enough to answer” then later in the same interview he says ” I know enough, I know quite a bit, I’ve done some study of the last few years and talked to the highest-ranking lds members.” – and besides ” my understanding about their religion is not relevant to the show” – but  the main producer is lds, and they put Jenkins, the Christain on the front lines to defend it.

Jenkins said Christians and lds worship the same Jesus and we are brothers, but Amos 3:3 How can two walk together without agreeing and 2 Cor 6:14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers, what does a believer have in common with and unbeliever? Jenkins refuses to debate wether they love the same Jesus, he compared that to two people arguing over someone’s height.

It’s interesting he has to make all these interviews to defend himself. When I find myself constantly making excuses and defending myself, it means I am going against the Holy Spirit.

Jenkins ” My role is to accurately portray Jesus to the world, unified with lds because we both believe in the same Jesus” He says it’s not a minsty but he want a billion people to see Jesus in the Chosen.

Producers and watchers say -All new people are coming to Jesus now, they proclaim because they can relate to the characters, so now when they read the bible, it’s relatable. Isn’t that odd? It’s almost as if they think their series is more powerful than the Words of God. God’s Word draws people in, now a fictional mini series, now people are reading it with a wrong and perception of who these people are. Jenkins said ” people are more enriched when reading the bible because they can relate to Him because of the series”  The series of lies. They are reading it with the lie planted in their head about the character.

In the round table discussion with Jenkins and contributors- they say the scripture is flat and not relatable, it’s only black and white and we live in a 3 dimensional world. When we read the bible we can’t relate, just black and white on a page, so we need t see it in 3 dimensions like the Chosen. This series reignites our imagination and helps us relate and know, wow mary is a real person, and that’s relatable and draws people in” . So the creators find the bible boring and not relatable – and you still want to watch this thing? Ive never once thought the bible was not relatable or boring, unbelievable that the creators have this mindset.

More on the roundtable discussion: Jenkins spends some time going over the letter J used and really concerned about keeping it true to Jewish religion – He really wants to be accurate on the usage of the letter J! I can see his priorities are straight here. Letter usage is much more important than misusing God’s word. He is not concerned at all about the lies hes made up about this claiming it to be an accurate portrayal of the gospel and then saying it is 95% not biblical.

Jenkins claims God told him to make up the characters so people around the world will think of them when they think of my people” Because up to that point, the movie, the mini-series, is about, Jesus, you don’t have anything in your mind specifically about Simon Peter or Mary Magdalene. There’s no visual in your mind. And, I felt like God was saying well, this is going to be the definitive portrayal of my people, and this is what people are going to think of around the world when they think of my people. and I’m not going to let you screw it up” jenkins

it’s an accurate portrayal of Jesus but it’s not from the bible- someone explain this to me.

Roundtable discussion from series 1 episode one- the question came up about the verse in revelation about not changing scripture – but if you look above at the scripture I posted, it’ ‘s not only revelation that says that. we are not to add or take away from scripture.  In one lds interview, an LDS leader said it only pertains to book of revelation but that is untrue. In the round table discussion, they argue, “well you aren’t adding a new book to the bible  BUT PEOPLE WHO WANT TO ONLY READ THE BIBLE WON’T BE WATCHING THIS SO YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THOSE KINDS OF COMPLAINTS.” you’ll find that at minute 11:11 – please read that again so it sinks in.

Roundtable discussion from series 1 episode one more bashing on evangelicals- as their quote in last fun fact I find quite insulting. They discuss how evangelicals desire to honor the word of God and try to avoid errors but look at their doctrines that have been added to scripture, which distracts from scripture. Then they are almost worshipping the bible instead of the god who inspired the bible” So people who read the bible worship the book more than God. What a load of bs.

Third and final bash on evangelicals – imho-Evangelicals become afraid of imagination” So we have no imagination, we are bible readers and the most likely group to complain about the chosen and we worship the bible and not God.

Jenkins” My job is to remove the scaled from people’s eyes so they can see Jesus” I think he is putting the scales on , not taking them off.

Thank you, Jenkins , Father, Doug Hoffman, Rabbi Sobel for the roundtable discussion.

I call Jenkins and apostate and if you are not on his side and back him up,  he said you are a modern-day pharisee. I’ve been called worse.

Update, on 4-25-2022m Jenkins had an interview with Cooper on youtube: https://youtu.be/XWooarR6SgE

Quotes to think about said by Jenkins and minutes specified:

80% of viewers were reluctant to watch it, i think what people are finding when they do watch it is okay yea most of this dialogue isnt actually from the gospels but it feels like it (start at 13:22) meaning this is clearly made by someone who loves scripture and someone who loves television and movies. (19:26)  for people uncomfortable to adding to scripture,  and that phrase adding to scripture is extremely important and before I answer your question which is we arent adding to scripture because we’re not scripture, your bible has not changed since the chosen came out and I think it’s very important and be very explicit, we say it before episode 1, we add some things, we changed a couple of locations, timelines but………. 20:14 I am not adding to scripture, the show has things in it that aren’t from scripture, that’s true but it’s very important to know that this show isn’t scripture, I’m not God… and the show is not the bible.

 

However 1st disclaimer as season 1 begins 1st sentence ” The chosen is based on the true stories of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

The Fear of the Lord defined by scripture

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Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge Prov. 1:7

All wisdom (understanding and knowledge) begins with the fear of the Lord.  Do you want wisdom?  life? and good all of your days? Listen and pay attention!

Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. pS 34

According to Psalm 34, Fear of the Lord is defined by these 5 keys:

  • Keeping your tongue from evil
  • Your lips from speaking deceit
  • Departing from evil
  • Doing good
  • Seeking peace and pursuing it

An awesome promise follows :There is NO want to those who fear Him…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. When you walk with the Lord, there is no reason to fear, He promises that you will have all you need. To Fear the Lord is more than just reverence, it’s living in obedience to Him and His Ways. It is to run from evil, seek the Lord, it is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. If you want wisdom, pay close attention.

“Fear of the Lord” defined through scripture:

  1. is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding Job 28:28
  2. Is clean (pure) , enduring forever Ps 19:9
  3. Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those to who his commandments Ps 111:10
  4. Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those who know the Holy One Pr 9:10
  5. Is the beginning of knowledge Proverbs 1:7
  6. Is to hate evil prov 8:13
  7. Is a fountain of life that turns us away from the snares of death pr 14:27
  8. Is the instruction of wisdom pr 15:33
  9. Is the key to a long life pr 10:27, pr 19:23, a life of honor and riches pr 22:4
  10. Leads us away from evil Pr 16:6
  11. In Isaiah 11:2, part of the 7 fold spirit, this being the foundation
  12. Is the instruction of wisdom – (it takes a disciplined life) Prov 15:31-33

Proverbs 2:1-16

 My son, if you receive my words,And treasure my commands within you,
 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,And apply your heart to understanding;
 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding,
 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;
 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
 He guards the paths of justice,And preserves the way of His saints.
 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
 When wisdom enters your heart,And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
 Discretion will preserve you;Understanding will keep you,
 To deliver you from the way of evil,From the man who speaks perverse things,
 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
 Who rejoice in doing evil,And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
 Whose ways are crooked,And who are devious in their paths;
 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,

 

Do you want to understand the Fear of the Lord? Do you want to find knowledge and be given wisdom by the Lord ? (pr2)Then you must:

  • Treasure His commands
  • incline your ears to wisdom
  • apply your heart to understanding
  • cry out and ask for wisdom, discernment and understanding
  • seek wisdom and understanding as you would seek a hidden treasure

PROMISES WHEN YOU SEEK THESE TREASURES: (pr2)

WISDOM WILL ENTER YOUR HEART  ( I so need that)
DISCRETION WILL PRESERVE YOU   (hello, I need that too)
YOUR WAYS WILL BE PRESERVED    (I love this promise)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND JUSTICE   (don’t we all need this?)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND RIGHTEOUSNESS  (one righteous man can make a difference)
YOU WILL BE DELIVERED FROM THE WAY OF EVIL  ( Amen!)
THE LORD WILL BE A SHIELD ,  GUARDING YOUR PATH (Ps91-He Protects me)
DELIVER YOU FROM THE IMMORAL WOMAN (and all temptations)

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My Theory:

Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.

According to scripture and what the Lord has done in my life, I believe there is an order with the 7 fold spirit. (and linked with the 7 candlesticks) I believe we receive the Fear of the Lord first because “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom and true knowledge”. After the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, we receive the spirit Knowledge, then might, then counsel. Next gift received after this is spirit of understanding,(Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart) then the spirit of wisdom is given (a gift) – and we are always growing and growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church.

SEARCH ME, O GOD, AND KNOW MY HEART;
TRY ME, AND KNOW MY ANXIETIES;
AND SEE IF THERE IS ANY WICKED WAY IN ME,
AND LEAD ME IN THE WAY OF EVERLASTING.

To fear God is to not fear man. To fear man is to not fear God.

Rehoboam – First King of Judah -The importance of a humble heart, it saved a nation

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Rehoboam , Solomon’s son, enters the scene and Israel is soon afterward divided. He’s the 4th king of Israel and the 1st king of Judah after the split. Rehoboam eventually rules over the tribes/ families of Judah and Benjamin . The North, also known as Samaria or Israel are separated from Judah with the remaining tribes and rule of Israel begins with King Jeroboam. Jeroboam was Solomon’s servant who rebelled against him and ran to Egypt.

Let’s backtrack... After the Israelites leave Egypt and trek through the wilderness for 40 years,  God rules all Israel through Judges for many years. However, the people rebel against the Lord, they demand to  have a king like other nations. God is not happy about this , He speaks and warns His people through the prophet Samuel. The people refuse to listen to God’s warnings and finally God gives them a king. His name was Saul.  The Kingdom of Israel is soon taken from Saul for his disobedience and given to the next anointed king, King David. After King David dies, his son Solomon rules. Solomon dies and the kingdom splits and here we begin with the rule of King Rehoboam. ( That is the very short summary, its much more exciting and detailed than that)

At First, King Rohoboam rules over all the kingdom but Jeroboam (remember, he was the enemy of Rehoboams’s father)  begins to revolt against him. I’m putting this in my own words, go to 1 Chronicles 10-13 and 1Kings 11-15 for all the details.  As Rehoboam begins to rule, Jeroboam and the people stand up against the new king Rehoboam and say that his father, Solomon,  was too hard on them and they need a break, long story short, Rehoboam listens to his young friends and not the wise elders and tells the people that what his father did was nothing compared to the heavy load that he will now put on them. Well, that was final straw,Jeroboam and  the people of Israel say enough, what do we have to do with David, your father, anyway. ( meaning the house of David, as Rehoboam was King David’s  So now Jeroboam begins to rule (revolt)  in Israel and tough Rehoboam rules over Judah and Benjamin. yes, Rehoboam just lost a majority of his kingdom to the new king Jeroboam.

King Rehoboam didn’t think much of their threat to leave his rule. He sent Adoram (aka Hadoram),  out to collect taxes from the rebellious tribes and they stoned and killed him. From here, the true division begins.

Things Rehoboam did – the good, the bad, and ultimately the bad……

  • He was 41 when He began to rule and ruled for 17 years
  • He was the son of Solomon, grandson of David, son of Jesse
  • His mother was Naamah, an Ammonitess. If you go to Genesis 19:38, you’ll see that the tribe of Ammon were descendants of Lot through the younger daughter after they fled from Sodom. Lot was a nephew of Abraham.
  • Maachah was his favorite wife, she was the granddaughter of Absalom, the son of David (see story of Absalom)
  • King Rehoboam had 18 wives and 60 concubines. 28 sons and 60 daughters
  • He began his rule in obedience to God when Shemaiah the man of God told him not to fight/war against his brethen. Both Israel and Judah were prepared and ready for war and they turned back from fighting. Even though he didn’t war against Jeroboam, they never liked each other. And , as Rehoboam obeys God to turn around in this first war, we see in Kings 14-15,  2x ” there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life.”
  • King Rehoboam built fortified cities in Judah and Benjamin: he built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,  Beth Zur, Sochoh, Adullam,  Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,  Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,  Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron,
  • He did not reject the Levites as King Jeroboam of Israel had done. King Jeroboam selected his own priests and served idols among other wickedness, but Rehoboam brought and welcomed them into the Land.
  • He did, at first, follow the righteous steps of his fathers , only because the Priests and Levites were there. Their kingdom was strengthened by the Levites and made Rehoboam strong for 3 years. However, in years 3-5 they continue to forsake the Lord, and soon disaster is about to hit.
  • He began to fall away from the Lord after he had made all his defense cities – seems like he was good for 3 years, scripture says ” when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, that he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel along with him” Oh boy, everyone is in sin now. Look how easily we can fall away from God.
  • Egypt comes against King Rehoboam and all Judah in his 5th year. Egypt overtakes Judah and captures their fortified cities. I can only imagine that this is a result of Him forsaking the Lord
  • Shemaiah the prophet tells King Rehoboam and the leaders “‘You have forsaken Me, and therefore I also have left you in the hand of Shishak.(Egypt)’ and the leaders and King Rehoboam listen!  They respond with humble hearts and respond “The Lord is righteous”. Seems like Rehoboam has redeemed himself a little bit. Notice the importance of a HUMBLE heart, it’s about to save them from complete destruction.
  • Once God sees how the leaders and King Rehoboam respond by humbling themselves before God, God says that he will not destroy them ,but grant them some deliverance ” My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.  Nevertheless they will be his servants, that they may distinguish My service from the service of the kingdoms of the nations.”
  • Now Rehoboam is under Egypts rule as their servants and much of their cities and items from the temple and the kings house have been taken by Egypt.
  • IMPORTANCE OF A HUMBLE HEART: “When he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to destroy him completely; and things also went well in Judah”
  • King Rohoboams life ends and the description of his life in 2 Chronicles is as follows : And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord. Then Abijah his son reigns in his place after Rehoboam’s death.
  • Rehoboam is mentioned in Matthew 1:17 in the Genealogy of Jesus.
  • 1 Kings description of Rehoboams rule : “Now Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked Him to jealousy with their sins which they committed, more than all that their fathers had done.  For they also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and wooden images on every high hill and under every green tree.  And there were also perverted persons in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.

 

Rehoboam was partially good, sometimes. The description of his life’s rule was that of evil because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord. His other downfalls, pride, forsaking or ignoring the Lord, listening to the wrong advisors and allowing himself and the people to fall deep into sin.
His humble heart saved them from destruction even though they did end up serving Egypt, He knew and feared God at times, but it wasn’t enough. A humble and repentant heart is so important to the Lord. There are many examples of this throughout scripture. This is the heart the Lord is searching for today. Humble your heart before Him, Our almighty God and precious Savior, Jesus Christ.