Considering The Needy

Hidden America – Children of the Mountains – Intro to the Full Special – ABC News – Published on Aug 7, 2018 – Original Air Date 2/13/2009

Galatians 2:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

“They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.” This verse comes from a discussion among the Apostles during the years of 49-55 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible). The subject of “remembering the poor,” is not referring to a government program to be aimed at poverty. Instead, the verse relates to benevolence that comes from churches. There was a famine that was taking place at the time of the verse’s writing. A collection for those in need is found in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4.

It was during a conversation that I was having with a friend, that the subject of the prophet Jeremiah led to my comments that follow. Please consider the needs of people whom are poor, barely getting by, or sleeping on park benches. Consider how you may be able to support Hospice locations with snack items for friends and family members of patients; patients whom are spending their last days of life in those loving and compassionate facilities. Consider the “working poor.” Consider those whom are residents of nursing homes, are hospitalized, or may be confined to a prison, jail, or detention center. Consider those whom are grieving the death of a loved one, or of a close friend. Consider how God may be leading you in the direction of a ministry, or in a change of ministry, like that which happened to me through Jeremiah 18:1-6.

Jeremiah 18:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Potter and the Clay

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the [a]wheel. 4 And the vessel that he [b]made of clay was [c]marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!

It was on April 30, 2014 at 8:50 P.M. that I wrote the following:

I was, “on the road,” working. After I checked into a motel one day, I laid my Bible down on my motel room bed. Then, I looked and saw that the Bible had opened itself to Jeremiah 18. Then, I read the first six verses and asked God, “are you changing me?” The answer was yes! From that point in time forward, I began a dedicated ministry of sharing the love of Christ with homeless people, prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics, homosexuals, “the working poor,” and whomever else may have “slipped through the cracks” of society. Through this ministry, God has blessed me beyond measure. I give Him all of the honor and glory. I thank you for allowing me to share with you, this short story of God’s intervention in my life. Without God, I am nothing! Please check out the articles in my blog. May Christ, our Lord and Savior, richly bless you.

Let’s consider a greater need that will happen in the future.

Consider the words of Christ in Matthew 25:40 (below), as He addresses the situation of needy Jews, whom will have suffered persecution at the hands of the anti-Christ during the tribulation. This verse does not relate to a government social program, as I have heard ill-informed politicians trying to make it. Instead, this verse tells of gentiles and Jews, whom will be left behind from the catching up of the saints, also called “the rapture of the church” (John 14:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). During the tribulation, there will be Gentiles that will give aid “to Jews,” whom are “the least of these My brethren.” These same gentiles are being addressed by Christ at the end of the tribulation when He, Christ, returns to earth for Judgment of the gentile nations whom will have attacked Israel (Matthew 24:29-31; Zechariah 14:1-3; Revelation 19:11-21).

Consider the complete discourse of Christ about the needy Jews, that He delivers to His disciples (Jews). The discussion begins with Matthew 24:3 and extends through Matthew 25:46. Consider Christ in the song that follows the writing of this post.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+24%3A3-25%3A46&version=NKJV
Matthew 24:3 – 25:46

Consider the words of Christ to the Gentiles, whom will have given aid and assistance to Jews during the tribulation.

Matthew 25:35-39 New King James Version (NKJV)

35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

Matthew 25:40 New King James Version (NKJV)

40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Stated again, the scriptural context of Matthew 25:40 relates to the time at the end of the tribulation. It is at the time that Christ returns to Earth and judges the Gentile nations, based on how they treated God’s chosen people, the Jews (Israel, Deuteronomy 7:6; Deuteronomy 14:2), during the tribulation.

Turn Your Eyes On Jesus – Cynthia Clawson

The following link tells of a Christian organization that is actively engaged in providing support to the needy people of the Appalachian region of the USA.

Appalachian Regional Ministry

The following video tells of the future time when all born again believers in Christ will spend eternity with Christ. It will be a time in which there will be no poverty, or anything else in life that will be bad.

Revelation 21:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Squire Parsons – ‘Sweet Beulah Land

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Israel 3 – The Oppression Of God’s Chosen People – Exodus 1

Sarah Liberman – Fire of Your Spirit – Published on Apr 16, 2015 – Filmed in the Tabernacle in Israel, Messianic worship artist Sarah Liberman sings of the power of the blood. From the album “I am Before You”. Available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-a or purchase at http://www.sarahliberman.com.

Deuteronomy 14:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – Israel, a chosen people.

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

Text Overview. Joseph, a son of Jacob/Israel, whom had been sold into slavery by his brothers, was taken to Egypt, approximately in 1897 B.C. (Genesis 37). While in Egypt, Joseph experienced favor and adversity (Gen 39). Joseph was made Prime Minister of Egypt and saved Egypt, and surrounding countries, from famine (Gen 41). Jacob was told by God to not be fearful to go into Egypt; that God would make Israel into a great nation while in Egypt; that He would go with Israel into Egypt and that He would take Israel out. Jacob followed God’s direction and went into Egypt, with the result of about seventy Hebrews/Jews (Gen 14:13) becoming residents of Egypt (Gen 46). Jacob died (Gen 49). Joseph died in 1804 B.C. (Gen 50). This first chapter of Exodus forms a prologue to the book. It describes how God blessed the Israelites, to the point where they become a threat to the Egyptians. Oppression followed. (Dates in this overview come from the Ryrie Study Bible. Statistics show that the population of Israel grew to more than 2,000,000 at the time of the exodus, Ryrie note, Ex 1:7).

God chose Israel to bring a Holy and Righteous Messiah into the world, with Christ being the Holy and Righteous Messiah. Israel was also chosen to be a holy and righteous people, to have a special place of prominence in the end times, during the Kingdom Age, which is also known as the Millennial Reign of Christ. The millennium will be a time in the future when Christ will rule and reign during that time of one thousand years. Righteousness will cover the world; sin will be non-existent during that time when Satan is bound (Revelation 20:2). These, and other things that relate to Israel “in” the end times, will be discussed in this study of Israel. I think that a lot of valuable information will be gathered in this study that will show Israel to be the legitimate title-deed holder of its covenant and sovereign land that continues to come under constant verbal and physical attack during current times.

Consider some of the most commonly used names of God, as they are seen in this study.

“Elohim,” God (Gen 1:1). “Yahweh” (YHWH), Lord: “Lord God,” (Gen 2:4). “Lord,” (Gen 4:1). “El Shaddai,” God Almighty (Gen 35:11). “El,” God, mighty one, hero (Gen 46:3). There is no such name as Jehovah that is used for the Name of God. Whenever other Names of God appear in our study, they will be explained.

Exodus 1 Introduction. The following chapter divisions will show: vs 1. The children of Israel multiply after Joseph’s death. vs 8. The more they are oppressed by a new King, the more they multiply. vs 15. The King orders “immediate birth murders” of Jewish baby boys, which would occur only seconds after than the millions of late-term abortions of babies that occur in our world today. The midwives fear God and save the male children alive. vs 22. With the immediate delivery murders of Jewish baby boys being thwarted by the midwives, Pharaoh commands the male children to be thrown into the Nile river.

Exodus 1 Examination.

Consider the oppression of the Jews at the hands of the Egyptians.

Harshness of labor. Slavery. Murder of newborn baby boys.

The murder of baby boys of Israel was an attack on God’s chosen people, as was ordered by the King of Egypt, and is shown in Exodus 1:15-22, occurring at about 1546-1525 B.C. A similar occurrence was repeated in an attempt by King Herod in his order to kill all male children in Bethlehem from the age of two years, and younger, in Matthew 2:16, approximately 4-5 B.C. Moses was born in the year 1526 B.C. Aaron was born in the year 1529 B.C. The time frame of Exodus Chapter 1 is approximately 1662-1527 B.C. In Exodus 1:15-19, “Hebrew” women are “Jewish” women (Genesis 14:13). The attacks of Satan on Israel, as shown in Exodus 1, and Matthew 2, were attempts by Satan to prevent God’s Savior/Messiah/Christ (God with us, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6) from coming into our world.

Exodus 1 New King James Version (NKJV) Israel’s Suffering in Egypt

1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel who came to Egypt; each man and his household came with Jacob: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; 4 Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 5 All those who were descendants of Jacob were seventy persons (for Joseph was in Egypt already). 6 And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. 7 But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.

8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; 10 come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. 13 So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.

15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; 16 and he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?”

19 And the midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them.”

20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty. 21 And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them.

22 So Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive.”

Exodus 1 Comments

1:1-5 The Israelites lived in Egypt 430 years (Exodus 12:40).

1:6-7 From the death of Joseph to the rise of the new king was more than 200 years (NASB Study Bible).

1:9 This is the first time that the children of Israel are called a people (NKJV Study Bible).

1:12 The Israelite’s affliction is likened to being in a furnace. Deuteronomy 4:20 (Ryrie Study Bible).

1:19 The Pharaoh had resorted to male infanticide (Ryrie Study Bible).

1:22 The Pharaoh ordered every born baby boy to be cast into the Nile River after the failure of his order for the midwives to kill the new-born baby boys. The waters of the Nile River were turned into blood at the time of the exodus of Israel from Egypt (Exodus 7:20). Later God would kill a lot of “grown up boys,” that is Egyptian soldiers, by drowning them in the Red Sea as they pursued fleeing Israel (Exodus 15:4).

The following comments on the above forms of oppression is provided by MacArthur study notes.

1:10, 11 join our enemies…set taskmasters over them. Israel was assessed both as a threat to national security and as an economic asset—slavery would, therefore, control the danger and maximize their usefulness.

1:14 hard bondage—in mortar, in brick. Archeologists have uncovered reliefs and paintings confirming the Egyptian practice of imposing forced labor on prisoners and slaves. These paintings also show foremen and guards watching construction work while scribes registered data on tablets.

1:15–17 the midwives feared God. These brave, older women reverenced their God and thus obeyed Him and not man. They obviously understood that children were a gift from God and that murder was wrong. The two midwives mentioned by name were probably the leading representatives of their profession, for it is unlikely that such a burgeoning population had only two midwives to deal with all the births.

1:15, 16 The failure of rigorous bondage to suppress population growth necessitated that different measures be taken; hence, the royal order to the Hebrew midwives to murder male infants at birth.

1:19, 20 Rather than trying to argue for a justifiable lie on the part of midwives seeking to protect God’s people, take it as a statement of what was true: God was directly involved in this affair of birth and national growth. That’s the key to understanding why no decree of Pharaoh would work out as he intended it, and why Hebrew women were so healthy and gave birth with ease.

1:22 The failure of the extermination program demanded of the midwives finally caused Pharaoh to demand that all his subjects get involved in murdering newborn boys.

A video view of the land in the study of Exodus is provided in the following videos and discussion.

As we go through this wilderness study of Israel, we will use a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”

Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos, The Real Mount Sinai.” I think that you will come away from this video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought. You will notice that this video series does not necessarily align up with each article, but will add content that will be valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying. Check the bio on Dr. Wood: https://creation.com/dr-bryant-g-wood

The Real Mount Sinai: Part 1 was also shown in Israel 1 – A Pagan Breeds A Nation

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai: Part 2 of 6 – Shown in Israel 3

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai: Part 1 of 6 – Shown in Israel 1

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Epiphany – “Did They All Show Up At The Same Time?”

Were shepherds “and” Maji present at the manger? Let’s check it out.

We Three Kings Of Orient Are – A traditional song that shows shepherds and Maji in the manger scene, together, on the night of the birth of Christ. Clarity will be brought to this grouping in this article. As you read the article you will notice that repetition is used, with the reason being reenforcement of facts.

The Wise Men Seek Jesus – In this video we see the Maji during their trip, probably from somewhere in Persia or Babylon, to the “house” of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. The distance between the cities of Baghdad and Bethlehem is 684 miles; the travel time is debatable, but “two years” must fit into the equation (Matthew 2:16). Upon reaching the “house,” (Matthew 2:11) the Maji see the Holy Family, with the Christ “child,” probably being two years old (Matthew 2:16). The video ends with the Holy family on their way to Egypt for the protection of the Christ child. As I watched the video, a sense of Holiness came over me.

Epiphany – The Appearing Of The Christ Child To The Maji; “They All Didn’t Show Up At The Same Time.”

The revealing of Christ to the Gentiles, in the persons of the Maji at Bethlehem; also called twelfth night. Observed on January 6th. Webster New World Dictionary Of The American Language College Edition, Copyright 1964 and 1953 to 1964.

The twelve days of Christmas in the song are the twelve days between the birth of Christ (Christmas, December 25) and the coming of the Magi (Epiphany, January 6, 2019). Precisely, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” start with Christmas Day and ends with the eve of Epiphany on January 5th. The Sunday nearest to 6 Jan can be celebrated as Epiphany Sunday, or the first Sunday after Epiphany (The Baptism of the Lord).

For frequently asked questions about the 12 Days of Christmas, please click onto the following link. http://www.12days.com/faq.htm

Epiphany Scripture. Matthew 2:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Scripture tells of the birth of Christ, the infant, with the shepherds being present. (Luke 2: 1-20). Scripture also tells of Christ, the young child, with wise men being present (Matthew 2:1-12). So, we see that, “they all didn’t show up at the same time.” Scripture also tells us that the Christ will be “God with us.” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25), and will be “Mighty God.,” (Isaiah 9:6). The story of the Epiphany may be new to some believers but, nevertheless, it is good for all who know Jesus as Lord and Savior to be aware of the information. The account of Luke is celebrated as Christmas, on December 25th of each year. The account of Matthew is celebrated as Epiphany, twelve days later, with January 6th being Epiphany this year (2019), sometimes being known as “the Epiphany.”

Isaiah 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV) The Immanuel Prophecy

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV) The Government of the Promised Son

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Matthew 1:18-25 New King James Version (NKJV) Christ Born of Mary

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Matthew 2:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV) Wise Men from the East

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” 7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Matthew 2:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV) – The Flight into Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Consider. The wise men may have traveled for a period of two years (Matthew 2:16).

Matthew 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV) – Massacre of the Innocents

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.

Consider. Three Maji show up in Bethlehem, looking for a “new King, a King of the Jews.” Herod, the King, feeling “a bit insecure,” gets concerned; he doesn’t want any competition. So, he decides to eliminate all possible opposition to his throne by killing all male babies that were two years old, and younger; so, the Christ Child must have been two years old when the Maji arrived in Bethlehem. These “wise men” were not present at the same time as when the shepherds of Luke 2 were led to the manger, where they (shepherds) saw Mary, Joseph, and “the infant Jesus.” The star (Matthew 2:2) led the Maji to Bethlehem. There, they saw Mary, Joseph, and “Christ.” We know from Scripture that Christ”is” the Light Of The World (John 1:9).

Consider. The wise men followed a star that led them to the Christ child (John 1:9: “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”).

Consider. After the wise men “came to Jesus,” they departed…another way.” (Matthew 2:12).

Question. After you were led to Christ, did you return…”another way?”

Christ was first made known to the Jews. Then, he was made known to the Gentiles. There are differences of opinion as to when those things happened. But, please! Don’t carry this battle of ideas out into the world of unbelievers; they have more serious things to think about, such as coming to belief in Christ as their Lord and Savior (John 3:18: ““He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”)

Consider the following information that has been written on Epiphany.

http://www.cute-calendar.com/event/epiphany/19352.html

Epiphany 2019

January 6, 2019 in the World

Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. It falls on January 6 or, in many countries, on the Sunday that falls between January 2 and January 8. Since the Julian Calendar, which is followed by some Eastern Churches, is at present 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar and the revised Julian Calendar, 6 January in that calendar corresponds at present to 19 January in what is the official civil calendar in most countries.

On this feast, Western Christians commemorate principally the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, i.e., his manifestation to the Gentiles. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. It is also called Theophany, especially by Eastern Christians. In both traditions, the essence of the feast is the same: the manifestation of Christ to the world (whether as an infant or in the Jordan), and the Mystery of the Incarnation.

In Christian tradition, the Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men, (Three) Kings, or Kings from the East, are a group of distinguished foreigners who are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity and in celebrations of Christmas. Magi is a term derived from Greek meaning a priest of Zoroaster. (From: Wikipedia, License: CCA-SA)

Background

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/epiphany

Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It has been celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. It is commonly known as Twelfth Night, Twelfth Day, or the Feast of Epiphany. It means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. It is also called Theophany (“manifestation of God”), especially by Eastern Christians. Epiphany also refers to the church season that follows the day.

The Epiphany commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity, according to Christian belief, was manifested: when the three kings visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches emphasize the visit of the Magi when they celebrate the Epiphany. The Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism.

My thought on the meaning of Epiphany. It is “the appearing” of the Christ Child to the Maji, who were Gentiles. The initial appearing of Christ, “the infant,” was to the Shepherds, who were Jews. The Maji found the Christ Child in a house. The Shepherds found “Christ, the infant,” in a cave. There was approximately two years time passage from when the Shepherds saw “Christ, the infant,” until when the Maji saw, “Christ, the child.”

My thoughts on the opening video. The video is very good. The story that is laid out in it shows a good chronology of events that led up to the arrival of the wise men at the “house” where Jesus and Mary (Matthew 2:11) were mentioned in scripture (Consider all of the people who may have traveled with the wise men). I think that the video clearly shows, as it relates to the Shepherds and Maji, “they all didn’t show up at the same time.” In no scripture are the shepherds and Maji present at the same time. Neither the shepherds, nor the Maji, knew where to go to find Christ; they were led by God’s Holy Spirit, in every aspect of their journeys. In today’s world, neither do we know the way to Christ, nor that we are even, “supposed to go.” We are led by the Spirit of God, in every aspect of our Journey. (John 1:9; John 6:44). Without the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we wouldn’t know that we need Christ (1 Cor 1:18; 1 Cor 2:14). Without the work of the Holy Spirit, we will not spend eternity with Christ (John 3:3; John 3:8).

Consider the definition of Epiphany, per the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epiphany

Definition of epiphany
plural epiphanies
1
capitalized : January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ
2
: an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being
3
a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure
b : a revealing scene or moment

“We Three Kings”, also known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi”, is a Christmas carol written by Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who wrote both the lyrics and the music as part of a Christmas pageant for the General Theological Seminary in New York City. It is suggested to have been written in 1857 but did not appear in print until his Carols, Hymns and Song in 1863. Hopkins composed the song in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he was a pastor at Christ Episcopal Church (which still stands at the corner of Fourth and Mulberry Streets).

The upper video of the travel of the Maji was so informative, that I am also providing this second video of the same. Notice the added details.

The Visit of the Magi

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Patriot Americans

For The Saluting Marine

Bikers carrying American flags. A United States Marine holding a salute until all of the flags have passed by him. Bikers, a trucker, saluting the Marine. A helmet, weapon and boots representing a fallen member of the United States Armed Forces. Americans standing on the side of the street waving American flags. Bikers, truckers, first responders, the military, Americans! Thank God for all of them. Yes! Patriots, they are! A patriot, “I am.” God bless the U.S.A.

The Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all.

A note about those whom have fallen.

One of the two dog tags that are worn around the neck in combat will be placed on the toe of one whom is fallen, which is for identification purposes. The other tag is returned to the family.

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