And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (Luke 24:44)
GOD HAD TOLD MOSES: The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; (Deuteronomy 18:15).
JESUS WAS THAT PROPHET. For centuries, the Jewish people had been taught to look for the prophet that should appear among them. The prophecy was repeated in the writings of other prophets who came after Moses.
AFTER JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED AND RISEN FROM THE DEAD, Jesus appeared to two of His discouraged disciples who were walking along the road to Emmaus. Our text today enters the conversation that went on between them.
JESUS QUOTED AND EXPLAINED to these two men some crucial texts of Scripture from Moses, the Prophets and from the Psalms. All three categories of these Scriptures contained prophecies about the one who was to come. If we would understand Easter, we must understand that Easter is rooted in these Old Testament Scriptures located in the writings of Moses, the Prophets, and in the Psalms.
McGEE COMMENTS: “He began with Moses and the prophets. Moses and the prophets had spoken of Him. His death and resurrection had fulfilled their prophecies. I'd love to have been there that evening, listening to Him, wouldn't you? Christ says that there are two things which are essential to the understanding of the Word of God. They are simple but important. First, as verse Luke 24:25 indicates, we must have faith in the Bible. Christ said, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken." Pascal said, "Human knowledge must be understood to be believed, but divine knowledge must be believed to be understood."
“I THINK THE BIBLE IS A CLOSED BOOK TO THE CRITIC AND THE INFIDEL. He can learn a few facts, but he misses the message. On the other hand, some simple soul whose heart is turned in humble faith to God will be enlightened by the Holy Spirit of God. The eyes of his understanding will be opened. Great men of the past have come to the pages of Scripture for light and life in the hours of darkness or crisis. It is not smart to ridicule the Bible. The Lord said, "You are a fool not to believe it." I would rather lack sophistication and subtlety than to be a fool.
“THEN THE LORD SAYS THAT THE BIBLE can only be divinely understood. Human intellect is simply not enough to comprehend its truths. Verse Luke 24:45 tells us: "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures." Then in 1Corinthians 2:14 Paul declares, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
“THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE and beyond human comprehension, and only the Holy Spirit of God can make them real to us. Our prayer ought to be, "Open Thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Word." We should come with a humble attitude to the Word of God. Just because you read the Bible does not mean that you know it. The Holy Spirit of God will have to make it real to you.” (McGee)
Read Through the Bible in a Year
APRIL 3, 2019 – TUESDAY
A.M. Judges 10-11 P.M. Luke: 9:1-36
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A Good Verse to Memorize:
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Act 2:36)
Song for Today:
Rescue the Perishing (3:49) – (Jacob Francis) (C.M.C. Southern Pines, NC)
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Vitamin B12 ─”is a part of a group of essential nutrients known as the B Complex. It supports energy metabolism and promotes a healthy nervous system. Along with Folic Acid and B6, it supports heart health by promoting healthy levels of homosysteine already within a normal range. B12 is required for the normal development and regeneration of red blood cells, which help to deliver oxygen throughout the body.” (Solgar)
A deficiency of B12 causes nerve damage and is more common among those who eat only plant foods. In order for us to absorb B12, (and also to convert blood gastrin into stomach acid,) we must have a functioning intrinsic factor. See http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/stomach/intrinsic_factor.html .
THOSE WHO HAVE THIS PROBLEM or may suspect they have it, can buy a “sublingual” (It will say so on the bottle.) form of B12 that will absorb straight into the blood from under the tongue. (Sub: under. Lingual: tongue.) Some heart patients carry “nitro” tablets with them and pop one under the tongue for chest pain. Straight into the blood. (The bottom of your feet also is also an avenue into the blood. We use Vicks salve on foot bottoms to loosen sinuses.)
UNDER THE TONGUE IS BETTER for B12 than feet. We need only a small amount of B12 but that small amount is critical. Since I was diagnosed with low stomach acid many years ago (not now), I have taken 1,000 MCG of sub-lingual B-12 once or twice a week for 40 years as an insurance policy. We both take it as insurance against nerve damage and possibly some advantage in energy production. Insurance.
TALKING ABOUT NERVE DAMAGE HERE. Most garden pesticides work by paralyzing the lungs of the insects. That means, paralyzing the nerves in the bugs. For that reason, I do not use bug spray in the garden, except for cabbage worms. (Diapel for cabbage, broccoli, kale, etc. works differently on the worms.) I have had Guillain-Berre’ (French Polio) and cannot afford any more damage to the nerves.
WE EAT A LOT OF BANANAS and try to eat organic. The banana fields are sprayed by low-flying airplanes and unless we eat organic, we are ingesting some of that spray. Coffee beans are also sprayed. Folgers brand of coffee is mountain-grown and has less bug infestation and less insecticide. (Information from the Gerson Institute, cancer treatment.)
IN GARDENING, WE PLANT BEANS EARLY, pick our share and by the time bugs are winning, pull up the beans and let them and the yellow fuzzies dry up on the fence.