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Issue No: 572     Published: 01 Oct 2012

THINKING GREEK OR HEBREW? continues

We are looking at the differences between the Jewish (Eastern) and Greek (Western) ways of thinking, so that we can better understand the ways and teachings of Jesus. (See the last 36 weeks issues of PGIM!)

SUMMARY

3. LEARNING BY EXAMPLE - THE CALL TO CHRIST LIKENESS


Following on from last week's WHOLE OF LIFE - THE CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP, the importance of following in the footsteps of godly ancestors is readily apparent throughout Jewish culture. Hence the importance placed on genealogy. In the Gospel primarily written for the Jews, it is the first thing discussed, indicating its huge importance.....

The Genealogy of Jesus

1 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David...... (and so on - Matthew 1:1-17)


With our different cultural understanding, we tend to skip over these verses, as our ancestry is of far less significance to us.

The importance of the example of those who went before is seen in Hebrews, where the writer, when talking about the key element of faith, quoted the Patriarchs and forefathers as examples of faith in action to be admired, followed and improved upon, through the sacrifice of Jesus for us.....

By Faith

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (and so on - Hebrews 11:1-40)


Jewish rabbinical training, at the time of Jesus, was based on an extreme form of this principle. The student of the Rabbi would follow the behaviour of his Rabbi totally. If the Rabbi stood up, walked, then sat down, so would his student. He would mimic the Rabbi's actions in their entirety. Of course, this was a 'religious behaviour', but the principle of 'following the Rabbi' was entrenched in their culture.

So, who is our Rabbi? Jesus, of course. And where is His behaviour modeled? Throughout the New Testament, but specifically in the 4 Gospels.

Throughout the history of the church, a greater emphasis has been placed upon the Epistles of Paul and others, for it is primarily upon these that the theology of the church has been built. Our divided church is based upon the development of theological principles that are academic, are of the mind. Hence the importance of Seminaries, theological training and degrees, to supposedly bring people closer to Jesus. Unfortunately, it has resulted in much knowledge about Jesus, but so often, a much reduced relationship with Him. Sad but true.

In the church today, a greater emphasis needs to be placed upon the Gospels, through which we can learn to become more like Jesus. It is a truism that married people eventually get to look like each other. (Sorry Kathy!) For we spend time together, meld our thoughts and ways, to become one, rather than two.

This is what Jesus wants of His Bride too. To become one with Him. How do we do that? By interacting with Him until we are molded into His image. By copying His behaviour. By basing our lives on love of God and others, as Jesus did. Theology divides, love unites.

As Paul, the consummate theologian, witnessed.....

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

May it be so in our lives too, as we grow, through marriage to the Lamb, to become more like Him.

Then we can look forward with confidence to this glorious day.....

The New Jerusalem

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)


(To be continued next week.)

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The Genealogy of Jesus

"A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife, Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon. After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ." (Matthew 1:1-17)

By Faith

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones. By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect." (Hebrews 11:1-40)

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CHARACTER

1089. Character to a Christian is as water to a ship. Without it we are left high and dry!

1090. To be as one with the character of Jesus is our highest call.

1091. To believe in Jesus is wonderful, but to develop His character, divine.

1092. Many say, "Lord, give me faith." But I say "Lord help me develop my character" and faith will automatically come.

1093. It is easy to believe, but a godly character reflects the true disciple.

1094. Our character is truly visible in the reflection of our love for God and for others.

1095. Rather than asking God for gifts, develop character, and gifts will automatically follow.

1096. A sin forgiven is of the moment, but developing godly character lasts a lifetime.

1097. The only proven way to avoid sin is to develop the character of Jesus in our lives.

1098. Character is 'walking the talk.'

1099. Testing builds a godly character. Many Christians do their best to avoid both!

1100. As the church develops the character of Christ, so it will conquer the world for Him.

1101. To fulfil our potential in God we need to inherit His character.

1102. Character cannot be bought but must be developed through the trials of life.

1103. Salvation is instant, but developing godly character takes a lifetime.

1104. Feeling come and feelings go but character is eternal.

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THIS WEEK: VICTORY!

Something completely different!

A poem about our '3 stage' walk with Jesus.

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LAUGHING AT OURSELVES

***Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused*** ***

"Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others." ***

550. GOD SPEAKS BILLBOARDS
Some new billboards are popping up all along major highways all over the country depicting some things God might say. The billboards are a simple black background with white text with no fine print or sponsoring organization listed. Here's a list of
all variations of the "God Speaks" billboards.

Let's meet at my house Sunday before the game. -God

C'mon over and bring the kids. -God

What part of "Thou Shalt Not..." didn't you understand? -God

We need to talk. -God

Keep using my name in vain, I'll make rush hour longer. -God

Loved the wedding, invite me to the marriage. -God

That "Love Thy Neighbor" thing... I meant it. -God

I love you and you and you and you and... -God

Will the road you're on get you to my place? -God

Follow me. -God

Big bang theory, you've got to be kidding. -God

My way is the highway. -God

Need directions? -God

You think it's hot here? -God

Have you read my #1 best seller? There will be a test. -God

Do you have any idea where you're going? -God

Don't make me come down there. -God

549. PICTURE THE SCENE:
Moses and his flock arrive at the sea, with the Egyptians in hot pursuit. Moses calls a staff meeting.

(Moses) Well, how are we going to get across the sea? We need a fast solution. The Egyptians are close behind us.

(General) Normally, I'd recommend that we build a pontoon bridge to carry us across. But there's not enough time - the Egyptians are too close.

(Admiral) Normally, I'd recommend that we build barges to carry us across. But time is too short.

(Moses) Does anyone have a solution?

Just then, his Public Relations man raises his hand.

(Moses) You! You have a solution?

(PRMan) No, but I can promise you this: If you can find a way out of this one, I can get you two or three pages in the Old Testament!

548. A DIRECT LINE
Little 5 yr old John ran to his Grandmother one rainy winter morning.

"Nana! Do they have telephones in Heaven? I've got to call God right now!" he said.

"John, why do you have to call God?" she asked.

"Because I've been praying and praying for snow all morning and look, He made a mistake. All its doing is raining!"

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FACTS FOR FUN

LAST WEEKS QUESTION: King Edward II of England (1324) decreed the standard measurement of the ‘inch’ to be equal to what?

ANSWER: Three barleycorns laid end to end. (Measurement didn’t get any easier after that – until metrics.)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Which 'King' in a pack of cards doesn’t have a moustache?

Answer Next Week.

SOME FUN FACTS

967. STAR WARS STARS SPLIT PERSONALITY
Darth Vader was actually a composite of four people. James Earl Jones did the voice, David Prowse served as the body, while Sebastian Shaw was the face, and a fourth actor performed the heavy breathing. (Why don’t we know who it was?)

968. BOLLYWOOD
India’s version of Hollywood produces over 800 full-length feature films every year in 14 languages. This amounts to more than 2 films every day. (Quantity or quality?)

969. JUST WARMING UP
The Harlem Globetrotters played their unprecedented 20,000th career basketball game on January 12, 1998. No professional sports team, including the NBA, MLB, NHL, and NFL, has ever reached this historical milestone. The Globetrotters got their start in 1926 as the "Savoy Big Five." (Leaping into the Record Books.)


A WORD PUZZLE FOR YOU

Make another word from this word using all the letters.

DORMITORY (Two word answer.)

Answer at the end of A David Musing

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d. David

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!!!!!!! Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

!!!!!! Church members, like automobiles, usually start missing before they quit.

!!!!! The world at its worst needs the church at its best!

!!!! People will judge you by your actions, not your intentions ~ you may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.

!!! Charity begins at home ~ but should not end there.

!! It's the little things that hurt. You can sit on top of a mountain, but you can't sit on top of a pin.

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JUST JOKES

106. MATHS
A student, needing some learning, goes to the pharmacy and asks what kind of knowledge pills are available. The pharmacist says, "Here's a pill for English literature." The student takes the pill and swallows it and has new knowledge about English literature!

"What else do you have?" asks the student.

"Well, I have pills for art history, biology, and world history," replies the pharmacist.

The student asks for these, and swallows them and has new knowledge about those subjects.

Then the student asks, "Do you have a pill for maths?"

The pharmacist says, "Wait just a moment," goes back into the storeroom and brings back a whopper of a pill and plunks it on the counter.

"I have to take that huge pill for maths?" inquires the student.

The pharmacist replied, "Well, you know--maths always was a little hard to swallow."

105. EVEN MORE LATERL
Two men went into a diner and sat down at the counter. They ordered two sodas, took sandwiches out of their packs and started to eat them.

The owner saw what was going on and approached the men. "You can't eat your own sandwiches in here," he complained.

The two men stopped, looked at each other, and then swapped their sandwiches.

104. LATERAL THINKING
A zookeeper wanted to get some extra animals for his zoo, so he decided to compose a letter, the only problem, was that he didn't know the plural of 'Mongoose'.

He started the letter: "To whom it may concern, I need two Mongeese." No, that won't work, he tried again: "To whom it may concern, I need two Mongooses." Is that right? Finally, he got an idea: "To whom it may concern, I need a Mongoose, and while you're at it, send me another one."

103. TOO MUCH TROUBLE
A site foreman had ten very lazy men working for him, so one day he decided to trick them into doing some work for a change.

"I've got a really easy job today for the laziest one among you," he announced. "Will the laziest man please put his hand up."

Nine hands went up.

"Why didn't you put your hand up?" he asked the tenth man.

"Too much trouble," came the reply.

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BIBLE TRIVIA (The Bible Lands)

THE JORDAN RIVER.....

..... is among the most rapid flowing of any in the world. In around 200 winding miles it drops 3,300 ft from 2,000ft above sea level to 1,300ft below, into the Dead Sea!

Adapted from: '1001 Surprising Things You Should Know About The Bible' MacGregor & Prys

Colerain police add a chaplain

Southland Missionary Baptist Church pastor will serve township officers

Written by Jennie Key

The newest member of the Colerain Township Police Department doesn’t carry a gun or a badge. He’s concerned with a different kind of law. God’s law.

Police Chief Dan Meloy has invited the Rev. James Love, pastor at Southland Missionary Baptist Church, to join the department as chaplain. The church is at 2485 Springdale Road.

Love is actually not an enforcer but rather a safe place and listening ear for officers who face a cruiser full of stress every day. He says he is not a police wannabe.

“I have been through the citizens police academy,” he said. “What I hope to be is a cheerleader and an advocate. I want to personally encourage the officers and help them keep their heads on straight.”

He is spending his time now getting to know officers, doing ride-alongs and building relationships. “It takes time to build trust,” he said.

Meloy said he has been thinking about the need for a chaplain for a while.

“My job is to take care of my officers,” he said. “After some things that have happened – the loss of our firefighters for example – I felt this was an area we needed to address.”

Love says he knows a number of pastors who serve as chaplains, and he is looking forward to getting to know the officers and their families and serving them in any way he can.

“People often think of death notifications when they hear chaplain, but the chief made it clear to me that my main concern is the officers,” he said. “I want to encourage them to have balance and good family lives.”

Love speaks Spanish, thanks to growing up as a missionary child in Mexico. “My grammar’s not great, but I speak it and can bring that to the department as well.”

He said he knows it will take a while before he has built up the trust he’ll need to be effective.

“I am not in a rush. This is a ministry of availability,” he said. “I will have an office area in the resource center, I will ride with officers and it will come naturally in time.”

Source: The Community Press and Recorder

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A REVELATION OF…….THE 3 GARDENS OF GOD

Having spent much of my life involved in the gardening industry, as a grower, wholesaler of flowers, bulbs and plants and finally as a mail order seller of the same, this revelation has reached into my 'gardeners' heart!

Gardens and nature have a special place in God's heart too. This is not surprising, for He was their creator! Nor is it surprising then, that He should choose garden settings for key events in His interaction with man to take place.

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WAXING LYRICAL

One Sunday, I was late starting to write PGIM, for I listened in the early morning on the radio to the New Zealand 'All Blacks' beating Ireland 22-3 in a Rugby Union international. By way of explanation, the game was played in Ireland, who are currently 11 hours behind New Zealand time.

Finally, coming to write, A David Musing, I had no inspiration, so asked the Lord what to write! 'A poem!' 'No Lord, takes too long! 'Call it Tick Tock!' (God has a sense of humour!) 'Okay Lord.'

The result follows. And it didn't take too long, after all!

TICK TOCK

Hours fly by,
Oh me, oh my!
Deadlines come, deadlines go,
Need to go, with the flow.

Tick tock goes the clock.

The day dawns nice and bright,
Summer's here, heaps of light.
Enjoy the sun,
Have some fun.

Tick tock goes the clock.

Months do pass,
All too fast.
Christmas will soon be here,
Time of goodwill and cheer.

Tick tock goes the clock.

The years, they roll by,
Oh my, how they fly!
From youth, onwards to middle age,
Life proceeds, stage by stage.

Tick tock goes the clock.

A new generation takes the stage,
What's happened? 'Tis called age!
Time flies by now, even faster,
Get ready to meet thy master!

Tick tock goes the clock.

The clock stops... silence reigns.
Now is it loss, or is it gains?
Where will you be the day your time is up?
In hell, or in heaven, with Jesus to sup?

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A DAVID MUSING

Another photo of our new building in Napier! Books and DVD's, videos, etc. Photo produced in a jiffy! By following the instructions! LOL!

Isn't that just like our life with Jesus? If we follow the manual, the Word, and listen to the prompting of the writer's representative, the Holy Spirit, we can save ourselves so much time and frustration in life.

But most of us are like me with my photographs. Learn, forget; learn, deliberately try another way!

May our 'life manual' be read (often), and applied to our thoughts and actions.

"Sorry Lord, for all my wanderings. I give myself back to You, today."

Until next week.....

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD

His servant and yours

David Tait

Today's 'Word Puzzle' Answer: DIRTY ROOM

TODAY'S 'BIBLE QUESTION' ANSWER: d. David (Psalm 23)

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