I Know That My Redeemer Lives

(Job 19: 25-27)

I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives, and at last He will stand upon the earth; and after my skin, even this body, has been destroyed, then from my flesh or without it I shall see God, whom I, even I, shall see for myself and on my side! And my eyes shall behold Him, and not as a stranger! (Job)

These words which came from Job have indeed resounded throughout the ages, echoing hope and peace to men.  Although Job did not have the written Word in his days, he had a relationship with God in some form or another. He believed in the resurrection of the dead and the hope that sprang from it for the righteous person. His integrity, honesty and devotion for God showed in the way he lived. “I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives” overcomes all fear of death; we can confront death with the enthusiasm of hope and faith, with certainty that we will see God on the other side with our own eyes. Death is by no means the end of life, but the beginning of a new life for the believer in Christ. When we shall see Him, as He is, we shall become like Him. The Apostle John says, Beloved, we are now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He is (I John 3: 2). Eternity awaits all of us. For many, eternity has brought surprise; but for the believer, it has brought the fulfillment of the hope we have in the promises of God.

Lest I Forget Your Agony

Just think of Him (YAHSHUA) Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds. You have not yet struggled and fought agonizingly against sin, nor have you yet resisted and withstood to the point of pouring out your blood (Heb. 12: 3-4). “Just think of Him” is a phrase that demands the action of losing focus of one self: our sufferings, disappointments, failures, because there is Someone Who suffered worse than we have, no matter how intense and difficult our sufferings are. He is our Savior and Lord, YAHSHUA. The letter to the Hebrews opens our understanding when He compares our sufferings to that of YAHSHUA. His sufferings were to keep us from losing heart and fainting in our mind in our own sufferings.  The extent of His sufferings was to the point of having His blood being poured out. No one will ever be able to go through what He suffered, for He not did not suffered and carried the weight of the pains of a few, but of the entire world. Paul in his letter to Timothy said, Constantly keep in mind YAHSHUA the Messiah. (II Tim. 2: 8) He is our source of strength and He is our example. He went before us caring the weight of our sins; He crucified them on the cross, and while His blood was being poured out, He gave us His life. Constantly keeping in mind the Lord YAHSHUA is a way to keep focus on His suffering and to put in perspective our responsibility to Him. We suffer many times because of sin; sins bring consequences soon or later as Paul said, Do not be deceived; God will not allow Himself to be sneered. For whatever a man sows that and that only is what he will reap (Gal. 6:7).  Sometimes it is necessary for God to take us on a trip to Calvary through sufferings in order to witness the extent of the suffering of His Son, so we can understand our position in suffering with Him as His children.

They Took The First Step

When Moses and the Israelites left Egypt, they faced two walls of great magnitude- the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptians army behind them. How were they to flee in that predicament? Easy. Fear not; stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. The Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest (Exodus 14:13-14). These were Moses’ words to the Israelites. Then the Lord told Moses, Tell the people to go forward. Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the Israelites shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea (vs. 15b-16). Moses had to lift up his rod, stretch out his hand over the sea, and divide it. These three things Moses had to do for the Israelites to go forward on dry ground. It all depended on him for things to happen and salvation to come to the young nation of Israel. Moses was a doer of the command of YAHWEH. At His command, Moses took the first step and YAHWEH’S power was visible for all to experience their salvation. The Egyptians, as he had said, you see today, you shall never see them again. Israel was saved and the Egyptians came to know and realize that YAHWEH was the Lord, throughout the land, for all those who pursued Israel drowned.

I Must Stay At Your House Today

(Luke 19:1-10)


it was the time of Passover when YAHSHUA came to Jericho. This was to be His last Passover, as we read what He told the disciples on the previous chapter of Luke. He said to them: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning Him shall be accomplished (Lk. 18: 31). So this event constitutes not only the time frame of YAHSHUA’S death – seven days later, but Daniel’s prophecy embedded in the seventy weeks of years for the Jewish nation found in Daniel chapter 9:24-27. Verses 25,26 read: Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem until [the coming of] the Anointed One, a Prince, shall be seven
weeks [of years] and sixty-two weeks [of years]; it shall be built again with square and moat, but in troublous times. And after the sixty-two weeks [of years] shall the Anointed One be cut off or killed and shall have nothing belonging to Him…

By His Blood We Are Healed

Every drop of YAHSHUA’S blood being poured out was to fulfill His Father’s purpose for mankind. While under the merciless hands of the Romans, when being scourged, His body received deep wounds from which His blood flowed constantly non-stop. There, He emptied Himself of His own life, since life resides in the blood of every creature. Blood is the fundamental function of every cell, with the purpose to sustain and to bring life. Its redness indicates the hemoglobin of life. It is protected by the veins, a means to carry its life to the entire body, while the heart is its motor making possible its flow.

Strive To Enter By The Narrow Gate

(Luke 13:24-28)

Strive to enter by the narrow gate (door), for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house gets up and closes the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door saying, Lord, open to us! He will answer you, I do not know where you come from (Luke 13:24-25).

Strive to enter by the narrow gate is to force oneself through it. That shows how difficult a life of sanctification is. We must press hard upon it, making sure we do not carry anything extras. We can only do that by a self-denial life. The spirit is willing, said YAHSHUA, but the flesh is weak. Wanting to do good but doing the contrary was Paul’s frustration: For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am doing. Now if I do what I do not desire to do it is no longer I doing it, but the sin which dwells within me… For I endorse and delight in the Law of God I my inmost self, but I discern in my bodily members a different law at war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs (Rom. 7:18-.20, 22-23).

Blood, What Is It?

(Leviticus 17:11, 14; Romans 3:24-26)

Blood is a fluid connective tissue. It brings life to every living cell. In its amazing functions and complexities of details we are amazed at God’s wisdom!  He created the blood’s means of transportation called the circulatory system.  Through it the blood transports nutrients to the cells, oxygen to the lungs, removes carbon dioxide from it; it transports waste to the liver and kidneys, it fights diseases, it regulates body temperature; at the sight of injury, it applies the process of blood clotting, called blood platelet. It is amazing how it supposedly rescues us from bleeding to death! The blood is composed of 55% plasma- (the liquid part of the blood), white blood cells, which protects the body from pathogens, and platelet – the blood clotting process. It is composed of 45% of red blood cells- the most numerous living cells in the body. It carries oxygen molecules to individual cells where it is needed. The blood is a true wonder of God’s creation; a true wonder of God’s wisdom. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable are His judgments! And how untraceable are His ways! (Rom. 11:33)

Opportunity and Circumstance

(Esther 1-10)

Who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion? That was an awakening question that changed the course of the future of the Jewish nation.  Circumstance in the appointed time offers opportunity we must pay attention to. Sometimes odd and unreal, nonetheless, circumstances are before us. Life is full of that. Opportunities are doors of possibilities with a chance to succeed in whatever we wanted to do other times, but we couldn’t. The story of Queen Esther is one that sounds more like make believe than reality. She was one of the captive Jews in the capital of Shushan who Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, carried into exile. Babylon was then under the control of Persia which Cyrus the Great of Persia conquered it in 539 BC. Hadassah her Jewish name was brought up by a cousin called Mordecai, who after the death of her parents took her as his own daughter (Esther 2).

In Addition To All, Take Up The Shield Of Faith

(Ephesians 6: 10-19)

The writer of the book of Hebrews gives the most definite and solid meanings of faith: the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Heb. 11:1). Who can understand faith, when never gone through difficulties? The measure of faith in one’s life is seen through hard times. Everyone has  certain applied degree of faith outside the spiritual. It is an important ingredient essential to life. Faith removes the doom and gloom of today’s when one has faith for a better tomorrow. Faith is a lifter upper brightening hope in whatever we hope for. But faith is much more than that when its shield is taken up in the spiritual battle field. The Bible says that our struggle is not against flesh and blood. That is, not against humans. It is against the devil and his forces. Paul uses the Roman armor example to symbolize the armor of God’s proficiency in its use in every spiritual battle.

Ten Virgins and Their Lamps at the Mid-Night Shout

(Matthews 25)

They were five wise and five foolish virgins. The commonality between them was only that they were virgins. With certainty, one group carried the mark of the Holy Spirit but the other did not. The first represents the true church of Messiah and the second, the apostate church- the Laodicea church, the church that thinks it is earthly rich, but spiritually poor. Unaware of their spiritual condition, they went together with the wise virgins to meet the bridegroom. Tired for being late, they all feel asleep. Suddenly, a shout echoed in the air for all to hear: Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet Him (Matt. 15:6).