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Sunday, March 6 2016

Matthew 7: Houses Of Rock Or Sand

"Whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a Rock ... Every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand"

The Holy Bible didn't just become Christian at the start of the "New" Testament. The Holy Scriptures have always been Christian because the "LORD God" was and is Jesus Christ (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour; see also Leviticus 23: The True Christian Holy Days).

As plainly stated in the Holy Scriptures, "that Rock was Christ."

"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents." (1 Corinthians 10:1-9 KJV)

In matters of Salvation, the LORD is the sole Judge. Those who presume the power of deliverance or condemnation over others will be Judged accordingly, with less mercy, because they themselves have less mercy (see What Does Mercy Really Mean?).

The Rock

"7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." (Matthew 7:1-5 KJV)

Until the time of repentance is made possible by the Holy Spirit, no one can appreciate the Gospel Truth ("8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Romans 8:7 KJV). Until then (see The Eighth Day: Living Waters), the Messiah's analogy of "pearls before swine" will be the result.

"7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." (Matthew 7:6 KJV)

Righteous prayer will be answered, while unrepentant prayer will go unheard (see When Does God Listen To Prayer?). The LORD does not facilitate or bless arrogant and unrepentant behavior (see How To Pray: 12 Biblical Principles Of Personal Prayer).

"7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:7-12 KJV)

The distinction between "strait" and "straight" (see Strait And Straight) is guided by the beacon of Truth that defines true right and true wrong (see Which Way Is Right And Left?).

"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13-14 KJV)

False prophets have been known since the Garden of Eden when Satan falsely prophesied that the first humans would not die if they rebelled against the LORD (see Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?). But they did thereafter die for their corruption.

"7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:15-23 KJV)

Eternal life, in which those saved will be "at home with the LORD," will happen only for those who build their spiritual house upon the Rock - that has always been Jesus Christ.

"7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." (Matthew 7:24-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the Biblical term for fraudulent and misleading "righteousness"?
See Iniquity In History And Prophecy

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This Day In History, March 6

12 BC: Roman Emperor Augustus (formerly known as Octavian) was named Pontifex Maximus, thereby incorporating the position into that of the Emperor. Augustus was the Emperor at the time of the birth the Jesus Christ and is recorded in the Bible (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). An in-his-lifetime sculptured portrait of Augustus is shown below.

Augustus 961: Nikephoros Phokas led the Byzantine conquest of Chandax.

1521: Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam (it was no discovery for the native people who lived there).

1617: Louis Hebert signed an agreement that entitled him to become the first farmer in New France (North America).

1629: In Germany, the Edict of Restitution ordered that all church property seized since 1552 be returned to the Roman Catholic Church.

1820: The Missouri Compromise was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by President James Monroe. It provided for the admission of Missouri into the Union as a "slave state," but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.

1834: The city of York was officially renamed Toronto. The city had a population of 10,000 (the population of the "Greater Toronto Area" today is 6 million).

1836: The 13-day siege of the Alamo ended when Mexican troops under Santa Anna captured the mission fort.

1857: The U.S. Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision ruled that slaves were property, not citizens.

1899: Bayer registered "Aspirin" as a trademark of its brand of acetylsalicylic acid.

1900: Gottfried Daimler, engineer who built the first motorcycle, died.

1912: The Oreo cookie was introduced by Nabisco.

1933: All U.S. banks were closed by a proclamation from President Franklin Roosevelt. The closings were considered necessary after a series of major bank failures and runs on banks (in the 8 days preceding March 4, $1,500,000,000 had been withdrawn by depositors) and the closing of banks by a number of states beginning with Michigan in mid-February. Following passage by Congress of the Emergency Banking Act 3 days later, "sound" banks were permitted to reopen.

1944: 658 U.S. bombers began a daylight attack on Berlin from bases in Britain and dropped 2,000 tons of bombs.

1946: France stated that it would recognize Vietnam as a "free state" within the French Union, with French troops stationed there (which hardly made it a "free state"), but the final confirmation of the accord never came. French imperialism in southeast Asia resulted in the ancient nation of Vietnam being divided into North and South Vietnam, a foreign-imposed partition of the Vietnamese people that did not end until the early 1970s after the U.S. had involved itself in the Vietnamese civil conflict for over a decade (the U.S. replaced France in Vietnam).

1964: King Constantine II of Greece succeeded to the throne after the death of his father, Paul I.

1964: "The Nation of Islam" officially gave boxing champion Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali.

1975: The Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas was shown to a national TV audience for the first time.

1987: A Townsend Thoreson ferry, Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized on its way out of Zeebrugge harbor in Belgium drowning 193 people.

2008: A "Palestinian" (see Where Is Palestine?) gunman murdered 8 students and critically injured 11 more in the library of the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, in Jerusalem, Israel.


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