Matthew 17:24-27;22:15, Mark 12; Luke 20, Jesus said, Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, to God what belongs to God. The Biblical accounts of Gospels in Capernaum said tax collectors of two drachma temple tax asked Peter if Jesus pays tax, he said He does. If Jesus paid taxes then what did Jesus teach His disciples? Matthew records two taxes Jesus paid in Matthew 17:24-27; 22:15-22 temple tax and tax to government in Rome. People asked Jesus: “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?” It was a ploy to set a trap for Jesus. But He saw through their attempt to manipulate Him and falsely accuse Him of asking people not to pay. So obliged to pay the tax, Jesus paid His taxes with the coin from the mouth of a fish Peter caught. Tax collector cornered Peter and asked if Jesus paid the temple tax. Later in Matthew 17:2427 Jesus said to Peter at home, “Simon, does the kings collect taxes from their own children or from other people? Peter answered the others. And Jesus replied we don’t want to cause trouble go cast a net in the lake and the first fish you catch open mouth, and you will find a coin. Use coin to pay your taxes and mine.” Take it and give them for my tax and yours.”Jesus told the Pharisees and Herodians to give to Caesar things belong to Caesar in Mark 12. The issue is controversial as people disagree on how the government spends money. Some people feel angry because their needs are not met though they pay tax. The Bible example of Jesus to pay taxes again in Gospel of Matthew Mark and Luke are other account of the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus to find the reason to accuse him. In Matthew 22:15-22 Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap Jesus to use His words against Him.Pharisees disciples with Herodians said “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are sincere so teach the way of God in truth. You are not influenced by men. Tell us, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus, knowing their evil intention said, “You hypocrites why are you trying to trap me? Show a coin for paying tax.” They brought him a denarius and He asked them, “Whose head inscription?” They said, “Caesar’s. Then He said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God belongs to God.” When they heard this, they were amazed so they left him and went away.If Jesus refused to pay or He condemned Caesar they will accuse Jesus of inciting rebellion. People had no choice but to pay as Jesus also did. And Zachaeus a tax collector climbed a tree to see Jesus passing by. Impressed Jesus dined in his home during meal he decided to restore money he extorted by collecting taxes in Mark 2:13-17. In Psalm 24:1, The earth is the LORD’S and everything in it but life requires money to function, pay staff, provide services, resources, processing, printing costs, transporting goods. And maintaining the structures and repairs restoration, regeneration, grounds and gardens etc. Too numerous to list costs of services provided by the nations. Amazon, Google, Wealthy Offshore accounts do not pay tax proportionately fairly like others.Jesus and His disciples voluntarily gave to the Temple tax and state to set a good example. Taxes paid directly to local tax collectors who decided what people pay. Tax collectors paid by charging people more to earn money. Levi, the apostle was the customs official in Capernaum taxed imports and exports as he liked. The Jews hated him because he worked for Rome and betrayed his countrymen. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector for the Jericho district notorious for taxes changed meeting Jesus of Nazareth.People are saying the tax exemption for Churches are unfair making mega rich pastors super wealthy multimillionaires Church members struggle to pay bills, food, mortgage, health insurance, fees or basic necessities of life. Private jets, mansions get bigger, fleet of cars longer but members poor. Its a major source of tension rich multi billionaires are state sponsored in extravagant lifestyles. Schools reduce hours, hospitals cut staff budget reduced. The churches use tithe, offerings, donations, for salaries wages, cost of projects, feed orphans, help poor under the radar, homeless, HIV, disaster flood victims, TV ministry, preaching, teaching Gospel Message of Jesus Christ, Evangelism etc. among wonderful work of God. Admission fee puts people off so first time Benny Hinn was at NEC entry was free. Thousands turned up with no room for overflow solved crowd control next visit with ticket admission. Only a few people turned up venue was almost empty. God said nobody must enter HIS Presence empty handed so Jesus talked about the widow’s mite even poor give. In Exodus 23:15 God said, no one shall appear before ME empty-handed. Also in Exodus 34:20 God said no one must appear before ME empty-handed. Again in Deuteronomy 16:16 God said do not appear before the LORD empty-handed.Gap between the rich and poor widens causing hunger and the stress, pressure, unemployment, lack, in deprived areas. No resources for disadvantaged so most public servants cannot get on the home ownership ladder. Many depend on the food banks despite their hard work and education. Zero hour job wastes time of trained staff without job or income. And the popular highly influential Christian leaders spew wrong ideas as ‘Christian Ideas.’ Don’t be misled…Study the bible yourself to know the truth of the Word of Christ. Read Bible as JesusFollowers and Christian’s. Some think Churches must follow Jesus’ example to provide fairly for the least in society too. So gap between rich and poor widens as many continue to suffer daily, starve and die in the most advance developed wealthy countries. Unfortunately a Class divide disproportionately allocate lion share to themselves as the world watches them flaunt it in their faces daily. 1 Timothy 6:10 says the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Craving more money is cause of all evil in doing so wander from true faith so pierce themselves with sorrow.A Christian family is fined taxes saying it is against God’s will to pay taxes. The Christian family refused to pay income tax because its “against God’s will” but are ordered to pay more than A$2m tax (£1.1m $1.4m) to Australia’s tax office. It is Christian debate Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot and Fanny Alida Beerepoot of Tasmania do not pay income tax since 2011 as their religious right. Their farm was seized and sold by a local council in 2017 for not paying seven years of tax rates. Ms Beerepoot told the court: “We don’t own anything because it is God’s.” The siblings represented themselves in Supreme Court of Tasmania Wednesday, after did not pay $930,000 in income tax or other charges in 2017 ABC News said.Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot (left) and Fanny Alida Beerepoot (far right) seen here outside the court in Tasmania. Mr Beerepoot argued the law of God is the “supreme law of this land” and making people pay tax weakens dependency on God, leading to “curses… in the form of droughts and infertility.” “Transferring allegiance from God to Commonwealth means rebelling against God breaking first commandment,” he said, according to the public broadcaster. In judgement, Associate Justice Stephen Holt said he believed Beerepoots’ beliefs is genuinely held but there is no specific reference in Bible to support their argument. “In my view, Bible effectively said civil matters and law of God operate in two different spheres.” So the siblings ordered to pay sums of – Ms Beerepoot A$1.17m and Mr Beereport A$1.16m to cover income tax, administrative penalties and all interest charges” and costs in court documents. What do you think about various views?
The world’s version of population day is completely different from God’s version of the “VERY GOOD” world HE created in Genesis 1:28 in the Bible. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Govern and reign over the fish in the sea, birds in sky… with ABUNDANT RESOURCES. God said, be fruitful, multiply and replenish earth but alternative global messages bombards people about over-population birthrate false assumption ideas inciting multicultural racial hatred. Trump leads way pointing accusing fingers at least in society. The global population majority hardly benefits from all God’s over-abundant resources owned by 1% few, while 99% live in abject poverty, barely making it daily in life in this world. All resources belong to God for all but is taken over by the few 1%. A third round exploiting post slavery colonialialism is the OZONE tariffs trade driving ethnic minorities from the forest reserves. And those cultures that preserved the forests and climates for centuries like Amazon, Asia, African etc. globally persecuted or deprived from their homes for palm oil, soya, private animal farm tourism. This crisis has imposed Western industrial emissions key causes of global heating. But blame others by projecting a fear of ‘shortage’ of all the world’s resources on “overpopulation by the racially impure.” To add insult to injury their rubbish and toxic wastes are dumped in such places. The West is not willing to change excess consumption lifestyle that is destroying countries at their expense, as it is not in their backyards. Exploiting resources to build the West and marketing processed their natural resources back to them. Majority don’t enjoy superfluous wealth or the global capita gain of wealthy 1% controlling all resources on earth. Sadly their standard of living improves at the higher cost to environment, toxic plastic waste luxury packagings destroying the majority of the world’s flora and fauna. They patronise those they blame, who earn less than 50 cents a day. And many are sterilised by forced family planning or a one child policy. They are blamed for West’s luxury in society propaganda political platforms there is not enough resources, food, available to share with all. Yet Western societies bury billions of tons of good quality foods and clothing, shoes burnt, materials, goods in perfect conditions thrown away everyday. They claim insurance for “loss” like the slave masters paid for loss of earnings from abolition of slave trade. But slaves not compensated for loss of blood, sweat or lives that build the resources in the rich Western countries luxury enjoyed today.As Malcom X once said, “if not careful perpetrators will play all victims against each other and instilling divide and rule hatred in the down trodden to hate each other. Tyrants point accusing fingers at people deprived, exploited daily by the self-serving greedy. Then blame others for lack of resources they freely enjoy and waste. It is travesty those suffering due to greed are victimized as cause of global overpopulation. So large number of population targeted by individualistic drive to force their own ideas on others by any means and at any imposed cost. Replace the desire to know what is right and what is true but victims hardly live long enough to enjoy lifestyle like them. Calculate the family in upper super rich luxury 1% life’s costs, daily paid for tax payers deprived. You see it’s not size of population but it’s the disproportionate distribution of a lion share of resources taken by 1%. A hundred acre policy to one aristocrat and hundred people put on one acre is minimum land allocated. But blamed lack of land or farmlands to feed families forced off ancestral lands like Ahaz or Jezebel in taking Naboth”s vineyard. Sadly, in God’s plans for mankind a day is coming when HE AS PATENT OWNER TAKES IT ALL BACK. GOD HAS STARTED process, will complete it giving POWER BACK TO JESUS. This is not delusion God is fed up with world PORTRAYING HIM as incapable of providing for people as JEHOVAH JIREH. Humanity failed to live in “VERY GOOD” world God created due to greed. So God is actively demolishing things and will live exclusively with all those willing to abide by HIS standardsSadly God says many people perish for lack of knowledge so this opportunity is being given to all to make wise choices. And nobody brought anything into the world and will take nothing out. Take a look at Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, a pretty good insight of luxury and the futility of mankind to provide for after life. Those golden items didn’t save him to enjoy a lifestyle prepared for in vain. Real after life is already PREPARED FOR BY GOD WITH GOLDEN MANSIONS so no need to worry by taking possessions there. A few rich people’s disastrous life styles has cost millions of lives but one cannot buy God. So remember when millions of climate refugees exploited in a scorched overpopulated nations seek salvation in other shores it is boomerang, caused by the West. But denies their responsibility to protect the exploited people without strength to fight back. God is DEFENDER of defenceless and OWNS all resources so warning the world of things to come. But ONLY GOD KNOWS EXACT DAY OR HOUR OF HIS WRATH. It is written on that day wealth, status or position will not save stated in Bible in Revelations 19:15. Consider others too while causing these devastations in the whole world.Change before its too late so when Jesus Name comes you will not perish but be saved in eternal life. Read the Bible to educate and teach yourself to know and to make informed choice. God’s plan for humanity is, live a VERY GOOD lifestyle on earth. So stop misinforming ignorant replacement followers misleading them to hate people NOT RESPONSIBLE for all the destruction by the greedy few. These world’s goods belong to God the OWNER causing birthpang warnings shaking the earth. Wake up be saved before too late. Micah says, “Woe to all those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds. In the morning they carry it out because it is in their power to do so. And covet fields, seize houses and take them to deprive people of their homes, their inheritance. The LORD says: “I AM planning disaster against those people, they cannot save themselves, no longer walk proudly for its time of calamity in Micah 1–3. God says if people repent and call HIS NAME ADONAI JEHOVAH NISSI in Jesus Name, HE WILL hear prayer, forgive and heal the land. So mankind needs to stop the self-destruction victim of own success to seek God’s original VERY GOOD earth supplied with more than all resources provided for Adam and Eve. Greedy desire for more than enough rich resources God provided continues DNA of sinful selfishness. So Jesus will take over all world powers incapable of ruling. The KING OF Kings and LORD of lords Jesus will take over all God’s Kingdom and Rule from Israel at Jerusalem. Material possession must not cause you to gain the whole world to lose your soul. GOD LOVES more than you know and provides equally for all.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 says For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. The dead in Christ rise first. The “dead in Christ” are Christians who died before return of Christ. They will rise first and return with Him in 2 Corinthians. 5:8. They are in Christ, because they are saved so the Children of God. Redeemed by Jesus the Son of God boldly enter God’s Presence through the Blood of the Lamb of God in eternal life. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord. COMFORT one another with these words from 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18. And in resurrection all who rise first have glorified bodies, meet with those alive and so will rapture together into heaven.And the Lord Jesus Christ Himself will descend from heaven with thousands of angels. At the last trumpet call, the dead in Christ will arise first. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself comes from heaven in the clouds with loud command the dead rise in Christ in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 guaranteed so come back to life. And together with those still alive will go in rapture to heaven as part of our hope in the eternal life. Eagerly waiting for the resurrection knowing RETURN of Christ reunites our families in heaven in the PRESENCE OF GOD. Those who died in God in Christ through salvation of God arise first at the TRUMPET call. All eyes on earth will SEE Jesus SHINING bright as the Sunshine. All in Christ will rejoice exceedingly at this COMING of Christ in rapture and celebrate in Jesus Name.
Children are for signs and wonders from God to Glorify God and to help in society. Families need to understand Jesus loves and values all children in all nations. Children are the gifted assets to parents and women do what is beyond comprehension as childbearers. Women are absolutely celebrated as co-creators with God contributing to life cycle and replenish earth. Fulfil God’s command to mulitiply and bear fruit from seed of man and egg of woman is the gift of life. Adults love their children and children love their parents. God’s word says train and teach children Godly values of love, selfrespect, good manners and etiquette for appropriate interaction with others. The value of life is priceless and preserved with dignity even if differences exists by diversity or perspectives. Children are precious to God, Jesus loves little children allowed in His company with their parents and in meetings to learn about God. This is priority in life highly endorsed by God for salvation in the Kingdom of God. Simeon dedicated Jesus to God in the Temple and blessed Him. Simeon said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for a fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign about a sword piercing Mary’s soul. Hidden thoughts from many hearts will be revealed in Luke 2:34-35. Jesus brings changes to all who accept Him. Simeon’s prophesy is Jesus will be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for GLORY to God’s people Israel in Luke 2:32. Jesus brings ruin in Israel of people like Simeon who worship in the Temple destroyed. Mary is told of literal piercing of her soul due suffering and pain of Jesus she endures. John wrote of the piercing of Jesus’ side after His death in prophesy fulfillment. So emotional turmoil Mary experienced are all treasured things pondering them in her heart in Luke 2:19, 50-51. Messiah Jesus arrived as Simeon was waiting all his life to see the “consolation of Israel.”Jesus in the Temple during the Passover impressed the learned Synagogue and priests while doing the business of His Father God. But has created upheavals disturbing people in Israel, including mother of Messiah. Her pain is thought losing Jesus unmarried, compassionate son executed for the crimes He did not commit in His life brings Mary pain. A mother to all and His brothers standing outside desiring to see Him, answered, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do in Luke 8:19-21. Simeon’s prophesy comforts her like all mothers who embrace all children as their own. Jesus is a child destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel and a sign so that thoughts of many hearts are revealed.” Peter denied Jesus three times as Judas betrayed him, Pharaseees, Saduccees lied about Him and, people healed and helped voted crucify Him. These are the some thoughts of many hearts revealed.Today’s society needs to build a sound foundation from an early childhood like Jesus to grow and apply good values. A child without sound foundation in God is at the mercy of any man-made ideas that do cannot fulfill the void reserved exclusively to be filled only by God. The strong bond created in child connects to God and great reward to bless the child. Father God is the patent owner creator of humans with privileged access in the hearts and minds of children. They are never too young to understand agape LOVE of God for them at any level. The Sunday schools and school assemblies are essential for nurturing their spirit and minds in God in Christ if Christians. Placing emphasis on only the academic achievement at an expense of wellbeing lacks growth and the deeper hope for a meaningful life. Focus on only aesthetic external physical appearance or looks, price tag designer labels and superficial ideas deprive them of inner peace and inner strength in God. Some think they are worth the price tag, under pressure to be the first to be seen in those latest most expensive clothing. And gadgets to show off to get ‘street credit respect’ is the cause of competition to impress. A child worries more about external label than contents of character and effects of behaviour on others. Playing games are other sources of addiction they resort so buy the series to play without focussing more on academic excellence. These are some of the challenges facing a society desperate to create the perfect utopia of an academic achievement league table. Children are stressed in the class system society which thinks some are of higher value so deserve better treatment than others deprived. Children bear brunt of doing without a proper meal or sleep to their detriment. Peering children early to socialise them creates us versus them postcode society with a lack of trust for adults separated from them. Parents are too busy chasing money to provide for children often emotionally and socially retarded. Such explosive children feel a right of entitlement without a common sense of the due diligence and care for other people. They are not allowed to be corrected by parents so grow up with an attitude of disregard for Authority and the significant others in charge of them. Some feel like victims despite the privilege compared to other children all over the world. And permanently angry, ungrateful and unthankful to the parents who sacrifice time, effort and resources to make their lives better than previous generations. So never content want more and more even if they have abundance beyond an average child globally. Not allowed to be part of family work ethic are made lazy by addiction to games or substance abuse to numb their perceived pains of life. Unrealistic demands to be perfect to fit in with friends causes damage to children growing mimicking adults yet without adult maturity and experience. Jesus warned about these behaviours during the last days of unruly children out of control and a menace to society. There is need for rewriting foundation for early years to develop children like Finland to nurture and to protect them from vultures of society. Each time the children hurt each other or the others, accusing fingers are pointed at them without recognising the root of these problems created by society. Parents are treated as lazy for spending quality time with their children. Schools are so understaffed short of budgets education has become position on league table. So naming and shaming them than proper training to prepare children to become self-sufficient to have good success in life. Education, academic performance is only 20% of life so the rest 80% must be taught to prepare people to cope. It’s deception to make education end in life because of billions of educated people unemployed, exist on debt in the world. Their miseducations deprives children of practical survival skills and essential spatial knowledge. It frustrates young people without ability to farm, garden, do practical hands on life work due to misconception that is a blue collar job beneath them. Older generations piggy back them for life to help them make it but unaware of sacrifices involves and unwilling to support them in old age. So feel too sophisticated to live within their budget to give back to parents seen as a nuisance to their luxury pleasures of life. Honour parents and adults to bring blessings and so it is well with you to live long. A wise person receives good advise to be a wiser person in life but the Bible says the fool gets angry and hates you for advising them. Be kind in all you do towards others because it is seeds sown God sends back to you years later when you do not remember those past years. Life is beautiful and simple to understand because God creates all things beautiful in HIS OWN time. You came individual in this world and will face God alone to give an account of yourself no matter who is backing you in life. The ideas children have must be guided with patience to educate them about the real world. Their perspective may seem superficial but with support and guidance helped to develop better as audacious, bold, confident, resilient people with good success. Some want good things of life not understanding the years behind the scenes preparing through hard work. The end result seen is after years of toiling, sacrifices and sweat. It is necessary to teach children value for time, value for life to be who they truly are with humility, selfrespect without ego attitude problems. Children need incredible encouragement of hope.Children are part of a bigger society that expects the best from them. Investment of quality time spent with their family is essential to bond with them. Above all is to teach them to love themselves first, to have agape love for all others. Kindness, Mercy is far better than cruelty, anger and hatred which destroys person. The society’s excuse is to blame government for lack of funds for youth centres but a need exists to talk to children at home as individuals too. They need their love and support that makes them trust their family more than naive friends. God is LOVE so Spirit of God’s LOVE POWER in you enables you to help children to feel loved and part of society. Abandoned by the system many rely on themselves to make wrong choices and decisions. The fact that they are clothed, fed, have own bedroom, latest gadgets is not enough to meet their emotional needs of peace, joy acceptance if adults too busy to interact one to one with them daily. There is no excuse for not helping them young and consistently with their hobbies at home, music, piano lessons. Parents can afford other things but complain of inability to invest in future of their own children. It is time redesign educational foundation to include interests of children not force them to study subjects they hate. Most are under stress or pressure to perform take their anger on others. Society plays part in responsibility for how they turn up as adults.
Ezekiel 11:19-20 Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their Elohim. Scripture helps us to establish faith to understand the righteous standard of God and hear the Word as doers. Yet remembering to focus on the Word of God is a challenge in a too much information highway life. But it means diligently study His Face to deliver us from slavery of sin. The Holy Spirit implants in our new hearts God’s living sermon making us Ambassadors of Christ representing Kingdom of God in our heart to world. The distractions of life and difficulties of everyday life cause the word of God to drift from our minds and hearts if we are not alert. A season of hardships becomes times of trials testing our faith in God to remain Faithful in adversity. Often people say ” do not lose heart” meaning confidence in God can be shaken by circumstances of life. Though shaken but not stirred by fear to give up on God. That is the time to run to God to embrace His Love more than ever before. Feeding our mind and Spirit with encouraging words of God builds up faith to be strong in the LORD and to live in the POWER of HIS MIGHT. Jesus literally carries us in His footsteps when heavily weighed down. The Holy Spirit hears our groanings so takes over to intercede with Jesus on our behalf to God. Jesus is anointed by God to heal all the broken-hearted people hurt, abused offended, disappointed in the Church. It is the Holy Spirit that brings the comfort and healing into damaged hearts. Many trials and traumas have caused pain in our hearts but Jesus can heal us if we let Him. We are not to depend, rely on our own minds because the Bible warns us not to lean on our own understanding. A perfect time to examine your spiritual health and recalibrate your heart is use a safe facility centre to reflect on your life. Personal revival is the key to open your heart and soul to Jesus away from a busy world distractions. Tough times affects focus not to remember Goodness of God. Issues of life become bigger than they are so we need places of retreat to regenerate recharge our life batteries. A Sanctuary away from rat race becomes useful time to reflect, seek help from the trained counsellors if necessary. Others take time out from hustle bustle of work life to think through circumstances and make better choices and decisions. This helps a person recover from emotional, physical or psychological traumas. And a choice to seek help may depend on the resources and funding available to each person. The heart is subject to change of experiences encountered and personal attitude towards life. Believe in God and confidence in HIS Words feeds the mind and Spirit with soul food. It is essential to treat emotional and physical heart as the effects of trauma can affect both if a person is predisposed to any symptoms. The spiritual heart requires the regular check up with the word of God to keep fit as part of an emotional exercise. The believing heart is softened towards God and His Words but message of the Cross is foolishness to those perishing. A foolish man says there is no God is what the Bible says. Without a heart for God in Christ it is hard to believe in God. The heart is exposed to many different ideas and adverts so it can make it difficult to know what to believe. The manual for life is the Bible to guide us to know how to respond to circumstances in life. The human heart is deceitful and can be evil without knowledge and understanding from God. And going to Church does not a person a believer just as if sleeping in garage does not make you a car. This is why we guard our hearts from what we hear, see or watch. World events impact thought process stored in subconscious mind. The heart replays and relays such ideas to the mind to filter and to express how we feel about situations in life. The processes happens so automatically we may not realise it’s happening. We are to guard our hearts because out of the heart proceeds evil. Jesus said that what proceeds from the heart defiles the man so be careful what you store in mind or your heart. God over rules the heart to direct and control when necessary but gives freewill choice to make decisions.A heart of a king is in the hands of God says Proverbs 21:1 to be turned where God wants to turn it to do HIS bidding. Proverbs 21:1 says the king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD like the rivers of water turns when HE WILLS. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to accomplish God’s purpose in Egypt for the Exodus. So the rebellious heart becomes insensitive to the Spirit and Word of God until there is a time God is forced to intervene. As the end time events happen its important to call upon God for HIS Grace, Mercy and Compassion. All need Jesus now more than ever before to Remind God of HIS Promises to give HIM no rest for HIS ANSWERS to prayer to restore or bring changes in the world. At times God’s Grace seems delayed than expected but it does not mean its forgotten. Timing is necessary to know that the anticipated expectations are from God according to HIS plans and purposes for our lives. At times our thoughts are not in line with desires of our hearts. God’s thoughts are Higher than our thoughts and the plans or purposes of our hearts. Congruence with the word of God in important to be living within these Biblical will of God.
Jesus is the Living Stone rejected by the builders Who became the Cornerstone in Acts 4:11. So 1 Peter 2:5 says, you are the living stones built as a spiritual house and the holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 2:20 God Built on foundation of apostles and prophets as Christ Jesus Himself is Cornerstone. Ezekiel 36 : 26 says, I will give you a new heart and put new spirit in you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. In Revelation 2:17, He who has ears let him hear what the Spirit says to Churches. And those who conquer I will give a hidden manna and white stone with new name written on no one knows except one who receives it. Corinthians 10:4, says they drank the same Spiritual drink from the Spiritual Rock Christ. To Church people afflicted in comfortless conditions, I will lay your foundation with precious stones says Isaiah 54:11. So 1 Peter 2:4 says Come to Jesus the Living Stone rejected by men but in Sight of God Chosen and Precious. In Matthew 21:42-44, Jesus said, “Have you not read in Scriptures, “The Stone builders rejected became a Cornerstone this is the LORD’S doing and marvelous in our eyes. In Luke 19:40 Jesus said, ‘I tell you if you are silent stones will cry out. I tell you the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to people producing fruits. Those who fall on this Stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone it will crush him.” Mark 12:10 says, “Have you not read this Scripture, the stone builders rejected has become the Cornerstone?” In Psalm 118:22, The stone the builders rejected has become Cornerstone. The Church, people afflicted in comfortless conditions, I will lay your foundation with precious stones says Isaiah 54:11. “O afflicted one storm-tossed and not comforted I will set your stones to lay foundation with sapphires. Revelations 2:17 says, ‘He who has ears let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ In Luke 19:40 Jesus said, ‘If you are silent these stones will cry out. Matthew 3:9 says do not say ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from stones to raise up children for Abraham. Trust Jesus as 1 John 2:2 says, Jesus is the propitiation for sins and for sins of the whole world. 1 Corinthians 3:11 says no one can lay a foundation than that laid by the Lord Jesus Christ. In Mark 15:46, Matthew 27:60, Joseph bought a linen shroud to wrap Jesus laid him in a tomb cut out of rock and rolled a stone against entrance of the tomb. Heavy stone blocking Jesus’ tomb was rolled away by angels after Jesus arose from death. No stone is too heavy for God’s POWER and Authority against death. Believers in Christ know the gravestone will be removed to make way for Rapture in Jesus Name. Job 5:23 says you will be in league with stones of the field so beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. Daniel 2:34-45 says, The Stone cut from mountain by no human hands strikes image’s feet of iron and clay break them in pieces bronze, silver, and gold kingdoms. God made known the king’s dream interpretation to come. In Isaiah 8:14 Jesus is sanctuary and stone of offense, a rock of stumbling to houses of Israel, a trap and snare to inhabitants of Jerusalem. Jesus is the Stone Who will save His believer’s but crush the other kingdoms on earth. In Romans 9:33, it is written, I am laying in Zion the Stone as a stumbling block and a rock of offense, whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” In Matthew 16:18 Jesus tells Peter, you are the rock on which I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 1 Peter 2:8 says Jesus is the “Stone of stumbling and rock of offense so they stumble because they disobey the Word as destined to do. Isaiah 28:16, Thus says the LORD God, “I AM the ONE WHO laid foundation of Zion’s precious cornerstone foundation, ‘Whoever believes will not perish. Mark 13:1, said Jesus came out of the temple and told His disciple said, Look Teacher wonderful stones and building. The kings commanded in 1 Kings 5:17, quarried great, costly stones to lay the foundation of God’s House with dressed stones. 1 Kings 5:18 Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and men of Gebal did the cutting and prepared the timber and stone to build the house. In 1 Kings 7:9, the costly stones, cut to measure, sawed with saw back and front for the foundations, top and from outside to great court. In 1 Chronicles 22:2, King David commanded resident strangers in the land of Israel to be stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the House of God. Solomon in 1 Kings 10:11 received fleet from Hiram, brought gold from Ophir and great amounts of almug wood and precious stones. Despite their grand designs with costly stones people deviated from true Worship of God. And Luke 21:5 says while speaking of temple how it was adorned with noble stones or offerings Jesus said will be destroyed. The temple was destroyed 40 years later and never rebuilt. Luke 19:44 says God tears to the ground, people and children within. So they did not leave stones in you because you did not know time of your visitation.” Luke 21:6 says, “These things you see the days will come when there will not be left no stone upon the other but thrown down. The rejection of Jesus means a spiritual fall like the fall of Temple. Like 2 Kings 19:18, Isaiah 37 :19 pleads they to cast their gods in fire for they were not gods but the works of men’s hands, wood, stone so destroyed. In Acts 19:17-19 residents of Ephesus, Jews and Greeks, fear fell upon them all, and Name of Lord Jesus extolled. Many believers confessed and divulged magic practices brought books burned them in the sight of all counted it’s value as fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Stones are prominent in living history of the Bible. Elijah took twelve stones symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel to build his altar in the Carmel contest. In Joshua 4:2-9, “Took twelve men from each tribe and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from the midst of the Jordan, from the place the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them with you and lay them down in place where you lodge tonight… And Joshua said to them, “Pass before the ark of the LORD God in the midst of Jordan, take a stone upon shoulder according to number of the tribes of the people of Israel, as sign among you. So your children in time to come ask, ‘What do those stones mean to you, Joshua 4:20-24 says those twelve stones, taken out of Jordan Joshua used to set up at Gilgal. He said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Let your children know, Israel passed over Jordan on dry ground when the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea HE dried up for us until we passed over. So all people on earth will know the Hand of the LORD God is mighty to you fear the LORD our God forever.”Genesis 28:18-22 says early in the morning Jacob took a stone he put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called the place Bethel but the name of city was Luz at first. Jacob made a vow, “If God will be with me and keep me in this way I go to give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD will be my God, and this stone set up for pillar, God’s house. And all God gives me I will give a full tenth back to God.” Genesis 31:45-52 says Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar and said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones so they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed. Laban said, “This heap is witness between you and me today named Galeed and Mizpah, for he said, “The LORD watch between you and me out of one another’s sight. In 1 Samuel 7:12, Samuel took a stone set up between Mizpah and Shen and called name Ebenezer for he said, “The LORD has always helped us.” And in 1 Samuel 17:40 David took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine Goliath struck down with a stone on his forehead. 1 Chronicles 20:8, these were descendants from the giants in Gath so they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants. Exodus 28:9-21 described two onyx stones engraved with names of the sons of Israel six of their names on one stone, and the remaining six on other stone, in order of their birth. As jeweler engraves signets, engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel enclose them in settings of gold filigree. You shall set the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel. Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD on shoulders for remembrance in prayers. And a New Jerusalem from heaven comes to earth with same twelve stones as engraved on priest’s breastplates in Exodus 35:27 the leaders brought onyx, stones for ephod and for gold rims of breastpiece. God’s foundation stones of city wall adorned by precious stones: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst” in Revelation 21:19–20. The breastplate as New Jerusalem of God considered beautiful and glorifying. Heaven’s brilliant splendour of streets paved with gold and divine jewels in foundations. God considers colours and materials important in glorifying HIM. Revelation 21:11 reveals GLORY of God’s radiance jewel like jasper clear crystal. Revelation 4:1-11 describes door of open in heaven and first voice like a trumpet said, “Come and I will show you what will take place after. I was in the Spirit and saw Throne in heaven with God seated on Throne. HE had appearance of jasper, carnelian, around throne was rainbow appearance with emerald. Around God’s Throne, 24 elders, seated on twenty-four thrones clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. Out of Throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder. Before God’s Throne burning seven torches of fire are seven spirits of God. In Exodus 34:1 the LORD told Moses, “Cut two tablets of stone like first so I will write 10 Commandments on tablets like the first tablets you broke in anger against people’s idolatry. The lesson in 1 John 4:1 is, don’t believe every spirit but test spirits to see if they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. The Hebrews people needed to know the difference between Yahweh and idols. Joshua 8:32, in the presence of people of Israel wrote on stones copy of laws of Moses. In Joshua 24:25 he made covenant with the people that day and gave them statutes, rules to them at Shechem. Zechariah 3:9 says, on the stone set before Joshua a stone with seven eyes, engrave inscription declares the LORD of hosts and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day. The servant of the LORD took Book of Law of Moses, made an altar of uncut stones without man’s wielded iron tool. They offered burnt offering to the LORD GOD and sacrificed peace offerings. Malachi 3:10 says, Bring all tithes to storehouse of God for food in my house. Put ME to test says the LORD of hosts to see I will open the windows of heaven to pour blessings until there is no more room for storage. Stones used for altars for God or sacred stool in Scotland or Stonehenge circles burial or shrines. Deuteronomy 21:18-21 says a stubborn rebellious child not obedient to voice of father or mother take them to city gate to be stoned to death by elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives. They shall say to elders of his city, ‘our son is stubborn and rebellious did not obey our voice is a glutton and drunkard.’ All the men of the city stone him to death with stones to purge evil from your midst and Israel shall hear and fear. This law influenced cruelty to children and honour killings like Steven in Bible in Acts 8:1-40 Paul or Saul approved stoning. There arose a great persecution against the Church in Jerusalem scattered throughout regions of Judea and Samaria, except apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made lamentation over him. Saul ravaging the church entered houses dragged men and women committed to prison. Those who scattered about preached the word. Philip went to city of Samaria proclaims Jesus to them. And Jesus saved woman caught in adultery from similar stoning told go and sin no more in John 8:1-59. Jesus is kind-hearted as people in Luke 11:11 give good gifts to children to eat fish not serpent or bread not stones, so is God pleased to give good gifts to all HIS Children. The greatest gift God gives is Eternal life-like Jesus saved mad man in Mark 5:5 who night and day in tombs on mountains cried out cut himself with stones. Yet recognised and worshipped Jesus the mad man cast away stones to receive Living Stone Jesus. Ecclesiastes 3:5 says there is time to cast away stone and time to gather stones. Matthew 4:1-6:34 said Jesus led by the Spirit into the wilderness tempted by the devil after 40 days and nights fasting was hungry, told ‘If you are the Son of God command the stones to become loaves of bread.’ Jesus answered, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the Mouth of God.’ In John 8:58-59, Then Jews came to Jesus and said you are not yet fifty years old but seen Abraham? Jesus said to them, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I Am. So they took stones to cast at him but He hid himself and went out of the temple, going through their midst and passed by. Jesus faced many challenges since His birth and throughout His Ministry but many people saved including Jews advised to continue in the Word and in the Way as Yeshua Messiah taught His believers. Thank God and Jesus for our salvation.