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I’ve recently come across a very good website and one of the articles was about Bible codes. So I’ve decided to share it here for your knowledge and enjoyment.

Bible Code Study: The Genesis Genealogy

Bible Codes throughout the Bible are based on all sorts of mundane things, including names and genealogies. At first glance, let’s face it, they’re boring. However, as you progress in your study, you will see that Biblical names and genealogies are not only important for historical and cultural veracity, but they’re loaded with insight, meaning, and sometimes, downright supernatural design.

The first genealogy we see in the Bible is ADAM to NOAH (Genesis 5). This genealogy will be important throughout the Bible (Old and New Testaments) for all sorts of reasons.  For this study, we’ll toss-out a dramatic “evidence of design” based on the Hebrew roots of these ten names.

ADAM (Adomah) means “man”. This one makes absolute sense, since he’s the first one.

SETH means “appointed.” Eve said, “For God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.”

ENOSH (anash) means “mortal,” “frail” or “miserable,” used in the context of incurable grief, sickness, woe or wickedness. It was in the days of Enosh that Man began to defile God.

KENAN means “sorrow”, “dirge” or “elegy.” Again, this was a dark period of history, and parents traditionally used names that referred to circumstances at birth.

MAHALALEL (mahalal) means “blessed” or “praise” and (El) was the name for God. Therefore, Mahalalel traditionally means “the blessed God”. ( Side Note: you’ll see that many Hebrew names include El, such as Dani-el, “God is my Judge,” Nathani-el, “Gift of God,” etc.)

JARED (yaradh) means “shall come down”. Many scholars attribute this to the time when the “sons of God” “came down” to Earth to corrupt the daughters of men, resulting in the Nephilim (“fallen ones”).

ENOCH means “teaching” or “commencement”. Later in the Bible, we find that Enoch was the first of four generations of preachers.

METHUSELAH (muth) means “death” and (shalach) means “to bring” or “to send forth.” Therefore, his entire name means “his death shall bring.”

LAMECH (root still evident in today’s English meaning “lament”) means in Hebrew context here “despairing.”

NOAH (nacham) means “to bring relief” or “comfort.”

Now, if we line it all up, here’s what we get:

Hebrew English
Adam Man
Seth Appointed
Enosh Mortal
Kenan Sorrow
Mahalalel The Blessed God
Jared Shall Come Down
Enoch Teaching
Methuselah His Death Shall Bring
Lamech The Despairing
Noah Rest, or Comfort

Is it possible that God’s plan of redemption is right here at the beginning of the Bible?

“Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring  (the) despairing rest.”

Give it some thought. Look up the meanings for yourself. “Test everything. Hold on to the good”
(1 Thessalonians 5:21)

 

Note:
Taken from the website, http://www.allabouttruth.org

 

 

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The Way

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There are so many religions these days like Scientology, New Age Religion, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Baptist and the list goes on and on. It’s easy to be overwhelmed and confused who is right and who is worthy to be followed. Let me make things clearer and easier for you.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
(John 14:6). When you read a sentence and you have the word, the, it simply denotes something/someone as definite. In other words, Jesus is saying that He is the Only way to the Father and no one else. He is It.

Let us take a closer look at the words of  Jesus:

The Way – this means that Jesus is the only Way to the Father. No other religious person can save you no matter how pious he is. Salvation is found in Him alone. Your religion, righteousness or good works can’t save you either. If it can, God would not have sent His Son to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind.
Romans 3:23  says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  This is the reason why Jesus came, to serve as the bridge between us and a perfect God. Without Him, we wouldn’t have any direct access to the Father.

The Truth – Jesus is the Truth. He is perfect and therefore cannot lie. Everything that he says is the truth. His Word is the source of truth. If you trust your truth elsewhere, then you are misled. I know that people nowadays have different beliefs of the truth. Whatever you believe in doesn’t negate the truth of the Bible, and you are not exempted in whatever shape or form on the coming judgment because you believed in a certain kind of  truth.

Don’t be contented with Sunday worship service and hand-me down information by preachers, though that is good, but do your own diligent personal Bible study and find out the truth for yourself. You will grow faster and the Lord will reveal Himself more and strong in your life as you seek Him through His Word.

The Life – Jesus is Life. If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, then you have eternal life. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. Even if you die, you will be resurrected just like how God the Father raised Jesus from the dead on the third day.

To help you start on your journey, I’ve listed below the following verses for your study.

Romans 10: 9-10
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

Acts 2:38
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2: 8-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Romans 10:13
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

John 3:5
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

John 1:12
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

So the next question is, how do you get saved? I’m glad you asked.

You say this prayer (you can say it in your own words but the context is the same)
Note: You have to say this sincerely in your heart not just intellectually.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I know that You are Lord and the Son of God. I’m a sinner and you came to die for my sins and was raised on the third day. Forgive me of my sins and I accept you as my personal Savior. Come into my heart and lead my life from now on. Jesus thank you for saving me. Amen.

Once you’ve said this prayer, I urge you to be a part of a Christian church and ask the minister to baptize you.

Once these 2 things are done, I congratulate and give you a warm welcome to the family of God.

I would love to interact with you and if you have questions about this post, make a comment or use my contact form.

‘Till here and see you next time.

 

 

 

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Wisdom of Proverbs

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There are six things the LORD hates –
no, seven things he detests:
haughty eyes
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord in a family.
(Proverbs 6:16-19)

The book of Proverbs was written by Solomon, son of King David. It is a book full of wisdom to guide us in making  good decisions and a path for rightful living.

Now, let’s take a closer look at this Proverb and dissect it line by line. Webster defines the word, detests as hate, abhor, abominate, having a strong aversion or intense dislike for.

First, haughty eyes mean a proud look. This is a person who is arrogant, shows an insulting attitude who exalts himself as better, smarter or more important than other people. Pride is like a trunk of a tree where all other sins spring forth. James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”   We have to be careful about this especially if you’re rich,  educated, have been blessed with a lot of skills and talents that you look down with those who have less. Whatever skill or resource that is used improperly will ultimately be taken from you and I don’t think you would like that.

Second is a lying tongue. It’s easy for us to lie as if it’s normal and acceptable. It is not. This is detestable in God’s eyes.

Third, hands that kill the innocent. You might say this does not refer to you for you don’t have the capacity to kill innocent people. You haven’t had any abortion or never will. But, this verse also refers to killing your enemy in your mind without acting out the evil per se. If murder is done, this also implies to the making of laws to justify the act when you are in the position to do so.

Fourth, a heart that plots evil. In our heart and mind is where everything is first manufactured. Whatever you devise in your soul (soul refers to your mind, emotion and will) will ultimately be acted out in any form that will bring harm to your neighbor.

Fifth, feet that race to do wrong. This is carrying out of the evil which has been fabricated in the heart. You can’t wait to shed blood with eager anticipation. You seize every opportunity to bring harm to another.

Sixth, a false witness who pours out lies. This is willful giving of false testimony under oath in court. A person who perverts justice wrongs the innocent and releases the guilty. He is disloyal to his county and opposes his own conscience.

This also refers to slander. Giving of false statement to harm someone’s reputation or business. It’s very easy to fall into this trap especially if your envious of other’s status in life. You want to have what they have but since you can’t get it, you mar the reputation and integrity so you won’t feel so bad about yourself. You also give inaccurate information to gain friends and put the other as an outsider.

Seventh, a person who sows discord in a family. This is dissension and strife among brothers in a family. Always promote love, forgiveness and unity for this bring God’s blessings.

We shouldn’t take lightly what God detests. If he hates it, we should too.

 

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The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

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When I read the book of Matthew especially on Jesus genealogy, I find it hard to know whose father and child is such and such because of how it was written. So for better understanding, I’ve decided to graph it in a family tree to have a better visualization of it.

So here goes the genealogy of Jesus:

ABRAHAM

ISAAC

JACOB

JUDAH & HIS BROTHERS

PEREZ & ZERAH
(Parents: Judah & Tamar)

HEZRON
(Father: Perez)

RAM

AMMINADAB

NAHSHON

SALMON

BOAZ
(Parents: Salmon & Rahab)

OBED
(Parents: Boaz & Ruth)

JESSE

KING DAVID

SOLOMON
(Parents: King David & Bathsheba)

REHOBOAM

ABIJAH

ASA

JEHOSHAPHAT

JEHORAM

UZZIAH

JOTHAM

AHAZ

HEZEKIAH

MANASSEH

AMON

JOSIAH

JECONIAH & HIS BROTHERS
(Father: Josiah at the time of the exile to Babylon)

SHEALTIEL
(Father: Jeconiah after the exile to Babylon)

ZERUBBABEL

ABIHUD

ELIAKIM

AZOR

ZADOK

AKIM

ELIHUD

ELEAZAR

MATTHAN

JACOB

JOSEPH – Husband of Mary

JESUS (Who is called the Messiah)

I hope this would help you too as you continue reading God’s Word and in memorizing the names and their stories and how it can be applied in your own life as you go along in your study.

 

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Water and Orientation

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Taken at Isla de Gigantes during my vacation in the Philippines

 

This is my entry for day 3 in Photo 101.

This island was given the name, ‘Gigantes’ which means giants for the locals were able to excavate the ground and found buried remains of bones of size and length which were not of normal people but of giants.

 

 

 

 

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Photography 101: HOME

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Home is a haven where everybody knows you – the real you – more than you ever know yourself but accepts and loves you nonetheless.

 

 

 

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Scriptural Rx: REST

 

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We now live in a fast-paced world. It looks like riding a train picking up passengers which I would like to compare as technological advancements from computers, iPhones, iPads, tablets, etc. The train also picks up new strain of viruses and bacteria. It also includes stresses at home, work, church and other civic organizations aside from our own personal issues. We are constantly pulled in different directions.

I know it’s quite inevitable at this time and age but we are not made to be on the go everyday with little rest.

So how do we rest?

1. God said, “Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall  cease from labor.” (Exodus 23:12)

2. On the seventh day, we should observe a holy day,  a sabbath of complete rest to the LORD.  (Exodus 35:2)

3. God’s presence shall go with you and He will give you rest. (Exodus 33:14)

The 3 pointers could be summed up in having one-day-a-week of rest for ourselves and at the same time a holy day for the Lord by giving him praise and worship in the church. If you are spending time in the Lord’s presence, you will immediately feel refreshed for His Word doesn’t come back void when spoken. It has a spiritual power of giving us rest for our souls. God said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

You see the Bible has a lot of promises and covers everything that you are facing with. You just have to spend time with the Word and talk to him in prayer for your Father in heaven is not only interested in the big issues but in every detail of your life. He is open 24/7, and all He’s waiting for is for you to act.

 

 

 

 

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