28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
Jesus knew and spoke of the Hand of God ~ Blessing and woe. We see evidence written down before the Temple was destroyed by Titus. Scripture went forth while this looked all was standard day to day.
And Jesus spoke of His Church long before His Church was born.
January 31st Hope Pointe
HopePointe's Father Brian White gave a very fine sermon today on overcoming, surviving, doing the earnest integrity of self responsibility in our actions to Father God. And in His Time, finding our lives hold meaningful Love, Joy, Peace to God and to us.
We have been looking at The Book of Ruth.
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
Solomon shows in his life he has truly listened to David. David records his family history. Solomon tells us Blessing and Woe are from the same Hand of God. Nothing is too hard for God. We steadfastly trust God sees us through hard times and will be with us in good times.
Naomi tells us she is bitter. Call her Mara, bitterness.
The Scriptures tell us of a word very similar to Mara, bitterness.
Abraham called the name of that place Mar-Yah Will Provide. As it is said to this day, "On Mar-Yah's mountain, it will be provided."
The Temple of Jerusalem sits on Mount Moriah
מריא מריא/MarYah is the Aramaic equivalent of the Hebrew יהוה/YHWH . MarYah is literally “Master YHWH”
What do the examples of Ruth and Naomi tell us of overcoming?
~ Believing God is Sovereign. Nothing is too hard for Father God.
To love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength
Naomi believed this. Ruth saw her example. And determined this was her life as well.
~ To see His Word as a Lamp for our feet.
Loving ourselves. Naomi took a wise look at her life and decided leaving a famine struck land was best. There was no nourishment for her here. Not really a safe thing to do, leave starving and walk to Israel. This, Naomi decided, was her next step. Regardless of her embarrassment to return with a bitter life to her hometown.
~ Love your neighbor as yourself.
Naomi told Ruth, go where safety is, go to your people. Ruth knew her people did not worship a Living God. She would see Naomi safely to her people who knew Father God.
~ Naomi and Ruth continued to love Father God by telling their circumstances in a forthright, straight path manner. They trusted God would not ask them to make their difficulties better to bluff about the seriousness.
God was seeing them out of their troubles, by their facing the truth of their circumstances. There was no spin on their situation. Some people would walk away. Naomi and Ruth surely knew this to be a certainty. Jesus promised us we would see trouble in the world.
We overcome the world by believing God that faith leads us to His Promises unseen. When we know The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, we are living His Promises for Eternity - Today. We walk, as Naomi and Ruth did - in faith with Jesus. Being humble.
If Jacob had quit believing God would care for him in Genesis 42 and 43, like so many people quit believing God in difficult times, he would not have completed all of his God given quest for Life. Jacob would not have Spiritually Grown from living in truth - finding Joseph - living forgiveness of his sons. Deciding upon Blessings and remaining in the idea of Blessings. Surely God forgave Moses for not completing the task. Instead, this time, Jacob relied upon God to be merciful and found many portions of life are fulfilled when we lean on God in our belief. Jacob's sons wrestled with life to come to the decision to go forth. They weighed what life and their guilt and sins cost them. And continued in His path.
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[g] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[h] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
The quest, lives ~ Ruth, Naomi, Jacob and his sons were called to do this:
37 in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Give me the heart and the wisdom to walk the Plan and Path You have for me in Jesus Christ. With Your Love I will make my soul a gracious place for You to dwell. Help me to help the people I love to do the same. Let me continue to expect Your Goodness for the People You have given me.
We lift up all the prayer concerns given to us to You, Father God.
We lift up our lives, our Churches, Neighborhoods, Communities, Work Places, City, States, Nation, and The People of the World calling upon You. We look to You in optimism. Let the Glory of God, fill our hearts and lives. We thank You for Your Grace in Salvation and Your Goodness and Mercy. Amen in Jesus.