In the Wilderness

In the book of Genesis, we find the story of Abraham and Sarah. Sarah not being able to conceive a child had Abraham conceive one with her handmaid Hagar. Once Sarah saw that Hagar conceived, Sarah started to despise Hagar and she fled.

(Genesis 16:6-14) “But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. {7} ¶ And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. {8} And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. {9} And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. {10} And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. {11} And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. {12} And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. {13} And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? {14} Wherefore the well was called Beer–lahai–roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.”

God also told Abraham in Genesis Ch. 17, verse 20, that He would bless Ishmael –  “And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.”

Sarah and Abraham conceived Isaac.

(Genesis 21:9-11)  And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. {10} Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. {11} And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

(Genesis 21:14-21)  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer–sheba. {15} And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. {16} And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

In the wilderness, Hagar forgot what the angel of the LORD told her previously about multiplying her seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. There she was in the wilderness weeping in fear of her son dying. As Christians, we look at our circumstance and let it override what God has spoken to us. When we are in the wilderness we have to hold on to the promises of God no matter what we don’t see.

{17} And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. {18} Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. {19} And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. {20} And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. {21} And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

God’s promises always come to pass.

(Genesis 25:12-16) ” Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham: {13} And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, {14} And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, {15} Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: {16} These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.”

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

Isaiah 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

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The Throne of God

I heard this sermon entitled “You are the temple of the living God” by Pastor Mike Hoggard and I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it. In the sermon, he compares our body to the actual temple of God, showing that God designed us with His temple in mind.

First, he mentioned how the Bible is constructed. The Bible has a total of 66 books, 39 in the old and 27 in the new.  The Bible has a spine and the spine holds everything together. Our backbone has 33 bones, starting from neck to tail. The right side of our body has 33 nerve bundles and the left side of our body has 33 nerve bundles. The whole body has a total of 66 nerve bundles. He also mentioned Jesus was the age of 33 when He died. The number 33 is significant. Numbers represent the order of God Himself.

Revelation 4:2-6 states, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. {2} And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. {3} And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. {4} And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. {5} And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. {6} And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.”

The throne of God is your heart and the heart has 4 chambers which represent the four beast that holds up the throne and the sea of glass is the pericardium, a fluid-filled sac around the heart. Ribs surround the heart which represents the 24 elders clothed in white, our ribs are white. The heart operates through electricity which represents the lightning and sounds like thunderings. Our voice box is close to the lungs and heart and it represents the voices. Our right lung has 3 sections called lobes, the left lung has 2 sections, and 2 trachea which equals 7, this represents the 7 lamps of fire burning before the throne which are the 7 Spirits of God.

 

All Scriptures are KJV only.

 

Don’t Be Offended

(Matthew 13:20-21) “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; {21} Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”

In Matthew 13:20-21 Jesus describes in the parable of the sower people who hear the word and quickly receive it with joy, but have no root and once tribulation or persecution occurs they are offended. In the parable of the sower the seed (the word) can fall upon different types of ground. So, we are the ground, the word is the seed, and the seed must take root and grow. How does it take root and grow you may ask? The seed takes root and grows by reading your Bible daily. It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). The Word of God is your daily food and nutrition for growth. Jesus is the Word as stated in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” He also is the root, Isaiah 53:2 “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.” We see from scripture that Jesus is the Word and the root, so we need to read the Word in order for us to be rooted.

Matthew 13:21 says that once tribulation or persecution occurs these people are offended. For those that think once you become a Christian your life will be all roses, no problems, and no headaches this simply is not true. In John Ch. 15 and continuing in Ch. 16 Jesus talks to His disciples on what to expect in this world after His departure so they wouldn’t be offended (John 16:1 “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.”). Jesus warned them of being thrown out of synagogues and being killed by those who think they are doing the service of God (John 16:2-3). He offered these words of comfort in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

We can look at the testimony of many in the Bible and see that it wasn’t easy to follow Christ. One man in particular, Paul went through much tribulation and persecution. He was beaten, imprisoned, stoned (but survived,Acts 14:19-20), and finally killed for the cause of Christ. The disciples knew that they must continue in the faith and through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22) and we must do the same. 2 Timothy 3:12 says; Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. It doesn’t say we might it says we shall, so we must expect it.

Please “Don’t Be Offended” when tribulation and persecution occurs, take the time now to read and study your Bible daily so you can be rooted and grow. Jesus says in Luke 7:23, “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”

All scriptures are KJV only.