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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] THOUGHTS BY ANOTHER BIBLE SCHOLAR. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Thursday]

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:39 – 42, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

While Martha was a hard working women striving to prepare a meal for Jesus (Yeshua) whom she loved as a great teacher, But, he said to her, Luke 10:38 – 42, [AV] “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Here Martha was distracted by house work, but Jesus (Yeshua) knew she needed to listen to his teachings as her sister Mary was doing as this would be more beneficial than a finally prepared literal meal. Mary, for her part, had determined that a spiritual feast held the greatest importance. Martha needed the spiritual food that Jesus (Yeshua) was dispensing, and needed to give Him her undivided attention just as her sister Mary was giving.

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[2] Thoughts by Another Bible Scholar

Today, another Bible scholar sent me an email I wish to share with you all with a view to encouraging all to start thinking and reasoning with an open mind. I am NOT endorsing all that this scholar says:

This one's a real hot potato. And it's not something you hear
so much from ancient religious institutions... rather, it's simply
the 'politically correct' way to talk about spirituality these days.

It tends to be expressed something like this: 'You've got your
truth, and I've got my truth. You find a faith that works for
you, and I'll find a faith that works for me.'

Well here's my question:

How many conflicting versions of the truth can actually be true?

I'm not going to use this space to promote an agenda today -- or
to push any specific claim of Ultimate Truth. I'm just going to
highlight a very simple, logical reality that each of us, in our search
for Truth, must recognize. Pardon me if I offend you, but I'm
going to put it bluntly.

It's impossible for all religions to be true.

In other words, if Islam is essentially true, then Buddhism,
Hinduism and Christianity are not. If Buddhism is essentially true,
then Islam, Christianity and Hinduism are not. And so on.

How can I say such a thing? Because if you *really* study these
religions, it will become clear that each makes bold, fundamental
assertions about reality that are not compatible with the others.

For example, Hinduism states that divinity is present in everything.
Christianity, Judaism and Islam all assert that God is distinctly
separate from what he has created. The implications of these different
views run very deep, and they are fundamentally incompatible. It's
logically impossible for both views to be true.

So why bring this up, anyway?

Well first I have to make a confession. I would *like* to believe
that all religions could be true. I would personally *like* to believe
that all paths lead to God. It feels good. It's a kinder view of
the world. It puts everyone on equal footing.

But it just doesn't make sense.

Truth is, by nature, exclusive. There are always more wrong
ways to do just about anything than right ways. There are always
more wrong answers to any given question than right ones.

True?

And you know what? This really raises the stakes. It puts a
real sense of urgency in our search for truth, because it shows
that if we're not careful, we can fall for a half-truth.

On the other hand, if you diligently search, seek
out the facts, and your spiritual journey brings you to
a place where the pieces fit in place - if everything makes
logical sense and it feels right in your heart - then you
should not hesitate to share your joy with others.

OK... now let's stop right now and make something very clear:

If we possess the truth, it doesn't give us the right to
be unkind to those who disagree. It didn't give Bin Laden the
right to declare Jihad, hijack airplanes and fly them into the
World Trade Center. It didn't give so-called 'Christians' the
right to kill people in the Crusades. It doesn't give us the
right to be disrespectful or violent. Nor for members of Islam to supply the spark that started them.

What it does give us is the right - and the confidence -
to go out into the marketplace of ideas and *see* if our Truth
stands up to hard scrutiny.

C.S. Lewis was talking about this very thing when he said,
'You don't need to defend a Lion. You just need to let him
out of his cage.'

If you really do have the truth, then you have nothing to fear.
You don't need to burn books or censor speech. Truth is its
own best defense.

In our modern, sophisticated culture, spirituality gets
locked up in a cage. It's a taboo subject. Discussions about
religion are not considered 'polite conversation.' So nobody
talks about it.

The result? People don't talk to each other. They live in
fear and isolation.

Some folks harbor ideas and notions that make absolutely no
sense, but because those ideas are never brought out into the
light of day, they're never questioned.

Others have great wisdom, but they're afraid to share it with
others!

How sad.

In your search for the truth, then, know that you're not just
looking for something that sounds good. As with any other kind
of truth, it may *not* feel good all the time. Know that you're
looking for something definite, something that will by nature
make some pretty bold claims.

Also, please understand that if someone tells you they
possess the truth, they're not being arrogant. Fact is, they're
either sadly deceived or else they're right. You can't put
someone down for being deceived, and you can't fault someone
for being right!

The real challenge is to discern the difference.[source - Perry Marshall]

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COMBINATION OF[1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] A MUSLIM APOLOGIES HOWwash UNTRUE MISLEADING CRAP: With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Friday]

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:39 – 42, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

While Martha was a hard working women striving to prepare a meal for Jesus (Yeshua) whom she loved as a great teacher, But, he said to her, Luke 10:38 – 42, [AV] “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Here Martha was distracted by house work, but Jesus (Yeshua) knew she needed to listen to his teachings as her sister Mary was doing as this would be more beneficial than a finally prepared literal meal. Mary, for her part, had determined that a spiritual feast held the greatest importance. Martha needed the spiritual food that Jesus (Yeshua) was dispensing, and needed to give Him her undivided attention just as her sister Mary was giving.

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[2] A MUSLIM APOLOGIES HOWwash UNTRUE MISLEADING CRAP:

Since then, 48 people have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, compared to 26 killed by people who claimed to be jihadist. The non-Muslim groups include right-wing, anti-government organizations and white-supremacist groups. [[REALITY, MUSLIMS HAVE KILLED WELL OVER 3,000 PEOPLE IN THE USA SINCE 2000. NO OTHER RELIGION HAS HAD ANY RADICALIZED MEMBER KILL ANYONE. WHY? NO OTHER RELIGION HAS HAD ANY MEMBER RADICALIZED. ALL KILLINGS OTHER THAN RADICALIZED MUSLIMS HAVE BEEN DONE BY MENTAL CASES]]

He went on to say,

Last week’s Charleston shooting — after which reports surfaced of the confessed shooter’s white-supremacist ideology — was included in the count.[[NOT DIRECTED BY ANY RELIGION]]

Other attacks, like the massacres in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, were not included, since they do not appear to have been caused by a specific ideology, the standard used by New America Foundation to qualify terrorism.

This information may shock the public, as post-9/11 trauma has made jihadi terror attacks more prominent in the media, but US law enforcement is well aware of the danger of white extremist groups, the New York Times reported.[[BUT THEY ARE NOT RELIGIOUS GROUPS; WHEREAS, RADICALIZED MUSLIMS ARE.]]

A recent survey done by researchers at the University of North Carolina and Duke University asked 382 US police departments to list top threats and 74 per cent listed anti-government violence, while just 39 per cent said “Al Qaeda-inspired” violence.

“Law enforcement agencies around the country have told us the threat from Muslim extremists is not as great as the threat from right-wing extremists,” Charles Kurzman, a UNC researcher, told the Times.[[NOT SO, JUST ASK THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE LARGEST POLICE DEPARTMENT IN NORTH AMERICA.]]
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http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

RADICALIZED MUSLIMS IN THE US ARMY HAVE EVEN MASACRED OTHER MEMBERS, FOR MORE INFORMATION CHECK OUT THE SOURCES LISTED BELOW:

{ Muslim U.S. Army Officer Kills 13, Wounds 31 at Fort Hood}>> [SOURC - RETRIEVED FROM https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/…/muslim-u-s-army-officer-kil…/ ON 2/13/2015]
<<{ Authorities in New Jersey allege a Muslim man beheaded two Coptic Christians, burying their bodies and heads and hands in separate graves near Philadelphia, bringing the horror of the persecution of Christians in Islamic nations to the United States}>> [sourc - retrieved fromhttp://www.theminorityreportblog.com/…/two-christians-behe…/ on 2/13/2015]

Now let’s look at Muslim atrocities against others elsewhere:
Muslims murdered in genocides over 80 to 100 million Hindus in greater India.
<<{… The Muslim conquests, down to the 16th century, were for the Hindus a pure struggle of life and death. Entire cities were burnt down and the populations massacred, with hundreds of thousands killed in every campaign, and similar numbers deported as slaves. Every new invader made (often literally) his hills of Hindus skulls. Thus, the conquest of Afghanistan in the year 1000 was followed by the annihilation of the Hindu population; the region is still called the Hindu Kush, i.e. Hindu slaughter. The Bahmani sultans (1347-1480) in central India made it a rule to kill 100,000 captives in a single day, and many more on other occasions. The conquest of the Vijayanagar empire in 1564 left the capital plus large areas of Karnataka depopulated. And so on.
According to some calculations, the Indian (subcontinent) population decreased by 80 million between 1000 (conquest of Afghanistan) and 1525 (end of Delhi Sultanate).}>> [sourc - retrieved fromhttp://www.danielpipes.org/comments/29320 on 2/13/2015]

The attempted extinction of the Yazidis, a monotheistic group, by members of Islam recently.
<<{ the threat of extermination posed against the Yazidis, a religious minority driven out of its ancestral home by the Islamic State of self-styled Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.}>>

One of many attempt by Islam to wipe out Buddhism.
<<{ In 1200 Muhammad Khilji, one of Qutb-ud-Din's generals destroyed monasteries fortified by the Sena armies, such as the one at Vikramshila. Many monuments of ancient Indian civilization were destroyed by the invading armies, including Buddhist sanctuaries[45] near Benares. Buddhist monks who escaped the massacre fled to Nepal, Tibet and South India }>>

The attempted extinction of the Zoroastrians by Islam.
<<{.. Suffering of the Zoroastrians during the rule of Shah Abbas the Great ( 1587 -1628A.D .) in particular was intensified. The eastern and Pahlavi philosophy had been revived and gained momentum. He was determined to crash the movement at root The followers of Darvish Mahmood Passikhani who were called Ajamiyoun (Persians) and believed that the Arab era is over and the new Persian period is to begin were massacred. Shah Abbas personally executed several of their leaders. His serious concern about the Pahlavi philosophy and reversion caused him to carry a harsh anti Zoroastrian policy. In a letter dated Bahman Rooz, Ardibehesht Mah,1 005 Yazdgardi (1015 Hijri), the Zarthushtis of Sharifabad, Yazd wrote to the Parsis of India: "In the year 977 Yazdgardi (987 Hijri) the agents of Shah Abbas came to Yazd to confiscate our religious books. They murdered two Mobeds who refused to surrender them. In Turkabad many Mobeds who refused to surrender the books were killed. The agents plundered and destroyed many scriptures here.” Professor Zabih Behtooz writes, "Shah Abbas executed many intellectuals and Zoroastrians under the pretext of atheism.”}>> [sourc - retrieved fromhttp://zorost.blogspot.com/ on 2/13/2015]

The attempted extinction of the Buddhist by Islam.
<<{ Genocidal Islamic Jihad blamed for the extinction of Buddhism in India … The Buddhist regions of Afghanistan and Western Punjab fell rapidly to the Islamic crusaders as did the far flung regions of predominantly Buddhist East Bengal. The story of Central Asia was repeated with the destruction of great Buddhist centres like at Nalanda and the slaying of their organised priesthood leaving a confused and leaderless populace.}>> [sourc - retrieved from http://www.goddiscussion.com/…/genocidal-islamic-jihad-bla…/ on 2/13/2015]

SO NOW IT IS CLEAR THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO BLAME OTHERS FRO WHAT THEY ARE GUILTY OF – RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE, MURDER, AND GENOCIDE AND TO USE THE MURDER OF 3 MUSLIMS BY A NUT IN A RAGE OVER A PARKING SPACE AS THE EXCUSE.

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ALSO,

With respect to what one north American politician said on Muslims, Mort Klein. The President of the Zionist Organizations of America said, “…rationalize Trump’s position saying, ‘Few people would oppose Hindus or Buddists or Christians coming to America, but Hindus or Buddhist or Christians are not saying or doing things that threaten people’s lives, Muslims are.’” [sourc - retrieved from Jewish Journal, Palm Beach North, page 5, December 23, 2015}.

And, he said, “In addition, according to a 2007 poll cited in the article, “Opposing Syrian Muslim Refugees is a Jewish value,” a staggering 77% of Syrians support Hamas, a terrorist organization, whose Charter calls for murdering every Jew. Hamas trainers and trainees, who are in Syria, may very well enter the United States as Syrian “refugees.”
…Syrian Muslims are indoctrinated from an early age to celebrate martyrdom, act violently towards “enemies” and hate Jews and Israel. A chilling recent study of Syrian textbooks found vicious anti-Semitic teachings….

San Bernardino terrorist specifically targeted and killed a pro-Israel Messianic Jewish co-worker, Nicholas Thalasinos. According to the victim’s friend, Farook had been threatening Nicholas, “telling him that Islam will rule the world, that Christians and Jews deserve to dic, and that he (Nicholas) was going to die.” [sourc - retrieved from Jewish Journal, Palm Beach North, page 10, December 23, 2015}.

CONCLUSION – MY TAKE ON THIS MUSLIM APOLOGIST HOGwash CRAP:

FIRST, NOW WHAT OTHER RELIGION HAS BEEN SO VIOLENT THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY? HINT, NONE. THEY HAVE BEEN VIOLENT FROM THEIR BEGINNING AND MAKE LAUGHABLE FALSE CLAIMS SUCH AS “EVERYONE IS BORN A MUSLIM,” WHICH IS PATENTLY ABSURD TO THE EXTREME. TO LEARN MORE, GO TO http://w11.zetaboards.com/ReligiousTruths/topic/7631102/1/#new

TWO, MENTAL CASES IN THE USA HAVE BY CONTRAST ONLY KILLED ABOUT 1,000 PEOPLE; WHEREAS, MEMBERS OF ISLAM, FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS, HAVE KILLED WELL OVER 3,000 PEOPLE IN THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME.

THIRD, MANY MEMBERS OF ISLAM WANT SHARIA LAW (UNJUST LAW) IMPLEMENTED AND THE QURAN SPECIFICALLY REQUIRES WHEN THEY GET IN COMMAND TO TAX OTHERS FOR NOT BEING MEMBERS OF THEIR RELIGION (OR TO KILL THEM), FOR DETAILS, GO TO SURAS 9:28 – 30 IN ANY QURAN AND READ IT FOR YOUR SELF.

FOURTH, THEY FORM MUSLIM RAPE GANGS IN MANY COUNTRIES TO RAPE NONE MEMBERS. TO READ THE PROOF, GO TO THE FOLLOWING:
1) http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/muslim-child-rape-gangs-britain
2) www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3846
3) www.frontpagemag.com/.../britain-grapples...muslim-sex-gangs
4) www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZCQ9ZWfCuQ
5) www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3068/muslim...rape-gangs-britain
6) www.caringforourchildrenfoundation.org/?p=21500
7) www.mrctv.org/videos/dispatches-muslim-rape-gangs-england

FIFTH, THEY CLAIM OTHERS ARE ISLAMPHOBIC, BUT REALITY TELLS A DIFFERENT STORY. WHY? THIS TERM IS A MISNOMER SINCE A PHOBIA IS AN UNREASONABLE AND/OR IMAGINARY FEAR; WHEREAS, WITH RESPECT ISLAM, IT IS A VERY REAL AND PRESENT DANGER. TO WIT, NO ONE EVER LOST HIS HEAD TO A PHOBIA, BUT MANY HAVE BEEN BEHEADED BY ISLAM, BEEN BLOWN UP BY THEIR SUICIDE BOMBERS, AND LOST THEIR LIVES BY MANY OTHER WICKED ACTS OF WICKED ISLAM.

SIXTH, THEY CLAIM OTHERS ARE RACIST, BUT REALITY SHOWS THAT MEMBERS OF ISLAM ARE THE MOST BIGOTED, RACIST, DISCRIMINATING OF ALL, EVEN WANTING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND OTHER COUNTRIES STATE SUPPORTED MUSLIM FAITH BASED SCHOOLS ONLY FOR MUSLIMS.

SEVENTH, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ALL RELIGIONS TO BE TRUE. IN OTHER WORDS, IF ISLAM IS ESSENTIALLY TRUE, THEN BUDDHISM, HINDUISM AND CHRISTIANITY ARE NOT. IF BUDDHISM IS ESSENTIALLY TRUE, THEN ISLAM, CHRISTIANITY AND HINDUISM ARE NOT. AND SO ON. HOW CAN I SAY SUCH A THING? BECAUSE IF YOU *REALLY* STUDY THESE RELIGIONS, IT WILL BECOME CLEAR THAT EACH MAKES BOLD, FUNDAMENTAL ASSERTIONS ABOUT REALITY THAT ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE OTHERS.


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COMBINATION OF THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES. With the Scripture of the Day first.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Saturday]

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:8, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Is important to focus on the meaning of what you are reading in Almighty God’s (YHWH’s) book for our guidance, the Bible; in other words, we must meditate on what we are reading in order to gain an accurate understanding. This is stressed at Psalms 63:6, [AV] “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” In fact Jesus (Yeshua) meditated a lot and prayed constantly to His Father as shown at Luke 6:12, [AV] “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

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THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES:

Here is a Commentary on Bountiful Trees and Vegetables God (YHWH) has provided for mankind, specifically the Lucma, Pouteria obovata is a tree in the Sapotaceae family. Confusingly, this is not the same plant that was formerly known by the same scientific name, the Andean Pouteria lucuma. The common name in Australia is the Northern Yellow Boxwood. It occurs in many parts of south-east Asia, Micronesia, and on islands of the Indian Ocean,[1] and has local common names there.

The tree was first described as Sersalisia obovata by Robert Brown in his 1810 work Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae,[2] before being moved to its current binomial name by Baehni in 1942.[3] The specific epithet obovata refers to the reverse ovate shape of the leaf. There is discussion whether this plant should remain named as Planchonella obovata, with the Queensland herbarium supporting this.[4] A genetic analysis of material found that material from Papua New Guinea was isolated and was a sister to a group comprising material from Australia and Indonesia. Indumentum was present on the leaf surface of the Australian and Indonesian samples, and absent in material from Papua New Guinea.[5]

Pouteria obovata grows as a bushy-crowned tree reaching a maximum height of 10 to 20 metres (35-70 ft). The leaves hairy when young, with upper surfaces becoming smooth and shiny. They are roughly oval- to spear-shaped and measure 6–24 cm (2.4-9.6 in) long, and 1.5–15 cm (0.6-6 in) wide. Appearing from August to October, the tiny greenish-white flowers grow in clusters. Flowering is followed by round red or blue berries 1-1.5 cm (0.4-0.6 in) in diameter. Each berry contains one to five seeds which are yellow when ripe.[6]

* It can be grown in conditions with good drainage with sunny aspect, and can be propagated by seed. The wood is used for turning and cabinet-making.[6]

References
1. ^ "Pouteria obovata". USA Department of Agriculture.
2. ^ "Sersalisia obovata R.Br.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
3. ^ "Pouteria obovata (R.Br.) Baehni". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
4. ^ "New names and taxa for Queensland plants, algae, lichens, bryophytes and fungi July 2007 to June 2008". Queensland Government - Environment and Resource Management. Department of Environment and Resource Management, State Government of Queensland. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
5. ^ Teguh Triono, Anthony H. D. Brown, Judy G. West, Michael D. Crisp (2007). "A phylogeny of Pouteria (Sapotaceae) from Malesia and Australasia". Australian Systematic Botany 20 (2): 107–18. doi:10.1071/SB06011.
6. ^ a b Elliot, Rodger W.; Jones, David L.; Blake, Trevor (1997). Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants Suitable for Cultivation: Vol. 7. Port Melbourne: Lothian Press. p. 357. ISBN 0-85091-634-8. (source - retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pouteria_obovata on 1/19/2013)
Pictures can be viewed at:
1 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pouteria_obovata_RGB_Sydney.jpg
2 - https://www.google.com/search?q=pouteria+obovata&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=0Uz&tbo=u&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ler6UJH5CuPV0gHGhICwAQ&ved=0CD0QsAQ&biw=1152&bih=720

In Genesis 1:11-13, "And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day. (American Standard Version, ASV)[for more details, go to www.jw.org].

When flowering or fruiting, this tree should be unmistakable. The flowers are small and white and are are arranged in clusters around the stems. I think this tree might have good potential for ornamental planting, especially if kept small. (source - retrieved from http://florafnq.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/planchonella-obovata-sapotaceae/ on 1/19/2013)

Round or oval, green fruit with a bright yellow pulp that is said to very appealing. Fruits can have an odd aftertaste. It is very popular in parts of South America. [[EXERCISE CAUTION BEFORE EATING AS IT IS RUMORED THAT SOME VARIETIES OF THIS FRUIT MAY NOT BE GOOD FOR YOU.]]
Description: Medium sized tree from 25-50ft high. The lucuma is subtropical and naturally grows at elevations of 9000-10000ft in Peru.

Hardiness: It will tolerate several degrees of frost and grows well in cooler than tropical climates.
Growing Environment: Grow in full sun. Will adapt to dry locations.

Propagation: By seeds. (source - retrieved from http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/lucuma.htm on 1/19/2013)
The Encyclopedia of Nuts and Fruits says, “A number of green sapote relatives have edible fruit including sapodilla (Manilkara zapota van ... and lucuma (Pouteria obovata Baehni)” (source - retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?id=cjHCoMQNkcgC&pg=PA843&lpg=PA843&dq=Is+the+fruit+of+pouteria+obovata+edible&source=bl&ots=u_-s9t-GW2&sig=VBjy-obKTqre62-y6mhZjE9UiAU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=sO36ULfvF-i40gH1uYHoCg&ved=0CEQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Is%20the%20fruit%20of%20pouteria%20obovata%20edible&f=false on //2013)

How this tree and other plants absorb water from the ground. Plants have developed an effective system to absorb, translocate, store, and utilize water. Plants contain a vast network of conduits, which consists of xylem and phloem tissues. These conducting tissues start in the roots and continue up through the trunks of trees, into the branches and then into every leaf. Phloem tissue is made of living elongated cells that are connected to one another and responsible for translocating nutrients and sugars (carbohydrates), which are produced by leaves for energy and growth. The xylem is also composed of elongated cells but once the cells are formed, they die. The walls of the xylem cells still remain intact and serve as an excellent peipline to transport water from the roots to the leaves.

The main driving force of water uptake and transport into a plant is transpiration of water from leaves through specialized openings called stomata. Heat from the sun causes the water to evaporate, setting this ‘water chain’ in motion. The evaporation creates a negative water vapor pressure. Water is pulled into the leaf to replace the water that has transpired from the leaf. This pulling of water, or tension, occurs in the xylem of the leaf. Since the xylem is a continuous water column that extends from the leaf to the roots, this negative water pressure extends into the roots and results in water uptake from the soil. [adapted from: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=follow-up-how-do-trees-ca ]

Clearly this clever water transport system shows a superior intelligence of the Creator (YHWH).


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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] TIMELINE OF CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Sunday]

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16 – 17, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Almighty God (YHWH) gave mankind the gift of language so they could pray to Him and give Him praise. Psalms 40:5, [AV] “Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us–ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Which high-lights the wonderful gifts He has given mankind.

In fact Psalms 92:5, shows how in-depth this gifts, [AV] “O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.” Which clearly shows His thoughts go very deep. This same thought is amplified at Psalms 139:17, [AV] “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!”

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[2] Timeline of Creation of the Universe:

BEFORE CREATION BEGAN:

At first God (YHWH) was all alone as he always existed, i.e., had no beginning. Simple Biblical fact, At one time, God (YHWH) was the only being that existed. The universe, the angels, and all else did NOT EXIST. Then God (YHWH) started creating as recorded at Revelation 4:11, "Worthy art thou, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power: for thou didst create all things, and because of thy will they were, and were created." (American Standard Version; ASV); and Psalms 148:1-6, "Praise ye Jehovah. Praise ye Jehovah from the heavens: Praise him in the heights. 2 Praise ye him, all his angels: Praise ye him, all his host. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: Praise him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, And ye waters that are above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the name of Jehovah; For he commanded, and they were created. 6 He hath also established them for ever and ever: He hath made a decree which shall not pass away." (ASV); and Hebrews 3:4, "For every house is builded by some one; but he that built all things is God." (ASV). So all EXCEPT GOD (YHWH) was created, and that would include his only begotten Son, Jesus (Yeshua).

In other words is of course is per Psalms 83:18, "That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth."

SECOND PERIOD:

God (YHWH) out of love which is his primary attribute per 1 John 4:8, "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love" (Authorized King James Bible; AV) so he started creating. His first creation was his beloved only begotten Son that we now know as Jesus (Yeshua) Christ per Colossians 1:15, " Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:" (AV); and Revelations 3:14, "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans F1 write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;" (AV).

He used this beloved only begotten Son, then known as Wisdom, but now after his incarnation as a human known as Jesus (Yeshua) as his master worker per Proverbs 8:22-31, "Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Before the earth was. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills was I brought forth; 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, Nor the beginning of the dust of the world. 27 When he established the heavens, I was there: When he set a circle upon the face of the deep, 28 When he made firm the skies above, When the fountains of the deep became strong, 29 When he gave to the sea its bound, That the waters should not transgress his commandment, When he marked out the foundations of the earth; 30 Then I was by him, [as] a master workman; And I was daily [his] delight, Rejoicing always before him, 31 Rejoicing in his habitable earth; And my delight was with the sons of men." (ASV). Clearly showing that he had been created before God (YHWH) started his creation of all else. This is clearly shown by, ", "Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Before the earth was.." ; and by, "25 Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills was I brought forth;" clearly showing that his Father, Almighty God (YHWH) had brought him forth and/or created him before all else. Therefore he could say, "When he established the heavens, I was there:"

That is why Jesus (Yeshua) could say at John 8:58, "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was born, I am.." (ASV) so Jesus (Yeshua) could say he existed before Abraham, but the religious leaders could not accept this. Why? Because it contradicted their strongly held creedal beliefs!

God (YHWH) as shown in Proverbs and reiterated at Colossians 1:16-17, "for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; 17 and he is before all things, and in him all things consist." (ASV) as his master worker, harkening back to Proverbs 8:22-31 previously quoted. Thus, Paul could say at Colossians 1:18, "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (ASV). Why was this? The Bible explains because it pleased his Father, God Almighty (YHWH) as Colossians 1:19, "For it was the good pleasure [of the Father] that in him should all the fulness dwell;" (ASV). As can be readily seen, he was not only made the first of creation by his Father, God (YHWH), but the first in everything including the first to be resurrected to heaven.

This fact, that God (YHWH), his Father, used him as his master worker is further highlighted at John 1:2-4, "The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men." (ASV), note the fact that, "all things were made through him," which once more harkens back to Proverbs 8:22-31 previously quoted. The beginning here likewise refers to the beginning of the creation of all else after he created Jesus (Yeshua), and not to a beginning for God (YHWH) as he always existed, and therefore had no beginning as clearly shown at Psalms 90:2, "Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." (ASV); and Psalms 93:2, "Thy throne is established of old: Thou art from everlasting" (ASV), and 1 Timothy 1:17, "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, [be] honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." (ASV).
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Because he is the only begotten Son of God, and therefore like any son would be a lot like any son would be a lot like his Father, Almighty God; to wit, in heaven a spirit being, it can be said that all fullness of the divine quality dwells in him or as commonly rendered in English, Godhead bodily, per Colossians 2:9, "for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily," (ASV). That is why at Isaiah 9:6 in ancient Hebrew the term 'El Gib-Bohr' or mighty god was applied to Jesus (Yeshua), and NOT "El Shaddi,' God Almighty which is applied to his Father, Almighty God (YHWH) at Genesis 17:1. Therefore, there is no violation of Exodus 20:3, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (ASV) since Jesus (Yeshua) is NOT a god before and/or equal to his Father, Almighty God (YHWH) [El Shaddi in ancient Hebrew]. Of course the fact that Jesus (Yeshua) is a deity is to be expected due to who his Father (YHWH) is, who always has existed unlike his son which follows.

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Monday]

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 1 Timothy 4:15 – 16, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Almighty God (YHWH) has given mankind amazing abilities that He did not give to the animals. Man is able to communicate with the spoken word, read, write and understand the spoken word. He can use these miraculous gifts to praise God, or he can use them for unworthy purposes. As Revelation 4:11 states, [AV] “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

He created us with His attributes of cognitive reasoning, the ability to love, and the ability to meditate on spiritual things per Genesis 1:27, [AV] “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

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[2] What Does The Term 'God' Imply

INTRODUCTION:

Many individuals have the wrong conception with respect the noun 'God' which in its capitalized from, by convention in the English language is used strictly to refer to the supreme being.

Some individuals fail to realize that this term 'God' or 'god' applies strictly to a single a single being and not to multiple beings. For example, they try to apply it to a father and a son such as the Dualist, Trinitarians, and Hindus do, but this is improper usage and not in keeping with reality or grammar.

FIRST, Let's consider what the dictionary definition is:

Let's look at 'The American Heritage(r) Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000." And see the reality or fact:

God - NOUN

1. God a. A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions. b. The force, effect, or a manifestation or aspect of this being. 2. A being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people, especially a male deity thought to control some part of nature or reality. 3. An image of a supernatural being; an idol. 4. One that is worshiped, idealized, or followed: Money was their god. 5. A very handsome man. 6. A powerful ruler or despot.

ETYMOLOGY - Middle English, from Old English.

As can be readily seen, God is singular as it says ". A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions. b. The force, effect, or a manifestation or aspect of this being." NOT BEINGS.

The plural forum therefore would follow general rules for English grammar with the plural for more than one being being formed by adding s, so we can readily see the error of those trying to apply a noun for a single being in its singular form to more than one being.

SECOND, Let's consider what one of the most well known verses in the Bible shows. His name as used at Exodus 6:3 clearly shows it as singular, "and I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as God Almighty; but by my name Jehovah I was not known to them." (American Standard Version; ASV)

THIRD, Let's look at what Smith's Bible Dictionary says on the subject. From Smith's Bible Dictionary:

God [N] [T] [E]

(good ). Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures two chief names are used for the one true divine Being--ELOHIM, commonly translated God in our version, and JEHOVAH, translated Lord . Elohim is the plural of Eloah (in Arabic Allah ); it is often used in the short form EL (a word signifying strength , as in EL-SHADDAI, God Almighty, the name by which God was specially known to the patriarchs. (Genesis 17:1; 28:3; Exodus 6:3) The etymology is uncertain, but it is generally agreed that the primary idea is that of strength, power of effect , and that it properly describes God in that character in which he is exhibited to all men in his works, as the creator, sustainer and supreme governor of the world. The plural form of Elohim has given rise to much discussion. The fanciful idea that it referred to the trinity of persons in the Godhead hardly finds now a supporter among scholars. It is either what grammarians call the plural of majesty , or it denotes the fullness of divine strength, the sum of the powers displayed by God. Jehovah denotes specifically the one true God, whose people the Jews were, and who made them the guardians of his truth. The name is never applied to a false god, nor to any other being except one, the ANGEL-JEHOVAH who is thereby marked as one with God, and who appears again in the New Covenant as "God manifested in the flesh." Thus much is clear; but all else is beset with difficulties. At a time too early to be traced, the Jews abstained from pronouncing the name, for fear of its irreverent use. The custom is said to have been founded on a strained interpretation of (Leviticus 24:16) and the phrase there used, "THE NAME" (Shema ), is substituted by the rabbis for the unutterable word. In reading the Scriptures they substituted for it the word ADONAI (Lord ), from the translation of which by Kurios in the LXX., followed by the Vulgate, which uses Dominus , we have the LORD of our version. The substitution of the word Lord is most unhappy, for it in no way represents the meaning of the sacred name. The key to the meaning of the name is unquestionably given in God's revelation of himself to Moses by the phrase "I AM THAT I AM," (Exodus 3:14; 6:3) We must connect the name Jehovah with the Hebrew substantive verb to be , with the inference that it expresses the essential, eternal, unchangeable being of Jehovah. But more, it is not the expression only, or chiefly, of an absolute truth: it is a practical revelation of God, in his essential, unchangeable relation to this chosen people, the basis of his covenant. [source - Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'God'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.]

FOURTH, Now the question arises with regard to what sense those wrongly trying to use a noun form for a singular being to apply to multiple beings in violation of all rules of grammar and noun count are doing so. Oh, so in what sense are you using God? Are you using one of the two following from the International Encyclopedia of the Bible,

Idolatry:

Idolatry is a term of still more definite significance. It means that the object is at least selected, as being the permanent habitation or symbol of the deity; and, generally, it is marked by some degree of human workmanship, designed to enable it the more adequately to represent the deity. It is not to be supposed that men ever worship mere "stocks and stones," but they address their worship to objects, whether fetishes or idols, as being the abodes or images of their god. It is a natural and common idea that the spirit has a form similar to the visible object in which it dwells. Paul reflected the heathen idea accurately when he said, "We ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and device of man" (Acts 17:29).

Polytheism:

The belief in many gods, and the worship of them, is an attitude of soul compatible with Animism, Fetishism, and Idolatry, or it may be independent of them all. The term Polytheism is more usually employed to designate the worship of a limited number of well-defined deities, whether regarded as pure disembodied spirits, or as residing in the greater objects of Nature, such as planets or mountains, or as symbolized by images "graven by art and device of man." In ancient Greece or modern India the great gods are well defined, named and numerable, and it is clearly understood that, though they may be symbolized by images, they dwell apart in a spiritual realm above the rest of the world.

So it is obvious some are definitely misusing the word to support some creedal doctrine of one kind or another which is misrepresentation at its worse, but in keeping with 2 Corinthians 4:4, "in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn [upon them]." (American Standard Version; ASV).

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] ALL WHO SEEK TO LIVE GODLY LIVES WILL BE TESTED . With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Tuesday]

Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. 20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me. Jeremiah 6:19 – 20, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Whereas, James 1:21 – 27 clearly shows how we must live our lives to be pleasing to Almighty God (YHWH), [AV] “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

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[2] ALL WHO SEEK TO LIVE GODLY LIVES WILL BE TESTED:

All who seek to be true footstep followers of Jesus (Yeshua) Christ today will be continually tested by the workers of iniquity, the religious creed list, just as their master was in his day on earth. This was testified to by Jesus (Yeshua) at John 15:20, "Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also." (RSV).

OR as one individual so well put it:

Fact...jesus was the son of god

Fact...religous people did not believe it.

Fact...they found god in the way and not on the way.

Now let's look at how they tested Jesus (Yeshua) to get an idea of how this same type would test His footstep followers of today.

Matthew 16:1-4 , "And the Pharisees and Sad'ducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.' 3 And in the morning, 'It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah." So he left them and departed." (Revised Standard Version; RSV).

Matthew 22:15-22 , " Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in his talk. 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Hero'di-ans, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the money for the tax." And they brought him a coin. 20 And Jesus said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" 21 They said, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." 22 When they heard it, they marveled; and they left him and went away." (RSV).

Matthew 22:34-40, " But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad'ducees, they came together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets." (RSV).

Mark 8:10-12, " And he sent them away; and immediately he got into the boat with his disciples, and went to the district of Dalmanu'tha. 11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation." (RSV).

Mark 10:2-9, "And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" 3 He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" 4 They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away." 5 But Jesus said to them, "For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.' 7 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." (RSV).

Mark 12:13-17, "And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Hero'di-ans, to entrap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 15 Should we pay them, or should we not?" But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why put me to the test? Bring me a coin, and let me look at it." 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said to him, "Caesar's." 17 Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at him." (RSV).

Mark 10:25-28, "And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Hero'di-ans, to entrap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 15 Should we pay them, or should we not?" But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why put me to the test? Bring me a coin, and let me look at it." 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said to him, "Caesar's." 17 Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at him." (RSV).

John 8:3-11, "The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?" 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." 8 And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus looked up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again." (RSV).

But these workers of iniquity who continue to test and try to entrap Jesus' (Yeshua's) true footstep followers just as they did Jesus (Yeshua) in his day should bear in mind,

1 Corinthians 3:11-15, "For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw-- 13 each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire." (RSV).

1 Corinthians 10:6-11, " Now these things are warnings for us, not to desire evil as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to dance." 8 We must not indulge in immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9 We must not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come." (RSV).


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COMBINATION OF THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES. With the Scripture of the Day first.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Wednesday]

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. Revelation 18:4 – 8, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

In ancient times, Almighty God (YHWH) had His prophet Micah give warning of a future judgment for all of mankind at Micah 3:8 – 12, [AV] “But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. 9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. 10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. 11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. 12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.”

And Jude at Jude 4 warns of evil men creeping into the Christian faith, [AV] “4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” He goes on to inform us of the fact that they are reserved up for judgment at Jude 5 – 7, [AV] “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

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THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES:

Here is a Commentary on Bountiful Trees and Vegetables God (YHWH) has provided for mankind, specifically the Brassica oleracea, Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowerhead is eaten as a vegetable.
The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, which means "the flowering crest of a cabbage", and is the diminutive form of brocco, meaning "small nail" or "sprout".[3] Broccoli is often boiled or steamed but may be eaten raw.[4]
Broccoli is classified in the Italica cultivar group of the species Brassica oleracea. Broccoli has large flower heads, usually green in color, arranged in a tree-like structure branching out from a thick, edible stalk. The mass of flower heads is surrounded by leaves. Broccoli resembles cauliflower, which is a different cultivar group of the same species.
Broccoli is a result of careful breeding of cultivated leafy cole crops in the northern Mediterranean starting in about the 6th century BC.[5] Since the time of the Roman Empire, broccoli has been considered a uniquely valuable food among Italians.[6] Broccoli was brought to England from Antwerp in the mid-18th century by Peter Scheemakers.[7] Broccoli was first introduced to the United States by Italian immigrants, but did not become widely known there until the 1920s.[8]
There are three commonly grown types of broccoli. The most familiar is Calabrese broccoli, often referred to simply as "broccoli", named after Calabria in Italy. It has large (10 to 20 cm) green heads and thick stalks. It is a cool season annual crop.Sprouting broccoli has a larger number of heads with many thin stalks. Purple cauliflower is a type of broccoli sold in southern Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. It has a head shaped like cauliflower, but consisting of tiny flower buds. It sometimes, but not always, has a purple cast to the tips of the flower buds.
Other cultivar groups of Brassica oleracea include cabbage (Capitata Group),cauliflower and Romanesco broccoli (Botrytis Group), kale and collard greens(Acephala Group), kohlrabi (Gongylodes Group), Brussels sprouts (Gemmifera Group), and kai-lan (Alboglabra Group).[9] Rapini, sometimes called "broccoli raab" among other names, forms similar but smaller heads, and is actually a type of turnip (Brassica rapa). Broccolini or "Tenderstem broccoli" is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. Beneforté is a variety of broccoli containing 2-3 times more glucoraphanin that was produced by crossing broccoli with a wild Brassica variety, Brassica oleracea var villosa.[10]
Cultivation:
Broccoli is a cool-weather crop that does poorly in hot summer weather. Broccoli grows best when exposed to an average daily temperature between 18 and 23 °C (64 and 73 °F).[12] When the cluster of flowers, also referred to as a "head" of broccoli, appear in the center of the plant, the cluster is green. Garden pruners or shears are used to cut the head about an inch from the tip. Broccoli should be harvested before the flowers on the head bloom bright yellow.[13]
While the heading broccoli variety performs poorly in hot weather, mainly due to insect infestation, the sprouting variety is more resistant, though attention must be paid to sucking insects (such as aphids), caterpillars and whiteflies. Spraying ofbacillus thuringiensis can control caterpillar attacks, while a citronella vase may ward off whiteflies.[14]
Pests:
Mostly introduced by accident, "cabbage worms", the larvae of Pieris rapae, the small white butterfly are a common pest in broccoli.
Nutrition:
Broccoli, raw (edible parts)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy
141 kJ (34 kcal)

Carbohydrates
6.64 g
Sugars
1.7 g
Dietary fiber
2.6 g

Fat
0.37 g

Protein
2.82 g

Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(4%)
31 ?g
(3%)
361 ?g
1403 ?g
Thiamine (B1)
(6%)
0.071 mg
Riboflavin (B2)
(10%)
0.117 mg
Niacin (B3)
(4%)
0.639 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(11%)
0.573 mg
Vitamin B6
(13%)
0.175 mg
Folate (B9)
(16%)
63 ?g
Vitamin C
(107%)
89.2 mg
Vitamin E
(5%)
0.78 mg
Vitamin K
(97%)
101.6 ?g

Minerals
Calcium
(5%)
47 mg
Iron
(6%)
0.73 mg
Magnesium
(6%)
21 mg
Manganese
(10%)
0.21 mg
Phosphorus
(9%)
66 mg
Potassium
(7%)
316 mg
Sodium
(2%)
33 mg
Zinc
(4%)
0.41 mg

Other constituents
Water
89.3 g

Full Link to USDA Database entry
* Units
* ?g = micrograms • mg = milligrams
* IU = International units
Percentages are roughly approximated usingUS recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
A 100 gram serving of raw broccoli provides 34 calories and is an excellent source (> 19% of the Daily Value, DV) of vitamin C and vitamin K (table). Raw broccoli also contains moderate amounts (10-19% DV) of several B vitaminsand the dietary mineral, manganese, whereas other essential nutrients are in low content (table). Broccoli has low content of carbohydrates, protein, fat anddietary fiber (table).
Boiling broccoli reduces the levels of sulforaphane, with losses of 20–30% after five minutes, 40–50% after ten minutes, and 77% after thirty minutes.[15][16] However, other preparation methods such as steaming,[16][17]microwaving, and stir frying had no significant effect on the compounds.[15]
Broccoli also contains the carotenoid compounds, lutein and zeaxanthin (table) in amounts about 6 times lower than in kale. [SOURC - RETRIEVED FROM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broccoli ON 1/01/2016]
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Broccoli, this dark green leafy vegetable is loaded with lots of essential minerals and vitamins and packed with tremendous health benefits. It’s a powerhouse of iron, calcium, protein, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also contains rich antioxidants that fight against many infections and illnesses, including cancers.
According to The American Society, consuming more broccoli can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer as it contains phytochemicals, which are with anti-cancer properties and help the body get rid of H.pylori, a bacterium which has been found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer.
Broccoli also contains indole-3-carbinol, an anti-carcinogen that may hinder the growth of breast and prostate cancer.
Broccoli regulates the blood pressure thanks to the high amount of potassium it contains. It’s also rich in cholesterol-reducing fiber, which can help lower cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
As one of the most popular vegetables all over the world, it is widely used in variety of dishes. To preserve the nutrients in it, it’s better to eat them raw as salad. While if your family don’t really like broccoli, combine it with lemon, honey and apples in a tasty smoothie, you will get the perfect combination, and it even help to prevent cancer as well as treat cancer.
How to prepare the broccoli smoothie with apple, lemon and honey
Ingredients:
* 100g fresh broccoli
* 100ml water
* 1 green apple
* 1 tablespoon raw honey
* 2 tablespoon lemon juice
Directions:
Wash the broccoli and apple and cut them into small chunks.
Put all the pieces and lemon juice with water into the blender.
Blend well and transfer the juice in a big cup. Add honey to taste. Enjoy your smoothie.
You will love the taste even you don’t really fancy broccoli. And there is no doubt that broccoli is a nutritional wonder that is with other health benefits:
1. Slow down the aging process
Diindolylmethane (DIM), a compound found in broccoli, has been found to slow down the aging process and promote life extension.
2. Prevent constipation
Broccoli is an excellent source of fiber, one cup of steamed broccoli contains about 5 grams of fiber, which helps prevent constipation and also promotes digestion.
3. Get rid of toxins from the body
According to chatelaine.com:
Most toxins that pose a risk to our cells are detoxified in our body through a two-step process. What’s remarkable about broccoli is its ability to alter activity in both steps: The glucosinolates in broccoli assist the first step in detoxification (called Phase I) and its sulforaphane content supports the second step (called Phase II).
Broccoli is also considered as a good detoxifier due to the presence of vitamin C, sulfur and amino acids, which help eliminate free radicals and toxins from the body.
4. Good for your vision
The good amount of beta-carotene in broccoli protect the eyes against macular degeneration and help you maintain healthy eyesight.
5. Promote weight loss
Broccoli can help you healthy and keep the slim waist as well. A cup of cooked broccoli contains just about 40 calories, means this is a vegetable that has a good effect on your weight.
6. Prevent anemia in pregnancy
Broccoli prevents anemia thanks to its rich content of iron ( contains 1.2 mg. of iron per 100 g.) as well as vitamin C ( increases iron absorption).
Sources: http://www.prweb.net/Redirect.aspx?id=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5kaWluZG9seWxtZXRoYW5lLm9yZy8=, bestherbalhealth.com,indiatimes.com, naturalhealthmagazine.net
Originally Published: http://blogs.naturalnews.com/healthiest-broccoli-smoothie-fights-cancer-regulates-blood-pressure-2/

In Genesis 1:11-13, "And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day. (American Standard Version, ASV)[for more details, go to www.jw.org].

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THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] WHO IS A SAVIOR. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Thursday]

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 11 [authorized King James Bible; AV]

It is imperative if anyone is practicing these Almighty God (YHWH) disapproved things that they immediately start working to turn their life around. All need to put on a new personality and way of life per Colossians 3:10 – 11, [AV] “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” We need to due according to Colossians 3:12 – 15, [AV] “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

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[2] Who is A Savior

INTRODUCTION:

Let's face it, the word savior has several different meanings and/or aspects. One can be he who saves someone directly, and another can be one who orders another to save someone; and this can proceed through several layers. But let's first look at what the Bible says and then proceed to the dictionary definition and saving through several layers.

WHY NEED FOR A SAVIOR:

At John 1:12-14, " But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father." (Revised Standard Version; RSV). Here God (YHWH) demonstrated His love by sending His promised Son, Jesus (Yeshua), to be the Savior and Messiah, and then allowing Him to be crucified on a torture stake. God (YHWH) let his Son serve as a ransom for our sins, a perfect human life for the perfect human life lost by Adam. Let's consider this in detail.

In having Jesus give his life, God (YHWH) was dealing with a situation that arose when Adam sinned. What a tragedy that sin was! The very first man and his wife, Eve, were perfect. The beautiful garden of Eden was their home. God gave them the meaningful work of caring for their garden home. They were to have under their loving oversight the other living creatures on earth. And as humans multiplied and filled the earth with millions of their kind, they were to expand the paradise to earth's limits as recorded at Genesis 1:28, "And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." (RSV). Thus God (YHWH) set before them a delightful and exciting work, and they had the loving companionship of each other. They lacked nothing.

It is hard to imagine why Adam or Eve would want to disobey and thus sin. But the first human pair rebelled against the very one who created them-Almighty God (YHWH). Using a serpent, the spirit creature Satan the Devil deceived Eve into disobeying Almighty God (YHWH), and her perfect human husband Adam followed her per Genesis 3:1-6, "Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God say, 'You shall not eat of any tree of the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" 4 But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate." (RSV).
There was no question about what the Creator would do about Adam and Eve as he had already spelled out the consequence of disobedience, when he said at Genesis 2:16-17, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die." (RSV).

ORIGINAL SIN CREATED NEED FOR GOD (YHWH) TO PROVIDE A SAVIOR:
The original sin created a problem of a critical nature for all of mankind. Adam began life as a perfect human. Therefore, his children could have enjoyed perfect everlasting life. However, Adam sinned before he fathered any children, and was put under sentence by God (YHWH) as affirmed at Genesis 3:17-19, "And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return." (RSV). Thus at this time when Adam sinned, he began to die as God (YHWH) had said, and all of mankind was thus under the sentence of death due to the sin inherited from Adam.
Thus, the Apostle Paul said at Romans 5:8-12, "But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation. 12 Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned-." (RSV). Therefore, because of the original sin, we are all dying today and thus need a savior
GOD (YHWH) NEEDED TO PROVIDE A SAVIOR:
Since God (YHWH) is love per 1 John 4:8, "He who does not love does not know God; for God is love" (RSV), he had to counter the evil worked by Satan the Devil by providing a savior for all of mankind. And the fact that he would provide one was foretold at Genesis 3:14-15, "The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all cattle, and above all wild animals; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." (RSV). Here God (YHWH) alluded to his plan or purpose to provide a savior for all of obedient mankind in the form of his beloved only begotten Son, Jesus (Yeshua), i.e., a perfect human life in place of the perfect human life lost by Adam.
This was required because of the law of like for like given at Romans 6:20-23, " When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (RSV). To do this of course a perfect human life must be provided to be the equivalent of the one lost by Adam.
This was required by law as shown at Exodus 21:23, If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, " (RSV) which required like for like. According to this principle, only the death of another perfect man could provide the ransom for the wages of sin, and God (YHWH) transformed the life force of his only begotten Son into the womb of a virgin human girl to enable him to be born as a human so he could provide the necessary ransom required by the law. This was made clear at 1 Timothy 2:1-6, " First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. 3 This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time." (RSV).
Therefore, Jesus saves because he died for all obedient mankind. And what a valuable provision his death is! When we see it as a part of God's (YHWH's) solution to the complex problem of Adam's sin, our faith in Almighty God (YHWH) is strengthened greatly. This loving provision of God (YHWH) is made clear at John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (RSV).
NOW LET'S EXPLORE WHAT A SAVIOR IS:

The dictionary definition as provided by Word Web On Line is:

Noun: savior seyvyur

Usage: N. Amer (=saviour)

1. A person who rescues you from harm or danger
- saviour [Brit, Cdn], rescuer, deliverer

2. A teacher and prophet born in Bethlehem and active in Nazareth; his life and sermons form the basis for Christianity (circa 4 BC - AD 29)
- Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth, the Nazarene, Jesus Christ, Christ, Saviour [Brit, Cdn], Good Shepherd, Redeemer, Deliverer
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Type of: benefactor, Hebrew, helper, Israelite, Jew, Logos, prophet, Son, Word
ago. Seek His free gift of forgiveness and unending love.

(v.) One who saves, preserves, or delivers from destruction or danger.
Definition of Savior [source - Word Web On Line ]

CONCLUSION:

So as we can see, a Savior is someone who saves, preserves, and/or deliverers from destruction and/or danger.

Now both God (YHWH) and his Son, Jesus (Yeshua) Christ can both rightly be called Saviors, but in a different sense and/or aspect. How so? Well God (YHWH) could be called a savior in that he took steps to provide a perfect human life as a ransom for the original one lost by Adam by providing his beloved only begotten Son, Jesus (Yeshua) as a ransom. This compares to a ship captain ordering the crew to throw life preservers to individuals in the water, the captain, like God (YHWH) has provided the means of saving. So in this sense, just as in the case of God (YHWH) providing his only begotten Son as a saving sacrifice, could be called a savior.

However, in a different aspect, the Son, Jesus (Yeshua) Christ is called the Savior as he, in obedience to his Father (YHWH) gave up his human life as a ransom for all of mankind. So he was in the direct sense the Savior of all of mankind just as the sailor who through the life preserver was the direct savior of the receiver of the life preserver. However, in both cases, those giving the directions to subordinates could also be called saviors in a different sense in that without their directions no one would have been saved in either case.

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COMBINATION OF THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES. With the Scripture of the Day first.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Saturday]

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1 – 2 [authorized King James Bible; AV]

We need to make our minds over and adjust our life to bring it in line with Almighty God (YHWH) intent for mankind. We are all imperfect, but we should strive toward perfection. As Luke 11:13 – 19 shows, [AV] “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. 15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. 16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. 18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. 19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.”

Yes, there is a great spiritual sickness in the land as shown by James 5:14 - 16, [AV] “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

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THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES:
Here is a Commentary on Bountiful Trees and Vegetables God (YHWH) has provided for mankind, specifically the Althaea officinalis, Mallow - Marsh

Abundance: rare
What: roots, young leaves, flower buds,
How: Leaves, roots, stem, and flowers contain a mucilage-like material which can be used to thicken soups and stews. Flowers can be eaten raw. Young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked with other greens or boiled alone. Roots are peeled, sliced then fried. Flower buds can be raw or cooked. All parts of the plant can be made into tea, seeds are roast and ground for a coffee substitute.
Where: Moist areas
When: Young leaves in spring, summer; roots all year, flowers in summer.
Nutritional Value: Roots high in starch, rest of plant contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals

Marsh mallows are usually found in shady, moist areas but on occasion they can be found in sunny, moist areas, too.

To make original marshmallows, peel roots and slice them into thin wafers then boil 20 minutes in minimum amount of water. Remove the root slices, add sugar or other sweetener and boil down fluid until very thick. Whip this hot fluid like egg whites then drop globs onto wax paper, after they've cooled dust them with powdered sugar.

The seeds can be roasted then ground in a coffee grinder for use as a substitute for real coffee. It tastes pretty good, though does not have any caffeine.

Young leaves and tender flower buds can be used to thicken soups, stews, curries, and other sauces. The tender flower buds can also be pickled like okra. Opened flowers can be used in salads or made into tea though these are best the first day they've opened.

The dried root has been used in herbal "tobacco" substitutes. [sourc - retrieved from http://www.foragingtexas.com/2009/06/mallow-marsh.html on 1/4/2016]

In Genesis 1:11-13, "And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day. (American Standard Version, ASV)[for more details, go to www.jw.org].

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] DISCOURSE ON PERFECT LOVE REQUIRES PERFECT JUSTICE . With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Sunday]

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. John 15:9, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Jesus (Yeshua) showed his love for others by regularly associating with his apostles and disciples as shown at Mark 6:31 – 32, [AV] “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.” And John 2:1 - 2, [AV] “And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.” And, John 21:12 -13, [AV] “Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.[This was after his resurrection by his Father, Almighty God (YHWH)], and many other places in the Bible.

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[2] Discourse on Perfect Love Requires Perfect Justice:

Let's examine why perfect love would require perfect justice as clearly testified to in the Bible. Of course God (YHWH) hates wickedness because the wicked are NOT showing love to his/her neighbor and will bring judgment in his due time against them. God (YHWH) does NOT of course want to do this, but perfect love demands justice. This point is testified to at Ezekiel 18:20-23 , "The soul that sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. 21 "But if a wicked man turns away from all his sins which he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness which he has done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?" (Revised Standard Version; RSV). But God (YHWH) is long suffering and in love hopes that the wicked will turn back from their wicked ways as clearly shown at Romans 9:22-29, "What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the vessels of wrath made for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for the vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25 As indeed he says in Hose'a, "Those who were not my people I will call 'my people,' and her who was not beloved I will call 'my beloved.'" 26 "And in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'" 27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved; 28 for the Lord will execute his sentence upon the earth with rigor and dispatch." 29 And as Isaiah predicted, "If the Lord of hosts had not left us children, we would have fared like Sodom and been made like Gomor'rah." (RSV). Here we see that God's (YHWH's) love is long suffering; however, love also calls for justice.

This fact, that love calls for justice and that God (YHWH) is not slow with respect to creatating a just world is shown at 2 Peter 3:8-18, "But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! 13 But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." (RSV)

God (YHWH) will keep his promise to bring a righteous world that his Son, Jesus (Yeshua) taught us to pray for at Matthew 6:9-15, "Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread; 12 And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; 13 And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. 14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (RSV). This is clearly testified to at Psalms 27:27-36, " Depart from evil, and do good; so shall you abide for ever. 28 For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. The righteous shall be preserved for ever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. 29 The righteous shall possess the land, and dwell upon it for ever. 30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. 32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him. 33 The LORD will not abandon him to his power, or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial. 34 Wait for the LORD, and keep to his way, and he will exalt you to possess the land; you will look on the destruction of the wicked. 35 I have seen a wicked man overbearing, and towering like a cedar of Lebanon. 36 Again I passed by, and, lo, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found. " (RSV).

True love by God (YHWH) shall be shown to the obediant ones showing love tfor God (YHWH) and his dearly loved only begotten Son, Jesus (Yeshua) Christ, as God (YHWH) is a loving God (YHWH). He wants all of creation living in peace and following what his Son, Jesus (Yeshua) Christ said at Matthew 22:37-40, "And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets." (RSV). Certainly since he is a loving God (YHWH) he will see that justice is done as testified to at Luke 18:1-8, "And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; 3 and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Vindicate me against my adversary.' 4 For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.'" 6 And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?" (RSV). So as we can see, perfect love also requires perfect justice on God's (YHWH's) part.

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] SOME START OUT WITH A TRUE STATEMENT TO MISLEAD, BUT THEN TELL UNTRUTHS . With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Monday]

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 3:19

As Jesus (Yeshua) said, at times all of us need discipline and to repent for our wrong doings. In fact, the Bible shows that parents should discipline their children at Proverbs 23:13 – 15, [AV] “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. 15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.” Of course this does not include harsh punishment, but reasonable discipline to the one receiving it to change his ways. Jesus (Yeshua) did not give up on his disciples when they were in error as shown at Mark 9:34 – 37, [AV] “But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. 35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. 36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, 37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.” Notice, Jesus (Yeshua) disciplined them in a kind and gentle manner setting an example for all of us.

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[2] Some Start Out With A True Statement To Mislead, but then tell untruths.

INTRODUCTION;

Many individuals, false teachers, start out with a true statement to give the reader the false impression that all that follows will be equally true. This is a deceptive trick of the workers of iniquity. Let's look at an example statement, Having similar attributes is not the same as equality. "Equality means one is comprehensively and exhaustively equal in every aspect, bar none! It means one may not be superior in any form, manner, or fashion, whatsoever, or to any degree. "

This is of course basically correct. Then, however false teachers divert from fact and state, things such as, "Did Jesus say the Father was greater than the Son? Yes, he did. Why did he say this? The answer is there for us in Philippians 2. He took the FORM of a SERVANT. As a man, Jesus was limited to self-imposed physical and temporal constraints. As the Father, He was not limited by any constraints. Why do people find it so easy to believe God can be Omnipresent yet unwilling to accept that Omnipresence includes the ability to exist in more than one form? I will not attempt to put that label of limitation on God." Now this sounds reasonable on the surface, but is a gross misrepresentation of Philippians 2:5-7 which shows this to be false. Now, let's look at the scripture Philippians 2:5-7 in detail and gain an accurate understanding, " Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.' (Revised Standard Version; RSV). As can be seen, it is a rather short group of three scriptures. So let's view it in context:

Philippians 2:1-11, "So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (RSV).

VERSE 5 - an explanation::

Likewise some do not understand verse 5 "Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus" . Yet the understanding of this verse really is quite simple as here the Apostle Paul points to Christ as the example of humility and consecration to the good of others. On this the great Bible scholar, John Gill, says, "Let this mind be in you...
The Arabic version renders it, "let that humility be perceived in you". The apostle proposes Christ as the great pattern and exemplar of humility; and instances in his assumption of human nature, and in his subjection to all that meanness, and death itself, even the death of the cross in it; and which he mentions with this view, to engage the saints to lowliness of mind, in imitation of him; to show forth the same temper and disposition of mind in their practice,

which also was in Christ Jesus; or as the Syriac version, "think ye the same thing as Jesus Christ"; let the same condescending spirit and humble deportment appear in you as in him. This mind, affection, and conduct of Christ, may refer both to his early affection to his people, the love he bore to them from everlasting, the resolution and determination of his mind in consequence of it; and his agreement with his Father to take upon him their nature in the fulness of time, and to do his will, by obeying, suffering, and dying in their room and stead; and also the open exhibition and execution of all this in time, when he appeared in human nature, poor, mean, and abject; condescending to the lowest offices, and behaving in the most meek and humble manner, throughout the whole of his life, to the moment of his death.[source - The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised]

Another great Bible Scholar, Theodore.Beza, said, " He sets before them a most perfect example of all modesty and sweet conduct, Christ Jesus, whom we ought to follow with all our might: who abased himself so much for our sakes, although he is above all, that he took upon himself the form of a servant, that is, our flesh, willingly subject to all weaknesses, even to the death of the cross. [source - Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Philippians 2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1600-1645]

Yet another, A. R. Fausset, AM, Said, "The oldest manuscripts read, "Have this mind in you," &c. He does not put forward himself Philippians 1:24) as an example, but Christ, THE ONE pre-eminently who sought not His own, but "humbled Himself" (Philippians 2:8), first in taking on Him our nature, secondly, in humbling Himself further in that nature (Romans 15:3)." [source - Fausset, A. R., A.M. "Commentary on Philippians 2". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871].

VERSE 6 - an exlpanation:

Likewise some do not understand verse 6 "who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped," but let's look at several different major translations rendering of this and then an explanation.

Philippians 2:6 who, although He existed in the from of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped. (New American Standard Bible [Reference Edition by Moody Press, Chicago; NASB-MP)

Philippians 2:6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, (New American Standard Bible [The Lockman Foundation, version]: NASB-TLF)

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
(Authorized King James; AV)

Philippians 2:6 who, although he existed in God's form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. (New World Translation; NWT)

Philippians 2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, (Revised Standard Version; RSV)

Philippians 2:6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. (The Holoman Christian Standard Bible)

Philippians 2:6 who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, (American Standard Bible; ASB)

Interesting scripture in that it is translated many ways, but to understand it, we need to look at it in context. Let's look at what follows in the Authorized King James Bible, (AV) Philippians 2:7-11, "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (AV). Here we see that he was an obedient Son to his Father (YHWH). He also, "and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death," and for being obedient, His Father (YHWH) has, "highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name." But the real key is "and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Clearly Philippians 2:11 shows that God (YHWH) was very proud of his Son, Jesus (Yeshua), and counted praise given to his Son, Jesus (Yeshua), as glory being given to him. Rightly so, since he, Jesus (Yeshua) was his only begotten, as shown at Colossians 1:15, "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;" He, God (YHWH) created him in his image in that he gave him some of his power and his attributes. This was also testified to at Revelations 3:14, "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;" which shows him as the first of God's (YHWH's) creation. In fact, when Jesus (Yeshua) was ascending to be with his Father in heaven, he prayed, as recorded in John 17:5, "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." (AV). Showing he was returning to where he had been before with his Father (YHWH), see John 6:62, "What then if you should behold the Son of Man ascending where He was before?" (NASB-MP). Once returned to heaven, God's (YHWH's) Son, Jesus (Yeshua) is, 1 Peter 3:22, "Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him" (AV)..

As we note in this scripture, his Father (YHWH) has given him authority and power over everything including the angels; but, Colossians 1:16-19, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;" (AV), and the Bible reaffirms the Father (YHWH) was pleased to let "in him should all fullness dwell." In 1 Corinthians 15:22-28, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." (AV), testifies that God (YHWH) had given his Son, Jesus (Yeshua) over all except himself when the scripture says "it is manifest that he is excepted." Thus these scriptures clearly show that Jesus (Yeshua) and his Father (YHWH) are two separate beings; one having always existed and having created the other as his only begotten Son.

Of this scripture, Philippians 2:6, "The Wycliffe Bible Commentary," says, 'Being in the form of God (AV). Better, through in his pre-incarnate state he possessed the essential qualities of God, he did not consider his status of divine equality a prize to be selfishly hoarded (taking harpagnos passively). 'Morphe', form, in verse 6 and 7 denotes a permanent expression of essential attributes; while 'schema', fashion, refers to outward appearance that is subject to change." ["The Wycliffe Bible Commentary," edited by Charles F. Pfeiffer (OT) and Everett F. Harrison (NT), published by Moody Press, a div. Of Moody Bible Institute of Chicago].

Thus we can see Jesus (Yeshua) was a separate individual from his Father (YHWH), but was completely loyal and obedient to him. He, Jesus (Yeshua) stated at John 14:28, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." (AV); Clearly if Jesus (Yeshua) said " for my Father is greater than I" we should believe him. He further reaffirmed this at John 5:19, "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." (AV). And the scripture continues on, John 5:20, "For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel." (AV), so much so as to show him, Jesus (Yeshua) greater works.

Also, another Bible scholar, Barton W. Johnson, said, "Who, being in the form of God. He refers to the state of our Savior before he took human form. His form was divine. "He had a glory with the father before the world was." See John 1:1; 2 Cor. 4:4; Heb. 1:3, etc. Thought it not robbery to be equal with God. The Revision says, "Counted it not a prize." The meaning is not entirely clear, but probably is that "Having a form of glory like God, he did not count it a prize which must be clung to tenaciously, especially when he appeared upon the earth, that he should be equal with God, that is, appear in a divine form, but was willing to lay aside his glory and make himself a servant." [source - Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on Philippians 2". "People's New Testament". 1891].


VERSE 7 - AN EXPLANATION:

Seems clear enough, but look at verse 7 "7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men" which many do NOT understand that all this verse refers to is that Jesus (Yeshua) Christ gave up his heavenly forum and permitted his Father, God (YHWH) to put his life force into a virgin women on earth as recorded at Matthew 1:18-25, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus." (RSV). Strangely this fact from the Bible was even copied by Muhammad into the Quran, Sura 3:47, "She said, "My Lord, how can I have a son, when no man has touched me?" He said, "GOD thus creates whatever He wills. To have anything done, He simply says to it, `Be,' and it is." (the Quran).

Another Bible Scholar, Theodore Beza, said, "(g) He brought himself from all things, as it were to nothing.
(h) By taking our manhood upon him.' [source - Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Philippians 2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1600-1645]

Yet another, Barton W. Johnson, said, "Emptied himself. Of the divine form and glory, and took the form of a servant, of our own race, a race whose duty it is to serve God. The divine glory was exchanged for human lowliness." [source - Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on Philippians 2". "People's New Testament". 1891].

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OF PHILIPPIANS 2:5-7:

Here is a technical analysis of Philippians 2:5-7 from Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament.

Verse 5
Have this mind in you (touto proneite en umin). "Keep on thinking this in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (o kai en Cristwi Ihsou). What is that? Humility. Paul presents Jesus as the supreme example of humility. He urges humility on the Philippians as the only way to secure unity.

Verse 6
Being (uparcwn). Rather, "existing," present active participle of uparcw. In the form of God (en morph qeou). Morph means the essential attributes as shown in the form. In his preincarnate state Christ possessed the attributes of God and so appeared to those in heaven who saw him. Here is a clear statement by Paul of the deity of Christ. A prize (arpagmon). Predicate accusative with hghsato. Originally words in -moß signified the act, not the result (-ma). The few examples of arpagmoß (Plutarch, etc.) allow it to be understood as equivalent to arpagma, like baptismoß and baptisma. That is to say Paul means a prize to be held on to rather than something to be won ("robbery"). To be on an equality with God (to einai isa qeoi). Accusative articular infinitive object of hghsato, "the being equal with God" (associative instrumental case qewi after isa). Isa is adverbial use of neuter plural with einai as in Revelation 21:16. Emptied himself (eauton ekenwse). First aorist active indicative of kenow, old verb from kenoß, empty. Of what did Christ empty himself? Not of his divine nature. That was impossible. He continued to be the Son of God. There has arisen a great controversy on this word, a Kenosiß doctrine. Undoubtedly Christ gave up his environment of glory. He took upon himself limitations of place (space) and of knowledge and of power, though still on earth retaining more of these than any mere man. It is here that men should show restraint and modesty, though it is hard to believe that Jesus limited himself by error of knowledge and certainly not by error of conduct. He was without sin, though tempted as we are. "He stripped himself of the insignia of majesty" (Lightfoot).

Verse 7
The form of a servant (morphn doulou). He took the characteristic attributes (morphn as in verse Revelation 6) of a slave. His humanity was as real as his deity. In the likeness of men (en omoiwmati anqrwpwn). It was a likeness, but a real likeness (Kennedy), no mere phantom humanity as the Docetic Gnostics held. Note the difference in tense between uparcwn (eternal existence in the morph of God) and genomenoß (second aorist middle participle of ginomai, becoming, definite entrance in time upon his humanity).[source - Home > Commentaries > Robertson's Word Pictures > Philippians >
Chapter 2 > Verse 7 [source - Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament, Broadman Press 1932,33]


CONCLUSION:

In the above discourse we have dealt with the fact that the Son of God (YHWH), Jesus (Yeshua) Christ having shown his humility and obedience to his Father, Almighty God (YHWH) - Creator of all that exist. Thou Jesus (Yeshua) Christ existed in the form of God (YHWH) - was the first created spirit being by his Father (YHWH), i.e., the beloved only begotten Son , he willfully submitted to his Father's (YHWH's) will and did NOT try and usurp his Father's (YHWH's) position as did another spirit son of God (YHWH), namely the covering Cherub, Satan, who became the Devil. This obedient beloved only begotten Son of God - the first of creation per Colossians 1:15, "He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation;" (RSV), as pointed out previously, humbly permitted - or emptied - himself to his Father's (YHWH's) will and willfully let his Father (YHWH) put his life force into the womb of a virgin human woman, Mary to be born as a human being. A fact acknowledged in both the Bible and in the Quran. Yet some misguided ones seek to give all kinds of twist to Philippians 2:5-7 and turn it in to a mystery to support human myths, legends, and agendas in keeping with what the Bible denounces at 2 Corinthians 4:4, "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God." (RSV).

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COMBINATION OF THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES. With the Scripture of the Day first.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Tuesday]

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Matthew 5:27 – 29, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Here Jesus (Yeshua) was showing that we should NOT even take the first step towards sin; not that we should literally rip out the eye. He used this in an illustrative way to show we should stay clear of any path that could led to sin such as viewing phonographic, or violent pictures and video. To wit, we should avoid putting ourselves in positions leading to taking the first step toward sinning.

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THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES:
Here is a Commentary on Bountiful Trees and Vegetables God (YHWH) has provided for mankind, specifically the Crataegus opaca, Mayhaw

Abundance: uncommon
What: ripe fruit
How: raw (tart), preserves, tea
Where: woods, swamps, landscaping, abandoned areas
When: spring
Nutritional Value: very high in vitamin C and minerals

Look for Mayhaw shrubs/small trees in the nastiest swamps you can find for those will have the best-tasting fruit. They like moist, somewhat acid soils. The Big Thicket area of Texas is their ideal habitat. Mayhaws lose their leaves in the fall and remain mostly leafless even when their flowers appear in mid-winter. Being one of the many Crataegus species, their blooms and fruit resemble apples, another family member. The fruit is bright red when ripe but the flesh is soft like a plum. The seeds are tiny.

Mayhaw fruit has a wonderful tart-sweet flavor and Mayhaw jelly is a very popular treat here in Texas. The fruit are high in pectin so the jelly usually doesn't need additional pectin but if possible try a small batch first to confirm this for your fruit. The darker the fruit the more tart it will taste, which most people prefer for making jelly.

The chopped, dried fruit can be used to make a tea in the same manner as rose hip tea. The Mayhaw fruit are high in vitamin C so this tea is very nutritious. [sourc - retrieved from http://www.foragingtexas.com/2009/04/mayhawhawthorn.html on 1/4/2016]


In Genesis 1:11-13, "And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day. (American Standard Version, ASV)[for more details, go to www.jw.org].

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] DISCOURSE ON FALSE TEACHERS - IN BRIEF . With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [WEDNESDAY]

And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Yes, we must obey Almighty God (YHWH) rules and regulations given in the Bible as a series of principles, and not detailed dos and don’t. For example nothing is mentioned in the Bible against the use of dangerous drugs, smoking, over drinking of alcoholic drinks, etc., but a general principle is stated at Romans 12:1 – 2, [AV] “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Clearly showing we should look after our bodies that He has given us, and not abuse them with dangerous substances or immoderation.

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[2] Discourse on False Teachers - in Brief:

INTRODUCTION

In the last days, false teachers will abound per 2 Peter 2:1, "But there arose false prophets also among the people, as among you also there shall be false teachers, who shall privily bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction." (American Standard Version; ASV).

As all with an open mind and reasonable reasoning ability can CLEARLY SEE that what false teachers are representing as fact is NOT FACT but deeply flawed reasoning. The modus operandi of the false teachers is as follows.

The false teacher works to confuse others by throwing in a factually true statement and then a FALSE STATEMENT in an effort to deceive all first with the true statement,
"Here is a thought: No created being can ever be equal to God. No created being can ever be equal to God!" Which is a factually true statement, but look at the deceptive and FALSE STATEMENT of false teachers which follows in which they wrongly try to deceive. " It is the contention of some that Jesus is a created being. [[then they lead off with]]"They are mistaken."

Usually the false teacher then alleges that the person stating what the Bible says is wrong. However, Jesus (Yeshua) clearly said at John 17:1-26 , "1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." (AV). Where Jesus (Yeshua) clearly identifies himself as a sent one, sent by his Father, Almighty God (YHWH), and prays to his Father (YHWH) to have his former position back, and for the followers his Father (YHWH) has given him. In fact here we have two possible analogies, one true and one false, let's investigate by use of analogies to assist the reasoning process,

Analogy #1: I have two (right & left) true hands. I make the statement concering my right hand, "you, the true hand."

The statement in this analogy is correct since it does not limit my other hand from being true also.

Analogy #2. I have two (right & left) true hands. I make the statement conerning my right hand, "you, the only true hand."

The statement in this analogy is incorrect since the other hand is also true.

Now, taking analogy #2 and applying it to John 17:3, we either have Jesus (Yeshua) being a liar or Jesus (Yeshua) not being the true God.
Hebrews 6:18, "That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:" (AV).

GOD (YHWH) CAN NOT LIE:

God cannot lie. So, if Jesus (Yeshua) lied he is not God.
Hebrews 4:14-15, " Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (AV).

And at Colossians 1:12-16 it clearly says of Jesus (Yeshua), the Son of God (YHWH), " Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:" (AV) a scripture clearly showing him as "the firstborn of every creature:" [see last part of verse 15 above].
Also, at John 10:25-38, "Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him." (AV). Now here Jesus (Yeshua) clearly said in verse 36, "I am the Son of God" to the Jews false accusation at verse 33, "The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God." Now either Jesus (Yeshua) lied when he was the Son of God (YHWH) if he were really God (YHWH) or he told the truth that he was the Son of God (YHWH) and NOT God (YHWH). Remember Hebrews 6:18 that it is impossible for God (YHWH) to lie.

Last, many false teachers ask a question that shows, to the observant and open minded, that they have NOT been telling the true facts. Such as, "To whom was God speaking when He said, 'Let us create man in our image?'" By now it should be obvious, to all observant ones, that he was speaking to his Son, the first of creation per Colossians 1:15 previously quoted. This becomes very apparent when we read Colossians 1:16-19 which says, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;" (AV); and especially so in light of what Colossians 1:15 says, previously quoted, but here presented so as to assist all, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:" (AV).

Last, the false teachers will make a misleading false assurance, such as, "I assure you he was not speaking to any created being." However, by this time all can see just how FALSE AND MISLEADING this assurance is. Worth about as much as a used car's salesman assurance that only a little old lady drove the car and never went very far when the odometer says 250,000 miles.

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COMBINATION OF[1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] HERE IS A BRIEF ABSTRACT ON A NUMBER OF POPULAR ENGLISH BIBLES. With the Scripture of the Day first.
[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [Thursday]

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5 – 6, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Trust is an important part of the fabric of life, unfortunately many individuals are NOT trustworthy. However, Almighty God (YHWH), the Creator of heaven and earth is by comparison completely trustworthy. We should throw our burdens on Him, and to Him alone should we direct our prayers as shown by His Son as xhown at Matthew 4:10, [AV] “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

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[2] Here is a brief abstract on a number of popular English Bibles:

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE (NAB)
Catholic. A translation from the original languages by a group of
Roman Catholic scholars done in the 1970s and revised in the 1980s.
Also includes helpful reading notes. A good study Bible.

NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (NASB)
In 1901 the American Standard Version was produce by American
Protestants who reworked the Revised Version (not the RSV), which
was a revision of the KJV done by British Scholars on the basis of
available mss. It used readings preferred by the Americans and
with "American" English and weights and measures. In 1963/71 a
conservative revision of this became the NASB. They used the most up
to date critical editions of the biblical texts and attempted to be
as literal as possible in terms of translation and sentence
structure. A good Bible for close textual study.

CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH BIBLE (CEV)
A rendering of the intent of the Hebrew and Greek text published in
1995 by the American Bible Society. It uses inclusive gender
language and is sensitive to concerns over Jewish sensitivities.
There is some controversy over this version's claim to contain no
anti-Judaism since there are biblical texts which seem, in the
original, to express such sentiments. The interpretive translation
strategy eliminates these and sometimes masks the language of the
original writer. Although this is done to help modern readers avoid
drawing wrong inferences about Judaism, this version is sometimes
less of a translation and more of a commentary (see further Bible
Review 12/5 (Oct 1996) 42-43). A readable version but should be used
with caution and checked against other versions.

NEW ENGLISH BIBLE (NEB)
British Protestant churches set out to produce a completely new
translation of the Bible, based on the Greek text, under the general
directorship of C.H. Dodd (1961/70). It shows excellent scholarship
and vigorous modern British style. The translators had access to all
the important Greek mss, including the major codices. It has
recently undergone a thorough revision. It is good for general
reading but is not literal enough for detailed study. Now revised as
the REVISED ENGLISH BIBLE (REB).

NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Evangelical. A translation of recent critical editions of the
biblical texts by conservative, protestant biblical scholars done in
1973/78. It is based on a dynamic equivalence model and thus the
text is very readable. It is recommended for reading large blocks of
material. There is also a New International Readers Version (NIrV)
which is for readers of English as a second language. In England a
gender inclusive language edition was produced but has generally not
caught on as well as the original NIV. In North America attempts are
now being made to resurrect an earlier project that would produce a
gender inclusive language edition of the NIV, although it continues
to be controversial among the conservative evangelical community.
The New Testament has been completed and is published as "Todays New
International Version" (TNIV).

JERUSALEM BIBLE (JB)
Catholic. Originally a French translation of the original languages.
The English translation of the French was checked against the
original languages, but sometimes the French is followed more
closely than the original languages. It includes an abbreviated form
of the original French notes. Although the English is a translation
of a translation, it is still thought to have captured well the
sense of the original. It is good for study and reading purposes.

NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE (NJB)
Catholic. Published in 1985, it is a completely new translation into
English of the original Hebrew and Greek text of the Bible. It is a
more literal translation than the original JB. The introductions and
notes are revised and expanded to take account of recent advances in
scholarship. Where some aspect of an interpretation of a text is
involved in the translation, the interpretation chosen by the
editors of the JB has generally been followed by the NJB. It
reflects consistency in translation of similar synoptic passages and
in using the same English word for a particular Greek or Hebrew
word. Primarily a study Bible but it also reads well.

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) or (AV)
Also called the Authorized version, this text dates from 1611. It is
a revision of the Bishop's Bible (which was somewhat based on the
original languages) by a commission appointed by King James I. It
was favourably received by the authorities and authorized to be read
in the churches. It has had an important influence on English
literature. However, it is based on III CE (or later) Byzantine
Greek texts, which have subsequently proven to be fairly unreliable
from a text critical perspective. The New King James Version (NKJV)
updates the language of the KJV while preserving its basic literary
structure. There is also The 21st Century King James Version (KJ21).
None of these versions are recommended for study purposes.

THE NEW WORLD TRANSLATION (NWT)
A modern literal translation wherein the translators have tried to be consistent regard to rendering ancient words the same for every instance of their occurrence. Few liberties were taken and the only deviance
was when the peculiar usage required a different rendering in
English to adequately capture what the original writer writing in his
own language was obviously trying to convey. It is recommended for
reading large blocks of material. The translators made use of a wide
variety of ancient manuscripts, codices, scrolls, and fragments of both to
ensure accuracy. The translators have been very diligent in trying
to not mask the language of the original writer. It shows excellent
scholarship and a complete lack of the normal translational biases
found in many Bibles.

THE LIVING BIBLE (TLB)
Fundamentalist. A paraphrase of the Bible done by one man, Kenneth
Taylor, between 1962 and 1970. His sources were the English versions
of the Bible available to him. He took many liberties in his
modernization of the English text which often alters and distorts
the biblical message. It has a fundamentalist theological bias and
betrays a certain anti-semitism in places. Although it is a very
popular version is not recommended at all for study or general
reading.

NEW LIVING TRANSLATION (NLT)
Conservative Evangelical. A new translation (1996) of the original
languages based on a dynamic equivalence model done by a large group
of American evangelical scholars. Although marketed as a revision of
the Living Bible (to capitalize on the earlier version's popularity)
it represents a fresh, easy to read translation. It is better used
for reading large amounts at a time than for detailed study of a
text.

THE MESSAGE
A paraphrase of the New Testament that seeks to capture the
expressiveness of the original languages.

REVISED STANDARD VERSION (RSV)
Commissioned in 1937 an authorized by the National Council of
Churches, this American work is the best of various attempts to
revise of the KJV (published 1946/52). It stays faithful to the KJV
where possible, but uses modern scholarship and a good sense of
English. Its two problems are that its loyalty to the KJV prevents
the full play of modern critical knowledge and it retains
much "Bible English." It was able to employ better Greek mss than
its predecessor, particularly some that are both early and
important. It is a fairly literal translation and thus good for
study purposes.

NEW REVISED STANDARD VERSION (NRSV)
True to its name, this is a revision of the RSV, taking full account
of the most recent papyrological finds. The committee of scholars
was able to break free from adherence to the KJV. It attempts to use
inclusive gender language. It is somewhat quirky in its translation
in a few places but generally it is a good choice for reading and
study.

TODAY'S ENGLISH VERSION (TEV)
= GOOD NEWS BIBLE (GNB)
Published in the 1960-70s by the United Bible Societies. A
translation of the original texts which does not use the traditional
vocabulary and style found in English versions but "attempts in this
century to set forth the Biblical content and message in standard,
everyday form of English." A few "cultural" or "historical" notes
are supplied to explain aspects of the texts. Available with or
without the Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha. In some editions line
drawings attempt to illustrate various aspects of the text. In 1990
a revised edition was published which attempted to use inclusive
language and correct passages in which the translation was seen to
be problematic or insensitive from either a stylistic or an
exegetical point of view. Good for general reading and to supplement
more literal translations for Bible study.

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] DISCOURSE ON PHILIPPIANS 2:5-7 - OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD BY MANY. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 1A]

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Yes, Almighty God (YHWH), loves us, and this love is first from Him as made clear by 1 John 4:16, [AV] “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” His greatest attribute is love as shown by 1 John 4:19, [AV] “We love him, because he first loved us.” And He will remember our works of love as revealed at Hebrews 6:10, [AV] “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

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[2] Discourse on Philippians 2:5-7 - Often Misunderstood by Many:

INTRODUCTION:

Let's look at the scripture Philippians 2:5-7, " Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.' (Revised Standard Version; RSV). As can be seen, it is a rather short group of three scriptures. So let's view it in context:

Philippians 2:1-11, "So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (RSV).

VERSE 5 - AN EXPLANATION:

Likewise some do not understand verse 5 "Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus" . Yet the understanding of this verse really is quite simple as here the Apostle Paul points to Christ as the example of humility and consecration to the good of others. On this the great Bible scholar, John Gill, says, "Let this mind be in you...
The Arabic version renders it, "let that humility be perceived in you". The apostle proposes Christ as the great pattern and exemplar of humility; and instances in his assumption of human nature, and in his subjection to all that meanness, and death itself, even the death of the cross in it; and which he mentions with this view, to engage the saints to lowliness of mind, in imitation of him; to show forth the same temper and disposition of mind in their practice,

which also was in Christ Jesus;
or as the Syriac version, "think ye the same thing as Jesus Christ"; let the same condescending spirit and humble deportment appear in you as in him. This mind, affection, and conduct of Christ, may refer both to his early affection to his people, the love he bore to them from everlasting, the resolution and determination of his mind in consequence of it; and his agreement with his Father to take upon him their nature in the fulness of time, and to do his will, by obeying, suffering, and dying in their room and stead; and also the open exhibition and execution of all this in time, when he appeared in human nature, poor, mean, and abject; condescending to the lowest offices, and behaving in the most meek and humble manner, throughout the whole of his life, to the moment of his death.[source - The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised]

Another great Bible Scholar, Theodore.Beza, said, " He sets before them a most perfect example of all modesty and sweet conduct, Christ Jesus, whom we ought to follow with all our might: who abased himself so much for our sakes, although he is above all, that he took upon himself the form of a servant, that is, our flesh, willingly subject to all weaknesses, even to the death of the cross. [source - Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Philippians 2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1600-1645]

Yet another, A. R. Fausset, AM, Said, "The oldest manuscripts read, "Have this mind in you," &c. He does not put forward himself Philippians 1:24) as an example, but Christ, THE ONE pre-eminently who sought not His own, but "humbled Himself" (Philippians 2:8), first in taking on Him our nature, secondly, in humbling Himself further in that nature (Romans 15:3)." [source - Fausset, A. R., A.M. "Commentary on Philippians 2". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871].

VERSE 6 - AN EXPLANATION:

Likewise some do not understand verse 6 "who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped," but let's look at several different major translations rendering of this and then an explanation.

Philippians 2:6 who, although He existed in the from of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped. (New American Standard Bible [Reference Edition by Moody Press, Chicago]; NASB-MP)

Philippians 2:6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, (New American Standard Bible [The Lockman Foundation, version]: NASB-TLF)

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
(Authorized King James; AV)

Philippians 2:6 who, although he existed in God's form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. (New World Translation; NWT)

Philippians 2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, (Revised Standard Version; RSV)

Philippians 2:6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. (The Holoman Christian Standard Bible)

Philippians 2:6 who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, (American Standard Bible; ASB)

Interesting scripture in that it is translated many ways, but to understand it, we need to look at it in context. Let's look at what follows in the Authorized King James Bible, Philippians 2:7-11, "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion F7 as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (AV). Here we see that he was an obedient Son to his Father (YHWH). He also, "and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death," and for being obedient, His Father (YHWH) has, "highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name." But the real key is "and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Clearly Philippians 2:11 shows that God (YHWH) was very proud of his Son, Jesus (Yeshua), and counted praise given to his Son, Jesus (Yeshua), as glory being given to him. Rightly so, since he, Jesus (Yeshua) was his only begotten, as shown at Colossians 1:15, "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;" He, God (YHWH) created him in his image in that he gave him some of his power and his attributes. This was also testified to at Revelations 3:14, "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;" which shows him as the first of God's (YHWH's) creation. In fact, when Jesus (Yeshua) was ascending to be with his Father in heaven, he prayed, as recorded in John 17:5, "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." (AV). Showing he was returning to where he had been before with his Father (YHWH), see John 6:62, "What then if you should behold the Son of Man ascending where He was before?" (NASB-MP). Once returned to heaven, God's (YHWH's) Son, Jesus (Yeshua) is, 1 Peter 3:22, "Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him" (AV)..

As we note in this scripture, his Father (YHWH) has given him authority and power over everything including the angels; but, Colossians 1:16-19, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;" (AV), and the Bible reaffirms the Father (YHWH) was pleased to let "in him should all fullness dwell." In 1 Corinthians 15:22-28, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." (AV), testifies that God (YHWH) had given his Son, Jesus (Yeshua) over all except himself when the scripture says "it is manifest that he is excepted." Thus these scriptures clearly show that Jesus (Yeshua) and his Father (YHWH) are two separate beings; one having always existed and having created the other as his only begotten Son.

Of this scripture, Philippians 2:6, "The Wycliffe Bible Commentary," says, 'Being in the form of God (AV). Better, through in his pre-incarnate state he possessed the essential qualities of God, he did not consider his status of divine equality a prize to be selfishly hoarded (taking harpagnos passively). 'Morphe', form, in verse 6 and 7 denotes a permanent expression of essential attributes; while 'schema', fashion, refers to outward appearance that is subject to change." ["The Wycliffe Bible Commentary," edited by Charles F. Pfeiffer (OT) and Everett F. Harrison (NT), published by Moody Press, a div. Of Moody Bible Institute of Chicago].

Thus we can see Jesus (Yeshua) was a separate individual from his Father (YHWH), but was completely loyal and obedient to him. He, Jesus (Yeshua) stated at John 14:28, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." (AV); Clearly if Jesus (Yeshua) said " for my Father is greater than I" we should believe him. He further reaffirmed this at John 5:19, "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." (AV). And the scripture continues on, John 5:20, "For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel." (AV), so much so as to show him, Jesus (Yeshua) greater works.


Also, another Bible scholar, Barton W. Johnson, said, "Who, being in the form of God. He refers to the state of our Savior before he took human form. His form was divine. "He had a glory with the father before the world was." See John 1:1; 2 Cor. 4:4; Heb. 1:3, etc. Thought it not robbery to be equal with God. The Revision says, "Counted it not a prize." The meaning is not entirely clear, but probably is that "Having a form of glory like God, he did not count it a prize which must be clung to tenaciously, especially when he appeared upon the earth, that he should be equal with God, that is, appear in a divine form, but was willing to lay aside his glory and make himself a servant." [source - Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on Philippians 2". "People's New Testament". 1891].


VERSE 7 - AN EXPLANATION:

Seems clear enough, but look at verse 7 "7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men" which many do NOT understand that all this verse refers to is that Jesus (Yeshua) Christ gave up his heavenly forum and permitted his Father, God (YHWH) to put his life force into a virgin women on earth as recorded at Matthew 1:18-25, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus." (RSV). Strangely this fact from the Bible was even copied by Muhammad into the Quran, Sura 3:47, "She said, "My Lord, how can I have a son, when no man has touched me?" He said, "GOD thus creates whatever He wills. To have anything done, He simply says to it, `Be,' and it is." (the Quran).

Another Bible Scholar, Theodore Beza, said, "(g) He brought himself from all things, as it were to nothing.
(h) By taking our manhood upon him.' [source - Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Philippians 2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1600-1645]

Yet another, Barton W. Johnson, said, "Emptied himself. Of the divine form and glory, and took the form of a servant, of our own race, a race whose duty it is to serve God. The divine glory was exchanged for human lowliness." [source - Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on Philippians 2". "People's New Testament". 1891].

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OF PHILIPPIANS 2:5-7:

Here is a technical analysis of Philippians 2:5-7 from Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament.
Verse 5
Have this mind in you (touto proneite en umin). "Keep on thinking this in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (o kai en Cristwi Ihsou). What is that? Humility. Paul presents Jesus as the supreme example of humility. He urges humility on the Philippians as the only way to secure unity.
Verse 6
Being (uparcwn). Rather, "existing," present active participle of uparcw. In the form of God (en morph qeou). Morph means the essential attributes as shown in the form. In his preincarnate state Christ possessed the attributes of God and so appeared to those in heaven who saw him. Here is a clear statement by Paul of the deity of Christ. A prize (arpagmon). Predicate accusative with hghsato. Originally words in -moß signified the act, not the result (-ma). The few examples of arpagmoß (Plutarch, etc.) allow it to be understood as equivalent to arpagma, like baptismoß and baptisma. That is to say Paul means a prize to be held on to rather than something to be won ("robbery"). To be on an equality with God (to einai isa qeoi). Accusative articular infinitive object of hghsato, "the being equal with God" (associative instrumental case qewi after isa). Isa is adverbial use of neuter plural with einai as in Revelation 21:16. Emptied himself (eauton ekenwse). First aorist active indicative of kenow, old verb from kenoß, empty. Of what did Christ empty himself? Not of his divine nature. That was impossible. He continued to be the Son of God. There has arisen a great controversy on this word, a Kenosiß doctrine. Undoubtedly Christ gave up his environment of glory. He took upon himself limitations of place (space) and of knowledge and of power, though still on earth retaining more of these than any mere man. It is here that men should show restraint and modesty, though it is hard to believe that Jesus limited himself by error of knowledge and certainly not by error of conduct. He was without sin, though tempted as we are. "He stripped himself of the insignia of majesty" (Lightfoot).
Verse 7
The form of a servant (morphn doulou). He took the characteristic attributes (morphn as in verse Revelation 6) of a slave. His humanity was as real as his deity. In the likeness of men (en omoiwmati anqrwpwn). It was a likeness, but a real likeness (Kennedy), no mere phantom humanity as the Docetic Gnostics held. Note the difference in tense between uparcwn (eternal existence in the morph of God) and genomenoß (second aorist middle participle of ginomai, becoming, definite entrance in time upon his humanity).[source - Home > Commentaries > Robertson's Word Pictures > Philippians >
Chapter 2 > Verse 7 [source - Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament, Broadman Press 1932,33]
CONCLUSION:

In the above discourse we have dealt with the fact that the Son of God (YHWH), Jesus (Yeshua) Christ having shown his humility and obedience to his Father, Almighty God (YHWH) - Creator of all that exist. Thou Jesus (Yeshua) Christ existed in the form of God (YHWH) - was the first created spirit being by his Father (YHWH), i.e., the beloved only begotten Son , he willfully submitted to his Father's (YHWH's) will and did NOT try and usurp his Father's (YHWH's) position as did another spirit son of God (YHWH), namely the covering Cherub, Satan, who became the Devil. This obedient beloved only begotten Son of God - the first of creation per Colossians 1:15, "He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation;" (RSV), as pointed out previously, humbly permitted - or emptied - himself to his Father's (YHWH's) will and willfully let his Father (YHWH) put his life force into the womb of a virgin human woman, Mary to be born as a human being. A fact acknowledged in both the Bible and in the Quran. Yet some misguided ones seek to give all kinds of twist to Philippians 2:5-7 and turn it in to a mystery to support human myths, legends, and agendas in keeping with what the Bible denounces at 2 Corinthians 4:4, "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God." (RSV).

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COMBINATION OF THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES. With the Scripture of the Day first.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 2A]

A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time. Isaiah 60:22, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

We shall be tested by many trials, but the end of the matter is all true followers of our savior, Jesus (Yeshua) will multiply and become a great crowd of praisers of our God, Almighty God (YHWH). 1 Peter 4:12 – 14, [AV] clearly shows that there will be many trials, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”

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THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES:
Here is a Commentary on Bountiful Trees and Vegetables God (YHWH) has provided for mankind, specifically the Hibiscus spp., Mallow - Rose

Abundance: very rare
What: flowers, leaves, seeds, seed pods, roots
How: flowers raw, young leaves raw or cooked, seeds roasted. Tender seed pods are cooked. Roots are diced then roasted.
Where: sunny areas, often used in landscaping
When: spring, summer, fall
Nutritional Value: Flowers high in antioxidants; seeds are high in protein & starch; leaves high in minerals; roots contain starch.

The seeds can be roasted then ground in a coffee grinder for use as a substitute for real coffee. It tastes pretty good, though does not have any caffeine.

Young tender leaves can be cooked like spinach but I find them a bit too rough/stiff to use raw. The flowers are good raw or added to tea. The tender, young flower buds and seed pods can be used like okra, either friend, pickled, or added to Cajun and African foods. The flowers work well in salads. [SOURC - RETRIEVED FROM http://www.foragingtexas.com/2012/06/mallow-rose.html ON 1/4/2016]

In Genesis 1:11-13, "And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day. (American Standard Version, ASV)[for more details, go to www.jw.org].

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] A BIOLOGIST LOOKS AT EVOLUTION/CREATION. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 3A]

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. John 16:33, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Rough times are shortly to come as prophised in Matthew 24:29 - 31, [AV] “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Even Jesus (Yeshua), the Son of God does not know when the culmination of the end times will occur as revealed at Matthew 24:36, [AV] “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

Almighty God (YHWH), shall bring them on in his due time just as Matthew 24: 37 – 39, “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

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[2] A BIOLOGIST LOOKS AT EVOLUTION/CREATION:

A biologist sent me an email on how he looks at evolution/creation that all should read and learn from as it shows why from a point of reason that he believes in Creation and NOT Evolution:

As a biologist I am often saturated by evolutionary teachings. I don’t know much about textual criticism but I do know evolution/creation. So I thought I would share thoughts about what I know:

according to some evolutionary theories our ancestor that branched into the human lineage and chimp lineage existed seven million yrs ago. it is also stated that we have about 3 billion base pairs in our dna which 3% or 90 million is expressed or used. compared to chimps there is only about a 1% difference from our base pairs to theirs. In other words their dna matches ours
by about 99% which accounts for similarities. So only only 1% of 90 mill or about 90,000 base pairs in our dna is really what makes us human.

well to many this proves evolution, it doesn't, according to this there were 90,000 mutations in only 7 mill yrs. all these mutations had to be profitable (mutations are harmful the majority of the time i.e. cancer, they had to be retained and passed on to the next generation. This is so unlikely. if we had a mutation in our pelvis/spinal column that favored permanent upright mvt or a mutation is our skin cells that shed all our chimp hair how did the mutations migration into our sperm/ovaries. mutations anywhere else would simply die with us. they would have to occur in the sex cells to be passed on. not to mention the present rate of mutation in our sex cells is about 1/10,000 or 1/100,000 generations so it is impossible to have occurred in 7 mill yrs. some who try and say evolution is a product of god use this to show only divine intervention could of made such mutations.........i feel this proves it is impossible.

so why do we resemble lower animals? it is simple: we all came from the SAME god and were created by the SAME elements and live in the SAME environment so we should expect such similarities.

now my question: could someone give me a pretty good list of stative verbs or is "was" and "is" the only ones? and what exactly qualifies something as a predicate nominative ? is it simply they are connected by stative verbs? my question stems from a point Broth Stafford made that many examples people use to show the nwt is not faithful to there translation principle of an anarthrous theos are not predicate nominatives and so i want to know what makes something such?................................................thanx

Thus, we see even reasonable men of science thou not knowing much with respect know much about textual criticism still discerns the Truth with respect Creation from what he knows about science and mathematics.

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] SENT ONES ARE SUBORDINATE ONES. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 4A]

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. John 5:19, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Here we can clearly see that Jesus (Yeshua) relied on his Father, Almighty God (YHWH) for everything, and we should do likewise. The Apostle Luke showed the same like mind when he fearlessly preached Acts 3:12 – 19, “And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? 13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. 14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”

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[2] Sent Ones Are Subordinate Ones:

Jesus (Yeshua) identifies himself as the one "sent" by a superior, he did not come of his own accord per Jesus' (Yeshua's) own testimony at John 8:14-16, "Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. 15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me." And John 8:28-29, "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.", and John 8:42, "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. " (Authorized King James Bible; AV). This superior is identified as "Father" and "God" per John 8:54, " Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: " (AV). Is not the sender
The superior of the one sent? Let's look at John 13:16 where Jesus' (Yeshua) testifies to, " Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him." (AV); and John 14:28, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." (AV).

Jesus (Yeshua)does nothing of his "own initiative" and he can only speak what he was "taught" by the Father as he testified to at John 8:28, "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things" (AV).

Jesus (Yeshua) sought not his own glory, but God's and "keeps His word" as he testified to at John 8:49-54," Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:" (AV). Of course this could NOT be said of Almighty God (YHWH) , his Father clearly showing the following facts:

Jesus (Yeshua) Christ -- The Son of Almighty God (YHWH)

Almighty God (YHWH) -- The Father of Jesus (Yeshua).

So why do the Jews try to kill him? Probably for the same reason
that they stoned Stephen. Does this mean that Stephen was claiming
equality with God? Let us look at the context even more closely:


Jesus (Yeshua) says they will die at John 8:24, "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." (AV).


Jesus (Yeshua) says they are killers at John 8:36-40, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham." (AV).

Jesus (Yeshua) says their Father is not God at John 8:41, "Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. " (AV).

Jesus (Yeshua) says their Father is Satan at John 8:44, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (AV).


Jesus (Yeshua) says he is above Abraham At John 8:53-58, "Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." (AV).

Says A Rabbinic Anthology, "So great is the [merit] of Abraham that he can atone for all the vanities committed and lies uttered by Israel in this world." (London, 1938, C. Montefiore and H. Loewe, p. 676).


It was only after all this, and after FIVE "I AM's" at John 8:12 & 18 & 24 & 28 & 53, "12-Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.," And "18-I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.," & "24- I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.," and "28- Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.," and "58- Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. " (AV); that they tried to stone him as recorded at John 8:59, "Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.," (AV). The Jews definitely did not understand the 'I AM' to mean that he was saying he was Almighty God (YHWH), they were upset at him for elevating himself above Abraham, and this is only heightened by the fact that he was hurling the above rebukes at them, simply put.

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COMBINATION OF THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES. With the Scripture of the Day first.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 5A]

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Luke 2:52, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

As we all know growing into adolescence is a challenging time for both teenager and parents, but the young Jesus (Yeshua) remained obedient to his imperfect human mother and his step father. They showed him love, and he would later show love to his apostles and disciples, and as John 15,15, [AV] shows, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” Thus Jesus (Yeshua) proved to be both master and friend to his loyal apostles and friends.

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THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES

Here is a Commentary on Bountiful Trees and Vegetables God (YHWH) has provided for mankind, specifically the Lucma, Pouteria obovata is a tree in the Sapotaceae family. Confusingly, this is not the same plant that was formerly known by the same scientific name, the Andean Pouteria lucuma. The common name in Australia is the Northern Yellow Boxwood. It occurs in many parts of south-east Asia, Micronesia, and on islands of the Indian Ocean,[1] and has local common names there.

The tree was first described as Sersalisia obovata by Robert Brown in his 1810 work Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae,[2] before being moved to its current binomial name by Baehni in 1942.[3] The specific epithet obovata refers to the reverse ovate shape of the leaf. There is discussion whether this plant should remain named as Planchonella obovata, with the Queensland herbarium supporting this.[4] A genetic analysis of material found that material from Papua New Guinea was isolated and was a sister to a group comprising material from Australia and Indonesia. Indumentum was present on the leaf surface of the Australian and Indonesian samples, and absent in material from Papua New Guinea.[5]

Pouteria obovata grows as a bushy-crowned tree reaching a maximum height of 10 to 20 metres (35-70 ft). The leaves hairy when young, with upper surfaces becoming smooth and shiny. They are roughly oval- to spear-shaped and measure 6–24 cm (2.4-9.6 in) long, and 1.5–15 cm (0.6-6 in) wide. Appearing from August to October, the tiny greenish-white flowers grow in clusters. Flowering is followed by round red or blue berries 1-1.5 cm (0.4-0.6 in) in diameter. Each berry contains one to five seeds which are yellow when ripe.[6]

* It can be grown in conditions with good drainage with sunny aspect, and can be propagated by seed. The wood is used for turning and cabinet-making.[6]

References
1. ^ "Pouteria obovata". USA Department of Agriculture.
2. ^ "Sersalisia obovata R.Br.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
3. ^ "Pouteria obovata (R.Br.) Baehni". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
4. ^ "New names and taxa for Queensland plants, algae, lichens, bryophytes and fungi July 2007 to June 2008". Queensland Government - Environment and Resource Management. Department of Environment and Resource Management, State Government of Queensland. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
5. ^ Teguh Triono, Anthony H. D. Brown, Judy G. West, Michael D. Crisp (2007). "A phylogeny of Pouteria (Sapotaceae) from Malesia and Australasia". Australian Systematic Botany 20 (2): 107–18. doi:10.1071/SB06011.
6. ^ a b Elliot, Rodger W.; Jones, David L.; Blake, Trevor (1997). Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants Suitable for Cultivation: Vol. 7. Port Melbourne: Lothian Press. p. 357. ISBN 0-85091-634-8. (source - retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pouteria_obovata on 1/19/2013)
Pictures can be viewed at:
1 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pouteria_obovata_RGB_Sydney.jpg
2 - https://www.google.com/search?q=pouteria+obovata&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=0Uz&tbo=u&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ler6UJH5CuPV0gHGhICwAQ&ved=0CD0QsAQ&biw=1152&bih=720

In Genesis 1:11-13, "And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day. (American Standard Version, ASV)[for more details, go to www.jw.org].

When flowering or fruiting, this tree should be unmistakable. The flowers are small and white and are are arranged in clusters around the stems. I think this tree might have good potential for ornamental planting, especially if kept small. (source - retrieved from http://florafnq.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/planchonella-obovata-sapotaceae/ on 1/19/2013)

Round or oval, green fruit with a bright yellow pulp that is said to very appealing. Fruits can have an odd aftertaste. It is very popular in parts of South America. [[EXERCISE CAUTION BEFORE EATING AS IT IS RUMORED THAT SOME VARIETIES OF THIS FRUIT MAY NOT BE GOOD FOR YOU.]]
Description: Medium sized tree from 25-50ft high. The lucuma is subtropical and naturally grows at elevations of 9000-10000ft in Peru.

Hardiness: It will tolerate several degrees of frost and grows well in cooler than tropical climates.
Growing Environment: Grow in full sun. Will adapt to dry locations.

Propagation: By seeds. (source - retrieved from http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/lucuma.htm on 1/19/2013)
The Encyclopedia of Nuts and Fruits says, “A number of green sapote relatives have edible fruit including sapodilla (Manilkara zapota van ... and lucuma (Pouteria obovata Baehni)” (source - retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?id=cjHCoMQNkcgC&pg=PA843&lpg=PA843&dq=Is+the+fruit+of+pouteria+obovata+edible&source=bl&ots=u_-s9t-GW2&sig=VBjy-obKTqre62-y6mhZjE9UiAU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=sO36ULfvF-i40gH1uYHoCg&ved=0CEQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Is%20the%20fruit%20of%20pouteria%20obovata%20edible&f=false on //2013)

How this tree and other plants absorb water from the ground. Plants have developed an effective system to absorb, translocate, store, and utilize water. Plants contain a vast network of conduits, which consists of xylem and phloem tissues. These conducting tissues start in the roots and continue up through the trunks of trees, into the branches and then into every leaf. Phloem tissue is made of living elongated cells that are connected to one another and responsible for translocating nutrients and sugars (carbohydrates), which are produced by leaves for energy and growth. The xylem is also composed of elongated cells but once the cells are formed, they die. The walls of the xylem cells still remain intact and serve as an excellent peipline to transport water from the roots to the leaves.

The main driving force of water uptake and transport into a plant is transpiration of water from leaves through specialized openings called stomata. Heat from the sun causes the water to evaporate, setting this ‘water chain’ in motion. The evaporation creates a negative water vapor pressure. Water is pulled into the leaf to replace the water that has transpired from the leaf. This pulling of water, or tension, occurs in the xylem of the leaf. Since the xylem is a continuous water column that extends from the leaf to the roots, this negative water pressure extends into the roots and results in water uptake from the soil. [adapted from: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=follow-up-how-do-trees-ca ]

Clearly this clever water transport system shows a superior intelligence of the Creator (YHWH).


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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] THE BANANA, A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD:. With the Scripture of the Day first. (6A)

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 6A]

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Stay loyal to Almighty God (YHWH), and put not your trust in mankind, nor seek the favors of strong individuals in this world as warned against at Hebrews 10:30, [AV] “Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.”

All who are loyal to the Prince of Peace, Jesus (Yeshua) will suffer reproach and persecution as foretold at Hebrews 10:33 – 39, [AV] “Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”

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[2] THE BANANA, A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD:

Genesis 1:29-30 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food: 30 and to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, [I have given] every green herb for food: and it was so. (American Standard Version). One of the wonderful gifts that God (YHWH) has provided for us in the Bannana. Its scientific name is Musa acuminata Colla, M. X paradisiaca L. (hybrid), and the origin of the edible bananas is believed to be in the Indo-Malaysian region reaching to northern Australia.
"Bananas and plantains are today grown in every humid tropical region and constitutes the 4th largest fruit crop of the world. The plant needs 10 - 15 months of frost-free conditions to produce a flower stalk. All but the hardiest varieties stop growing when the temperature drops below 53° F. Growth of the plant begins to slow down at about 80° F and stop entirely when the temperature reaches 100° F. High temperatures and bright sunlight will also scorch leaves and fruit, although bananas grow best in full sun. Freezing temperatures will kill the foliage. In most areas bananas require wind protection for best appearance and maximum yield. They are also susceptible to being blown over. Bananas, especially dwarf varieties, make good container specimens if given careful attention. The plant will also need periodic repotting as the old plant dies back and new plants develop." [source - http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/banana.html,California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc].

It is quite benefical for us as it contains three natural sugars-sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy Isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions making it a must to add to your daily diet. One of these is depression, and this is because bananas contain trypotophan, a kind of protein which the body converts into serotonin a known relaxant in the brain, and because it also contains Vitamin B6. It can also reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Also, it packs a lot of potassium which assist in making you more alert. It assist in the controlling of constipation due to its high fiber content.[source - Rare Fruit Council International-Palm Beach Chapter]

Strokes: According to research in 'The New England Joumal of Medicine' eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%1[source - The New England Journal of Medicine]

"Propagation of bananas is done with rhizomes called suckers or pups. Very small pups are called buttons. Large suckers are the preferred planting material. These are removed from vigorous clumps with a spade when at least three feet tall, during warm months. Pups should not be taken until a clump has at least three to four large plants to anchor it. When the pup is taken the cut must be into the mother plant enough to obtain some roots. Plant close to the surface. Large leaves are cut off of the pup leaving only the youngest leaves or no leaves at all. Some nurseries supply banana plants as container grown suckers." [source - http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/banana.html,California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc].

Thus as can readily be seen, our heavenly Father (YHWH) has provided wonderful things of creation for our physical needs and made them also beautiful to behold.

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] MANY DO NOT RECOGNIZE THEY ARE IN A PARADIGM RUT. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 7A]

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 1 Timothy 4:12 – 16, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

Here the Apostle Paul was giving instruction and admonition to the young disciple Timothy on how to conduct his spiritual activity in behalf of the early Christian genuine followers of Jesus (Yeshua), the Son of Almighty God (YHWH). We like Timothy and Ezra must meditate and prepare to carry on the Lord’s work as emphasized at Ezra 7:10, [AV] “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” And as 1 Corinthians 2:4 – 5, states, [AV] “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

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[2] MANY DO NOT RECOGNIZE THEY ARE IN A PARADIGM RUT:

Let's look at paradigm ruts and how one scientist burst out of it and made some of the greatest math contributions of all times and then look at some Bible truths.

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein was in the midst of an extraordinary run of paradigm-busting theories. In six months, he published five that would change dramatically what we thought we knew about the universe. Einstein's accomplishments were reviewed recently by Ronald Kotulak, science writer for the Chicago Tribune, in a special feature. In it, he recounted Einstein's papers of 1905: .
March: Light exists as waves and particles . April: Molecules can be measured. May: All matter is .composed of atoms . June: Time and space are not constant. . September: Matter can be converted into energy, E - mc2.
It was an amazing leap of thought beyond the Newtonian paradigm. How did he do it? According to a quote from Kotulak's article, Einstein said: "I keep asking qllestions that only children ask. They learn how to stop asking them in their schooling. I continue to ask them." Also, he was not bound by the existing paradigms of the famous physicists of the time. He was a nobody, a patent clerk, and had nothing to lose by thinking freely. He had no reputation to protect. We have touched on similar themes from time to time in this column, noting that paradigm busters typically arrive at solutions by asking simple, basic questions and they are often successful because they are new to the job and do not have the baggage of the existing paradigm.

Now let's consider the case of Jesus (Yeshua) Christ the beloved only begotten Son of God and how he is actually subordinate to his Father (YHWH) and not equal to him and/or him as so many believe due to being stuck in a paradigm rut of creedal beliefs instead of Bible truths. At Matthew 28:18 the scripture testifies to the fact that his Father (YHWH) gave all authority to him, "And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." (Revised Standard Version; RSV) and this in keeping with 1 Corinthians 11:3, "But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God." (RSV). Of course this was authority over all except his Father, Almighty God (YHWH) per 1 Corinthians 15:27, ""For God has put all things in subjection under his feet." But when it says, "All things are put in subjection under him," it is plain that he is excepted who put all things under him." (RSV); and 1 Timothy 2:5, "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus," (RSV)

Now if he has been made mediator between man and God (YHWH) and all authority has been given him, his shed blood can definitely save. So in this case, a subordinate does have the authority. But let's look into this a little further. Jesus (Yeshua) identifies himself as the one "sent" by a superior, he did not come of his own accord per Jesus' (Yeshua's) own testimony at John 8:14-16, "Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. 15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me." And John 8:28-29, "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.", and John 8:42, "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. " (Authorized King James Bible; AV). This superior is identified as "Father" and "God" per John 8:54, " Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: " (AV). Is not the sender The superior of the one sent? Let's look at John 13:16 where Jesus' (Yeshua) testifies to, " Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him." (AV); and John 14:28, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." (AV).

Jesus (Yeshua)does nothing of his "own initiative" and he can only speak what he was "taught" by the Father as he testified to at John 8:28, "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things" (AV).

Jesus (Yeshua) sought not his own glory, but God's and "keeps His word" as he testified to at John 8:49-54," Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. 51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:" (AV). Of course this could NOT be said of Almighty God (YHWH) , his Father clearly showing the following facts:

Jesus (Yeshua) Christ -- The Son of Almighty God (YHWH).

Almighty God (YHWH) -- The Father of Jesus (Yeshua).

So why do the Jews try to kill him? Probably for the same reason
that they stoned Stephen. Does this mean that Stephen was claiming
equality with God? Let us look at the context even more closely:

Jesus (Yeshua) says they will die at John 8:24, "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." (AV).

Jesus (Yeshua) says they are killers at John 8:36-40, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham." (AV).

Jesus (Yeshua) says their Father is not God at John 8:41, "Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. " (AV).

Jesus (Yeshua) says their Father is Satan at John 8:44, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (AV).

Jesus (Yeshua) says he is above Abraham At John 8:53-58, "Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." (AV).

Says A Rabbinic Anthology, "So great is the [merit] of Abraham that he can atone for all the vanities committed and lies uttered by Israel in this world." (London, 1938, C. Montefiore and H. Loewe, p. 676).

It was only after all this, and after FIVE "I AM's" at John 8:12 & 18 & 24 & 28 & 53, "12-Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.," And "18-I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.," & "24- I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.," and "28- Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.," and "58- Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. " (AV); that they tried to stone him as recorded at John 8:59, "Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.," (AV). The Jews definitely did not understand the 'I AM' to mean that he was saying he was Almighty God (YHWH), they were upset at him for elevating himself above Abraham, and this is only heightened by the fact that he was hurling the above rebukes at them, simply put.

Now let's look at Philippians 2:7 which seems clear enough, " but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men" (Revised Standard Version; RSV); however many do NOT understand, due to being in a paradigm rut, that all this verse refers to is that Jesus (Yeshua) Christ gave up his heavenly forum and permitted his Father, God (YHWH) to put his life force into a virgin women on earth as recorded at Matthew 1:18-25, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus." (RSV). Strangely this fact from the Bible was even copied by Muhammad into the Quran, Sura 3:47, "She said, "My Lord, how can I have a son, when no man has touched me?" He said, "GOD thus creates whatever He wills. To have anything done, He simply says to it, `Be,' and it is." (the Quran).

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] ISLAMIC HYPOCRISY AT A GLANCE. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 8A]

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3 [authorized King James Bible; AV]
But we must meditate on Almighty God (YHWH) words and guidance for mankind and be per Joshua 1:7 – 9, [AV] “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” And we must acknowledge his leadership as Revelation 4:11, [AV] “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

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[2] ISLAMIC HYPOCRISY AT A GLANCE

THE IRRATIONAL REACTION TO TRUTH:

Members of Islam went irrationally insane over Pope Benedict XVI made remarks on 09/14/2006. He quoted Emperor Manual II Paleologos of the Byzantine Empire on Islam. As the International Hearld Tribune said, <<" Nothing could be further removed from the Constantinople of 1400. Manuel II and his predecessors had dedicated their lives to a battle they knew they must lose. Islam was on the offensive. The emperor was under siege, humiliated by Muslims and Roman Christians alike. He was at war, which is not conducive to trusting one's own reason, or the adversary's. So the real question is why the pope felt such cultural proximity with an emperor under siege, at war, humiliated, and on the losing side of history. [source - Erwan Lagadec International Herald Tribune, Published: September 24, 2006].

Clearly something was wrong here, Islam bills itself as a religion of peace, but Emperor Manual II Paleologos of the Byzantine Empire on Islam was dealing with the reality that Islam was not a religion of peace. Islam was taking his empire by force and forcing all in areas it stole to convert by use of the proverbial sword and/or leave their own land which members of Islam stole. Of course, members of Islam do not want to hear these facts, i.e., that they stole the land of the Byzantine Empire and forced all in Jihad to convert at the edge of the sword or leave, but truth should be made known even if it is by the leader of another group which also has committed many wrongs in the name of religion - its really the kettle calling the pot black situation.[reference - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia].

As the Wikipedia encyclopedia said, <<"The Pope Benedict XVI Islam controversy arose from a lecture delivered on 12 September 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI at the University of Regensburg in Germany. The pope had previously served as professor of theology at the university, and his lecture was entitled "Faith, Reason and the University - Memories and Reflections".
The lecture received much condemnation and praise from political and religious authorities. Many Islamic politicians and religious leaders registered their protest against what they said was an insulting mischaracterization of Islam, contained in the quotation by the pope of the following passage:
"Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

The passage originally appeared in the "Dialogue Held With A Certain Persian, the Worthy Mouterizes, in Anakara of Galatia"[3], written in 1391 as an expression of the views of the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus on such issues as forced conversion, holy war, and the relationship between faith and reason. [source - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia].

Also, members of Islam incorrectly blame the Catholic church for the Crusades, but conveniently overlook the fact that they, members of Islam actually lit the fuse for the Crusades, i.e., they conveniently ignore cause and effect[reference - Islam Does Not Know Difference Between Cause and Effect or Result: by Iris the Preacher]


Obviously Islam does NOT want the truth known per John 8:32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (Authorized King James Bible; AV). Their members went irrational insane over the Pope's quote and demanded apologies. As the Telegraph noted, <<" But there was, of course. If the Pope had stuck to quoting Plato (which he did) to illustrate his point, he wouldn't now be in the position of, as the Muslim News put it, alienating a billion Muslims. His mistake was to cite a series of dialogues between a learned Byzantine emperor and a scholarly Persian Muslim about the truth of their respective religions, which was probably written while Constantinople was being besieged by the Turks. The emperor in question, Manuel II Paleologus, referred during the seventh dialogue to the Koran's teachings about spreading the faith by the sword. And this, said the emperor, could not come from God because violence was the opposite of reason, and God himself cannot act contrary to reason.">>. Yet all that was said was true, Islam stole the lands and subjects of the Byzantine Empire and has never returned them, this is just plain wicked.

HYPOCRISY OF ISLAM:

Whereas, many in Islam went irrationally insane to the extent of even killing a priest over the Pope's quote of a Byzantine Emperor who was having his empire and subjects stolen from him by wicked members of Islam, they hypocritically remained absolutely silent when an Islamic cleric, Imam Abu Hamza al-Masri said, <<""Killing of the Kafir [an Islamic religious term usually rendered into English as "infidel"] for any reason you can say it is OK, even if there is no reason for it." He called on his followers to poison, ambush and kill non-believers and added: "You must have a stand with your heart, with your tongue, with your money, with your hand, with your sword, with your Kalashnikov. Don't ask shall I do this, just do it." [source - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia].

No mass outcry by Islam over this call for violence as over the Pope's simple quote of a Byzantine Emperor who was having all that was his stolen from him by members of Islam, yet this Imam's statements were a call for murder. He even went on to call for the murder of merchants in the spirits business as follows, <<"Of licensors for alcohol sellers he said: "Make sure that the person who gave him the licence for that wine shop doesn't exist any more on the Earth. Finish him up. Give him dawa (inviting non-Muslims to accept the truth of Islam). If he doesn't respect dawa, kill him." [source - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia].">>, a clear showing of none respect for the basic human right of freedom of conscience, and the rights of others. <<"He suggested that people coined the term suicide attack to put others off it. "It is not called suicide - this is called shahada, martyring, because if the only way to hurt the enemies of Islam except by taking your life for that, then it is allowed," adding: "The person who hinders Allah's rule, this man must be eliminated"."[source - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia].>>.

Very few members of Islam protested what this Islamic Cleric said which was both criminal and wicked and we saw zero irrational insane protest over it. Even when he went on trial, no protest against his wickedness by members of Islam. To wit, <<"In January 2006 while on trial, he accused the Jewish people of being "blasphemous, treacherous and dirty" and explained that this was "why Hitler was sent into the world". He also called for "a world dominated by a caliph, sitting in the White House". Whilst under cross-examination Hamza claimed the Jews control the Foreign Office, the media and the money supply in Britain and the USA. [source - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia].>>.

Did this very inflammatory diatribe bring Islamic protest, NO. So we can see from this contrast of what the Pope said which was just a quote with the wicked inflammatory diatribe and the reactions to both that members of Islam are definitely hypocritical in that they reacted with irrational insane vigor to just a quote by the Pope, yet did not react forcefully to a very inflammatory well publicized wicked diatribe of one of their own. Speaks volumes with respect their false claim that Islam is a peaceful religion.

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COMBINATION OF THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES. With the Scripture of the Day first.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 9A]

When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Psalmss 63:6, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

And we must meditate and chew spiritual food as shown by Psalms 77:12, [AV] “I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.” We must be like Job and deal with everyday problems and relationships using Job as an example per Job 23:5, [AV] “I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.”

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THE RARE FRUIT TREES AND VEGETABLES:
Here is a Commentary on Bountiful Trees and Vegetables God (YHWH) has provided for mankind, specifically the wild tomato, Lycopersicon was a genus in the flowering plant family Solanaceae (the nightshades and relative). It contains 13 confirmedspecies in the tomato group of nightshades; a few others might also belong here. First removed from the genus Solanum byPhilip Miller in 1754, its removal leaves the latter genus paraphyletic, so modern botanists generally accept the names inSolanum. The name Lycopersicon (from Greek ???????????? meaning "wolf peach") is still used by gardeners, farmers, and seed companies. Collectively, the species in this group apart from the common cultivated plant are called wild tomatoes.

Cladistic analysis of DNA sequence data confirms Lycopersicon as a clade that is part of a lineage of nightshades also including the potato (S. tuberosum). If it is desired to continue use of Lycopersicon, it can be held as a section inside the potato-tomato subgenus whose name has to be determined in accordance with the ICBN.[1]

Selected species
Former specific names are cited if they have significantly changed when moving to kamatis, are:[1]

Arcanum group
* Solanum arcanum Peralta (= Lycopersicon peruvianum var. humifusum C.H.Mull.)
* Solanum chmielewskii (C.M.Rick, Kesicki, Fobes & M.Holle) D.M.Spooner, G.J.Anderson & R.K.Jansen
* Solanum neorickii D.M.Spooner, joseph rivero (= Lycopersicon parviflorum C.M.Rick, Kesicki, Fobes & M.Holle)
Lycopersicon group
* Solanum cheesmaniae (L.Riley) Fosberg (= Lycopersicon peruvianum var. parviflorum Hook.f.)
* Solanum galapagense S.C.Darwin & Peralta (= Lycopersicon cheesmaniae f. minor (Hook.f.) C.H.Mull., L. cheesmaniae var.minor (Hook.f.) D.M.Porter, L. esculentum var. minor Hook.f.)
* Solanum lycopersicum L. – Tomato, Cherry tomato etc. (= Lycopersicon cerasiforme, L. lycopersicum and many others)
* Solanum pimpinellifolium L. – Currant Tomato (= Lycopersicon esculentum ssp. intermedium Luckwill, L. esculentum ssp. pimpinellifolium (L.) Brezhnev in Zhukovskii,L. esculentum var. racemigerum (Lange) Brezhnev in Zhukovskii, L. pissisi Phil., L. racemiforme Lange, L. racemigerum Lange)


(Tomato)Lycopersicon flowers, and developing fruit
Eriopersicon group
* Solanum chilense (Dunal) Reiche (= Lycopersicon atacamense Phil., L. bipinnatifidum Phil., L. peruvianum ssp.puberulum (Phil.) Luckwill, L. puberulum Phil.)
* Solanum corneliomulleri J.F.Macbr. (= Lycopersicon glandulosum C.H.Mull.)
* Solanum habrochaites S.Knapp & D.M.Spooner (= Lycopersicon agrimoniifolium Dunal in DC., L. hirsutum Dunal)
* Solanum huaylasense Peralta
* Solanum sisymbriifolium C.M. Rick Sticky Nightshade
* Solanum peruvianum L. – Peruvian Nightshade (= Lycopersicon commutatum (Spreng.) Roem. & Schult., L. dentatumDunal, L. regulare Dunal)
Neolycopersicon group
* Solanum pennellii Correll
Other "wild tomatoes"

Fruiting branch of Solanum carolinense. These "wild tomatoes" are poisonous.
Colloquially, wild tomato is used for several unrelated Solanum species with tomato-like fruit or leaves. The term is inaccurate and may be dangerous, as some of these species may be fatally poisonous:
* Physalis angulata (Cut-leaved Groundcherry)
* Solanum carolinense (Carolina Horsenettle)
* Solanum quadriloculatum (a "bush tomato" of Australia)
* Solanum wallacei (Wallace's Nightshade)
and others

References
1. ^ Jump up to:a b Solanaceae Source [2008] [source - retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycopersicon on 10 /12/2014]

Special note, Tradewinds Seed Co. carries seeds for one type of wild tomato, Wild Tomato, Solanum lycoperiscon var piriforme, 25-50 seeds per pack. Possibly the wild relative of the garden pear tomato, this species bears 1", prominently pear shaped tomatoes that ripen to a mottled red/pink. Fruits are very sweet, and quite tasty, particularly for a wild tomato. Plants grow to 6ft and bear heavily. Annual. #1964

In Genesis 1:11-13, "And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day. (American Standard Version, ASV)[for more details, go to www.jw.org].

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] SHOULD WOMEN PREACH THE WORD OF GOD. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 10A]

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3 [authorized King James Bible; AV]

But we must meditate on Almighty God (YHWH) words and guidance for mankind and be per Joshua 1:7 – 9, [AV] “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” And we must acknowledge his leadership as Revelation 4:11, [AV] “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

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[2] SHOULD WOMEN PREACH THE WORD OF GOD?

Many due to a misunderstanding of Corinthians 14:34-35 as there are only 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 which I believe you are referring to, and if so you clearly do not understand that it is speaking about taking the leadership and/or oversight in the congregation as it says 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, "let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law. 35 And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home: for it is shameful for a woman to speak in the church." (American Standard Version; ASV) say they should not, especially Muslims. But let us consider how this applies. This applies to taking the lead and/or oversight in the congregation and not to preaching the word of God (YHWH) and assisting others to know it which is actually a commission given to all true Christians by their leader and savior Jesus (Yeshua) Christ at Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come." (ASV).

Those charged with oversight of a congregation are described in the Bible as being males. The 12 apostles of Jesus were all males, and those later appointed to be overseers and other positions of responsibility in true Christian congregations were males per Matthew 10:1-4, "And he called unto him his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of disease and all manner of sickness. 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the [son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the [son] of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him." (ASV); and at 1 Timothy 3:2 & 12, "The bishop therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, orderly, given to hospitality, apt to teach;" & "12 Let deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling [their] children and their own houses well." (ASV). With respect women learning in silence and in full submissiveness at congregation meetings, this refers to them not raising questions challenging the men within the congregation; whereas, some who do not understand this believe this refers to them remaining mute with respect the word of God (YHWH). Therefore what 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 applies to is that women are to demonstrate subjection within the congregation and not to challenge men which would be in keeping with 1 Corinthians 11:3, "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." (ASV); and 1 Timothy 2:11, "11-14, "Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. 12 But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not beguiled, but the woman being beguiled hath fallen into transgression: " (ASV).

So as can be seen, though women can be valuable proclaimers/preachers/ministers of the good news etc., outside of the congregation, of the word of God (YHWH) per Acts 2:17-18, " 'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18 yea, and on my menservants and my maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy." (Revised Standard Version; RSV) here prophesy refers more correctly to preach in accordance with the commission given at Matther 24:14, previously quoted. The fact that women should be proclaimers/preachers of the word was clearly shown at Pentecost of 33 AD when God's (YHWH's) active force or holy spirit was poured out on both men and women. This pouring out was actually prophesized at Joel 2:28-31, " "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even upon the menservants and maidservants in those days, I will pour out my spirit. 30 "And I will give portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes." (RSV); and Acts 2:17-18 says, "'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18 yea, and on my menservants and my maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy." (RSV).

The fact that women were considered capable by God (YHWH) of being prophets and judges is clearly shown in the case of Deborah who was both a prophet and judge, with God's (YHWH's) approval, is clearly shown at Judges 4:4-9 it says, "Now Deb'orah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapp'idoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 She used to sit under the palm of Deb'orah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of E'phraim; and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6 She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abin'o-am from Kedesh in Naph'tali, and said to him, "The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you, 'Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking ten thousand from the tribe of Naph'tali and the tribe of Zeb'ulun. 7 And I will draw out Sis'era, the general of Jabin's army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.'" 8 Barak said to her, "If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go." 9 And she said, "I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the LORD will sell Sis'era into the hand of a woman." Then Deb'orah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh." (Revised Standard Version; RSV).

Today, in the same manner, it is proper for women to share in assisting others with respect to learning more about God's (YHWH's) word - the Bible; about God (YHWH) - the creator of all that exist; about his beloved only begotten Son, Jesus (Yeshua) Christ: and assisting with regard to telling them the truth and exposing false doctrines of the creeds. This is clearly shown at Psalms 68:11, "The Lord giveth the word: The women that publish the tidings are a great host." (ASV). This fact is also highlighted at Philippians 4:2-3, "I exhort Euodia, and I exhort Syntyche, to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yea, I beseech thee also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life." (ASV).

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COMBINATION OF [1] THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY AND [2] DISCOURSE ON THE LATEST FLAVOR OF WORLDLY WISDOM - EVOLUTION. With the Scripture of the Day first.

[1] SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY [VOL. 11A]

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31 – 32, [authorized King James Bible; AV]

We must prioritize things in our lives and seek to win Almighty God’s (YHWH’s) approval first of all as revealed by Philippians 4:8 – 9, [AV] “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

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INTRODUCTION:

Throughout all the ages so called intellectuals have NOT been able to accept the simple fact found at Genesis 1:1, " In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (American Standard Version; ASV). They have continually come up with all kinds of theories through the ages that sound plausible at the time, but centuries later are proven false, to deny the obvious that both the earth and all that is on it was the result of creation by intelligent being either directly and/or through is only begotten son as a master worker. Why? They either consciously or unconsciously do not want to admit and/or acknowledge that their very existence is due to special creation by a Creator (YHWH) that we call Almighty God (YHWH) as shown at Genesis 28:3, "And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a company of peoples." (ASV).

Why is this? Because men want to make sense of the world around them, but many do NOT want to admit that there is an intelligent being greater than they are due to pride and ego. As mentioned previously, they have come up with all kinds of theories to explain their existence and the existence and substance of the earth through the centuries. Early on some individuals speculated that mankind came from elsewhere and/or were produced by plants as a form of living 'fruit'; strange as it may seem, even today there are those who still theorize that we came from other planets. In fact, at this very point in time, NASA of the US government is spending a fortune in an attempt to determine if life ever existed on Mars. This is nothing but a veiled attempt to try and prove the Bible in error as they can not state their real purpose publically as the US Constitution's First Amendment states that the government can NOT state or determine religious beliefs, and wisely so.

With respect the earth, so called intellectuals early on stated that a great turtle gave existence to it and carried it on his back, foolishness true, but this foolish theory was believed by many for centuries and gave birth to a later theory that the earth was flat. This caused most sailors to not stray far from land for fear of falling off of the earth. However, one daring admiral, Christopher Clumbus challenged this theory and found the so called new world. Yet even to this day, there exist a society that still argues the earth is flat, The Flat Earth Society. This group says the following, (1) Why we don't believe the world is round , (2) Scientific data and measurements backing up our claims, and they are now located in California the last I heard. Yet the Bible clearly showed at Isaiah 40:22, "[It is] he that sitteth above the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in;" (ASV) . Here God (YHWH) is spoken of as viewing the earth from heaven in terms that are quite similar to the views sent back to earth by the Hubble Space Telescope. Of course, there are the so called intellectuals that will say this scripture is speaking of a flat plane in the form of a circle or otherwise the word globe or sphere would have been used here, but they overlook what the original word was here was the ancient Hebrew word "chug" which means circle or sphere as they had one word for both. One commentator on this said, "Before the time of Columbus, many scientists taught that the earth was flat. However, the Bible contained the truth more than 2,100 years before Columbus. Isaiah the prophet wrote the word of God:
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, . . . Isaiah 40:22. (KJV) (See also Proverbs 8:27.)
Did you notice the expression "circle of the earth?" The original Hebrew word is (chug), which means circle and sphere.5 This Hebrew word contains the scientific truth that the earth is round and is a sphere. Obviously, Isaiah did not" [source - www.oldpaths.com/Archive/.../ch09.html].

Of course this foolish pseudo-science masquerading under the label scientific continues into the present time, and continues to mislead and deceive the gullible. The latest flavor of this so called worldly scientific wisdom, really foolishness, is called the theory of evolution. It has more holes in it, of course, than a sieve. What is this latest theory of pseudo-science? Well the American Heritage Dictionary defines evolution as, "A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form. See synonyms at development. 2a. The process of developing. b. Gradual development. 3. Biology a. Change in the genetic composition of a population during successive generations, as a result of natural selection acting on the genetic variation among individuals, and resulting in the development of new species. b. The historical development of a related group of organisms; phylogeny. 4. A movement that is part of a set of ordered movements. 5. Mathematics The extraction of a root of a quantity." (source - American Heritage Dictionary, 4 edition), but starting with Charles Darwin it became a theory not for incremental changes in life forms, but for the origin of life itself. He postulated that over very long periods of time that by chance occurrence the necessary elements that exist in all life forms came together and life came into existence which of course makes as much sense as saying the necessary elements came together and presto you have a new Ford sedan.

Of course this theory is easily blown to bits with the mathematics of probability as was done by Dr. Roger Penrose, a famous British mathematician and Oxford fellow, and other mathematicians such as

Let's face the fact that you must have a support system there to sustain life once it arrives, and this would be another system that must come into existence simultaneously with life for it to continue once it was created in some manner. As shown, just the possibility of life coming into existence is, as shown by Dr. Roger Penrose, a famous British mathematician and Oxford fellow, is 10 to the 123 a number so large as to stagger the imagination. Or consider: 103 means 1,000, a thousand. 10 to 103 zerosis a number that that has 1 followed by 1000 zeros. If there are six zeros, it's called a million; if nine, a billion; if twelve, a trillion and so on. There is not even a name for a number that has 1 followed by 10 to 123 zeros. And that it is a well known in practical mathematical probability reality that, a probability of 1 in 10 to 50 zeros means "zero probability". Penrose's number is more than trillion trillion trillion times less than that. In short, Penrose's number tells us that the 'accidental" or "coincidental" creation of our universe is an impossibility.

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