HARLOTS AND PUBLICANS

How comforting is the Lord’s mercy! ❤️

Matthew Chapter 1

JFB Bible Commentary:

This feature in the present genealogy – herein differing from that given by Luke – comes well from him who styles himself in his list of the Twelve, what none of the other lists do, “Matthew the publican”;

Matthew 10: 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 Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

as if thereby to hold forth, at the very outset, the unsearchable riches of that grace which could not only fetch in “them that are afar off,” but reach down even to “publicans and harlots,” and raise them to “sit with the princes of his people.”

Matthew Henry Bible Commentary:

There are four women, and but four, named in this genealogy; two of them were originally strangers to the commonwealth of Israel, Rahab a Canaanitess, and a harlot besides, and Ruth the Moabitess; for in Jesus Christ there is neither Greek, nor Jew; those that are strangers and foreigners are welcome, in Christ, to the citizenship of the saints.

The other two were adulteresses, Tamar and Bathsheba; which was a further mark of humiliation put upon our Lord Jesus, that not only he descended from such, but that his decent from them is particularly remarked in his genealogy, and no veil drawn over it.

He took upon him the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom 8:3), and takes even great sinners, upon their repentance, into the nearest relation to himself.

Matthew Chapter 1

1The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; 3And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; 4And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; 5And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; 6And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; 7And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 8And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; 9And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; 10And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; 11And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

12And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; 13And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; 14And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; 15And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; 16And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

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GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Previously posted in 2007.

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Our friend Ted Hellmann wrote the following sometime in the late 1980’s when he was a Prison Chaplain. He found a copy of it while doing some house cleaning and mailed it to us. He was still evangelizing when he was in his 90’s. He left tracts almost everywhere he went, and he also mailed out many tracts to be distributed elsewhere. Amazing.

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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

by Ted Hellmann

How far have we drifted from that of a New Testament church? This church had absolute Unity of the Body and the exercise of all the gifts of the Spirit. A ministry directed by the Lord, with signs following: healing, deliverance and miracles.

If we love the brethren, we would nurture them in the full oracles of God and not local church doctrine or from headquarters. By the Holy Spirit and not the finite mind of man. How proud we are in our own doctrines, taking from the people what God has offered them. A healing for the whole body, and what audacity have we to tell God that these things are not for us today. Have we bowed down to man? Spiritual research is needed.

The church is not a man made denomination, it’s not a building, it’s not stained glass or carpet. The church is the true body of believers in Christ.

The building may burn down, the denomination may fold … but Jesus Christ is forever.

THE STORY OF FOUR MISSIONARIES…

This is the most I can remember of a story I heard about two couples who went on the mission field together. When they arrived at their destination they chose not to live where the other missionaries in the area were living because they wanted to live closer to the people they came to evangelize. They soon found that all the native people were very hostile to their presence, that is except for one young boy. The young boy often brought them food, and when he did one of the women shared the Gospel with him. A short time later this same woman tragically died in childbirth. Her husband became angry at God because of his wife’s death, and didn’t want his newborn baby girl. He returned to the main mission area with the child and there he met an older missionary couple who agreed to take the baby.

((It may be hard to believe but the other young couple also died. They were both poisoned. I don’t recall hearing any details of where, when or how that happened.)

The child was raised in the U.S by the couple and when she grew up she was told about her parents and the story surrounding her birth. She searched for her parents and was able to find and meet her father in the U.S. He lived a worldly life and didn’t want anything to do with the Lord. Searching further for information about her mother she was surprised to hear that a monument had been erected in honor of her mother in the town where she had been a missionary. As she continued to search she learned that the young boy that heard the Gospel from her mother became a Christian. He in turn preached the Gospel to the town’s people resulting in a revival. The revival spread to neighboring towns with churches being planted, and the people erected some sort of monument in remembrance of her mother for bringing them the Gospel.

The Lord brought a revival from what looked like an utter and complete missionary failure. What’s even more amazing is that one day she and the young boy her mother witnessed to all those years before just “happened to meet” at a Christian conference they were both attending!

We never know what the result will be when sharing the Gospel with someone. We witness and leave the rest in the Lord’s hands, trusting Him always, in all situations.

Hebrew 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Have you heard the Gospel?

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CHILD, THE LORD IS CALLING – A Poem

Our life upon this earth is short,

The days are few, at best.

One day, unknown, we’ll leave this world,

No doubt, like all the rest.

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To school we go, learn all we can,

For temporal life prepare.

But if for death, we do not plan,

Dear child, we’ve greatly erred.

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Tomorrow this, tomorrow that,

Who said it would be ours?

Much promised in the Word of God,

But not unending hours.

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Another thought, why walk this earth,

Without the Savior’s hand?

He’ll comfort, guide, and help us through,

This very weary land.

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Religion is so popular,

Fruit of the devil’s seed.

Dear child, do know, if that’s your hope,

You’ll truly be deceived.

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The Lord is calling, can you hear,

There’s hope, while there’s still breath.

Now is the time, to change your course,

Before the day of death.

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The Spirit and the bride say come,

Be born again today.

You may not have another chance,

Dear child, please don’t delay.

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Christ crucified, and then arose,

The Gospel that we tell.

By grace, through faith, is how we’re saved,

T’was Jesus taught of hell.

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Repentance, faith, believe we must,

But still we do not boast.

Salvation is a gift from God,

Receive the Holy Ghost.

Cathy White 2007 ©