Saturday, November 6, 2010

Parable of The Rose

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully.
Before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw a bud that
would soon blossom. He also saw the thorns, and he
thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant,
burdened with so many sharp thorns?" Saddened by this
thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was
ready to bloom, it died.
So it is with many people. Within every soul, there is a rose.
The "God-like" qualities planted in us at birth,
growing amidst the thorns of our faults.
Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects.
We despair, thinking nothing good can possibly come from us.
We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies.
We never realize our potential.
Some don't see the rose within themselves. It takes someone
else to show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person
can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find
the rose within others. This is the truest, most innocent, and
gracious characteristic of love - to know another person,
including their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul,
and yet still help another to realize they can overcome their
faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer the
thorns. Only then will they blossom, and most likely,
blooming thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold, as it is given to them.
Our duty in this world is to help others, by showing them
their roses and not their thorns. It is then that we
achieve the love we should feel for each other. Only then
can we bloom in our own garden.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Jesus - The Bread of Life

"I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." ~John 6:51

Commentary by Charles H. Spurgeon

Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.--John 21:12

In these words the believer is invited to a holy nearness to Jesus.
"Come and dine," implies the same table, the same meat; ay, and
sometimes it means to sit side by side, and lean our head upon the
Saviour's bosom. It is being brought into the banqueting-house, where
waves the banner of redeeming love. "Come and dine," gives us a vision
of union with Jesus, because the only food that we can feast upon when
we dine with Jesus is Himself. Oh, what union is this! It is a depth
which reason cannot fathom, that we thus feed upon Jesus. "He that
eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him."
It is also an invitation to enjoy fellowship with the saints.
Christians may differ on a variety of points, but they have all one
spiritual appetite; and if we cannot all feel alike, we can all feed
alike on the bread of life sent down from heaven. At the table of
fellowship with Jesus we are one bread and one cup. As the loving cup
goes round we pledge one another heartily therein. Get nearer to Jesus,
and you will find yourself linked more and more in spirit to all who
are like yourself, supported by the same heavenly manna. If we were
more near to Jesus we should be more near to one another. We likewise
see in these words the source of strength for every Christian. To look
at Christ is to live, but for strength to serve Him you must "come and
dine." We labour under much unnecessary weakness on account of
neglecting this percept of the Master. We none of us need to put
ourselves on low diet; on the contrary, we should fatten on the marrow
and fatness of the gospel that we may accumulate strength therein, and
urge every power to its full tension in the Master's service. Thus,
then, if you would realize nearness to Jesus, union with Jesus, love to
His people and strength from Jesus, "come and dine" with Him by faith.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

 In Genesis 5, the generations from Adam to Noah are given, but not only does it give us the names but it gives us also a divine message from GOD of His plan for mankind's salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

The first name, Adam, means "Man". As the first man.

Adam's son was named Seth, which means "appointed". When he was born Eve said, "For God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."

Seth's son was called Enosh, which means "mortal," "frail," or "miserable." It is from the root anash: to be incurable, used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness. It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the Living God.

Enosh's son was named Kenan, from which can mean "sorrow", "dirge", or "elegy"

Kenan's son was Mahalalel, from whcih means "blessed" or "praised" and El the name for God. Thus, Mahalalel means "The Blessed God." Often Hebrew names included El, the name of God, as Dani-el, "God is my Judge," and Nathani-el, "Gift of God," etc.

Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning "shall come down."

Jared's son was named Enoch, which means "teaching," or "commencement." He was the first of four generations of preachers. In fact, the earliest recorded prophecy was by Enoch, which amazingly enough, deals with the Second Coming of Christ (although it is quoted in the Book of Jude in the New Testament- Jude 14,15.

Enoch was the father of Methuselah, which means "His death shall come." Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah. Apparently, Enoch received the prophecy of the Great Flood, and was told that as long as his son was alive, the judgement of the Flood would be withheld. The year that Methuselah died, the Flood came.

Methuselah's son was named Lamech, a root still evident today in our own English word, "lament" or "lamentation." Lemech suggests "despairing."

Lamech is the father of Noah which is derived from nacham, "to bring relief" or "comfort," as Lamech himself explains:
"And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed." -Genesis 5:29

Ok, so lets put this together,

Adam =Man
Seth =Appointed
Enosh =Mortal
Kenan =Sorrow;
Mahalalel =The Blessed God
Jared =Shall come down
Enoch =Teaching
Methuselah =His death shall bring
Lamech =The despairing
Noah =Rest, and/or comfort

"Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest and comfort."