-- Selected Bible stories written as the news of the day, MIGHT have reported them --
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War is Declared
Garden News Gen 3:15
God has declared war on Satan for his role in the deception of Adam and
Eve. He says, "From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and
your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel."
Pundits are saying that it appears that at some future time,
Satan's power will be completely destroyed by a male offspring of
Rule Breaking Results in First Blood Spilled in the Garden
Garden News 1850 BCE Gen 3:21
It is reported that God found His special creations, Adam and Eve "hiding" in the bushes, wearing clothing made of all things, "fig leaves." Since the fig leaves were not a suitable covering, or a fashion statement, God shed some innocent animal blood, and then demonstrated His tailoring talent, by making them appropriate clothing of animal skins.
As the story unfolds, the cause of the feeling of nakedness before the Holy God, was due to their breaking the only rule that the Creator had established. After admiring their new leather outfits, they were promptly escorted off the premises.
Wrong Sacrifice Leads to Murder
Garden News 1850 BCE ; Gen 4:8
Sources say, what appears to be a case of intentional disrespect in a
sacrificial offering, has resulted in murder. Cain offered
vegetables for his offering instead of the sacrifice
prescribed by God, where an innocent animal's
blood was shed. After the murder, Cain stated that the fact that
Abel's offering was accepted and his was not, drove him to commit the
crime. Cain's sentence was that he was finished as a gardener and would
live out his life as a despised, wandering vagabond.
Barren Woman Gives Birth
Genesis News 1700 BCE Gen 21:5
Sarah, who would not reveal her age, but obviously was in her nineties, said
that "God" had, years before, promised that she and her husband Abraham,
would have a son. Sarah related, "a lot of time, years in fact, went by and I thought we
had somehow misunderstood what God had said." She beamed while holding
her newborn son, "The whole idea made me laugh," which is why she named
her son Isaac, which means "laughter."
Angel Saves the Life of Local Boy
Genesis News 1750 BCE Gen 22:3-14
As God commanded, obedient Abraham took his son Isaac up on a mountain. God said to Abraham, "Offer Isaac there as a burnt offering." Recounting later, Abraham said that "the whole idea didn't make a lot of sense to him because Isaac was a miracle child, born by his wife Sarah just as God had said." This child was born to Sarah when they were both near the age of 100, well beyond child bearing years as reported here earlier. Continuing, Abraham said, "Now, God basically wanted me to kill Isaac. But I knew that this would create a problem for God as well because He had made me a promise that I wrote down in Genesis 15:5. Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them. And He said to me, "So shall your descendants be." So how was God going to work this out? I decided I would just follow along and trust Him for the outcome, since, so far, He seemed to be a God of His Word. So there we were up on Mt. Moriah, my poor son Isaac carrying the wood for the fire on his own back. I can't describe the anguish I experienced as I grabbed the knife to kill my son while looking into his trusting eyes.Then I heard my name being called from heaven "Abraham, Abraham!" I said, Here I am. Then He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son from Me." Oh, then I understood, it was a test of my trust, because it is one thing to believe God, it's another thing to fully trust and obey Him."
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Angel Saves Cont:
I could also see that this was a rehearsal of a future event where another Father, God Himself, would offer His Son, His only Son, Jesus. That is why I named the place where this happened, The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, in the mount of the Lord it shall be provided. Note: Jesus, like Isaac, would also carry the wood for the sacrifice on His back up the hill.
Job, Up to His Neck with Troubles,
Chaos in Egypt
Egypt News 1250 BCE Exodus 12
Rumors of a Tragic Accident at the Red Sea
Egypt News 4000 BCE Exodus 14:21-31
Rumors in Egypt are flying as weeks turn into months and the Pharaoh and his army, have still not returned from their pursuit of the Hebrew slaves. One rumor that is getting some traction, is that the Pharaoh and his entire army has been drowned in the Red Sea as the result of some sort of bizarre accident. Of course as rumors go, the details are missing. Spokes-minister to the throne, Hedrown, said, "No reason for panic, the campaign to bring back the slaves is just taking a bit longer than anticipated. I won't dignify the rampant rumors, other than saying that people should not rely on rumors, or pay them much attention." When asked when we might expect some solid information on the whereabouts of the army, Hedrown replied, "Soon."
Party Time! All Children of Israel, are invited to a party on the 9th of Av, to celebrate our Egyptian Heritage. Lots of fun anticipated, but attendees are advised to leave the children at home.
Only 10 Commandants?
Wilderness 1250 BCE Exodus 20:2-17
Moses has returned from the mountain with
replacement tablets of stone after breaking the originals, in a fit of
anger over what is called the "golden calf incident." In a recent
press release, Moses said "There are only ten things we need to do to be
pleasing to God, only ten!" Moses optimism is not shared by some
unidentified Levites who commented that, "it just can't be that simple,
there must be more to it." He indicated that his small band of
like-minded Levites would look over the commandants and see if they
could make "some improvements."
Behind the Tabernacle Walls, the Bizarre World of the Sacrifices
Wilderness News 1250 BCE Exodus 25
For the first time ever, Moses has agreed to a news conference to discuss what the Tabernacle is all about. After greeting the press, Moses started explaining the function and layout of the Tabernacle. As you all know, tabernacle means "dwelling place", so, this is the dwelling place of God, where we visit Him. It is a delicate and exact process; God was very specific on His instructions. Sacrifices and offerings must be done according to free will, not coerced. The sacrificial animals must be perfect, without spot or blemish.
Before the innocent animal is killed, the owner's hands are placed on the head of the animal signifying that the animal offered on his behalf will cover (atone for) his sin, making it right between God and him. There is only one way into the Tabernacle, where the Spirit of the Living God dwells, through the gate. Inside, is a bronze alter stoked with a wood fire where pieces of the animals are burned, as an offering to the Lord. The blood is drained and sprinkled around the alter. Because there are so many people presenting sacrifices, the work of the priests goes on day and night. Yes, it is bloody and a lot of work, but, this is what we need to obediently observe until God provides us another way."
A knowledgeable un-identified priest commented, "Even though a lot of what God has prescribed here makes no sense to us, by doing it we show we acknowledge and revere Him, and we are obedient to His directions, instead of trusting in idols like our heathen neighbors. Of course, the physical,visible, presence of God in the form of a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night, helps us to take this all seriously. "Moses explained that the sacrifice of the perfect animals provides a temporary covering for sin, sort of like when God provided the appropriate coverings for Adam and Eve in the garden.
Moses further said that "it would be nice if everyone could keep the 10 Commandments perfectly, but the reality is that mankind is sinful by nature, and that sin separates us from God."He added, " God is perfectly just and sin cannot be in His presence, therefore, He cannot ignore or take a pass on mankind's sin; it has to be pardoned.
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The price of rebellion (sin) must be paid, in this case, by an innocent animal. With all of this bloody killing it is easy to see that sin comes at a great cost, and God alone, specifies the terms for our salvation. Behind the alter of incense, is a heavy curtain which is the entrance to the Most Holy Place. The only item inside (other than God's presence) is the Ark of the Covenant which contains the 10 commandments. On top of the Ark is a golden lid called the Mercy Seat. Only after a lot of preparation and only once a year does the High Priest go inside to sprinkle blood on the Mercy Seat, to atone for all the people." Moses wrapped up his verbal tour by saying that "God is teaching us that He is perfectly Holy, and we are not, but for now, this is the only way we can have fellowship with Him."
Perspective: The tabernacle is an object lesson on the exactness of God; particularly when the subject is sin. If we are to have a relationship with our Holy God, we must trust his provision, and His precise Instructions must be followed. With our advantage of history, we can see that this tabernacle system and later the temple looked forward to the coming of Jesus. Jesus the perfect sacrifice, whom the John the Baptist would declare as he presented Jesus as: "the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world."
Poisonous Snakes Kill Hundreds, but a Bronze Snake Heals Thousands
Wilderness Press 4000 BC Numbers 21:5-9
This unpleasant circumstance seems to have started after the Children of Israel began to murmur against God and Moses. Some typical sentiments were, "Why (God), have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?" And, "there is nothing here to eat or drink, and we hate this wretched manna." Soon though, they had something new to complain about, a horde of poisonous snakes afflicting many in the camp with many being bitten and several dying. After some corporate soul searching, it was suggested by Aaron that the problem might be related to the epidemic of ungrateful attitudes that preceded the slithering plague.
Many agreed with Aaron's assessment, so a representative contingent went to Moses and confessed their sin of murmur, and asked Moses to go and "pray that God would take away the snakes." Soon Moses returned and said that what was needed to be done, was to make a bronze replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to the top of a pole. Those who have been bitten will live, if they simply look at it! So the bronze snake was made and whoever looked at it recovered. But those whose stubbornness kept them from looking, died.
Perspective: Jesus connected Himself to this incident. John 3:14-15 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." As simple as looking to Jesus for salvation.
The Prophet Micah Names the Messiah's Birthplace, and More
Moresheth Gath 715 BC
Perspective: Jesus was indeed born in Bethlehem, and was
struck. Mark 15:19; Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and
bowing the knee, they worshipped, mocking Him.
The Prophet Isaiah says a lot about the Messiah, that He will Suffer
Dateline 700 BC Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 53:12
In what is being viewed with a lot of skepticism,
Isaiah, which many see as a true prophet of God, says a lot of things
that are not seemingly consistent with the conventional Messianic
ideas. In the writings listed above, are several bullet points about his
prophesies concerning the Messiah.
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Religious authorities are almost unanimous in their opinion that something must be mentally wrong with Isaiah. Isaya Stonehim, the assistant to the High Priest says: "Isaiah is so wrong here, everybody knows that the Messiah is going to be Israel's great and powerful king, like King Solomon or his father, King David. This poor person to whom Isaiah is referring to, sounds like someone who is completely conquered and killed. This flies in the face of what our scholarly religious leaders say." Stonehim went on to say: "I think the authorities should keep an eye on Isaiah, I think he has perhaps eaten some bad gefilte fish."
Scribe says that the Psalms Prophesy, Agrees with Isaiah
Dateline 600 BC
An unidentified scribe has suggested that a number of the Psalms appear to predict
the sufferings of the Messiah, like the Prophet Isaiah. Take a look at
Psalms 34:19-20, he says. King David, must have been led in these passages by God's
Spirit. Here, I will list the startling points. My fellow scribes, who wrote these
things, can't be responsible for the content. We are just faithfully copying the
scriptures as they were written.
The Prophet Daniel Goes out on a Limb Concerning the Coming Messiah
Dateline 600 BC Daniel 9:25-26
Daniel, whom many consider a true prophet of God, had made a prediction about the specific day in which the Messiah will be hailed as King. Specifically, Daniel has written, "Know and understand, that from the command to restore and to re-build Jerusalem until Messiah, the Prince, shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks."
Perspective and fulfillment: Sir Robert Anderson used lunar data to fix the date of the first day of the first month of the twentieth year of Artaxerxes (the day implied in Nehemiah) to March 14, 445 BC.
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He showed that, based on various apparent references to the Great Tribulation both as three and a half years and also as 1260 days, 360 days could be fixed as the length of what he called a "prophetic year". the length of what he called a "prophetic year." He fixed the end date to April 6, 32, which he offered as the date of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus on what is known as Palm Sunday.
John 12:12-13. Interestingly, this event was also
predicted by the Prophet Zechariah more than 500 years before the event.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem:
behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly,
and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."
Is King Herod to be Replaced?
Dateline 2 CE Matthew 2
Sources close to the Herod administration, say that there seems to be a persistent rumor that Herod's kingship is being challenged. An un-named religious minister to the King said that they have been looking carefully at certain prophetic scriptures, which seem to indicate a King is to be born in Israel
This whole intrigue started out when a trio of "wise men" arrived
after many days of travel. The wise men said that they were looking for the King
that was to be born. They stopped by to inquire of our great and benevolent King,
where "He" might be born. Despite having the most learned and professional
religious ministers anywhere, they were unable to come up with a specific place.
Our wise King's solution to the problem was that once these wise men found the
new King, Herod was to be informed so he could go and worship also. How wonderful,
fair and open-minded our King is.
King Herod Takes Radical Action to Protect our Kingdom
2 CE Matthew 2
In an official press release, spokesman for King Herod said that effective immediately, it will be necessary to kill any male infants under the age of 2. This action is necessary because the King that was to be born according to the scriptures would be an awful, evil king. Herod's former plan to find the child failed when the "Wise Men", referred to in a previous article, left town without informing King Herod where the upstart was. " Once again, our wonderful, wise King has had to make a difficult decision to protect us from the ravages of an evil king," said Mordicai, Onthelegberg, King Herod's new press secretary. "We are asking everyone for their cooperation when the special killing squads visit," he added.
A Voice from Heaven They Say
Jordan Valley 30 CE Matthew 17:5
Word was received that during the baptism of a certain Jesus of Nazareth, an
audible voice coming from the sky was heard. Bystanders differed somewhat on
what the heavenly statement said, but, the consensus seems to be that
the voice said: "This is My Son in whom I am well pleased." A witness,
John, said, "The voice really scared us; we knew that Jesus was special,
after all, many of us left all behind to follow Him. But a voice from
Heaven, we certainly did not expect that." Others though in the area
said that what they heard was thunder, which seems to leave this
incident as a matter of faith.
Something About the Water
Dateline 30 CE Cana John 2:1-11
Reports out of Cana are that a miracle has taken place at a wedding. Slomo, a local vintner said, "It was just a normal wedding in every sense of the word. I happened to be in the kitchen looking for some more finger foods and saw the whole thing. The hosts were about to run out of wine for the celebration, and there was no more at hand.
I figured they would try to select me to get some more, but, while I was thinking that, a young man, whose name was Jesus, instructed those nearby to bring 12 large jars of water into the kitchen. I could not see what that would accomplish, but after this, the man said a brief prayer then He asked me to sample the liquid, well, ordered me really. I was expecting to be drinking water, but when I tasted the liquid, it was wine! And I am not talking about watered down wine, it was the finest I had ever had, including my own. Furthermore, it was found to be the same in the other 11 vessels. The others said that it was a miracle from God, and were praising Him. I don't know about that but I wish I could just have another taste of that wine."
Our staff religious expert, Rabbi Stonehimm said, "A miracle? That is just ridiculous! From time to time, we get these kinds of reports and occasionally, we send someone to investigate. The facts of this case just didn't warrant the time and effort to validate. I can unequivocally say that this was simply a case of too much wine, case closed."
Mass Hysteria about Miracles?
30 CE Cana Matthew 8
There are persistent reports from many sources centered in the Galilee
region of many miracles being performed by Jesus of Nazareth. The
reported miracles include many healings like, the blind seeing and
the lame walking and lepers being "cured."
On two occasions, witnesses say that this Jesus fed crowds of more than three thousand with a simple child's lunch. Apparently, these vast crowds had assembled to hear the miracle worker turned preacher speak. Even the normally level-headed fishermen are adding to the clamor by saying that they saw Jesus, still the wind and waves and even walk on water. We ask the religious authorities in Jerusalem if this could be the person told about by the Prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah presented 6 signs which the Messiah would show as proof of His
identity. The signs Isaiah listed were that the Messiah would make
the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the lepers cleansed,
the dead raised, and He would preach hope to the poor and downtrodden.
Rabbi Mendlslew said: "I have also heard of the rumors from Galilee,
and think that they are nothing more than Messianic hysteria.
To even imagine that the Messiah would present Himself first to these
class-less, malcontented people, is simply ridiculous."
Miracle Worker Jesus, too Perfect
Jerusalem News 31 CE John 8:46-59
A recent meeting of the most religious leaders was held to discuss what to do about Jesus of Nazareth .It seems in the eyes of the leaders; Jesus, is just too perfect. Some of the Sanhedrin leaders are saying that something needs to be done. One leader who agreed to speak anonymously said, "Jesus teachings, threatens our whole system of religion. He (Jesus) says that people can pray directly to God, in His name, without us. He also claims the authority to forgive sins. That alone is serious blasphemy." When asked how it is that Jesus does all those miracles, the spokesman said: "He does indeed do miracles, but, He does it through the power of the devil."
-- BREAKING NEWS --
The Body of Jesus is Missing
Jerusalem News 32 CE John 20
This just in. It is reported that the body of Jesus is missing despite the tomb being sealed, and under heavy centurion guard. Authorities seem to be scrambling to provide a unified story.
More to follow.....
Matthew 28:1-8 - Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead [men]. But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you." So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
The Disciples are Found
Jerusalem News 32 CE Acts 2:1-17 & Joel 2:28-29
The disciples of Jesus were found but instead of being fearful and hiding, they were
full of more love and passion for their beloved leader than ever because they claim they
had seen Jesus alive again. Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples that had recently betrayed
Jesus, preached a stirring sermon were many were convinced and then believed that Jesus
was indeed the Messiah.
Jerusalem News 32 CE Acts 5:14-42
The "trouble making" disciples of Jesus were rounded up and thrown in into prison but
somehow, unbeknown to the guards, they broke out and then they were then found at the
Temple teaching. Once again they were rounded up and appeared before the Counsel who
wanted them put to death. Cooler heads prevailed though, when a noted Pharisee and
teacher of the Law, Gamaliel, said to "let them go." His rationale was that there had been
"movements" before and they had all died out and he figured the same thing
would happen with this "Christian" movement. He specifically said: "And
now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this
work is of men, it will come to nothing; but, if it is of God, you cannot overthrow
it, lest you even be found to fight against God."
I am presenting the gospel message in a different way with a little added humor. The Bible is truly, not like any other book. Sixty six books written by 40 authors of diverse backgrounds over thousands of years. Yet, there is one unified message; the redemption of mankind. You can see the lesson of the substitutionary sacrifice being demonstrated time after time. How about the details about the Messiah's crucifixion, written hundreds of years before crucifixion was invented by the Romans?
God has used His Word (the Bible) and
history to demonstrate that according to God's scale of Justice, we are
all sinners. The Ten Commandants shows us that. So, with the Ten
Commandants as the standard, how do you stack up? Are you perfect enough
to get to Heaven? Have you ever stolen anything? A pencil or pen,
anything? If you have guess what? You are a thief. Ever told a lie? Even
a little one? If you have, you are a liar. Jesus said if you look at
another person in a lustful way, you are an adulterer at heart. So let's
fast forward. The Bible says all that don't trust in God's Son will be
judged in what is called the White Throne Judgement, where each
individual will be judged by their Creator. So you are standing there, a
lying thief and adulterer at heart. How do you think God your Judge will
God's only provision for our salvation is for us to trust Him and believe in His Son Jesus. Jesus Christ, born specifically to die as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. It is as simple as this, if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom 10:9). I encourage you to read the Gospel of John and determine for yourself just who Jesus was and see if it speaks to your heart. When it comes to Jesus, there are only really three choices: 1. He was a liar. 2. A lunatic. 3. The Lord. Some say He was a "good teacher," but, He claimed to be the Son of God, or more exactly, God in the flesh, something a good teacher could not say unless it was, and is true.
God loves all His creation, and especially people. The Bible explains that for those that choose to love God back and trust in the salvation He has provided, will live forever with Him in a place where there is no more sickness, sadness, fears or tears. Hell, created for the Devil and his angels, is a place completely devoid of anything good; it is distilled evil in all its forms, in one place. God lovingly places Jesus on the cross in front of Hell, blocking the entrance. You have to go around Jesus, to get to Hell. I encourage you to trust God and believe in His Son Jesus, as I have. Eternity is forever and God's judgment is certain. Choose wisely.
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