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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PEACE #1

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Peace #1

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Benefits of A Gracious God

In Romans 16:20 NLT says, “20  The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

This language echoes Genesis 3:15, wherein God declares that the serpent’s head would be crushed by the seed of the woman. These false teachers, servants of Satan, would try to sow discord in the fellowship churches, but God is the God of peace. The false teachers will be destroyed when our Lord Jesus Christ establishes His peace upon His return (see Revelation 20:1-6).

In reference to Verses 8-21, they describe that each curse was twofold. The serpent was directly cursed; it received a physical curse and the promise that it would ultimately be crushed by the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15). God promised that He would execute His rule through the seed of the woman and our Lord Jesus Christ came as a fulfillment of that promise. The victory of our Lord Jesus Christ was a direct crushing of Satan in fulfillment of this curse, for Satan was behind the serpent in Eden (Romans 16:20; Revelation 12:9; 20:2).


The woman received the consequences of her actions, though they were not called a curse. The conflict between the man and the woman, foretold in the words “desire” and “master” in Genesis 3:16, is seen in the same Hebrew words used in Genesis 4:7. The strain that would occur between man and woman was in regard to the man’s ruling and supremacy over the woman. The world of man-woman relationships specifically and all relationships generally had fallen prey to the upside-down chaos that resulted from Adam’s sin. The consequences for women also included suffering great pain in childbirth. Thus, the only means of fulfilling God’s promise to crush the serpent’s head with the heel of someone born of a woman was through the child-bearing sufferings of a woman.


Adam also was not directly cursed, but the earth was cursed on his account, as Paul later noted in Romans 8:20-22. The curse on the earth has caused toil and frustration for humanity. Work is not a result of the curse; toil and frustration are. Another result of Adam’s sin was physical death (Genesis 3:19). Paul also noted that the root of death was in Adam’s sin (Romans 5:14-15).


Adam exercised faith and hope when he named the woman Eve (Genesis 3:20), for he looked to the life that the woman would bring forth. Adam and Eve could now only hope in the promise that someone born to Eve would undo the curses that they had caused through disobedience. The issue of Adam and Eve’s shame at their nakedness confirmed the split between man and woman. They were no longer the original and pure “one flesh” that God had created them to be. God confirmed their instincts of shame by making clothing and covering them (Genesis 3:21; cf. 3:7).

In Revelation 20:1-6 NLT is about > The Thousand Years > says, “1 Then I saw an Angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon – that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan – and bound him in chains for a thousand years. 3 The Angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while. 4 Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about our Lord Jesus Christ and for proclaiming the Word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their forehead or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with our Lord Jesus Christ for a thousand years. 5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ and will reign with Him a thousand years.”

The end of Chapter 19 describes the Beast, the false prophet, and all their followers thrown into the lake of fire. This vision at the beginning of Chapter 20 describes our Lord Jesus Christ’s dealings with Satan. An Angel came from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. In Revelation 9:1-12, an Angel had arrived with the key to the bottomless pit and had released the locusts as part of the fifth trumpet judgment. This may be the same Angel.

In Verses 2-3 describe that there are several names are used here for the same being – the dragon, the old serpent, the devil, and Satan (see also Revelation 12:9 for another list of these names). The Angel seized Satan, bound him, and threw him into the bottomless pit, locking the door. Satan was put away and could not get out until God would decide to let him out. God’s sovereignty is emphasized again.


This describes a different situation than that in Revelation 12:7-13. Chapter 12 describes Satan’s fall from heaven and his freedom to roam the earth (Revelation 12:17). Chapter 20 describes Satan being removed from the earth for a time in order that he could not deceive the nations anymore. God did not bind the dragon as punishment – that would occur later (Revelation 20:10) – but to stop him from deceiving the nations. But who are “the nations”? It appears that, at the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:14-16; 19:19), only the beast, the false prophets, the kings of the nations, and their armies were destroyed. The battle at Armageddon did not kill the entire population of the earth.

Therefore, some unbelievers would still be alive (the believers would be with our Lord Jesus Christ, for they had been part of His army, Revelation 19:14). Satan will be bound for a thousand years. Whether symbolic or literal, this time period of Satan’s imprisonment matches the time period of our Lord Jesus Christ’s reign (Revelation 20:4-6).


Those who propose that this Millennium time period is not limited to a thousand years (the amillennialists) and believe that it is the time between the first and second comings of our Lord Jesus Christ interpret this binding as referring to Satan being kept from working in the lives of believers and from stopping the Gospel’s advance. Others explain, however, that the word “nations” is always used in Revelation to describe unbelievers. It seems clear, therefore, that Satan will be bound and locked away from deceiving the unbelievers (still alive after Armageddon), while our Lord Jesus Christ rules during this period. The words describing how Satan is locked and sealed away indicate that his activity on earth will be completely stopped for this period of time. During this time, the unbelievers will experience true justice and God’s perfect rule over the earth.


Why is there a millennium? Why doesn’t God go straight from Armageddon to eternity? Why this interim and then another final battle – Gog and Magog?

We don’t know, but it appears that unbelievers on earth are given the opportunity to experience what the rule of God is like. However, as shown in the following verses, even though unbelievers will experience the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, they will continue to rebel against God even without Satan’s deceptive influence. And the moment that Satan is let out of the prison, these people will flock after Satan and go to war against our Lord Jesus Christ. This will prove their absolute depravity, their true allegiance, and the necessity of the final punishment in the lake of fire.

In Verses 4-6 describe Satan has been bound and thrown into the bottomless pit so that for a thousand years he will not be able to deceive the nations. Here Revelation describes who will take part in that thousand-year reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, free from the influence of evil.


First, John saw thrones. The people sitting on the thrones had been given the authority to judge. Who are those sitting on the thrones? The Scripture does not identify them specifically. Many interpreters believe that these are those who had been martyred for their faith, but the problem with this theory is that the martyrs are not mentioned until the last part of the verse. Some suggest that this is only the twenty-four elders (Revelation 4:4) or that this forms an Angelic court of some kind.

In Matthew 19:28, the apostles are promised that they will judge from twelve thrones. First Corinthians 6:2-3 says that the saints will judge the world. What we can determine is that this is a court in heaven composed of those whom God wants to assist in judgment (see also Daniel 7:26).


Next, he saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about our Lord Jesus Christ, for proclaiming the Word of God. Then a problem arises with the translation. Between the sentence describing the martyrs and the sentence that says they had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark, the Greek includes the words “and who,” which can be taken as a further description of the martyrs, or as a description of an entirely different group. If the latter is the case, John saw the martyrs, whom he had described in Revelation 6:9-11, as well as others who were martyred during the Great Tribulation. Then he saw a separate group who had not worshiped the beast.


If “those who had not worshiped the beast” is merely a further description of the martyrs, then it appears that only the martyrs came to life again, and they reigned with our Lord Jesus Christ for a thousand years – a reward for their ultimate faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ by giving up their lives. This first resurrection could be a resurrection only of the martyrs. If so, then the rest of the believers along with the unbelievers are described as the rest of the dead who do not come back to life until the thousand years are over. At this point, God will separate the unbelievers from the believers, sending the former to the lake of fire and granting the latter eternal life.

However, we as Born-Again Christian believers in our fellowship churches think that all believers partake of the “first resurrection” because all believers have been freed from the second death – that is, the lake of fire. The phrase “come back to life” refers to a physical resurrection of our bodies. We as Born-Again Christian believers will have new bodies, as described in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Amen!


Those who do not believe in a literal thousand-year reign of our Lord Jesus Christ say that this first resurrection is spiritual (in believers’ hearts at salvation), and that the Millennium is their spiritual reign with our Lord Jesus Christ on earth between His first and second comings. During this time, believers are priests of God because our Lord Jesus Christ reigns in their hearts. In this view, the second resurrection is the bodily resurrection of all people for judgment.

We as Born-Again Christians in our fellowship churches believe that the first resurrection occurs after Satan is set aside. It is a physical resurrection of Born-Again Christian believers who then reign with our Lord Jesus Christ on the earth for a literal 1,000 years. The second resurrection will occur at the end of this Millennium when God will judge unbelievers who have died.

Again, we as Born-Again Christian believers are “blessed,” the fifth of seven beatitudes in Revelation (1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 22:7, 14).


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The Reveling of Angels Is Joy

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #6

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #6

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Benefits of A Gracious God

In Psalm 103:20-22 NLT says, “20  Praise the Lord, you Angels, you mighty ones who carry out His plans, listening for each of His commands. 21  Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of Angels
who serve Him and do His will! 22  Praise the Lord, everything He has created, everything in all His kingdom. Let all that I am praise the Lord.

These descriptive Psalms describe the following highlighted and bold words > Bless the LORD – The Psalm ends as it began with a call to bless (Psalm 103:1, 2). EXCEL IN STRENGTH – lit. “warriors of strength” (Anderson). Do His commandments – Their acts of obedience are prompt and without reservation, so that they are ever ready to hear and follow His will (cf. Deuteronomy 26:17; Luke 1:19). Ye His hosts – referring to the hosts of heaven that do His bidding (Psalm 101:6).

If the angelic hosts are quick to do His will, how much more those who (we as Born-Again Christians) have experienced His mighty acts of salvation and mercy. Amen!

This passage instructs Angels to praise God, but aren’t we His messengers of joy as well? Joy is the business of Angels. Joy is humanity’s business, too. The Angels praise God when they see His mighty works and when they bask in the glory of His presence. That is our position as well: We look around our world and see God’s hand in the scenic vistas and quiet streams. We come before God in prayer and feel His presence wash over us. We sing with the Angels our praises to God. Amen!


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Focusing On A Higher Reality Is Joy

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #5

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #5

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Contest at Mount Carmel – God’s Words Through Elijah

In 1 Kings 18:20-21, 38-39 NLT says, “20 So Ahab summoned all the people of Israel and the prophets to Mount Carmel. 21 Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.”

The Obadiah of the minor prophets was not the same man as this protector of the godly (1 Kings 18:3). Ahab’s comment that Elijah had caused the famine (1 Kings 18:17) sums up the lessons of the book of Kings. The people had to learn that it was not the prophets who had troubled the land. Rather, it was their own sins that had brought on the judgment of the Exile.

In Verse 20 describes the Mount Carmel – Mount Carmel is a thirty-mile long ridge, running northwest and southeast, jutting into the Mediterranean at its northwest end and dividing the coastal plain into the Plain of Acco and the Plain of Sharon. The main ridge reaches a height of about 1,750 feet and is about twelve miles long (“Carmel,” NBD). There were several good reasons for holding this thrilling contest here – a number of shrines were located in this area which were devoted to the various fertility deities (Gray); and when the rain clouds came to Canaan, they generally came in from the sea. The location of Mount Carmel, its elevation, and its view toward the Mediterranean made it an excellent “look-out” for the rain clouds which would her ald the end of the lengthy drought (cf. 1 Kings 18:42-45).


Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:20), a 1,742-foot-high promontory jutting in a northwest direction into the Mediterranean Sea, was thought by the Canaanites to be a dwelling of the gods. On this mountain, Elijah confronted the Baal cult.

In Verse 21 describes Elijah came unto all the people – A representation of each of the tribes, apparently, were summoned to witness the spectacle (Robinson). Here is the essence of Elijah’s message: Choose between the God of Israel and Baal. There is but one God, and He cannot be served along with another. Never before up to now in Hebrew history has the theme of monotheism been so clearly enunciated. How long halt ye between two opinions? – The Israelites had long been attempting to combine the worship of God with that of Baal. It was an unworkable union. Elijah proposed to decide for them the controversy between God and Baal by an appeal, by a visible sign from the supernatural world.

Elijah’s mockery attributed basic bodily necessities to Baal (1 Kings 18:27). Elijah was saying that Baal could not respond to his worshipers because he had gone to the toilet. The point of this display is summed up in 1 Kings 18:36, where Elijah acknowledged that the God of Abraham was behind all that he had done. God’s people always had trouble believing that God was speaking through His prophets. The people gave the proper, though temporary, response in 1 Kings 18:39.

In Verses 22-40 describe that since thunder and lightning are known manifestations of Baal (Gray), Elijah proposed that two bullocks be slain and placed on separate altars of wood, the one for Baal, the other for the God of Israel. Whichever deity responded by fire, Elijah proposed, he is the true God. The God of Israel was also known to have manifested Himself in flames and lightning (Exodus 3:2-6; 19:18, 19; 24:17). The priests of Baal led off by calling on their god. In vain did they continue invoking their deity, from morning till noon, when they tried a ritual dance around the altar (Gray). They danced themselves into a state of frenzy and of cutting themselves (1 Kings 18:28). Ritual slashing is thought to have enhanced prophetic ecstasy (Lindblom). Behind these rituals was the aim of arousing Baal, who was believed to die in the summer, only to be revived in the spring when the rains came (“Baal,” ISBE). No response was heard or seen. No fire descended. Elijah exposed their folly and fraud with taunts and sarcasm, and as the day was far advanced, began his own operations. Inviting the people to approach and see the entire proceeding, he first repaired an old altar of the Lord, which had perhaps been pulled down by Jezebel (1 Kings 18:30). Then, having arranged the cut pieces of the young bull, he caused four jars of water to be splashed all over the altar and round in the trench. Three times the water is poured out (1 Kings 18:34), perhaps to show that he was not preparing a trick (Robinson). Then, when Elijah had offered an earnest prayer (1 Kings 18:36, 37), the miraculous fire descended (Leviticus 9:24; Judges 6:21; 13:20; 1 Chronicles 21:26; 2 Chronicles 7:1), and consumed not only the sacrifice, but also the very stones of the altar. The LORD [Yahweh] He is the God – The witnesses were awestruck and were convinced of the supremacy of Yahweh (1 Kings 18:39). Elijah ordered the priests of Baal, who had been shown to be frauds, to be seized and killed. According to Mosaic law, false prophets and those engaged in pagan rituals were to be put to death (Deuteronomy 18:9-20). The execution of the Baal prophets took place at the brook Kishon, apparently because the area around the altar was now deemed a sacred spot by virtue of the theophany (Jones). Kishon today is called Nahr el-Muqatta’, which runs from northern Samaria to the bay of Acre just east of Carmel (“Kishon,” NBD).


Elijah ran to Jezreel (1 Kings 18:46), Ahab’s camp, to report the victory of God and encourage popular opinion against Jezebel. Note the confession in 1 Kings 18:39. God’s control of the rain was a direct attack upon Baal’s supposed power.

The LORD – He is God! The Lord – He is God! Joy is the spontaneous result of seeing God in action, focusing on a higher reality.

it was very clear that when Pentecost (marks the coming and/or outpouring of the Holy Spirit) is poured out, so is joy. The people began to focus on the transforming reality of God. Joy was the result. It always has been and always will be.

            Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the LORD always. I will say it again: REJOICE!

Our joy is uncontainable when we think about the great gifts of God in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!


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The Reward of Endurance Is Joy

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #4

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #4

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

Esther said, “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law, and If I perish, I perish … “

In Esther 8:15-17 NLT says, “15 Then Mordecai left the king’s presence, wearing the royal robe of blue and white, the great crown of gold, and an outer cloak of fine linen and purple. And the people of Susa celebrated the new decree. 16 The Jews were filled with joy and gladness and were honored everywhere. 17 In every province and city, wherever the king’s decree arrived, the Jews rejoiced and had a great celebration and declared a public festival and holiday. And many of the people of the land became Jews themselves, for they feared what the Jews might do to them.”

In Verse 15 describes the words, a great crown of gold – Rather than a crown like that of the king, this would probably have been a turban (Moore). If it was stitched in certain places, it could be taken off without undoing it and became a kind of cap. On this turban could be affixed various decorations of gold and jewels. the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad – Contrast the reaction to Haman’s edict in Esther 3:15. The self-serving Haman was apparently loathed by his own people.

In Verse 17 describes the words, the Jews had joy and gladnessContrast Esther 4:3. It is unusual, in Hebrew scriptures, for the people to express no thanks to God for deliverance. In modern Judaism, the celebration of Purim is marked by festivity and gift giving.

The great celebration of Esther Chapter 8 follows on the heels of Esther’s courage. In Esther 4:16, Esther sends word to her cousin Mordecai, and says, “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish,”

Courage often precedes joy. Esther’s courage not only saved the Jewish people but also led to the institution of the Feast of Purim, a Jewish holiday. Esther acted in a spirit of courage because she knew that what she was about to do was right. The cost to her personally was not as great a concern to her as her obedience to principle. Esther is on the list of Old Testament heroes for one simple reason: She was not for sale. Her life was subject to negotiation, but not her beliefs. Esther was a woman who dared to stand up for truth in a world dominated by men. To lobby for truth against power structures is to face power with integrity.

Today, I can think of women who stand for the truth. Some of them is my wife – Christie G Busuego, and one and only daughter – Christine, and also our daughter-in-laws – Kristen, Sarah and Taylor . I will continue and persistently pray for all of them. They are the women I knew that describes in Proverbs 31:10-28, – “A Wife of Noble Character”.


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The Presence of God Is The Infallible Proof of Joy

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #3

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #3

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Fruit of Faith

In Habakkuk 3:16-19 NLT says, “16  I trembled inside when I heard this; my lips quivered with fear. My legs gave way beneath me, and I shook in terror. I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike the people who invade us. 17  Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, 18  yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! 19  The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”

The “people who invade us” (Habakkuk 3:16) referred to the Chaldeans who invaded Judah in 605 B.C. after Nebuchadnezzar defeated Egypt at the battle of Carchemish. In Habakkuk 3:17-19 Habakkuk expressed his quiet trust in the Lord’s sovereign purposes. Although judgment would come to Judah (Habakkuk 3:17), Habakkuk determined to rejoice in the Lord (Habakkuk 3:18), for the One who led His people into trial would enable them to bear it (Habakkuk 3:19).

How ironic in our culture here in the United States that most parents seem to want to show their children how to succeed – how to get ahead in the world. What children need their parents to show them is how to prevent failure (proactive) and if they fail, encourage them when they are in a delay by these following advices:

Don’t fear, don’t fret (don’t worry), don’t faint (don’t give up) and don’t forget what God has done good things for us in the past. We have so few lessons on that. And if possible, good Christian parents need to show their children how to sing in times of failure. Have faith in God. We have almost no one giving lessons on that.

Joy is not dependent on the sumptuousness, lavishness, or luxuriousness of our circumstances but on the richness of Him who orders all our lives. When God is present in our lives, we show our joy to others, no matter what our situation in life.  Amen!   


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A Positive Attitude Is Joy

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #2

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #2

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Moving The Ark To Jerusalem

In 2 Samuel 6:14-15 NLT says, “14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. 15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.”

In Verse 14 describes David danced before the LORD – All English translations regard David’s activity here as joyous dancing. However, a closer study of the Hebrew word mekharker and its Ugaritic cognate suggests a sort of finger action, as if David were playing a musical instrument (McCarter). This understanding of the Hebrew is supported by the Septuagint, which states, “David sounded a well-tuned instrument (Gk. horganois, from which the word organ is derived) before the Lord.” McCarter translates this phrase as “strumming a sonorous instrument.” girded with a linen ephod – An apron or simple loin cloth used for ceremonial occasions. This is the “ephod” worn by the boy Samuel (1 Samuel 2:18) and the priests of Nob (1 Samuel 22:18). David clearly was, in Michal’s opinion, practically naked (2 Samuel 6:20).

In Verse 15 describes with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet – sounds adapted from the battle cry (Ackroyd) and trumpet blasts associated with going into battle with the Ark (1 Samuel 14). David accomplished many goals, whether foreseen or not, by this action: (1) he restored the great object of veneration of all the tribes – the Ark – to all of them in a location which no tribe could claim for itself; (2) he thereby increased his reputation and popularity in all parts of the nation; (3) he provided a new focus for national unity in this national capital (Jerusalem) he was providing them, and simultaneously in his own kingly throne; he was making his capital a holy city which would come, with the building of the temple by Solomon, to be of ever-increasing importance and meaning to the Hebrew people, even in the face of its dwindling political importance after the breakup of the empire after Solomon, and later its physical destruction.

After the tragic death of Uzzah, David’s worship ceases, as does his fellowship with God. There is a barrier between David and his Lord. Disobedience and wrong attitudes impede his joy. But David’s attitude changes when he begins to follow the laws of God and latter moves the ark in the proper manner. His celebration is this time without disturbance or distraction. When his fellowship with God is restored, once more he can worship with joy.

It applies to all of us, too, when we faced obstacles and adversities, disobeyed God and have wrong attitudes. They impede our joy. We need to begin to follow the laws of God, and ask God to help us to get closer to Him. When our fellowship with God is restored, once more we can worship God with joy. Amen!


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The Joy of God’s Creativity

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #1

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Praise of God’s Revelation

In Psalm 19:1-14 NLT says, “1  The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. 2  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. 3  They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. 4  Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. 5  It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. 6  The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. 7  The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8  The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. 9  Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. 10  They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. 11  They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them. 12  How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. 13  Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. 14  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

A Torah psalm
The great themes of creation (Psalm 19:1-6), the law (Psalm 19:7-11), and the fear of God (Psalm 19:9) are linked together here as the motivation for man’s verbal and heartfelt devotion to God (Psalm 19:14). Without words or voices, the beauty and wonder of creation shouts, “God, the Creator, exists!” In Psalm 19:7-9, David provided a sixfold description of the law, God’s special revelation. The various synonyms emphasize different aspects of God’s word. The “law,” in Hebrew, “Torah,” is God’s instruction to His people; the “decrees” are a witness to God’s truth; the “commandments” are divine directions for man to follow; the “commands” are God’s orders or imperatives; “reverence for the Lord” is the reverence that God’s word fosters; and the “laws” are God’s decisions. “Deliberate sins” (Psalm 19:13) are those sins done knowingly and willfully (cf. Numbers 15:30-31).


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In Verse 1 describes the words – glory of God – i.e., that which makes Him impressive. The first section (Psalm 19:1-6) consistently uses the general term for God (Hebrew ‘el), whereas in verses Psalm 19:7-14 the more specific covenantal name for God (Hebrew Yahweh) is used.

In Verses 2-3 describe the words – where their voice is not heard – better, “their voice is not heard” (NIV, RSV, NASB). The revelation that pours forth from the sky powerfully reveals God’s revelation by nonverbal communication. It is not audible.

In Verses 4-6 describe the words – Their line – better, “their call” (Dahood; cf. LXX), which fits well the parallelism with “their words.” tabernacle for the sun – The sun god Shamash was a chief deity of justice in Mesopotamian hymns. The sun god is extolled in Egyptian hymns as well. The tabernacle for the sun was a metaphor for where the sun spent the night (Anderson). Here the sun is not deified but rather becomes a personified witness to the Creator, who is the God of Israel (Craigie). as a bridegroom coming out – The sun, as in Babylonian hymns, is pictured as a bridegroom coming out after his honeymoon night as its morning light dazzles the horizon (Anderson). Some have seen a likeness between this Psalms and Genesis 13 (Craigie).

In Verses 7-11 describe the six titles for God’s special verbal revelation are given: “law of the LORD“ (Hebrew Yahweh), “testimony of the LORD,” “statutes of the LORD,” “commandment of the LORD,” “fear of the LORD,” and “judgments of the LORD.” These six titles are given six different qualities: “perfect,” “sure,” “right,” “pure,” “clean,” and “true.” These six qualities have six different effects on man: “converting the soul,” “making wise the simple,” “rejoicing the heart,” “enlightening the eyes,” “enduring for ever,” and “righteous altogether.”

In Verses 12-14 describe the words – great transgression – i.e., idolatry (Exodus 32:21, 30, 31; 2 Kings 17:21) (Anderson) or the fall (Genesis 3:1.) (Craigie). Given the fact of the universal glories of God’s revelation in nature and His perfections and power to impact men through His special verbal revelation, the psalmist offers a prayer. He acknowledges the moral implications of God’s revelation to him as a sinner who passionately desires to know God as Rock and Redeemer.

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Permeating All We Do Is LOVE

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – LOVE #6

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Love Is the Greatest

In 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NLT says, “1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless. 11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 13 Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.”


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In Verse 1 describes the words – Great faith, acts of dedication or sacrifice, miracle-working power, or the ability to speak in any language in heaven or on earth will produce very little without love. Without love, speaking in a heavenly language, although a gift of the Holy Spirit, becomes nothing more than meaningless noise. The gift of tongues, used without love, is as valueless as pagan worship. Without love, the gifts do not build up other believers, so they are useless. Christians must not exalt gifts over character. Love is far more important. The word for “love” used here is agape. The Greeks had different words that described different kinds of love. The word agape connotes a deep, abiding, self-sacrificing love, unconditional love of God – the kind that looks out for the other person first.

In Verse 2 describes the words – The gift of prophecy was described as a gift that might enable the person to see events in the future but mainly to bring God’s message to the church under the direction of the Holy Spirit (see also 1 Corinthians 14:1-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20). Some people have been given a special measure of this gift with the ability to know everything. Such understanding and even the ability to share it with others, however, are worth nothing without love.
The gift of faith was described in 1 Corinthians 12:9. This does not refer to saving faith, whereby people come to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ as Savior; instead, this is an unusual measure of trust in the Holy Spirit’s power to do mighty works, much like Elijah received in 1 Kings 18. If a person has faith that could move mountains but does not have love, the faith is no good to anybody.

In Verse 3 describes the words – True love produces willingness to give sacrificially and to suffer. Acts of charity and self-sacrifice can be done for the sake of an ideal or with pride as a motivation. But they are of no value for the Kingdom, wrote Paul, unless they are done from the foundation of love for others.

In Verse 4 describes and reasons – Because love is so important among the Born-Again Christian believers, let me describe that love in more detail. How does such love look when lived out in the lives of believers?

First of all, love is patient, the opposite of being short-tempered. Patience (sometimes translated “long-suffering” or “slow to anger”) is an attribute of God (see Exodus 34:6; Numbers 14:18; Romans 2:4; 1 Peter 3:20). In many places, God’s people are called upon to be patient (see, for example, Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:14). Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Such love bears with certain annoyances or inconveniences without complaint. It does not lose its temper when provoked. It steadily perseveres.


Love is also kind. Kindness takes the initiative in responding generously to others’ needs. The psalms and writings of the prophets say much about God’s kindness (Psalm 18:50; Isaiah 54:8; Jeremiah 9:24). Because Born-Again Christian believers have received kindness, they ought to act with kindness toward others. Such love is considerate and helpful to others. Kind love is gentle and mild, always ready to show compassion, especially to those in need.


Love is not jealous. The jealous person desires what another person has. This seems to have been a particular problem in Corinth – those with “lesser” gifts envied those with “greater” gifts. The seed of envy can lead to seething anger and hatred. Those who are too busy envying each other’s gifts are unlikely to be using their own gifts in loving service to God and others. When there is love, Born-Again Christian believers will gladly use whatever gifts they have been given to work together for the advance of God’s Kingdom. They will be glad that others have different gifts so that the entire job can get done.


Love is not boastful or proud. While some believers may have a problem with envy, those with the “greater” gifts might have a problem with boasting or pride. Again, it seems that this may have been a problem in Corinth. While some pride can be positive, this kind of pride takes credit for an undeserved gift. Gifted believers who are caught up in pride and boasting over their gifts are unable to serve. Without love, they may feel that by using their gifts, they are doing someone a favor, that others should be grateful to them, and that they are far superior.

In Verse 5 describes the words – Love is not rude. This refers to actions that are improper, impolite, discourteous, or crude. Born-Again Christian believers who use their gifts with love will be careful to act in a manner worthy of their calling (purpose, people, & passion) before God. They will never humiliate others. This may also have been a problem in Corinth, especially in their worship services (see 1 Corinthians 11:2-16).


Love does not demand its own way. Love looks out for others, seeks their best interests, willingly gives up its own for the sake of another. A person who wants his/her own way may use his/her gifts but not with a serving attitude or a desire to build the Kingdom. Instead, the gifts are only used if they can somehow benefit the self-seeking person. This is not God’s way. Instead, because of love, the believers use their gifts to benefit others first, without “self” or selfish desires getting in the way.


Love is not irritable, meaning easily angered or touchy. Such people let things get on their nerves. One believer, in the process of exercising his or her gifts, may irritate another believer. These “easily angered” believers may not like the style or manner in which these others exercise their gifts. This is not the way of love. When believers exercise their gifts in love, they will be able to give one another some latitude to follow God as they see fit. They will not let themselves be easily provoked over disagreements, but they will be able to always respond in a loving manner.


Love keeps no record of when it has been wronged. Such people will remember every offense against them as though it were written in a book and tallied. These “wrongs” are not sins that need to be dealt with in the congregation (such as that described in 1 Corinthians chapter 5) but minor offenses or misunderstandings between believers. Those who keep record of these wrongs and personal injuries will harbor resentment against other believers. Love, however, makes allowances for people’s foibles or failing of character and flaws and willingly forgets when wrongs were done. This frees us all as Born-Again Christian believers to grow and mature in our Lord Jesus Christ and to grow in our ability to serve and use our gifts. When mistakes are made, love overlooks them and allows us to continue to serve with the gifts God has given us. God does not keep a record of Born-Again Christian believers’ wrongs (2 Corinthians 5:19).

In Verse 6 describes the words – Love is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. When we as Born-Again Christian believers show love, we do not show superior morality by taking pleasure in another’s fall. Love does not take pleasure in any kind of injustice. Instead, love does the exact opposite. Through our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, we possess the one and only truth (John 14:6). Those who love should remain untainted by evil. Instead, we ought to always seek truth, desire that truth wins out, protect the truth, and proclaim the truth whenever possible.

In Verse 7 describes and explains the words – After explaining what love does not do (1 Corinthians 13:4-6), Paul listed four positive attributes of love. Love never gives up, but willingly protects others. The word in Greek means “cover” or “hide by covering.” This does not refer to hiding hurtful sin but to protecting someone from embarrassment, gossip, or any other such harm. When believers love one another, they refuse harmful gossip and protect one another from those who would try to inflict harm.


Love never loses faith. It is willing to think the best of others. It does not mean that believers must be gullible, trusting everyone; instead, it means that they are willing to think the best as opposed to the worst of others. Love gives the benefit of the doubt. With real love, believers can deal with conflict lovingly. When everyone willingly thinks the best of everyone else, people are freed to be honest and open.


Love is always hopeful. Born-Again Christian believers who love look forward, not backward. They seek for growth and maturity in the church/fellowship, knowing that God is working in every person.


Love endures through every circumstance. We as Born-Again Christian believers who love are active and steadfast in our faith. We hold on, no matter what difficulties we face. Hardship and pain do not stop love. When we persevere, we face suffering within the body. We face persecution. We hang on when the going gets tough. We strive to save our marriages despite disappointment, to continue to trust God despite setbacks, and to continue to serve God despite fear or sorrow. When we truly persevere, nothing can stop us, in Jesus name. Amen!

In Verses 8-10, they describe that all the spiritual gifts will eventually disappear, but love will last forever. On this earth, outside of heaven, everything is imperfect. No matter how much people may know, they know only a little. No matter how much prophecy is given, it still reveals little. Not until the arrival of God’s Kingdom (the end) will everything be made perfect and complete. At that time, all the special gifts of the Holy Spirit will disappear. Because gifts are given for the building up of the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, they will no longer be needed. The body will be completed, and God’s Kingdom will have arrived. Yet love will continue (1 Corinthians 13:8), because love is the very essence of God Himself. “God is love,” wrote John (1 John 4:8, 16). God’s love caused Him to reach out to undeserving humanity and send a Savior. His love saved people and will bring them into His Kingdom to be with Him forever. The Kingdom rests on God’s love.

In Verse 11 describes – The contrast between believers’ spiritual understanding now, when they know only a little, and their lives in the future Kingdom, when everything will be made clear, is illustrated in human terms. A child talks, thinks, and reasons like a child. His or her understanding is incomplete. But when a child grows up, he or she matures in speech, thought, and reason, putting away childish things. So now we as Born-Again Christian believers know only a little, like children, but one day we will be able to put our present understanding behind us because we will understand clearly.

In Verse 12 describes – By way of further metaphor, believers’ present spiritual understanding is like a reflection in a poor mirror. They see very poorly now; what they know is partial and incomplete. While Born-Again Christian believers’ knowledge is still growing and maturing, God already knows each person completely. Instead of boasting about our spiritual gifts, we as Born-Again Christian believers should realize that these gifts were nothing compared to what we would experience in heaven.

In the final Verse of 13, it describes that love is a spiritual reality of a different kind, like hope and faith, and not to be considered as one of the spiritual gifts. In eternity, the gifts will drop away in significance, but faith, hope, and love will endure.


Faith sometimes refers to a spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:9; 13:2) or to saving faith that God has forgiven sins. In this context, it refers to trust in the goodness and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. Such trust will see us as Born-Again Christian believers through until we live face-to-face in God’s presence. Born-Again Christian believers also hope; we look forward to the arrival of God’s promised Kingdom in its fullest form, knowing that God will deliver us in times of suffering.


Faith, hope and love will last forever but the greatest of these is love. How is love “the greatest”? The passage already had established that love would abide forever (1 Corinthians 13:8). Love is the greatest because it is one quality of the Christian life that will be fully active both in the present and for eternity. Born-Again Christian believers’ faith in God will be realized when they see God face-to-face – for where there is sight, faith is no longer needed. Similarly, the Born-Again Christian believers’ hope will be fully realized. Love will endure forever as those in the new heaven and new earth continue to love God and His people. Amen! Hallelujah!

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LOVE Is The Unconditional Longing Of God

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – LOVE #5

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Our Lord Jesus Christ Reveals Himself at Sinai

In Exodus 19:1-6 NLT says, “1 Exactly two months after the Israelites left Egypt, they arrived in the wilderness of Sinai. 2 After breaking camp at Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and set up camp there at the base of Mount Sinai. 3 Then Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. The Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “Give these instructions to the family of Jacob; announce it to the descendants of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. 6 And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”


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In Verse 3 describes the words – Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob – The people of Israel were to prepare themselves for this divine encounter. Three days were set aside to purify themselves and wash their garments (Exodus 19:10-14), just as a bride would go to great lengths to prepare herself for her husband (Ezekiel 16:10-14). These purification rites were necessary since God was holy and His presence cannot tolerate impurity, physical or spiritual. Furthermore, the mountain where God would appear for the ceremony was to be cordoned off, segregated from the people because sinful man is unable to tolerate too close an encounter with the “Holy One of Israel” (Exodus 19:12, 13, 23).

In Verse 5 describes the words – if ye will obey my voice indeed – Israel was warned that this covenant would be conditional, linked to their obedience to God’s commands which He was about to reveal.

In Verse 6 describes the words – a kingdom of priests . . . an holy nation – Israel’s role as a “kingdom of priests” is related to Abraham’s promise, “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). God intends to use Israel in a priestly capacity to bring the Gentiles to God (Isaiah 42:6; 49:6). The word “nation” (Hebrew g“y) is a general term that applies to all people (BDB, 156); however, in later Hebrew literature it refers to non-Israelites or Gentiles. The implication of this is interesting. Israel is a nation just like any other nation. She is made “holy” because of her relationship with God, not because of any inherent good in her. As a “holy nation,” Israel’s priestly role is further underscored.

So we learned that because of our relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and because of His righteousness, we as Born-Again Christian believers were made “holy“.

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – LOVE #3

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Our Lord Jesus Christ and The Samaritan Woman

In John 4:1-10 NLT says, “1 Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that He was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself didn’t baptize them – His disciples did). 3 So He left Judea and returned to Galilee. 4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually He came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 He was alone at the time because His disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” 10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”


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In Verses 1-2 describe our Lord Jesus Christ realized that His popularity had come to the attention of the Pharisees. They had scrutinized the activities of John the Baptist and sent emissaries to question Him about His identity (John 1:19-28). John always pointed his followers to a greater one, the coming Messiah. Because the greater One had come and was in fact drawing the crowds away from John, the Pharisees began to watch our Lord Jesus Christ closely.


Our Lord Jesus Christ had gained many more disciples than just the Twelve. We know that He had at least seventy-two committed disciples (Luke 10:1-17). We are also told that various disciples came and went, especially when times were difficult or when our Lord Jesus Christ predicted troubles ahead (Luke 9:57-62; John 6:66).


Part of the information received by the Pharisees was incorrect because our Lord Jesus Christ didn’t baptize anyone – his disciples did. This parenthetical remark helps to explain John the Baptist’s statement in John 1:33 that the Messiah would baptize in the Holy Spirit – in contrast to John who baptized in water. Thus, our Lord Jesus Christ never personally performed water baptism; His disciples continued to perform that task during the early years of the church. These baptisms, still following the pattern set by John the Baptist, indicated repentance and confession of sin (see Matthew 3:6).

In Verse 3 describes about knowing that the Pharisees (in Jerusalem) had heard about His popularity and that they would begin watching Him closely, and at the same time knowing that His “hour” had not yet come (see also John 2:4), our Lord Jesus Christ wisely decided to withdraw from possible conflict by leaving Judea and returning to Galilee. Thus, our Lord Jesus’ first Judean visit had come to an end – a visit begun by His coming to Jerusalem for the Passover (see John 2:13). The other Gospels do not record this visit.

In Verse 4 describes the territory of Samaria lay between Judea and Galilee – thus our Lord Jesus’ itinerary meant that He had to go through Samaria on the way. Since the Samaritans were hated by the Jews, many of the strict Jews traveling from Judea to Galilee took a route around Samaria (through Perea, east of the Jordan River), even though that route took more time. But for those who were trying to make the best time, it was faster to go through Samaria to Galilee. The context does not indicate that our Lord Jesus Christ was in a hurry to get to Galilee (see John 4:40, 43). Thus, the necessity must be understood in a different way: our Lord Jesus Christ went to Samaria to give the Samaritans what He had given to Nicodemus – the offer of eternal life by being born again. And, furthermore, by going to Samaria and bringing the Gospel to the despised Samaritans, He showed that He was above the Jewish prejudices.


Where did these prejudices come from? Samaria was a region between Judea and Galilee where Jews of “mixed blood” lived. In Old Testament days, when the northern kingdom of Israel, with its capital at Samaria, fell to the Assyrians, many Jews were deported to Assyria. King Sargon of Assyria repopulated the northern kingdom with captives from other lands to settle the territory and keep the peace (2 Kings 17:24). These captives eventually intermarried with the few Jews who remained in the land to form a mixed race of people who became known as Samaritans. The Jews hated the Samaritans because they were no longer “pure” Jews. The Jews who lived in the southern Kingdom felt these Jews had betrayed their people and nation through intermarriage with foreigners. And the hatred continued down through the years. The Samaritans had adopted the Pentateuch as their Scriptures and set up a place for worship on Mount Gerizim using for their guidelines Deuteronomy 11:26-29; 27:1-8. Although they knew about a coming Messiah, they were far from having an accurate knowledge of the truth.

In Verses 5-6 describe that according to Genesis 33:19, Jacob purchased a piece of land in this vicinity and then later gave Joseph some land in Shechem (Genesis 48:22). Joshua 24:32 says that Joseph was buried on that land (the Jews had brought Joseph’s bones with them when they made their Exodus from Egypt). Jacob’s well was there indicates that the land must have included the parcel on which Jacob’s well was dug. Thus, this well was highly valued by the Samaritans who claimed Jacob (also called Israel) as their father (John 4:12), just as the Jews do. The trip made our Lord Jesus Christ tired. He had walked from Judea to Sychar – a trip that probably took two days. Our Lord Jesus’ weariness shows His true humanity. He waited while His disciples, more rested, or hungrier, than He, went to find food. He never seemed to worry that the limitations He took in becoming human might somehow undermine His claims to be the Son of God. Such expressions about our Lord Jesus’ humanity help us identify with Him. So He sat wearily beside the well at about noontime, the hottest part of the day.

In Verse 7 describes two facts are unusual about the woman’s actions: (1) she could have gone to a closer well (scholars have identified wells that were closer to Sychar); (2) women generally drew water later in the day, when the temperature was cooler. This woman, whose reputation seems to have been well known in the small town (John 4:18), probably chose the well farther away from home and came to that well at an unusual hour in order to avoid contact with other women. It was also highly unusual for a man to address a woman, but our Lord Jesus Christ said, “Please give me a drink.” Again, this statement reveals our Lord Jesus’ true humanity; He was really thirsty. Even though such a request startled her (John 4:9), it drew her into a conversation with our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Verse 8 describes this statement serves to inform the reader that our Lord Jesus Christ was alone with this woman. Our Lord Jesus Christ could not ask His disciples to help Him get water, for they had gone into Sychar to buy food. Thus, we see our Lord Jesus Christ, weary from His journey, depending on others for food and drink.

In Verse 9 describes the Samaritan woman was very surprised – first, that a Jew would even speak to a Samaritan; second, that a Jewish male would speak to a Samaritan woman (she also had a bad reputation and this was a public place); third, that a Jew would drink from a Samaritan’s cup. The Jewish ceremonial laws described not only certain people as ceremonially unclean, but also anything they touched. In strict religious terms, many Jews of our Lord Jesus’ time considered the Samaritans to be permanently unclean.

In Verse 10 describes the woman was ignorant of the gift God had for her-the gift of life, represented by living water-and she did not know the giver, our Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah. Our Lord Jesus Christ makes an extraordinary offer to this woman-living water that would quench her thirst forever.

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