Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, September 4, 2016

Josephus = in AD 70 as "the most wretched of deaths." And stated that suicide is preferable to the cruel fate of being put on the cross.

NUM 21:9 And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

PSA 22:7-8,  All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, {saying,}Commit {yourself} to the Lord; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him."

PSA 22:16 For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

PSA 34:20 He keeps all his bones; Not one of them is broken.

PSA 69:21 They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

ZEC 12:10b  "They will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first‑born.

Only one word can describe death by crucifixion: agony.

"On the cross there are only two things, pain and eternity. They tell me I was only on the cross twenty-four hours, but I was on the cross longer than the world existed.  If there is no time, then every moment is forever."

One Roman writer wrote that, "Whenever we crucify the guilty, the most crowded roads are chosen, where most people can see and be moved by this fear."

Before he can meet God in Bethel, known as the house of God, he must first be reconciled with his brother Esau.

Prin-Before a believer can ever meet God in Bethel, the house of God, and that's through doctrine, he cannot have any bitterness or revenge or hatred in his heart for anyone.

LUK 6:37 "And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.

EPH 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender‑hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Jacob is now on the way back home to his promise land of Canaan and immediately he will bump into Esau who has an army of 400 men and has been very successful in cheating people and robbing people, etc.

These angels were sent by God to Jacob to make him conscious of the heavenly presence and to assure him of divine protection.

Mahanaim means that Jacob recognizes that the angels had been there with him all the time even though he could not see them.

HEB 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits [angels], sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?

When Jacob comes back, he brings a lot of wounds and scars with him including four wives and eleven children.

Notice Jacob says for his servants to call Esau 'My lord Esau.' And then he has them refer to himself as "his ser­vant Jacob."

The point is, he's still relying on human power and human gimmicks....he's still operating like a phony!

Jacob's mind did not dwell on God, instead he remembers Esau's threat to kill him and therefore he decided to use some human viewpoint solutions to try and solve his problems.

The mention of his wealth was intended to imply that he no longer wanted anything from Esau!

Jacob is like so many people today, they hurt and lie to others and then when those same individuals are no longer of any use to them, then they want to be at peace with them.

Jacob had just escaped from one company of his enemies, Laban and his family, now another was advancing to meet him, namely, Esau with his four hundred men.

Esau learned of Jacob's approach toward Canaan, he assembled an army of his own and marched forward to meet Jacob, prepared for whatever eventuality might come.

We have two men thinking evil about each others' motivation and plans.

This is the main problem which is fear, a mental attitude sin, characterized by panic especially when you are in a dangerous situation.

If you have personal love for God the Father and you understand His integrity, you don't need to claim specific promises for every situation, you simply just need to rest on the divine essence that He possesses and His integrity as God.

We never start by loving God. God starts by loving us! We didn't find God! God found us!

JOH 15:16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you!

ROM 5:8  while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ROM 8:26  the Spirit Himself intercedes for us ROM 8:31   If God is for us, who is against us?

ROM 8:32  He delivered Him up for us ROM 8:34  Christ Jesus intercedes for us. 1CO 10:6  These things happened as examples for us,

GAL 3:13 Christ became a curse for us EPH 5:2  Christ Himself up for us, 1TH 5:10  He died for us,

HEB 9:24  He appears in the presence of God for us; 1JO 3:16  He laid down His life for us;
God loved us billions and billions and billions of years ago and not only elected us to be His children but also blessed us with the most fantastic blessings even imaginable.

This is why even though God knew in eternity past who would be a winner and who would be a loser He still blessed losers.
Losers have rewards that God ordained for them to have and "willed" for them to have but in 1Co 3;15, they suffer loss of those rewards.

PSA 11:7  For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteousness;

PSA 33:5  He loves righteousness and justice;

All losers and winners have the perfect righteousness of God given to them at the moment of salvation and God's loves His righteousness.

God blesses us; He keeps us alive; He gives us some measure of prosperity; All from His love which loves His righteousness
in us!

Because you possess His righteousness and therefore His justice is free to love you with an impersonal unconditional love.
"come to know" is the per-act-ind of ginosko which means to know, to perceive, to become aware of or to comprehend intellectually, to see things as they truly are.

"have believed" which is the per-act-ind of pisteuo meaning to believe, to be convinced, to have confidence about something, or to metabolize doctrine.

PSA 33:5   He loves righteousness and justice; it simply means that all losers and winners have the perfect righteousness of
God given to them at the moment of salvation and God's loves His righteousness.

Because you possess His righteousness and therefore His justice is free to love you with an impersonal unconditional love.

ROM 8:38 neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

ROM 8:39  nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

"keeps on having" because in verse 16 when it says, the love that God has for us...the word "has" is the pres-act-ind of echo which means "He keeps on having love for us."

The subjunctive mood of the word confidence says maybe you will have confidence, maybe you will not.

The nominative singular noun phobos can refer to many types of fears.

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