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Q9: Ch:15. . At the Marriage Feast..

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(1) showing : faith..

In no wise disconcerted by the words of Jesus, Mary said to those serving at table, "Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it." Thus she did what she could to prepare the way for the work of Christ. The gift of Christ to the marriage feast was a symbol. The water represented baptism into His death; the wine, the shedding of His blood

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for the sins of the world. The water to fill the jars was brought by human hands, but the word of Christ alone could impart to it life-giving virtue. So with the rites which point to the Saviour's death. It is only by the power of Christ, working through faith, that they have efficacy to nourish the soul.

Faith is defined in the Holy Writings as

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

Faith is a power from GOD, a good example is electricity. Many hope to use electricity in our house, and the power is unseen. Not much good hoping for an unseen power, unless we do experiments with that power.

Jas 2: 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Notice the faith is alone, without relationship with you, because you do no experimenting with the power, a gift from GOD. And if you never plug in an appliance and switch on the power, your faith in electricity is dead...and so is your relationship to GOD, it's dead too, your all alone, and so is GOD all alone...both of you are emotionally depressed..how much more joy if we came together functionally in a relationship of working with GOD's power... The human works component of the gift of power GOD gives to us, is to show GOD we are willing to use that power He gives us... not in order to show we are worthy of being saved...but because we are saved we show fruits of His power...

The difference lies in how you approach the use of God's power...do you experiment with the gift of faith, to use powers from GOD, because you are saved so all things of power are available to you, or do we attempt to do in our own strength, we are our own Master, under humanism, and using legalism we do things that are right and good, but God looks at our heart and sees the Master power there, and all that heart effort means nothing to GOD.

Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Nicola Tesla had more faith in electricity that any human working on electricity that I know. His experiments far exceeded Thomas Edison, yet Edison gave us many experiments using God's power of electricity... Sadly Tesla was unrecognized because he wanted his experiments on electricity to be free for all humans, but the greedy use of God's power prevailed...so "rich merchants" stole his experiments when Tesla died and today, they use those weapons against us.

Jas 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, ...Your riches are corrupted,...Jas 5:4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth (a Hebrew word placed in the Greek, 06635, meaning armies).

This whole chapter is a prophecy about the masons or those few rich merchants who rule the earth in the last days...Notice the Greek New Testament is not the PRIMARY language of the Holy Writings, because the Greek has no word for "army" and so translators put the Hebrew word there instead. The word in Hebrew (tsaba) means in the verb, to "muster" the "traveling home strong" is about gathering many animals for home, and in the noun or completed tense, means "the mustered" or "army".

O that humans had the faithful seeking into God's power that Tesla did, to ask anything in Jesus Name knowing that He will grant us His power if we use this power humbly and not with presumption. No wonder many have left our churches because there is so little evidence of faith in action, and we need to be more like Mary and show simple humble words that demonstrate our faith in action.

God bless those willing to experiment daily in God's power of faith, to help mankind live better under God's power..

(2) showing : love feasts continue..

At the first feast He attended with His disciples, Jesus gave them the cup that symbolized His work fortheir salvation. At the last supper He gave it again, in the institution of that sacred rite by which Hisdeath was to be shown forth "till He come." 1 Cor. 11:26. And the sorrow of the disciples at partingfrom their Lord was comforted with the promise of reunion, as He said, "I will not drink henceforth ofthis fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." Matt. 26:29.

  • Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances (dogma) that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
  • Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
  • 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

  • Col 2:20... ye subject to ordinances (dogma),
  • 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
  • 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments (entalma) "a religious rule made by man" and doctrines of men?

    These verses speak about "dogma" which are human rules and traditions, NOT the rules from the Holy Writings.

    So what does "handwriting of human rules" actually mean? I don't know, the Holy Writings do not speak about this term.

    Col2:16 speak about ceremonial laws of Jesus and his salvation holidays, which no man should judge us how we keep them...this does not say anything about abolishing them... Some theories of faith say such feasts are shadows (which they are) and once you come to Jesus, you no longer need the shadow...

    Mt 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

  • 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
  • 4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
  • 5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
  • 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
  • 7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

    The fact is until we go to heaven, we will always welcome the shadow of Jesus, and the shadow of the Holy Spirit (Almighty) that shields us from the Father's light as well. Such shadows are made by two objects, you and Jesus, or Jesus and the Holy Spirit, so that the light we receive is less, and we are to endure it better... Again this is no excuse to exclude feast keeping...which actually helps us to appreciate Jesus salvation in us..

    ...as He said, "I will not drink henceforth ofthis fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." Matt. 26:29.

    This quote of the Holy Writings by Ellen White shows a type reaching into the future...the Lord's Ordinance also known as Passover is a feast that points forward to the Wedding Feast in heaven.

    The Spirit of Prophecy says "handwriting of ordinances" is this statement:- (to be continued...my old XP computer over 15 years old has died taking the Folio Views software with it, causing a stop to the study of the EGW CD collection. Such software does not run under Windows 10, so is a design to stop people studying Ellen White writings these days...I feel...)

    The reader will have to study this for themselves some how in the SOP...the Internet does not help you much either...

    The term "handwriting" in Greek is 5495 "Hand" added to the Greek word 1125 "Writing". In the Hebrew these words are 3027 (yad) "Hand" and 3789 (kathab) "writings or write".

    There are three places in the Holy Writings that use "yad" and "kathab" in some contexts that align weakly with the New Testament Holy Writings of Paul.

    (1) Ne 8:14 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by (the hand of) Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month:

    This speaks of finding the feast of tabernacles again and the joy of the people following the feast celebration...

    (2)Isa 44:5 One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe (kathab) "write" with his hand (yad) "hand" unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel.

  • Isa 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God "elohiym".
  • Isa 44:7... I appointed the ancient people?...
  • ...ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God (ellowaah) "heavenly Father" beside me? yea, there is no God (tsuwr) "Father-Rock" ; I know not any.

  • Isa 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; fo r I have redeemed thee.

    Notice in verse 6, the Father and Jesus are mentioned as the only heavenly power of salvation, there is no other...Some faiths assume this writing references a single heavenly Being... And verse 7 speaks of the one and only Father, to which we humans are witnessing for, because the Father is on trial by Satan, the adversary. Finally verse 22 speaks of the removal of our sins from sinners to GOD via His redeemer, the Son of GOD, Jesus who comes personally to earth to redeem us from our sin-offerings.

    Do heavenly agencies "hand writing" personal sinning and sin-offerings against us in scrolls in heaven? Yes...

    (3)Eze 37:20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

  • Eze 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

    Here GOD promises to remove the "handwriting human rules" that prevent Gentiles worshipping with Jews, which is a figure how Israel was divided into two nations, they went separate ways as well.

    So in summary, if the readers puts all three contexts in the OT together Paul's "handwriting" statement is taking about three things together...

    (1) the restoration of feasts with spiritual meanings

    (2) the fact Jesus removed our sin-offerings as our Redeemer

    (3) the promise of GOD to bring all people groups into His fold, for redemption

    How careful and solemn our Bible studies are...God bless your study under the tutoring of the Holy Spirit.

  • (3) new : wine..

    The wine which Christ provided for the feast, and that which He gave to the disciples as a symbol ofHis own blood, was the pure juice of the grape. To this the prophet Isaiah refers when he speaks of thenew wine "in the cluster," and says, "Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it." Isa. 65:8.

    Isa 65:8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.

    The Hebrew word "tiyrowsh" is used 38 times in the OT and means "freshly trodden grape juice"..

    (4) wedding in: heaven..

    A Jewish marriage was animpressive occasion, and its joy was not displeasing to the Son of man. By attending this feast, Jesushonored marriage as a divine institution.In both the Old and the New Testament, the marriage relation is employed to represent the tender andsacred union that exists between Christ and His people. To the mind of Jesus the gladness of thewedding festivities pointed forward to the rejoicing of that day when He shall bring home His bride tothe Father's house, and the redeemed with the Redeemer shall sit down to the marriage supper of theLamb. He says, "As the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee." "Thoushalt no more be termed Forsaken; . . . but thou shalt be called My Delight; . . . for the Lord delightethin thee."

    The wedding in heaven is a special feast, the Lord's Ordinance points forward to.

    (5) social : witnessing..

    Through the social relations,Christianity comes in contact with the world.We should all become witn esses for Jesus. Social power, sanctified by the grace of Christ, must beimproved in winning souls to the Saviour. Let the world see that we are not selfishly absorbed in ourown interests, but that we desire others to share our blessings and privileges. Let them see that ourreligion does not make us unsympathetic or exacting.We should never give to the world the false impression that Christians are a gloomy, unhappy people.If our eyes are fixed on Jesus, we shall

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    see a compassionate Redeemer, and shall catch light from His countenance. Wherever His Spirit reigns,there peace abides. And there will be joy also, for there is a calm, holy trust in God.

    Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God (el) "strong Authority" formed (yatsar) "squeezed into shape", neither shall there be after me.

    The heavenly Father has His Son as a servant, because the Strong Authority of His Son is squeezed into shape when Jesus,

  • empties Himself,
  • takes upon His divinity human flesh,
  • and is yoked with our sin-offerings,

    ..thus Jesus is squeezed in the wine-press of the earth for our redemption.And we humans are witnesses to this event, for a reason to vindicate "love" over Satan's claims that one can live without "rules of action".

    Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

    The story of Job tells us special events between a battle of Elohiym powers of heaven and Satanic powers on earth.

    The next chapter of Desire of Ages..we look at Jesus in the Temple..

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