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Q34: 41. The Crisis in Galilee

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(1) Give us the world..

Jesus did not gratify their curiosity. He sadly said, "Ye seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles, butbecause ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled." They did not seek Him from any worthy motive; butas they had been fed with the loaves, they hoped still to receive temporal benefit by attachingthemselves to Him. The Saviour bade them, "Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meatwhich endureth unto

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everlasting life." Seek not merely for material benefit. Let it not be the chief effort to provide for thelife that now is, but seek for spiritual food, even that wisdom which will endure unto everlasting life.This the Son of God alone can give; "for Him hath God the Father sealed."

1Jo 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Many believers who try Jesus for a while only want the temporal benefits of Jesus.

Ho 13:6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.

We are happy for find Jesus, and enjoy His blessings, and when things go well in our world, we rise in pride and forget relationship.

Thus many go to church, experiencing religion through the master power of self, as the Hebrew word "baal" describes... we have a form of righteousness with Jesus...we know things about Him...but we deny relationship with Him, we do not "yada" Him with intimate relationship, our Baal-master powers of self are not subdued, we do not allow Jesus to Master our lives.Instead we love the world and the things of the world.

(2) What shall we do ? ..Legalism..

For the moment the interest of the hearers was awakened. They exclaimed, "What shall we do, that wemight work the works of God?" They had been performing many and burdensome works in order to recommend themselves to God; and they were ready to hear of any new observance by which theycould secure greater merit. Their question meant, What shall we do that we may deserve heaven? Whatis the price we are required to pay in order to obtain the life to come?

"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hathsent." The price of heaven is Jesus. The way to heaven is through faith in "the Lamb of God, whichtaketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29.

Jesus was familiar with legalism in the former rain of Jesus, and here Jesus battled with legalism in the latter rain as well.

Ex 19:8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD (YHWH-Jesus) hath spoken we will do.

Ex 24:7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.

All the words spoken by Jesus between Exodus 20 and Exodus 23, was teachings for the people, but they thought they could do themselves using their own Baal-master powers of self.

Legalism...trying to be good using our own Baal-master powers of self. Is this a relationship with GOD? No...one is all alone in sinning.

There must be a change of ruler, a subdued Baal-master power of self, and a growing of the Holy Spi rit Baal-Master Power of Jesus in the soul.

Ex 24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. (KJV)

Ex 24:12 And the LORD (YHWH-Jesus) said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and teachings, and directions which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. (Ancient Hebrew)

The Hebrew words "torah" and "yorah" are related...one means "teachings" the other mean "to teach".

Sadly most people see "torah" as "law" and miss the point of Jesus teachings.

Jesus battled with legalism in the former rain of Jesus, and now battles with legalism in the latter rain of Jesus.The Jews had manna in the desert for 40 years, a type of Jesus feeding them His daily life, but they did not accept Him back than...Now in the latter rain Jesus feeds the multitude once with manyu barley loaves and fish, but the people are not satisfied a Saviour has come upon them.

How else does Jesus make them see ? Legalism makes them blind.

But the people did not choose to receive this statement of divine truth. Jesus had done the very workwhich prophecy had foretold that the Messiah would do; but they had not witnessed what their selfishhopes had pictured as His work. Christ had indeed once fed the multitude with barley loaves; but in thedays of Moses Israel had been fed with manna forty years, and far greater blessings were expected fromthe Messiah. Their dissatisfied hearts queried why, if Jesus could perform so many wondrous works asthey had witnessed, could He not give health, strength, and riches to all His people, free them fromtheir oppressors, and exalt them to power and honor? The fact that He claimed to be the Sent of God,and yet refused to be Israel's king, was a mystery which they could not fathom. His refusal wasmisinterpreted. Many concluded that He dared not assert His claims because He Himself doubted as tothe divine character of His mission. Thus they opened their hearts to unbelief, and the seed which Satanhad sown bore fruit of its kind, in misunderstanding and defection.

Many who try Jesus experience failure because they do not understand the process by which blessings come.

Which is more impoortant? The blessings or the blessed? The Person or the Presents?

Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Are there any conditions ? What's the catch?Such questions stem from Baal-master selfishness, not from a relationship yoked to a heavenly Master Power.

How else does Jesus get His people to accept Him in relationship ?

Now, half mockingly, a rabbi questioned, "What sign showest Thou then, that we may see, and believeThee? what dost Thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave thembread from heaven to eat."

Unless you change the world view of people, evidence will not sway them...all the evidence Jesus provided to them did not change their world view.The Jews were in the world under the ruler of Satan, and did not see "spirit" things.

How does one change their world view ?

I don't know...Jesus couldn't change their world view either... Your own will decides and once you have a world view, it is impossible to change it unless you decide to change.God d oes not force the change, but GOD does allow a change of will if you decide to change freely...without other powers like Satan holding your decision back.

If you do not want to change, or decide to change, there is nothing more, GOD can do for you...but continue to allow you to live enjoying God's blessings while you curse Him to His face.

With the prayer call of only five righteous people in Israel, was enough for Jesus to act and call out His people, even those who had not really decided to be saved. How gracious Jesus is to save us.When Lot and their children were forced to leave the city of Sodom, how much of a believer in YHWH were they ? Not much...

And here in the latter rain, among people who will not heed the call of salvation, Jesus walked and found the few that were willing to walk in relationship with Him. The rest didn't care that much.

Dear reader, do not be discouraged if you are powered by Baal-master powers of self. So were all the disciples right up until Jesus was crucified, they fled and deserted him. When they were thinking who is to be the greatest, the pride of their own Baal-master power of self rose above the meek Baal-Master relationship with Jesus at the Passover table that special night. So in humility Jesus washed their feet and said to them all, "Ye are clean now, but not all of you".

You see one can hop between powers as a believer, and this hopping process is what is called "Passover" in translation... In Hebrew it is really "Hopping Day".

1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt (pacach) "hop" ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.(KJV)

Every time we do the Lord's Ordinance called "hop over feast" we eat His body spiritually and drink His blood spirtually and during foot washing we are re-baptised into His death, so we "hop over" to Him in relationship.Thus we must ask GOD to come and subdue our own Baal-master power of self, and ask Jesus to be our Baal-Master power of our soul, minute by minute every day of our lives in relationship to Him. That is how the breath of salvation is.

Imagine the temptation of missing His Father, Jesus had as a human on earth, using His own creative powers of self... but not once did Jesus do this... and if He did, love would no longer be relational... Can love be generated alone by yourself ? ... is this possible ? No, not according to the Holy Writings...Love is highly relational, and is generated in relationship, not in self.

There are components of love, one might generate alone, the love of providing, or the love of receiving, but love is only completed as a circuit when both components are completed in relationship. This is why mankind was engineered as two separate personalities of love. The Gender Male is mostly a provider. The Gender Female is mostly a receiver. And together united as a single entity of completed love, are the two components of love completed. Shalom

For more, see Two components of love

(3) Overcoming ..doubt..

Now in the same spirit the

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children rejected the One who bore the message of God to themselves. "Then said Jesus unto them,Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven." The giver of the mannawas standing among them. It was Christ Himself who had led the Hebrews through the wilderness, andhad daily fed them with the bread from heaven. That food was a type of the real bread from heaven.The life-giving Spirit, flowing from the infinite fullness of God, is the true manna. Jesus said, "Thebread of God is that which cometh down out of heaven, and giveth life unto th e world." John 6:33, R.V.

Still thinking that it was temporal food to which Jesus referred, some of His hearers exclaimed, "Lord,evermore give us this bread." Jesus then spoke plainly: "I am the bread of life."

"He that cometh to Me," He said, "shall never hunger; and he that believethon Me shall never thirst." But He added, "Ye also have seen Me, and believe not."

The Hebrew word for bread from heaven was "man" not "manna". The SOP follows the fuzzy translations for the sake of child like readers.

Notice the meaning of the words now:-

Still thinking that it was temporal food to which Jesus referred, some of His hearers exclaimed, "Lord,evermore give us this "man"." Jesus then spoke plainly: "I am the "man" of life."

Amazing hey? Spiritual symbols do have literal meanings. Jesus was the "man" the children eat every day from heaven, literally-spiritually.

But their lack of faith, they doubted this concept, because they can only see literal.

They had seen Christ by the witness of the Holy Spirit, by the revelation of God to their souls. Theliving evidences of His power had been before them day after day, yet they asked for still another sign.Had this been given, they would have remained as unbelieving as before. If they were not convinced bywhat they had seen and heard, it was useless to show them more marvelous works. Unbelief will everfind excuse for doubt, and will reason away the most positive proof.

So how is faith, a gift from GOD achieved?

Again Christ appealed to those stubborn hearts. " Him that cometh

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to Me I will in nowise cast out." All who received Him in faith, He said, should have eternal life. Notone could be lost.

Many still refused to give up their "world view" glasses which they saw Jesus standing before them.

But the leaders of the people were offended, "and they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whosefather and mother we know? how is it then that He saith, I came down from heaven?"

Proof Jesus pre-existed. How can a human sinless being born on earth say, "I came down from heaven" , unless a part of Jesus did literally come down,or do we suppose all spiritual symbols never have literal meanings? But the Holy Writings always show a literal meaning to a spiritual symbol.

Jesus did come come literally from heaven, adding humanity to His divinity, was born a sinless human on earth.

This is the bread which cometh down fromheaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven:if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever." To this figure Christ now adds another. Onlythrough dying could He impart life to men, and in the words that follow He points to His death as themeans of salvation. He says, "The bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of theworld."

Now the rabbis exclaimed angrily, "How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?" They affected tounderstand His words in the same literal sense as did Nicodemus when he asked, "How can a man beborn when he is old?" John 3:4.

Notice the explanation from the SOP:-

To eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ is to receive Him as a personal Saviour, believing that Heforgives our sins, and that we are complete in Him. It is by beholding His love, by dwelling upon it, bydrinking it in, that we are to become partakers of His nature. What food is to the body, C hrist must beto the soul. Food cannot benefit us unless we eat it, unless it becomes a part of our being. So Christ isof no value to us if we do not know Him as a personal Saviour. A theoretical knowledge will do us nogood. We must feed upon Him, receive Him into the heart, so that His life becomes our life. His love,His grace, must be assimilated.

Where is it found that the Jews couldn't understand, that Nicodemus couldn't understand, that some in the OT, like David, did understand?

See the story of David's prayer asking for salvation from Jesus-YHWH.

(4) How to eat ..Jesus..

He spoke the word of God, as He had spoken through all theprophets and teachers of the Old Testament. The whole Bible is a manifestation of Christ, and theSaviour desired to fix the faith of His followers on the word.

As our physical life is sustained by food, so our spiritual life is sustained by the word of God.

We are not to obtain it merely throughthe medium of another's mind. We should carefully study the Bible, asking God for the aid of the HolySpirit, that we may understand His word. We should take one verse, and concentrate the mind on thetask of ascertaining the thought which God has put in that verse for us. We should dwell upon thethought until it becomes our own, and we know "what saith the Lord."

That is how we eat Jesus in relationship every day.

For more, see David's prayer for salvation .

(5) The eye of ..faith..

By looking constantly to Jesus with the eye of faith, we shall be strengthened. God will make the mostprecious revelations to His hungering, thirsting people.

Faith is a gift from GOD, thus we see Jesus because we ask with our will.

"aniy" "humble"

"anav" "meek"

Both humble and meek have the Hebrew letter "eye" in them, thus when we see Jesus, via faith, Jesus changes our character.

See these studies for more:-

Humble

Meek

(6) Decide whom is your ..Master..

It required the complete surrender of themselves to Jesus. They were called to become selfsacrificing,meek and lowly in heart. They must walk in the narrow path traveled by the Man ofCalvary, if they would share in the gift of life and the glory of heaven

Will we decide to allow GOD to subdue our Baal-master power of self? to allow Jesus to be our Master instead?

The test was too great. The enthusiasm of those who had sought to take Him by force and make Himking grew cold. This discourse in the synagogue, they declared, had opened their eyes. Now they wereundeceived.

Many of us sit on the fence, hopping between Jesus and oursleves as Master of our lives. The test is too great. We say:.. "I prefer to be my own Baal-Master of my life, doing as I plea se. I do not like people. I do not like relationships. I do not want Jesus married to me. I am happy on my own. By myself. Sure I am good enough... but I am happier alone, with my own Baal-Master power of self".

People are abusive. Relationships hurt. I have experienced abuse before in marriage. I do not like to be bonded to another. I hate God's idea of marriage to another of different personality to myself. Better to befriend one of the same gender as me, so our personalities of loving is similar, than to try to be yoked to a different kind of loving, so in marriage we become complete and harmonious together. The test is too great. Jesus asks too much. It is better to trust my own Baal Master power, than to trust a divine power that Masters me.

(7) The process of ..surrender..

It required the complete surrender of themselves to Jesus. They were called to become selfsacrificing,meek and lowly in heart. They must walk in the narrow path traveled by the Man ofCalvary, if they would share in the gift of life and the glory of heaven.

Notice the SOP lists being subdued by GOD as a process at the very beginning of coming to Jesus, and becoming humble, lowly and meek.

Sadly most list surrender or subdue as some higher salvation step, when in fact it is means something GOD does to us, not something we do for GOD... when you come to GOD in the beginning of salvation... you must give Him your will...and that must be given completely... than God supplies the faith to contiinue in Him and comes over you to subdue that Baal-master power of self, and becomes your ruler and Master of your soul, with a new power of loving that comes from relationship.

So why do believers in Jesus, feel cold towards Him after baptism, in a few months time?

Re 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

How kind Jesus describes our first stage of growing in Him after baptism...we lose our first love, because we hop back to our own Baal-master power of self, and do as we seem fit, not as Jesus wants.

Re 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is:

And if we are not careful during the second stages of our salvation experience of growing in Jesus, we backslide to allow Satan to rule over us instead of Jesus...

Re 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam,...

And we hold unto the doctrine of Baal...this is: it is OK in a salvation sense to hop between Jesus as our Master and ourselves as a Master of ourselves... and thus as a believer we have two masters in our lives...This doctrine is not a true doctrine of salvation.

Many are still doing the same thing. Souls are tested today as were those disciples in the synagogue at Capernaum. When truth is broughthome to the heart, they see that their lives are not in accordance with the will of God. They see the needof an entire change in themselves; but they are not willing to take up the self-denying work. Thereforethey are angry when their sins are discovered. They go away offended, even as the disciples left Jesus,murmuring, "This is an hard saying; who can hear it?"

How hard it is to give your will to GOD and allow GOD to subdue your Baal-master of self, as your will surrenders to GOD daily?

All your plans for the day are given to Jesus, to plan your daily steps as He decides... too much to ask ?

Pr 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Lord Jesus-YHWH you ask too much of me... this is a hard saying, who can bear it ?

As those disaffected disciples turned away from Christ, a different spirit took control of them. Theycould see nothing attractive in Him whom they had once found so interesting.

Many are invited by Jesus to experience His salvation, but few accept His relationship.

Without attempting to hinder those who were leaving Him, Jesus turned to the twelve and said, "Willye also go away?"

Peter replied by asking, "Lord, to whom shall we go?" "Thou hast the words of eternal life," he added."And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."

"To whom shall we go?" The teachers of Israel were slaves to formalism. The Pharisees and Sadduceeswere in constant contention. To leave Jesus was to fall among sticklers for rites and ceremonies, andambitious men who sought their own glory

How many of us attend church every Sabbath, become a slave to a programme of formalism?

Is there time in a tradition of "mankind's time" of just 2 hours to seek those hungry and thirsty for Jesus, and feed them Jesus fruits of His Father?After all is not the Day of Ceasing must longer in time than a mere human custom of 2 hours...but we have to leave formal Church things and eat more social things, and sleep...there is no more time allotted for GOD...Believers become sticklers for rites and ceremonies...cold formalism...

While we cannot now comprehend the works and ways of God, we can discern His great love, whichunderlies all His dealings with men. He who lives near to Jesus will understand much of the mystery ofgodliness.

This website is dedicated so believers can grow closer to Jesus in relationship and experience His salvation, thus understand much of the mystery in the Holy Writings.God bless the reader who longs for truth as shown in the Holy Writings...not in human traditions and customs of translation, but in Hebrew, the words first penned in the Holy Writings...the WORD of Jesus that came down from heaven in written form.

There is also prayers written down for our benefit to claim Jesus power in His spoken Name...All 150 prayers for us to see specific word promises of Jesus power.

The latter rains of the New Testament contain the witnessing of Jesus as a human among humans, showing us how to walk as Jesus walked and do as Jesus did. These examples are written down for us..God bless the science of salvation, all components are written in the Holy Writings for us to behold and take on board our soul. Shalom

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