WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF READING THE BIBLE?

Shalom,

We’ve completed our teaching of Torah, The Law of Moses.  It only took us twelve years.

Today we start The Book of Joshua.

Torah took us from The Creation of The Heavens and the earth in Genesis 1.1 to the death of Moses at the doorstep of the land of Canaan in Deuteronomy 34.  And the transfer of leadership to Joshua to lead The Children of Israel into The Promised Land, the Land of Canaan to battle the Canaanites, to conquer and possess their land that GOD has given to Abraham and his descendants, The Jewish People, for an Everlasting Possession.

THE BATTLE FOR THE LAND OF CANAAN THAT WOULD BECOME THE LAND OF ISRAEL, THE JEWISH HOMELAND, WAS BEFORE JOSHUA AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.

Our teaching will be from The Book of Joshua, Joshua 1:1-9.

AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF READING THE BIBLE?

So with that said, let’s read Joshua 1.1-9.

MY QUESTION TO PEOPLE WHO READ THE BIBLE IS THIS, WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF READING THE BIBLE?

PEOPLE MIGHT SAY, WHAT I GET OUT OF READING THE BIBLE IS THAT JESUS LOVES ME AND I’M GOING TO HEAVEN.

WELL, MY BIBLE HAS 1,130 PAGES FROM GENESIS THROUGH REVELATION, AND GOD HAS MORE TO SAY THAN JESUS LOVES ME AND I’M GOING TO HEAVEN.

I CATEGORIZE THE FIRST NINE VERSES OF JOSHUA CHAPTER ONE TO BE OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE IN GOD’S TEACHING TO THE WORLD.

JOSHUA 1.1-2  Now after the death of Moses The Servant of The LORD, it came to pass that The LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,

Moses, My Servant is dead.  Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan (the Jordan river) you and all this People to The Land which I give to them, to The Children of Israel.

There are millions, perhaps billions of people who own Bibles in this world.  The percentage of those who read them is an unknown.

The Bible is translated into 698 languages.

What I’m getting at is this.  GOD says here in The Bible that is translated into 698 languages that God Has Given The Children of Israel, who are The Jewish People, the land of Canaan.

But yet Jews are verbally and physically attacked by people, many who have Bibles in their homes, many who actually read The Bible, and even many who study The Bible, and many who have never read a Bible, and say that Israel is “occupied” by The Jews.  Or The West Bank, that is Judea and Samaria, is an occupation of the Jews, and that Land does not belong to The Jews.

YET 3,400 YEARS AGO, GOD SAID TO JOSHUA IN JOSHUA 1.1-2, MOSES MY SERVANT IS DEAD, NOW THEREFORE GO OVER THIS JORDAN, YOU AND ALL THIS PEOPLE TO THE LAND WHICH I DO GIVE THEM, EVEN TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.

WAIT A MINUTE, 4,000 YEARS AGO, GOD SAID TO ABRAHAM, AND I WILL GIVE UNTO YOU, AND TO YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU (THE JEWISH PEOPLE) THE LAND WHEREIN YOU ARE A STRANGER, ALL THE LAND OF CANAAN FOR AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD.  GENESIS 17.8

But people who read The Bible, and people who don’t read The Bible condemn Israel and The Jewish People for occupying Their Own Land that GOD gave them.  That is not only anti-Semitism, that is anti-GOD.

NO OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD ARE CONDEMNED FOR LIVING IN THEIR OWN HOMELAND BUT THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

Case in point, Israel plans to annex the Land in the West Bank where The Jewish Settlements are.  The West Bank is Judea and Samaria that has been part of Israel for 3,400 years.  Israel wants to apply sovereignty to 30% of the West Bank where The Jewish Settlements are where Jewish People are living in their homes.

Firstly, The West Bank has been part of Israel for thousands of years, and secondly, Israel does not want to annex the entire West Bank.  Israel just wants to annex the land where Jewish People are living in their homes.

But the European Union, a people who have plenty of Bibles say that if Israel applies sovereignty to the land in the West Bank where The Jewish Settlements are, relations with the E.U. and Israel will be strained because that would be against International Law for Israel to occupy any part of the West Bank.  Really?

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEVER GAVE THE JEWISH PEOPLE THE LAND OF ISRAEL FOR AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION.  GOD DID.  3,400 YEARS AGO.  YOUR BIBLE INFORMS YOU OF THAT RIGHT.

The United Nations Human Rights Council is set to condemn Israeli plans to annex portions of the West Bank, and to call on the International Community to use all tools necessary to enforce an Israeli withdrawal to the pre 1967 lines including through an arms embargo.  Good Luck!

So people around the world are going nuts.  You can’t do that, they say.  It will ruin the prospects for peace, they say.  Or other dumb reasons that Jewish Land shouldn’t be in Jewish hands.

Happily the majority of American Jewish People are in favor of Israel annexing the land where The Jewish Settlements stand.

You know, anti Semitism will bring this world to an end.  A good end for GOD’S People, but a terrible end for people who oppose The Jewish People.  And anti-Semitism is hatred of GOD for hating GOD’S Jewish People.

EXODUS 4.22, DEUTERONOMY 7.6, ISAIAH 43.10

And anti-Semitism will cause The LORD’S return from Heaven to establish His Messianic Kingdom in Israel when The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY THE MESSIAH YESHUA will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle  And GOD will kill all the anti-Semites of the world.  Read about it in Zechariah 14.

JOSHUA 1.3-4  SO GOD CONTINUES HIS CONVERSATION WITH JOSHUA, AND ALL THE WORLD TO SEE WHEN YOU READ YOUR BIBLE.

GOD said to Joshua 3,400 years ago, Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given to you as I said to Moses.

From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even to the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the great sea, that is the Mediterranean Sea, toward the going down of the sun, that shall be your coast.

Why do so many people have a problem with Israel being The Jewish Homeland?  What have we Jewish People done to these people?

The GOD-given borders of Israel including Israel today, and all Lebanon, part of Syria and Iraq to the Euphrates river, and part of Jordan, will return to The Jewish People when The LORD GOD MESSIAH YESHUA Returns.   And The Land of Israel will be The Land where the 1,000 year Messianic Kingdom will be.  It will be like the Garden of Eden, like Heaven where Messiah Yeshua will reign over all the earth from Jerusalem.  ISAIAH 51.3, ZECHARIAH 14.9

JOSHUA 1.5  GOD said to Joshua, There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days of your life.  As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.  I will not fail you, nor forsake you.

No one was able to stand against Joshua, and succeed all the days of his life.  As I was with Moses, The LORD said to Joshua, so I will be with you.  What a great promise.

AND THOSE WORDS THAT GOD SAID TO JOSHUA APPLY TO YOU, THAT NO MAN WILL BE ABLE TO STAND BEFORE YOU ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE.  AS I WAS WITH MOSES, SO WILL I BE WITH YOU.  I WILL NOT FAIL YOU OR FORSAKE YOU.  IF YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE BY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE, AND THAT INCLUDES THE LAW OF MOSES. 

DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4

DO NOT SHUT YOUR EARS TO THE LORD YOUR GOD.

JOSHUA 1.6  AND GOD GAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO JOSHUA.

BE STRONG AND OF A GOOD COURAGE, FOR UNTO THIS PEOPLE SHALL YOU DIVIDE FOR AN INHERITANCE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR TO THEIR FATHERS TO GIVE THEM.

THE BIBLE IS THE TITLE DEED THAT IS EVIDENCE THAT THE LAND OF ISRAEL BELONGS TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND NO ONE ELSE.

AND GOD COMMANDS THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO NEVER SELL THE LAND, BECAUSE THE LAND IS MINE, GOD SAYS, FOR YOU ARE STRANGERS AND SOJOURNERS WITH ME.  MEANING, YOU WILL ONLY BE IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL TEMPORARILY BECAUSE THIS EARTH WILL NOT REMAIN FOREVER.  IT WILL VANISH AND DISAPPEAR SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE AND YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN.

IF YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE BY EVERY WORD THAT GOD SPEAKS IN YOUR BIBLE, YOU ALSO WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN WITH GOD.  LEVITICUS 25.23,

REVELATION 20.7-15  THE EARTH WILL FLEE AWAY AND VANISH WHEN THE 1,000 YEARS IN THE MESSIANIC KINGDOM IN ISRAEL COMES TO AN END.

REVELATION 20.12-13  YOUR WORKS, DID YOU OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE, OR NOT?

JOSHUA 1.7  AND GOD GAVE JOSHUA FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.  AND THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR YOU, AND ME, AND ALL THE WORLD, AND YES, EVEN CHRISTIANS.

ONLY BE STRONG, AND VERY COURAGEOUS THAT YOU DO ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW, THAT IS, ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW OF MOSES WHICH MOSES MY SERVANT COMMANDED YOU.

TURN NOT FROM IT TO THE RIGHT HAND OR TO THE LEFT THAT YOU SHALL PROSPER WHEREVER YOU GO.

WOW!!!  WHERE IS THAT TAUGHT?

LET’S EXAMINE THE WORD “ONLY,” AS IN “ONLY” BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS THAT YOU DO ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW (THE LAW OF MOSES) WHICH MOSES MY SERVANT COMMANDED YOU.

SO I LOOKED UP THE WORD “ONLY” AS IN “ONLY” BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS THAT YOU DO ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW.

EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT ONLY MEANS.  BUT I LOOKED IT UP ANYWAYS.

THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY DESCRIBES ONLY AS, THE EXCLUSION OF EVERYTHING ELSE.

THE STRONG’S CONCORDANCE DESCRIBES ONLY AS, NOTHING BUT.

GOD SAID TO JOSHUA, TO YOU, TO ME, TO EVERYBODY, TO THE EXCLUSION OF EVERYTHING ELSE, BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS THAT YOU DO ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW WHICH MOSES MY SERVANT  COMMANDED YOU.

OR, 

GOD SAYS TO ALL THE WORLD, NOTHING BUT BEING STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS THAT YOU DO ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW WHICH MY SERVANT MOSES COMMANDED YOU.

GOD IS SAYING TO THE WORLD THAT OUR PRIORITY IN LIFE IS TO OBEY GOD.  TO OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE LAW OF MOSES.  AND THAT TAKES COURAGE.

AND OBEYING GOD IS HAVING ATONEMENT FOR YOUR SINS IN THE JEWISH MESSIAH YESHUA WHO IS GOD ALMIGHTY.  MATTHEW 26.28

AND THAT RESULTS IN LIFE, A GOOD, PROSPEROUS, SUCCESSFUL LIFE, AND PROTECTION FROM ALL EVIL, AND ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN.

SO, YOU WHO READ YOUR BIBLE, ARE YOU STRONG, AND VERY COURAGEOUS TO DO ALL THE LAW THAT MOSES COMMANDED YOU?

GOD SAYS IN GENESIS 1.1, IN THE BEGINNING, GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH.

AND GOD SAID IN GENESIS 1.26, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE AFTER OUR LIKENESS.

YOU AND EVERY HUMAN BEING ARE MADE IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD.  YOU HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN YOU FOR YOUR BREATH AND YOUR LIFE.  GENESIS 2.7

AND YOU HAVE THE MIND OF GOD WHO IS THE MESSIAH YESHUA IF YOU DO EVERYTHING GOD TELLS YOU TO DO IN YOUR BIBLE. 

AND IF YOU OBEY EVERY WORD GOD TELLS YOU TO DO, OR NOT DO, GOD WILL GIVE YOU HIS HOLY SPIRIT.  THAT’S YOUR TICKET FOR A GOOD, PROSPEROUS AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE, AND ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN.  DOING EVERYTHING GOD SAYS.  ACTS 5.32

JOSHUA 1.8  AND GOD CONTINUES HIS INSTRUCTIONS TO JOSHUA, TO YOU, AND ME, AND TO THE WORLD,

GOD SAYS, THIS BOOK OF THE LAW SHALL NOT DEPART OUT OF YOUR MOUTH, BUT YOU SHALL MEDITATE ON IT DAY AND NIGHT THAT YOU OBSERVE TO DO ACCORDING TO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN IN IT.  FOR THEN YOU SHALL MAKE YOUR WAY PROSPEROUS, AND THEN YOU SHALL SUCCEED.

DO PEOPLE SEE THESE WORDS WHEN THEY READ THEIR BIBLE?

THE WORD MEDITATE IN HEBREW IS HAH’GAH, THAT MEANS TO ENGAGE IN THOUGHT AND CONTEMPLATION.

THAT IS, TO THINK ABOUT GOD’S LAW OF MOSES,DAY, AND NIGHT, EXAMINE IT, AND STUDY IT.

CERTAINLY JOSHUA WAS GOING TO LEAD THE JEWISH PEOPLE INTO BATTLE WITH THE CANAANITES TO CONQUER THE CANAANITE PEOPLE AND POSSESS THEIR LAND FOR THEIR JEWISH HOMELAND.

BUT GOD INSTRUCTS JOSHUA, ONLY BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS TO OBSERVE TO DO ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW.  DO NOT TURN FROM IT TO THE RIGHT HAND OR TO THE LEFT THAT YOU SHALL PROSPER WHEREVER YOU GO.

AND THIS BOOK OF THE LAW SHALL NOT DEPART FROM YOUR MOUTH, BUT YOU SHALL MEDITATE IN IT DAY AND NIGHT, THAT YOU OBSERVE TO DO ACCORDING TO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN IN THE LAW.  FOR THEN YOU SHALL MAKE YOUR WAY PROSPEROUS, AND THEN YOU SHALL SUCCEED.

THOSE WORDS THAT GOD SPOKE TO JOSHUA ARE FOR LIFE.  YOUR LIFE, MY LIFE, EVERYBODY’S LIFE.  BECAUSE AS YOU WELL KNOW, LIFE IS A BATTLE.  AND WE NEED HELP TO GAIN THE VICTORY IN LIFE.  AND THE ONLY WAY TO GAIN THE VICTORY IN LIFE IS TO DO WHAT GOD SAYS IN THE BIBLE.  LIVE BY ALL THE LAW OF MOSES.  DO NOT TURN FROM IT TO THE RIGHT HAND OR TO THE LEFT THAT YOU WILL PROSPER AND SUCCEED WHEREVER YOU GO.

JOSHUA 1.9  AND GOD CONTINUES HIS INSTRUCTIONS TO JOSHUA, AND YES, TO YOU, AND TO ME, AND TO THE WORLD.

HAVE NOT I COMMANDED YOU, GOD SAYS.  BE STRONG AND OF A GOOD COURAGE.  BE NOT AFRAID, NEITHER BE DISMAYED.  THAT IS, DON’T LOSE YOUR COURAGE.  FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.

I DON’T THINK THAT I COULD EVER TEACH GREATER WORDS OF IMPORTANCE, TRUTH, SAFETY, COMFORT, AND SPIRIT, AND WORDS FOR LIFE, AND STRENGTH, AND COURAGE TO MAKE YOUR WAY IN LIFE PROSPEROUS AND SUCCESSFUL, BECAUSE THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL BE WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. IF YOU OBSERVE TO DO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN IN THE LAW THAT MOSES THE SERVANT OF GOD HAS COMMANDED YOU TO DO.

THAT’S WHAT EVERYBODY SHOULD GET OUT OF READING THEIR BIBLE.

Shalom,

Ira Weinstein

www.bethelohenu.org

bethelohenu@gmail.com

 

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