how a talking donkey saved a prophet

Balaam and donkey
Balaam, donkey and angel with sword

How did a donkey save a prophet? Why was the donkey, an apparently dumb weight-bearing animal, able to see into the spiritual realm but his master the prophet remained blinded? The following account gives us the answer.

Food for thought: God can enable even an animal see, understand and talk sense. What did the animal gain? He had faithfully served his master since the day he was owned. How did the master treat the donkey? Was Balaam grateful that his donkey saved him from instant death? Did he repent and set the donkey free from bondage? There was no record of any kind acts on the part of Balaam. Instead he went on to his personal destruction in a subsequent war against Israel. If he made his donkey accompany him it could mean that the donkey was killed in the war too due to the personal greed for power and money of his master. Sad end for a gifted prophet and his faithful donkey. Take note that God spoke and warned Balaam repeatedly. He even used the donkey to prevent Balaam from self-destruction.

Meditate on this:
1 Corinthians 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

The account of a faithful talking donkey who saved his master’s life:

“Then the children of Israel moved, and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Jordan across from Jericho.
Now Balak (king of Moab)saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites (already defeated by the Israelites). And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Israel. ..Then he sent messengers to Balaam (a prophet powerful in cursing) call him, saying: “Look, a people has come from Egypt. See, they cover the face of the earth, and are settling next to me! Therefore please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”

So the elders …came to Balaam and spoke to him …So Balaam said to God, “Balak…king of Moab, has sent to me, saying, ‘….’”

And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”

…Then Balak again sent princes, more numerous and more honorable than they…“Thus says Balak..: ‘Please let nothing hinder you from coming to me; for I will certainly honor you greatly, and I will do whatever you say to me. Therefore please come, curse this people for me.’”

…So Balaam rose in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab.

Interaction between Balaam, the Donkey, and the Angel:

Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. Now the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand, and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road. Then the Angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on this side and a wall on that side. And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she pushed herself against the wall and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall; so he struck her again. Then the Angel of the Lord went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam’s anger was aroused, and he struck the donkey with his staff.

Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”

And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have abused me. I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you!”

So the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden, ever since I became yours, to this day? Was I ever disposed to do this to you?”

And he said, “No.”

Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face. And the Angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me. The donkey saw Me and turned aside from Me these three times. If she had not turned aside from Me, surely I would also have killed you by now, and let her live.”

And Balaam said to the Angel of the Lord, “I have sinned, for I did not know You stood in the way against me. Now therefore, if it displeases You, I will turn back.”

Then the Angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but only the word that I speak to you, that you shall speak.” So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

…And Balaam said to Balak, “Look, I have come to you! Now, have I any power at all to say anything? The word that God puts in my mouth, that I must speak.”…

(The above account was recorded in Numbers 22.)


Watchman’s notes on fasting, prophetess, first evangelist

Luke 2:37Why do people fast? More and more Christians are fasting on and off for various reasons. I have learned and practiced fasting regularly for a decade since I attended meetings that practiced this more consistently. Here are some personal notes at random sequence for young visitors who read this blog.
1. fasting is not a ritual or legalistic requirement.
2. Jesus and His disciples fasted regularly.
3. the early churches fasted regularly.
4. the Bible records many incidents of fasting.
5. fasting is a common practice in the days of the Old Testament and New Testament.
6. fasting has many ways.
7. not one way of fasting is a must for everyone.
8. you do need a goal.
9. be open.
10. the act of fasting does not gain you favor from God.
11. my goal: gain sensitivity toward God and spiritual matters.
12. my experience: the more I practice this discipline to subdue my body and mind, the more I am sensitized to the reality of God’s spiritual realm and the things of God just as stated in the Bible.
13. my tested way: fast in a combination of ways, including daily only one light meal with more vegetables and less/no meat. It means: one light breakfast of two slices of bread (with or without butter, jam and cheese), no lunch, one early dinner of rice/bread/potato/sweet potato with vegetables, with/without one egg, no supper. Drink water. One cup of morning Tea/coffee is optional.
14. varying fast period: 3 days, 7 days, 14 days, 21 days and so on. It can become a lifestyle too.
15. Always be led by the Holy Spirit.
16. Activities: Do as normal days. Read the Bible, pray (talk to God and listen to Him talking to me), meditate on the matters of God and focus on God. I listen to audio Bible and copy down verses too.
17. Physical exercises: I do as my normal days, usually leisurely and without stress. Do not go all out to do strenuous tasks.
18. Entertainment: I do not do these anyway except walking the dog in the park.
19. Social networking: Minimum unless it is your family calling.
20. Summary: Focus on my goal to become more and more sensitive to God.
21. Expected results: To know God intimately, hear Him clearly, act on His guidance accurately in all aspects of my life -live the truly abundant life Jesus has promised and given to every believer!

A classic example of a significant and impactful fast: Anna was significant because of her single-mindedness on and sensitivity to God. Here are her characteristics singled out in the Bible record:
1. a prophetess/watchman 2. longevity. 3. woman. 4. married for 7 years. 5. became a widow for 84 years. 6. stayed always in God’s presence. 7. worshiping day and night. 8. God considered her fastings and prayers worship to Him. 9. She has a name and a recorded lineage. 10. She knew the Old Testament and prophecies written about Jesus. 11. She had faith in God and believed in the words of God. 12. Accurate spiritual discernment: she identified the child Jesus as the Messiah she had been waiting for all these years. 13. She became the first witness and evangelist for Jesus!

Luke 2:37 MSG
Anna the prophetess was also there, a daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was by now a very old woman. She had been married seven years and a widow for eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her fastings and prayers. At the very time Simeon was praying, she showed up, broke into an anthem of praise to God, and talked about the child to all who were waiting expectantly for the freeing of Jerusalem.

A quote about Lent fasting: “Abstinence and fasting is a discipline that teaches us to gain control, because so often the source of our sin is a loss of control. By gaining control of something so simple as food, we can move to gain control of those things that really distancing us from God. So together with abstinence and fasting, you are encouraged to think about what it is that is blocking your way to Christ. If you only abstain and fast in Lent without a greater purpose of distancing yourself from a sin that is controlling your life, then fasting and abstinence will be nothing more than a diet. Lent is a time to pick your medicine, remove the obstacles and encounter Christ this Lent.”

Lent 2018 began on
Wednesday, 14 February
and ends on
Thursday, 29 March
What is Lent?
Lent is a 40-day Christian religious period that comes before Easter. Although it technically lasts for 46 days, Western Churches do not count the Sundays during the period.
It is a time of solemnity and fasting during which many people abstain from festivities and certain foods such as chocolate and fast food.
Why do people fast for Lent and why does it last 40 days?
The reason why people fast for Lent and abstain from festivities is because Lent is meant to be a reflection on, and reenactment of, Jesus’s suffering during the 40 days he spent in the desert being tempted by Satan.


I was there when He set the limits of the seas: Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.

Proverbs 8:29 I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries.
God blessed two groups of living creatures at creation: the fishes and the birds, the human beings, male and female in God’s own image. Then He blessed them. God created other things as well: day, night, heaven, earth, seas, grass, fruit trees, sun, moon, stars, animals and other living creatures on earth. But the Bible recorded in Genesis God blessed two groups as quoted below.

Genesis 1:22,28 New King James Version (NKJV)
Fishes and birds: 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
Human beings made in the image of God: 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Why? What do they have in common that other creatures do not have?
Looking at the fact that each has its own domain of operation, we can note the distinct demarcation: fishes in the seas (water), birds in the sky, humans on land. God has granted humans dominion over the whole earth at creation.

There is a word repeatedly used by God in the creation process. “Divide/Separate”. In Genesis 1:3-18 (Quoted in parts) God again makes distinction between two opposite realms: light and darkness, day and night, heaven and earth, dry land and seas.

1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. ..

6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. ..

9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; …17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

Why does God make such clear demarcation between light and darkness, heaven and earth, land and seas? Verse 14 gives us an indication, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;” I believe the distinction is landmark, to guide the whole human race as an entity in survival on this the earth, and each person as to the span of his/her life on earth.

Landmark is a physical guide for a traveler. The Apostle Peter described Christians as sojourners/travelers.

1 Peter 2:11-12 (NLT)
Living Before the World
New Living Translation
Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners”(Sojourners) to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

God wants His people to be different and make a difference in the fallen world. He has set landmarks which guide us. This is what He said, “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.” (Proverbs 22:28)

Deuteronomy 19:14 [ Property Boundaries ] “You shall not remove your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.
Hosea 5:10 “The princes of Judah are like those who remove a landmark; I will pour out My wrath on them like water.

Proverbs 8:29 I was there when he set the limits of the seas,
so they would not spread beyond their boundaries.
And when he marked off the earth’s foundations,

Psalm 104
6 …The waters stood above the mountains.
7 At Your rebuke they fled;
At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
8 They went up over the mountains;
They went down into the valleys,
To the place which You founded for them.
9 You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
That they may not return to cover the earth.

Jeremiah 5:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord.
‘Will you not tremble at My presence,
Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea,
By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it?
And though its waves toss to and fro,
Yet they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.

Are there boundaries in the spiritual realms? The answer is yes. In the Book of Daniel, the angel Gabriel told Daniel that he was delayed by the prince of Persia and prince of Greece and angle Michael had to come to his aid so e could come to Daniel in answer of Daniel’s prayer. Apostle Paul also mentioned the existence of such territorial and hierarchical spiritual rulers of darkness and hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12) Revelation 12 described a war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the devil and his angels. “but they did not prevail, nor was there a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out…”(12:7-9)

In summary: God sets boundaries to separate. Do not cross them. Do not allow breaking down of such boundaries. That was why Nehemiah and his team returned to Jerusalem in 444BC to rebuild the walls. There is spiritual significance in walls. They are landmarks for demarcation and distinction.

2017/2018 review: prophetic alignment of nations, curses and blessings

matthew 25:34As the year 2017 approaches to its end I review the old and receive a prophecy for the new. 2017 had been significant in the clearer manifestation of God’s spiritual plan on physical earth in America. Prophets get excited of course at the coming to pass of prophecies about significant changes and shifts of dominion over nations.

I was led this day to watch a teaching on prophetic perception and alignment partnership. The teacher/prophet drew to our attention the latest demarcation between sheep and goat nations voting in UN recently concerning Jerusalem. The prophet teacher said he is shocked at the some nations’ changes of positioning from sheep nations to goat nations.

Then I decided to call it a day and tried to go to bed early. But I became wide awake. I asked the Lord whether He had something to tell me. Here is the conversation in my heart:
Yes. I want to talk to you.
What Lord?
First I want to tell you not to be proud about hearing Me. When you are proud you cannot hear.
Yes, Lord. Thank You for reminding me. What is it that You want to tell me on this last day of the year?
Read 1 John 2.
Read 1 John 2?
(The conversation ended)

I got up and read 1 John 2. And then 1 John 3. Here are what I received.

1. This passage is about the sheep nations and the goat nations.
2. The Christians (or sheep nations) are to love our Jewish brothers who are joint heirs with us in the Kingdom of God according to the Bible prophecy. (Romans 11:26-27; Ephesians 2:13-19; Matthew 25:31-46)
3. Those Christians who claim to be Christians (living in the light) but hate the Jews are in darkness. They walk in darkness and do not know where they are going because the darkness has blinded their eyes.
4. Why do some Christians walk in darkness? Because they love the world. When they do that the love of the Father is not in them.
5. Many antichrists have already appeared from the midst of Christian (sheep) nations.
6. They are now being revealed.
7. Their actions have revealed them.
8. Those born of God practice righteousness (in the eyes of God). They are the children of God.
9. The world do not know the children of God.
10. The children of God love not in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 2
11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him…17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son…
29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

1 John 3
3 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations: reward the sheep and punish the goat nations
Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus spoke this prophecy
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:…
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:…


matthew 3:11Matthew 1:23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

Matthew 3:2 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” Matthew 3:8 Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.

Matthew 3:11 “…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Matthew 3:16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.

Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 7:13 [ The Narrow Gate ] “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.

Matthew 7:23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ Matthew 11:20 [ Judgment for the Unbelievers ] Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God.

Matthew 14:33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed. Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 21:9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” Matthew 21:15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But the leaders were indignant.

Matthew 21:43 I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit.

Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.

Matthew 24:22 In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones. Matthew 24:24 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.

Matthew 26:27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, Matthew 26:28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.

Matthew 26:63 But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Matthew 26:64 Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Matthew 27:54 The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”

John 1:51 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.”

John 3:13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. John 5:27 And he has given him authority to judge everyone because he is the Son of Man.

John 6:27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”

John 6:62 Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again?

John 9:35 [ Spiritual Blindness ] When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

Acts 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”

Lord, please give us success!

psalm 11825God gives us all things with Jesus freely!
Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
Psalm 44:7 You are the One who gives us victory over enemies;
84:11 For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. he gives us grace and glory.
89:18 Yes, our protection comes from the Lord.
90:15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good.
118:25 Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success.
118:21 I thank you for answering my prayer, and give me victory!
118:14 The Lord is my strength and my song; He has given me victory.
127:2 The Lord gives rest to His loved ones.
33:10 The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes.
33:11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; His intentions can never be shaken.

The Lord says to me: ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.’

SereneIsaiah 4113For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.’ (Isaiah 41:13)
When the watchman felt troubled lately about a financial decision, the Lord spoke the this verse. He is here to help the watchman.
Why did I feel troubled? Because I was looking at the ‘man-made storm’ in the economy. I know it is just the usual responses from the market at this season. Yet I feel a bit concerned at the herd’s behavior.
So I turned to the Lord one night and He said, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

Today when I recall how the Lord responded to my prayer with such a powerful verse, I am reminded of the incident in which Jesus responded and saved Peter immediately from sinking in the stormy sea.

The incident was different but the requirement of faith is the same. Faith is when we look at Jesus and not at the storm (big or small). Here is my note on what I have learned:
1. We need to focus on seeing Jesus and His might instead of watching the circumstances and base our assessment on them.
2. The uncertainty and inability to see far can cause fear and doubt. The situation can be magnified in our mind when we see others panicking.
3. We must ask the Lord to help us and He will hear and come immediately to our aid.
4. The truth is that the Lord is actually with us. He takes the initiative to come to us and says. “I am here to help you.” He is always HERE to help us. He is our ever present help!
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

Bible verses from Matthew 14:24-33 (NKJV)
THE DISCIPLES ENCOUNTERED A STORM AT SEA IN THE DARK 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

JESUS CAME TO THEM 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
JESUS IMMEDIATELY SPOKE TO THEM 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
JESUS RESPONDED POSITIVELY TO INDIVIDUAL REQUEST NO MATTER HOW IMPOSSIBLE IT MIGHT SEEM 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

JESUS IMMEDIATELY TOOK HOLD OF THE PREDICAMENT OR EVEN AT RISK POSITION OF AN INDIVIDUAL WHO CRIED TO HIM FOR HELP 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

OTHERS CAN WITNESS JESUS’ MIRACULOUS SAVING AND DELIVERANCE OF YOU FROM YOUR PERSONAL STORM. THEY TOO WILL BELIEVE JESUS’ DEITY. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

Winter reminder: The seasons of winter and summer shall not cease.

a Serene beautiful winter.

Lake Tahoe winter
Lake Tahoe Winter
a Cambodian Rice field

Winter reminder: The seasons of winter and summer shall not cease. The ground will not be cursed. Not all living thing will be destroyed. It means some living things will be allowed to survive, at least two seasons will remain and the ground (earth) will not be cursed as long as there are human around to sow and pant and harvest crops. Those who grow plants from the ground will survive. God will give the sowers seeds and the eaters bread according to His words which are forever settled in heaven. These people will have bountiful supplies from heaven and live well.

Genesis 8:21-22
21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

Genesis 1:29
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
Isaiah 30:23
Then He will give the rain for your seed With which you sow the ground, And bread of the increase of the earth; It will be fat and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed In large pastures.
2 Corinthians 9:10
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,

a man after God’s heart

Acts 13:22David received the Temple building plan from the Holy Spirit and passed it on to his son, Solomon, who was chosen to build it. He told Solomon not to fear and be strong. David specifically mentioned the word “fear”. David went on to pray for a loyal heart with a willing mind for his son and his people. Why was David concerned with their hearts?

Solomon was very intelligent, capable and highly successful in making wealth for himself and his nation. But he was not spiritual. David foresaw this trait of his young son. The word “fear” refers to “fear of men” rather than “a reverent fear of the Lord”. Indeed, the danger that David had foreseen came true in the latter years of Solomon’s reign.

On the other hand, David was a man after God’s heart. It means a single-minded focus on God, regardless of circumstances, what others may say or do. It also means he finds out and knows what God wants and he will do all God wills. (Acts 13:22; 1 Samuel 13:14)

David advised his son to “know the God of your father.” He knew Solomon did not know God as he had known God. The many psalms that David wrote revealed how closely he sought after God and the intimate relationship he had with God. He was truly a man after God’s heart.Knowing God (having an intimate relationship with God) first is always the top priority for every Christian. Ministry follows after knowing God.

1 Chronicles 28:9-12, 19-21 (NKJV) (Quoted in parts)
9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. 10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”

20 And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you…also the leaders and all the people will be completely at your command.”

29:17-19 David’s prayer
17 I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness…O Lord God …keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You. 19 And give my son Solomon a loyal heart to keep Your commandments and Your testimonies and Your statutes, to do all these things, and to build the temple[a] for which I have made provision.”

Acts 13:22 He (God) raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’

when the dead will hear

John 5:25Luke 6:9 New Living Translation (NLT)
9 Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”

John 5:25
25 “And I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will hear my voice—the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live.

Daily Word: Matthew 2017 the last and the first

Matthew 20:16Jesus told the parable to show how jealousy and greed cannot be concealed and can ruin a person. His adversaries are driven by greed and are insanely jealous of Him. They (the religious and political leaders) have been there a long time. They have institutionalized themselves as the only authoritative governing voice for the nation (social, cultural, education, economic, religious and political). Jesus is not one of them. So how dare He now take the lead in all fields of the nation, with countless more followers from the grassroots than them (over their whole lifetime) in a mere short three years?

While Jesus is following God’s will, doing all the good deeds feeding the poor, genuinely caring loving those upon whom the society looks down, healing the sick, setting the captives/oppressed free, his adversaries are plotting to kill him.

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1-corinthians-212 picture with Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 2:12

Today we read what happened to Jesus. Because Jesus said that the same will happen to His followers (disciples). Matthew recorded many teachings of Jesus which depicted everyday lives. They are timeless. Human heart and nature have not changed. Matthew 20:1-17 tells us the scene in the marketplace (employment agency) on one ordinary day. An employer (God) employs workers at different intervals and pays each one the same wage he has committed. But those who think that they deserve more just because they have been in employment longer become angry and indignant. They try to incite a revolt against the employer. But the employer tells them off. He is honoring his part of the employment agreement. But these protestors/revolters are not. They have forgotten or conveniently ignored the agreement. Why?

Jesus gave the reason why in His life.
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There will be a very great multitude of fish

Luke 5.6There are three scenes in the Bible that depict the catching of very great multitude of fish. All three scenes are in the presence of the Lord Himself, who is the way, the truth and the life. He gives life wherever He goes. He attracts the fishes. (John 6:2) Even the dead will live. The sea is the world and the fishes are men. Jesus expects His disciples to do the same as He did, be fishers of men.

There are three keys for the disciples to become a good fisher of men:
1. The waters of life flow to the sea. Jesus’ living water flow to where healing is needed.
2. The disciples must go where they can spread their nets and Jesus has promised and demonstrated that there will be exceedingly many to give life to.
3. The presence of Jesus must be acknowledged by the disciples.

Scene One: The prophet Ezekiel saw in a vision the healing waters flowing from under the threshold of the temple…
The Lord told him that When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. The fishermen will stand by the appointed places to spread their nets, and the fish there will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many.
(Ezekiel 47:1, 8-10)

Scene Two: Jesus told Simon Peter to launch out into the deep. Despite Peter’s anticipation and even proclamation of foreseeable failure based on physical experience, he obeyed. He caught a great number of fish and their net was breaking!
Peter’s famous statement of obedience: “nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
Jesus’ famous calling to His disciples: “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
The first group of disciples’ famous response to Jesus: “So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.” (Luke 5:4-11)

Scene Three: After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Simon Peter and others went back to their former profession as fishermen. History repeated as they again faced the defeat and futility any fishermen would encounter against nature.
“…and that night they caught nothing.”
But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore…He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
…Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.
Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish…This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. (John 21:1-14)

Where is the living water today? How to receive this living water? The Holy Spirit is the Living Water. We can receive by asking from God. We can find the answer below from what Jesus says.

John 6:63 (Jesus said to His disciples), “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her (a Samaritan woman), “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

John 7:37-39
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.