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Wreath of Victory
Posted On 08/16/2017 23:57:33

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"And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor." -1 peter 5:4

I like this verse penned under inspiration by Simon Peter.  The "Great Shepherd" is Jesus, our God (EL).  The basic word for God in Hebrew is EL and is an Aleph and Lamda, an Ox head and a Staff, both pointing at strength and authority, which is what Christ Jesus has.  We receive a crown which is not a kingly crown but rather a crown (Stephanos) of victory, because we overcome this world and its woes.  In the Koine Greek is found the word "Amaranthinon" and is translated "unfading" or "never-ending" depending on the translation.  There is a beautiful flowering plant with a form of that name, and perhaps it was used for wreaths in ancient times. We can see that the "crown of never ending glory" is more of a garland wreath akin to the winner of a footrace, in this case the race of life.  We run the race with a focus on Christ Jesus.

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Crown Glory Christ Race Shepherd Peter Stephanos


Do not trust in men or flesh!
Posted On 08/08/2017 22:27:02

     

In Jeremiah 17:5 we read, "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD’”

There is a lesson here that we know is true. Purely human intelligence, wisdom and understanding are not enough to guide our true destiny. We will fail to reach complete fullfillment and our true destiny unless we look toward a great unseen power apart from ourselves. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by the truths that come from God (Matt. 4:4...Deut. 8:3)...

pastor Zomok

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Be gentle in presenting the Gospel
Posted On 08/02/2017 04:41:35

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I have noticed that many of my fellow believers are being brisk and even rude when going out and promoting the Gospel to others.  This is not needed and helps nobody.  It even turns people away.  When venturing forth we are to heed the words of Jesus as found in Matthew 10:16, "...be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves".  We all know that doves represent peace and gentleness.

Shalom

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Gentle Peace Doves Gospel Acts


The Human Plight: Fire and Rain
Posted On 08/01/2017 00:15:26

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The thoughtful God loving person will definitely suffer and have a multitude of enemies and issues because this is the human condition in a fallen selfish world.  The difference is that the true believer can call upon the true Lord instead of drugs and comfort food.  

I was reading Psalm 55 today and I noticed the plight of David and how it resembles my own in many repectsDavid felt very alone yet surrounded by cowardly and deceitful enemies. His friends often betrayed him!  He says that he wished to sprout wings like a dove and fly away.  I and many others have the same desire. There is no doubt that David experienced the full range of emotions. We also see that the human activity around him reminds us of our day.  In verses 9 to 12 he decribes a modern city and its problems!!!!

Finally in verse 22 David says that he must fall back on the Lord and cast his cares to God, words that echo Matthew 11:28 and Phillippians 4:3-13.

55 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
Attend to me, and hear me;
I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily,
Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the oppression of the wicked;
For they bring down trouble upon me,
And in wrath they hate me.

My heart is severely pained within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.
So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
Indeed, I would wander far off,
And remain in the wilderness. Selah
I would hasten my escape
From the windy storm and tempest.”

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues,
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go around it on its walls;
Iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it.
11 Destruction is in its midst;
Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets.

12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
Then I could bear it.
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me;
Then I could hide from him.
13 But it was you, a man my equal,
My companion and my acquaintance.
14 We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God in the throng.

15 Let death seize them;
Let them go down alive into hell,
For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.

16 As for me, I will call upon God,
And the Lord shall save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
For there were many against me.
19 God will hear, and afflict them,
Even He who abides from of old. Selah
Because they do not change,
Therefore they do not fear God.

20 He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him;
He has broken his covenant.
21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
But war was in his heart;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.

22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

23 But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;
But I will trust in You.

I've seen Fire, and I've seen Rain~~~

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Psalms Love Pain David Call Enemies


Mark of the Beast vs Mark of the Lamb
Posted On 07/26/2017 03:20:05

A short Bible Study..

If you put "Mark of the Beast" into the Google search engine it will bring up millions of pages.  Almost all of these pages are useless and only add to something already controversial.  In the midst of this swirling debate a few have kept level heads.  They reveal that several aspects of this issue have been overlooked.

The Mark of the Beast is talked about plenty of times but very little is said about the Mark of the Lamb!  This mark is placed on the 144,000 which follow Jesus.  What is this Mark? According to the symbolic book of Revelation, and Chapter 7, its the name or seal of the Lamb, and placed on the forehead. It simply represents the fact that these individuals belong to Jesus and believe in him.  It also reflects their behavior.  It is not an actual tattoo or brand.  Every Christian has this mark.  With this in mind what are we to think of the Mark of the Beast?  It is a parody of the Mark of the Lamb!  It is counterfeit.  The "forehead" represents the beliefs and thoughts, whereas the "Right Hand," represents actions.  It has nothing to do with computer chips or implants, although a reasonable person would also avoid such implants. 

As for the 144,000 (Revelation 7), they (in my opinion) represent a complete True Israel.  The number is symbolic and represents Wholeness or Completeness.  (Multiply the 12 Apostle times the 12 tribes, times 1000 and you have 144,000.)  In the scriptures numbers are sometimes used in this manner.  A good example of this is found in Psalm 50:10.  There we learn that God owns the "cattle on a thousand hills". Clearly God owns all the cattle on all hills! Needless to say, the followers of Jesus are True Israel.

I hope I have opened up a few eyes on this subject.  I also hope that many will not be overly enthralled with teachers that promote misleading ideas.  These individuals, I feel, are into sensationalism and money gathering.  I will not call them dishonest and I will not call them Heretics but I am suspicious.......

pastor Zomok

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Bless your fellows believers..
Posted On 07/13/2017 21:52:24

      

Genesis 12:3 tells us that God will bless those that bless Abraham and his people, and curse those that curse Abraham but generally when I hear this scripture recited it is on the radio and someone is applying it to some of of the poor Jews in modern Israel as if it is for them exclusively. They mean well in doing this but they may be looking at only a small portion of the picture.  What about the rest of Abraham's true descendants?

We have to keep in mind that Abraham lived approximately 4 thousand years ago in the levant so through some genealogical lines we are all descendants of him.  For example, I have found some of my own family lines which link to kings of ancient Israel as I have been into genealogy since the 1980s.  And even though my dna is largely Northwest Europe I have some small bits going into Western Asia so I can be counted as Abraham's seed too, HOWEVER, it is those of good faith that are counted as the TRUE people of Abraham.  Galatians 3:26 says, "Now if you belong to Christ, then indeed you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise." With this in mind you should be blessing and helping your fellow Christians.  Race, size, hair color, and form matter little, nor should we hold back blessing fellow believers because we do not agree on every issue.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.--Galatians 6:2

pastor Zomok


Tags: Bless Abraham Seed Heirs Promise


Art as Ministry
Posted On 07/07/2017 07:52:49

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Christians should support the Arts and Humanities.  I often try to work some scriptural truth into my own art.  It can help drive away depression too.  One can inspire, teach, and make others feel better about life. Just look at the Van Gogh painting below...

In this painting Van Gogh does an outtake of a much older painting by Rembrandt and changed a few things.  The first thing he does is add color, a hopeful yellow.  He takes the figure of Christ out but adds the sun.  I believe Van Gogh is pointing to a messianic prophesy found in Malachi 4:2, "But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall." It is a lovely eye catching work.  Some Hebrew scholars say the word translated "sun" in the text could be translated "servant".  And the "wings" refer to the tassels at the end of the robes that some wore....?   It is good to support such study.

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Art Humanities Ministry Hope Beauty Lazarus


Hidden Wisdon in the "Song of Songs".
Posted On 06/24/2017 13:39:10

osted by Zomok, steve on July 18, 2014 at 5:30am

               

The Song of Songs has often been looked upon as a strange little book and many over the centuries have wondered why it is even in the scriptures.  It was even disputed somewhat as late as 90 AD, at the Council of Jamnia.  As for the time of its composition dates range from about 980 BC all the way down to the late date of 220 BC.  It is also a book that seems to have many interpretations that differ so much that many just pass it over to avoid the problems and its flowery language.  It does seem to have about 4 main interpretations and these I will list below:

*It is an allegory where the groom/prince represents God and his love for his bride Israel.  Many educated Jews have held this position for generations and there is no doubt that Israel is often presented as a bride to God, wayward or loyal. (Jeremiah 3:20, Isaiah 54...) and some will give elaborate interpretations for each verse.

*Related to the above is the position that Songs is an allegory portraying the love of Yeshua Christ for his bride the church. (Revelations 21:2-11).  

*Some hold a position that it is portraying, in extended metaphor, the love of God/Christ for the human soul, of each individual.

*Some say that it is simply the poetic meetings between Solomon and a Shulamite maiden, put into flowery language, and nothing more..

These are some common views held and sometimes they are found mixed but what if the book is multi-dimensional, in the sense that God designed it through various writers to touch on many things or to point to many things.  I think Song of Songs teaches that love is higher than materialism. Note the the second verse...where "wine" represents (?) material things.  This possibly indicates a design like the Psalms, where the very first psalm illustrates the two paths: following God or you can follow Evil, thus setting the tempo for the rest of the Psalms? This is something to think about.

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Tags: Wisdom Poetry Song Beauty Truth Solomon


The Little Willow
Posted On 06/22/2017 23:55:23

While going on a hike along a low lake I seen some small Willow trees.  This one scene I decided to paint as I have been out of practice for several weeks.  Because of the way these trees will grow and sit hanging over water the term "Weeping Willow" has been applied.  In my region, in the lower coastal estuaries, can be found many swamp willows.  These do remind one sometimes of a person with head down and weeping.  Perhaps, they can remind one of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, and the Hebrew people weeping in their captivities, along Babylonian rivers. Interestingly, Psalm 137 mentions willows (some say no) and has been ascribed, by some rabbinical sources, as produced by Jeremiah. These are things to think on...

Some species of Willows are mentioned in the scriptures.  We see this inLeviticus 23:40, 

"On the first day you are to take the product of majestic trees--palm fronds, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook--and rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days." ..

Willows have often been used to symbolize both joy and sadness, as well as strength and health.  Occasionally I see some grave stones with etchings of Willow branches.

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Tree Willow Sadness Jeremiah




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