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I Chronicles 11 (NKJV)
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And he said, “Far be it from me, O my God, that I should do this! Shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men.

NOTE: I am very impressed by David’s love for and loyalty to his men. May we, the Body of Christ, be known by this love and loyalty to one another. Regardless of particular Christian tradition (Baptist, Methodist, etc.)—we are one in Christ.

“They shall know you are My disciples because you love one another”, Jesus said in the Gospel of John.

Psalm 9 (NKJV)
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The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

The Lord Jesus Himself is our ultimate refuge.

Romans 6 (Complete Jewish Bible)

verse 3
Don't you know that those of us who have been immersed into the Messiah Yeshua have been immersed into his death?

We have been IMMERSED into the Messiah—into Christ Jesus Himself because of God’s amazing and marvelous GRACE! (I Corinthians 1:30)

Consider this excellent note on the word: baptize

BAPTIZE: Strong’s Concordance, # 907; baptizo {bap-tid'-zo}

1) to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk)

2) to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one's self, bathe

3) to overwhelm

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Not to be confused with 911, bapto.

The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making pickles and is helpful because it uses both words.

Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be 'dipped' (bapto) into boiling water and then 'baptised' (baptizo) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution. But the first is temporary.

The second, the act of baptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change.

When used in the New Testament, this word more often refers to our union and identification with Christ than to our water baptism. e.g. Mark 16:16. 'He that believes and is baptised shall be saved'.

Christ is saying that mere intellectual assent is not enough.

There must be a union with him, a real change, like the vegetable to the pickle!

FROM: Bible Study Magazine, James Montgomery Boice, May 1989.

WHEN WE MEDITATE ON WHO CHRIST IS IN US AND OUR UNION WITH HIM -- this allows us to KNOW THAT WE KNOW for sure... the reality of the Risen Christ IN and THROUGH us.

Then, His Love and Authority will flow through us to others, living water flowing from Christ within us out to others.

John 7 (NKJV)
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He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Vance

July 17th issue of TIME has two interesting articles on the meeting of science and religion...the interview with the Presiding Bishop-elect of the Episcopalian Church USA) and the feature article about the genome mapper who is an evangelical Christian. Although I read similar thoughts years ago on the meeting of science and religion, it is interesting to see learned men and women who are right in the midst of this reconciliation.

1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18


Three things in this passage caught my eye and imagination: 1) The fickleness and instability of the people David was called to lead; 2) David’s rash vow to give the generalship to the “first” person to kill a Jebusite (so that’s how his nephew Joab became leader of Israel’s army); and 3) when God is with you in whatever endeavor it is, your power increases despite what those around you may have said.

Israel knew even while Saul was king that David had been anointed king by Samuel, yet most of the people failed to support David while Saul was alive. Some even betrayed David’s position while Saul was making a mad dash to kill David. We, knowing the Word of God, do the same thing today by following after those with the most glitz and glamour hoping to possible get some crumbs from the table of the pretenders to the thrown. With Jesus, we don’t have to go after the crumbs. Jesus is the entire loaf—The Bread of Life. Whatever power any leader has anyway has been given to them by God. So, though people may think they are the boss and that they have “juice,” all they really are, are paper tigers.

Regarding Joab: If he originally received his commission for killing a man and not because of his valor, loyalty to God and His Word, or strength of character, I can fully see why Joab continued to kill all those he thought were a threat to become leader of David’s army.

When God is with us and we are walking in the will of God and not our own will, nothing can block our progress: neither kings, bosses, politicians---no-thing. Amen and amen.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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