Tuesday November 19th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Here Comes the Just

    “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee: HE IS JUST, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass” (Zech. 9:9).

    When this writer was young, there was a trendy catch phrase among young people that some of you may still remember: Here comes the judge! Drawn from a skit on a popular television comedy show, this phrase could be found on many a poster hanging on many a teenager’s wall back in the day. Never having seen the show, we have no idea what it meant, but the phrase comes to mind every time we read the above text. A clear prediction of the Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew quoted these words the day He entered Jerusalem on a colt just days before His crucifixion:

    “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass” (Matt. 21:5).

    It is always interesting to see the way in which the Old Testament is quoted in the New Testament. When this writer taught hermeneutics (how to interpret the Bible) at Berean Bible Institute, an entire chapter of the textbook was dedicated to the subject of New Testament quotations of Old Testament texts. While many theologians find the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament to be problematic in many cases, we taught the students that there is often a doctrinal significance to the changes and omissions found in these quotations, and we believe that Matthew’s citation of Zechariah’s words here is no exception.

    Did you notice that in Matthew’s quotation, the words “He is just, and having salvation” are conspicuous by their absence? We feel this omission was purposeful on Matthew’s part, and instructive on our part. You see, at the time Zechariah made his prophecy, there was no doubt in his mind that when the day came for the Lord to fulfill this prophecy, He would be “just,” and yet “having salvation.” The prophet didn’t yet understand how a holy God could give salvation to sinful men and still be “just,” but his trust in God was implicit. He knew that God would never be so unjust as to sweep the sins of men under the rug, and sneak them in the back door of the kingdom of heaven when the devil wasn’t looking.

    The Apostle Peter spoke about this very thing in his first epistle. Speaking of the salvation of souls (I Pet. 1:9), Peter added,

    “Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently…” (v. 10).

    Peter then went on to make it clear that the prophets did not understand the glory that would follow the sufferings of Christ (v. 11), and that this glory would include the glorious way that God dealt with the sins of men by having His Son pay for their sins with His death on Calvary’s Cross. These were some of the things that, as Peter says here, “the angels desire to look into” (v. 12).

    Angels love to learn about the Almighty and all of His ways (Eph. 3:10), and we believe that in Old Testament times, they were as clueless as Zechariah and the rest of the prophets as to how the Lord could be “just, and having salvation.” We feel their angelic curiosity about this was symbolized by the cherubim that overlooked the ark of the covenant. As they looked down at the mercy seat below their outstretched wings, they no doubt wondered how the blood of the bulls and goats that was sprinkled there could justly take away the sins of men.

    On the day of our Lord’s “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem, it was clear to Matthew that Zechariah’s prophecy was being fulfilled. His Messiah was indeed meek and lowly enough to enter the city of the great king sitting astride a baby donkey. What was not yet clear to him, however, was how He could be “just, and having salvation.” We feel that this was the reason he purposely omitted that segment of the prophecy from his quotation.

    It was the Apostle Paul who broke the story of how God could be “just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). Speaking of Christ, Paul revealed:

    “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins…” (Rom. 3:24,25).

    Whenever we use our leafblower to sweep the front porch, we never have to lift the welcome mat. The tremendous blast of air from the leafblower is powerful enough to levitate the mat as it blows away all the dust and debris beneath and around it. This always makes us think of how, rather than sweeping our sins under the rug, the Lord Jesus
    Christ blew them away at the Cross on which He shed His blood!

    And so it is, if you keep Paul’s revelation in mind, you can just picture the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem on that fateful day, and say with Zechariah: “Here comes the Just!”

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/here-comes-the-just/

    Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

    Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

    1 Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
    10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
    11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
    12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

    Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

    Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
    25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
    26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

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    • TMonroe says:

      “On the day of our Lord’s “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem, it was clear to Matthew that Zechariah’s prophecy was being fulfilled. His Messiah was indeed meek and lowly enough to enter the city of the great king sitting astride a baby donkey. What was not yet clear to him, however, was how He could be “just, and having salvation.” We feel that this was the reason he purposely omitted that segment of the prophecy from his quotation.”

      Here’s a relevant question: when would the apostle Matthew been writing and/or dictating his Gospel account? It stands to reason that it was after post-ascension Pentecost.

      Also, note that the reference in John’s account to the prophecy from Zechariah 9:9 also does not contain every word from the Old Testament verse: “Now Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat upon it, as it is written: ‘Fear not, daughter of Zion. Behold, your King comes, sitting on a colt of a donkey.’ His disciples did not know these things from the first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and these things they had done to Him” (John 12:14-16).

      Further context about this remembrance came later in the account: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and will bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you” (John 14:26). The day that Matthew would’ve witnessed the triumphal entry was well before the day upon which he would have written his inspired, backward-looking account of the day with the reference to Zechariah 9:9. Plus, Scripture (cf. John 12:16, Luke 24:44-49) points to the apostles like Matthew having their eyes opened and things brought to mind in the days after Christ’s resurrection, and to having written their accounts after that point. All of this appears to draw into question the reason speculated for the omission.

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  2. BitterC says:

    Hot off the press. Govt response to Strzok’s lawsuit, Juicy new messages. Mrs Strzok did not like being cheated on 🙂

    She got a hold of his phone….His phone w classified info

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Linda Ronstadt turns in a great performance in “The Pirates Of Penzance” but the real star in this scene is the Admiral . . .

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  4. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      Bless this young man’s kind heart; and the police officer also. Thank you, Troublemaker10.

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    • NICCO says:

      This is what we have been called to do..The Almighty Gods anointing is on this young man mightily The officer knows what he has to deal with on a daily basis and knows that he needs all the prayers he can get.This is an example of what our nation really is and not what the judas media who have been bought and paid for.try to portray.Lord I thank you for young people like this all across our nation.That your Holy Spirit come upon this nation mightily and bring your cleansing fire..Lord I thank you for turning our nation back to you completely.I thank you that you arise and your enemies be scattered.We cover our nation with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.Lord I thank you for the great awakening that is coming across this nation and this earth. I thank you Lord that when we bring our petitions to you in the name above all names Jesus Christ that you answer us,Amen

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Good to see.

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  5. Troublemaker10 says:

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  6. Lucille says:

    ‘The Hill’ Will Now Be ‘Reviewing’ John Solomon’s Stories After Yovanovitch Complained
    Posted at 9:30 pm on November 18, 2019 by Nick Arama
    https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2019/11/18/the-hill-will-now-be-reviewing-john-solomons-stories-after-yovanovitch-complained/

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  7. Lucille says:

    Exquisite Places Around The World To See Brilliant Fall Colors

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  8. Dora says:

    Blooming Flowers in a Window, Winter – Otto Modersohn (1939)

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  9. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
    Psalms 84:10 (KJV)

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  10. Dora says:

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I am mortified. Why did they give in? This won’t end well. There will still be a push until they have transvestites dancing in the aisles.

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    • Dora says:

      Chick-Fil-A spokesman said they’d been “taking it on the chin” with the LGTxyzs’ – whatever that means.

      Second generation is in charge now, maybe they don’t have the same stamina and determination.

      Don’t be surprised if they start opening on Sundays in the near future.

      This is dad and disappointing.

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  12. just stevie says:

    WHEN HE IS COME

    “And when He is come, He will convict the world of sin…” John xvi. 8 R.V.

    Very few of us know anything about conviction of sin; we know the experience of being disturbed because of having done wrong things; but conviction of sin by the Holy Ghost blots out every relationship on earth and leaves one relationship only – “Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned!” When a man is convicted of sin in this way, he knows with every power of his conscience that God dare not forgive him; if God did forgive him, the man would have a stronger sense of justice than God. God does forgive, but it cost the rending of His heart in the Death of Christ to enable Him to do so. The great miracle of the grace of God is that He forgives sin, and it is the death of Jesus Christ alone that enables the Divine nature to forgive and to remain true to itself in doing so. It is shallow nonsense to say that God forgives us because He is love. When we have been convicted of sin we will never say this again. The love of God means Calvary, and nothing less; the love of God is spelt on the cross and nowhere else. The only ground on which God can forgive me is through the Cross of my Lord. There, His conscience is satisfied.

    Forgiveness means not merely that I am saved from hell and made right for heaven (no man would accept forgiveness on such a level); forgiveness means that I am forgiven into a recreated relationship, into identification with God in Christ. The miracle of Redemption is that God turns me, the unholy one, into the standard of Himself, the Holy One, by putting into me a new disposition, the disposition of Jesus Christ.

    Oswald Chambers
    November 19th Devotional

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  13. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  14. Pointman says:

    If you’re already partial to Fado, it’s a no damage post.

    If you already leant that way, you’re lost already.

    El Pointo.

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  15. Dora says:

    The twins are adorable!

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    Together again! Sarah Palin reunites with her estranged husband Todd amid ongoing divorce proceedings as they celebrate the birth of daughter Willow’s twin girls, Banks and Blaise

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7701739/Sarah-Todd-Palin-reunite-amid-divorce-daughter-Willow-gives-birth-twins.html

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  16. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  17. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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