The Kingdom of Jehovah

J E Bradburn

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/eternity.htm

 

Matthew 19:26 (KJV) “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible

 

Beginning then with Gods Plan of Salvation to rescue His sons, and those who love Him; we must first go to the New Testament to discover the TRUTH of what is called ETERNITY, and how Jehovah God planned the whole scenario from beginning to end, which I might add, was a master-stroke of genius on His part.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ saith the Lord, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.’”

 

‘The first book proposes, first in brief, the whole subject of Man’s disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise wherein he was placed: Then touches the prime cause of his Fall from Grace, the Serpent, or rather Satan in the serpent; who, rebelling from God, and drawing to his side many legions of Angels, was, by the command of God, driven out of heaven, with all his crew, into the great deep. Which action passed over, the Poem hastens into the midst of things, presenting Satan with his Angels now falling into Hell, described here, not in the centre (for Heaven and Earth may be supposed as yet not made, certainly not yet accursed), but in a place of utter darkness fittingly called Chaos: Here Satan with his angels lying on the burning lake thunderstruck and astonished, after a certain space of time recovers, as from confusion, calls up him who next in order and dignity lay by him; They confer of their miserable fall; Satan awakens all his legions, who lay until then in the same manner confounded. They rise; their numbers; array of battle; their chief leaders named, according to the idols known afterwards in Canaan and the countries adjoining. To these Satan directs his speech, comforts them with hope yet of regaining Heaven, but tells them lastly of a new world and new kind of creature to be created ,according to an ancient prophecy or report in Heaven; for, that Angels were long before this visible creation, was the opinion of very many Fathers. To find out the truth of this prophecy, and what to determine thereon, he refers to a full council. What his associates thence attempt. Pandemonium, the palace of Satan, rises, suddenly built out of the deep: The infernal peers there sit in council. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm

 

BOOK 2 THE ARGUMENT

 The Consultation begun, Satan debates whether another Battle to be hazarded for the recovery of Heaven: some of them advise it, others dissuade: A third proposal is preferred, mentioned before by Satan, to search the truth of that Prophecy or Tradition in Heaven concerning another world, and another kind of creature equal or not; much inferior to themselves, about this time to be created:

 

Genesis 2:7 (KJV) “And the Lord God [Hebrew Elohim] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul

 

They doubt who shall be sent on this difficult search: Satan their chief undertakes alone the voyage, is honoured and applauded. The Council thus ended, the rest betake them several ways and to several employments, as their inclinations lead them, to entertain the time till Satan returns. He passes on his journey to Hell Gates, finds them shut, and who sat there to guard them, by whom at length they are opened, and discover to him the great Gulf between Hell and Heaven; with what difficulty he passes through, directed by Chaos, the Power of that place, to the sight of this new World which he sought.

 

BOOK 3 THE ARGUMENT

God sitting on his Throne sees Satan flying towards this world, then newly created;

 

Genesis 1:3 (KJV)

1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth

2 “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters

3 “And God said, ‘Let there be light: and there was light.’”

 

shews him to the Son who sat at His right hand; foretells the success of Satan in perverting mankind; clears his own Justice and Wisdom from all imputation, having created Man free and able enough to have withstood his Tempter; yet declares his purpose of grace towards him, in regard he fell not of his own malice, as did Satan, but by him seduced. The Son of God renders praises to His Father for the manifestation of His gracious purpose towards Man; but God again declares, that Grace cannot be extended towards Man without the satisfaction of divine justice; Man hath offended the majesty of God by aspiring to God-head, and therefore with all his Progeny devoted to death must die, unless someone can be found sufficient to answer for his offence, and undergo his Punishment.

 

The Son of God freely offers himself a Ransom for Man: the Father accepts him, ordains his incarnation pronounces his exaltation above all Names in Heaven and Earth; commands all the Angels to adore him; they obey, and hymning to their Harps in full Quire, celebrate the Father and the Son. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thesufferingsandglory.htm

 

Meanwhile Satan alights upon the bare Convex of this Worlds outermost Orb; where wandering he first finds a place since called The Limbo of Vanity; what persons and things fly up thither; thence comes to the Gate of Heaven, described ascending by stairs, and the waters above the Firmament that flow about it: His passage thence to the Orb of the Sun; he finds there Uriel the Regent of that Orb, but first changes himself into the shape of a meaner Angel; and pretending a zealous desire to behold the new Creation and Man whom God had placed here, inquires of him the place of his habitation, and is directed; alights first on Mount Nephites.

 

BOOK 4 THE ARGUMENT

Satan now in prospect of Eden, and nigh the place where he must now attempt the bold enterprise which he undertook alone against God and Man, falls into many doubts with himself, and many passions, fear, envy, and despair; but at length confirms himself in evil, journeys on to Paradise, whose outward prospect and situation is described, overleaps the bounds, sits in the shape of a Cormorant on the Tree of life, as highest in the Garden to look about him. The Garden described; Satan’s first sight of Adam and Eve; his wonder at their excellent form and happy state, but with resolution to work their fall; overhears their discourse, thence gathers that the Tree of knowledge was forbidden them to eat of, under penalty of death; and thereon intends to found his Temptation, by seducing them to transgress: then leaves them a while, to know further of their state by some other means. Meanwhile Uriel descending on a Sun-beam warns Gabriel, who was charge the Gate of Paradise, that some evil spirit had escaped the Deep, and past at Noon by his Sphere in the shape of a good Angel down to Paradise, discovered after by his furious gestures in the Mount. Gabriel promises to find him here morning. Night coming on, Adam and Eve discourse of going to their rest: their Bower described; their Evening worship. Gabriel drawing forth his Bands of Night-watch to walk the round of Paradise, appoints two strong Angels to Adams Bower (a shady leafy shelter or recess in a garden or wood), least the evil spirit should be there doing some harm to Adam or Eve sleeping; there they find him at the ear of Eve, tempting her in a dream, and bring him, though unwilling, to Gabriel; by whom questioned, he scornfully answers, prepares resistance, but hindered by a Sign from Heaven, flies out of Paradise.

BOOK 5 THE ARGUMENT

Morning approached, Eve relates to Adam her troublesome dream; he likes it not, yet comforts her: They come forth to their day labours: Their Morning Hymn at the Door of their Bower (Dwelling). God to render Man inexcusable sends Raphael to admonish him of his obedience, of his free estate, of his enemy near at hand [Satan]; who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever else may avail Adam to know. Raphael comes down to Paradise, his appearance described, his coming discerned by Adam afar off sitting at the door of his Bower; he goes out to meet him, brings him to his lodge, entertains him with the choicest fruits of Paradise got together by Eve; their discourse at Table: Raphael performs his message, minds Adam of his state and of his enemy; relates at Adams request who that enemy is, and how he came to be so, beginning from his first revolt in Heaven, and the occasion thereof; how he drew his Legions after him to the parts of the North, and there incited them to rebel with him, persuading all but only Abdiel a Seraph, who in Argument dissuades and opposes him, then forsakes him.

 

BOOK OF ADAM AND EVE, Vita XVI: 3, 4 and XVII (p.137), and John 8:44.

 

XII

1) “And with a heavy sigh, the devil spake: ‘O Adam! All my hostility, envy, and sorrow is for thee, since it is for thee that I have been expelled from my glory”

2) “Which I possessed in the heavens in the midst of the angels and for thee I was cast out in the earth.’”

3) “Adam answered, ‘What dost thou tell me? What have I done to thee or what is my fault against thee? ‘”

4) “Seeing that thou hast received no harm or injury from us, why dost thou pursue us?”

 

XIII

1) “The devil replied, “Adam, what dost thou tell me? It is for thy sake that I have been hurled from that place

2) “When thou wast formed, I was hurled out of the presence of God and banished from the company of the angels

3) “When God blew into thee the breath of life and thy face and likeness was made in the image of God, “

4) “Michael also brought thee and made (us) worship thee in the sight of God; and God the Lord spake: ‘Here is Adam. I have made thee in our image and likeness.’”

 

XIV

1) “And Michael went out and called all the angels saying: ‘Worship the image of God as the Lord God hath commanded.’”

2) “And Michael himself worshipped first; then he called me and said: ‘Worship the image of God the Lord.’”

3) “And I answered, ‘I have no (need) to worship Adam.’ And since Michael kept urging me to worship, I said to him, ‘Why dost thou urge me?’”

4) “I will not worship an inferior and younger being (than I). I am his senior in the creation, before he was made was I already made. It is his duty to worship me

 

XV

1) “When the angels, who were under me, heard this, they refused to worship him

2) “And Michael saith, ‘Worship the image of God, but if thou wilt not worship him, the Lord God will be wrath with thee

3) “And I said, ‘If He be wrath with me, I will set my seat above the stars of heaven and will be like the Highest.’”

 

XVI

1) “And God the LORD was wrath with me and banished me and my angels from our glory; and on thy account were we expelled from our abodes into this world and hurled on the earth

2) “And straightaway we were overcome with grief, since we had been spoiled of so great glory

3) “And we were grieved when we saw thee in such joy and luxury

4) “And with guile (a cunning, deceitful, or treacherous quality) I cheated thy wife and caused thee to be expelled through her (doing) from thy joy and luxury, as I have been driven out of my glory

 

XVII

1) “When Adam heard the devil say this, he cried out and wept and spake

2) “O Lord my God, my life is in thy hands. Banish this Adversary far from me, who seeketh to destroy my soul, and give me his glory which he himself hath lost

3) “And at that moment, the devil vanished before him

4) “But Adam endured in his penance, standing for forty days (on end) in the water of Jordan.”

 

John 8:44 (KJV) “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of ithttp://www.godsplan.org.uk/markofcain.htm

 

BOOK 6 THE ARGUMENT

Raphael continues to relate how Michael and Gabriel were sent forth to battle against Satan and his Angels. The first Fight described: Satan and his Powers retire under Night: He calls a Council, invents devilish Engines, which in the second days Fight put Michael and his Angels to some disorder; But, they at length pulling up Mountains overwhelmed both the force and Machines of Satan: Yet the Tumult not so ending, God on the third day sends Messiah His Son, for whom He had reserved the glory of that Victory: He in the Power of His Father coming to the place, and causing all His Legions to stand still on either side, with His Chariot and Thunder driving into the midst of His Enemies, pursues them unable to resist towards the wall of Heaven; which opening, they leap down with horror and confusion into the place of punishment prepared for them in the Deep: Messiah returns  with triumph to His Father.

BOOK 7 THE ARGUMENT

Raphael at the request of Adam relates how and why this world was first created; that God, after the expelling of Satan and his Angels out of Heaven, declared His pleasure to create another World and other Creatures to dwell therein; sends His Son with Glory and attendance of Angels to perform the work of Creation in six days: the Angels celebrate with Hymns the performance thereof, and His re-ascension into Heaven.

 

BOOK 8 THE ARGUMENT

Adam enquires concerning celestial Motions, is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge: Adam assents, and still desirous to detain Raphael, relates to him what he remembered since his own Creation, his placing in Paradise, his talk with God concerning solitude and fit society, his first meeting and Nuptials with Eve, his discourse with the Angel thereupon; who after admonitions repeated departs.

 

 

BOOK 9 THE ARGUMENT

Satan having compassed the Earth, with meditated guile [cunning] returns as a mist by Night into Paradise, and enters into the sleeping Serpent. Adam and Eve in the Morning go forth to their labours, which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each labouring apart: Adam consents not, alleging the danger, lest that Enemy [Satan], of whom they were forewarned, should attempt her found alone: Eve loath to be thought not circumspect or firm enough, urges her going apart, rather desirous to make trial of her strength; Adam at last yields: The Serpent finds her alone; his subtle approach, first gazing, then speaking, with much flattery extolling Eve above all other Creatures. Eve wondered to hear the Serpent speak, then asks how he attained human speech, and such understanding not until now; the Serpent answers, that by tasting of a certain Tree in the Garden he attained both to Speech and Reason, Until then void of both: Eve requires him to bring her to that Tree, and finds it to be the Tree of Knowledge forbidden: The Serpent now grown bolder, with many wiles and arguments induces her at length to eat; she pleased with the taste deliberates a while whether to impart thereof to Adam or not, at last brings him of the Fruit, relates what persuaded her to eat thereof: Adam at first amazed, but perceiving her lost, resolves through vehemence [conviction] of love to perish with her; and extenuating the trespass, eats also of the Fruit: The Effects thereof in them both; they seek to cover their nakedness; than fall to variance and accusation of one another.

 

BOOK 10 THE ARGUMENT

Man’s transgression known, the Guardian Angels forsake Paradise, and return up to Heaven to approve their vigilance, and are approved, God declaring that “The entrance of Satan could not be by them preventedHe sends his Son to judge the Transgressors, who descends and gives Sentence accordingly; then in pity clothes them both, and re-ascends. Sin and Death sitting till then at the Gates of Hell, by wondrous sympathy feeling the success of Satan in this new World,  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/system.htm  and the sin by Man there committed, resolve to sit no longer confined in Hell, but to follow Satan their Sire up to the place of Man: To make the way easier from Hell to this World to and fro, they have a broad Highway or Bridge over Chaos, according to the Track that Satan first made; then preparing for Earth, they meet him proud of his success returning to Hell; their mutual congratulations. Satan arrives at Pandemonium, in full view of the assembly, relates with boasting his success against Man; instead of applause, is entertained with a general hiss by all his audience, transformed with himself also suddenly into Serpents, according to his doom given in Paradise; then deluded with a shew of the forbidden Tree springing up before them, they greedily reaching to take of the Fruit, chew dust and bitter ashes. The proceedings of Sin and Death; God foretells the final Victory of His Son over them, and the renewing of all things; but for the present commands His Angels to make several alterations in the Heavens and Elements. Adam more and more perceiving his fallen condition heavily bewails, rejects the consolation of Eve [comfort]; she persists and at length appeases him: then to evade the Curse likely to fall on their Offspring, proposes to Adam violent ways which he approves not, but conceiving better hope, puts her in mind of the late Promise made them, that her Seed should be revenged on the Serpent, and exhorts her with him to seek Peace of the offended Deity, by repentance and supplication.

 

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book12_files/image002.pngBOOK 11 THE ARGUMENT

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book11_files/image002.pngThe Son of God presents to His Father the Prayers of our first Parents now repenting, and intercedes for them: God accepts them, but declares that they must no longer abide in Paradise; sends Michael with a Band of Cherubim to dispossess them; but first to reveal to Adam future things: Michaels coming down. Adam shews to Eve certain ominous signs; he discerns Michaels approach, goes out to meet him: the Angel denounces their departure. Eve's Lamentation. Adam pleads, but submits: The Angel leads him up to a high Hill, sets before him in vision what shall happen until the Flood.

 

BOOK 12 THE ARGUMENT

The Angel Michael continues from the Flood to relate what shall succeed; then, in the mention of Abraham, comes by degrees to explain, who that Seed of the Woman shall be, which was promised Adam and Eve in the Fall; his Incarnation, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension; http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm  Plus Judah and Ben the state of the Church until His second Coming.  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm Adam greatly satisfied and re-comforted by these Relations and Promises descends the Hill with Michael; wakens Eve, who all this while had slept, but with gentle dreams composed to quietness of mind and submission. Michael in either hand leads them out of Paradise, the fiery Sword waving behind them, and the Cherubim taking their Stations to guard the Place. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/precessionoftheequinoxes.htm

 

 

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/witnessofthestars.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/witness2.htm  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/witness3.htm

 

http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm   

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/housesofisrael_files/image001.jpgThe apostle James in his epistle, which begins with these words, which gives a cryptic introduction:


James 1:1 (KJV)
"James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greetings."

 

WHO OR WHAT ARE THESE TWELVE TRIBES?

Adding to the mystery, we find that the Apostle Peter in the introduction to his own first epistle also used a similar expression:


1 Peter 1:1 (KJV) 
"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers (margin, 'sojourners of the dispersion') scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia..."

 

·             Thus, James and Peter address their epistles to these mysterious 'strangers' who were 'scattered abroad' from Palestine. Were these just a handful of Jewish traders who had settled along trade routesas some commentators suggest?

·             Why then would a few lone individuals be referred to as 'the twelve tribes'?

 

This is very intriguing, because a careful study of God’s Word, The Holy Scriptures, reveals fully; the truth that has been made available through the Holy GhostWe know Judah and Benjamin are still south of Israel today.

The twelve tribe’s occupied Israel which was given to them with the blessing of God, so what happened to them, and where are they now?

 

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm

 

EPHRAIM (UK) – JUDAH Southern Israel --MANASSEH (USA)

The response of Israel was one of rebellion and a desire for independence. Since the king had refused to look out for their interests, they would now look out for their own interests. Accordingly, they chose for themselves Jeroboam to be their king. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/israelcivilwar.htm Only the tribe of Judah and Benjamin would remain under the ruler ship of the house of David.

The (other 10 tribes) Israelites then went north of Judah to Samaria where they would visit Judah to celebrate the Holy Day statutes. http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm

Jeroboam was afraid of these visits lest his people failed to return from Judahand so Jeroboam ordered two calves of gold be made.

 

1 Kings 14:7--10 (KJV) [Here is why we had to leave Samaria in Israel, and there are only ten tribes].

 

07 “Go, tell Jeroboam, ‘Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, ‘Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over My people Israel,’”

08 “And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as My servant David, who kept My commandments, and who followed Me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in Mine eyes

09 “But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke Me to anger, and hast cast Me behind thy back

10 “Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone[Samaria]. https://www.biblestudy.org/apostlepaul/life-epistles-of-apostle-paul/dispersion-of-the-jews.html

 

Dispersion of the Jews

The dispersion of the Jews began early, although their attachment to Judea has always been the same. Like the Highlanders of Switzerland and Scotland, they seem to have combined a tendency to foreign settlements with the most passionate love of their native land. The first scattering of Israelites [Samaria] (the majority of which were not Jews) began with the Assyrian exile, when natives of Galilee and Samaria (the northern ten tribes of Israel) were carried away by the Eastern monarchs. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/samaria.htm The Kingdom of Judah's (Jews) captivity (tribes of Judah, Benjamin and the Levites) by the Babylonians was completed 137 years later.

That the above earliest dispersion was not without influential results may be inferred from these facts. About the time of the battles of Salamis and Marathon, a Jew was the minister, another of the Jews the cupbearer, and a Jewess the consort, of a Persian monarch. They enjoyed many privileges in this foreign country. In fact, since their condition was not always oppressive, when Cyrus gave them permission to return to their ancestral home the majority remained in Persia.

Thus that great colony of Jews began in Babylonia, the existence of which may be traced in Apostolic times (1Peter 5:13) and which retained its influence long after in the Talmudical schools.

 

These Hebrew settlements may be followed through various parts of the continental East to the borders of the Caspian and even to China. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/housesofisrael.htm

 

1 Peter 5:13 (KJV) “The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son

 

Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Christianity http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm

History of Samaria

Samaria in the Bible was plagued with racism

Fast Facts: Ancient Samaria

Location: Samaria in the Bible is the central highland region of ancient Israel located between Galilee to the north and Judea to the south. Samaria refers to both a city and a territory. Also Known As: Palestine.

Hebrew Name: Samaria in Hebrew is Shomron, meaning “watch-mountain,” or “watch-tower.”

Founding: The city of Samaria was founded by King Omri around 880 B.C. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omri#:~:text=Omri%20(Hebrew%3A%20%D7%A2%D6%B8%D7%9E%D6%B0%D7%A8%D6%B4%D7%99%E2%80%8E%2C,Ahaziah%2C%20Joram%2C%20and%20Athaliah.

 

Peoples: Samaritans.

Known For: Samaria was the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel; In the days of Christ, the relationship between the Jews and the Samaritans was strained because of deep-rooted prejudice.

Samaria means "watch mountain" and is the name of both a city and a territory. When the Israelites conquered the Promised Land, this region was allotted to the tribes of Manasseh [which is now U.S.A.] and Ephraim [which is now U.K.] http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Jesusmission.htm

 

Much later, the city of Samaria was built on a hill by King Omri and named after the former owner, Shemer. When the country split, Samaria became the capital of the northern portion, Israel, while Jerusalem became the capital of the southern part, Judah.

 

Causes of the Prejudice in Samaria

The Samaritans argued that they were descendants of Joseph, through his sons Manasseh and Ephraim. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage4.htm They also believed the centre of worship should remain at Shechem, on Mount Gerizim, where it had been in the time of Joshua. The Jews, however, built their first temple at Jerusalem. The Samaritans furthered the rift by producing their own version of the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses. But there was more. After the Assyrians conquered Samaria, they resettled that land with foreigners. Those people intermarried with the Israelites in the region. The foreigners also brought their pagan gods. The Jews accused the Samaritans of idolatry, straying away from Yahweh, and considered them a mongrel race.  The city of Samaria had a chequered history as well. King Ahab built a temple to the pagan god Baal there. Shalmaneser V, king of Assyria, sieged the city for three years but died in 721 BC during the siege. His successor, Sargon II, captured and destroyed the town, exiling the inhabitants to Assyria.

 

Herod the Great, the busiest builder in ancient Israel, rebuilt the city during his reign, renaming it Sebastes, to honour Roman emperor Caesar Augustus ("Sebastes" in Greek).

 

Good Crops in Samaria Brought Enemies

The hills of Samaria reach 2,000 feet above sea level in places but were intersected with mountain passes, making a lively trade with the coast possible in ancient times. Plentiful rainfall and fertile soil helped agriculture thrive in the region. Crops included grapes, olives, barley, and wheat. Unfortunately, this prosperity also brought enemy raiders who swept in at harvest time and stole the crops. The Samaritans cried out to God, who sent his angel to visit a man named Gideon. The angel found this future judge near the oak at Ophrah, threshing wheat in a winepress. Gideon was from the tribe of Manasseh. At Mount Gilboa in northern Samaria, God gave Gideon and his 300 men a stunning victory over the massive armies of the Midianite and Amalekite raiders. Many years later, another battle at Mount Gilboa claimed the lives of King Saul's two sons. Saul committed suicide there.

 

Jesus and Samaria

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Jesusmission_files/image004.pngMost Christians connect Samaria with Jesus Christ because of two episodes in His life. The hostility against Samaritans continued well into the first century, so much so that devout Jews would actually go many miles out of their way to avoid traveling through that hated land.

 

On his way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus deliberately cut through Samaria, where he had the now-famous encounter with the woman at the well. That a Jewish man would talk to a woman was amazing; that he would talk to a Samaritan woman was unheard of. Jesus even revealed to her that He was the Messiah.

 

John's Gospel tells us Jesus stayed two days more in that village and many Samaritans believed in Him when they heard Him preach. His reception was better there than in His own home of Nazareth.

 

The second episode was Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan. In this story, related in Jesus turned his listeners' thinking upside down when he made a despised Samaritan the hero of the tale. Further, he portrayed two pillars of Jewish society, a priest and a Levite, as the villains.

 

Luke 10:25-37 (KJV) 

25 “And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life

26 “He said unto him, ‘What is written in the law? How readest thou?’”

27 “And he answering said, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.’”

28 “And He said unto him, ‘Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.’”

29 “But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’”

30 “And Jesus answering said, ‘A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.’”

31 “And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side

32 “And likewise a Levite,’ when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.’”

33 “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him

34 “And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him

35 “And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, ‘Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.’”

36 “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves

37 “And he said, ‘He that shewed mercy on him.’ ‘Then said Jesus unto him,’ ‘Go, and do thou likewise.’”

 

This would have been shocking to his audience, but the message was clear. Even a Samaritan knew how to love his neighbour. Respected religious leaders, on the other hand, were sometimes hypocrites. Jesus had a heart for Samaria. In the moments just before He ascended into heaven, He told His disciples:

 

Acts 1:8 (KJV) “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gifts.htm

 

These words were never used by mortal man. They were heard only from the lips of Him Who spoke with Divine authority; and on earth only on seven distinct occasions, in order to emphasize and call attention to the utterance He had just made. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earstohear.htm http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm

 

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm

 

So this statement is clear, and every word that He utters out of His mouth is nothing but the truth; how do you want to interpret it?

 

 

Amen