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Just as God intervened previously to save the Israelites from militant enemies, the Lord Jesus Christ


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is ready to come to their side, provided they follow his voice and covenant with all their being, to be his treasured possession again.

Exodus 19:3-6 (ESV):

3 while  Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and  a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

Matthew 23:37 (ESV):

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!

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Bible Genesis Creation Account

Courtesy of CreationOpia, the Bible Genesis Creation Account has been studied for thousands of years, as mere mortals desire to understand further the mystery of how God Created Our Universe. Until Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools and technologies were available, our paradigm on how to understand the account recorded in Genesis 1 & 2 was limited. The Bible Genesis Creation Account presentation shown here steps through the Bible verse by verse, and challenges the reader to view Our Universe’s formation through a new lens. Thought provoking questions are asked along the way. The desire is that readers will find this new perspective refreshing and enlightening.

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Through intense trials Satan coordinated as permitted by God, Job clung to God’s ways, correctly perceiving by remaining faithful and virtuous he’d emerge victorious & valuable, reflecting good plans God has for all who follow him through life and its’ adversities.

Job 23:10

10 But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.

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A lifetime pursuit is to refine our speech. The pursuit is futile, even deceptive, and counter-productive if the inner soul remains a wasteland. So, working with God to repair our inner soul is critical. Even with good heart treasures, speech refinement is a lifelong pursuit for more reasons. Why? To add to speech more clarity, drama, and entertainment, and to customize messages for specific purposes and audiences. How can our speech lead more to know God, and know God more intimately, to gain eternal life through Jesus Christ?

Luke 6:45 (ESV):

45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

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Many common responses to sinful human failings keep people trapped. How so? Pride leads people to portray their sins as virtues, a major obstacle to identifying and pursuing a need to change. Worldly wisdom leads people to imagine these sinful human failings as in their best interest, which keeps them from searching and finding righteous ways that are really in their best interest. Blaiming others for short-comings interferes with taking the necessary responsibility to tackle personal short-comings directly. Comparisons to others likewise situated can lead to downplaying sin’s seriousness, as can comparisons to those worse, leading to ignoring comparisons to those better who showcase more productive ways to live and confront sins. Recognizing sin’s trap can lead to despair and hopelessness, which can interfere with the hope needed to find a way out. How to get out of these traps? God provides sound materials and often helpful people too, to help people see and confront sinful human failings. God seeks to help people do what is right when repentant and willing to change. God provides a way out of sin and the faith and hope and guides to pursue it, although the consequences often remain in effect, as a reminder to be more diligent next time to do the right thing.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV):

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous 2 will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

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To meet our responsibility to clean out the old leaven of malice and evil, God provides us Bible tools, Jesus Christ’s words & life, the Holy Spirit, and the community of believers, so we can speak and live in sincerity and truth.

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (ESV):

6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

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Bible with Cross Shadow

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Peace in our fast-paced complex interconnected world is welcome at an individual level. What is required for us to have this peace? God must be pleased with us. What is required for God to be pleased with us? With faith, seeking God, without turning back, it is possible to please God. What kind of nourishment is required to do that? The Spiritual nourishment Christ provides. Is partaking of that nourishment sufficient? Yes, sometimes.  When is it insufficient? When  partakers purposely pursue sin like idolatry, grumbling, desiring evil, sexual immorality, and testing God. When is it sufficient? When people remain in their faith, properly following Christ’s guidance as a new creation born again.

Luke 2:11-14 (ESV):

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is  Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14  “Glory to God  in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

1 Corinthians 1:21 (ESV):

21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

Hebrews 11:5-6 (ESV):

5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

1 Corinthians 10:1-5 (ESV):

1 For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same  spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (ESV):

12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

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Think of the world’s wisdom and God’s wisdom as two mountains. Even the world’s highest peak is like a tiny hill compared to God’s mountain. Be wise. Scale mountains. Know the limits of the heights of mountains you scale. The ultimate mountain to scale is God’s.

1 Corinthians 2:6-8 (ESV):

6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

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Even today when God permits evil to the righteous, many incorrectly attribute it as God’s punishment to its’ victims. God allows tragedy to befall all types of people, and is able to work with people in the midst of tragedy for their benefit, if they are willing. Our role is to bless the afflicted, even those who deserve their circumstances. When going through tough circumstances ourselves, our role is to draw closer to God, to benefit the most from life’s challenges. Those who deserve their situation, when they repent and come to Jesus, have found the divine source of encouragement. More importantly, knowing how temporary our life is, is to live the way Jesus showed us that leads to eternal life.

Job 11:4-6 (ESV):

4 For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure,
and I am clean in God’s eyes.’
5 But oh, that God would speak
and open his lips to you,
6 and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!
For he is manifold in understanding.
Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.

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Reapers Roadmap Focus on Repentance

Review and then Focus on the Repentance Raceway

The Reapers Roadmap materials previously presented summarized how The Bible’s Gospel of John 1:10-13 and the “Parable of the Sower” found in Matthew 13:1-9 shows the way redemption typically happens, or regretfully fails to happen. That is, it shows how people come to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, or choose another course both for their life on earth and more importantly for eternity.

John 1:9-13 (NIV): 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

God reveals his word and ways so people have the chance to learn more and get to know God better by applying their reason and strength. God presents his message both to Jews and Gentiles. Today, God through his word and the Holy Spirit calls to those who attend Christian Services and who hear God’s word elsewhere along life’s paths. In the “Parable of the Sower” this is like dropping seeds of God’s word along the path, as illustrated in the Bible in Matthew 13:1-9.

Parable of the Sower: Matthew 13: 1-9 (NIV): 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.  2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.

Focus on the Repentance Raceway

Adam & Eve

While repentance is central to coming to God, we people often exhibit a contrary tendency towards blame and self-righteousness rather than repentance. Consider how Adam and Eve responded after their first disobedient act of rebellion, where they violated God’s commands, his trust, and their relationship with him. When caught, Adam and Eve reacted by blaming rather than taking responsibility and repenting. Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. Today people blame society, parents, family, friends, enemies, and others for their behavior. Even when all these are contributors, ultimately we are responsible for ourselves, and must decide to repent and ask for God’s forgiveness and assistance to start making better decisions.

Genesis 3:8-13 (ESV): 8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid,because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Altar Sacrifices

One reason God instituted sacrifices is to remind people of how serious their sins are, so it makes sense that God still expects those who offer sacrifices to God to still listen and to obey God. While the blood of sacrifices was required for forgiveness of sins and to purify earthly symbols of heavenly objects, the higher purposes points to the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who was to be offered as the sacrifice for forgiveness of sins for all who believe and follow him.

1 Samuel 15:22 (ESV) 22 And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.”

Leviticus 17:11 (ESV): 11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.

Hebrews 9:21-23 (ESV): 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. 23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

Jonah and Nineveh

The Lord God forgave Nineveh’s people when they believed Jonah’s message from God and repented of their sins. Jonah was disappointed because what he prophesied at God’s direction did not come to pass. It’s also possible Jonah was disappointed because God spared his peoples’ enemies. God recognized Nineveh people’s repentant hearts and rewarded them with his mercy. This pattern of God rewarding belief and repentance with pardon and mercy is a pattern more fully revealed when Jesus’ comes and instructs his followers on righteousness.

Jonah 3:10 (ESV): 10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Jonah 4:1-4 (ESV): 1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4 And the LORD said, “Do you do well to be angry?”

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

Great King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that greatly troubled him. To ensure a proper dream revelation was provided, the King insisted the wise men reveal both the dream and it’s interpretation, and threatened to execute all the wise men if they were unable to do so. God revealed the dream and its’ interpretation to Daniel, who told the dream and shared its’ interpretation with King Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel 2:31-36 (ESV): 31 “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. 32 The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, andbroke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. 36 “This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation.

Daniel 2:37-45 (ESV): 37 You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, 38 and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold. 39 Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. 41 And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, 45 just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”

King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream prophesied about God’s Kingdom to come through the Son of God, Jesus Christ. God’s Kingdom is not an earthly Kingdom where people war and fight for it. It is a heavenly Kingdom, where entry is prefaced by seeking the Kingdom of God and God’s righteousness, which Jesus Christ reveals. To come to know Jesus is to imitate him and his true followers, knowing God’s Kingdom is often opposed by earthly powers. As King Nebuchadnezzars’ dream revealed, the certainty of God’s Kingdom eternal dominance is assured. Those who follow Jesus Christ, the Savior, the Messiah, the ultimate King of Kings and Lord of Lords are resting on a firm foundation. That firm foundation is the solid rock, the stone God the Father set in place, stands forever.

John the Baptist

As prophesied by Isaiah the Prophet, John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus Christ’s coming, by making a straight path of repentance for God’s people to follow.

Mark 1:1-5 (NIV): 1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 It is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— 3 “a voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ “

4 And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River

Many people hear the Word of God, recognize Jesus Christ for who he is, acknowledge their need to repent, and do so.  Sorry for sinful wrongs they’ve committed previously, they focus on learning more about God, doing right now and in the future, and even make amends for their past too in certain circumstances. This sincere response mirrors what John the Baptizer expected when he called people to repent.

Matthew 3:10-12 (NIV): 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

John the Baptist called several religious teachers to true repentance, since they appeared externally righteous, yet their internal hearts were far from God.  Repentance involves changes to heart, mind, and actions. Repentance requires changing our lifestyles, how we relate to others, and what we think. John the Baptist challenged religious leaders to evidence their repentance was true by their actions.

Matthew 3:7-9 (NIV): 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Parable of the Pharisee & Tax Collector

The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector instructs that a repentant heart is one God expects in prayer and when reaching out to him, while also informing that to be self-righteous, full of pride, and unrepentant, is sinful.

Luke 18:9-14 (NIV): 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10 Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

John’s letter likewise reinforces the importance to repent of our sins, and highlights the failure to do is evidence to convict us.

1 John 1:8-10 (ESV): 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

How do you know what to repent for? You learn more about God, and our need for repentance, by reading the Bible, focusing upon Jesus’ life, and joining a community of believers, if one is available to you. What is it like to follow Jesus with a willingness to repent for your wrong-doings? As Jesus’ follower, you continue to find more sins to eliminate from your life, knowing you’ve sinned, as you learn more about God’s righteous expectations.

When you follow Jesus, you’ll find several behaviors to eliminate. You’ll enjoy many successes doing that, despite setbacks causing you to reflect and redraw boundaries to appropriately address your own tendencies. Reflecting further upon God’s word, you’ll learn what you communicate verbally, non-verbally, and via writing is of key importance. Praying for help and focusing upon the Lord’s words, you’ll continue to enjoy many successes, as you implement and observe improvements in your own language use.

Delving deeper into God’s words, you’ll see self-control is expected too, whether its’ self-control in expressing your emotions, satiating your appetites, or other varieties. Whether it’s this challenge or another area to improve, several years will pass as you face these challenges. With God’s help, and the support network of many believers imitating Christ, you are able to conquer these challenge too. You’ll understand your thoughts and desires underlie sins which lead you astray at times. Observing your thoughts and watching your desires closely, you’ll come to know again how sinful you are, and how needful it is to repent.

You’ll find many things worldly people value, such as wealth and materialism, you also value too highly. You’ll ask God to help you direct your focus upon what is right and holy, leading to improvements in your thinking, reasoning, and priorities. You realize sin is more than just what we do that is wrong, but is also when you omitted doing the right you ought to do too, and so you’ll repent of that too.

You’ll realize God’s expects us to love and care for others, and  recognize you’ve missed many opportunities to do so, and now aim to be more proactive to find and follow-up on chances to show others love and kindness. The more you improve, the more you’ll learn there is to improve. As you repent, you’ll admit your ultimate responsibility for your sins. Your recognition of God’s holiness leads you to seek to soak up Jesus’ life and words to permeate your soul, so you’ll be prepared to succeed, and prepared to keep going despite temporary failures and setbacks.

You’ll search for ways to share what you’ve learned and how you’ve been successful in overcoming many of life’s challenges with the support of God’s words and his people so others receive help they need too, like you did. You’ll realize many others are also seeking to help those in need too, yet you were ignorant of what they’ve overcome. This realization leads you to pursue opportunities to be a match maker, between those with needs for help, and those who know how to address those needs, with help from God’s word and their own life’s experience.

You’ll discover being wise will help you be more effective when helping others, so you’ll advance your knowledge in many areas. You’ll be informed there is worldly wisdom and heavenly wisdom that is even higher, so you are careful to use any worldly wisdom as tools to teach the higher wisdom of God. You’ll align your assistance with those already forming collective groups to helps others more effectively. You’ll explore creative thinking to address needs previously looking insurmountable in your pursuit to bring hope and joy into people’s lives.

Perhaps you as a follower of Christ will like the rest of us only fulfill a portion of the repentance and redirection in our lives before we return to the dust of the earth from which we came. Perhaps you’ll live a full life, doing the above and much more, as you follow Jesus Christ. Perhaps you’ll tackle several challenges at simultaneously. The important part is turning your life over to Jesus Christ, so you begin and continue to walk the narrow path to life until God the Father determines it’s time to depart this world.

Jesus Christ the Lamb of God

Sacrifices of animals were a foreshadow and copy of the sacrifice Jesus Christ made as a perfect Lamb for the world’s sins when Jesus was crucified on the cross and died for our sins. Our part is to believe, be repentant, and decide to seek and follow God, whom Jesus Christ revealed.

John 3:16-17 (ESV): 16 “For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (ESV): 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Matthew 26:1-4 (ESV): 1 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, 2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.

Preach Repentance to All Nations

Repentance is foundational to Jesus’ ministry and to his disciples, who seek people who will acknowledge their sinful condition, confess their sins, and turn towards God in truth and action.

Luke 5:31-32 (NIV): 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Acts 20:21 (NIV): I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

Acts 26:20 (NIV): First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.

God is patient and suffers many evil doers who appear successful in what they do. God permits this, as part of his plan to bring as many people as possible to embrace repentance. Despite this, several people will choose the wide path of the unrepentant, to their own eternal punishment.

2 Peter 3:8-9 (NIV): 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance

Many people who do wrong insincerely claim they are sorry. Several are primarily only sorry they were caught and were not sorry for their actions. This is an ungodly sorrow. Godly sorrow fuels sincere repentance.

2 Corinthians 7:9-11 (NIV): 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter

Disciples in the faith are called to pursue God’s holy righteousness in their lives, avoiding unproductive arguments, and being kind to everyone.

2 Timothy 2:20-26 (NIV): 20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

Life’s choice is between repentance and stubbornness, between seeking God’s mercy versus rejecting God’s mercy in favor of God’s just wrath, whether received on Earth now, or later for eternity.

Romans 2:20-26 (NIV): 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will give to each person according to what he has done.” 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

As Jesus’ followers preach the Kingdom of God, the need to seek God’s righteousness, and the critical necessity of repentance to all nations, they can be confident in God’s eventual victory, thanks to the Prophesy of Daniel embedded in King Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream.

Daniel 2:37- (ESV): 44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, 45 just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”

Key Points: Repentance Raceway

  1. Adam and Eve illustrates people’s tendency to ________ another to avoid their responsibility, rather than ___________ when feeling ________ as a result of sinning, in a vain attempt to avoid deserved ___________.
  2. Altar sacrifices remind us that sins are ________ and foreshadow Jesus as the _______ being offered to God as payment for our sins.
  3. Just like God was _________ after Nineveh was _____________, God expects all people to be ___________ too.
  4. God revealed to Daniel King Nebuchadnezzar’s ___________ and its’ _____________, which prophesies Jesus’ Kingdom to fill the whole _________.
  5. John baptizes people with a baptism of ___________, expecting the ________ of repentance as proof of sincerity deep in the heart. Likewise Jesus’ disciples declared all must repent, turn to God, and ______ their repentance by their ________.
  6. The Parable of the Pharisee & Tax Collector shows God ___________ the sincerely repentant, yet withholds __________ from the self-righteous before God, who are full of pride, which is sinful.
  7. Godly _______ fuels sincere repentance.
  8. Followers of Jesus continue to find more _______ to eliminate from their life and more ________ to do in their life, as they continue to learn and apply more about God’s __________ expectations.
  9. Jesus Christ is known as the ______ of God because he offered himself on the cross as the _______ for the sins of true believers.
  10. The Great Commission involves Jesus Christ instructing followers to Preaching the Gospel of ____________ to make disciples of all nations, a mission whose success is ________, thanks to the interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream.

Discussion Questions: Repentance Raceway

(1) What did you learn from Adam & Eve’s example about our innate tendencies towards repentance?

(2) Considering times you and others have done wrong, why is God patient with evil doers?

(3) What does The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector teach us regarding the importance of repentance and the folly of self-deceptive self-righteousness, pomp, position, and appearances?

(4) What does the history of Jonah and Nineveh show us about God’s character, righteousness, and generosity?

(5) Why are there no altar sacrifices in Christianity? What does God value more than altar sacrifices? When was the ultimate altar sacrifice made for all who’d repent and believe?

(6) At a high-level, of what types of thoughts, actions, communications, and omissions do you need to repent?

(7) Why did John the Baptist focus upon preaching repentance? How central is repentance to God’s worldwide outreach?

(8) How do you know Jesus’ Gospel outreach will be successful in reaching people in all nations in this world despite opposition? How can you contribute to this mission over the course of your lifetime? What progress have you made?

(9) What advantage is gained from applying wisdom, learning from others, and collectively working together on God’s mission field?

Next Steps

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Key Points: Repentance Raceway: Answers

  1. Adam and Eve illustrates people’s tendency to    blame    another to avoid their responsibility, rather than    repent    when feeling    ashamed    as a result of sinning, in a vain attempt to avoid deserved    consequences / punishment.
  2. Altar sacrifices remind us that sins are    serious    and foreshadow Jesus as the    Lamb    being offered to God as payment for our sins.
  3. Just like God was    merciful    after Nineveh was    repentant   , God expects all people to be    repentant    too.
  4. God revealed to Daniel King Nebuchadnezzar’s    dream    and its’    interpretation   , which prophesies Jesus’ Kingdom to fill the whole   Earth / world   .
  5. John baptizes people with a baptism of    repentance   , expecting the    fruit    of repentance as proof of sincerity deep in the heart. Likewise Jesus’ disciples declared all must repent, turn to God, and    prove    their repentance by their    deeds / works   .
  6. The Parable of the Pharisee & Tax Collector shows God    forgives    the sincerely repentant, yet withholds    forgiveness    from the self-righteous before God, who are full of pride, which is sinful.
  7. Godly    sorrow    fuels sincere repentance.
  8. Followers of Jesus continue to find more    sins    to eliminate from their life and    good    to do in their life, as they continue to learn and apply more about God’s    righteous    expectations.
  9. Jesus Christ is known as the    Lamb    of God because he offered himself on the cross as the    payment / propitiation    for the sins of true believers.
  10. The Great Commission involves Jesus Christ instructing followers to Preaching the Gospel of    repentance    to make disciples of all nations, a mission whose success is    certain / sure / assured   , thanks to the interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

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What clues does God leave so we’ll do the works planned for us each day? How do we pick up on the clues? How do we prepare for better works?

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them

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What would you ask for when God inquires what to give to you?

1 Kings 3:5

5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”

1 Kings 3:9

9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

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In a land where we value life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, am thankful God instructs us on the path of life, his perfect law of liberty, and has joys and pleasures available to share with those who continually follow his Word, Character, and Son sincerely.

Psalm 16:11

11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

James 1:25

But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

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Life is a test and a soul’s training ground. God proctors and provides teachers. God allows Satan and people to insert questions at times. Pop quizzes are given. God keeps tests within each person’s ability. God cheers for us and would love all to pass. Jesus shows us how to be ready. Test yourself and reflect to be better prepared. Group bible studies are encouraged as sharing lessons learned benefits many.

Psalms 11:4

4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.

2 Corinthians 13:5

5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

Job 1:12

And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

Genesis 4:7

4 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

Hebrews 10:24-25

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

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While God still watches and intervenes, God hides at times so people will show their true character, whether people of faith, love, and hope, who help their neighbors out of concern, or those who oppress, disregarding God’s presence and commandments.

Psalms 10:1

10:1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

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God prepares generous followers to flourish further in helping people. Will you cheerfully pursue likewise?

2 Corinthians 9:10,11,12

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

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Pray that God will build you up, so you can likewise build up God’s people, the Church.

1 Corinthians 14:12

12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

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While God sees a person’s heart directly, we must use wisdom and observation to discern, a challenge exhibiting properties like Quantum Mechanics’ Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, where insights derived have accuracy limits.

1 Samuel 16:6-7

6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

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Do you want God to answer your prayers? Learn from those whom God answered.

1 Samuel 14:37-38

37 And Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into the hand of Israel?” But he did not answer him that day. 38 And Saul said, “Come here, all you leaders of the people, and know and see how this sin has arisen today.

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When our Creator tells us even a small faith is able to control nature, one wonders what God would have revealed to Adam and Eve, to humankind, had we be inclined to trust and obey God and his Word.

Luke 17:5-6

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

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When your own conduct needs improvement, work on the ‘window dressing’ personality and delve deeper into your inner character and heart, asking God’s help clean it up, so the Word guides your ways abundantly.

Luke 6:45

45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

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God retains rights to withhold blessing and healing from those rejecting him, yet he graciously allows many to receive them anyway.

Luke 4:25-27

25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”

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If your sin surprises even God, watch out!

Jeremiah 32:33-35

33 They have turned to me their back and not their face. And though I have taught them persistently, they have not listened to receive instruction. 34 They set up their abominations in the house that is called by my name, to defile it. 35 They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

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While God delivers justice when peoples continue to willfully pick evil ways, mercy may be offered when they repent sincerely and seek righteousness the rest of their days.

Jeremiah 26:3

3 It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds.

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God is generous, even setting aside rewards for those who provide a mere cup of water to his disciples because they belong to Jesus.

Mark 9:41

41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

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God bestows the gift of the Holy Spirit along with repentance leading to eternal life to those in all nations, peoples, and races who believe in Jesus Christ sincerely.

Acts 11:16-18

16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” 18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

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God is free to bless those who follow him, and punish those who do evil purposely, whenever they change their ways, so use the freedom of choice given by your Creator to pick properly.

Jeremiah 18:7-10

7 If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8 and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. 9 And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10 and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.

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Refusing to listen and obey God’s righteous instruction, despite God’s providing the will power to do so, and instead choosing to do evil, is reason to deserve divine judgement and justice for one’s iniquity.

Jeremiah 16:10-12

10 “And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’ 11 then you shall say to them: ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me, declares the Lord, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, 12 and because you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me.

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God will hold everyone accountable on judgement day for all deeds they were expected to do for those in need, but instead left undone.

Matthew 25:45-46

45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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Parents today have their pre-born imaged in the woman’s womb room, yet God has been observing pre-born’s since long ago.

Psalm 139:15-16

15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

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God’s fasting requirements are all about helping others to have the food, shelter, clothes, and support they need, rather than about depriving yourself.

Isaiah 58:6-7

6 “Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh

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Jesus told Satan to be gone after the third major temptation. When do we tell Satan to be gone?

Matthew 4:10-11

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”

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Allow life’s struggles to lead you close to God, who helps those trusting in him through tough times.

Psalm 107:28

28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.

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