Fifteen years ago I asked who recorded Jesus’s words in the garden of Gethsemane. I was not alone. I became a Biblical Scholar in order to save the world. I never asked for followers. I lost many liberal friends because they thought I got religion, and was a Christian, in need to look down on others. No one is going to take me seriously. Many will title me insane, including my family, who are sucking my dead sister – dry! I am just a candidate for the Messiah under the rules of Torah and the Jews.
Robert Jeffress stuck a fuse up Trump’s ass, and lit it. Blowing on it, will only enflame the President’s arrogance. Expert attorneys are concluding Trump will not be punished for trying to fire Mueller. He and Jeffress, will be stronger than ever. Rendering everyone powerless, is much better than making them FEEL powerless.
Have a nice Day!
Jon ‘The Seer’
Green: You said during a recent sermon that it’s important for Christians to be politically active. How is this related to that call to ethical righteousness—and to follow Jesus and the path to heaven?
Jeffress: There’s a dichotomy in Scripture that Jesus expressed in John 17. He said to his heavenly father, “They are not to be of the world … but I’m not asking you to take them out of the world.” We, as Christians, are really citizens of two worlds: Our ultimate citizenship is in heaven, but God has left us here on earth for a reason.
John 17:6-12New International Version (NIV)
6 “I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
There is a portion of Bible scripture in Matthew (26:36-56) that has always left me wondering. It’s where Jesus goes into the garden of Gethsemane to pray. The gospel writer goes into considerable detail about what happened …
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. 38 Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” 39 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” 40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? 41 Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”42 Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.” (From the New Revised Standard Edition)
Note that there are three instances in which Jesus retreats into the garden of Gethsemane to pray. Each time he requests the disciples to stay awake while he is gone … and each time he returns to find them sound asleep.
What I have never been able to figure out is how did the gospel writer know what Jesus prayed if the disciples were asleep the entire time?
Jesus descends from Boaz and Ruth who may be the two pillars that guard the temple, thus, Jesus is the Son of the Temple of God. He is the living Temple. When he came to Bethlehem and read from the Torah about the Jubilee, the people did not try to shove him over a cliff, but, proclaimed him their Kinsman Redeemer for in Bethlehem were many Moabite Jews who accepted the Word of God when Boaz showed Ruth mercy, and as her kinsman redeemer, married her so she would not go hungry in the world as a orphan.
Jews all over the world celebrate the Shavuot by staying up all night reading the “little scroll” of Ruth, and the five books of the Pentateuch. Jesus celebrated the Shavuot in Jerusalem where many proclaimed him the Messiah, thus it is a lie that the Jews did not recognize their Messiah. He then went to the summit of the Mount of Olives to read the Book of Ruth to the multitude. He then sent his favorite disciple, Judas, to give the priests in the temple 30 pieces of silver for the purchase of the temple ground that sit upon the ground Boaz gave to Ruth as a wedding present, so she and her people will forever be a member of the Congregation of God.
In John 17, Jesus speaks words that bring the Moabites back into the Covenant of God. Apparently he knows THE NAME OF GOD and gives that name to the Moabites. This is why the priests arrested Jesus and many of his followers.
I have long wondered how Jesus’ prayer to his disciple was recorded – if his disciples were asleep ast a distance! This is the work of Satan Paul who never went anywhere but in a room in Rome where he reworked the teaching of this Son of Ruth. Jews are bid to stay awake all night – this very day!
The mystery of the Small Scroll, is no mystery to me. The Book of Ruth is called the “little scroll” Ruth changed her name to Mara “bitter” the meaning of the name Mary. The angel who has one foot in the sea, and the other on the land, bids John to eat the little scroll that will sour in his stomach. When Jesus Judges the Sotah, he writes the name of God in the dust, puts THE NAME in a cup of water, and bids the woman accused of adultery to drink. If she is guilty, her stomach will turn sour, swell, and burst.
When I died I saw this angel sitting on a rock, with one foot in the sea, and the other on the sand. When he drank from the bitter sea water, he restored my life. When Jews living all over the world heard the Messiah had brought the foreign Moabites back into the covenant, they knew many foreigners were now welcome to become Jews. Surely they told the Gentiles. What need of Paul, then? Paul is the “dark prince”.
I believe these are the words of THE WAY:
But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you, to turn back from following you. For where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people are my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may God do to me, and so may He do more, if anything but death separates me from you. (Ruth 1:16-17)
Jon The Kinsman Redeemer
Jesus Prays for His Disciples to Carry on the Gospel
The Disciples were Appointed to Carry on the Gospel
There are three significant elements in the prayer that Jesus prayed for His disciples, as recorded in John 17:9-19. The first is the recognition that these men had been selected by God and they belonged to God. The second is the request for unity among these men, the same unity shared between the Father and the Son. The third is the petition of protection for the twelve disciples.
In the chapter preceding His prayer, Jesus gave His final instructions: the world was going to hate and reject them for keeping God’s word; their Helper, the Holy Spirit, was coming to guide them; they were going to experience trials in the world, yet they were to take heart in the truth that Jesus had overcome the world. All of these final instructions were then sealed by Jesus’ prayer, first for Himself, then for His disciples.
Each of the three major elements in Jesus’ prayer for His disciples was important to their future ministry. Without coming under the guardianship of God, without unity, and without protection from the enemy, the effectiveness of the message of the gospel would be dangerously compromised. It was for this reason that Jesus prayed for his twelve disciples.
In this part of the series on Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples, the focus will be on the guardianship of God over the twelve disciples. Out of these three things, first and foremost they needed to be certain to whom they belonged. In John 17:9-10 is recorded the first part of Jesus’ prayer: “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.”
In these few verses, Jesus reveals that a great part of His mission had been accomplished: the twelve disciples were now fully ready to fulfill their destiny. Certainly, Jesus came to offer His life as a sacrifice to take away the sins of the world, and to break the power of death and the grave through His resurrection. But the disciples were to play a key role in bringing this hope of salvation to the world. Without them, Jesus’ sacrifice would have availed nothing.
These few verses hold incredible truths to which even Christians today can cling. The first is that the disciples belonged to God. And God had given them to Jesus, entrusting their discipleship to Him. Out of obedience, Jesus spoke the words of the Father to the disciples, teaching them the ways of the kingdom of Heaven. During His entire ministry, Jesus displayed God’s character through His works and words. The disciples in turn accepted these words from God, believing that Jesus had been sent by God. And it was to the glorification of the Son that these men believed.