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Whoever Saves a Life!

Louise and I want to wish you, our ITM family, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

“I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10 – 12).

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Our Great Debt!

Our Great Debt

The book of Acts is an inspirational book built around stories of faith, and the effect of their illuminating spiritual messages. Like the Gospels, there are a myriad of events not recorded in the text (John 21:25). But what is written was inspired by the Holy Spirit for our edification and spiritual growth. 

Get your bible and let’s look briefly at the beginning of this profound story:  

 Acts 1:4, 6 – 11

Behold, His Yeshua, Psalm 91, pt. 9

Behold, His Yeshua!

Psalm 91, part 9

“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.  With a long life, I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation” (vv.15, 16).

You Know My Name, Psalm 91, pt. 8

You Know My Name!

Psalm 91, part 8

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known my name” (v.14).

There is a tradeoff discussion within the initial part of the psalm between first and second persons (first person, “I/We;” second person, “You”).  The Targum, an Aramaic paraphrase and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible of the first century, suggests that the dialogue is between David and Solomon. Now in verses 14 – 16 God directly speaks.

Anxiety Fades, Satan Broken, Psalm 91, pt. 7

Anxiety Fades, Satan Broken

Psalm 91, part 7

“They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent you will trample down” (vv. 12,13).

Your foot against a stone: The context of the psalm emphasizes that angels carry us up in their hands and as a result we journey differently.  The usual human troubles that come in life are faded and we are spared. 

Face to Face with God, Angels, Psalm 91, pt. 6

Face to Face with God, Angels

Psalm 91, part 6

“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways” (v. 11).

Haven of Rest, Psalm 91, pt. 5

Haven of Rest

Psalm 91, part 5

“For you have made the LORD, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent” (VV. 9, 10).

Refuge is the Hebrew word “makseh” which means refuge, or shelter from the storm; from danger of falsehood.  

Come and See, Psalm 91, pt. 4

Come and See!

Psalm 91, part 4

“A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you.  You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked” (vv.7, 8).

At your side is referencing the left side, as compared to the right (hand) side.  It is a Hebraic poetic nuance. The right hand emphasizes strength.

It is referring to the “arrow” in verse 5, the pestilence, the envoys of evil and destruction.

Deadly Sandstorms: What Happens in the Darkness, Psalm 91, pt. 3

Deadly Sandstorms: What Happens in the Darkness?

Psalm 91 part 3

“You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon” (vv. 5, 6).

You are the Temple, Psalm 91, pt. 2

You are the Temple!

Psalm 91 part 2

“I will say to the LORD (Adonai), ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God (Elohi[m]), in whom I trust” (verse 2).

Refuge and Fortress are very strong expressions indicating that God is sovereign, the ruler of the universe.