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    Names of Jesus Day 21: Stumbling Block

    So many good Scriptures for today’s thoughts! A lot of good re-learning for me too! 14 “And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” – Isaiah 8:14, ESV Why would Jesus be considered a Stumbling Block? This article reveals a little more context: “There were two significant truths of Jesus’ ministry that created the conflict: the lack of His militaristic triumph over the Roman Empire, and His pattern of spiritual conduct that contradicted their existing religious system. Both in the flesh and in the Spirit, Jesus did…

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    Names of Jesus Day 20: Lord of Lords

    I didn’t get to the post yesterday. It’s gonna bother me because I am one of those people that likes things organized. And Day 19 will be missing from the order. But I also understand that I can’t always do everything and yesterday was one of those days where I saw my plate filling up faster than I could control. I recognized that I wasn’t going to get everything done that I wanted to, so instead I took the evening off and rested. Thankfully, God is still God and provides another day for me to honor His name. “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords,…

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    Names of Jesus Day 18: Savior

    “Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word.42 They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.’” – John 4:39-42 This passage is the end of the story of the Woman at the Well. I would encourage you to go back and read the…

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    Names of Jesus Day 17: Deliverer/Redeemer

    I love how New Testament writers reference the prophecies of the Old Testament writers and prophets. “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion;     he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them     when I take away their sins.'” Romans 11:25 – 27 **************** “’The Redeemer will come to Zion,     to those in Jacob who repent of their…

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    Names of Jesus Day 16: Angel of God

    I learned much in my study of this name of Jesus. Angel of God has both a catholic and protestant perspective, for which I lean to the latter. Apparently, it’s a much discussed topic. 15 “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots…

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    Names of Jesus Day 15: Branch

    So much good, rich language in this Scripture passage, which foreshadows the promised messiah to come! The Branch From Jesse 11 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;     from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. In this passage, Jesus is described as a Branch. When you think about the imagery of a tree,  the branches extend from the stump/trunk. In this instance, Jesus human lineage is from the line of David, son of Jesse. “…from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” – verse 11b I again turn to the commentary, which provides additional background information, to enhance the context. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will…

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    Names of Jesus Day 14: Christ/Messiah

    These names of Jesus mean the same thing, but come from two different languages. A quick language lesson: Christ (Greek) /Messiah (Hebrew) – “the Anointed” “The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things’.” – John 4:25, ESV Gentiles Hear the Good News 34 “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he…

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    Names of Jesus Day 13: Prince of Peace

    I don’t like to share a verse out of context, so here is Isaiah 9:1-7, which highlights phrases that describe the promised Savior. Isaiah was a prophet in a difficult time for the people of God. There was disobedience and isolation and the people needed hope. You can read the commentary on the passage here. “But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked…

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    Names of Jesus Day 12: Servant

    I’ve had many conversations about what it means to be a servant, more specifically, Christ-like, over the last several months. It’s a pretty simple concept, but what makes it extraordinary is that we are talking about God. He comes to us in human form to live among us. He teaches and performs miracle because he is God. Yet, he humbles himself, as a man, and not only that, but as a servant. His end goal is to serve his fellow man through his earthly actions, most notably, dying on the cross. He is God, He is King, yet he portrays himself as humble servant to show us the power of…

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    Names of Jesus Day 11: Mighty

    Today’s post really needs no commentary: the Scripture says it all. “The Lord your God is in your midst,     a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness;     he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17, ESV     "Names of Jesus" Click on the link above to see this word cloud at WordItOut. You may also view it on this website if you enable JavaScript (see your web browser settings). Word cloud made with WordItOut