The following Scripture passages are offered to aid beginning fellowships. The readings and commentary are offered as openings into dialogue about the subject or concept. And the concept behind this Sabbath’s selection remains natural disasters.
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Possible songs include the following hymns:
Save Me, O God, By Thy Great Name
Fools Have Said That There Is No God
Oh That Men Would Praise Their God
Stand Up and Bless The Lord
In Him There Is No East Or West
The person conducting the Sabbath service should open services with two or three hymns, or psalms, followed by an opening prayer acknowledging that two or three (or more) are gathered together in Christ Jesus’ name, and inviting the Lord to be with them.
The person conducting the services should read or assign to be read Luke chapter 13, verses 1 through 5.
Commentary: As hurricane Rita
The reader should now read Luke chapter 12, verses 35 through 48.
Commentary: Disciples are still living—and have been living—through
one long spiritual night that began at
In the spiritual creation account foreshadowed by the physical creation that occurred in six days (Exod 31:17), humanity lives through the second day, not the sixth day as many have assumed. Of course, these days are not time-linked, so they are not necessarily of the same length in earth chronology. The Apostle Peter said that with the Lord, one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2 Pet 3:8), but Peter did not say that one day was a thousand years long. The point Peter made was that great lengths of time according to human reckoning were as days with the Lord, who now resides in the timeless heavenly realm. Human beings, with life spans shorter than trees, are anxious about when events, especially the return of Christ Jesus, will happen. God keeps His own schedule without humanity’s input. At best, disciples can do no more than the circumcised nation of Israel did when in Egyptian bondage: disciples can pray for liberation and deliverance from sin as they go about their daily business of making bricks for a spiritual Pharaoh, the king of Babylon (Isa 14:4-21).
presently being separated by who is born-from-above (or is of heaven) from who
is not. An expanse exists between the
waters above and the waters
below—and it is from the waters below
that the four beasts of Daniel chapter seven emerge (these same four together form the first beast of Revelation chapter 13). Thus, the
third day of the spiritual creation week has its night and day portion
occurring during the seven endtime years of tribulation, with the beginning of
the Tribulation concluding the second day. The
waters above will then be liberated from bondage to sin; the saints will be
empowered by the Holy Spirit that has hovered over the face of the earth, but
has not yet been poured out upon all flesh as the watery firmament above was in
the days of Noah. Jesus came to baptize the world with Spirit and with fire
(Matt ). The baptism with Spirit
(Joel ) occurs halfway through
the seven endtime years; the baptism by fire (Matt & Luke )
occurs after the great White Throne Judgment (Rev 21:1). Baptism by Spirit was
foreshadowed by what happened on the day of Pentecost following
fulfillment of baptism by Spirit will occur at or near the beginning of the
seven endtime years of tribulation. This baptism will be of the Church only—of
those spiritually circumcised Israelites who have been in bondage to the law of
sin and death (Rom ). The
entirety of spiritual
The reader should now read Exodus chapter 2, verse 23 through chapter 4, verse 23.
Commentary: Disciples today are the spiritually circumcised
firstborn son of the Lord as the physically circumcised nation of
The reader should now read Isaiah chapter 43, and Exodus chapter 12, verses 29 through 30.
Commentary: The Lord gave the lives of Egyptian firstborns, man and
beast, for the liberation of His natural firstborn son. The Lord will give the
The deliverance of the spiritual nation of
The reader should now read Numbers chapters 13 and 14.
Commentary: The physically circumcised nation was in the wilderness
of Paran, the home of Ishmael, when spies were sent
into the geographical representation of God’s rest (Ps 95:10-11). The nation
The natural firstborn son of God is directly
analogous to the natural firstborn son of the patriarch Abraham, Ishmael. Only
Abraham’s natural son had been born when the two men entered
The reader should now read Matthew chapter 23.
Commentary: Jesus tells both the crowd and his disciples that the scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat so both the crowds and his disciples are to practice and observe whatever they say, for the person who will not hear Moses will not hear Jesus (John 5:45-46 & Luke 16:31). The accuser of every disciple isn’t Christ Jesus, but the natural second covenant, inscribed in a book and that book placed beside the ark of the covenant (Deu 31:26) as a witness against the holy nation of God. Therefore, Christ Jesus need not accuse anyone. All have been accused by their lawlessness, and all stand convicted of transgressing the law. All need mercy (Rom ), and all will receive mercy when born of Spirit. Thus, disciples need not accuse the open sinner who participates in a festival of Southern Decadence of lawlessness. The defiled person already stands accused by Moses, as does the disciple who attempts to enter God’s rest on the following day in the tradition of his or her spiritual teachers—and as does every other disciple stand accused.
Disciples, as Abraham did and as Jesus did, need to pray for those peoples who are affected by wars and natural disasters. None of them are any worse sinners than the disciple was, and may still be if the disciple has no love for his or her neighbor.
The person conducting the Sabbath service should close services with two hymns, or psalms, followed by a prayer asking God’s dismissal.
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