Come And Dine The Master Calleth Come And Dine
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Rev.3:20—Behold, I STAND at the DOOR and KNOCK. If anyone HEARS MY VOICE and OPENS the DOOR, I will COME in to HIM and DINE with HIM and HE WITH ME. (Ps.103:20—Bless the Lord, you HIS ANGELS, who EXCEL in STRENGTH, who DO HIS WORD, heeding the VOICE of HIS WORD. (Solomon 5:2—(The Shulamite) I sleep but my heart is awake; IT IS THE VOICE of my BELOVED! He KNOCKS, saying OPEN for me, my SISTER, my LOVE, my DOVE, my PERFECT one; for my head is covered with DEW, (Deut.32:2—Let my TEACHING drop as the RAIN, My speech distill as the DEW, as RAINDROPS on the tender herb, and as SHOWERS on the GRASS.) (Ps.72:6—He shall come down like RAIN upon the MOWN GRASS, like SHOWERS that WATER the EARTH. (7) In HIS DAYS the RIGHTEOUS shall FLOURISH, and abundance of PEACE, until the moon is no more. (8 He shall have DOMINION also from SEA to SEA, and from the River to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. (11) YES, all kings shall fall down before Him; ALL NATIONS shall SERVE HIM. (12) For He will DELIVER the NEEDY when he CRIES, the POOR also, and him who has NO HELPER. (13) He will SPARE the POOR and NEEDY. (14) He will REDEEM their LIFE from OPPRESSION and VIOLENCE; and precious shall be their blood in His sight. (15) And He SHALL LIVE; and the gold of Sheba will be given to Him; PRAYER ALSO WILL BE MADE FOR HIM CONTINUALLY, and DAILY HE SHALL BE PRAISED. (17) HIS NAME shall ENDURE FOREVER; His NAME shall CONTINUE as LONG as the SUN. And men shall be BLESSED in HIM; ALL NATIONS shall CALL HIM BLESSED. (18) Blessed be the Lord God, THE GOD of ISRAEL, who ONLY DOES WONDROUS THINGS! (19) And BLESSED be HIS GLORIOUS NAME FOREVER! And let THE WHOLE EARTH be FILLED with HIS GLORY.
(John 10:9—I AM the DOOR. If anyone enters by Me, he will be SAVED, and will go IN and OUT--(1 Kings 3:7—Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father DAVID, but I am a LITTLE CHILD; I DO NOT KNOW how to GO OUT or COME IN. (8) And Your servant is in the MIDST of YOUR PEOPLE whom You have CHOSEN, a great people, too numerous to be NUMBERED or COUNTED. Therefore give to your servant an UNDERSTANDING heart to JUDGE between YOUR PEOPLE, that I may DISCERN between GOOD and EVIL. For who is able to JUDGE this great PEOPLE of YOURS? (10) And the speech PLEASED the Lord, that SOLOMON had asked THIS thing. Deut.30:15—See, I have set before you TODAY LIFE and GOOD, DEATH and EVIL. (19) I call heaven and earth as witnesses today AGAINST you, that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSING and CURSING; therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that BOTH you and YOUR DESCENDANTS may LIVE. Ps. 37:22—For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF.
Returning to John 10:9—I am the DOOR. If anyone ENTERS by ME, he will be SAVED, and will go in and out and find PASTURE. Ps.100:1—Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! (2) Serve the Lord with gladness; come before HIS PRESENCE with SINGING. (3) KNOW that the LORD, HE IS GOD; it is HE who MADE US, and not we ourselves WE are HIS PEOPLE and the SHEEP of HIS PASTURE. (4) Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (5) For the Lord is GOOD; HIS MERCY is EVERLASTING, and HIS TRUTH ENDURES to ALL GENERATIONS. Eze.34:22—therefore I will SAVE MY FLOCK, and they shall no longer be a prey; and I will JUDGE between sheep and sheep. (23) I will establish one SHEPHERD over them, and he shall FEED them—My servant DAVID. He shall FEED them and be THEIR SHEPHERD. (Luke 1:31—And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. (32) HE will be GREAT, and will be called the SON of the HIGHEST; and the Lord God will GIVE Him the THRONE of His father DAVID. (33) And He will REIGN over the house of JACOB FOREVER, and of HIS KINGDOM there will be NO END.) Returning to Eze.34:24--And I, the Lord WILL BE THEIR GOD, and My servant DAVID a prince among them, I, the Lord have spoken. (25) I will make a covenant of PEACE with THEM, and cause the wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. (26) I will make them and the places all around MY HILL a BLESSING; (Ps.2:6-8—Yet I have set My king on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord has said you Me, YOU are MY SON today I have BEGOTTEN You. (8) ASK of ME and I will GIVE You the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS of THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.)
Returning to 34:26-- and I will cause SHOWERS to come down in their season; THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING. (29) I will raise up for them a GARDEN of RENOWN, and they shall NO LONGER be consumed with HUNGER in the land, nor bear the shame of the GENTILES anymore. (30) Thus they shall KNOW that I, the Lord their God, am WITH THEM, and that they the house of ISRAEL, are MY PEOPLE, says the Lord God. (Ps.24:6, JACOB is the generation of those who SEEK HIM, (Gen. 35:10, JACOB’S name is changed to ISRAEL.) Returning to Eze.34:31—YOU are MY FLOCK, the FLOCK of MY PASTURE; you are MEN, and I AM YOUR GOD, says the Lord God.
John 10:9—I am the DOOR if anyone ENTERS by ME he will be saved--
(Joel 2:9—They run to and fro in the city, they run on the wall; They climb into their houses, THEY ENTER AT THE WINDOWS LIKE A THIEF. (Rev.3:3—Remember therefore how you have RECEIVED and HEARD; hold FAST and REPENT. Therefore if you WILL NOT WATCH, I will COME upon YOU as a THIEF, and you WILL NOT KNOW what HOUR I will come upon YOU.) (Rev.16:15—“Behold I am coming as A THIEF. Blessed is he who WATCHES, and keeps his garments, lest he walk NAKED and they see his shame.” 1 Thess.5:1—But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. (2) For you yourselves KNOW perfectly THAT THE DAY OF THE LORD so comes AS A THIEF in the NIGHT. (4) But you brethren are NOT in DARKNESS, so that THIS DAY should overtake you as a THIEF. (5) You are ALL sons of LIGHT and sons of the DAY. We are NOT of the NIGHT nor of DARKNESS. (6) Therefore let us NOT SLEEP as others do. (Remember the parable of the ten virgins? Matt.5:5—But while the BRIDEGROOM was delayed they ALL SLUMBERED and SLEPT. (Pro, 19:15—SLOTHFULLNESS casts one into a DEEP SLEEP, and an IDLE person will SUFFER HUNGER. (Matt. 5:6—Blessed are those who HUNGER and THIRST after RIGHTEOUSNESS, for THEY shall be FILLED.) Returning to 1 Thess. 5:8—But let us who are of the DAY be SOBER, putting on the BREASTPLATE of FAITH and LOVE, and as a HELMET the HOPE of SALVATION.
2 Peter 3:8—But, beloved, do not FORGET this one thing, that with the Lord ONE DAY is as a THOUSAND YEARS, and a THOUSAND YEARS as ONE DAY. (9) The Lord is NOT SLACK concerning HIS PROMISE as SOME count SLACKNESS, but is LONGSUFFERING toward us, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH but THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE. 1 Tim.2:1—Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications and PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, and GIVING of THANKS be made for ALL MEN. (3) For this is GOOD and ACCEPTABLE in the sight of God our Savior, (4) who DESIRES ALL MEN TO BE SAVED and to COME to THE KNOWLEDGE of THE TRUTH. (5) For there is ONE GOD and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the MAN Christ Jesus, (6) who GAVE HIMSELF a RANSOM for ALL, to be TESTIFIED in DUE TIME.) Returning to 2 Peter 3:10--But THE DAY OF THE LORD will come as A THIEF IN THE NIGHT, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will MELT with FERVENT HEAT; both the earth and THE WORKS that are in it will be BURNED UP. (7) But the heavens and the earth which NOW exist are KEPT IN STORE by the SAME WORD RESERVED FOR FIRE UNTIL THE DAY OF JUDGMENT and perdition of ungodly men. (Ps.148:1—Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights! (20) Praise Him SUN and MOON; praise Him, all you STARS of LIGHT! (5) Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created. (5) HE HAS ALSO ESTABLISHED THEM FOREVER and EVER; HE HAS MADE A DECREE WHICH SHALL NOT PASS AWAY. (Ps.2:7—I will DECLARE THE DECREE: The Lord has said to Me, YOU are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I will GIVE You the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.
(Notice in verse 7 it says reserved for fire UNTILL the day of JUDGMENT and perdition of ungodly men. The word UNTILL means: Before: up to the time of NOT after; ) Returning to 2 Peter 3:15—and account that the LONGSUFFERING of our Lord is SALVATION—as also our beloved brother PAUL according to the WISDOM given to him, has written to you. Ps.9:7—But the Lord shall ENDURE FOREVER; He has prepared HIS THRONE for JUDGMENT. (8) He shall JUDGE the WORLD in RIGHTEOUSNESS, and He shall administer JUDGMENT for the peoples in UPRIGHTNESS. (Pro.2:21—For the UPRIGHT will DWELL in THE LAND, and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN IN IT; (22) But the wicked will be CUT OFF from the EARTH, and the UNFAITHFULL will be UPROOTED from IT.) (Ps.37:34—WAIT on the Lord, and KEEP HIS WAY, and HE SHALL EXALT YOU TO INHERIT the LAND; when the wicked are CUT OFF, you shall see it. (37) Mark the BLAMELESS man, and observe the UPRIGHT; for the FUTURE of that man is PEACE. (38) But the transgressors shall be DESTROYED together; the FUTURE of the WICKED shall be CUT OFF.
Ps.82:1—God stands in the congregation of the mighty; HE JUDGES among the gods. (2) How long will you JUDGE unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? (3) DEFEND the POOR and FATHERLESS; (James 1:27—PURE and UNDEFILED religion before God our Father is THIS: to visit ORPHANS and WIDOWS in their trouble, and to keep oneself UNSPOTTED from the WORLD.) (James 3:5—Even so the TONGUE is a LITTLE member and boasts GREAT THINGS. See how great a FOREST a LITTLE FIRE KINDLES! (Pro.18:21—DEATH and LIFE are in the POWER of the TONGUE, and those who love it will eat its FRUIT.) Returning to James 3:6—and the TONGUE is a FIRE, a WORLD of INIQUITY. The TONGUE is so SET among OUR MEMBERS that it DEFILES the WHOLE BODY, and SET ON FIRE the COURSE OF NATURE; and IT is set on FIRE by HELL. Ps.74:1—O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the SHEEP of YOUR PASTURE? (2) Remember YOUR CONGREGATION which You have purchased of old, THE TRIBE of YOUR INHERITANCE, which You have REDEEMED—This MOUNT ZION where You have DWELT. (3) Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations. THE ENEMY has DAMAGED everything in the SANCTUARY. (4) Your enemies roar in the midst of YOUR MEETING PLACE; (7) They have SET FIRE to YOUR SANCTUARY; they have DEFILED the DWELLING PLACE of YOUR NAME to the ground. (8) They have SAID in their HEARTS, let us DESTROY them ALTOGETHER. THEY HAVE BURNED UP ALL THE MEETING PLACES of GOD IN THE LAND.) (Titus 1:15—To the PURE all things are PURE, but to those who are DEFILED and unbelieving NOTHING is PURE, but even their MIND and CONSCIENCE are DEFILED. (16) The PROFESS to KNOW GOD, but in WORKS they DENY HIM, being abominable, DISOBEDIENT, and DISQUALIFIED for EVERY GOOD WORK.) (2 Tim.3:16—ALL SCRIPTURE is given by INSPIRATION of GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17) that THE MAN of GOD may be COMPLETE, thoroughly equipped for EVERY GOOD WORK.)
(Ps.24:3—Who may ascend into the HILL of the Lord? Or who may stand in His HOLY PLACE? (4) He who has CLEAN hands and a PURE HEART. (6) THIS is JACOB, the generation of those who SEEK HIM, who seek YOUR FACE.) (Ps.67:1—God be MERCIFUL to us and BLESS us, and cause HIS FACE to SHINE upon US. (2) That YOUR WAY may be KNOWN on EARTH, YOUR SALVATION among ALL NATIONS.) (Ps.25:4—Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; TEACH me YOUR PATHS. (5) LEAD me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH me; (12) WHO is the MAN that FEARS the LORD? Him shall HE TEACH in THE WAY HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.)
Heb.12:12—Therefore STRENGHTHEN the hands that HANG DOWN, and the FEEBLE KNEES, (13) and make STRAIGHT PATHS for your feet, so that what is LAME may not be DISLOCATED but rather HEALED. (14) PURSUE PEACE with ALL MEN, and HOLINESS with OUT which NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD. (15) Looking diligently lest anyone FALL SHORT OF THE GRACE OF GOD; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause TROUBLE, and by THIS many become DEFILED; (16) lest there be any fornicator or profane person like ESAU. Who for one morsel of food SOLD his BIRTHRIGHT. (Jere.49:10—But I have made ESAU bare; I have uncovered his secret places and he shall not be able to hide himself. His descendants are plundered, His brethren and his neighbors, and he is no more. (11) LEAVE YOUR FATHERLESS CHILDREN, I WILL PRESERVE THEM ALIVE; and let your WIDOWS TRUST in ME.) Returning to Heb.12:17—For you know that afterward, when he wanted to INHERIT THE BLESSING, he was REJECTED, for he found NO PLACE for REPENTANCE, though he sought it diligently with tears. (18) For you have NOT come to the mountain that may be TOUCHED and that BURNED with FIRE, and to blackness and DARKNESS and tempest. (22) But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to the CITY of the LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels. (23) to the general assembly and CHURCH of THE FIRSTBORN who are registered in heaven, to GOD THE JUDGE of ALL, to the spirits of just men made perfect, (24) to Jesus THE MEDIATOR of the NEW COVENANT, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of ABEL. (Abel sacrificed a lamb, Jesus was the Lamb.)
Returning to Ps. 82:3--do JUSTICE to the AFFLICTED and NEEDY. (4) DELIVER the POOR and NEEDY; FREE them from the hand of the wicked. (6) THEY DO NOT KNOW, nor DO THEY UNDERSTAND; they WALK about in DARKNESS; all the foundations of the earth are UNSTABLE. (6) I said, ‘You are gods, and ALL of you ARE CHILDREN of the MOST HIGH. (7) But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. (8) ARISE, O GOD, JUDGE THE EARTH, FOR YOU SHALL INHERIT ALL NATIONS.
Returning to Joel 2:11--The Lord gives voice before HIS ARMY for HIS CAMP is very GREAT; (Is.12—The LORD of hosts musters HIS ARMY for BATTLE, (5) they come from a far country, from the end of heaven, EVEN the LORD and HIS WEAPONS of INDIGNATION, to DESTROY THE WHOLE LAND.) Is.10:5—Woe to ASSYRIA, the ROD of MY ANGER and the STAFF in whose hand is my INDIGNATION. (7) Yet he does NOT MEAN SO NOR does his heart THINK SO; but it is in his heart to DESTROY, and CUT OFF NOT A FEW NATIONS.) Ezekiel 22:30—So I SOUGHT for a MAN among them who would make a WALL, and STAND in the GAP before Me, ON BEHALF OF THE LAND, that I should NOT DESTROY IT; but I found NO ONE.
Returning to Joel 2:11--for strong is the One who EXECUTES HIS WORD. For the DAY OF THE LORD is GREAT and very TERRIBLE; who can endure it? Amos 5:18—Woe to you who DESIRE the DAY OF THE LORD! For what good is the DAY OF THE LORD to YOU? It will be DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT. (20) Is NOT the DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT? IS IT NOT very DARK with NO brightness in it? (21) I hate, I despise your FEAST days, and I do NOT savor your SACRED ASSEMBLIES. (23) Take away from Me the noise of YOUR SONGS, for I will NOT HEAR the MELODY of your STRINGED INSTRUMENTS. (24) but let JUSTICE run down like WATER, and RIGHTEOUSNESS like a MIGHTY STREAM.
Mal.4:2—But to you who FEAR My name the Sun of RIGHTEOUSNESS shall ARISE with HEALING in HIS WINGS. (4) REMEMBER the Law of MOSES my servant, which I commanded him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with the STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold I will send you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE the coming of the GREAT and DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And He will TURN the hearts of the FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the hearts of the CHILDREN to their FATHERS, lest I come and strike the earth with a CURSE. (Ps.37:22—For those who are BLESSED by Him shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by Him shall be CUT OFF.)
Returning to John 10:10--The THIEF does NOT come EXCEPT to STEAL, and to KILL, and to DESTROY. (Is.3:12—As for MY PEOPLE, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O MY PEOPLE! Those who LEAD you cause you to ERR. And DESTROY THE WAY of YOUR PATHS.) (Is.9:16—For the LEADERS of this people cause them to ERR, and those who are LED by THEM are DESTROYED.) (Jere.12:10—Many RULERS have DESTROYED My VINEYARD, they have trodden MY PORTION underfoot.) (Is. 5:7—For the VINEYARD of the Lord of hosts is the house of ISRAEL, and the men of JUDAH are HIS PLEASANT PLANT.) Is.65:8—Thus says the Lord: as the NEW WINE is found in the CLUSTER, and one says “DO NOT DESTROY IT, for a BLESSING is in IT. So will I do for My servants sake, that I may NOT DESTROY THEM ALL. (9) I will bring forth DESCENDANTS from JACOB, and from JUDAH an HEIR of My mountains; My ELECT shall INHERIT IT.
Is.42:1—Behold, My Servant whom I UPHOLD, My ELECT One in whom My soul DELIGHTS! I have put MY SPIRIT UPON HIM: He will bring forth JUSTICE to the GENTILES. (4) He will NOT FAIL nor be DISCOURAGED, TILL HE HAS ESTABLISHED JUSTICE IN THE EARTH; and the coastlands shall wait for His law. (6) I, the Lord, have called You in RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will hold Your hand; I WILL KEEP YOU and GIVE YOU as a COVENANT to the people, as a LIGHT to the GENTILES. (7) To open BLIND eyes, to bring out prisoners from the PRISON HOUSE. (Is.49:8,b—I will PRESERVE YOU and GIVE YOU as a COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to CAUSE them to INHERIT the desolate heritages; (9) That You may say to the PRISONERS, ‘Go forth, to those who are in DARKNESS, ‘Show yourselves. (Looking back at verse 6,b—I will also give YOU as a LIGHT to the GENTILES, that YOU should be MY SALVATION to the ENDS OF THE EARTH. (Luke 9:56—For the Son of Man did not come to DESTROY men’s lives but to SAVE them.) (John 12:46—I have COME as a LIGHT into the WORLD, that whoever believes in ME should not abide in DARKNESS. (47) And if anyone HEARS MY WORDS and DOES NOT BELIEVE, I do NOT JUDGE HIM; for I did NOT come to JUDGE the WORLD but to SAVE THE WORLD.) (John 3:16—For GOD so LOVED the WORLD that HE GAVE His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever BELIEVES in HIM should NOT perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO the WORLD to CONDEMN the WORLD, but that the WORLD through HIM might be SAVED. (18) He who BELIEVES in HIM is NOT CONDEMNED; but he who DOES NOT BELIEVE is CONDEMNED ALREADY, because He has NOT BELIEVED in THE NAME of the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of GOD. (Ps.2:6-8)
(James 4:12—There is ONE Lawgiver, who is able to save and to DESTROY. Who are you to JUDGE another?) James 5:9—Do not GRUMBLE AGAINST ONE ANOTHER brethren, lest YOU be CONDEMNED, behold, THE JUDGE is STANDING AT THE DOOR.)
Returning to John 10:10--I have come that they may have LIFE, and that they may have it more ABUNDANTLY.) Returning to Joel 2:12—Now therefore, says the LORD, “TURN to ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART, with FASTING, with WEEPING, and with MOURNING. (13) So rend your HEART, and NOT your garments; RETURN to the LORD your GOD, for He is GRACIOUS and MERCIFUL, slow to ANGER, and of GREAT KINDNESS; and HE RELENTS FROM DOING HARM, (14) who knows if He will TURN and RELENT and leave a BLESSING behind HIM—(16) Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the CHILDREN and NURSING babes. LET the BRIDEGROOM go OUT of HIS CHAMBER, and the BRIDE from her DRESSING ROOM. (17) Let the priests, who MINISTER to the LORD, WEEP between the porch and the ALTAR, let them say, ‘SPARE YOUR PEOPLE, O LORD’, and do NOT give YOUR HERITAGE to REPROACH, that the NATIONS SHOULD RULE OVER THEM. (18) Then the LORD will be ZEALOUS for HIS LAND, and PITY HIS PEOPLE. (19) The LORD will ANSWER and say to HIS PEOPLE, behold, I will send you GRAIN and NEW WINE and OIL, and you shall be SATISFIED by THEM, I WILL NO LONGER make you a REPROACH AMONG THE NATIONS. (23) Be glad then, you children of ZION, and REJOICE in the LORD your God; for He has given you the FORMER RAIN faithfully, and HE will CAUSE THE RAIN TO COME DOWN FOR YOU—The FORMER RAIN and the LATTER RAIN in the first month,
(Pro.16:14—As messengers of DEATH is the King’s WRATH, (1 Thess.5:9—For God DID NOT APPOINT us to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our LORD Jesus Christ.) Returning to Pro.16:14--but A WISE MAN WILL APPEASE IT. (15) In the LIGHT of the King’s FACE is LIFE, and HIS FAVOR is like a CLOUD of the LATTER RAIN.) (Is.45:8—RAIN down, you HEAVENS from ABOVE, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS; let the earth open, LET THEM BRING FORTH SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together. I, the LORD have CREATED IT.) Heb.9:28,b—To those who EAGERLY WAIT for HIM He will appear A SECOND TIME APART from SIN for SALVATION.
Returning to Joel 3:24--The THRESHING FLOORS shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with NEW WINE and OIL. (25) So I WILL RESTORE TO YOU the YEARS that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust. MY GREAT ARMY WHICH I SENT AMONG YOU. You shall EAT in PLENTY and be SATISFIED. Jere.30:17—For I will RESTORE HEALTH to you and HEAL you of your WOUNDS, says the Lord, BECAUSE they called you an OUTCAST saying: THIS is ZION; NO ONE SEEKS HER. (16) Thus says the Lord: Behold, I WILL BRING BACK the CAPTIVITY of JACOB’S TENTS, (Ps.24:6—THIS is JACOB the generation of those who seek Him, who seek HIS FACE.)
(Luke 12:36—And you yourselves be like those who WAIT for their MASTER, when he RETURNS FROM THE WEDDING, that WHEN HE COMES and KNOCKS, they may OPEN to HIM IMMEDIATELY. (37) BLESSED are those servants when the MASTER COMES, will find WATCHING. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them set down to EAT, and will COME and SERVE THEM. Ps.22:28—The POOR shall EAT and be SATISFIED; Those who SEEK HIM will PRAISE the Lord. Let your heart LIVE forever! (27) ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN to THE LORD, and ALL the FAMILIES of THE NATIONS shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (28) For the KINGDOM is the LORD’S, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS. Ps.34:4—I SOUGHT the LORD, and He HEARD me, and DELIVERED me from ALL my FEARS. (5) They looked to HIM and were RADIENT, and their FACES were NOT ASHAMED. (6) This POOR man cried out, and the LORD HEARD him, and SAVED him out of ALL his TROUBLES. (7) The ANGEL of the LORD encamps ALL AROUND those who FEAR Him and DELIVERS THEM. (8) Oh, TASTE and SEE that the LORD is GOOD; blessed is the man who TRUSTS in HIM! (9) Oh, FEAR the LORD, you His saints! There is NO WANT to those who FEAR HIM.
Matt.24:43—But KNOW THIS, that if the MASTER of THE HOUSE had KNOWN what hour the THIEF would COME, he would have WATCHED and NOT ALLOWED HIS HOUSE TO BE BROKEN INTO. (44) Therefore you also be READY, for the SON of MAN is coming at an HOUR when we DO NOT EXPECT HIM. (45) Who then is a FAITHFUL and WISE SERVANT, whom his MASTER made RULER over his HOUSEHOLD, (Ps.36:8—They are abundantly satisfied with the FULLNESS of YOUR HOUSE, and you give them drink from the RIVER of YOUR PLEASURES. (9) For with You is the FOUNTAIN of LIFE in YOUR LIGHT we see LIGHT.) Ps.65:1—PRAISE is awaiting You, O God, in ZION; and to You the vow shall be performed. (2) O You who HEAR PRAYER, to You ALL FLESH WILL COME. (4) Blessed is the man whom YOU CHOOSE, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be SATISFIED with the GOODNESS of YOUR HOUSE of Your holy temple. (5) By AWESOME deeds in RIGHTEOUSNESS You will ANSWER us, O God of our salvation, YOU who are the CONFIDENCE of ALL THE ENDS of THE EARTH, and of the far off seas.)
Returning to Matt.24:45--to give them FOOD in DUE SEASON? (Ps.104:27—These all WAIT for YOU, that you may give THEM THEIR FOOD in DUE SEASON, (28) What You give them they gather in; You OPEN YOUR HAND, they are FILLED with GOOD. (29) YOU HIDE YOUR FACE, (Ps. 24:6) they are TROUBLED; You take away their breath, they DIE and return to DUST. (3) YOU SEND FORTH YOUR SPIRIT, they are CREATED; and YOU RENEW the FACE of the EARTH. (31) May the GLORY of the LORD ENDURE FOREVER.) (Ps.145:15—The eyes of ALL look EXPECTANTLY to YOU, and YOU give them their FOOD in DUE SEASON. (16) You OPEN YOUR HAND, and SATISFY the DESIRE OF EVERY LIVING THING.) (Ps.136:1—Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for HE IS GOOD! For HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER. (25) Who GIVES FOOD to ALL FLESH, for HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER. (Ps.146:5—HAPPY is he who has the God of JACOB for HIS HELP, whose HOPE is in the LORD his GOD. (6) who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps TRUTH FOREVER, (7) Who executes JUSTICE for the OPPRESSED, who gives FOOD to the HUNGRY. The Lord gives FREEDOM to the PRISONERS. (8) The Lord opens the EYES of the BLIND; The Lord RAISES those who are BOWED DOWN; the Lord LOVES the RIGHTEOUS. (9) The Lord WATCHES over the STRANGERS; He RELIEVES the FATHERLESS and WIDOW; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.. (10) THE LORD SHALL REIGN FOREVER—YOUR GOD, O ZION TO ALL GENERATIONS.
Pr. 30:8—Remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches—FEED ME WITH THE FOOD YOU PRESCRIBE FOR ME. (9) Lest I be full and deny You, and say, “who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God. Acts 14:16—who in bygone generations allowed ALL NATIONS to walk in THEIR OWN WAYS. (17) Nevertheless He did not leave Himself with out witness, that He did GOOD, GAVE US RAIN FROM HEAVEN and FRUITFUL SEASONS, filling our hearts with FOOD and GLADNESS. 2 Corin. 9:10—Now may He who SUPPLIES SEED to the SOWER, and BREAD for FOOD, supply and multiply the SEED you have SOWN, and increase the FRUITS of your RIGHTEOUSNESS. (John 6:32,b—But My Father give you the TRUE BREAD from heaven. (33) For the BREAD of GOD is He who comes down and gives LIFE to THE WORLD.(51) I am the LIVING BREAD which came down from heaven. If anyone EATS of this BREAD, he will LIVE FOREVER; and the BREAD that I shall give is MY FLESH, which I SHALL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD.) (Hosea 10:12—SOW for yourselves RIGHTEOUSNESS; reap in MERCY; Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to SEEK THE LORD TILL HE COMES and RAINS RIGHOUSNESS ON YOU.
Returning to Matt. 24:45—WHO then is a FAITHFUL and WISE servant, whom his MASTER made RULER over HIS HOUSEHOLD to give them FOOD in DUE SEASON. (46) Blessed is that servant whom his master, WHEN HE COMES, will find SO DOING. (47) Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him RULER OVER ALL HIS GOODS. (Is.55:1—Ho! Everyone who THIRSTS, come to THE WATERS; and you who have NO MONEY, come, BUY and EAT. Yes, come, buy WINE and MILK, WITHOUT MONEY and WITHOUT PRICE. (2) Why do you spend money for what is NOT BREAD, and YOUR WAGES for what does NOT satisfy? LISTEN DILIGENTLY TO ME, and EAT what is GOOD, and let your soul delight in abundance. (3) INCLINE YOUR EAR, and COME TO ME, HEAR, and YOUR SOUL SHALL LIVE. And I will make AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH YOU—THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID. Jere.32:39—then I will give them ONE HEART and ONE WAY, that they may learn to FEAR Me FOREVER, for the GOOD of THEM and THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM. (46) And I WILL MAKE an EVERLASTING COVENANT with THEM, that I will NOT turn away from DOING them GOOD; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they WILL NOT DEPART FROM ME. (41) YES, I will rejoice over them to do them GOOD, and I will ASSUREDLY PLANT THEM IN THIS LAND, (Promise land?) with ALL MY HEART and with ALL MY SOUL. Returning to Is.55:4--Indeed I have given him as A WITNESS to the people a LEADER and COMMANDER for the people. Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and NATIONS WHO DO NOT KNOW YOU SHALL RUN TO YOU. BECAUSE of the Lord your God, and the HOLY ONE of ISRAEL; for He has GLORIFIED YOU.
Ps.78:68—But chose the tribe of Judah, MOUNT ZION which HE LOVED. (69) And He built HIS SANCTUARY like the HEIGHTS, like the EARTH which HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER. (7) He also chose DAVID His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: (We are the sheep of His Pasture.) (71) To SHEPHERD JACOB HIS PEOPLE, and ISRAEL HIS INHERITANCE.) (Acts 13:32—And we declare to you GLAD TIDINGS—that PROMISE which was made to the FATHERS. (Rom 4:13—For the PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR of the WORLD was NOT to ABRAHAM or to his SEED through the law but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH.) (Gal. 4:29—And if you are Christ’s THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to the PROMISE.) Returning to Acts 13:33—GOD has FULFILLED THIS for US their CHILDREN, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is also written in the second Psalm: YOU are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (The second Ps. goes on to read, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me and I will GIVE You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession. (34) And that HE RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: I WILL GIVE YOU THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID. (2 Sam.7:8—Now therefore, thus shall you say to my servant DAVID, Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I TOOK you from the SHEEPFOLD, from following the sheep, to be RULER over MY PEOPLE, over ISRAEL. (9) And I have been WITH YOU wherever you have gone, and have CUT OFF all your enemies from before you, and have made you a GREAT NAME, LIKE the NAME of THE GREAT MEN WHO ARE ON THE EARTH. (10) Moreover I will APPOINT A PLACE for MY PEOPLE ISRAEL, and will PLANT THEM, that they may dwell in a PLACE OF THEIR OWN and MOVE NO MORE; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously.
2 Sam.7:24--For You have made YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL YOUR VERY OWN PEOPLE FOREVER, and YOU LORD have become THEIR GOD. (25) And now, O Lord God, THE WORD which you have spoken concerning Your servant, and concerning HIS HOUSE, ESTABLISH IT FOREVER and DO as YOU HAVE SAID. Ps.89:1—I will sing of the MERCIES of the Lord FOREVER; with my mouth will I make KNOWN Your FAITFULNESS to ALL GENERATION. (2) For I have said MERCY SHALL BE BUILT UP FOREVER; YOUR FAITHFULNESS You shall ESTABLISH in the very HEAVENS. (3) I have made a COVENANT with MY CHOSEN, I have SWORN to My servant DAVID: (4) YOUR SEED I will ESTABLISH FOREVER, and BUILD UP your THRONE to ALL GENERATIONS. (Ps. 89:20—I have found My servant DAVID; with My holy oil I have ANOINTED him, (21) with whom MY HAND SHALL BE ESTABLISHED also my arm shall STRENGTHEN him. (22) The ENEMY shall NOT outwit him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him. (25) Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers. (26) He shall cry to ME, “YOU ARE MY FATHER, MY GOD, and the ROCK of my SALVATION. (27) Also I will make him My FIRSTBORN, the HIGHEST OF THE KINGS OF THE EARTH. (28) MY MERCY I WILL KEEP FOR HIM FOREVER, and MY COVENANT shall stand FIRM with HIML (29) HIS SEED ALSO I WILL MAKE TO ENDURE FOREVER, and HIS THRONE AS THE DAYS OF HEAVEN.
2 Sam.5:7—Nevertheless DAVID took the STRONGHOLD of ZION (9) So DAVID dwelt in the STRONGHOLD, and called it THE CITY of DAVID. (10) So DAVID went on and became GREAT, and the LORD GOD of HOSTS was WITH HIM. (Jere.30:10,b—But they shall serve the Lord their God, and DAVID their KING, whom I WILL RAISE UP for THEM. (10) Therefore do NOT FEAR, O My servant JACOB, says the Lord, nor be DISMAYED, O ISRAEL; for behold, I will SAVE you from AFAR, and your seed from the LAND of their CAPTIVITY. JACOB shall RETURN, have REST and be QUIET, and NO ONE shall make him AFRAID. (11) For I AM WITH YOU, says the Lord. to SAVE you.
Acts 4:24,b—Lord, YOU ARE GOD, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, (25) who by the MOUTH of Your servant DAVID have said: why did the NATIONS RAGE, and the people PLOT VAIN THINGS? (26) The kings of the earth took their stand, and the RULERS were gathered together AGAINST the LORD and AGAINST His CHRIST. (27) For truly AGAINST Your holy Servant, JESUS, whom YOU ANOINTED both HEROD and Pontius Pilate, WITH THE GENTILES and the PEOPLE of ISRAEL, were gathered together (28) to DO whatever YOUR HAND and YOUR PURPOSE determined before TO BE DONE. (29) Now, Lord, look upon their threats, and GRANT to Your servants that with ALL BOLDNESS they may SPEAK YOUR WORD, (30) by stretching out YOUR HAND to HEAL, and that SIGNS and WONDERS may be DONE through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus. (31) And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was SHAKEN; and the were ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, and the SPOKE the WORD of GOD with BOLDNESS.
Ps.2:1—Why do the NATIONS RAGE, and the people plot A VAIN THING? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves and the RULERS take counsel together, AGAINST the LORD and AGAINST HIS ANOINTED, saying (3) Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us. (4) He who sits in the heavens shall LAUGH; the Lord shall hold them in DERISION. (6) Yet, I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare THE DECREE: the Lord has said to Me, YOU are MY SON, TODAY I have BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I will GIVE You the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.
(Returning to 2 Sam.7:28--So let YOUR NAME be MAGNIFIED FOREVER, saying, “The Lord of hosts is THE GOD over ISRAEL,” ‘And let THE HOUSE of Your servant DAVID be ESTABLISHED BEFORE YOU. (27) For You, O Lord of hosts, God of ISRAEL, have REVEALED this to Your servant, saying, I WILL BUILD YOU A HOUSE. Therefore your servant found it in his heart to pray THIS prayer to you. (28) NOW therefore, let it PLEASE You to BLESS the house of Your servant, that it may CONTINUE FOREVER BEFORE YOU; for You O Lord God HAVE SPOKEN it and with YOUR BLESSING let the HOUSE OF YOUR SERVANT be BLESSED FOREVER.
Hosea 3:4—Afterward the children of ISRAEL shall RETURN, SEEK the LORD their GOD, and DAVID their KING, and fear the Lord and HIS GOODNESS in the LATTER DAYS.
2 Sam.22:44—You have DELIVERED me from the STRIVINGS of my people; YOU have KEPT ME AS THE HEAD OF THE NATIONS. A people whom I have NOT KNOWN shall SERVE me. (45) The foreigners submit to me; as soon as they HEAR they OBEY me. (47) THE LORD LIVES! Blessed by MY ROCK! Let GOD be EXALTED, the ROCK of MY SALVTION! (48) It is God who AVENGES me, who SUBDUES the people UNDER ME, (49) Who DELIVERS me from my ENEMIES. You also lift me up above those who rise AGAINST me. You have DELIVERED me from the VIOLENT man. (50) Therefore I will GIVE THANKS to YOU Lord, among the GENTILES, and sing PRAISES to YOUR NAME. (51) HE is the TOWER of SALVATION to HIS KING, and shows MERCY to HIS ANOINTED, to DAVID and his DESCENDANTS FOREVERMORE.
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Dearest Sharon, Your message gives us a wonderful image of Christ opening the door and welcoming us. Once we go inside, we sense great warmth and see before us a feast that was prepared for all who walk through the door. The 'guests' are from varied backgrounds, but once inside they are 'family' and they are treated with great respect and love. They are given 'food' for LIFE and they no longer have any needs. They are clothed in God's love. They responded to His invitation and they joined Him at His table. They will never be hungry, again. May we all knock on God's door this Thanksgiving and partake of the FEAST OF LIFE that He has prepared for us! Thank you, Sharon, and may God bless you greatly. Love, Peggy