Monday, March 30, 2015


Answers to Questions:


1).        Name some things we can look forward to after this life.


He will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death (Hallelujah!) or mourning or crying or pain, for the old things will be gone forever, passed away. (Revelation 21:3-4).


2).        Have you asked God to forgive you?


Yes I have, and I ask Him each day to forgive me for unknown sin too.


3).        What is the comfort in Psalm 27:4?


We can dwell in God's house forever, even after death; and we may behold His beauty, see Him as He is, and to inquire in His Temple, worship Him. This is comfort to know we can be in His presence, and have that assurance of constant communion with Him.


4).        How long do we have the promise of dwelling in His house?




5).        What is the main figure used in this Psalm?

The Lord is my shepherd, and I shall not want (lack anything)



6).        What is the main idea?


The Shepherd's provision (1-3); The Shepherd's protection (4-5); The Shepherd's preservation (6)


7).        The Hebrew word often translated "follow" is actually closer in meaning to the word "pursue": "Goodness and kindness will pursue me." Why would God pursue us? Do you feel this happening in your life?


I truly believe it's because He loves us. Yes, I do feel in my heart that God pursue me. I feel He loves me and He has never let me down. I see that so clear, but my flesh will try to make me feel He doesn't.  You see, when we are in any trouble God's grace and mercy is always there. The recording of the Psalm of David let us know God is pursuing us right now. He didn't have to leave it for us, but He wanted us to know this, to embrace this truth through-out life. He is that kind of God!


8).        Do you see "dwelling in the house of the Lord" as a heavenly or an earthly state?


It can be both!  We sit in "heavenly places" (Ephesians 2:6) with Him right now, and we shall be with Him for all eternity, dwelling with our God.


9).        Name some of God's names.








El Shaddai





10).      In each weekly recap give one of God's name.


Week # 1  Jehovah-Rohi

Week # 2  Jehovah-Jireh

Week # 3 Jehovah-Rapha

Week # 4 Jehovah-Shalom

Week # 5 Jehovah-Tsidkenu

Week # 6 Jehovah-Shammah

Week # 7 Jehovah-Nissi


11).      Read and examine week number (4-7) versions, and explain the different.


Week # 4 (NLT) New Living Translation; God's unfailing love will pursue us

Week # 5 (RSV) Revised Standard Version; Our cup will overflow

Week # 6 (WEB) World English Bible; I notice God's name Yahweh was mentioned here.

Week # 7 (ESV) English Standard Version; This one I like the most beside (KJV). It was very personal



12).      Explain God's preserving in your life.


God's preserving in my life?  First of all, God has kept me from deception of His Word, so important to me, because so much is being taught today, man's own idea of what he think is God's way of serving Him. God has spared my life over and over again against harm, hurt, and danger. I have learned to trust Him, and still learning today. I truly believe it's because of God gracious preservative to His people. Right now I believe God is preserving me for His glory in my life. I can't do it without Him! I have been sit apart for His glory. His banner is love over my life. Thank You, Lord Jesus!



What wonderful hope do we have for eternity? 
To dwell in the house of the Lord forever, to be in His presence forever, to wipe away all our tears, to destroy sorrow and pain, and much, much more, especially to see Him face to face.


God is Jehovah-Nissi:           The Lord our Banner. (Exodus 17:8-15)



(The above names fit this Psalm perfectly. Note how each name is in this Psalm.)



"Father God, You have so many wonderful Names.  May I search out the Scripture and really get to know You by Your Names.  Each one has a special meaning and gives me deeper understanding to Who You are. Reveal Your character to me today. Amen."



Nes (nês), from which Nissi derived, means "banner" in Hebrew. In Exd 17:15, Moses, recognizing that the Lord was Israel's banner under which they defeated the Amalekites, builds an altar named Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord our Banner). Nes is sometimes translated as a pole with an insignia attached. In battle opposing nations would fly their own flag on a pole at each of their respective front lines. This was to give their soldiers a feeling of hope and a focal point. This is what God is to us: a banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focal point. Thank You Lord!








1. to keep alive or in existence; make lasting: to preserve our liberties as free citizens.

2. to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare.

3. to keep up; maintain: to preserve historical monuments.

4. to keep possession of; retain: to preserve one's composure.

5. to prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation.

6. to prepare (fruit, vegetables, etc.) by cooking with sugar, pickling, canning, or the like.

7. to maintain and reserve (game, fish, etc.) for continued survival or for private use, as in hunting or fishing.  Verb:  (used without object), preserved, preserving.

8. to preserve fruit, vegetables, etc.; make preserves.

9. to maintain a preserve for game or fish, especially for sport.


10. something that preserves.

11. that which is preserved.

12. Usually, preserves. fruit, vegetables, etc., prepared by cooking with sugar.

13. a place set apart for protection and propagation of game or fish, especially for sport.




There is a lot to read on preservation. David wrote this chapter or psalm because he desire God to preserve him in good times and bad times.  He needed God to keep him in all his ways, amen.  I need the Lord to keep me each and every day, keep my mind stayed on Him, keep my soul in good standard with Him. Preserve me Lord for the work You have called me to do, amen. In these days we all need to pray this Psalm to our Shepherd. 


Sunday, March 29, 2015


(ESV) English Standard version


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.



In reading this version, I sense closeness, as though, it was a friend, and was personal. "Your rod, Your staff, You prepare, You anoint; all those brought closeness to the Psalm for me."



Father God, this has been a very blessed study for my soul, and I pray it has blessed someone else as well. Thank You for Your Word, and the comfort it brings to our soul, spirit, and mind. I am so grateful for You, and Your Son Jesus Christ, my Shepherd. Bless us with the anointing to always remember that You are our Shepherd, and we shall not want for anything, because we have You. Our quiet resting place is in You, even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Our joy is that we will be with You forever, as You are with us now. Thank You because Your goodness and mercy has been with us, and shall continue to follow us forever more. Bless us as we dwell in Your house (presence), and Your heart. We come away from this study with these words in our hearts. "The Lord is MY shepherd; I shall not want. He makes (me) lie down in green pastures. He leads (me) beside still waters. He restores (my) soul. He leads (me) in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though (I) walk through the valley of the shadow of death, (I) will fear no evil, for you are with (me); your rod and your staff, they comfort (me). You prepare a table before (me) in the presence of (my) enemies; you anoint (my) head with oil; (my) cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow (me) all the days of (my) life, and (I) shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Amen.     


I will continue the study of Psalm 23 soon




Bible Study "Passion Week" Seven Last Sayings of Jesus from the cross

Date: (3/29/15)



Question: "What Is Passion Week / Holy Week?"

Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). Also included within Passion Week are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of His people. Passion Week is described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark chapters 11-15; Luke chapters 19-23; and John chapters 12-19. Passion Week begins with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday on the back of a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9

Passion Week contained several memorable events. Jesus cleansed the Temple for the second time (Luke 19:45-46), then disputed with the Pharisees regarding His authority. Then He gave His Olivet Discourse on the end times and taught many things, including the signs of His second coming. Jesus ate His Last Supper with His disciples in the upper room (Luke 22:7-38), then went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray as He waited for His hour to come. It was here that Jesus, having been betrayed by Judas, was arrested and taken to several shameful trials before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and Herod (Luke 22:54-23:25).

Following the trials, Jesus was scourged at the hands of the Roman soldiers, then was forced to carry His own instrument of execution (the Cross) through the streets of Jerusalem along what is known as the Via Dolorosa (way of sorrows). Jesus was then crucified at Golgotha, was buried and remained in the tomb until His glorious resurrection.

It is referred to as Passion Week because in that time, Jesus Christ truly revealed His passion for us in the suffering He willingly went through on our behalf. What should our attitude be during Passion Week? We should be passionate in our worship of Jesus and in our proclamation of His Gospel! As He suffered for us, so should we be willing to suffer for the cause of following Him and proclaiming the message of His death and resurrection.

Jesus Christ made seven final statements during his last hours on the cross. These phrases are held dear by followers of Christ because they offer a glimpse into the depth of his suffering to accomplish redemption. Recorded in the Gospels between the time of his crucifixion and his death, they reveal his divinity as well as his humanity.


During the Easter season, especially on Good Friday, Christians focus on the passion of Jesus Christ, or his suffering and death on the cross. Jesus' final hours on the cross lasted about six hours. We will break down these events recorded in Scripture, including the events just before and immediately following the Crucifixion.  Many of the actual times of these events are not recorded in Scripture. The timeline represents an approximate sequence of events. We will start the Seven Last Sayings of Christ in this study. But first, let's look at the timeline of Jesus' final hours……………


Timeline of Jesus' Final Hours


Preceding Events

The Last Supper Matthew 26:20-30; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-38; John 13:21-30)


In the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-45)

Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested (Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11)

The Religious Leaders Condemn Jesus (Matthew 27:1-2; Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66-71)


6 AM.  Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate (Matthew 27:11-14; Mark 15:2-5; Luke 23:1-5; John 18:28-37)

Jesus Sent to Herod (Luke 23:6-12)


7 AM. Jesus Returned to Pilate (Luke 23:11)


Jesus is Sentenced to Death (Matthew 27:26; Mark 15:15; Luke 23:23-24; John 19:16)


8 AM. Jesus is Led Away to Calvary
(Matthew 27:32-34; Mark 15:21-24; Luke 23:26-31; John 19:16-17)


The Crucifixion


9 AM. - "The Third Hour"  Jesus is Crucified on the Cross

Mark 15: 25 - It was the third hour when they crucified him. (NIV). (The third hour in Jewish time would have been 9 a.m.)


Luke 23:34 - Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (NIV)  (Mark 15:24)


10 AM. - Jesus is Insulted and Mocked


Matthew 27:39-40 - And the people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. "So! You can destroy the Temple and build it again in three days, can you? Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!" (NLT)


Mark 15:31 - The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. "He saved others," they scoffed, "but he can't save himself!" (NLT)


Luke 23:36-37 - The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. They called out to him, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" (NLT)

Luke 23:39 - One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" (NIV)


11 AM.

Jesus and the Criminal Luke 23:40-43 - But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."

Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."

Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." (NIV)

Jesus Speaks to Mary and John

John 19:26-27 - When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, "Woman, he is your son." And he said to this disciple, "She is your mother." And from then on this disciple took her into his home. (NLT)


Noon - "The Sixth Hour"

Darkness Covers the Land

Mark 15:33 - At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. (NLT)


1 PM.

Jesus Cries Out to the Father

Matthew 27:46 - And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (NKJV)


I Thirst!   Jesus is Thirsty

John 19:28-29 - Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, "I am thirsty!" A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. (NLT)


2 PM.


It is Finished

John 19:30a - When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" (NLT)

Luke 23:46 - Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last. (NIV)


3 PM. - "The Ninth Hour"

Events Following Jesus' Death


The Earthquake


Matthew 27:51-52 - At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. (NIV)


The Centurion - "Surely he was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:47)


The Soldiers Break the Thieves' Legs (John 19:31-33)


The Soldier Pierces Jesus Side (John 19:34)


Jesus is Laid in the Tomb (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42)


Jesus Rises from the Dead (Matthew 28:1-7; Mark 16:1; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-9)


By all accounts Jesus didn't do a lot of talking on the cross. He was silent during the hours he hung there, except for a very few words. But these Seven Last Words provide a window into Jesus' soul, a way to understand what is ultimately important to this One who is dying on the cross.


These Words reveal his incredible love, his determination, his humanness as well as his divinity, his intimate relationship with his Father, and finally his trust.

One way to meditate on these Seven Last Words personally might be one each day in a single week, especially during Holy (Passion) Week. 

The seven last sayings is part of a Christian meditation that is often used during Lent, Holy Week, and Good Friday. The traditional order of the sayings is ……..

Week # 1               Luke 23:34: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do"

Week # 2               Luke 23:43: "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise."

Week # 3               John 19:26–27: "Woman, behold your son. Son Behold your mother."

Week # 4               Matthew 27:46: "My God, My God, have you forsaken me?"

Week # 5               John 19:28:  "I thirst."

Week # 6               John 19:29-30: "It is finished."

Week # 7               Luke 23:46:  "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."

Week # 8               Conclusion


In this study the guideline is different. In each weeks' study we will have a title, theme, warm-up question, goal, (3) questions on the weekly verse, (3) questions on the title, (3) questions on life application, and (1) question on Jesus personality (passion); we will have a beginning prayer, and an ending prayer, and I am reading three chapters of the book of John weekly. When studying the last sayings of Jesus on the cross there is so much to learn from, but we will only touch bases with some of the gold nuggets in the saying for now. Our theme is Passion Week because we desire to tap into Jesus' passion for the Church.


Reading the book of John:


Week # 1                               (John 1-3)

Week # 2                               (John 4-6)

Week # 3                               (John 7-9)

Week # 4                               (John 10-12)

Week # 5                               (John 13-15)

Week # 6                               (John 16-18)

Week # 7                               (John 19-21)


God bless this study, amen.



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