Water (The Elixir of Life), Wine (Gladdening the Heart of Man) and Milk (The Spiritual Nourishment)

Isaiah 55:1:
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Water: And he {Jesus} said unto me {John}, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely– Revelation 21:6. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely– Revelation 22:17.  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I {Jesus Christ} shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life– John 4:14.

Wine:  In Psalms 104:15, we read, And wine that maketh glad the heart of man. Wine according to Scripture was given to make the heart glad which is certainly contrary to some beliefs. I have heard alcoholic beverages referred to as liquid entertainment, but of course, excessive drinking is never best (I Timothy 5:23). The wine of Holy Communion initiates a significant milestone event, representing the shedding of Christ’s blood for our sins (Matthew 26:27-28), and as our sins are truly forgiven, our hearts can absolutely and truly be so very glad, and quite thankful for our benefactor who gave so much.

Milk: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious– I Peter 2:2-3. There is genuine milk within every ounce of God’s scrumptious, healing Word! God is so wonderful to us in so many abounding ways that are, at times, beyond our comprehension, yet we may assuredly know that we have received from God (II Corinthians 9:15, I Peter 1:8). God’s desire for us is that we take Him at His Word, and allow Him and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, into our lives. Imagine how many spiritually anorexic people there are in the world who are famished for lack of the fulfilling Word, and even in Christendom many are starving themselves, when all along access to the table of life is bountifully prepared with the fulfilling benefit of the nurturing Scriptures.

In Isaiah 55:1 the waters represent our eternal life; the wine represents our complete forgiveness of our sins, giving us daily gladness to enjoy life, and milk represents the wonderful Word of God.” ~LMJ~

Deliver Us from Evil

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The will of God is our deliverance from all evil. Some people believe or at least suspect that God tempts us, and that He also punishes His children when they slip up. This is not the truth of the Bible. God’s desire is that we may escape all temptations, and He can indeed help us out of any negative situation in which we may find ourselves. Let us read what God said in II Corinthians:

II Corinthians 1:10 – Who {God} delivered {past tense} us from so great a death {because we are saved}, and doth deliver {present tense}: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us {future tense};

Not only has God delivered us in the past, but He continues to deliver us currently, and in our future we also have the promise of even more deliverance to be given to us. As a child I always thought that God was out to get me, and that He was keeping a score, and I was absolutely afraid of Him. However, I have learned by experience that “God is love” (I John 4:8), and that He in love always wants to deliver us from evil.

James 1:13 – Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Well praise God! God says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). God loves us and He desires that we have “an expected end,” an end that is really just the beginning that we can look forward to in anticipation rather than being in any kind of fear.

II Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

I Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer {allow} you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

God Himself is faithful and He is always able to keep and to protect you from evil. True, temptation and evil do come our way from time to time, but they never come from our God, and whenever there are temptations to deal with He will always make a way to escape. As we resist our temptations, God will always deliver us from evil, for He is our “refuge from the storm” (Isaiah 25:4).

Whenever you pass through a temptation believing that God will help you out, you will inevitably become stronger, more courageous, and be victorious. Evil never lasts, it always subsides and God will always show you the light at the end of the tunnel, and guide you to the easiest and best way out.

So today please look to your heavenly Father and allow Him to be your guiding light.

The Resurrection and the Life

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

One day a group of the Sadducees (religious leaders) came to Jesus taunting, “that there is no resurrection” (Matthew 22:23ff), yet they purposed a hypothetical question about resurrection in an ill attempt to debase Jesus. They told him the story of a woman who ended up marrying seven brothers; after one died she married the next one and on down the line, but the men kept dying and so she kept on marrying until she finally died herself. They then wanted Jesus to explain whose wife was she to be in the resurrection, hoping to make a fool of Jesus in front of a crowd because they did not believe that a resurrection was possible. The Sadducees were attempting to downgrade the value of the Scriptures they disapproved of, and yet they were so-called very pious men.

Jesus first addresses the Sadducees’ doubts about the resurrection, saying, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29). The word not in the Greek Text is used subjectively, meaning that they did not “wish” to understand the Scriptures nor the power of God, and thus, this is why they err. Jesus’ expeditious confrontation in front of the multitude embarrassed the Sadducees as Jesus “had put the Sadducees to silence” (Matthew 22:34). Perhaps this was why they were so “sad-you-see.”

According to the Bible only “a fool” would deny God (Psalms 14:1, 53:1). This is the err of fools, plain and simple.

Jesus further corrects the Sadducees:

Matthew 22:30:
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in Heaven.

In the Book of Acts 23:8 it says: “For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angels, nor spirit.” Denial of resurrection, angels, and spirit was the core foundation of their belief system, rather than on anything truly spiritual.

In Matthew (above), Jesus said that those in the resurrection would be as the angels of God in heaven, which the Sadducees did not believe existed. Angels according to Psalms 104:4 are spirit, something the Sadducees also did not believe existed either. The Sadducees were a microcosm of unbelief and, in fact, against everything that was truly spiritual, godly, and consequently everything Jesus stood for as the Savior of mankind.

It should be noted that Jesus was speaking to those of the Nation of Israel, and so in the resurrection of Israel they neither marry, nor are given in marriage. But for us, the Christian believers in this age of grace, we are the sons and daughters of God, and if we are married in this life, then when Christ returns we will stay married in the next life. Angels are servants of God, as Israel will be in the next life. But when we become saved we are born again and are the sons and daughters of God now and forever, and the married children of God will eternally be “heirs together of the grace of {eternal} life” (I Peter 3:7)!

Jesus continues:

Matthew 22:31-32:
-31: But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
-32: I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

If God is the God of the living (and He is), then this can only mean that the dead must live again in order that He may continue to be their God. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all had this hope of living again in (and because of) their future resurrection. God had promised them a future life in the Promised Land, the land in which they were actually buried in after their death. God promised them each an inheritance in that land, Abraham in Genesis 13:15, Isaac in Genesis 26:3, and Jacob in Genesis 28:13.

If we were to read carefully in the Book of Genesis, we would see that none of them ever acquired this Promised Land, so should we conclude that God’s Word is in error as the Sadducees believed? No, there must be a resurrection in order for them to receive their promised inheritance. “These all died in faith {believing faith}, not having received the promises {of the Promised Land}, but having seen them afar off {in their resurrected future}, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them {in the hope of their mind}, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth {in their lifetime on earth before the resurrection}” (Hebrews 11:13).

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all buried in Canaan (Genesis 49:29-30, 50:13, Canaan is the land that would be known as the land of Israel). They all believed in their hearts that at some future time they would rise to literally inherit the Promised Land. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob wanted to rise up at the place God promised them and is why they were buried in that land, for they knew that what God promised them, He was also able to perform (Romans 4:20-21), and as common sense ordains they are not yet living there, hence it is still a future event. This is why Jesus said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day {for Jesus was his hope of resurrection}: and saw it {as a future reality}, and was glad {in his heart}” (John 8:56). Note that Abraham was glad “past tense,” but Jesus did not say that Abraham IS GLAD “present tense,” because he still needs to be resurrected.

Isaac in his day also saw his future, “Accounting that God was able to raise him {Isaac} up, even from the dead” (Hebrews 11:19).

Jacob also believed this when he explained his hope of resurrection to his son Joseph at the end of his earthly life:

Genesis 48:3-4:
-3: And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
-4: And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed {to Israel} after thee for an everlasting possession {and you cannot have an everlasting possession without resurrection and eternal life}.

The resurrection of the human body for the Nation of Israel will be their true anticipated inheritance! They will receive this inheritance, and it will be enjoyed through an eternal lifetime on the Promised Land, lived and enjoyed on the new earth.