Call Him by any Other Name
“He came to himself”
What does that mean?
In english grammar; It’s a moment when we meet up with ourselves for a conversation, in other words, start talking to ourself in the third person.
HE had a little JOURNEY and meet up with HIMSELF.
Has any one lost themselves in the course of their life.
Are you Lost, are you Hungry?
Are you still looking? Are you wanting to be Found?
Jesus comes when you come to yourself.
Include Him when your having that third person conversation.
Come to Jesus!
1 of 3: Did you know that, if it wasn’t for the sake of the Jews, our Founding Fathers wouldn’t have added separation of Church and State and Freedom of Religion in our Constitution. Jewish persecution in Europe wasn’t historically uncommon back then. It was for the Jews sake and not the Christians. The Christian Church was just as guilty of Jewish persecution as Islam. How do you like those apples.
2 of 3: Did you know that the United States of America is the Tribe of Ephraim. The Chief Tribe and the Protector of Judaea. Do you also know that who we are as a nation is referenced in the Bible.
3 of 3: Do you know that Ephraim has been given the same name that God gave Jacob(Israel) with the first born blessings and will be many nations and a accompany of nations promises. Also did you know that Great Britain (Manasseh) is keeping the thrown of David warm for the coming of the Messiah Ben David to be coronated in Jerusalem. God made it clear that there will never be a vacancy on the thrown of David up until the arrival of the King of kings. Church! You are Messiah Ben Joseph. Judaea you are Messiah Ben David, who has the scepter and law giver promise. Now you know what to expect next. Yes dyed in the woolly’s, you can call me a heretic or what ever you like. I asked God for understanding.
Cancel the Cancel Culture
Anyone who knows my past, knows I was a part of that cancel culture. My transformation was like waking up from a good dream, into a bad dream that I allowed others to make for me. Then I started to form my surroundings with what’s good and not what Is bad. My prospective changed. Anyone who know my history would know what I’m saying. If we were told that the world was bad all the time, and we notice a ray of good, we would want to turn the spotlight up on it. Hope this makes sense. We christians can be just as guilty as the world when it comes to cancel culture. We live and work in the world, doesn’t mean that the world needs to live and work inside of us. Don’t be angry, just keep pointing out the light. Hope this makes your day brighter.
A soul conditioner
If someone doesnt like you, that’s okay, because not everyone is going to be like you.
If you want acceptance, then accept them unconditionally.
If you want love, then love unconditionally.
If some have offended you then offer forgiveness unconditionally.
See the pattern?
Here’s a new Prosperity Message
It’s titled Forgiveness.
Jesus taught on it.
Let your forgiveness be pressed down, shaken together and running over, and it will be returned to you in good measure.
The Cross took care of what separates God from man, however it didn’t cover what separates man from man.
This affects the prosperity of the soul.
The soul affects your prosperity here on earth.
Kingdom blessings are yours.
There is a difference between religion and faith. God is the author and finisher of our faith, religion is the author and finisher mans beliefs.
Our life is a contrast between both. We may have grown up believing in God, there is a time when we discover that God believes in you.
God’s has faith in you!
Have we ever looked in the mirror lately?
When I started this new journey, it was as if I was looking in a mirror under dim light, and then I’d ask my self what in God’s creation am I doing?
Then God started turning the lights up and it wasn’t just my ugly mug that I was used to seeing, I was looking at how God sees me. Then that became how I started seeing what’s before me.
IF WE LOOK INTO A MIRROR AND ALL WE SEE IS UGLY,
BEING DIMWITTED IS NO FAULT BUT OUR OWN.
Church, you have called yourselves the sons of God, what about your other sibling?
You have called your self daddy’s favorite for too long.
You have estranged yourself from the origional heritage.
His Kingdom doesn’t revolve around those who call them selves Christ’s only possession,
However, your faith and redemption in Jesus the Christ the only begotten Son of the Father has braught reconciliation to the whole household.
The two testaments, the two churches, two branches grafts into one bride.
The Prodigal comes to his senses
In all of our understandings of this prodigal passage, what we have to understand is, that this is a parable, this comes along side of something that is happening or has yet to happen, we see Jesus comparing a word picture to what’s going on in and around the surroundings at that particular time and moment, and how he is applying it to a kingdom principle.
We see a young man who wanted a cut of the portion that was due him, not all of it, from the inheritance of his father’s estate to live the good life and experience all the world has to offer, hence the name prodigal.
Prodigal is another one of those lavish lifestyle teachings of Jesus.
Riotous Living: Greek; ásōtos, a prodigal, one who lives loosely and is swayed easily by those around him, living for one’s own desires and for the moment, a reckless soul.
In tasting the sweet and the bitter, and all that implies and has to offer. Getting a good education of the facts of life. He lived lavishly and had all the best experiences that money can buy while it lasted. As with all fun things, it must come to an end. He found himself cleaning up after and dining on scraps with swine, the worst ever career choice for a Jewish boy could ever endured.
When we are living under the a shelter of one’s roof, our whole life experiences really doesn’t prepare us for what’s out there and to truly know the difference between the good and the bad.
In knowing were he came from and where he is at at his present point in time, what a contrast of life experiences in knowing the difference. He found himself making his way back to the security of what he once knew. The prodigal reflects, being a servant in his father house has better appeal than going hungry and dining with swine. Picking up where he left off is much better than where his life has taken him thus far.
The prodigal has one up on his older brother, knowing the true value of the grace shown by his father.
Was his older brother shown the same grace? Did the older show his younger brother the same grace, not according to his father, maybe if the older brother have had some the same life choice opportunities as his younger brother, then he would have had a more gracious demeanor. Humility is better than doing everything right.
What this younger son has, no other of his brethren of the family has known. School of hard knocks, and it does come with a price. Wisdom.
He came to himself
The key phrase is:
He came to – the momentum taking us along the way from one point to another. Ideally the distance between two points from here to there and the experiences and circumstances that have arrived to the outcome.
Taking with us all the good and bad experiences during the journey to the final destination or that has brought us to this destination in our life.
Himself – reflecting on his circumstances in the third person. Or saying or thinking something to himself as a part of working something out in his mind.
This is talking to and looking into oneself as the third person. In one point of view, we are talking directly to someone about you, in the third person we are talking to someone about you, you being the only one present, that being talking to you about you.
Many times many have caught me talking to myself, and when I do, I’m working something through inside my head. Especially when I finding out that I’m being challenged with circumstances.
Getting away from yourself
Today, this term became all to familiar:
This is the original use of the term for self-distancing, nowadays has a two-fold application; today’s self distancing has shown many of us a two-fold purpose. The removal of distractions in our life that will cause us to self reflect, and now we have the free time to do it in.
What have we done to make good use of our free time?
Have we ever taken a step back and reflected? This is also called self-reflection. This is reflecting to yourself about yourself in the third person.
How did You get here, where are You going, what can You do to change the course, You being Yourself. This is also called self-reflection, taking a step back and taking a new look at what You see before You in the mirror. What do You see?
Or another way of looking at it, I had an Epiphany, I need to change my course, maybe go back to start a new beginning and begin on the right foot this time.
I’ve learned much about this concerning church and politics. There is very little difference. If we find we are more happy outside of it, then maybe the course needs to change.
These blog posts was a result of my internal reflection and spiritual outlet. A way for others getting to know the real person, and not the persona that many can make snap assessments about.
If the school of hard knocks had a course study, many of us would have PHDs.
Getting to a Point
A point of view is not an opinion.
Point of view definition: First, second, and third person are categories of grammar to classify pronouns and verb forms.
- First person definition: first person indicates the speaker.
- Second person definition: second person indicates the addressee.
- Third person definition: third person indicates a third party individual other than the speaker.
The third self gets the complete picture, he sees his own reflection. Talk to this familiar person in the mirror.
His preparation for the journey back
The prodigal planned and rehearsed what he was going to say to his father.
We may feel that we are not worthy to be his child because of our missing the mark, in reality we understand more about ourselves, we become more wise.
We should only come up with excuses of our actions to satisfy our third person self.
Later in the passage, we see that the father never did bring it up to the prodigal son but had to with the obedient older son.
The Prodigal did present his much rehearsed speech to his father. But would have it made much of a difference? The father who knows all, maybe he had to learn the hard way somewhere in his early years. The father didn’t bring it up, he was just happy to see his son. As for both of the sons, they did have to bring it up. Some time we can become our own worst adversary with coming up with excuses. The father didn’t say much about it, he just celebrated the safe return of his son. The younger son found that he was a son and a true servant, not out of duty or title but out of a contrite heart.
Like wise, the Lord doesn’t bring it up, we only think we should because it may make us feel better. The Father never did and neither should we, ever again. He already knows, He’s just happy to see you. If you want to bring up the details then I’m sure he will listen.
The Father didn’t hold into account or held conditions on his son’s return, He just celebrated and took him back.
The Jealous Brother
Someone will always point it out for you.
The older brother was beside himself that his younger brother was getting all the attention, the older brother wouldn’t even come into the festivities and participate, he remained an outsider. Then he inquired of a servant what this was all about, and he couldn’t believe what he was hearing, he requested that his father to come out and explain himself.
The father entreated the older son’s request. The elder brother pointed out to his father, his younger brother sin in squandering (selling off) his fathers inheritance with harlots, those whom he become popular with and those who has taken advantage of him. Dad! Shouldn’t you be throwing me this party for me and my friends?
The father did explain himself to the elder brother, he was elated that his youngest has returned to him safely, the elder brother made his faithfulness to his father clear to him, and the father understood this as well and said that, you remained with me, all that is mine is yours. However the older of the two couldn’t see how much of a good thing this was, to see his brother return and how happy it made his father.
A side observation
How is the prodigal protrayed in the fathers house today,
First – A son wanted a portion of his inheritance now, he thought that he could live lavishly on that portion.
Secondly – Are we squandering our kingdom’s inheritance, by asking for a portion of it now? Remember our prosperity is a reflection of our soul condition, and not by our possessions.
This prodigal generation is: I want is now, the give it to me right now generation, or are we willing to wait when it is presented us.
Setting the stage of the message
This is where we must put on Jesus’s robe of righteousness and step into his sandals that we are not worthy to untie, and observe those who were present with him, disciples and who were those others guests surrounding him, and who prepared the feasts. Since there were sinners, harlots and tax collectors on the party list, we can naturally assume it may have been Matthew, being a well to do tax collector.
Then I would think about Peter being a good ol Jew boy, where he and Andrew stood with this new inner circle member.
Jesus’s whole mission here to his disciples was to help them look beyond the superficial and look into the heavenly kingdom. See the kingdom within the people and see their potential and not their faults, the only problem is, is that he had religious stage actors who claim they have arrived through the law and purity, and and felt they were entitled and qualified to pluck the splinters from others eyes.
As for the religious cast, the only reason they came in and sat with the regular folk, was to get some dirt on the man. Of course I’m sure they had to draw straws to who was going to have to be seen with such folk.
Are we starting to notice some of the details surrounding him?
Step into the setting, take your places, ready on set; roll’m, and take action
Matthew being well know as a good host and party planner and entertainer that he is, guests were casual dress or come as you are, the guest of honor was carpenter, a heretic in some eyes, a winebibber talking about what goes into new and old wineskins, the others waited outside Matthew’s house because the party either not in their honor or guests didn’t live up to their ideals, they couldnt be seen associating with, prostitutes, drunkards, tax collectors, and other deviants from the established order of proper society, I’m sure we can name a few others of those people. It seems that Matthew extravagance was well noticed in the community. Even the religious cast showed to observe.
Some of those being the good ol’ Jew boys, that being Peter and some of the other band of follower of Jesus, what did they think of all this life outside of their sanctuary built around them? Would they have let them in?
Guest itinerary short list:
Could the above passage be Matthew’s take on the Jesus’s Prodigal Son; Luke’s take was more detailed, even though Luke wasn’t there. Either Luke version was embellished or handed down several times, or matthews version was streamlined of what Jesus was saying. I’m just saying this is a possibility, since the other gospels don’t share the prodigal son account exactly as in Luke’s.
We learned this in the “Prophets of Facade” teaching about giving and forgiving. When we take into context the gospels and how they are presented and how the writer interpreted what Jesus was saying, we will could solve a mystery of what Jesus was actually saying by getting a more complete picture.
There are three key guest invites;
Publicans: tax collectors, those who collect taxes or customs, also looked as in the day, as extortionist amung the people.
John the Baptist addressed Tax Collectors. He never told them to give up their day occupation but do it with integrity. Matthew may have been one of those in the group. Who knows?
Harlots: Taken from the Greek word pórnē, which means to sell, or a seller of merchandise, especially the figurative sense interpretation of selling oneself for sexual pleasure. This was both male and female. In context with publicans they were career oriented in taking money from the people for profit, especially those who take advantage of others weaknesses for profit.
Using the word in a figurative sense can also be known as idolatry, or temple prostitution. If this passage reflected on those who sold themselves for sexual favors would make the guest list a little more Spicy, don’t ya think. Just saying.
Sinners: those who missed the mark, or didn’t live up to the law or other’s standards. Lawless Rebels or anarchists against the accepted order some may say. Could even be more prodigals.
SETTING THE STAGE
In keeping instep with Simon and Andrew, they just started following Jesus just after He, the Son of Man was done being baptized by John, there was a few additions to the band of followers of Jesus before the encounter with Matthew. What was going through the minds of the other followers of the Messiah when He stopped and asked Matthew to follow him, a tax collector. I’m sure they were questioning His sound judgement that would allow such a deviant of Jewish society join to the inner circle.
When I was thinking about why Jesus could have called Matthew, I was thinking of his occupation, a tax collector, however I started thinking about his personality, parties and hospitality, those who he invited and those who kept them selves out. Jesus thinking that this would set the stage a for the Great Physician needing patients, those who are in need of treatment plans and a prescription regimen for treating their troubles.
These feasts are not the holier than thou feasts. All the trash to the religious society was invited and showed up, no closed doors here, except those who closed their doors on them, come and dine if you dare. Listen to the Word speaking the word. The Great Physician healing the sick, offering prescriptions for what’s ailing them.
Other feasts in His honor
Jesus was a popular party guest, Matthew’s event wasn’t the only event held in Jesus’s honor, there were other events that he made his way to the Lost Sheep of Israel.
Luke 7:36-50; Paraphrased.
In this passage of Luke we find that a sinful woman crashes a party made in Jesus’s honor by a Pharisee named Simon.
The woman wasn’t an expected guest, however she heard that Jesus was in town and was present at Simon’s place.
No one can really say for sure where this woman came from, but it seems to appear that Simon knew, and she wasn’t an on the invited guest list.
She’s being the only one to fulfill a hospitality tradition during this meal for the guest of honor. She brought a box of costly fragrant ointment, then aniointed him after wiping down his head and feet with her tears and hair, then anoints his head and kisses feet while anointing them.
Simon the Pharisee judges in his heart and questions that Jesus is a true prophet, that he can’t discern that this woman is a sinner and shouldn’t be the one offering him this honor.
Jesus knew Simons heart, and had something to say to him. He painted Simon a picture, and using it as an ointment for his eyes: “Of a creditor with two debtors who owe him money, one more than the other, both were forgiven and sent on their way. Who loves me more?” Simon says, The one who is forgiven more. And then the Messiah forgives the woman’s sin.
He points out to Simon that he didn’t provide his guest with any of these services of hospitality other than the place and the meal. The washing of the feet and hands was customary and was appointed task for the servants, it appears that the kingdom of God found a true servant that could handle the job.
Simon the Leper, whom Jesus healed, has a feast in Jesus’s honor.
Here, per Matthew, is another Simon, with this one being a leper, or is it. Since Luke’s Story with another Simon who as a Pharisee has similarity’s and all the gospels share a sinner woman anointing Jesus with costly oil. This makes me think this may have been Lukes personal take on it. Both Mark and Matthew are very similar and follows closely the same timeline up until Jesus’s betrayal with Judas. Same with Mark’s & John’s Gospel. Two gospels shows that Mary Magdalene was the one applying the oil to Jesus. Which would make sense with Luke take, since she used to be a adulteress.
Remember that Luke was a Physician and a disciple of Paul, he was not one of the twelve and wasn’t present when this was all happening. Being Paul’s disciple he was to the other nations or gentiles, not primarily to the Jews.
Zacchaeus the chief Publican
Here Jesus finds another Publican who happens to be the Chief of his trade and wealthy. Some of the good old folk crowed around him were murmuring, here Jesus goes again staying with those publicans and sinners. Jesus knowing beforehand and discerning a sincere heart in the crowd.
Apparently Jesus had to stay where he was welcomed and needed. And He knew who and where they were. I’m sure there was a deeper kingdom principle.
Immediately the little guy knowing who Jesus is, made haste to greet the Messiah and has already pre-destined in his heart to make good on all his wrong practices, he righted those who he wronged. Remember what John the Baptist said to the Publicans that were following him?
Jesus in-turn proclaimed salvation to his house as inasmuch as Jesus is the Son of Abraham, so is the same with Zacchaeus.
The two applications of the message
In many of Jesus’s messages we can find multiple applications, such as give and forgiving and how they are tied together with a purpose. This is the same with this passage.
Jesus came for the lost, who was lost? The Lost Sheep of Israel. Keep this in mind for a future blog post.
If I was to pin this Prodigal on anyone, this would be Matthew. By trade he lived it, as well as his constituent, Zacchaeus the chief tax collector, was the lost sheep of the House of Israel.
If I was to pin the older son any anyone, I would say those who came to judge the guest list, including judging the guest of honor. Jesus came for the Lost sheep of Israel this time around, and seeing that he was the great physician. He didn’t come to lay down the law, but to fulfill it to completion by offering forgiveness of all our sin.
I will give a clue for the next study: God didn’t divorced Judaea the Southern Kingdom when He divorced Israel the Northern Kingdom, He never did. He came for the lost sheep of the house of Israel this time around. One being the House of Israel and the other the House of Judaea. The Jews that dwell in Israel today and abroad are actually Judaeans. Salvation has always been for those with Jewish heritage and faith.
When this passage was said by him, there were two known houses, the House of Judaea which wasn’t lost, and the other House of Israel who was lost. He didn’t want to focus on the ones who remained true to him through the law, but the lost. No other way to see it. The first commission to the disciples was to the Lost House of Israel, and not the faithful House of Judaea.
When the disciples were sent out under Jesus’s instruction to the lost House of Israel they were still under his instruction, when they and others were sent out as teachers of the gospel they were called apostles. Luke and Timothy was considered a disciple of Paul. Paul was a disciple of Barnabas one of the twelve.
We will notice during Jesus’s ministry he reached out to the Lost sheep, when it comes to the gentiles and Samaritans they reached out to him and He did not turn them away, and they showed more worship and love than his own brethren.
When Jesus came to reclaim the lost sheep, apparently there were sheep who knew that they already were lost. So thinking in contrast, there were those who were lost, however not every one was lost. We as believers in Jesus the Christ as the Church needs to understand the difference. Those who are with Jewish heritage and faithfully follow Judaism are not lost, it is those who don’t or who lost their heritage are the lost sheep. Paul speaks on this in Romans.
When I started to do this study on the Prodigal Son, I started to notice that this fit a pattern with what the Lord was showing me about the two sons. The Jews & and the Gentiles(other nations), or the House of Judaea and the House of Israel. The first advent was the came for the lost sheep of Israel, the second advent is going to be for the House of Judaea.
In summery of the Prodigal Son:
Matthew, being a Jew boy, an outcast from the kosher life of his other brethren. Luke’s story surrounds a father and two brothers, and Matthew’s take on this was the two brothers. Peter was a fisher of men, Matthew was a good host to man and the Son of man. The Fathers house, Christ fathers house, or kingdom of God? The Prodigal was Matthew or the lost son. The the older brother; the religious cast or the House of Judaea, and possibly one or more of His disciples. Especially Peter and Andrew. The father? Who else would he be.
The next Study,
The Two Brothers, Sibling Rivalry, and a Family Reunion in God’s House.