A message of hope for those who suffer. On Psalm 69 . By Fabian Massa.


Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

Psalm 69 . About Sosannim ( Lilies ) .

1 Save me , O God,
that the waters have come up to my neck .
2 I sink in the miry depths ,
and I have no where to put your feet .
I’m in the deep waters ,
and drags me along.
3 I am weary of asking for help ;
I have dry throat.
My eyes fail ,
waiting for my God .
4 more than the hairs of my head
are those who hate me without cause ;
many enemies are free
who seek to destroy it .
How can I return what I did not steal ?

The psalmist cries out to God in intense prayer , prey to unspeakable anguish also expresses an air of complaint ( 3 I am weary of asking for help , I have dry throat. My eyes fail, looking for my God . ) The psalmist expresses the sadness of being convicted and is innocent . ( More than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause ; … who seek to destroy . How can I give back what I have stolen? )

STUDY . Flood Legends in different cultures . By Fabian Massa


Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

A study conducted by Adrian Pablos & Fabian Massa.

a. introduction
There are over five hundred myths of the Flood . In this post we present a few, but in the book » From Eden to religion » ( which this post was removed) have included legends of the Americas and Oceania.
It is important to pay special attention to the stories of the following cultures : Sumerian , Chaldean , Babylonian and Greek , because then we’ll do a comparative study of their respective worldviews related to the biblical account of the Flood :

Interpretation of Judeo – Christian

Bible that the only survivors of the flood were Noah, his family and a number of pairs of animals , sailing in a gigantic ark . The flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights , in which the waters covered everything and the fountains of the deep were opened . The total duration of the event since it began until Noah and the Ark passengers were allowed to disembark , was 370 days. In the weeks before the landing , Noah released a dove and a raven and only come to land ( On Mount Ararat ) after the dove did not return from his third flight .

Reflection. How to grow the Church, according to the Bible.


Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

In chapter 2 of the book of Acts tells the fullness of the Holy Spirit on the early church at Pentecost . From how much there is to write and meditate on this opportunity just want to refer to a single aspect (which perhaps is one that is not touched almost never) : The type of preaching that gave Pedro.

The sermon of the apostle was decidedly confrontational and exhortation :
36 . » Know, then , certainly all the house of Israel that God has made Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified . «

REFLECTION. The steward, on Luke 12. By Fabian Massa


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And the Lord :

 

– Then is the faithful and wise steward , whom his master will put in charge of the servants to repartirles food in due time? 43 Blessed is that servant whose master , returning , finds him doing his duty . 44 I tell you what will set him over all his possessions. 45 Butwhat if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delaying his return » , and then begins to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink and get drunk ! 46 The lord of that servant will come on a day when the servant least expect and when least expected . Then punish him severely and will impose the sentence received by unbelievers.

Luke 12.42 – 46 , NIV .

Who is the » faithful butler «?

Just anyone who has understood that has been redeemed by Christ , who is now his servant , and has received the primary mission of a priest of his house ( Revelation 1.6) . This call is for everyone, because the function of the male head is pastoring his family. Among the functions of the steward is to » serve the food (the Word of God ) in due time to his servants.»

Study. A brief reflection on the Book of Job. By Sergio Bodo


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Job

Job could say that presents Christ as our Redeemer , » I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall be my lawyer here on earth » ( 19:25 NIV version ) . Job sees him as the » Goel » , which is the kinsman redeemer and not a distant God and strange.

Title

The book takes its name from the main character, Job. It is not clear the meaning of the word » Job» , although some scholars think that means » object of enmity » or «the returning ( to God ) » . Should be considered merely as a common name back then and meaningless.

Date and background events

There are indications that lived Job in patriarchal period and perhaps was contemporary of Abraham. Alusi6n No one in the book to life and misi6n of Israel , the covenant , the tabernacle and the priesthood. We will see the patriarchal conditions in which the family is the social and communal .
Like the patriarchs described in Genesis, Job and Family head priest and intercessor serves .
Worship is limited to its most primordial religious rites in a simple way (see 1:5, 42:8 ) .
All this presupposes a time prior to the organization of Israel as a nation.

The reference to cattle as wealth of Job, also seems to indicate the time before the founding of the great empires in Mesopotamia. If it was written in that period , is the oldest book of the Bible .

STUDY . The Flood. By Fabian Massa.


Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

A brief study of Adrian Pablos & Fabian Massa. Excerpt from the book » From Eden to the Nations» will be released in early 2014.

a. Introduction

     In this chapter we appreciate the enormity of the catastrophe that meant the Flood and understand the consequences of it , from the standpoint of spiritual and intellectual . As we saw at the end of Chapter XII , once completed the ark and its cargo , while Noah and his family on board, The Lord Himself closed the door and started the flood , the water level rose rapidly and started flooding. The ark started floating and breaking the structure that held , was released beginning their journey in the middle of the storm , pushed by currents and winds .

Reflection. Why do the righteous suffer ? By Fabian Massa


Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

There is a question that has remained unanswered always: Why do the righteous suffer ? In the collective unconscious [1 ] is set to the belief that the righteous should be good and bad evil. In all ancient cultures the gods reward the good and punish the bad , considering that the value of good or bad is not always consistent with the biblical concept of good and evil .
For anyone who has read the book of Job , the question » Why all this could have happened if Job was a good man ? » is practically required .
On a religious level as that of the three friends of Job, it was inconceivable that a just pass him such tremendous calamities. According to his way of thinking (which is still in force in society and in the Church even today , 4,000 years later ) Job was hiding a dark past and sinful in the extreme , the only way to justify the «punishment» of God about his life .

STUDY. You really found Sodom & Gomorrah and the crossing of the Red Sea? By Fabian Massa.


Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

Cities around the Dead Sea.

According to what the Scripture says, the cities of Sodom , Gomorrah , Admah and Zoar Zeboyim were situated wax each other , around the Dead Sea, in the woodland vale . Scholars agree with the Bible concerning the location of these cities .
Some archaeologists believe that would ancient Numeria Gomorrah. According to archaeologists and others as the «Theory of liquefaction » , it is feasible that a large earthquake destroyed these cities and caused a decrease in the level of the land occupied by them , leaving their ruins flooded by the waters of the sea.

Reflection. Are you one «Homer Simpson»? By Fabian Massa.


Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

 » The Simpsons» is much more than a series of «cartoon » , it is actually a critical and a caricature of the society.

Consider the profile of Homer :

  • He is a man of middle age, between 35 and 40.
  • Married with three children.

Marriage, the last line of defense of the faith. By Fabian Massa.


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Dedicated especially to the Church There Life in Jesus.

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Haydee & Fabian Massa

Dear Brothers

Know that I wanted to be with you sharing the Word and then a good time with the pastors and the whole group of There Life in Jesus, but I was unable to attend. When I realized this, I felt saddened. Then I remembered that this happened Paul wanted to visit his brethren of Rome and not power.
I took my Bible and seek the passage (Ro.1.8 -13) that Paul longed to visit the Church of Rome, which is why he prayed, asking God to «open» the way. But although he had proposed several times, for one reason or another could not realize its purpose. The most interesting is the attitude of the Apostle, that far from being lazy or angry, he began to write his message.
So, that nothing could stop the Romans received from his friend some words of encouragement and edification. The lesson seemed good and here I am writing to you this short letter with the message you bring thought.