From: Stephen Williamson
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 12:57 PM
Subject: Thinking about that old "foreknowledge" issue
Just meditating a bit further on that “foreknowledge” issue God has regarding our future heart-plans, and his thus fixing our bounds and times throughout our lives Acts 17:26
Yes, because of all the prophetic scriptures, which could not be broken, doubtless Jesus had more insight into that mystery of his future, i.e. his own free will vs God’s hidden design for him during his human life, ‘cause he was the only human who could be trusted sufficiently with that amount of knowledge.
Tested, nevertheless, with the “cast yourself down” invulnerability issue that came from the enemy, also, in Gethsemane. Ensured all the prophecies were kept, e.g. said “I thirst” on the cross, to fulfil that one and also let us all know how thirsty he was.
But, as far as the anguish God has with death and suffering, while it says “God was pleased to bruise (break / crush) his son” (Isaiah 53:10) because of the outcome that was coming, it further says of course
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, says the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live.
Say unto them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn you, turn you from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?
In Romans 9, we read two object lessons:
1. Esau — firstborn, strong in his flesh in what he can naturally achieve, but when weak, placing no value in, in fact despising his birthright
2. Pharaoh — proud ruler of Egypt, and thus humbled by God for God's glory.
And so, as Paul theorized, God bears with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath (which because of the pride in their heart-plans, he sadly foreknows that in the end they are) fitted to destruction
in order to make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had beforehand prepared unto glory Romans 9:22-23
Yes, we need a lot of mercy
From: Stephen Williamson
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2012 11:04 AM
Subject: Where I'm Going — principles of the Anointing
Here’s a YouTube link to that song Chris (and me) started singing (somewhat tunelessly) on Wednesday. Great old song from this “Jesus Music” album from back in 1975 by Marijohn.
I know not what my future holds,
Lord, I have no way of knowing,
But I know the One,
Who holds my future;
And I have no fear of where I'm going.
Thoughts from Matthew 23
23:9 And call no-one your Father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
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** noting Deuteronomy 18: 10-11 Hebrew Greek Septuagint
10 There shall not be found in you any one who passes his son or daughter through fire (Greek-perikathairo — one who purges off refuse and filth all around), or one practising divination (Greek-manteuomenos manteian — one who raves through mania/soothsaying), or a cloud-reader (Greek-kledonism — foretell by the overheard message), or a fortune-teller (Greek-oionism — foretell by the augury), or a whisperer of spells / witch (Greek-pharmakos — one who administers drugs/poisons),
11 a charmer of magic (Greek-epaoiden — one who binds with spells), or one consulting spirits (Greek-eggastrimuthos — a ventriloquist), or a wizard (Greek-teratoskopos — an interpreter of monstrous/abnormal signs), or one enquiring of the dead (Greek-necromancer).
and James 1:5-7
1:5 If any of you lack wisdom (clarity), let him ask of God, that gives to all generously and without reproach (scolding); and it shall be given him.
1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Yes, flashback to Saul going to the woman at Endor 1 Samuel 28