Isaiah 50 – 24 June 2017

Isaiah 50

1 This is what the Lord says: “Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce with which I sent her away? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? Because of your sins you were sold; because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.

2 When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was my arm too short to deliver you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers into a desert; their fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst.

3 I clothe the heavens with darkness and make sackcloth its covering.” [  ]

Source: Isaiah 50 (NIV)

Commentaries From Biblos

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To God be the Glory for Holy Spirit guidance for free Bible study tools-June 2017

From a friend called Bill via EMAIL

My Bible Book study tools:

1-01-OT– Genesis in ETRSF (59 pgs.)–

1-02-OT– The Book of Job in ETRSF (34 pgs.)–

1-03a-OT– Exodus– ETRSF (41 pgs.)–

1-03b OT– Joshua– ETRSF (26 pgs.)–

1-04-OT– Deuteronomy 26-30 in ETRSF (9 pgs.)–

1-05a-OT– Bible Study Tool of Psalm 37– ETRSF (2 pgs.)–

1-05b-OT– proof of Jesus Christ being the Word in Psalm 119 (4 pgs.)–

1-05b-OT– Psalm 119 in ETRSF (4 pgs.)–

1-05b-OT– Psalm 119 Study Tool Index (4 pgs.)–

1-05c-OT– Psalms in ETRSF (86 pgs.)–

1-06-OT– Easiest-to-understand from Proverbs — ETRSF (14 pgs.)–

1-07-OT– Song of Solomon in ETRSF (5 pgs.)–

1-08-OT– Isaiah in ETRSF (70 pgs.)–

1-09a-OT– Jeremiah in ETRSF (57 pgs.)–

1-09b-OT– Lamentations in ETRSF (5 pgs.)–

1-10-OT– Daniel in ETRSF (19 pgs.)–

1-11-OT– Hosea– ETRSF (9 pgs.)–

1-12-OT– Ezekiel in ETRSF (55 pgs.)–

1-13-OT– Malachi in ETRSF (4 pgs.)–

NT-01a– The Gospel of the Apostle Matthew in ETRSF (42 pgs.)–

NT-01b– The Gospel of Matthew in ETRSF with questions (46 pgs.)–

NT-02– The Gospel of the Apostle Mark in ETRSF (24 pgs.)–

NT-03– The Gospel of the Apostle Luke in ETRSF (48 pgs.)–

NT-04– The Gospel of the Apostle John in ETRSF (33 pgs.)–

NT-05– Harmony of the Gospels with Scripture in ERTSF (161 pgs.)–

NT-06– Acts in ERTSF (43 pgs.)–

NT-07– The Epistle of Romans in ETRSF (16 pgs.)–

NT-08a– 1 Corinthians in ETRSF (25 pgs.)–

NT-08b– 2 Corinthians in ETRSF (15 pgs.)–

NT-09– Galatians in ETRSF (5 pgs.)–

NT-10a– Ephesians in ETRSF (no questions) (6 pgs.)–

NT-10b– Ephesians Bible Study in ETRSF (7 pgs.)–

NT-11– Colossians in ETRSF (5 pgs.)–

NT-12– Ephesians and Colossians comparison (16 pgs.)–

NT-13a– Philippians in ETRSF (5 pgs.)–

NT-13b– God Wants– Philippians Study Guide (13 pgs.)–

NT-13c– Philippians Study Guide suggested answers (3 pgs.)–

NT-14– 1 & 2 Thessalonians in ETRSF (6 pgs.)–

NT-15– 1 & 2 Timothy in ETRSF (11 pgs.)–

NT-16a– Titus in ETRSF (2 pgs.)–

NT-16b– Philemon in ETRSF (1 pg.)–

NT-17– Hebrews– ETRSF (12 pgs.)–

NT-18– James ETRSF (7 pgs.)–

NT-19– 1 & 2 Peter (no questions)– ETRSF (11 pgs.)–

NT-19– 1 & 2 Peter with questions– in ETRSF (13 pgs.)–

NT-20– The Epistles of John in ETRSF (8 pgs.)–

NT-20– The Epistles of John in ETRSF with questions (10 pgs.)–

NT-21– Jude in ETRSF (2 pgs.)–

NT-22– Revelation– 4th Edition in ETRSF (20 pgs.)–

List of Free Bible Studies Without Commentary

Note: The following indicates my current project of improving my free Bible study tools

in both ETRSF form and the just Scripture references form.

The ETRSF versions are much much larger

because they are very thorough with all of logically indented Scripture written out.

***Bible Word Studies compiled and logically sorted by Bible Stevenson***

a.) God and His love and related to Him (30 Bible study tools)

Bible Study About Death

‘Forever’ New Testament Bible Study Tool

Bible Study About Heaven Where the New Jerusalem Is Now


God’s Planning– New Testament Bible Study

God’s Will

“written”, “write”, and “wrote” Bible study tool

Electing by God The Father

Special Choosing by God

Partial ‘Behold’ Bible Study Tool

“Holiness” Bible Study Tool

Bible study tool about “the righteousness of God”

‘forgotten’ and ‘remember not’ Bible study

Bible study tool about “the just”

Bible Study About Being Divinely Blessed and Verbally Blessing Others

“Fear not” Bible study too

Divine Peace from God for Believers

Bible Study About Truth

Bible Study About Light

“Name” of Jesus Christ

Bible study about ‘Savior’, ‘Lord’, ‘Jesus’, and ‘Christ’

Bible Study About “Verily” in the Gospels

Three Days Bible Study

Two Wisdoms

Divine Creation and the First Humankind Sinning

Bible Study Tool of “Worthy”

“Fear God” Bible Study Tool

“Love God” Bible Study Tool

Spirit-submissive: desire to obey The Holy Spirit’s guidance

Holy Spirit Guidance or Spiritual Enemy Guidance?

b.) Salvation and onward (13 Bible study tools)



‘Thought’ and ‘Think’ in NT

Short Bible Study About Faith

Heart Change and “Born Again”

Bible Word Study of Faith

Heart Change and “Born Again”

When Does Eternal Life Begin for Human Beings?

“Forever” Bible Study from the Wisdom Books


Not Only Grace– Grace and Sanctification

Justification, Sanctification, & Glorification

How Important is Biblical Christian Baptism?

c.) Sanctification (72 Bible study tools)

Wonderful Children of God

True Christianity Basics– Epistles in Subjects



Biblical Greetings

Boldness and Perfection for Christians

Boldness in Standing for Convictions

Special Choosing in the Bible

Christian Character Traits for Today

32 Christian Character Traits Scriptures


Communicating Wrongly

Communication Sins


“complete”, “all”, “every”, and “always”

Deceit, Distraction, and Deception



Encourage and Edify

Filled with the Holy Spirit Results

Friends and Friendship

“fool” Character Traits

God-Pleasing Friendship

“full of”, “filled with”, and “complete”

Glory Divine and Proper Human Glorifying

Happy, Joy, Joyfulness, and Rejoicing



Humbleness Instead of Pride

Judging, Tolerance, and Grace

Laughter and Merriment

Learning and Listening and Obeying

Learn and Know– For Following Jesus Christ

“let”– Christian Permission

Liberty and Freedom

Living– “walk” and “walked”

Love– in the New Testament

Mercy– in the New Testament

Ministering/Serving in NT

Miracle Doing– Warnings for Today?

“one another”– in the New Testament


Pleasure and Pleasing





“Rich” and “Poor”

Righteousness– Christians’ Responsibility


Selfishness– against


“shalt not” and “abstain from”


Spiritual Heart as Mentioned in Job-Proverbs and the New Testament


“Suddenly”, “Immediately”, and “Quickly”

Suffering, Trouble, and Tribulation partial study


“Thank”, “Thankful”, “Thanks”, “Thanksgiving”

Thankfulness (Gratitude Acronym)

Thinking– Conscience

Thinking: “Feel” and “Feeling”

Thinking Kinds– Scriptures About the Mind

Tithing and “one tenth” Verses





Waiting For and On God

“Wish” and “Want”


d.) Future (8 Bible study tools)

Eternal Life for Righteous Believers

Who Are Truly Prophets of God the Father?

Persecute Bible study

Are You Ready for Persecution?

The Final Resurrection

Future Rewards After Jesus Christ Returns

Final Judgment by God

Forever’ in the New Testament

4– Other Bible Studies Tools

1a– RFBSS Series #1– About God the Father and Jesus Christ

1b– More About Jesus Christ– matching exercises

1c– Important Teachings in John 13-17– ETRSF

1c– Love as Jesus Did in ETRLF

1d– RFBSS Series #2– About Wonderful Christianity Basics

2a– Justification, Sanctification, & Glorification

2b– Divine Assurance from God for a True Christian

2b– Divine Blessings for the True Children of God– ETRS

2b- Two Wonderful Bible Study Tools

2b– Wonderful Children of God– 2nd edition

2c– Abnormal True Children of God– Bill’s responses– ETRSF

2c– Abnormal True Children of God Scripture references only

3a– Scripture References Compilation About Thinking

3b– Bible Study Tool for Holy Spirit Living– ETRS

3b– Holy Spirit Guidance or Spiritual Enemy Guidance– ETRS

3c– Christian Education Philosophy

3c– Commandments and Christians– ETRS

3c– God-Pleasing Living– ETRS

3da– Basics for Christian Living– version 1

3db– Basics For Christian Living– suggested answers

3dc– Basics For Christian Living– only questions

3e– Ephesians 5 in ETRSF with questions for true Christian marriage

3f– Restoration Principles and Techniques

3f– Romans 8 & 12 study guide– ETRS

4a– Multi-Bible Words Study About Standing For Convictions– ETRS

4b– What About the Famous Joseph—ETRSF

4c– Exciting New Understanding about Luke 22– ETRS

4d– Andrew, Philip, Stephen, and Barnabas– ETRS

4e– For Discerning Leaders Who Have Problems– ETRS

4e– God’s Love Against Modern Day Phariseeism– ETRS

4e– Biblical Warnings About Who and What to Avoid– ETRS

4fa– Leadership to Churches for Revival

4fb– Leadership to Churches for Revival suggested answers

4g– for Third World Bible Teachers– Some Wonderful Bible References

5a– Proper Doctrine and Teaching—ETRSF

5b– some answers to basic questions

5c– right and wrong judging, tolerance, and grace– ETRS

5d– Why God does not love all people– ETRSF

5e– For Relating To Others Who Are For Wrong Doctrines– ETRS

5f– Challenge for revival against New Age doctrine– ETRS

06a– more about courage

06b– Passive or Active Christianity– ETRS

06ca– Relating to Society Introduction Bible Study

06cb– Relating to Society– suggested answers

06da– Related to Current Political Events Anywhere– ETRS

06db– Related to Current Political Events– suggested answers

06e– A Challenge in Deuteronomy 31-32 and Psalm 60 in ETRSF

06f– wayward Israel and wayard Gentiles– ETRS

6g– More About the Need for Sorrowing

07a– against the pre-Tribulation rapture theory– ETRS

07b– Thoughts in Response to a Sermon about Job– ETRS

07c– Why I Believe in an Allowing God– ETRS

07d– Are You Ready for Persecution in ETRSF

07e– For surviving in the Last Days– ETR


***Some of my best items that I have shared in my Internet ministry and ministry in churches:

· Interesting Spiritual Acronyms for e-mail sharing–

· Wonderful Children of God–

· Repentance– ETRS with questions (10 pgs.)–

· About Jesus Christ–

· Suggestions for Inductive Bible Learning (ETRSFing)–

· Examples of how ETRSF is very helpful–

· Jeremiah 15, verse 15-16in ETRSF–

· Philippians 4, 4-8 in ETRSF–

· against opinion giving in ETRSF–

· Results of True Christian Conversion in ETRSF–

· Ephesians 2, 1-10 in ETRSF–

· Bible Study Tool of Psalm 37– ETRSF–

· NT-21– Jude in ETRSF (2 pgs.)–

· Very Important Teachings in John 13-17 in ETRSF–

· Romans 8, verses 1-14 in ETRSF–

· Galatians 5 & 6 passages in ETRSF–

· Last Day Challenges in ETRSF–

· 2 passages from Timothy & Ephesians 6 in ETRSF–

· Hebrews 10, verses 19-25in ETRSF–

· for true Christian unity in ETRSF–

· Harmony of the Gospels with Scripture in ERTSF (161 pgs.)–

· Christian Character Traits for today in ETRSF–

· Ephesians Bible Study in ETRSF (7 pgs.)–

· James in ETRSF (10 pgs.)–

· 1 & 2 Peter with questions– in ETRSF (13 pgs.)–

· Hebrews– ETRSF (12 pgs.)–

· Folder of Bible study tools ordered by size–

· 1– Favorite Passages–

· 2– Word Studies–

· 3– Bible Books’ Studies–

· 4– Other Wonderful Bible Studies–

· *** wonderful offer!!! ***–

· Folders for Counseling Ministry–

· fact list about forgiveness–

· To Let Go Takes Love–

· forgiveness by N. Missler–

· Let Go of the Past to Move into the Future–

· True friendship, version 2–

· ***Best Love and Need in ETRLF–

· ***Wonderful Spousal Goals in ETRLF–

· The very best of marriages–

for God and for back-to-the-basics Christianity,

Bible lover Bill

Romans 8:28, Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 4:4-8, and Jude 20-25


a lot of good free information– 83128ef8efee

To God 9 June 2017

St. Francis told his brothers that it was better to remain with the Superior even if he believed him to be wrong, than to leave…etc
Admonition Three

Of Perfect and Imperfect Obedience

Day 5:The Lord says in the Gospel: they “that do not renounce all that they possess cannot be” a “disciple” and “they that will save their life, shall lose it.”

A person is truly obedient when they leave all they possess, lose their body (and their soul), and wholly obeys their superior, doing whatever the superior requires – (provided the person know that what they do is good and not contrary to the superior’s will).   If at times a person sees things which would be better, or more useful to, them than those which the superior asks of them, let them sacrifice their will to God.  Let them strive to fulfil the work requested by the superior. This is true and charitable obedience, which is pleasing to God and to one’s neighbour.

Day 6: If, however, a superior commands anything of a person that is against the person’s soul, it is permissible for the person to disobey.  However, the person must not leave the superior.  If as a result the person suffers persecution from some, they should love their persecutors the more for God’s sake.

For the one who would rather suffer persecutions, than wish to be separated from their brethren, truly abides in perfect obedience. Because they lay down their life for their brethren.

There are many religious who, under pretext of seeing better things than those which their superiors command, look back and return to the vomit of their own will. These are murders and by their bad example they cause the loss of many souls.

 I have not ever been able to understand why it is/ was laudable to stay around while injustice reigned.
We left because no one understood why we would feel this way.
Currently  we are trialling Hope Uniting Church, hpestreetjust down the street. It is a member of the Uniting Church of Australia, I don’t know where it sits as in Wesleyan, Presbyterian or Congregational. The church is very Franciscan and there is a complete spectrum of ages present.
It is not a Catholic church but coming from a non denominational parish that is of no consequence. It is one which follows the Two Holy Ordinances and is very focused on the word.
Last weeks Gospel reading covered the matter of Fasting and Prayer and we were challenged by the Pastor to fast in some way – from food, media, mobile phone, TV and to Pray for a period of 3 months.
So far I find fasting easier than prayer?????

Admonition Three. 2017. Admonition Three. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 09 June 2017].

A Bridge of Hope

A Bridge of Hope
Posted by Don Merritt on January 29, 2017

Christian Life.

So many people these days are feeling like there is little or no hope for the future.  Some are feeling desperate for financial reasons; it’s been a rough economy for the past many.  Others f…<continued>

Source: A Bridge of Hope

The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 7: The first Infancy Narrative of Jesus

Perspectives Of A Fellow Traveler
 The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 7: The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-29

The following is post number 7 in my series, “The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature”. This post centers around the the birth of Jesus and comes from the Gospel of Luke 2:1-20, from the New Revised Standard Version with annotations from The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version 4th ed. Edition by Michael D. Coogan

Source: The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 7: The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-29

The First Gospel of the Infancy of Christ


The following accounts we found in the book of Joseph the high-priest, called by some Caiaphas:

2 He relates, that Jesus spake even when he was in the cradle, and said to his mother:

“3 Mary, I am Jesus the Son of God, that word which thou didst bring forth according to the declaration of the angel Gabriel to thee, and my father hath sent me for the salvation of the world.”

4 In the three hundred and ninth year of the era of Alexander, Augustus published a decree that all persons should go to be taxed in their own country. 5 Joseph therefore arose, and with Mary his spouse he went to Jerusalem, and then came to Bethlehem, that he and his family might be taxed in the city of his fathers. 6 And when they came by the cave, Mary confessed to Joseph that her time of bringing forth was come, and she could not go on to the city, and said, Let us go into this cave. 7 At that time the sun was very near going down. 8 But Joseph hastened away, that he might fetch her a mid-wife; and when he saw an old Hebrew woman who was of Jerusalem, he said to her, Pray come hither, good woman, and go into that cave, and you will there see a woman just ready to bring forth. 9 It was after sunset, when the old woman and Joseph with her reached the cave, and they both went into it. 10 And behold, it was all filled with lights, greater than the light of lamps and candles, an, greater than the light of the sun itself. 11 The infant was then wrapped up in swaddling clothes, an sucking the breasts of his mother St. Mary. 12 When they both saw this light, they were surprised; the old woman asked St. Mary, Art thou the mother of this child ? 13 St. Mary replied, She was. 14 On which the old woman said, Thou art very different from all other women. 15 St. Mary answered, As there is not any child like to my son, so neither is there any woman like to his mother. 16 The old woman answered and said, O my Lady, I am come hither that I may obtain an everlasting reward. 17 Then our Lady, St. Mary said to her, Lay thine hand upon the infant; which, when she had done, she became whole 18 And as she was going forth, she said, From henceforth, all the days of my life, I will attend upon and be a servant of this infant. 19 After this, when the shepherds came, and had made a fire and they were exceedingly rejoicing, the heavenly host appeared to them, praising and adoring the supreme God. 20 And as the shepherds we engaged in the same employment, the cave at that time seemed like a glorious temple, because both the tongues of angels and men united to adore and magnify God, on account of the birth of the Lord Christ. 21 But when the old Hebrew woman saw all these evident miracles, she gave praises to God, and said, I thank thee, O God, thou God of Israel, for that mine eyes have seen the birth of the Saviour of the world.


1. Caiaphas relates that Jesus, when in his cradle, informed his mother that he was the Son of God. 5. Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem to be taxed, Mary’s time of bringing forth arrives, and she goes into a cave. 8. Joseph fetches in a Hebrew woman, the cave filled with great lights. 11. The infant born, 17. cures the woman, 19. arrival of the shepherds.

1. The following accounts we found in the book of Joseph the high-priest, called by some Caiaphas:

That Caiaphas was high-priest at the time of Christ’s public ministry is confirmed by Matthew 26:3, Luke 3:2, John 11:49, 18:14, and Acts 4:6.

This Gospel had been received by the Gnostics, a sect of Christians in the second century. Ocobius de Castro mentions a Gospel of Thomas (there are several books with that title) which he says he saw and had translated to him by an Armenian Archbishop at Amsterdam, that was read in very many churches of Asia and Africa, as the only rule of their faith. Fabricius takes it to be this Gospel. However, it may be the Second Gospel of the Infancy, which is directly attributed to Thomas.

Ahmed Ibu Idris, a Mohammedan divine, says it was used by some Christians in common with the other four Gospels, and it has been supposed that Mohammed and his coadjutors used its fanciful accounts of Christ’s childhood in compiling the Koran. The only “Christian” sources known to Mohammed were the Nestorians, who denied the real union between the divine and the human natures in Christ, thus virtually holding to two natures and two persons. Their founder, Nestorius, was removed in A.D. 431 from the Patriarchate of Constantinople as a heretic. He particularly disliked the expression “Mary, mother of God.” The Church council at Chalcedon asserted the truth of the phrase with the significant addition “as to his humanity.” The Church believes Christ had two natures in one person, and has decided over the ages that its belief in the Trinity and the two natures in Christ could never be explained, but only defined in such a way as to exclude heresies.

La Crosse cites a synod at Angamala, in the mountains of Malabar, A.D. 1599, which condemned this Gospel as still commonly read by the Nestorians in that country. This Gospel was first translated into English and published in 1697 by Henry Sike, Professor of Oriental Languages at Cambridge.[continued]

The Night When God was Naked Before Man | The Life Project

Also See the posts on this page ” Naked before God in Community


Posted by Don Merritt on December 7, 2016

I like nativity scenes; they are the one thing we see around us this time of year that actually have something to do with what we are supposed to be celebrating. Yet sadly, even most nativity scenes, whether sculpted or painted… and certainly those that are reenacted… don’t portray reality.

Source: The Night When God was Naked Before Man | The Life Project