Joel 2:32 Worship

“And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls.”

Joel 2:32

The promise began to be fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out, and it was continued in the converting grace and miraculous gifts conferred on both Jews and Gentiles.

Calling on God supposes knowledge of Him, faith in Him, desire toward Him, dependence on Him, and, as evidence of the sincerity of all this, conscientious obedience to Him.

Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord – To call upon the name of the Lord, is to worship Him, as He is, depending “upon” Him. “The name of the Lord,” expresses His True Being, That which He is.

Hence, so often in Holy Scripture, people are said to “call on the Name of the Lord,” to bless the Name of the Lord, to praise the Name of the Lord, to sing praises to His Name, to make mention of His Name, to tell of His Name, to know His Name” but it is very rarely said “I will praise the Name of God” (Psalm 69:31; Hebrew), for the Name rendered “the Lord,” expresses that He is, and that He Alone is, the Self-Same, the Unchangeable; the name rendered “God” is not the special Name of God.

Hence, as soon as people were multiplied and the corrupt race of Cain increased, people “began,” after the birth of Enos, the son of Seth, “to call upon the Name of the Lord” Genesis 4:26, ┬áin public worship.

Abraham’s worship, in the presence of the idolatries of Canaan, is spoken of, under the same words, “he called upon the Name of the Lord” Genesis 12:8; Genesis 13:4; Genesis 21:33; Genesis 26:25.

Elijah says to the prophets of Baal, “call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the Name of the Lord” 1 Kings 18:24. Naaman the Pagan says of Elisha, “I thought that he would come out to me, and stand and call on the Name of the Lord his God” 2 Kings 5:11. Asaph and Jeremiah pray God; “Pour out Thy wrath upon the pagan that have not known Thee, and upon the kingdom (families Jerome) which have not called upon Thy Name” Psalm 79:6; Jeremiah 10:25; and Zephaniah foretells the conversion of the Pagan, “that they may all call upon the Name of the Lord, to serve Him with one consent” Zephaniah 3:9.

To “call” then “upon the Name of the Lord” implies right faith to call upon Him as He is; right trust in Him, leaning upon Him; right devotion, calling upon Him as He has appointed; right life, ourselves who call upon Him being, or becoming by His Grace, what lie wills.

They “call” not “upon the Lord,” but upon some idol of their own imagining, who call upon Him, as other than He has revealed Himself, or remaining themselves other than those whom He has declared that He will hear. For such deny the very primary attribute of God, His truth. “Their” God is not a God of truth.

But whosoever shall in true faith and hope and charity have in this life worshiped God, “shall be delivered,” i. e., out of the midst of all the horrors of that Day, and the horrible damnation of the ungodly. The “deliverance” is by way of “escape” (for such is the meaning of the word , “he shall be made to escape, slip through” (as it were) perils as imminent as they shall be terrible.

Our Lord speaks in a similar manner of the same Day, “Watch ye therefore and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” Luke 21:36.

Those who so call upon Him in truth shall be heard in that day, as He says, “Ask and it shall be given you; Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it you” Matthew 7:7; John 16:23.

We are created to worship Jesus in spirit and in truth, John 4:24

 

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John 6:5-15 Messiah Miracle

“Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”

“One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. ”

“And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”

“Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

John 6:5-15

He saith unto Philip; Jesus directed His question to him particularly, because he was of Bethsaida, which is close to where they were and therefore he might best know where they could buy bread.

And this He said to prove him … Or test his faith, and not only his but the rest of the disciples too.

For He himself knew what He would do; Christ had determined to work a miracle, and feed the large number of people that were with Him, with that small provision they had among them; and being God omniscient, Jesus knew that He was able to do it, and that He was determined to do it, and it would be done; but Jesus was willing first to try the faith of His apostles.

Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them. Two hundred pence or “Roman denarii”, which may be meant here, would buy enough bread for two thousand men; but here were three thousand more, besides women and children, who could not have been provided for with this amount of money.

There is a lad here … Who either was employed to carry their provisions for them or rather he came there to sell what he had.

So the men sat down, in number about five thousand; besides women and children, Matthew 14:21.

… and when Jesus had given thanks; for them, and blessed them, or implored a blessing on them, that they might be nourishing to the bodies of men, as was His usual manner, and which is an example to us.

When they were filled … Had not only eaten, but had made a full meal, and were thoroughly satisfied, having eaten as much as they could, or chose to eat.

That nothing be lost; this He said, partly so that the truth, reality, and greatness of the miracle might be clearly discerned; and partly to teach frugality, that in the midst of abundance, care be taken that nothing be lost of the good things which God gives; and which may be useful to other persons or at another time.

… and filled twelve baskets; every disciple had a basket filled with the fragments of the five barley loaves; and it may be of the fishes also:

which remained over and above unto them that had eaten; such a marvelous increase was there, through the power of Christ going along with them; insomuch that they multiplied to such a degree, either in the hands of the distributors, or of the eaters.

That Prophet … The Messiah. The power to perform this miracle and the benevolence manifested in it, showed that Jesus was the long-expected Messiah.

Police Complaint

 

I wrote this letter to the local police station …

First, I am a minister and do not appreciate having a scene of police around my house. I have a clean record and so on …

I Just had a local cop bring 2 extra back up along to our house after returning our dog because I was armed … over our dog getting loose. There is no reason too give us a warning and wait for another opportunity to force money from us.

They were trying to set me up and trap me into making trouble. I know full well that’s how police are trained, to intimidate and make someone nervous so they will react. I was not going to give them that satisfaction and walked off to let my wife deal with it.

I go everywhere with my side arm, its an open carry state. Most everyone praises me for it and tells me they feel more comfortable and safe because someone is armed. I meet many others who usually conceal carry. I also have a permit for that.

These tyrant enforcers come by with 3 cops because they see me armed over a loose dog. Other neighbors have helped us with the dog and nobody else has ever complained about it or gave us some ridiculous tyrannical warning over it. They certainly are not bothered by my firearm. I specifically pointed out that I am armed because I live so close to a police station. in most places I’ve lived, police are the most dangerous people on the streets and deep in most of the crimes.

At least these guys respected my wish for them to stay on the sidewalk and deal with my wife. Your badges do not make you any better than anyone else. 3 cops over a loose dog is an embarrassment and public harassment. My side arm was just an excuse for causing trouble. They must talk to hundreds of people who are armed and they don’t even realize it.

He could have simply returned our dog and moved on. I said thank you. There was no further business necessary.

Then suddenly we are trapped in our house like criminals after he demands we don’t go anywhere while they sit outside and write up a statement.

What if several armed people went to that cops house because they know he has a firearm? How would that go over? We did nothing to warrant or deserve that kind of attention, and as a minister I am not going to file any formal complaints. I chose not to even get his badge number.

Better than that I am going to forgive and pray …