For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.
November 30, 2021: Shalom!!!
Matins Gospel Reading:
At that time, as Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left their boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.
4:17: Christ's first word, like that of John the Baptist, is "repent"...The Kingdom of Heaven is present wherever Christ is...
4:18-22: These first disciples had already heard the preaching of John the Baptist and were prepared to accept Christ immediately...Though illiterate and unlearned in religion, these "people of the land" who Yeshua (Jesus) calls will be revealed at Pentecost to be the wisest of all...
-Note how the crowds do not swarm Yeshua when he commands repentance (v. 17), but only when he begins to heal and work miracles...This fact shows that people misunderstand the true nature of His Kingdom...
"The Lord called me over a year ago, and I have been doing his work ever since that day...Please do not delay O Lord, teach me to do Your Will, for You are my Lord and my Savior and so I seek refuge in You, O The Lord of my soul, My God, My King and my Salvation!!!"
-JPCE Spiritual Talk
Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 4.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth. Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.
Today's Epistle Reading :
1 Corinthians 4:9-16:
Brethren, God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the off-scouring of all things. I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.
4:10: Irony and sarcasm are bitter medicine, and Paul uses them here (vv. 8-13) with full force...The three parallel statements we are fools, we are weak, we are dishonored are heaped upon each other in a stinging series...The relative comfort of the Corinthian Christians is contrasted with the persecuted, poverty-stricken and uncertain life of the apostles (vv. 11-13, see Mark 6:4; 9:35; 10:31)...
4:12-13: The Apostles have endured all kinds of humiliation, being treated as filth, and instead of fighting back have responded with love toward their persecutors, all for joy serving Christ and reconciling the world to the Lord...
4:14-16: Paul soothes the soreness of his rebuke by reminding them of his fatherhood...As in a family, so in the Church, maturing children need parental guidance...The apostles to the Gentiles, thus to most Christians writes imitate me because it imitates Christ... see also Matthew 23:9-10...
"I no longer fear my enemies because they are powerless, I fear the One Who can destroy both the body and the soul...Christ wins in the end so what are you waiting for!!!"
-JPCE Spiritual Talk
Today's Gospel Reading:
At that time, John was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you seek?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "Where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter).
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! " Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
1:32: That the spirit remained upon Him was a sign that Christ possesses the Spirit in his fulness from all eternity...Christ did not receive the Holy Spirit at His Baptism; rather, this vision that John saw revealed the truth that the Holy Spirit has always rested on Christ...
1:35-45: The Lord's first disciples had been followers of John the Baptist: There were Andrew (v. 40); Simon, who was also known as Peter or Cephas (vv.41, 42); Philip (V. 43); Nathanael (V. 45). who was also known as Bartholomew; and an unarmed disciple (vv. 35-40), who some Fathers say John, the author...It was a common literary device for a writer not to give his own name, see also Luke 24:13...
1:47: No deceit means both having a pure heart and being straightforward with others...
1:48-50: What exactly occurred under the fig tree is not stated...St. John Chrysostom teaches this was the meeting place of Philip and Nathanael (vv. 45, 46), and that Yeshua (Jesus) was praising Nathanael for being so diligent and careful in His search for the Messiah...Christ's foreknowledge and His ability to see into Nathanael's heart stir him to this confession of faith (v.49)...
1:51: The title Son of Man is the title of the Messiah that had level of mystery in its meaning, indicating a man of heavenly origin, the Book of Enoch tells us the Son of Man was hidden in time waiting for His moment...see Daniel 7:13-14 about the Kingdom of YHWH will be ushered in...Jacob dreamed of a ladder connecting earth to heaven, upon which the angels of the Lord were ascending and descending, see Genesis 28:12-15...Yeshua (Jesus) is the "ladder" who unites earth to heaven, and therefore is the Son of Man...
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows [a]bountifully will also reap [b]bountifully.
2 CORINTHIANS 9:6
Today The Orthodox celebrate:
Andrew one of the First Disciples called: https://www.goarch.org/chapel/saints?contentid=316&PCode=11LT&D=T&date=11/30/2021
Froumentios, Archbishop of Abyssina
Alexander the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Mithymna
Note: Omicorn derives from the Hebrew word Ayin means "EYE": The One eye the Watchers the fallen angels... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omicron see for yourselves a quick google search: עַיִןʻayin, ah'-yin; probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape):—affliction, outward appearance, before, think best, colour, conceit, be content, countenance, displease, eye((-brow), (-d), -sight), face, favour, fountain, furrow (from the margin), × him, humble, knowledge, look, (+ well), × me, open(-ly), + (not) please, presence, regard, resemblance, sight, × thee, × them, + think, × us, well, × you(-rselves)...The Watchers the bad ones the Fallen Ones love to say we are always watching you!!! Here is my theory these different variant names are just code for the enemy to get there actions going...Now I'm not saying I'm dogmatic but the Lord is leading somewhere and I will callout the evil and shun it!!!
Note: I'm starting a New Tradition it will be called JPCE Spiritual talk Holiday Care Packages: If anyone is interested in helping us you can hit me up in my private message...Our goal is to help 3 veterans in the need this Holiday season, and I will pray the Lord turns this into something huge...No money needs to be donated only food or clothing type stuff, we need to do our part to help those in need!!!
The Miracle of the Fish (scene from The Chosen)
The Father is my hope. The Son is my refuge. The Holy Spirit is my protection. Holy Trinity, glory to You!
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen!
May YAHWEH Bless you all,
Jared W. Campbell
US Army Retired