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"Sacred Legacies & Insights: Exploring Saints and Scripture" See Write Up

Introduction: (There is a ten-second pause in the video at the beginning of the introduction, starting at the time stamp 43 seconds and resuming at 53 seconds. Sorry, but this morning, I must have had a connection issue; I do not redo videos because of time and my schedule).

"Welcome, dear listeners, to 'Sacred Insights,' where we embark on a transformative journey through the annals of sacred history and Scripture. In this episode, we delve deep into the lives of revered saints and explore the profound truths in the Old Testament passages of Isaiah, Genesis, and Proverbs. These saints, whose lives are illuminated by divine grace, beckon us to discover deeper meanings and applications in our faith journey. As we unravel the tapestry of Scripture and saints, we may be inspired, challenged, and transformed by timeless truths and powerful experiences. Let us embark on this sacred exploration to uncover the treasures of wisdom and grace that await us in the company of saints and Scripture."

The Holy Apostles of the Seventy, Herodion, Agabus, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon, and Hermes: These revered saints were among the Seventy Apostles chosen and sent by Jesus Christ to spread the Gospel. They played vital roles in the early Christian community, contributing to its growth and strengthening the faith of believers. Each brought unique gifts and zeal to their mission, enduring hardships and persecution for the sake of Christ. Their steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication serve as inspiring examples for Christians today, reminding us of the sacrifices made by those who laid the foundation of the Church.

  • Herodion: Romans 16:11 - "Greet Herodion, my relative. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord."

  • Agabus: Acts 11:28; Acts 21:10 - "And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius)." / "While we stayed for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea."

  • Rufus: Romans 16:13 - "Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well."

  • Asyncritus, Phlegon, and Hermes: These names appear in Romans 16:14 - "Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them." 2. The Holy New 2. Martyr, John the Ship-Builder: While not directly mentioned in Scripture, John the Ship-Builder's martyrdom follows the tradition of countless early Christians who sacrificed their lives for their faith, in alignment with the teachings and examples of Jesus and the Apostles.

  • Rufus the Obedient of the Kyiv Caves: Rufus is not mentioned in the Bible. He is a saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and his life and deeds are remembered through tradition and hagiographical accounts within the Church.

  • Celestine, Pope of Rome: Pope Celestine is not mentioned in the Bible either. He was a prominent figure in the early 5th-century Christian Church, and his actions and influence are documented in historical records rather than in biblical texts.

A narration of Isaiah 14:24-32:

"In the prophecy of Isaiah, we are transported to a time of divine proclamation and judgment. Here, the prophet speaks with the authority of the Lord, declaring, 'The Lord of hosts has sworn: "As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand'" (Isaiah 14:24). This statement emphasizes the sovereignty of God, whose plans and purposes are unshakable and inevitable. The narrative unfolds as Isaiah delivers a message of destruction upon Assyria, a powerful empire that had oppressed Israel. Despite their might and arrogance, Assyria would face divine judgment, as the Lord declares, 'I will break the Assyrian in my land, and on my mountains trample him underfoot; his yoke shall be removed from them, and his burden from their shoulder' (Isaiah 14:25). This pronouncement carries a profound parallel to the liberation of Israel from bondage, echoing the Exodus narrative where God delivered His people from the oppression of Egypt."

Understanding and Application:

"The passage raises questions in verses 27 and 32, where it asks, 'For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?' and 'What will one answer the messengers of the nation? "The Lord has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge'" (Isaiah 14:27, 32). These questions reflect on the unchangeable nature of God's plans and His role as the protector and refuge of His people. Just as the Lord intervened on behalf of Israel against Assyria, so too does He remain faithful to His promises and provide refuge for His people in times of trouble."

"In considering the lives of the saints mentioned earlier and reflecting on the Old Testament passages, we find a powerful application. Just as the saints demonstrated unwavering faith and obedience amidst trials, we are all called to trust God's sovereignty and seek refuge in Him. Their examples serve as beacons of hope and encouragement for our faith journey. Like them, we are reminded that God's plans for us are unshakable, and His hand is always stretched out to guide and protect us. Therefore, let us draw inspiration from their lives, deepen our understanding of Scripture, and anchor our faith firmly in the unchanging promises of God."

Psalm 33:10-11: This passage echoes the theme of God's unchangeable plans and ultimate authority over the nations. Just as Isaiah prophesies regarding Assyria, the Psalmist affirms that God's plans will prevail despite the intentions of human rulers. This parallel underscores the timeless truth of God's sovereignty, reassuring believers that they can trust His steadfast purposes.

Narration of Genesis 8:21-9:7:

"In Genesis, we witness the aftermath of the great flood, a cataclysmic event that reshaped the world. As the waters recede and Noah and his family emerge from the ark, God makes a covenant with them and all living creatures. God promises never again to destroy the earth with a flood, establishing the rainbow as a sign of this covenant. In these verses, we hear God's declaration: 'I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done (Genesis 8:21). God recognizes the inherent sinfulness of humanity but extends His grace and mercy, offering a path to redemption and renewal."

Understanding and Application:

"This narrative presents a robust biblical parallel to the concept of salvation. Just as God made a covenant with Noah and his descendants, offering deliverance from destruction and a promise of preservation, so does He extend salvation to all humanity through Jesus Christ. The rainbow, a symbol of God's covenant with Noah, serves as a reminder of His faithfulness and enduring love for His creation."

James 2:14-26: Faith without works is dead; true faith is demonstrated through actions. Applying to Genesis 8:21-9:7, Noah's obedient action exemplifies active faith leading to salvation.

"Furthermore, we see in these verses that salvation is portrayed as a two-way street between man and God. While God extends His grace and mercy, it requires a response from humanity. Noah's obedience in building the ark and following God's instructions was crucial to his salvation. Similarly, our faithfulness and obedience to God's commands are integral to experiencing the fullness of salvation in our lives."

"In applying this passage to the lives of the saints mentioned earlier, we are reminded of their unwavering obedience and trust in God amidst adversity. Just as Noah remained faithful to God's instructions and found salvation, so did these saints persevere in their faith and witness the fulfillment of God's promises in their lives. Their example challenges us to deepen our trust in God, obey His commands, and actively participate in the covenant relationship He offers us. Through our obedience and faithfulness, we can experience the transformative power of God's salvation in our lives and become beacons of His grace and love to the world."

Narration of Proverbs 11:19-12:6:

"The book of Proverbs, attributed to the wise King Solomon, contains a wealth of timeless wisdom that illuminates the path of righteousness and virtuous living. In Proverbs 11:19-12:6, the contrast between righteousness and wickedness is vividly portrayed, offering insights into the consequences of one's actions and the virtues that lead to life.

Proverbs 11:19 warns, 'Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.' This verse encapsulates a fundamental truth echoed throughout Scripture: the way of righteousness leads to life and blessings, while the path of wickedness leads to destruction and death. The consequences of one's choices are starkly contrasted, underscoring the importance of living in alignment with God's principles.

Moving into Proverbs 12:1, we encounter the theme of discipline and correction: 'Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.' Here, the value of humility and teachability is emphasized. Those who embrace correction and discipline are open to growth and wisdom, while those who reject it are characterized as foolish.

Proverbs 12:4 provides a glimpse into the importance of virtuous character: 'A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.' This verse highlights the profound impact of virtuous living on relationships and personal well-being. A person of noble character brings honor and blessings, while moral decay leads to ruin.

Understanding and Application:

"In this passage, we are confronted with the stark realities of righteousness and wickedness, discipline and foolishness, virtue and disgrace. The principles elucidated in Proverbs serve as guiding lights for navigating life's complexities and making choices that lead to flourishing and blessings. As we reflect on the wisdom in these verses, we are challenged to examine our lives and strive for righteousness, humility, and virtue.

A parallel can be found in Matthew 7:24-27, where Jesus teaches about the wise and foolish builders. The wise build their house on the rock (righteousness), while the foolish build on sand (wickedness), illustrating Proverbs' contrast between righteousness and wickedness and their consequences.

"Applying these truths to the lives of the saints we've explored earlier, we see exemplars of righteousness, discipline, and virtuous living. Their unwavering commitment to God's will, humility in the face of trials, and virtuous righteousness inspire us today. Just as they navigated life's challenges with faith and integrity, so too are we called to walk in holiness and wisdom, trusting in God's guidance and living out the principles of His Word.

"In our present lives, amidst the complexities of the modern world, let us heed the wisdom of Proverbs, draw strength from the examples of the saints, and strive for lives marked by righteousness, humility, and virtue. May our study of Scripture and saints lead us to deeper understanding and transformation as we seek to embody the timeless truths of God's Word in our daily lives."

"As we draw near to the conclusion of our sacred journey, may the insights gleaned from the lives of saints and the wisdom of Scripture continue to resonate within our hearts and minds. Let us carry forward the torch of faith, inspired by the examples of those who have gone before us and grounded in the timeless truths of the Word. As we navigate complexities, may we walk in righteousness, humility, and virtue, trusting in guidance and embodying the principles of His Word. Until we meet again on our next ''acred Insights,'' may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always. Amen."

In Christ, love Jared W. Campbell

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