Grandad & Nanna's Bible Story - Chapter 15

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After Jesus heard about His cousin John the Baptist, being thrown into prison for telling the truth about Herod the Tetrarch’s sins, He came into the area beside the Sea of Galilee.

There He preached powerfully about God’s wonderful coming Kingdom of God on this Earth, as had been prophesied by the prophets of God for 4,000 years.  (Jude 1:14-15 Jude 1:14-15 [14] And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, [15] To execute judgment on all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
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, Daniel 7:18 Daniel 7:18But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
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; Daniel 7:27 Daniel 7:27And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
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Jesus told people they needed to repent of their sins and turn to loving God and living by God’s Commandments and laws of how to live. (Mark 1:14-15 Mark 1:14-15 [14] Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, [15] And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel.
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, Matthew 19:17 Matthew 19:17And he said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.
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“The time was just about ready for Jesus Christ to do many miracles” says Nanna. “Do you know what was the very first miracle Jesus did?”

Well, his mother Mary and family were attending a big wedding at Cana, and after a while they sadly ran out of wine. The bride and groom were very upset, and so Mary asked Jesus for help.

So, Jesus asked the servants to find some large clay pitchers and fill them with over 100 gallons of water. Then Jesus prayed and asked God His Father to turn the water into wine. God did so.

The servants then began to ladle the wine into glasses.  The Master of Ceremonies’ man, tasted the wine and with a big smile he stood up.

He turned to the Bride and Bridegroom and announced to all the guests: “This wine is truly wonderful! You know, most people bring on the best quality wine first at a wedding and then bring on the less quality wine later. But, you are far more noble, honourable and generous, because you have served up to your guests the very, very best quality wine later!”  (John 2:1-11 John 2:1-11 [1] And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: [2] And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. [3] And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus said to him, They have no wine. [4] Jesus said to her, Woman, what have I to do with you? my hour is not yet come. [5] His mother said to the servants, Whatever he said to you, do it. [6] And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. [7] Jesus said to them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. [8] And he said to them, Draw out now, and bear to the governor of the feast. And they bore it. [9] When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not from where it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, [10] And said to him, Every man at the beginning does set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but you have kept the good wine until now. [11] This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
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Soon after this wedding, Jesus Christ began His ministry by going up into a wilderness place to fast for 40 days and 40 nights. He did this to pray to God His Father and to draw upon the strength of God, in preparation for the next important three and a half years, as prophesied by the prophets. (Matthew 4:1-11 Matthew 4:1-11 [1] Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. [2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. [3] And when the tempter came to him, he said, If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. [4] But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. [5] Then the devil takes him up into the holy city, and sets him on a pinnacle of the temple, [6] And said to him, If you be the Son of God, cast yourself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. [7] Jesus said to him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God. [8] Again, the devil takes him up into an exceeding high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; [9] And said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me. [10] Then said Jesus to him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. [11] Then the devil leaves him, and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.
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, Daniel 9:26-27 Daniel 9:26-27 [26] And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and to the end of the war desolations are determined. [27] And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured on the desolate.
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“Do you know what happened at the end of the 40 days of fasting?” says Grandad. “Satan came to try to tempt Jesus.”

Satan the Devil said to Jesus, when He was very, very hungry: “If you are the Son of God, command that these stone become bread.”

This was a very cunning trick by Satan, because he knew Jesus was very hungry. Also, Jesus knew He could have made the stones into bread if He had wanted to, but think about that our child?

If Jesus had done so, He would have been following Satan’s suggestion, just as Eve and Adam had done in the Garden of Eden. He would have been following Satan and not following God.

So Jesus very wisely answered Satan: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

Then the Devil took Him to the top of the Temple in Jerusalem and tempted Jesus again:  “If you are the Son of God, why not just jump off this pinnacle, for it is also written ‘He shall give His angels charge concerning You, and they shall bear you up in their hands, lest You strike your foot against a stone.’”

Satan was very cunning in the way he deceitfully used the scriptures to tempt Jesus, but He was wise against the Devil’s cunning question.

Jesus wisely answered Satan, with another scripture: “Again, it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”

The Devil tried a 3rd time to trick and tempt Jesus by taking Him to the top of a very high mountain: “All these kingdoms you can see below, and more I will give to you, with all the glory that goes with it, if you bow down and worship me.”

By now Jesus Christ had enough of Satan’s wicked temptations, so He firmly said to the Devil: “Begone Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’”

Then Satan the Devil, who is the one who deceives the whole world, left Jesus. God then sent His angels to minister to Jesus with food and water. (Mark 1:13 Mark 1:13And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.
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, Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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“What things do we learn from Jesus wisdom in the way He rejected these temptations?” says Nanna.

Then came the time for Jesus and his disciples to keep God’s Passover.  (John 2:13 John 2:13And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
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, Leviticus 23:5-8 Leviticus 23:5-8 [5] In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover. [6] And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread. [7] In the first day you shall have an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein. [8] But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein.
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As Christ came into the Temple area he saw many sellers of sheep, oxen, doves, and the money changers.  He was disgusted by these people making money out of people’s needs to make sacrifices and how these evil people were turning God’s Temple into a “house of merchandise”.

So he made a whip of cords and He chased this band of crooks out of the Temple, shouting out at them: “Take these things out of here! Do not make my Father’s house a house of merchandise and thieves!”

“You would think that these terrible money changers and merchants would have learned their lesson and never came back, wouldn’t you?” says Grandad. “But no, they came back and a few years later Jesus Christ once again drove them out of the Temple area.” (Matthew 21:12 Matthew 21:12And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
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Jesus did many miracles during that Passover and 7 Days of Unleavened Bread and many people came to believe in Him being the Son of God, when they saw the miracles He did.  But, Jesus was very suspicious about their faith and the reasons why they wanted to believe. (John 3:23-25 John 3:23-25 [23] And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. [24] For John was not yet cast into prison. [25] Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
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You see, God the Father and Jesus Christ love people who truly love God and love keeping God’s Commandments and Way of life. (1 John 5:2-3 1 John 5:2-3 [2] By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. [3] For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
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God does not like phoney believers, who just want to feel good or they want healing or they want money or they want blessings from God or they want to be seen by other people as good Christians. (1 John 2:3-5 1 John 2:3-5 [3] And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. [4] He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. [5] But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
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Jesus said:  “Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46 Luke 6:46And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
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“But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:9 Matthew 15:9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
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“Sadly, the majority of people who call themselves “Christian” in this world, do not do the things that God has commanded and many of them even say: ‘Oh you don’t need to keep God’s Commandments and laws. All you need to do is to believe in the name of Jesus Christ’”, says Grandad.

“Well Jesus said, do not think that I have come to destroy God’s law. I did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfil the keeping of God’s law and to magnify it, so that we shouldn’t even think to break any of God’s Commandments, much less actually do evil, by sinning against them.”  (Matthew 5:17-18 Matthew 5:17-18 [17] Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. [18] For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
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, Matthew 5:21-22 Matthew 5:21-22 [21] You have heard that it was said of them of old time, You shall not kill; and whoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: [22] But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whoever shall say, You fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
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, Matthew 5:27-28 Matthew 5:27-28 [27] You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: [28] But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
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“Yes, and Jesus said that if someone says you don’t need to keep God’s laws, that person will be considered least in the Kingdom of God, when Jesus returns, to set up the Government of God on this Earth”, says Nanna. “But the good news is, that any person who teaches about God’s good laws and lives by them, will be called great in the Kingdom of God.” (Matthew 5:19 Matthew 5:19Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
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What sort of person do you want to be in God’s sight, our child? 

Least in the Kingdom …or a great person who loves God and who God will love and honour?

To be continued in Chapter 16...