1 Peter chapter 2 A plea for humilty

Before I start I must apologize for taking this long to get an update up. I said I would do it sooner but have failed in the regard. I will try to be more frequent as well as give a better declaration as to when I can post from now on.

Now onto what I wish to talk about.

1 Peter ch 2
1 peter is a very interesting book of the bible. Many try to say this might not of been written by Peter but I feel the type of fire and preaching is very much like that we see from Peter at Pentecost in Acts also I have a strong belief God would of not allowed its inclusion into the bible if their was deception involved to the author. After all God does not lie or use deception as is stated in the Chapter we will be reading Ch 2 as well as all through out the bible Old and New. The whole book of 1 Peter is again something everyone should read especially the Christian facing adversity, persecution or even the threat of death like is happening in places across the world today. As Peter is explaining in this book how we should deal with such issues when the world is starting to show us its dislike. So lets began a verse by verse break down of Chapter 2. I wish to talk about this chapter as many I feel need a reminder on what God believes we should do when faced with a Hostel Government, Ruler or Masters how we as Christians should endure as well as why it is good to patiently endure. The Entire letter of 1 Peter explains why So please read ch 1 as well as the other chapters.

2 Peter Ch 2 (KjV)

1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

      Verse 1 is a bit of a continuation from chapter 1 as wells as introduction. We the reader are told as being a follower of Christ we are laying aside the sins and corruption that we were born with to follow God. Also that this happens automatically when we believe we from that point have the desire to put aside are sins and strive to live a more faithful life.

2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

               Here followers in Christ are compared to a new born infant desiring the “milk” of the Word. The word as told in John ch 1 is Christ. The milk is the understanding of the Verse John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son so that any who believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Paul refers to the milk of the Gospel as well in his letter in 1 Corinthians talking about how he gave them the basic understanding of God so that as the matured in their faith they may latter have the meat of the Gospel as well but he wished to wait tell the better understood the milk.

3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  

               Here he tells the reader if you have tasted the milk then you know the Lord is gracious or merceful, kind, compassionate.

4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

  Here we are told the Word, Jesus was rejected by men but Chosen of God and considered precious.

5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

                 Peter tells the reader that as a believer in Christ that like Christ we are also stones to build the Body of Christ the spiritual bride. As believers of God we are of the same priesthood as Jesus who is the head of the Priesthood. That are spiritual sacrifice or works we do in his name are acceptable to God by Jesus the Christ. (note: being acceptable does not mean works are needed to be saved.)

6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that  believeth on him shall not be confounded.

                We are told about a prophecy that in Israel Jesus would be brought up being singled out, special and that any who believe in him will not be confused about his nature.

7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

          We are given two Groups people who accept and believe and people who reject. We are reminded the builders rejected the stone but it is made the chief stone of the corner.

8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

We are told how people who reject the stone who is Jesus causes confusion and hatred in their hearts.

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

         Peter tells us here people who accepted are a chosen generation made into priests and a nation a special people that will give Jesus praise for he called us out of darkness into his light. For the Jews who accepted it is the fulfillment of many promises God made to them. For the Gentile that accepted it allows them to be counted and grafted into the promises God made. Paul in Romans speaks of the wild Olive being grafted into the Good olive. So we see Peter is mirroring and supporting what Paul had said in Romans.

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

              We are told how this people the Church did not exists previously but that now thanks to God are people of God and have attained mercy when earlier all mankind was condemned.

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Peter begs the reader to abstain from the temptations of sin which try mankind’s soul.

12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

                 What is being said is to always be honest and do Good even when we are accused of in fact being evil. For by are works we Glorify God.

13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

                      Peter is saying not to rebel against the Government for the Sake of God. Whoever it be for rebellion is not in keeping with the word of God. As Jesus said in the temple give to Ceaser what is Ceaser’s and to God what is God’s.

14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

Again peter is stressing that we are to submit to all authority of the rule of law.

15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

   We are told the reason to submit for by submitting is what God wishes so that He may show the ignorance of people who accuse Christians of being evil.

16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

  We are told to not use are freedoms and liberties as a excuse or reason to be mean, or cruel. But as servants to God we should Honor all man. Love are fellow Christians, fear God and honer the ruler over us.

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

Servant was more a reference to slaves but in this day it goes good for employees to bosses and renters to Land Lords that we should be subject even when they are cruel to us.

19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

Peter is saying it is an Honer for a servant of God to endure wrongful suffering.

20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

We are told we would take a justified punishment for a mistake, But that to do it when we have done nothing wrong is seen as acceptable to God. We are told earlier why God wishes us to submit it is to show them His righteousness.

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

This is simply explained as follow Christ’s example.

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

We are reminded Jesus did no sin and was found to have never lied.

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

That when hated over and over again that he suffered and was threatened he gave himself to him the judgeth righteously

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

He did this to bare mankind’s sins in his own self on the cross. So that we would no longer be dead but made alive unto righteousness. By his suffering we were healed.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Finally we are reminded that before we were saved we were lost sheep and now have returned to are Shepherd and Head Priest of our souls. That being Jesus who is God.

In Conclusion

So that is 1 Peter ch 2 and I hope it helps put into perspective what God wishes us to do in relation to Government and authority. Which is to not actively rebel against it and to submit to it as long as it does not require us to go against are beliefs. But even then that we endure the punishment and judgment that comes are way even if it is not deserved and right. For that is what God wishes from us.

For example we are given How Jesus who was being wrongfully crucified submitted to the Sanhedrin and Pilate. That three of Daniels friends who did not bow to the statue of Nebecunazer submitted to the judgment of being thrown in to the fiery furnace. Later even Daniel was subject to a similar wrongful judgment and thrown into a lions den. The apostles all of them were wrongfully imprisoned and went through horrific tortures. All but John were executed. They didn’t rebel but submitted to the judgment that came down. Knowing it was what God wished.

May God watch over and protect all who call on his name.

The Gospel of John is Jesus is God! Part II

When last we talked about the Gospel of John we covered roughly just under a third of chapter 1. Stopping right before John talks about the Testimony of John the Baptist.

John chapter 1 19-34

19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

Here we are told that the following is a Record of John the baptist from when the Sanhedrin which serve as judges over the Jews and if the laws of God are being obeyed. At this time their were claims that John might be the Messiah or a Prophet of old.


20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

So When asked if he is the Savor he says he is not.


21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

So now they ask well then are you a Prophet. His response again is no I am not.

22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

So now since he has denied the accusations of what he is they need some answer. So they beg him for an answer. Here we see the humility of John the baptist he rather then describe himself instead puts it into relation of his Message and makes it about God. He tells them he is a messenger a voice crying out and making the way ready for the Lord or Messiah as was said by the prophet Esaias.

24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

So now they wish to know why is he baptizing if he is not the Messiah or a Prophet. As only a Prophet or other authority was allowed to baptize in Jewish law.

26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Here John once again rather then talking about himself instead makes it about God. That he is baptizing with water, but out their someone not yet reviled is the Messiah and while he will come after him. He existed before him and is so great John is not even worth to tie his sandals or shoe. We are then told were this conversation happened.

29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

Then the day after this happens we see Jesus has come to John. John the Baptist declares him to be the Lamb of God, who will take sin away from the world.

31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Until this point he only knew of Jesus as his cousin and it had not been shown to John he was in fact the Son of God. That only happened now that he was baptizing Jesus that it was shown.

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

John again declares I saw the Spirit. (that is the Holy Spirit) Descend from heaven like a dove and that it rested upon Jesus.

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

Now John further explains the significance of what he said earlier. For he did not know who the Messiah was only that he was sent by God to baptize with water. Also that God said to him upon who thou shalt see the Holy Spirit descending, and remaining on is the same who will baptize with the Holy Ghost.


So here we see Jesus is shown to John the Baptist who was sent to prepare the way for the Messiah that Jesus in fact is the Messiah.

Psalm 4

Here is a short psalm this is a nice evening prayer for anyone who wishes to use before they sleep.

Psalm 4 (kjv)

An evening prayer of trust in God

1 Hear me when I call O God of righteousness: thou has enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? How long will ye love vanity and seek after leasing?  Selah.

3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will here when I call unto him.

4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune your own heart upon your bed, and be still.


5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There be many that say, Who will show us any good? Lord lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their win increased.

8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

 Again that word Selah has appeared like from the last psalm. The word as stated last time has an unknown meaning. It is thought to reference a period of music to play with out any words s these psalm are generally played to musical instruments or to be used as a means to signify a moment to reflect on the verse just read or heard and better understand it I generally again believe both are probably correct.

Verse 1 shows this is in fact a prayer as it is calling God to hear the speaker. It reaffirms that when we are being righteous in are ways. God is with us and reenforces us. The speaker then finally asks in fear and love of God for God to hear the prayer.

Verse 2 opens up speaking of the wicked mocking the Follower of God for their devotion and love of God in the first part of the verse. the 2nd part shows how they are lovers of themselves and the worldly and is asking why would people put trust and love in things that are not eternal.

Verse 3 Is the response to the wicked man’s love of self and mocking of the righteous by saying the Lord sets apart His followers from the world and keeps them for Himself. It also affirms that because the speaker is righteous God will here his prayer.

Verse 4 simply is meaning to not sin and join in the practices of self love instead commune with your heart or love of the Lord.

Verse 5 is an answer to the logical question that comes with verse 4 which is how do we commune or show are love of God? Well that is by doing sacrifices of righteousness or doing God works for the love of God with the expectation of nothing in return. Also by trusting God when situations seem critical that it will come out in the way the Lord wishes.

Verse 6 is a response to people saying show us the good of the world or that question if God is truly loving. So verse 6 is asking to give salvation and grace so that all can know the love and good that is God.

Verse 7 simply states the speaker loves God more then anything.

Verse 8 is saying the Speaker can sleep in peace and safety for He knows the Lord is watching over him.

So that is Psalm 4 the psalm that speaks to the Glory that God watches over all who call on his name. Keeps them in special protection and watches over them for He is a Loving God.

The 2nd Psalm

To day I am going to bring up Psalm 2. This psalm historically looked at seems to be declaring that David the anointed and his heirs are protected by God from the nations. However as will be shown this is more of a declaration of Glory to the Messiah and God who will come and usher in his kingdom at the end of this age.

Interestingly this psalm is referenced in acts 4:25. For Peter and John are taken before the Sanhedrin after healing a lame man in the name of Jesus to be questioned about them preaching and healing in the name of Jesus and they went back to the other followers of the Way and cited the 2 psalm and referenced how Jesus was the anointed spoken of in it so First I will show the verses in acts then we can venture to the Psalm and have a look.

Acts Ch 4 Verse 19-28 (kjv)

19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.
22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.
23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
25Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

Ok, so while they didn’t call out Psalm 2. Verse 25 is a reference to the opening verse of Psalm 2 meaning that is the psalm they are talking about.

So lets now Look at Psalm 2

Psalm 2 (kjv)

1 WHY do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves,and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against his Anointed saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree: The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

8 Ask of me and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance and the uttermost parts the earth for thy possession.

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

As you can see this psalm speaks about God being who really is in charge of the earth not the kings.

This psalm starts out in verse 1 asking why the people of the earth and the leaders of the earth could possibly imagine something as foolish as breaking away from God and reject his Anointed.

Verses 2-3 are explaining what they are thinking of doing. Again this is simply to break away from God and be rulers onto themselves.

This is shown to be foolish by the way God deals with the idea.

In verse 4 it is said: He laughs and Shall have them in derision. (well what is derision lets take a look at Websters it Means: the use of ridicule or scorn to show contempt )

Well looks like the lord is going to hold them in contempt. How? Well verse 5 tells us. He will speak onto them in wrath (This wrath is the 2nd meaning of wrath 2 : retributory punishment for an offense or a crime. The crime they committed is to think they could rule in place of God and usurp Him and His Anointed.) and vex (or frustrate them) with his sore ( or extreme) displeasure.

verse 6 of the Psalm is saying God has set up the Ruler of earth on his holy hill Zion.

Verse 7 is the decree, God has said the king is his Son who He has set up to rule. When He says “Though art my Son; this day have I begotten the.” It is in reference to when He setup the Ruler of the earth. God planed the Messiah to be ruler of the earth before the universe was made. I will show this when I talk of John ch 1 later on this week. This should be understood as a declaration that God has chosen who is in charge and no one else can change it thus the folly of the kings who think otherwise and shows why he is going to Judge them harshly for trying to go against His decree.

In verse 8 God tells us he has given his Anointed the Messiah not just the sons of Jacob but the population of the world for an inheritance. As well as the whole Earth to rule over. This is again to illustrate why it is foolish for the Kings of the earth to think they can break away from God and His plan.

In Verse 9 God shows us the nations will be broken by the Messiah with a rod of Iron this referenced a lot in the New Testament and speaks of the future day of atonement when God brings the earth under His rule.

verses 10- 12 are a final warning and plea to the kings of the earth to do what is right before God. For the day is fast approaching when all of them will have to stand before the Lord and if they continue the idea of rebelling against God he will destroy them. However if they put trust into God they will be blessed. (this also serves as a reminder to the faithful to keep trusting God.)

So this is Psalm 2 a declaration to the Glory of God and his Son who He has declared is to be Ruler of the earth and that all will bow to Him.


What is in a psalm

Psalms are songs and or poems to God. The entire book of Psalms is one giant book of Praise that contains prophecy and understanding of God because the songs and praises rise above time itself to celebrate the past actions of God, Present actions and Actions to be.  At least every day I will try to post a short Psalm or Proverb to share it and  reflect on it and even give a brief explanation on it.

Psalm 11 (KJV)

In the Lord I my trust

In the Lord I put my trust: how say ye to my soul flee as a bird to your mountain?

For lo the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do?

The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men.

The lord trieth the righteous: but wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness his countenance doth behold the upright.

My study bible  notes on this psalm is

A vision of the Lord on His throne is all the righteous need for security in the face of the threat of the wicked.

While I agree with the text I feel the explanation fails to put in perspective what we are looking at and what the Psalm is celebrating about God.

It starts off like all of us do at one point in are life asking God what are we to do when the wicked seem to be prevailing over us.

Then like when God revealed himself in a whirlwind to Job the Lord shows us a taste of His glory and brief look at His awesome power as well as a glimpse at his plan for the world.

It tells us that the Lord is in heaven were the foundations can never be broken. That He judges over both the wicked and the righteous. For the wicked He will lay out snares for them as well as cast them into the lake of fire or the 2nd death.

For the righteous get the Lord’s love and will be with Him.

This psalm echos the plan God has for man to let us live on the earth and to Judge are actions. While the wicked may seem to prosper God is promising that He will reward them the lake of fire for their wicked ways and He confirms his Love for the righteous. Like the study bibles explanation this reassurance of what God intends to do should be enough for us as it should put away are doubts at seeing evil grow knowing that in the end it will be for nothing and we still always have the love of God.

Well if any reading wish to add, comment away.


The Genesis the Creation of a new blog to talk about the Word.

Genesis ch 1 verse 1-2 KJV

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the Earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Well here we are at the beginning. Like the Spirit of God we are hovering over an earth that has yet to be given shape and life I, and what readers who have indulged my desire to write, stand on a blog with out shape or form.

Why am I here and what is this I am trying to do?

Well I am here because I want to read scripture in the bible and then talk about what it means and when I say scripture I mean all of it. I have no idea how long it will take but I pray it will be a good experience I encourage any who read to crack out a bible and look at the passages I talk about for themselves digest what I say and if interested have a conversation with me about it. My expectation of follower activity is low (As I don’t consider my self that important of a person.) so if it is just me talking to myself so be it.

Also as to why now I am doing this. Well I was listening to a man who did a bible study every week who recently stopped. Rather then despair over not getting to enjoy it for a time. I decided to try and grow trusting my learning of God to God and what He wrote and hopefully help a few people curious out who stumble on this blog as well. I have never done a blog before and I expect this to be very messy in the beginning I apologize to any one reading and beg you to bare with me as I grow.

Well now that the foundation has been laid I will try to work on my next Posting to be on topic with what I wish.

In closing I will share a Proverb for any who find this post to think on until I can bring a more substantive post.

Proverbs ch 16 verse 20

He that handleth a mater wisely shall find Good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. (kjv)

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord (esv)

(Closing Note: I wanted to quote two version translations of this proverb verse because I wanted to show something interesting about the word of God. That is how even when two versions of the same verse seem completely deferent the meaning that is trying to be conveyed still ultimately means the same thing. Despite attempts to Modernize the truth and meaning. The Word of God will always pierce through the darkness. You just have to look and accept it.)