The Emancipation of Isaac Print E-mail

Pastor Randy Hollis

Randy Hollis

Senior Pastor
The Believers Church
Louisville, Kentucky

The Emancipation Of Isaac

"Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now." (Gal 4:28,29)

The rendezvous point was the sun-drenched coasts of Magdala, Mary Magdalen's hometown. The air and the shoreline were dotted with squawking sea gulls given that at the time of Christ Magdala was known for its prosperous fisheries. The disciples joyfully approached Jesus; Jesus looked at them with great determination and said, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." (Matt 16:6)" I can almost hear Peter saying, "Dude, who forgot the bread again?" Jesus had also warned them earlier in Matthew 13, that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

His warning only led to a fog like confusion because the disciples did not yet see the big picture. Maybe they were thinking, "Here He goes with the leaven stuff again, what does it all mean?" Jesus was not just frustrated with the Pharisees and the Sadducees; something big was happening and the situation was beginning to read like a mystery novel. Jesus knew a long kept secret, a secret that was being revealed by dropping one clue at a time.In Matthew 13:35 we read, "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world."

As I was doing my research for this chapter I thought Wow, Are we dealing with a from-the-foundation-of-the-world secret? Benjamin Franklin once said, "The only way three friends can keep a secret is if two of them are dead." Our God is a secret keeping God, and I feel He has revealed this to be a secret of great longevity!

I have learned through the many years of prayer and study that if a subject carries a lot of significance in the bible, then anticipatory models can be found. An anticipatory model is an actual occurrence that models a future event. Its God's way of saying, I'm the Alpha and Omega, I will tell you the end from the beginning; or, I'm God and your not.

I don't want to bore you by droning on and on about anticipatory models but let me give you one example. Jesus said, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad." (John 8:56) Did Abraham really see the day of Christ? Absolutely! Remember, Abraham took Isaac up the mountain to sacrifice him. You know the story, how God provided a sacrifice for himself. Watch what happens to Isaac. We almost miss it because it's what's not there that makes this story beautiful.

We know that Isaac's life was spared but he was not mentioned coming back down the mountain with his father, we know he did but the narrative doesn't say so. The bible says, "So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba." (Gen 22:19) Isaac is not mention in an active sense again until he is coming out to meet his bride. This qualifies Isaac as an anticipatory model of Christ.

The first model came to mind as I asked myself this question, where does all of this leaven stuff start? The answer is Egypt. The first time God instructs them take the leaven out of the bread is the in preparation of the Passover, and a stern warning follows it. "Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel." (Exo 12:15)

A stranger would be cut off as well, "for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land." (Exo 12:19)

In contemporary terms, If you were going to put the blood on the doorposts of your home to avoid the judgment of God then you couldn't have leaven in the house. Leaven is a type of the law and the blood represents Christ, and the covenant of promise. This anticipatory model is pointing to a "Perfect Storm" somewhere in the future of the New Testament church. A storm so turbulent that it could leave many cut off from the body of Christ and the power of His blood.

Isaiah prophesied under a heavy anointing about the law-Vs-blood- "Perfect Storm," when he said, "For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken." (Isa 28:11-13)

The New International Version states in verse thirteen, "So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there-- so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured."

Most spirit filled groups love to quote verse eleven but they stop short of "yet they would not hear." When Isaiah says, "they would not hear," he says the word of the LORD will become something, a list of rules, a repeating pattern of do and do not. Something happens to their eyes and they cannot see the truth of the power of the blood. A spirit gets hold of them and they begin to mock the blood by their actions. According to Paul the spirit is a bewitching spirit and he says that it's a spirit like that of Ishmael.

Isaiah said that "they would not hear," another way to say it would be, "they refused to listen and believe." Amos 3:3 says, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" If they do not agree, if they will not listen, if they refuse to see, then they cannot walk together! According to scripture a legalistic person and a person of promise are not the same. According to Isaiah, one of them has fallen backwards, one has been injured, one has been snared, and one has been captured!

Do injured soldiers stay on the front line and fight? How about a captured soldier or one that's in a snare? The answer is NO! According to the anticipatory model found in the book of Exodus the legalistic persons soul has been cut off. Paul said, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." (Gal 5:4 ) Paul also told the Galatians in chapter three that they were bewitched meaning, Christ had become of no effect = the blood lost its power to cover. They had fallen from grace.

Paul said, they fell from grace, Isaiah said, they fell backwards; both are terrifying statements!

Where is a person, if they have fallen backwards, fallen from grace, and Christ is of no effect in their life? Could it mean that they are lost?

There is a group of ministers in the church that call themselves "conservative," while we would call them "ultra-conservative." Will you consider for a moment that they may not be Christ-like in their views or actions? Could they be back under the law, fallen from grace and not aware that they have lost their blood covering; might they be bewitched? The word of God has become to them rule upon rule, a list of do's and don'ts. When they stand before God will they have to give answer for why they mocked the power of the blood? Will they also be stunned into a terrified silence when they learn that because they embraced "one law" they will now have to give an answer for every law?

When I read Gal 5:4 something very strange happened to me, I saw a diagram like the second one pictured below. The first diagram is the way I had always seen Pentecost, I believed that you were either blind (meaning that you did not see the light of truth) or you were given enough insight by the spirit to see the truth and you belonged on the blood covered platform. I was taught to believe that if you were blood covered then you belonged in one of these four categories, Liberal, moderate, conservative, or ultra- conservative. I had always believed that if you were blood covered then you were on a higher level spiritually than the blind.

When I read the following statement, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you," (Gal 3:1 KJV) The diagram below came to my mind and has not changed since that time.

The Ultraconservative group fell away from the blood-stained-grace- platform and became lost again by stumbling back under the law. What terrifies me is, most ministers deceived by this spirit never feel a falling sensation or the thud when they crash into the lower bewitched platform. They do not realize that they have changed spirits!

Paul went on to declare, "This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" (Gal 3:2 -3)

Paul also said, "But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. "The Law" (Gal 3:25 ) "But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?" (Gal 4:9 ) And from the NIV "I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you." (Gal 4:11 ) When Paul said, "ye desire again to be in bondage" it brings the wilderness wonderings of the children of Israel to mind. They longed to go back to Egypt. This is another anticipatory model of the law-Vs-blood-"Perfect Storm." There are many warnings laced throughout scriptures, warning us of a terrible snare that would leave us at best, bound, and at the worst, lost.

Ishmael and Isaac Another anticipatory model is found in the story of Abraham. Abraham was instructed by the High and Holy that he would have a son with Sarah and she would be called the mother of nations. It was in the tenth year of living in Canaan, when Sarah talked Abraham into having a child with Hagar, her Egyptian maid. From the moment Hagar conceived the narrative takes a strange twist. Silence!

Not complete silence, but as far as Abraham was concerned it was a frightening blackout. Genesis 16:16 tells us that Abraham was 86 years old when Ishmael was born. The very next verse is Genesis 17:1, and it tells us that Abraham was 99 years old when God spoke to him again. To the casual reader the rhythm seems unbroken, chapter sixteen ends and chapter seventeen begins, but what lies between those two short verses is thirteen years of silence.

God did speak during this time, but strangely enough it was to Hagar. The angel of the Lord found Hagar on the run from Sarah, near a fountain of water in the wilderness. He asked her where she came from and where she was going. Hagar tells the angel that she's on the run from her mistress. The angel tells her to return and submit. She returned and submitted to thirteen years of strange silence in her camp.

Please allow me to consider the silence for a moment. It wasn't just quiet it was eerily silent. I'm talking about the kind of silence that hangs heavy like a fog; the kind of fog that takes on a texture, which affects the senses. It stinks! It's clammy! Something's not right in the camp of Abraham. The distinguishing mark on Abraham, as a special leader was the fact that he heard the voice of God! Now, silence! There is friction in his congregation; there are two women at odds with each, one is very large in the front, and the other is Abraham's wife, and the preacher's voice just doesn't have that special ring to it anymore.

Imagine with me that it's late in the evening and the sun is going down. We find Abraham pacing back and forth in front of Hagar's tent, pausing just long enough to allow another midwife to pass in front of him to enter the makeshift birthing room. Sarah is absent from the picture, she retired early with a splitting headache. Soon the muffled yet tender cry of a baby floats through the tent flaps, he is named Ishmael, and by the inspiration of Hagar I might add.

Abraham is invited inside the tent and the small congregation is not sure what to think or how to respond. When Abraham emerges from between the tent flaps he is embracing a bundle but it's not the promised child. He holds Ishmael over his head and begins to praise the God of heaven for the promises made. Everyone notices, somehow, someway, that his praise has lost its brightness.

Thirteen years, thirteen long years of make believe. Time after time Abraham holds Ishmael up for all to see and speaks of future nations and the little congregation rises to dance around the child. It's not the same! The altar calls have lost their punch, no longer hallowed, only habit, merely a faint shadow of what they use to be. Maybe it was at the end of just such a service that Abraham, sickened by the silence and the form of godliness, broke down.

Walking some distance from the meeting Abraham cries out mournfully, "I can't, I can't go .. on!" Thirteen years is a long time for a man to lead with no direction. As he sits in the silence that has become his prison the wind begins to swirl around him. At first Abraham looks to the sky for a change but there's not one cloud, only stars. As the wind continues to build his eyes become fixed in a distant gaze, he is listening, and as he listens the silence is broken. "I am the almighty God;"

THE SILENCE IS BROKEN

I will not attempt to describe the flood of emotions that must have filled his heart but from the scriptures we are told that Abraham fell on his face.

"And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!" (Gen 17:18) Abraham was asking God to fudge on the master plan. In other words Abraham was saying, I have attempted to do in the flesh what you promised me in the spirit. Please allow my efforts to count. The only problem is that his effort was with Hagar, a woman of bondage. Look at how God responds to Abraham, "And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him." (Gen 17:19)

The everlasting covenant has nothing to do with flesh and everything to do with promise. Paul warns us, "You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace." (Gal 5:4 NIV) "O that Ishmael might live before thee!" is a battle that rages well beyond the New Testament. Do we not clearly understand that Ishmael is a type of the law, while Isaac stands as a type of grace?

Paul also warns, "Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he (Ishmael, the one that came before) that was born after the flesh (the law) persecuted him (Isaac) that was born after the Spirit, (grace) even so it is now." (Gal 4:28 -29) "Even so it is now" is a deeply troubling statement revealing a legalism storm that was already raging in Paul's day.

Even so it is now

In Acts 15:5 it says, "But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses." WHAT! Jesus had clearly warned his disciples on more than one occasion to watch out for the leaven of the Pharisees. Here in Acts fifteen we already have Pharisaical-spirit-filled-believers mocking the blood of Christ. They were pushing their Addendum-Theology with a new twist; it was a birth of water-and-spirit, plus, rule, upon rule, upon rule.

I'm asking you to freeze-frame the spokesman of the Pharisee's in you're imagination, leave him frozen mid-sentence in his speech on circumcision and obedience to the law. Picture the pious look on his face. Jesus warned, "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you.(keep in mind that these instructions to obey the law were pre-calvary) But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; (Mat 23:2-6 NIV)

Picture the disciples silent, with their faces to the floor. Ask yourself this question, WWJD What would Jesus do? If Jesus had been in the Acts 15 meeting, would He have let that Pharisee get by with his legalistic speech? The answer is easy isn't it? No! Jesus would have had some choice things to say to that guy, "generation of vipers," whited sepulchers," you can imagine the rest. The Pharisee's were mocking the power of the blood, while injuring, snaring, and capturing those disciples that walked with God in the flesh. Isaiah can keep his "prophet's license" because Acts 15 is the fulfillment of his Isaiah 28: 11-13 prophecy.

Peter verified the outpouring of the Holy Ghost as a major fulfillment of prophecy by quoting the prophet Joel, "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:" (Acts 2:16-18)

I now verify the spreading of the leaven of the Pharisee's in Acts fifteen by quoting the prophet Isaiah, "For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken." (Isa 28:11-13)

The Acts fifteen slugfest is described as "much disputing" in verse seven. I will continue to call it the "Perfect Storm" because of the vast number of lives that I believe were snared, and the fact that the storm still rages after all these years; a storm that has driven many soldiers to trenches where they can neither fight well, nor retreat.

The Quarantine Years

Why did Jesus handpick Paul? Paul was chosen because he was an expert in the law and knew how to block all the legalistic efforts to make inroads; he almost single-handedly saved the message of grace from extinction. The Ishmael spirit is very seductive, and is especially appealing to those who long to be in right standing with Christ. Paul was the Grace-Cop that wasn't afraid to walk the red light district of his Pharisaical neighborhood and keep the leaven-pimps off the street.

SET APART Let's lay out a time line for Paul by using his own words, "But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus. Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days. I saw none of the other apostles--only James, the Lord's brother. I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie." (Gal 1:15-20 NIV) "Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also." (Gal 2:1 NIV)

Paul was converted by Christ, and traveled for seventeen years preaching the gospel before the meeting in Acts fifteen. Paul was converted and then it almost appears that Christ quarantined him because the leaven had already infected the others. Peter does defend the gentiles and Paul's ministry to them by saying, "God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. (Acts 15:8,9 NIV)

The gloves came off when Peter finally found enough courage "in Paul's presence" to deal with the Pharisees that were among the disciples. Peter says, "Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? (Acts 15:10 NIV) I won't weary you with every detail but I do want you to see the outcome of the clash. The bible says, "It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell." (Acts 15:28-29 NIV)

The "Farewell" looms larger than life in my mind, again it's not what we see that bothers me; it's what we don't see that reveals the violence of this "Perfect Storm." Peters name is mentioned one hundred and fifty eight times in the New Testament. One hundred fifty one times before the end of Acts chapter fifteen, only seven times after, five of which are past tense and the remaining two are found in the salutations of first and second Peter. The Ishmael and Isaac issue of Acts fifteen seems to knock Peter almost completely out of the picture because he chose to stay behind, trying to span the gap between grace and the rule makers. Paul faced this Ishmael spirit again in Acts chapters twenty-one through twenty-three. One verse says, "The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks." (Acts 23:10 NIV)

Paul also mentions a sad situation, which involved Peter, and I might as well add that it's one of the past tense references. Paul said, "When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray." (Gal 2:11-13 NIV)

We must honor Peter for having the boldness to open the door to the Gentile world with the message of Jesus Christ. There is no doubt that he will eternally hold the honor for serving God with a rhythm and cadence that can only be described as spirit-led. While I will honor the sun-rise portion of his ministry as brilliant and beautiful, I must admit that there is evidence that the sun-set years displayed some storm clouds on the horizon of his life. I do not believe that Peter became so entangled with the Pharisees as to parrot their message and fall from grace, however, I do believe that he became somewhat snared, letting the Pharisees have their way among the Jewish believers.

When Paul said in Gal 4:29, "Even so it is now," He, under the spirit led anointing of New Testament authorship, qualified the story of Abraham as an anticipatory model of the church. One aspect of this anticipatory model is not yet fulfilled. When Abraham took Isaac up the mountain to sacrifice him, Abraham became a type of, the office of the father. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) If Abraham is the father, then what is Sarah a type of? The church!

In the story of Abraham, Sarah saw Ishmael mocking Isaac. The word says, "But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac." (Gen 21:9-10 NIV) Please hear me, this anticipatory glimpse is still yet to come to pass, the church (Sarah) has never risen up and asked Ishmael to leave. Paul did his best to quarantine the gentiles from the leaven, but the other disciples never rose to the occasion.

I believe that the time is now! How long should we allow the Ishmaelite's to run roughshod over the body? Maybe there is only a minority that stands in their pulpits to preach, "if you wear open toed shoes then you're going to hell! If you wear colored pantyhose then you're going to hell. If you wear a dress with a walking slit in it you are going to hell. If you have a video player in your home, or in your church then you are not saved. If you wear a short-sleeved shirt exposing your elbow then you are not saved." Are we inviting the world to view our message with skepticism by allowing this thoughtlessness to go on? Forgive the harsh question, but have we have become the midwife-of-skepticism?

Shouldn't we demand that they give biblical evidence for their stand? We say, "oh that's just Brother so and so, he's just a little conservative." We are either being way too considerate of that preachers feelings (not truth), or we are totally blind to the fact that Paul would call them legalist's! Paul would say that they have fallen from grace and made Christ of none effect. Where are the grace cops of our day? Our neighborhood has been messed up for far too long, the smell of Ishmael is suffocating. A male dog will mark his territory by hiking his leg upon everything in sight. The problem with Ishmael is he just won't stay in his own back yard; the leaven works its way through the whole lump.

Domination, manipulation, and intimidation are their preferred weapons of choice; all three are classified as illegitimate authorities, meaning that they are not scripturally based. Are you aware that domination, manipulation, and intimidation are considered witchcraft in spirit? I consider them to be the witchcraft-trinity. Aristotle observed that, "no one loves the man whom he fears."

If Paul were alive today, I believe he would do one of two things. He would either try to educate the leaven-lovers among us who show no fear of legalistically pulling a verse from under the Mosaic Law and making it an addendum to the gospel, or Paul would leave us all together. I will remind you again, Acts 15:5 says, "But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses." Paul warns us, You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. (Gal 5:4)

I will list one final warning from Paul, "So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (The Law) Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law." (Gal 4:31-5:3)

If you pick up one law you will have to give an answer for all. Consider this, how many of our church's could you walk into that does not observe some Mosaic scriptures in a legalistic way, or as a heaven and hell issue? If this is the case, are we prepared to give an answer for every law and every time it was broken? You cannot have blood on the doorpost and leaven in the house simultaneously, according to scripture that soul will be cut off. We rejoice over the early pioneers who through prayer received and held onto the revelation of Acts 2:38. We consider that moment in history a tipping point toward revival, which set many in the denominational world free from stagnant traditions of men. Could this to be a revelation, leading us to greater anointing and away from the traditions of men? The first revelation made us free, this one will keep us free and covered by His blood.

I will sum up this chapter by these last two examples; if you were in a court of law and you could not argue the facts then you would have to attack the credibility of the witness. Statements like "Oh, he's going charismatic." or "He doesn't believe anything." is made to attack the witness (intimidation) and nullify the argument. I am telling you that the effort here is not to drop any form of separation, but to warn this body of the leaven, which has the power to make Christ of none effect. What made Christ effective? His shed blood!

Secondly, I will not attempt to call this final example a vision but I will tell you that it came very clearly to my mind after reading Galatians chapter five and verse four, and I've never been able to shake-off what I saw. What I saw had two parts, both dealing with the judgment seat of Christ. A man approached the bench stopping in the front of the court and facing Jesus. The minute he stopped Satan appeared beside him as the prosecuting attorney. Satan spoke first and in very arrogant expressions he said, "your honor, I have somewhat against this man, He has lied, He has not always been faithful in his tithes ." and the list went on. When Satan finished; Jesus looked at the man who was now looking shamefully at the floor and said, "How do you plea?" The man quietly responded, "I, I plead the blood."

Christ then opened a book and He turned several pages until he found the page in question. After a short pause Jesus addressed Satan, "I see where there have been a number of entries made on this page concerning this man, but something happened to this page, my blood has been spilled all over the page and I cannot make out the entries." Jesus then looks at the man and said with a smile, "I find you not guilty, you are free."

In the second part another man approached the bench stopping in the front of the court and facing Jesus. The minute he stopped Satan appeared beside him as the prosecuting attorney. Satan spoke first again, and in very overconfident expressions he said, "your honor, I have somewhat against this man, He has hated his own family in times past, He has not always been faithful in his tithes, He's had lustful thoughts ." and the list went on. When Satan finished; Jesus looked at the man who was looking somewhat confident and said, "How do you plea?" The man quickly responded, "I plead the blood."

Jesus then opened a book and He turned to the page in question. After a short pause Jesus turned to the man and addressed him instead of Satan, "I see where there have been a number of entries made on this page concerning you, I can also see where my blood was applied. But something has happened to the blood covering, it has become of none effect and I can read every account entered against you." Jesus then looked at the man and said, "I find you guilty." The man was stunned into a terrified silence and led away by Satan's helpers. Carl Sandburg said, "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus Oh precious is the flow That makes me white as snow No other fount I know Nothing but the blood of Jesus

 
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