Verse 4 Branded. In the temple on the altar are coals of fire. This along with a hot needle is used to
mark their ear for dedication (higher classes only). Called the mark of dedication—take a red hot needle
and bore the ear lobe—marks you out as a son of God. David said, "Mine ear thou has bored (Psalm
40:6) (quoted, not stated) (King James reads opened—in the text it is bored or digged). He was ear
marked to serve God. "Come out from them and be ye separate," saith God—You' re ear marked to serve
God—not to serve the Devil and the flesh.
(Psalm 40:6). Initiated. You'll continue to do this until you're 12 years old. At 12 you're initiated,
twice born, ear marked, marked out, branded. Before you're 12 you're not supposed to be able to
understand how to believe in God—so you can't be born again. You must be of age to answer God in
baptism—able to believe, then you're baptized. How can you believe as a baby? Can't—baptized by
emersion—years before Christ.
Verse 9 God is my witness.
Anytime they would speak anything they want to confirm their word, that they're speaking the truth,
they'll say, "God is my witness."
Abraham said this in Old Testament.
"In God I tell you what I say is true."
Not cursing—it is an Orientalism. Every shop keeper will tell you, "Madam, God is my witness.
This is correct price." After he says this, you don't argue with him. This is culture in the East. They use
it in court also.
For God is my witness. All the dark races as a whole don't want to tell the truth, especially business
people. They always want to bargain you. They'll go on a half hour before you can bargain the people
down to proper price. They'll start at $5.00 say, for a $.25 article, then, when you finally get them down
to $.25 he'll say, "In the name of God I'm telling the truth." When he says this, he's telling the truth.
Word says yea, yea or nay, nay—don't use the Lord's name in vain. Just speak the truth, you don't need to
use God's name to convince anybody. This illustrates Matthew 5:34-37.
Verse 3 See Psalms 92:12
Verse 7 This verse should read according to Eastern translation, "Hardly would any man die for the sake
of the wicked: but for the sake of the good one might be willing to die."
Scarcely for a righteous man. Eastern text: "Hardly would anyone die for the sake of the wicked,
but for the sake of the good one might be willing to die."
Verse 8 Translation: "God has here manifested his love toward us in the while we were yet sinners
Christ died for us."
Verse 23 See Judges 4:18-21
Verse 24 Who shall deliver me from this dead body. Paul had this conflict in himself just as us today.
Things that he would do, he didn't. Things he would not, he did. This is a war inside; conflict. The
warfare is in the mind. We have to do—decide which to do. "Who shall deliver me from this dead
body," it should read. This man is tied to a dead body. He's suffering terribly. He cannot get out of it
because he's tied to a dead body. Paul had this same experience. Paul asks, "Who shall deliver me from
this dead body?" Chained to a dead body is better translation. What's this mean?
Capitol punishment was usually hanging back in the Bible days. If people are taken prisoners in war
or are found treacherous to their nation (betrayed them—treason) they take these people to a high rock
and push them down. Then there is this one, worst of all. They bring the dead body, put it in the floor
and bring the condemned prisoner and chain him to this dead body—his hands, his feet—all chained to
the dead body. Then they leave him there and he'll die in 24-36 hours. Something—this body with no
food, no water.
Verse 25 says "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord." The answer comes in 8:1. What was the
trouble actually with Paul for him to have been in that condition. Restless and conflicting—things he
wanted to do he would not—what he would not, he did. What a tragedy in his mind, life. Because he
was saved but not walking after the spirit. He was trying to walk after the flesh. To walk after the flesh is
as good as being tied down to a dead flesh. The flesh profiteth nothing. The flesh means five senses.
After we're saved we cannot afford to walk after the senses, the flesh. The senses misguide, mislead
you. All the thoughts of the flesh are contrary to the spirit. So if you don't walk after the spirit once
you're saved you have a conflict in you. What the mind tells us, we do. And what the mind tells you is
what the senses convey to the mind.
The mind shows you situations and circumstances. You have fear, doubt and worry—ultimately
disappointment. A man saved has to do a lot of work on himself in order to find a peaceful, restful life in
this world. This confidence, rest and peace will only come when you walk after the spirit. The spirit is
the truth. The truth is the Word. We must walk upon the Word after we're saved. If you walk after the
flesh you are in the process of dying, slowly. You become miserable, frustrated, defeated, helpless—
The mind says one thing—God says another. Most people go by what others tell them. Their mind
is what tells them.
Bagavad Gita, "The body is the chariot—Christ is seated in that chariot. The senses are horses. The
mind is the rein. The one that drives the chariot is you." It is God in Christ in you. You drive under the
direction of Christ in you according to the Word (that's where we find our direction.) This tells us which
way to turn the rein. When you turn the reins the horses go the way you want. So, you are responsible
after you're saved to renew your mind. Make your mind your friend by bringing every thought into
captivity. Don't listen to the senses. They only see the surface. The things that we see are not real.
Things that we don't see are eternal; they're spiritual. So you and I have to walk according to the things
we don't see—that means, according to the Word of God because the Word of God is the spirit—the spirit
quickeneth and the flesh profiteth nothing. That's the conflict; the warfare.
We've been set free from this dead body. We should live as people who are set free. No more
condemnation to us if we're walking according to the Word of God. Walk on the Word and you'll be
walking spiritually and never be tied down or defeated. We may be in difficulties but not defeated if we
only look to God and His Word. To walk according to the Word is the solution. Walk as a free man! Be
bold, confident—confess the Word and believe it and walk it. There is no need to get back into captivity.
Keep your mind stayed on God not on public opinion. One is life and peace—the other captivity and death.
Paul was tied to the dead body because of his mind.
The fear of man is a snare and only works through the senses, not God's Word. He says He's given
us a spirit of power, of love and a sound mind. Walk as a liberated people. Be led by the spirit and not by
the nose.
The mind is a rein in our hand. The mind is an instrument given to us by God. You control the
mind. Have the mind of Christ. The renewed mind is a great healing. Live the abundant life! Negative
thinking brings you into subjection to the flesh. We must bring the flesh into subjection of the spirit.
Verse 25 Body of this death. In the East, if a man is convicted and sentenced to die, there are three
ways of executing a murderer: (1.) hanging by the neck (a custom still used). (2.) take him, tie him hand
and foot, and take him to the top of a mountain and cast him down, head first. (3.) the worst of all. They
tie a dead body to this man, in a place where no human beings are; in course of time the dead body begins
to stink. This man, criminal, had no food, no sympathy, no water, nobody to talk to. A man who walks
after sense knowledge, the flesh is as good as a man tied to a dead body. There is no guilt consciousness
in a saved man. There is no deliverance, no health, no peace, no poise, no joy, no gladness, no liberty, no
products of the spirit in a man who walks according to his flesh.
We must realize that we are better than this man of the senses; we have Christ in us. Then read
Romans 3:1,2. Paul solved his problem by walking by the spirit! People do not have to keep up with the
Jones', they must keep up with Christ.
Verse 1 No condemnation. "No condemnation"—no judgment for sin because our sins are forgiven.
Jesus Christ paid for them and was condemned in our stead. We have the peace of God when we do not
condemn ourselves. If we condemn ourselves we are not walking according to God's Word but rather
after the flesh which is to walk after the senses. The reason we get troubled and depressed is that we walk
after the flesh after we are saved. Instead we must renew our minds and walk in the Word. Believe the
scripture rather than the senses. The opinion of the flesh is up-side-down. It depends upon circumstances
and circumstances are not reliable.
Bishop gives an example of walking after the spirit from his life. If we say we believe and do not
act, we lie. Our faith (believing) should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (I
Corinthians 2:4,5).
There is no condemnation. After we're saved we must walk after the spirit. The Word of God. Not
after the flesh. The flesh is the senses. This is our battle. It's the same battle every day.
The flesh says do this. You don't feel good; your health's bad—don't be silly—so to the hospital.
Don't give that money to the church, you need it. All this junk comes from the flesh and not from the spirit.
We have to renew our minds and bring it into conformity with the Spirit (Word). We have to
practice at it.
Fear is contrary to the Word of God—not from God. As soon as you realize this you change your
thinking. Eliminate the evil thought and put in the positive there. Get the head and the heart to conform
to the Word of God THEN ACT on that synchronized confession.
Then you enjoy that perfect peace which passes understanding 24 hours a day, because you bring
every thought into captivity, into subjection.
Then you can say Christ and I are one because I got my flesh subjugated to the spirit. Renewed mind
is THE key to power. Have the mind of Christ!
"No condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus" (in the East it would be Lord Krishna (Krisma).
3,000 years before Christ, 2,500 before Buddha—taught similar things as Christ taught in New
Testament. Brahmin Philosophy—all these statements are in that religion—where Bishop gets his light
on these subjects.
Means no guilt complex—you're saved by the grace of God but if you walk after the flesh there is
condemnation, fear, frustration. We should renew our mind to be in accordance with the spirit. Spiritual
walk is life—senses yield condemnation. I must walk by the spirit (the Word), if I walk by the senses
there is condemnation, because the senses will fail you. There is a peace of God that passeth all
understanding all the time. You don't need to have any fear, worry or anxiety—these things belong after
the flesh—not to the spirit. It's a warfare—we have to watch our mind to see what is going on there. If
we walk after flesh, senses, we'll fulfill the lust of the flesh. If you walk after the flesh, you'll be kept in
bondage. Enjoy the peace when you walk in the spirit. We magnify our material losses—what you set
your mind on is what you become. The spirit gives you courage, power, and strength. When you walk by
the senses, there is worry, anxiety, fear—but not any if you walk after the spirit. (This would be a good
teaching to tie in Matthew 6 along with it.)
Verse 13 Jacob and Esau. Loved Jacob but hated Esau—does God hate one and love another? No, He
is an impartial God who loves all men.
Jacob and Esau were twins, sons of Isaac. Esau came first. According to the covenant which God
made with their grandfather, Abraham, the covenant was to be confirmed to the firstborn son. Jacob
never did any hard work but lived in the tents nearby. Esau was a hardworking man and a hunter. Esau
was a gentleman; Jacob was a crook who cheated his father at the conniving of his mother. When Isaac
wanted venison, the mother cooked a kid to look like a venison. Jacob tricked his blind father into
believing that he was Esau by putting on his brother's coat. His mother helped him cover himself with
goatskins so he would feel like his hairy brother, Esau. Isaac pronounced the blessing on Jacob rather
than on Esau because he thought he was speaking to Esau. Another time, when Jacob was cooking, Esau
came to him starving. Jacob made him trade his birthright for food.
Why did God say He loved Jacob and hated Esau?
We are crooks, liars, and thieves just as Jacob was. God does not hate us for that. Esau was an
honest man but he was destitute of believing. Jacob was a crook but he believed God. According to the
law, the promise of the covenant was to go to each firstborn thereafter. It should have gone to Esau, but
Jacob tricked him out of the blessing. Before hand, though, Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a mess of
pottage. He said, "What good is a birthright doing me? I am hungry now." He despaired quickly
because he had little believing.
Jacob had twelve sons. One of them was Judah. God ordained Jacob through whom Christ came
from Judah.
We have peace when we put God first and have mind stayed on Him. He is our sufficiency and
supplies every need. Most Christians keep one foot in Egypt (land of drought, famine, slavery, bondage)
and put one foot in the promised land on Sunday morning.
Jacob and Esau were twins. Esau 1st—Jacob born next. Children of Isaac. Esau was a hunter.
Jacob never did any hard work—tent dweller. Esau was a perfect gentleman.
Jacob was a thief, crook, liar. Put on coat of Esau in pretense. His mother aided him in obtaining his
blessing from his father.
Also, Jacob bought Esau's birthright by giving him a bowl of porridge to eat—defrauded his brother.
Esau was sincere man but destitute of believing. Not centered in God.
Jacob on the contrary had much believing. Knew his brother was a man of the world. Knew Esau
would let God down because the promise God made to Abraham was to be confirmed to every firstborn
son thereafter. That which was made to Abraham was confirmed to Isaac, from Isaac to Esau by law.
Esau firstborn.
Jacob saw Esau lacked faith; he wanted to keep the covenant. Birthright was the covenant promise.
Esau was a materialistic man. That which Jacob bought was spiritual not material rights, blessings. In
thee shall the nations of earth be blessed.
This is why Jesus Christ would have come through Esau, but, came then through Isaac instead
because of the birthright.
Esau couldn't see beyond the materialism. Isaac saw the spiritual blessings behind the birthright.
God loved Jacob because of the believing he had, not because of his scheming, lying, etc.
God hated not Esau, but his lack of believing.
When destitute of faith you despair, lose hope. You can't judge by the senses. We judge Jacob by
our senses—we should see beneath, as God sees.
God looks on the heart of man. God knew Esau was for himself and that Isaac was for God.
Spiritual Application: Same today—some people today are sincere, pious people, but lack faith in
God. Sincerity is no guarantee for truth. Religion is a man-made idea. Christianity based on the faith of
Jesus Christ and not man's piousness.
When man is destitute of faith he despairs—looks at the circumstances and sees no hope. When you
believe, you won't despair. What time I'm afraid I'll trust in thee. Faith is not of ourselves but of Jesus
Christ—refers to Galatians 2:20. It's Christ in you—no cause to despair-inner hope, confidence, no
matter what the situation looks like.
Esau sold his birthright for just a mere morsel of bread—he let God down as a first-born son.
Jacob acted on the Word of Knowledge he received. Kept the covenant, believer's line.
God doesn't hate the sinner—hates the sin. (Background in Genesis 25:19).
—Jacob—loved; Esau—hated.
—Twins—Esau first. Jacob—younger, second born.
—Esau hard working man. Jacob lived in tents—a fraud, crook. Esau—a hunter, lived by the sweat
of his brow, good sincere.
—Isaac was their father.
—Joseph's mother fooled Isaac—prepared the venison and put Esau's coat on Joseph and went in
unto him (Genesis 27 story).
—Got his birthright in a deceitful manner.
—Obtained blessing under false pretense by lying.
—Not a materialistic blessing (not horses and land, gold, silver)—a spiritual blessing.
—Under the covenant with Abraham, God promises to confirm the covenant with every first born.
—Abraham—Isaac—should have been confirmed with Esau by Isaac.
—Jacob knew by revelation that Esau was a materialistic man. —Esau good, sincere, honest—no
room for God in his heart whatsoever.
—God knew this and Jacob saw it also.
—So, Jacob went to his father and got the blessing that should have gone to Esau. Then Christ
would have come through Esau's line. The blessing was to keep the promise of God in the family. Esau
was despair of spiritual believing. Had he believed, he would have never sold his birthright for food—he
would have died hungry. It was Jacob's believing that God loved—and the lack of believing in Esau that
God hated. Had Jacob stole a physical blessing—houses, vineyards, gold, would be a different
story, but it was spiritual.
Jacob loved, Esau hated.
Does God love someone and hate another? No, regardless of who it is. Jacob and Esau were the
sons of Isaac. They were twins. Esau came first therefore Jacob followed. Esau was older. They were
about the same time, about the same date. Both had the same privileges, the same father.
Esau became a hunter. Jacob didn't do much. He roamed the tents and kept the flocks. Both had the
same culture—upbringing. Jacob was a liar, cheated his father when he was dying. Isaac had wanted
venison so Esau went hunting for it.
Jacob's mother wanted him to have preeminence over Esau. When this happened, they played a trick
on Isaac. She killed a kid and dressed it to look as savory meat and Jacob took it to his father before Esau
could get back. Jacob put on Esau's coat—Esau was a hairy man. The coat looked like Esau's body.
At another time, Esau came home from hunting and was hungry and he asked Jacob for food. Jacob
said, "Give me your birthright." Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of food. Jacob lied to his father and
bought Esau's birthright through deception. Yet God says, "Jacob I loved, Esau I hated." How do you
justify this.
Esau was a materialistic man—destitute of faith. He was an upright, honest, gentleman. But no
faith. That's why when he was hungry he despaired. When we are destitute of faith, we despair at every
little thing. We become despondent when we walk by the senses. God had made a covenant to the
firstborn. Isaac was supposed to pass this to Esau—Jacob believed—Esau didn't. Jacob bought the
birthright (this was a spiritual birthright). If Esau hadn't sold his birthright he would have been the heir to
Isaac and Jesus would have come through Esau and not Judah. Esau lacked believing. Esau lacked
"faith" because he sold his birthright for his stomach's sake. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Jacob
inherited spiritually. God honored his believing because he had room in his heart for his God. We
overestimate our problems and underestimate the power of God. God will supply our need. Esau wanted
to sell his spiritual birthright for food.
Verses 22, 23 ...vessels of wrath, vessels of honor, vessels of mercy, vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.
Potters wheel—mold—then burn them, baked 'em—hits the pot inside to sound of the pot and hear if
there is any crack in the pot—the noise indicates the vessel of destruction same as vessels of wrath-cannot
be repaired—sets them aside. Some cracks he can repair, the rest are set aside to be destroyed.
Spiritual significance: Vessels of destruction—those who are born of the seed of the devil. No
salvation because they won't believe-fitted to destruction.
If vessels can be repaired—have small cracks (our failures, frustrations, cares of life) they are
repaired—not put back into the fire again.
These are born-again Christians, we are fitted to glory, honor.
Repairs the small cracks—by taking the blood of insects found on cattle and mix with clean cement
and then he takes it and puts it and molds it to the vessel...this blood stands for blood by Jesus Christ—
God's son.
We are saved to the shed blood, so, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.
In India, there is something in the insects blood that makes it cohesive with the thin glue—molds it
on the pot into a perfect pot.
Makes the vessel usable again—to the Potter's glory (us to God's glory).
"Let their table." Refer to Psalms 69:22; II Samuel 13:31. In the East they all sit on a carpet, and
there is usually a small table for each. It is a little raised diaz. Jesus said, "He that betrayeth me, his hand
is with me on the table." That means, he is eating food with me. "Table" is the Western idea. Eastern
idea is not table. In the Bible it means eating. "Let their table be made a snare...." Some of the people
when they eat, they plan. They plan plots against another person. The host talks to all eating and together
they plan how to get rid of a certain person. This is the way murders and factions happen sometimes.
"If it be thy will, let this cup pass from me." We have a different attitude toward that. We believe
that Jesus Christ was invited by the Passover as a guest and then they put poison into it. We believe that
is the reason Jesus said, "if it be thy will, let this cup pass away." When poison is passed and everybody
participates, the servant knows in which sup the poison is. Everybody starts drinking and this man who
has poison, drinks too.
Verse 2 II Corinthians 10:5—Demolish your human logic from the high position to which you have
lifted it vertically against the knowledge of God you have known by experience. Be wise, lead captive
every thought to the obedience of Christ which you have attentively listened to and heard.
Does He tell the truth—John 17:14,17; Will He keep His promises?—Hebrews 11:11; Is He able?—
Ephesians 3:20...I John 3:5; I Corinthians 1:30; II Corinthians 5:12ff; Ephesians l:6ff; Ephesians 6:10ff.
See Matthew 6:6
Renewed mind. Be not conformed to "the religions of" this world. They distract and bring into
bondage and fear. Nothing to be gained by rituals. No salvation except by grace. Do not follow the
religions of the world (Matthew 10:5, not stated). Be consistent with the Christ in you.
Stayed mind-yoga. After you're initiated began to teach yoga practices—yoga means union with
God—Sanskrit word—you can get with God only by renewal of your mind. Start this at 12 and thereon
out. Yoga—trained how to keep your mind on God (stayed mind). Change your thinking and put the
Word in your head. Think the things of God. Hindus have mental peace because they have yoga training.
They are able to remove the thoughts that will give them misery. Put thoughts of peace, gentleness, joy in
your head—enjoy mental peace. That's why they look so poised, peaceful. Your mind is an enemy if you
make it one. Soul must be fed in order to find rest there.
Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. 5 minutes of
staying mind on things of God turn your failures into success.
We have to conform to the rules of this world, don't we? Pay taxes, driving car, etc.
Perfect literal translation (from Sanskrit): "be not conformed to the religions of this world
(Christianity)..." we're not conformed to this world's religion. Religions are contrary to the Word of God.
Most Christian doctrines of religion are contrary to the Word. Don't conform to them! This is what Paul
is saying here.
India called "mother India" because many cults come from there.
Hindu, Buddhists, science of the mind, (Christian Scientist in other places they call it theosophy,
etc.). Unity of School Christianity, mostly bad but both good and bad came from India—religion and
philosophy took their doctrine and built a theology around it in America. "Om", "I am."
"Om" means God in India—Sanscript, all powerful, God.
Theosophy—reincarnation belief in America.
More Hindus in the world than Christians, more than any other religion.
Buddha is a Hindu. Buddha eliminated corrupt teaching in the temple.
China, Japan, Malaya, Singapore, Burma all Buddhists (Hindu form).
Theosophy is a part of Hindu religion. Hundreds of thousands in England alone.
a. Don't eat meat
b. Reincarnation
Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind from all these—don't conform to them. Walk in
spirit, not in religion.
Christianity is way of life—not a religion.
Verse 17 Learn to do this by renewal of mind. Isn't it my right to preserve my birthright? He hit me
first! Our philosophy.
If you do this, go to their level—have 2 flat-nosed people if you punch him back. Doesn't get to the
cause, solve the problem. You're still better, full of anger—no solution by doing this.
In India if you're assaulted and beat up, police find you and ask you who did it, you'd say "I don't
know"—because whoever it is, is your brother—to put him in jail doesn't solve the problem—"If you can
find him bring him to me so I can bless him. He's in greater agony mentally than I am physically," you
say. That's Brahamic philosophy—the teaching of the system was in this man's blood.
Let's get the Christian doctrine in our systems. It is easier to love than to be angry. Easier to forgive
than not to—if you are to be confident, this is the truth if you're to really live like this. In forgiving the
person, you heal yourself and him, too. Try God's way and both will be healed.
Verse 19 Vengeance is mine, I will repay saith the Lord.
Don't avenge yourselves, let everyone walk all over you—good for you—it's in your attitude—your
flesh, ego will rebel against this because you don't renew your mind. Renew your mind—your ego won't
rebel and make a slave out of you.
Verse 20 See Matthew 5:25
See John 4:7-26
"Heap coals of fire on his head." This scripture is from Proverbs 25:21.
Small boys carry coals on top of their head in potsherd... Romans 12:20. When you do good to one
who did evil, or harm to you or to one who doesn't deserve good for you, then you warm his mind and
heart by your love.
Background can be found in Proverbs 26:21 "as coals are to burning coals". To start fires in the
East, they would use a flint and stone. Maybe only one family had the flint in a village. There is a village
fire carrier. They place a leather cushion on his head and then a bowl on top. The coals of fire go in the
bowl and he carries it from house to house where each woman will take coals to start a fire. As he walks
the fire will not burn his head but rather it will just warm his head. If you do good to the enemy it will
warm his heart, renew his mind. In the East, love is symbolic of fire. Coals of fire warm a person, love
warms a person—no greater force than love.
Also in Proverbs 25. No matchboxes in the East to start the fire as we do today.
Strike stones of flint together makes spark for fire, makes coals. This family then supplies the fire to
the rest of the village because rest of village won't have these stones. Have a village fire carrier (usually
young man) who carries the fire on his head. Has empty bowl, puts coals in (it). Uses the pot of
destruction for to carry the fire. Puts this empty bowl on top of a thick cushion on top of his head and the
pot of destruction containing the coals of fire. He goes from house to house. Each person at the separate
houses takes 2, 3 coals with an instrument to start their fire. He does supply the fire to the rest of the
community. If it's a real big community, 2,3 boys carry the fire.
This fire doesn't burn the boy—it merely warms his head.
Spiritual significance: Your love is symbolic of fire. As fire warms the physical body of the person,
so your love melts your enemy's heart and mind.
Doesn't solve your problem by getting angry. Give to everyone that asks of you. The more we give
the more we get.
The flesh tells us this is not so. It will lie to you.
To walk in love will give you joy—you get what you give—in abundance.
If you give money and don't need any back—God will give back to you in other ways, liberally—
supply all your needs.
Hindu can't walk after the spirit, because he has no spirit—has only religion/philosophy. He acts on
the laws (natural) of God and receives (principles, operates them).
If you give your love (whatever) you receive 100 fold.
Give what you want to come back to you. Do God's Will.
Hindu's renew their minds—principles work for them even though they have no spirit.
Gandhi taught by his actions—he practices the Word—was an example to people not just talk.
Also Proverbs 25:22. All the proverbs in the book of Proverbs were known before they got into the
Bible. Solomon collected these from other countries—from India and other places. They were and still
are in usage by the people.
(1:24—teaching of this verse starts ?? He says he's explaining the background of this idiom then he
explains the idiom "beat around the bush" from humility and beating bush to drive animals out.)
This is before the time of flint matchboxes. Before matchboxes, one family in the village would
strike one stone against another and get a spark. This would catch in the cotton wool. He starts the fire in
his house and makes coals of fire out of the sparkle. The rest of the community doesn't have fires at all—
neither do they have stones to start their own—only one family had these. This person who starts the fire
supplies the rest of the village with fire. He's called a village fire carrier. They put a thick cushion on his
head (leather), on top of this they put an empty bowl full of clay; on top of this they put a bowl of coals of
fire. His head is protected by these. He then goes to houses. He balances the bowl on his head and
doesn't need to use his hands. When he gets to a house he'll sit at the door. Someone in the house comes
with an instrument and removes a coal or two to start their fire. This man supplies the whole village.
This fire on the man's head warms his body—warms him all over—his personality even.
Application: If you "heap coals of fire on your enemy you'll warm his heart—you'll change his
thinking. Do good unto him even though he doesn't deserve it. Warm enemies with your love. Fire is a
symbol of love. Melt his heart with the warmth of your love. Read I Corinthians 13. Love never fails
you. All may fail—but love shall stand. It won't burn him up, it will warm him.
Carry coals in potsherd; mind is warmed when do good to those who harm you—your love will
warm his mind and heart—win him back.
Verse 28 Heap coals of fire on his head. This means his head is warmed up, which means his mind is
warm. So when you do good to a man who did you harm and played a dirty trick on you, then you warm
his mind and heart by your love, as the "coals of fire" warm a man's head. The medium-sized pieces are
used at the well and ponds where wayfarers can dip it into the water and get a drink.
Verse 6 Tribute. Oriental: "For this cause you pay head tax also..." Head tax is paid to temple for
ministry. Read context to see why Paul said this.
Verse 9b Have to love ourselves first—told by God.
Love your neighbor as yourself—that means you have to love yourself first.
We can love like this. Christ did it for us—we can do it for our neighbor. Who is your neighbor?
Anybody, every human being, we're all God's creation.
What about the story of the good Samaritan on road to Jerusalem—Jericho. He did right. Priest went
by, Levite went by, good Samaritan went by—he was his neighbor, the one that picked him up was his
neighbor—the others went by, Samaritan was the only one who did the right thing.
In Hindu philosophy, your neighbor is yourself—if you do good to others, you're doing it to yourself.
As you give, it comes back to yourself. As you're loving your neighbor, you're loving yourself. As you
give to neighbor—you give to yourself. This is Hindu philosophy.
Verse 10 Would you like to do ill to yourself? Your neighbor is yourself—as you do to him, it shall
come unto you—it comes back to you.
God's Word gives us power and enlightenment to live this way.
If I touch you—I touch myself.
If I break right toe, can I say it doesn't affect my left toe?
It affects the whole body! If one member hurts, the whole body hurts.
Love worketh no ill to his neighbor (yourself). If you talk about someone else (backbiting), you hurt yourself.
In love, there is no animosity or hatred or fear.
Hatred is like sand in the machinery of life. You put sand inside you, you can't digest your food,
can't believe properly—get sick—same as putting mud in gas tank of car, won't work right.
God made us to work properly—only way to live is by love.
Hatred is poison in the machinery of life.
We sow seeds all the time—be careful of what you think, the thoughts bring back to you the results.
You'll reap the good things you sow in word and deed.
Verse 14 Put ye on—put the Word in your mind.
Fill the mind with Word of God—that's the mind of Christ.
"Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus." Senses tell you, "No you can't do it." Word
says, "I can do all things!"
Flesh won't have room to tell you, "You can't do it" if you say what the Word says—put positive
where the can't is. Don't give room to the flesh to fool you, to scare you, baffle you—no room for the
senses—contrary to the spirit. Spirit is the truth—the flesh is a lie. Give no place to the flesh that is
contrary to the Word of God. Believe the mind of Christ. Don't prepare a bed for Satan in your mind.
You put it on. When your mind is full of the Word, you can then operate on the authority of that Word.
If you make provision for the flesh, even though Christ in you, he can't do much to help me unless we are
willing to renew our minds and make no provision for the flesh. Get mind to believe what you are
spiritually—GET RESULTS.
In mass, the priest in Roman Catholic church (same in East—Hindu) put thumb and forefinger on
tongue—thumb represents heaven—first finger represents earth. Heaven and earth are united when he
says the mass. Mass means sacrifice of Christ. When you lift Christ up, heaven and earth united. This is
as renewed mind—with this nothing is impossible. Guard your mind, renew it. Person can be good,
sincere, religious—if no spirit and doesn't renew their mind, they have no life in them.
Morals, ethics—don't give life = spirit gives life, joy, peace, put thoughts of the Word on.
Hindu's live close to Christ's walk—no spirit. Mahat Ghandi—no life; real good man—he didn't
have the peace of God—he said it, he was searching and died in despair.
Five main religions of world:
1. Hinduism—Ghandi died in despair—India
2. Judaism—Palestine
3. Buddhism—Buddha died in despair
4. Christianity
5. Mohamed—Mecca, Arabia
Religion follow their example, they have no life.
Verse 6 This verse pertains to a servant and master relationship. Translation: "He who is mindful about
the day's duty, is mindful or considerate of his master. He that is wasteful is detrimental to his master."
"Wasteful" is another word for eating.
Verse 17 Kingdom not meat and drink. Not live by bread alone. It's Christ in you that gives you eternal
life not meat and drink—these have nothing to do with gaining or losing salvation.
Verses 3,4 "Greet Priscilla and Aquila...who have for my life laid down their own necks..." "Who have
for my life laid down their own necks" is an Oriental term which means they worked very hard for him.
In the East they have very short brooms and they must bend down to sweep. The same thing holds true
for carpentry and other such trades. They must sit on the floor to do their work. This is where the phrase
"laid down their own necks" comes from.