(September 27, 2019)–Jackie Robinson: Dodger’s #42! I watched the movie 42 last night and was in awe. God sure does make His stand through us. Branch Rickey, the general manger of the Dodgers at the time, was one hell of a God instrument. In one part of the movie, Jackie asked Rickey why did he do it?, take a chance on a black man. And Rickey told him about Charlie, a black player during his college years. Charlie was harassed to the max and Rickey didn’t do anything about it, he didn’t know what to do. He was finally at a place in life where he could do something about it. What was the it? Defeat racism in sports of course. Rickey said that what he witnessed happening to Charlie made him dislike the game because baseball was supposed to be a game of fairness. He told Jackie that Jackie made him love the game again.
From the image they painted Rickey in that movie, I admire a man like that. What else grabbed my attention was how Rickey let God work. He remained calm through this whole deal with putting the first black man on the field. He received a calling. And he answered it. And he knew what sort of man he needed to handle what God was asking him to do. Jackie held that character that he was looking for. But it wasn’t just a test for Rickey, it was a test for Jackie as well. He had to display the Jesus way. And this wasn’t really in his character before Rickey came into his life. And through them, the whole culture of the baseball community was tested. A lot failed. A lot found the Jesus Way!
I encourage you to watch this film. It shows all how God works. If you are faced with any type of criticism, this movie can show you how to deal: Like a gentleman, like a lady. Sure, we all went through our moments where we didn’t handle things very well. I know I didn’t. I fucked it up royally. But the great thing about love…that Jesus love…we have another chance to get it right. To get that chance, we have to repent. We have to forgive ourselves, forgive others…all from our hearts…and prepare ourselves for God’s grace. That repentance part…that’s when we ask for God’s mercy.
Movies like this really reveal how it all works. This particular movie also reveals the times, which this was in the 1940s, and the respect people had for themselves. Sure, there were the disrespecting kind, but we must remember those doing the disrespecting are part of God’s plan, they are part of the tests. The tests for us is to learn how to overlook these things. We have to remind ourselves that the tests are in place. God doesn’t like hate or racism. His people are very important, but…always a but…he put racism in place to tests His people. Never forget that.
it's all in how
you run your race
for the better
their hidden face
to the onward‒
it's how you let
‒what you put
on your plate
what others add‒
‒it's up to you
in good faith
for the vase
as a trait
be careful not
with such haste
it could all
to common waste
if you veered
let evil drown
you in mace‒
it's not too late
‒change that fate
Jesus† is ready‒
to hear your case
‒you are never
you just carried‒
on your shoulders
on your back‒
a bit of
stop putting off‒
stop the wait
‒evil likes to place
an unsteady rate
trying to debase
a Jesus† mate
it doesn't matter‒
‒you'll find deep
in your heart and mind‒
a bright, shiny ace
as you lose
pride and ego‒
a repenting state
‒willing in semi-sedate
of your way
for Jesus'† way
‒forgiveness of self
for your grand entrance‒
in God's† heavenly gate!
The following Scriptures came to me this morning. I hope you learn what God is asking you to do. Heal. It’s that simple.
John Declares His Mission—In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitism and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene—during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’ (Isaiah 40:3-5).’—Matthew 3:1-3, Mark 1:2-4, Luke 3:1-6 (Wilderness, Jordan region A.D. 27)
NOTES: Repentance.—…the word of God came to John….would you know if you received the word of God. Meaning, if God spoke directly to you through your spirit guide (see David (Spirit Guides)), would you hear, would you understand? …repentance for the forgiveness of sins….In order for Jesus to forgive you, you have to ask for the forgiveness, you have to ask for God’s mercy. And then…you have to be patient. God’s time is never ours! This, you really must understand. He wants to see your deservance of the mercy. Are you willing to return His unconditional love? Are you?
‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him….He’s telling us to open up to Jesus, to clear our hearts and learn to hear so that Jesus can do His thing. It’s not really hard. It’s a choice you have to make honestly.
…Every valley shall be filled in,….All those holes you have, He’s ready to close them up. All you have to do is ask with an honest heart. That’s it! …every mountain and hill made low….Once you clear your heart and ask, He’ll move those fucking mountains! I’ve experienced this. He WILL move mountains for you once you do the action in the rise. Once you see the darkness for what it is: a test, and listen to the voice that is your heart and make the move.
…The crooked roads shall become straight,…Those mountains will move, and your path will veer back to where it is suppose to be. It’s ALL up to you. …the rough ways smooth….Once you show that you hear and you start taking that action in the right direction, He steps in! Isn’t that great! And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’ …Through what He does for you, you are to write the testimony, glorify the Lord in every good thing He does for you. Thus you are helping show others HOW to heal! The body working together!
- Forgive: Verb―stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake; stop feeling angry or resentful toward for (an offense, flaw or mistake); used in polite expression as a request to excuse or regard indulgently one’s foibles―(minor weakness or eccentric in someone’s character), ignorance, or impoliteness.
- Forgiveness: Noun―the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven.
- Indignation: Noun―anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment.
- Indulgent: Adjective―having or indicating a tendency to be overly generous to or lenient with someone.
- Repent: Noun―feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin; view or think of (an action or omission) with deep regret or remorse feel regret or penitence about.
- Repentance: Noun―the action of repenting; sincere regret or remorse.
- Resent: Verb―feel bitterness or indignation at (a circumstance, action, or person).
- Resentment: Noun―bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly.
John Baptizes The People—John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.—Matthew 3:4-6, Mark 1:5,6
NOTES: Repentance.—…Confessing their sins….You don’t need to go to a church to confess your sins. All you need is some quiet space, then talk out loud to Jesus, to God. Tell them, from the bottom of your heart, what you have done and why and how you feel. They want to hear how you feel!
John Preaches Repentance—John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.’ ‘What should we do then?’ the crowd asked. John answered, ‘The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.’ Tax collectors also came to be baptized. ‘Teacher,’ they asked, ‘what should we do?’ ‘Don’t collect any more than you are required to,’ he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, ‘And what should we do?’ He replied, ‘Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.’—Matthew 3:7-10, Luke 3:7-14
NOTES: Repentance.—…You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?….You can’t run from God’s wrath. You must face yourself to avoid it. You must confront yourself. Be honest with yourself. When you do that, you are being honest with Jesus because you are part of His body!
…Produce fruit in keeping with repentance….By you repenting for every little thing you’ve done that doesn’t flow with God’s law, good (fruit) comes. Don’t give up. The good will come! …For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham….I thought it interesting how He says for Abraham instead of Abraham. Everyone has a chance to rise. It’s totally up to you. And all are children of Abraham. It’s ALL up to you. It’s your choice. The rest of this passage is easy to understand. God’s rules, laws are really easy, but that evil whore makes it complicated. Of course, these are all tests. What are you going to do? That’s the ultimate question.
John Announces Christ—The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ. John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and to gather the wheat into His barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’ And with many other words John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them.’—Matthew 3:11,12, Mark 1:7,8, Luke 3:15-18
NOTES: Repentance.—These Jews were considering John could be the Christ. Notice in Matthew 3:4-6 what John was wearing and eating. Like I said, every word in the Bible is for a reason.
The commentators of my Bible write:
As seen so many times before, the Jews have been awaiting the coming of the prophesied Messiah, believing that He will deliver them from political bondage and be an ideal national leader. What they have not expected is a leader arising from among the common people—yet divine in nature—and establishing a spiritual rather than a political kingdom.
Hypocrisy runs really deep! Everyone looks at the political and material. Spiritual is a whole different world. It’s about what’s on the inside, not what’s on the outside. It’s not about control. It’s about allowing the choose. It’s about what sincerely is in our hearts after all the words of truth are veiled. Will you follow your heart or what other people say?
…I am not worthy….this is John the Baptist saying this. Think about that. I did. Even someone as holy as John thought He was unworthy of Jesus. I know I feel this way. So don’t think you are unworthy. You are. He came for you…the sinner. He’s your brother and He’s waiting for you to seek Him.
…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire….of all the definitions I’ve listed below concerning the word fire, the last one makes a mark here…stimulate or excite. Being baptized with Jesus in your heart lights a fire in your soul. It truly does. If you were baptized at birth, being reborn with Jesus in your heart is opening your heart to Him, finding Him in your mind through meditation and speaking with Him. This is something that the churches aren’t teaching. We all can go to a church and then get splashed with water, but Jesus isn’t there unless we FEEL it in our hearts, unless our hearts are healed and cleansed of what we hold against ourselves. …He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire….With His love in our hearts, He will fill us with a desire to do good, to be a good person and that will erase everything that’s worthless that we feel! Why forbid that from happening to you? Why deny THAT? That is where it’s at!
- Chaff: Noun―the husks of corn or other seed separated by winnowing or threshing; chopped hay and straw used as fodder; worthless things; trash; strips of metal foil or metal filings released in the atmosphere from aircraft, or deployed as missiles, to obstruct radar detection or confuse radar-tracking missiles. Verb—to use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule, to banter.
- Exhorted: Verb—strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something.
- Fire: Noun―combustion or burning, in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke; a burning sensation in the body; the shooting of projectiles from weapons, especially bullets from guns. Verb―discharge a gun or other weapon in order to explosively propel (a bullet or projectile); dismiss (an employee) from a job; supply (a furnace, engine, boiler, or power station) with fuel; stimulate or excite (the imagination or an emotion).
- Fork: Noun―an implement with two or more prongs used for lifting food to the mouth or holding it when cutting; the point where something, especially a road or rive, divides into two parts; a unit consisting of a pair of supports in which a bicycle or motorcycle wheel revolves; a flash of forked lightning. Verb―dig, lift, or manipulate (something) with a fork; attack (two pieces) simultaneously with one piece.
- Thresh: Verb―separate grain from (a plant), typically with a flail or by the action of a revolving mechanism; variant spelling of thrash―Noun—a violent or noisy movement, typically involving hitting something repeatedly; a short, fast, loud piece or passage of rock music. Verb―beat (a person or animal) repeated and violently with a stick or whip.
- Threshing: Verb―the process of separating grain from corn or other crops.
- Threshing floor: Noun—a hard, level surface on which grain is threshed with a flail.
- Thongs: Noun―a narrow strip of leather or other material, used especially as a fastening or as the lash of a whip. Verb―flog or lash (someone) with a whip.
- Unquenchable: Adjective―not able to be quenched―satisfy (one’s thirst) by drinking; satisfy (a desire); extinguish (a fire); stifle or suppress (a feeling); rapidly cool (red-hot metal or other material), especially in cold water or oil.]
- Winnow: Noun―blow a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff; remove (people or things) from a group until only the best ones are left; (of the wind) blow.
- Winnowing fork: a tool used by farmers to thresh their grain.
Jesus is Baptized—(Matthew) Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.’ (Luke) Now Jesus Himself was about thirty years old when He began His ministry.—Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-23a (from Galilee to Jordan)
NOTES: Prophesy Fulfilled.―…’Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’….They already knew God’s will. This is telling us that Jesus already knew His role. It was predestined to happen. The rest of this passage is telling us again who Jesus is. He is God’s Son. Over and over this is repeated in the Bible. It IS important.
In this group of passages, the veils are getting put on. The veils on the Jews. They had to play their role in God’s plan. Jesus and John knew of the plan. The Jews thought John might be the Christ. Isn’t it weird that they thought this and Jesus was right there. They were there when the light and dove came upon Jesus…but they were veiled. And they have to forgive themselves for what these ancestors had done. They have to return God’s unconditional love and accept that they played a very important role in God’s plan. They should feel honored and accept the Son of God! This is the only way they will go to the light.