The Native: In The Days Of The Hero

This is our second post in our new Bible Study “The Native”. We hope that you enjoy, and follow along with us, as we explore the greatest birth in the history of the world.

Luke 1:1
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

This verse both refreshes and energizes me. It contains three words that are lacking from many parts of our culture. The phrase, “most surely believed among us,” reflects the conviction of the New Testament Church. Sadly, “most surely believed”, is noticeably absent from much of the modern world.

Politicians have their opinions, focus groups, and pollsters. Their position seems to shift with the wind. Sadly, many religious organizations are doing this as well. Some things can be debated, others argued, but core beliefs should be held to fiercely, and never compromised.

The word believed, in this passage, comes from a Greek word, plerophoreo. Meanings for this word include to bear or bring full, to fulfill the ministry in every part. It also means, to fill one with any thought, conviction, or inclination, and to make one certain.

As we begin our study of “The Native” Of Bethlehem, we must be reminded that His very existence was due to conviction, a Heavenly one. A heartfelt commitment that man, though unworthy, sinful, and fallen since the Garden, would receive an opportunity for redemption.

Luke 1:1, 5
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife [was] of the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elisabeth.

Luke 2:1
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

For a moment, let’s compare Luke 1:1 with Luke 2:1. Many people can quote the beginning verses of the second chapter, but few can quote the beginning verses of the first. One is a declaration of belief from a simple Christian, the other is a command from the head of an empire. The difference is this, the Christian is part of a living, breathing, active Kingdom of light. The emperor is a forgotten relic of a long dead government covered in the dust of history.

Often, we get discouraged when we see injustice. To hear us talk, you would think that sin would continue to rule unchecked indefinitely, but how quickly we forget. God is not intimidated in the face of evil. When the ungodly rule, it is an invitation for a change orchestrated by The Hand Of God. Such was the case in both Luke 1:5 and 2:1, “There was in the days of Herod”, and “a decree from Caesar Augustus”, two totalitarian rulers with blood on their hands. It was in this atmosphere of despair that two babies would be born.

People’s names in The Bible are important, their meaning is not by chance, or insignificant. We know this when we’re discussing a prophet. If his name means God is glorified, we point to his ministry. If however, the person is a wicked and harmful person, we only pay attention to their name if it is a negative. It is the times that either a wicked person has a good name, or a good person has a wicked name which confuses us. This brings us to “the days of Herod.”

Any Bible scholar knows the wickedness of Herod the Great. His long list of crimes include the murder of the innocents. Herod’s name however, reflects a different image. It is a compound of two words, heroes and eidos. Eidos means the external or outward appearance, form figure, and shape. Together they form the word heroic, but if you look at the compound, it is a reflection of Herod, he appears a hero.

Herod wanted people to look at him as a hero, a champion of his people. He feigned himself a seeker of The Messiah in front of the Wise men. Herod had a smile on his face, and murder in his heart. Our reputation must reveal our hearts, and not reflect a façade that we hide behind. Otherwise, our relationship with Jesus will go from seeking Him, to attempting to extinguish Him from our lives completely.

5 There was in the days of Herod (Heroic), the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias (Remembered By Jehovah), of the course of Abia (My Father Is Jehovah): and his wife [was] of the daughters of Aaron (Light-Bringer), and her name [was] Elisabeth (Oath Of God).

Setting aside Herod’s character for a moment, how exciting is the statement on face value? Look not at the names, but their meanings. Without taking the Scripture out of context, let’s view it this way. In the days of the heroic, a certain priest was remembered by Jehovah. God had not forgotten them, and He has not forgotten us either.

We’ll talk more about Zacharias, Elisabeth, and John the Baptist in the next chapter of “The Native”.

Sky Bridge: The Story

“Jerry, this is Carter Gold.” “Hello Jerry, you look a lot like your Father.” “Mr. Gold, I, pleased to meet you sir. Mr. Rosen, I don’t understand.” Isaac smiled, “Do you really need too? Or can it just be something wonderful that has happened?”

Jerry looked at his Wife, she looked at Mr. Rosen. “He’s a concrete guy Mr. Rosen, you’re going to have to explain it. He’s been hurt to many times to just believe that there isn’t a catch.”
Isaac nodded, “So was I a few years ago. Jerry, I’ll explain everything, first though, let me tell you a story. It’s not an abstract tale, it’s the story of a younger me. I wasn’t always a fabulous restauranteur, in fact, I worked for a friendly government, as a very efficient, unfriendly operative. One visit from me, and your doctor added at least six zeroes to your bill, if you made it.”

“Don’t let people tell you that lifestyle is thrilling, the truth is, it’s excruciating. You’re lonely, you’re distrusting, you’re always moving. That’s on a good day, on a bad one, you trust the wrong person, and never move again.”

“Retirement in that position wasn’t easy, too many people don’t like you. I tried, and always ended up saying one day. As a result, I slowly gave way to destruction. Bitterness and alcohol were my weapons of choice for what was essentially slow suicide. I was killing myself, and didn’t care.”

“It may surprise you Jerry, but while an addiction and a killer, it was the easier of the two to kick. I got rid of it to save my liver, the bitterness took much longer. You see, the alcohol was my coping mechanism for the bitterness. Once my crutch was gone, I fell apart even faster.”

“Bitterness can destroy you, it almost did me. Of course, the climax of that involved a man running for his life, redemption, and forgiveness.” Jerry smirked, “Let me guess Mr. Rosen, he came to kill you, you forgave him, and then you were both free?” 

“Not exactly, I came to kill him, and we only forgave each other after a third party tried to murder is both. Ironically, I had to put a bullet in him to save his life, and mine.  It’s still three inches above his heart. It worked, and we’ve been best friends for the rest of our lives.”

“The two of us were messed up, washed up, lousy former government operatives. We almost destroyed this place in the aforementioned altercation. As it so often happens here, our lives ended here, and started anew. We met someone who gave us a new life. Please understand, we had to choose life, no one forced it on us. Life is a choice, you have to actively select it to change.”

“Maybe so sir, but I’m not trying to kill anyone. I’m not running to anything, or from anyone.” Isaac paused, he had to say this carefully, “Aren’t you? You run from the pain of a mother who rejected you for reminding her of the husband she lost. In the process, it’s costing you the wife that you love. Resemble anybody you know?”

Col Roosevelt Of The Rough Riders

Col Roosevelt

I’ve admired President Roosevelt for years, as a matter of fact, you can find the first of a two part Hisbit that I wrote on him here. I wanted to do an iPainting of him, but not in the usual presidential setting. So I decided to paint Colonel Roosevelt, hero of the Rough Riders. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed painting it.

The Native

As I write this today, there are 100 days until Christmas. It seems like the perfect day to start our second PruittWrites Bible Commentary. Only this one will not focus on one book, but rather a specific event, The Birth Of Christ.

It examines the miraculous plan of God. The fact that the First Citizen Of Eternity became a citizen of Earth. He, whose innocence was so foreign to man, became The Son Of Man. We call it simply “The Native”.

It will look at a combination of Scriptures. These include the first two chapters of Matthew and Luke, and the first chapter of John. Also the prophecies of His birth in The Old Testament, and Paul’s reference to Christ’s birth in Hebrews.

In your mind, walk with me as we catch up with some travelers on a desert road. What’s that they are looking at? In their hands is a Star Chart. Ancient and yellowed by time, it is a map of more than the stars, it’s a treasure map. It tales how a group of men held onto a promise, older than time itself, and found it fulfilled in a small baby newly born.

We’ll meet these wise men, a group of shepherds, an old man, and a couple whose sole purpose is to protect a newborn Savior. PruittWrites is very excited about this project, and we hope that you will join us for the study of “The Native”.

It’s Here! Ruth: The Book Of The Friend

It’s Here!

We’re excited to announce the publication of our first Bible Commentary. The eBook is called, “Ruth: The Book Of The Friend“, and it’s available now on our amazon site for $2.89 each. All of the profits will go to our church, Point Of Mercy, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The funds raised will help to finish our new auditorium. We are really excited about what God has given us for this book. It takes the form of chapters which highlight areas of the book. Many look at Ruth as a short history of one family, but it is so much more.

This family are the grandparents of David, and the ancestors to The Messiah. They lay a foundation for the future, while building on the legacy of the past. You’ll understand why it was so easy for Boaz to accept Ruth, once you learn who his mother was. Find out how a friendship forged this family, and replaced tears with peace.

You’ve heard of Cinderella’s glass slipper? That may have been a bit unusual, but PruittWrites would like to share another shoe story with you. Learn why the shoes on your feet can be more important than the house you’re in right now.

Famous singers have vocalized the need for it. The rich and famous have lamented the absence of it in their lives. Friendship is more than a common acquaintance. It is a God intended blessing for each life here on Earth.

Naomi thought that she had lost everything. She found a friend that knew exactly what she was going through. Together, they walked out of their sorrow, into a better place. Please join us as we journey with them through “Ruth: The Book Of The Friend” on amazon.com.

The Book Of Ruth 30 By 30

As you know, for the last few months, we’ve been working on, and sharing part of a commentary on the book of Ruth. It is one of my favorite books of The Bible. It’s so rich in content, and provides the background on David’s family. We have wanted to bring this to you for some time, and are in the process of finishing it up now.

As you know, I attend Church, and am on staff at Point Of Mercy in Nashville, Tennessee. We are blessed to feed a number of people every Sunday, both physically and spiritually. Our Church has literally outgrown our current facility. Rather than going in debt for a new building, we are renovating our existing gymnasium. This is not only being a good financial steward, it will position us to continue growing, as the need arises.

You may wonder what my Church has to do with this book. How many of you remember our Project C post from last year? To start work on our new building, we needed 50 thousand dollars. The problem was, we only had 20,000 in the bank. God laid it on our hearts to step out by faith, and believe that He would supply the rest within thirty days. We called it 30 by 30, and it was part of our Project C that year.

Last year, God tremendously answered, blessing us with even more than we needed. Fast forward one year, and we have some steps that need to be taken to complete the work and move in the new building. Once again, God has laid it on our hearts to step out by faith.

We are believing that within the next thirty days, God will supply the rest of what is needed. The Bible advises us to step out by faith. We are to do whatever humanly possible to accomplish God’s Will, then He will do the rest.

When this happened, The Lord laid it on our hearts to donate all of the profits, minus the actual expenses, of this book entirely to the Church. While it is always my hope, that my readers both buy, and enjoy our books, it’s more so on this one. I wanted to make you aware of this so you could be watching for it. We hope to have, at least, the eBook version ready very soon.

This idea is so fresh that we’re not only still completing the book, we’re scouting the most profitable cost margin we can. I’ll share the final details as soon as we have them, so please check back. This is without a doubt, the most important work we have published to date.

While there is no obligation, I would like to gauge the interest in this book. If you would like an email notification of when it is available, just email pruittwrites@gmail.com with the subject line, “Ruth:30 By 30”. Or, fill out our contact form with “Ruth 30 By 30” in the body of your content. Thank you so much in advance for your generosity, and your commitment to PruittWrites.com.