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Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
In preparation for this lesson I was thinking about how to present this passage. It then crossed my mind that to explain an unfolding of Gods words it might become easier to proceed with a definition of fold.
FOLD; FOLDING: 1.To lay in plaits or folds. 2.To clasp together; as to fold ones hands; 3.to lay close to the body; as a bird folds its wings 4.To enclose; surround to become plaited or doubled. 5. To fail completely; collapse. 6. That which is folded together or which infolds. 7. A pen for sheep. 8. A flock of sheep; figuratively the church.
I thought of a reverent placing together of one’s hands in prayer but as I soon found out the clasping of hands together was anything but reverent.
Biblical usage: fold fold’-ing (verb; chabhaq, sabhakh; helisso):
The verb occurs only 3 times in the King James Version, and in each instance represents a different word; we have chabhaq “to clasp” (Ecclesiastes 4:5), “The fool foldeth his hands together” Ecc. 4:5 The fool folds his hands and ruins himself (compare Proverbs 6:10-11);10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. cabhak, “to interweave” (Nahum 1:10,10 They, [the residents of Ninivah; with whom God was angry], will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble “folded together as thorns,” the English Revised Version “like tangled thorns” the American Standard Revised Version “entangled like thorns”; see ENTANGLE); helisso “to roll or fold up” (Hebrews 1:12, 12 You will roll them, [The heavens and the earth], up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” quoted from Psalms 102:26 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. (Septuagint), the Revised Version (British and American) “As a mantle shall thou roll them up”). Folding occurs as translation of galil, “turning” or “rolling” (1 Kings 6:34 He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets.bis, folding leaves of door
To clasp together: this is what my favorite Bible expositor John Gill has said about Ecc 4:5─ The fool folds his hands together and ruins himself. In order to get more sleep, or as unwilling to work; “he folds his hands in summer, and will not labor;” Some persons, to escape the envy which diligence and industry bring on men, will not work at all, or do any right work, and think to sleep in a whole skin; this is great folly and madness indeed: and eats his own flesh;
such a man is starved and famished for want of food, so that his flesh is wasted away; or he is so hungry bitten, that he is ready to eat his own flesh; or he hereby brings to ruin his family, his wife, and children, which are his own flesh, ( Isaiah 58:7 )
Again referring to John Gill he says about Nahum 1:10− Like them, useless and unprofitable, harmful and pernicious, fit only for burning, and, being bundled together, are prepared for it; and which is not only expressive of the bad qualities of the Ninevites, and of the danger they were in, and what they deserved; but of the certainty of their ruin, no more being able to save themselves from it, than a bundle of thorns from the devouring fire: dead drunk, no more able to help themselves than a drunken man that is fallen; or who were as easily thrown down as a drunken man is with the least touch; though there is no need to have recourse to a figurative sense, since the Ninevites were actually drunk when they were attacked by their enemy, as the historian relates; that the king of Assyria being elated with his fortune, and thinking himself secure, feasted his army, and gave them large quantities of wine; and while the whole army were indulging themselves, the enemy, having notice of their negligence and drunkenness by deserters, fell upon them unawares in the night, when disordered and unprepared, and made a great slaughter among them, and forced the rest into the city, and in a little time took it: easily, inevitably and irrecoverably.
John Gill on Hebrews 1:12─ In order to lay them [the heavens and earth] aside, and make no use of them in the manner they now are; just as clothes, when they are grown old, or out of fashion, are folded up, and laid aside from use at present, or are put into another form. In the Hebrew text it is, “as a vesture shall thou change them”; but the sense is the same, for a garment is changed by folding it, or turning it; to which Jarchi interprets the Hebrew phrase like this,“as a man turns his garment to put it off;” And they shall be changed; as to their form and use, not as to their being; for a change, and an annihilation, are two things: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail; which is expressive of the immutability of Christ, in his nature and perfections, in his person, and offices, in the virtue of his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice; and of his duration or continuance, in opposition to the fading and transitory nature of the heavens and earth, and of all outward enjoyments: and this may serve to take off the heart from the one, and set it upon the other; and to strengthen our faith in Christ, and encourage us to expect a continuance of blessings from him; all supplies of grace now, and eternal glory hereafter.
Gill on 1kings 6:34─The posts were of olive, but the doors of fir, and they were both folding doors, as appears by what follows: which, taking up less room, made the passage wider.
Now that an attempt at understanding a definiton of fold or folding has been dealt with, in the next lesson the Unfolding of Gods words we be our subject.
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I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
To give praise to God is to express honor and gratitude to Him through acts of worship, words, attitudes and actions.
When we combine these acts of worship, words and attitudes with song we have one of the most powerful praise and thanksgiving tools available to saints besides prayer.
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An examination of the scriptures will offer ample examples of this powerful praise medium.
1 Chronicles 23:5 gives us a powerful demonstration of just how much emphasis was put on musical worship by King David. Four thousand men were appointed the task of praising the LORD with musical instruments he himself provided for that purpose.”
Praise of God was so important to King David that he made this statement in Psalms 34:1: “I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”
In Psalms 40:3 King David tells us God put a new song in his mouth a hymn so powerful in praise of God that he adds …many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 47:7 offers us insight in to why we should hold God in awe and fear and revere Him. It is because God is the King of all the earth we are told to sing to him a psalm of praise.
Psalms 71:22 Incorporates more than vocal praise and shows us that the use of musical instruments such as harp and lyre along with singing are acceptable offerings of our gratitude for God’s faithfulness, as the Holy One of Israel.
Psalms 96:10-13 gives us another reason to pay homage, respect, adoration and deference to our Holy God. God is sovereign ruler of the established world he is Judge over all. The heavens and earth are to be glad as are the seas and all that is in them, the fields and all that is in them. Even the trees of the forest are to sing for joy for God comes to judge the earth the world in righteousness and the people in His Truth.
Psalms 100:1 brings us back to a corporate praise as it instructs all the earth to shout for joy to the Lord. Ps 101:1 brings us back to individual praise and pledge: as we determine to sing of God’s love and justice; to you O Lord, I will sing praise.
In Israel’s beginning and after the crossing of the Red Sea they sing to the Lord this song:
“I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God and I will praise him, my father’s God and I will exalt him.
The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea. The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone.
“Your right hand, O LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy.
In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble. By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood firm like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
“The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’ But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters. “Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? You stretched out your right hand and the earth swallowed them. “In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia. The chiefs of Edom will be terrified, the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling, the people of Canaan will melt away; terror and dread will fall upon them. By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone— until your people pass by, O LORD, until the people you bought pass by. You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance— the place, O LORD, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord, your hands established. The LORD will reign forever and ever.
Sing your own song to God; give him complete control of your life and eternal joy will be yours.
Sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb;
“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. 4 Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
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Passage #5 Israel Rejects God as Their King
Lessons From the Spirit of God
2 Chronicles 24:20 Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the LORD’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.’”
Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the LORD’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.’”
In previous lessons we have discovered that God’s Spirit dictates by its presence or lack thereof the circumstances and conditions of, worldly goods, outlook or future, prospects, prosperity, class, position, rank, situations, environment, surroundings, state of affairs, and conditions of each of the individuals of our study thus far.
Joseph found himself to be a tool or implement to be used by God in dire and elevated circumstances. He was despised by his brothers because of his father’s special attention and unique clothing, because of his dreams which showed him to be of higher status than his brothers or his parents. Joseph was placed in a pit by his brothers, sold as a slave and sold again as a slave to Potiphar one of Pharaho’s officials, and the captain of the guard, Joseph was falsely accused of attacking Potiphar’s wife and imprisoned, eventually freed and made second in command over all Egypt.
Next in the revelation of God’s Spirit among his chosen individuals our lesson revealed that God can use pagans who choose to worship false Gods and desire to curse God’s elected Nation. Balaam tried again and again to curse Israel. It is interesting and revealing to learn that God talks with and sends angles to this pagan. Working through miraculous signs including a talking donkey, then the thwarting of Balaam’s speeches intended to be curses but turned by GOD’S SPIRIT instead to blessings of Israel.
The next in our line of object lessons from God’s word is revealed through the elevation and fall of Israel’s first King – King Saul. We are told Saul was a man without equal among the Israelites head taller than all others. Saul starts out as a good King but as we have heard and as was revealed to Samuel, God’s prophet; “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. God demonstrates that he controls “all spirits” by sending and allowing evil spirits to drive Saul from power and to a pathetic suicidal death.
The next Passage under consideration from 1st Chronicles once again illustrates the sovereignty, (absolute authority and rule of God over all creation), of God. The half-tribe of Manasseh, (one of the sons of Joseph), were brave warriors, famous men and heads of their families. But they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers and served other gods worshiped by others among them.
God’s response was to communicate their downfall and exile by and through his communication with the spirit of a heathen king, Pul King of Assyria.
2nd Ki :15:19 Then Pul[a] king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem gave him a thousand talents[b] of silver to gain his support and strengthen his own hold on the kingdom.
Isa 37:7 Listen! I am going to put a spirit in him so that when he hears a certain report, he will return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.’”
God displays his immediate retribution to Judah for serving false gods. Just as trust in God can bring victory, so also defeat comes to the unfaithful.
In this lesson as in past lessons the Spirit of God is our focus. Today our scripture reminds us of an ad many of us have heard: When ——– talks people listen.
However God sent prophets to the people of Judah and Jerusalem to bring them back to him, and though the prophets testified against them, they would not listen.
It is a wise man who listens to God. Zechariah led by the Spirit of God delivered a warning and questioned the disobedience of Judah and Jerusalem. “Why do you disobey the Lord’s Commands?”…”You will not Prosper!” “Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.”
Zechariah by the order of King Joash was stoned to death.
What voices are you ignoring? Do you look around in today’s society and see things you hardly believe can be transpiring in America?
Do you hear the call of God?
Why do you disobey the Lord’s Commands?
You will not prosper!
Because you have forsaken the Lord he has forsaken you.”
These are words for serious thought. I hope they do not apply to you or me let’s not ignore God’s Spirit, when God talks listen.
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THE BEGINNING HAS NO END ETERNITY IS FOREVER
“Yes I am coming soon.”
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He who testifies to these things says, “Yes I am coming soon.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus.
The format of this study entitled ΩOMEGAΩ is a study of Revelations beginning with the last verse of chapter 22 and continuing verse by verse till we reach Revelations verse 1 chapter 1.
This lesson covers Revelation 22:20 above and will have as its focus the “One”, (God), giving the testimony of this revelation of Christ to John through a chosen Angel.
In Rev. verse 22:20 the person giving the testimony is none other than Jesus Christ. We know this by what follows and will be the focus of future lessons…. “Yes I am coming soon.”
Did you pick up on the timing and urgency of Christ’s return and also the delivery of the message of “things which must soon come to pass.”
Time is mans way of measuring history. The Triune Godhead: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, are unaffected by mans measure and “soon” will be when God commands it to be so.
His coming is a stated certainty, so that God’s people will be without doubt, though soon may seem to be deferred by God and denied by ungodly men. John expresses the hope of all saints when he utters: “Amen. Come Lord Jesus”.
In Revelation 22:7 Christ again expresses the timing of his return as “soon”. However, this reference is more clearly to his Second and personal coming as judge of all the earth.
Additionally a blessing is bestowed on those who keep the words of this prophecy written in this scroll by John. ;
To keep these sayings is to read them with observation, to take notice of the accomplishment of them, so far as it has taken place, to keep them in mind and memory, to meditate upon them, and through the grace of God to steer our lives and conversation according to the instructions, directions, and cautions here given; and such are blessed in life, and will be in death; they will die in the Lord, share in the first resurrection, and enter through the gates into the city.*
Again “soon” is emphasized in Revelation 22:12. This is repeated, to confirm the truth of Christ’s second coming, and the speediness of it, and to point to the time when the above shall be, and to add what follows. And my reward is with me:*
These words are taken out of ( Isaiah 40:10 ) ( Isaiah 62:11 ) and when compared together, flesh out a clear proof of Christ being the true Jehovah, the eternal God. There is a reward of debt, or a due reward, a reward of punishment, which is the just recompense of reward, which, shall be righteously given to wicked men for their sin, ( Hebrews 2:2 ) ( Isaiah 3:11 ) and there is a reward of grace, which is also called the recompense of reward, the reward of the inheritance, which is no other than the gift of eternal life, which God of his free grace bestows upon his people, ( Hebrews 11:26 ) ( Colossians 3:24 ) and both these are with Christ; they are in his hands, he has authority from God, as Mediator, to inflict vengeance on the wicked, and to give eternal life to his people; both he will do, for this authority and power is His: to give every man according as his work shall be; if his work is evil, and he is an unjust and filthy man, and the course of his conversation has been vicious, the reward of debt, or just punishment, will be rendered to him; but if his work is the fruit of grace, and he has had his conversation in the world by the grace of God, and he is a righteous person, justified by the righteousness of Christ, and a holy, good man, sanctified by the Spirit of God, the reward of grace, the crown of righteousness, will be given to him.*
16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
The “soon” of the above verses is again stressed to encourage repentance. The situation at hand was the association of godly men with corrupt and immoral persons who were holding on to sinful practices. These practices were to be rooted out or the lukewarm attitude and association with and acceptance of the perpetrators discouraged.
Christ made clear that his fighting would be with and against the corrupt men and not his forgiven people.
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Once again an urgency and immediacy is expressed of Christ’s desire to deliver, save, and preserve the godly; and to bring punitive eternal judgment upon the ungodly.*
hold that fast which thou hast; either grace and the exercise of it… hold on to your faith, patience, and doctrines of the Gospel, and it’s ordinances, as delivered by Christ and his apostles:, since this hour of temptation will be a trying time to faith, patience, integrity, and constancy: *
that no man take thy crown; Exhortations of this kind to the saints are necessary, to excite them to diligence, care, and watchfulness; and are not contrary to their final perseverance, and certain salvation, but are means thereof: but faith and faithfulness, integrity, sincerity, and purity, is meant. *
1 Corinthians 16:22
22 If anyone does not love the Lord─ a curse be on him. Come, O Lord[a]!
A curse be on him
May this person experience God’s displeasure and wrath, since he has declared himself an unbeliever: John 3:36 Says: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
This is not a curse based on things God has created (e.g., heaven and earth), an oath that Jesus forbids. Rather it is a curse based on God as witness to the unbeliever’s essential lack of love and obedience to God. God’s opposition to evil is both total and permanent
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ
John does not so much mean profane and unregenerate sinners, who are destitute of love to Christ, from ignorance of him; nor such who, from the same principle, might persecute him in his members, for such are to be prayed for, and wished well; and often such are called by grace, and become true and sincere lovers of Christ; and John, himself was an instance of it: some think the Jews are intended, who were the mortal enemies of Christ; hated his name and person, his Gospel and interest, and maliciously persecuted the same; they called Jesus accursed, and therefore deserved an anathema, (eternally condemnation), to be pronounced on them; it was prophesied of them, that their name should be left for a curse; and it was threatened to them, in case of non-repentance, upon the coming of John the Baptist, in the spirit of Elijah, that the Lord would come and smite their land with a curse; which had its accomplishment in the destruction of Jerusalem; see ( Isaiah 65:15 ) ( Malachi 4:6 ) ; others think the Gnostics are intended, one of whose tenets was, that it was lawful not to confess Christ in a time of persecution, in order to save themselves; and such might be truly said not to love our Lord Jesus, and on whom such an anathema as after mentioned might rightly be denounced: though it should seem rather, that some persons in this church, or that infested it, are referred to as the false teachers, and those who sided with them, who made factions and divisions in the church of Christ; allowed themselves in the commission of fornication and incest, and such like impurities; had no regard to the peace of the consciences of weak brethren, but laid stumbling-blocks in their way; behaved in a very irreverent manner at the Lord’s table, and gave in to very pernicious errors and heresies, particularly denying the resurrection of the dead; and by their many bad principles and practices plainly showed that they did not in deed and in truth love our Lord Jesus: wherefore of every such an one the apostle says,
let him be anathema. The word anathema, answers to the Hebrew (Mrx) , and is rendered by it here in the Syriac version; and signifies anything separated and devoted to holy uses; and so it is used by the Septuagint, in ( Leviticus 27:28 ) , and in the New Testament, ( Luke 21:5 ) , and which, if alienated to any other purposes, entailed a curse on persons; hence it is often translated “accursed”, as ( Romans 9:3 ) ( 1 Corinthians 12:3 ) ( Galatians 1:8Galatians 1:9 ) , and here it signifies, that such persons that love not the Lord Jesus, should be rejected by the saints, and separated from their communion; and so the Arabic version renders it, “let him be separated”; that is, from the church; let him be cast out of it, and cut off from it; as, so living and dying without love to Christ, he will be accursed by him at the last day, and will have that awful sentence denounced on him, “go ye cursed”. The apostle adds another word, about which there is some difficulty,
maranatha; some make this to be the same with “anathema”; the one being the Syriac, the other the Greek word, as “Abba, Father”; and think that “maranatha” is put for (atmrxm) , “maharamatha”; others think that it is the same with (atanwrxm) , “maharonatha”, which signifies “from wrath to come”; and being joined with the other word, intends an anathematizing or devoting persons to wrath to come: others take it to be the last, and worse sort of excommunication among the Jews; and observe, that the first sort was called (ywdn) , “Niddui”, which was a separation from company and conversation, to which reference may be had in ( Luke 6:22 ) ; the second sort was called (Mrx) Cherem, to which “anathema” answers, and was a separation, attended with curses and imprecations; and a third sort was called (atmv) , “Shammatha”, and is thought to answer to “maranatha”, giving the etymology of it, as if it was, (ata Mv) , “the name”, i.e. “God cometh”, as “maranatha” read as two words, signify “our Lord cometh”: but this is not the etymology the Jews give of “Shammatha” F7; they ask,
“what is “Shammatha?” says Rab, (htym Mv) , “there is death”; and Samuel says, (hyhy hmmv) , “desolations shall be”;”
but of the other etymology there is no mention made among them; nor is ever the word “maranatha” used by them for excommunication; the sense of which certainly is, “our Lord cometh”; and the Ethiopic version, joining it with the former word, renders the whole thus, “let him be anathema in the coming of our Lord”, which seems to be pretty much the sense of the apostle: it is best to consider this word, or rather these two words, “maran atha”, “our Lord cometh”, as added by the apostle, to put persons in mind of the coming of Christ; either at the destruction of Jerusalem, to take vengeance on the Jews, who did not love, but hated him, and maliciously persecuted him, and his; or of the second coming of Christ to judgment, when all the wicked of the earth shall be accursed by him, and all such that love him not will be bid to depart from him.*
Jesus closed His revelation with these words, “Surely I come quickly” He affirmed and verified that his return is certain. Along with John hundreds of millions of saints have cried “Maranatha” : Even so come Lord Jesus. Many of us begin and end our day with this invitation.
God’s Grace is the key; and was the major subject of our first verse, which in reality is the last verse of Revelation.
The revelation of Christ concerning the Church begins and ends with Christ’s prayers of and for God’s grace.
4….Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen….
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
*borrowed heavily from Gills- exposition –of-the-bible
The Greatest Gift
This is a season of giving, everyone forgets (at times), that the greatest giver of all time made all gifts. And is to be given thanks and praise for the simplest to the most complex, for the least to the most expensive of gifts.
As you give this season challenge yourself to do a simple exercise. The link below will take you to the keyword browser of BibleGateway.com click and enter the words give, given and giving you should receive 1,546 references for the bibles usage of these three words.
Take some time to let the Holy Spirit teach you what He will about our Fathers’application of these words to deliver spiritual meaning to you God’s child.
Whether you accept or reject God’s gifts is your choice!
God’s final gift will be His judgment of your acceptance or rejection of His gifts.
Below are samples selected at random and the link mentioned above.
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“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life Job 2:4
“What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention, Job 7:17
They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit.” Job 15:35
What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous? What would he gain if your ways were blameless? Job 22:3
Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked. Jeremiah 20:13
My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways, Proverbs 23:26
With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please. Jeremiah 27:5
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Revelation 21:6
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Revelation 21:23
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:5
[ Epilogue: Invitation and Warning ] “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. Revelation 22:12
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of
David, and the bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16
A 1967 Christmas Memory
By Richard Reid
Villa Ridge, Missouri, December 2011
I was home on military leave from Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. I was finishing up my Advanced Individual Training (AIT). It was good to be home in Tucumcari. I had come by passenger train from Tucson, Arizona; I was less than a month away from the time I would meet my future wife.
Having only my meager military pay with which to purchase gift(s) for my family members, I decided to type up Mom’s (Wineva Helen Coberley Reid’s) handwritten poems to give as my Christmas gift that year. It was before the days of computers and computer printers so I typed them up on my electric portable typewriter and duplicated them on my portable mimeograph spirits fluid duplicator that I had used to publish our church’s Sunday bulletins before I had left for my 120 day active duty training after having joined the New Mexico National Guard the summer of 1967.
I decided to entitle it Wineva’s Writings. The printed cover I made for her writings that Christmas is dated December 23, 1967.
Exactly one year from that date I would be married to La Veta Marie Routh Reid in Tucumcari at the very church (1st Assembly of God) where I had edited and published the weekly church bulletins.
It is always fascinating what a year brings forth and how interwoven our lives can be.
During that same Christmas season La Veta was on her way home New Year’s Eve 1968 to the Navajo Reservation school in western New Mexico where she taught first grade for the Kirkland Public Schools in Newcomb. She had to have her battery replaced in Tucumcari. She had a checking account, but no cash; it was in the days before common credit card use. She was in a real predicament. She finally phoned Bro. Stewart (the pastor of 1st Assembly of God) to ask if he would vouch for her check. Since he knew Sis. Whitehead, the Assemblies of God missionary pastor in Newcomb, Bro. Stewart was willing to take a chance and stand good for the check. La Veta attended Sis. Whitehead’s church and was the church pianist.
Approximately one year later Pastor Stewart would marry myself and La Veta. The check had cleared and verified Bro. Stewart’s faith in being able to help out a traveler in trouble. I’m sure all such incidents didn’t have happy endings for him.
Forty-four years have past since those events occurred. It is good to reflect on the goodness of God. His protection, guidance, and desire to be with us at all times is evident in those events and in Wineva’s Writings that follow. I hope you enjoy reading what she wrote over fifty-five years ago. Merry Christmas!
Writings of Wineva Helen Reid
Compiled by Richard Reid
December 23, 1967
Note to readers—This collection of writings are precious to me because the author is Mother and the woman who has done much to shape me into the person I am.
I didn’t compile them for their correctness in grammar or punctuation, but that mainly that a record would be made and kept by different members of the family. It is hoped that as you read you will sense the Christian love, the toils, sadness, the joys, and happiness of Wineva’s life.
It is hard to be objective when evaluating the worth of this prose or poetry because to me it is valueless because it is the communication of a person dear to me. So I will not evaluate, but will present it and let you so do if you wish. I trust that the reader of this compilation will receive new strength hope and courage as they read.
*The Note to readers—above was written 12-23-67
My Old Kitchen Broom
My old kitchen broom.
My children, carry
From room to room.
I see them strike up a tune
As on a golden violin
A tune without no end
But no it is my old kitchen broom
Dashen now crashen
As a cowboy on a flashy
Dashy white horse
Across the room
Oh! No of course it is – –
My old kitchen broom
And to be sure I hear
Boom boom boom boom boom
A Gun here and there
Oh so clear
No it’s just my kitchen broom
Wineva Helen Reid
I Have a Husband
I have a husband
He is young, he is fair.
He is always near
He is here and he is there
He is tender and full of care
He is always ready to share.
Oh! Yes, we grumble,
We have our toil and care
But life without this
Would not be complete.
When trials we have
Then let us repeat
I am sorry
With this and love
Life’s journey is sweet.
Wineva Helen Reid
I Have a Mother-in-law
I have a Mother-in-law
One who I fell in love with
The first time I chanced to meet.
As my Mother taught me to do
When I was young and sat at her feet.
I married her dear son
His love I have won
I felt his tender care
As I remember where she stood
Combing her pretty graying hair.
Yes, times, I’ve had to weep.
Times I have told her of
My life’s trials and care
Somehow she has tenderly shared.
Without words to express
I appreciate my very best
I know God will do the rest
He makes tender Mother-in-laws too.
Author: Your daughter-in-law
Wineva (Helen Reid)
May 2, 1955
Author: Mother (Wineva Helen Reid)
Date: June 2, 1955
Time: At night
Place: 1416 South Adams Street
Tucumcari, New Mexico
A sweet little girl
Ethel: A sweet little girl
One without a single curl
A puggy little nose
Blue little eyes
Just like your Dads of course.
Year by year,
Year by year, you so tender grow.
And now what you know
Richard: A big baby brother
And I hear you call, “Oh, Mother.”
I scamper to my feet
To obscure your defeat
But to my surprise it is
Not the finding of his little feet
It is that thumb you put
To his little mouth
That you have learned to
Nurse so complete.
Reba: A tender little girl so soft
And sweet, for you Mother
Pretty little nose and lips.
Like a little rose
As the month grew to a close
Goodness only knows,
Here we come and here we go
Your Uncle Raymond came
To take us on a flying trip
Before we could close our lip.
With a whir and then a flip.
Another! A big, another
Glen: Baby brother.
With a tiny pug nose
Just like your Dads,
Goodness only knows
What would we do without
That Daddy’s pug nose.
Months may come and months must go
With wavy white hair
That stood straight in the air
Just a pretty little fellow
Hair so white—was almost yellow.
But eyes—oh! to our surprise
They were brown and mellow
You took them after your Ma
As Dad had stolen the rest of
Them all. ha! ha!
As I have said before—
Clora: Years come and months close.
My! my!, God so tender in his mercy
Let us another tender little
This time a sweet little girl
One with white hair
With soft curl
God showed me in a dream
How to part her pretty little hair
And (also) how to take care.
Her round little face
Her tiny turned up nose
And one who found her
Pretty little pink toes.
How she grows and grows.
As years come and years go
Our Family We a little family
Want to sit and learn at
The Master’s dear feet
Then the race we must run.
We hope to make it to heaven
This will make our lives complete
And have others to bring to his feet.
Wineva Helen Reid
*Note Barbara was not born when this poem was written in 1955.
After the Night—After the Storm
We hear over the radio wave
That there were low clouds
Even had created a cyclone
No damage was done
But I feel so safe
As God’s dear Son
Hovered over with tender love.
God gave me this beautiful poem
Of his tender loving care
And it does prove
God is everywhere.
I had looked at almost every window
Even out the door
But nothing of outstanding danger
I had not seen,
But was conscious of his
Tender love and care.
Wineva Helen Reid
As I Was in Prayer
As I was in prayer
Souls I had won.
My brothers, one by one.
My Father, my Mother so fair.
By God’s tender mercy and care.
Not boasting, but there were others
I don’t remember the complete number
But I spoke to them
Maybe they are in sweet slumber.
But I wonder about my Father
And wonder if he is just a step away
My tender Mother prays each day
For each one who is away
From the heavenly Father’s dear care.
I wonder about each brother.
We all have our lovely families so fair
Our lovely children and wives so fair
But I wonder
If life is so full of toil and care
That we have left Jesus
Standing a way back there.
As I was in prayer
My dear God to save
Each one’s soul again.
As by his dear grace
We must all see his dear face
And who can pray
Must do so for our
Loved ones each day.
Wineva Helen Reid
A Soul to Lay at His Feet
Give us another soul
Dear Lord I pray
A soul for a sheave.
One who thou hast made whole
A soul dear Lord whose journey
Is not complete
A soul for a sheave
To lay at thy dear feet.
Seems my time is so full of care
Babies here and babies there
Busy, busy everywhere
Just not one moment to spare.
But please I repeat
A dear soul to lay
At your dear feet.
May 25, 1955
Mrs. Wineva Reid
–After visiting with Sister Adcock
on Tuesday and then Sister Spivey.
No Unkind Thing I Might
Something dear, something sweet
Let me repeat
That their dear soul
I might win so complete
To lay at thy feet.
As I have said before
When time we take
To bow and pray
Whether on a chair or on the floor
I find you so near
You are always “here”.
To write it over—
As I have said before.
When time we take
To bow and pray
Whether it be night or day
Whether it be on a chair or on the floor
I find you so near
You are always “there”.
Wineva Helen Reid
A Bonus Poem*
My Mother Fair
Where on earth is there one so fair?
One that I for her may care
Where on earth is there an end to my despair
With lovely nose, face, eyes, and hair.
Where on earth is there one so fair?
Oh, I can tell you she’s not very far,
She is just over there
And no matter what we have to bear,
I with her my burdens will share.
Where on earth is the one so fair?
Over there in the clear mountain air.
Then we will hear the loudest blare
It’s my mother, and she’s right there;
In Christ’s loving embrace with Quanah, our dad;
awaiting their children on earth they Had.
By Glen R. Reid
Approximate Age of Author—Teenager
*Found in the folder with Mom’s poems.
Wineva Helen Reid’s Fourth Child
Approximate Age of Author—Teenager
*Found in the folder with Mom’s poems.
Wineva Helen Reid’s Fourth Child
Merry Christmas from all families of Quanah and Wineva Reid now resting in Heaven.