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Not Ashamed
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The secret of success is simply this:  In all things, love GOD, follow and obey HIM. Success is not determined by the outcome of your actions, but by whether you do what GOD tells you to do; the outcome lies in GOD’S domain alone. 


"For the SCRIPTURE says, "Whoever believes on HIM will not be put to shame...For "whoever calls on the NAME of the LORD shall be saved." [Romans 10. 11, 13] 


The Apostle Paul was quoting an OLD COVENANT SCRIPTURE here, with a slight modification. Isaiah actually reads: "Behold, I lay in Zion a STONE for a FOUNDATION, a TRIED STONE, a PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE, a SURE FOUNDATION; he who believes (implicitly trusts) will not act hastily." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 28. 16]  Thus, Paul changed the Hebrew word chuwsh meaning "make haste" (to hurry; to hurry; figuratively-to be eager with excitement or enjoyment); to the Greek word kataischuno for "be ashamed" (to shame down, disgrace, put to the blush, confound, dishonor).  Paul’s change of terms actually makes this verse even more involved because he combines the quote with another text in Isaiah: "HE will be as a sanctuary, but a STONE of stumbling and a ROCK of offense." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 8. 14] 


Peter also makes a combination of verses of SCRIPTURE using Isaiah [28. 16]  with Psalms [118. 22] — "Behold! I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on HIM will by no means be put to shame."  And, "The STONE which the builders rejected has become the CHIEF CORNERSTONE. Therefore, to you who believe, HE is precious; but to those who are disobedient, "the STONE which the builders rejected has become the CHIEF CORNERSTONE and A STONE of stumbling and a ROCK of offense."  [1 Peter 2. 6 - 8] 


Thus, the Greek translation "make haste" which is the correct meaning of the Hebrew word, is confirmed by all its other uses in the OLD COVENANT.  More important, these passages illustrate the truth that the HOLY SPIRIT, the INGENUOUS AUTHOR of GOD’S WRITTEN WORD, has the right and authority to translate HIS writings as HE wills and wishes, thus making "make haste" to mean "be ashamed" when and where needed. 


When we believe on MESSIAH Y’SHUA, the SAVIOR, we never need to flee in haste from HIS enemies or ours, for we can never be put to shame when anchored on THE ONE WHO is the SURE FOUNDATION. 


May we so live that even if we suffer as a follower of CHRIST JESUS, we will never be ashamed but always be eagerly excited as we wait for the MASTER to return; for we are saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation and will never be ashamed or disgraced forever and ever, and be completely satisfied.  Our LOVING REDEEMER is so worth waiting for! 


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Thank YOU LORD GOD for filling the heart with marvelous joy and peace, for giving us strength of faith in YOU for even greater tasks.  Our confidence rests solely in YOU, our GREAT, ETERNAL, WONDERFUL LORD.  YOURS, O LORD, is the greatness and the power, the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is YOURS; YOURS is the Kingdom, O LORD, and YOU are exalted above all. YOU are the LIFE of all, the HELP of those that flee to YOU, the HOPE of those who cry to YOU. Cleanse us from our sins, secret and open, and from every thought displeasing to YOUR goodness — purify our bodies and souls, our hearts and consciences, that with a pure heart, and a clear soul, with perfect love and calm hope, we may venture confidently and fearlessly to pray to YOU. Amen  


Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 



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