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ISRAELI GOLD JERRY M HILL EBOOK COVER

Jerry Hill

Jerry M. Hill

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ISRAELI GOLD

REACHING OUT

Reaching Out in All Directions

Look at this tree how it just keeps reaching out.  It kind of looks like it is just trying to grab as much sky as it can and just keeps reaching out!

Have you ever thought about how powerful words are and how you can make a difference in someone’s life just by the words that come out of your mouth if you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you.

Stop and think about GOD and how he created the earth we live on. Before he created the visible world we live in there was just a spirit world.  There was absolutely nothing that could be seen.  He created all that there is with just his words.  Just by speaking!

You as a believer have a part of GOD’s spirit living inside of you. So your words have power every time you speak them, whether in a negative sense or a positive sense.  So be careful with your words!

When Christ died on the cross for you and me, he died for our sins which represents the vertical part of the tree he was nailed to.  He spread out his arms and hands for us horizontally as well.  I believe that he is telling us by reaching out his hands that he wants us to be his hands to help bring others to him. 

So “reach out” and let your words and your hands be used to bring others to him wherever and whenever you can and remember the last words Christ spoke when he was on this earth.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Acts 1:8-9 KJV

The Seed

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I

I am

I am the seed

Planted in the crevices of time

Rising from this dark, wet dirt of mine

Choked by weeds of life

Remaining me through strife

Scorching sun rises high

So will I

What will I be

Just wait and see

I am the seed

You watered day and night

Remaining ever in the fight

Can’t you see

It is me

The one you loved so dear

I am always near

I am the seed

I am

I

GUT KICKED

GUT KICKED

 

Gut kicked

Nostrils filled with dusty dirt

Wet slimy spit drips

Eyes closed, head bowed

Deceived, lied to, beaten down

Worn, used up and out

Clouds yield to bursts of bright light

Night is gone

The day is here

 

Thirty-Nine

Cloud 39

There are a total of 39 major disease categories known to exist according to the World Health Organization.  Those diseases are as follows.

Infectious disorders, infertility disorders, neoplasms, perinatal conditions, endocrine disorders, skin and subcutaneous disorders, nutritional disorders, musculoskelatal, connective tissue disorders, fluid and electrolyte disorders, congenital anomalies, inherited metabolic and immune disorders, nonspecific abnormal findings, hematologic disorders, other and unspecified mortality and morbidity, Psychiatric disorders, injuries, substance abuse, poisonings by drugs, medicaments, and biologicals, neurological disorders, ENT and eye disorders, effects of foreign body entering through orifice, cardiovascular disorders, toxic effects of substances, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and lymphatic, other disorders and unspecified effects of external causes, certain adverse effects not elsewhere classified, respiratory disorders, complications from a procedure or device, dental disorders, complications of medical care, digestive system disorders, genitourinary disorders, gynecological disorders, factors influencing health status and contact with med care, breast disorders, health services (V Codes), pregnancy, childbirth, and puerperium, morphology of neoplasms (M codes)

Isaiah is perhaps one of the greatest prophets in the Bible.  Almost one- third of the chapters of this book of the Old Testament have prophecies about Jesus Christ that talk of the first and second comings of Jesus.

In Isaiah 53:4-5 KJV – Isaiah writes the following words. “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

It is interesting to note that Isaiah talks of Jesus and wrote these words some 750 years before Jesus even came into existence.

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It is common knowledge that Jesus was flogged or lashed 39 times before his crucifixion as was the Jewish custom.  Those being flogged were to be lashed no more and no less than 39 times.  And those doing the flogging were to do it with such extreme force that if there was to be a 40th lash, then the victim would surely die.  Holding back was not something that a Roman lictor wanted to do for they themselves would receive punishment.  Each lictor; as they were so-called would take turns, one on each side of the victim, as they inflicted the harsh punishment.  The instrument used to inflict the punishment was called a flagrum which was really a short whip.  It consisted of several braided leather thongs with iron balls and sharp pieces of sheep bones tied at various intervals. The clothing was removed, hands were tied whereupon the scourging or flogging commenced. First one side, then the other side of the back would be smashed with the flagrum as the leaded balls dug deep into pieces of mutilated flesh.  The flogging resulted in deep contusions that would tear and rip the skin creating lacerations and quivering  ribbons of bleeding pulsating muscle and skin.  Many of those who were flogged went into shock and never survived long enough to even be crucified. The pain was tremendous!  

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In the new testament Psalm 103 the Bible states the following. “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.”

Isn’t it interesting to note that Jesus was lashed 39 times before being crucified.  And isn’t it even more interesting that there are 39 different types of diseases.  Jesus heals all our diseases according to scripture and took a lash for each one. He heals and forgives everything!

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The number 39 also relates to the hours in which Jesus hung on the cross.  Jesus hung on the cross from the 3rd to the 9th hours.  There are also 39 books in the Old Testament of the Bible.  If you look further at the Old Testament of the Bible you will also find that the last word in the last book of the Old Testament (Malachi) is the word “curse“.  Jesus died to save us from the curse and to heal us. 

Malachi 4:6 KJV

“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse“.

Looking further at the correlation of the “law of sin and death” and the number 39 again we can turn to the Old Testament in Genesis 2:16-17. GOD uses 39 words to set forth the “law of sin and death”. 

Genesis 2:16-17

“And the Lord God commanded the many saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. “

Yes, if you count all of the words of the “law of sin and death” they do in fact add up to the number 39!  The word impurity is also used a sum total of 39 times in the Bible. 

It’s mysterious as to how all these numbers add up.  I guess we really shouldn’t be surprised though since GOD had it all planned out from the very beginning with the number 39, and I am very glad he did.

Answered Prayers

Prayers Answered

Unrecognizable

Two Boys Bikes

We were the best of friends growing up on the south side of Oklahoma City.  Kevin’s dad worked with my dad down at the steel plant in the city.  During those burning hot Oklahoma summertime days we’d always be over at each other’s house playing baseball and running up and down the concrete creek beds on our bicycles.  Neither one of us liked to wear shoes in the summertime so were always getting stickers or blisters of some sort on our shoe-less, dirt blackened feet.  Kevin and I both had one of those long banana style seats specially fitted for our bikes.  Then we added colorful plastic streamers for each handlebar.  Finally we’d grab a few clothespins from the clothesline and pin them to the back wheels of our bikes with a few bubblegum baseball cards.  That would give us the true to life sound of a motorcycle as the spokes of our wheels strummed the cards like a drum.  The only thing missing to make us official motorcycle riders were the helmets.

Even though Kevin and I went to the same elementary school for years, we never saw each other much at school.  As some might say -“We were in different classes together.”  The summers passed us by as did the years of growing up together and soon we were in Junior High School.  Have you ever wished you could go back in your life to some specific moment in time to change something you did or didn’t do?  Something you said or didn’t say? I do!

One day I happened to pass Kevin in the hallway during our ninth grade year.  He pulled me to the side and asked me if I could help him sell donuts for the student council in the hallway between classes the following week.  I thought that would be a neat experience so I agreed to help out.  It was during that time that I realized Kevin really had a difficult time in school.  He couldn’t really calculate properly.  He couldn’t do the basics of adding and subtracting properly so he asked me if I would help him out during that time to get through his shift with the student council.  He did seem pretty desperate when he asked me to help out.  I never knew before that he struggled so much with school work.  I later found out that the reason I never saw Kevin much in school was because he had been taking special education classes all those years.

Then one morning before classes started I was sitting in the lunch room at a table with some of my friends playing paper football.  Kevin walks by with a big Bible in his hands.  Joe, another friend of mind starts mocking Kevin as he passes by.  “Hey Bible boy” “What are you doing with that Bible?”  “I didn’t know special ed kids could read.” he says.  I could see the tears start to form at the corner of Kevin’s eyes while I just sat there with my mouth shut pretending I didn’t even know him.  The bell rings for classes to start and the kids in the lunch room start to shuffle out.  I hang back to the be the last one out the door before Kevin.  Kevin just stares at me bewildered and says “Why didn’t you say something?”  “You acted like you didn’t even know who I was?”  “Kevin, why do you carry that Bible around?”  I said.  “Because that’s all I know to do.” “The kids here are always picking on me.”

It was in the middle of my ninth grade year that we moved twenty miles to the west of Oklahoma City to a new town.  I never saw Kevin after that except for one more time during our senior year of high school when he dropped by to watch a Oklahoma Sooners football game with me.

Then one day I got a phone call from Dad when I was away at college my freshman year.  He told me that Kevin had just died in a terrible construction accident in Oklahoma City.  He had been helping unload some construction material when an overhead power line snapped into and fell on top of his truck.  He stepped out onto the ground and was electrocuted by the live wire.  His body they say was burned and charred beyond recognition.  It was “unrecognizable”.

Yes, I do wish I would have said more.  I wish I would have done more back then.  But for my friend Kevin – I waited too long to tell him I was sorry for not recognizing him that day.  Kevin,  I really am sorry.

Adversity

 

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Remember that often adversity is a blessing in disguise and is certainly the greatest character builder.

Fred Koch

 

A Place Called There

A Place Called There

The Shadow

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The Shadow

The shadow casts a glance

It’s really not just happenstance

They come and see me every now and then

Wish I could touch them again

They leave me a flower or two

There’s nothing I can do

Some live life to die

Others die to live life

Oh; the shadow is cast in the end

For you see, life doesn’t let you pretend

The days, they come and go

Like the wind, the rain, and snow

Footprints in the sand

Oh, they sure don’t last long

In the heart; that’s where they’ll stand

So shine your light while you can

May the shadow guide your fellow man

Some die and live

Some live and die

The shadow never questions why

When I visited the Fort Gibson National Cemetery this morning where my step-father is buried, these are the thoughts that came to my mind.  Yes, the light we have within us does cast a shadow that will long be remembered when we are gone.  The shadow is cast from the light within and remains.  A shadow is not made up of just darkness, but emanates from the source within.  May your light shine bright and may those who follow behind know the legacy of your shadow and the light you leave with them.