Alexander Peden


Alexander Peden was born in 1626. He died in 1686 and never married. In all Scottish literature he is known as Prophet Peden. He prophesied things about nations that came to pass. He was always running from the law because of the message he preached. He preached that Jesus was the head of the Church and the English Church said that the King was the head of the church. This mask and wig pictured here is what he often wore to evade the soldiers and are on display in a British museum.

He never had a home but had to always be moving around. He always seemed to know how long he could stay at a home before the authorities came after him. He was famous for this.

One night, in his old age, the soldiers were behind him on horseback catching up to him and he cried out to God. He always referred to himself as “poor old Sandy.” He looked up to heaven and said, “Oh Lord, would you just through you cloak over poor old Sandy?” All of a sudden a fog rolled in, covering up the horsemen. It was so thick that the English could not see one another let alone Alexander Peden.

One time he was caught and imprisoned for just over 4 years. There a young girl that looked through his prison cell and mocked him. And Peden told her that she only had a few hours left to live. Within two to three hours she was washed off the island they were on.

A guard, shortly after that, looked through is prison door and mocked him. Peden told him that not long from now the Spirit of the Lord will fall on you and you will change your mind. It was reported that in less than an hour the guard began to weep and was converted.

In 1682 he officiated the wedding a very godly Scottish couple, John Brown and Isabella Weir. John Brown was farmer but very godly, always helping the persecuted pastors and prophets. Following the ceremony he took Isabella aside and told her, “Today, you have gotten a good man. Prize his company highly. For you shall not enjoy him very long. When you least expect it he will come to a bloody end. Always keep a linen burial sheet close by, because you will be needing it.” What a wedding day prophecy. Every day she thanked God for another day she had John Brown and treasured that relationship.

By 1685 they had two children, a baby boy and a girl almost 2 years old. It was the night of April 30, 1685, Alexander Peden came to their house to spend the night. Early in the morning, before the sun was up, he was heard going out the door saying, “Poor woman, a dark misty morning, Poor woman.”

At 6:00 a.m. John was out in his field when a troop of English soldiers was led by John Graham of Claverhouse, came up and arrested him. John Graham has gone down in history as simply “Claverhouse.” He brought John back to his house and asked him, “Will you repent of your conviction the Christ is the head of the church rather than the King of England?”

Standing beside John Brown was his wife, who was holding the baby, and their little girl. And John Brown said, “No, I will not.”

Then Claverhouse said, “Well, then say your prayers for you shall immediately die.”

John Brown dropped to his knees and he began to pray. Then he stood back up and looked down at Isabelle and said, “Isabelle, you see me, shortly, summoned before the court of our Redeemer, to be a witness in his cause. Are you willing that I should be parted from you?”

Isabelle looked into his eyes and said, “Hartley willing.”

He took her into his arms and he kissed her. Then he kissed his baby boy that was in her arms. Then he knelt down beside his two year old girl. He took her by the hand and said, “My sweet child, always put your hand in God’s hand as your guide. And be a comfort to your mother.”

Then he stood up and he looked up to heaven and said, “Blessed be thou oh Holy Spirit who speaketh more comfort to my heart than the voice of my oppressors can speak terror to my ears.”

This enraged Claverhouse and he order six of his soldiers to shoot John Brown on the spot, but the soldiers remained motionless. They would not draw their weapons. They could not kill someone who love his God that much, who loved his wife that much, who was willing to lay down his life for his God and who had no unkind words for his enemies.

Claverhouse drew his own pistol and shot John Brown right through the head. Brown fell crumpled at the feet of his wife.

Isabelle took off her apron and knelt down and rapped his shattered head with it. Claver house asked her, “Well woman, what thinkest thou now of thy husband?”

Isabelle looked up and she said, “I have always thought well of him, but never more than at this moment.

It was now 7:00 a.m. and Alexander Peden was 11 miles away. He was entering the gate of his friend, John Muirhead’s house. He banged on the door and asked the family to gather around the fireplace with him. He knelt down and said, “Oh Lord, Let the blood of Brown be precious in Thy sight. How long before Thou wilt avenge the blood of John Brown.”

Muirhead grabbed him by the arm and asked him, “What are you talking about?”

Peden said, “This morning, just as the sun was rising, I saw a strange thing in the sky. I saw a bright and shining star fall to the earth. Truly this day, the greatest Christian I have ever conversed has fallen. Claverhouse has been at Priesthill this morning and he has shot John Brown dead and his widow, Isabelle, kneels at his corps with no one to speak comfort to her.

Back at Priesthill the soldiers had all gone. Isabelle gets up and she walks into the house and she gets the linen burial sheet that she has reserved for this very day, since the day of her wedding. And she goes over to the body, and with a shattered heart she begins to wrap the body in that linen burial sheet. But her heart was not shattered over wasted days. She made the most of every day with John because God used a man to prepare of this day.

Surprised by the Voice of God by Jack Deere, 1998

The Fulfilling of Scripture by Robert Flemming, 1668

Knowledge of Good And Evil


Genesis 3:4-7 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the ree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

Up until this point in time Adam and Eve enjoyed the pureness of God’s presence. They lived in complete obedience with God’s boundaries. This does not mean that they were slaves to God but, as children with their parents, lived fulfilled and pleasant lives within the safety of God’s oversight.

Was there something magical in the fruit that they eat. My opinion is no. I don’t believe that it was the fruit that had some kind of powers or chemical reaction with their brains. It was the act of disobedience.

When God breathed into them they became living souls. The breath of God is what the bible refers to as the spirit of Man. Man is spirit, soul, and body. God’s Spirit communes with us through our spirit to the soul. It was at the point of disobeying that, for the first time, they made a decision from their lust of the flesh to determine what was good. She saw that the tree was good for food.

It was at the point that she determined that it was good. She became her own authority. When our decision concludes good when God has already deemed it bad, it makes God’s word seem as evil. It was disobedience. Do you see where to knowledge of good and evil come in now? In the decision to eat from the tree Eve became her own authority or elohiym, disqualifying God as her authority.

God’s name, Yawah, is never introduced until chapter 2 when He created man. Genesis 1 refers to Him as Elohiym which literally means authority. He spoke. He created. Now, in chapter 3 man attempts to be his own elohiym, his own authority. It is in this way he attempted to become like elohiym, not Yawah (verse 5).

In Genesis 5:3 Adam begot Seth in his own likeness. If Adam were still in the likeness of God then so would Seth be in the likeness of God. But, not so. Adam and Eve sinned, and produces offspring after their kind of which we are still in the likeness of Adam, inheriting the knowledge of good and evil

It is one of the hardest things to overcome in a Christian life, listening only to God’s voice and not giving in to what our flesh determines good.

The challenge: If Jesus has been asked to come into your life, let Him call the shots. Let Him speak the good into our lives and learn to know your own voice that tries to pick out what is good. It is make God the authority again.

Enriched


picture-131Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season. Whose leaf also shall not wither; and what ever he does shall prosper.

1. The Hebrew word for “blessed” can also mean “enriched.” David begins this Psalm with this word and ends Psalm 2 with it. Therefore some say that 1 and 2 are one psalm. It is within these Psalms that we discover how to be enriched. From the letters of the root it literally means “strength consuming your mind.” The root word means straight or level.

2. Our delight is in the law of the Lord, meaning, the law which God gave to Moses. But here is something interesting. There are those who believe that the next phrase does not refer to the Lord – “and in his law.” Rather, this law of the Lord, when practiced, becomes ownership of the one being enriched. It’s God’s law and when we begin to work it it becomes a part of us and is ours.

3. We become like a tree planted. The Hebrew word for planted or rooted in water is not used here. Rather, it is a word which gives the picture of our soul being replanted in heaven. Taking God’s commands as ours plants our roots in heaven.

4. Fruit in its season – our fruit is by divine timing. Nothing is automatic nor constant, but our fruit is timely.

Giving and Getting


imagesDid you know that there is a chapter in the Bible that is committed to the subjects of our giving and what we get back? Sure there is and it is found in the New Testament. It is the middle of what we call the Sermon on the Mount – chapter 6.

I did a sermon series on this chapter one year and we had 14 documented substantial financial miracles that happened within two months – I’m talking thousands.

Rather than outline the chapter here I challenge you to look and ask yourself how each verse or paragraph fits into one of two categories; giving or receiving. Grab ahold of these biblical principles and watch them transform your life in your finances.

Just remember, although you may be in the midst of financial stresses, do not forget Genesis 15:1 … “Do not be afraid Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

The God Who Hears And Sees


images-14Genesis 16:14 Therefore the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; observe, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

Ten years have passed since God’s promise to make Abram a father of many nations. So, Sarai came up with a plan, she would allow Abram to take her maidservant as wife and have a child with her.

That did not go so well. This servant from Egypt, now pregnant with the child of a wealthy man (Genesis 13:2) she no longer felt as an outsider but felt herself better than Sarai. She was carrying Abram’s child, not Sarai. Problem!

Sarai, after complaining about Hagar’s attitude, was given the authority to do whatever she wished to Hagar. She kicked her out of camp and sent her home.

A messenger of God found her be a spring, possibly heading back to Egypt. But God had a message for her.

  • I will multiply your descendants exceeding.
  • You will have a boy.
  • His name will be Ishmael (God hears).
  • He will be a wild man.
  • Every man’s hand will be against him.
  • He will dwell in the presence of all his brothers.

She was so excited that God had seen and heard her affliction she called the well, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees.

But, God says to observe where it is located. It is located between Kadesh and Bered. Does that mean anything to you? Well, let’s translated the words and see what it says.

Observe, it (the God who sees) is between Kadesh (holy) and Bered (hail or judgment). Nothing escapes God’s notice. He sees everything between what is holy and what has to be judged. And to remind her he gave her a son whose name is God-hears.

The Doorway to God


Doorway

Doorway

From time to time I will refer to the special meanings of the Hebrew alphabet. Their alphabet represents, not only their letters, but their numerical system and musical notes. On top of that each letter has a meaning. It has been said that if you would memorize what each letter meant that you could understand 80% of the Hebrew words.

For example, the first letter is “aleph.” In it’s book type it can look like an x. You can find it just above Psalm 119:1. In the pictograph form it looks like the head of an ox, similar to our letter “a.” It is said to represent leader – the head as well as being the first letter.

The second letter is “beth” which, in the pictograph, looks like our “d” laying down. It represents house. Put the two together and you have the word for father or leader of the house. We would pronounce it “ab.”

Did you know that there is only one letter different from the name Judah and God’s name, Yawah? It is the “Daleth”. The daleth looks like an open door or overhang over tent door found just above Psalm 119:25 in most bibles. It is said to represent door.

If Judah means praise and Yawah is God’s name then could we say that when the “daleth” or door is placed in God’s name that the doorway to Him is praise? Just a thought.

Feel free to leave your comments or insights.

He Is The Alpha and Omega


Beginning & End

Beginning & End

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

It is here that we first hear Jesus referring to Himself as the Alpha and Omege, the Beginning and the End. In the Greek language this meant that He was the first letter and the last letter. Some have said that it also means that He is everything in between, from A to Z.

But is this really a New Testament term? I would like to show you two more verses, but in the Old Testament.

1. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me   whom they pierced. . .

Can you see it? Of course not. But in the Hebrew text there is an “Alaph” and an “Tav” together that was never translated, placed inside of this verse. What does that mean? First, grammatically, it is a sign of a definite direct object.

Second, is it by chance that these two letters are the first and last letters? If you were to read this in the Greek it would be the same as the alpha and omega.

Third, the location of these two letters is significant. The letters are located between the “Me” and the “whom” of Zechariah. Therefore it would read like this:

…then they will look on Me, alpha & omega, whom they pierced.

2. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The “aleph” and the “tav” are hidden also in this very first verse. Literally, the Hebrew says, “In the beginning created God    the heavens and the earth.” This two letter anomaly is between God and heavens. Therefore, it would read, “In the beginning created God, Aleph and Tav, the heavens and the earth.”

3. Jeremiah 38:16 So Zedekiah the king swore secretly to Jeremiah, saying, “As the Lord    lives, who made our very souls, I will not put you to death, nor will I give you into the hand of these men who seek your life.”

Here it is again between “Lord” and “lives.” This would make it, “As the Lord Aleph Tav lives . . .

4. Daniel 9:13 “As it is written in the Law of Moses,    all this disaster has come upon us . . .”

Here is the fourth occurrence between “Moses” and the word for evil or “all this disaster.” This would make it read as, “As it is written in the Law of Moses, Aleph Tav, all this disaster . . .” making the Law of Moses related to the Aleph and Tav.

Yes, Jesus is in the Old Testament.

Some teachers believe that the “Aleph” and “Tav” have another understanding. They believe that these two letters represent the Hebrew alphabet which they believe is the original language. It would be the same as us saying, “he sang everything from A to Z.” If it represents their alphabet then Genesis 1:1 would read, “In the beginning God created the alphabet . . .” Point – before He created the heavens and the earth he created the alphabet, the building blocks of all things.

The Hebrews pronounced the “Aleph” “Tav” as Oat. An Oat is meant individual letters. In the Greek it is the word for “sign.” In the Latin it is the word for “word.” Who was the Word?

Here is an interesting thought. John refers to Jesus as the Word in John 1:1. This greek word is the word “logos” which is the literal written word. Yes, He is the word of God, but could it be possible that John, making this verse sound so much like Genesis 1:1, was saying that Jesus was the untranslated word in Genesis 1:1, the Aleph and Tav? Just a thought.