Thought For The Day 07/23/13

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And It Came To Pass…

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and it came to pass

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Today I began thinking about the American author and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, and I wondered how many times over the last 2 1/2 years, I have quoted him in some way, shape or form, in my posts. After all, when it comes to some old fashioned, basic common sense writings, I bet there are not too many who equal the brilliance of his wit and wisdom, despite the controversy some of his books have generated worldwide, in this age of political correctness. And considering how much I admire him, I was surprised to discover that I have only quoted him in some way, 8 times. However, it was a post I wrote exactly a year ago that references his take on 5 little words that are used thousands of times in the Bible, which I seemed to recall in vivid detail, which is why I have decided to reshare that post today!

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And IT CAME TO PASS…..Have you ever thought about the sheer number of times these 5 words appear in the Bible?  The Mormon faith takes it on the chin all the time because of the number of times it is used in the text of that faith. Even Mark Twain commented about these 5 words in his semi-autobiographical book of travel entitled, “Roughing It”, which he published in 1872. This is the tongue-in-cheek paragraph he wrote in Chapter 16:

The author labored to give his words and phrases the quaint, old-fashioned sound and structure of our King James’s translation of the Scriptures…. Whenever he found his speech growing too modern — which was about every sentence or two — he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as “exceeding sore,” “and it came to pass,” etc., and made things satisfactory again. “And it came to pass” was his pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet.

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For those of us who read and follow God’s text in the Bible, we may or may not see those words. It all depends on the Bible you are using. For instance, those 5 words are not used in just that way in the New American Standard Bible at all. The same can not be said of the King James Bible! And seeing those 5 words included in KJV texts makes perfect sense to me because so much of what we read, especially those appearing in the Old Testament, are words given to us by the prophets, including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Methuselah, Noah, Shem, Moses, Joshua and Jethro, to name but a handful. And so, as later men of faith bore witness to the visions that were given coming to pass, so was this passed on to us in the spoken or written accounts and these 5 words flourished!

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If you read the King James Bible, you will find this phrase hundreds of times (some Biblical scholars say over 1500, others say just under 500), beginning in Genesis 4:3 – “And in process of time IT CAME TO PASS, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD” to Thessalonians 3:4 – “For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as IT CAME TO PASS, and ye know…” and finally transforming in Revelations 1:1 – “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly COME TO PASS; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John…” where the things that are coming to pass are given to us as what is imminent to mankind!

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I believe the fact that these words IT CAME TO PASS appear as often as they do is intended as a reminder that just as so much that was foretold has happened, we must not dismiss the things that the Bible tells us will happen, but have not yet occurred. They are meant to serve as a wake-up call to man that there is no time like to present to make things right between each heart and God, for just as surely as He sees the color of our skin and of our eyes, so does He know the character of our soul and the content of our hearts! And while it is my fervent hope that the ending of times will occur a thousand, nay, a hundred thousand  years from now, make no mistake. It WILL come! And even if we do not bear witness to the ending of times, our very time which we walk the earth will end. And I, for one, want to know that my ticket to pass through the pearly gates and to spend eternity with Him is stamped, APPROVED!

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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. 2: (And this taxing was first made  when Cyrenius was governor  of Syria.) 3: And all went  to be taxed , every one into his own city.4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being  great with child. 6: And so it was , that, while they were there, the days were accomplished  that she should be delivered. 7: And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes , and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2: 1-7 KJV

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EL and family

Emma-Leigh and family

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Birthday wishes to my sister Emma-Leigh as she celebrates her…..errrrr……ummmmm…….well if you know how old I will be in just a few weeks and you subtract 10 years, you will know!!!!!!!

Yes, indeed, she is 35!!!!!!!!

Have a wonderful day!

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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