Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Serving God is not base on our own term but in His term, as God said to Moses that Aaron "cannot come at just anytime into the Holy Place." God requires high standard in all of His ministries. Jesus came to help us meet those requirements, for without Him we can do nothing, and everything will be unacceptable to God. We need that blood of the Lamb, and the 'scapegoat' that will cover and cleanse our sins… Reading: Lev. 16. God bless and Happy New Year.
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Monday, December 30, 2013
The law of uncleanness reminds God's people that He sees all things, even those which escape the notice of men. The gospel spoke about unclean lips, unclean tongue, carnal mind and attitude that defile the people of God. We have the reason to be thankful to Christ for by His blood we have been justified for our sinful ways, and His grace brought us to our daily sanctification. Christ brought our uncleanness to His righteousness… Reading: Lev. 15, God bless.
Friday, December 27, 2013
The plague of leprosy was an uncleanness, and said to be common among the Hebrew people during and after their stay in Egypt. In some accounts, it was inflicted by God to rebellious people like Miriam, Gehazi, and Uzziah. It is a figure of moral pollutions of people's sin, the leprosy of soul, defiling to the conscience. When Jesus cleansed the ten lepers in Samaria (Luke 17), it shows that only Him can cleanse and cure the problem of sins… Reading: Lev. 13, God bless.
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Thursday, December 26, 2013
God's requirements for animal sacrifice when the days of woman's purifications were fulfilled shall be lamb, and young pigeon or a turtle dove (v6). When Joseph and Mary offered the sacrifices, they brought "a pair of turtledoves and two young pigeons" (Luke 2:24). Did Joseph and Mary not offer a lamb because they could not afford it, or because of some other reason? Whatever the reason, the important is the attitude of the heart… Reading: Lev. 12, God bless.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The people were taught to make distinctions between the clean and unclean animals because many of these forbidden animals were not only hazardous to our physical body, but also objects of superstition and idolatry to the pagan environment. The Lord has redeemed and called His people to be holy and be separated from unholy companions and intimate connections. We must come out from the worldly ways of the unbelievers… Reading: Lev. 11, Merry Christmas.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
While the people were worshipping the Lord, Nadab and Abihu went to the tabernacle to burn incense that is contrary to what God had instructed. Suddenly fire blazed and burned them up, and they died in the very act of their sin. Though Aaron's heart was filled with shock, yet he revered it with silent submission. Lesson: When God corrects us, we have to accept the consequence, and confess, "It is the Lord, let Him do what is right"... Reading: Lev. 10, God bless.
Monday, December 23, 2013
These sacrifices teach the priests to do the best services they could for God. They need to separate the meat from fat, entrails, and blood, and eat only what are instructed by God. All of these are shadows of Christ's finished work at the cross. The equivalent in Christians faith is understanding and obedience to Christ's words. At the end, God consumed the burnt offerings on the altar, which is the symbol of our acceptance into the kingdom on God… Reading: Lev. 9, God bless.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Moses consecrated Aaron and his sons by the washing with water, to signify that they ought to purify themselves from all sinful characters, ever after, to keep themselves pure. Similarly, Christ washes the people who believe in His name from their sins by His word. Through His own blood He makes them priests to the living God. The anointing oil represents the Holy Spirit sent to us in order to fulfill God's plan in this world… Reading: Leviticus 8, God bless.
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Friday, December 20, 2013
Trespass or guilt offering is an expression of repentance for sin, & it was more proper to fast than feast. The peace-offerings indicates thanksgiving with God, a celebration and gratitude for the forgiveness of sins. Blood was forbidden to eat because the Lord had appointed it for atonement. The priest should eat the offerings, a privilege only to the few. We are priests of Christ when we believe and "eat" the Lamb sacrifice at the cross… Reading: Lev. 7, God bless.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Frauds are accompanied with lies, often with false oaths. If the offender wanted the forgiveness of God, he must make restitution, and seek forgiveness by faith. The priest must take care of the fire at the altar by keeping it up continually. It reminds our affections, love & devotion to God be without ceasing. All rules for sacrifices set forth the polluting nature of sins, thus remove the guilt from us and transferred to the sacrifice… Reading: Lev. 6, God bless.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Sins here are, concealing the truth, touching unclean thing, and careless swearing. Men must first ask God's forgiveness through offerings, then expect that services for Him will be accepted. God shows that sins in this world are so numerous, we are so prone to evil, that we need to fear God, pray always, that we may be kept from sin. True Christian daily pleads guilty before God, and seeks forgiveness through Christ's blood… Reading: Lev. 5, God bless.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Unintentional sins had to be atoned for by sacrifice. They were sins forbidden in the Lord’s commands of which the priest, whole community, leader or member of the community were not aware of these. They also included sinful actions that a person didn’t mean to do or actions that were not sinful, but brought the person into a sinful state. They were guilty, but could be forgiven with the proper sacrifice. Thanks be to Christ for His sacrifice… Reading: Lev. 4, God bless.
Monday, December 16, 2013
The peace offerings is men's humble acceptance that they are indeed sinners and need God's forgiveness. The sacrifices were offered by way of supplication, to restore friendship between God and men. The law said that neither fat nor blood should be eaten, for they belong to God and used for atonement. Christ is God's peace offering reconciling the world to God, not ours. He is the Prince of peace in our eternity with God… Reading: Lev. 3, God bless.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013
The grain offering of fine flour with oil and frankincense typified the body of Christ, as being the Bread of life to our souls. All grain offerings should be unleavened, because leaven or yeast is the symbol of sins. Salt is required in all offerings, a symbol of God's grace to men, but good works of men towards another. Christian faith is the salt of the earth, that's why whatever was done for God must be the best of its kind… Reading: Lev. 2, God bless.
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Friday, December 13, 2013
The offering of sacrifices was an ordinance of God, from the fall of man unto the coming of Christ. The burning body of animal represents men's miseries because of sins. Jesus' body at the cross had redeemed us, bearing our sins. The sacrifice is a free will offering, so as our salvation, a free choice. As they put their hands on the head of the animals, we are also putting our faith to Jesus who is able to give us eternity in heaven… Reading: Lev. 1, God bless.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
From Exodus 12 to 40, it's a year journey; from the institution of Passover to erection of Tabernacle (40:17). The cloud covered the tabernacle even in the clearest day, a token of God's presence to be seen day and night by all Israelites, that they might never again question, Is the Lord among us? While the cloud rested on the tabernacle, the people rested; when the cloud taken up, they would go onward and followed it… Reading: Exo. 40, God bless.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The priests' garments were rich and magnificent. God commanded the artists to make these garments "as the Lord commanded Moses" (vv1, 7, 21, 26, 31, 33, 43), seven times, perfect number to the Lord. This the shadow of good things to come, but the substance is Christ, and the grace of the gospel. Christ is our High Priest, taking the work of our redemption. He put on the clothes of service and presented to the Father… Reading: Exo. 39, God bless.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
In all generations there have been people, men and women more devoted to God, more constant in their commitment, and more willing to part even with lawful things, for God's sake, than others. The tabernacle of worship is movable and changeable, and in due time to be taken down. Yet, the solidity and purity of the materials used that represents the truthfulness of God is the very foundation of Judeo-Christian faith… Reading: Exo. 38, God bless.
Monday, December 9, 2013
The furnitures and materials of the tabernacle were representations of spiritual act of service to God. Example: incense represented the prayers of the saints, lamp is word of God, oil is Holy Spirit, etc. These commands are repetition of Exodus 25, to make sure that God's instructions are being followed by Bezaleel. Similarly, we must always seek God's word so that our ministries and services are acceptable to God… Reading: Exo. 37, God bless.
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Saturday, December 7, 2013
The readiness and zeal with which these builders set about their work, the excellence of their works, and the faithfulness with which they objected to receive more contributions, are worthy of our imitation. Thus should we serve God specially the leaders in all things according to the law of God. We have to abhor personal motive and secret desire. Our goal is for the glory of God… Reading: Exodus 36, God bless.
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Friday, December 6, 2013
The tabernacle was to be dedicated to the honor of God, and used in his service. Only with the willing heart can bring offerings. Without the willingness, costly offerings would be abhorred; with it, the smallest will be accepted. Those whom God called to His service were filled with His Spirit to do and accomplish the works. Then they were to teach others also about the manner of work and the rules that God requires… Reading: Exo. 35, God bless.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Lord Jesus is merciful, ready to forgive the sinner, and to relieve the needy. Gracious, kind and ready to bestow undeserved benefits. Long-suffering, slow to anger, giving time for repentance, only punishing when it is needful. He is abundant in goodness and truth, even sinners receive the riches of his blessings, though they abuse them. His promises are faithful, keeping mercy for thousands. Praise be to God… Reading: Exo. 34, God bless.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Israelites were stiff-necked people, so God decided not to be with them to conquer the land of Canaan, lest He consumed them along the way. But Moses pleaded with God saying, "If Your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up there" (v15). We should be thankful to Jesus for His grace and compassion, and sending His spirit in us so we can conquer our enemies and live victoriously amidst the hostile world… Reading: Exo. 33, God bless
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
While Moses was in the mount, receiving the law from God, the people made the golden calf to offer sacrifices. So God wanted to blot them all out from the face of the earth, but Moses pleads with God for mercy, and willing to perish for the sake of his people. "Whoever has sinned against Me. I will blot him out of My book" (v33). From this passage, we can see that no carnal heart can endure the holy and righteous way of God… Reading: Exo. 32, God bless.
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Monday, December 2, 2013
The Israelites were slaves working all types of artistries in Egypt, but not enough to please God's perfect taste. So God filled some of them with His Spirit in all manner of workmanship to prepare for tabernacle and vessels. It means our own knowledge is insufficient, we need God's Spirit in order to serve Him. Sabbath is the sign of covenant between God and Israelites, so they need to keep it forever. New heart is the sign of the Christians... Reading: Exo. 31, God bless.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
The altar of incense is a symbol of the Son of God in his human nature, the incense burned typified His prayers for His redeemed people. Rich or poor should pay the same amount, half shekels during the census, because the souls of all are of equal value and equally in danger. To show the excellency of God's service, only quality spiced oil were used at the altar. In the same way, God is looking for people who will be qualified for His ministries… Reading: Exo. 30, God bless.
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Friday, November 29, 2013
Aaron and his sons were to be set apart for the priestly ministry. Animal sacrifices as sin offerings should be done outside the camp, a burnt offering made by fire to the Lord. Putting the hands on the head of the animal symbolized the exchange of life, transferring men's sin into the animals, an act of God's forgiveness. Christ at the cross fulfilled all these ceremonies, acting both as High Priest and Lamb for the forgiveness of many… Reading: Exo. 29, God bless.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
The holy garments not only distinguished the priests from the people, but were representations of that holy conduct which should ever be the glory and beauty of God's ministration. They also typified the righteousness of Christ, not of costly materials, but the garments of salvation, the robe of righteousness. When we appear in the presence of God, we need the garments of Christ that we may be justified for all of our sins… Reading: Exo. 28, God bless and Happy Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The altar was a wood overlaid with brass, to which the priest must bring their sacrifices unto God. The tabernacle was enclosed in a court, formed by curtains hung upon brazen pillars. The priest and Levites received the tithes and offerings of the people in this area. The pure oil signifies the gifts of the Holy Spirit which all believers received from the Lord. Without the oil, our light cannot shine to all men… Reading Exo. 27. God bless.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
God manifested His presence among the Israelites in a tabernacle, an act of grace to His people. The curtains and other materials were very costly, embroidered with cherubim that signifies God's protection. A thick veil or curtain separated the holy place and the holy of holies, which forbade anyone to look into the holiest place except the high priest, once a year. All of these are symbols of Christ's works at the cross… Reading: Exo. 26, God bless.
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Monday, November 25, 2013
Moses would make the sanctuary, while the people were to furnish him with materials by their own free will. In the sanctuary should include the ark of covenant, mercy seat, 2 cherubim, table of showbread, golden lampstand, all overlaid with gold. The size and the actual materials should be made according to the pattern which God has shown him. It means that God expects that they will follow what He had commanded them… Reading: Exo. 25, God bless.
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Friday, November 22, 2013
God's people are people of covenant. God governed them by a written word, expecting the people would obey the law. He was doing it ever since. Neither our good works, nor traditions, nor religion could meet the high standard of God, except through the shedding of the blood, which is the forgiveness of sins. So Jesus said, "My blood…shed for many for the remission of sins." Praise God we have been forgiven… Reading: Exo. 24. God bless.
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God hates false witness, dishonest persons, partiality, and bribes. Perverting the truth is an abomination to God, while ignoring the needs of others and strangers is a reversal of the golden rule. No work on the 7th year is intended to teach them on total dependence on God. Worship to the gods of Canaanites is strictly forbidden, or else, it will be a snare to them. God's promise is complete protection till they reach the final destination… Reading: Exo. 23, God bless.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
This chapter tells that the people of God should be ready to show mercy and tenderhearted attitude toward others, regardless of race, color, education, status in life, etc. Public and private actions will be accountable to God, therefore when we do harm to others, we should make restitution. God's people are the recipients of God's grace, so God expects that we shall be His vessels to extend this grace with others… Reading: Exo. 22, God bless.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The OT law are different from our times and customs, yet they explain the morality and rules for justice concerning the relations between employee-employer, parents-children, and citizens-state. By God's providence, He sustains our needs and maintains our lives by giving both the natural and spiritual laws. The freedom of slaves symbolized our freedom from Satan, while the punishment is a reminder of God's final judgment… Reading: Exo. 21, God bless.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
God never spoke at any time so as He spoke while giving the 10 Commandments. This spiritual law is God's rule to measure men's conduct. The first 4 tell our duty to God, while the last 6 tell our duty to ourselves and to one another. Christ simplified it calling the great commandments. God requires perfect obedience, that failing to obey one is guilty to all. No one can obey it perfectly, that's why men need the Savior… Reading: Exo. 20, God bless.
Monday, November 18, 2013
God Himself is the Creator of the covenant, Moses is the messenger. This covenant was initiated out of God's grace. Israel will be His special people above all, and God will be their God. They answered Him as a united people. "All that the Lord hath spoken we will do." Then Moses returned the words of the people to God. At the foot of Mount Sinai, people were told not to touch nor to stay near, and exact opposite of Christ's call "Come to me…" Reading: Exo, 19. God bless.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Jethro came to rejoice with Moses and the Israelites. They gave glory to the God of Abraham as they joined in a sacrifice of thanksgiving. Mutual friendship is sanctified by joint worship. It is good for friends to join in the spiritual sacrifice of prayer in time of success and trials. Here, Jethro advised Moses to have a better plans, because great men of God are willing to learn and become useful for the glory of God… Reading: Exo. 18, God bless.
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Friday, November 15, 2013
Two things we can learn today, first, God will supply our needs. In time of starvation He is our provider. Nothing is impossible to Him, He can bring out water even in the wilderness. Second, God is our Jehovah Nissi, our Banner. In time of distress and difficulties in life, He is there willing to help. However, we should cooperate with Him, pray for our brethren who experience these trials. Do not tempt the Lord our God…Reading: Exo. 17. God bless.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Even before the giving of the Law at mount Sinai and entry in Canaan, the Lord had already imposed to observe the Sabbath, signifying the importance of rest day in the Lord. That's why when the Israelites kept manna against God's command, it stank; but when they kept it accordingly, it was sweet and delicious. If we will just obey God's command with all our heart, everything is sanctified for God will take care of everything… Reading: Exo. 16, God bless.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The song of Moses is said to be the most ancient song we know of. The song exalted the name of God, and celebrated the victory of His power, nothing about man. It tells that the Lord is a man of war, for He is our strength and defense in time of distress. He is our song, for in singing we should praise Him and glorify His name. His promise is complete healing, total shalom, if we will diligently heed His voice…. Reading: Exo. 15. God bless.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
God said, "I will be honoured upon Pharaoh." All men are created for the honor of their Creator. The Israelites were trapped, for there was no open way to keep them running away, then the deliverance came. We may be in the way of duty following God's command, yet troubled on every side. It means God brings us to our knees, not complaining as the Israelites did against their leader Moses. If we will trust God, He will fight for us and deliver us in time of needs… Reading: Exo. 14, God bless.
Monday, November 11, 2013
By the power of God, the Israelites were delivered out of Egypt, and must be remembered every year as they celebrate the feast of Passover. This story should be taught by the parents to their children to all generations. In Christianity, Christ's resurrection is the day of deliverance from death and bondage. He died that we may have life, the firstborn among the dead. He is our Protector, our pillar of cloud by day and fire by night… Reading: Exo. 13. God bless.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Passover month is the first month of the year, and on the 10th day, man shall take for himself passover lamb, without blemish. On the 14th day, it shall be killed at twilight. The blood shall be put on the 2 doorposts and on the lintel of the house. At night, the angel of the Lord shall pass through the land of Egypt and strike all the first born, but shall pass over the house with blood. Praise God, we have Jesus Christ, who is our passover Lamb… Exodus 12.
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Friday, November 8, 2013
The last dreadful plague was the death of the firstborn. The first-born signifies the strength of the Egyptians, and God would made the whole nation collapsed. But to the Israelites, not one dog should bark at any of their children. Pharaoh was hardened, yet he was compelled to soften his heart until the Israelites got their full freedom. God's judgment day shall be a great day of separation between God's people and His enemies… Reading: Exo. 10, God bless.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
Moses wanted all Israelites, young and old with flocks and herds to go and serve the Lord, but only men were allowed by Pharaoh, then locust came (8th). Later Pharaoh allowed the little ones to go but not the flocks and herds, then total darkness (9th). It shows that people cannot make bargains with God and alter His command. We must come to the demand of God and devote all our beings and possessions to the service of YHWH… Reading: Exo. 10, God bless.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The 5th plague is death of cattle, 6th is boils, 7th is hail mingled with fire in all Egypt, except in Goshen where the children of Israel live. Some servants of Pharaoh trembled at God's word, but others, like Pharaoh rejected, which leaves judgment upon their own heads. God declared, "For this purpose, I have raised you up." We need to be careful in our purpose in life, it must always be for the glory of God, not for personal gain… Reading: Exo. 9, God bless.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
First plague was blood, then frogs, lice and flies. God did these that He might magnify His own power. He is the Creator, and can do anything He wants to do. He also wants to humble Pharaoh's pride, chastise his evil ways, and forced him to obey. But after pleading to remove the plague, he hardened his heart again, refusing to submit to God. Lesson: We are to surrender everything, or else we put a fatal deception upon our own souls… Reading: Exo. 8, God bless.
Monday, November 4, 2013
God wants His name glorified, and He can use a person either in negative or positive way, based on their personality. If you are obedient like Moses, good for you, otherwise, God can harden your heart to fulfill His plan like the proud Pharaoh. The magicians were trying to copy the real miracles to deceive others, but later could not imitate the effects of Divine power. Blood signifies repentance and forgiveness, but Pharaoh was stubborn… Reading: Exo. 7, God bless. PF
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Saturday, November 2, 2013
God Almighty is El Shaddai, while Lord is YHWH (Jehovah), a very personal name of God. He renewed His covenant to Moses about the land which He swore unto Abraham, promising that He would bring them back to that land to finish His own work. God intended their happiness and redemption from bondage. So Moses had been expecting what God would do, but now he shall see what great things He will do in Egypt… Reading: Exo. 6, God bless. PF
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Pharaoh treated all he had heard with contempt. He had no knowledge of the Lord, no fear of Him, unreasonable, so he refused to obey Him. That's why his pride and ignorant of truth had lead him to his own destruction. Pharaoh taunted the Israelites when they complained about this new very severe job. The Israelites should have humbled before God, but instead they quarreled with Moses. Some people always blame the leaders in time of troubles not knowing that God had great plans in their lives. Leaders' reaction to this situation is to go to God and pray... Reading: Exo. 5, God bless. PF
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Moses demanded miracles so that his people will take his word, and it was granted by God. Today, we need miracles to change the lives of men. But it must begin from us, because our character and doctrines are to be tried by that word of God to which we declare. When God told you to go, obey it because this is a command from the King, not a request... Reading: Exo. 4, God bless. PF
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The deliverance of Israel begins with a cry, but the Lord hears and calls Moses to redeem them from the bondage of slavery. Moses was hesitant to his calling, but when God calls a person, he must attend upon His plan, for God will equip him and provide the needs to fulfill the plan. "I AM THAT I AM" is God's revealed named which means He is self-existent, eternal and unchangeable, incomprehensible, and faithful to His promises… Reading: Exo 3, God bless. PF
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Moses' parents hid him by faith because they believed that the fear of God should stand above the fear of man. When they could not hide the infant any longer, they put him in an ark of bulrushes by the river's brink, and set his sister to watch. But God's providence brings Pharaoh's daughter to the place where this poor infant lay. Our lesson is that God cares for us, He knows what is going on, no one can hinder His plan for His chosen people… Reading. Exo 2, God bless. PF
Monday, October 28, 2013
The land of Egypt became home to the Israelites, and they increase in numbers. Then a new king who did not know Joseph arose and made them slaves; the offense is, that the Israelites prosper. The land of liberty became a land of bondage. It may become true to our generation, that the place we have been happy, may soon become the place of our affliction. So, our greatest care should be to serve God, and set our hearts in heaven… Reading: Exo 1, God bless PF.
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Friday, October 25, 2013
After the death of Jacob, Joseph's brother thought he would avenge himself on them, so they humbled themselves to soften his heart, pleading with him as the servants of Jacob's God. But Joseph was moved at seeing this complete fulfillment of his dreams. He told them not to fear him but fear God saying, "you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good." Let us learn from the spirit of Joseph, to render good for evil… Reading: Gen. 50. God bless. PF.
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Jacob's pronouncement of blessings was a precept to unite them in love, not to mingle with Egyptians. They should not be separated as Abraham & Isaac's descendants, but to live as one people of God. This is not expression of personal feeling, but the language of the Holy Spirit, declaring God's purpose for children of Israel which may be seen in their histories. In here, it is not to Joseph but to Judah, that Israel's children should praise and bow down… Reading: Gen. 49, God bless. PF
Thursday, October 24, 2013
All believers are blessed at their death, but not all depart equally full of spiritual comforts. Jacob adopted Joseph's two sons; the purpose was to included in the inheritance of the promise made to Abraham and Isaac, and not to succeed Joseph's power in Egypt. In blessings the 2 sons, Jacob acted not in affection but in prophecy and by Divine counsel. Sometimes, when God bestows blessings upon His people, He gives more gifts and graces to some than to others according to their ability… Reading: Gen. 48, God bless. PF
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
There was no bread, and the people were ready to die. If the Egyptian had consumed all what they had in 7 years of plenty, they had been erased in the history. It shows that we only depend upon God's providence. Wealth cannot keep us from starving, silver and gold cannot feed us in time of famine. The Egyptian said to Joseph, "You have saved our lives!" In the last days, Christians will also utter, "Jesus, You have saved our souls from terrible destructions!" Reading: Gen. 47. God bless. PF
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The man of God like Jacob would never forget to think and thank God in all of his plans. In response, God spoke to Jacob saying not to be afraid to go to Egypt for He is with him, and has promised that He will bring him back to the land. If we are God's children, nothing can encourage us to fear no evil when passing through the dark night and the unknown future but the presence of Christ our Lord. He is with us always... Reading: Gen. 46, God bless. PF
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It was not his brother that sent Joseph to Egypt but God (v8). Yet, his brothers were shocked and could not talk. Sinner must grieve and be angry with the sins they had done against others, though God brings good out of it. Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, so as Jesus revealed himself to Paul, to the disciples and to those who love Him. Unless He reveals Himself, people will not recognize Him... Reading: Gen. 45, God bless. PF
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Saturday, October 19, 2013
The cup is Joseph's test if the brothers hated Benjamin. He wanted to know that if the cup found upon Benjamin, would they leave him to be a slave like what they did to him before? But they throw themselves upon his mercy instead, and acknowledge God's righteousness, perhaps thinking of the abuse they had formerly done to Joseph. Judah's plead to Benjamin's life was genuine, and they were all rewarded... Reading: Gen. 44, God bless. PF
Friday, October 18, 2013
The famine was sore in Canaan, yet they had delicate foods like balm, myrrh, honey and spice. Men can live without them, but can't live without plain food like corn, bread and rice. In the days of tribulations, the most luxurious things like gold will be considered nothing compared to the excellency of the knowledge of Christ. But if we are in God's hand like Israel's children, we have nothing to fear, for His grace is sufficient... Reading: Gen. 43, God bless. PF.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The famine was severe in the whole earth, but there was food in Egypt. When Joseph saw his brothers bowing down before him, he recognized them but they did not recognized him. Joseph was hard upon his brethren, not from a spirit of revenge, but to bring them to repentance. This is a scene that is about to happen in the first coming of Messiah, the children of Israel will not recognize Him, but the Messiah will recognize them... Reading: Gen. 42, God bless, PF.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Pharaoh's dream was frightening, but Joseph offered good advice. He gave him a warning followed by a good counsel. Joseph rose to power, and was given an honorable testimony, a man in whom the Spirit of God is. His new name was Zaphnath-paaneah, meaning "a revealer of secrets." This story encourages us to trust in God. We must not be secure in prosperity because years of plenty will end, but Gods' words will never pass away... Reading: Gen. 41, God bless. PF
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Joseph claimed that interpreting dreams is God’s business, and he is careful to ascribe the glory to God. The interpretation could be good to the hearing, like the butler's, or miserable, like the baker's dream. In any case, it was not Joseph's fault that he brought the baker bad news and the butler good news. The lesson here is that we should be careful to work with people in authority, our negligence could lead us to our own destruction... Reading: Gen. 40, God bless. PF
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Monday, October 14, 2013
The Lord was with Joseph, and God prospered his master Potiphar for the sake of Joseph. Though he was accused of evil things by the wife, but the truth will always prevail. If God is for us, He will always bless us, and our ministries will be prospered because good men and women are God's blessings to the place where they live. A good person will do good wherever he/she is, and will be a blessing even in time of trials and troubles... Reading: Gen. 39, God bless. PF
Friday, October 11, 2013
Joseph was his father's favorite, yet he was not brought up in idleness. At 17, he knew his duties and ready to listen to the voice of his father. His brothers hated him but God comforted him through dreams. The irony is that, his brothers had tried to defeat these dreams, but they themselves became the instruments to accomplish the dreams. Lesson: Be God's instrument to fulfill His purpose in a positive way... Reading: Gen. 37, God bless. PF
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The records in this chapter show the faithfulness of God to his promise to Abraham. Esau is called Edom, that name which kept up the remembrance of his selling his birth-right for a beef stew. They moved to Seir (south) and prospered materially, but bankrupt spiritually. The children of covenant stayed in Canaan, a barren land, because they believed that there is hope for them to remain in God's presence and promises... Reading: Gen. 36, God bless. PF
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
As head of the family, Jacob used his authority to keep up the true religion in his family, by putting away all strange gods. Though the Canaanites were very angry against them, yet they were kept back by Divine power. If we are on the right track with God, surely God is with us, as we are with Him. We may encounter difficulties in life, like Jacob's troubles, but rest assured that we are under His special protection... Reading: Gen. 35, God bless. PF
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Religion can be your protection or destruction; for loving the Lord or loving other things; for spiritual gain or personal gain. The Shechemites submitted to the sacred rite of circumcision, only to serve their king and to enrich themselves. But God will not allow that His holy covenant used by other people for their own purpose, and it was just with God to bring punishment upon them. Don't use Jesus for personal purpose... Reading: Gen. 34, God bless. PF
Monday, October 7, 2013
Jacob believed that it is not in vain to trust in God and to call upon Him in the day of trouble. As a result, Esau received him as a brother, not enemy, with tenderness and humility. But he declined Esau's invitation to accompany them, simply because he knew his brother's personality. It is better to be in the Lord's perfect Hands than to walk with ungodly people. He settled in Shechem and "purchased" a parcel of land there... Reading: Gen. 33, God bless. PF.
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Friday, October 4, 2013
Though Jacob had been deceived by Laban for a long time, God's promise of protection to His servants will always true and eternal.
Jacob thought himself unworthy to be regarded, but was beloved by God for his father's sake. He calls Him the God of Abraham, & the Fear of Isaac. Abraham was dead, and now in a place where perfect love casts out fear; but Isaac was yet alive, sanctifying the Lord in his heart, as his fear and his dread... Reading: Gen. 31, God bless. PF
Jacob thought himself unworthy to be regarded, but was beloved by God for his father's sake. He calls Him the God of Abraham, & the Fear of Isaac. Abraham was dead, and now in a place where perfect love casts out fear; but Isaac was yet alive, sanctifying the Lord in his heart, as his fear and his dread... Reading: Gen. 31, God bless. PF
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Rachel envied her sister and asked Jacob forcefully to give her a child. Jacob's response is true, only God can give them a child, all other means are man-made or carnal. In our ministries, bear in mind that only God can give us success, can bring new converts into the kingdom of God, all other personal plans and interest will come to nothing. What we need is God's favor, humility, like Jacob who had been blessed by his Lord whatever he does... Reading: Gen. God bless, PF.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
As Jacob settles in Haran, Laban offers him payment for the work as a shepherd. Jacob agrees with Laban to work for 7 years in return for Rachel, whom he loved. However, Jacob was to discover that Laban could be just as much a deceiver as he had been. On Jacob’s wedding night, Laban substitutes his older daughter, Leah. However, Jacob agrees to work 7 more years to marry Rachel. Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah... Reading: Gen. 29, God bless. PF.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Bible shows that Isaac was careful not to allow Jacob to marry a Canaanite woman. On his way to Padan, Jacob saw a ladder in his dream that reached its top to heaven. Then The Lord spoke to him, revealed Himself and confirmed the covenant which He had made with His forefathers, and promised to bring him back again to the land. Always remember that God is faithful to His words. Whom God loves, He never leaves... Reading: Gen. 28, God bless. PF.
Monday, September 30, 2013
It would be a great mistake if the blessings were given to Esau. Upon the birth of the twin, the Lord has already prophesied, "The older shall serve the younger" (25:23). Isaac was insensitive to God's voice, Rebecca was. Though it was hard, Jacob has to carry out God's plans, and has to go through all those steps. The same thing with us, that if we are careless to our calling, God will allow our journey to be rough just to accomplish His plans... Reading: Gen. 27, God bless. PF
Saturday, September 28, 2013
The God of Abraham is the same God of Isaac & Jacob, yesterday and forever, identifying Himself to a family, willing to bless the whole world. To prove that, He blessed first this family and their descendants, making them very prosperous. It is the will of God for the whole humanity to experience the goodness and blessings of the Lord, first in spiritual realm, then physical. This has been realized though Christ the Savior... Reading: Gen. 26, God bless. PF
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Friday, September 27, 2013
Abraham lived 175 years; just 100 years after he came to Canaan. Whether our stay in this life be long or short, it matters but little, provided we leave behind us a good testimony and faithfulness to our Lord. And the Lord blessed Isaac with 2 sons. However, Esau the firstborn despised his birthright, a grace of God to him, while Jacob valued it, and even took advantage of his brother's need. The issue is the attitude of men to God's grace, do you value it or not... Reading: Gen. 25, God bless. PF
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Thursday, September 26, 2013
The effect of good example and godly character of Abraham can also be seen in the faithfulness and affection of his servant. He acknowledged God, and put all the affairs of his journey to the care of Divine providence. It shows that our life and times are in God's hand, if we are willing to commit everything to Him. Even the marriage between Isaac and Rebecca tells the spiritual concern of God in human affairs... Reading: Gen. 24, God bless. PF
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sarah died at the age of 127, buried at the cave of Machpelah, now Hebron in Israel, which is still there until today. It shows that even God's people, and those whom we love, and even our own bodies must become lumps of clay and buried. The highlight is the land that begins the acquisition of the promised land given by God to Abraham. He paid the piece of land with sum of money, & made a good title. He did not grab it from their enemies... Reading: Gen. 23, God bless. PF.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
God would never allow human sacrifice in His altar. It was not intention of God that Isaac should be sacrificed, but animals, and even nobler blood in due time. In reality, we're all destined to eternal damnation, but God shows the great exchange in man's life. When Isaac asked, "Where is the lamb?" Abraham knew that only God can provide the salvation to all men, He is Jehovah Jirah, the provider of the Lamb sacrifice for humanity. Gen. 22, God bless. PF.
Monday, September 23, 2013
God is the God of all people, and even takes notice of what children say and do in their play. But there is always distinction when it comes to the seeds of covenant. The seeds of Abraham, physical and spiritual, must be people by themselves, not mingled with those who were not. It is wise to connect ourselves with those who are blessed of God, and we ought to show kindness to those who have been kind to us... Reading: Gen. 21, God bless. PF
Saturday, September 21, 2013
God gives Abimelech notice of his danger of sin, and his danger of death for his sin. Every wilful sinner is a dead man, but Abimelech pleads ignorance. Once again, Abraham used wisdom to protect them from harm. God knows our hearts and consciences, that if we have ignorantly done wrong, it will be exposed. If we repent and admitted our mistakes, we will be forgiven, otherwise we remain dead person in God's eye... Reading: Gen. 20, God bless. PF
Friday, September 20, 2013
All the people of Sodom were very wicked and vile. Like Lot, we were once living in a wicked world, and if God had not been merciful to us, our former life has been our ruin. Return not to sin, don't look back like Lot's wife, but move forward, look unto Jesus who is able to save us to the uttermost. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a revelation of the wrath of God against sin and sinners of all ages... Reading: Gen. 19, God bless. PF
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Sarah thinks that the news to have a son at 90 is too good to be true. But nothing is too hard for the Lord. This is a Divine promise, beyond their son Isaac, a specific promise God made only to His people, and we are the recipients of that promised Seed, Christ our Savior. Abraham laughed because of faith, Sarah laughed because of unbelief, that's why God reacted. To distrust Divine truth is a sin against God that needs forgiveness... Reading: Gen. 18, God bless. PF
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
God's covenant of grace with Abraham is from everlasting in the counsels of it, and the sign was circumcision. Those who will be God's people must resolve that they are, and understand their responsibilities. Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael and servants were to be circumcised. For this reason, the Muslim people are doing the same. God's main point is not physical but spiritual circumcision of the hearts, which was realized in time of Christ... Reading: Gen. 17, God bless PF
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sarah's proposal to take Hagar was done without asking counsel of the Lord. God's mighty power was forgotten, and the unbelief of the 3 men worked. This was not a good example, and became the major source of manifold troubled of the ancient people until today. When Hagar departed, the Angel came to stop her in a sinful way. Similarly, it is a great mercy from God to intervene in our lives when we depart from our duty... Reading: Gen. 16, God bless PF
Monday, September 16, 2013
God assured Abram of safety and happiness by saying, I am your shield and great reward. God also promised of son, descendants, and land; blessings after blessings. Abraham believed in these promises and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. In Rev. 22:12, Jesus said, My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. Let's obey and serve the Lord, the way Abraham did when God commanded him... Gen. 15, God bless. PF
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Saturday, September 14, 2013
Melchizedek is spoken of as priest of the Most High God and king of Salem, the place afterwards called Jerusalem. It is generally thought that he was only a man; but said nothing more about him. Melchizedek blessed Abram from God, and blessed God from Abram, acting like a mediator between them. Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, is the Mediator both of our prayers and praises, and not only offers up ours, but his own for us... Reading: Gen. 14, God bless. PF
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Friday, September 13, 2013
God in His providence made Abram rich, and he used his prosperity an opportunity for doing good. When their servants fight, he shows himself to be a man of gentle spirit, knowing how to turn away wrath by a soft voice. The land chose by Abram was the same land given by God unto him. Then he built an altar a token of thankfulness to God. When God meets our needs He expects that we will bless Him with humble praises... Reading: Gen. 13, God bless PF
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
God's covenant with Abraham is the foundation of both Judaism and Christianity. Remove it from our faith means spiritual disaster. The promises are: a great nation, blessings, great name, become blessing to all families, and land. God pronounced that He will bless those who bless Abraham and his people, and vice versa. Jesus Christ is the great blessing of the world, the greatest that ever the world possessed... Reading: Gen. 12, God bless. PF
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tower of Babel was a symbol of rebellion of men against God, where all forms of idolatry took place. So God confused their language and scattered them abroad, showing that God is able to bring to nothing all the devices and wisdom of men. Then God started to deal with one family, Abraham's that began the story of salvation of humanity. From Ur of Chaldea they moved to Haran and stayed there for many years... Reading: Gen. 11, God bless. PF
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
This chapter shows concerning the 3 sons of Noah, from them the whole earth was populated. Only the lineage of Shem was preserved by the Israelites, until the birth of Messiah (Luke 3:36). Verse 15 shows the birth of Sidon, son of Canaan. They became Canaanites, the modern day Lebanon and part of Jordan, Syria and surrounding. The old enemies are still the same in modern day, proving the authenticity of the Bible... Reading: Gen 10, God bless. PF
Monday, September 9, 2013
The blessing of God is the cause of our well doing. On Him we depend, to Him we should be thankful. He reminds us that life of men is in the blood, so don't eat blood. It also keeps us that the blood is the object of atonement, the exchange of life. The 2nd was the rainbow, a sign of God's covenant to mankind that water shall never again destroy all men. The 3rd is the blessing that God made to Shem, the ancestors of the Israelites... Reading: Gen. 9, God bless. PF
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The whole mankind, except Noah and his family were now dead, and God remembered them by His mercy. Here, we see 2 attributes of God; His mercy endures forever, but His justice demands righteousness. God sent the wind for restoration, the same power that brings desolation, after 150 days. Then Noah waited for the command from God to go out of it again. Like Noah, let us learn to wait upon God's timing... Reading: Genesis 8, God bless. PF
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Friday, September 6, 2013
Noah was 500 years old when he received his calling, and 600 when the flood came up. He had taken great pains and sufferings to build the ark, and now he was kept alive because of his faith and obedience to God. Jesus said that people were eating and drinking up to the day Noah entered the ark, and they were all destroyed. Men were deaf and blind to divine warnings. Let us pause, and consider this tremendous judgment... Reading: Gen. 7, God bless. PF
Thursday, September 5, 2013
God saw that the wickedness of men was great, and every imagination was only evil. Enoch was God's witness in the past generation (6:24); this time its Noah, where God graciously commanded him to make an ark in order to save for the impending judgment. The giants were said to be the result of the union of sons of God (fallen angels) and daughters of men (human). Their intent was to fill the earth with wickedness and violence... Reading: Gen. 6, God bless. PF
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Adam was made in the image of God; but after sinning, he begat a son in his own image, sinful and defiled, like himself. This was the reverse of that Divine likeness in which Adam was made; having lost it, he could not convey it to his seed. Though he did not die in the day he ate forbidden fruit, yet in that very day he became mortal. Man's life is but dying by degrees. It is well to observe the deaths of others, except Enoch... Reading: Gen. 5, God bless. PF
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Cain was a farmer, Abel was a shepherd, both had a calling. It is the will of God for every one to have something to do in this world. Cain's offerings was rejected because of pride and unbelief. Abel's was accepted for he came as a sinner, expressing faith and humility. In all ages, there have been two sorts of worshippers. God said to Cain, "You will be accepted if you do what is right." This could also be true to our service to the Lord... Reading: Gen. 4, God bless. PF
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Monday, September 2, 2013
The serpent assaulted our first parents, to draw them to sin, and so to separate them from their God. Satan teaches men first to doubt, and then to deny. Today the devil still draws people into his interest, by suggesting to them hard thoughts of God, and false hopes of advantage by sin. Adam had no corrupt nature within, but had freedom of will. Because of disobedience, both serpent and ground were cursed, but men were punished... Reading: Gen. 3, God bless. PF
Saturday, August 31, 2013
After six days, God rested not because He was exhausted but was well pleased in His creation. He blessed the 7th day, sanctified it, and showed men to honor God in following the same. In Christian faith, our rest is rest in doing sin, but worshipping God. Jesus gave us power to stop doing wicked things. The tree of life was first mentioned, a symbol of the Savior that will give eternal life should men heed the voice of the Lord... Reading: Gen. 2, God bless. PF
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Friday, August 30, 2013
When we read about the works of God, we discover that God's creation is very good. But, when we think about our works, we find, to our shame, that much of the results have been very bad. But praise God there is a process of new creation through Christ our Lord. All His works, in all places of His dominion, bless Him; and therefore, we should bless the Lord, as the stars and heavenly hosts declare His glorious name... Reading: Gen. 1, God bless. PF
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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Heaven is our eternal home, and God's presence is the health and happiness of the redeemed. The tree of life which was an emblem of Christ in the Garden, has appeared once again in heaven. There will be no night, no affliction, no pain, no sin, no darkness; an exact opposite from earthly life. Jesus is coming soon to put an end to the suffering of His servants. His reward is with Him, so let us earnestly thirst after the influences of Jesus in our souls... Rev. 22, God bless. PF
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Finally, the believers will see the new heaven and the new earth, with the new Jerusalem as their eternal home. All things will be new, no remembrance of former sorrow shall remain. It will be a safe place, with the streets of gold, secured from all evils and enemies. The glory of God lightens the city, and the Lamb is our Light. God in Christ will be an everlasting Fountain of knowledge and joy to the saints in heaven... Rev. 21, God bless. PF
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Satan is God's instrument to test the hearts of men & to see if they are sincerely obeying God. After 1000 years, he will be released from prison to deceive anyone that can be deceived. But the faithful to Christ will not be tricked because they know the truth of the Bible. The final judgment will follow to those who rejected the gospel. God will open the book of remembrance (Mal. 3:16) to recollect their past actions, and the Book of Life to tell them that they had not been born in God's kingdom... Rev. 20. God bless, PF.
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Monday, August 26, 2013
Two things will happen soon; the collapse of world system (politics, economics and religion), and the marriage of the Lamb, the union of Christ and His followers. Then, all nonbelievers will be thrown to the lake of fire. Therefore, do not stop worshipping God, and never ascribe it to angels nor men. Christ, the glorious Head of the Church, whose name is "Word of God," is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords... Reading: Rev. 19, God bless. PF
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Saturday, August 24, 2013
The wickedness of this Babylon was very great; she had forsaken the true God, and set up idols, and had drawn all sorts of men into spiritual adultery, and by her wealth and luxury kept them in her interest. The warning is to come out of this spirit or receive judgment, for God can destroy it even in one hour (v17). This Babylon spirit had deceived all men and businessmen in the world, at the expense of the believers... Reading: Rev. 18, God bless. PF
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Thursday, August 22, 2013
In the time of judgment, all things throughout the earth; air, sea, rivers, and cities all are condemned to ruin, all accursed because the wickedness of the people. No wonders that angels praise God for His righteous judgments (vv.5-6). Even in time of God's wrath, people never repent from their wickedness. It shows that hell is filled with blasphemies and hatred. Darkness is opposed to wisdom and obedience to God's word... Reading: Reve. 16, God bless. PF
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The holy angels are ministering spirits, sent by God for specific works, clothed with pure and white linen, representing the holiness and righteousness of dealing with men. In this chapter we see them armed with the wrath of God against the enemies. The Antichrist could not be destroyed without a great shock to all the world, and even many of God's people would be in trouble and confusion while the great work was doing... Reading: Rev. 15, God bless. PF
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The preaching of the gospel is the means to bring men closer to God, and to give glory to Him. It shakes the foundations and hasten the downfall of God's enemies (spirit of Babylon). As Christ's followers we are to advance and obey God's commandments to fulfill His plan. The harvest time is when the fruit is ripe, when the believers are ripe for heaven, that we shall be gathered into Christ's presence... Reading: Rev. 14, God bless. PF
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Monday, August 19, 2013
Any miracle or healing without true repentance and life-changing experience is not from God. The devil can deceive the people, whose names are not written in the Book of Life by performing miraculous acts. This chapter shows that many people admired the power of the devil, paying honor and subjection to him and his instruments. Yet his power is limited, for Christ has a chosen remnant that rejects the work of darkness... Reading. Rev. 13, God bless. PF
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Saturday, August 17, 2013
The woman is the symbol of the church (v17), persecuted by the dragon, Satan. But in spite of oppositions, the believers brought forth victory and overcame them by the blood of the Lamb and the word of God. Note: knowing God's word is extremely important to all followers. The flood of water is explained by many as the plan of total destruction of the Christianity, but the earth or world still protected the church... Reading: Rev. 12. God bless. PF
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Friday, August 16, 2013
In the time of treading down, God always keep His faithful witnesses to attest the truth of his word and the excellence of his ways. God's witnesses must not be weary of suffering and service, nor looking quickly at the reward, but must stay in the ministry until the Master calls them. The identity of the 2 witnesses remains to be seen till the final day of the Lord. But we are also God's witnesses in our generation... Reading: Rev. 11, God bless. PF
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
When we start studying the promises of the Bible, it was great and comforting, however, when the future prophecy digested, as John did in this book, the contents are bitter, and there are many things so awful and terrible; persecution, desolation in the earth, reign of terror and wickedness, etc. Our response is to seek the Lord's guidance and obey His instructions, because it will nourish our souls, and lead us in the right direction... Reading: Rev. 10. God bless. PF
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The spirit of darkness has no power over God's people. God's all-powerful, distinguishing grace will keep His people from total destruction. The power of evil is limited to a short season, though the faithful will share the common calamity on earth, but will be safe from pestilence and spirit of error. Despite God's judgment, people will not repent from their sins, nor forsake idolatry, greediness, and wickedness... Reading: Rev. 9, God bless. PF
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The seventh seal has 7 trumpets, represents the 7 judgments of God to humanity. First trumpet is fire, 2nd is death of sea animals in oceans, 3rd is water to become bitter because of the fall of star named Wormwood. In OT wormwood is associated with poison or bitterness, and death. 4th is darkness of third part on earth. "Third" is significant because of its connection with Satan's rebellion with his fallen angels against God... Reading: Rev. 8, God Bless. PF
Monday, August 12, 2013
This picture of our final redemption with Christ has clothed us with the robes of justification, holiness and victory, having palms in our hands as conquerors used to appear in our triumphs. We have fought the good fight of faith, finished the course in Christ, with the loud voice we have for Him. The Lord shows us what we can see in heaven on that very day, and we have to begin it now... Reading: Rev. 7, God bless. PF
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Monday, July 29, 2013
Let the followers of Christ be content on what we have, since we are in a land of strangers. Every land is a foreign land and every foreign land is a field for harvest, because our citizenship is in heaven. We must walk by faith, and live by hope. Soon, the Son of God will be revealed and the true sons of God will be known, and shall be transformed into the same image of Christ. Therefore, live with Christ's love... Reading: 1 John 3, God bless. PF
Friday, July 26, 2013
This epistle is a discourse upon the principles of Christianity, in doctrine and practice. It stirs up all who profess to know God, to have communion with Him, and to believe in Him, and that they walk in holiness, not in sin. This Divine Person, the Word of life, appeared in human flesh, and the apostles declared what they had seen and heard. Since God is light, He must be represented to this dark world as pure and perfect light... Reading: 1 John 1, God bless PF.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
There will be mockers in the last days, who make sin unimportant, and mock at salvation of Jesus Christ. They reject the 2nd coming because they see no changes, therefore they don't fear God. But for us, we believe that the heavens and the earth will be destroyed by fire. This is as sure to come, as the truth and the power of God can make it. The delay of a thousand years cannot be so much to Him, for God is not bound by time... Reading: 2 Pet 3, God bless. PF
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Impure seducers and their followers give themselves up to their own fleshly minds. They refuse to bring their thought to the obedience of Christ, and they act against God's righteous precepts. As clouds hinder the light of the sun, so as their lifestyle wherein there is no truth. Seeing that these men increase darkness in this world, it is very just that their final destination is the darkest place
in the second life... Reading: 2 Pet 2, God bless. PF
in the second life... Reading: 2 Pet 2, God bless. PF
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
All true believers are a holy priesthood; sacred to God, serviceable to others, endowed with heavenly gifts and graces. But the most spiritual sacrifices of the best in prayer and praise are not acceptable, except through Jesus Christ... Reading: 1 Peter 2, God bless, PF.
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The gospel is no weak thing, but comes in power, because the Holy Spirit inspired holy men of God to write and speak. All the plainness and simplicity, power and expressions comes from One God. The Scripture is the revelation of the mind of God, so that every man ought to search it, to understand the sense and meaning of it. The Christian tastes its sweetness, feels its power, sees God's glory, a truly divine revelation... Reading: 2 Pet 1, God bless. PF
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Monday, July 22, 2013
Humility preserves peace and order in all Christian churches and societies; pride disturbs them. When God gives grace to the humble, He will give wisdom and holiness as well. In time of troubles, and when the devil tries to disrupt our relationship with one another, the remedy is to cast our care upon God, and leave everything to His gracious disposal. So be vigilant from this spiritual enemy; and be steadfast in our journey by faith... Reading 1 Pet 5, God bless. PF
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
This epistle is addressed to believers in general, who are strangers in every city or country where they live, and are scattered through the nations. They were being persecuted, experiencing various trials and miseries in life. But Pater said that they must rejoice because life does not end here on earth, rather an incorruptible inheritance is in store for those who believe in the redemptive works of Christ at the cross... Reading: 1 Peter 1, God bless. PF
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
God does not forbid us to use lawful pleasures; but to live in sinful pleasure, outside God's will is a provoking sin. Men spent years in luxurious living, satisfying their every desire, as if a fattening animals to be butchered in the slaughtering house in the right time. But for believers, be patient until the coming of the Lord. Men count time long, but all time is as nothing to God; it is as a moment. Therefore, serve God and bear our trials... James 5, God bless. PF
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Monday, July 15, 2013
When men ask of God prosperity, they often ask with wrong aims and intentions. As God's people, be sure that our prayers are not the language of greediness but of grace, or else they will return to us empty. Worldly mind is enmity to God, and how miserable the state of those who make God their enemy. The proud resist the truth of God, no wonder they remain blind, but God gives more grace, blessings and favor to the humble... Reading: James 4, God bless. PF
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