The altar of incense was required by the Lord to place before the veil that separates the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. Aaron was instructed to burn incense on the altar each morning and at twilight (v7-8), that typified the high priest's pleading of his people. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the east brought incense as gift, to signify the intercessory works of Christ for our salvation. Then, God instructed Moses to ask the ransom money, half shekel for each, signifying equality of soul in God, for the service of the temple. A large vessel of brass, holding water, was to be set near the door of the tabernacle for cleansing. And the holy anointing oil should be made to anoint Aaron and his sons to minister unto the Lord. Here, God's detail requirement in His service tells us to be careful, and not to follow anything or counterfeit by using "any other like it according to its composition" (v32). Our service and activities for the Lord should be according to the leading of the Holy Spirit, congregationally, not according to our individual interests. God bless.
Friday, September 22, 2017
The priests of Israel, Aaron and his sons, were to be set apart for this ministry, with ceremony and solemnity. Animals sacrifices like bull and ram were to be offered at the altar according to the commandments of the Lord. Blood shall be put on the tip of the right ear of the priests, on the thumb of the right hand, on the big toe other right foot, and the rest shall be sprinkled at the altar. Two lambs were to be offered daily, one in the morning and one in the evening throughout all generations. These sacrifices signified the suffering made by Jesus Christ at the cross, being the High Priest and the sacrificial lamb at the same time. Though He offered Himself but once for all, it becomes a continued offering throughout all generations. Daily sacrifices also teaches us to offer ourselves to Christ, being in communion with Him in our daily prayer and devotion every day, morning and evening. This is the most needful and most pleasant comfort in our daily spiritual nourishment from the Lord. God bless.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
The priestly garments distinguished the priests from the people, signifying the holiness of God which should be the glory and beauty of the ministry, and without these, their ministration will be had in contempt. Their work is to present the concerns of people unto God, including the worship and offerings. Christ as our High Priest presents the Christians before the Father for eternal communion. Our adorning in the gospel is not of gold and costly array, but the garments of praise and salvation. The Urim (light) and Thummin (perfection) are God's special stone or device, by which the will of God was made known to His people. Today, Christ is the true light and perfection, and without Him, people are lost forever. "Holiness to the Lord" is a reminder that God is holy, His priests must be holy and devoted to God, including the entire nation of Israel, and all followers of Christ. If the priest enters the Holy of Holies without wearing the holy garments, he shall die. In the day of judgment, without having Christ in man's life, they shall die and separate from the presence of God eternally. Blessed be the name of Jesus Christ, our High Priest forever. God bless.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The altar should be made of acacia wood, overlaid with bronze, and having horns in its four corners. In here, they must bring their sacrifices, on which the priest must offer them to the Lord. The altar is to be hollow, similar to heavenly vision that was shown to Moses on the mountain (v8). God also told Moses to make the court of the tabernacle, formed by curtains hung upon brazen pillars, fixed in brazen sockets. Within this enclosure, the priests and Levites should offer the sacrifices, and to that place the Jewish sacrifices were admitted. This distinction shows the separation between those with and without access from God. Then pure oil should be brought to the altar to light the lamps and tend them. It represents the continuous works of the Lord that shines amidst His people. Blessed be our Lord who gives light to lighten the path of all men, for the salvation unto the ends of the earth. God bless and Shana tova.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Lord manifested His presence in a tabernacle or tent, while the Israelites were in the wilderness. The curtains of the tabernacle were to be made with much details and elaboration, covering one after the others, and were defended by covering of skins. The materials were very costly, and they represents the heavenly things; though outwardly are earthly but inwardly are glorious and precious in the sight of God. This is similar to our physical bodies, though weak and imperfect, but the inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. Then the veil or curtain should be made to separate the holy place from the most holy place. Though the Lord is in their midst, there is still separation between God and His people. Life and eternity lay hidden until they were brought to light when the Savior was manifested in the person of Christ. Now we have boldness to enter into the most holy place through Christ our Redeemer. God bless.
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Monday, September 18, 2017
The ark of Testimony, the table for the showbread, and the golden lampstand are all made from acacia wood, but overlaid with gold. The cherubim of gold looked one towards another, and both looked downward toward the ark. It denotes the presence of the angels among God's people, ready to do His will. Inside the ark, the law of God written in tablets were to be kept, as a testimony in them about His will. God told Moses to make sure that everything must be done according to the pattern God had shown him on the mountain (v40). The ark of the covenant is the symbol of man's hearts, where the commandments of God were to be kept too. Always remember that we are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and we have the law of God in our hearts, so that we are to live a life of communion with God forever. May the Lord help us to to be faith unto Himself, and to walk according to His perfect will and direction. God bless.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
A solemn covenant between God and Israel was made. Moses told the people all the words of the Lord, and the people accepted and confirmed that they would obey all the words which the Lord had said. The blood of sacrifice was sprinkled on the altar, on the book, and on the people. The covenant would only be accepted by shedding and sprinkling of the blood. This covenant is an act of grace from the Lord. They were unworthy people like us, but by His mercy, God made them His chosen people of God. The elders of Israel saw the glimpse of God's glory, something of which no image or picture could be made, yet enough to satisfy them that the true and living God was in the midst of them. At the same time, the people saw the glory of God rested on Mount Sinai, a token of God's special presence there. In the near future, Christ will appear in the sky, and we shall see Him face to face, not a few days only, but through eternity. God bless.
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Friday, September 15, 2017
God told the Israelites to be fair to all men, and execute equal treatment both to rich and poor, and neither parties should move them to lessen the faults, excuse offenders, or misrepresent any thing by accepting bribes. Every 7th year, the field was to rest, no sowing and reaping, in order to teach them to rely on God's Providence totally. They should also appear in God's presence as they celebrate the 3 feasts of the Lord; Unleavened Bread-Passover (April), Harvest-Pentecost (June), and Ingathering-Tabernacles (October). But should not to come empty-handed, and their soul must be filled with holy desire toward Him. Then the Lord had promised that they should be guided and kept on their way by His Angel. The entire land should be subdued little by little, they are to keep their guard always in continual dependence on God. On personal level, sin and corruption must be driven out from our hearts too, slowly but surely. Because the greatest danger in our lives is from those that would make us sin against Christ. God bless.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
The 8th law on the Ten Commandments is not to steal the property of others, and God had detailed this law. Stealing other's property is deadly to God. None can see how a person does it, but God can. Stealing an ox or a sheep shall be restored five times (v1). This shows that if Satan and his agents had stolen God's sheep from the church, they has to restore them five times. People must answer to God, not only for what they do maliciously, but also for what they do carelessly. Therefore when we had done harm to our neighbors, friends, brothers or sisters in the Lord, we should make restitution, and compensation. This chapter leads us to remember that it is the grace of God that brought us unto Himself, teaching and enabling us to conduct by God's holy power to deny ungodliness, worldly lust, and covetousness. Indeed, the Lord is our portion, and He alone can satisfy the desire of our souls. God bless.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The laws in this chapter is about the moral law and the rules of justice to all people; master or servant, workers or employers. A willful murderer shall be taken even from God's altar, however, God provided cities of refuge to protect people that cause accident, or without intent of hurting or killing someone. Ungrateful children shall be put to death, illegal slaves trade or "man-stealing" is a crime punishable by death. The 16th century slave trade in Africa, Europe and America was a crime against God's law. The cases mentioned in this chapter give rules of justice to all men and women, regardless of status in the society. It was taught by God so that all must be very careful not to do wrong, either directly or indirectly. And if men have done wrong, they must be very willing to make it good, and promote the spirit of loving their neighbors. Christ came to lead His followers into the right directions. God bless.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Ten Commandments can be divided in two parts; first four is our duty to God, and the second six is the duty to ourselves and to one another. The first commandment concerns the object of worship of YHWH, and Him only. The 2nd refers to the objection of making any image or picture of the deities. The 3rd is about the oath and promises we made using the name of the Lord. The 4th is the command to worship God on the Sabbath day, or Lord's day. Six day are allowed to worldly business, but not so to neglect the service of God on this day. The 5th concerns the duties to honor our parents. The 6th requires that we regard life and safety of others, with the spirit of kindness and forgiveness. The 7th is about purity and sexual immorality. The 8th is the law of love, not to steal the property of others. The 9th concerns the bearing of false witness against our neighbors. The 10th is about covetousness, all wrong desire of having what will gratify ourselves. The knowledge of law was written in men's heart, to show the need of repentance. The Holy Spirit enables a believers to hate sins and flee from them, to love and keep God's law in sincerity and truth. God bless
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Monday, September 11, 2017
The covenant that God made with the people of Moses is God's act of mercy and grace. God has chosen them to be special treasure above all people of the earth. Though the Lord requires obedience and works, this is the natural expectation of Him when He calls and chooses someone even in our time. He looks for good works, obedience, fruits and results. The Israelites answered as one man saying, "All that the Lord had spoken we will do." When we say "yes" to God, we should fulfill our vows, or else, we will be in trouble. Though He is a loving Father, but He disciplines His disobedient children as well. Consecration is part of our relationship with God, and we cannot stand in His presence with dirt and uncleanness; outward and inward. Christ came to fulfill these requirements in us, through suffering so that He can redeem us, forgive us, justify us, and soon glorify us to be with Him in eternity. God bless.
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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Jethro, Moses' father in law came to rejoice with the happiness of Israel, and worshipped Yahweh together with them. Using his wisdom and skills in leadership and administration, he advised Moses and the Israelites to manage the people in simple and better way. This may avoid too much work for Moses to undertake the job alone. Like Jethro, a good person should make themselves useful, and impart their knowledge in order to make others useful too. However, care must be taken in the choice of the persons admitted into such a trust. Men of piety, fear of God and honesty should be taken into consideration. Like Moses, we should not despise this kind of advice, for they may lead us in a better direction. God bless.
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The children of Israel journeyed, and as usual, they question whether God was with them or not. This is called their "tempting God," which signifies distrust of Him after they had received many proofs of His power, blessings and goodness. God graciously appeared to help them by asking Moses to strike the rock so that water may come out. Paul commented saying that this Rock was Christ. Then Israel engaged with Amalek by defending themselves. While Joshua and his men fight, Moses intercedes. But Moses' hands became heavy in praying so that Aaron and Hur supported his hands. This story tells how important the unity of God's people is in His service. The church goal is more or less successful, if the believers are united in spirit, strong in faith, and fervent in prayer. That's why we should not neglect our devotion to God, so that we can attain His intent for us. God bless.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017
The food they had brought from Egypt had gone, and the people began to complain against God. So the Lord heard their murmurings, and spoke to Moses that He will rain bread from heaven, and bring meat. God promised a speedy and constant supply, despite the ungratefulness they had shown unto Him. Moses said, "Your complains are not against us but against the Lord" (v10). So the bread or Manna fell from heaven every morning except Sabbath, and the quails came up at night. They were pleasant and wholesome food; and the children of Israel ate manna forty years until they they came to the border of the land of Canaan. This shows that God is the Source of all our needs, and He is able to provide our necessities on daily basis. God told Moses and Aaron that the remembrance of Manna was to be preserved. Today, the word of God is the manna by which our souls are nourished in the person of Christ our Savior. God bless.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
The Song of Moses is said to be one of the most ancient songs ever written, it describes the power of God, and the redemption of the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt. In every part of it depicts God as holy, righteous, a man of war, and matchless in perfection. His holiness appears in the hatred of sin, and His wrath against stubborn sinners. Then Moses brought the Israelites to the wilderness and found no water, except the bitter water in Marah. Here begins the never-ending complaints of the people, quickly forgetting the miraculous crossing in the Red Sea. So Moses cried out unto the Lord, so God provided graciously, making the bitter water sweet. Then God told them that He is the great Physician. Here tells that if we keep well, it is He who will keep us, and if we do well, it is He who will recover us. God is our life and the length of our days, so let us not forget that we are protected from any destruction in His mighty Hand. God bless.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
There was no open road to the Israelites, and the armies of Pharaoh were pursuing then. The only way to do is to look upward and cry out to God. But others cried out against Moses and murmured against the Lord, as if God is not able to perform miracles. "Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord!" When we are caught between the enemies and death, Christ alone is the answer. If God allows His people into trials, He will find a way to bring them out. God divided the sea, and the waters were a wall to the children of Israel as they walked in it. But the armies of Pharaoh were destroyed and buried in the midst of the sea. Such a difference shows the inheritance of God's people, and that utter destruction will be the portion of the nonbelievers. Both Moses and Pharaoh were instruments to show His power, and that the people may know that the Lord is God (v4). While we see God's work in this story, and feel the benefits of it, let us fear Him more and trust in His power. God bless.
Monday, September 4, 2017
In remembrance of God's destruction for all the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn males of the Israelites were set apart to the Lord. They shall be redeemed by offering an animals. At the first month of the year, Abib, Israel shall celebrate the feast of unleavened bread, and this must be taken to teach the children of the knowledge of God. It shall be a sign in their hand, and as frontlets between their eyes (v16). In the same way Christians are children of God, and had been redeemed through the sacrifice of the Lamb at the cross. The law of God must be in their heart and speak of it to affect themselves and teach others also. As the Israelites went up to the land of Canaan, the Lord went before them in the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night to protect and give them light. It was a great comfort to God's people that they are under Divine guidance and protection. Surely, if we make the glory of God our goal and the word of God our rule, the Holy Spirit will be our guide in every affair of our lives. God bless.
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Saturday, September 2, 2017
The Lord makes all things new to His people, by releasing them from the bondage of sin and Satan, and takes them to Himself as His people. Passover is a everlasting feast of the Lord. The lamb as to be presented on the tenth of the first month, killed on the 14th day, and the blood to be sprinkled on the door-posts, to mark the houses of the Israelites from those of the Egyptians. The angel of the Lord would pass over the houses marked by blood, and those without blood, he shall destroy the firstborn. The Egyptians were in total darkness for three days and three light, and they were in anxiety and fear for the coming days. Suddenly, the plague struck their firstborn, leaving not a house in which there was not one dead. In fear, the Egyptians released the Israelites, giving them favor and gifts, just to leave the entire land. This first passover-night was a night of the Lord, much to be observed, and be remembered for generations. Strangers are welcome provided they must be circumcised. In the New Testament, Christ is the Passover Lamb, and open to all that are willing to be circumcised in heart. God bless.
Friday, September 1, 2017
At last, the final plague that God shall perform is the death of the firstborn of Egypt. The firstborn is the strength of the family, and if they shall be destroyed, the strength of the entire nation shall be weakened severely. From the palace of Pharaoh to the lowest citizens of Egypt, all their firstborn shall sleep the sleep of death. The angel shall slay the Egyptians, but not so much as a dog should bark at any of the children of Israel. The Lord makes a difference between the Israelites and Egyptians; between His people and the people of the world. God made Moses great in the eyes of the Egyptians that people may know that YHWH is the true and living God. The Scripture tells that God used both Moses and Pharaoh to show His power, one for the positive side and the other in the negative. If you will be used by God for His plan, make sure to be in the positive side. Unfortunately, many people chose ignorantly to be in the destructive side. The key is humility and obedience to the word of Christ. God bless.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Pharaoh had continued to harden his heart, so the plague of locust is threatened, worse than any kind which had ever known. At first, Pharaoh agreed to the demand of Moses, but later on changed his mind and refused to let the people go. Jesus said that when we say yes, it must be yes, for a double-minded person will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea, driven by the wind without direction. So the Lord allowed the locust the destroy fully the plants and the field throughout all the land. Then the plague of thick darkness brought upon Egypt in three days, so that they cannot see one another. But there is light in the dwellings of the Israelites. Spiritual darkness is worse than literal darkness, and it is spiritual bondage. Blind people sit in darkness, work in darkness, walk in darkness, and live in darkness, being controlled by the price of darkness. Jesus came to give us light that we may have life in Him. Now, we can see and appreciate His goodness in our new life. God bless.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The hand of the Lord is upon the cattle, they all died and this was greatly loss to the economy of Egypt. Pharaoh and all Egypt had made Israel poor, and now God's judgment would make them poor. Spiritually, the Egyptians worshipped cows and bulls, and God had to punish these supposed 'gods', telling them that only the God of Moses is worthy of worship and adoration. And because Pharaoh was not affected by the death of their 'gods', so the Lord sent a plague that seized their own bodies. All Egyptians including the magicians themselves were struck with these boils. Then God pronounced a dreadful message that if Pharaoh would not yield, thunder with hail and fire shall fall from the sky that would kill both men and animals, but the land of Goshem shall be preserved. Indeed, there is no safe place when God began to bring down His dreadful judgment. It is only in the Hand pf God that we can find peace and protection. God bless.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
God could have plagued the whole land of Egypt with lions or wolves to kill and erase them all, but in His sovereign will, He plagued them with frogs, lice, and flies, and their vast numbers made the people sick. It is the same thing that He can destroy all the disobedient and wicked people, but He first warned them to repent and humble themselves before Him. The curse of the Lord will follow men wherever they go, and it lies heavy upon them whatever they do. The only solution is to be redeemed from the curse of God. Egypt was under a curse; it comes from God, and only God can remove it. Pharaoh had made promises that he will obey the Lord, however, when he saw that there was a relief, he hardened his heart. This is common to human being, that in time of sufferings, they promise to change their ways, but afterwards, they forgot their promises. Unless their hearts is renewed by the grace of God, all their thoughts and promises will always be forgotten. Let us be faithful to our vows and commitment to Christ, because our eternal salvation with Him is at stake. God bless.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Moses is the Lord's spokesperson, and without fear stood in the presence of Pharaoh, calling his attention to release the Israelites. God sends His words and He proves them with Divine authority. When Aaron cast down his rod, it became a serpent. But the magicians were able to do the same with their knowledge of arts of sorcery. But Aaron's serpent swallowed their serpents. The Lord pointed out to Moses that Pharaoh's heart shall be hardened and he would continue to refuse to let the people go. Then, the first plague was announced, turning water into blood. The Egyptians must either drink blood, or die for thirst. Egypt was a pleasant land, but the dead fish and blood made the entire land very miserable. Egyptians depended upon the Nile River, but were warned of the destruction of all the produce of their country. The plague continued but the proud heart of Pharaoh would not humble, so as God's anger would not turn away. Our lesson: when trials or stress in life come, be humble in the presence of God, and He will lift you up. God bless.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017
The Lord had promised that He will bring Israel out under the burdens of the Egyptians, rescue them from the bondage, redeem them with outstretched arm, and take them out as His people and be their God (v6-7). God will show them what He would do, and they shall witness these great works of wonder. God would now be known to Israelites by His name YHWH (LORD), which He did not reveal to their forefathers. This name is more intimate and personal, a God performing what He had promised, and finishing His own work. In time of Abraham, God had been called Elohim, in time of Moses, YHWH, and in time of Peter and Paul, the name is Yeshua/Jesus. It is not contradiction but a progression of revelation. Moses' family was mentioned here in order to prove that He was a descendant of an Israelites, not by an Egyptian. He descended from the tribe of Levi, and his parents were Amran and Jochebed. Though our names cannot be found in the Bible, but we understood that they are written in the book of life in heaven. God bless.
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Friday, August 25, 2017
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh to deliver God's message. Their demand is strong: "Thus says the Lord God of Israel, 'Let my people go." But the Lord was unknown to Pharaoh, and even to many people today. Israel is God's chosen people, and therefore Pharaoh ought not to detain them in bondage. Pharaoh's answer is bold: "Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice?" In our time, it is similar when a person refuse to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, or reject the gospel from the Bible, or ridicule God's offer to be born again. Ignorance and contempt of God are at the bottom of all the wickedness that is in the world. Here, Pharaoh's command was barbarous, that more works were to be laid upon the Israelites, and if not done, they would be severely punished. Persecution always come to the people of God, but those who are diligent in doing sacrifice for the Lord will escape the doom of it, and shall rise victoriously. In time of trials and persecution, or we feel perplex in the way of our duty, we ought to go to God, and lay open our case before Him by prevent prayers. God bless.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017
The Lord and Moses were still at Mount Horeb, planning for Israel's deliverance. But Moses was hesitant saying that he was not a good speaker, but having a speech impediment. He was also afraid that the people would not take his word, unless he showed them signs that God really appeared to him. This chapter shows that God is a miracle working God, He is the Creator of all things, and chose people whom He may employ to fulfill His plan. Today, we are God's chosen to deliver His message, with the power of the Holy Spirit. So, we must be ready because our character and teachings are to be tried by the same Word that we deliver. Then God told Moses to tell Pharaoh that, "Israel is My son, My firstborn." And if Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites, then God will kill his own son. After meeting his brother Aaron, they returned to Egypt and summoned the elders of the people. When they heard that God had visited them, they all rejoiced and bowed their heads and worshipped. This incident is similar to our situation when we heard Christ for the first time. He came to save us and give us eternal life. God bless.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
God's first appearance to Moses was while tending his sheep. To his surprise, Moses saw a bush burning and yet did not burn away. In the Bible, fire is a symbol of God's divine works that burns up our wickedness, and also, a power to fulfill the plan of God. The Lord called Moses and told him to put off his shoes as a token of respect and submission. By introducing Himself as the God of Abraham, "I Am that I Am," this shows that if God will not reveal Himself, it is impossible for us to know Him. By this, He instructed Moses to go and speak to Pharaoh to release God's people. He notices the afflictions of Israel, and promises deliverance. God revealed that the elders of Israel shall accept his message, but Pharaoh shall reject it. But in the end, and as they depart, they shall not leave Egypt empty handed, God will cause the Egyptians to give them favor. Our God is a God of impossible, and those who had been delivered out of Egyptian darkness shall bring to heavenly promised land. God bless.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Moses was born on the time that Pharaoh's cruelty rose to its height, by drowning the Hebrew babies. His parents saw that he was a good child, and by faith, they hid him for a while, believing that the boy shall be used by the Lord to preserve God's people. Here shows that faith in God will set the believers above all the fears. Moses never had a strong protection from his parents, but if God is for us who can be against us. By God's providence, the daughter of Pharaoh was in the place where the boy Moses laid in a basket by the river side. Then, she even took Moses' mother to nurse his newly adopted son. Moses was treated as the enemy to Pharaoh, but son to the daughter of Pharaoh. As he grew up, he owned the cause of God's people, and he slew an Egyptian, while rescuing an oppressed Israelite. Moses found a shelter in Midian, by commending himself to one the people there, Reuel. Meanwhile, the Israelites' bondage continue, and began to think of God, and cried out aloud. God heard their voices and looked upon them. Truly, God is always faithful, a very present help in time of trouble. God bless.
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Monday, August 21, 2017
Exodus relates the formation of the children of Israel into a nation. It's title Exodus signifies "the departure" of God's people from Egypt, redeemed by the Lord from bondage and slavery. After the death of Joseph and his brothers, the Hebrews increased abundantly and grew exceedingly in Egypt. But a new Pharaoh arose who did not know the heroism of Joseph, and he was alarmed and became cruel to the Israelites. He made their lives bitter with hard bondage, forcing them to toil hard in the fields and carry heavy loads of mortar and brick. The Egyptian king had tried to destroy the Israelites by murdering their infants and newly born babies, but God intervened and blessed the midwives, and the Israelites increased more in numbers. Here we see that when a person bless the children of Abraham, God repaid them in kind. Finally, Pharaoh gave orders to drown all the male children of the Hebrews. In this first chapter of Exodus, it shows the reversal of God's plan to Abraham and his descendants. The devil will try his best to put destruction on it, but the Lord is in control. God bless.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
By obeying his father's request to bury his body in the land given by God to Abraham, Joseph showed his faith to God and love to his father Jacob. He ordered the body to be embalmed, as the traditional way of the Egyptians to preserve it with species. The great men of Egyptian joined Joseph's family to bury his father, and even the people of Canaan took notice of it as a grievous mourning. When they returned to Egypt, his brothers thought that Joseph would avenge himself to those who hated and injured him when he was young. As Joseph saw their humility, he direct them to fear God, and seek His forgiveness. He assured them of his kindness saying: "you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good" (v20). It shows that when God gives us the grace and favor, we should also share it with the people around us. By faith, Joseph gave commandment concerning his bones, to bring it back to Canaan on their departure from Egypt. This would keep up God's promise that it would always be true and faithful. God bless.
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Friday, August 18, 2017
On his deathbed, Jacob pronounced his messages to his twelve sons. Being guided by the Holy Spirit, he declare the purpose of God, respecting the character and the condition of the future of his children. Reuben was the firstborn, the strength of the family, but because of his gross sin, he forfeited his birthright. Judah's name signifies praise. Judah should be a royal tribe, and the scepter shall not depart, until Shiloh (Messiah) comes; then all nations shall honor Him (v10). From the time of Christ to present, billions of people from around the globe praise and honor the Lord Jesus Christ. The blessing to Joseph is very full, reminding him of his difficulties in life, but his faith did not fail. All our strength to resist temptations and bearing afflictions comes from God alone; His grace in sufficient indeed. Jaco bless his children according to the blessings God is after-times intended to bestow upon them. At the end, he freely gave up his spirit into the hand of God and was gathered to his people. If we belong to God's people, we shall also be gathered with them on our last day on this earth. God bless.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
At his old age, Jacob still remember the time when God Almighty appeared to him at Bethel (Luz) in the land of Canaan. Jacob reminded the young generation about the covenant God made with Abraham and his descendants; that the land of Canaan shall be theirs forever. He also adopted Joseph's two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, and blessed them with prophetic words to become multitude of nations. He put in their minds that it is better to be low but in God's presence, than to be high yet out of it. Jacob said that there is a great deal of hardship in his time, but his God kept him from evil, with the care of Divine providence. And now he was dying, he looked upon himself as redeemed from all sin and sorrow for ever. In our lives, it is good to reckon our hardship and troubles, but it is always better to include the goodness, the grace, the love of God, and all the blessings that flows from heaven as we serve and bless the Almighty King, Jesus Christ. God bless.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Jacob and his children lived in Egypt, and Pharaoh offered to employ them as shepherds. Jacob lived 17 more years and died at 147, the years of his pilgrimage. Jacob's life was full of troubles while on earth, but now, full of happiness and great joy in the presence of the Almighty. And as the famine became more severe, the people were ready to die. Their gold, flocks, horses and wealth could not feed them, and if God should withhold rain to fall down to earth, the whole world shall starve to death. Here we can see how much we are at God's mercy. As the multitudes of the Egyptians were grateful to Joseph, we Christians should be more grateful to Jesus for saving our lives, not only from famine but also for perfect salvation. And if saved by Christ, we shall be willing to become His servants. When Jacob saw that his departure was approaching, he asked Joseph to bury his body Canaan, a land given by God to Abraham. Today, let our prayer concern is to live with Christ and to die with Him forever. God bless.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Jacob was old and he still sought God's counsel, assistance and blessing as he traveled down to Egypt. Since God had covenant love with his forefathers, God will continue to attend on their needs, and they could expect His presence and peace which it confers. It was now five generations after the first covenant made by God with Abraham (Gen. 15), and his descendants began to grow. They had increase to 70 persons including Joseph and his two sons, which later became a vast multitude. In Goshen, Jacob met his long lost son Joseph with fullness of joy and drama. Though shepherding was abomination to the Egyptians, yet Joseph was not ashamed to own this as their occupation before Pharaoh. And beside, Joseph's vision for his entire family was to go back to the promised land. Here shows that we need to abide with our calling or ministry assignment to God. We should not be ashamed of our humble beginning, but be proud of it, because this is our landmark where in God had called us for His own glory. God bless.
Monday, August 14, 2017
After asking all his attendants to go out, Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, and found them shocked and humbled for their sins. In the last days, Jesus will reveal Himself literally to His brethren, the Jews, that they may know Him. In all his wisdom, Joseph told his brothers that it was God who sent him in Egypt, not them, to keep them alive, especially in time of famine, so that they will be preserved and become a great nation. And God made him a counselor to Pharaoh and ruler of all the land of Egypt (v8). Pharaoh was kind to Joseph and his family, and he offered them to come, bring their families back and live in Goshem. When Jacob heard that Joseph was still alive, it was indeed too good news to be true. But when he saw the provision sent by Joseph, his spirit was revived and convinced of the truth. Like the sons of Jacob, we have sinned against Jesus Christ, yet despite our iniquities, He had loved us with an everlasting love, and revealed Himself in us, so that we may know that He is our King, Ruler and Savior of our souls. God bless.
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Saturday, August 12, 2017
As per Joseph's instruction, the steward put the silver cup in the sack of Benjamin, and the children of Israel were charged with being ungrateful, rewarding evil for good. As a result, they throw themselves upon Joseph's mercy, and acknowledged the righteousness of God. Perhaps, they remembered the evil thing they had done to Joseph, and thought that God was now punishing them. Judah stood up and intercede for Benjamin. Now, if we will advance our reading, we can see that only the tribe of Benjamin remained with Judah, while the ten tribes left, when the nation of Israel was divided in the the time of Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:23). Like Judah, we must acknowledged that God is righteous, even in time of calamity in life, and find out our sin and wrongdoing. God is not unjust, and He will only bring our sins to our remembrance, that we may exercise and show repentance, and feel how much we owe to His mercy. God bless.
Friday, August 11, 2017
For the second time, the children of Israel went down to Egypt to buy grain, and with the consent of Jacob, the youngest son Benjamin joined. They brought back the money they found in the sack, and brought more money expecting that the price of grain might be risen, also, they brought a present that were scarce in Egypt. The famine was severe in Canaan, yet they had balm, myrrh, honey and nuts. Joseph had ordered his steward to take them to his house, and it even frightened them more. But the steward encouraged them to trust in their God and the God of their forefathers (v23). It seems that he had been evangelized by Joseph to believe to the God of the Hebrews. When his brother saw Joseph, they bowed down to him again with fear and respect. Joseph showed kindness to them, and treated them morally. They ate bread with joy, with special treatment to Benjamin, and their cares and fears were now over. Here shows that if God accept our works and present, we have the reason to be cheerful. One day we will sit-down with Jesus Christ, to eat and rejoice at the marriage of the Lamb. God bless.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
The famine was severe, and it affected up to the land of Canaan. Jacob sent his children to buy. When Joseph saw his brothers, he was hard upon them, not from spirit of revenge, but to bring them to repentance. Joseph settled that one of them should be left, and bring Benjamin to Egypt. Meanwhile, his brothers were being accused by their conscience on the things that happened to them. Conscience and guilt spoke strongly, and it may bring to our mind things that we're done against others long ago. Christ came to solve our guilt problem. He cleansed us from all unrighteousness. At the end, they went back to Canaan with grain, and Joseph gives out supplies without price by putting the money inside their sacks. But their father Jacob was against the idea to bring Benjamin to Egypt. Thus Christ, like Joseph, gives out our needs; salvation, forgiveness of sin, healing, and provisions without money and without price. Even the poorest are invited by Christ to come and received the full blessings from Him. God bless.
Through dreams, God had shown Pharaoh the things that are about to happen in the land of Egypt. The dreams were so mysterious so that no one in Egypt could interpret their meanings. With the help of the chief butler, and through the power of God, Joseph had provided the interpretation. There will be seven years of abundance, but afterwards, a severe famine for the next seven years shall deplete the entire land. Using spiritual wisdom, Joseph gave good strategies to Pharaoh, and in return, Pharaoh honored Joseph in Egypt. He got married, and His firstborn son Manasseh had caused him to forget his misery; while the second son Efraim made him fruitful in the land of his affliction. Truly, suffering is not permanent to those who put their trust in the Lord. Jesus is faithful to His words, so don't stop believing because in the end, we will be with Him forever. God bless.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Joseph had compassion towards his fellow prisoners. He was concerned for the sad faces of his companions, for he knew that he would be a comfort with them. When they told him about their dreams, he was very careful to ascribe the glory to God with its interpretations. "Do not interpretations belong to God?" Indeed, all good gifts come from God, and we should ascribe all the glory and honor unto Him alone. The chief butler's dream foretold his advancement, while the chief baker's dream his death. It's sad that one would be perished, yet it was not Joseph's fault that he brought the baker no better news. When are called by God in a ministry, let us just do whatever He wanted us to do, whether it may hurt and encourage others. God knows better than us, and He is in control of all things. Do not be affected on what others will say, as long as you are in the perfect will of God. And always remember those who had been God's instrument to reach you goal. God bless.
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Monday, August 7, 2017
Joseph became slave in Egypt, but the Lord was with him. We may be separated from our family, love ones or friends, but no one can take from us the presence of the Lord. Good people are God's blessings to a certain place where they live. The prosperity of unbelieving Potiphar is for the sake of the godly Joseph. Potiphar's wife showed that her heart was fully set to do evil. Trials and temptation are always around, but our faithfulness to God will be our strength. And because Joseph loved God, so he hated sins. His master believed the false accusation, but the Lord designed to open the new way to Joseph, for a greater opportunity. He was falsely accused, he had no one to help and comfort him in time of struggles, but the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy. Like what happened to his previous master, God gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison; he trusted him to manage the affairs of the prison. God knows all things, and our lives are in the Hand of God, so let us follow the same path in submitting our lives to the Almighty God. God bless.
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Saturday, August 5, 2017
This chapter gives an account of Judah and his family, where king David descended, and later our Lord Jesus Christ sprang out from it. Judah married a Canaanite, lived with Canaanite society, including his children. Here we can see that God's choice of people is not of merit but by His grace. Similar to us, that we have been chosen by the Lord not because we are good or religious people, but the worthiness of Jesus Christ is of Himself. How little reason from many people to boast their small things for religion, and ignore the great things that God had done for their salvation. Therefore, let us continue to seek the grace from God to avoid the appearance of sin and negligence on our part. God should be the center of our lives, because in Him we live and exist for His pleasure. And let us serve God as Christ set Himself an example for all of us. God bless.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Joseph was his father's favorite, however, he was not brought up to be lazy and idle. He was trained up to help them in family living. When parents made a difference, the children can notice it, and it may lead to quarrels in family, exactly what happened to Jacob's family. At a young age, God gave Joseph an advance notice of his calling and assignment. This in order to support him for his long and grievous troubles to face. He told them his dreams, but they misunderstood him, though his father kept the matter in his heart. Out of envy and jealousy, his brothers had tried to kill him, but they changed their mind and decided to sell him to the merchants from Midian. To grieve their father, they sent him Joseph's colorful coat, and told him that he was rent in pieces by wild animals. But Jacob refused to be comforted. In God's sovereign will, Joseph was sold to Pothiphar, one of the great men in Egypt. Here, Joseph was destined to be another great man in this land. This chapter teaches us that though we had been through a lot of trials, but in His sovereign will, He had ordained our steps and bright future. God bless.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017
The record of the names of Esau's family in this chapter shows the faithfulness of God to His promise to Abraham. The names of his descendants like Esau would not be neglected by God, and therefore should also be kept and and be blessed, though they were not part of the covenant blessing. Esau is here called Edom, to remind the succeeding generations that he was the man who sold his birth-right for a mess of pottage. When Moses wrote Genesis, the Israelites were in bondage of Egypt, while the Edomites were already prospering. But God never neglected His people, and they better wait for the promised land than to be in Mount Seir, this is the land outside the promise. In our time, we may thing that the non-believers are growing and increasing in abundance, they are not in the promised Kingdom of God, but they are outside of it. Therefore, if we will look for great thing from God, we must be content to wait for them, and in God's perfect time we will receive His promised blessing. God bless.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The Lord brought Jacob back to Bethel, to remind him of his first encounter with God. In response, he commanded his family and all people with him to remove the idols and images and buried them. We must be wholly separated from our sinfulness, and they must be buried too out of our sight. Though the Canaanites were very angry against the sons of Jacob, yet they were so kept back Divine power. Always remember that if we are about to do the plan of God, we are under His special protection. It is God who governs the world, and not the people and ruler of this world. Then God renewed His covenant with Jacob, and He never forget His promises and commitment with him. But Rachel died as she gave birth to her second son, Benjamin. It is the Lord, He knows all things, and let Him do what seems good in His sight. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Dinah, in her young age, went out to see and visit the daughters of the land, probably to see how they dressed, and to get acquainted with the Canaanites and learn their ways. She went to see but went to be seen also. In some cases, out of ignorance, our desire became an occasion of sin and approaches to it. Then she was harassed by the people, and got raped by Chechem, because he fell in love with her, and tried to win her affection. Circumcision was the condition given by Jacob and his sons, in which the Schechemites submitted to this sacred rite. They did it just to please their prince and to enrich themselves, but not to know and understand the covenant of God to Abraham and his descendants. If someone used religion for personal purpose, God will bring severe punishment upon them. Never use the name of God in vain. But Simeon and Levi were most aggressive, by putting judgment upon their own hands, and making the whole situation more complicated. In such a time as this, there is no other solution but to come to God, humble ourselves to His mighty Hands, and wait for His miracles. God bless.
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Monday, July 31, 2017
Having committed his fear and situation to God, Jacob went on his way. When he met his brother, he bowed to Esau, and the spirit of humility and submission turned away wrath and hatred. Truly, the Hands of God are in the hearts of all men, and He can turn them when and how He pleases. It is not in vain to trust God, and we can call His name in the day of trouble. Esau accepted the gift of his brother, but Jacob rejected all helps and protections being offered by Esau. Jacob's care and tender attention to his family is a picture of our God the Father in heaven, who cares, protects, and provides the needs of His children. Jacob could not contain the goodness and favor God gave him, and his thanksgiving is real and sincere to God. Then, they settled in Shechem, and bought a piece of land in the city for one hundred pieces of silver, where they had built their tents. Here shows the slow process of acquiring the promised land in Canaan. But the Lord is always with them, and with us too, so let us acknowledge Him wherever we go and whatever happened to our lives. God bless.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
On his way to Canaan, the angel of God appeared to Jacob to encourage him with the assurance of the divine protection. God knew that Jacob will be afraid to face his brother Esau, so He prepared him by great comforts. On the part of Jacob, the best way to solve his issue with his brother is to be ready and send him a present. I shows that we should not be despair of reconciling ourselves to those most angry against us. On that night, while Jacob was being alone, an angel of the Lord wrestled with him. Jacob kept his ground, and though struggle continued long, this did not shake his faith, nor silence his prayer. He rather all his bone put out of joint, than go away without having the blessing. It means that in our prayer, don't stop praying and talking with God till you hear something from the Lord, because the fervent prayer is the effective prayer. And because Jacob prevailed, his name was changed to Israel, a prince and overcomer. May we overcome all our struggles and be effective in our prayers. God bless.
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Friday, July 28, 2017
This chapter tells that men's common duties are to serve God, enjoy His blessings, and share with others; material and spiritual. Jacob did it, but Laban abused the kindness of his son in law. Jacob had been in Padan Adam for twenty years, and God never abandoned him. The God who spoke to him in Bethel is still with him after all those years (v13). If God be with us today, we need not fear, for He is faithful to His promises not to leave us nor forsake us. In fact, our God can put a bridle in the mouth of wicked men, to restrain their malice and evil thought, like what He did to Laban (v24). Laban give himself up to covetousness, and the world was his god, he has only to reside among the idolaters in order to become one with them. But Jacob is different, he spoke of the God of his father, he thought himself unworthy to be regarded, but God's beloved for his father's sake. In the end, Laban proposed a covenant of friendship between them, a sacrifice of peace offerings both with Jacob and his God. Peace with God through Christ puts true comfort into our peace with our friends. God bless.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Rachel envied her sister and asked Jacob to give her children or she'll die. Jacob replied that only God can give children, and He is responsible for her barrenness. This is also true in the ministry, that unless the Lord builds a house or a ministry, our works are useless. Only God can provide and satisfy our needs. Remember that this is a story of ancient period, a time when the master can do anything to their slaves. At the persuasion of Rachel and Leah, Jacob became father of their nurses' children. According to the usage of those time, these children might be owned by the real wives. Though there is jealousy and rivalry in this story, in God's sovereign power and plan, He used all things to work together for good according to His purpose; the twelve tribes of Israel. After many years, Jacob had planned to depart and return to Canaan, but his father in law was concern about it because, as he had said, 'the Lord has blessed me for your sake.' Laban was a selfish man, but everything are open and naked in the eyes of God. Let us continue to do good works, for in God's perfect time, He will reward us physically and spiritually. God bless.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
After his communion with God at Bethel, Jacob proceeded to Padan Aram, at the same place where Abraham's servant met Rebecca many years ago (Gen. 24:15). Divine providence brought him there, for the steps of the righteous are ordained by God. He met Rachel and her family, and Jacob declared that he was ready to serve her, be her husband, and promised seven years of service. But Laban deceived him, by giving Leah at the night of his marriage for a valid reason. As some people said, "the deceiver had been deceived." But he was determined to take Rachel even at the cost of another seven years of service, which he fulfilled. Jacob loved Rachel but she was barren, and when the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb and bore his first born Rueben, then Simeon, Levi and Judah. Truly, only God is our comforter, and can satisfy our needs. This chapter encourages us to value the happiness of heaven, that the suffering of this present time will be as nothing to us. If we are truly in love with Christ, it will make long and hard services short and easy. God bless.
Finally, Isaac blessed Jacob with Abraham's blessing (v4), and sent his son to the Padan Aram, with two goals; to escape the wrath of Esau and to find a wife. While resting at Bethel, he took one of the stones and put it at his head. Then he had a dream of a ladder with its top reached to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. He saw the Lord on top of it, and spoke to him that he will be blessed and will become a blessing to all families of the earth. When Jacob had awakened, he was afraid to know that God is here. Then he made a vow that He will serve God and give god Him the tithes of his increase. When we receive more than common mercy from God, we should abound in gratitude to Him. God bless.
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Monday, July 24, 2017
Isaac had forgotten the divine prophecy that 'the older shall serve the younger' (Gen. 25:23), and now he wanted to put the honor and power to Esau. Rebekah knew that the blessing should be to Jacob, so she reversed Isaac's plan by putting a deceit on him. "Let your curse be upon me my son," Rebekah said to Jacob. Centuries later, Christ, a descendant of Rebekah, has bore the curses, fulfilling all the yokes written in the law. With all fears and difficulties, Jacob got the blessing. Yet, as he pronounced the blessing to Jacob, it was Esau who was in his mind. When Esau learned that Jacob had taken the blessing, he cried with a great cry. This shows that those who make light of their birthright, and sell their Divine will for material things of no value, shall reap the consequence of their covetousness. Jacob declared, "I have blessed him, and he shall be blessed." Indeed, a common blessing was bestowed upon Esau and to all people like him, but the covenant blessings was given to Jacob and those who have followed the will of God through Christ Jesus our Lord. God bless.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
In time of famine, the Lord was with Isaac. It tells that if God is engaged with us, and we are where He would have us to be, nothing can prevent us to receive His blessings and comfort. The obedience of his father Abraham to God's divine command was the evidence of that relationship (v5). Same thing with all Christians, Jesus is the object of our relationship with God, for without Christ's perfect sacrifice at the cross, our works are unacceptable to God. "She is my sister," Isaac said to Abimelech. Is it not history repeat itself? But with the help of God, we can be redeemed from the curse of the past in Christ Jesus. And as a result of redemption, God prospered Isaac's labor, and continued prospering him, until he became very prosperous (13). This is the evidence that God's covenant with Abraham that had been renewed and confirmed to the next generation. Blessed to be a blessing! It is true that there are hindrances and struggles along the way, like what happened to Isaac's servant concerning the wells, but in God's sovereign will, still He is faithful and gracious, and His time to show Himself so is, when were are most disappointed by men. God bless.
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Friday, July 21, 2017
Abraham married another woman, Keturah, and bore his children. He lived 175 years, one hundred years after he first came to Canaan. Abraham is dead but his faithfulness to God continued as triumph of faith. The Bible didn't neglect to mention the 12 sons of Ishmael, as it had been prophesied by the Lord (17:20). Isaac was 40 when he took Rebecca as wife, and was 60 when Esau and Jacob were born. Though spent many days of waiting, the fulfillment of God's promise is always sure. When she was pregnant, she asked the Lord about the strange feeling inside her. God told her that twin shall be born, and the older shall serve the younger. As the boys grew up, one was father's pet, and one was mother's darling. And at the time of testing, Esau failed the test by selling his birthright to his younger brother. He ate, drank, and satisfied his appetite, but carelessly rose up and went his way, without any serious thought on the bargain Jacob made for giving up his birthright. Birthright is grace of God, and when we neglect the grace that God gave us, we are despising Him as bestower of all that we have. God bless.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
This chapter told the story of the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca. It tells that the wife of Isaac was from the same family of Abraham, not a Canaanite woman. Rebecca was a daughter of Bethuel, a relative from Nahor, Mesopotamia, where Abraham had been called by God (Gen. 12). Abraham remembers that God had brought him out of the land of his birth, and prospered him in his new hometown, and therefore should not bring Isaac back there again. It shows that God will cause our lives to end with comfort, in which we sincerely aim at His glory. The servant sincerely prayed to God for right direction and success. He asked for signs, and the Lord granted his requests. Truly, our lives are in God's hand, Rebecca answered the character that he sought for in the woman that would be the wife of Isaac. This story was told very particularly, showing that God's providence is in the common events of human life. At the end, the servant thankfully acknowledges God for the good success he had met with. When a person enters into a new life condition, God's people should commend them by prayer to the blessing and grace of our Lord. God bless.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Sarah was 127 years old when she died in Hebron in the land of Canaan, and Abraham mourned and wept for her. Abraham purchased a piece of land in Machpelah for 400 shekels of silver, and buried his death, in the field deeded to him by the men of Heth as a burial plot. The Bible is the Deed of Sale, a legal document proving that the land was bought for a price. Abraham rendered respect to the princes of Heth, although of the ungodly Canaanites. Though all the land of Canaan was given by God to Abraham, yet the time of possessing them is not being come. At this time, this burying place was the only piece of land which Abraham possessed in Canaan. His family was a nomad, a pastoral tribe, moving from one place to another. Abraham was contented to be a pilgrim and foreigner in this world while he lives, after all, his main concern was his eternity with God, a heavenly city whose builder is God. God bless.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
God tested Abraham, and testing in man's life tends to show the disposition of the hearts, whether true or untrue. This time, God told him to offer his only son Isaac as a burnt offering in the land of Moriah. It means Abraham shall kill Isaac as a sacrifice, kill him with solemn ceremony, the way his neighbors offered their firstborn sons to their gods. Abraham obeyed the Lord without question, and traveled three days. Then he said to his servants, "We will come back to you" (v5). This shows that Abraham expected that Isaac shall rise again and would return with them. As they went, Isaac asked: "Where is the Lamb?" After the trial, God did not provide a lamb, but a ram instead, because the Lamb of God shall be provided in God's perfect time. Abraham obeyed the Lord fully, and as a result, God renewed the covenant of blessing and the Seed that will blessed all the nations of the earth. Obedience is the result of faith. Abraham was not justified by his readiness to obey, but by his faith to the promised Seed that will blessed the whole world. The focus is to the Seed, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. God bless.
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Monday, July 17, 2017
God is always reliable, and faithful to His promises. Sarah became pregnant, and gave birth to a son, Isaac. Abraham was 100 years old, and he circumcised his son eight days after he was born. When God gives us the mercies we began to despair of, we should remember our sinful distrust of His power and promise. Answered prayers might be delayed, but God never forgets His promises to His people. As to Ishmael, he began to oppress and mock the son of the covenant, and for that reason, he was removed from the presence of Isaac, the son of the covenant, lest he corrupt the manners or take the rights from Isaac. If Hagar and Ishmael had behaved well in Abraham's family, they might have continued there; but they were justly punished. Nevertheless, God made a promise to bless Ishmael being a child of Abraham. And the two went and lived in the wilderness of Paran, part of Egypt. It is wise to connect ourselves with those who are blessed by God, as Abimelech did with Abraham. But we must show kindness who had been kind to us. God bless.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
God spoke to Abimelech and told him the danger of death for his sin. But Abimelech pleads ignorance, because he knew that he had been cheated into a snare by Abraham. A sinner will always commit sin, and every sinner is a deadman, but an honest person will always be honest, and God knows their honesty and will acknowledge it. If we had done wrong ignorantly, that will excuse us, but if we persist to commit sin, we shall certainly receive the consequence for the wrong which we had done. Abraham knew the crooked ways and policies of Abimelech, and for that reason, he told him that Sarah was his sister, daughter of his father to other woman, which was also true. This story tells that in time of temptations and troubles, God is here with us. But we need to use our wisdom too and the word of God, in order to escape the effect when we yield to commit sin. Though our Lord will rebuke us if we commit sin, yet He will pardon and deliver us, and give us favor in the sight of men when we humble ourselves. God bless
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Friday, July 14, 2017
All the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were very wicked. When they heard about Lots' visitors, they went to his house and asked him to bring his visitors out that they may 'know them carnally.' But the angels of the Lord struck them with blindness, and told Lot to get out of this place. The stench of this city had reached to heaven, and God has intended to destroy this wicked place. “Scape for your life, and don't look back." Symbolically, it means don't return to sin and Satan, but move forward and look unto Jesus. Indeed, this destruction is a revelation of God's wrath against sin. Lot, his wife and two daughters were able to scape, but his wife looked back and she became pillar of salt. In the gospel Jesus told His followers to always remember Lot's wife (Luke 17:32). Then the Bible tells the origin of Moabites and Ammonites. It shows that the peril of drunkenness, not only a great sin itself, but may bring a lasting wounds and dishonor to many people. Let us walk with Christ, and don't return to our old ways. God bless.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Washing the feet, helping the weary travelers, entertaining and doing kindness to them is customary in those hot climates, where only sandals are worn. While Abraham was sitting, he saw three men coming, heavenly beings in human forms, and one of them was the Angel of the Lord. For this reason, the Bible encourages God's people not to be forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares ( Heb. 13:2 ). Then the Lord spoke to Abraham and promised that next year, He will give him and Sarah a son. Sarah laughed thinking that this news is too good to be true, and beside she was long past the age of having children. God questioned their faith and said, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Nothing is too difficult for Him, but God requires faith and obedience. The conversation between Abraham and the Lord concerning the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah is a sample of prayer intercession. We see here the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man concerning the salvation of sinners. Let us pray without ceasing for our love ones specially those with the heart of unbelief. God bless.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The covenant was to be accomplished in due time. Abram's name became Abraham, meaning father of many nations, while Sarah means mother of nations. The Lord confirmed again the promised Seed and the land that He shall give to Abraham and his descendants as an everlasting covenant (v7). The token of the covenant was circumcision, which Abraham and his seeds must keep. Foreigners and slaves that will accept the Lord as their God must also be circumcised. Here shows that God's grace began to work from Abraham to many families of the earth. This religious observance was required under the severe penalty, and it is dangerous to make light of Divine institution, and to live in the neglect of it. "That persons shall be cut off from his people, he has broken My covenant" (16). Abraham was ninety years old when circumcised, Ishmael was thirteen, and all eight days old among God's people shall be circumcised. The covenant blessing was reserved for Isaac, and appropriated to him. Christians are no longer strangers and outsiders in God's covenant when they accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. God bless.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Sarai was barren, and after living ten years in Canaan, she's no longer expecting to have a child. She proposed to Abram to take her slave Hagar saying, “you may sleep with my servant girl, and her children shall be mine” (v2). Abram heeded her voice, and this was done without asking counsel of the Lord, as if they had forgotten the power of the Almighty. In every situation in life, there is some cross and hardship to bear, and if we will not exercise our faith to wait upon God's perfect will, that will put us out of God's way. Hagar conceived and became arrogant toward Sarah. As a result, Sarah dealt with her harshly. Hagar herself had given first the provocation to make the whole situation even worse. As part of the lesson, those who suffer for their faults, ought to bear it. Hagar fled from their presence, but the Angel of the Lord found her, blessed her and son Ishmael, and told her to return to them, which she did. Her encounter with God changed her to have a better temper, and that softened Sarai's behavior too. Indeed, our experience of God will change us to be a brand new person. God bless.
Monday, July 10, 2017
After the war of nations, God assured Abram of safety and happiness, "I am your shield." It tells that those who believe in His name shall be protected by God Himself from enemies and disasters. Then Abram told his complaint to God, that he had no child and it took away all his comfort. Immediately, God gave Abram a promise of a son, and his descendants shall be as many as the stars in heaven. Abram believed in God's words, and He accounted it to him for righteousness (v6). Then the Lord told him to bring animal sacrifices and cut them into two. But the vulture came to eat those animals, and he drove them away. In our lives, we must drive away those evil vultures, and concentrate on God without any distraction. As the sun went down and became dark, a deed sleep fell upon Abram, and a smoking oven and flaming torch had passed between halves of the dead animals. So that day, the Lord made the covenant with Abram (while sleeping). It shows that it is God who would take care and fulfill this covenant to Abram's descendant for all generation. Today, God remains faithful to His promises and our faith to His Son Jesus Christ made us righteous in God's eye. God bless.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017
The war of nations was recorded in this chapter, only because Abram and Lot were involved. Out of covetousness, Lot had settled in the fruitful land of Sodom, and its inhabitants, the descendants of Ham and Canaan were ripe for vengeance. The invaders came from the East took the people including Lot and their goods. Abraham took the opportunity to give a real proof of being truly good to his relative Lot, to rescue from the enemies. The Bible tells that as we have opportunity, we must do good to all. While celebrating the victory, Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High brought bread and wine and blessed Abram. It is remarkable that Jesus Christ appointed the same elements as the memorials of His body and blood, the food for our souls. Melchizedek blessed Abram from God, and in return, Abram expressed his thankfulness by giving the tithe of all the blessings he received from the king of Sodom. Like Abraham, the people of God must be faithful not just to their friends, but to God always, who is the Possessors of all that we have. God bless.
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Friday, July 7, 2017
Abraham and Lot were close relatives, and in order to avoid more quarrels and misunderstanding among their servants, they had decided to go their separate ways. Abraham told Lot to take choice of any section of the land he wants, so that Abraham will take the other part. And it happened that Lot took the fertile plains of Jordan Valley near the wicked city of Sodom, while Abraham took the land of Canaan. Here shows that Abram himself was a man of cool spirit, a man of peace, and knew how to turn away wrath by a gentle move and action. Then the Lord spoke to Abraham and told him that He is going to give this land to him and his descendants forever (v15). Later on, the land of Canaan became the land of Israel, and could not be separated from Judaism. The Lord promised him so many descendants as the dust on the earth that can not be counted. As he moved to Hebron, he built an altar unto the Lord, and Hebron became the resting place of Abraham till today. Abraham is the father of both Jews and Christians according to biblical prophecy. God bless.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
This chapter begins a new era of God's dealing with humanity. He called one man named Abram and instructed him to go to the land that God will show him. The Lord told him that He will cause him to become the father of a great nation. God will bless him and make his name famous, and he will be a blessing to many nations. God's formula of blessing is important: "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (v3). So Abraham obeyed God and went to Canaan, together with Sarai, Lot, and all his servants with their possessions. They saw that the Canaanites were living in the promised land. Abram built an altar unto the Lord to worship and celebrate His goodness to his family (v7). Then famine struck the entire land, so that Abram and Sarai went to Egypt, the most powerful and prosperous kingdom at the time. But the Lord protected them from possible threat and malicious spirit. It shows that God's people are secured in His Hand wherever we go. He is our Help and Protector in time of troubles and harassments. God bless.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
In the beginning, all people spoke a single language. As they journey to the east and populated the earth, they began to build great city with high tower reaching to the skies. They were proud to have an eternal monument to themselves, and not for the glory of God (v4). They thought that the high tower will unite them, protect them in case another flood happens, and keep them from scattering all over the world. And the Lord came down to see the city and saw their evil motive and destructive goal for the whole humanity. God believes that in one language, humans can accomplish all things and nothing will be unattainable for them. So He confused their tongues and gave them different languages so that they would not understand each other’s words. So they left off to build the city, called Babel, and saw that the Hand of God was against their desires. Since then, people were scattered and never come all together again. But on the second coming of Christ, He will gather all believers in all generations before His presence to reward them for their faithfulness unto His kingdom. God bless.
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
This chapter shows the descendants of the sons of Noah, that from them was the whole earth overspread. No other nation was able to preserve their family tree, except the Jews, because of the Seed that is to come. The Seed or Messiah will crush the head of the serpent, and shall give victory to all mankind. Nimrod was a great and mighty hunter in his day before the Lord (v9). He was a ruler and built cities, and began to rule and forced others to submit unto him. He had several cities under his command, and could not be content till he had more. His spirit is similar to modern days that more kings and emperors were not satisfied on the power that they had, but want to conquer for more. While Japeth's children were moving westward (Europe); the southern part were possessed by Ham and his son Canaan including Egypt and the lower part (Africa); Shem and his descendant moved eastward (Asia and far east). From Shem, the most prominent persons in ancient time came, Abraham the father of both Jews and Christians. God bless and happy 4th of July.
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Monday, July 3, 2017
God blessed Noah and his family after the flood, and told them to eat clean animals as their food in addition to grain and vegetables; but never eat animal unless the life-blood has been drained off. God forbid murder, for to kill a man is to kill someone who had been created in God's image. Willful killing ought always to be punished with death (v6). Then the Lord made a covenant between Him and Noah's descendants; never again to send another flood to destroy the earth. The seal of this covenant was the rainbow, to be placed in the clouds as a sign of His promise in all generations. The drunkenness of Noah is recorded in the Bible and his sons Ham appears to be an unruly man. When Noah became uncovered in his tent, Ham told this to his two brothers. But Japeth and Shem took a robe, walked backward, and covered the nakedness of their father, as they look the other way. As a result, Noah declares a curse on Canaan, the son of Ham, and blessed both Japeth and Shem. The lesson is that, we should protect our brethren and avoid exposing their nakedness in front of others. God bless.
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Saturday, July 1, 2017
The whole race were now dead, except the family of Noah, and God remembered them. This shows the return of God's mercy to humanity, of whom He would not make a full end. Then God send wind to dry the earth, and at the end of 150 days, the waters subsided. Noah then sent forth a raven but did not return, then he sent a dove, but found no resting place and so returned. This story is a symbol of men's relationship with God; others returned to God while others are not willing to return. After few days, he again sent the dove and brought an olive leaf plucked off, showing that the trees began to appear above water. Then the ark rested on a dry ground, and Noah went out of the ark and brought with them all the animals so that they may multiply on the earth. The first thing that they did in the new but desolate world was to worship God, by offering clean animals. God was pleased with what was done, and He declared that He would never drown the world again. We see God's promise to all living things made good, and it may conclude that His promise of salvation to all believers shall be true and faithful. God bless.
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Friday, June 30, 2017
The ark was finished and Noah together with his wife, three sons and their wives were called by God to come inside of it. Noah and his family had taken a great works to build the ark by faith, in the warning given that the flood would come, and now they were kept alive in it. "Come into the ark," means God is with them inside. On the day they closed its door, the windows of heaven were opened, and the waters were poured upon the earth without stop for forty days and forty nights, flooding the whole earth. Noah brought all kinds of animals, coming in pairs, male and female, just as God commanded him. God judged the entire world, men, women, and children, so that the water covered the earth 150 days. Jesus Christ said in the gospel that till the very day that the flood came, the people were eating and drinking. They were deaf and blind to all Divine warnings and revelations. Our lesson is to take God's word sincerely and joyfully in serving our Lord while waiting on His return. God bless.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
As the people increase in numbers, giants began to appear on earth, and they became corrupt and wicked. God saw that everything they thought or imagined was totally evil. So God resolved to destroy all living things on the face of the earth, though it broke His heart. But there was a man who never conform to the system of the evil world, Noah, and he found favor in the eyes of the Lord. God spoke to Noah and told him to build an ark with its specifications, because He had decided to destroy the wicked world by flood of waters which should drown the entire humanity. Also, God told him to bring two of every kind of clean animals, and food as well to preserve and keep them alive. This chapter tells that any thing that we do in obedience to God, we and our families are likely to have the benefit of it. The devotion of parents to God gets the children good in this life, and furthers them in the way to eternal life if they continue and improve it. Today, we don't need an ark, we have Jesus Christ who is able to save us in time of judgment and destructions. God bless.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Adam was created in the image of God, but when he sinned, he begat his children in his own image, sinful and mortal, like himself. Soon, Adam and all his children began to die one by one, a complete opposite of the Divine likeness in which Adam was made. He lost this likeness, and could not convey it to his own seeds. He lived 930 years; and then died, according to the sentence passed upon him, "To dust thou shalt return" (3:19). Though he did not die in the day he ate the forbidden fruit, yet in that very day he became mortal, and began to deteriorate. Methuselah lived 969 years, the longest that any man ever lived. The phrase "and he died" shows that people began to die literality, except Enoch for God took him (v24). Godliness is walking with God, which means reconciliation with Him, to set Him always before us, and to act as always under His eyes and protection. While other people continued to live in this evil world, Enoch was removed to a better world. On the second coming of Christ, Christians will also be removed from this world, because He had prepared mansion for us in His Fathers house. God bless.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The fruit offering of Cain was rejected by the Lord, but the firstborn animal sacrifice of Abel was accepted. Here shows that God does not look at the content or amount of the offerings, but at the attitude of the heart. Abel offered in faith, while Cain offered out of obligation. "If you do well, will you not be accepted?" God said to Cain. The results were anger, envy, jealousy and hatred, so Cain murdered his brother. In the first generation of humanity, there was sin, and in the second and subsequent, there were killings. Lamech began to kill people too (v23). The hearts of men became desperately wicked after eating the forbidden fruit. The land of Cain was called Nod, means "trembling" that gives us idea that people were restless and uneasy in their own spirit, because they had been separated from God. At the same time, they built city and tents, had livestocks, played harp and musical instruments, and became skillful in many things. This chapter had ended by giving us hope that there were people who remained faithful to God. Seth began to call on the name of the Lord. God
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Monday, June 26, 2017
From the beginning, the devil's plan was to draw our first parents to sin, to separate them from God. It was God's command not to eat the forbidden fruit, but Satan reversed it, and taught Adam and Eve to doubt God's word. The process was clear; the woman saw the fruit, then she took it and ate, finally gave to her husband and ate the same. In neglecting the tree of life, of which they were allowed to eat, they showed a contempt on what God has bestowed upon them, the eternal life (22). The glory of God had departed from them so that they became naked upon their eyes, and sew fig-leaves to cover their body. As a result, God had cursed the serpent more than all animals, punished both man and woman, and promise that someday, the seed of the woman shall crush the head of the serpent (v15). Since then, all human beings became similar to Adam and Eve, disobedient to God's word, following the desire of their own. Then, they were driven out of the garden, and the way to the tree of life was shut. However, God gave them hope that the Seed, Jesus Christ, by whom a new and living way, is laid open for them and their descendants. God bless.
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After six days, God ceased from all works of creation, and the sabbath was appointed for all succeeding generations. God put Adam and Eve at the Garden of Eden, signifying delight and pleasure. It was filled with every tree pleasant to the sight that yielded fruit grateful to the taste and good for food. Eden had two important trees; tree of life and tree of knowledge of good and evil. Even in paradise itself man had to work, to take care of it. None of us were here to be idle. There was liberty in the garden, but there was a trial appointed to obey or disobey God's words. Power over the creatures was given to man, and as a proof of this, Adam named them all. Of all the creatures nothing in the garden was a help meet to man but a woman. He called her Eve, the mother of all living. Like our first parents, our assignment in God's new creation is to take care of it because we are representing His only Son, Jesus Christ. God bless.
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Genesis is a name taken from the Greek word, signifying the beginning and origin of all things. In the beginning was God and God alone. Then, He created heaven and earth, showing His power as the Creator of all things. He spoke, then all things come into being. He created the light, He separates the earth from the waters, and makes it fruitful. He forms the sun, moon, stars, and animals. At the end He created man in His own image, and God considered that all created things are very good. God said, "Let there be light", and at once there was light. It shows that if God will not give His light to all, the whole world will be full of darkness. The earth was empty, but by a word spoken it became full of God's riches. And if our heart does not have word of God, it will be empty and dark, and totally separated from the light of God. The Lord gave Adam and Eve the authority to rule and subdue His creation, because they are God's representatives in this newly created world. Let us always remind ourselves that we too are Christ's representative as the new creation in this world. God bless.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
The tree of life and the pure water that comes from the throne of God are the source of healing and happiness of God's people. In our new home, there is no night, no affliction, no diversion of service, but a complete different from the human point of view of happiness. While God will hide His face to the unbelievers, the redeemed shall see His face always, and His name shall be in our foreheads (v4). The entire message in the book of Revelation is faithful and true, therefore we should read and meditate it for the complete redemption of our souls. John declares that only God is to be worshipped, because angelic worship is part of idolatrous practice among the pagan people. God calls the believers to witness for the declaration of this prophecy, that it should be kept open, and internalize with their holy living. Jesus himself is our reward, for He alone can satisfy our hunger and thirst. Let us remain faithful to the teaching of the Bible, don't add nor deduct, and be ready for His imminent return. God bless.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
God will make all things new, with new heaven and new earth. The old world, with its troubles and turmoils had passed away. No more sea, no sin, no evil, no sorrow, no crying, no pain, no death, but full of light, full of righteousness, and full of God's presence. The New Jerusalem, the Lamb's wife, shall be the eternal home of the redeems. It has 12 gates bearing the name of the the 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 foundations exhibiting the names of the 12 apostles of Christ. It has 12 sorts of precious stones, indicating the variety and excellence of the gospel of Christ. Our new home is a safe and wonderful place, each gate has a pearl, and the main street is pure gold, as clear as glass. We will not be idle there, but we shall have a perfect fellowship both with God and His holy people. The glory of God lightens the entire place, and the Lamb is the Light in there. This place is exclusive only to those whose name are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. God bless.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Satan is bound into the bottomless pit, and Christ will come to earth to reign for 1000 years, together with the believers. But after 1000 years Satan will be released and will go out to deceive the nations, and gather them together to battle against Christ. This will be final test of the nations' loyalty to God, and they shall fail. God shall devour and cast them into the lake of fire as their eternal doom. Then Christ shall judge the unbelievers at the Great White Throne, a place of judgement different from the redeemed. Their names are not written in the Book of Life because they had not been born in the kingdom of God, but rejected the gospel. Another book will be opened because God will recollect all of their past actions, sins that had not been erased by the blood of Christ, and each one is judged according to his works. Their eternal destiny is lake of fire, the second death and final separation from their Creator; men and demons in the same place. Let it be our concern, that Christ died for us, and there is no condemnation to those who are in Him. God bless.
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Monday, June 19, 2017
Let us rejoice and be glad, and always give glory to Jesus Christ, because of what He has done in our lives. He called us, saved us, adopted us, and soon He will glorify us. Only Christ is worthy of praise, worship and adoration, and no other name, not even those ministering angels (v10). Christ is the Head of the church (not Peter), He remains faithful to us even though we are sometimes unfaithful, His blood takes our sins away, He feeds our souls by His Word, and He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. John described Him as the One riding on a white horse, coming down from heaven to earth as the emblem of justice and holiness. He is perfect in all His ways, but His perfection cannot be fully understood by any creature on their own; they need the Word of God. Those who believe in His name will share their joy on the marriage of the Lamb and His bride. But the beast, the false prophet, and their followers will cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone (v21). The words in the Bible are true, they are reliable and faithful promise of God to His people. God bless.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Babylon is a symbol of the entire world's system for economics, politics and military rule. The wickedness was very great, forsaking the true God, setting up idols, and had drawn all sorts of men and women into immoral lifestyle, spiritual adultery and false worship. By deceitful manner, people get rich, and by their wealth and luxury, this evil system had kept the people's interest. John tells that the Lord has people in Babylon, but He called them to get out from it, and not to partake in their sins, or else they shall receive their plagues too. The kings and political leaders of the world mourned as they saw the collapse of the entire world. The merchants and businessmen wept too because no one buys their merchandise anymore (v11). The riches of the ungodly people will avail nothing, and their love for money shall bring them to their own destructions. They lament not for the anger of God, but for the loss of outward comforts. On the other hand, the heaven rejoices, including the apostles, prophets, and all believers, for God had judged evil men for our sakes. Indeed, God is alive, and He knows all things. God bless.
Friday, June 16, 2017
The mother of great harlots and abominations of the earth shall be judged finally. She sat on a red beast having seven heads and ten horns, arrayed in purple and red, holding a golden cup full of blood. She intoxicated herself with it, and this blood represents the lives of the Christians and martyrs of Jesus Christ. John explained that the beast on which the woman sat was a seat of idolatry and persecution. The seven heads are the kings of the earth or empires in different generations; five had gone when this book was written, one was during the day when John wrote it, and the one is yet to come (v10). The ten horns are ten kings that shall rise in the last days including the "one is yet to come" (most probably in our generation). These ten kings will allow the beast to rule over them, and make war against the Lamb. But Christ who has supreme dominion over all the earth shall defeat them, and God will cause people to realize their sins and see the wickedness of the harlot and the beast. The believers will be received to the glory of God, while wicked men and women will be destroyed in the most awful manner. May the Lord find us faithful on His return. God bless.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Here is the succession of terrible judgments, and there are similarities to some of the plagues in Egypt in the book of Exodus; malignant sores, water to become blood, darkness, blast of heat, earthquake, etc. All things throughout the earth, air, sea, rivers, cities, are all condemned to ruin, all accursed because of the wickedness of the people. They are haters of Christ and God, and in the midst of the sufferings, they never repent from their sins, nor acknowledge their sinfulness. Darkness is the opposite of light, and those who do not live in the light of God will be doomed forever, separated from the knowledge and wisdom of God. They are confused as they follow the wicked wisdom of the beast, of the dragon and his false prophet (v13). The battle of Armageddon shall take place and Christ is shall come. When the angel poured forth the last bowl, Babylon collapsed (political, economic, religious system in this world), and the inhabitants of heaven saw it and rejoiced. Blessed are those that watch and keep themselves away from the impurities of this world because they will be with Him forever and ever. God bless.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
In preparation for the seven last plagues, the victorious followers of Christ over the image and mark of the beast sang the Song of Moses joyfully. "Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty!" The more we praise the Lord's wonderful works, the more we shall worship His greatness as our King. Then, seven angels appeared to finish the destruction of all the enemies of God on earth. They are prepared for their works, ministering in behalf of God, doing every thing in a pure and holy manner. Seven golden bowls were given to them, full of the wrath of God for the final judgment. The temple in heaven was filled with smoke, and no one can enter it till the seven plagues were completed. This is the final outpouring of God's judgment to earth, and the greatest deliverance of the people who call upon His holy name. Our good Lord is alway in control. God bless.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
We first encountered the 144,000 in chapter 7, and they had been sealed by God having the Father's name written in their foreheads. Here, they remained faithful to the Lord and followed Him wherever He goes, even in the darkest hour. They kept themselves clean from the wicked abominations of the followers of antichrist, and from the seduction of this evil world. Then another angel appeared, flying with an everlasting gospel of Christ in his hand, preaching it on the earth. The Bible tells that there is no other salvation found in this world except through the name and teaching of the Christ. And because of the gospel's proclamation, Babylon has fallen, and the works of darkness had been destroyed by the power of His Name. But the sins of all nations are filled up, and they become ripe for judgments. Christ thrust in His sickle, a symbol of judgment to all that rejected Him. They shall be tormented with fire and brimstone to the place they have chosen in all eternity. Today, may it be our prayers that the Lord may find us faithful, righteous and honorable in the day of His coming. God bless.
Monday, June 12, 2017
The beast with seven heads and ten horns continued to devastate the lives of all people on earth, and the dragon (devil) gave him power and authority. Those whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb followed the deception of the beast, and worshipped the dragon. The people of the world admired their power, economic system, and religious policy, while the two evil beasts continued to blasphemed the name of the Lord, His people, and His dwelling place in heaven. Then, another beast appeared that had two horns like a lamb but spoke like a dragon (v11). This beast appeared to people like a gentle religious leader, but behind their back is like the devil, deceiving and tricking the people by his signs, miracles and wonders. He causes all people to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead, controlling their entire lives, including their movement, their food distribution, and their wealth and properties. The number of the beast is 666, and those that are ignorant of the Bible will never understand this wisdom and mystery. God bless.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
John saw a vision of a pregnant woman clothed with the sun, and moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head, was crying on her labor pains. Then a dragon appeared, Satan, having seven heads with crowns and ten horns, ready to destroy her baby as soon as it was born. But Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, the old old serpent. Michael won the battle and the dragon and his fallen angels that deceived the whole world, were cast out of heaven and thrown down to the earth. But the believers had overcome the accuser of the brethren by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimonies (v11). The salvation and strength of the church are only to be ascribed to the King and Head of it, Jesus Christ. But the dragon continued to persecute the woman who gave birth to a male Child (v13). With God's mighty protection, she was given two wings so she could fly away from the dragon. Then the dragon tried to drown the woman with a flood, but the earth helped her by swallowing the water. This chapter shows that Satan shall not stop to persecute and deceive the people of God, however, God shall not stop also to protect His faithful people until the final victory and the return of Christ. God bless.