Monday, November 20, 2017
Moses was very humble, a man with no pride, more so than any man on the earth. Then his patience was tried in his own family, Miriam and Aaron. He had married an Ethiopian woman, and oppositions from them arose. With this situation, his pride probably was hurt, and their envy stirred up. Immediately, God appeared and not only cleared Moses but praised him. This trial shows that Moses was fitted to the work he was called for. When the cloud departed, Miriam became leprous. She was shut out outside the camp seven days. Now, we have the reason to be afraid of saying or doing any thing against the servants of God. If Miriam was punished for speaking against Moses, what will become of those who sin against Jesus Christ? Like Moses, Jesus asked God's forgiveness to those who insulted Him. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Truly, many things and people oppose us, but nothing can hinder us on the way to heaven, except sin. God bless.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017
When the Israelites left Egypt, a mixed multitude (non-Israelites) joined them to go to the promised land. But along the way, they incited God's people to complain and crave for Egypt's food. They were discontent unless they had meat to eat. This provocation was too much for Moses, and he knew that he could not have gone through it in his own strength. Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray, "lead us not into temptation," because there are people, like the mixed-multitude, that are not helping the ministry but destroying it. God, in His own power and miracles can provide everything that His people need, "Has the Lord's arm been shortened?" Indeed, God is able! When Eldad and Meldad prophesied in the camp, Moses did not forbid them to do so, but wished that all God's people were prophets, that God would put His Spirit upon them all. It means that if all God's people shall be matured and helpful in God's work, it is easier for all to call sinners to repentance and believe in the Lord. God bless.
Friday, November 17, 2017
The Lord commanded the Israelites to make two trumpets, to call their attention and to direct the movements of the camps. This signifies the preaching of the gospel to sound the alarm to sinners, to call them to repent, to proclaim the liberty to the captives and slaves of sins, to gather the worshippers of God, and to show the Lord's presence for their protection. The sounding of the trumpet is God's ordinance, and demands the attention of all to whom it is sent. Then the Israelites began their journey according to the commandment of the Lord, and as the cloud leads them. Those who will give themselves to the direction of God's command and Spirit shall find their destiny, but those who will remain stubborn and disobedient shall die and bury in the desert without reaching their final destination. This world is the place of our journey, we shall never be at rest, never at home, till we come to heaven, the place of eternal peace with Christ. God bless.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
On the second year after crossing the Red Sea, God told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover in the wilderness of Sinai. It was being celebrated on the fourteenth of the first month, but those that are ceremonially unclean can celebrate on the fourteenth of the second month. It means that those whose minds and consciences are defiled by sin, are unfit for communion with God, and cannot partake with comfort of the gospel, till they are cleansed by true repentance and faith. Then the cloud was appointed by God to be the visible sign and symbol of His presence with Israel. It is very safe and pleasant going when we see God walking before us, and resting where He appoints us to rest. The gospel tells that Christ's presence will be with us always. All the children of God shall be led by His Spirit to direct the paths, to give light in time of darkness, to protect in time of danger, and to provide wisdom in decision making. Christ will be with us, till we reach our everlasting peace. God bless.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
This chapter tells the direction for the solemn ordination of the Levites. The Levites are God's gift to Aaron, the High Priest, to help him in the ministry of God. Moses shall dedicate the Levites unto the Lord, and all the congregation of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites. All who are employed for God must be dedicated to Him, according to God's rules. Jesus Christ is our High Priest and we are like Levites, given by the Father to Christ to do the works of the ministry. Christians belong to Christ. They all must be baptized, ministers must be ordained, and all servants must first give themselves unto the Lord, and then to the services. Levites and Christians must be cleansed, for they are the clean vessels of God. As Moses sprinkled the water of purification upon them, the blood of Christ must cleanse and forgive the impurities of the believers by faith. All who expect to share in the privileges of the ministry of God, must resolve to do the service of kingdom of God. All whom God owns, He also employs from here to eternity. God bless.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The offering of the people in each tribe was not made until they had been prepared and well arranged, and fully set up accordingly. The heads and leaders of the tribes were the most active in the service of the Lord. This is an example to those in authority, that the Christian leaders ought to use their influence to promote Christianity and the service of God in the places where they live. In this chapter, an occasion to celebrate God's goodness, yet still, in the midst of their sacrifices, we find the importance of sin offering. It tells that we should be conscious that there is sin, and there should be repentance even in the most joyful services. In this kind of service, it was done with order, no confusion, no delay and without misunderstanding. All things are done in the proper way. All their offerings were the same, all the tribes had an equal share in the altar, and an equal interest in the sacrifices offered upon it. It means we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. God bless.
Monday, November 13, 2017
What is a Nazarite vow? The Nazarite vow is taken by individuals who have voluntarily dedicated themselves to God. It was a vow of separation from the world and devotedness to the services of God, for a limited time, and under certain rules. The vow has five features; voluntary, can be done by either men or women, has a specific time frame, has specific requirements and restrictions, and at its conclusion a sacrifice is offered. The Nazarites were to eat nothing that came from the vine; this may teach the utmost care to avoid sin. They must not cut their hair, nor shave their beards. All the days of their separation they must be holy to the Lord. Our acceptance to Christ and commitment to His church is similar, but our loyalty to Him is without end. Then, the priest were solemnly to bless the people in the name of the Lord, called "Priestly Blessing." To be under God's protection, to enjoy His favor and supply our needs, and to grant peace all the days of our live. God bless.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
God demands cleanliness, and the camp has to be cleansed. Every leper, everyone who has discharge, and those that defile by a corpse shall be put outside the camp. Every polluted Israelites must be separated. Similarly, the purity of the church must be kept as carefully as the peace and order of it. Anyone who lives in sin must be cleansed, confess their sin to God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. The law of jealousy would make the women of Israel watch against giving cause for suspicion. It tells that all secret sins are known to God and could be brought to light in this life. Though we have no more water of jealousy, but we have the word of God and the Holy Spirit which ought to be as great a terror to our conscience. Paul said that there is a day coming when God will judge the secrets of all men according to the gospel (Rom. 2:16). Praise God because we have Christ who is our Advocate and Mediator even to day and forever. God bless.
Friday, November 10, 2017
This chapter is all about the services and duties of the Levites; from the group of Kohathites, Gershonites, and Merarites. All of them, from thirty years old to fifty were to be employed in the service of the tabernacle. They should serve God with the best of their strength, and the portion of their time should be spent to the honor and glory of God. Thirty to fifty are the ages when people are most lively and active. For many people, they consider spending their best age in the world, then spend the worst of their time to God, when they reach the old age, and ready to die. It tells that while we are still strong and active, let us spend the remaining part of our time with God, and make the final hour of our lives the best hour with the Lord. Though we are small in number, but we can serve God and be great in His eyes. The grace of God is sufficient, and through Christ, we can do all things to devote our time to Him. God bless
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There was much work belonging to the priests' office, and there were now only two sons of Aaron to do it; so God appoints the Levites to attend them. Those whom God selects to work with Him will receive help and strength. Do not be afraid to do the works of God, because it is exciting, awesome and eternal. This will be your job even in the second life, only if we will be faithful till the end of life. The Levites is the smallest tribe, yet God chose them to minister unto Him; instead of the firstborn of the Israelites. The church is called the church of the first-born, redeemed not by silver or gold, but with the precious blood of the Son of God. For that reason, Christians should know their own post and duty; and remain faithful to His only Redeemer, Jesus Christ. God bless.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Moses counted only those that were able go to war, while the Levites had different job assignments. Each tribe was to be encamped around the tabernacle, symbolizing God's presence in the midst of them. The children of Israel put themselves in their posts according to what the Lord required, without complaining and murmuring. It is their duty to be contented with the place allowed to them, and to endeavor to occupy it in a proper manner. This is parallel to the Christians' spiritual gifts and assignments in the church, that the Holy Spirit puts us in the right place at the right time. We have our individual assignments to be accomplished till the Lord returns. God bless.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
This book is called Numbers because it contains the numbering of the people who are able to go to war in Israel. God is faithful to His promises to Abraham that He will increase his seed, along with the land in each tribe. The total number on men of twenty years old and above is 603,505. They were all provided for by God every day, however in the next 38 years, only Caleb and Joshua made it to the promised land. The census is also a preview of our names to be written in the book of life in heaven, and that we should be able to withstand the enemies of our lives, both physical and spiritual. Care is taken to distinguish the tribe of Levi, that to them was committed the care of the tabernacle and its treasures, and all services for the Lord. It was for the honor of the holy things that none should see them, or touch them, but those who were called by God to the service. Like the ministry of Levites, Christians are also called for the glory of the Father through Christ. God bless.
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Monday, November 6, 2017
This chapter is about the vows or promises made by the Israelites to their God. Some people are zealous for the service of God, and they wanted to dedicate themselves or their children to the service for life. Sample for this was Hannah dedicated her son Samuel to God (1 Sam. 1:24). It is good to be dedicated and disposed to the Lord's service, but this matter should be weighed, and wisdom should direct as to what to do. Many people are making a rash or hasty vows but later hesitate to continue. That kind of action will dishonor God, and create trouble in his or her own life. Our houses, lands, cattle, and all our substance, must be used to the glory of God. It is acceptable to Him that a portion be given to support his worship, and to promote his cause. But God would not approve such as degree of zeal that will ruin a person's family. Devoted things were holy unto the Lord, including the tithes, and could neither be taken back nor applied to other purposes. That's why when we say yes to God, it must be forever. God bless.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017
This chapter contains a general enforcement of all the laws given by Moses; reward if they obey, but severe punishment if they disobey. Plenty and abundance of the fruits of the earth. Peace under the Divine protection. Victory and success in their wars. Increase in numbers. The Lord will be their God, and they shall be His people forever. On the other hand, God will set a curse before them, and the evils would make them miserable, if they disobey. Israel has to be faithful to His law and His corrections, or else they shall be punished seven times more. They shall be defeated in time of war, shall eat the flesh of their children, shall be scattered in many nations, and God shall walk contrary on them. But God will remember His covenant withAbraham if they shall humble and acknowledge their sins and disobedience. Our Lord is a compassionate and forgiving God, only that He requires obedience and loyalty unto His words. God bless.
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Friday, November 3, 2017
The Israelites should work six years continuously, but on the seventh year, all labor shall cease. To remind them of total dependence on God's providence for support. Then on the 50th year, it shall be a Jubilee, a year of redemption and salvation, in order to preserve their properties, land and inheritance to its original owner. Those that had been sold for slavery shall return to their homes, and if the land were not redeemed, it then returned to him that sold or mortgaged it. This is a symbol of a free grace of God through Christ, by which salvation is not by any merit or our own, by the the mercies of God. So God remind them that poor must not be oppressed, because all that received mercy should also show mercy. At the coming of the Christ, all servants of darkness should return to Him, who alone can give freedom from their sins and bondages. Jesus is the liberator of all humanity. God bless.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017
The Lord asked the priests to light the lamps burn continually as a sign that Israel was to serve the Lord continually. In return God will be their Light to illuminate their path as a nation and even guide them in all plans and decisions. By this light, the people shall discern the food prepared for their physical body and souls, feed thereon in their hearts with thanksgiving. The light and the bread typify Christ as Bread of Life and Light of the world. As man shall not live by bread alone, spiritual food from the Bible will cause us to remain faithful with Christ, and enlighten our path as we continue to walk in our journey. It is deadly to blaspheme the name of the Lord, because great stress is laid upon this law. If those who will despise the law of Moses should die without mercy, of what punishment will they be worthy, who despise and abuse the gospel of Jesus Christ. God bless.
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This chapter spoke about the feasts of the Lord, the appointed time which God has shared with His people. The Israelites and strangers should celebrate these feasts to be holy convocations, to offer an offering to the Lord. On that day they must withdraw from all business of the world. They are; (a) the Sabbath, a weekly holy day every end of the week. (b) the Passover, fulfilled by Jesus at the cross. (c) the offering of first-fruits, Jesus is the first-born among the dead. (d) the Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit to the first group of Christ’s followers. (e) the feast of Trumpets, the announcement of the gospel to the world calling all to listen to the good news from God. (f) the day of atonement, asking all people to humble their souls, repent for their sins and make peace with God through the blood of the Lamb. (g) the feast of Tabernacles, a remembrance of men’s dwelling in tents in the wilderness. Similarly, all people are dwelling temporarily in their own physical bodies. But in God’s appointed time, we shall be changed to obtain glorified body to be with Christ forever. God bless.
This chapter is concerning the priests and sacrifices; to preserve the honor of the offering and the sanctuary of the Lord. God requires His servants to revere His name, His truths, His ordinances and commandments. God hates hypocrisy and double standard, so the servants are to be careful about sinful defilements from dead and unclean objects. As the servants serve God, they should be willing to offer their lives, time, money, skills, wisdom, and anything that may be acceptable to God. Any service that is not done out of gratitude and willingness shall be defiled and unacceptable, and putting their souls to a dangerous position. They must come at the Lord’s table with purity and sanctity, He is our Lord. As ministers of the gospel of Christ, it is our duty to tell people to repent for their sins and forsake them all, but put their trust in the atoning power of the blood of Christ. Indeed, Jesus Christ is our Lord! God bless.
This chapter is concerning the priests of God. The priests of God should be without blemish, separated from common people and sinners. Any descendant of Aaron with defects, in physical body; blind, lame, with marred face, any limb too long, has broken foot and hand, a hunchback, dwarf, with eye defect, eczema, or scab, eunuch, or any sickness, are disqualified to come nearer to offer sacrifice unto the Lord. When Christ came to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies, all things has changed. All followers of Christ, physically fit or unfit cannot now shut out from God’s service. It is a great privilege and grace given from above. Since priesthood is a type of Christ, all followers should imitate His examples, to edify the brethren and glorify the Lord. God bless from JFK.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
The penalty for breaking the law of God is death. The wages of sin is death, literal and spiritual. Death to idolaters and worshippers of Molech-the god of Canaanites, death to sexually immoral, adulterers, and evil doers of all sexual acts. Death to those who cursed their father and mother, death to those who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, death tho those who shall not keep the commandments of the Lord completely. Death to those who shall walk with the ways of the Canaanites. But let the Israelites and all God's people sanctify themselves in the holiness of God, to separate themselves from the people of the land, because they are God's special people. Be thankful to the Lord who gives us the grace to know Him and to understand His precepts. God bless.
Friday, October 27, 2017
It is required that Israel be a holy people, because the God of Israel is a holy God. To apply the real separation from the world and the flesh, the entire devotion to God is a must. Children are to be obedient to their parents (v3), only God is to be worshipped (v4, 12), love their neighbors (v9, 18), be honest in all dealings with people (v11, 13), judgment should be made without partiality (v15), put off all malice, but put on brotherly love (v18), avoid divination and soothsaying (v26), keep physical body clean (v28), respect the elderlies (v32), strangers, widows and fatherless are to be regarded kindly (v33), justice in weight and measures are to be implemented (v35), and others. With all of these laws, they must have a conscience of obeying God properly. They should not to pick and choose their duty, but must aim to completely obey the will of God. It shows to us that the better we obey the law, they happier we shall be with our Creator. God bless.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The law about sexual sins are against all conformities to the corrupt practices of the Canaanites and the surrounding nations. These include incest, lust, rape, bestiality, homosexuality, and all forms of idolatries. The people who had lived in this land were doing all such sinful things, making the entire land unclean, therefore God had decided to remove them out. And so, the Lord warned the Israelites not to do these things, or else, the land itself will spit them out when they make these sinful things (v28). God here gives moral precepts, knowing that the law is the grace of God to the Israelites. The Canaanites didn't understand the meaning of moral and immoral. That's why when they offer their children through the fire to their god Molech, for them it was an act of worship (v21). Thanks be to God, because through the grace of God, we are protected and secure in Christ's mighty hand. God bless.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
God requires the Israelites that all sacrifices are to be presented before the door of the tabernacle, and the animal to be returned to the offerer to be eaten as peace-offering. Today, our offerings should be presented in our hearts where Jesus Christ dwells. Through Christ our offering become acceptable to God, when Christ redeemed us from our past. Then God forbids both Israelites and strangers to eat blood because the life of the flesh is in the blood (v10, 12,14). For pagans, they also used blood for sacrifices, then to be eaten. But God requires His people to pour out the blood to the earth and cover with dust (v13). In New Testament, the blood of Christ makes atonement genuine and effectual. Therefore we must regard His blood sacrifices with awe and respect, and not consider it as a common thing, or treat it with indifference. God bless.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The day of atonement is a command to be followed forever, till the dispensation be at the end. As long as the people of God are continually sinning, we need atonement. Two goats are needed, one to be killed and offered unto the Lord and another as scapegoat, where the priest shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess all sins of Israel. Then the live goat will be sent to the dessert carrying the sins of the people of Israel (v22). This should be done every year. The New Testament tells that the repeated sacrifice is a proof that the ceremony cannot take away sin, and cannot cleanse the conscience of men. Unlike the work of Christ, it was done at the cross once and for all. Jesus has figured the two goats; the slain goat was His dying at the cross, and the scapegoat was His entrance to eternity bearing the sins of many. By believing at the atonement of the blood of Christ, we obtain rest for our souls, and all the blessings from our heavenly Father. God bless.
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Monday, October 23, 2017
God enforces this law as essential to the physical health and well-bing of His people. It also teaches the nature and evil of sin, and the need of being continually cleansed in the precious blood of Jesus Christ. The unclean soul spreads uncleanness, and whatever he or she touched, used, or sat on, was considered unclean and defiled. That's why God warns His people not to associate with unholy or unclean people. But, if our works, jobs or business are associated with their company, let us seek cleansing for ourselves as we return to our homes, that all form of germs may be removed. With this law, we have the reason to be thankful to Christ, that we don't need to be afraid of spiritual defilement, except that of sin. God sees all things even those which escape the notice of men. The great gospel duties of faith and repentance are here signified that through the blood of Christ, all things are possible. God bless.
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Saturday, October 21, 2017
If we apply the law of leprosy to spiritual leprosy of sin, we should admit that all of us have this kind of uncleanness. When God by His grace has brought us to repentance, we ought to rejoice with gladness and accept all people with sincere affection. The two birds (v4-6), one killed and the other dipped in the blood of the bird that was killed, and then let loose, may signify Christ shedding his blood for sinners, and rising and ascending to heaven. The leprosy in a house can be equated with the troubles in many families nowadays. We must be aware of the appearance of sin and wickedness in our homes, and put it away, whatever it may be. The leprosy of sin ruins families and churches. when we have been forgiven and cleansed, let us follow after holiness, and pray for the uncle spirit that loiters around our surrounding. God bless.
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Friday, October 20, 2017
Leprosy was the result of uncleanness. Jesus cleansed the leprosy of a certain man in the gospel (Mt 8:3). Leprosy was common in ancient Egypt and Canaan, simply because of their environment. Yet, it was a plague inflicted by the Lord to those who had committed sins. The judgment of it was referred to the priests and not to doctors, because it was a figure of moral pollutions of men. Leprosy has been compared to sin, and the priest must take time in making judgment. By doing this, it teaches all men not to judge anyone before the time. If a person suspected were found to be clean, he still must wash his clothes, because there had been ground for the suspicion. In the gospel, we have need to be washed in the blood of Christ from all our spots and marks, though not leprosy, but sin separates us from the presence of the Lord. Indeed, Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin on the world, including our sins. God bless.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017
After the laws concerning clean and unclean food, come the laws concerning clean and unclean persons. A woman that borne a child shall be unclean, 7 days for son, 14 days for daughters. But, there was no difference between the value of a male or female child, because parents should bring the same offering to God; a lamb, or two-turtle doves for poor. It proves that the Lord held male and female children equally precious in His sight. In the time of Joseph and Mary, they fulfilled the Mosaic law carefully by presenting the baby Jesus at the temple, and to offer a sacrifice, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons (Luke 2). Paul said that though Christ was rich, He made himself poor for our sake. Christ is rich in His status as Savior and Redeemer of the world. Women who received mercy and salvation from the Lord, should always be thankful to God by obeying His words faithfully, for this shall please the Lord better than sacrifices. God bless.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The laws for clean and unclean animals are intended as a test of obedience to the Israelites. The categories are animals in the land, in the seas and rivers, the birds, flying insects, and those that crawls in its belly. The Israelites should keep themselves pure concerning these things, for the Lord their God is holy. They should not defile themselves by touching dead animals, and they should distinct between the holy and unholy in their companions and intimate connexions. While we enjoy our Christian liberty, we must also be careful to distinguish the clean and unclean people, plans, thoughts and ministries. We have been redeemed by the Lord from the world, therefore we must come out from ungodly people and all needless connection with the company of immoral and corrupt mind. God bless.
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Monday, October 9, 2017
The peace offering is God's requirement for His people as a token of friendship and unity with the Lord and with one another. If a man were in pursuit of any mercy, he should add a peace-offering to his prayer with supplication. In the offering of Aaron's sons, they should remove the blood and fat, they are forbidden, because they belong to the Lord. Christ is our peace-offering, and through His finished works at the cross, all believers had obtained mercy and forgiveness from the Father. As we offer the fruit of our lips by giving thank unto God, we must praise Him continually so that we can obtain mercy for our prayers. The truth is, our thanksgiving offering is much better than an ox or goat, or any other animal sacrifices. May the Lord multiply grace, mercy, and peace, to all who desire to bear the Christian character. God bless.
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Saturday, October 7, 2017
Aside from burnt offerings (animals), God requires the Israelites to bring grain offering, cooked or uncooked in a oven or pan. The grain should be of fine flour, mixed with oil and salt, and put frankincense on it. It could not have yeast, or must be unleavened. Leaven is a symbol of sin, pride, malice, or hypocrisy. Fine flour represents first-class and admirable character of God's people, oil is Holy Spirit, salt is covenant of God to His people, frankincense denotes the mediation and intercession of Christ. Without Christ, our prayers are unacceptable to God. For this reason, incense was one of the gifts to infant Jesus at Bethlehem. Those observances were just shadows of the good things to come that had been fulfilled by Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. God bless.
God ordained divers kinds of sacrifices, to assure His people of the forgiveness of their sins, if they offered them in true faith and obedience. The offering was a commandment of God from the fall of humanity to the coming of Christ. Here, there are three types; a burnt offering from the herbs like bullocks, a sheep or goat from the flock, and a bird. The animal sacrifice is a type of Christ, and the believers' duty as they commune with the Lord. God assumes that people would be willing to bring offerings to honor his Maker, as his Lord. When the offerer put his hand upon the head of his offering, it signifies the exchange of life, hoping that it might be accepted to make atonement for himself. The burning body of an animal was a representation of the suffering of Christ, which we all have deserved. He bore the sins of man's soul when He died under the load of our iniquities. We must be thankful to Jesus Christ for His willing sacrifice for our salvation. God bless.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017
One year after the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea, the tabernacle of the Lord was raised up. It's a new beginning in the lives of God's people. They bring in the ark of testimony, set up the partition curtain, including the table of show bread, lampstand, altar of gold, laver, anointing oil and other utensils. The priesthood was in the family of Aaron, and continued till the Messiah came, because in Him the substance of all these are shadows, and it continues for ever. Then the cloud covered the tabernacle, a token of God's presence to be seen by all Israel, that they might never ask again if God is among them or not. The cloud guided the camp of Israel through the wilderness in the next forty years. In Christian experience, our Guide in this world is the Holy Spirit, who gives light, that we may be kept from losing our way, till we come to heaven, the final habitation of God's holy people. God bless.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The priestly garments were rich and splendid. God used these distinctive garments to set His spiritual leaders apart from the other Israelites. Each piece had significance related to the work they performed. The Israelites lived with a continual reminder of the importance of the priestly work. But they had a foreshadowing of Jesus, the “great high priest”, who would carry out God’s plan of atonement in true holiness and perfection. True believers are spiritual priest of Christ, and the fine linen that we use daily is the righteousness of Christ in us. The tabernacles was a type of Jesus Christ, as God dwelt visibly within the sanctuary, even so Christ dwelt in the hearts of all His followers. In the soul of every Christians is the object of worship, where God inhabits the praise of His people. God bless.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
In this chapter, God continued His works with the artists, engravers, and designers so that they can do all the furnishings and design of the tabernacle according to His commandments; altar of burnt offering, bronze laver, court of the tabernacle, and the materials for tabernacle. In all ages, there have been some people more devoted to God's work, more constant in their attendance upon His ordinances, and more willing to be part even with lawful things for the sake of the Lord's name, and His people. Both men and women expressed their zealousness for the worship of God. The types of materials used in God's tabernacle were high class materials that shall fit for the master's use. And as we look at these materials, let us look unto Christ who is the personification of all these things. In Him, all righteousness and salvation is a full and sufficient offering for the sin of the world. Let us be ready to be part of any thing, and count all but loss to win Christ. God bless.
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Monday, October 2, 2017
The ark of the covenant, the table for the showbread, the golden lamp stand, the altar of incense, and the anointing oil were all parts of the service of Israel. They were emblems of spiritual and acceptable service unto God. The ark of the covenant represents the hearts of men and women where the word of God is being put. The showbread and the pot of manna is God's provision for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, which Christ's gospel bestows. The golden lampstand with light teaches and enlightens us through the Holy Spirit; Christ is the light of the world. The incense represents our prayers to God. The anointing oil is the the empowerment of the Holy Spirit for every believer, so that we may be able to do the works of God. And the entire service is about God and His Messiah who is to come and reign in our hearts forever and ever. God bless.
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Bezalel and every gifted artisans were ready and zealous to do the work of the Lord. God gave them wisdom to accomplish the exact project He Had desired them to do. Also the people are willing to give free offering to Moses every morning, more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord had commanded. As a result Moses stopped them to bring more for they are indeed too much. Today, we can learn two important things: first, Christians are so blessed for the sufficiency of the ministry of Christ for our salvation. Second, church members are blessed because there are believers who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the love of Christ. God bless.
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Sabbath is a day of rest, a day to remember God's goodness for the past week for every thing that He has done in our lives. It could be literal and symbolic, since God requires His people to stop from working at least one day in a week and serve Him on that very day. As we serve God, His rule is, whosoever is of a willing heart, let him or her serve and bring their offerings unto the Lord. Without a willing mind, costly offerings would be abhorred, but even the smallest will be accepted, if the heart is true and sincere. Our hearts are willing, when we cheerfully assist our brethren in promoting the cause of God. Women are important in the ministry of God, for they too can make great things for His glory. If we are called by God in His ministry, He filled us with the Spirit of the Lord. So don't be afraid to be part of God's ministry, because He is faithful to establish us even for His own glory. God bless.
The Lord descended by some open token of His presence and manifestation of His glory in a cloud, and then proclaimed his NAME; that is, the perfections and character which are denoted by the name YHWH. The Lord God is merciful; ready to forgive the sinner, and to relieve the needy. Gracious, kind, and ready to bestow undeserved benefits. Long-suffering, slow to anger, giving time for repentance, only punishing when it is needful. He is abundant in goodness and truth, even sinners receive the riches of his bounty abundantly, though they abuse them. All He reveals is infallible truth, all He promises is in faithfulness. Keeping mercy for thousands; he continually shows mercy to sinners, and has treasures, which cannot be exhausted, to the end of time. Forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin; his mercy and goodness reach to the full and free forgiveness of sin. And will by no means clear the guilty; the holiness and justice of God are part of His goodness and love towards all his creatures including us. Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. God bless.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The most dreadful moment that could ever happen to God's people is when the spirit of God departs. Sin makes God and men separate. In this chapter, though God had promised to give the land of Canaan to the people of Israel, yet He denies them the token of His presences they had been blessed with. This promised land would be an unpleasant place for them without the Lord's presence. Similarly, this world would be a dangerous place for us if God is not in our homes and ministries. As the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, Moses pleaded earnestly that it is better for them to stay in the wilderness if His presence would not be with them. He meant that it is indeed horrifying of going forward without the Lord's presence. God's goodness is His glory, and He will have us to know Him by the glory of His grace and mercy. The cleft of the rock that covers Moses upon the presence of God is the symbol of Christ. Christ is the Rock of our salvation, Who forgives our sins and mediates between God and men. God bless.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
While Moses was on the top of mount Sinai receiving the tablets of Ten Commandments, the Israelites made a molded calf at the foothill. They offered sacrifice to this idol, breaking the second commandment; "Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image." Aaron was set apart by the Divine appointment to the ministry of priesthood, but made himself unworthy of the honor to attend at the altar of God. They soon forgot God's works of wonders and mighty acts. God said to Moses, that the Israelites had corrupted themselves, and Moses acknowledged it a great sin, so he interceded for God's mercy. Here we can see the power of prayer, and at the same time, the importance of purity of heart in a moment of prayer. "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book." From this story, we can see that no carnal and unhumbled heart can long endure the holy precepts and the spiritual ministration of God. It is true that all men had sinned, but the atonement that Christ made for our souls in the only way to get rid of sin and destructions. God bless.
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Monday, September 25, 2017
God's requirement for the tabernacle should be according to the pattern which was shown to Moses on the mountain (25:40). Though the Israelites were formerly masons and bricklayers in Egypt, they were not qualified for such a heavenly workmanship. Therefore God filled Bezalel and all the workers with the Spirit of the Lord, in wisdom and understanding, and all manner of workmanship to accomplish God's plan and design. Indeed, to be employed for God is high honor, and if we have been called to any ministry, God will put His Spirit in our hearts to make fit for it. Then the Lord told them the importance of Sabbath, signifying rest or ceasing from labor. It is a sign of God's covenant between the Lord and the Israelites, and it must continue forever. Then God gave Moses two tablets of stones written with the finger of God, by His will and power. Today, the law of God has been written in the hearts of all believers, that we may be able to obey Him in all eternity. God bless.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.