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Exodus 39-40:38

John 14: 15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever

Commands, commandments run through The Book of Exodus: The giving of the Decalogue and the laws. In the entire Book of Exodus, in the New Living Translation, the word “Commanded” (“The Lord has commanded,” Just as the Lord commanded” or some variations there of) is used thirty-five times and in today’s two chapters, seventeen times! Love may include emotion but love is not an emotion it is a verb and that verb is an action, which is obedience to the Word of God.

Mark 1:1-28
8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!" I think that it would surprise a lot of Christians to know that Jews, Orthodox Jews, Baptize. Hasidic Jews, well the ones in NYC, specifically in Brooklyn, even actively seek converts from outside of the “Jewish” community. I’m not sure which sect this is but I know they live in an area of Brooklyn called, Crown Heights. They have buses converted to portable tanks, called Mitzvah (my spelling may be wrong) Tanks where they Baptize their converts or secular Jews turning back to the “faith.” (Thought this was just an interesting fact and I don’t really think it added anything “spiritual” except to understand that it’s the change of heart that makes the Baptism in water not the Baptism in water that makes the change of heart)

Mark’s telling of the calling of the “First Disciples” Simon (Peter), his brother Andrew and the two boys known as the Sons of Thunder, James and John I noticed that all were business man actively working. I don’t think Jesus called anyone who was not occupied either in a business, vocation or a cause, Simon the Zealot. It seems Jesus uses those who have found something to do with their hands, heads and feet.

And when Jesus went to church, the synagogue, everyone there wasn’t holy ‘cause a demon-possessed man was in the pew. Guys everyone sitting in church ain’t of God.

Job 1:6 One day the angels [Hebrew the sons of God.] came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan the Accuser came with them. (NLT)

So if the Devil shows up in your place of Worship be sure that the Christ in you casts him out.


Psalm 35:1-16

There is nothing worse than having what you thought were your friends turn against you. Sometimes we think that the things that have happened to us just happen to us, but here David writes about his experiences and the emotions he felt when those he counted as his friends turned against him and desired to see harm come to him. It’s wonderful to know that great men of faith walked what we walk and faced what we faced, we are not alone in being hit with trials and tribulations, and we are not alone because Jesus is always with us.

Proverbs 9:11-12

12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

This is an awesome statement. Although the wise or foolish decisions we make will affect others, the greatest weight falls on the ones who are wise or foolish. Consequences will follow the decision maker for the rest of their lives, while the ones that were and are affected can grow to make different choices based on their own wisdom or foolishness.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

www.CrossDaily.Com

I recommend this website because you can play Saintly Millionaire, Bible Trivia, Bible Jeopardy, etc. Of course reading the Bible is not about becoming an ace trivia player, but its been encouraging to me over time to realize how my literal knowledge of the Bible has increased.

Mike:
The pictures of the Tabernacle, etc have been particularly helpful. Thanks for adding them!

Amy

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