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Exodus 21:22-23:13
God has given the Decalogue to the Children of Israel in their hearing and he has told Moses to give them other instructions (Exodus 21:1), which will “hang” on or flesh out the Ten Commandments. This seems necessary since as a people we like to debate what the word “is” means, so God give them what the Ten Commandments look like applied to life. Although there will be a lot more laws then the Ten Big Ones, 630 give or take a couple, they all can be divided into two groups, they either pertain to Loving the Lord their (and my) God with all their mind, heart and soul and 2) loving their neighbor as they love themselves.

There were two “laws” that spoke to me if for no other reason then they have relevancy to two things that are in the forefront of my mind. 23: 2 "Do not join a crowd that intends to do evil and 22: 18 "A sorceress must not be allowed to live. In NYC about one week ago, a young woman was shot and killed by a young man of eighteen who was in a group of kids ranging in age from thirteen to twenty-four. About twenty minutes before the shooting they had “ganged” up on a man and robbed him. Then they set out to attack a group that had just left an eatery or bar. They stood up for themselves, meaning they were not going to be intimidated by this gang. The young woman’s fiancé was pistol-whipped and she sprung too his defense and in the process she was shot and killed.

Some of the gangs activity was caught on surveillance tapes owned by area businesses and outrage and disgust, and a lot of guilt, led to several members of the gang turning themselves in and identifying the shooter. However, because most of the members knew the shooter was armed, because they had the gang on videotape attacking the other robbery victim, most of the gang members will be charged with the same charge of murder that the shooter is facing. Thirteen year olds and up, male and female, one a high school cheerleader not only violated the commandment of “joining a crowd that intends to do evil,” but because they were “board” and thought it would be fun, they hare facing the dire consequence of their choices.

The other issues for me are Christians who visit Psychics and Scope-their-Horror by reading the daily Horoscopes and, get their charts made up. If you believe Jesus is the one who holds your future then the local Tarot Card reader is not the place where Jesus would hang out. Although we don’t kill sorceress, believers need to leave those folks alone and trust that God has your best interest and holds your future. God’s got your back!

Matthew 24:1-28

Ever since September 11th, 2001, I think of the fate of the World Trade Center when I read this text. As a citizen of the City of New York, I wasn’t clear then and I’m not clear now if people were more incensed because the country was attacked or if people were angry, are angry because a building constructed by man using innovative engineering skills was felled. Some people may disagree with me but I’ve seen and heard the angst, rationale and boasting of building something bigger and better as people presented their designs to replace what had been brought down.

2 But he told them, "Do you see all these buildings? I assure you, they will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on top of another!"

Whatever man will build will not last, whatever man invents is not new, whatever man creates is not his own. I had a tee shirt that I just plan wore out. It was completely black and had that rubberized writing on it with a picture of Albert Einstein. It said, “E= mc2 Created by God discovered by Einstein.” You see we don’t create anything we just find it.
Psalm 29:1-11
I like this Psalm, which is a Praise Psalm that declares the sovereignty of God over all His creation.

Proverbs 7:6-23
Sin, the seductive woman, always promises to serve and please but only desires to enslave and dominate. Sin is pleasurable for a season, but woe to you when that season runs out. (Hebrews 11:25)

Grace and peace,

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