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Mike & Ramona-
I am slow in saying thanks for your replies to my earlier questions re. the soul and such. I am reading through the references.


Exodus 23:14-25:40
Of all the wonderful myriad of things in today’s selected passage I am most fascinated by the instructions God gives Moses in chapter twenty-three. I know that the directives given to Moses on what is required for the “house” God has chosen to live in may make one’s head swim and you can get lost, very lost in the details. However, each and every item, each and every measurement means something. Some of the measurements given I understand, but some I don’t, but I know that because I don’t understand it doesn’t mean they are not important. Each and every time I go through this book, there is something, at least one thing that is unveiled to me all each and everyone and they all point to Christ.
Exodus 23:
20 "See, I am sending my angel before you to lead you safely to the land I have prepared for you. 21 Pay attention to him, and obey all of his instructions. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sins. He is my representative--he bears my name. 22 But if you are careful to obey him, following all my instructions, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will oppose those who oppose you.

This sound like the “leading” of the Holy Spirit so many people hear about and which is written extensively in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, which really should be entitled The Acts of the Holy Spirit.

In the twenty-fifth chapter God sets forth how and with what He wants His people to worship Him. These are specific instructions and He doesn’t ask the people what they want to do. God is still in the worship criteria business. Jesus, in His conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well (John chapter 4),
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

Matthew 24:29-51
Jesus describes “That great and terrible day of the Lord” that was also described by the prophets. (Joel 2; Zephaniah 1). This is not a day, we are told by the prophets, that anyone should desire because there will be unexpected surprises for the people who are yearning for the “end times.” (Zech 14). In the book of Luke the 19th chapter, Jesus tells of Parable of the Ten Mina. It is about a man of noble birth who goes off to be made king but before he goes he gives his ten servants 10 Minas (talents) and tells them to “Occupy (KJV),” or “Put this money to use (NIV), until his return. I take that to mean that while we should read the signs of the time, we are not to be so taken with them that we sit on the side of the road, or the dock of the bay watching and waiting, we are suppose to be doing the business we were assigned to do.

Psalm 30:1-12
The notes say that this was a Psalm written by king David and sung for the dedication of the Temple. Since David never got to build the Temple much less see it, this Psalm had to have been written after David had defeated all of his political and adversarial enemies.

How much of this Psalm do we long to be true in our own lives?

1 I will praise you, LORD, for you have rescued me.
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried out to you for help,
and you restored my health.

11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,

12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!

While David was running from his enemies he thought that God had forsaken him, he thought that his enemies would take him out but it wasn’t what it looked like that controlled his life, it was what God had ordained for Him and promised that played out.

No matter what things may be going on in our lives that seem diametrically opposed to the promise God has given, yet like David we can see past the threats of our enemies and know that God will turn our mourning into dancing, a joyful dance.

Proverbs 7:24-27

The Wisdom of Solomon recorded and complied in this book warns over and over again of sexual seduction, which is used to sell everything from toothpaste to cars in our society. The “den of death,” may not be in someone’s bed but it could be in our wallets, the death of our finances.

Grace and peace,

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