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I love this site!!! Thanks so much for the great insight:)

Exodus 4:6 Then the LORD said, "Put your hand inside your cloak." So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was leprous, like snow."

How come there's a snow in Middle East? Certainly the writer of Exodus seen snow before he compared it to leprosy?

My son and I have worked with an organization that exist to educate young people on Biblical-principled sex. The greater the distance between a family and God, it seems the greater chance that a young person would not see themselves as worthy and set apart for His purposes. So, it seems to me, the second best god is self. People obey their human drives and passions without the plan of the Bible. What can we expect? Being right with God, family and community, in that order, applies here also. "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" and "Stop Dating the Church" are good books by Joshua Harris. I've also heard that "When God writes your Love Story" is a good book. Well, Sunday is here-getting ready for church!

Benny,

Excellant question and observation. Googled "Middle East" and "snow" and guess what happened today in the Middle East.

Rare and deadly snowstorm socks Middle East
January 28, 2000
Web posted at: 8:54 p.m. EST (0154 GMT)

http://edition.cnn.com/2000/WORLD/meast/01/28/mideast.snow.01/index.html

Another source:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4135857.stm

It is almost as if God has responded to your question :) It is rare, but it has snowed throughout time in the Middle East.
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Hebrew word for "snow" is "sheleg". Its roots are in the Arabic and Aramaic languages.

Snow is mentioned in the Old Testament 20 times. "Job" considered to be the "oldest" book of the bible mentions it 5 times. David and his men actually fought a battle on a snowy day (1Ch 11:22).
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Even if Moses had never seen snow the question is easy for me, personally, to resolve. The author of the bible is the Holy Spirit - surely God knows about snow, doesn't He?????


Benny,

Oops!!! Sorry the headline from CNN was for a storm 8 years ago in 2000. The second link is for storm in Arab Emirates in 2004. The point is - snow happens on rare occasions in the Middle East.

That will teach me to blog without having Coffee first :)

Psalm 22

Prophetic Psalm of the Crucifixion

See yesterday's post and the link was:
http://www.raystedman.org/psalms/0401.html

Proverbs 5:15-21

OK. here the "sin" "Satan" comparison breaks down and verses 15-20 seem to be basically saying - stay at home, enjoy the partner you married, marriage is sacred to God - so enjoy the union that was blessed by God and do not wander. There is no need to stray.

Prov5:21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD,
and he examines all his paths.

How many times do we sin and think - 'well no one needs to know'. How many affairs, how many times in your room on the internet or in front of the TV all alone? How many times the lies that you seem to get away with? How many times that curse word while alone in the car?

The problem is: God knows, God knows.

Joseph had it right.
Gen 39:9 "No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" (NIV)

You are never alone. When we sin - ultimately it is against God and He knows. We are always in full view of the Lord.


I think the use of pornography in today’s world is worse than ever before and it’s getting worse with every passing day. Every place you look there is pornography. The web is so loaded with it; something that wasn’t available to the general public prior to 1990 that even on what should be nice sites there are sidebar adds that are borderline pornographic. I even saw it on a few Christian websites!

I remember while growing up the only [pornography] we had was if we could get our hands on a copy of National Geographic. We certainly didn’t see it on TV or in the movies, which is another genre that is loaded with it. TV and movies are also exploiting adultery and fornication. Now, I’m not sure if adultery and fornication is worse today or if it was just kept more quiet years ago. But either way by making it visible I think it makes people, especially the youth think that it’s Ok.

I know first hand that it is very easy to get hooked on pornography. It’s like being a drug addict or an alcoholic. It is only with God’s help that I am almost cured of the addition. I say almost because there is just so much of it around it’s hard to remove yourself from it. It’s not like a drug addict who can remove himself from drugs or an alcoholic who can remove himself from alcohol and the places that serve it. With pornography we’re even exposed to in the checkout lines at the supermarket. Some of the almost naked women and men on the covers of magazines and tabloids could be considered pornographic; [and] our children are seeing this in someplace that use to be safe. Then we wonder why. Why is pornography such a problem? Why is adultery and fornication so ramped? Why are our youth having sex as early as elementary school? All you have to do is look around; the answers are all around us. So to make this long story short, yes…I think pornography [is] worse today and I don’t expect it to get less anytime soon.

Yours in Christ
Skip

Matthew 18
Reading on lost sheep can be delayed until LUKE. Church discipline is pretty self-evident. Remember "you" in verse 18 is "plural". While the child illustration is also in Luke and Mark (hence I think it is very important), it is important enough to go over tonight here in Matthew as a quick hit.
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The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

Matt 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" NIV

This question has been raised and discussed (sometimes heatedly) amongst the apostles more than once. The issue here is PRIDE. Apostles, having not yet received Holy Spirit at Pentecost, know Jesus is going to die but they are not very clear (if at all) on the ressurection part. Perhaps the issue is: who is going to take over after Jesus' death, or simply who will be closest to God in heaven? I don't know, but it is pride that makes them discuss and argue this point.

Jesus says, 'Wait a minute guys - with that kind of attitude you had better be concerned first with if you are EVEN going to be in heaven. With this attitude of pride you are walking a slippery slope.

Now a child is brought forth, and there are some KEY things here.

1) I disagree with commentators who think this was an infant or a little child 2+ years or less. While the Greek word for "child" could be anything from infant to much older, it is clear, in the Greek, that the child was placed in the midst of the apostles by setting or standing. how many babies or two year olds would stay still for long in this setting. So, I believe, it is a child three and up.

2) Remmeber the culture of the time. Even more so than today, a young child near kindergarden age in the Jewish culture: spoke when spoken to, looked to their parents for everything, normally would have great respect for the parental authority, and hopefully loved their parents. The child knew who ran the show, and was humble and deferring to parents when it came to life lessons.

3) So what? Christ already said they were humble. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT: It is not just you have to be humble. The word "change" in the NIV literally means "turn". Unless you turn away from this attitude of pride and turn to humility - you will not even get to heaven. You cannot be proud and humble. God wants all of you, if you come to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior it must be with a humble repentant heart giving all of yourself to Christ. God knows your heart, and only you and God know if that is how you accepted Christ.
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Matt18:4
"Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

How in the world does this answer the question? Jesus - which child is greatest?

This is my belief:
All of you (believers). You are all going to be the greatest, because we will all be there eventually in perfect glorified bodies. We will all be the same. All of us the "greatest". Jesus point is get rid of the pride, become humble, believe and recieve Christ, and just get there.

We will have rewards and losses in heaven depending on our Christian walk, but that is not the point. This just determines what jobs or responsibilities we will have in the kingdom. It will still be equally perfect glorified saints just doing different things in the kingdom. Will address rewards and losses later in NT.


Exodus 4
Signs for Moses

Why did the Lord's anger burn against Moses?

Well, in yesterday's readings, Moses asked - why him? In these verses Moses lied and said please send someone else.

God who Moses believed in had promised to give Moses: a backbone, words in Moses' mouth, and signs to perform to verify His story. God would do the work, and Moses would be his vessel. (same thing for us today as Christians)

Moses responds by saying - 'well you can give me the words, but I don't speak well'. Not according to Josephus at yesterday's link. Josephus says Moses was trained in Pharaoh's court and was a great orator. Moses lied to God, because He does not want to accept the task God has layed before Moses.

Then Moses flat out says it - "O Lord, please send someone else to do it."

God has a lot of changes to do in Moses. did Isaiah refuse, Did Christ refuse God's Will. No, and Moses is still a lump of clay on the potter's wheel - he is not now the great leader that he will be known for in later years. Right now he is like a stubborn mule being dragged along by his master.

God provided him with Aaron as the spokesperson, and Moses finally went along with God's plan. Funny how we as Christians have a hard time depending on god for help, but if another human being comes along - we are willing to go to work for God.

The development of Moses now begins - Pharoah will resist him, and Moses' people will hate and reject Him again, but God's plan is in motion.


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Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships by Chip Ingram. is a great resource about sex and Godly relationships.

Also, when I was in 6th grade, our school did a program by Josh McDowell about waiting to have sex UNTIL marriage. Even though the curriculum may be dated, the truths still ring true.

As a parent, I am looking for ways to help my children understand their place as God's child and see themselves set apart.
I want my children to be blessed by doing relationships God's way.

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