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Oh, I'm SO glad to have found this site. I am reading the Living translation of the One-Year Bible this year. I went to Google because I wanted to see a picture of the tabernacle, and that search led me here. I'll be checking in here every day.

It keeps coming back to my mind about Zipporah circumcising their son before God killed Moses. It seems like he was putting his second mission from God first, as many do these days. His first mission was his family. At this point, he sent them to his Father-in-law, Jethro. I can learn a lesson from this. We have been so blessed in this nation to have freedom of religion, and we laid our responsabilty down or hired others to teach our children in the morning and at night and all along the way. My mother always said that God made the family before He made the Church. Healthy families make a healthy church. Love God with all your heart and soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. Our spouses and children are our closest neighbors. Dads, lead us to the promised land with families in tow, Moms keep a perfect heart in your homes. Lord, start with me.

Just wanted to come by and for some reason feel led to comment today, Mike, which I don't noramlly do.

Am coming up on one year being here in early March and I can honestly say it's the best thing I do first thing every day! Thank you for the good work you do here. It's an important mission that has the potential to reach someone on the other side of the world, as well as next door. You continue in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and this ministry. -- Jane

Wow God is good!Just read Donna W & Webutante posts. Yesterday felt led to pray more women would post short encouraging posts! -Of course it's also great to read what guys are getting out of the Word & good to share what puzzles us,etc :) My thoughts today follow on from yesterday on the mirrors becoming the basin in Exodus.(That I didn't get round to post yesterday so I've put it on yesterday's bit now).Exodus 40v30 "He placed the basin between the Tent of Meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing, 31 and Moses and Aaron and his sons used it to wash their hands and feet. 32 They washed whenever they entered the Tent of Meeting or approached the altar, as the LORD commanded Moses." This reminds me of John 13 verses 4 -11 "so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand." 8"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." 9"Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!" 10Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean." I'm thinking this, when we 1st come to Jesus for forgiveness he 'cleans us all over'. Then when we do/think or say things wrong and confess that to him, it seems to me like the washing of the hands in John or the washing before the altar in Exodus.

I was struck today in Exodus that God gave the plans for the tabernacle to Moses but Aaron and his sons were the priests. It reminded me that God gave the plans for the Temple to David but Solomon built it. I had forgotten that Moses was not involved in the priesthood of Israel.

I don't even know what a blog is, I just know that I am hungry for more of the scriptures. I have been a Christian all of my life, I have read the bible all of my life, but I have never "read through the bible in a year". I have never actually read through the bible at all. This year, I am doing it alone. I have done it daily, and I am hungry for more. I clicked on the word "blog" and found this. What a blessing. I have gone all the way back and NOW find the book of Exodus interesting. I needed my hand held through this previously tedious and frankly boring book to find the value in it. Thank you for the blog. Thank you for the visuals and thank you for the videos. I wanted more and found it. Blessings.

Psalm 35

The Lord the Avenger of his People

1 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.
2 Take up shield and buckler;
arise and come to my aid.

David has been anointed by Samuel, and this is guessed to have been written during the period when Saul was chasing David.

David is not thinking about delivering himself; David is asking the Lord for deliverance. I cannot do this - I am trusting you God to handle the situation. I am your servant - protect me.

David asks God to ake up the shield and buckler. The shield is the small shield carried by the soldier. The "buckler" is the huge man sized shield carried by the soldiers servant in front of the soldier. God is big enough to do it all - protect David and fight for David.

I am confident that you will do this Lord, but give me confirmation - "Say to my soul,
"I am your salvation."
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David asks for Judgment

David is not king yet, and not the judge of Israel. Davis is anointed. Does David have the right to ask for judgment here at this time?

When I look at verses 4-8, I do not see specifice requests. There are a lot of "picture words" or imagery. It seems like David is asking for those chasing him who have ill will towards David - that David is asking them to be repayed in kind. David leaves it up to God to decide the punishment.

There is a fine line here (it seems) between this kind of request and some of David's other requests as King and Judge of Israel. David is not asking for specific bad things to happen - David just wants justice and is leaving it up to God.
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"Who is like you, O LORD ?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them."

No god of wood or stone can do these things. Only you Lord - the God of Israel - the one true God can protect His people of whom I am one.

In the rest of today's reading David goes on to outline the unjust things done to David by his tormentors.

Proverbs 9:11-12

11 For through me your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.

12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer."

Verse 11 is just one of those verses you take on faith. We have no idea of our days here on earth. Pursuing Wisdom (ergo: God) should lead to a better lifestyle, but any added time to our life based on going to God is unknown.

Certainly in a spiritual sense - when we believe and receive Christ - we have eternal life and the days and years added are infinite :)
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Verse 12 is a bit easier to understand:

We have choices:
If we choose wisdom, God, Christ then we will be rewarded by God for being faithful to Him either here or in heaven.

If you choose folly - you go it alone - you are a mocker of God, then you face the Creator one on one and you will suffer (also "sustain") the consequences of your decisions. You have no one to blame but yourself.

Mark 1

Mark is writing to the Roman culture. Romans are a people of action and getting things done. Marks style is concise, direct, and action oriented.

Mark writes of Jesus as a Servant and os the "Son of God". In Roman mythology the gods often came down to earth. This would be nothing new to the Roman people. However, God as a SERVANT that is intriguing.

The Roman gods came down to earth in their stories and did what they wanted to whom they wanted with very little regard for the people. They NEVER came down as "servants".
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15"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"

Repent has been the theme of the Old Testament prophets and of John the Baptist. Turn back to God, repent and do it with the right heart. The message has been clear and consistent for near a thousand years.

Jesus came and said - Yes -you need to repent. You need to turn back to God and repent with the right heart. But here is the Good news. Repent and BELIEVE. For when you do both - eternal life will be yours.

I love the artwork for the Tabernacle... thanks for sharing - I too was on a search for what it looked like... this is great.
I look forward to reading more, and hope you don't mind me referencing points back to your blog or "forwarding" parts of the email for my blog.

God Bless, HL

To: Danielle and John A.
Thank you so much for your thorough and thoughtful responses.
I've bookmarked the commentaries section from Heartlight for future reference. I'm certain it will help my understanding of difficult verses immensely as we continue on our daily journey.

Regards and Godspeed,
Jeff

This is my second year doing this. Last year I did it solo, via podcast. This year, I'm relishing the blessing of this blog. Hoping to catch back up with the group in a week or two!

Psalm 35:10 ("...Who is like you, O LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them...") struck me as a clear statement of how God's kingdom is the complete opposite of the world's.

In the world, 'survival of the fittest' is the norm without reference to morality or eternal truth. The strong win. Justice seems not to be served.

God says: Not so fast. I do things differently. Follow me and all of that will be overturned. Just you watch.

As I have only been born again for 29days and have been baptised less
Your words a of great help in my education of our Lord, I do believe that he is alive and with us


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