Confederation of Iron Age Semitic-speaking tribes of the ancient Near East, who inhabited a part of Canaan
The Danger of Departing Hebrews 3:7-19 Today we come to the second in a series of warnings in the book of Hebrews. The first one was 2:1-4, and was about the danger of ________________ - tonight we will learn of the danger of departing. __________________ to hear God speaking to you! V. 7 The author is ______________ that God is speaking to us all the time! Don't _____________ your hearts when God speaks to you! V. 8-11 Like the Israelites in the wilderness, for _________________ The Danger of departing V. 12 Drifting - ___________________ missing the mark through neglecting to do what you know to do Departing - _________________ missing the mark through willfully doing what you know not to do Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. -Proverbs 4:23 Whose responsibility is it for you to not have a hardened heart? The root of rebellion: ______________________ V. 16-19 What place is belief supposed to have in our life – first place or somewhere down the line? _________________ your heart by listening to God's voice V. 13-15 Partake in the privilege of being a believer: _________________ yourself in Christ in the middle of life's storms. John 15:5 Caleb didn't concentrate on the circumstances of men, but the ________________ of God.
The pandemic changed typical home life in both good and bad ways. Families were forced to work alongside each other, sharing more spaces and meals than before. Children observed their parents’ ability to problem-solve and trust God during challenging times. Time will only tell the spiritual impact that unexpected “time together” had on our families. In Joshua 24, we see the household of Joshua and his fellow Israelite families making a choice to serve God. After reminding the Israelites how God fulfilled His covenant by delivering them to the Promised Land (vv. 3–13), Joshua explained what they should do “now” (v. 14). First, he urged them to be faithful (v. 14). He commanded them to throw away any false idols they had carried from Egypt. Notice that he gave them a choice! “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (v. 15). Being God’s leader does not mean we can demand obedience from others. Instead of dictating to the Israelites to serve Yahweh, Joshua led through example. He boldly declared, “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” (v. 15). For Joshua, leadership started in his home. His most important mission field was his family. He first battled the enemy at the front door of his home. No false idols would seep into his household. They would serve the Lord. Joshua was not ashamed of his family’s allegiance to Yahweh. Others witnessed Joshua and his family’s commitment to serve the Lord. They responded to the example set before them by recalling the many miracles of God. They remembered the Lord’s coat of protection he placed on them throughout their entire journey (vv. 16 17). They followed Joshua’s leadership and committed to serving Yahweh (v. 18). >> Are you a leader in your home? You can influence your family through prayer, Scripture reading, daily devotions, spending time with your family members, writing letters or text messages to them. No matter what your role outside the home, what happens within is very important.
Welcome to Bible Bedtime. Tonight I will read Numbers 11-12, in which the Israelites complain. After that, I will read from Proverbs and finish with the Lord's Prayer.Our email is BibleBedtimePodcast@gmail.com, or you can join us on Facebook! Get bonus content on PatreonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/biblebedtime. While there is no expectation of your support, if you feel led to bless me with a small contribution in any amount, it would mean the world to me. Your gift will help offset the costs of producing and distributing Bible Bedtime worldwide. You can leave a love offering at https://plus.acast.com/s/biblebedtime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In all of the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out. . . . — Exodus 40:36 I had eaten the last of my peanut butter on the Appalachian Trail and needed more food. So at Rockfish Gap, I decided I would leave the trail and go into town to replenish. That's not how the Israelites made decisions during their wilderness journey. They waited for a signal. God had instructed his people to build a tabernacle, a large tent, to serve as a portable sanctuary for worship. At the tabernacle God would dwell in their midst, and the people could worship him there. God's glory hovered over the tent, and whenever it lifted, they would set out and follow wherever God would lead them next. The tabernacle in the wilderness pointed forward to the temple that would be built in Jerusalem many years later (1 Kings 6). What's more, both the tabernacle and the temple pointed forward to another mark of God's presence among his people. John 1:14 tells us that “the Word”—that is, Jesus—“became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” The original Greek text there says, more literally, that “the Word became flesh and pitched his tent among us, and we beheld his glory.” Jesus came to bring God's glory in human flesh among his people, and now, through the Holy Spirit, he lives in our hearts and is present with us wherever we go. He calls us to serve others, and he promises never to leave or forsake us. Jesus, you came to live among us. Help us to know your presence today and always, as you lead and guide us in our journey to serve you and others. Amen.
Do you remember learning about Alexander the Great? At a certain point in his world conquest, he and his leaders became concerned. Examining their maps, they realized they had come to the very edge on each side. How could they proceed when it was all unknown? The people of Israel faced a similar situation. Joshua had brought them to the banks of the Jordan River looking into the land God promised. But this was unchartered territory. However, on the other side of the Jordan was Rahab, an unlikely person whom God would use to assure the Israelites that their future was secure. Joshua sent spies in to survey the land. There they found a haven in the house of Rahab, a prostitute (v. 1). However, after their hideout was exposed, the king’s men were sent on a mission to capture and kill them. Sensing danger, Rahab used what little power and leverage she had and hid the spies on the roof of her house (vv. 4–7). Rahab risked her own safety, finding courage in the face of immediate danger and unavoidable consequences. Why? Because she was confident that God was on the other side of the Jordan. Because of what she did, Rahab’s name is included in Hebrew’s Hall of Faith (Heb. 11:31). After the threat passed, Rahab’s conversation with the spies revealed her true heart. She had heard how Yahweh promised the land that her people occupied, how He dried up the water of the Red Sea, and how He helped the Israelites destroy the kings east of the Jordan (vv. 9–10). With their futures unknown, both Rahab and the Israelites trusted the Lord with what awaited them on the other side (vv. 12–16). >> Does your future seem uncertain? Maybe the way ahead is cloudy for you, your family, or the people you lead. But even though you do not know what the future holds, you know the One who holds your future. Share your concerns with Him today.
Being selected to follow an outstanding leader can be difficult, if not downright impossible. How do you prevent comparisons? The book of Joshua begins with news that would have made headlines for weeks: “Moses my servant is dead” (v. 2). Without a doubt, it was the topic of conversation at every dinner table. But while Moses’ life may have been over, God’s commitment to the Israelites was not. Joshua most likely had a hunch that he would take up the mantle of leadership. But that did not mean he felt confident. Even Moses’ second- in-command suffered from impostor syndrome and wondered if he was the right person for the job. God continually reminded Joshua that he would not be alone (v. 5). Notice in Joshua 1, that three times God commands Joshua to be “strong and courageous” (vv. 6, 7, 9). God also assures victory: “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life” (v. 5). The Lord reminded Joshua that he should follow Moses’ example in trusting and obeying the Book of the Law (vv. 7–8). God commanded Joshua to meditate on the Torah day and night. Having God’s Word continually on his mind and lips would not guarantee that his life and leadership would be without struggle. But knowing God’s Word would give him strength and courage, helping Joshua overcome significant challenges. Leaders who replace legends sometimes fall into the trap of trying to prove themselves. But the answer doesn’t lie within us. Instead, God wants His appointed leaders to trust that if they are faithful to Him, He will continue to be faithful to them. He gives them courage to lead. >> One way to be a godly leader is to keep God’s Word always on your lips and your mind. Consider some of the daily verses from this month’s study to memorize. Commit to memorizing them so you can recall them when you face difficult moments.
In the continuation of the Life of the Warrior series, Phil focuses on the theology of spiritual breakthroughs. This is a contentious topic. Some love it, and some loath it. There are times when God calls His people to engage the enemy by pressing in for a breakthrough through prayer and praise. If we don't respond to the leading of the Spirit, we will miss the breakthrough that God has for us in that moment. Why do we have to contend for what belongs to us through inheritance? We must fight for what is ours because the devil contends against us to prevent us from obtaining our inheritance. The battle has come to us. Therefore we must fight! Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force!” (Matthew 11:12) Just as the Israelites had to take the Promised Land by force, so do we.
On today's episode, Pastor Cameron considers the promise of the Lord to the Israelites - none of the Egyptian diseases would be placed on them if they walked in the Lord's way. Healing is a key benefit of walking with the Lord!
Keep Going Even Though They Tell You NoLet's start with a bit of humor. A little boy was building a model ship, concentrating hard on the instructions. His father, wanting to encourage his son, said, "Son, I see you're working hard. Just keep going!" The boy looked up, eyes sparkling with determination, and declared, "Oh, don't worry, Dad! Even if you tell me to stop, I won't!"Today, we will talk about a similar spirit of resilience with our sermon titled "Keep Going, Even Though They Tell You No." Our guiding scripture today comes from Galatians 6:9, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."Consider the story of Moses, leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Faced with the impossible task of crossing the Red Sea, and the Egyptian army advancing behind, the people began to lose heart. They told Moses they would have been better off in Egypt. They essentially told Moses, "No." But Moses chose to trust in God's promise and keep going.I'm reminded of a quote by Winston Churchill: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." Moses exemplified this. Despite the obstacles and opposition, he persisted, leading to the miraculous parting of the Red Sea and the deliverance of the Israelites.In the New Testament, we see the apostle Paul, who faced numerous rejections, imprisonments, and hardships. Yet, he did not give up. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, Paul writes, "We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."Let's also remember the story of Nehemiah. When he set out to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, he was faced with mockery, threats, and discouragement from the surrounding enemies. But did Nehemiah stop? No, he kept going. Nehemiah 6:9 reads, "They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, 'Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.' But I prayed, 'Now strengthen my hands.'"Dear friends, God often calls us to do things that seem impossible, tasks that others may discourage us from. However, God's call on our lives is not dependent on the approval of others. Just like Moses, Paul, and Nehemiah, we are encouraged to keep going, even when faced with opposition.Let us pray, "Lord, give us strength to continue the work You have called us to do, even in the face of adversity. Help us not to become weary in doing good, trusting in Your promise that we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. In Jesus' name, Amen."This week, remember that God is with you in whatever He has called you to do. Like the little boy building his model ship, may we have the tenacity to keep going, even if others tell us "No." May God strengthen your hands and renew your determination. Keep going, Church, and be prepared to reap the harvest that God has promised. God bless you all!
What if you could witness one of the most miraculous events in the Bible? Today, we bring you on a journey through the powerful moment when Israel crosses the Red Sea, experiencing God's divine intervention and deliverance. As we explore this incredible event, we'll discuss how God used a strong east wind to part the waters, creating walls of water on either side of the Israelites, and how the Angel of the LORD played a crucial role in protecting them during this miraculous moment.In this episode, we also tackle the attempts of skeptics and even some Christians to explain away the Red Sea crossing with natural causes, and why it's essential to give credit to God for His power and glory. We'll dive into the identity of the Angel of God, who is the pre-incarnate Christ, and how Theophanies occur throughout the Bible as God's physical form appearing to humans.Finally, we'll reflect on the Song of Moses, an ancient hymn commemorating the Israelites' Red Sea crossing. We'll discuss how the song is written in Hebrew poetry and serves not only as a reminder of God's power and intervention but also as a call for us to recognize and celebrate His work in our lives. So, join us as we relive this astonishing event and uncover the deeper meaning behind this pivotal moment in Biblical history.Support the show
Lead Pastor Connor Kraus continues our Numbers series with a bit more of a humorous story found in chapters 22 through 24. We live in a spiritual world and people who are either devious or ignorant can tap into the darker powers of that spiritual world. This is not magic like in works of fiction, but a king, scared of the Israelites campaign of taking the Promised Land, hires a man named Balaam to curse the Israelites. God however uses Balaam to bless the Israelites instead. Balaam recounts the plans and promises God has for His people. This story clearly shows that God blesses those who follow His will while those who go against Him will be cursed. We are blessed through our faith in Jesus Christ while those who reject Him are sadly cursed.The podcast goes over interesting topics like how to pronounce Balaam, who the good and bad guys of the story are, and much more. Oh, and, Dave Corley joins the podcast again due to the absence of Teresa.If you would like to watch the video podcast, find us on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMhDfGn0zfzi6XjcKkSVcFAFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/discovertbcInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/topekabiblechurchWebsite: https://www.discovertbc.com/
In the most despicable and wicked manner, the Amalekites attacked the Israelites from the rear, focusing on attacking the women, children, and elderly (Deut. 25:17–18). The Israelites had never experienced a battle before. Yahweh fought the Egyptians for them. But in today’s text, the Lord was teaching the Israelites to rely on the Lord and take matters into their own hands. Moses tasked Joshua with recruiting men, and he then climbed to the top of the hill with his brother Aaron and his brother-in-law Hur. At the top of the hill, they could clearly see the battle, they were visible to their soldiers, but most importantly, they could pray (v. 10). The phrase, “as long as Moses held up his hands,” describes the Israelites’ posture of prayer (v. 11). If he kept praying, the Israelites kept winning. However, while a battle raged in the valley, a war also raged within Moses. Having a strong prayer life does not come naturally. Moses became physically weak after holding up his hands for hours, but Aaron and Hur supported him physically, emotionally, and spiritually (v. 12). In this passage, we see four unlikely leaders. Joshua had never fought in a battle, but he recruited men and led them into action (vv. 9–10). Aaron and Hur were true servant-leaders (v. 12). Their support of Moses resembles that of the athlete who carries their injured teammate across the finish line. And Moses led by lifting his hands and prayers to the Lord for victory over the Amalekites and saving his people. It is an excellent reminder that many years later, another unlikely Leader would climb to a hill for all to see, stretch out His hands, physically suffer for all humanity, cry out to the Father, and win the victory over sin and Satan. >> No matter where or how you lead, you haven’t gotten to it alone. There have been others who helped you on your journey. Today, pray for them and remind them that they played an important role in your life.
Has life ever felt unfair? Even as followers of Jesus it can feel like God has abandoned us or chosen to overlook us. So often the people who do what is right seemingly get no reward, while those who do what is wrong are never punished. The Israelites in the book of Malachi find themselves in this exact situation, but God has good news for them. He tells them of a day that is coming when he will purify and cleanse their hearts and minds while ridding the earth of all evil, sin, and brokenness. For followers of Jesus this is our hope. God has a future in mind to dwell with His people forever. Every tear will be wiped away and everything evil removed forever.
Has life ever felt unfair? Even as followers of Jesus it can feel like God has abandoned us or chosen to overlook us. So often the people who do what is right seemingly get no reward, while those who do what is wrong are never punished. The Israelites in the book of Malachi find themselves in this exact situation, but God has good news for them. He tells them of a day that is coming when he will purify and cleanse their hearts and minds while ridding the earth of all evil, sin, and brokenness. For followers of Jesus this is our hope. God has a future in mind to dwell with His people forever. Every tear will be wiped away and everything evil removed forever.
Dr. Philip Ryken says that the way we conceive God to be determines how we behave. In Elijah's day the King of Syria believed it possible to defeat the Israelites in the valley, because he thought Israel's God was just a god of the hills. Welcome to Every Last Word! To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/581/29
2 Samuel 18 - 1:16 . 2 Samuel 19 - 9:41 . 2 Samuel 20 - 19:59 . Psalm 83 - 25:38 . On our last episode we followed the trajectory of David's son Absalom, a handsome young man who had won the hearts of Israel by deception, telling those who came to King David that the king had no time for them. Absalom devises a coup to overthrow David, but his father catches wind of his plot and flees before he arrives. Today, David's men prepare for battle and meet the forces of Absalom's Israelite troops. The forest itself claims more lives than the sword, and Absalom meets his end at the hands of Joab. Later, David is restored as king, but not without personal turmoil.:::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by Bobby Brown, Katelyn Pridgen, Eric Williamson, and the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.firstname.lastname@example.org
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There are two conflicting ideals about the salvation of the Israelites. The first is that some Israelites (a remnant) will be saved based on their belief in Christ and their ability to follow Gods Laws. The other is that All Israel will be saved no matter what regardless of their sin: “and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.” Romans 11:26 The scripture says that "The Deliver" (Christ) would turn godlessness (sin) away from Israel. Not that they would turn away from it themselves, but that he would turn them away from their sin. In the book of Ezekiel God seems to prophesy a very similar message that he would turn Israel away from the sin that they/we are currently in "Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.' ”” Ezekiel 37:11-14 I will put my spirit in the dead Israelites and make them live. While we are yet still in sin, he died for us. This is truly a faith that surpasses all UNDERSTANDING. It is a faith that is essentially saying, that God is going to save the Israelites, ALL ISRAEL, no matter what sin we commit right now, regardless of our situation, we will be saved. Damn, that's a radical faith. Look at this scripture: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, And write them in their hearts: And I will be to them a God, And they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, And every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: For all shall know me, From the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness,” (Hebrews 8:10-13 KJV , Jeremiah 31:31). God says that he will be merciful to the unrighteousness of the Israelites, that he is going to supernaturally pour out his spirit and place his laws in their hearts and minds. The scripture continues: "And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old.” (Hebrews 8:10-13 KJV , Jeremiah 31:31) So they are in sin, because God says that their "Sin" he will remember no more. How can he do this and be a righteous God? For the wages of sin is death: “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22 And Christ said out of his own mouth that he was sent "Only to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel." Making him Israels sacrifice for their sin. This is deep and not all will be able to receive this. “and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him;“ 1 John 3:2 You are not what you are going to be, You are going to be changed supernaturally, having Gods Laws, Gods Wisdom, his spirit: “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:52 All Israel Will Be Saved!!! Send a Tithe, Donation, and/or Offerings at: https://leodunson.com/donate/Cash App $LeoDunson - https://Cash.App/$LeoDunsonBecome a Member! - https://ministries.leodunson.com/ “Gods Laws, Commandments, & Statutes” (Book): https://tinyurl.com/33j95pbc“Precept Upon Precept” (Book) on Amazon at: https://tinyurl.com/z2uu46ez Connect with Leo on https://www.facebook.com/LeoDunsonjrConnect with Leo on https://www.instagram.com/LeoDunsonConnect with Leo on https://tiktok.com/LeoDunson #Bible #Israelites #LeoDunson
In today's episode, the guys discuss the lessons to be learned from the book of Esther. The book was associated with the Persian empire which had taken over after the rule of Babylon and the exile had taken place. Those who were exiled were Israelites who had thought they were going to live the rest of their days in the Promised Land, but were removed from the land and forced to live in a foreign country. However, God still called on His people to be faithful to Him while they wait to be returned to the Promised Land. Listeners are reminded that we too are now exiles as we live on the earth which is not our home as we wait for the Kingdom of God to come. Esther was an Israelite woman who hid her heritage and was adopted by her cousin, Mordecai. In the beginning of the book of Esther, Mordecai saves the king from being killed. Meanwhile, Esther is being nominated to be the queen. In light of Mordecai's refusal to bow to Haman, the guys discuss what Christians should do when we are in a position when there are consequences for our actions. The unknown author of Esther intentionally did not mention God's name in the entire book because they wanted to show how God's sovereignties are at hand in everything that happens. We can see through these stories how God is at work even when He is never mentioned. We as humans are only here on this earth for a limited time. Will we do what is right? We are here right now at this time and this place for one singular purpose: to bring glory to God. Esther herself was called upon to be asked to be part of the plan of God. We are all asked this same question. God is going to do His work regardless, the only question is whether we will allow Him to do the work through us. Thus, we should step out in our faith and act as if God is going to use us. Then, the guys unpack the pride and ungratefulness demonstrated by Haman and the king. When we allow ourselves to divulge into the realm of ungratefulness, everything loses its value and we begin to miss the blessings of God in our lives. Though both Haman and Mordecai were sinners, it was Haman's pride which led to his death and the humility of Mordecai that put him in the graces of God. If you are struggling with pride or sin, repentance is humbly submitting yourself to the sovereign grace of God and allowing Him to make you white as snow. Humility is the beginning of so many graces. Thanks for listening! If you've been helped by this podcast, we'd be grateful if you'd consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.Check out The Evidence Study Bible and the Basic Training Course.You can connect with us at email@example.com. We're thankful for your input!Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.Ray ComfortEmeal (“E.Z.”) ZwayneMark SpenceOscar Navarro
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Our culture today is comfortable with A secondhand encounter with God. When Moses was at the mountain and God invited the Israelites to go to the mountain, they wanted Moses to meet with God and tell them what He said. We can do that as well through our Pastors and other Christians. God wants to have a personal relationship with you directly.
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Standing on the peak of the mountain outcropping, Shalish scanned the battlefield. The noonday sun glinted off armor as the battle raged on in the valley below. Lord Nissi, the great voice who had led them through both sea and desert, had trained Shalish and several of her friends for years. But the throes of their first combat were more taxing than they had imagined..Yet Shalish was positioned above the battlefield for a reason. Lord Nissi had given her a gold cord to wear around her wrist, saying, “My presence goes with you. Remember me.” Now, when Shalish kept her cord raised above her head, their victory seemed sure. But her right hand had long since fallen asleep, and her muscles spasmed as she struggled to keep her wrist high above her head. She trembled at the thought that keeping her gold cord raised would be the difference between victory and defeat..When she had momentarily lowered her hand an hour ago, it had almost cost Ezrah his life. Shalish could only watch in horror as the enemy's sword slashed just below the gap in his armor, Ezrah's crimson blood flowing..Ezrah and Merea were two of her closest friends. Shalish scanned the battlefield for Merea's fiery red curls, concerned that she had not seen her friend in a while. But then another spasm shot through her arm, and in despair she cried out, “Lord Nissi, my strength has run dry—please, help your people!”.A gentle footfall caused Shalish to whirl around, her right hand still raised, her sword at the ready in her left. “Shay, you need help.” Merea's brown eyes reflected concern..“But Merea, you're needed on the battlefield!”.“I'm needed right here.” Merea reached up and intertwined her bronze cord with Shalish's gold one, supporting the weight of her friend's arm. Shalish felt immediate relief, and she let out a sigh as she leaned on her friend..Sunset was quickly approaching, and the task of keeping the cords held high over the battle was once more becoming too difficult. But then, Ezrah wordlessly joined them on the mountain, tying his silver cord to theirs. Shalish couldn't even lift her head, and Merea laughed in delirious relief. Supported by her friends, Shalish felt Lord Nissi's presence around them..As the setting sun splashed vivid pinks, golds, and dark hues of purple across the sky, a cry of victory rang out. Ezrah smiled at his friends, joy etched on his glistening face. Then he reminded them of Lord Nissi's words: “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." • Savannah Coleman.• Today's allegorical story is based on Exodus 17, when the Amalekites attacked the Israelites. God had just delivered His people from slavery in Egypt. When they came to the Red Sea, God told Moses to raise his staff, and God parted the waters so the people could pass through. Yet, not long after this, the people asked, “Is the Lord among us or not?” (verse 7). So, when the Amalekites attacked, Moses stood over the battle on the top of the hill with the staff of God raised in his hands (verse 9). Whenever Moses's hands lowered, the Israelites started losing the fight (verse 11), and he inevitably grew tired. Thankfully, Moses had two friends, Aaron and Hur, to help hold his hands up as he held the staff until the battle was won (verses 12-13). Then Moses built an altar and called it “Yahweh Nissi” which means “The Lord is my banner” (verse 15). (The Hebrew word for "banner" is very similar to the word for "staff.") God had saved His people once again and confirmed that He was indeed with them. Can you think of a time you were reminded of God's presence with you? Consider taking a moment to thank Him for this. .• In Exodus 17, we catch a glimpse of the gospel, God's plan to deliver His people from sin and death. Jesus is Immanuel, which literally means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). When He went to the cross for us, His hands were stretched out—kind of like Moses's hands were stretched out when he held up his staff. So, whenever we start to wonder, “Is God with us or not?” we can look to Jesus. He died on the cross and rose from the grave, defeating sin and death so that God's people can live with Him forever. If we've put our trust in Jesus, we are part of God's people! How can we remind each other that Jesus is with us, especially when life gets really hard? .• Who are trusted Christians in your life who can remind you of the good news about Jesus, support you in following His good ways, and help shoulder your burdens? Who can you support in this way? (Galatians 6:1-10; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:10-12).Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)
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Our culture today is comfortable with A secondhand encounter with God. When Moses was at the mountain and God invited the Israelites to go to the mountain, they wanted Moses to meet with God and tell them what He said. We can do that as well through our Pastors and other Christians. God wants to have a personal relationship with you directly.
You may have heard the saying, knowledge is power. To know our history, both good and bad, we need to have an understanding of the sacrifices and sufferings our ancestors endured, in order to truly appreciate the freedoms and privileges we have today. On today's edition of Family Talk, co-host Gary Bauer and his guest, Tom Rose, discuss the vital importance of parents teaching their children about the values and history of America. Referencing Moses' speech to the Israelites after escaping Egyptian captivity, Bauer and Rose stress, We cannot be a good, free, or noble people if our children don't know our story! To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/707/29
Are you and I able to look upon God's face-- Why or why not----What about when we're in Heaven - will we be able to look upon God then-- In today's text, we'll consider Moses' request to see God's face. And we'll also consider God's response, and how He safely tucked Moses into the 'cleft in the rock.'--Questions That We'll Answer--A- What did the 'cleft in the rock' typify-- What was it all about---B- Why did God say He would not go with the Israelites in Exodus 33---C- Why was Moses so concerned by this-- Why did they need God's presence----Speaker- Rev. Dr. Toby B. Holt-Church Website- www.fpcgulfport.org
Chris Pumilia Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors.”
A well-known comedian observed that the number-one fear for most Americans is speaking in public, while the second fear is death, which means that at a funeral, people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy. There is some truth to this humor. Having the right words at the right time can be challenging. We fear offending others or embarrassing ourselves. We aren’t the only ones to be timid with our tongues. You may picture Moses as a courageous, Charlton Heston-type leader with a booming voice, leading the Israelites out of the oppressive stronghold of Pharaoh. But Exodus 4 gives us a different perspective. Moses was someone we wouldn’t initially expect to be a leader. Our text falls in the middle of his conversation with God. Moses was giving excuse after excuse, trying to get out of God’s command to go before Pharaoh. His final protest to the Lord points to his speech impediment, which he claimed would hinder God’s message (v. 10). The Lord gave Moses a quick theologically based biology lesson and concluded by saying, “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (v. 12). This excuse set aside, Moses finally revealed why he didn’t want to go: he was terrified (v. 13). The main issue wasn’t his lack of ability but his lack of faith and unwillingness to try. God was angry not with Moses’ questions but with his resistance. However, the Lord did not give up on this unlikely leader. Instead, He offered help through Moses’ brother, Aaron (vv. 14–16). Yahweh taught Moses that being a leader could be intimidating, especially when you have to speak in front of others, but God would give His people the right words at the right time. >> Do you fear leading others because you fear to speak in public? The next time you have an important conversation, presentation, speech, or sermon, remember that while you are fearful, God will help you speak and teach you what to say.
Guest speaker and overseer Pastor Robin Wood shares a special message from week 19 of The Story. This week's message is from Ezra chapter 1 and the Israelites return home from Babylon. Just like with the Israelites, God is calling us to return home to him. Watch the online stream of this service here https://www.youtube.com/live/EB40vCkASmU?feature=share
Grace Church in Noblesville & Fishers, IN
The animal which appears far and away the most frequently in Scripture (nearly 400 times!) is the humble sheep. Beyond being an integral part of ancient Israel's economy, sheep and shepherds became fundamental images by which the people understood their relationship with God. As a part of the Israelite sacrificial system, sheep also played a crucial role in Israel's struggle with sin and redemption. It is no surprise, then, that Jesus and his followers continued building on this thread to help us understand not just the character of our savior (the “good shepherd”), but his personal sacrifice for the sake of our redemption (the “lamb of God”).
Join us for a message from Pastor Jason Allums on June 4, 2023. Pastor Jason preaches from1 Samuel 4:12-22. We dive into how the Israelites were going about their lives and not even realizing that the glory of God had departed from them. For more information about our church visit us on our website, our Facebook page, and our YouTube.
In this session we explore the pivotal moments in the lead up to God's parting of the Red Sea. We will uncover how God's grand plan was at work, proving His power and protection over His people even in their darkest hour. By examining the Israelites' journey, we will learn to trust in God's guidance through our own seemingly impossible situations and embrace the knowledge that He will see us through. Join us as we reflect on Moses' encouragement and how this story serves as a reminder to trust in God's plan, even when it seems impossible.- Why would God lead the Israelites into seemingly impossible situations? - What can we learn from their desperate circumstances and overwhelming fear as they faced Pharaoh's formidable army?- Should we trust God in scary situations?- Are there things in life worse than death? Support the show
Bethel Community Church Orlando
Moses has died, Joshua is to be the next man to lead the Israelites, but the future is uncertain. The people of Israel are wondering if God will be with Joshua like He was with Moses. God tells Joshua three times to be strong and courageous, and then reassures Joshua that He will be with Joshua wherever he goes. Moses may be gone, but God is alive and will be with Joshua as he leads the Israelites in the future.
Every Last Word on Oneplace.com
The way we conceive God to be determines how we behave. In Elijah's day the King of Syria believed it possible to defeat the Israelites in the valley, because he thought Israel's God was just a god of the hills. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/790/29
“One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.” - C.S. Lewis”Life is a journey, and as a follower of Jesus, that journey is now to be led by Jesus. As the bible unfolds the story of Moses and the children of Israel, the journey of the Israelites into the Promised land is a picture of our own journey, and Jesus has stepped into the role as not just Savior for our lives, but also as the New Moses, to lead us to the Promised Land that God has called us into. In this series, we will look at what it takes to allow Jesus to lead us in this New Exodus for our lives.•NEXT STEPS- Have you made a decision to follow Jesus? You may be wondering what's next on your journey. We want to help! Let us guide you to your next steps in your walk with Christ: https://atmosphere.church/new-to-faith•JOIN A LIFE GROUP- Find the community you've been looking for. Discover the prayer warriors waiting to stand with you. If you're interested in joining or starting a Life Group, visit https://atmosphere.church/life-groups•ABOUT ATMOSPHERE.CHURCH- Wherever you are in life, you have a purpose. Atmosphere.Church wants to help you find your next step. Our hope is that your journey will include joining us in-person at our location in Thousand Oaks, California or globally online at https://atmosphere.church/watch•For the best experience connecting with us, download the Atmosphere.Church app at https://qrco.de/atmosphere-ca
In this episode, Jori discusses with her listeners Moses's reminder to the Israelites that the LORD is one. NEW!!! BOOKS OF BIBLE COLOR CHARTI made this chart as a helpful tool for grouping the collections of books or letters in the Holy Bible. The colors in the different sections are the ones that I use in my journals. You will be able to see in a YouTube video soon. Books of Bible Chart (color) (4).pdf - Google Drive CHECK OUT DR. JORI'S JOURNALS! Sermon Notes, Reflections and Applications Journal/Notebooks by Dr. Jori. Click the links below to be directed to amazon.com for purchase. Or search “Dr. Jori Shaffer” on Amazon to bring these up. https://a.co/d/9B5krQlhttps://a.co/d/iycFlnNHere is a brief YouTube video that tells about the Journal/Notebooks as well:https://youtu.be/aXpQNYUEzds Scripture translation used is the English Standard Version.Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.Scripture References:Psalm 119:11Matthew 4:4Ephesians 2:8-9Revelation 21:22-25Deuteronomy 6:4Romans 10:42 Timothy 3:16-17John 1:29Isaiah 55:8-9Genesis 3:15Psalm 119:160John 17:17Deuteronomy 18:15-19Genesis 12:3Genesis 15:12-21Numbers 20:10-13Numbers 13-14John 16:33James 4:14Deuteronomy 1:1-3Deuteronomy 31:(John 5:46Deuteronomy 1-4Deuteronomy 5:1-21Exodus 20Deuteronomy 5:22-29Deuteronomy 5:32-6:4Hebrews 11:6Mark 12:30-31Exodus 3:13-15Isaiah 42:8Zechariah 14:9Genesis 1:1-3John 1:1-2John 17:8-12, 22-23Proverbs 3:5-6 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPodcast website: https://awordforthisday.buzzsprout.comSupport the show
Our friend Chad Rogers from Fellowship Jonesboro was with us this last weekend! Chad continued in Joshua chapter 5 when God calls the Israelites to consecrate themselves again to the Lord in a covenant renewal. As God set apart the Israelites as His chosen people from the surrounding nations, He also desires that we would be set apart for Him in our cultural moment. Our relationship with God is a covenantal relationship - not based on our own efforts, but based in the love of God for us. Through consecration, we give God our best "yes" and He reminds us again of His commitment to us and the purposes He has for us. Joshua 5:1-15You can join our OneLife Sunday morning gatherings via livestream at 9am and 11am CST every Sunday morning. Or if you're local to the Bay Area of Houston, we'd love to have you join us in person Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 9am and 11am!Subscribe to our YouTube channel to join us live on Sunday mornings: https://www.youtube.com/@onelifechurch381Listen to more messages from OneLife Church at https://www.onelifehouston.com/messagesIf you would like to give to OneLife Church, you can do that here: https://www.onelifehouston.com/giveAt OneLife, we want to be and make disciples of Jesus who love God, one another, and our world. We are God's people making much of Jesus in everyday life for the good of the neighborhoods in the Bay Area of Houston and beyond.For more information about us and our gatherings, visit https://www.onelifehouston.comConnect with us over social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onelifehoustonInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/onelifechurch
As the Israelites journeyed out of Egypt into the wilderness, God provided them with water from a rock which followed them wherever they went. As believers today we have the same need of spiritual water that is only found in Jesus; the rock who supplies rivers of living water springing up with eternal life.
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29:13 – Dave in Kentucky finally gets started on the Book of Numbers, and we soon find out why it’s called that. There’s a little more of the singular vs. plural stuff, too, left over from the previous episode. Discover why the Levites received a Selective Service exemption, how the Israelites conducted their census, and […]
Cain and AbelGenesis • June 4, 2023Teacher: Dave Brown--AugustineFaith seeking understanding.Genesis 4:1-16 NIVAdam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let's go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”“I don't know,” he replied. “Am I my brother's keeper?”The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. So Cain went out from the Lord's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.1. God's Presence2. A choice to make3. Disobedience4. Hope1. God's PresenceExodus 33:12, 14-16 NIVMoses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,' but you have not let me know _whom you will send with me_…The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”Matthew 1:22-23 NIVAll this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him _Immanuel” (which means “God with us_”).What gets communicated over and over again through Scripture is that God desires to be with you.2. A Choice to MakeGenesis 4:6-7 NIVThen the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”Ezekiel 2:3-5 NIVHe said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.' And _whether they listen or fail to listen_—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them.Matthew 19:21 NIVJesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”3. Disobedience Ezekiel 2:3-5 NIVHe said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.' And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them.4. HopeGenesis 5:1b-3 NIVWhen God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created. When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.Revelation 22:1-4 NIVThen the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
Message for 06/04/2023 "Care Less About What Others Think" by Justin McTeer. *All verses are NLT unless otherwise noted* 1 Samuel 8:1-9 - As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice. 4 Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. 5 “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.” 6 Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. 7 “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don't want me to be their king any longer. 8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. 9 Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.” 1 Samuel 9:1-2 - There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 His son Saul was the most handsome man in Israel—head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land. 1 Samuel 10:24 - Then Samuel said to all the people, “This is the man the Lord has chosen as your king. No one in all Israel is like him!” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!” 1 Samuel 13:7b-14 - Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. 8 Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn't come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. 9 So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself. 10 Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, 11 but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn't arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. 12 So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven't even asked for the Lord's help!' So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” 13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord's command.” 1 Samuel 18:6-9 - When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals. 7 This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” 8 This made Saul very angry. “What's this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they'll be making him their king!” 9 So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. “Do I need to be liked? Absolutely not. I like to be liked. I enjoy being liked. I have to be liked, but it's not like this compulsive need to be liked, like my need to be praised.” - Michael Scott. Matthew 16:13-15 - When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” 15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Matthew 12:22-26 - Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn't speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see. 23 The crowd was amazed and asked, “Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard about the miracle, they said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan,[d] the prince of demons.” 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive Matthew 4:5-10 - Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, 6 and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.' 7 Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.' Mark 11:27-33 - Again they entered Jerusalem. As Jesus was walking through the Temple area, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders came up to him. 28 They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right to do them?” 29 “I'll tell you by what authority I do these things if you answer one question,” Jesus replied. 30 “Did John's authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human? Answer me!” 31 They talked it over among themselves. “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn't believe John. 32 But do we dare say it was merely human?” For they were afraid of what the people would do, because everyone believed that John was a prophet. 33 So they finally replied, “We don't know.” And Jesus responded, “Then I won't tell you by what authority I do these things.” Decide to care more about people than you care about what people think. John 2:23-24 - Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. 24 But Jesus didn't trust them, because he knew all about people. 25 No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person's heart. Accept that you will disappoint people Matthew 11:2-6 - John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, 3 “Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” 4 Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— 5 the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” 6 And he added, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me Luke 19:5-7 - When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” 6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. Mark 6:1-3 - Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. 2 The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” 3 Then they scoffed, “He's just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Galatians 1:10 - Obviously, I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant.
USA 9/11 VS Isaiah 9/11 --Both Very Similiar In UnGodly Responses! --- Website: rahardin.com--Books: Amazon.com/Richard-A-Hardin/e/B09J2YHCVB---Schedule: M-F, 7-8AM; Sat-Sun, 6-8AM, (CST)****God let down His defense for the Israelites because they had become so evil and a great event took place which the Prophet Isaiah discusses that is very similar to our 9/11. The three ungodly responses that our leaders gave to the events of our 9/11 are identical to the responses the Israelites gave to God after Isaiah's 9/11. Search Google, “Rabbi Jonathan Cahn/Harbinger” for the indepth comparison of the two responses. What excites me is that in addition to the similar comparison of responses, I have found there was a “Rapture” very soon after the event in Isaiah's day which I refer to as the “Isaiah Rapture.” Since the events of the first part of Isaiah and our USA 9/11 are so similar, it just might be that we will soon have a follow-up Rapture too. Find out about the Isaiah Rapture on @KLRNRadio.com 6AM CST Sat #GPWF #Christian or at rahardin.com or say to Alexa, "Play Richard Hardin's God's Pure Word of Faith".
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Prayer Starters with Suzanne Eller (KLRC)
A prisoner of hope is someone who is free, in the pit and out of it.Keywords: Freedom; hope; captivity; prophesy; Israelites; promise. Scripture:
David The Shepherd Warrior This series focuses on the life of David. Why should we study the life of this man? David's story is a picture of Messianic typology. We see in David the struggle against the flesh that is so typical in all of us. And we will see what a man after God's own heart looks like. We start in 1 Samuel 16 where the Israelites cry for a king. It is a period of hopeless humanism, void of leadership. The people choose a man based on outward appearance, electability and sound bites. They chose Saul, tall, dark and handsome. Saul was a good looking man, but he lacked character. He was prone to hot tempered outbursts, bouts of intense depression and capable of incredible evil, jealousy, control, obsession with fame and even murder. God gives them Saul. But waiting in the wings is a shepherd boy, David.
Again and again, people in the Bible missed out on God's best because they refused to believe what He said. Could you be at risk of making the same mistake? Discover just how dangerous unbelief can be in part one of Pastor Bayless' message “Overcoming Unbelief.” You'll follow the Israelites throughout history, from fleeing Egypt to encountering Jesus, and see how unbelief held back the miracles they could have experienced—but missed. Listen and learn how to dodge the disappointment caused by disbelief—and rest in God's promises and power instead.
Does the Bible create a distinction between Israelites and non-Israelites? When does the sharp distinction between Jew and Gentile show up in the literature? These questions are at the heart of a Round Table Talk between Dr. Yeshaya Gruber and Professor Ishay Rosen-Zvi called Jew vs. Goy in Pauline and Rabbinic Thought. The concepts and conclusions may surprise you!Listen to the full Round Table Talk called Jew vs. Goy in Pauline and Rabbinic Thought HEREExplore the book: Goy: Israel's Multiple Others and the Birth of the GentileFind out how you can get this and many other courses with one small monthly subscription at: https://israelbiblecenter.comStay connected with IBC on Facebook @IsraelBibleCenter or Twitter @IsraelStudy
Proper 3 First Psalm: Psalm 37:1–18 Psalm 37:1–18 (Listen) He Will Not Forsake His Saints 1 Of David. 37 Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!2 For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.24 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! 8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.9 For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. 10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.11 But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. 12 The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him,13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming. 14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright;15 their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. 16 Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. 18 The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; Footnotes  37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet  37:3 Or and feed on faithfulness, or and find safe pasture (ESV) Second Psalm: Psalm 37:19–40 Psalm 37:19–40 (Listen) 19 they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance. 20 But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away. 21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;22 for those blessed by the LORD1 shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off. 23 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.26 He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing. 27 Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever.28 For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.29 The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever. 30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.31 The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. 32 The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death.33 The LORD will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial. 34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. 35 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree.236 But he passed away,3 and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found. 37 Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace.38 But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off. 39 The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him. Footnotes  37:22 Hebrew by him  37:35 The identity of this tree is uncertain  37:36 Or But one passed by (ESV) Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:32–40 Deuteronomy 4:32–40 (Listen) The Lord Alone Is God 32 “For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of. 33 Did any people ever hear the voice of a god speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and still live? 34 Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror, all of which the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him. 36 Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. 37 And because he loved your fathers and chose their offspring after them1 and brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power, 38 driving out before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is this day, 39 know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. 40 Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for all time.” Footnotes  4:37 Hebrew his offspring after him (ESV) New Testament: 2 Corinthians 3 2 Corinthians 3 (Listen) Ministers of the New Covenant 3 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our1 hearts, to be known and read by all. 3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.2 4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory. 12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one3 turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord4 is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,5 are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.6 For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. Footnotes  3:2 Some manuscripts your  3:3 Greek fleshly hearts  3:16 Greek he  3:17 Or this Lord  3:18 Or reflecting the glory of the Lord  3:18 Greek from glory to glory (ESV) Gospel: Luke 16:1–9 Luke 16:1–9 (Listen) The Parable of the Dishonest Manager 16 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2 And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.' 3 And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.' 5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?' 6 He said, ‘A hundred measures1 of oil.' He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?' He said, ‘A hundred measures2 of wheat.' He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.' 8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world3 are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth,4 so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. Footnotes  16:6 About 875 gallons or 3,200 liters  16:7 Between 1,000 and 1,200 bushels or 37,000 to 45,000 liters  16:8 Greek age  16:9 Greek mammon, a Semitic word for money or possessions; also verse 11; rendered money in verse 13 (ESV)
Thursday after PentecostOpening Words:“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”Acts 1:8 (ESV) Confession:Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God. Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen. The InvitatoryLord, open our lips.And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Jubilate (Psalm 100)Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth:Come let us adore him. Alleluia. Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; * serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.Know this: The Lord himself is God; *he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; * give thanks to him and call upon his Name.For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; *and his faithfulness endures from age to age. Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth:Come let us adore him. Alleluia. The PsalterPsalm 37Noli æmulari1Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *do not be jealous of those who do wrong.2For they shall soon wither like the grass, *and like the green grass fade away.3Put your trust in the Lord and do good; *dwell in the land and feed on its riches.4Take delight in the Lord, *and he shall give you your heart's desire.5Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, *and he will bring it to pass.6He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *and your just dealing as the noonday.7Be still before the Lord *and wait patiently for him.8Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *the one who succeeds in evil schemes.9Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.10For evildoers shall be cut off, *but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land.11In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.12But the lowly shall possess the land; *they will delight in abundance of peace.13The wicked plot against the righteous *and gnash at them with their teeth.14The Lord laughs at the wicked, *because he sees that their day will come.15The wicked draw their sword and bend their bowto strike down the poor and needy, *to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.16Their sword shall go through their own heart, *and their bow shall be broken.17The little that the righteous has *is better than great riches of the wicked.18For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *but the Lord upholds the righteous. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. LessonsDeuteronomy 4:32-4032 “For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of. 33 Did any people ever hear the voice of a god speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and still live? 34 Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror, all of which the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord is God; there is no other besides him. 36 Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. 37 And because he loved your fathers and chose their offspring after them and brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power, 38 driving out before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is this day, 39 know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. 40 Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.” 2 Corinthians 33 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. 3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. The Word of the Lord.Thanks Be To God. Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; * he has come to his people and set them free.He has raised up for us a mighty savior, * born of the house of his servant David.Through his holy prophets he promised of old, that he would save us from our enemies, * from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers * and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, * to set us free from the hands of our enemies, Free to worship him without fear, * holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, * for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, To give his people knowledge of salvation * by the forgiveness of their sins.In the tender compassion of our God * the dawn from on high shall break upon us, To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, * and to guide our feet into the way of peace.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. The Apostles CreedI believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The PrayersLord, have mercy.Christ, have mercyLord, have mercyOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. The SuffragesO Lord, show your mercy upon us;And grant us your salvation.O Lord, guide those who govern usAnd lead us in the way of justice and truth.Clothe your ministers with righteousnessAnd let your people sing with joy.O Lord, save your peopleAnd bless your inheritance.Give peace in our time, O LordAnd defend us by your mighty power.Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgottenNor the hope of the poor be taken away.Create in us clean hearts, O GodAnd take not your Holy Spirit from us. Take a moment of silence at this time to reflect and pray for others. The CollectsWeek of PentecostGrant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Daily Collects:A Collect for PeaceO God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.A Collect for GraceO Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that, guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Prayer for MissionAlmighty and everlasting God, who alone works great marvels: Send down upon our clergy and the congregations committed to their charge the life-giving Spirit of your grace, shower them with the continual dew of your blessing, and ignite in them a zealous love of your Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. General ThanksgivingAlmighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. A Prayer of St. John ChrysostomAlmighty God, you have given us grace at this time, with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will grant their requests: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. DismissalLet us bless the LordThanks be to God!Alleluia, Alleluia! BenedictionThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen*
What is Israel's relationship to the Promised Land? In this episode, Levi Hazen offers seven observations about the Land Covenant – a warning and a promise to the Israelites before entering the Land
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TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: JOHN 1:43-51 - The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” MENTIONED ON TODAY'S EPISODE: Contact Carey directly: email@example.com ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
Old Testament: 2 Samuel 16–17 2 Samuel 16–17 (Listen) David and Ziba 16 When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, bearing two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a skin of wine. 2 And the king said to Ziba, “Why have you brought these?” Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who faint in the wilderness to drink.” 3 And the king said, “And where is your master's son?” Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he remains in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will give me back the kingdom of my father.'” 4 Then the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.” And Ziba said, “I pay homage; let me ever find favor in your sight, my lord the king.” Shimei Curses David 5 When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. 6 And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. 7 And Shimei said as he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! 8 The LORD has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.” 9 Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.” 10 But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD has said to him, ‘Curse David,' who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?'” 11 And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. 12 It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me,1 and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today.” 13 So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust. 14 And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan.2 And there he refreshed himself. Absalom Enters Jerusalem 15 Now Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. 16 And when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, came to Absalom, Hushai said to Absalom, “Long live the king! Long live the king!” 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?” 18 And Hushai said to Absalom, “No, for whom the LORD and this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19 And again, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? As I have served your father, so I will serve you.” 20 Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your counsel. What shall we do?” 21 Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Go in to your father's concubines, whom he has left to keep the house, and all Israel will hear that you have made yourself a stench to your father, and the hands of all who are with you will be strengthened.” 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof. And Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23 Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God; so was all the counsel of Ahithophel esteemed, both by David and by Absalom. Hushai Saves David 17 Moreover, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue David tonight. 2 I will come upon him while he is weary and discouraged and throw him into a panic, and all the people who are with him will flee. I will strike down only the king, 3 and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband. You seek the life of only one man,3 and all the people will be at peace.” 4 And the advice seemed right in the eyes of Absalom and all the elders of Israel. 5 Then Absalom said, “Call Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear what he has to say.” 6 And when Hushai came to Absalom, Absalom said to him, “Thus has Ahithophel spoken; shall we do as he says? If not, you speak.” 7 Then Hushai said to Absalom, “This time the counsel that Ahithophel has given is not good.” 8 Hushai said, “You know that your father and his men are mighty men, and that they are enraged,4 like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. Besides, your father is expert in war; he will not spend the night with the people. 9 Behold, even now he has hidden himself in one of the pits or in some other place. And as soon as some of the people fall5 at the first attack, whoever hears it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.' 10 Then even the valiant man, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will utterly melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and that those who are with him are valiant men. 11 But my counsel is that all Israel be gathered to you, from Dan to Beersheba, as the sand by the sea for multitude, and that you go to battle in person. 12 So we shall come upon him in some place where he is to be found, and we shall light upon him as the dew falls on the ground, and of him and all the men with him not one will be left. 13 If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we shall drag it into the valley, until not even a pebble is to be found there.” 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel.” For the LORD had ordained6 to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the LORD might bring harm upon Absalom. 15 Then Hushai said to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, “Thus and so did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel, and thus and so have I counseled. 16 Now therefore send quickly and tell David, ‘Do not stay tonight at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means pass over, lest the king and all the people who are with him be swallowed up.'” 17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were waiting at En-rogel. A female servant was to go and tell them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they were not to be seen entering the city. 18 But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So both of them went away quickly and came to the house of a man at Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard. And they went down into it. 19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth and scattered grain on it, and nothing was known of it. 20 When Absalom's servants came to the woman at the house, they said, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” And the woman said to them, “They have gone over the brook7 of water.” And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem. 21 After they had gone, the men came up out of the well, and went and told King David. They said to David, “Arise, and go quickly over the water, for thus and so has Ahithophel counseled against you.” 22 Then David arose, and all the people who were with him, and they crossed the Jordan. By daybreak not one was left who had not crossed the Jordan. 23 When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went off home to his own city. He set his house in order and hanged himself, and he died and was buried in the tomb of his father. 24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel. 25 Now Absalom had set Amasa over the army instead of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra the Ishmaelite,8 who had married Abigal the daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab's mother. 26 And Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead. 27 When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim, 28 brought beds, basins, and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans and lentils,9 29 honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat, for they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.” Footnotes  16:12 Septuagint, Vulgate will look upon my affliction  16:14 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks at the Jordan  17:3 Septuagint; Hebrew back to you. Like the return of the whole is the man whom you seek  17:8 Hebrew bitter of soul  17:9 Or And as he falls on them  17:14 Hebrew commanded  17:20 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain  17:25 Compare 1 Chronicles 2:17; Hebrew Israelite  17:28 Hebrew adds and parched grain (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 119:161–168 Psalm 119:161–168 (Listen) Sin and Shin 161 Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.162 I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.163 I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.165 Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.166 I hope for your salvation, O LORD, and I do your commandments.167 My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly.168 I keep your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before you. (ESV) New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 3–5 1 Thessalonians 3–5 (Listen) 3 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, 2 and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's coworker1 in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, 3 that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. 4 For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know. 5 For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain. Timothy's Encouraging Report 6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you—7 for this reason, brothers,2 in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? 11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. A Life Pleasing to God 4 Finally, then, brothers,3 we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification:4 that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body5 in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. The Coming of the Lord 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord,6 that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. The Day of the Lord 5 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers,7 you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children8 of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. Final Instructions and Benediction 12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,9 encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 25 Brothers, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. 27 I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Footnotes  3:2 Some manuscripts servant  3:7 Or brothers and sisters  4:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 10, 13  4:3 Or your holiness  4:4 Or how to take a wife for himself; Greek how to possess his own vessel  4:15 Or by the word of the Lord  5:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 4, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27  5:5 Or sons; twice in this verse  5:14 Or disorderly, or undisciplined (ESV)
Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to explore a beautiful oasis called En Gedi, which was the geographical inspiration behind some of the most beloved Psalms that were written by David. Effectively making this spot, that slingshot-wielding hero's Yoko Ono! En Gedi - which means “Spring of the Young Goat” - is one of only two freshwater springs along the western shore of the Dead Sea, so it's vital for Israel's agricultural industry. God allotted this fertile region to the tribe of Judah when the Israelites finally got to the Promised Land after the Exodus and four decades of wandering in the wilderness. But En Gedi really rises to prominence in Old Testament narrative in First Samuel when it becomes one of the main places of refuge for David when he had to flee the jealous madness of King Saul, who was intent on taking him out. Consequently, En Gedi became a safe place for David to pen some really lovely tunes praising God for His provision and protection. John Calvin described the Psalms as “an anatomy of all parts of the soul” because that ancient hymnal in the middle of our Bibles records both the rapture and the rupture of God's people. And I love the breadth of the Psalms because I think it behooves us to be reminded regularly that we don't have to curate our emotions on God's behalf but can instead bring everything to our Creator Redeemer – including the excruciatingly painful, hard, humiliating, and completely unfiltered stuff of life – and trust that it all matters to Him because we matter to Him. Today's podcast is going to give us a safe place to peel off our emotional Spanx and exhale, so please grab a cup of decaf coffee and your Bible - unless you're picking banana peels out of your composter, of course – and come hang out on the porch with us. Follow Us On Instagram! @BackPorchTheologyPodcast @LisaDHarper @AllisonAllen @Jim.Howard.Co Learn more about Convoy of Hope's Women's Empowerment program at Convoy.org/LisaHarper