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October 2 - Morning

"On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,  “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 
By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified "
- John 7:37-39

Rivers of Living Water

The feast mentioned in the verses above is the Feast of Tabernacles. It was a seven day feast (eventually an eighth day was added) and on each day a priest drew water from the Pool of Siloam at the southwest corner of the City of David and carried the water in a golden pitcher up the street that led to the Temple Mount on Mount Moriah. This was done in a joyful procession that included trumpets  and singing. On the Temple Mount the water was poured into a bowl by the altar of burnt offering.
The Mishnah says,
“He that never has seen the joy of the Water-drawing has never in his life seen joy.”
The ceremony symbolized four things:
  1. Thanksgiving for God’s provision of water in the past
  2. Prayer for rain for the coming year
  3. The water of salvation mentioned in Isaiah 12:3 which was used by Isaiah to refer to this
    same Feast of Tabernacles and the Water-drawing ceremony which symbolized God’s salvation or deliverance for Israel: “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3)
  4. In the Talmud this ceremony is done each of the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles to represent the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the water of the salvation.
This feast, this water drawing/pouring ceremony, Isaiah’s words and the Jewish understanding of the water and the Holy Spirit is the context of Jesus’ actions and words on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in 30 AD. On the eighth and final day of the Feast no water was poured out. Instead, a prayer was offered asking God to send water. It is at this time the teacher Jesus is no longer seen in his seated position from where he would have instructed his gathered group of students. Instead, Jesus is said to be standing and making a proclamation in a loud voice to this joyful crowd celebrating on the Temple Mount. In response to the Jewish prayer for water that final day of the feast, Jesus addresses the entire community on the Temple Mount
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice: ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ “
The “loud voice” used by Jesus is exactly that, a loud voice proclaiming emphatically and with emotion for all the worshippers to hear and respond. Jesus is saying this ritual is fulfilled in him. The Pool of Siloam, the water, the pouring, the rejoicing is all pointing to Jesus. John explains that the person who receives the living water, or the Holy Spirit, for salvation will himself become a source of that living water for others. The believer will not only be saved, but will also be empowered to carry that salvation and deliverance to others.
John chapter 4 spoke of a well of living water that springs up for salvation of the individual believer. Here, in John chapter 7 that same spring of living water becomes a river that flows to minister to others through that individual believer. Once we are saved, we all become ministers of this livingwater that delivered us! The Spirit of God saves us, and then, the Spirit of God empowers us!
Chidah (Hb) - Riddle (Eng) - The Hebrew word chidah means "riddle," and is used to refer to "a perplexing saying," "an allegory," or "a puzzle." The most familiar use of chidah is in the account of Samson in the book of Judges. Eight of the seventeen times it is used in the OT chidah is found in the story of Samson.
A wise and discerning person could figure out
chidah ("hard sayings" or "hard questions").
Proverbs 1:6 promises its readers that if they will take the book of Proverbs to heart they too will be able to solve
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
    doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables,
    the sayings and riddles (
chidah) of the wise. - Proverbs 1:1-6
Do I minister to others? If I am secure in my salvation after having received the living water by believing in Jesus, why am I not allowing that same living water flow through my life like a river in order to minister to others? Today I will not only rejoice in my salvation, but I will also rejoice that I have been made a minister of reconciliation between the world and God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; 6:1-2)

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Confess sin


Avoid legalism
Middle class
Peru - just, strong, stable government needed

This is a picture of the Holy of Holies found in a high place of worship in Arad, Israel from around 700 BC. Instead of one incense altar infront of the Most Holy Place there are two. The two stones in the back are two deity stones. One is for Yahweh and the other is for his wife, Asherah (Astoroth). Pagan religion and thinking had crept into the true worship of Jehovah. (click on image for larger size)
The combination of spiritual gifts with natural personalities and talents that are given by the Holy Spirit, given a job assignment by the Lord Jesus and worked together with the other gifts by God the Father. (click on image for larger size)

Someone to Quote

“Depend upon it. God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supplies.” – Hudson Taylor

Something to Ponder

Ancient Jews would place their dead on burial benches in tombs. After a year had passed the body would have decomposed. At this time relatives would return to the tomb to place the deceased person's bones in a stone box called an ossuary. This ossuary was covered with a lid and left in the tomb beside the ossuaries of other family members. In this practice there were two actual burials: one, when the deceased was laid on the burial bench; two, when their bones where gathered together and placed alongside their forefathers after the flesh had decomposed. When a follower of Jesus asked, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father," he was probably referring to waiting a year for the body to decompose and was not referring to the fact that his father just died and needed to be placed in a tomb. (Luke 9:60) (details)

Here’s a Fact

There are carvings on the walls of the Karnak Temple complex in Egypt that record Pharaoh Shishak's invasion of Israel around 925 BC. This agrees with 1 Kings 14:25 that describes Shishak invading Jerusalem in Rehoboam's fifth year to take Solomon's gold shields from the palace and treasure from the temple. (details)


"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." Proverbs 16:25

Coach’s Corner

Don’t hide your passion or betray your dream just so you can fit in. 

2 Corinthians 5:18-21
New International Version (NIV)
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
New International Version (NIV)
As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you,     and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Nehemiah 8
New International Version (NIV)

all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel.
So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.
Ezra the teacher of the Law stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion. Beside him on his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah and Maaseiah; and on his left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam.
Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.
Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”
12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
13 On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Ezra the teacher to give attention to the words of the Law. 14 They found written in the Law, which the Lord had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in temporary shelters during the festival of the seventh month 15 and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make temporary shelters”—as it is written.
16 So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves temporary shelters on their own roofs, in their courtyards, in the courts of the house of God and in the square by the Water Gate and the one by the Gate of Ephraim. 17 The whole company that had returned from exile built temporary shelters and lived in them. From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this. And their joy was very great.
18 Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God. They celebrated the festival for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the regulation, there was an assembly.
John 18
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Arrested
18 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.
Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)
When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.
Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”
10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.
Peter’s First Denial
15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.
He replied, “I am not.”
18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.
The High Priest Questions Jesus
19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”
22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.
23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Peter’s Second and Third Denials
25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”
He denied it, saying, “I am not.”
26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
Jesus Before Pilate
28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”
30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”
31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected.
32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.
33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”
40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.
Matthew 1
New International Version (NIV)
The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

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