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January 26 - Evening

"The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt." - Exodus 12:13

The Sign of Yahweh’s Pass Over

The Hebrews that feared God were to slaughter a lamb at twilight and place some of the blood on the sides and top of their doorframes. God had always known where his people lived and the plagues had not affected them. But, now the blood was to be a “sign” (‘ot), which, like to first three signs Moses showed Pharaoh, would provide information, insight and understanding that, if responded to in faith, would provide mercy and deliverance. The blood was a visible public display to serve as a sign to everyone (believer or skeptic, Hebrew or Egyptian) that Yahweh had destroyed the firstborn of those without the blood, but had “passed over” those with the sign of the blood that had been applied at his command and in agreement with his word.
When the Lord saw the blood of this sign applied to the door frame he would “pass over” (pasah, verb, or pesah, the noun translated “Passover”).
God would strike the firstborn throughout Egypt that refused to apply the blood of the slaughtered lamb on the door frame. The death of the firstborn would not only include human families, but also the animal kingdom. And, since many of the images of the gods of Egypt were portrayed as creatures of the animal kingdom, the death of the firstborn among the animals would be an attack and a judgment on those Egyptian gods.  No Egyptian god would escape this judgment and each of them would suffer the consequences of not being able to protect the image of their deity and symbol of their power.
Anazopureo  (Gr) – “fan into flame” or “stir up” (Eng) - anazopureo  is Greek word that is a compound word with the addition of a prefix.  These are the three parts:
Ana, a prefix that means “up”
Zoe meaning “life”
Pur meaning “fire”
Together these words mean “to make the fire higher by bringing it life” or “rekindle the fire.”
Anazopureo is used one time in the GNT when Paul writes to Timothy, “I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you.” (2 Timothy 1:6)
Do I fear situations that do not yet exist?
I will seek wisdom for planning and preparing for the future.
I will focus on doing what is right and just today.
And, I will trust God has been guiding me through my past.

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Perseverance in service to saints
Foreign conflicts
Asia's fragile economic growth

Emerging from the tunnels inside the Herodion. This is near where Herod was buried and his tomb was discovered. At the base of this manmade mountain are the remains of another palace and large pool. details
Above is a map showing some of the locations of Genesis 19 and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Someone to Quote

"Is what you're living for worth Christ dying for?"
- Leonard Revenhill, Epitaph

Something to Ponder

Jesus seemed to warn of the Pagan tendency of “clergy” separating themselves from the common “laity” by wearing “special” clothing or accessories to distinguishing themselves. "Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets." (Luke 20:46)
During the first two centuries clothing was not used to separate the " ministers" from the ones who were to support the "ministers." Clerical "dressing up" for church began in the 300's AD when the clergy distinguished themselves from the laity by adopting the dress of the Roman government officials. Today the "clergy" often seeks to separate themselves from the laity with robes or suits or some other accessory worn publicly.

Here’s a Fact

The Greek text of Romans 13:3 has been found in two different mosaics in Caesarea on the Mediterranean coast of Israel.  The mosaics were placed as decorations, and as reminders, in the floor of a large public building believed to be a praetorium or an archive from 350-450 AD. The Greek text in these two mosaics is the same as our Greek texts used to translate Bibles today saying: “If you would not fear the authorities, do that which is good.” (details here and here. Photos)


"Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest."
- Proverbs 26:2

Coach’s Corner

Everyone fails. Everyone feels disappointed. Everyone could be better. Welcome to reality. The difference is some people move on past failure and feelings to actually become better. 

Genesis 33
New International Version (NIV)
Jacob Meets Esau
33 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked.
Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”
Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”
“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.
But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”
10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.
12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”
13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”
15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”
“But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”
16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. 17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.
18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19 For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. 20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.
Genesis 42
New International Version (NIV)
Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt
42 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.”
Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him. So Israel’s sons were among those who went to buy grain, for there was famine in the land of Canaan also.
Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked.
“From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.”
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Then he remembered his dreams about them and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see where our land is unprotected.”
10 “No, my lord,” they answered. “Your servants have come to buy food. 11 We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies.”
12 “No!” he said to them. “You have come to see where our land is unprotected.”
13 But they replied, “Your servants were twelve brothers, the sons of one man, who lives in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no more.”
14 Joseph said to them, “It is just as I told you: You are spies! 15 And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. 16 Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!” 17 And he put them all in custody for three days.
18 On the third day, Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God: 19 If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households. 20 But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die.” This they proceeded to do.
21 They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.”
22 Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.” 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.
24 He turned away from them and began to weep, but then came back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes.
25 Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each man’s silver back in his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. After this was done for them, 26 they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.
27 At the place where they stopped for the night one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver in the mouth of his sack. 28 “My silver has been returned,” he said to his brothers. “Here it is in my sack.”
Their hearts sank and they turned to each other trembling and said, “What is this that God has done to us?”
29 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them. They said, 30 “The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as though we were spying on the land. 31 But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies. 32 We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.’
33 “Then the man who is lord over the land said to us, ‘This is how I will know whether you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, and take food for your starving households and go. 34 But bring your youngest brother to me so I will know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will give your brother back to you, and you can trade in the land.’”
35 As they were emptying their sacks, there in each man’s sack was his pouch of silver! When they and their father saw the money pouches, they were frightened. 36 Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”
37 Then Reuben said to his father, “You may put both of my sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Entrust him to my care, and I will bring him back.”
38 But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow.”

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