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January 27 - Evening

"By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night."
-Exodus 13:21

Theophany and the Pillar

God manifested his supernatural presence among the Israelites in the form of a pillar that went before them. This manifestation assisted the Israelites by:
  1. Verifying his presence was with his people
  2. Guiding them to the destination he desired
  3. Setting the pace so that the timing of their travel was appropriate for his plan
  4. Protecting them from attacks and other dangers
  5. Providing light at night
  6. Providing covering from the sun during the day
  7. Assuring the people that the Lord’s provisions and goodness were available.
What a contrast between the guidance and care provided by the Lord through the pillar for his people, and the wrath and destruction provided by the Lord through Moses’ staff on the Egyptian oppressors!
God’s presence allowed the people to do extraordinary feats such as travel in the darkness of night. Psalm 105:39 says :
“He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night.”

This pillar was “the angel of the God” in Exodus 14:19-20 when the pillar moved to the back to protect his people:
“Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.”

As we follow this theme through the Scriptures we also learn that God’s name was in this angel:
“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.”

Isaiah calls him the “angel of his presence” in Isaiah 63:8-9:
He said, “Surely they are my people,     children who will be true to me”;     and so he became their Savior. In all their distress he too was distressed,     and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them;     he lifted them up and carried them     all the days of old.

In Malachi 3:1 the Lord Almighty says he will send his messenger who is the Lord, the messenger of the covenant. This Messenger, who is the Lord himself, will come to his temple in Jerusalem:
“ 'I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,' says the Lord Almighty.” – Malachi 3:1

The one who came to the Temple in Jerusalem was the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord who spoke to Israel in 30 AD was the same Lord who spoke to Israel (Psalm 99:6-7) and Moses (Exodus 33:9-11) from the cloud. In fact, this pillar of cloud will descend on the Tabernacle to speak with Moses and hover over the tabernacle until it is time to move.
The pillar of cloud/fire is a clear theophany, which is an appearance of God in a form that is tangible to human senses. (“Theophany” is from the compound Greek word theophaneia which is made from theo meaning “God” and phaneia meaning “to show, appearance.”)
Airo (Gr) – Put Away (Eng) - airo is Greek word that means “to raise up,” “to elevate,” “to take upon one’s self and carry what was lifted,” “to remove,” and “to take by force.” Airo is used 102 times in the GNT and finds (82 of those are in the Gospels).  Jesus said, “take (airo) my yoke upon you and learn from me” (Mt. 11:29) and “whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away (airo)” (Mt. 13:12). John the Baptist said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away (airo) the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29) Concerning the “certificate of debt consisting of the decrees against us,” Paul tells us that God has “taken it out of the way (airo), having nailed it to the cross.” (Col. 2:14)
Do I compliment others? Do I say kind and encouraging things to help others?
Today I will compliment someone and praise them for their work, efforts or attitude.
Today I will speak words of encouragement.

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USA and Israel relationship
Extreme Hindu groups in India

The Golden Lampstand (menorah) at night, near the Western Wall (click on image for larger size)
A map of today's walled city of Old Jerusalem, which shows the location of the beginning of Hezekiah's Tunnel at the Gihon Springs. (click on image for larger size)

Someone to Quote

“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”  - Abraham Lincoln

Something to Ponder

The 1965 movie "The Greatest Story Ever Told" was about the life of Jesus Christ.
John Wayne plays a Roman centurion and speaks his one line, "Truly this was the Son of God." Pat Boone was the angel at the tomb. Telly Savalas was Pontius Pilate. Charlton Heston was John the Baptist. Jesus was played by a blond hairerd, blue-eyed Sweish actor named Max von Sydow.
See full cast.

Here’s a Fact

During Zedekiah’s reign (597-586 BC) a fort was rebuilt at Arad, fifty-five miles south of Jerusalem. Ostraca (broken pieces of pottery that contain written text) found there detail Judah’s final years. Zedekiah hired Greek mercenaries and troops were sent to Ramat Negev to keep Edom from attacking Judah. According to Obadiah Edom did invade from the south. The Lord condemns Edom for taking advantage of Judah’s desperate situation in Obadiah. Excavation at Arad shows Zedekiah’s fort was burnt most likely by the Edomites.


"Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips."
- Proverbs 27:2

Coach’s Corner

It is not a lack of faith to desire to check out a truth or a relationship before getting involved. A long term commitment comes after a progressive series of shorter term commitments have been tested and approved. 

Genesis 35
New International Version (NIV)
Jacob Returns to Bethel
35 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.”
So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem. Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.
Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.
Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel. So it was named Allon Bakuth.
After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him. 10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel.
11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” 13 Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.
14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.
The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” 18 As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin.
19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20 Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.
21 Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder. 22 While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it.
Jacob had twelve sons:
23 The sons of Leah:
Reuben the firstborn of Jacob,
Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
24 The sons of Rachel:
Joseph and Benjamin.
25 The sons of Rachel’s servant Bilhah:
Dan and Naphtali.
26 The sons of Leah’s servant Zilpah:
Gad and Asher.
These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.
27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. 28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years. 29 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Genesis 45
New International Version (NIV)
Joseph Makes Himself Known
45 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.
Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11 I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’
12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”
14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.
16 When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. 17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, 18 and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’
19 “You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come. 20 Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.’”
21 So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey. 22 To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five sets of clothes. 23 And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!”
25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

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