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January 28 - Evening

"In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling." - Exodus 15:13

Learning to Trust the Lord's Unfailing Love

Exodus 15 contains the song sung by Moses and the Israelites after Pharaoh’s military had been swept away by the sea. Miriam and the women took timbrels (tambourines) and began to sing and dance after the Lord’s great deliverance at the Red Sea in response to Moses’ song. The music of this time was primarily driven by rhythm as indicated by the use of timbrels and dancing.  Clay images from this period show musicians with musical percussion instruments to always be women. This would seem likely since the men were the ones fighting the battles that, when won, the women would be prepared to sing, dance and rejoice.
A portion of the lyrics of this song which was written by Moses speaks of God’s “unfailing love” that will “lead the people” he has “redeemed.” “Unfailing love” is from the Hebrew word chesedh and is a specific reference to “covenant love.” Since, the Lord’s relationship with Israel is based in an unbreakable covenant, his relationship (“love”) with them is “unbreakable,” “bound by the covenant,” or “unfailing.” This “love” or “relationship” is not an emotional feeling, but a bond of a covenant, a contract, or a legal agreement. Israel is beginning to learn to trust this covenant with Yahweh. What he promised, he will do.
The people of Abraham’s covenant have been “redeemed,” or ga’al, which means to take back, such as, taking back or possessing family property as in the case of the kinsman redeemer. Ga'al also means to purchase out of bondage. The Lord has proven his faithfulness by coming to Egypt to get his people after 400 years as he prophesied to Abraham in Genesis 15:13-16.
Israel can rejoice and be assured that the Lord, with his divine strength, will continue to lead his people until he takes them to his “holy dwelling.” The location of God’s “holy dwelling” to where Yahweh is leading his people is ultimately, Mount Moriah in Jerusalem in the Promised Land of Canaan. So, in context, first, the place of his “holy dwelling” is the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Lord will continue to lead Israel to the Promised Land!
The people must be made ready. Then, they must possess the Promised Land. After they have secured the Land, the time will come for them to take possession of the city of Jerusalem and, then, at the right time they will be instructed to build a temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem for God’s holy dwelling place. It is here they will have access to the Temple which will be used for worship and fellowship with the Lord. The year this song was sung is around 1445 BC, but David will not take Jerusalem until about 1005 BC. Then, around 950 BC Solomon will build the Temple for the Lord.
Thura (Gr) – Door (Eng) - thura is Greek word that means “a door,” “the vestibule,” “gate,” or any opening used as an entry way, passage or door into something. This word is used 39 times in the Greek New Testament. Jesus used thura as a metaphor of himself in John 10:7.
Do I believe that the Lord is ultimately taking me to a better place?
Do I live with the understanding that Jesus has saved me and is in the process of conforming me into a better person who is able to experience better situations which includes an eternal state?
I will trust the Lord's unfailing love and his covenant promise given to me through Jesus Christ.

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Avoid distractions and interference
Scientists and Theologians
Asia's indigenous ethnic religions have regained influence

This labeled photo is a view of the eastern wall of Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives looking over the Kidron Valley. (click on image for larger size)
A map detailing the movement and travel of Abraham in Genesis 20 and 21. (click on image for larger size)

Someone to Quote

"The Lord's Supper is the only thing Jesus ever asked His people to do whereby they might remember Him. Shall we deny Him this simple request?" - George W. Truett

Something to Ponder

Gallup poll from May of 2012:

32% believe Humans evolved with God guiding

15% believe Humans evolved, but God had no part in the process

46% believe God created humans in present form

7% no opinion

Here’s a Fact

Amos warns Judah to seek God, but not to seek him in Bethel, Gilgal or Beersheba (Amos 5:5) because these were high places used for false worship (Amos 8:14). The stones for an altar made of cut stones (forbidden in the Bible, Ex. 20:25) was found dismantled in Beersheba. The altar had been dismantled and the stones reused in other buildings in Josiah’s day. When the stones were all located the top ones were charred from the burnt sacrifices offered in Beersheba during the days of Manasseh. (Beersheba pics here; Details here; Altar photos)


"When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order." - Proverbs 28:2

Coach’s Corner

Try considering what is best for others before you make your decision. 

John 10:7
New International Version (NIV)
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
Genesis 15:13-16
New International Version (NIV)
13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
Genesis 38
New International Version (NIV)
Judah and Tamar
38 At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah. There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and made love to her; she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er. She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan. She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him.
Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death.
Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your brother.” But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother. 10 What he did was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death also.
11 Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Live as a widow in your father’s household until my son Shelah grows up.” For he thought, “He may die too, just like his brothers.” So Tamar went to live in her father’s household.
12 After a long time Judah’s wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him.
13 When Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,” 14 she took off her widow’s clothes, covered herself with a veil to disguise herself, and then sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife.
15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 16 Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, “Come now, let me sleep with you.”
“And what will you give me to sleep with you?” she asked.
17 “I’ll send you a young goat from my flock,” he said.
“Will you give me something as a pledge until you send it?” she asked.
18 He said, “What pledge should I give you?”
“Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand,” she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him.
19 After she left, she took off her veil and put on her widow’s clothes again.
20 Meanwhile Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite in order to get his pledge back from the woman, but he did not find her. 21 He asked the men who lived there, “Where is the shrine prostitute who was beside the road at Enaim?”
“There hasn’t been any shrine prostitute here,” they said.
22 So he went back to Judah and said, “I didn’t find her. Besides, the men who lived there said, ‘There hasn’t been any shrine prostitute here.’”
23 Then Judah said, “Let her keep what she has, or we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn’t find her.”
24 About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.”
Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!”
25 As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. “I am pregnant by the man who owns these,” she said. And she added, “See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are.”
26 Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again.
27 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 28 As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, “This one came out first.” 29 But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, “So this is how you have broken out!” And he was named Perez.[a] 30 Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out. And he was named Zerah.[b]
  1. Genesis 38:29 Perez means breaking out.
  2. Genesis 38:30 Zerah can mean scarlet or brightness.
Genesis 47
New International Version (NIV)
47 Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and brothers, with their flocks and herds and everything they own, have come from the land of Canaan and are now in Goshen.” He chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh.
Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?”
“Your servants are shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.”
They also said to him, “We have come to live here for a while, because the famine is severe in Canaan and your servants’ flocks have no pasture. So now, please let your servants settle in Goshen.”
Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you, and the land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability, put them in charge of my own livestock.”
Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed[a] Pharaoh, Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?”
And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” 10 Then Jacob blessed[b] Pharaoh and went out from his presence.
11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed. 12 Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children.
Joseph and the Famine
13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine. 14 Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace. 15 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is all gone.”
16 “Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.
18 When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we perish before your eyes—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.”
20 So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,[c] from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.
23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground. 24 But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.”
25 “You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.”
26 So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s.
27 Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.
28 Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. 29 When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.”
“I will do as you say,” he said.
31 “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.[d]
  1. Genesis 47:7 Or greeted
  2. Genesis 47:10 Or said farewell to
  3. Genesis 47:21 Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Vulgate); Masoretic Text and he moved the people into the cities
  4. Genesis 47:31 Or Israel bowed down at the head of his bed

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