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February 10 - Evening

"The Lord said to Moses, 'Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him.  They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the Tent of Meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle. They are to take care of all the furnishings of the Tent of Meeting, fulfilling the obligations of the Israelites by doing the work of the tabernacle. Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him. Appoint Aaron and his sons to serve as priests; anyone else who approaches the sanctuary must be put to death.' "
- Numbers 3:5-10

The Secret Service for Tabernacle Security

In Numbers chapter 3 the tribe of Levi is counted. Levi is not counted as the other tribes which only counted the men of fighting age, twenty years or older. Instead, in chapter 3 all the males of the tribe of Levi older than a month were counted. In chapter 4 all the males of the tribe of Levi who are thirty-fifty years of age were counted. The other tribes men were accepted into military service at the age of twenty, but the men of the tribe of Levi were not permitted to begin the services inside the Tabernacle until they were thirty and they retired at the age of fifty.
The Levites were responsible for two specific tasks at this time:
  1. “keep guard” or samar mismeret from verse 3:7 “perform duties for him.” This Hebrew phrase is made up of both a verb and a noun from the same Hebrew root, making this a rhetorical phrase. The basic meaning of the verb samar is “to guard” and “to keep watch.” The Hebrew noun mismeret comes from the same root as samar to say “the guard” or “the watch.”
  2. “to do the heavy work” required to move the Tabernacle which include disassembly and re-assembly of the pieces to set the Tabernacle back up at the new camp location (‘abad ‘bodah)
The Levites were the human cherubim or the living gargoyles for the Lord’s Tabernacle assigned to guard the gates from any intruders who were not priests. The Levites were to be the ones who, like a bolt of lightning, fulfilled Gods’ command “anyone else who approaches the sanctuary must be put to death.” The Hebrew word is “stranger who approaches” which refers to anyone who does not have authorization.  Anyone entering any portion of the Tabernacle without authorization would be struck down by the Levitical guards.
Likewise, during time of movement for the Israelite camp, the Levites were responsible for the packing, the care, the transportation, to protection and the reassembly of the tabernacle.
Enduo (Gr) – Clothe (Put On) Eng) - enduo is Greek word that means "to sink into," "to put on," "to clothe one's self." Enduo is a compound word made up of en meaning "in" and duo meaning "to sink," "to go in," "to go under." The word enduo is used to refer to putting on clothes but its meaning is "to go in and sink" or "to go in and under." Thus, enduo is used to refer to putting on the character, the nature and the qualities. This is how the word enduo was used from the days of Homer until the days of Paul when he wrote "put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." (Ephesians 4:24)
Do I merely pray for God to provide wealth, or do I work diligently for my wealth?
I will use diligent work along with prayer to produce the wealth and security I and my family need.

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This is a photo of the excavation of the Eastern Cardo, or the Roman road and pavement that ran north-south in Jerusalem beginning in 135 AD. The Western Wall Prayer Plaza can be seen at the top of this photo.
A diagram to provide a visual for Greek prepositions.

Someone to Quote

"Of little worth is the recommendation which has for its prop the defamation of another." - Tertullian

Something to Ponder

“He says, ‘Dan is a lion’s whelp’ (Deut. 33:22). And in naming the tribe of Dan, he clearly declared the tribe from which the Antichrist is destined to spring. Just as Christ comes from the tribe of Judah, so the Antichrist is to come from the tribe of Dan.” – Hippolytus, 200 AD

Here’s a Fact

The biblical city of Jezreel has been located and excavated. Jezreel is prominent in the reign and death of Jezebel and Jehu’s revolt in 2 Kings 9. (Details here and here. Map. Photos.)


"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth." - Proverbs 10:4

Coach’s Corner

What you say is what you think. How you speak is who you are. Your voice is the image of your soul.

Ephesians 4:24
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Exodus 14
New International Version (NIV)
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.
When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.
10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
19 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, 20 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.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.
29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
Exodus 35
New International Version (NIV)
Sabbath Regulations
35 Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do: For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death. Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”
Materials for the Tabernacle
Moses said to the whole Israelite community, “This is what the Lord has commanded: From what you have, take an offering for the Lord. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the Lord an offering of gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
10 “All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded: 11 the tabernacle with its tent and its covering, clasps, frames, crossbars, posts and bases; 12 the ark with its poles and the atonement cover and the curtain that shields it; 13 the table with its poles and all its articles and the bread of the Presence; 14 the lampstand that is for light with its accessories, lamps and oil for the light; 15 the altar of incense with its poles, the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; the curtain for the doorway at the entrance to the tabernacle; 16 the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grating, its poles and all its utensils; the bronze basin with its stand; 17 the curtains of the courtyard with its posts and bases, and the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard; 18 the tent pegs for the tabernacle and for the courtyard, and their ropes; 19 the woven garments worn for ministering in the sanctuary—both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests.”
20 Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence, 21 and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments. 22 All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord. 23 Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen, or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or the other durable leather brought them. 24 Those presenting an offering of silver or bronze brought it as an offering to the Lord, and everyone who had acacia wood for any part of the work brought it. 25 Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. 26 And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair. 27 The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. 28 They also brought spices and olive oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense. 29 All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the Lord freewill offerings for all the work the Lord through Moses had commanded them to do.
Bezalel and Oholiab
30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

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