Thu Jun 30/22
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Php 4:6
Paul taught when anxious turn to God in prayer.
A scroll was found in the citadel of Ecbatana in the province of Media, and this was written on it: Ezr 6:2
Darius discovered Cyrus’ decree for the temple at Jerusalem to be rebuilt.
Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord and what his hands have done,
he will tear them down and never build them up again. Ps 28:5
David’s enemies have no regard for God, thus The Lord will permanently destroy them.
Sound from Heaven: God is sovereign in all things.
When anxious about your circumstances turn to God in prayer for He alone can change your situation. God placed the desire on foreign kings to allow Israel to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. God will destroy His enemies for all time.
Wed Jun 29/22
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. Neh 8:16
After Ezra read from the Word, the people gathered branches to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, Lk 19:29
Jesus got his disciples to get him a donkey to ride into Jerusalem as king.
It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him. Amos 5:19
God questioned why the people looked forward to the day of the Lord because it would be a time of judgment, not a happy time.
Sound from Heaven: God prepared the people for the end by foretelling of events to come.
The feast of Tabernacles pointed to the future time when Christ would reign in the presence of His people. Jesus fulfilled the prophesy of the Messiah riding into Jerusalem on a donkey as a king to be worshipped. Before Christ comes back, His people would experience severe judgment.
Tue Jun 28/22.
This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me. Ac 26:7
Paul defended his belief in the resurrection and explained to King Agrippa that his hope in Jesus is the reason why the Jews want him killed.
In another battle with the Philistines, Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod. 1 Chr 20:5
King David’s army fought the Philistines and won these battles.
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. Ps 16:1
King David prayed that God would keep him save from his enemies.
Sound from Heaven: The enemy wants to destroy God’s people but God gives us the victory.
The religious leaders wanted to kill Paul to prevent the Gospel from spreading. The Philistines wanted to defeat David and eradicate the Israelites from the land but David prayed for safety and God gave him the victory.
Mon Jun 27/22.
That is why the Levites have no share or inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the Lord is their inheritance, as the Lord your God told them. Dt 10:9
The Levite tribe did not receive an inheritance because the Lord would provide for them as they were to be His priesthood.
But many who are first will be last, and the last first. Mk 10:31
Jesus described an oxymoron. That many of the well off, rich people in this life would find themselves least in the kingdom of heaven.
The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: Jnh 1:1
God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach repentance to the people.
Sound from Heaven: The heart determines the blessings one will receive now and in eternity.
God would provide for the Levites because they were to be the mediators between God and the Israelites. How well the served the Lord would determine their reward in the next life. God had given the wealthy their possessions but many had misused God’s gift and would reap what they sowed at the judgment. Jonah was given the commission of preaching repentance to the Ninevites but he did not want to see them receive mercy, so God had to teach Him compassion.
Sun Jun 26/22
As for the court to the west, there were four at the road and two at the court itself. 1 Chr 26:18
Lots were cast to see which family members would be assigned to each gate to minister in the temple of the Lord.
The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces. Isa 24:12
The ultimate fulfillment will come during the Tribulation years when God will judge the whole world with destruction.
God came to Balaam and asked, “Who are these men with you?” Nu 22:9
The Moabite officials wanted Balaam to curse Israel.
Sound from Heaven: God is sovereign over all.
Lots were cast for the Levites to be assigned temple work, but the decision was from the Lord Pr 16:33. One day God will judge all the inhabitants of the earth for their disobedience. The Moabite leaders wanted Balaam to curse the Israelites but God would not allow Balaam to curse Israel.
Sat Jun 25/22
Nun his son and Joshua his son. 1 Chr 7:27
This was part of the genealogy of Ephraim and what lands were allocated to the tribe.
The memory of him perishes from the earth; he has no name in the land. Job 18:17
Bildad described to Job that the wicked are no longer remembered.
“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Gen 41:16
Joseph informed Pharaoh that he couldn’t interpret Pharaoh’s dreams but God would.
Sound from Heaven: God is sovereign over all things.
God was the One who decided which land Ephraim would occupy and He removed the memory of evil people. He is the only One who knew which future events would take place.
Fri Jun 24/22
I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’” Gen 32:5
Jacob is about to meet Esau so he sends him a gift to try to appease Esau for stealing his birthright.
next, Jehohanan the commander, with 280,000; 2 Chr 17:15
These men served Jehoshaphat and Judah to fortify their towns against Israel.
Then Jesus told them this parable: Lk 15:3
Jesus told the crowd the story of the one lost sheep, when found caused much rejoicing.
Sound from Heaven: Man does whatever is necessary to protect physical life but God values spiritual life.
Jacob was willing to give many gifts to save his life from Esau, while the men of Judah were willing to die to protect their land. Jesus rejoiced over one person, who was saved from spiritual death.
Thu Jun 23/22
Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague. But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; they will escape with their lives. Jer 21:9
God has placed judgment on Israel and warned the people to surrender to Babylon to escape death.
Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles. Ac 22:21
Paul described his early conversion days when God sent him far away to minister to the Gentiles.
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Eze 11:19
God’s promise to Israel was to save them.
Sound from Heaven: God prophesied to His people their future circumstances.
God warned Israel to surrender to Babylon or they would be destroyed. Paul was worried about God’s people not accepting him, so God sent Paul to the Gentiles. God promised Israel that in the future, He would change their hardened hearts to hearts of flesh.
Wed Jun 22/22
The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s marriage bed, his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel; so he could not be listed in the genealogical record in accordance with his birthright, 1 Chr 5:1
Reuben’s sin cost him the firstborn birthright.
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isa 54:10
God stated that His compassion for Israel would never change, nor would He dissolve His covenant with them.
The prince is to enter from the outside through the portico of the gateway and stand by the gatepost. The priests are to sacrifice his burnt offering and his fellowship offerings. He is to bow down in worship at the threshold of the gateway and then go out, but the gate will not be shut until evening. Eze 46:2
These are God’s regulations for His priestly servants who will worship in the future temple.
Sound from Heaven: Israel will worship God in the future temple, regardless of their past sinful failures.
Reuben lost the firstborn privilege but was not cut off from God. God is faithful to Israel, even if they are unfaithful to Him. In the Millennium reign of Christ, religious rules will be followed.
Tue Jun 21/22
I brought them into the house of the Lord, into the room of the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah the man of God. It was next to the room of the officials, which was over that of Maaseiah son of Shallum the doorkeeper. Jer 35:4
God did this to test the Rekabites, to discover if they would drink the wine offered them. They refused and passed the test.
These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing food offerings to the Lord—the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings required for each day. Lev 23:37
God commanded the feasts that the Israelites were to obey.
It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. Ps 133:2
David used an analogy to describe the preciousness of living in unity.
Sound from Heaven: Our obedience to God is like precious oil spent on one’s head.
The Rekabites obeyed God’s command, for priests not to drink wine. God commanded the people to keep the seven feasts that He had instituted, while David agreed that obedient living was pleasing to God.
Mon Jun 20/22
bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives. Isa 21:14
God has passed judgment on Arabia, and told the those living in Tema to help the fugitives as they would all be fleeing from the war.
Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.” Gen 33:12
Esau wanted to accompany Jacob, but Jacob refused, still fearing Esau.
As the flame blazed up from the altar toward heaven, the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame. Seeing this, Manoah and his wife fell with their faces to the ground. Jdg 13:20
God had told Manoah and his wife that they would have a baby boy, so they wanted to make a sacrifice for the blessing. God ascended up through the fire putting fear into them because they had seen God.
Sound from Heaven: Fear from the enemy is bad while fear from God is good.
The fugitives were fearful and were fleeing from their enemy, while Esau had been kind to Jacob, but he stilled feared Esau because of his sin against him. Manoah and his wife had reverent fear after realizing they had been in God’s presence and were still alive.
Sun Jun 19/22
May you live to see your children’s children—peace be on Israel. Ps 128:6
The psalmist prays for blessings to God’s people.
Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David moved down into the Desert of Paran. 1 Sa 25:1
Samuel heard God’s voice and gave counsel to David but now he has been taken home. The Israelites appreciated Samuel’s work among them.
When King Jehoiakim and all his officers and officials heard his words, the king was determined to put him to death. But Uriah heard of it and fled in fear to Egypt. Jer 26:21
Uriah prophesied against Israel and thus Jehoiakim wanted him killed therefore Uriah fled in fear.
Sound from Heaven: Prophets are God’s voice, who are blessed for positive messages but suffer for negative ones.
The psalmist prayed for blessings on God’s people, while Samuel directed David wisely until God called him home. Uriah spoke the truth to Jehoiakim but the message wasn’t acceptable to the king as he sought to kill the messenger of bad news.
Sat Jun 18/22
Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them as long as you live. Dt 23:6
The Ammonites and Moabites hired Balaam to pronounce a curse on Israel, so God forbade Israel to make a treaty with her enemies.
The mercenaries in her ranks are like fattened calves. They too will turn and flee together, they will not stand their ground, for the day of disaster is coming upon them, the time for them to be punished. Jer 46:21
Babylon will attack Egypt and the Israelites, who thought Egypt could protect them, will realize only God can defend her.
Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Ps 2:11
Kings are warned to serve and fear God for He is the ultimate power.
Sound from Heaven: Treaties with man cannot safeguard God’s people. Only God can preserve them.
Balaam wasn’t powerful enough to curse Israel, and Egypt wasn’t strong enough to protect her, and all the kings combined, would not have the resources to defeat God.
Fri Jun 17/22
He also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites. 1 Chr 23:2
As David was transferring the kingdom to his son, Solomon, he listed the priests and explained their roles in the service of God.
by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. Ro 15:19
Paul’s calling was to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles through the power of the Holy Spirit.
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Mk 6:35
The disciples urged Jesus to send the multitudes home as it was late in the day and there was no food to feed them, but Jesus told the disciples that they should feed the multitudes.
Sound from Heaven: God has assigned duties to each one of His faithful.
The priests were given their duties to perform to aid in the worship of God. Paul was given the task of preaching the message of salvation to the Gentiles and Jesus told the disciples it would be their duty to feed the crowds physically now and spiritually later.
Thu Jun 16/22
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jer 17:8
The one who trusts in God will be like a well-watered tree that doesn’t fear in difficult times but continues to bear God’s fruit.
Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” Lk 7:43
Jesus told a story of forgiveness, to show Simon that the ones who were forgiven much, loved much.
Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. Rev 10:5
The angel spoke that God would delay no longer and the mystery of His will would be accomplished.
Sound from Heaven: God will soon reward each for their actions.
God will bless those who trust in Him and those who are grateful for their sins being forgiven. The ones who are unappreciative will soon receive their just punishment too.
Wed Jun 15/22
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? Ex 14:11
The Israelites were grumbling to Moses because the Egyptians were pursuing them.
“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Rev 16:15
Jesus explained that He will come back unexpectedly. For those who will be awake and aware of the spititual climate, Jesus said they will be blessed. An unclothed person sleeping, will be caught off guard by a thief. Spiritually, a clothed person will be ready to battle.
and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Heb 2:15
Jesus’ death on the Cross, set mankind free from the slavery of sin and His resurrection destroyed the fear of death used by Satan.
Sound from Heaven: Satan controlled mankind by fear but Jesus’ resurrection destroyed Satan’s power over mankind. However, only those awake will understand this truth.
The Israelites were fearing death in the wilderness and grumbled to Moses. Jesus explained that those awake, who understood what He had accomplished would be blessed. His death on the Cross and His resurrection from death was the solution to eternal life, to those who could comprehend and believe the Gospel.
Tue Jun 14/22
Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” Gen 16:9
Hagar had run away because Sarai had mistreated her. The Angel of the Lord told her to go back to Sarai and submit to her for God would give her many descendants.
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. Ps 119:9
A person can live a righteous life by obeying the commandments given in the Bible.
After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Ac 21:10
Agabus prophesied that Paul would be handed over to the Gentiles and placed in prison.
Sound from Heaven: Following God’s advice leads to blessings.
Hagar had run away from Sarai but God told her that He would bless her with many descendants if she went back to Sarai and was submissive to her. If a person obeyed God’s laws, he would become a upright person, pleasing to God. Paul did not heed Agabus’ words and ended up in prison.
Mon Jun 13/22
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”Mt 26:34
Jesus prophesied that Peter would deny Him three times.
Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? Job 10:9
Job is loathing his life and is asking God if He will take his life now.
So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong. Job 34:10
Elihu told Job that God doesn’t do evil, it must be Job that sinned and is being punished for his evil.
Sound from Heaven: Man can be wrong in his assessment of circumstances.
Peter believed he was incapable of disowning Jesus, yet Jesus revealed to Peter that he would deny Him three times before the dawn came. Job didn’t realize that God was using his life as a test to defeat Satan and therefore wanted to die. Elihu believed Job had sinned and was urging him to repent, but he was wrong.
Sun Jun 12/22
Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” “At your service,” he replied. 2 Sa 9:2
David inquired of Ziba, a servant of Saul, if Saul had any surviving family that David could show kindness to. Mephibosheth was a son of Jonathan who was lame in both feet. David showed him kindness.
The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled. Gen 34:27
Dinah had been raped and the sons of Jacob took revenge and killed the men of Shechem, then looted the city.
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Mk 13:32
No one, except the Father knows the time when Jesus will return to make all things right.
Sound from Heaven: God is patient in regards to when Jesus will return, to give people more time to repent. 2 Pe 3:9
There are people like David, who desired to do God’s will and show kindness to others, while others are like Jacob’s sons who relished in revenge. God is giving all men, time to repent before Jesus returns to judge the world.
Sat Jun 11/22
Beth Zur, Soko, Adullam 2 Chr 11:7
God told Judah not to fight against Israel. In fear that Jeroboam might attack, Rehoboam fortified fifteen cities of which these were three of them.
As for the other events of Jeroboam’s reign, all he did, and his military achievements, including how he recovered for Israel both Damascus and Hamath, which had belonged to Judah, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? 2 Ki 14:28
During Jeroboam’s reign he was able to recover the cities Damascus and Hamath from Judah.
But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, ‘Your Majesty, I will be your servant; I was your father’s servant in the past, but now I will be your servant,’ then you can help me by frustrating Ahithophel’s advice. 2 Sa 15:34
Ahithophel was David’s counselor, who now served Absalom. David prayed that God would turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness. David told his confidant Hushai to pretend that he had become Absalom’s servant, to help David frustrate Ahithophel’s advice to Absalom.
Sound from Heaven: We are to trust and obey God’s will.
God told the people of Judah not to fight their brother Israel, so they returned to their homes. Rehoboam continued to fight against Judah and took back two cities. Absalom conspired to take the throne away from David, who accepted God’s will, whatever that would be.
Fri Jun 10/22
from Ephraim, brave warriors, famous in their own clans—20,800; 1 Chr 12:30
These are the number of men from the tribe of Ephraim that came to battle with David at Hebron to support his kingship.
restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand. Pr 27:16
A quarrelsome wife is almost impossible to stop from arguing.
But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself. Eze 3:19
God laid down the responsibilities of a watchman. If he warned a wicked person of his sin and they refused to turn from evil, they would die for their sin, but the watchman was released from his obligation.
Sound from Heaven: We are alone responsible for making righteous decisions and will reap the consequences.
Brave warriors from Ephraim were willing to give their lives to support David as king. Getting a quarrelsome wife to change is nearly impossible. A wicked person that chooses to continue in his ways will reap what he has sown.
Thu Jun 9/22
So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Jn 20:25
Thomas had to see for himself, in order to believe that Jesus had been resurrected.
Geber son of Uri—in Gilead (the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and the country of Og king of Bashan). He was the only governor over the district. 1 Ki 4:19
Geber was one of Solomon’s twelve governors. The purpose of each was to collect taxes in the form of grain and livestock to support Solomon’s royal court for one month of the year.
The boundary will go down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain and continue along the slopes east of the Sea of Galilee. Nu 34:11
God had told Moses to make inheritance boundaries for each tribe when they entered Canaan.
Sound from Heaven: God is a God of order, not confusion. 1 Co 14:33
To get Thomas on the same page as the other disciples, Jesus did appear again, to show Thomas his nail prints, which humbled Thomas and restored peace amongst the disciples. Solomon divided the tax burden onto twelve governors, not making it such a burden as they would only be responsible for provided Solomon with grain and livestock one month per year. God told Moses to divide up the land so the tribes wouldn’t argue over the land allotment.
Wed Jun 8/22
Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? 1 Co 10:19
Paul taught that an idol had no power, it was nothing, however, idols are being sacrificed to demons, not to God, and therefore Christians should have nothing to do with them.
“As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter, Job 27:2
Job vowed that even though God had made his life bitter, he would not curse God but trust in Him.
Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death. Lev 24:17
God’s commandment was a life for a life.
Sound from Heaven: God’s commandments for man’s body, soul and spirit.
In the spiritual realm, we shouldn’t have any other gods, so we must avoid participating in ceremonies with false gods. In the soulish dimension we are to honor God with our thoughts, give Him thanks in all things, even in our trials. In the physical sphere if man takes a life, his life is to be taken, this is fair justice.
Tue June 7/22
Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. Gen 39:4
God gave Joseph favor after being sold as a slave. He was elevated to running the entire household for Potiphar.
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. Heb 11:27
Moses left the riches of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger to serve God.
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Ps 82:3
God rebuked the unjust judges and commanded them to defend the downtrodden and the oppressed.
Sound from Heaven: God will reward us accordingly.
Joseph was unjustly forced into slavery but continued to obey God and was rewarded by being placed in a position of power. Eventually, he delivered Egypt from the famine. Moses left the riches of the world to obey God rather than Pharaoh, and delivered the Israelites from physical bondage. God ordered the unjust judges to do right in regards to the poor and oppressed or they would receive equal justice.
Mon Jun 6/22
Each had four faces and four wings, and under their wings was what looked like human hands. Eze 10:21
Ezekiel is shown the cherubim once again. He described them as having four faces, part human, part animal.
We are yours from of old; but you have not ruled over them, they have not been called by your name. Isa 63:19
Isaiah prayed for God’s glory to return. The people are without a shepherd and are being persecuted by their enemies.
Will they find delight in the Almighty? Will they call on God at all times? Job 27:10
Job described the fate of his enemies. God will not delight in them and in the end they will be cut off from God.
Sound from Heaven: God is magnificent and we need Him to survive whereas those who reject God and His ways will be cut off forever.
God’s creation is splendid and His people cannot survive without His Presence. Those that are evil will be cut off from the Lord in eternity.
Sun Jun 5/22
I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord. 1 Co 7:35
Paul is discussing the advantages of being unmarried in serving the Lord with undivided devotion.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— Jude 1:24
Jude is praising God for preserving our salvation.
“I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal. Job 27:11
Job told his friends that he would teach them about God’s power and ways.
Sound from Heaven: fully dedicated Christians have God’s power to keep from stumbling.
Being single gives one better opportunities to use their time for God, who’ll protect them through His power and righteousness.
Sat Jun 4/22
The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen. Job 37:10
Our mighty God does great things beyond our understanding.
The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan. Gen 10:6
The table of nations lists the sons of Ham.
He said to them, “Is not the Lord your God with you? And has he not granted you rest on every side? For he has given the inhabitants of the land into my hands, and the land is subject to the Lord and to his people. 1 Chr 22:19
David encourages the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon build God’s temple as God has given His people the land He promised and peace.
Sound from Heaven: The omnipotent, omniscient God is faithful to His people.
Nothing is too difficult for God to accomplish. He knows His children and keeps His promises to them.
Fri Jun 3/22
and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Lk 20:31
The Sadducees mock Jesus’ theology, but He schooled them for not realizing that God is the God of the living not the dead.
Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan. Gen 23:19
Abraham believed the promise that God would give him the land of Canaan, so he invested by purchasing property to bury Sarah there and where he would be buried. He believed in a second life.
For man did not come from woman, but woman from man 1 Co 11:8
God distinguished His hierarchy by reminding us that man is in the role of leadership because woman came from man, but man is not independent, for though woman came from man, man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
Sound from Heaven: Death isn’t final but a mystery as is husband and wife. All are inter-related. How one uses his original life will determine his eternal life.
The Sadducees didn’t believe in the afterlife but Abraham did and lived out his life in faith to God. Just as husbands and wives need each other, we need God’s help to live a successful first life to be rewarded with a blissful eternal life.
Thu Jun 2/22
“Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven. Job 25:2
God is sovereign over heaven.
On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness. Dt 17:6
More than one witness is needed to convict someone of the death penalty.
and her husband hears about it but says nothing to her, then her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand. Nu 30:7
If a wife makes a vow and her husband says nothing to her, then she must fulfill her vow.
Sound from Heaven: God is righteous and therefore created His legal system on truth and integrity.
God rules over His creation based on truth and therefore requires two persons to confirm the truth. He also wants man to be true to his word and therefore any vows made must be fulfilled.
Wed Jun 1/22
Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. Rev 10:5
This angel’s oath was that there would be no more delay. God’s mystery of the end will be fulfilled. John had to eat the scroll before he could proclaim the message which was bitter sweet—judgment and mercy.
They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Ps 115:7
The psalmist differentiates between the true God and idols, who cannot feel, walk or utter a sound.
“Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” Mt 17:25
The collectors of the tax asked Peter if Jesus paid the tax in which Peter affirmed that Jesus did. Then Jesus using questions to explain that He didn’t have to pay this tax, but He would, not to cause a conflict with the government.
Sound from Heaven: God is sovereign and above all.
God determined that the end would come without any delays. Idols may be worshiped by man but they cannot influence outcomes, only God can. Jesus is God and didn’t need to pay any tax for He created all things.