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Only Paper and a Pen

Don’t you remember your high school teacher saying those words just as you entered the room?! 

“Take everything off your desk.  You will only need this paper and a pen because today is QUIZ DAY!!” 

(At that point is when we all started to panic, lol!)  You then turn over the paper and begin to read the questions: 

During which book did Moses build the ark? 

On what day did the serpent eat the apple? 

Why did Abram’s wife turn to salt?

Hmmmm……something’s a little wrong here, don’t you think?!

We’ve been reading for 8 weeks now and though lately we’ve endured long descriptive details about the tabernacle and sacrifices, there have been many other details that may be getting lost!  I thought it would be fun to do a little review and see what we could remember.

The following statements have been scrambled.  If you choose to accept this mission, take some time to put them in order and then post your results in the form of a comment.  (Just list the letters in the order you think they should be.  No cheating!  Don’t use your bible to look back before posting your answers!  This is not an open book test, Bwa ha ha haaaaaa!)

I will post the correct answers on Wednesday of this week.  If you know group members who don’t check the blog very often, please send a message (or post a link to this) via Facebook or email.

Here’s the list:

A.  Frogs plague the land of Egypt.

B.  Isaac is born.

C.  The coming of Jesus is foretold as the serpent is cursed.

D.  Instructions for the Feasts are given.

E.  Instructions for Offerings are given.

F.  Instructions for Tabernacle are given.

G.  Creation.

H.  Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed.

I.  Lice plagues the land of Egypt.

J.  Moses reviews the events of the Israelites leaving Egypt, their wanderings, and arrival at the Jordan.

K.  Jacob receives his father’s blessing.

L.  Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers.

M.  Noah’s Ark.

N.  The first Census is taken.

O.  The Ten Commandments are given.

P.  Abram becomes “Abraham”.

Q.  Jacob becomes “Israel”.

R.  Balaam’s donkey talks.

S.  God provides manna for the Israelites for the first time.

T.  Moses is rescued by Pharoah’s daughter.

U.  Moses and Aaron are sent to tell Pharoah to let the Israelites go.

 

Yes, I know…..it’s a little hard….but we all like a good challenge, don’t we? 😉

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Check This Out!

Hi Everyone!  I had a moment today that led me to Hebrews.  You may have already read this before too, but I really want to encourage everyone on the Chronological plan to stop what you are doing and read:

Hebrews, Chapters 8, 9, and 10

While the OT Tabernacle and sacrifice requirements are fresh on our mind, I think it’s relative to read of it in the NT and the explanations of it all as Jesus came to earth, died and rose again.

Why did the first covenant require so much detail in sacrifices?  Why have a convenant that seemed virtually impossible to keep?

“For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.”Hebrews 8:7

Very interesting!  “…THEN NO PLACE WOULD HAVE BEEN SOUGHT FOR A SECOND”  Exactly!  In the first covenant, there was so much for people to do in order to be sanctified.  Every unholy action, every unholy thought required sacrifice, specifically carried out to such great detail.  There was so much to do, it just was humanly impossible to meet the requirements.  Even when the most humble, God-fearing OT Israelite attempted to follow the law, the bible reveals unintentional sin that the priests were required to make sacrifices for.

But this is the problem….we see the first covenant requirements through human eyes.  We question the craziness of killing animals, and spreading blood in a certain manner.  We can’t begin to understand why it was necessary to work through the holy “checklist” of preparations and actions they were instructed to take before coming before the Lord.  We see the world through human eyes.  We are human.  God is not.

God established the first law not to set us up for failure, but rather instead to help us see our depravity.  If we had not seen with our own human eyes how hard it was to make ourselves holy and sanctified, then we could not have begun to understand the need for a Savior.

The first covenant was established to help us see the need for a second one:

For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.”  Hebrews 10:1

“But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.” Hebrews 10:3

Jesus was in the OT law — the fulfillment of it like no other could do.  The Israelites just didn’t know it then.  They were too busy trying to please themselves and grumbling about manna!

As you may already know, the bible’s central theme is “Jesus”.

“He takes away the first that He may establish the second.  By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”  Hebrews 10:9b-10

“And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.  But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.  For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”Hebrews 10:11-14

There is more that will excite you as you read through chapters 8, 9, and 10 in Hebrews, but these verses really stuck out to me.  Jesus does not just enter our reading in Matthew, He was present in creation, and all through the Old Testament.

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Jesus, Obama, the Rich, and the Poor

This morning, I happened to catch a bit of “The View”.  It was a segment where the hosts were vehemently defending their opinion about a recent speech President Obama gave to a group of Christians.  Promoting his newest tax strategy, he apparently said that forcing the rich to pay more taxes than the poor would be what Jesus would condone when he said “….give to the poor” in Luke.

My first thought was, “this is ridiculous!”  I’ve never been an Obama fan. To use government to force people to give away their wealth is completely against American principles and the ideals that our founding fathers fought so hard against to help us all be free.

It wasn’t long, however, that I began to think more about this matter.  Did Jesus really feel that way?  Does He expect us to give to others in need?  Well, yes, I believe He does.

Just read the portion of Leviticus regarding the Year of Jubilee.  The notes in my bible say “Every 50th year in Israel was the Year of Jubilee (Lev 25:11-13).  The provisions of this sacred time were intended to maintain economic equality and prevent the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few.  In the Jubilee year, if property were not already redeemed, it was to be restored to the original owner.  This prevented the creation of great hereditary estates that would have reduced the families of small landholders to the status of serfs.”

So…..I thought I’d just share this with the group, and ask if any of you had thoughts about it?

Is government allowed to quote Jesus’ words and then use them to implement tax laws?

What about this “separation of government and religion” thing?  Is that right/wrong?  As I recall from studying history, it was initially part of our constitution so that government couldn’t require the citizens to worship in one particular way or another.  Now, we have government seemingly using Christian principles to justify taking money from the rich.

My 2 cents:  Yes, Jesus wants us to care for one another.   However, I don’t think a government forcing its’ people to do that is what He had in mind.   For us to be in obedience by helping one another, it should be done from a heart that is convicted to do so — not by the force of someone else.  What may seem “unfair” cannot be fixed by governmental interference in this case.  On the other hand, if Christians would start acting like Christians instead of just Americans, there may be a few less hungry people at the end of the day.

What do you think?

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Leviticus

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