Daily Word Buddies – February 4 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan February 4 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Exodus 34-35

The New Stone Tablets – Exodus 34:1-28 | “God said to Moses…” chisel out 2 stone tablets just like the ones you broke (ouch!) and I’ll write the Words again. Be ready (with them) by tomorrow morning and come up to Mt. Sinai alone. Then God came down to Moses in a cloud and stood there with him! God passed in front of Moses proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger,  abounding in love and faithfulness,  maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” – WOW! – Moses worshipped Him and God made a covenant with him (used the word ‘awesome’ to describe the works of God!): 1) do not make a treaty with the ‘…ites’ people or it will be a snare to you – they prostitute themselves and sacrifice to their gods, if you marry them, your sons will do the same. {when you allow other religions – they spread – and if you are enticed they will eventually lead you astray} 2) Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles (who was Asherah?) 3) Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (a new way to see His name). 4) Do not make any idols. 5) Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread – for 7 days in the month of Aviv. 6) First male offspring of all belong to God. 7) 6 days work, the 7th rest – keep Sabbath holy. 8) Celebrate the Festival of Weeks – 1st fruits – and the Festival of Ingathering – three times a year. 9) Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to God with anything containing yeast, and do not let any of the Passover sacrifice remain til morning. 10) Bring the best of the 1st fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God. 11) Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk. God told Moses to write down all these words, for in accordance with them God has made a covenant with you and with Israel. Moses was there with God for forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he (God?) wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments.

The Radiant Face of Moses – Exodus 34:29-33 | Moses came down from the Mt. with the tablets and he didn’t know his face was bright and radiant from being with God. The people were afraid to come near him. He told them all God had commanded them and put a veil on his face until he went to speak with God – off in God’s presence, on in the presence of the people.

Sabbath Regulations – Exodus 35:1-3 | Moses told all the Israelites: 6 days you shall work and the 7th day shall be a rest to God. Whoever does work will be put to death and don’t light a fire on the Sabbath either {this makes it easy to see why the Pharisees of Jesus’ day were so hard-hearted about not doing anything.}

Materials for the Tabernacle – Exodus 35:4-29 | God commanded the people to give from what they had and take an offering – everyone who is willing – bring all they needed for the Tabernacle. All who were skilled came to make everything for the Tabernacle.  Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them brought offerings to God {notice 2 conditions here – 1) willing and 2) moved in the heart}. All who were willing brought freewill offerings for all the work God commanded them to do.

Bezalel and Oholiab – Exodus 35:30-35 | Moses told the Israelites that the Lord filled Bezalel with God’s Spirit to do this artistic craftsmanship – along with Oholiab and other skilled workers.

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 22:23-46

Marriage at the Resurrection – Matthew 22:23-33 | the same day they asked Jesus about paying Caesar’s imperial tax, the Sadducees (who didn’t believe in resurrection) asked Jesus this question: Moses told us that if a married man dies without children, then his brother should marry his widow and raise up children for him – so if there was 7 brothers and the 1st died without kids, then the 2nd died without kids, and then the 3rd through the 7th died without any kids also, finally the wife died…so then at resurrection whose wife will she be because she was married to them all {they thought they were real clever with this question, I can totally see their snickering hearts here}. Jesus knew exactly what to say (like always) and replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” The crowds who heard this were astonished at his teaching.

The Greatest Commandment – Matthew 23:34-40 | after Jesus silenced the Sadducees – they got together with the Pharisees – one of them (an expert of the Law) tested Jesus, “Which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Deuteronomy 6:5).’ {Watch “Lincoln Brewster Love the lord (with lyrics)” on YouTube: http://youtu.be/tqCmZR6rlr4} This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 5:43).’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Whose Son is the Messiah – Matthew 23:41-46 | While they were all gathered together, Jesus asked them what they thought of the Messiah? Whose Son is He? They said the Son of David. Jesus said, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls Him ‘Lord’? For he says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet (Psalm 110:1).”’ If David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can He be His Son?” {YEP! Boo-yah! That’s right Jesus is much more than just a human man…He is God! He just silenced them!} No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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Now, it’s your turn to get involved – your turn to take action! Are you ready?

                           《—-Start here—-》

A) What popped off the page at you? Share your reflections and insights from these passages in the comments below.
B) Share your reflections and insights from your own daily scripture study – include book, chapter, and verse.
D) Go public – make an announcement on social media using #DWB2015. This will be an easy way to find and connect with other participants – iron sharpens iron!

Please join in and encourage one another – sharing is caring!

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I missed my 6PM CST submission goal – early today. I am very happy to have this done a bit early today – THANK YOU JESUS! I must say, I am missing the pictures, they just made things more lively. Hopefully, we’ll have an opportunity to add some in tomorrow. 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed day 35 🙂 I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. The goal and purpose of Bible study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.

God bless you all!

Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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I am a daughter of God, a servant of the Lord, a wife to a patient husband, and a mama of two forgiving boys. God has placed these three men in my life needfully so. I thank Him for them everyday. And like so many of the Lord’s children, I am a work-of-glory-in-progress. I am on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!

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