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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

April 3
Your Inner SelfDeuteronomy 4:1–49; 2 Corinthians 1:17–24; Psalm 32:1–11
“Did I leave the burner on?” “Did I lock the door?” “I feel like I’m forgetting something.”

Forgetfulness is a syndrome we all experience at one time or another. Many of our forgetful moments end up being minor inconveniences. But there is one thing we should never forget: God and His instructions.

As the Israelites prepared to enter the promised land, Moses offered them a string of commandments, including this: “Take care for yourself and watch your inner self closely, so that you do not forget the things that your eyes have seen, so that they do not slip from your mind all the days of your life” (Deut 4:9).

In watching ourselves closely, we remember what we're meant to do and who we're meant to be. And this isn’t just a value added to our lives and our relationship with God. Moses went on: “And you shall make [the commandments] known to your children and to your grandchildren” (Deut 4:9).

Moses kne…

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Proverbs 1:7 KJV Translation: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. NKJV Translation: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Theophany

TheophanyExodus 3:2 Excerpt ‎theophany ... [is a] manifestation of God. The OT contains a number of narratives of or poetic allusions to God revealing himself to men and women. Theophanies frequently are associated with particular holy places, representing the foundation legend of a sanctuary (Gen. 12:6-7; 13:18; 18:1; 28:1-17; Exod. 40:34-38) or the call of a prophet within it (Isa. 6:1-8). They tend to follow a literary pattern with Canaanite roots: God appears, frequently as divine warrior or king, surrounded by fire or in splendor (Deut. 33:2; Pss. 18:8; 104:2; Ezek. 1:27-28; Hab. 3:4), and sometimes riding likeBaalupon the wind and clouds (Pss. 18:10; 68:33; 104:3); nature trembles (Exod. 19:18; Judg. 5:4-5; Pss. 18:7; 68:8; Hab. 3:6, 10) or the recipient responds with dread (Gen. 15:12; 28:17; Exod. 3:6; Job 42:5-6; Isa. 6:5; Hab. 3:16); and, as a result, nature becomes fertile (Pss. 68:8-10; 104:10-23; Isa. 35:2, 6-7), or God saves and rules (Deut. 33:5; Judges 5; Pss. 18:16-1…

"They Will Serve God on This Mountain"

"They Will Serve God on This Mountain"Exodus 3:12 Excerpt ‎The verb תַּעַבְדוּן (ta’avdun, “you will serve”) is one of the foremost words for worship in the Torah. Keeping the commandments and serving Yahweh usually sum up the life of faith; the true worshiper seeks to obey him. The highest title anyone can have in the OT is “the servant of Yahweh.” The verb here could be rendered interpretative as “worship,” but it is better to keep it to the basic idea of serving because that emphasizes an important aspect of worship, and it highlights the change from Israel’s serving Egypt, which has been prominent in the earlier chapters. The words “and they” are supplied to clarify for English readers that the subject of the verb is plural (Moses and the people), unlike the other second person forms in vv. 10 and 12, which are singular.
Biblical Studies Press. The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press, 2006. Print.

The Symbol of Fire

The Symbol of Fire Exodus 3:2
Excerpt ‎Fire was a symbol of God’s presence, seen later when He descended upon Mount Sinai (Ex. 19:18).
Hannah, John D. “Exodus.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 111. Print.

Who Saw and Called Moses?

Who Saw and Called Moses?Exodus 3:4 Excerpt ‎A literal translation of both Lord and God is confusing, for it suggests that the one who saw was not the one who called. This is a literary seam, where two different traditions have been joined together, one tradition using the sacred name YHWH (Lord) and the other using the usual word for deity, ’Elohim (God). The confusion is easily avoided by using the pronoun in place of God, as in 3:4 TEV: “When the Lord saw … he called.” 3:4 TEV transfers the use of “God” to verse 5, where it fits more naturally in place of the pronoun “he.”
‎This confusion about the participants is increased with the reference to “the angel” in 3:2a. As explained above, the clause in 3:2a should be understood as a summary or preview statement, with the details of how it happened then listed in sequence. Only one participant in dialogue with Moses is intended throughout the narrative; he is called the Lord, God, and “the angel,” depending on the perspective of the tr…

Jerusalem-----Chapel of the Ascension-----Greek Orthodox

Jerusalem-----Chapel of the Ascension-----Greek Orthodox Jerusalem. Assumption Day is celebrated in the Chapel of the Ascension by the various Christian communities. The Greek Orthodox bishop reads the passage from the New Testament about the Ascension. He holds in his hand a doctoral staff whose head symbolizes the Church, threatened on either side by snakes, the forces of evil. On his head is a golden mitre inlaid with precious stones with ikons of the four evangelists: St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John.

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey
Excerpt‎The phrase a land flowing with milk means that Canaan was ideal for raising goats and cows. Feeding on good pastureland the goats, sheep, and cows were full of milk. Flowing with honey means that the bees were busy making honey. Milk and honey suggested agricultural prosperity. This is the first of numerous references in the Old Testament to the “land flowing with milk and honey” (cf. v. 17; 33:3; Lev. 20:24; Num. 13:27; 14:8; 16:13-14; Deut. 6:3; 11:9; 26:9, 15; 27:3; 31:20; Josh. 5:6; Jer. 11:5; 32:22; Ezek. 20:6, 15).
Hannah, John D. “Exodus.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 112. Print.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem ‎By 34 BC, under King Herod’s rule, ancient Jerusalem went through major redevelopment, crowned with the rebuilding of the Second Temple and a bigger Temple Mount. In 66 AD, the Great Jewish Revolt challenged Roman rule over Jerusalem, resulting in the destruction of the temple and the fall of Jerusalem by 70 AD.

The Affliction of Egypt

The Affliction of EgyptExodus 3 Excerpt ‎The affliction of Egypt refers to the affliction of the Israelites in Egypt. It is better expressed as “your misery in Egypt” (NEB). 3:17TEV’sadjustment to indirect speech becomes “out of Egypt, where they are being treated cruelly.” In some languages it will be more natural to say “from the place where the Egyptians are treating them cruelly.”

Osborn, Noel D., and Howard A. Hatton. A Handbook on Exodus. New York: United Bible Societies, 1999. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Prayer

Prayer By: Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy Most Holy God of us all by Your grace and mercy through the giving of Your Son Jesus as Your love gift to all mankind that will believe through faith, and accept Him as their Lord and savior. Hallelujah! Thank You because You didn't have too do it, but You did through Your love for all if only we would believe.
Bless our families that read and pray this prayer; bless the President for his stance to do Your will for all of the people: rich, middle-class and the poor of this country. Bless our government and show those whom lie and deceive the people because of their hatred for a Black President, thus letting the middle and poor classes of people suffer for the rich want to not to pay their fair share. Teach them that do harm to the poor and the children, that their day will be coming like all: "41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity, 42 and …

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

April 2
The Final SayDeuteronomy 2:1–3:29; 2 Corinthians 1:12–16; Psalm 31:10–24
Having the final say in an argument is more satisfying than I’d like to admit. By default, I’d like to be right, even if I have to be pedantic. I wish I could say this was limited to petty concerns. But on more than one occasion, when discussing issues of eternal significance, I've used my trump card in a desire to win an argument.

Paul specifically addresses this type of pride and boasting throughout 2 Corinthians. However, we come across a surprising statement in 2 Corinthians 1:“For our reason for boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, in holiness and purity of motive from God, not in merely in human wisdom, but by the grace of God” (2 Cor 1:12).

At first glance, Paul appears to be boasting in his own actions. Isn’t this evidence of the very same pride he denounces (1 Cor 5:6)?

But the key phrases, “holiness and purity …