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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.

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

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‎Bethphage (v. 1) and Bethany (v. 17) were two small villages just to the east of Jerusalem on or near the slopes of the large hill, known as the Mount of Olives, which dominated the skyline of that side of town. Matthew includes the place names to remind his readers how near Jesus is to Jerusalem and perhaps also to evoke the messianic associations of the Mount of Olives (Zech 14:4; see further under 24:3). Jesus is consciously making preparations to enter Jerusalem after the fashion of Zech 9:9, with echoes of Isa 62:11. Zechariah’s prophecy was widely interpreted in rabbinic literature as messianic (e.g., Gen. Rab. 98.9; b. Sanh 98a, 99a; Qoh. Rab. 1.9). As again later with their preparation for the Passover (26:18), it is not clear whether the disciples’ rendezvous stems from Jesus’ prior arrangements or from his supernatural insight. “The Lord” is, more literally, their Lord/Master and also suggests a double entendre. The disciples will act as if th…

God's Campaign Against Egypt

God's Campaign Against
Egypt

Exodus 3:13-22

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‎After answering Moses’ protest of ignorance regarding the divine name, God outlined the entire campaign against Egypt.

‎First, Moses was to go to the elders of Israel and tell them that God had appeared to him. He was to communicate to them God’s concern for their plight, and his promise to bring them out of Egypt to a wonderful land. The land promise which had been given to the patriarchs was now renewed through Moses. Thus, as with any true prophet, the message of Moses was in agreement with earlier revelation. God assured Moses that the elders would believe him.

‎Second, the elders and Moses were then to go to Pharaoh to announce the appearance of God. They were to request permission to make a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to him. Pharaoh would not listen.

‎Third, God would smite Egypt with wonders, i.e., miraculous judgments.

Fourth, before they left Egypt the Israelites would plunder Egypt. This …

Standing to Pray

Standing to Pray

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‎The standing posture in prayer was the ancient practice, alike in the Jewish and in the early Christian Church. But of course this conspicuous posture opened the way for the ostentatious.


Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

Mundy's Quote for Today

Mundy's Quote for Today Why try and fight your battles when all that you have to do is call on YHWH. He is on-call 24/7 waiting for your prayer to resolve your situation. His prayer line is never too busy not to answer everyone's prayer at the same time! -  Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

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Psalm 16:8King James Version

I have set the Lordalways before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

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I have set the Lordalways before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

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English Standard Version

I have set the Lordalways before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

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New American Standard Bible

I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

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I keep the Lord in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not b…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

August 20

The Pursuit of Failures
Isaiah 41:1–42:9; Luke 15:1–32; Job 9:20–24

Often, when we focus too much on our own failures, we don’t reach the point where grace changes us. That’s why the parable of the Prodigal Son is so comforting for people who are caught up and brought down by their failures. In this parable it’s not the younger son’s humility or the elder brother’s jealousy in the limelight. It’s the father’s pursuit of both his sons.

After living selfishly and squandering his inheritance, the younger son realized how foolish his actions had been. He realized that even his father’s hired hands received more love and attention than he had received after leaving his father’s house. Deciding to plead for mercy, the younger son rehearsed his request to the father: “I will set out and go to my father and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight! I am no longer worthy to be called your son! Make me like one of your hired workers.’ ” (Luke 15:18–19).

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