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Deuteronomy 5 Moses called all the people of Israel together and said, “Listen carefully, Israel. Hear the decrees and regulations I am giving you today, so you may learn them and obey them! “The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Mount Sinai. The LORD did not make this covenant with our ancestors, but with all of us who are alive today. At the mountain the LORD spoke to you face to face from the heart of the fire. I stood as an intermediary between you and the LORD, for you were afraid of the fire and did not want to approach the mountain. He spoke to me, and I passed his words on to you… “The LORD spoke these words to all of you assembled there at the foot of the mountain. He spoke with a loud voice from the heart of the fire, surrounded by clouds and deep darkness… They said, ‘Look, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice from the heart of the fire. Today we have seen that God can speak to us humans, and yet we live! But now, why should we risk death again? If the LORD our God speaks to us again, we will certainly die and be consumed by this awesome fire. Can any living thing hear the voice of the living God from the heart of the fire as we did and yet survive? Go yourself and listen to what the LORD our God says. Then come and tell us everything he tells you, and we will listen and obey.’… So Moses told the people, “You must be careful to obey all the commands of the LORD your God, following his instructions in every detail. Stay on the path that the LORD your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.

A rehash of Exodus 20 made me wonder if I should actually skip this chapter altogether because I wondered what we could draw from a passage we already studied not too long ago. What is Jesus speaking to us through this passage? (more…)

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Exodus 22:9,20-23,25,28-29,31 In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, ‘This is mine,’ both parties are to bring their cases before the judges. The one whom the judges declare guilty must pay back double to his neighbor… “Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed. “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. “Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry… “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest… “Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people. “Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats. “You must give me the firstborn of your sons… “You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs.

It is obvious that God wanted to set out clearly what His expectation for the Israelites were through of the detail in the laws He laid down for them. The ten commandments were the foundations of the law and each of these laws reflect them in nature and character.

It must have been a great relief to Moses and the elders of Israel that they now had a structure to work in and under and thereby could keep up order among the masses. (more…)


Genesis 40:1-3,12-14,18-19,21-23 Then it came about after these things, the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was furious with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. So he put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, in the jail, the same place where Joseph was imprisoned… Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer. “Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house… Then Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.”… He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and he put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Another story that captures our imagination with wonder about Joseph for he is shown to have the awesome ability to read one’s dreams!

Joseph is quite the man because we have find him faithful, God-fearing, honest, pure at heart, sincere worker and now gifted too.

For a man with such great qualities, what joy was there for him to serve God when injustice was being served? (more…)


1 Timothy 3:15-16
If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:
He appeared in a body,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.

Earlier in the chapter, Paul explains to Timothy what pre-qualifications one needs in order to be made an overseer or deacon in the Church. An overseer also referred to as an elder are people who should be peacemakers, prayer warriors, teachers, leaders by example, and decision makers. Deacons are generally more like servant-leaders helping out with non-teaching roles whereas elders can be described as teaching-leaders. When we look at the pre-requisites, very few people in every Church fit that role and might be willing to perform that role. Obviously the role involves serving the body of Christ and therefore there is much at stake. The draw of power and prestige should not be the earmarks of the role but instead the focus should be on whom God calls and how the chosen are able to serve with servant-hearts. What then is the mystery of godliness?

As we look at the 6 lines that explain it, we understand it as:

1. Appearing in body: Jesus Christ was fully man and yet fully God

2. Vindicated by the Spirit: After his condemnation to death, the power of God raised Him from the dead

3. Seen by angels: The angels were at the open tomb and told the women about Jesus’ resurrection

4. Preached among the nations: To Paul, a Jew who was taught that Gentiles (Non-Jews) were not chosen, it was significant to Him that God came to die for sinners regardless of their culture or heritage

5. Believed on in the world: Two thousand years later, Christ is still preached and lives in the lives and hearts of millions today

6. Taken up in Glory: Christ’s resurrection

Those who seek to take up office in the Church need to be mindful most importantly that they are called to serve Jesus Christ and his bride, the Church, which is the people in the body among them. This calling is a fulfillment of how God wants His body to be led and instructed and served and those called into it His servants.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

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2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Finding the right life partner seems like the hardest thing for us today. The institution of marriage has become a joke to the world because a significant portion of all marriages end up in divorce, separation, pain, frustration and disappointments. Non-committal relationships are the norm where people do not have a marriage covenant to live by and therefore enjoy the comforts of being in a relationship without the strings of attachment. In this day and age, where is the room for us believers to find our husbands or wives among other believers? Is this concept even relevant today?

Our walk with the Lord is a relationship, not a religion and the basis of our relationship is love, God’s perfect love. When God accepts us as His children, He sanctifies us and transform us into His likeness and make us His own. As God made us men and women, He has also ordained for us life partners in this world, if that is our need, and these partners are not just partners of choice but partners in the gospel. Our spouses are a pillar of support in our relationship with God and therefore God commanded us to be married to believers. Today is Mother’s Day, celebrated here in Canada on Sunday May 9, and I am reminded of the character of a noble wife in Proverbs 31:10-31.

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies…
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Lets remember to honor God in our relationships, specially with relation to marriage. As Christ loves the Church, we are called to love our spouses and therefore lets yoke ourselves with believing spouses and Glorify God through our families.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 14:11-15
When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.

One of the longest journeys we undertake is the distance between our heart and our mind and every time we think we have made the distance, we go right back again. Paul and Barnabas, Jews by birth had to overcome the challenge of being trained to see God through the eyes of their elders to the real gospel of Jesus Christ and again had to give up their notion that God was only theirs to the reality that God loved the entire world. Similarly, the Lycaonians had comfort in expressing their faith in idols rather than the God who was causing the miracles and could not understand why Paul and Barnabas would refuse the honor they were bestowing upon them. Why could Paul and Barnabas not just be a ‘Roman in Rome’ and accept the accolades and honor and depart in peace?

The big issue Paul and Barnabas were facing was that they could not accept the honor showered upon them because they were not doing anything in their power, wisdom or strength and they knew too well that God who bestowed all of this upon them did it for his own glory. Unfortunately, the witnesses of the miracles wanted to show them their gratitude and worship them because that was the only way they knew how to respond to spiritual matters. We, like them tend to mould God into our paradigm rather than submitting to God in his and this causes confusion and misunderstanding. Lets revisit the cross (Mentally) and ask God to take away the cobwebs in our hearts and minds that cause us to stereotype our worship of God and let’s give God the glory he deserves by offering our all to him.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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