You

 

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Today’s Quote

“You are a product of what you believe, think, say, and do for God!” ~ Jon Barnes

You “R”

You “R” also a product of what you don’t believe, think, say, and do for God as well.  Since the measure of a person is based on the level of work and faith that is put into their actions, stay awake in your work.  Pay close attention to the quality, honesty, and motivational components of your daily plan with God because, the dividends you get will blossom all year round, into the future of eternity, if you don’t quit.

You Do

There is a clear picture that you paint for yourself when you do you.  Being who you are in God paints a beautiful portrait of love that is real and superior to your natural looks and affections.  Your true looks and value are accurately measured from this viewpoint. Keep God’s viewpoint as your standard and avoid becoming arrogant and full of pride.

You Don’t

You don’t have time to keep making the same mistakes of vanity, envy, lust, and wicked ideas packaged in new ways.  I have fun focusing on the now, which is how God teaches me new things each day.  You can correct your own mistakes a lot easier when you acknowledge the truth with God and not by yourself.  Enjoy yourself in God and you will never be alone, without purpose, a plan, and a place.
Today’s Question
Do you enjoy your purpose or are you still clueless in Christ?
 
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Esther 7 

Haman Impaled

So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet, and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”
Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.[a]
King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?”
Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!”
Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen. The king got up in a rage,left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.
Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.
The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?”
As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits[b] stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.”
The king said, “Impale him on it!” 10 So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.
Love,
Jonathan

Scoped

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Scope what God has to say by reading His sequenced timeline of events in the Bible to understand the scoop of how things are scaled in life and for eternity with Him.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Sequenced

I have to keep reminding myself to stop copying other people, but meditate and do the things of service from Gods’ perspective, wisdom, and might.  God will fund and provide the genius ideas that are inspired by Him.  Don’t expect other people to understand the source of your inspiration.  Let them know the results of how God’s Spirit moved you into actions and works of faith in your service, love, methods, and lifestyle.

Scooped

It is impossible to explain how people should make the right choices in life, but you can explain why it is important for people to pray, seek God, and follow His Choices to make your life of eternity more clear to you right now.  Spending all of your time on dead ideas of greed, lust, power, talent, stuff, waste, and other wicked things drain your productivity, management skills, and true purpose with God.  Scaling dreams that are not truthful, helpful, or thoughtful in God are pointless, weightless, and full of emptiness. That is the Scoop!

Scaled

Scale your time management in such a way to scope your vision of time as God sees it and you will manage your affairs in the proper scope and sequence that is right for you.  We are not just robots of code, zeros, and ones.  We are warm, living, breathing, loving, beings made in the image and capacity to comprehend God’s love and prime directives.  Direct your scope and sequences in life to match the movement of God’s Holy Spirit and stop copying other fake spirits of power hungry people out of ignorance in search of fool’s gold, from the Mountain (for some, Continent) of Hypocrisy.
Today’s Question
Do you know that God’s ideas are light years times a trillion miles longer than all of the pitiful ideas of mankind put together?
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Esther 5 

Esther’s Request to the King

On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.
Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”
“If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.”
“Bring Haman at once,” the king said, “so that we may do what Esther asks.”
So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared. As they were drinking wine, the king again asked Esther, “Now what is your petition? It will be given you. And what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”
Esther replied, “My petition and my request is this: If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.”

Haman’s Rage Against Mordecai

Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai. 10 Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home.
Calling together his friends and Zeresh, his wife, 11 Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials. 12 “And that’s not all,” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave. And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow. 13 But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.”
14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a pole set up, reaching to a height of fifty cubits,[a] and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai impaledon it. Then go with the king to the banquet and enjoy yourself.” This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the pole set up.
Love,
Jonathan

Preparedness

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Today’s Quote
 “Being ready to do the job God has for you takes many hours, days, weeks, months, years, and decades of preparation, practice, and experience, to make the kind of impact you are capable of achieving for the Kingdom.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Rushed

Don’t be in such a hurry to master your talents, gifts, and ideas without putting in the proper amount of time, commitment, and dedication that is required to help yourself and others properly.  Our systems and communities are failing because we rush past the poor, homeless, helpless as if they do not exist and create rules and laws that are contrary to God’s laws and commandments.

Started

When you feel like you are always running, rushing, and trying to keep up, try doing fewer things with better quality, love, and enthusiasm.  Following God’s ways is a choice.  You are known for doing the best job that is complete, accurate, and honest in the sight of God.  You don’t get credit for doing 1/2 the job. Get full credit for being obedient! 

Stopped

Many are guilty of stopping in the middle of a job, goal, or idea to never finish a task or lesson.  When you ask yourself, why did you stop, give yourself an honest answer and stop blaming everyone else for your laziness and disobedience?  True love improves, grows, and sustains inner beauty unseen to the naked eyes.  Outer beauty is an empty shell that will fade away so there is no need to worship it.
Today’s Question
Do you think God is satisfied with your laziness and vanity?
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Esther 2

Esther Becomes Queen

But after Xerxes’ anger had subsided, he began thinking about Vashti and what she had done and the decree he had made. So his personal attendants suggested, “Let us search the empire to find beautiful young virgins for the king.Let the king appoint agents in each province to bring these beautiful young women into the royal harem at the fortress of Susa. Hegai, the king’s eunuch in charge of the harem, will see that they are all given beauty treatments. After that, the young woman who most pleases the king will be made queen instead of Vashti.” This advice was very appealing to the king, so he put the plan into effect.
At that time there was a Jewish man in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai son of Jair. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and was a descendant of Kish and Shimei. His family[a] had been among those who, with King Jehoiachin[b]of Judah, had been exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter.
As a result of the king’s decree, Esther, along with many other young women, was brought to the king’s harem at the fortress of Susa and placed in Hegai’s care.Hegai was very impressed with Esther and treated her kindly. He quickly ordered a special menu for her and provided her with beauty treatments. He also assigned her seven maids specially chosen from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem.
10 Esther had not told anyone of her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had directed her not to do so. 11 Every day Mordecai would take a walk near the courtyard of the harem to find out about Esther and what was happening to her.
12 Before each young woman was taken to the king’s bed, she was given the prescribed twelve months of beauty treatments—six months with oil of myrrh, followed by six months with special perfumes and ointments. 13 When it was time for her to go to the king’s palace, she was given her choice of whatever clothing or jewelry she wanted to take from the harem. 14 That evening she was taken to the king’s private rooms, and the next morning she was brought to the second harem,[c] where the king’s wives lived. There she would be under the care of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch in charge of the concubines. She would never go to the king again unless he had especially enjoyed her and requested her by name.
15 Esther was the daughter of Abihail, who was Mordecai’s uncle. (Mordecai had adopted his younger cousin Esther.) When it was Esther’s turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her.
16 Esther was taken to King Xerxes at the royal palace in early winter[d] of the seventh year of his reign. 17 And the king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen instead of Vashti. 18 To celebrate the occasion, he gave a great banquet in Esther’s honor for all his nobles and officials, declaring a public holiday for the provinces and giving generous gifts to everyone.
19 Even after all the young women had been transferred to the second harem[e] and Mordecai had become a palace official,[f] 20 Esther continued to keep her family background and nationality a secret. She was still following Mordecai’s directions, just as she did when she lived in his home.

Mordecai’s Loyalty to the King

21 One day as Mordecai was on duty at the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthana[g] and Teresh—who were guards at the door of the king’s private quarters—became angry at King Xerxes and plotted to assassinate him. 22 But Mordecai heard about the plot and gave the information to Queen Esther. She then told the king about it and gave Mordecai credit for the report. 23 When an investigation was made and Mordecai’s story was found to be true, the two men were impaled on a sharpened pole. This was all recorded in The Book of the History of King Xerxes’ Reign.
Love,
Jonathan

Faith 

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Today’s Quote
“Faith is believing in God, obeying His commandments, and seeing the miracle from your faith complete the cycle and circle of God’s Love and spiritual manifestation; Like the sun rises every morning.”~ Jon Barnes

Defined

Your faith in God, the seeds that you sow, and the fertile ground you use will vary based on the quality of honest love you have for your Heavenly Father. Your name defines the meaning of character, mercy, and grace on your life, based on your lifestyle of obedience, which activates the Blood of Christ, favor, and the Hand of God in your actions.

Proof

We don’t need proof from God, but we need to prove to God that we are faithful, diligent, and worthy of the opportunity to love Him with all of our heart, body, mind, and soul. Since your life is the proof in your actions and intentions, God and everyone else can see your seeds and fruits for the Kingdom. One of my tools is The Trumpet! Your personal ambitions die on the Cross as you work for Jesus.

Observations

People see and sense the invisible cross around your neck and the Ten Commandments scribed upon your heart, because of your silent faith that screams from the mountain tops your thoughts and silent words or possibly a Trumpet. The vibrations from your lips of your heart shake like an earthquake to God’s ears, as he counts your love and repentance as righteous, respectable, and honorable for the Blood of Christ to cover your sins. The Blood of Christ will not cover the sins of fake, lying devil trying to steal their way into heaven on technicalities. True believers are humble enough, to be honest, sinners who truly repent out of love, not lust and they turn from their wicked ways.
Today’s Question
Can you see the great faithfulness of God moving in your life and the lives of your family and if not, did you seek the counsel of God for wisdom and adjustments to be made?
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Nehemiah 4

Enemies Oppose the Rebuilding

[a]Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices?[b] Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?”
Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!”
Then I prayed, “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land! Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in front of[c] the builders.”
At last the wall was completed to half its height around the entire city, for the people had worked with enthusiasm.
[d]But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall of Jerusalem were being repaired, they were furious. They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion. But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.
10 Then the people of Judah began to complain, “The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves.”
11 Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, “Before they know what’s happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work.”
12 The Jews who lived near the enemy came and told us again and again, “They will come from all directions and attack us!”[e] 13 So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows.
14 Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!”
15 When our enemies heard that we knew of their plans and that God had frustrated them, we all returned to our work on the wall. 16 But from then on, only half my men worked while the other half stood guard with spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. The leaders stationed themselves behind the people of Judah17 who were building the wall. The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon. 18 All the builders had a sword belted to their side. The trumpeter stayed with me to sound the alarm.
19 Then I explained to the nobles and officials and all the people, “The work is very spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 When you hear the blast of the trumpet, rush to wherever it is sounding. Then our God will fight for us!”
21 We worked early and late, from sunrise to sunset. And half the men were always on guard. 22 I also told everyone living outside the walls to stay in Jerusalem. That way they and their servants could help with guard duty at night and work during the day. 23 During this time, none of us—not I, nor my relatives, nor my servants, nor the guards who were with me—ever took off our clothes. We carried our weapons with us at all times, even when we went for water.[f]
Love,
Jonathan

Loved

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Since all people enjoy being loved, I just use the joy music in education with biblical principles to share, spread, and teach everywhere I go, with God’s Wisdom.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Careful

 
It is important to respect, love, and follow God’s advice all of the time.  Living in the now is being in the right place at the right time, doing what you are supposed to be doing.  You will be given great ideas and better solutions to your problems with the hand of God on your life in simplicity and humility.

Placement

Careful placement of your affections is in order when God comes first in your thought, work, and love languages.  Your spouse, family, and others are at the top of this list and should remain in this order of importance. This connection and balanced order teach you how to love your enemies with convection, confidence, wisdom, honesty, and integrity because you love God, spouse, and family first.  

Masterfully

Mastering the ability to love as God loves will help you to love your family even more.  If you don’t love God, how can you possibly love your family?  Your life will be a stumbling block for them, yourself, and others.  It is wise to understand your loving role in your relationship with God’s plan for you and your family first.
Today’s Question
Did you notice how wonderfully God has blessed your life, because of your obedience to His Ways, which clearly teaches us all how to love properly?
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Ezra 1 

Cyrus Allows the Exiles to Return

In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia,[a] the Lord fulfilled the prophecy he had given through Jeremiah.[b] He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom:
“This is what King Cyrus of Persia says:
“The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build him a Temple at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you! Wherever this Jewish remnant is found, let their neighbors contribute toward their expenses by giving them silver and gold, supplies for the journey, and livestock, as well as a voluntary offering for the Temple of God in Jerusalem.”
Then God stirred the hearts of the priests and Levites and the leaders of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple of the Lord. And all their neighbors assisted by giving them articles of silver and gold, supplies for the journey, and livestock. They gave them many valuable gifts in addition to all the voluntary offerings.
King Cyrus himself brought out the articles that King Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his own gods. Cyrus directed Mithredath, the treasurer of Persia, to count these items and present them to Sheshbazzar, the leader of the exiles returning to Judah.[c] This is a list of the items that were returned:
gold basins 30
silver basins 1,000
silver incense burners[d] 29
10 gold bowls 30
silver bowls 410
other items 1,000
11 In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and silver. Sheshbazzar brought all of these along when the exiles went from Babylon to Jerusalem.
Love,
Jonathan

Buffer

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Great teachers have learned to buffer, package, and deliver difficult concepts, ideas, and standards from God’s Holy Word so that people, students, and families can understand why we all must follow, do, and teach the truth.”

Make

Too many people are making up their own fake math, logic, and things to discuss, implement, and disguise their evil intentions. They make up a new law to change the standards, hurt the poor, enslave their friends, and hoard life, liberty, justice, and freedom for themselves.

Shift

Shift your thinking and position to channel and challenge the youth in mastering the standards God has set before us.  Then they will be able to discern the truth from injustice.  Give age appropriate answers and guidance to the next generation to make better choices and decisions for the future.

Cover

Cover your wisdom with the buffer of love so that people, students, family, and enemies can receive God’s message of hope, charity, thanksgiving, and honesty.  We have the liberty to choose right from wrong so make it plain for people to choose better answers and solutions to their own problems.  You are the buffer of Hope.
Today’s Question 
Will you allow God to use you as a buffer and beacon of light?
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2 Chronicles 36 

36 And the people of the land took Jehoahaz son of Josiah and made him king in Jerusalem in place of his father.

Jehoahaz King of Judah

Jehoahaz[a] was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. The king of Egypt dethroned him in Jerusalem and imposed on Judah a levy of a hundred talents[b] of silver and a talent[c] of gold. The king of Egypt made Eliakim, a brother of Jehoahaz, king over Judah and Jerusalem and changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim. But Necho took Eliakim’s brother Jehoahaz and carried him off to Egypt.

Jehoiakim King of Judah

Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God. Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked him and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar also took to Babylon articles from the temple of the Lord and put them in his temple[d] there.
The other events of Jehoiakim’s reign, the detestable things he did and all that was found against him, are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. And Jehoiachin his son succeeded him as king.

Jehoiachin King of Judah

Jehoiachin was eighteen[e] years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 10 In the spring, King Nebuchadnezzar sent for him and brought him to Babylon, together with articles of value from the temple of the Lord, and he made Jehoiachin’s uncle,[f] Zedekiah, king over Judah and Jerusalem.

Zedekiah King of Judah

11 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. 12 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the Lord. 13 He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath in God’s name. He became stiff-neckedand hardened his heart and would not turn to the Lord, the God of Israel. 14 Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the Lord, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.

The Fall of Jerusalem

15 The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. 17 He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians,[g] who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and did not spare young men or young women, the elderly or the infirm. God gave them all into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar. 18 He carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the Lord’s temple and the treasures of the king and his officials. 19 They set fire to God’s temple and broke down the wall of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there.
20 He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power.21 The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.
22 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:
23 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:
“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the Lord their God be with them.’”

Love,

Jonathan

Super

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Ignorant people make good people look like superheroes all around the world and we should do more talking about God,  the good things on the news,  and the positive results we are getting our conversations, communities, and daily worship.” ~  Jon Barnes

Superheroes

I tell all of my students that good students work smarter, try harder, and practice improving their skills to help themselves and others to achieve good objectives.  Aligning your motives and objectives in the right direction can be a challenge.  Super Heroes find a way to walk in that path towards God, with each step in daily worship.

Super Charged

Silly negative issues do not stop Superheroes from working hard and staying on task.  They recognize the silly little tricks of the enemy and move onto the next good solution.  No time is wasted on the lessons learned, while quickly fixing many problems that are encountered daily.  Bullies try to control you with fear, with remembering past sins, and guilt to kick you off course from improving and growing in God.

Super Cool

Develop Super Cool work habits, ethics, and ideas to enhance your family, the workplace, and your daily walk with God.  In these relationships, you can test all the biblical principles your are reading, learning, and following to ask God questions to get much-needed guidance and answers. Don’t talk to people being used by the devil.  Just walk away and let God fight them.
Today’s Question
What Super Question did you ask God about today and what did tell you?
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2 Chronicles 35

Josiah Celebrates Passover

35 Then Josiah announced that the Passover of the Lord would be celebrated in Jerusalem, and so the Passover lamb was slaughtered on the fourteenth day of the first month.[a] Josiah also assigned the priests to their duties and encouraged them in their work at the Temple of the Lord. He issued this order to the Levites, who were to teach all Israel and who had been set apart to serve the Lord: “Put the holy Ark in the Temple that was built by Solomon son of David, the king of Israel. You no longer need to carry it back and forth on your shoulders. Now spend your time serving the Lord your God and his people Israel. Report for duty according to the family divisions of your ancestors, following the directions of King David of Israel and the directions of his son Solomon.
“Then stand in the sanctuary at the place appointed for your family division and help the families assigned to you as they bring their offerings to the Temple. Slaughter the Passover lambs, purify yourselves, and prepare to help those who come. Follow all the directions that the Lord gave through Moses.”
Then Josiah provided 30,000 lambs and young goats for the people’s Passover offerings, along with 3,000 cattle, all from the king’s own flocks and herds. The king’s officials also made willing contributions to the people, priests, and Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the administrators of God’s Temple, gave the priests 2,600 lambs and young goats and 300 cattle as Passover offerings. The Levite leaders—Conaniah and his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel, as well as Hashabiah, Jeiel, and Jozabad—gave 5,000 lambs and young goats and 500 cattle to the Levites for their Passover offerings.
10 When everything was ready for the Passover celebration, the priests and the Levites took their places, organized by their divisions, as the king had commanded. 11 The Levites then slaughtered the Passover lambs and presented the blood to the priests, who sprinkled the blood on the altar while the Levites prepared the animals. 12 They divided the burnt offerings among the people by their family groups, so they could offer them to the Lord as prescribed in the Book of Moses. They did the same with the cattle. 13 Then they roasted the Passover lambs as prescribed; and they boiled the holy offerings in pots, kettles, and pans, and brought them out quickly so the people could eat them.
14 Afterward the Levites prepared Passover offerings for themselves and for the priests—the descendants of Aaron—because the priests had been busy from morning till night offering the burnt offerings and the fat portions. The Levites took responsibility for all these preparations.
15 The musicians, descendants of Asaph, were in their assigned places, following the commands that had been given by David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, the king’s seer. The gatekeepers guarded the gates and did not need to leave their posts of duty, for their Passover offerings were prepared for them by their fellow Levites.
16 The entire ceremony for the Lord’s Passover was completed that day. All the burnt offerings were sacrificed on the altar of the Lord, as King Josiah had commanded. 17 All the Israelites present in Jerusalem celebrated Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. 18 Never since the time of the prophet Samuel had there been such a Passover. None of the kings of Israel had ever kept a Passover as Josiah did, involving all the priests and Levites, all the people of Jerusalem, and people from all over Judah and Israel. 19 This Passover was celebrated in the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign.

Josiah Dies in Battle

20 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him.[b] 21 But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message:
“What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”
22 But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo.23 But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
24 So they lifted Josiah out of his chariot and placed him in another chariot. Then they brought him back to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried there in the royal cemetery. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him. 25 The prophet Jeremiah composed funeral songs for Josiah, and to this day choirs still sing these sad songs about his death. These songs of sorrow have become a tradition and are recorded in The Book of Laments.
26 The rest of the events of Josiah’s reign and his acts of devotion (carried out according to what was written in the Law of the Lord), 27 from beginning to end—all are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.
Love,
Jonathan