“Do not put your brothers and sisters on a pedastal, as they require the same mercy and grace from God as you.”~TB
Even the wisest most disciplined follower of Christ does not compare to the perfection that is God. As such, do not place them in the same category. Each person who has been chosen to share the Lord’s wisdom is still a mere mortal. They bleed, feel, fail, achieve, in the same manner as anyone else. When they fail, as they will, you must give them the same space and grace as God gives to you.
If you view those in power as better than yourself, you run the risk of judging them harshly when they misstep. Yes, those who are placed in positions of leadership, teaching, and the like, must be held to a higher standard. However, this does not mean perfection. Human nature dictates that no one will live a perfect life. The judgment of their shortcomings is not for you or me. God is the ultimate judge and will always rule in a perfect manner.
One of the reasons why people are so willing to idolize those they consider to be wise is because it’s a great excuse to not do the work. Friends, the wise are not a substitute for our Father in Heaven. They are mouthpieces at best and examples of what not to do at worst. When you rely on someone else’s relationship/connection to Christ, it’s easy to fall into complacency, thinking that listening to them abdicates the need for you to go to God. Don’t lean on them as they are human. Instead, tap into the direct connection with God so that you know where to place your faith.
Are you avoiding Christ by putting humans on an unrealistic pedestal?
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1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel.
2Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned.
3For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil.
4But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6For she cares nothing about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.
7So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say:
8Stay away from her! Don’t go near the door of her house!
9If you do, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
11In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body.
12You will say, “How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers? Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
14I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace.”
15Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife.
16Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?
17You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers.
18Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love.
20Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?
21For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.
22An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.
23He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.
“Embrace your mistakes, learn from them,repent, and simply do not do them again.” ~ Jon Barnes
Some mistakes you just cannot afford to make. Dying and going to hell is one of them. Decide in your mind, heart soul, and spirit that you will repent,connect with God, and do a better job than your parents.Communicate with God and your parents to bridge the gap to improve your game, by understanding their mistakes.Your skill set depends upon your ability to save time, minimize mistakes, save money, and energy to improve your love, faith, and work for God. Ask questions, pay attention, and keep learning.
As a child, I asked God why was my life like this and my parent’s behavior so full of challenges, tests, and obstacles?My thought was, surely when I get older, I would try to do a better job and learn from their mistakes.This observation sounds so easy to accomplish but in reality, most of my time is spent on prevention and not finger pointing.Forgiving people for their mistakes allows you to learn from them, allowing you the ability to become a better advocate for justice, faith, and good works.Become a better role model.
Your mistake is not the focus, but prevention with righteousness is the goal.Why should you copy people from generation to generation when we should be copying God?Asking God and seeking His wisdom is far better than ignoring Him and living with the eternal doom of hell.Frankly, you cannot ask and connect with God after it’s too late.The Judge will have the final say about your lifestyle and choices on earth when you die.
Are you hoping God will judge you in a fair manner or are you looking for another illegal way into Heaven to avoid your earned sentence to Hell?
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Bildad’s Third Response to Job
25 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 “God is powerful and dreadful. He enforces peace in the heavens. 3 Who is able to count his heavenly army? Doesn’t his light shine on all the earth? 4 How can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone born of a woman be pure? 5 God is more glorious than the moon; he shines brighter than the stars. 6 In comparison, people are maggots; we mortals are mere worms.”
“Look at all old relationships and improve upon what you have learned from those experiences and stop making the same mistakes and assumptions so that you can move forward in love.”~ Jon Barnes
You are not always right so you must leave room for error, mistakes, and unforeseen situations in advance.This will allow you time, energy, prayer, space, and grace to maneuver around the manure that will be in your path.Spiritual Insight is seeing the poop before you step and smell it on your feet.Wisdom is repenting and washing your feet immediately after stepping into it.
When you notice the patterns of how things can go wrong, you will begin to develop plans and concepts that will prevent potential problems in the future for you and your family.Your enemies will enjoy your success as well.Simply avoiding bad choices, behaviors, ideas, and people will give you time, opportunity, and space to fix new problems that may arise.
Stack the deck and put the odds in your favor by listening, reading, and obeying the commandments of God, so that He can work miracles out on your behalf in ways you cannot see or comprehend.Your humility shall be an old friend, simplicity will kill your pride, honesty in repentance will preserve your destiny in Christ.
Do you notice how honest people are blessed and favored by God because of their obedience?
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Exiles Who Returned with Zerubbabel
2 Here is the list of the Jewish exiles of the provinces who returned from their captivity. King Nebuchadnezzar had deported them to Babylon, but now they returned to Jerusalem and the other towns in Judah where they originally lived.2 Their leaders were Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.
This is the number of the men of Israel who returned from exile:
3 The family of Parosh
4 The family of Shephatiah
5 The family of Arah
6 The family of Pahath-moab (descendants of Jeshua and Joab)
58 In all, the Temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants numbered 392.
59 Another group returned at this time from the towns of Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Kerub, Addan, and Immer. However, they could not prove that they or their families were descendants of Israel.60 This group included the families of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda—a total of 652 people.
61 Three families of priests—Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai—also returned. (This Barzillai had married a woman who was a descendant of Barzillai of Gilead, and he had taken her family name.)62 They searched for their names in the genealogical records, but they were not found, so they were disqualified from serving as priests.63 The governor told them not to eat the priests’ share of food from the sacrifices until a priest could consult the Lord about the matter by using the Urim and Thummim—the sacred lots.
64 So a total of 42,360 people returned to Judah,65 in addition to 7,337 servants and 200 singers, both men and women.66 They took with them 736 horses, 245 mules,67 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.
68 When they arrived at the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders made voluntary offerings toward the rebuilding of God’s Temple on its original site,69 and each leader gave as much as he could. The total of their gifts came to 61,000 gold coins,[e] 6,250 pounds[f] of silver, and 100 robes for the priests.
70 So the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, the Temple servants, and some of the common people settled in villages near Jerusalem. The rest of the people returned to their own towns throughout Israel.
“Off the backs of your grandparents, you can see the good work and mistakes made, as you listen and learn from their lifestyles, stories, history, and work ethics.”~ Jon Barnes
Family and relatives are a reflection of who you are, what to become, and what to improve upon.These examples will help you navigate which future goals and activities to focus on in developing character, work ethic, morals, values, and dreams.Your spiritual economic value is proportionate to your personal drive, heart, and love for God, not money.Your family is a relative model of this fact. Reject the negative lifestyles.
What you learn to value will predict the outcome of your fate.While studying your own family, you begin to mold and shape the parameters of your character, ethics, and destiny with God.These choices will make or break your future, based on obedience to God, learned from your parents and grandparents.Your value in life is proportionate to the value you place in God’s love and lessons learned from your family’s mistakes.
God loves an honest person, cheerful giver, and a kind obedient soul who does good work.People around the world respect the smile of a person with a pure heart.When you honestly look yourself in the mirror, God will help you answer the tough questions about yourself and what you need to improve upon.Use your grandparents, parents, family, or friends as an example of what not to do, based on God’s Commandments.
If your grandparents are liars, will you follow them into the pit of hell or learn from their mistakes?
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1 Chronicles 28
David’s Instructions to Solomon
28 David summoned all the officials of Israel to Jerusalem—the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the army divisions, the other generals and captains,[a] the overseers of the royal property and livestock, the palace officials, the mighty men, and all the other brave warriors in the kingdom.2 David rose to his feet and said: “My brothers and my people! It was my desire to build a Temple where the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, God’s footstool, could rest permanently. I made the necessary preparations for building it,3 but God said to me, ‘You must not build a Temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.’
4 “Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, has chosen me from among all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen the tribe of Judah to rule, and from among the families of Judah he chose my father’s family. And from among my father’s sons the Lord was pleased to make me king over all Israel.5 And from among my sons—for the Lord has given me many—he chose Solomon to succeed me on the throne of Israel and to rule over the Lord’s kingdom.6 He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father.7 And if he continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.’
8 “So now, with God as our witness, and in the sight of all Israel—the Lord’s assembly—I give you this charge. Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.
9 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.10 So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”
11 Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings, including the entry room, the storerooms, the upstairs rooms, the inner rooms, and the inner sanctuary—which was the place of atonement.12 David also gave Solomon all the plans he had in mind[b]for the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple, the outside rooms, the treasuries, and the rooms for the gifts dedicated to the Lord.13 The king also gave Solomon the instructions concerning the work of the various divisions of priests and Levites in the Temple of the Lord. And he gave specifications for the items in the Temple that were to be used for worship.
14 David gave instructions regarding how much gold and silver should be used to make the items needed for service.15 He told Solomon the amount of gold needed for the gold lampstands and lamps, and the amount of silver for the silver lampstands and lamps, depending on how each would be used.16 He designated the amount of gold for the table on which the Bread of the Presence would be placed and the amount of silver for other tables.
17 David also designated the amount of gold for the solid gold meat hooks used to handle the sacrificial meat and for the basins, pitchers, and dishes, as well as the amount of silver for every dish.18 He designated the amount of refined gold for the altar of incense. Finally, he gave him a plan for the Lord’s “chariot”—the gold cherubim[c] whose wings were stretched out over the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant.19 “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.[d]”
20 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.21 The various divisions of priests and Levites will serve in the Temple of God. Others with skills of every kind will volunteer, and the officials and the entire nation are at your command.”
“The art of waiting on God is like studying for a big weighted, final exam because you have to do the work and practice, along with your faith.” ~ Jon Barnes
Many of us want the best something for nothing, and our laziness toward hard work and commitment is obvious. When we get off task with our daily devotional, prayer, meditation, reading, and reflection, we fail at incorporating and sharing God’s love, gentleness, meekness, kindness, patience, and long-suffering. We become impatient, forgetful, unthankful, unreliable, and ready to accept anything as truth, particularly the things that are not from God.
God is not an anything God that you can say and do anything and get away with it. The level of respect and honor that I have for God grows each day as I can see His Orchestrations and lessons that I am learning and following each day. I am humbled by the humor, content, illustrations, and examples of all my mistakes of the past and success of the future.I will not settle for just anything, but God and His Plans. Only God knows your plan.
We all came into this world with nothing and we shall leave with nothing. God will weigh our faith and works with His Holy Spirit and Scale to determine the clarity of our intentions, motives, actions, and love. If we pass the final exam of life’s walk of love with Him and not just for our selfish wicked ways then God’s Truth will set you free into the kingdom of God. God will choose His children based on His Commandments and information He has set forth. I can do nothing but follow the instructions, directions, wait, and do the work by faith and weight.
Are you holding down the Gospel and placing a heavy weight of importance in your life or are you waiting for someone else to do your work?
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1 Kings 3
Solomon Asks for Wisdom
3 Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and married one of his daughters. He brought her to live in the City of David until he could finish building his palace and the Temple of the Lord and the wall around the city.2 At that time the people of Israel sacrificed their offerings at local places of worship, for a temple honoring the name of the Lord had not yet been built.
3 Solomon loved the Lord and followed all the decrees of his father, David, except that Solomon, too, offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local places of worship.4 The most important of these places of worship was at Gibeon, so the king went there and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings.5 That night the Lordappeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
6 Solomon replied, “You showed great and faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued to show this great and faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne.
7 “Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around.8 And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted!9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies—12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!14 And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”
15 Then Solomon woke up and realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem and stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, where he sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. Then he invited all his officials to a great banquet.
Solomon Judges Wisely
16 Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled.17 “Please, my lord,” one of them began, “this woman and I live in the same house. I gave birth to a baby while she was with me in the house.18 Three days later this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there were only two of us in the house.
19 “But her baby died during the night when she rolled over on it.20 Then she got up in the night and took my son from beside me while I was asleep. She laid her dead child in my arms and took mine to sleep beside her.21 And in the morning when I tried to nurse my son, he was dead! But when I looked more closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t my son at all.”
22 Then the other woman interrupted, “It certainly was your son, and the living child is mine.”
“No,” the first woman said, “the living child is mine, and the dead one is yours.” And so they argued back and forth before the king.
23 Then the king said, “Let’s get the facts straight. Both of you claim the living child is yours, and each says that the dead one belongs to the other.24 All right, bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought to the king.
25 Then he said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other!”
26 Then the woman who was the real mother of the living child, and who loved him very much, cried out, “Oh no, my lord! Give her the child—please do not kill him!”
But the other woman said, “All right, he will be neither yours nor mine; divide him between us!”
27 Then the king said, “Do not kill the child, but give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!”
28 When all Israel heard the king’s decision, the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering justice.
“Good old-fashioned, individual work and responsibility creates the net for success with God’s blessings of reaping what you sow.” ~ Jon Barnes
Your honest flow is not a show, but an opportunity to see the hand of God working in your life, with your personal touch and efforts, based on His principles and not your own logic.Take notice of how God responds to your loving kindness and obvious obedience to basic scripture principles. Now, test these principles with your individual actions to learn how God operates with you personally. You will see the hand of God for yourself.
Since our personalities and work ethics vary like fingerprints, our measure of faith, focus, and rewards will vary as well. Each person will get what they deserve and God will determine why. Pray that your personality grows towards obeying God and ignoring your own free will. The individual choice is only yours to make and it will match the DNA of your personality.
Your life comes alive when you see the results of obeying God’s good steps, by avoiding the bad steps in life.Respect and honor will follow the good steps that you take.Repent and avoid old mistakes. Habitual sinners are liars who refuse to grow up, change, or improve, because, they stay busy pointing at the mistakes of others, with no focus on God and themselves.
Do you lack the focus of listening, reading, and learning about God and His applications?
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2 Samuel 8
David’s Military Victories
8 After this, David defeated and subdued the Philistines by conquering Gath, their largest town.[a]2 David also conquered the land of Moab. He made the people lie down on the ground in a row, and he measured them off in groups with a length of rope. He measured off two groups to be executed for every one group to be spared. The Moabites who were spared became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money.
3 David also destroyed the forces of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River.4 David captured 1,000 chariots, 7,000 charioteers,[b] and 20,000 foot soldiers. He crippled all the chariot horses except enough for 100 chariots.
5 When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help King Hadadezer, David killed 22,000 of them.6 Then he placed several army garrisons in Damascus, the Aramean capital, and the Arameans became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money. So the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.
7 David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer’s officers to Jerusalem,8 along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer’s towns of Tebah[c] and Berothai.
9 When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the entire army of Hadadezer,10 he sent his son Joram to congratulate King David for his successful campaign. Hadadezer and Toi had been enemies and were often at war. Joram presented David with many gifts of silver, gold, and bronze.
11 King David dedicated all these gifts to the Lord, as he did with the silver and gold from the other nations he had defeated—12 from Edom,[d] Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek—and from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13 So David became even more famous when he returned from destroying 18,000 Edomites[e]in the Valley of Salt.14 He placed army garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. In fact, the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.
15 So David reigned over all Israel and did what was just and right for all his people.16 Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.17 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah was the court secretary.18 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king’s bodyguard.[f]And David’s sons served as priestly leaders.[g]
“The Truth needs no apologies so enjoy your walk with God in Spirit and in Truth, with all the love you can spread around.” ~ Jon Barnes
We all make mistakes and when they are honest ones, God understands and will forgive your repentance, because He sees your true intentions.It is the mistakes that are secretly and intentionally made that becomes questionable in your motives, understanding, and forward motion in Christ. Just as God is quick to see your honesty and reward you in heaven, He is just as quick to cast you down into the fiery pit of hell, if you believe God to be a fool.
Make your adjustments daily so that you stay on track and in the Will of God by following His simple procedures and commandment for your Christian lifestyle.Copy and do what God says, not what I think or say.Let God be the beginning and end of your faith, belief, love, kindness,and prayers.
Humility teaches you to be quiet and listen to the older generations so that you can benefit from their improvements and their mistakes. As a result, your ability to love grows in the direction of God’s Commandments of honoring your parents and doing God’s Will, not your will.
Why are you standing in God’s way, hiding from the truth, by not doing the reading and work?
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Jephthah and Ephraim
12 The Ephraimite forces were called out, and they crossed over to Zaphon.They said to Jephthah, “Why did you go to fight the Ammonites without calling us to go with you? We’re going to burn down your house over your head.”
2 Jephthah answered, “I and my people were engaged in a great struggle with the Ammonites, and although I called, you didn’t save me out of their hands.3 When I saw that you wouldn’t help, I took my life in my hands and crossed over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave me the victory over them. Now why have you come up today to fight me?”
4 Jephthah then called together the men of Gilead and fought against Ephraim. The Gileadites struck them down because the Ephraimites had said, “You Gileadites are renegades from Ephraim and Manasseh.”5 The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, “Let me cross over,” the men of Gilead asked him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he replied, “No,”6 they said, “All right, say ‘Shibboleth.’” If he said, “Sibboleth,” because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time.
7 Jephthah led[a] Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died and was buried in a town in Gilead.
Ibzan, Elon and Abdon
8 After him, Ibzan of Bethlehem led Israel.9 He had thirty sons and thirty daughters. He gave his daughters away in marriage to those outside his clan, and for his sons he brought in thirty young women as wives from outside his clan. Ibzan led Israel seven years.10 Then Ibzan died and was buried in Bethlehem.
11 After him, Elon the Zebulunite led Israel ten years.12 Then Elon died and was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.
13 After him, Abdon son of Hillel, from Pirathon, led Israel.14 He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He led Israel eight years.15 Then Abdon son of Hillel died and was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.
“Pure motivation helps you to support the good ideas that God gives you to execute, with passion, purpose, and pleasure that drives your heart.” ~ Jon Barnes
My day is perfectly planned, scheduled, adjusted, and modified by faith and work, as I step into the good work that I must complete. Whatever I do must be motivated by completing something good, helpful, wonderful, and lovely. Trying hard to avoid evil brings me great joy and pleasure. Let God steer your pure motivation. Bless God.
Even my mistakes are wonderfully constructed to teach me about the next level of tools I need to perfect my skill set and I help more people out as I honestly repent, apologize, and correct any problems I may have caused. Clearly, my intentions are pure and everyone notices the truth about my passion since it is extremely obvious and open.
You cannot take advantage of God’s Love because God designed us like ants, who could never out think, overthrow, or kill its master who has created All Things. Since we are made in the likeness and image of God, it is wise that we study the ant to understand our perspective of pure motivation, planning, and the pleasure to guide our love for God, our fellow man, and destiny. Support your life with God’s Good Green information, which is so wonderfully written in His Great Book, the bible and you will find your pure motivation because you follow God’s directions.
Are you expecting God to support and bless your laziness, poor judgment, plastic performance, and dishonest conduct or will you support other with the truth from your personal reading, studying, and work for God?
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The Day of Atonement
16 The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, who died after they entered the Lord’s presence and burned the wrong kind of fire before him.2 The Lord said to Moses, “Warn your brother, Aaron, not to enter the Most Holy Place behind the inner curtain whenever he chooses; if he does, he will die. For the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—is there, and I myself am present in the cloud above the atonement cover.
3 “When Aaron enters the sanctuary area, he must follow these instructions fully. He must bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.4 He must put on his linen tunic and the linen undergarments worn next to his body. He must tie the linen sash around his waist and put the linen turban on his head. These are sacred garments, so he must bathe himself in water before he puts them on.5 Aaron must take from the community of Israel two male goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.
6 “Aaron will present his own bull as a sin offering to purify himself and his family, making them right with the Lord.[a]7 Then he must take the two male goats and present them to the Lord at the entrance of the Tabernacle.[b]8 He is to cast sacred lots to determine which goat will be reserved as an offering to the Lord and which will carry the sins of the people to the wilderness of Azazel.9 Aaron will then present as a sin offering the goat chosen by lot for the Lord.10 The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the Lord. When it is sent away to Azazel in the wilderness, the people will be purified and made right with the Lord.[c]
11 “Aaron will present his own bull as a sin offering to purify himself and his family, making them right with the Lord. After he has slaughtered the bull as a sin offering,12 he will fill an incense burner with burning coals from the altar that stands before the Lord. Then he will take two handfuls of fragrant powdered incense and will carry the burner and the incense behind the inner curtain.13 There in the Lord’s presence he will put the incense on the burning coals so that a cloud of incense will rise over the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—that rests on the Ark of the Covenant.[d] If he follows these instructions, he will not die.14 Then he must take some of the blood of the bull, dip his finger in it, and sprinkle it on the east side of the atonement cover. He must sprinkle blood seven times with his finger in front of the atonement cover.
15 “Then Aaron must slaughter the first goat as a sin offering for the people and carry its blood behind the inner curtain. There he will sprinkle the goat’s blood over the atonement cover and in front of it, just as he did with the bull’s blood.16 Through this process, he will purify[e] the Most Holy Place, and he will do the same for the entire Tabernacle, because of the defiling sin and rebellion of the Israelites.17 No one else is allowed inside the Tabernacle when Aaron enters it for the purification ceremony in the Most Holy Place. No one may enter until he comes out again after purifying himself, his family, and all the congregation of Israel, making them right with the Lord.
18 “Then Aaron will come out to purify the altar that stands before the Lord. He will do this by taking some of the blood from the bull and the goat and putting it on each of the horns of the altar.19 Then he must sprinkle the blood with his finger seven times over the altar. In this way, he will cleanse it from Israel’s defilement and make it holy.
20 “When Aaron has finished purifying the Most Holy Place and the Tabernacle and the altar, he must present the live goat.21 He will lay both of his hands on the goat’s head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people’s sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness.22 As the goat goes into the wilderness, it will carry all the people’s sins upon itself into a desolate land.
23 “When Aaron goes back into the Tabernacle, he must take off the linen garments he was wearing when he entered the Most Holy Place, and he must leave the garments there.24 Then he must bathe himself with water in a sacred place, put on his regular garments, and go out to sacrifice a burnt offering for himself and a burnt offering for the people. Through this process, he will purify himself and the people, making them right with the Lord.25 He must then burn all the fat of the sin offering on the altar.
26 “The man chosen to drive the scapegoat into the wilderness of Azazel must wash his clothes and bathe himself in water. Then he may return to the camp.
27 “The bull and the goat presented as sin offerings, whose blood Aaron takes into the Most Holy Place for the purification ceremony, will be carried outside the camp. The animals’ hides, internal organs, and dung are all to be burned.28 The man who burns them must wash his clothes and bathe himself in water before returning to the camp.
29 “On the tenth day of the appointed month in early autumn,[f] you must deny yourselves.[g] Neither native-born Israelites nor foreigners living among you may do any kind of work. This is a permanent law for you.30 On that day offerings of purification will be made for you,[h] and you will be purified in the Lord’s presence from all your sins.31 It will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. This is a permanent law for you.32 In future generations, the purification[i] ceremony will be performed by the priest who has been anointed and ordained to serve as high priest in place of his ancestor Aaron. He will put on the holy linen garments33 and purify the Most Holy Place, the Tabernacle, the altar, the priests, and the entire congregation.34 This is a permanent law for you, to purify the people of Israel from their sins, making them right with the Lord once each year.”
Moses followed all these instructions exactly as the Lord had commanded him.
“Learn to use and take the negative things in life to fuel the positive things you will do so that you can avoid unnecessary mistakes as you perfect better ideas, communication skills, and work ethics.” ~ Jon Barnes
Turn on the light switch of your mind to analyze your own behavior, discipline, practices, and goals so that the work you do reflects the value you seek. Create the formula that works for you, write it down, perfect it, and maintain your growth and development. Turn on Good Habits and turn off Bad Habits with God’s Help!
It is too easy to become lazy, by turning off your mind and responsibilities with technology so you have to balance the physical world of God’s reality and movement with the convenience of cell phones, technology, access, and computers. Use the OFF or DELETE button to rid yourself of unwanted advances of ignorance and evil traps that are planted near your goals.
Right On! Your good habits should stay programmed in your mind to stay on, which will help you to over ride the bad ones that may try to emerge in the future. Safety switches are in place if you access them by communicating with God, your parents, and other wise people who are full of love. Good answers are hard to find from bad people, so that’s how you learn what not to do! Don’t listen to the devil, obey God!
Do you use your time wisely to get the work done or are you just faking it with the lights turned off sitting in the dark?
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Procedures for the Peace Offering
3 “If you present an animal from the herd as a peace offering to the Lord, it may be a male or a female, but it must have no defects.2 Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and slaughter it at the entrance of the Tabernacle.[a] Then Aaron’s sons, the priests, will splatter its blood against all sides of the altar.3 The priest must present part of this peace offering as a special gift to the Lord. This includes all the fat around the internal organs,4 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These must be removed with the kidneys,5 and Aaron’s sons will burn them on top of the burnt offering on the wood burning on the altar. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
6 “If you present an animal from the flock as a peace offering to the Lord, it may be a male or a female, but it must have no defects.7 If you present a sheep as your offering, bring it to the Lord,8 lay your hand on its head, and slaughter it in front of the Tabernacle. Aaron’s sons will then splatter the sheep’s blood against all sides of the altar.9 The priest must present the fat of this peace offering as a special gift to the Lord. This includes the fat of the broad tail cut off near the backbone, all the fat around the internal organs,10 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These must be removed with the kidneys,11 and the priest will burn them on the altar. It is a special gift of food presented to the Lord.
12 “If you present a goat as your offering, bring it to the Lord,13 lay your hand on its head, and slaughter it in front of the Tabernacle. Aaron’s sons will then splatter the goat’s blood against all sides of the altar.14 The priest must present part of this offering as a special gift to the Lord. This includes all the fat around the internal organs,15 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These must be removed with the kidneys,16 and the priest will burn them on the altar. It is a special gift of food, a pleasing aroma to the Lord. All the fat belongs to the Lord.
17 “You must never eat any fat or blood. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation, wherever you live.”
“Managing your affairs, work, family, ideas, diet, wants, fitness, goal, and needs can really be a challenge, particularly when we treat God like Spoiled Meat, left in the refrigerator, freezer, or counter.” ~ Jon Barnes
How long does it takes for us to learn from our self-inflicted mistakes to balance our lives with the truth of love, sharing, caring, giving, and loving rather than needing, wanting, and having our own desires all of the time? Asking the question, Lord, what should I be doing, is a good start to get off of the treadmill to hell. Enslaving people to do your work is not the answer.
We don’t need to do everything for everybody all of the time. Be realistic in your goals and dreams when you talk to God about your plans and how to store, cook, and eat your meat. Manage your life well, one hour at a time, one day at a time, with God as the GPS. After successfully completing those tasks, don’t over do it. Graduate in 2 days for awhile and master that first. Next, master your 5 day weekly planner.
Too often, I find myself trying to do everything, complaining, and completing nothing. Rotten meat stinks all around me and I begin to blame everyone else for my problems of hunger. Foolish thinking always starts at home first, so I make myself look in the mirror, shower, shave, and pray, so I can start all over again to better my situation. Simplicity with God in Love goes a long way with your faith and good works. Back off and hit smaller targets!
Did you bite off more than you can chew or did you create the mess yourself?
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The Israelites in Egypt
1 These are the names of the sons of Israel (that is, Jacob) who moved to Egypt with their father, each with his family:2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,3 Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin,4 Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.5 In all, Jacob had seventy[a]descendants in Egypt, including Joseph, who was already there.
6 In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation.7 But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land.
8 Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.9 He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are.10 We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country.[b]”
11 So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king.12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became.13 So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy.14 They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands.
15 Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah:16 “When you help the Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver.[c] If the baby is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live.”17 But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too.
18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives. “Why have you done this?” he demanded. “Why have you allowed the boys to live?”
19 “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.”
20 So God was good to the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful.21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.”