“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)
|7 The family of Elam
|8 The family of Zattu
|9 The family of Zaccai
|10 The family of Bani
|11 The family of Bebai
|12 The family of Azgad
|13 The family of Adonikam
|14 The family of Bigvai
|15 The family of Adin
|16 The family of Ater (descendants of Hezekiah)
|17 The family of Bezai
|18 The family of Jorah
|19 The family of Hashum
|20 The family of Gibbar
|21 The people of Bethlehem
|22 The people of Netophah
|23 The people of Anathoth
|24 The people of Beth-azmaveth
|25 The people of Kiriath-jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth
|26 The people of Ramah and Geba
|27 The people of Micmash
|28 The people of Bethel and Ai
|29 The citizens of Nebo
|30 The citizens of Magbish
|31 The citizens of West Elam
|32 The citizens of Harim
|33 The citizens of Lod, Hadid, and Ono
|34 The citizens of Jericho
|35 The citizens of Senaah
36 These are the priests who returned from exile:
|The family of Jedaiah (through the line of Jeshua)
|37 The family of Immer
|38 The family of Pashhur
|39 The family of Harim
40 These are the Levites who returned from exile:
|The families of Jeshua and Kadmiel (descendants of Hodaviah)
|41 The singers of the family of Asaph
|42 The gatekeepers of the families of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai
43 The descendants of the following Temple servants returned from exile:
Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
44 Keros, Siaha, Padon,
45 Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,
46 Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan,
47 Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,
48 Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,
49 Uzza, Paseah, Besai,
50 Asnah, Meunim, Nephusim,
51 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
52 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
53 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
54 Neziah, and Hatipha.
55 The descendants of these servants of King Solomon returned from exile:
Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
56 Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,
57 Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-hazzebaim, and Ami.
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, 6,250 pounds 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.