“Do you not fear your darkest hour because to fully realize God’s grace, you must know what he is sparing you from.”~TB
If I could give any advice to people— young and old— I would tell them to reject the teachings and ideas of the world. If you believe them, your perception and understanding of God’s will always be distorted. People tell each other the dumbest things, that have nothing to do with God, His grace, or even what His will is in your life. The world will sooner tell you it’s ok to become a unicorn rather than acknowledge God’s existence. The world and its ways are upside down. This is especially true when it comes to hard times and bad events
Dark Times produce the purest fruit, because whatever leaves wasn’t necessary and whatever remains is what will see you through. Your darkest hour will reveal how much you truly need the Lord and that all things work according to His plan. Humility and submission will open your eyes to what exactly is going on around you. In hard times, look to see the lessons. Remember that those tough moments didn’t break you. No, you survived! When you are spared from these crazy moments, you then realize that God’s Will is the only way. Surviving harsh times makes you grateful for salvation and everything in between. So the next time you’re being tested or going through a struggle, let God guide you through the moment.
Are you learning from your darkest hour or is bitterness setting in?
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Song of Solomon 7
1How beautiful are your sandaled feet, O queenly maiden. Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a skilled craftsman.
2Your navel is perfectly formed like a goblet filled with mixed wine. Between your thighs lies a mound of wheat bordered with lilies.
3Your breasts are like two fawns, twin fawns of a gazelle.
4Your neck is as beautiful as an ivory tower. Your eyes are like the sparkling pools in Heshbon by the gate of Bath-rabbim. Your nose is as fine as the tower of Lebanon overlooking Damascus.
5Your head is as majestic as Mount Carmel, and the sheen of your hair radiates royalty. The king is held captive by its tresses.
6Oh, how beautiful you are! How pleasing, my love, how full of delights!
7You are slender like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters of fruit.
8I said, “I will climb the palm tree and take hold of its fruit.” May your breasts be like grape clusters, and the fragrance of your breath like apples.
9May your kisses be as exciting as the best wine— Young Woman Yes, wine that goes down smoothly for my lover, flowing gently over lips and teeth.
10I am my lover’s, and he claims me as his own.
11Come, my love, let us go out to the fields and spend the night among the wildflowers.
12Let us get up early and go to the vineyards to see if the grapevines have budded, if the blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love.
13There the mandrakes give off their fragrance, and the finest fruits are at our door, new delights as well as old, which I have saved for you, my lover.
“Wherever God sends you, whatever job He gives you, be sure to follow through.”~TB
In the eyes of man, God’s ways and plans for your future may appear to be foolish to your peers. If He’s given you a purpose or a plan, follow through. Because we are unable to understand the infinite perspective of God, we can talk ourselves out of amazing opportunities. Of course, with these opportunities comes the potential for great setbacks.
The devil will always try and find a way to disrupt the joy and peace in your life. This is especially true when you are operating in an assignment from the Lord. My point in saying this is that obstacles will always happen. It’s why we must arm ourselves with the Word so that when opposition comes, we know to avert our gaze and focus on the task at hand. Friends, life is easy for no one, persevere anyway.
So, no matter how obscure or miraculous your work for God is, follow through and finish well. Avoid the pitfalls and traps laid out by the evil one. The truth is, his distractions cannot harm you, there merely exist to get you to fumble your task. Learn to ignore the noise. When you walk and talk with God regularly, you build up the discernment to finish the job. Develop your relationship with Christ to follow through with the call He’s placed on your life.
Are you following through or full of excuses?
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1O LORD, rescue me from evil people. Protect me from those who are violent,
2those who plot evil in their hearts and stir up trouble all day long.
3Their tongues sting like a snake; the venom of a viper drips from their lips. Interlude
4O LORD, keep me out of the hands of the wicked. Protect me from those who are violent, for they are plotting against me.
5The proud have set a trap to catch me; they have stretched out a net; they have placed traps all along the way. Interlude
6I said to the LORD, “You are my God!” Listen, O LORD, to my cries for mercy!
7O Sovereign LORD, the strong one who rescued me, you protected me on the day of battle.
8LORD, do not let evil people have their way. Do not let their evil schemes succeed, or they will become proud. Interlude
9Let my enemies be destroyed by the very evil they have planned for me.
10Let burning coals fall down on their heads. Let them be thrown into the fire or into watery pits from which they can’t escape.
11Don’t let liars prosper here in our land. Cause great disasters to fall on the violent.
12But I know the LORD will help those they persecute; he will give justice to the poor.
13Surely righteous people are praising your name; the godly will live in your presence.
“When you do things your way, expect chaos. When you do things His way, expect peace”~TB
Trying to live life in accordance with your will is like attempting to build a home in the midst of a hurricane. Your mind, fleshly desires, and fake discipline are the materials of a false foundation that will get ripped up in the storm. This is because you lack the True wisdom that comes from Him. Friends, every single human, myself included, lacks the fundamental knowledge required to live this life in righteousness. God must be at the front, otherwise, you are out of order, desperately trying to build a life in continuous chaos. Drop your will and take up His.
Living in God’s Will invites peace and tranquility in the midst of man-made troubles. Don’t mistake peace for a perfect life, there is no such thing. With God, your struggles don’t seem as unbearable because you know the Truth. The evil one cannot rattle you and his feeble attempts are transformed into a gentle breeze. When you walk with God, He crushes your obstacles, allowing you to move forward. However, you must do this in faith! Though you know the truth, you must walk the walk in order to realize it. Do not fear what has already claimed defeat. Walk in the Order of Truth.
Are you out of order?
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1Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.
2Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
3Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the LORD .
4Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.
5Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given,
6you children of his servant Abraham, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.
7He is the LORD our God. His justice is seen throughout the land.
8He always stands by his covenant— the commitment he made to a thousand generations.
9This is the covenant he made with Abraham and the oath he swore to Isaac.
10He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:
11“I will give you the land of Canaan as your special possession.”
12He said this when they were few in number, a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.
13They wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
14Yet he did not let anyone oppress them. He warned kings on their behalf:
15“Do not touch my chosen people, and do not hurt my prophets.”
16He called for a famine on the land of Canaan, cutting off its food supply.
17Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them— Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar.
19Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.
20Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door.
21Joseph was put in charge of all the king’s household; he became ruler over all the king’s possessions.
22He could instruct the king’s aides as he pleased and teach the king’s advisers.
23Then Israel arrived in Egypt; Jacob lived as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
24And the LORD multiplied the people of Israel until they became too mighty for their enemies.
25Then he turned the Egyptians against the Israelites, and they plotted against the LORD ’s servants.
26But the LORD sent his servant Moses, along with Aaron, whom he had chosen.
27They performed miraculous signs among the Egyptians, and wonders in the land of Ham.
28The LORD blanketed Egypt in darkness, for they had defied his commands to let his people go.
29He turned their water into blood, poisoning all the fish.
30Then frogs overran the land and even invaded the king’s bedrooms.
31When the LORD spoke, flies descended on the Egyptians, and gnats swarmed across Egypt.
32He sent them hail instead of rain, and lightning flashed over the land.
33He ruined their grapevines and fig trees and shattered all the trees.
34He spoke, and hordes of locusts came— young locusts beyond number.
35They ate up everything green in the land, destroying all the crops in their fields.
36Then he killed the oldest son in each Egyptian home, the pride and joy of each family.
37The LORD brought his people out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; and not one among the tribes of Israel even stumbled.
38Egypt was glad when they were gone, for they feared them greatly.
39The LORD spread a cloud above them as a covering and gave them a great fire to light the darkness.
40They asked for meat, and he sent them quail; he satisfied their hunger with manna—bread from heaven.
41He split open a rock, and water gushed out to form a river through the dry wasteland.
42For he remembered his sacred promise to his servant Abraham.
43So he brought his people out of Egypt with joy, his chosen ones with rejoicing.
44He gave his people the lands of pagan nations, and they harvested crops that others had planted.
45All this happened so they would follow his decrees and obey his instructions. Praise the LORD !
“Let your spouse and children explain what they have learned from you and God will show you how effective your life has been to them.” ~ Jon Barnes
Express your love for God in all that you do so that there is no question about your character and faith in God. The perfect work of love is simple and people all around the world have the same longing for it. If you are a conduit of love, your actions are obvious and in tune with Humanity in God.
Move forward in your love thinking with your time, money, family and work so that your balance with God’s life lessons account for your success right now and in Heaven. Because the path of goodness is lonely, with few people walking thereby, keep the faith as a permanent process God has for your life.
With lots of love, work by yourself and then share what you have learned. Collaborate when you have the wisdom to do so. Otherwise, your distractions may cause you to stumble, stall, and ultimately fail. People must buy their own oil to be ready for God and the Love He can only give. Let your work be to the Will of God and not your own thoughts.
Did you let the Will of God move you today and can you see the fruit from your continued obedience or are you frustrated, busted, and discussed?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!
2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. 3 But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt.[a] No one does good, not a single one!
4 Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord. 5 Terror will grip them, for God is with those who obey him. 6 The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed, but the Lord will protect his people.
7 Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When the Lord restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.
“Each side of an argument sounds good, but there can be only one truth to God’s solution for passing His Test.”~Jon Barnes
You can speak truthful things out of context and misplace the accuracy of Love and Good Intentions.This is when silence is the truth and patience is understanding with wisdom.The more people talk, the greater the probability foolishness will spill from their lips.Let your dialog copy what God has to say and reflect upon the biblical stories of old.This dialog will teach you more about the big picture when you read and muse the complete stories and experiences.
Even though you may have questions, focus, read, and observe all the moving parts in the dialog to get a full understanding of its content, character, structure, pictures, colors, tones and textures.Your questions will be answered in light of all sides of the arguments before and after they occur.Vain babbling will continue only because you keep opening up your mouth.Ergo, your answers will improve in your silence, meditation, prayer, reading, and listing to God, minus your thoughts.
After you ask the question, God will give you the answers you seek from the most interesting sources and you must be quiet and still to absorb the answers form many directions.Clarity comes with your good work of faith and time will show, breed, and cultivate God’s solutions, answers and perfect Will.An argument is a small component of the story with many words, yet God’s solutions are of few words with answers of infinite consequences.
Why are you always arguing with people and God?
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Job’s Fifth Speech: A Response to Eliphaz
16 Then Job spoke again:
2 “I have heard all this before. What miserable comforters you are! 3 Won’t you ever stop blowing hot air? What makes you keep on talking? 4 I could say the same things if you were in my place. I could spout off criticism and shake my head at you. 5 But if it were me, I would encourage you. I would try to take away your grief. 6 Instead, I suffer if I defend myself, and I suffer no less if I refuse to speak.
7 “O God, you have ground me down and devastated my family. 8 As if to prove I have sinned, you’ve reduced me to skin and bones. My gaunt flesh testifies against me. 9 God hates me and angrily tears me apart. He snaps his teeth at me and pierces me with his eyes. 10 People jeer and laugh at me. They slap my cheek in contempt. A mob gathers against me. 11 God has handed me over to sinners. He has tossed me into the hands of the wicked.
12 “I was living quietly until he shattered me. He took me by the neck and broke me in pieces. Then he set me up as his target, 13 and now his archers surround me. His arrows pierce me without mercy. The ground is wet with my blood.[a] 14 Again and again he smashes against me, charging at me like a warrior. 15 I wear burlap to show my grief. My pride lies in the dust. 16 My eyes are red with weeping; dark shadows circle my eyes. 17 Yet I have done no wrong, and my prayer is pure.
18 “O earth, do not conceal my blood. Let it cry out on my behalf. 19 Even now my witness is in heaven. My advocate is there on high. 20 My friends scorn me, but I pour out my tears to God. 21 I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends. 22 For soon I must go down that road from which I will never return.
“Deliberate love and respect for God and people will fuel your growth in wisdom, song, art, and faith with honesty, integrity, and good work.” ~ Jon Barnes
You will fit into your environment and bring positive infusion of hope, charity, and purpose, as you enjoy the path set before you.The challenges that it brings will be overcome by the wisdom of God, given to you by deliberate, studies, meditation, prayer, thanksgiving, and focus.
Giving attention to the steps of wisdom will keep you from falling into the self-indulgence of disobedience, idolatry, lust, and sin, which is a direct misrepresentation of God’s Truth.The heart of God rebukes such misrepresentation and will expose the lies, cheating, and scams of people.
Leaving out pieces of the truth in what God represents will find you on a deliberate course straight to hell, without bottle water to quench your thirst.Foolishness follows the corrupt and death follows those who denied Christ Lordship of All.
Where do you fit in and are you misrepresenting God’s Word?
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2 Chronicles 11
11 When Rehoboam arrived at Jerusalem, he mobilized the men of Judah and Benjamin—180,000 select troops—to fight against Israel and to restore the kingdom to himself.
2 But the Lord said to Shemaiah, the man of God,3 “Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin:4 ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not fight against your relatives. Go back home, for what has happened is my doing!’” So they obeyed the message of the Lord and did not fight against Jeroboam.
Rehoboam Fortifies Judah
5 Rehoboam remained in Jerusalem and fortified various towns for the defense of Judah.6 He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,7 Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,8 Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,9 Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,10 Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron. These became the fortified towns of Judah and Benjamin.11 Rehoboam strengthened their defenses and stationed commanders in them, and he stored supplies of food, olive oil, and wine.12 He also put shields and spears in these towns as a further safety measure. So only Judah and Benjamin remained under his control.
13 But all the priests and Levites living among the northern tribes of Israel sided with Rehoboam.14 The Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property and moved to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons would not allow them to serve the Lord as priests.15 Jeroboam appointed his own priests to serve at the pagan shrines, where they worshiped the goat and calf idols he had made.16 From all the tribes of Israel, those who sincerely wanted to worship the Lord, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem, where they could offer sacrifices to the Lord, the God of their ancestors.17 This strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and for three years they supported Rehoboam son of Solomon, for during those years they faithfully followed in the footsteps of David and Solomon.
18 Rehoboam married his cousin Mahalath, the daughter of David’s son Jerimoth and of Abihail, the daughter of Eliab son of Jesse.19 Mahalath had three sons—Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham.
20 Later Rehoboam married another cousin, Maacah, the granddaughter of Absalom. Maacah gave birth to Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith.21 Rehoboam loved Maacah more than any of his other wives and concubines. In all, he had eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and they gave birth to twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
22 Rehoboam appointed Maacah’s son Abijah as leader among the princes, making it clear that he would be the next king.23 Rehoboam also wisely gave responsibilities to his other sons and stationed some of them in the fortified towns throughout the land of Judah and Benjamin. He provided them with generous provisions, and he found many wives for them.
“When God gives you small details of dust to care for, polish, and shine like diamonds, you will begin to see, know, and understand His Thoughts, based on the love, kindness, and honest work of faith you personally apply to His Will.” ~Jon Barnes
We were created out of the dust of what God had already accomplished.He wanted humankind to be both smart enough and dumb enough to make their own choices in life.This non-robotic feature of thinking is only a human characteristic and fitting for people to have.With this consciousness comes the responsibility to think, love, control, respect, and have enough common sense to obey God.
Since the body is made up of dirt, the soul is the crown jewel of creation, since it still belongs to God and it will return to God for judgment.The devil cannot destroy your soul, only God has that control and choice, based upon who you are and love.If you love God and keep his commandments by following Him, your soul will be happy forever.If not, that is your choice and price to pay.
God is the only master of destroying the world.We cannot!We think we can, but God says otherwise. Look at how easy the flood consumed the world in the days of Noah.It was a non-negotiable, single event in history that has left its mark upon time itself.Nuke bombs are like candles in the hand of God, so why fear.Know that God’s protection is within His Will of what shall happen to mankind, so keep polishing and shining your work in faith and love.
Do you feel relieved that God is in Control all of the dust in the Universe or are you scared of the devil because you work for evil one?
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22 Then David said, “This will be the location for the Temple of the Lord God and the place of the altar for Israel’s burnt offerings!”
Preparations for the Temple
2 So David gave orders to call together the foreigners living in Israel, and he assigned them the task of preparing finished stone for building the Temple of God.3 David provided large amounts of iron for the nails that would be needed for the doors in the gates and for the clamps, and he gave more bronze than could be weighed.4 He also provided innumerable cedar logs, for the men of Tyre and Sidon had brought vast amounts of cedar to David.
5 David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the Lord must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death.
6 Then David sent for his son Solomon and instructed him to build a Temple for the Lord, the God of Israel.7 “My son, I wanted to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord my God,” David told him.8 “But the Lord said to me, ‘You have killed many men in the battles you have fought. And since you have shed so much blood in my sight, you will not be the one to build a Temple to honor my name.9 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace. I will give him peace with his enemies in all the surrounding lands. His name will be Solomon,[a] and I will give peace and quiet to Israel during his reign.10 He is the one who will build a Temple to honor my name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will secure the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
11 “Now, my son, may the Lord be with you and give you success as you follow his directions in building the Temple of the Lord your God.12 And may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding, that you may obey the Law of the Lord your God as you rule over Israel.13 For you will be successful if you carefully obey the decrees and regulations that the Lordgave to Israel through Moses. Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or lose heart!
14 “I have worked hard to provide materials for building the Temple of the Lord—nearly 4,000 tons of gold, 40,000 tons of silver,[b] and so much iron and bronze that it cannot be weighed. I have also gathered timber and stone for the walls, though you may need to add more.15 You have a large number of skilled stonemasons and carpenters and craftsmen of every kind.16 You have expert goldsmiths and silversmiths and workers of bronze and iron. Now begin the work, and may the Lord be with you!”
17 Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to assist Solomon in this project.18 “The Lordyour God is with you,” he declared. “He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the Lord and his people.19 Now seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. Build the sanctuary of the LordGod so that you can bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant and the holy vessels of God into the Temple built to honor the Lord’s name.”
“Are you singing to God from your heart of praise and worship or are your reciting the words, going through the motions with distractions of ulterior motives?” ~ Jon Barnes
Respect the gifts that God has given you by finding your voice in the will of God and working your talents to serve the kingdom and not your lust for fame, money, and fortune. God will make you famous in the job that He has for you to do because it will help enlighten all the people who know and come in contact with you. Your reputation will be full of God’s purpose and not your own. By honoring God, you honor your parents and following all of the commandments God has given us. In addition, you earn God’s Respect to pass His Tests.
People tend to be lazy to use excuses, distractions, and issues of the past to cloud their judgment, waste their time, and become less effective in the ministry. Holding onto our hurts and not forgiving people is not the song you should be singing to God! Complaining is not worshiping God or helping to find solutions.Stay focused on the songs of righteousness, which are sung from the fruit of the Spirit of God. Be quiet long enough to hear God’s Voice and rejoice in the joy of the Lord and what he has done for you.
We are not thankful when we complain and play the victim card with all of our problems that we created ourselves. When we don’t discipline ourselves to finish our own work, cooking good food, drinking water, exercising, resting, learning, cleaning, organizing, planning, and following God’s suggestions, we tend to find ourselves extremely unhappy, with all the stuff (junk) we have and hoard in our closets, houses, garages, and storage units. Sing unto God a new song of giving, sharing, caring, listening, learning, teaching, loving, and being content with God’s plan and not your own imaginations.
Each day, do you spend at least 24 minutes praying, reading, meditating, listening, walking, or loving God and if not did you ask yourself who are you serving God or the devil?
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17 Now a man named Micah from the hill country of Ephraim2 said to his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels[a] of silver that were taken from you and about which I heard you utter a curse—I have that silver with me; I took it.”
Then his mother said, “The Lord bless you, my son!”
3 When he returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, “I solemnly consecrate my silver to the Lord for my son to make an image overlaid with silver. I will give it back to you.”
4 So after he returned the silver to his mother, she took two hundred shekels[b] of silver and gave them to a silversmith, who used them to make the idol. And it was put in Micah’s house.
5 Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some household gods and installed one of his sons as his priest.6 In those days Israel had no king;everyone did as they saw fit.
7 A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah,8 left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way[c] he came to Micah’s house in the hill country of Ephraim.
9 Micah asked him, “Where are you from?”
“I’m a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah,” he said, “and I’m looking for a place to stay.”
10 Then Micah said to him, “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels[d] of silver a year, your clothes and your food.”11 So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him.12 Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house.13 And Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.”
“God has set aside an amount and order of things to come for Himself and it includes people who choose to follow His guidelines and commandment for His Purpose; because your purpose will simply burn up.” ~ Jon Barnes
Numbers can help us to understand God’s massive scope of infinity, since we cannot count or even think or comprehend that feeling of eternal wisdom, knowledge, understanding, power, growth, expression, and expansion with our limited minds. Numbers give us a wonderful illusion of a permanent multiplication button without end. Allow God to fill your head and heart with His numbers and love.
It is an honor, a privilege, and miracle that we should come to the knowledge of loving God and being accepted as His Children, the 1st fruits for eternity in Heaven. God’s definition of the best, His Children, who are set apart for Himself, is a function of judgment only God can make, understand, and carry out on judgment day. God knows His Line Up already and it is your job to understand, activate, and fight for your position, within yourself, for yourself, by communicating with God and carrying out His instructions. Sign up with God, today!
Your position in God comes with a registration repentance form that you fill out, without hands, from your heart, with your voice. The maintenance, membership fees and dues come from your faith walk and works of love to God and people, when you labor for the Kingdom of God. Since God is capable of keeping accurate records of your daily business operations in your life, He will connect or disconnect you from your Heavenly appointment and spot with Him, if you are disobedient and negligent in your personal responsibilities. God Values Honesty.
Did you know that God’s math adds up to the specific amount and worth for your soul to rest in Heaven or Hell and He alone will count and deliver your profit and loss statement on that Great Day of Judgement, which could be at the end of your life?
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Duties of the Kohathite Clan
4 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,2 “Record the names of the members of the clans and families of the Kohathite division of the tribe of Levi.3 List all the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle.[a]
4 “The duties of the Kohathites at the Tabernacle will relate to the most sacred objects.5 When the camp moves, Aaron and his sons must enter the Tabernacle first to take down the inner curtain and cover the Ark of the Covenant[b] with it.6 Then they must cover the inner curtain with fine goatskin leather and spread over that a single piece of blue cloth. Finally, they must put the carrying poles of the Ark in place.
7 “Next they must spread a blue cloth over the table where the Bread of the Presence is displayed, and on the cloth they will place the bowls, ladles, jars, pitchers, and the special bread.8 They must spread a scarlet cloth over all of this, and finally a covering of fine goatskin leather on top of the scarlet cloth. Then they must insert the carrying poles into the table.
9 “Next they must cover the lampstand with a blue cloth, along with its lamps, lamp snuffers, trays, and special jars of olive oil.10 Then they must cover the lampstand and its accessories with fine goatskin leather and place the bundle on a carrying frame.
11 “Next they must spread a blue cloth over the gold incense altar and cover this cloth with fine goatskin leather. Then they must attach the carrying poles to the altar.12 They must take all the remaining furnishings of the sanctuary and wrap them in a blue cloth, cover them with fine goatskin leather, and place them on the carrying frame.
13 “They must remove the ashes from the altar for sacrifices and cover the altar with a purple cloth.14 All the altar utensils—the firepans, meat forks, shovels, basins, and all the containers—must be placed on the cloth, and a covering of fine goatskin leather must be spread over them. Finally, they must put the carrying poles in place.15 The camp will be ready to move when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the sacred articles. The Kohathites will come and carry these things to the next destination. But they must not touch the sacred objects, or they will die. So these are the things from the Tabernacle that the Kohathites must carry.
16 “Eleazar son of Aaron the priest will be responsible for the oil of the lampstand, the fragrant incense, the daily grain offering, and the anointing oil. In fact, Eleazar will be responsible for the entire Tabernacle and everything in it, including the sanctuary and its furnishings.”
17 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,18 “Do not let the Kohathite clans be destroyed from among the Levites!19 This is what you must do so they will live and not die when they approach the most sacred objects. Aaron and his sons must always go in with them and assign a specific duty or load to each person.20 The Kohathites must never enter the sanctuary to look at the sacred objects for even a moment, or they will die.”
Duties of the Gershonite Clan
21 And the Lord said to Moses,22 “Record the names of the members of the clans and families of the Gershonite division of the tribe of Levi.23 List all the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle.
24 “These Gershonite clans will be responsible for general service and carrying loads.25 They must carry the curtains of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle itself with its coverings, the outer covering of fine goatskin leather, and the curtain for the Tabernacle entrance.26 They are also to carry the curtains for the courtyard walls that surround the Tabernacle and altar, the curtain across the courtyard entrance, the ropes, and all the equipment related to their use. The Gershonites are responsible for all these items.27 Aaron and his sons will direct the Gershonites regarding all their duties, whether it involves moving the equipment or doing other work. They must assign the Gershonites responsibility for the loads they are to carry.28 So these are the duties assigned to the Gershonite clans at the Tabernacle. They will be directly responsible to Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.
Duties of the Merarite Clan
29 “Now record the names of the members of the clans and families of the Merarite division of the tribe of Levi.30 List all the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle.
31 “Their only duty at the Tabernacle will be to carry loads. They will carry the frames of the Tabernacle, the crossbars, the posts, and the bases;32 also the posts for the courtyard walls with their bases, pegs, and ropes; and all the accessories and everything else related to their use. Assign the various loads to each man by name.33 So these are the duties of the Merarite clans at the Tabernacle. They are directly responsible to Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.”
Summary of the Registration
34 So Moses, Aaron, and the other leaders of the community listed the members of the Kohathite division by their clans and families.35 The list included all the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle,36 and the total number came to 2,750.37 So this was the total of all those from the Kohathite clans who were eligible to serve at the Tabernacle. Moses and Aaron listed them, just as the Lord had commanded through Moses.
38 The Gershonite division was also listed by its clans and families.39 The list included all the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle,40 and the total number came to 2,630.41 So this was the total of all those from the Gershonite clans who were eligible to serve at the Tabernacle. Moses and Aaron listed them, just as the Lord had commanded.
42 The Merarite division was also listed by its clans and families.43 The list included all the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle,44 and the total number came to 3,200.45 So this was the total of all those from the Merarite clans who were eligible for service. Moses and Aaron listed them, just as the Lord had commanded through Moses.
46 So Moses, Aaron, and the leaders of Israel listed all the Levites by their clans and families.47 All the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle and for its transportation48 numbered 8,580.49 When their names were recorded, as the Lord had commanded through Moses, each man was assigned his task and told what to carry.
And so the registration was completed, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.