Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jannes and Jambres

  Jannes and Jambres were two of Pharaoh's magicians in the land of Egypt.
  When Moses first went to Pharaoh to demand that he let the children of Israel go, the Lord gave Moses signs to show Pharaoh and the children of Israel so that they would know that he (Moses) was sent by God to deliver the children of Israel. One of the signs that the Lord gave him was that the if he (Moses) threw his rod on the ground it would become a serpent. When Moses gave this sign to Pharaoh, Pharaoh told his magicians to do the same with their rods. The magicians threw their rods on the ground, and their rods became serpents as well. Moses' serpent (rod) ate the magicians serpents (rod). Of course all of the people in the court were astonished at what they saw.
This was only the beginning of miracles that the Lord would show to the Egyptians and the to world.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Blessings and Miracles in Isaiah 61

  The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
   To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

  Jesus, our Christ and Savior, has done this for us.
He has anointed us who are saved with good tidings.
He has mended broken hearts.
He has set those who were in bondage to their sins or to their or those who were in literal bondage free.
Those who have had to go to prison for wicked things they have done have accepted Christ as their Savior.
The Lord brought vengeance upon the Satan when He died and rose again. Those who come to Him to receive comfort He comforts.
He reunited Israel as a nation in 1948.
He gave them beauty for the land that was laid desolate-that was desert.
He gave us His Holy Spirit for when when we need comfort
He gave us the Psalms and praise for when we feel overwhelmed.
So that we might be called His. So that people would know we are of Him and that His name may be praised.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Shoes and Clothing Could Last for 40 Years

  The children of Israel's shoes and clothes lasted for FORTY YEARS! Sorry to yell, but this seems amazing! Could you believe it if we had a pair of shoes or a piece of clothing that lasted for forty years? and we would have to wear that piece of clothing a lot, almost every day. Our clothes would probably go out style, but still the idea of our clothes or shoes lasting that long is...well, awesome
  In the Bible, the Lord reminded the children of Israel, through a prophet, how he had helped them through so many situations. One of the things He reminded them of was how He had kept them in the wilderness. How He had given them angels food, water, and how for forty years he had kept them so that neither their shoes nor their clothing wore out.

This van be found in
*Deuteronomy 8:4
Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.

*Deuteronomy 29:5 
 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.

*Nehemiah 9:21
Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The People God Uses Part 2

Does anybody remember the story of Jael in the Bible?
She was the woman that the Lord used to deliver the children of Israel out of the hand of their enemies.
Barak the captain of the host for Israel was told by the prophetess Deborah that the Lord was going to fight their (Israel's) enemies and to go fight against their enemies. Barak told Deborah that he wanted her by his side when he went to fight the battle. Deborah basically said to him because you do not believe that the Lord is going to be with you and because you are a wimp the Lord is not going to deliver the children of Israel into your hands but into the hands of a woman. God is going to show you that he can use anybody to do His will. A woman is going to kill the Lord's and Israel's enemy.
So, Israel went to fight their enemy, (Sisera who was the captain of the host for Jabin the king of Caanan.) and their enemy was greatly discomfited. Sisera fled on his feet from the battle field. As Sisera was running, he came upon the tent of Heber the Kenite's wife, Jael.  Jael invited Sisera into her tent and told him to rest while she got him a cup of milk. She gave him a cup of milk with which he was refreshed, and he went to sleep. While he was sleeping, Jael got a nail of the tent and through Sisera's temples hammered him into the ground!
When Israel had defeated its enemy, they sang a song of Jael, who had listened to God. They did not sing a son of Sisera.
Ironically, Jael's husband was friends with the king of Caanan.
When the Lord sees people who do not want to do what he tells them to do, he gets another person to do it; and the Lord has them do a better job than maybe what he had in mind for you to do.
This was an awesome example that the Lord can use anybody! and the miracle will probably be even greater than originally!
Let's not miss out on being part of the miracle.
When the Lord tells us to do something let's do it- even when it gets hard.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The People God Uses Part 1

  I am sure at one point in all of our lives we felt God tell us we had to do something, but the people around us, our family and friends, said we should not do it because they did not feel it was right; or we were just trying to get something for ourselves.
  Here is a story that most of you probably know where God used the person people did think much about, the person people ridiculed to do the job nobody wanted to do. 
  I am sure felt when he went out to the battle field to give his brothers food. 
  David's father sent him to the battle field to give his brothers food and to see how the battle was going. When David arrived, Goliath, the giant and champion Gath, proclaimed his challenge to Israel as he had done for forty days. When David saw Goliath defy the army of Israel and defy God, he knew he had to vindicate God's name and the army of Israel. David told the people around him that he was going to fight Goliath, but when his brother heard it, he basically told David to get lost. The people relayed what David said to King Saul. Even King Saul and the rest of the people could not believe what David was saying and that he could really do it. David told the king how he had killed a lion and a bear because God had helped him and that the Philistine would be just like a lion or bear. David thought-how could some one who blasphemes God's name live? Saul relented and gave David his armor to fight Goliath. David could not use the armor because he was not used to it; instead, he picked up some smooth stones from a nearby brook and went to fight Goliath.
When he went up to fight Goliath, Goliath mocked and cursed David by his (Goliath) gods. David told Goliath that he and everyone standing there would see that God is God, and it was He who was going to fight the battle.  David put a stone in his sling and thew it. The stone sank into Goliath's head. David went and cut off Goliath's head with Goliath's own sword.
When the Philistines saw that Goliath, their champion, was dead they fled, and Israel pursued them. The Lord saved Israel yet again that day from the hand of the Philistines.
  The Bible says that David was a youth meaning that he was younger than thirteen years old. (According to Jewish tradition, a boy becomes a man when he turns thirteen.) 
  This fact makes this story even more miraculous.
  When the Lord sees able people not do the job He wants them to, He decides to give the job to another person who they believe is incapable.

This story is found in 1 Samuel 17.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Michmash, God's Repeated Deliverance

     Do you remember the story in the Bible when God allowed Jonathan and his armor bearer to kill about twenty men?and the uproar it caused in the Philistine camp?
    We can only imagine what the commanders of the whole garrison thought after they heard the garrison was in an uproar and the earth was shaking because two men killed about twenty men.
   The Philistines were so confused by the earthquake and the noise that they began to kill each other with the sword. God allowed Israel to chase the Philistines away from were they were, and Israel was able to defeat the Philistines in this battle.
   This same tactic that Jonathan used was used in the same place, Mishmash, in the first World War.
   Major Gilbert was reading his Bible and saw that the place were he was was the exact same place were Jonathan was used by God to defeat the Philistines centuries before. When he saw this in his Bible, he woke up his general, General Allenby, and he and General Allenby re-read the passage. The General sent scouts and found out that the land was still the same as in Bible times. General Watson changed his battle plan and used the tactic that Jonathan used centuries before. Just as in Bible times, the people who were on top, the Turks, dispersed.*

"So the Lord saved Israel that day."

This story is found in 1 Samuel chapter 14 and if you google Battle of Mishmash World War 1 you will be able to find many sites with this story.

*P.S. I believe this was necessary for Israel to become a nation so on that day also in World War 1 the Lord saved Israel.