He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
This week, I’ve been focusing on cleaning God’s temple. I’ve been reflecting on thoughts, speech, reading material (including blogs), etc. Throughout reflection, I’ve come to realize that God has given us everything to live a life pleasing to Him.
When we repent from sin, we become a new creature in Christ. We’re to be faithful to Him (and His teachings) and walk in the salvation He has provided for us. I marvel at the MANY ways God provides for His people over the years. He has blessed us with so many good gifts be it material or spiritual, but He has also given us special gifts that are, everything we need for a life (eternally) of godliness (spiritually).
So, what are those things that we’re equipped with to live a life that is pleasing to the Creator? A new heart and the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). We also have His Word which we are to read, search, and study daily (2 Timothy 3:16-17). As we continue to take up our cross daily, the more we grow in godliness because knowing God intimately changes the heart and the more we’ll want to put sin to death when temptation comes knocking on the door.
When I read those accounts of Jesus Christ cleansing the temple of desecration, it made me pause and analyze the physical temple which is my body. What should’ve taken place in the court of the Gentiles – the merchants and moneychangers misusing the temple as a marketplace that it actually started to resemble a thieves’ den – was taking place in a house of prayer. After cleansing the temple, Jesus shows the proper use of it by healing the lame and the blind and by teaching.
The world and its ways have crept into the house of God. It has also crept into the Lord’s living temple which is our bodies. Over the years, we’ve taken in so many unclean things through various forms of unfiltered entertainment, that we still revert to the old ways sometimes despite being a new creature in Christ. Just think about it.
God created our bodies, Jesus redeemed them through His unblemished blood and the Holy Spirit dwells within. So, yes, this makes our body the temple of God.
With the Holy Spirit residing in us, we are led to honor and glorify God with our bodies. Take a moment to reflect on what you’ve been allowing inside God’s temple. Does it need cleansing? We can start by getting « rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice » and by being « kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. » (Ephesians 4:31-32).
Let us go into this new week cleansing the filth from God’s temple.
Our bodies belong to the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:13). It is a member of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:15) and it is where the Holy Spirit dwells (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
Jesus does more than preach
He teaches us God’s truth
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Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 6:14: « But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. »
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Christ comes to the world
Bringing God’s love to us
Jesus sets the bar high
Higher than we can reach
Christ delivers two true teachings
To a sinful, unsaved world
Love your God, the Father
Love others more than yourself
Jesus does more than preach
He teaches us God’s truth
His hands heal the sick
Later pierced with sharpened nails
He raises up the dead
Just as He will rise
Christ, the Messiah, brings hope
He is Savior to mankind
Wearing a crown of thorns
Humbles himself on the Cross
Rising from a dark tomb
Christ forever defeats our sins
Christ serves His Holy Father
His sacrifice continues to give
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49:1-2 > Jacob calls his sons together to pronounce a blessing upon each one. Israel was about to speak to his sons and he did not want them to only listen, but to take heed of what he was about to say.
49:3-4 > Being the firstborn, Reuben had claims to the inheritance rights of the firstborn, but he defiled it through pride and immorality by laying with Bilhah, the mother of his brothers Dan and Naphtali (35:22). « Thou shall not excel »: The birthright and the double portion was given to Joseph; Reuben had one. He did not excel in honor, wealth, riches, or in numbers (Deuteronomy 33:6) all because his eyes were set on temporal fleshy pleasures rather than on God. His tribe never did excel and no important person (judge, king, or prophet) came from the tribe of Reuben.
49:5-7 > The second-born son Simeon and the third-born Levi are also harshly reprimanded for their evil deeds. They used circumcision (their covenant with God) to cruelly kill and avenge the rape of their sister Dinah. This only brought shame and disgrace to the house of Israel. The tribe of Simeon became the smallest in the second census of Moses (Numbers 26:14), were left out from the blessing of Moses (Deut. 33:8) and shared territory with Judah later on (Joshua 19:1-9). As for the tribe of Levi, they were scattered throughout Israel and because of their loyalty to God and by His grace (Exodus 32:26), they became a priestly tribe and the Lord was their inheritance.
49:8-12 > Judah’s name signifies praise. David and Solomon were of this tribe as well as the Messiah Who is referred to as « the Lion of the tribe of Judah » in Revelation 5:5. Jesus is referred to as Shiloh, the name meaning, « He whose right it is ». This tribe prospered greatly and had the largest population in Moses’ census (Numbers 1:27; 26:22). Judah was greatly blessed in material abundance and their land was a wine-growing country (Song of Solomon 1:14). We can see Christ through the everlasting blessings of Judah!
49:13 > The tribe of Zebulun was situated by the seashore (between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee) and benefitted greatly from the trade route, the Via Maris.
49:14-15 > The tribe of Issachar is compared to an ass for its strength and for also their use in farming. They were strong, yes, but they would enjoy the good of the land and not strive for it, hence why they were mostly always put into servitude.
49:16-18 > Dan signifies « to judge » and one such notable judge that came from this tribe was Samson. Dan shall be a serpent by the way: This was certainly a troublesome tribe for they introduced idolatry into Israel (Judges 18:30). In 1 Kings 12:26-30, Jeroboam set up an idolatrous golden calf in Dan and later on, Dan, unfortunately, became a center of idol worship (Amos 8:14). Dan was left out of the listing of tribes regarding the 144,000 in Revelation 7:5-8; however, it is the first tribe listed in the millennial roll call of the tribes in Ezekiel 48. « I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD. »: The salvation of Samson was a temporary one whereas the salvation of the Messiah is an everlasting one. Jacob was ready to rest in Jesus.
49:19: The tribe of Dan was a warlike one and this tribe supplied many troops for David (1 Chronicles 12:14).
49:20 > The tribe of Asher (which signifies happy or blessed) occupied great land from Zidon to Carmel of the sea; from the great sea to Asor, and even to Naason. They were fruitful in oil, wine, and wheat.
49:21 > Naphtali certainly give beautiful or goodly words for their land was in the key portion near the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus did much of his teaching and ministry (Matthew 4:12-16).
49:22-26 > Joseph was a type of Christ. Although he was shot at (The archers have bitterly grieved him), he was still a prosperous and fruitful bough. His strength came not of himself, but from God. Jacob listed 5 wonderful titles for God while pouring out his blessing over Joseph: The Shepherd; the Stone of Israel; the Almighty; the mighty God of Jacob and the God of your father.
49:27 > The tribe of Benjamin was a warlike tribe. Examples can be found through Ehud in Judges 3:15-23; Saul (1 Samuel 9:1; 14:47-52) and Paul (Acts 8:1-3) who was a ravenous prosecutor. Mordecai and Esther were also from this tribe.
49:28 > Jacob concludes the blessings of his sons aka the 12 tribes of Israel.
49:29-32 > Jacob’s dying instructions are carried out later in 50:12-14. He was the last of the great patriarchs (of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) although God rose up other great men to use after them. Bible scholars put Jacob’s death at ca. 1858 B.C.
50:1-3 > Jacob is embalmed and mourned for 70 days among the nation of Egypt. Embalming is not a Hebrew custom, but rather an Egyptian one. The Hebrews do not embalm but bury their dead. In this case, it was necessary to embalm Jacob in order for his corpse to be carried and buried in the land of Canaan.
50:4-6 > After the mourning period, Joseph seeks the Pharaoh’s approval to go up to Canaan to bury his father.
50:7-11 > It was a grand and honorable funeral procession fit for a king. The Egyptians did this because of their love and respect for Joseph. There was a seven-day mourning period for Jacob at the threshing floor of “Atad”. Seven means spiritually complete. Abel-mizraim or “Mourning of Egypt » was so named by the locals perhaps due to seeing so many Egyptians, they thought it was an Egyptian who died.
50:12-14 > Jacob is buried in the cave of the field of Machpelah by his sons and everyone returns to Egypt.
50:15 > Seeing that Jacob was now dead and buried, Joseph’s brothers yet again developed another fear through guilt. They thought that Joseph hated them and he pretended to get along with them for the sake of their father and now that Jacob was dead, a new hatred was going to take root. In the following chapters, we’ll see how this is further from the truth.
50:16-18 > Joseph’s brothers concocted a story through fear and their guilty conscience. Their action causes Joseph to weep for they thought lowly of him. He had already forgiven them and put the past behind. In the 18th verse, the brothers decided to go for themselves and humbly fall before Joseph (37:9).
50:19-21 > « Fear not: for am I in the place of God? »: Here, Joseph reminds his brothers that he would not arrogate himself with the power and vengeance that belongs to the Almighty. Given his status in Egypt as a high-ranking official, his word would’ve been good as gold, but Joseph knew that he was not God. Besides, whatever evil man may bring against us, God uses it for good (Romans 8:28).
Joseph comforts his brothers through his word and showed compassion. He loved them, forgave them, and provided for them. He is a beautiful shining example of how we should live with our family, enemies, and neighbors.
50:22-24 > Every time I read these closing chapters of Joseph’s life, I tend to get a little teary-eyed. Joseph was basically the first person I admired greatly when I was younger and was first introduced to Bible stories in primary school. Had none of those events occurred in his young life, then the Messiah couldn’t have come forth (see additional notes below). So, Joseph lived to be 110 years old and saw his great grandchildren’s children. In his last days on this earth, Joseph was content and happy.
50:25-26 > Joseph died as he lived: firmly trusting in God to carry out His promises. It was by faith that he trusted in things not yet seen. According to Hebrews 11:22, Joseph was never buried in Egypt, but he was put in a coffin for 400 or so years until it was taken back to Canaan by Moses (Exodus 13:19) and buried by Joshua at Shechem (Joshua 24:32).
Bible scholars put the death of this remarkable man at ca. 1804 B.C.
And this is where the Book of Beginnings ends.
^ Reuben is a great example of how the first can be last (Matthew 19:30).
^ Even when forgiven, the sins of our past can come back to hurt/haunt us for they may carry dreadful consequences that we have to face for a lifetime as we saw with Reuben and Simeon and Levi.
^ Dan shall be a serpent by the way: Because it was the tribe of Dan that introduced idol worship to Israel, some Bible scholars think that « serpent by the way » suggests that the Antichrist comes from this tribe based on Daniel 11:37 and Jeremiah 8:16.
^ Joseph lived a remarkable life because he trusted firmly in God. Had his brothers never sold him, he would’ve never gone to Egypt. Had he not gone to Egypt, he never would’ve been sold to Potiphar. Had he not been sold to Potiphar, he never would’ve been accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife. Had she never falsely accused him, he never would’ve been put in prison where he meets the baker and the butler. Had he never met them, he never interprets their dreams, never gets to interprets the Pharaoh’s dreams, is never made Prime Minister, will never consult and save lives during the severe famine. Had he never gone to Egypt to go through what made him who he was because of God, then his family would’ve surely died from the famine in Canaan. Had this family ceased to exist because of death by famine, then the Messiah can’t come forth and Jesus never came. Now, take a moment and imagine, what if Jesus never came?
Heavenly Father, we bless and thank You for sending Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to give us hope. We also thank You for Joseph and the role he played in allowing the Messiah to come forth through his faithful actions in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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I’ve been M.I.A. this week, but it’s good to be offline for a period of time for it allowed me to focus on my walk with God and to catch up with many things such as improving talents and walking in nature. This past week at work, a young bird was born with a few complications. I checked on it every time I got, but the little birdie was adamant and independent despite the crippling defects of its little wings. The other birds flew down when they thought no one was looking to feed and nourish it. I’m happy to see that it’s looking healthier and getting along better. Today, it came into the library and I took it out on the greens to get some sunshine and fresh air.
God’s creation is amazing. When the older birds ministered to the sick one, the sheep and the goats scripture came to mind especially this part:
I’ve been working on the ministry that God is currently setting up for me to be a part of and I couldn’t be happier for I love serving Him any which way He calls me to. Everywhere I turn, He is reminding me of the soon-to-be-ministry.
May God bless your weekend as you rest in Him and if it’s possible, try to go outside and take a walk in nature as you commune with Him.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Stop what you’re doing and spend some time with God today. Take some time to sit at His feet and talk to Him, worship and praise Him. Read your Bible and respond in prayer.
Spend some time with Jesus. You don’t have time not to do this.