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February 18 - Morning

“While the Israelites were in the wilderness, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly, and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him. Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.” So the assembly took him outside the
camp and stoned him to death,
as the Lord commanded Moses.

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel.”

- Numbers 15:32-38

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The Sabbath, a Stoning and Tassels    

The leaders were undecided, but the Lord made the declaration that the man must die. The Hebrew verbs translated “must die” is mot yumat, which means in this formation “violent death.” This is the first recorded execution for a violation of the Law of Moses in a legal setting. The violation for working on the Sabbath is made very clear in Exodus 31:15:

            “Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.”

The act of the man breaking the Sabbath was considered blatant rebellion towards the Lord. The rebel must be stoned. The stoning would come at the hands of the people who joined together to stone the Sabbath violator. The execution would have been a dramatic event that would have left a deep impression. Each of them was only one act away from receiving the same judgment.

As a reminder of the word of God and the Laws that have been established the Lord told Moses to have the Israelites make tassels and attach them to the corner of their garments. (also Deuteronomy 22:12) The swinging, swirling, moving tassels were to draw the attention of the people back to the Word of God and remind them of the Lord’s laws. The blue chord that was used was the color of deity, which was the source of the commandments and the directions to wear the tassels. Blue cloth wrapped the Ark of the Covenant when it moved and blue curtains adorned the tabernacle.

According to Mark 9:20 and Matthew 14:36 Jesus wore these tassels and they were a point of contact to receive healing from the Lord:

“They implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.” – Matthew 14:36

“…came up behind Him and touched the fringe (tassel fringe with a blue cord)  of His cloak (outer garment) – Mark 9:20 (NAS)

  Christian Quote from Church History
""If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."
- CS Lewis
Something to Ponder??

3 out of every 10 Americans interpret the Bible literally.

5 out of 10 Americans say the Bible is inspired, but should not be taken literally.

Almost 2 out of every 10 Americans think the Bible is an ancient collection of
stories written by men.
(see poll results here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Mishkan (Hb) – Tabernacle (Eng) – mishkan is the Hebrew noun that means “dwelling place,” “tabernacle,” “shrine.” Mishkan is the word used to refer to Israel’s tabernacle in the wilderness. The verb shakan means “to dwell,” or “inhabit” in Psalm 37:27.


On the bedrock of Mount Moriah, which is covered by the Muslim’s Dome of the Rock, Leen Ritmeyer has located trenches on the south part of the rock which he has identified as foundation trenches. The dimensions of these trenches match the recorded thickness of the walls of the Herodian Temple which was 6 cubits (or, 10 feet, 4 inches). This would be the south wall of the Holy of Holies. The west wall would have been up against the natural rock scarp of the bedrock that is still there on Mount Moriah inside the Dome of the Rock. The back west wall of this location of the Holy of Holies is parallel with the eastern wall of the Temple Mount and the south wall is perpendicular with the eastern wall. Also, the axis of this room aligned with the highest point of the Mount of Olives where the Red heifer (Numbers 19) could be seen from the Temple being sacrificed. (Details here)

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Do I have reminders and personal guidelines in place to help me remember the Lord's
requirements? Do I have standards that keep me from crossing over into sinful behavior?
I will establish boundaries and standards of conduct to help guide me and help me live in the truth.
  "When wickedness comes,
so does contempt,

    and with shame comes reproach."
- Proverbs 18:3
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
This is the remains of the Broad Wall that was built during Hezekiah’s expansion of the city. Jews from the northern tribes of Israel, who had been overrun by the Assyrians in 721 BC, migrated
down to Judah and the city of Jerusalem for protection at this time.
This wall is mentioned in Isaiah 22:8-11 and Nehemiah 12:38.
(Details here) (click on image for larger size)
This map marks the location of Hezekiah's Tunnel that was cut in 701 BC through the bedrock under the ancient city of Jerusalem, the City of David. (click on image for larger size)
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