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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

January 29 - Evening

"The Israelites said to them,
“If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! 
There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into
this desert to starve this entire assembly to death."

- Exodus 16:3

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Pain of Potential is Better    

The people’s opinion of Moses and the Lord was determined by their situation. In victory and deliverance the people would dance and sing praises. In times of need or stress the same people would complain and threaten the very ones they praised.

The memory of the former slaves has already started to repaint the oppression and the abuse of the Egyptian culture as the good ole days of “pots of meat” and “all the food” we could eat. In fact, they consider (wrongly so) that the fate of the dead Egyptians is better than their starvation in the desert with the Lord and Moses.

The Israelites are focused on their immediate situation. The resounding sounds of the promises given to Abraham are drowned out by the Israelite’s cry for food. The thing that is missing in the Israelite’s point of view is perspective. Israel’s situation is one of great potential. The Israelites have inherited tremendous promises and the Lord has intervened in history to move them into a position in God’s plan to continue preparing this young nation for the possession of those promises.

Approaching the situation from this perspective changes everything. The Israelites are suffering because they are being prepared. The Egyptians feel no hunger because they are dead. Feeling hunger in the midst of God’s powerful plan and potential is always better than feeling nothi

  Christian Quote from Church History
"The church needs to be as clear in identifying the means of spiritual growth as
they are in proclaiming
the means of salvation."
- Galyn Wiemers
Something to Ponder??

When the German princes accepted Lutheranism in place of Catholicism, they established local churches according to territory. Every person within a German prince’s territory was part of the church; the children were baptized as members and given compulsory education in Luther's catechisms.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Krateo (Gr) – “to take hold of” (Eng) - krateo is Greek word that means “to have power,” “to get possession of,” “to be master of,” “to obtain,” “to take hold of,” “to seize,” “to keep carefully and faithfully,” “to restrain.” Krateo is what Herod did to John the Baptists when he was put in prison (Matthew 14:3). Jesus said the shepherd is willing to krateo the sheep that has fallen into a pit in order to lift it out, even, on the Sabbath ( Matt.12:11). In Revelation 2:1 Jesus krateo the seven stars in his right hand and the church is told in Revelation 2:24-25 to krateo the Word of Truth that they have been given and not to seek the “mysteries” and “deep doctrines”:

“to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,
I will not impose any other burden on you,  except to hold on to what you have until I come.”

  John the Baptist seems to have been a prophet who God called out from among the Essenes, a religious sect in opposition to the Pharisees, Saducees and the morality of the Jewish priesthood.
The Essenes were in the wilderness in Qumran (location of the Dead Sea Scrolls) just a 2-4 miles away from where John the Baptist preached and baptized. The Essenes practice extensive ritual washings, or baptisms, and the Essenes sited
Isaiah 40:3,
"A voice of one calling: 'In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.' "
John is known for is baptism and using Isaiah 40:3 as his text verse. (More here and here and here.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I rejoice when I suffer the pains of growth and training?
I will maintain a perspective that allows me to see the promises of God and
the potential he has given to me in his plan.
  "When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
    when the wicked rule, the people groan."
- Proverbs 29:2
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(morning only) Genesis 40 Genesis 50
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Wisdom and insight Music Affirmative Action Information technology revolution: educated work-force, rapid spread of information, democratic ideas and awareness of Jesus Christ
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
Pavement stones running along the west wall of the temple mount show the result of being crushed by stones that fell from the temple mount above during the Roman destruction of the city and the temple in 70 AD.
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A map showing the route of Paul's prison ship in 59 AD when Paul was transported from Caesarea to Rome.
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