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October 9 - Morning

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 The angel said to the women,
“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are
looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. 
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples:
‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead
of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’
Now I have told you.”

- Matthew 28:2-7

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
"Now I Have Told You"    

The Jordan Rift Valley is part of a very large fault line that runs from the Taurus mountain range through Israel (particularly, the Mount of Olives) to the Gulf of Aqaba for a full length of 683 miles.
(see details here) Because of this fault line, earthquakes in Israel have been common.  Although,
here Matthew makes it clear with the use of the word “for” that the shaking of this unstable fault
line was the result of an angelic visitation. This sensitive area could not handle the angelic
activity without the continental plates of the earth slipping and shaking.

The angel then rolls the stone back so that the woman can see that Jesus is no longer in the
tomb. The angel is seen by the Roman guards who are themselves “shaken” just like the earth
was in Matthew 27:51 when the earth shook, the rocks split, the tombs opened and the curtain
in the temple was torn at Jesus’ death. The Roman guards assigned to guard the corpse of Jesus have failed miserably in their assignment and, because of fear of the angel, they themselves
become “like dead men.”

The angel speaks to the women for whom he had come to roll the stone away. He assures
them that the very same one they saw crucified is alive for he had risen from the dead just like
he had said on several occasions. The angel then invites the women into the tomb to inspect the
evidence in order that their faith might rest on the promises of Jesus, the words of the angel
and the physical evidence of the empty tomb.

Jesus’ resurrection was not just spiritual into somewhere in the sweet by-and-by. Jesus’
resurrection was physical, right here on earth, in real time and visible to the natural eye.
The women are told to go and inform the disciples of these events and to tell them that
Jesus plans on meeting them in Galilee.

The angel ends with the words, “Now I have told you,” which seems to mean, “Now that the truth has been communicated, it is time for you to respond.” The correct response is to believe and obey. The woman, like each of us, must trust the word of God and respond with the appropriate action.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“I have known ninety-five of the world’s great men in my time, and of these eighty-seven
were followers of the Bible. The Bible is stamped with
a Specialty of Origin, and
an immeasurable distance separates it from all competitors.”
– W. E. Gladstone
(1809-1898), British Prime Minister, Statesman


Something to Ponder??
“It is hard to resist the impression that the present structure of the universe, apparently so sensitive
to minor alterations in
numbers, has been rather
carefully thought out.”
– Paul Davies, Australian Cosmologist
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Mishpat (Hb) - Justice (Eng) - the Hebrew word mishpat is made from the verbal root word
which is translated "to settle," "to judge," "law," "legal case," or "to decide."
is a character of God that he demands be found in people and in governments.
Isaiah warned Israel's society and its leaders to seek justice and to assist the oppressed
(Isaiah 1:17, 23, 27, etc.) Amos tells Israel they will be punished for not treating the
disadvantages of their society with mishpat. One of the characteristics of the
Messiah's kingdom will be his mishpat, or his justice.

  Assyrian king Tiglath-Pileser records receiving tribute from Ahaz, king of Judah. The inscription is from a clay building that records battles between 744-727 BC. It says, "From these I received tribute...Ahaz, the
king of Judah...including gold, silver, iron, fine cloth and many garments made from wool that was dyed in purple..." This same event is found in 2 Kings 16:7-10.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I both believe and obey?
Do I demonstrate that I trust the Word of God by responding with the appropriate action?
I desire to learn God's Word and then allow that Word to direct my thoughts, words and actions.
  "The righteous eat to their hearts' content, but the stomach of the wicked
goes hungry."
Proverbs 13:25
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Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Esther 4 Acts 5 Mark 3
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Organization of you house and home management Teachers Congressional leaders Qatar - number of believers are few;
anti-proselytism laws
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Eastern Gate or Golden Gate



Tirzah, Samaria, Shechem locations in Israel

The Eastern Gate (or, Golden Gate) as viewed from the Mount of Olives looking over the Kidron Valley. The Temple Courts are on the other side of the city wall and this gate. (click on image for larger size) Details of Nehemiah's wall and the
city of Jerusalem in 445 BC. (click on image for larger size)
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