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March 3 - Evening

“Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.” - Deuteronomy 28:10-11

Chosen For A Purpose

Israel is chosen by God, but their blessings are conditioned on their obedience. The Lord has put his name on Israel, but their behavior determines if they are blessed or punished.
If Israel will be obedient then all the other nations, or “the peoples of the earth,” will be able to see the Lord has put his name on them by their prosperity. The nations will fear Israel because of the presence of their God.
The “name of the Lord” being given to Israel, or being placed on them, is the Lord’s sealing for ownership:

2 Chronicles 7:14
Jeremiah 14:9
Jeremiah 15:16
Amos 9:12

And, the opposite is seen in Isaiah 63:19 concerning the other nations.
The success of Israel was to be the greatest evangelical tool released on the earth. The nations are to see Israel’s great prosperity that was produced by their obedience to the Lord. But, instead the nations saw the great destruction the Lord brought because of Israel’s great disobedience. The words Nebuzaradan, the Babylonian general under Nebuchadnezzar, spoke to Jeremiah after the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC demonstrates this testimony:
“The Lord your God decreed this disaster for this place. And now the Lord has brought it about; he has done just as he said he would. All this happened because you people sinned against the Lord and did not obey him.” – Jeremiah 40:2-3
Paraptoma (Gr) – Trespass (Eng) – paraptoma is a Greek word that is translated “trespass.” Paraptoma is a compound word made up of para, meaning “beside,” and ptoma, which means “a fall,” and “downfall” (or, ptoma as a metaphor means “a failure,” “a defeat,” and “a calamity”). So, the compound word paraptoma literally means “a fall beside.” Paraptoma refers to “an error,” “a false step” and “a blunder.” It is translated “trespass.” Paraptoma is used in Hebrews 6:6, Matthew 6:14, 15; Mark 11:25, 26; Romans 4:25 and 5:15 (2x).
Do I realize God has chosen and called me for a purpose?
I will pursue this calling and seek to fulfill this purpose.

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Safety on roads


Attitude of repentance
USA and Israel relationship

The Sea of Galilee
Details of the ancient church at Tabgha called the Heptapegon, or "The Seven Springs." Traditionally it is at this location on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee that Jesus ate his post-resurrection breakfast with the disciples and spoke to Peter about his calling and his future (John 21).
(Details here and here.)

Someone to Quote

“If you obey God with your whole heart, you'll usually scare off the folks who want you to obey them.”
― Meg Moseley

Something to Ponder

Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation.
These guidelines and rules for interpretation or written documents apply to the text of Scripture as well as other written documents. The interpreter (or, the student) of scripture must consider:

a. Word definitions
b. Context of the writing
c. Literary type – poetry, parable, historical narrative, prophecy, dialogue, etc.
d. Historical analogy – compare points to recorded history
e. Syntactical distinctives – importance of arrangement of words in the sentence

Here’s a Fact

Refuting Higher Criticism’s Claims Against the Old Testament Higher criticism is full of high-sounding technical discussions that are based on these false presuppositions:
Archaeology, Linguistics, Anthropology, etc. confirm the Old Testament’s accuracy and refute the false presuppositions of higher criticism.

Here is Example #1:

CRITIC: Moses could not have written the Pentateuch because writing was unknown in his day (1400 BC).

RESPONSE: Archaeological discoveries have confirmed that writing was very common even among housewives before Abraham (2000 BC). Excavation in Abraham’s hometown of Ur has uncovered thousands of clay volumes and a library.


"Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones."
- Proverbs 3:7-8

Coach’s Corner

 It is likely that no one loves your family, your children, your spouse, etc. as much as you do. So, who will invest time with them if you don’t?

2 Chronicles 7:14
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14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Jeremiah 14:9
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Why are you like a man taken by surprise,     like a warrior powerless to save? You are among us, Lord,     and we bear your name;     do not forsake us!
Jeremiah 15:16
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When your words came, I ate them;     they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name,     Lord God Almighty.
Amos 9:11-12
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Israel’s Restoration
11 “In that day
“I will restore David’s fallen shelter—     I will repair its broken walls     and restore its ruins—     and will rebuild it as it used to be,
so that they may possess the remnant of Edom     and all the nations that bear my name,” declares the Lord, who will do these things.
Isaiah 63:19
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We are yours from of old;     but you have not ruled over them,     they have not been called by your name.
John 21
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Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Jesus Reinstates Peter
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Deuteronomy 30
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Prosperity After Turning to the Lord
30 When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors. The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you. You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today. Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors, 10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
The Offer of Life or Death
11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Numbers 20
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Water From the Rock
20 In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried.
Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!”
Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”
So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
13 These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the Lord and where he was proved holy among them.
Edom Denies Israel Passage
14 Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying:
“This is what your brother Israel says: You know about all the hardships that have come on us.
15 Our ancestors went down into Egypt, and we lived there many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our ancestors, 16 but when we cried out to the Lord, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt.
“Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory.
17 Please let us pass through your country. We will not go through any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway and not turn to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory.”
18 But Edom answered:
“You may not pass through here; if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword.”
19 The Israelites replied:
“We will go along the main road, and if we or our livestock drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We only want to pass through on foot—nothing else.”
20 Again they answered:
“You may not pass through.”
Then Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army.
21 Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them.
The Death of Aaron
22 The whole Israelite community set out from Kadesh and came to Mount Hor. 23 At Mount Hor, near the border of Edom, the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 24 “Aaron will be gathered to his people. He will not enter the land I give the Israelites, because both of you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah. 25 Get Aaron and his son Eleazar and take them up Mount Hor. 26 Remove Aaron’s garments and put them on his son Eleazar, for Aaron will be gathered to his people; he will die there.”
27 Moses did as the Lord commanded: They went up Mount Hor in the sight of the whole community. 28 Moses removed Aaron’s garments and put them on his son Eleazar. And Aaron died there on top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain, 29 and when the whole community learned that Aaron had died, all the Israelites mourned for him thirty days.

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