Tonight is Erev Yom Kippur (Evening of the Day of Atonement). Considered the holiest day in the Biblical calendar (Leviticus 23:26-32) and in Jewish tradition. Tonight, around the world, believers in the Jewish Messiah will humbly acknowledge the greatest sacrifice of all. And in gratitude and humility fast for those who yet understand.
Those who love delving into the book of Revelation will love Zechariah. Reading today’s chapter will give us the flavor of the last book of the Bible. Zechariah is based on eight visions, four messages, and two “burdens.”
And so the “mountain teaching” (Matthew 5:1) continues. Today’s verse has been labeled as, “The Golden Rule.” Generally, one doesn’t hear the whole verse. “… for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Why is this important?
False teaching is either so restrictive it’s like slavery, or so loose there are no substantial boundaries. Paul’s frustration with the Galatians was understandable. Why? Because, they were listening to a few Jewish emissaries who taught one could only believe in the Jewish Messiah if they were Jewish. So, better convert these Gentiles into Jews through circumcision. Yikes!
Yeshua said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35, TLV Sometimes we have this hunger and thirst inside us — not an empty stomach or a parched throat — but deep in our soul. No food, no libation fills it, …
As the daughter of a contractor and four of our homes we had built from the ground up — one we finished ourselves, two-story deck included — I understand the importance of integrity, good materials, and patience.
It’s pretty straightforward, right? Having a rough time? Pray. Feeling good? Sing praises to the LORD. Simple, right? I don’t know about you, but I need reminding of this.
What’s our first response when someone hurts us? Actually, experts say it is one of two things, strike back, or run away. Or maybe hit and run. LOL! While running away — without hitting — is the better of the two, this behavior might miss an opportunity. An opportunity to overcome evil with good.
Has anyone ever said bad things about someone you care about? Probably. Were they true? Or partially true? More than likely. But because we love that person, and we truly know them, we’re going to come to their defense. I may not get along with all of my family, but don’t let a stranger say anything bad about them. That gets me riled.
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